Disclaimer: I don't own any characters of Final Fantasy VII or Inuyasha. All characters, weapons, ect. are copyrighted their maker (Square soft, Rumiko Takashi, and anybody else). Only the storyline crossover belongs to me. Blah blah blah…
This story is a crossover between the anime show Inuyasha and the Playstation video game Final Fantasy VII. This is the first long fan fiction I've attempted since my previous one was pretty much a one-shot. I'll have a few chapters up at once so that you can judge the story based on the first few chapters. Hope you enjoy reading it and please review at the end! Thanks.
P.S. Tessaiga is the Japanese way of spelling Inuyasha's sword. As in, Japanese-English, not the REAL Japanese.
Chapter 1 - Combining
Something caught Kagura's eye below. She swooped down and landed lightly on the ground, her feather reverting to its normal size. She studied the thing in front of her. It was dark orange and black. Its head was shaped like a serpent's, with long narrow eyes and no visible ears. Its body, however, was big and scaly. Huge wings sprouted from its back, and a long spiked tail lashed out behind it. Kagura surveyed it. It looked like a dragon demon, but she could not sense any demonic aura. At Kagura's sudden incoming, the dragon demon had dropped something it had been holding. An object rolled to the base of Kagura's feet. She picked it up. It was small, round, and glowed bright slivery-white. It could've passed for a sacred jewel, if not for its bright silvery-white glow and its blinding light. The light intensified, and for a moment, Kagura could not see. Then the light subsided and the glow disappeared, leaving the jewel warm and silver in Kagura's palm. Kagura looked up. The demon was glaring at her, its fiery-red eyes boring into hers.
"Give it back," it rumbled. Kagura closed her palm around the jewel.
"What is it?" she asked, eyeing the demon. It opened its mouth to show all its razor-sharp teeth and took a step forward.
"It belongs to me," it said, ignoring Kagura's question. "Now give it back!" Kagura looked at the jewel. It must have power, seeing as it resembled the sacred jewel so much.
"I think I'll take it to Naraku," she thought. "After all, he did want me to search for any interesting objects and bring them back to him." She smirked. "No. Since it resembles the sacred jewel so much, I'm going to take it back to my master. If you want it back, you can deal with him." The demon let out a roar of rage and sprung at Kagura. She was gone in a flash. Riding on her feather, she headed towards Naraku's castle. Then a powerful gust of wind came up from behind her and nearly blew her off course. She turned around on her feather. The huge beast was flying towards her. Its mouth was open and a beam of light was forming. "Oh no you won't," thought Kagura. She whipped out her fan. "Dance of Blades!" she cried, and many blades of light streaked through the air towards the dragon demon. Kagura was slightly shocked that the blades merely bounced off its hide. She drew her fan back again for her ultimate attack. "This will finish you off. DANCE OF THE DRAGON!" She smiled as the mini tornadoes made their way towards the demon. They would rip him to pieces.
The beast glanced at the tornadoes. They didn't seem too deadly, so he swept right through them. He winced slightly as the passed through them. They sapped a some of his life energy, but he was still full or energy. Some energy lost was nothing; he could heal easily with a potion. He flew towards the terrified Kagura. He would get that dimension materia. The stupid girl had no idea how much havoc it could create if broken. It was very fragile, and could break if dropped on anything hard. He reached out a clawed foot to tip the strange woman apart, but she seemed to had come to her senses and got out of the way just in time. All the dragon succeeded in doing was ripping the back of Kagura's kimono. He gnashed his teeth furiously and raced after the fleeing figure on the large white feather.
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"Wha…what's happening to me?" Cloud's body had frozen when he walked into the place where Aeris sat. Her head was bowed, her eyes staring blankly at her lap. Cloud's eyes widened. His arms suddenly lunged to his side and pulled out his huge sword. His hands gripped it tightly, shaking. He felt his arms lift, raising the sword to strike. The sword slowly rose over Aeris' head. It stopped, poised to strike.
"Kill her…" a voice said in his head. "Kill the girl…kill the girl…kill her…" Cloud's grip tightened on the sword. His eyes hardened. His face set, Cloud took a deep breath, then swung the sword down.
"CLOUD!" someone screamed. Cloud froze again, the sword millimeters above Aeris' head. "Cloud…what are you doing?" Cloud realized who the voice belonged to. Tifa Lockheart and Barret Wallace had burst directly into the scene. Cid Highwind, Yuffie Kisaragi, Red XIII, Cait Sith, and Vincent Valentine followed closely behind. "Cloud…" Tifa stepped forward and put a hand on Cloud's shoulder. As if awakening from a dream, Cloud slowly lowered his sword. He looked up.
"…Tifa?" he said uncertainly. "What…?" He looked down at his hands. They were sweating from gripping the handle of his sword so tightly. Then he looked at Aeris, her head bowed, staring at the floor blankly. Her hands were formed in a prayer, and now he could see her lips moving. Comprehension suddenly dawned on his face. "I didn't…?"
"You had your sword above her head," Tifa said quietly.
"No…" Cloud's body suddenly contorted with pain. Everyone gasped. He looked up. Coming down, his sword pointing towards the Ancient, he smiled wickedly. The group watched in horror as Sephiroth's long and lethal blade went cleanly through the flower girl's back. The smile cracked his face into an insane grin as the silver-haired man pulled his Masamune out and wiped the blood on the figure's dress. His lips parted.
"The reunion…" Sephiroth whispered. Laughing manically, he leapt back into the air and out of sight.
"…no." The terrible silence was broken by a heartbroken, cracked whisper.
"No…no…NO! AERIS!" With a heart-retching sob, the young man launched himself forward, onto the blood-stained floor and catching the body of the woman he loved so much.
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He felt the barrier open, then seal itself again. He smiled. Ah…she was back. His smile vanished as a large force collided with the barrier, shaking it. He frowned slightly. She was running from something. And whatever it was, it was powerful. Powerful enough to shake his new, much-improved barrier. He looked towards the door. Someone had entered the room, gasping and wide-eyed.
"What is it Kagura?" the man asked, not moving from his place. "What happened?" The woman clutched a stitch in her chest and slumped down onto the ground, holding onto the doorframe for support.
"A-a demon," she gasped. "Huge. He was chasing me…he's going to break through the barrier!" The man held up his hand, smiling slightly.
"Now, Kagura, speak clearly and tell me the whole story. As for the barrier, rest assured, even the Tessaiga couldn't break through it." The woman's breathing had slowed, though her face did not seem calm at all.
"I was…looking for any interesting objects, as you instructed," she said. "I saw this huge dragon demon on the ground and went there to investigate. As I landed, it dropped something. This," and Kagura handed the sphere-like object to the man. It was still warm, and slipped a little from Kagura's moist palm. Without waiting for the man to examine the object, she continued. "It wanted me to give this jewel back. I refused, and was about to bring this to you when it attacked me. I attacked it back with Dance of the Blades, but it didn't even get hurt. Then, I used Dance of the Dragon. They passed around and through its body like nothing! I tell you Naraku, this demon's dangerous!" Naraku didn't reply right away. He looked at the silver jewel, turning it in every direction. It did, indeed, resemble the sacred jewel. It would've passed for an exact replica if it had been pink and not silver. Naraku felt the barrier shake again. It wouldn't hold much longer. This demon was as powerful as Kagura said.
"A mere dragon demon? Breaking through my new barrier?" he asked quietly. Kagura hesitated.
"Well…it looked like a dragon demon, but I didn't sense any demonic aura." Naraku's eyes widened. No demonic aura? He turned to the deathly-white girl at his side. She was holding a small, round mirror. "Kana, show me this demon!"
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The heartbroken young man carried the pink figure into the lake. He stopped in the middle of the clear, pure, holy lake. He held her body above the water. He would never see her smile again. Her pure, light-filled, radiant smile. She would never laugh, cry, talk, shout, or-or scream…or get angry. He would never feel her hand on his shoulder, warming his entire body. He bright-green emerald eyes would never look into his sapphire-blue ones, warmth and reassurance radiating from them. And…he had never told her…he loved her. He held his love up to his chest and lowered his head. He bent down and gave her a last, deep, parting kiss.
"Aeris," he whispered, into her hair. "I love you." And with those sad, final words, he lowered her gently into the water and let go. Her body stayed visible for a moment, then sank into the darkness of the water and out of sight.
Naraku stared at the beast. It looked, indeed, like a dragon demon. Observing it closely though, he could not see a demonic aura. He watched the scaly wings flap furiously as the beast backed up.
"Perhaps it had given up and retreated? No, not a chance." The dragon surged forward, colliding into an invisible wall and releasing a huge burst of energy from its mouth. Light and air met for a second…then…the whole floor of the castle shook. Naraku sprang up, but as he did so, the building shook again and he lost his balance. The silver orb slipped through his grasp and hit the floor. Time stopped. Then…
Inuyasha, Kagome, Sango, Miroku, Shippo, and Kirara were strolling along a road on the fine, sun-lit morning when the whole world shook.
"What the hell's going on?" Inuyasha yelled as he struggled to keep standing.
"Ahhhh!" The ground under Kagome gave a sudden lurch and she fell.
"Kagome!" Inuyasha ran and caught her before she hit the ground.
"What's happening?" cried Sango, holding onto Kirara for support. A crack appeared in the ground beneath Kirara, and the demon cat struggled to stay on all fours. Miroku had driven his staff into the ground and leaned upon it. Since the ground was shaking and cracks were appearing and deepening at intervals, it wasn't much help. Nevertheless, the staff supported Miroku enough to keep him standing…barely. Then, the ground gave a tremendous jerk, and despite their efforts to stay upright, the group lost their balance and fell. All was still. Nobody dared move, less the shaking would start again. Inuyasha was the first one to speak.
"What the hell was that?" Nobody spoke. Then Kagome asked,
"Was that…was that an earthquake?"
"No." Everyone turned to look at Miroku. "The sky was also shaking. An earthquake couldn't do that."
"I think…" All eyes settled upon Sango. "I think that…the whole world was shaking." Inuyasha's ears twitched.
"The…world?" he questioned hesitantly.
"Yes. Everything was shaking." Sango looked around at the surroundings. "That's strange…nothing seems to have fallen except a couple of trees." Kagome spotted a large, dark shape releasing billowing clouds of dark smoke out into the fresh, clean air (with the exception of the settling dust).
"What's that?" Miroku turned around and looked behind him, in the direction of Kagome's stare. He was taken aback.
"I don't know."
"Maybe, there's a fire?" Shippo offered.
"Of course not, stupid. Would a fire cause that much smoke? And in that color?" Inuyasha snapped.
"Hey, I was just trying to be helpful!" Shippo yelled, glaring at the white-haired figure.
"Yeah, yeah, well, stop trying cause you're not!" Inuyasha shot back. Scowling, he turned to the others. "So, let me get this straight. We've been tossed around like a pan of fried rice by the world suddenly shaking for no reason, then it stops and now there's a big, huge thing that pops outta nowhere and starts spitting black smoke into the sky?" Inuyasha glared at them all furiously.
"Yes, that seems like it," Miroku replied, looking around.
"Eeeeeeek!" Kagome squealed wildly. "Ewww, what are those!" Kagome pointed wildly at some weird, pulsing, cactus-like plants that had seemingly come out of the ground. Everyone sprang to their feet. As one of the weird plants started swelling, Kagome shrieked and ran behind Inuyasha.
"WIND SCAR!" The attack reduced the plants to cinders. The dust cleared.
"What were those things?" Sango asked. Miroku opened his mouth to speak, but was instantly butted from behind.
"What-?" He spun around. Three ugly, ostrich-like creatures were charging, butting, clawing, and pecking them furiously. Miroku batted one away with his staff. The other two leapt onto him.
"HIRAIKOSTU!" A big boomerang flew through the air and cut the creatures in half. Kagome approached them cautiously.
They had gone back to the Highwind, and were now currently sitting in a group inside a hotel room in Kalm. The atmosphere was…dismal. Cloud slammed his fist down onto a bedside cabinet, tears trickling down his already wet, tear-tracked face.
"…Cloud?" Tifa began softly. He looked up into her face. Her eyes were wide and red-rimmed. He could see the tracks her tears made on her face. Some dripped form her chin. He turned away and looked at the others. They were all the same as Tifa, tear-stained, grieving, and shocked. Except for one. Cloud stared into Vincent's crimson-red eyes. No grief showed on his face, no sadness or sock. His face was emotionless, his eyes empty. Not one tear had he shed for Aeris…
The horrible grief that had consumed Cloud since Aeris had died was suddenly pushed aside and momentarily replaced by anger. His insides boiling, Cloud stood up shakily. Tifa also stood up, looking concerned, and the rest of the group held their breath. Cloud strode across to where Vincent stood so that they were face to face. This time, he didn't even flinch when those frightening red eyes stared at him, inches away.
"Aren't you sad?" The young man breathed. "Aren't you mourning? Aren't you filled with grief?" Vincent remained silent. "How can you…I mean…she's DEAD! AERIS IS DEAD! She'll never be here again! She'll never make jokes or talk to anyone or fight with us!" Cloud was breathing heavily, his face contorted with rage. "She'll never talk to us again! She'll never talk to YOU again! An you just stand there, not feeling anything…WHY CAN'T YOU JUST SHED A TEAR FOR AERIS?" Tifa, who was fighting back more tears, stepped forward and worriedly put her hand on Cloud's shoulder. He didn't seem to notice. Vincent hadn't even twitched throughout Cloud's bellowing. He remained as cold and impassive as ever. "Did you even care about her?" Vincent stared into Cloud's anger-filled, blue mako eyes. Of course he did. Cloud did not know…the others did not know…but deep inside, Vincent was filled with remorse for Aeris. But he was too scarred to let his true feelings show. He had experienced too much agony…suffered too much pain…and all his feelings had been shut deep inside him…somewhere no one, and nothing could read. Not even Aeris' death.
"ANSWER ME!" Cloud bellowed into Vincent's face. "ANSWER ME! DID YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT HER? DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO YOU WHETHER SHE'S DEAD?" Cloud's voice had turned hoarse as he struggled against Tifa to get at the man in front of him. He broke down and sobbed. "Do you even have a heart at all?" he whispered, his voice cracking. Vincent gave Cloud a long look.
"No," he said quietly. "My heart has died with my former self. But…just because I do not show my emotions does not mean I never feel them." With those words, the man swept across the room and vanished out the door. Cloud stared at where Vincent had been standing.
"I think," Tifa ventured softly, "that he does feel something for Aeris. He just…doesn't show it." Cloud slumped against Tifa, blinking hard to keep his tears back. Just then, the floor beneath their very feet shook.
"Ahhh!" Tifa cried and stumbled. She fell onto a couch, dragging Cloud along with her. Red XIII landed flat on the ground, all four legs splayed out. Yuffie shrieked and instinctively clutched her materia pouch protectively. Cid cursed and his cigarette flew out of his mouth. Barret yelled and grabbed the nearest thing he could reach, Cait Sith. He fell onto the floor, the unfortunate Cait Sith tumbling onto him. The house rattled like a kettle on a stove, gave a final lurch, and stilled. Everyone gazed around.
"What…happened?" Tifa asked, shocked. Yuffie was gaping at the mess in the room, still holding her materia pouch tightly to her chest. Barret was groaning with Cait Sith on top of him, and Red XIII was still painfully laid out on the floor. Cid was rubbing a spot on his head where a lamp had hit him.
"Ermmm…and earthquake?" Cait Sith suggested, bouncing back up.
"Or maybe one of 'em Shinra Mako Reactors crumbled," Barret said hopefully, sitting up.
"Well, whatever it was, it was pretty bad," Tifa said. "I thought this whole building would fall on us. I wonder if anyone got hurt…"
"Well, I'M certainly in pain," Red XIII commented, wincing. Tifa jumped up. "What? Did something fall on you? Where are you hurt?"
"Tifa…" Red XIII moaned and lay still. "What do you think?"
"Oh." Tifa blushed and looked at her feet. "Sorry. I didn't notice." Red XIII rolled his eyes.
"I wonder. Now, will you please help me up?" he snapped through clenched teeth.
"Oh!" Tifa hurried to where Red XIII was sprawled and gently lifted him up with the help of Cid, who was still looking disgruntled. Cid accidentally knocked Yuffie over and she dropped her pouch of materia. They fell out and started rolling down the stairs. She gave a squeak.
"No! My materia!" Yuffie sprang up and ran out the room, jumping the stairs two at a time.
"Well…should we go down and see what's happened?" Red XIII asked.
"Yeah, good idea," Cait Sith replied, and bounded down the stairs after Yuffie, the rest following.
When the group reached the Hotel's main room, they saw Yuffie gaping at the window. Looking outside, they gasped. They had been lucky the hotel hadn't crashed down on their heads. Some of the older houses hadn't been so lucky. They were in ruins on the ground. Broken shingles, wood, tiles, glass, stones, boards, and pieces of badly bent metal littered the town. The townspeople had run out the buildings and now surveyed the town in dismay.
"It's so horrible," Tifa breathed. Cloud stared at the ruined town, feeling, if ever more, down. Just then, Vincent strode through the front door of the hotel. Cloud stiffened. The older man surveyed everyone for a moment, then said,
"There are new monsters that seem different to normal ones. New towns have also suddenly appeared out of nowhere after the tremor." Everyone stared at him.
"New monsters?" Yuffie said excitedly. "Ooooh, maybe there are some new materia!"
"Towns popping out of nowhere?" Cloud asked quietly. Tifa's eyes widened.
"You mean…that wasn't just a major earthquake?" Vincent turned around.
"What kind of monsters?" Red XIII asked curiously. Vincent didn't answer. He went out the door.
"H-hey, w-wait!" Barret yelled after the retreating form. The members of AVALANCHE glanced at each other. His meaning was clear. If you wanted to know what kind of monsters and villages, see for yourself.
"I wanna see what these new monsters are like," Barret declared, and ran out the door. Cid snorted.
"Well, I ain't gonna stand 'ere all day." He walked out after Barret.
"Materia!" Yuffie shrieked, and dashed out the hotel. The rest looked at Cloud. His brow was furrowed and he was frowning, thinking.
"New monsters…new towns…" he muttered. Sighing, he headed out the door. "Well, let's go see what these new monsters are like."
WHOA. That was long. Eight pages of Microsoft Works Word Processor at 11 point, Times New Roman, people! Just a hint, the original plot of FFVII might be distorted a little due to the fact that this is a crossover and that I just need to distort it for some of my ideas. If you see something like that, you might go, "Hey, that's not right!" I'll try to use up-to-date weapons, but I can't remember most of the weapons seeing as I played the game up to the end of the third disk and I restarted the game again. The costs of some things will also be a little higher…or lower, depending on what works. So how was that? The first chapter! Please review and leave a comment. Just a note, to all the people that review every chapter, please don't do that with this story. If you review every few chapters or so, that'll be great! Or you can just review once, in like…chapter 7 or something. I'm trying my best to be in-character, so I'm sorry if Cid swears too little or Cait Sith's too hyper or something. But I think they're pretty in-character. Vincent might…um…get more attention since he's my favorite character. ANYWAYS…enough of my end comments. Review or on to the next chapter with you.