Cloud and Tifa were woken up by a loud knock on the door. Tifa got up, searching for her bathrobe in the dark. Finally putting it on, she stumbled to the front door. Opening the door, she saw a face she thought she'd never see again. It was Ritz. She could barely see her sister in the dark but she like she was about to drop.
"Hey sis, can I stay here for the night? Ritz croaked. Tifa could hear in her voice that Ritz was trying not to cry, just like when they were little and Ritz would fall and try to be brave, being the youngest.
"Ritz, where were you?" Tifa asked, turning on the lights in the kitchen. Her hands shook as she began to make some ramen for Ritz. Her sister was sitting on the couch. Tifa got to take a better look at her sister. Ritz's hair had grown long and spiky. Her once blue eyes had been turned to yellow. He fingernails and teeth were long, making her almost look beastly. Really, aside from that, she looked like she had been on the holocaust diet and the same as she looked the last time Tifa saw her. "Tifa, you wouldn't believe where I've been. Those damn Shinra idiots locked me up and gave me to Hojo as his little plaything." Ritz said, studying her fingernails. Tifa handed her the ramen and she devoured it in about ten seconds. She finished with a burp. "Thanks Sis." She said, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand. "Avalanche and Shinra have combined forces all these years. They could have let you go." Tifa said, trying to keep the anger out of her voice. Ritz laughed. "Well, didn't Reno say that was going to happen?" She said. Tifa looked up. "Why are you here anyway? You should be with Reno and Rena." Tifa said. Ritz's head hung down. "Something wrong?" Tifa asked. "Reno and I had a fight. He thought I ran away from him and Rena and kicked me out before I could explain myself." She said. Tifa sighed. "Well, we all did think that you ran out on us." she said. Ritz looked up. "Tifa, is it my fault I didn't get out sooner?" Tifa gave her sister a small smile. "No Ritzy, its not your fault." She said. Ritz smiled and stretched. "You wouldn't mind me staying here?" She asked, stretching her legs out on the couch. Tifa shook her head. "Stay as long as you want, sis." She said, hugging her little sister.