Three months later:

Snow was falling over the town of Edge as a lone figure made towards the new 7th Hevean, Aeriths old home. Christmas was the only time that the world stopped bickering and was at peace.

The resident members at 7th Hevean were currently decorating the home. Tifa, Cloud, Barret, Cid, Marlene, Nanaki, Cait Sith and Vincent, in small words all of AVALANCE were there.

Tifa and Marlene were in the front room that was connected to the front door.

Marlene was sitting down and sorting presants for the rest of her 'family'. Then she heard a faint knock on the door, Marlene was confused about who would be out at this time. She ran to the door and opened it and found herself come face to stomach with someone dressed in black.

"Oh sorry... am I in your way." came a voice like sand on a desert. Marlene looked up and tears came flowing from her eye's. He was dead, Vincent had told her, but here he was smiling gently at her. Hanapu, no Matt, he was back.

"Matt... your... your back." She through her arms around his waist and hugged him tightly. Matt put his human hand on her head, smiling softly.

"Yes... I'm back and," he drew a box from behind his back, "this is for you." She took the box from his hand looked up at his pale, porcilen face.

She opened the box and her gaze was set on the most beautiful neaklace she had ever seen. The pendant was a heart, on the right side angels wing of white gold with diamond studs. And on the left a fallen angels wing of silver with onyx studs.

"Do... you like it?" Matt asked softly. Liked it, that was an understatment, she loved it, apsolutly adored it. She quickly tied it around her neck, it had a comfortible weight to it.

Tifa walked over to them, and to make sure she wasn't dreaming, she reached out and touched his face. He flinched a bit, but never the less let her feel his face, she felt his cheek bones, strong jaw line, he was real, he was here. She hadn't gottin to know him at all.

She pulled him into a hug, "When Vincent told us, I was so upset, but your okay now right?" She hugged him tightly, "I'm sorry, we thought you were gone." Tifa silently wept on his bony shoulder.

Matt closed his eyes and hugged her back. He wasn't used to contact but how else was he going to learn.

"Hey Tifa, get a flash light I think I blew a fuse!" Cloud came rushing in only to stop dead in his tracks when he saw th albino teen. "Okay now I'm seeing things. Or am I?" He walked up to them and stuck out his hand, which Matt took.

"No your not." He smiled.

After about half the group trying to see if he was real, Matt was finally introduced to Nanaki and Cait Sith. "You smell weird, like mako, and old things." Nanaki commented.

"Thank you, Nanaki elder of Cosmos Canion." Matt bowed a small bit. Nanaki bowed in return.

Two hours of presant opening and carioky, and around twelve at night, Marlene was dozzing of on Matts lap. Tifa walked up to the pair and gave Marlene a gentle shake.

"Come on sweety, it's time you go to bed." Marlene looked up at her with wery eye's.

"Can Matt tuck me in tonight? Just this once?" Marlene mummbled. Tifa looked at Matt, who gave a curt knod.

They entered Marlene's room, Matt gentaly lay the small girl on her bed. He made to leave when a small hand grabbed his coat loosely. "Can you stay for a while?" Marlene asked quietly.

"Sure." Matt sat down on the end of the bed.

"Do you know any songs?" Marlene asked.

"Yeah," His voice was soft.
'Lay down
your sweet and weary head
Night is falling
you have come to journey's end
Sleep now
and dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
from across the distant shore

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see
all of your fears will pass away,
safe in my arms
you're only sleeping.

What can you see
on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea
a pale moon rises -
The ships have come to carry you home

Dawn will turn
to silver glass
A light on the water
All souls pass

Hope fades
into the world of night
through shadows falling
out of memory and time
Don't say
We have come now to the end
White shores are calling
you and I will meet again.

And you'll be here in my arms
Just sleeping

What can can you see
on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea
a pale moon rises -
The ships have come to carry you home.

And all will turn
to silver glass
A light on the water
Grey ships pass
Into the west.'

Marlene driffed off to the land of dreams and fantsy. "Night Marlene." With that he walked out of the room and down to the waiting adults.

Finito. Thats it. No more to come. I'm done. Nope, Nada. So long and goodnight.