Author's Note: Okay, I know I left you guys hanging, and I'm sorry. But I had to sort this out and get some opinions from a couple of my friends. I hope you like the twist! Special thanx to Tifa for supplying the idea!


Love Runs Deep
Chapter 6
Tears




The moonlight shone brightly and fell upon Rinoa's silver necklace dangling on her neck, making it shine and dance. God, that ring, she thought. The ring that started it all. She paced in Garden's radiant light. She glanced at her watch… 10:18. He should've been here by now if he was coming at all.

What would she say to him? What could she say to him? She didn't have time to think about it. Squall walked into the light, an unreadable look hidden deep in his eyes.

"Hi," she said, smiling a little.

He did not return the smile. Instead, he just nodded.

"Well, what do you want?"

His harsh words stung, but she couldn't let it show.

"I never… never wanted… Zell's baby Squall."

He looked at her strangely. "Huh?"

"It's like I told you before… it was after my Dad died. I didn't know what I was doing. I was confused, and you were gone on that SeeD mission. Zell was there, you weren't."

"Oh bullshit Rinoa. Like that makes it all better!? Yeah, I'm just going to automatically forgive you because I was working and you were off sleeping with my best friend. It doesn't work that way Rinoa Heartilly!" he was yelling now, tears welled in her eyes and streamed down her cheeks.

"I didn't ask you to forgive me! I just told you what happened. I didn't want you to leave. I wanted you to stay. And then with what happened to my father, I really needed you. Zell comforted me. You didn't. And then when you came back… everything was different. I wish, I just wish with all my heart that I could go back and redo everything. But I can't." She was starting to yell as well, something that she wasn't all that comfortable doing.

"Oh I see, so it's my fault that you got pregnant because I was off saving cities and not at home with you! Well, I'm sorry. Next time I'll ignore it. Too bad there won't be a next time!" he spat, and turned around, starting to walk off. Rinoa called after him.

"I didn't mean it like that! Squall! Please!"

"It's over Rinoa. It's over." He replied, and walked away, into the darkness, leaving Rinoa with nothing but her own tears.





Her eyes popped open. The alarm on her bedside table was going nuts. Was it all a dream? Every part of it? The water was running in the bathroom.

"Hello?" she called to whoever it was.

"Oh good, you're awake. I hit the Snooze button on your alarm clock like fifteen times and then decided it was time for you to wake up and get your lazy bun out of bed."

Her eyes widened. She threw off the covers and ran into the bathroom. Her jaw dropped when her suspicions were confirmed.

"What? What's wrong?" Squall asked, as her breath became quicker with each passing minute.

"Squall?"

"Yeah… who'd you expect? What is wrong Rin?"

"Y-you… you aren't angry with me?"

His brows furrowed in confusion. "No… why would I have any reason to be?"

Now a joyful spirit filled her heart. None of it had ever happened! She was going to be able to do it right!

"Oh, thank God!" she cried happily, and threw her arms around Squall, kissing him over and over, something she had dearly missed for a while.

"Why would I be mad at you?" he asked as their lips parted, but she silenced him with another kiss. "I mean, is there some reason I should be mad at you?"

"No, no no! I was just… nevermind. I'll tell you some other time. When this is over."

"Okay," he replied, still obviously confused. She just kissed him again, and he had to pull away. She looked at him, hurt.

"I'd stand here and do this for hours if I could, but I have to get ready for a SeeD mission I have this morning."

An alarm sounded in her head. No! He couldn't go! Or it would happen all over again! And she wouldn't get another shot at this either! She had to stop him from going!

"No!" she shouted a little too loudly. The razor dropped from his hands and into the sink.

"No what?"

"Don't go Squall! Don't go on that mission! Please! I'm begging you. It's for the good of both of us, I promise. I… I dunno… like…" she quickly thought of an excuse. "Like a premonition or something…" Hey, that was good… she thought afterward. "I just know something is going to happen. Something bad. Please Squall, stay here." She begged, and he looked at her strangely once again.

"Well, you seem really intent on this, and the way you were acting this morning was kind of funny, so I guess I'll stay with you," he replied to her delight. "I'll just call Quistis and see if she can fill in for me."

As if on an impulse, Rinoa said abruptly, "Tell her to take Seifer too okay?"

"Why? They don't even like each other."

"Trust me Squall. All that is about to change."




"Quistis? Would you mind filling in for me on the SeeD mission this morning? Rinoa isn't feeling too well and I think I'd better stay with her."

Well, I really don't want to… but I guess it is extra money… Quistis thought to herself before answering, "Alright. When do I leave?"

"Um, I want you to take Seifer too. Don't ask why, I just think you could use the extra help ok?"

"Okay… if you say so Squall."

"Thanks Quisty," he replied and hung up.

Rinoa smiled widely. She thought Quistis and Seifer made the cutest couple, and it would be unfair to have her wish come true and for her to be happy, but not Seifer and Quistis. Setting them up was the only way to do that.

Squall looked at her and said, "I don't know what you're up to, but if your thinking that Quistis and Seifer are going to hook up you're dead wrong."

"Oh, you'll see. I know these things Squall. I'm kinda hungry. Are you?"

"Sure, I guess."

She kissed him gently, glad that everything was back to normal, and they went hand in hand down to the Cafeteria.