"Would you like a
flower sir? It's only one gil."
A by passer turned his head
to look for the speaker. He saw a really polite girl in a pink dress standing
behind him, carrying a basket of flowers and making a sweet smile at him.
This girl is...wow. She was
like a goddess. Her long, brown hair that was neatly tied perfectly matched her
emerald green eyes. Her innocent yet attractive looks were to die for. The way
she held her basket, asking politely to buy her flower was so stunning that no
man could resist from looking at her a little longer.
"I will have
The by passer replied and
ransacked his pocket. He tried to act as calm as possible but he couldn't. This
girl was simply amazing.
"Thank you sir."
The girl handed him a flower
and took one gil from the man. She made another smile at him while thanking
him. She slowly left the man, startled and started looking for another
She was tired. Really
tired. She looked around and found a clean spot in front of a doorstep and sat
down to take a rest. She told herself that she would not give up. She had been
traveling a lot for the past year. She picked flowers along the way and sold
them whenever she entered a town. She pasted by many towns and seen many people
but she still can't find the one she was looking for.
A few days ago, she entered
this peace and quite town called Kalm. Though she only been here once but she
instantly found out that this town had changed a lot since the last time she
visited. Since the destruction of meteor, Midgar is no longer a high-populated
city. When meteor arrived many took refuge in Kalm and when all this is over
many decided to continue staying in this peaceful city.
She looked around for a
moment, hoping to find the one she loved, the one she cared, the one that she
was looking for the past whole year. She really wished that one day he would
appear in front of her, telling her that he loved her.
The flower shook her
thoughts away. She was now a little less tired. She stared into the sky, looked
at the clouds, and inspired it. Then, sat up and continued selling flowers in
the streets of Kalm.
"I can't believed
it!" Cid exclaimed with the top of his voice.
"Yes it's true."
The person sitting next to him replied with a cool tone.
"No way! You actually
proposed to Tifa?!" Cid asked again.
"Yes I did. And she
agreed." The person replied with an even cooler tone.
Cid was sitting in a small
bar in Kalm talking to a person next to him. Yup, and this person was the same
person that saved the planet from Sephiroth. He was the hero, known as Cloud
Since the battle with
Sephiroth, Cloud and the party stayed in Kalm. They opened an inn called 7th
Heaven that was once Tifa's bar that was previously destroyed in the slum of
"So when is the big
day?" Cid asked.
"I don't know. But
Tifa's really anxious so I guess we will get married real soon." Cloud
Cid couldn't believe his
ears. But come to think about it makes perfect sense. Cloud and Tifa had strong
feelings for each other since they were still kids. Although it was just a
month ago that Cloud told Tifa that he love her, they had been waiting for this
moment for a long time already.
"So how are you and
Shera? You haven't seen her in a long time already." Cloud asked Cid.
"Don't mention about
her. I finally thought that I could get over with how I treated before, but she
screwed up again!!!" It took me such a long time to repair the Little
Bronco and when I finally though I could get it to fly again, she took a look
at the damn engine and she said that something was wrong! And because of that
she won't let me fly the tiny bronco! Man! Am I really pissed off!" Cid
"But it wasn't her
fault. Who knows you might be flying and the plane suddenly blew up!"
"Get out of the
They were interrupted by a
shout from the kitchen. They saw a young, childish girl running out of the
kitchen. She glanced at Cid and Cloud. She had an evil grin on her face. Then
she took off in full speed. Cloud and Cid looked at each other for a while.
"Came back here you
The chef of the bar burst
out of the kitchen door with a rolling pin in his hand.
"Um, Cid. Is it
materia or gil this time?" Cloud asked.
The rest of the party was
in the 7th Heaven. The inn they opened after the meteor incident. Although
their income wasn't a lot, they earned enough money to support their living.
In the inn, there was a
girl sitting at the counter. A girl filled with grace and style with long black
hair flowing freely down her back. The way she occasionally stroke her hair
backwards made her extremely attractive.
If there was perfect beauty in this world, she will be the one that will
This beauty was one of the
ones that defeated Sephiroth and saved the world. Tifa Lockheart-that's her
Now, this beautiful heroin
was sitting at the reception table, smiling all day long. For some reasons, she
didn't stop smiling since that morning.
"Uh, Whassap with
Tifa?" Barret asked the others curiously.
"It must be something
really big to make her that happy." Red XIII answered without a clue.
"Didn't you all notice
the ring on her finger? It wasn't there yesterday." Vincent interrupted.
Cait Sith immediately jump
on his mog shouting happily. "Tifa is getting married!"
The others were shocked to
hear this. Tifa's getting married? They all knew this day would come, but they
didn't know it would come this early.
"What? Tiff! Why don't
ya tell us sucha big thing?" Barret questioned Tifa.
"I thought that it
would be best to wait till everyone's here."
Tifa replied and blushed.
She played with the ring on her play and admired it. Someone she loved for a
long, long time gave her this ring.
"Yea! And all of us
thought that ya gone nuts or somethin'!"Barret looked at Tifa fiercely.
Red XIII shook his head and
looked out of the window.
"Isn't that Yuffie
outside being chased by the chef of the bar?" Red XIII asked.
Yuffie suddenly stormed
into the room.
"Help me!!! That guy
had gone berserk!!!"
Yuffie shouted pleading for
help. She quickly hid behind the crowd and then a bang was heard. The man
chasing Yuffie stormed into the 7th Heaven with steam on his head.
Tifa stood up and
questioned the furious chef that couldn't control his temper.
"Th....That thief! She
stole my mastered fire materia!" The furious man replied while pointing at
Yuffie with his rolling pin. Yuffie made a face at the chef and made him
you?" Tifa interrogated Yuffie.
"Aw, it was just a
materia." Yuffie answered while looking at everyone with sad puppy dog
right!" Barret scolded.
"But what are you
doing with a mastered fire materia while you only cook in the kitchen?"
Cait Sith asked the chef curiously.
"Of course I use it to
cook!" the chef blurted out.
"What? You cook your
food with a fire materia? No wonder it sucks!" Yuffie snapped out.
"How dare you insult
my cooking techniques! Argggggggg!!!!" The chef became furious again and
charged at Yuffie with his rolling pin. Yuffie ran round and round the room,
making fun of him while trying to get away from him. Obviously, she was
"What the hell is
going on here?!"
Everyone turned their heads
towards the entrance and saw Cloud and Cid standing in front of the door.
"Cloud, help me!"
Yuffie cried out and shelthered behind Cloud.
"Yuffie, what did you
stealing from this man?" Cloud asked Yuffie while pointing at the furious
"Aw, it's only a
materia." Yuffie answered innocently.
"It is a mastered fire
materia you little witch!!!" The chef interrupted.
"Hand it out
Yuffie." Cloud commanded.
"Must I hand it out
now?" Yuffie looked more innocently.
shouted at Yuffie furiously.
"Aw, OK." Yuffie
said uneasily and returned the chef his materia.
The chef examined the
mastered fire materia to ensure there are no tricks or whatsoever. His started
to control his temper and walked towards the exit.
"If I ever catch you
in my kitchen I swear I will whack you with my rolling pin!"
The chef warned Yuffie
before he walked out. The others stared at Yuffie.
"Must you always get
us into trouble?" Cloud asked Yuffie.
"I just wanted to help
Wutai and...." Yuffie Replied but was cut off by Cloud.
I have an announcement to make! I am getting....."
Tifa!" Everyone replied except Cloud, Tifa and Yuffie.
"What? Tifa! You told
them already?" Cloud asked Tifa with a surprised look in his face.
"I couldn't stop them
from noticing my ring!" Tifa defended herself.
"Why am I the last one
to know about this?" Yuffie asked everyone.
"Probably cuz if ya
know earlier ya might even steal Tifa's wedding ring!" Barret replied with
a touch of humor.
"If you all think me
as such a person, I guess I rather go to look for more materia outside."
Yuffie said and exited the 7th Heaven.
"Looks like today's a
happy after all." Cid just finished a cigarette and wanted to pull out
another one from his pocket. Suddenly his face turned white.
"Did anybody saw my
mastered fire materia?"
Cloud was walking down the
streets of Kalm. He kept smiling to himself like he had gone nuts or something.
But it was all quite natural. He was getting married, to Tifa! Who wouldn't be
Cloud walked along and kept
thinking about Tifa. He recalled his sweet memories with her. He recalled the
first time they met, their childhood, the well in Nibelhelm, their battle
against Sephiroth and all sort of other things. He couldn't had felt better.
Cloud face turned white. He
recognized this voice immediately. A voice he hasn't heard for a long time. A
voice he shouldn't have heard.
"It couldn't. It
couldn't possibly be......"
Cloud turned around and saw
a girl. She wore an extremely familiar pink dress. Her hair was tied with a
ribbon and she was holding a flower basket in her hands. Cloud's mouth was
"It isn't her. No, it
No. It isn't the girl Cloud
thought she was. Cloud calmed down a little and got back to his senses. He
thought he stumbled into someone he knew, someone he will never see. But he
didn't. It was someone else.
"Sir, would you like
to buy some flowers? It is only one gil each." The girl carrying a basket
of flowers asked.
"Er......Was it you
that called out my name just now?" Cloud tried to ask as calm as he could.
"Um......Yes. It was
me." the flower girl replied.
"How could you
possibly......"Cloud asked but was interrupted by the flower girl.
"You became so famous
after your battle with Sephiroth. Words had been spread all over the place and
although I hadn't met you before, I know it's you because people said a lot
about your hair." the flower girl replied with a smile.
"So you know me at
first sight because I have a weird hair do?" Cloud joked.
"No...no, your hair
isn't weird but it is just...... unique." the Flower girl said.
"Gee, my hair is that
famous?" Cloud joked.
"Not only your hair,
but even your enormous sword was famous too." the flower girl answered.
"Guess you are a big
fan of me." Cloud said.
"I only know what
other's do. And oh! Do you want to buy a flower? It is only a gil each."
the flower girl said and took out a flower from her basket.
"I hadn't seen flowers
this beautiful for a long time already, I remembered that this kind of flower could
only be found in the northern continent. Alright, I will have one." Cloud
replied and took a gil out of his pocket.
"Thanks. I guess I
better get going." the flower girl handed Cloud a flower and disappeared
among the crowd.
Cloud tried to look for her
but he couldn't. He recalled the girl and thought about her. She really
resembled someone he knew. The way she carried her flower basket, talked,
giggled were exactly the same as the girl he knew long ago. Even the way he met
her was familiar, this was same way as how he first knew that girl, in the
Cloud looked at the flower
for a moment. Then he stared off into space. He wasn't think whether this
flower will impress Tifa or not, but he thinking about other things. That
flower girl made him think. She made him think of someone he has lost for a
long, long time. Aeris.
Cloud called out when he
entered the 7th Heaven.
"Yo! Ya haven't got
married yet but yer already start talkin' like a family man! What's wrong wit
ya?" Barret exclaimed.
"Guess I gotta start
to get use to it." Cloud answered with a smile. Suddenly Tifa came out
from her room with a new wedding gown.
"So how do I
Tifa said and posed. She
looked...different than before. She usually dressed up like a sports women but
now she looked so...pretty.
"Wow...let me check my
heart. It's still beating." Cloud joked and Tifa blushed.
"So when is the big
day?" Cait Sith suddenly popped out from nowhere.
"Red XIII said that
this Friday is a good day to get married. You know, all this superstitious
stuff. " Tifa answered.
"Isn't that two days
after tomorrow? " Cloud asked with a surprised tone.
"Yes it is. Why? You
not ready yet? " Tifa asked curiously.
"No, it's fine. It's
really fine. " Cloud replied.
He looked at Tifa entering
back her room happily, and then smiled at he before she went in. Cloud sighed
for a while. He felt like there was something bothering him, but he didn't know
what it was. Cloud stretched his arms and stood up. He then headed to the bar.
The bar was quite dimly lit
at night. It was just like any other bar. Cloud scanned through the room and he
saw Vincent sitting in a dark corner. Vincent was spooky enough in the day and
in the dark he looked spookier.
"Cheer up, Vincent.
" Cloud said while closing up towards Vincent.
"Leave me alone.
" Vincent replied with a dark look in his eyes.
Lucrecia again? " Cloud asked him with a sympathetic voice.
"No, it is someone
else. Aeris. " Vincent replied emotionlessly.
Cloud was shocked when he
heard Vincent mention about Aeris. No one has mention that name to him for a
long time already. He just wanted to forget his past and live on his life. He
was surprised that Vincent will suddenly mention her name.
"I saw her. I saw her
down the streets today. " Vincent continued.
Cloud was stunned for a
while. But then he thought about the flower girl he met today, he started to
"I guess you mistaken
someone for Aeris. I just met a flower girl today that looks just like Aeris.
Maybe you didn't see her clearly and mistaken her for Aeris. " Cloud
"Just as I thought,
you wouldn't believe me. Though I only saw her from a distance but I am real
sure she is Aeris." Vincent said stubbornly.
"I saw her too. I thought
that it was Aeris when I first saw her but after I had a closer look I found
out that she wasn't Aeris. She was just a simple flower girl selling flowers in
the streets. " Cloud explained.
" Vincent replied to end the conversation.
"See you later. "
Cloud said goodbye to Vincent and stood up and wanted to leave. But before
Cloud could leave, Vincent said something to him.
"If Sephiroth could
come back once, why can't Aeris? "
The flower girl was sitting
on a bench somewhere in the streets of Kalm. She was smiling alone. Once in a
while she giggled and caught the attention of others passing by. But she didn't
feel awkward. She was too happy to think about other things.
Finally. She finally found
the person she had been looking for. After all these efforts, after all these
months, she finally made it.
But that person didn't
noticed her yet, even though they met face to face. She didn't want to tell him
yet. It would be too sudden for him. He couldn't possibly take it. She will have
to wait, wait till the right time, and then she will tell him everything.
She got up and continued
selling flowers. While walking down the streets, she saw a small, cozy building
not far away. It was a church, a place she hadn't been for a long time. She
loved churches, they reminded her so much about her memories. Beautiful ones,
happy ones, sad ones... It was the kind of place she grew up in. A place that
was holy and cozy.
The flower girl walked
closer towards the church. From a distance, she could see some people in the
church. They were carrying stuff up and down and hanging thing inside the
church. It looked like they were having some sort of occasion, a party, maybe?
The flower girl tried to
look inside but she was too far away. Filled with curiosity, she walked forward
and headed towards the entrance.
It was a beautiful day. The
weather was great. By listening carefully, the sweet sound of birds chirping
happily could be heard. The atmosphere was perfect.
There was still two days
left until the big day. A few hours ago, the team booked the newly built church
in Kalm. Fortunately, there wasn't any queue waiting. Immediately after they
were given the permission to enter the church, all of them except Cloud were in
the church decorating the church for the big day.
"Do you think it is a
good idea to decorate the church? It looked nice enough for me. " Tifa
asked while putting on some colorful decorations.
"Why? Didn't you
wanted to make your wedding unforgettable? " Cid replied while getting rid
of his cigarette.
"No, but don't you all
think it is a little too... fancy? " Tifa replied while looking at all the
colorful decoration Cait Sith suggested to put up.
Well, it was fancy all
right. Red, green and blue balloons tied in bundles, hanging in the middle of
colorful paper cuts and ribbon... It looked like a kid's birthday party more
than a wedding. What was Cait Sith thinking?
"What? You don't like
my decorations? " Cait Sith asked afraid to hear an answer he didn't want
" Tifa couldn't find a word that could describe the decorations without
hurting Cait Sith's feelings. Cait Sith's looked at her, waiting for an answer.
"It was great." Tifa simply
blurted out. Cait Sith relieved and continued hanging bundles of balloons.
"Hey, where the hell
is Cloud? It is his wedding and he hasn't show up his ass yet! " Cid
"He just went to the
store to get the food and other things. " Tifa answered while looking at
"Ooo... if I knew
earlier I would had followed him instead of doing all this stuff. Why didn't
anybody tell me about this? " Yuffie asked.
"Cuz if ya followed
Cloud ya might steal all the materia in the store and get everyone to chase ya
on the streets. " Barret teased.
Yuffie made a face at
Barret and then everyone continued their work.
there anything I can do to help? "
Everyone turned their heads
and saw a girl in pink dress standing in front of the entrance.
All of them called out.
The flower girl slowly
walked towards them and looked at everybody.
"Um...I guess you all
mistaken me for someone else. I just walked in here and see if I can provide
any help. " The flower girl replied with a smile on her face.
The flower girl closed up
even more towards everybody. At first they were all shocked. A girl, carrying a
flower basket, wearing that familiar pink dress... They really thought it was
she, someone they had lost for a long time. But after a while they realized it
wasn't whom they thought she was. It was someone else, someone that really
looked like her.
"We...we are sorry we
mistook you for someone else, you really looked like her. And oh yah, we have
more than enough people here so we don't really need your help. " Tifa
"You all looked like
you all are having something real big here. I am sure you all need some flowers
right? It's only one gil each." the flower girl asked.
"I will certainly need
flowers for my banquet... I think I will have thirty. " Tifa took thirty
gil out from her pocket and hand it to the flower girl.
"Here. And mind if I
ask you what is the occasion? " the flower girl asked while handing Tifa
"Oh, it's my wedding.
" Tifa answered.
"And ... who is that
lucky man?" The flower girl asked.
"You probably never
heard of him, but his name is Cloud Strife." Tifa answered and blushed.
"Oh I see….um…well,
thanks and... I guess I better get going." The flower girl replied and
walked out of the church.
"That girl really
reminds me of Aeris. " Cait Sith exclaimed.
Tifa didn't reply Cait
Sith. She was thinking about something else. She was thinking of the expression
on the flower girl's face when she mentioned two words- "Wedding" and "Cloud".
Tifa could see that the flower girl tried very hard to hide it from Tifa but
Tifa could still feel it. She could see it in the way she reacted when she
mentioned the two words. She saw sorrow and jealousy in the girl's eyes.
Marlene just came out from
school and she was skipping happily towards the 7th Heaven. She was humming a
cheerful song when she past by a small alley, and saw a girl in pink dress
sitting in front of a doorstep with her head hung down. Marlene slowly
approached her and tried to look at her face. Marlene bended down to look up
into her face to have a better look and found out that she was crying.
"Why are you crying?
" Marlene asked the girl with a sympathy voice.
The girl lifted up her head
and saw a little girl standing in front of her. She wiped off her tears and
managed a smile.
nothing. " the girl replied while whipping off more of her tears.
"Is it because you
can't sell your flowers? " Marlene asked pointing at a basket of flowers
next to the girl.
"Yes, it probably is.
Would you like a flower? Here, don't be afraid, take it. " The flower girl
took out a flower from her basket and offered it to Marlene.
"It's purrrty! Just
like the one the flower girl in the slums gave me! " Marlene exclaimed
while inspiring the beautiful flower.
"Marlene!!! Where are
"It's my dad calling
me, see you next time. "Marlene excused herself and ran out of the alley
but the flower girl stopped her for a moment.
"Marlene, could you
promise me not to tell anybody we met today? " the flower girl asked
Marlene. Marlene looked at her with a curious look.
"OK, I promise. "
Marlene replied with a
cheerful tone and ran out of the alley towards Barret. The flower quickly
picked up her basket and avoid from stumbling into Barret. She took a last look
at Marlene and disappeared into the alley.
"Marlene!!! Where are
you?! " Barret shouted out with a worried tone.
"I am here papa!
" Marlene replied while running out of the alley.
"There you are!
Don'tcha know I am damn worried bout' you? " Barret scolded.
"I just um... found a
new friend. " Marlene replied.
"I don't care who yer
new friend is, cuz now we're goin' back to help Tifa with her wedding.
"Barret said and put Marlene on top of his shoulder and walked back to the
"So here you are! How
is the food shopping for the wedding? " Barret asked Cloud that is leaning
on the wall near the entrance.
"It went quite well.
Luckily Yuffie wasn't there because they are having a Materia sale. "
"He! He! He! If Yuffie
was there I bet there will be no materia left. Errr...Cid, what is that dumb
thing doin' there? " Barret asked Cid that is busy on some kind of
"It's a new
ass-kicking engine for the tiny bronco. I wanted to complete it as soon as
possible for Cloud's honeymoon. " Cid replied while checking on the
"You want me to sit on
the tiny bronco on my honeymoon?! " Cloud exclaimed.
"What's so bad with
it? The tiny bronco is just fine and it will take ya to any place in the world
in hours. " Cid answered convincingly.
"Is it safe? I thought
that day you mentioned that Shera said that there's something wrong with the
engine. " Cloud asked doubtfully.
"It is just all
because of she was too damn careful! Don't you worry about a damn thing, just
sit and wait." Cid protested with an angry tone.
"I will think about
it. " Cloud told Cid and walked away.
Cloud is leaning towards a
wall. He was thinking about something. It wasn't his wedding but it was
something else. It was the flower girl. Her delicate face, her smile, her
Cloud shook the thoughts
off his head. Woah...what was he thinking? He was going getting married with
Tifa and now he was thinking about a flower girl he just met? He tried not to
think about her but she is too much like Aeris, someone he cared before,
someone he secretly, but deeply loved before…
Cloud got a shock and
turned his head. He saw Vincent standing next to him.
"You are really good
in frightening people." Cloud said after recovering from a shock.
"I didn't intent
to." Vincent replied coldly.
"What is it
Vincent." Cloud asked.
"It's Aeris. She just
entered the church today." Vincent answered with a sure tone.
Cloud didn't expect Vincent
to say something like this. Aeris was dead for a long time already. Why would
Vincent say that she entered the church today?
"It was she. I know
it. Though I don't understand why she looked different." Vincent
"What did you mean she
looked different? She was someone else!" Cloud said.
"It's her. I
recognized the way she walks, the way she talks and the way she smiles. It has
to be her." Vincent answered stubbornly.
"Vincent, you think
too much. The one you saw at the church is nothing other than an ordinary
flower girl." Cloud explained.
Vincent ended the conversation and walked away.
Cloud's thought wandered away. He was once again thinking about the flower
"No...What was I think?"
Cloud tried to stop thinking but was then brought back to reality by a big
"Umm...Cid, I don't
think Cloud wanna be on the tiny bronco on his honeymoon. " Barret told
Cid that was kicking the blasted parts of the exploded engine and cursed as
long as he could.
It was midnight. Cloud was
lying on his bed. He can't seem to sleep that night. Something has been bugging
him, he was thinking about what Vincent told him just now. He admitted that the
flower girl really looked like Aeris, but she just isn't! Why would Vincent
think of something like that? He then thought about the flower girl. Her
beautiful face, her sweet voice, her…..
Cloud said to himself.
"Come, come to me.
Suddenly, he heard voices,
Cloud looked around. He saw
nobody around him. A few seconds later, he heard it again. It came from...his
head. Cloud tried to shake away those voices but he couldn't. It hadn't happen
to him for a long time already, since the death of ...Sephiroth.
For no reason, Cloud got
out of bed and strapped his weapon onto his back. He hadn't used his sword for
a long time and he wondered why he would want to use it. Something told him to.
He opened the door quietly and sneaked out of the 7th heaven. He didn't know
why he was doing this. He just followed what the voice asked his to. He was
following someone's command.
The streets of Kalm were extremely
quiet at midnight. Unlike Midgar that was full with people all day long, the
streets of Kalm were deserted. Cloud walked on. He felt like someone was
commanding him to go somewhere, telepathically. He didn't thought of fighting
it back and walk straight back home. He just followed the voice in his head and
Suddenly the voice stopped.
He stand still at his position and saw a dark alley not far away. Without much
doubt, Cloud walked into the alley and looked around.
From a distance he could
see the figure of two people. One of them was standing tall and the other was
either sitting or kneeling on the floor. Cloud walked closer to have a clearer
look. His face turned white immediately. He instantly recognized the two
people. The one kneeling was the flower girl he met yesterday. But the one
standing gave him the fright.
Goosebumps oozed out from
Cloud's body. Cloud just stood still, trying not to believe the man standing in
front of him. This man, holding a long sword in his hand was once his worst
nightmare. Although his long silver hair, blew by the wind hid his face, Cloud
could still recognize him.
"I know you will come,
puppet." the man with the long sword said and grinned.
It's.....it's impossible! How can you possibly be alive?! " Cloud
Sephiroth. The Child of
Hojo and Lucretia, a first Class Soldier, the most skillful swordsman, and of
course, the planet's number one enemy was back. How he came back wasn't
important, what was important was he came back, with a vengeance.
"So you still remember
me. Good. I am not Sephiroth, I am a Sephiroth clone, just like you. But if you
prefer to call me Sephiroth, continue calling me that name." Sephiroth
"How...how could that
Cloud asked with a
frightened tone. Cloud remembered the incident in the northern crater during
his adventure to save the world. Sephiroth killed all the other clones, except
for him. How come the real Sephiroth didn't manipulate this Sephiroth?
"I know what you are
thinking. I should have been summoned and then killed by Sephiroth, right?
Allow me to make a little explaining." Sephiroth said and walked a few steps
around. He looked at Cloud straight in the eye and Cloud stepped two steps
"Remember Hojo gave numbers
to all subjects that have to do with the Jenova Project? Everybody thought that
he started from number 1 but actually he started it from zero. "
Sephiroth explained and
then he stopped for a while. He folded up his sleeve and there was something on
his shoulder. It was a tattoo with a zero on it.
"I am a special test
subject created too by Hojo. But I was a little different. I was more powerful
than the actual Sephiroth and I possessed strength that even the real Sephiroth
didn't possess. I was the ultimate test subject." Sephiroth continued.
"Then why did you
summon me? Why? " Cloud exclaimed.
"Since you managed to
kill the first Sephiroth and the most powerful Sephiroth clone, I believe you
possessed special strength to defeat them both. I, the ultimate Sephiroth
clone, would like to challenge your skills." Sephiroth replied with a
pointed his Musamane at Cloud.
"What does that girl
has to do with everything? She's innocent! Leave her out of this!" Cloud
tried to defend the flower girl that was still kneeling on the floor.
"This ancient? You
don't recognize her? Fool. You made me laugh. She didn't tell you anything, did
she? " Sephiroth finished and laugh hysterically like a madman. His evil
laughter filled the sky and tortured every single cell in Cloud's body.
Cloud pulled out his
enormous sword from it's sheath and dashed towards Sephiroth. He didn't even
care to ready a stance or plan how to attack. He attacked with all his strength
and might that was empowered with anger and hatred.
Sepiroth brought out his
sword and blocked Cloud's first attack. There was a thunderous clash when the
two swords met. Cloud quickly attacked Sephiroth again with his sword. He tried
to immobilize Sephiroth by slashing his leg but Sephiroth easily ducked.
Sephiroth was quicker than he thought.
At first they looked like they were even matched but they actually
weren't. Cloud's aggressively slashed his sword again and again, kept Sephiroth
in a defensive position. But Sephiroth blocked every attack easily. Cloud
couldn't pierce through Sephiroth's defense. Sephiroth was too skillful. He had no choice but to keep on attacking.
In the middle of the
battle, Sephiroth suddenly jumped backwards. To Cloud's surprise Sephiroth
immediately pulled out a green materia and muttered something in his mouth. The
bright green light of Ultima knocked Cloud off his feet.
Cloud quickly recovered but
Sephiroth had charged at him with his sword. Cloud had no time to bring up his
sword so he helplessly tried to dodge that attack. Unfortunately, Cloud failed
to dodge this attack. Sephiroth long sword managed to wound his right arm and
blood was gushing out instantly.
Cloud was in deep pain, he
wanted to stop and heal himself but he couldn't. In the heat of the battle he
got to ignore the pain and keep on fighting. He brought up his sword and
attacked with his last ounce of strength.
After many clashing, Cloud
was exhaust. Sephiroth now fight even better and viciously and the fight before
that was only a warm up to him. Cloud has been slashed twice again and his
whole body was screaming in pain, but he ignored them and kept on fighting
Sephiroth. At last Sephiroth performed a killing blow and knocked Cloud onto
the ground. Cloud was badly injured and exhausted. He couldn't fight anymore.
He tried to be conscious but he could feel his life seeping away. Sephiroth had
Cloud couldn't see clearly
now. Everything started to go blur. A figure appeared in front of him. It was
looking down at him. Cloud gave up fighting and waited for his final blow.
"Great Gospel. "
Cloud was shocked to hear
this. Although he couldn't see clearly, he could see the figure that was
kneeling down stood up already. He then saw green light surrounded the figure.
The green light then disappeared and he felt a surge of energy flowing into
him, he started to see clearly now.
Cloud looked at his wounds
and saw them sealing up, he felt like a new person filled with energy.
Sephiroth's sword came down and slashed right at Cloud but Cloud wasn't injured
at all. A strong shield the flower girl casted protected him. Cloud sprung
forward and slashed Sephiroth without any though of defense. Sephiroth blocked
a few slashes and then he jumped backwards. He was flying in the sky and he
slided his sword back into its sheath.
"Nice try, Ancient.
But you won't be so lucky next time. "
Sephiroth said and then he
fly into the sky. Cloud gazed at the spot where Sephiroth disappeared, and then
he looked back at the flower girl.
"How...how did you do
that? " Cloud walked towards the flower girl and asked her. Cloud knew
this spell very well. Only Aeris could perform it. This means...
The flower girl kept quiet.
She turned her head away. She tried very hard to avoid eye contact with Cloud.
Cloud asked. The flower
slowly turned her head and looked at Cloud. Cloud could see many different
expressions in her eyes but now all he wanted was answers. Whether or not she
They stood there for some
time. Both of them didn't make any move. The flower girl slowly walked towards
Cloud. She bit her lower lips and looked at Cloud. Then, she hung down her and
looked at the ground. She closed her eyes and nodded slowly.
Cloud shook his head with
his mouth wide open and stepped backwards.
Tifa was awake that night.
She couldn't sleep, not because she was having health problem but it was
because she was too excited of her wedding. She occasionally smiled to herself,
giggled while looking at the ceiling. She had many different thoughts. She was
thinking how would it feels being called as Mrs. Strife, having kids and all
sorts of things. She was really excited.
She lied down, occasionally
turning from side to side and after a few hours, she felt thirsty. She got up
from bed and walked out of her room. She was heading to the kitchen to fetch a
glass of water.
On her way to the kitchen,
Tifa walked past Cloud's room. She didn't thought of entering it but something
caught her attention. The door was opened. Tifa felt curious and she took a
peek inside. Cloud wasn't in his room.
Tifa entered Cloud's room
but Cloud was nowhere to be found. Tifa started to worry. Where can Cloud be at
a time like this? Tifa looked around hoping to find some clue. She found out
there was something missing. Cloud's sword was gone. Something really wrong was
Cloud looked at Aeris with
astonishment. He couldn't believe what was going on. At first this flower girl
showed up, then came this Sephiroth that claimed to be more powerful than the
actual Sephiroth. Now he found out that this girl was actually Aeris, someone
he lost for a long time, someone he shouldn't be talking to right now.
"How...how can you
possibly be alive? A year ago Sephiroth's sword ran right through you. "
Cloud asked with a surprised look.
"I was gone once. But
now I am back, in a different body. " Aeris replied.
Cloud asked with a more surprised look.
"If I explain how all
this happen, will you believe me? " Aeris asked Cloud. Cloud didn't know
what to say but to nod to know more.
"It all started this
way..." Aeris started explaining and sat on a doorstep nearby. Cloud joined her
and listened carefully.
"After I was killed by
Sephiroth I entered the lifestream, just like everyone else. But when meteor
came I know I have to do something so I prayed to holy for help. But as you
know that holy wasn't strong enough so I summoned the lifestream for help.
After meteor was destroyed, everything went back to normal. But the special
thing was the planet offered me something, something I never though of. "
"How could the planet
"offer" you something? " Cloud interrupted.
"The planet isn't like
what you think. It can think just like you and me. It can get hurt and even
cry. But only an Ancient can talk to the planet. Remember what Bugenhagen said
in the observatory in Cosmo Canyon? Every time something dies it will be reborn
somewhere else on the planet. It is how thing work to keep the planet going.
But when something is reborn all it past memories will not exist and it may be
reborn in a different form. So the planet offered me something special. The
planet won't erase my memories and I will be reborn in an adult human form like
what you are seeing of me now. " Aeris continued.
"So you are trying to
tell me that you are reincarnated without forgetting your past life? "
Cloud asked. Aeris nodded as a reply.
"But how does
Sephiroth know about this? And why are you with him just now? " Cloud
"This isn't actually
the Sephiroth you encountered before. He is the most successful Sephiroth clone
Hojo ever created so he is actually has abilities all the Sephiroth clones
have, including the ability to talk to the planet." Aeris answered.
Just now I tried to beg Sephiroth to let you go, but he didn't
want to. He told me that he wanted to defeat you, no matter what it takes. And
I don't want that to happen." Aeris said a little more.
"Why didn't you tell
me who you actually are before? We met once before. " Cloud asked
"I am afraid. I am
afraid that you couldn't take it. "
Aeris replied softly. Her
eyes were fixed onto the ground. She looked so sad and she looked like she kept
something away from Cloud. Cloud stared at her. Although she looked different,
she really was Aeris. Her gesture, her speech...everything except for her looks
indicated that she was Aeris. Now Cloud had to live his life in confusion,
"Because of that you
didn't tell all of us that you came back? " Cloud asked again. Aeris just
remained silent and continued looking at the tiles.
"I think you better
come back with me. I don't want Sephiroth to harm you again. " Cloud
suggested and stood up.
"No! I mean no. The
others shouldn't know about this. In fact, even you shouldn't know too. "
Aeris snapped out.
"You wanted to hide
this from the others? Why? Everybody missed you and we will surely welcome you
back and you know it. Why the secrecy? " Cloud exclaimed.
I...I..." Aeris replied softly but then she stopped. She was interrupted
by a voice calling out Cloud from a distance.
me not to tell anybody about what happened just now, please? I promise I will
follow you back home. " Aeris pleaded.
Cloud didn't know what to
do. The look on Aeris's face made her look desperate. He can't believe that
Aeris didn't want the others to know that she came back. If it weren't because
of this incident with Sephiroth he wouldn't even know about this either. What
is wrong with Aeris? Why was she doing this? What was she hiding from him?
"Cloud!!! Where are you?!"
The voice calling out his
name was heard again. Cloud got more anxious. Aeris still looked at Cloud with
that desperate face. Cloud had no choice. He could only nod and agree.
"Ok, I promise. "
Cloud answered. There was a sparkle in Aeris's eyes. That look on her face
disappeared and changed into a thankful look. Aeris thanked Cloud and they
walked out of the alley.
"Cloud! Cloud! "
After Tifa found out that
Cloud was gone, she woke the others up and in a while all of them was out
looking for Cloud. Although the other were still sleepy and were still in their
pajamas, they still got dressed up and start the search. They had to find
Cloud, no matter what it takes.
Everybody in the team
headed to different places, hoping to stumble into Cloud. Tifa went to the
church while the other went to other places. Cait Sith started his search on
Cait Sith kept on hopping
and looking around. He shouted out Cloud's name and hoped to see a figure
popped out of nowhere. His wished came true. When he was hopping by a small
alley, he saw two figures coming out of the dark alley.
"They you are Cloud!
What are you doing here in the middle night? Don't you know how worried Tifa
was? We all can't get a wink of sleep because of you!"
Cait Sith scolded after
Cloud gave everyone so much trouble. Cloud just kept quiet and looked at Cait
Sith. Cait Sith calmed down and something caught his eye. It was Aeris that was
standing next to Cloud.
"Hey!... I met you before
somewhere..." Cait Sith exclaimed the minute he saw Aeris. He tried to recall
who she was. Aeris bit her lower lips and hoped Cait Sith won't figure out who
Oh yah! You are the flower
girl at the church! Er... Cloud, what are doing with this girl here in the
middle of the night? " Cait Sith asked with a shocked tone.
bodyguard! I got myself into trouble so I called in through the PHS for help.
" Aeris blurted out what came by her mind.
"Cloud, you are a
bodyguard? Why didn't you tell us earlier that you are one? We would at least
know what happened to you and not get worried at a time like this! Oh well,
better do all the explanation to Tifa. " Cait Sith said and led the two
back to the 7th Heaven. Cloud looked at Aeris and saw her looking at
the floor with her head down. He sensed that Aeris hid something from him,
something real big.
Tifa was relieved when she
heard her PHS rang bringing her good news. Cait Sith called her to tell her
that he found Cloud. Soon the whole party was back at the 7th Heaven. The
moment Tifa saw Cloud, Tifa was surprised to see the flower girl she met that
day in the church sitting next to Cloud. She hoped that she was only being
And so Cloud's explanation
for the whole team started. He lied and made up things that made sense to cover
up Aeris's identity. Aeris would once in a while back him up and made it
"So Cloud is your
bodyguard...I see...We already met twice but we don't even know your name.
" Tifa asked Aeris after quite some explanation.
"It's Celes. "
Aeris replied. Cloud looked at Aeris strangely but then quickly got rid of that
"Tifa, I know this
sounds a little sudden but would you mind Celes staying with us? I am her
bodyguard but I don't want to run away like just now every time she got into
trouble. She will move out once everything is settled."
Cloud suggested. Tifa kept
quiet and thought for a moment. Cloud's heart beat faster. Will Tifa agree?
"I don't mind. We have
an empty room just down the hallway. You could sleep there if you wanted to.
" Tifa replied and pointed to a door down the hallway.
"That's very kind of
you. So uh...goodnight."
Aeris stood up and walked
towards the room. Cloud looked at Tifa, hoping she wouldn't get suspicious and
was relieved when she yawned and went up to her room. Cloud sat on his chair,
thinking what will happen next.
"Do you really think
having a stranger here is a good idea?" Red XIII asked to Cloud. Cloud
didn't know how to reply. He could only ignore him and went up to his room.
Cloud was sitting quietly
in front of the windows staring at nowhere. One more day left to his wedding
day. He was thinking about his wedding...and the incident with Aeris. He was
thinking about many questions, questions that couldn't be figured out forever.
Aeris's revival was too sudden. He never thought something like that would ever
happen. He couldn't figure out Aeris didn't want the rest of the party that
she's back, he also couldn't figure out what Sephiroth will do next. He had to
think of a way out of this.
"Yo Cloud, wat's da
hell's wrong with ya? You looked like that ever since you came back last night,
don'tcha know your big day is tomorrow? " Barret suddenly appeared behind
Cloud and pat him on the shoulder.
"It's nothing. Maybe I
am just nervous. It's nothing, really. " Cloud replied while trying to
hide the truth.
"Ya don't look like
tha kind that will feel nervous before ya big day, well, just cheer up and get
ready for tomorrow. " Barret consoled.
"Thanks. " Cloud
answered and stood up and left Barret. He wanted to go out for a walk when he
saw Marlene playing with a flower. That flower looked very familiar, it looked
like the one...
"Where do you get that
flower? " Cloud asked Marlene curiously
friend...yea, my friend in school gave it to me. " Marlene answered
Cloud took a better look at
the flower. No doubt. This flower was exactly the same with the one he bought
from Aeris a few days ago. As far as he know this flower could only grow in the
northern continent. Why should Marlene lie to him?
"Marlene, tell me
where you really got this flower, its not good to lie. " Cloud asked again.
Marlene started to look
scared. She was afraid that something that happened to Pinocchio would happen
to her if she lied.
"I promise her not to
tell anyone. " Marlene said timidly. Cloud comforted Marlene with a pat on
"It's OK. I promise
you not to tell anybody about this. " Cloud told Marlene with a polite
"It's the flower girl
in our house. I met her two days ago in an alley crying, so I talked to her and
she gave me this flower. Is anything wrong with that? " Marlene answered.
These words struck Cloud
like a lighting striking a tree. The word crying made him petrified.
Aeris crying? He hadn't
seen Aeris crying before. As far as he know Aeris was a cheerful person, until
he met her recently. Something hurt her, something that wounded her deep inside
"Uncle Cloud, are you
alright? " Marlene spoke and brought Cloud back to reality.
"I am fine. "
Cloud patted Marlene on the head and walked away.
This made him thought even
more. Why would she cry? Marlene said it was two days ago, the day she entered
the church.....and found out about my marriage......is that the reason she
cried? Is that the reason why she didn't want the rest of the party know she
was back? All that made senses. She still has feeling for Cloud. She also knew
Cloud immediately shook his
promised that I will marry Tifa and that is final. " He thought.
"If I go back to
Aeris, Tifa would be devastated. " He thought again.
"But poor Aeris. She
suffered and traveled so long and so far looking for me but suddenly found out
Cloud was struggling with
his thoughts. He didn't know what to do. His wedding was tomorrow. He had to
decide whom he will going to be with. He admitted that for a time he liked
Aeris more than Tifa but Tifa was his childhood friend. He joined soldier just
to impress her and now when he was getting so close to her he just couldn't let
Time flew by when he was
thinking. It is already sunset but he hasn't decided whom to choose. He just
couldn't leave Tifa, she was so excited with the wedding and she can't possibly
take it if the wedding was canceled. But Aeris...what about Aeris? Deep down in
his heart Cloud still has a part that loved her. He was devastated when
Sephiroth killed her and he just couldn't leave her again.
"What am I going to
do? " He cried out softly. He couldn't bear to break any of their heart.
He needed more time to think.
"Yo Cloud! Wanna have
a last drink before yer future wife forbid ya from drinkin' at the bar? "
Cloud got up from his
dreams. It was already dark. He cleared off his head and opened the door. He
saw both Cid and Barret standing in front of the door.
"Damn! You looked like
a piece of s&*t! Come on, let's get a drink and flush that piece of s&*t
off your face. " Cid said and made Cloud move.
"Ok, I will be down in
a minute. " Cloud answered and slowly pushed himself up. He looked at the
door, and walked out slowly.
Now Cloud, Barret and Cid
were at the bar. At first Barret and Cid were pestering Cloud but after a few
bottles, Barret and Cid were hopelessly drunk. Cloud could only rest his head
and fell asleep on the table. He was too tired with his thoughts. He needed
Cloud got up in a strange
world. There were colors everywhere. They were really beautiful. Then something
appeared in front of him. Something he didn't want to see. It was Aeris, locked
in prayers in an altar.
Cloud shouted. He kept on
shouting to ask her to run, but she couldn't hear his voice. Suddenly he saw
Tifa behind him. She was wearing a red dress and a red hat and was carrying a
long sword climbing up a flight of stairs. He ran towards her but then he
hesitated. He knew Sephiroth is going to kill Aeris in any moment. He has to
stop it. He ran towards Aeris. She was still locked in prayers. He shouted a
few times but Aeris couldn't listen. She just continued to stay there. Suddenly
he turned his head. He saw Tifa running further and further up the stairs. He
didn't know what to do. Suddenly Sephiroth appeared in front of him.
"Choose Cloud. Choose.
Aeris or Tifa? " Sephiroth had a wicked grin on his face. Suddenly two
more Sephiroth appeared. One appeared in front of Aeris and another one in
front of Tifa. Both of them readied their sword and they were ready to strike
at any moment.
Cloud woke up and found
himself laying on top of a table in the bar. He shook his head and found out
that Cid and Barret were still hopelessly drunk. He stood up walked out of the
"I know what I am
going to do. "
"What time is it
Shera? " Cid moaned as he got up from a drunken state.
"He looked outside of
the window. It was day already. He immediately jumped out of his chair and
shake Barret violently.
pesterin' me! " Barret moaned.
"God damn it Barret!
Wake up you god damn SOB! We are late for the freakin' wedding!!! " Cid
Barret woke up instantly.
He looked around. It was morning already. He took a look at the clock and saw
the short hand pointed at nine. The wedding was supposed to start at eight.
"Come on old man! Tifa
is gonna kill us if we were late! " Barret exclaimed and ran out of the
bar with Cid without even paying. Boy they hoped the wedding was delayed.
"What took them so
A girl in a wedding gown
complained. It was nine fifteen already. Tifa was starting to get impatient.
Cloud, Barret and Cid
hadn't shown up yet. The three of them must have got hopelessly drunk that
night. Suddenly the church door opened and Barret and Cid rushed in while still
putting on their coats.
"It's about time
already. Where's Cloud? " Tifa asked when seeing only two man entering the
"I thought Cloud was
here already. Isn't he here? " Barret asked with a surprised tone.
"No, Cloud hadn't show
up yet. What did you two did to him yesterday? " Tifa asked nervously.
"We just got drunk and
woke up finding ourselves late for the wedding. We thought Cloud came here
already. " Cid answered.
"What happened to him?
Why didn't he show up? " Tifa asked again.
Nobody answered. Tifa found
a chair and sat down. Hours past by, but there are still no sign of Cloud. They
tried to contact his PHS but he didn't turn it on. Tifa was afraid something
happened to him. They wait for another hour but Cloud still didn't show up.
Tifa had a bad feeling about this.
It was afternoon already.
Cloud still didn't show up. Tifa was extremely worried about Cloud. All the
members of the party started to look around. They were afraid that something
bad has happened to Cloud.
Aeris was walking down the
streets. She couldn't stop thinking about what happened today. She felt that
she was responsible for that. She shouldn't have come to Kalm. She made Cloud
had second thoughts about the wedding, he probably still...no it's impossible.
He loved Tifa very much. He had feelings for her since he was a kid. He
recognized that voice. She turned around and she saw Cloud coming out from a
dark alley. Cloud's hair was still in a mess and his clothes were crumbled.
Cloud looked really desperate.
"Cloud, don't you know
how worried we were because of you in that church? Why didn't you turn up? Tifa
was really... "
"You know why I didn't
turn up. You know. " Cloud said coldly.
understand. " Aeris replied with a bead sweat forming on her forehead.
"I don't know why I am
doing this but deep in my heart I found out that I..." Cloud walked slowly
towards Aeris. Aeris tried to step backwards but she couldn't. Her heart tell
her not to.
"I actually still love you.
" Cloud said when he was only less than a feet away from Aeris.
"No! This isn't true!
Tell me that you still love Tifa! " Aeris shouted with her eyes shut and
closed her ears with her hands.
"Aeris! Listen! "
Cloud yelled. Aeris opened her eyes and looked at Cloud. Cloud was really
desperate to act like this.
"I am not going to let you
go, again." Cloud touched Aeris face with his hand. He slowly brought his other
hand and held Aeris's hand. Her hand was trembling. Cloud brushed her hair and
Aeris looked up. Their eyes met.
"Aeris, I still love you."
Cloud said and pressed Aeris towards him. He hugged her and comforted her by
caressing her back. Aeris rested her head on Cloud's shoulder. She didn't push
Cloud away. She wanted this to happened ever since she knows him. But... she
didn't want this to happen this way. Tears started to form in her eyes. . She
felt guilty. She felt really sorry for Tifa.... She wanted to push him away but
she too wanted to be in his arms a little longer, just a little longer....
Cloud turned his head. To
his shock he saw a girl in wedding dress standing not far from them covering
her mouth with her hands. It's Tifa. There was a really an unspeakable
expression in her face. She was really shocked to see her fiancée hugging
Aeris immediately pushed
Cloud away and wiped off her tears. Tifa turned around and ran away. Cloud
wanted to pursue but then he hesitated.
"Go Cloud... go. Don't
worry about me. I will be all right. " Aeris encouraged Cloud to pursue
Cloud looked at Aeris for a
moment then he nodded. He took off with the speed of the wind and disappeared
among the buildings.
Aeris didn't know what to
do. She felt really guilty. She didn't know how to confront Tifa in the future.
She just stared at the spot where Cloud ran away.
"I am sorry,
Tifa.....I am really, really sorry......"
"Tifa, wait! "
Cloud is chasing Tifa in
the streets. He easily caught up with Tifa because Tifa was still in her
"Tifa, listen to me. I
"No, I don't want to
hear! I just couldn't take it. Maybe I don't really deserve you, Celes is more
beautiful than I am! She is even more polite, kinder, more... "
"No, Tifa! It isn't
because of that! It isn't because what you said just now! It's because Celes
is..." Cloud spoke with a loud voice. Tifa closed her ears and tried to get
away from Cloud.
"...Aeris. " Cloud
finished and calmed down. Tifa looked up at him and a moment of silence
Tifa stood there not moving
staring at Cloud. She couldn't believe Cloud's words. Aeris is alive? How could
that be possible? Everyone saw that. Sephiroth viciously stabbed her in the
back. She couldn't possibly be alive. What wrong with Cloud? Had he gone mad?
"Cloud, you think you
can get away with this by saying that Celes is Aeris? " Tifa spoke.
Tifa didn't buy it. She
didn't believe Cloud this time.
Cloud tried to explain but was cut off by Tifa.
"If you love her more
than me, then stop torturing yourself and go back to her! " Tifa
exclaimed. She then ran off leaving Cloud in a devastated state.
Cloud gazed at the spot
where Tifa ran off. He didn't chase her. He wasn't sure what he had just done
was right. He doubted his decision for not showing up at the wedding. Now he
was really desperate.
Tifa went back to the 7th
Heaven after that incident. She changed into her usual outfit and sat at the
reception table. She stared at the door but actually her mind was somewhere
else. She hadn't spoken a word since she came back. Only Yuffie, Red XIII and
Cait Sith were in the 7th Heaven, trying to calm Cloud down.
"Tifa! Stop thinking
about Cloud! He didn't show up at the wedding! He is a scum! He doesn't deserve
a girl like you! Dump him! " Yuffie persuaded Tifa to dump Cloud.
"Yuffie you are making
things worse. " Red XIII interrupted.
"Yea, Red's right!
Tifa, don't worry. We will find him. " Cait Sith consoled.
"No, you all don't
need to look for him. I already found him. " Tifa replied.
"You already found
him? Where is he? " Red XIII asked curiously.
"He was with...someone
else." Tifa answered and the others were astonished.
"When I found him, he
was...he was with Celes. Celes was in his arms and they were..." Tifa
stopped. She couldn't bear to continue. Tears began to form in her eyes.
"See! I told ya! Cloud
is a scum! He just knew that girl for a couple of days and on his wedding day
he was with her instead of you! God know what they were doing in that alley
that night! Dump him Tifa! Dump him! " Yuffie persuaded Tifa to dump Cloud
"I am sure Cloud won't
do something like that! He must have his reasons. Right Red? " Cait Sith
asked Red XIII.
"I am not sure. I had
to admit I was quite shocked with this at first, but I believed Cloud still has
feelings for Aeris, and since Celes looked so much like Aeris, I fear
that..." Red XIII gave his opinion.
"No! I don't want to
hear! Just leave me alone! "
Tifa cried out loud and
then burst out into tears. They others looked at her with sympathy. She was
once such a strong female that could resist any type of pain and go through all
sorts of hardships. Now she was crying, because of someone, someone called
"What's da hell wrong
witcha Cloud?! How could yer just dump Tifa back at dat wedding?! Arggg!!! If
it isn't because of Tifa I would had already blasted yer spiky ass! "
Barret shouted out with his gunarm in the air.
"Barret's damn right
Cloud. You really screwed up! I mean you really, really screwed up! How could
you do that to Tifa?! I thought that dumb Shera screwed up enough, but you are
ten times even worst than her! Goddammit! I felt like shove my spear into yer
f*(kin' ass! " Cid continued.
Barret and Cid found Cloud
later that day in the bar. The minute they saw Cloud, all sorts of "phrases"
were heard in a kilometer's radius. The both of them nearly killed him for not
showing up at the wedding.
"It's Aeris. It's
because I still love Aeris. " Cloud said coldly.
"Whatcha doin' wit a
dead person?! Goddammit, Aeris was dead, you hurt Tifa's feelings for a dead
person?! " Barret shouted again.
"Aeris is alive. She
is alive. " Cloud continued.
"What did ya mean
Aeris alive?! Have you gone nuts because of the freakin' drink last night?! Did
you want me to slap your f*&kin' ass so hard to make you wake up?! "
"Aeris is here. You
know her. You actually saw her but you don't know it's her. " Cloud
"So who the hell is
her?! " Cid and Barret asked with the top of their voices.
"Celes. " Cloud
answered and took a sip of his drink. Cid and Barret looked at each other.
Cloud needed a medical checkup.
A few hours past by and
Aeris was still sitting on the sidewalks of the streets, alone. She felt really
bad for what happened just now. She
didn't know what to do next.
Tifa....poor Tifa, how
could she take it? She loved Cloud so much but all in a sudden her heart was
mercilessly broken into pieces, all because of her. She shouldn't come to Kalm
at the first place. She shouldn't even have been revived too. Tears formed in
her eyes and they suddenly just burst out.
Aeris lifted up her head
and saw Vincent standing in front of her. She was shocked to hear Vincent
called her Aeris. She stood up to start a conversation.
"I am sorry that you
mistaken me for someone..."
"Don't deny it, Aeris.
Don't deny it. I know it's you. From the way you talk and walk I am absolutely
sure that you are Aeris. " Vincent replied coldly.
Aeris was really shocked to
hear Vincent said something like this. She didn't know that she was so
transparent. She remained silent for a moment, and then Vincent spoke.
"Why are you crying?
Is it because of Tifa? "
Aeris was even more
shocked, how could Vincent know about everything? Did Cloud tell him about
Aeris spoke but was cut off.
"No. Cloud didn't tell
me. I just know. Tell me, do you love Cloud?"
Aeris didn't expect Vincent
to ask something so directly. She didn't know what to say, but eventually she
hung down her head and spoke.
"I do love Cloud. I
love him very much. But I shouldn't. Cloud belongs to Tifa, they knew each
other since they were still kids, and Tifa really cared for him. She could stay
by him in the hospital of Mideel when Cloud lost his mind; she even risked her
life to save him in the life stream. She loved him so much and she was so
excited about the wedding. They were meant to be together, I couldn't just walk
in and break them up. "
"So that's why you
concealed your true identity so that they can be together? " Vincent said.
"Come on, I got to
bring you back. You got a lot of explanation to make. "
Vincent said and then stood
up to lead Aeris back to the 7th Heaven. Aeris at first hesitated
but then she knew she must explain what was going on. She looked at Vincent's
back, and slowly followed him to face the others.
Cloud was now in the 7th
Heaven. After Cid and Barret heard that he said Celes is Aeris, they brought
him back for investigation. Everyone was there except for Vincent and Aeris.
Tifa was in her room. She
was crying her heart out. She couldn't believe what had just happened. Had
Cloud gone crazy and took Celes for Aeris? Why must he did that to her? More of
her tears started to come down. But what if she really is Aeris? Aeris had
always been a good friend to her, she treated her just like a sister, she just
couldn't hate her, Aeris is just too…. nice.
Probably Cloud and Aeris
were meant to be together. Even Cait Sith said that in the Temple of the
Ancients. Cloud was really devastated when they lost Aeris. She just couldn't
break them apart after all this had happened. But…She still love Cloud, she
couldn't bear to him go...
Tifa sank her head down and
broke into tears again. Suddenly there was some loud noise outside the room.
Tifa quickly wiped off her tears and walked out of the room.
"What da hell ya mean
Celes is Aeris? Are ya nuts or what? " Barret exclaimed.
"Aeris is an ancient,
we don't know what she is capable of. " Red XIII interrupted.
"But if all ancient
can revive like she could, their race won't even extinct! " Yuffie added.
"But Aeris is special!
She probably is the last of her kind so the planet doesn't want her to die!
" Cait Sith added some more.
Everyone was busy arguing
about this issue. But Cloud and Tifa just stay still at their positions quietly
listening to the others. They just don't have the mood to talk about this.
After all this that happened, they couldn't just stop thinking about it.
Suddenly the door opened.
Two person came in. It was Vincent and Aeris. Cloud walked towards Aeris, faced
everyone and announced.
"Everyone, meet Aeris.
The entire room went
silent. Aeris slowly walked towards everyone and looked at them. She tried to
avoid eye contact with everybody and slowly walked towards the main hall.
Aeris found a couch and sat
down. Everyone stared at her waiting for an explanation. She didn't like that
feeling. Everyone with their eyes on her... She just didn't feel right. Tifa
gave her a cup of tea to calm her down. Then she started her long explanation
one what was going on.
"I see, because you
saved the planet so the planet let you reincarnate without erasing your
memories? " Red XIII asked.
Aeris nodded. After the
long explanation, everyone believed that Celes is Aeris. They kept firing
questions at Aeris until she didn't know which to answer first. Suddenly Cloud
stood up and spoke.
"I am afraid that
there's a bigger problem we are going to face. Aeris left out an important
matter. Sephiroth is back. "
Everyone stared at Cloud in
horror. Sephiroth is... back? After all the trouble and hardships they've been
to. Sephiroth is back? They have to face him again? They just couldn't accept
this. It was too sudden.
"Sephiroth is back?
" Tifa asked nervously.
Cloud nodded. He then
slowly explained what happened that night in that alley.
"Cloud! Sephiroth was
back and you didn't even wanted to tell us?! Are you nuts?!" Cid exclaimed
after hearing Cloud explanation.
"It's nothing to do
with Cloud. It is I. I don't want to ruin the wedding and...." Aeris
answered for Cloud but Cloud and Tifa's expression changed suddenly. Aeris
stopped and calmed down.
"So what are we going
to do? " Vincent asked.
"I suggest we start
looking for clues tomorrow. " Cloud answered. He then stood up and walked
towards his room. Aeris and Tifa too went back to their room and left the
others stunned with what that was going on.
Cloud was up all night. He
just couldn't sleep. He was still thinking about Aeris and Tifa. He doubt
whether his actions were right. He couldn't bear to hurt any of their hearts,
Suddenly he heard a voice.
"Come, puppet, come to
He shook his head. But he
still heard those voices.
"Come, puppet, are you
Cloud shook his head again.
He muttered something.
"No, I am not afraid
of you. "
"Then, come. Challenge
me. Come to the top of the Shinra building, alone."
Cloud didn't know what he
was doing. He was like... manipulated. He went to the storeroom, took out his
battle equipment, and put it on.
Cloud was ready. He was
ready to meet Sephiroth again, alone. Sephiroth came back to challenge him. He
had to face it, himself. He found a pen and a piece of paper and then wrote
something on it. Then he left the 7th Heaven for his ultimate battle.
"Where the hell did
Cloud put those materia? " Yuffie thought.
Yuffie was sneaking around
the 7th heaven late at night. She just couldn't find where Cloud put all his
materia. She just kept looking.
"This is the only room
I haven't checked yet. " She whispered to herself.
She turned the knob of the
door. It was locked. Damn it! She should have known. She pulled a hairpin out
of her pocket and started picking the lock.
She managed to pick the
lock. She slowly opened the door and entered the room. She switched on her
flash light and shone around.
She took a look around the
room. There were battle equipment everywhere. But the thing that caught her
eyes was nothing other than the materia, neatly arranged in order on the
shelves. She felt like she just entered a gold mine.
"Where did Cloud put
that Knights of the Round materia? "
She ransacked through some
of the crates. Suddenly, she heard footsteps. She panicked. She closed the door
and hid at a dark corner. She hoped the person wouldn't come in.
Someone opened the door.
She expected the person to start checking around after finding out that the
lock was broken. But she just saw Cloud came in, grabbed some equipment and
went out. She was relieved for a moment.
She got up and ransacked
the spot that Cloud took his equipment. She found a red glowing materia.
"Wow! A level 1
Knights of the Round materia! Cloud must have took the mastered one. "
Yuffie was so pleased to
have the materia in her hands, but suddenly her expression changed.
"Why would Cloud got
up so late at night to get his equipment? "
something-fishy going on. She followed Cloud. She saw him writing a note and
then left the house. There is a wark of a chocobo. Yuffie read the note Cloud
To all my friends,
By time you read this note
I am already on top of the Shinra building fighting Sephiroth. Don't worry
about me. I will settle this once and for all.
Yuffie's face turned white
instantly, she thought of chasing Cloud but she was too late. Cloud had gone
too far on his chocobo. With lightning speed, she took the note and woke
Cloud was walking down the
streets of Midgar. He parked his chocobo not far outside the slums. He hadn't
confronted any monsters yet. Probably the monsters were too scared of him or
there were no monsters left. But all this didn't bother him. All he could think
of is defeating Sephiroth. That is all he thought about.
Now the Shinra Building was
just in front of him. It was severely destroyed by meteor. There were no more
galss windows and there was mould everywhere. It looked like a huge tombstone.
Cloud entered the building.
It was quiet, in fact, too quiet. He took a look at the elevator. Surprisingly,
it was still working. He examined it and found out it was repaired. The person
up there not only summoned him, he even made it easy for him to confront him.
Cloud entered the elevator
and pressed the button to the highest floor. The elevator shook violently at
first, but then started moving upwards. He was on his way to his ultimate
"What? Did'cha say dat
Cloud go to dat Shinra building all by himself? " Barret exclaimed.
"It's true! I saw
Cloud went out riding a chocobo! He must have gone to confront Sephiroth all by
himself! " Yuffie said.
"No! He can't!
Sephiroth is too powerful. He is no match for him! " Aeris cried out.
"We got to go help
him! It's his only chance! " Tifa continued.
"But how? Cloud got
the only chocobo and it's impossible for us to catch up with him in time!
" Red XIII said.
Everyone looked at each
other. They have to reach Cloud fast, before something happened to him. There
must be something they could do.
"If only I have my
highwind here instead of leaving it with Shera in rocket town... "
Cid muttered but was cut
off by a rumbling sound on top of them. Everyone ran out of the house. There
was an enormous airship hovering ontop of the 7th Heaven. It was the
Highwind! It's a miracle!
After a short while
everyone saw the Highwind, they saw Shera coming out of the highwind shouting.
"I am sorry captain!
But the tiny bronco just....." Shera shouted against the loud engine roar
of the highwind.
"Nevermind Shera! You
came at the right time! Throw down the ladder! We are coming aboard!" Cid
shouted and Shera nodded. She ran into the deck to get the rope ladder.
"Damn....why is she here
only when I desperately needed her?"
Cid muttered to himself
while looking at Shera descending the ladder. He looked as the others quickly
climbed up the ladder. It was a miracle she showed up. Again, she showed up at
the right time.
The elevator door opened.
Cloud walked out of it and looked around. Yep, he was on the top of the Shinra
building. He saw Sephiroth standing not far from him, smirking.
"You have come. "
Sephiroth said with a grin on his face.
"I come to settle this
once and for all. " Cloud replied.
"So let's just
finished it. " Sephiroth said. He immediately pulled out his sword and
charged towards Cloud.
Cloud pulled out his sword
too; there were thunderous clangs and flashes of light. Cloud knew what he was
doing now. His mind was clearer than before. He skillfully blocked Sephiroth's
slashes and attacks whenever possible. But he was still no match for Sephiroth.
Sephiroth easily dodged all Cloud's attack and sometimes almost knocked Cloud
off his feet with his blows. Sephiroth is on the winning side. He was toying
Cloud, sometimes frightening him with fake blows and blocked Cloud's attack as
it was a warm up. He still hadn't shown his true strength yet.
Cloud started to exhaust.
He knew he couldn't win if the whole battle goes on like this. But he was ready
for this. He knew how he could defeat Sephiroth. He leapt backwards and pulled
out a fire red materia, he muttered something in his mouth.
But before he could finish
casting, Sephiroth jumped with full speed and appeared in front of Cloud. He
attacked him with a powerful blow that knocked him off the ground. The Knights
of the Round materia flew off from him hand and landed far, far away. Cloud
stared with horror as he saw the materia not his hand. Cloud at first thought
he could defeat Sephiroth with that spell. But now Cloud's chance of winning is
Cloud got up again and
brought up his sword. He slashed at Sephiroth again and again but all his
efforts seemed to be useless. Sephiroth could either block or dodge every blow
Cloud gave him. He was just too powerful for Cloud.
Sephiroth counter attacked
Cloud with a really strong blow. Cloud flew backwards and crashed onto the
floor in terrible pain. Cloud couldn't fight anymore. He tried to cast cure on
himself but it was useless. He had exhausted himself badly.
"Let's end this.
" Sephiroth walked towards Cloud. He rose up his sword and was ready to
give Cloud a killing blow.
An enormous airship was
seen on top of Sephiroth and Cloud. The two of them didn't notice it coming.
Cloud quickly crawled backwards while a barrage of missiles blasted at
Sephiroth. Sephiroth was knock off the ground by that strong blow. All the
other members of the Avalanche jumped off the plane and joined the fight. Aeris
quickly cast fullcure on Cloud while the others attacked Sephiroth with their
most powerful attacks.
The whole situation changed
when all of them appeared at once. Nine on one. Sephiroth was now standing on
the losing side. But the evil grin on his mouth grew larger.
"Do you think I am not
ready for this? I had earlier expected something like this to happen. Now all
of you must die! Jenova Change! " Sephiroth shouted.
A roar was heard. From a human
sized being, Sephiroth changed into a huge monster at least twenty feet tall.
It has claws which its fingernails are even larger than Cloud's sword, a body
that towered high over the highwind and the ugliest face nobody had ever seen.
"Now where did that
came from? " Cid asked.
The monster's huge claw
came down and knocked everyone off their feet instantly. It roared so loud that
it almost made everyone deaf. The monster struck again. Again everyone was hit
by the huge claw and was severely injured. Now everyone started casting cure
and defensive spells on each other just to stay alive a little longer. Chance
of winning was slim. The monster was too strong. They didn't even have a chance
Soon all the members of the
party except Cloud were unconscious. Cloud looked at them in horror. He picked
up his sword and ran for cover. But everything he did was useless. The
monster's claw could easily destroy even the strongest metal. He was in deep
trouble. Cloud dodged another of the monster's attack by an inch.
"How I hope I still
have my Knights of the Round materia. " Cloud wished when he dodged
Suddenly he saw something
red in color glowing in Yuffie's pocket. It was the same glow of a Knights of
the Round materia. Cloud lunged forward to Yuffie's unconscious body and pulled
the materia out of her pocket.
Cloud then disappeared and
everything went black. Instantly thirteen knight in shining armor came out
attacking the monster constantly. The monster cried out loudly in pain but the
knights show no mercy. After the last knight slashed the monster with its big
sword, Cloud appeared again. But now the monster was not moving. Slowly it
transformed into Sephiroth.
possible.....how could I be defeated?! " Sephiroth asked himself.
"Sephiroth, prepare to
die!!!!! " Cloud shouted and brought up his sword. Cloud was ready to
attack Sephiroth with a killing blow. His sword will slash Sephiroth into two
in any moment.
Suddenly Cloud stopped. He
couldn't move. He tried with all his might to move but he couldn't. He just
couldn't move. Sephiroth was holding a green materia in his hand. It was a time
materia. Sephiroth just casted stop on Cloud. Sephiroth walked towards Cloud
and took Cloud's sword out from his hands.
"Couldn't believe that
you lost to me just because of a simple spell huh? " Sephiroth said.
"Now let me make you
suffer. " Sephiroth continued.
Sephiroth brought up his
sword. He walked towards Tifa and Aeris that was still unconscious.
"Shall I kill the
ancient, or your childhood friend? " He said evilly.
Cloud stared at him in
horror. He couldn't even speak. All he could do is watch.
"Let's see, who did
you like more, the ancient or the childhood friend? " Sephiroth said.
Beads of sweat were now all
over Cloud. He just couldn't bear to see one of them die.
"Choose Cloud, choose.
" Sephiroth continued.
Cloud couldn't. He couldn't
let any of them die. He loved them both equally and can't bear to see any of
"Since you can't
choose, I will choose. " Sephiroth finished and walked towards Tifa.
"Prepare to suffer.
" Sephiroth said and raised his sword. He was going to kill Tifa the same
way as he killed Aeris.
Cloud shouted. He could move! The spell was gone! Cloud dashed towards
Sephiroth but Sephiroth's sword went down.
There was a moment of
silence. Sephiroth's sword went through something. Tifa was unharmed but
Cloud.....Sephiroth's sword ran through Cloud instead of Tifa.
"Looked like I killed
you instead. " Sephiroth said evilly and let go his sword. He started
laughing like a madman and his laughter grew louder and louder every second.
Cloud couldn't fell the pain; he felt his life seeping away slowly. He saved
Tifa. He saved her life in exchange of his. He didn't regret it.
your opponent..." Cloud struggled to speak.
"Until... he is totally defeated. "
Cloud said softly. He
immediately pulled the sword out of his body and took a strong grip on it. He
charged towards Sephiroth like a madman. He used the sword to slash Sephiroth
again and again. Sephiroth had no sword to defend himself, he could not block
any of his blows. He could only receive them, again and again. Cloud didn't
stop slashing Sephiroth. He just kept on slashing and slashing, even more times
than he encountered a year ago in the lifestream of the northern crater. He had
no second thoughts, he only thought of killing Sephiroth, that's all he thought
Sephiroth finally fell onto
the floor. His body was covered with blood. Cloud looked at his body for a
moment, then he crashed onto the floor and became unconscious. There was a
smile on his face. He succeeded, in defeating Sephiroth, again.
Tifa woke up with a
terrible headache. The first thing she saw is Cloud lying next to her. Not far
away was Sephiroth's body lying there. Tifa crawled toward Sephiroth. She
checked her pulse. Nothing. Sephiroth was dead.
"Cloud, wake up Cloud!
Sephiroth is dead. We did it! " Tifa said while shaking Cloud. But Cloud
"Cloud! Did you hear
me? Cloud! Wake up! Please! Don't frighten me! " Tifa said again but still
no respond from Cloud.
She grabbed Cloud's hand,
her face turned white immediately. His hands were cold. She put her finger on
his nose to check his breath. There was no breath. Tifa heard someone
approaching her, she turned her head and saw Aeris standing behind her.
"Tifa, What happened
to Cloud? " Aeris asked nervously.
Tifa didn't answered. She
bit her lower lips and sniffed. Aeris got more anxious and she asked Tifa the
same question again. Tears flowed down from Tifa cheek and then she let them
gone. " Tifa said softly.
Aeris was stunned for a
moment. She didn't thought that something like this would happen. She just
stood there for a moment, and then she fell on her she knees and past out.
On this day, Cloud Strife
was presumed... death.
It was a fine day in Kalm.
But the atmosphere in the 7th Heaven was terrible. Everyone was there
but they were all very quiet. Something's missing. Their cocky leader Cloud
Strife was missing. And he will be, forever.
Aeris was sitting in front
of the window, her eyes were red, and obviously she had been crying for the
past few days. She looked really depressed.
"Cloud…where are you
now?" Aeris whispered softly to herself.
Suddenly she felt a hand
comforting her on her shoulder. She turned her head and saw Tifa. Her eyes were
red too. She must have been crying lately too.
"Looks like both of us
lost the all ones we loved, right?" Tifa started.
Tifa was right, Aeris
thought. She had lost all her family and friends in the destruction of
Nibelherm. The only person that she grew up with was Cloud. But now he was gone
too. Although she still had the Avalanche with her, but that wasn't enough. She
needed someone that grew up with her to care about her. Now she really lost all
"So what are you going
to do?" Aeris asked.
"I don't know. But I
have to go on with my life, so I guess I will have to live on with this inn and
the others. What about you?" Tifa replied.
"I thought about it.
This place had too many painful memories. I thought of going back to the icicle
inn to learn more about the ancients." Aeris said.
"That is a good idea
too. So when are you leaving?" Tifa asked.
Aeris was standing on the
deck of the highwind. She had left Kalm in the highwind that morning. She
wanted to continue her journey to the icicle inn, somewhere that she could live
in peace and quiet, and somewhere that she could forget about all that had
happened. She looked at the blue skies, there were some Clouds floating
peaceful beyond the horizon.
Aeris turned her head. She
saw Tifa coming from behind her.
"The clouds. They are
beautiful aren't they?" Aeris said.
"They are indeed. But
they really reminded me of someone else." Tifa replied.
"It's Cloud isn't
it?" Aeris asked.
"I really miss him.
But he will never be back. I guess I better go back down. Yuffie is having her
airsick again." Tifa said and walked back into the highwind.
Aeris followed her. But
then she turned her head and had a last look at those clouds.
"Cloud, I will miss
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