ATE: Done with updating this chapter. This is the last chapter of this story and after this I'll start on the sequal.


Chapter 27

Saying Goodbye

Tori and Cloud got back home and both went to sleep (in their own separate beds) But as Tori slept, she kept tossing and turning in her bed.

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In her dream she saw Sephiroth standing on top of the ruins of Midgar. He had a smirk on his face.

"Looking confidante, are we?" Tori accidently said.

"That is non of your concern."

"Ooh. So I can talk to you. Big deal!"

"Just be glad you're not physically in my presence at the moment, Cetra. Because if you were I would have killed you before you even spoke to me."

"Not physically in you presence? What do you mean?"

"You mean to tell me that you did this without even know what you were doing? I'm not surprise."

"And you're not surprised, because...?"

"Because you're the reincarnation of that Cetra wench I killed 2 years ago."

"But that didn't answer my first question. What did you mean when you said that I was in presence but wasn't physical?"

"What I mean is that though you may be sleeping now, you are actually here talking to me while you sleep. And I happen to really be here in the ruins of Midgar."

"Hey, would it be okay if I brought my friends over tomorrow to fight. Because I really want to kill you."

"Sure. Go ahead. I might as well kill you all anyway."

"What a way to rain on my parade." She said. "And besides, that geostigma idea was really retarded."

"So you may think. I have long ago known how you knew that."

"It's not like you've been stalking me now is it?"

"Actually, I've been stalking you at school before Cloud brought you here."

Tori then gasped.

"I can't believe it! Sephiroth is a stalker!"

"Leave before I decide to kill you in your sleep."

"...Okay..."

With that Tori started to wake up.

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Tori woke up in the morning breathing hard. She had seen exactly where Sephiroth was. She quickly got dressed in the clothes she wore when she first got here, grabbed her sword, and rushed downstair. She needed to tell everyone where Sephiroth was. It might be their chance to kill him.

When Tori got downstairs she saw that Cloud, Tifa, Marlene, and Denzel staring at her.

"Why were you...?" But Tifa was interupted by Tori.

"I know where Sephiroth is!" Said Tori.

It was then that Cloud stood up in from the table.

"How do you know? Where is he?" Asked Cloud.

"I saw it in my dream. He's in the ruins of Midgar. I think this may be our chance to actually finish him once and for all."

"Tifa. Call everyone and have them come here. And tell Cid to get his airship."

"You got it, Cloud."

"Now all we have to do is wait." Said Cloud, sitting in his chair with his arms crossed.

Marlene and Denzel were about to say something, but Cloud beat them to it.

"You two need to stay here."

"Aww..." The two kids said at once.

An hour later Barret, Cid, Vincent, Yuffie, and Cait Sith was sitting on top of Red XIII.

Yuffie was staring at Tori. It was then that Vincent hit Yuffie on her head.

"Hey! Why did you hit me?" The ninja asked.

"No staring." Vincent said while glaring at Yuffie.

Yuffie then started to pout with her arms crossed.

It was then that Cloud and Tifa arrived at the table and took their seats.

"As you guys know, you're here for something important."

"Is it a party?!" Yelled Yuffie.

This resulted in Vincent having to hit Yuffie in the head again. She looked up and was about to say something to him, but he had the look that said 'Be-quiet-or-I'll-tape-your-mouth-shut' on his face.

It was then that Tori couldn't take it anymore.

"Can we stop beating around the bush and get straight to what we intended to say?" Said Tori.

Everyone looked at her with surprise. True she never had this kind of behavior, but she just wanted to get to the point.

"I'll just say it! I know where Sephiroth is. He's at the ruins of Midgar."

"And how do you know this?" Said Barret.

"I saw it when I was sleeping. It was real to the point that if I touched anything I would have felt it. I think this may be our chance to finally take care of him."

"Now she's fucking talking." Said Cid.

"I like her already!" Said Yuffie.

Again Vincent had to hit the ninja on the head.

"What are we waiting for? Let go!"

Tifa then looked to Cloud.

"Well, do you want to say it?" She asked.

Everyone in the room fell silent, waiting for Cloud to speak.

"Let's mosey." Said Cloud.

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Everyone was now on the Shera with Cid piloting. Tori was standing near the window watching the view from down below as they took off.

"Wow! This is 10 times better than riding in an airplane! And it actually goes faster than one too." Thought Tori.

"Hi!"

Tori jumped when she heard the voice and turned around to find that it was Yuffie.

"I don't believe we were properly introduced. I'm the White Rose of Wutai. The great ninja Yuffie! What's your name?"

"I'm Harry Potter." She said.

"What?!"

"I'm just kidding! My name's Tori."

It was then that Yuffie started to circle around Tori as if inspecting her.

"You know, you look a lot like Aerith."

"That's because I'm her reincarnation." Said Tori.

"Hey guys! Aeri--" Tori had to cover Yuffie's mouth.

"Yuffie. They already know. There's no need to tell them."

Tori then released the ninja's mouth.

"Sorry about that."

"It's okay. I just don't like having a lot of attention."

"You look like you've never been on an airship before."

"Well, where I come from we don't have airships. We have airplanes instead. Airships happen to be 10 times better than airplanes."

"Yo! Coming in for a landing!" Yelled Cid.

Tori looked out the window and saw Sephiroth standing there like he did in her dream.

"Just you wait, Sephiroth. We'll end this." Thought Tori.

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Everyone was outside the airship and coming over to Sephiroth.

"So, you decided to come." Said Sephiroth.

"Yeah, yeah. Stop acting like a drama queen and skip the introductions, you stalker." Said Tori.

Everyone looked at Tori with confused looks.

"Um...don't ask." She said.

"I hope you're ready to die."

"I could say the same for you."

The clash then started with Sephiroth making the first move. Everyone dodged this assault and attacked Sephiroth. Tori, Cloud, Tifa, and Cid were attacking Sephiroth while Barret, Vincent, Yuffie, and Cait Sith and Red XIII attack from a ways away. Soon enough, Sephiroth was weakening but he was still powerful.

As Cloud and Tori were about to attack him, the One-Winged Angel used an attack that sent Cloud and Tori to the ground, with Cloud farther away from her. When Cloud got up he ran towards Tori, only to get blocked by what seem to be a barrier.

"What? A barrier?" Thought Cloud. "Tori won't be able to take Sephiroth on her own!"

Tori got up to her feet and looked at Sephiroth.

"Now it's just you and me." Said Sephiroth. "You're friends can't help you now."

Tori's eyes widened. She was going to have to fight Sephiroth alone.

"No time the hesitate. This is a real life or death fight that I'm now in." Thought Tori.

Sephiroth charged at Tori, but she blocked it just in time. She was now struggling to push his sword away from her with all her might. She remembered when she struggled to push Cloud's sword away from her in training but she wasn't able to. But this was real battle and she couldn't afford to lose now. Eventually, Tori managed to force Sephiroth's sword back at him and that gave her some time to put in a few blows before he was back in action.

I looked like Tori would win, but then she felt something plung itself into her right shoulder and hissed in pain. She looked down at her shoulder and saw that Sephiroth's sword was stabbed into it and looked up at him with pain written on her face.

"Tell me what you cherish most." Said Sephiroth. Tori stared at him with anger. "Give me the pleasure of taking it away."

That was it! That was enough to ignite Tori's anger. Image's of all the time she spent with everyone flooded her mind and she found a new strength inside her that she didn't know she had. Tori pulled out the Masamune from her shoulder and slashed at Sephiroth, only for him to dodge.

"You should have never asked that question." She then ran over to Sephiroth and rapidly slashed at him, not giving him time to attack. "There's not a thing I don't cherish!"

She continued to slash. "This is for killing me in my past life!" A slash. "This is for all the time you hurt my friends." Another slash. "And this is for you and your screw up mind and for a one-way ticket to hell!"

Tori kept going at this until Sephiroth was completely dead. She was now covered in blood. It was over, it was finally over.

The barrier disappeared and Cloud along with everyone else came running over to her. He held her in his arms.

"You did it. You defeated Sephiroth." Cloud whispered to her. "I thought you were going to die again."

"I know. I thought so too." Said Tori.

Tori then saw her arm and that it was starting to become transparant. She started to panic.

"What's happening to me?" She asked.

"You're leaving!" Said Cloud.

Tori looked at Cloud with sadness in her eyes.

"No! I don't want to leave! I want to stay here with you!" She tried to wrap her arms around Cloud's waist, but her arms went through him.

Tori started to cry. Cloud's head was hanging.

"I don't want you to leave either, but there's nothing I can do to stop it." He looked up at Tori and she saw tears falling from his face, the first time she had ever saw him cry.

Tori held out her hand to Cloud and he place his hand on hers. Because she wasn't solid anymore, his hand went through hers.

"Tori. Remember what I told you. Even though we might be pulled away from each other, we will always meet again. Never forget that."

Tori nodded.

"I won't. I promise." Said Tori.

Cloud then removed his hand from hers and she started to disappear.

"Goodbye...Tori."

"Goodbye..."

It was with that that Tori left.

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When Tori appeared again, she was outside her house with her sword in her right hand.

"I'm home." Tori whispered.

Tori walke up to her front door and rung the doorbell. Soon the door opened and It was Jackie who answered. When she saw her sister, she let out a cry.

"Tori! You're back." Said Jackie.

"I know..." Said Tori sadly.

Tori then went inside to find her family waiting for her in the kitchen.

"Where were you this whole time? You were gone for a month." Said her dad.

"And why are you covered in blood?" asked her mom.

Tori explained to her family what had happen to her and that she had just fought Sephiroth with the sword she had in her hands and told of the white materia. They didn't believe her so she had to take the white materia that was in her pocket out to show them. It glow in her hand as it was shown to everyone standing in front of her. It was then that they believed her.

Afterwards, Tori went to her room and closed the door. She cleaned her sword of the blood that was on it and changed into different clothes. When she was done, Tori placed her sword on her shelf and took out the white materia again.

"Well, two months left of summer vacation." Tori said. "Cloud... I know you can't hear me right now, but I'll wait for you. I'll wait for the day when we'll meet again. I'll wait for however long you want me to. I promise that I'll be in your arms again. But until then, I'll be waiting for you."

Fin


ATE: There's your ending. But don't worry, It'll continue in the Sequal and it will be called 'What I Longed For'. Please Review.