Hiya peoples! I'm back from my Final Fantasy VIII fic . . . well, I'm just getting here. How've you all been? I'm just wonderful. Peachy keen really (I got that from Grease. We were watching it in Health class.) So, ready for my newest, latest fic? Alrighty then, let's see if I come up to your expectations . . .

She ran down the stairs, nearly tripping. Hearing the door close, she screamed, "NO!!!"

Her long brown hair billowed behind her as she yanked the door open. It was too late. A cloud of dust blocked her vision, and then he was gone. The all-too-familar sound of his bike got lower and lower as he sped away.

"CLOUD!!!!!" she screamed after him.

Tifa woke up panting, sweat sliding down her face and arms. God I'm paranoid. I have to be. She hopped out of the bed, silently making her way to the door. The barmaid looked at her clock. It read 4:17. Damn. This is the thrid time this week that I've had this dream. Maybe its trying to tell me . . . No. Cloud wouldn't do that and you know he wouldn't. She glanced quickly at her mirror and sighed. The purple tank top and pants were really nice dress attire. She liked them a lot; after all, Yuffie had gotten them for her birthday.

Opening the door, she walked down the hall to the kids' room. Tifa quietly opened the door ajar and smiled. They were fast asleep. Of course. It's Saturday after all.

She crept soundlessly to the room adjacent from her own. His door was always slightly open, so all she had to do was look. Watching him, she sighed. He was peaceful in his sleep, just lying there. The blonde chocobo hair still stuck up at all angles, even as he slumbered. I like it better when he sleeps. He actually allows himslef to be vurnerable. The martial beauty left his room and quietly made her way downstairs. Reaching the bottom, she went behind the bar and pulled out a pot, along with some coffee. Nothing like coffee early in the morning.

Cloud heard someone looking into his room and then that said person walking away. Sitting up, he yawned and looked at his clock. It was 4:21. Who the hell is up this early? It took him a minute to actually think about that. Well, who's the only morning person in this house? And the kids surely wouldn't be up this early. He stood up and stretched, then stopped to look at himself. All he was wearing were the blue and white boxers he'd gotten the other day. Like the blond cared. He just wanted to see who was up, even though he already had a clue.

The warrior made his way down the hall, peeking into the kids' room. He smiled when he saw that Denzel was sleeping with his head under his pillow. Again. Marlene's light brown hair was fanned all across her pillow and when she turned over it became spewed across her face. Cloud shook his head and walked in, sitting queitly on her bed. Taking a very gentle hand, he slowly brought it all to one side, and tucked it behind an ear. I don't want her to wake up chewing on her hair in the morning.

He left, closing the door softly behind him.Cloud walked slowly down the stairs, only to find what he'd already been expecting: his best friend sitting behind the bar.

The brunette looked up as he descended from above and smiled, eyes full of concern. "Cloud," she asked, "aren't you tired? You just got home about three hours ago."

He shook his head and took a place across from her. "I'm fine. Used to not getting any sleep."

She smiled wider, this time joyfully, and turned around to fix him a cup of coffee. "Well, who's fault is that?"

"Yeah, haha Teef." As the blonde got his fixing, he asked, "What are you doing up?"

Looking concerned again, Tifa said, "I'm sorry. Did I wake you? You were sleeping when I checked."

Cloud shook his head. "No, I wasn't alseep. I had just got up to use the bathroom, so I thought I'd woken you."

Her smile returning, the barmaid shook her head. "No . . . I just . . . had a bad dream. It was nothing really. Don't worry about it," she added hastily after seeing the look he was giving her.

Cloud took a couple sips from his cup aand asked, "About what?"

She was caught off guard, even though she'd been expecting the inevitable question. Shock was soon replaced by joy and she waved a hand. "I said don't worry about it, Cloud. It's nothing important." She finished her cup and washed it in the sink. Placing it back it the corret cupboard, she implored, "You know, you really should be asleep. Don't you have to work in the morning?"

The blonde shrugged. "Actually, I don't have to work until . . . two tomorrow. Maybe I can do something with you and the kids."

Tifa was beaming now. "That would be so wonderful! But don't you think you'd be too tired? I mean, you've barely gotten any sleep."

Cloud smiled at her. "I'll be fine, Teef. See? I'll go to bed right now, just to make you happy." Getting up and starting for the stairs, he heard her giggle behind him. When he reached the ascenders, Cloud turned to her and asked, "Goodnight, Teef. Are you sure you're okay?"

She nodded and waved to him. "I'm fine. Be up in a minute. Good morning." He waved, and when he reached the top of the stairs, where Tifa was sure that he as out of earshot, she sighed. Washing out his cup adn putting his back in the cupboard, she turned out the light and ascended the stairs to her room.

All right, there's Chapter one! This is my very first Final Fantasy VII fic, my second fic in total. I really hope you guys, and gals of course, like it. Please review and if you have anything to say, like critisism, it would be very appreciated. The only think I WILL NOT tolerate is flames. I think they're just plain wrong.

And don't even try it in another langauge. I can always find out what you said, whether you think I can or not.

The next chapter will be a lot longer, I promise!