Tears and Promises Tears and Promises

By: Flower Girl FF7

Hey everybody I'm back and writing…and here's my 5th fic. Thanks for everyone's kind reviews for Stars will lead you back to me…

This is for Mallow64 and Yunalesca and Stormguy…

You guys give me my inspiration to write…

Here it is!

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*Flashback

"Cloud?"

"Yeah?"

Cloud looked at her quizzically…

"You'll always protect me…right?"

"Of course…"

Cloud nodded.

"You promise?"

"I promise…"

Aeris Gainsborough brushed her long brown hair away from her face and smiled…

"Thanks Cloud…"

Sometime later…

Cloud had just given the Black Materia to Sephiroth and the party had travelled to Gongaga to let Cloud rest…

"Tifa?"

"Yeah Aeris…?"

"You and Cloud are best friends right?"

"Yeah…"

"You love him don't you?"

"…Yeah…I know you feel the same for him too…"

"…I do…but you don't have to worry anymore…"

"What do you mean?"

"Take care of him please Tifa…"

"Aeris! I don't understand what's going to happen?"

Aeris turned around in the opposite direction…

"Just…look after him for me…"

And without another word…Aeris left Gongaga…

Ancient Capitol…

"Aeris??" whispered Cloud as he looked to the altar…

He slowly leaped across the five pillars that spanned the crystalline pool…as he ascended the stairs that lead to her…to Aeris Gainsborough…flower girl of the slums…and last of the Cetra….

Suddenly a strange sensation overcame Cloud…

He felt his head throb in pain…

"I can't...fight it…!"

His mind was afire with pain!

His temples throbbed.

His eyes burned!

He unsheathed his sword, which shone with the moonlight…

He brought it to Aeris' head…

Fight it Cloud…

"I can't…"

Aeris I'm sorry…

He brought the sword down!

"CLOUD!" screamed Tifa…

"What are you doing man?" screamed Barret.

Cloud came back to reality…he stared at his sword and then Aeris…

He drew back…

He had almost killed her…

"What are you trying to make me do!!" he screamed.

Aeris heard his cry and slowly opened her eyes…

Her eyes…a beautiful green…the colour of the lifestream itself…gazed into Cloud's…

She felt her eyes brim up with tears…

…so many things she wanted to tell him…

…how much she didn't want this to happen…

…how much she wanted to hold him…to be with him…

…How much she loved him…

But she couldn't tell him that. She had only these last moments…

Sephiroth came from above…and drew his sword…the Masamune…the blade that had killed so many…the people of Nibelheim…Tifa's father…Cloud's mother…and now…

It pierced through Aeris' body…

She closed her eyes for a minute then slowly opened them weakly…

She wanted to see Cloud one more time…

I love you …Cloud…she thought as she looked into Cloud's sapphire eyes which were full of horror and disbelief.

A tear fell from her eye as she realized he would never even care that she was leaving the physical world…and that she and him could never be together

Never be together…

…as she fell back and closed her eyes.

She felt an arm wrap around her…in a tight embrace…

Cloud…

She felt something fall on her arm before her last breath was taken…

Tears?

And Aeris Gainsborough returned to her Promised Land…