Author: I can't think of anything to say. Nope, not a thing. R&R.
Disclaimer: I do not own Final Fantasy VII or Squaresoft. I do own Kayson.
Sephiroth was standing on the balcony of Kayson's apartment. He didn't really have much of a choice about being there. Both the front door and the glass door were locked and he didn't have a key. Besides, where else was he going to go?
He was thinking about how he had come back, and more importantly, why. Why bring him, of all people, back to the land of the living? Surely there were those more deserving. He thought of Zack and the Cetra he had slain. Why couldn't they return in his place? They had both earned it.
True, but you're the one who needed help.
Sephiroth wasn't sure at first whether he really heard that, or if he had just imagined it. His head rose slowly and he peered into the sky. He could almost see her, the woman whose life he had ended in such spectacular fashion. Then he realized who it was that had brought him back. "It was you…"
He didn't understand it. Why would she help him, after everything he did, to her especially? "Why? Why help me?"
Everyone deserves a second chance.
Especially you. Although technically this is your third.
"So you want me to redeem myself? Is that it?"
It's your third chance. What you do with it is up to you.
Sephiroth heard the glass door open behind him and he turned around to see Kayson. "You didn't leave my door unlocked all day, did you?"
"No. I was locked out so I jumped up here to wait for you."
Kayson was a little taken aback. She knew Sephiroth wasn't exactly normal, but she didn't expect him to able to jump to a second story balcony. Normally, she wouldn't have bought something that ridiculous, but something about his face told her he wasn't lying. She couldn't think of anything to say. "You get off work pretty early, don't you?" Sephiroth asked in an attempt to break the silence.
Kayson smiled a bit. "My boss gave me the rest of the day off in exchange for your name."
"Your boss wasn't that little girl, was she?"
"No, that was Marlene. My boss is a bit older than her. Her name's Tifa."
Sephiroth recognized the name and his blood ran cold. Praying it wasn't the same woman, he asked Kayson what she looked like. She was about to answer when something behind Sephiroth caught her eye. "That's her there," she said, pointing to a woman running for the apartment at breakneck speeds. Sephiroth turned just as Tifa looked up at the balcony.
Everything seemed to freeze as the two warriors and enemies saw each other. Sephiroth wasn't about to let Tifa take away his brand new life. He leapt from the balcony to the street behind Tifa. By the time she had stopped and turned around, Sephiroth was almost a block away.
The chase through the streets lasted several minutes. Eventually, Tifa had gained on Sephiroth enough to use the materia she had in her hand. A great fireball flew out and towards Sephiroth. There was no way he could outrun it so he stopped and turned on the spot. Moments later, the fireball was upon him and he used his left arm to swat it away. This saved him, but unfortunately there was a house across the street that was quickly engulfed in flames.
He and Tifa both looked at the blaze. For a moment, neither one moved a muscle. Then, at the same instant, they both acted. Tifa was determined to finish off Sephiroth once and for all before he could do any more damage and charged straight at him. Sephiroth, on the other hand, was determined that this time, things would be different. In the instant he turned his back on Tifa and made for the burning home, he left behind everything that he had become since Nibelheim. As he entered the building that was being devoured by flames, he became the hero he was always meant to be.
Author: I liked Sephiroth better before Nibelheim. Crisis Core players will understand exactly what I mean.