(A.N)Wow, I haven't posted a new chapter in 6 months… yes I am very lazy. But school just got out so I should have more time for writing. And I was looking through the Cloud and Tifa fanfics and I noticed that someone else posted a story about Tifa catching geostigma… Rival! No, I'm just kidding. Sorry it's so short. REVIEW PLEASE! :D

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This Changes Everything-Chapter 9

'Tifa's POV'

I insisted that we stopped in Bone Village so we could rest a little. But before that we went to the local clinic to see if my- if our baby was okay. We learned with much relief that it was okay.

Even the doctor said it was a miracle for this baby to be alive after what I told him what we went through. After he said that Cloud became very quiet. We walked back to the inn hand in hand. Once we checked in and was in our room Cloud stripped down to his boxers, which earned a blush by me. But he still didn't say anything.

"Cloud, is something wrong?" I finally asked. I watched as he slid the covers off one side of the bed.

"No." he said getting on the bed and covering himself with the blankets.

"Cloud, I know something's up." I crawled over to him and ran my fingers through his hair he turned his head and peeked at me with one eye.

"It's my fault." He finally said slowly.

"What's your fault?" I asked my brows furrowing.

"The reason the baby wasn't hurt… It must have some Jenova cells in it." He sat up quickly, looking down. "Our baby is going to be born a monster. And it's because of me."

I don't know what happened to me when he said that. I think something snapped and I found myself bring a hand up and slapping him. Hard. He looked at me completely surprised, a red mark already forming on his pale cheek. Even thought I felt guilty about hitting him, it felt good to let my anger out after all that he put me through. I shook out my stinging hand and he brought his hand up to his cheek.

"Cloud!" I gasped out. "Our baby will never be a monster, no matter what type of cells it has."

He just looked at me with large sparkling eyes.

"If anything, we're blessed. The things I've done the baby should be dead, and yet its not." I placed my hands on my hips and looked down at him like I was scolding a child. "And you have Jenova cells too. Does that make you a monster?"

His expression changed from shock to endearing. Cloud dropped his hand and he quickly wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me on his lap. He buried his face on my neck and I couldn't help but to wrap my arms around his torso. "Thank you, Tifa."

"For what?" I asked.

"For not giving up on me. For giving me another chance. I promise I won't run away this time."

I pulled away from him to see the bags under his eyes defining. I crawled off of him. "I guess we should rest up all we can. We should get back to Edge as soon as possible."

Cloud just nodded and lied back down. But then he grabbed my waist and brought me to his chest.

I gasped out and looked up at him. "Cloud…?"

"I want you close by me. I couldn't bare you out of my touch anymore." He wrapped his arms around me tighter.

"Okay, Cloud." I whispered and snuggled into him more.

When I opened my eyes in the morning I found that I was alone. The events of the past few days came flooding back through my mind. I shot up to see Cloud no where. That bastard better not have left me again, or I will seriously bring him with me to the afterlife.

I felt something drip on my lap and I brought a hand up to my face. I was startled to feel that I had tears rolling down my cheeks. I tried to stop it, but it was almost impossible and I could feel my throat closing up.

"Cloud!" I call into the empty room and I hear something smack in the bathroom.

The bathroom door swung open and Cloud appeared in the doorway with only a towel wrapped around his waist. His spikes were dripping wet and beads of water were traveling down his neck and past his chest. He must have heard the distress in my voice or I doubt he would've swung the door open so fast.

"Is something wrong?" He asked

"I thought you left again," my voice came out softly from relief. Maybe something else too. And I did not succeed in the stop of flowing stream of tears.

Cloud's face softened and he walked over to the bed to sit next to me. He grabbed my hands with some hesitance, and shyly met my gaze. I know that there's nothing wrong with his movements because I know that he's always like that.

"I know that I don't deserve your forgiveness, or for you to even be in the same room as me, but…" He paused a second as if to gather his thoughts. "…I'm glad that you're here, with me." He added with a blush. I nearly bowled him over when I hugged him. I ignored the fact that he was only wearing a towel and he was starting to get me wet too. I looked up at Cloud's face and saw a red mark on his forehead. I guess I didn't see it before…

"What happened to your forehead?" I asked and his cheeks flushed more than they already were.

"I slipped and hit my head on the sink when you called to me." Cloud said and avoided my gaze. I brought a hand up to my mouth to stifle my giggles, but they just burst out.

We got back to Edge right before sundown, and both of us noticed a crowd formed around the statue of Meteor in the center of the city. As we passed we saw two of the three men that kidnapped me. Cloud drove faster back to the bar.

When we were in front of Seventh Heaven, Cloud made sure I was on the stairs to the bar safely before he sat back down on his bike.

"You're going to see what's going on." I made sure that it wasn't a question.

He nodded, looking at me slowly.

"Take me with you."

He shook his head. "Please, don't do anything more. I have to know you're safe." He said desperately.

When I didn't say anything he sighed and started his bike.

It hit me then that it could be the last time I see him, Cloud was obviously going to fight them, and who knew what would happen after that. If there was anything that I learned the last seven years was not to take anything for granted.

"Cloud, wait!" I shouted over the engine.

He looked at me, a curious expression on his face. I walked over to him quickly and wrapped my arms around him. I relished the warmth that came off of him, and I took in his smell for the millionth time that day.

"Please come back to me." I whispered. I couldn't bare it if anything were to happen to him. I felt him nod against my neck.

I brought my head to look at him directly, his glowing blue eyes were wide. I leaned in to kiss his lips softly, and then leaned back again. Cloud brought his hand to my cheek and leaned in to kiss me passionately.

After about a minute he pulled back, both of us were panting. I backed up so I was on the side walk. "I love you."

He smiled shyly. "I love you, too."

Then he drove away.

I haven't posted a chapter that short since the first chapter. I hope none of you are too bored with me yet, since there will only be a few chapters left.

And check out my not so new story On The Edge, in my opinion it will be better than this story.