A/N: You can find this chap in 'Collection of one-shots' too, but it's the epilogue of this story, so I had to put it here too.

LadyTeefStrife: "Koudelka? Will you do it again?"

Koudelka: "Why?"

LadyTeefStrife: "Ha, ha... Very funny... "

Koudelka: "The first time around you used me, and you called me Lasant"

LadyTeefStrife: "About that, anyone can name you as whatever they want. Your surname can be Lasant, Iasant or Yasant. Depends on where you read it, just like Cloud's birthdate."

Koudelka: "... Do what you want."

Cloud: "You called?"

LadyTeefStrife: "No, but can you?"

Cloud: "Disclaimer: LadyTeefStrife doesn't own anything."

Epilogue: Actions with Meaning


Cloud started Fenrir's engine. "How did you know the last meaning?"

"Well..." Tifa put her hands on Cloud's shoulders so she won't fall from the bike. "After all you said with the flowers, it was between 'Marry me' or 'I-want-to-start-something-with-you' " Tifa giggled. "I suspected it would be the latter, and a date sounded good."

Cloud turned his head. "Can we talk more later? I need to ask you something."

"Why not now?"

"Fenrir makes a lot of noise. And we have a date." Cloud smiled and Tifa blushed. 'Date'. Cloud started to drive Fenrir towards the outskirts of Edge.

'A date with Cloud... 2 weeks ago I didn't even dream it was possible.' Tifa's thoughts redirected towards the dreams. 'Sephiroth, Dad, Zack and... Aerith.' Tifa felt a stab of pain in her heart.

"You said you were okay now." The voice of the flower girl sounded in her head.

"Tifa?" Cloud killed Fenrir's engine.

"... Yeah?" Tifa let go of Cloud.

"Why did she say that?"

Tifa's eyes widened. "You... You heared that?"

Cloud nodded. "Why?"

Tifa dropped her head. 'Not again...' "Why what?"

"Why are you so ******* late!?" Cid's voice sounded from above. In the sky, 'The Shera' was waiting for them with AVALANCHE and the kids.

"So they really were on the plot too..." Tifa smirked.


After a lot of cursing, Yuffie's protests for the movement and everyone's apologies; "Cloud threatened us!" and "he told us to not talk to you!" Tifa and Cloud reached their destination.

Tifa looked at her surroundings. The cold wind at her back pushed strands of her hair back and forth, the smell of clean air, the earth and grass under her feet. 'Home.'

"Why?" Tifa asked Cloud without turning, he was a few feet behind her.

"I... I want to move on." Tifa closed her eyes and inhaled the sweet scent of Nibelheim.

"I thought you already have." Tifa turned and looked at Cloud in the eye. "Why here?"

"Because it all started here. Ten years ago." Tifa nodded. "And eight years ago." Tifa nodded more slowly this time. Cloud went to the well. "C'mon, I need to talk to you." Tifa smiled.

"At least this time we aren't sneaking out at night." Cloud sat at the top with Tifa at his right side. "What did you want to ask me about?" Cloud's gaze was fixated on the ground below them.

"Have... Have I broke through?" Tifa cocked her head to the right.

"Way to go, country-boy" Tifa's eyes widened.

"Z- Zack?" Cloud put his head in his hands.

"Hi, Tifa!"

"... How?" Tifa was very confused. She wasn't dreaming 'I think...' However, she was hearing Zack and Aerith's voices.

"Now you know how I feel every day..." Cloud's voice was muffled against his hands.

"Oh, don't be like that, it's not every day! It's just when you start to act stupid!" Aerith's voice was playful.

"Why can I hear them?" Tifa decided to get to the most important question first.

"Because you opened the door!" Aerith said as a matter-of-fact. "Now, Why?"

"Not again... " Tifa hung her head and Cloud looked at her.

"What do you mean?" Tifa just waved her hand and rested her back against the well.

"Why aren't you okay yet?" Tifa's eyes widened at Cloud's question.

"Cloud?" Cloud just looked at her.

"Aerith told me you were stubborn, and that your surname suited you. Then Zack told me if I wanted to take any steps forward, first I would need 'to break through'. I started to send you the flowers and then they told me to go to your room, something about you needing help."

"The day of the Orchids..." Cloud nodded. "Then you don't now what happened?" Cloud shook his head. "Then, when I heard you...?"

"I didn't say anything." 'The lower voices were my memories...'

"It's okay, I understand now." Tifa smiled.

Cloud was puzzled, but he needed to know. "You... I- I mean... The flowers, and the kiss, do you..."

"Cloud, do you think I kiss everyone who brings me flowers?" Tifa smiled again.

Cloud relaxed and looked at the sky. He sighed and closed his eyes. "I love you Tifa."

"I lo-"

"-About time!" Zack chuckled.

"Ten years late!" Aerith giggled.

"More." They stopped laughing. "More than ten years." Tifa was puzzled.

"More... ?" Tifa thought about their life in Nibelheim 'the bridge'. "Sixteen years, then?" Cloud looked at her and ran his fingertips across her cheek, down her jaw and to her hair. He brushed it away from her face and put it behind her ear, showing her earring. Cloud put his hand on her cheek again and brushed his thumb against her soft cheek.

"More." Cloud kept his gaze locked on her eyes while he crossed the distance, then, he closed his eyes and brushed his lips gently against hers. He pulled away just an inch and spoke again, eyes still closed, his lips brushing hers with every word. "Much more."

Tifa was completely melted against him, her breath was ragged. She was very nervous. Cloud had never shown her this tender side of him. "... How much?" Her voice was barely audible.

Cloud kissed the corner of her mouth. "Nearly twenty." Tifa stiffened. 'How could I not know?'

"And I thought spiky was dense!"

"Zack! Don't be cruel! That's so sweet, Cloud. In love with the same girl for twenty years!"

"Of course..." Tifa sighed against Cloud's mouth and drew back, resting her back on the well again.

"Tifa?" Cloud was confused. He had just told her he had been in love with her since he was four years old and now she was mad?

"Why didn't you tell me?" Tifa's voice was cold.

"Why didn't you tell me?" Cloud looked at her directly, his voice soft. Tifa looked at Cloud again.

"Point." After a long tense moment. Tifa sighed again. "Why didn't you tell 'Her'?"

Cloud was startled by the question. "What do you mean? Teef-"

Cloud was cut by Zack and Aerith's laughter. "See! You two need us here for when you start to act stupid!" Aerith kept laughing, leaving a very puzzled Cloud and Tifa.

"Oh, man..." Zack tried to gain some breath. "Tifa, he just told you he's been in love with you since he was four, and you think he loves Aerith!?" Zack's laughter exploded again.

"But two years ago... " Tifa was very confused.

"Two years ago, Cloud BELIEVED he was my boyfriend! Oh, sweet Tifa... You have been so blind..." Aerith was starting to calm down.

"... What...?" Tifa was still in shock.

"See? Those two are BOTH dense!" Zack's voice was normal again.

"Teef, I never loved her." Tifa's brain started to function again.

"Oh! I- I thought-! I- I mean-! I-!"

"It's okay now?" Cloud put his hand on her cheek again, and when Tifa smiled, he kissed her.


"Twelve years." Cloud turned from his desk. Tifa was leaning on the doorframe looking at him, her arms crossed over her chest. "Twelve years since I realized I love you."

Cloud smiled and got up. Two months. It was two months since their first date, and now they were an official couple. Cloud wrapped his arms around her waist as she put hers around his neck.

"Not fair. Eight years of difference..." Cloud kissed her.

"Yeah, but I have my entire life ahead of me to make it up to you." Tifa smiled and nuzzled his neck.

Cloud smiled and kissed her temple. "I love you, Tifa."

"I love you too, Cloud."

"I love you both, yo."

A/N: The last part is for those who liked you-have-the-worst-timing-ever Reno. If you want more of this story, just ask!

Cloud: "You made me sweet."

LadyTeefStrife: "Something wrong with that?"

Cloud: "You made me talk a lot."

LadyTeefStrife: "Soo?"

Cloud: *shrug* "It's nothing."

Tifa: "I liked sweet Cloud." *only-for-Cloud smile*

Cloud: *whisper to LadyTeefStrife* "Thanks."

LadyTeefStrife: *shrug* "It's nothing."

Reno: "Disclaimer: LadyTeefStrife doesn't own anything, yo."

Zack: "R&R!"

LadyTeefStrife: "Thanks for reading!"

cloti is happiness!! This is it. I hope you all like it. ^.^