A/N: Hello readers! For those of you who are familiar with my work, this story has dark themes that are almost as dark as Eternal Love. This is much saner, but I'll let you be the judge of that when this story is finished. :) Also, this story is AU and takes place during modern times.

Disclaimer: I do not own FFVII.

Warning(s): Graphic violence, language, etc. If this offends any of you, then I wouldn't read this story since the graphicness will get worse…

"Cloud…are you alright?"

It was a cold morning in the city due to the change of season. Cloud looked at the people he swore to protect as they walked by the window of the coffee house. He sipped his coffee before answering.

"Of course Commissioner. Why wouldn't I be?"

"Well, ever since he left the force, you've been on the quiet side. Hell, you were even quiet when you were at your promotion party yesterday. I thought that you would be excited to become a deputy of our police force at the age of 29."

"I am Lazard…"

"You sure have a funny way of showing your excitement… Your silence, it has nothing to do with-"

"I'm positive it has nothing to do with…him. Why would it?"

"Because he was your old partner and you looked up to him."

"He also was the serial killer that we were looking for."

"And you were the one that caught him and put an end to his reign of terror 8 years ago when you were a detective. You were quite lucky to make it out alive and are a hero."

"I'm not a hero…"

Lazard raised a brow at Cloud before taking a sip of his coffee.

"Oh? Then what do you call yourself Strife?"

"I don't call myself anything…I don't even call myself lucky. He let me live with knowing that I didn't have the strength to pull the trigger on him when I should have. I'm the reason why he's still alive and in prison with maximum security…"

"You act like he can escape!"

"It doesn't matter if he can escape or not! His apprentice is still out there somewhere just waiting for him to give the signal and we have no clue who the apprentice is or where he is!"

"What? What do you mean he has an apprentice? Where did you hear that?"

"He told me himself before you came in and arrested him…"

"What the hell Cloud! Why didn't you say that in your report! We could've had spies out and about by now!"

"That's why I didn't put it in the report… If the apprentice is anything like Evil Eye, you won't find him until he wants you to…"

"With that said, why did Se-"

"Evil Eye."

Lazard sighed.

"Why did Evil Eye want to be found?"

"It's simple really…"

Cloud took a sip of his coffee.

"He wanted to take a break…after all, his work is done. All he wants now is to let his apprentice have his fair share."

Lazard scoffed.

"His fair share of what exactly?"

"Of knowing that the police force is nothing but puppets under his control…"

Cloud watched Lazard shake his head before taking another sip of his coffee.

"I don't understand how you know so much about him and how he thinks…"

"He was my partner…I was bound to understand the way he thinks and know so much about him."

"Then tell me, why did he, a detective of such excellence, become a serial killer…the worst one of our century?"

"That…I can never explain and I don't want to even want to try to explain… It may just drive me to become insane…"

"As much as I want to force you to say why, I don't want you reverting back into that state you were in after he was sentenced to life in prison."

"I didn't come here for you to antagonize me!"

"Neither did I... Look, all I wanted to do was lighten you up some so that you can see that you don't have to live in fear everyday. It's safe for you to be happy and experience life away from the desk and paperwork."

"Nothing is safe…"

Cloud went back to looking outside of the coffee house window. To say it was safe now would be when all hell breaks loose. It pissed him off when Zack said the same thing to him a few months after he was locked up. They don't understand…he knew that the apprentice was waiting for everyone to feel safe again to make his move. It was common knowledge…

"Well, all in all Cloud. I still believe that you're a hero, whether you say so or not."

Cloud snorted. He hated when everyone called a hero for catching him. He didn't catch him…all he did was sat on the floor and cried as he pleaded to him not to kill him. He remembered how his old partner slowly turned his head in his direction and grinned as he pulled the knife out of the chairman of ShinRa Electric Company Committee's eye…he remembered how much blood poured out of the eye as his old partner slowly made his way towards him as he licked the knife clean with a smirk on his face…


Cloud shook the vision out of his head to realize that he dropped his cup of coffee on the floor.

"Are you sure you're alright?"

Cloud sighed as he saw how concerned Lazard was.

"No…I'm not sure…I'm never sure…" Cloud said as he grabbed some napkins and got out of his chair to clean up the coffee. When he heard the sound of glass breaking and everyone screaming he looked up and saw everyone running out of the coffee shop in horror.

"Lazard, what's-"

Cloud stopped speaking when he saw blood dripping on the floor from where Lazard was sitting. Cloud felt his heartbeat quicken as he got up off of the floor and stared at his boss in horror as the same fear from when he discovered his partner's terrifying secret. Lazard was limp in his chair…his right eye staring back at him and the left eye crimson red as blood ran from the eye down his face, giving Cloud the image of Lazard crying tears of blood.

No... No, no, no, no! He's locked up! He can't…he can't…

"Just when you felt safe…"

Cloud collapsed onto the floor and did the same thing after they took his smirking old partner away in handcuffs. He screamed.

He lifted his gun to blow away the smoke that came out of it with a smile on his face. He heard his cell phone vibrate and reached into his pocket to answer it.

"Did you contact-"

"Yes I did. Our targets are eliminated. And yours?"

He smirked.

"My target's crying blood…"

The voice on the other side laughed.

"Our targets are as well."

He heard the sirens of the ambulance and the police getting closer.

"You hear that?"

"Sure do…it's the sound of our first mission being completed. Master will be pleased when he reads tomorrow's newspaper."

"That's good to hear. Meet us at his hideout in fifteen and watch out for the cops."

"Of course. Don't want to end up in the same situation as Master now, do we?"

"No, we wouldn't want that…Master will become displeased with us. It would throw off his entire plan."

"Speaking of, did he ever tell you what it was?"

"I thought you would've known since you're his point of contact."

"He only tells me what he wants done and at what time!"

"Calm down. Your temper will make you reckless and your recklessness will end up pissing off Master."

"And we don't want to piss off Master."

"It wouldn't be in our best interest to do so. Don't be late."

He hung up the phone before he removed the bipod and strapped his sniper rifle to his back before putting on his long black leather coat. The walked to the other edge of the roof to where the emergency ladder was and climbed down. He exited the alley way and stood with the crowd of people that gathered on his side of the street and watched as the paramedics brought a body out of the coffee shop on the other side of the street.

"Excuse me ma'am, but what happened over there?" he asked the lady standing next to him who had tears coming out of her eyes.

"The Commissioner got killed! Someone shot him through his eye! And…and I heard people saying that the serial killer from 8 years ago did it!"

"What! That can't be! Evil Eye was locked up the last I heard! This is bad!" He said, faking his astonishment.

"It sure is young man… If I were you, I'd run home to your parents and fast! No one's safe in this city anymore! Not if he escaped from prison!"

"I was on my way home right now. I'll let them know what happened. Thanks for the information by the way!" he said as he pushed his way through the crowd of people and walked down the street. Once he turned the corner, he began to laugh. The lady was right. No one was safe in the city anymore, especially since Evil Eye's apprentices were about to have their fair share…

To Be Continued…

A/N: Don't know who Evil Eye and his assistants are yet? You'll find out soon enough…