Z. - Zack

The sun was shining brightly, after it had rained for about a week or so. The sunrays created beautiful colors on the floor of the church, thanks to the stained glass windows. It was the time between spring and summer, when it was too warm to call it just spring, but a gentle breeze ensured some coolness every now and then.

Zack was lying on the floor, while Aerith was sitting next to him, leaning against the wall and looking at him. She couldn't help but notice how peaceful he looked, or how slow and steady his breathing was. It made her wonder how his heartbeat would sound.

They were both silent, listening to the cheerful singing of the different birds, but Zack's eyes were closed as opposed to Aerith's, who were too busy with looking at Zack to notice anything else.

"Zack...?" she repeated mystically, for what appeared to be the third time in only one minute.

Of course, he had heard her very well, just like the other two times, but he still didn't open his eyes or acknowlegde that he had heard her. It was just that he liked the way she said his name. He liked it so much that he wanted her to say it over and over and over again. That was the only reason why he acted like he was still asleep. It sounded so soothing and carefully, almost as if an angel was calling him by his name. He smiled at that thought, recalling the first time they had met...

"Hey!"

She punched him playfully on the arm, but it was hard enough for Zack to open his eyes.

"What is it?" he asked, eyeing her rather innocently.

"Didn't think I would see you smiling, huh? You were awake all this time, weren't you?"

Zack didn't reply, but his smile widened instantly. That said enough to Aerith.

Eventually, he decided to reply with, "...Maybe."

"Meanie. What if I suddenly needed your help? What if someone was trying to, I don't know, kill me, or something?" she huffed, quasi mad.

Zack used his arms to sit up again and lean slightly toward Aerith. If she was surprised at the sudden closeness, then she was very good at hiding it. Zack gently tilted her chin with his index finger, so she was looking him in the eyes.

"Are you really worried about that? Do you really think I would let them leave with you as their hostage that easily? They have to go through me first." When she didn't reply, but only kept looking at him in a way that gave him goosebumps, he continued, speaking even softer now, "Hey, whoever dares to even glare at you from ten miles away will be sliced in half by me. It's a promise. Don't you ever forget that."

Aerith blinked, but then she nodded. The fact that her cheeks had turned red didn't go unnoticed by Zack, but he didn't comment on it. Suddenly, without saying anything, she threw herself at his neck and hugged him tightly. Zack hesitated slightly, wondering what had made her do this. Then, he returned the warm embrace.

"Thanks." Her voice was barely above a whisper.

"Anytime."


A/N: Thanks for reading this! =) Hope you've enjoyed it. ^_^ This is my favorite FF-game (I never finished it, but thank heavens we can count on Youtube these days. ;) The ending was so sad, it made me almost cry (which means a lot, 'cause I hardly ever cry). T_T I'm so glad he'll make an appearance in the next Kingdom Hearts game, but then as a younger Zack. :D

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