Author's Note: I decided to add a chapter to this for Cloud's reaction when he returns to face Tifa and Reno for the first time since the whole text message dumping fiasco. Hope I don't wreck a good one-shot with this! *fingers crossed* Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I own nothing, I am paid nothing, but I enjoy playing with FFVII's characters! :D

Chapter 2

When I get home, I am gonna murder that Turk, Cloud vowed angrily as he sped across the wastelands trying to get to Tifa as soon as possible. What the hell was she thinking? That drunken asshole around our kids? Denzel will be cussing and smoking in no time and Marlene is going to grow up thinking that being called 'babe' is okay! No, there is no way I am going to let Tifa do this!

Yuffie entered Seventh Heaven with her usual energy. "Yo Tifa! Surprise!"

Tifa poked her head up over the bar, blushing slightly. "Yuffie? Uh, what are you doing here?"
"Barret said you sounded funny on the phone when you asked him to keep the kids for an extra week," she said with shrug. "He wanted me to check on you. What are you doing back there?"

"Um, checking my stock," she said nervously.

Yuffie frowned. "Are…are you naked back there?"


"Tifa, why are you all sweaty and out of breath?" Yuffie asked. She screamed when Reno popped up behind Tifa with his shirt open as he hurriedly pulled up the zipper on his pants.

"Uh, hey, kid!" he said to Yuffie as he pulled on his socks. He looked down at Tifa and smiled. "My lunch break is over anyway. See ya tonight babe."

Yuffie watched him kiss Tifa before smiling at Yuffie as he passed her quickly, shutting the door behind him. Once he was gone, Yuffie ran over to the bar and sat across from Tifa.

"So, how long have you and the Turkey been fucking each other's brains out?" Yuffie asked.

Tifa blushed and got to her feet, finally straightening her clothes. "Yuffie…"

"Is this why Cloud is so pissed?" she asked.

"You've talked to Cloud?" Tifa asked.

Yuffie shook her head. "No, but Barret said he called just after you called asking him to keep the kids for a week. He said that Cloud got all grouchy and incoherent when he told him about the kids before hanging up. Now forget that Chocobo head and make with the details about Turkey!"

Tifa smiled and blushed. "Well, Cloud stood me up…again. Only this time he sent me a text message that said 'I'm sorry, I can't'."

"He dumped you in a text message?" Yuffie exclaimed. "What a dick!"

"I know!" Tifa said with a nod. "So anyway, I was already at the restaurant so I decided to stay and treat myself to a nice meal. Then Reno showed up. I showed him the text message and he literally took the phone out of my hand and sent a message back saying that Cloud was lame. Of course, Cloud knew it wasn't me and his next message wanted to know why I was with Reno. Again, Reno sent him a message saying to stop messaging me because we were about to hit the sheets."

Yuffie laughed. "Oh man, I bet Cloud was pissed!"

"I had to turn my phone off because he kept messaging me!" Tifa said with a smile. "I've never had to turn my phone off to avoid Cloud…ever! When I did turn the thing back on, he actually called me!"

"What?" Yuffie asked with a giggle. "What did you say?"

"I told him it wasn't a good time and Reno made a comment about finding a picture of some sex position he wanted to try with me," Tifa said with a smile. "As if that wasn't bad enough, Reno actually told him to stop blocking his cock, his words by the way, before hanging up on him!"

"Serves him right, the idiot!" Yuffie said. "But how did you go from tormenting Cloud to banging the Turkey behind the bar?"

Tifa blushed. "After tormenting Cloud, I asked Reno to spend the night."

"You did not!" Yuffie exclaimed.

Tifa nodded. "And you know what? He turned me down."

"No way," Yuffie said in disbelief.

Tifa nodded. "He told me he didn't want to be my rebound guy because he wanted something more."

"That's so…sweet," Yuffie said with a confused frown. "And so totally not like Reno…at all!"

"Yeah, but he came back and changed his mind," Tifa said with a smirk.

Yuffie nodded. "That sounds like Reno. So, are you guys fuck buddies or…something more?"

Tifa smiled as she pulled out her cell phone. "I think we're something more."

Yuffie took the phone and read the messages Reno had been sending. She felt tears well up before looking up to meet her friend's gaze. "Oh Teef! Those are so beautiful! Who knew a Turk could be so sweet?"

"I know," she said with a sigh.

Yuffie handed her back her phone and gently squeezed her friend's hand. "But what are you going to do about Cloud?"

Tifa's smile disappeared. "I don't know, Yuffie. I really don't know."

Cloud pulled up in front of Seventh Heaven and found it busier than he was expecting. He didn't really want an audience around when he ripped Reno limb from limb, but it didn't look like he had a choice. He dismounted Fenrir and pulled out his sword before pushing the door open. Everyone in the bar stopped talking and looked at Cloud. His eyes immediately found Tifa and Reno at the bar staring at him.

"Everybody out…now!" Cloud growled.

The regulars all quickly pulled handfuls of gil out and dropped the cash on their tables as they downed their drinks before getting to their feet and running out of the bar. They knew Cloud was normally a quiet guy, but they also knew that when he was that angry, it was best to get out of his way!

Once they were alone, he pointed his sword at Reno. "Get over here so I can kill you!"
Reno looked at him in shock. "Now, Cloud…"

"Don't 'now Cloud' me, Turk!" Cloud growled.

"Reno, I can handle this," Tifa said.

"No, I got this one, Teef," Reno said as he turned and smirked at Cloud. He got to his feet and stepped closer to him, but not close enough for Cloud to reach him with his sword. "Alright, Spiky, I know you and Tifa are close, but I was there when she got your oh-so sensitive text message dumping her. Whatever you think of me, you know that was a dick move, yo."

"Oh no, the drunk, morally corrupt Turk doesn't think much of me," Cloud said sarcastically. "Whatever shall I do?"

Reno smirked. "Morally corrupt? Aw, man, that's just harsh."

"You are not good enough for Tifa!" Cloud spat.

Reno's aquamarine eyes flashed as he narrowed them. "Neither the fuck are you, SOLDIER wannabe!"

Cloud snarled and brought his sword down, surprised when Reno blocked his hit with his EMR. "You are just using her for sex!"
"And you were just using her to soothe you guilt for Aerith's death!" Reno fired back. "You hid from everything Tifa had to offer you in favor of searching for a way to bring Aerith back and you broke Tifa's heart! What would your precious ancient think about that? And while we on the subject how fucking selfish are you? Aerith is in the damned Promised Land! What the hell makes you think she wants to come back to this hellhole? What can a self-centered emo like you offer her?"

Cloud growled and lunged at Reno, taking the Turk to the ground and punching him in the face. "What the hell do you know?"

"Cloud! Get off of him right now!" Tifa yelled as she jumped over the bar and grabbed Cloud's shoulders. In a blind rage, he lashed out and shoved her away from him, sending her crashing into the wall.

Seeing Tifa fall to the ground, Reno felt a renewed sense of rage flood into his body as he surged up against Cloud and kneed him in the gut. "Don't you touch her like that you bastard!"

The two men fought each other as they rolled along the floor of the bar, trading punches and kicks as they went. Both men ended up on their sides facing each other while trying to strangle the other.

"That is enough!"

Both men stopped moving when a large shuriken pierced the wooden floor between their faces. They looked up and saw Yuffie towering over their bodies glaring at them.

"Alright, this is what we're going to do," she snarled. "Turkey, you're going to see to Tifa and Chocobo head, you're coming with me!"

"But…" Cloud began to protest.

"Cloud, I have a few really powerful materia at my disposal right now," she said as she glared at him. "Don't make me use them! Now, get your ass outside…now!"

Cloud glared at Reno before picking up his sword and storming out into the street.

He turned and glared at Yuffie as soon as she stepped outside. "You know he's no good for her!"

Yuffie folded her arms across her chest and glared at him. "And neither are you!"

"What?" he sputtered. "I have known her since we were kids! I know everything about her, like her dreams and…"

"And that's why you should feel even more ashamed of yourself, Cloud Strife," Yuffie said. "You know what Tifa wants out of life and you still won't give it to her! She loved you for such a long time and you knew it! I'm not saying you had to love her back, but using her the way you have been for the last few years is just wrong! She knew you still loved Aerith and that you felt shitty because you couldn't save her, so she just loved you and tried to help you move on. And how do you repay her? You leave her here to raise the kids, alone, and pay the bills, alone, and you let her store and tend your emotional baggage, alone! Do you see a pattern? She does everything…alone! And the one night you promised to make her the center of the universe, you send her a hella lame text message ditching her and dumping her all at the same time! If Reno hadn't gotten under your skin, would you have even come back?"

Cloud looked at Yuffie and frowned. "Yuffie…"

Yuffie shook her head disbelievingly. "You bastard. You really were going to just leave her here. You only came back because someone was going to take your safety net away."

"It's complicated," Cloud insisted. "And do you really think the man who dropped the plate on Sector Seven is good enough for Tifa, or our kids?"

"He's also the guy that went looking for 'your' kids when those silver-haired weirdoes kidnapped because you were, surprise! Moping and feeling sorry for yourself!" Yuffie snapped "And since when were they your kids Cloud? The last time I looked, Tifa clothed them, fed them, helped them with their homework, and tucked them in at night. You haven't done one bit of parenting."

"Shut up," Cloud growled.

"Or what, Chocobo head?" Yuffie asked challengingly. "You'll kill me? Go ahead. I want to know what Aerith thinks about what you've been doing all in her name. I'll tell you what she thinks! She thinks you're not the man she thought you were and she's probably more disappointed in you than all of us put together!"

Cloud worked his jaw before sliding his sword back into the compartment on Fenrir. Without a word, he got on his bike, fired up the engine, and away down the street.

"Oh, that's right, Cloud Strife! Run away!" Yuffie yelled after him. "It's all you're really good at!"

"Are you okay?" Reno said as he poured Tifa a shot of whisky.

She smirked and rubbed her lower back. "I'm fine. Cloud hits like a Turk!"

Reno chuckled and kissed her cheek. "I was going to say he hits like a girl, but same thing!"

They both looked up when Yuffie stormed back into the bar. She made her over to Reno and Tifa before taking Reno's shot glass away from him. Before they could warn her, she downed the shot before coughing violently. Reno smirked and patted her on the back to ease her coughs.

"Let that be a lesson," he said. "Never take a Turk's drink."

"What the hell was that?" Yuffie sputtered.

"Tequila," Tifa said as she poured another shot for Reno. She held the bottle out for Yuffie and smiled. "Want another shot?"

"What? No!" Yuffie said as she stuck her tongue out.

"I take it Spiky took off, huh?" Reno said as he downed his shot.

Yuffie nodded. "Man that boy has got some problems with reality! He did not appreciate the truth bombs I dropped on him, let me tell you."

"Doesn't surprise me," Tifa said sadly.

"So is this the part where you drop some truth bombs on me?" Reno asked dryly.

Yuffie nodded. "I put my ass on the line for you tonight, Turkey. Don't make me regret it by being yourself! If you feel anything less than an all-consuming love for my best friend, you better get the hell away from her right now! If this is just a sex thing for you and Tifa's not down for just a sex thing, than bugger off!"

"Well, sex is a major part of it," Reno said with a smirk before squeezing Tifa's hand. "But so is love."

"And you're prepared for dealing with kids?" Yuffie asked doubtfully. "Denzel and Marlene are going to be entering the teenage years and they can't have a male role model who just smokes, drinks, and cusses all the time!"

"Why not?" Reno asked petulantly. "Cid Highwind does it all the time!"

"He's got you there," Tifa said with a smile.

"But the kids aren't with him all the time like they will be if you end up moving in here with Tifa!" Yuffie said triumphantly.

"She's got you there," Tifa said with a smile.

"Whose side are you on anyway, babe?" Reno asked.

"My side," she said with a smile. "For the first time in a long time, I am on my side."

Reno smiled as well. "Good for you babe. It's about damn time."

Yuffie looked at the sappy faces they were making with each other and smiled brightly. "Aw, yay! You really love her!"

It had been a month since anyone had seen or heard from Cloud, so it was a surprise to Vincent when he found Cloud on the water tower in the town square of Nibelheim. He quietly joined him on the top but said nothing as he looked up at the stars beside him.

"I suppose you've heard about Tifa and Reno," Cloud said without looking away from the sky.

Vincent nodded. "Yuffie told me. She also told me that she dropped some 'truth bombs' on you. I can only assume she was being dramatic and not literal."

"They felt like bombs," Cloud said. He was silent for a moment longer before turning and looking at the ex-Turk. "Have I really been that awful to Tifa?"

"Yes," Vincent said without a second thought.

"Gee, don't hold back or anything," Cloud mumbled. "Tell me what you really think."

"You've handled yourself with kid gloves long enough," Vincent said. "It's time for reality, Cloud. And the reality is, you made some bad choices and now you have to live with them."

"What's wrong with feeling guilty about letting a friend down?" Cloud asked bitterly.

Vincent shrugged. "There's nothing wrong with it Cloud. But Aerith isn't the only one you let down. You let Tifa down. And this has nothing to do with choosing Aerith over Tifa for your romantic feelings. It has everything to do with taking Tifa and her support for granted. You thought nothing of leaving her alone to take care of the children or the bar or your own business without giving her anything in return."

Cloud frowned. "My business pays the bills too."

"And couldn't you make more deliveries if you weren't gone, mourning Aerith?" Vincent pointed out.

"You're cold," Cloud said with a snort.

"What do you expect? I'm half dead," Vincent deadpanned.

Cloud nodded. "No one understands my guilt."

Vincent finally dragged his eyes from the sky and looked at Cloud. "Really? You couldn't save Aerith from Sephiroth, but how do you think I feel? I loved his mother and couldn't stop her or Hojo from creating Sephiroth with unholy experiments. I couldn't save Lucrecia from herself and by extension, I failed in saving the entire town of Nibelheim, Tifa, you, your friend Zack, or Aerith from the abomination Hojo created. I couldn't save Sephiroth from his parents or himself. My guilt forced me into a coffin for thirty years, Cloud and it still wasn't enough to stave off my guilt. The death and pain I could have prevented if I had been stronger is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

Cloud felt ashamed of himself for forgetting everything Vincent had gone through. "I'm sorry, Vincent. You're just so…stoic that I forgot about your past."

"Not everyone drowns their pain in the hearts of others, Cloud," Vincent said. He slowly got to his feet and turned to go, but stopped when Cloud made a noise. "Yes, Cloud?"

"Can you honestly tell me that Reno is good for her?" he asked.

Vincent raised an eyebrow. "He is exactly what she needs, Cloud. He can make her forgot the pain she deals with as well. Sephiroth took a lot from her and it weighs on her heart very heavily at times, Cloud. She needs a little…fun in her life."

"But he's a Turk," Cloud said distastefully.

"So was I," Vincent said. "And you wanted to be SOLDIER…just like Sephiroth. I'll leave you to your thoughts, Cloud. If you need anything, I'll be at the Shinra mansion."

"Thanks, Vincent," Cloud said before smiling slightly. "You're a good friend."

"Even for an ex-Turk?" Vincent asked.

Cloud nodded. "Even for an ex-Turk."

One Year Later

Reno fidgeted with his hands. "God I wish I had a cigarette." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a lollipop and smirked. "The things I'll do for that babe!"

He smiled when a yellow school bus stopped in front of him. The doors opened and a group of unruly kids bounded off the bus, quickly making their ways to parents and guardians waiting for them. Denzel and Marlene were the last ones off and both smiled when they saw him.

"Reno!" Marlene called out happily. "What are you doing here?"

"Tifa is doing inventory and thought she may be able to finish up early enough to spend the evening with you guys if she worked without a break," he explained as he took Marlene's backpack from her. "So I volunteered to meet you guys."

"More like you were volun-told to pick us up," Denzel said with a smirk.

Reno chuckled and ruffled his hair. "Touché, kid."

Denzel laughed and looked ahead, but stopped suddenly. "Cloud?"

Reno stiffened and looked up to see Cloud standing a few feet in front of him. He put on his best poker face and nodded to his rival.

"Cloud," he said. "Haven't seen you in a while."

"I've been around," he said before lowering his gaze to the children. "Why don't you run up ahead and we'll catch up with you."

"This is just a fancy way to get us out of the way so they talk about grown up things," Denzel said quietly.

Marlene nodded and whispered, "Maybe they're gonna fight!"

Reno smirked before slinging Marlene's backpack over his shoulder. "So, what brings you back, Spikey? Gonna show me who's boss?" he asked before sticking the lollipop in his mouth.

"No," Cloud said. "I came to…apologize to Tifa."

Reno pulled the lollipop from his mouth. "No shit? That'll make her happy."

"I'm trying to be civil, Turk," Cloud said tightly. "Sarcasm will…"

"Chill, man," Reno said defensively. "I'm not being sarcastic, I'm being honest. Tifa misses you…you know, the you, you were before you left Nibelheim to join SOLDIER."

"I kind of miss that me too," Cloud said honestly.

Reno raised his eyebrows slightly. "Done some soul searching, huh?"

Cloud nodded. "Listen, I don't think you're good enough for Tifa, but…it's her choice. I'm sorry about the fight."

Reno smirked. "I'm a Turk, yo. I've been in worse fights than that."

They walked in silence a little more before Cloud looked at Reno again. "I have to ask…what's with the lollipop?"

"Oh, well, Tifa doesn't like me smoking around the kids and it helps with my nic-fits," Reno explained before smiling. "I'm trying that whole respectable thing, man."

"The kids seem to like you," Cloud admitted grudgingly.

"Probably because I'm just as immature as they are," Reno said happily. "They're great kids too. Even Rufus likes them and you know how squirrely he is with kids!"

"They've met Rufus?" Cloud asked.

"Yeah, he came home with me to go over some work stuff because I was on babysitting duty," Reno explained. "The kids drew him pictures and everything. Don't tell anyone this, but they actually conned him into coloring with them! I swear Marlene would make a great Turk!"

"Home? Your home, or Seventh Heaven?" Cloud asked.

Reno's smile slowly disappeared. "Um, Seventh Heaven. It was a slip of the tongue yo. I still have my own place. Teef and I didn't think me moving in without knowing where you stood in this whole thing would be cool, so I kept my apartment. Seventh Heaven feels like home to me. Probably because I spend all my money there."

"Reno, you're babbling," Cloud pointed out.

"Yeah," he admitted before glancing at Cloud. "Listen man, don't be mad. Tifa was really upset that night of the whole text message thing and I just wanted to keep her company and make her smile. I was really going to go home and kick myself in the ass for not making a move, I swear! But when she asked me to stay with her, I just couldn't leave."

"Why?" Cloud asked.

"Well…because she's hot," Reno said, loath to share some touchy-feely moment with Cloud. But when Cloud looked at him irritably, he couldn't help it. "Okay, that was only part of it. I like her Cloud. She makes me feel like there's hope for me after all the shit I've done in the name of a paycheck! Being with her…I love her man. I really love her. I mean, look at me! I'm carrying a pink princess themed backpack and sucking on a lollipop because my girlfriend doesn't want me to smoke around the kids! It must be love!"

Cloud smirked. "Those are good points, Reno."

Reno looked at Cloud out of the corner of his eyes. "I'm sorry about the things I said to you about Aerith. It was shitty and I should have just let Tifa handle it."

"Thanks," Cloud answered. "But you weren't the worst I had to deal with. Yuffie was pretty harsh and Vincent was just brutal."

"Big Red was a Turk," Reno said with a smirk. "Of course he was brutal."

They entered the bar and Tifa turned to face them. She nervously folded an empty box and tossed it to the floor.

"The kids said Cloud met you at the bus," she said softly.

"Yeah, and I made it back in one piece!" Reno teased. "I'm gonna give Marlene her bag and give you two some privacy."

Tifa watched Reno disappear into the back room before looking at Cloud. "You want a drink?"

He shook his head. "I just need to talk to you."

Tifa nodded as she went around the bar and slipped into one of the booths. "Okay."

Cloud slipped in across from her. "First of all, I'm sorry for the text message. It was cowardly and just mean. If Reno hadn't sent a message back to me, I wouldn't have come back to Edge. I was going to run away and that was wrong."

"I somehow knew that was your intention Cloud," Tifa admitted. "Why aren't I good enough for you?"
"You are good enough for me," Cloud insisted. "But…I'm just really messed up. Aerith is dead because of me. Zack is dead because of me."

"Cloud, Aerith is dead because Sephiroth murdered her to stop her from calling upon holy," Tifa assured him. "And Zack…he died because of Shinra. You told me what he said about his honor as SOLDIER. He died protecting everything he wanted SOLDIER to stand for. He was facing an entire army alone, Cloud. You couldn't have saved him and he knew what he was doing."

"Vincent and I had a talk about guilt," Cloud said. "He told me holding on to guilt and pain won't make it go away."

Tifa nodded. "He would know. I feel guilty too. There isn't a day I don't regret that the last thing I ever said to Zack was that I hated him. I didn't hate him. I hated Shinra and Sephiroth. I never got to tell him I was sorry. I remember every time AVALANCHE destroyed Shinra property and the innocent lives that were lost as collateral damage. As for loss…I lost everything when Sephiroth went insane and burned Nibelheim to the ground! None of us is without guilt or heartache, Cloud, but only some of us choose to deal with it alone."

He nodded. "You were the best friend a guy could have and I blew you off. We've known each other too long for me to treat you like I have been. I'm truly sorry Tifa."

She slipped around to the other side of the booth and hugged Cloud. "I know. And I'm sorry I let Reno send you those text messages."

"I deserved it," Cloud said as he looked down at her. "Only when I felt the threat of someone else taking you away from me did I realize how much I need you. Are you happy with Reno?"

She smiled and nodded. "I am. I love him Cloud. And he loves me too."
"And the kids?"

"The kids love him too," Tifa said. "But they miss you Cloud."

"I'm surprised they don't hate me after all the time I left them alone," Cloud said regretfully.

Tifa smiled. "They both think you're the best."

"I know I was an asshole the last time I was here, but I was hoping I could take them for the weekend," Cloud said. "I want to start living again."

"I'm sure they'd love to spend the weekend with you," Tifa said with a smile. "Go on upstairs and tell them the good news. I just have to throw out these boxes and I'll be up in a minute."

Cloud nodded as they both slipped out of the booth. He jogged up the stairs and smiled when he heard the kids talking. He followed the noise and looked into the living room. Marlene was behind the couch braiding Reno's long ponytail and Denzel was sitting beside him pointing out all the motorcycles he wanted to own when he grew up. This was what they deserved: a man who was willing to open himself to them and not be afraid of losing them. Cloud smiled and made his decision. He turned before they could see them and went back down to find Tifa. She was just coming in from putting the empty boxes in the recycling bin when she saw him on the stairs.

"Something wrong Cloud?" she asked.

He shook his head. "Reno told me that he hasn't moved in with you because you were both concerned about where I stood on this whole thing."

She nodded. "Yeah. So?"

"I'll find my own place, Tifa," he said with a smile. "Then Reno can move in."

Tifa's eyes widened. "Really? Are you sure?"

He nodded. "I've held you back for so long Tifa. It's time for me to give you something."

She smiled and hugged him. "Cloud, thank you."

"Tifa! We're hungry!" Denzel whined.

Tifa and Cloud smiled before going back upstairs to living room. Cloud walked in first.

"Well pack your stuff, kids," he said sternly.

Denzel and Marlene looked at each other before looking at Cloud again.

"What for?" Marlene asked.

"Well, it's been too long since the three of us have spent any time together and that is not good," Cloud said before smiling. "So you, me, and Denzel are spending the weekend at Golden Saucer."

The kids both jumped to their feet excitedly and confirmed the promise with Tifa before running out of the room to pack. They were ready in record time and were in Tifa's truck before Cloud had even asked to borrow the truck.

Tifa handed him the keys and smiled. "Have a good time, Cloud."

"I will," he said as he handed her the keys to Fenrir. He turned and looked at Reno before extending his hand. "Take care of her and enjoy your time alone."

Reno took his hand and shook it. "I will man."

Tifa and Reno watched the truck leave before smirking at each other and racing up to Tifa's room.

Tifa shuddered and moaned Reno's name as she pressed her hips against his as their mutual climax washed over them. She collapsed on his chest and smiled before sliding off of him and into the crook of his arm.

"That was amazing, Teef," Reno sighed. "It's like we were made for each other!"

"I know," she whispered. After a moment, she raised her head and looked down at him. "Cloud is moving out."

Reno looked up at her in surprise. "Really?"

She nodded. "He said he wanted to move out so you could move in. So how about it? You want to move in?"

Reno shrugged. "Not really."

Tifa was stunned. "What? You don't?"

Reno rolled over grabbed a box out of his pocket before rolling over to face her. "I'm kind of an all or nothing kinda guy. If we're going to move in together, why don't we get married?"

Tifa's eyes widened and her jaw dropped when she saw the ring in the box. "Are you serious?"

"I have never been more serious about anything in my life, babe," he said softly. "So, will you marry me Tifa?"

She looked up at him and nodded. "Of course I will!"

"I really do love ya, babe," Reno assured her as he kissed her forehead.

"I know," she said as she slipped the ring on her finger and snuggled closer to him. "I love you too, Reno." She was silent for a moment before murmuring, "I knew you'd mend my broken heart."