„I'm glad that you're back safe." Cloud informed Tifa while they were driving home from work.

"Yeah, me too." Tifa sighed. "Although it bothers me that I don't know who that guy is."

"We'll find out." Cloud promised. "I'll send a SWAT team to the hut where he held you captive." Tifa nodded and smiled at her lover, who smiled back.

"Now, what do you think about going out for dinner?" the blonde inspector smiled.

"I think that it's a great idea!" Tifa replied, grinning.

Cloud finished his dinner and shoved the plate away, holding his stomach.

"That was good." He informed Tifa, who smiled at him and put her fork and knife down.

"You're right, it was great." Cloud was about to say something more when suddenly the ground started to shake.

"What the…" Tifa murmured while Cloud and she rose from their chairs. The shaking increased, and Tifa had to hold on Cloud for support.

"Is that an earthquake?" Cloud wondered out loud while the other guests of the restaurant ran out, screaming in fear. One of the lamps fell from the ceiling, shattering into thousand pieces next to Tifa, who shrieked.

"Let's get outta here." Cloud commanded. His lover nodded, and the two of them ran out on the street. There, chaos awaited them. (A/N: No, I don't mean Chaos, Vincent's limit break!) Several fireplugs had burst open, spraying water on the street. One of the power supply lines had ripped in two, the ends squirming on the street like snakes, blue sparks flying away from them. Tifa saw with horror how a man stepped into a puddle of water and the sparks quickly crawled up his legs, causing his whole body to shake. He screamed until his heart couldn't take the voltage anymore.

"Oh God…" Tifa moaned, hiding her face in Cloud's chest. Suddenly, the air was filled with loud, cracking noises. Cloud looked up just in time to see how the asphalt of the street started to crack open.

"Tifa, run." He spoke, his voice scared and shaking. "There's something terrible wrong." The two of them started to run while the street continued to crack and shake. Suddenly, a huge crack appeared right underneath Tifas foot, causing her to stumble and fall. She felt how her ankle twisted in an unnatural way and screamed in pain when it broke with a sickening crunching noise.

"Tifa!" Cloud yelled, kneeling down next to her. He reached out to grab her when something hard and heavy smashed the back of his head and blew his lights out.

Cid and Vincent sat in the local bar, drinking beer, when the shaking started. Cid spilled his beer and cursed.

"Why is there an earthquake now?!" the blonde agent scowled, until Vincent put a hand on his arm.

"That's not an earthquake, Cid." He spoke. "It's something more." Cid looked at him as if he had lost his mind, but he quickly agreed when the street started to tear open.

"Okay, let's get outta here and check this out." The foul mouthed agent commanded. Vincent nodded, and the two men ran out of the bar. They stopped dead in their tracks at what they saw. A sticky, grayish bulk of slime came seeping out of the cracks.

"What the @%&%$%$ is that?" Cid cursed. He jumped back when the slime reached his toes and tried to crawl up on him.

"Get away from me, you…you…thing!" Vincent grabbed his friend's sleeve. "Let's run to the police station, Cid, they will know what to do!" Cid nodded, and the two men ran off.