Chapter 1: Avalache's first strike

(In Link's Memory)

Link:(Quietly thinking) Last thing I remember was fighting Ganondorf, when this bright light engulfed me.

?: Muahahahahaha. Good, Good. A new world for me to conquer. You may have stopped me from ruling Hyrule, but here you are powerless. The Hero of Light you maybe, but without your memories of Hyrule, you have no power! Even your Triforce of Courage is useless to you!

Link: My aching head...

Midgar – City of Mako

(On a train, heading for a Mako Reactor)

?: Yo! Link Wake your green wearing ass up, we're here.

Link: I'm awake Barrett. Damn...

(The train pulls into the station inside a dark alley; And the team of Avalanche leave the train. Two guards patrol the platform. Jessie flips spectacularly off the train. The guards attack only to be knocked out by her skillful hands and feet. Link, running out into the oncoming guards, slicing through their weapons. Barret hops out of the train, turns, and motions for another to follow.)

Barret: C'mon newcomer. Follow me.

(Cloud flips out of the train and follows him up the stairs and catches up the group - Jessie, Biggs, Wedge,and Link, opening the main gate to a Mako reactor.)

Biggs: Wow! You used to be in SOLDIER all right! ...Not everyday ya find one in a group like Avalanche.

Jessie: SOLDIER? Aren't they the enemy? What's he doing with us in AVALANCHE?

Biggs: Hold it, Jessie. He WAS in SOLDIER. He quit them and now is one of us. Didn't catch your name...

Cloud: ...Cloud.

Biggs: Cloud, eh? I'm...

Cloud: I don't care what your names are. Once this job's over... I'm outta here.

Link: Sure talks big

(Barret comes running up )

Barret: The hell you all doin'! I thought I told you never to move in a group! Our target's the North Mako Reactor. We'll meet on the bridge in front of it.

Link: Yeah yeah...

(The group heads through the gate. Barret stops and turns to face Cloud.)

Barret: Ex-SOLDIER, huh? Don't trust ya!

(Barret and Cloud make their way inside the gate to the reactor and catch up to the rest of the group)

Wedge: I'll secure the escape passage. Concentrate on the mission, Cloud. Geez, we're really gonna blow this huge furnace up? This'll be somethin' to see!"

Barret: Yo! This your first time in a reactor?

Cloud: No. After all, I did work for Shinra, y'know.

Barret: The planet's full of Mako energy. People here use it every day. It's the life blood of the planet. But Shinra keeps suckin' the blood out with these machines.

Link: … You make them sound like a bunch on mosquitos, Barret.

Barret: Shut it, Link, and focus on the mission.

Cloud: I'm not here for a lecture. Let's just hurry.

Barret: That's it! You're comin' with me from now on.

(Barret joins Cloud and they work through the locked doors deeper inside the reactor.)

Jessie: Biggs and I got the code for this door."

Biggs: Code deciphered

(They go through the door, and stop at another closed section.)

Jessie: Think how many of our people risked their lives, just for this code...

Biggs: Code deciphered

(They go through the door and work deeper into the reactor and enter an elevator)

Jessie: Push that button over there!

Link: I got it...

Barret: Little by little the reactors'll drain out all the life. And that'll be that.

Cloud: It's not my problem.

Barret: The planet's dyin', Cloud!

Cloud: The only thing I care about is finishin' this job before security and the Roboguards come.

Link: If the planet dies, security forces will be the least of our problems!

(Barret turns away, shaking with anger, as soon as the elevator stops they run to the next area.)

Jessie: Grab on to the ladder, and make your way down!

(Inside the reactor core)

Barret: When we blow this place, this ain't gonna be nothin' more than a hunka junk. Cloud, you set the bomb.

Cloud: Shouldn't you do it?

Barret: Jus' do it! I gotta watch to make sure you don't pull nothin'.

Cloud: Fine, be my guest.

(As Cloud moves to set the bomb, something speaks into his mind.)

Watch out!

This isn't just a reactor!

(It stops abruptly.)

Link ...What's wrong?

Cloud: Huh?

Barret:What's wrong, Cloud? Hurry it up!

Cloud: Yeah, sorry.

(Cloud sets the bomb. An alarm begins to sound and red lights flash.)

Barret: Heads up, here they come!

Link: Finally! Some action!

(The team fights and destroys the Guard Scorpion)

Cloud: Come on, let's get outta here!"

Ten minutes to detonation!

(They rush back out through the reactor until they meet up with Jessie where she had stayed behind. She has one leg caught in the grate she's standing on.)

Cloud: You all right?

Jessie: My leg got stuck.

(Cloud pulls her out.)

Jessie: Thanks!

(They continue to hurry out of the reactor.)

Biggs: Let's go!

Jessie: Code deciphered

(They go through the door.)

Link: Be careful.

(They go through the door and exit the reactor. On the way out, Jessie falls, Link helps her up, and they all run from the reactor as it explodes spectacularly against the night sky.)

Biggs: That should keep the planet going... at least a little longer.

Wedge: Yeah.

Link: You guys ok?

Barret: ...

(Jessie plants an explosive against the pile of debris blocking their exit.)

Jessie: OK! Now everyone get back.

(They stand back and a wall explodes, opening a way to a courtyard. Wedge's butt seems to be on fire.)

Link: (laughing) Hey Wedge! Stop Drop and Roll!

Barret: All right, now let's get out of here. Rendezvous at Sector 8 station! Split up and get on the train!

Cloud: H, hey!

Barret: If it's about your money save it 'til we're back at the hideout.

(Barret exits. Cloud goes after him into the streets of Midgar. A few people can be seen running around a street corner, bumping into a woman standing there, knocking her down. She stands up and calmly brushes herself off.)

Flower girl: Excuse me. What happened?

Cloud: Nothing... hey ...Don't see many flowers around here

Flower girl: Oh, these? Do you like them? They're only a gil...

(She gives Cloud a flower and walks off. Cloud continues through the streets of Midgar, but gets spotted by a Shinra Soldier.)

Soldier: Hey! You there!

Cloud: Shinra soldiers...

(Cloud runs to another area of the city, but ends up surrounded)

Soldier: That's as far as you go.

Cloud: I don't have time to be messin' around with you guys.

Soldier: Enough babbling! Grab him!

(The soldiers close in. Cloud backs away, but his path is blocked as he reaches a railing. Below him are the train tracks. Sunddenly Cloud jumps off the balcony onto the train as it rushes by.)

Later, on the train...

(Barret, Wedge, Biggs, Jessie and Link are riding in a train car littered with crates and junk.)

Wedge: Cloud never came.

Biggs: Cloud... Wonder if he was killed?

Link: Soldiers probably found him...

Barret: No way!

Jessie: Cloud...

(There is thumping on the roof of the car. Barret glances up.)

Biggs: Say, do you think Cloud's... Going to fight to the end for AVALANCHE!

Barret: The hell would I know? Do I look like a mind reader? (He hits a crate with his fist.)Hmph! If y'all weren't such screw-ups...

Wedge: Hey Barret! What about our money...?

(Barret hits the crate again.)

Wedge: Uh, nothin'... sorry. Ahh...

(The train door opens and Cloud flips into the car from above.)

Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie: Cloud!

Link: The Prodigal Son returns.

Cloud: Looks like I'm a little late.

Barret You damn right, you're late! Come waltzin' in here makin' a big scene!

Cloud: It's no big deal. Just what I always do.

Barret: Shi't! Havin' everyone worried like that, you don't give a damn 'bout no one but yourself!

Cloud: Hmm... You were worried about me!

Barret: Wha! I'm takin' it outta your money, hot stuff!

(He walks to the center of the car.)

Barret: Wake up! We're movin' out! Follow me!

(He exits the front of the car.)

Wedge: Hey, Cloud! You were great back there!

Biggs: Heh heh... Cloud! We'll do even better next time.

Link: Not too bad back there Cloud...

Jessie: Be careful, I'll shut this.

(As everyone exits the train car, she closes the door.)

Jessie: Oh, Cloud! Your face is pitch-black... (She wipes his face.) There you go! Say, thanks for helping me back there at the Reactor!

(The train intercom comes on.)

Last train out of Sector 8 Station. Last stop is Sector 7, Train Graveyard. Expected time of arrival is 12:23 AM, Midgar standard time...

(Barret and the others come into the next car and sit down; Disturbing a well-dressed, official looking man.)

Man: This is why I hate the last train. Hoo-boy...

(He leaves.)

Link:(Thinking to himself) Where do I come from...

Barret: (to cloud who is walking around) Stop actin' like a damn kid. Si'down an' shu'up!

Wedge: Someday AVALANCHE's gonna be famous ...and me, too!

Biggs: It seems this train hasn't switched to security mode yet. I'm sure that will change by tomorrow.

Jessie: Hey, Cloud. You want to look at this with me? It's a map of the Midgar Rail System. Let's look at it together. I'll explain it to you, I like this kinda stuff. Bombs and monitors... you know, flashy stuff.

(They look at the map.)

Jessie: Okay, it's about to start.

(A wireframe of Midgar is shown on the map.)

Jessie: This is a complete model of the city of Midgar. It's about a 1/10000 scale. The top plate is about 50 meters above ground. A main support structure holds the plate up in the center, and there are other support structures built in each section... psst... whisper... whisper... (The No. 1 Reactor we blew up was in the northern section.) Then there's No. 2, No. 3 all the way up to the No. 8 Reactor. The 8 Reactors provide Midgar with electricity. Each town used to have a name, but no one in Midgar remembers them. Instead of names, we refer to them by numbered sectors. That's the kind of place this is. Phew..., this is next! Look.

(A dotted line appears on the Midgar wireframe.)

Jessie: This is the route the train is on. The route spirals around the main support structure. We should be coming around the center area, right now. At each checkpoint, an ID sensor device is set up. It can check the identities and background on each and every passenger on the train by linking it up to the central databank at Shinra headquarters. (whispering)Anyone could tell that we look suspicious, so we're using fake ID's.

(A red light starts flashing.)

Jessie: Speak of the devil... That light means we're in the ID Security Check area. (whispering)When the lights go off, you never know what kind of creeps'll come out. anyhow, we're almost back now. That's a relief.

Biggs:...snore... heebeebeeheebee... snore... Don't act so damn big, Barret... snooze...)

Barret: Look... you can see the surface now. This city don't have no day or night. If that plate weren't there... we could see the sky.

Link: (looking out the window) Yeah .. it's nothing like Hyrule...(startles himself) huh? Hyrule? … where have I heard that name from...

Cloud: A floating city... Pretty unsettling scenery.

Barret: Huh? Never expect to hear that outta someone like you. ...you jes' full of surprises. The upper world... a city on a plate...It's 'cuz of that damn 'pizza', that people underneath are sufferin'! And the city below is full of polluted air. On topa that, the Reactor keeps drainin' up all the energy.

Cloud: Then why doesn't everyone move onto the plate?

Barret: Dunno. Probably 'cuz they ain't got no money. Or, maybe... 'Cuz they love their land, no matter how polluted it gets.

Cloud: I know... no one lives in the slums because they want 's like this train. It can't run anywhere except where its rails take it.

(A few minutes later, the train arrives at it's destination)

Barret: Yo! Get over here, all' ya!

(Everyone gathers around Barret.)

Barret: This mission was a success. But don't get lazy now. The hard part's still to come! Don't y'all be scared of that explosion! 'Cause the next one's gonna be bigger than that! Meet back at the hideout! Move out!

(End of Memory)

Link: … That was a pretty big day... I remember some of where I came from, and who I am. I am Link, The Hero of Light. I come from a land called Hyrule. I don't know how I got here, but I know I'm here for a reason.

Tifa: But who's here, that you're so bound to fight?

Link: The one who fled here … Ganondorf!

Author's note: I do not own anything related to the Legend of Zelda Series or the Final Fantasy Series. This story is just for the readers entertainment. Also, this fanfiction is written in script style to give the reader the feeling of actually being in their favorite game/games. This is only my second fanfiction, and I, Bloodtip, hope you enjoy it!