Serah Farron was late, really, really late.
Eden City University might be the most prestigious university in the country, but whoever was responsible for its timetable was an evil, evil person. Honestly, what kind of monster scheduled Mathematics 1901 at 8 o'clock in the morning?
And if running late for her early morning class wasn't bad enough, it had also started to rain and she'd forgotten to bring her umbrella. She sighed. If only her sister Claire hadn't been scheduled for an early morning shift with the Guardian Corps, she might have been able to get a ride to university.
A frown crossed her face. Her sister had transferred from Bodhum's Guardian Corps to the Guardian Corps in Eden City so that they could stay together while Serah was at university. However, as the newbie, her sister had been stuck working the worst shifts. It was selfish, but sometimes, Serah just wished that her sister would quit the Guardian Corps. The pay might be good, but the hours were long and the work was dangerous. Serah wouldn't mind if maybe they had a little less money if it meant that she could spend more time with her sister and less time worrying about her.
The train pulled to a stop and Serah winced as everyone started to push and shove toward the exit of the station. She'd been in Eden City for a month now, and she still couldn't get used to how pushy everyone was. Back in Bodhum, people had been much more laidback. Here, everyone seemed to be in a hurry.
After a great deal of pushing and shoving, she finally managed to get out of the station and she headed for the bus stop. Along the way, she caught sight of a newspaper stand. The headline brought a smile to her lips: Lady Lightning Saves the Day Again! She was a big fan of superheros, and Lady Lightning was her favourite one. She'd been a little disappointed to move away from Bodhum – Lady Lightning seemed to spend a lot of time there – but luckily for her, Lady Lightning seemed to have moved to Eden City as well.
Serah was so caught up in her thoughts that she didn't notice the person running along the sidewalk until they bumped right into her. The force of the collision knocked her toward the road and she let out a cry as she slipped over a big puddle and fell onto the road – right into the path of an oncoming bus.
"Watch out!" someone yelled.
But it was too late. Serah could only stare as the bus loomed over her, as big as a mountain, and just as heavy. She swallowed thickly and closed her eyes. There was no way that she'd survive this. She was going to get run over by a bus and it would probably be all over the news and her sister would be all alone and –
There was the crack of thunder and then the crunch of crumpled metal and when several seconds ticked past and she wasn't dead, Serah finally worked up the courage to open her eyes. The reason she wasn't dead was immediately, and wonderful, obvious. A long red cape swirled through the air in front of her.
The superhero stood in front of Serah, one hand still imbedded in the front of the bus. Her uniform was exactly like everyone said: red cape, light grey skirt that went down to just above the knee, and a long-sleeved white shirt with a red lightning bolt across the front. And then there were the boots. Serah really, really wished she had the legs to pull off white boots like that. On anyone else they would have looked lame, but on Lady Lighting they looked spectacular. After all, Lady Lightning had legs that went on for miles.
Serah's eyes widened. She'd just been saved by a superhero, and not just any superhero… she'd been saved by Lady Lightning, arguably the most famous superhero in Cocoon. Dear Maker, she was going to faint…
"Are you all right?" Lady Lightning's voice was soft, but oddly familiar as she extended one hand toward Serah.
Serah nodded dumbly and let Lady Lightning pull her back onto her feet. For someone strong enough to stop a bus in its tracks, Lady Lightning was very gentle. Maker, she was touching Lady Lightning, actually touching her! The superhero's hair was a pretty pink just like everyone said, and her eyes were the most wonderful blue. She stared more closely at Lady Lightning and then blinked. It was strange, but the harder she looked, the harder it was for her to get a good look at the superhero's face even though they were standing right next to each other.
"Uh…" Serah gawped as the rain continued to fall. "Um…"
Lady Lightning's lips curved upward just a fraction before she turned away from Serah to scowl at the bus driver. "Be more careful." Then she turned back to Serah. "Are you okay?"
"Uh…" Serah knew that people were staring and that she was getting wet and that she probably looked and sounded like an idiot, but what were you supposed to say to a superhero? This wasn't something she'd ever had to do before!
A small smile crossed Lady Lightning's lips, and Serah blinked. There was something very familiar about that expression, but she couldn't quite place it. "You're going to Eden City University aren't you?"
Serah's eyes widened. "How did you know?" she blurted.
Lady Lightning pointed at the Eden City University logo on Serah's satchel.
Serah flushed. "Oh… uh… yeah… I… uh… yes."
"Are you running late?" Lady Lightning asked. "You looked like you were in quite a hurry."
"I might be just a little late." It felt a little embarrassing to be telling a superhero that she was running late for class. They were probably used to dealing with bigger problems, like preserving world peace and that sort of thing.
Lady Lightning's eyes twinkled. "Then would you like a lift?"
"A lift?" Serah stared. "What do you mean a lift?"
"Exactly what I said." Lady Lightning extended one hand. "I'm faster than any bus in the city. Take my hand."
What else could Serah do? She took Lady Lightning's hand.
And then she screamed.
"Relax." Lady Lightning's voice was cool and gentle in her ear and Serah's eyes widened as they rose into the air. Despite how high they already were – and they were very high up – she felt completely safe with Lady Lightning's arms around her. "Now, hold on."
There was a boom of thunder and they streaked through the air. Serah screamed again, half in fear and half in delight, as the fifteen minute bus trip to the university passed by in seconds.
"My class is over there!" Serah shouted, pointing to one of the university's buildings. "If you could… uh… maybe land that would be good."
Lady Lightning nodded and then angled down toward the front of the building. People immediately stopped and stared and Serah blushed as many of them pulled out phones to try and take a picture. She would have to ask one of them for a copy later, although pictures of Lady Lightning never came out right. It was probably one of her powers, since people never seemed to be able to recognise her or get a good picture.
"Here we are," Lady Lightning said as she finally let go of Serah. It was barely raining now. "Have a good day, Serah."
Serah stumbled for a moment. It was funny, but after only a few seconds of flying, she seemed to have forgotten how to walk. "Thank you, I –" Her eyes widened as she realised something. "Wait… how did you know my name?"
Something almost like panic flashed through the superhero's eyes and she took a few quick steps back. "You must have told me earlier. Well, I'd better get going, I wouldn't want you to be late."
And then Lady Lightning rose back up into the air and vanished in a blur of movement and a clap of thunder.
Serah watched the sky for a few moments and then stumbled toward the entrance of the building as people rushed over to talk to her. Never mind the rain, or being late, or almost being hit by a bus, this was the best morning ever.
X X X
High over Eden City, Lady Lightning – better known as Claire Farron – stifled the urge to fly down and bang her head on a building. Not only would she probably rip a hole in the building, it wouldn't do anything to help her at all. She had been warned that Serah's close relationship to her might allow Serah to break through the glamour that she used to hide her identity. However, it wasn't like she could just stand by and watch her sister get hit by a bus. She scowled, hopefully Serah wouldn't put two and two together otherwise there would definitely be trouble. She might be a superhero, but her little sister was like a force of nature when she set her mind to something, and Claire had never been able to say no to her.
With a sigh, she slowed her pace a little and cut upward through the clouds. Up here at least, she didn't have to worry about people staring, and she had plenty of time to herself to think. Her next shift with the Guardian Corps was due to start in two hours, so she should probably go home and change. But first…
Eyes closed, she tilted her head to one side and let her senses shift until the roar of the wind faded. In its place there was only static until she finally caught onto the radio signal used by the police. A frown crossed her lips as she followed several frantic snatches of conversation. Great, someone had decided to rob a back along the outskirts of the city and the Guardian Corps were still at least fifteen minutes away.
She opened her eyes. Time to get back to work.
X X X
As always, I neither own Final Fantasy, nor am I making any money off of this.
Okay… I have no idea where this came from. Wait, actually, I do. This was the result of tossing around ideas for Whispers of the Gods, an original story (Whispers of the Gods is actually sort of a cross over with this particular original story and Final Fantasy), and watching Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and True Lies. Yeah, that doesn't make a lot of sense.
Anyway, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be cool if Final Fantasy people were superheroes? Well, I think it would be, so I decided to just take a stab at it. I don't know if I'll continue this (let me know if you want me to), but I do have a few ideas tumbling around in my head about how to cast the other Final Fantasy characters, not just from XIII but from the other games as well.
For those of you who are wondering, Lady Lightning is an amalgamation of several superheroes, the most obvious of which is probably Captain Marvel. As to what her origins are, well, that's a story for another time.
As always, I appreciate feedback. Reviews and comments are welcome.