INTERLUDE ONE: VINCENT
"Me and Lucrecia as lovers?"
Vincent looked at Yuffie with a perplexed eye. "Hardly. She was my sister."
"WHAT! Okay now how the FUCK is this
day going to get any stranger." Cid's cig fell from his mouth. "That
is it, everyone sit the HELL down. I want to know what the fuck is going on!
Explain, you first Vincent." The pilot then pointed at Tifa, "Then
you better make your reason for making Mr Clean over there talk a God damn good
Vincent sat at the table with his eyes
closed. This was going to be hard.
"My sister and I were orphaned very
young. A gang massacre left her to take care of me. I joined SOLDIER at 14 to
help her pay for school. I was inducted into the Turks when she graduated from
College. She met Hojo when she came on as an assistant in the labs."
Disgust flooded his voice, "She was so in love."
"Vincent he asked me out!" She
jumped up and hugged her brother. "He likes me!"
Her dark pony tail bounded up and down as she jumped like a school
girl. It was hardly becoming behavior for a scientist at Shinra
Vincent looked up from his case file with
a snort. "He's a creep like the rest of them Lucy." Lucrecia made a
face and punched his arm
"Don't call me Lucy, Vinnie."
" Don't call me Vinnie, Lucy."
"Vinnie-poo." she taunted in a
In mock anger Vincent Valentine slammed
the files on the coffee table "I've killed for less." He picked her
up and thrust her over his shoulder. He began to walk to the front door with
her "Maybe there will be someone out there who would be willing to buy you
in wall market."
Lucrecia started kicking and laughing.
"If you sell me, then who will protect my baby brother?"
Vincent made a face as he sat down his
sister. "Baby brother? I am a foot taller then you, toots."
"Only nine inches hot shot." She
looked at the clock "OH I gotta get ready!"
"He asked her to marry him of course.
She was a gorgeous bride. His money paid for everything. I had never seen her
so radiant, so- so happy. As much as Hojo made my very skin crawl Lucrecia
loved him. She grew more beautiful with that love."
"When I was 18 she brought an
experiment to my apartment. She was crying, angry with herself...."
Vincent went to the door, as he opened it
Lucrecia rushed in with a thin red headed girl. "Vincent help me!" He
took the younger woman from her as Lucrecia closed the door. "I just did
something horrid to Peter."
"Clam down! Who is this and what is
Lucrecia wrung her hands and sobbed.
"He wanted her destroyed. I- I-I couldn't do it. She's been through
nothing but pain her whole life. She's been neutralized, she's harmless.
Please, she just needs a chance to have a real life."
"I was always a sucker for her
crying. So I agreed. We named the girl Suzanna, and she was nice to have
around." The dark Turk looked up at the sky as if he wanted it to fall on
him. He took a deep breath and sat there for a while. "I need coffee."
"I'll get it." Reeve moved
quickly, he already knew this story.
"GET ON WITH IT!" Cid yelled, he
lit another cigarette with intensity.
"Suzanna was more then just nice to
have around. She refused to let me be 'cranky' as she lovingly put it. She was
so humane, so honest, so beautiful. I was used to attractive women, my sister
always had cute friends and I was a Turk. But Suzi was something else. Her
smile could light up my worst day." Vincent sighed again in longing.
"Her eyes were so green, she was perfection. I feel in love with her."
"Vinnie, come on smile." The red
head put her face in front of Vincent's. She then snagged the paper he had been
reading and darted across the room.
"You little viper! Get back
here!" Vincent wasn't really angry, she knew that.
"Make me Vinnie." He rushed her,
but she was much faster then the Turk. "Slow poke," she jabbed him in
the side as she spoke. Before Vincent could react Suzanna was across the room
"Don't call me Vinnie."
"Why?" She was honestly curious
about it. Vincent hadn't expected the question.
"Because I don't like it. It isn't my
isn't your first name either." She reasoned, placing her hands on her
trim, shapely hips.
"Okay so it isn't. " Vincent
tore his eyes from those hips. "Its part of my name."
She pretended not to notice him staring.
"So is Vinnie" she stuck out her tongue. Vincent found himself
wondering how she could make even that movement sexy.
"No where is 'Vinnie' in the name
Vickaler Vincent Valentine." he crossed his arms over his chest and
Suzanna laughed. "What?"
"You are so cute when you pout,
"She was unexplainable." He
shook his head, "she made me feel like I could do anything."
"Vic, you okay?" It had been a very
tough day for him that day. As much as he wanted to, he could not pretend that
he wasn't killing people for a living. Vincent felt like a monster. No matter
what he had to do for Shinra, he couldn't help but smile as Suzanna beamed at
him. Her smile was a lighthouse in the fog of his life. She made Shinra and
that world seem to fade. He sat on the couch.
"I guess." He put his head in
his hands. "How can I stop from feeling like a monster?"
She slid beside him and put her arm around
his shoulders. It felt good to have her so close to him. She believed in him,
Vincent needed her. "I couldn't tell you that Vic, I'm not even human. So
I am told." He snapped his head up at that. How could such an amazing
woman not be human?
"You are more human then any one I
have worked for." Vincent said earnestly. They were suddenly kissing. They
drew to each other like separate poles on a magnet. It escalated to them on the
floor, Vincent over her. "I think I love you, Suzanna."
"We were married, just a year after
that Reeve caught wind of Hojo cheating on Lucrecia. I was furious with him
when I found his wedding band at the Honey Bee Inn. I showed it to her outside
the Shinra mansion."
Lucrecia and Vincent were walking through
Nibelheim, she clung to his arm weakly. "I feel so sick Vincent, my
stomach won't settle."
"The shop is just over there. Are you
going to be Okay?" He left her sitting at the front gate. She looked
around very sadly and waited. She stood up slowly as her brother returned.
"Here." He watched her drink the tonic with a look of pity,
"Lucrecia, I know you told me to keep my nose out of your business with
Peter, but I can't let this slide." Vincent took out a wedding band.
Lucrecia stared at it blankly.
"Lucrecia and Peter Hojo, always and
forever...." She started to cry, "Where did you find this?"
"The Honey Bee Inn. Listen, you don't
need him. Divorce the-"
"I can't! I am pregnant
Vincent!" Shaking her head furiously she ran from Vincent to ask Hojo the truth.
"I looked all over for her, I was
worried that she would do something to hurt herself. I found her at the gate,
with Hojo. He had apparently smooth talked her into staying after he found out
she was pregnant." He looked at Reeve, "You asked me how I could
stand it, remember? My beautiful sister being strung along by that psycho. The
more Suzanna told me about him the more I hated him. And all I said was 'If she
is happy then I don't mind.' I just stood there and watched him lie to my
sister. The only person who kept me alive when I was a child. The one person
that had all of my respect, I just stood there...." His voice trailed off.
"You don't have to explain any more
Vincent." Tifa said tearfully.
"No, I have to finnish this."
The dark ex-Turk took a deep breath and another sip of coffee. "When she
told me that Hojo wanted to use her as an experiment I was outraged."
"After all that Suzi has explained to
you! After all that you have seen him do!" Vincent paced the room in
Icicle Inn. "You would let him do this?"
"I am aware of what I am doing
Vincent. It is perfectly harmless, and it could save people millions. Imagine
never having to give your child a flu shot, or having to sit though chicken
pox. They are little things, but it is a start." She was sitting on the
bed, looking very strained. "I hate it when you two fight, please."
"Yet again I stood by and did
nothing. Oh sure, I fought with him, I made her cry. But in the end I let it
happen. When Sephiroth was born Hojo told her that the baby died in birth. He
called Lucrecia all sorts of names, but she was my sister. She was strong. She
divorced him and came to live with me and Suzi for a few years. Six years to be
exact with you. That's when Reno was born. I was proud of him, I still am proud
of him." That earned a snort from Barette. "There is just this
feeling that you get when you hold your child, Lucrecia never got to feel
that..." Vincent sighed, he looked over to Rude, "give me a smoke?"
The bald man tossed the pack over, no one
dared to even breathe to loudly as Vincent lit his first cigarette in over
twenty years. "Thank you, " Vincent said as the smoke blew out his
"Its a boy!" Vincent was too
elated to be calm. He jumped with Lucrecia in the hospital. "Renald
The young doctor leaned in the waiting
room door. A big smile on his face for the new father. "They are ready to
see you Mr. Valentine."
It was all he could do not to bounce into
the room like a five year old. Lucrecia laughed at him. As Vincent held the
little boy, a tear worked it's way into his eye. "Renald." was all he
said. He looked over to his red headed wife. "I love you so much Suzanna."
She smiled at him, never had they been so happy, so in love.
"I suppose that seeing all of that
made her curious. She went to Icicle Inn the next week, never to return. I got
the call that she was dead, I knew it was Hojo. I confronted him against Suzi's
"Where is she you monster!"
Vincent was inches from the doctor.
"You dare insult me? You damn slum
born cur! She is dead! Haven't you seen enough dead bodies, Turk?!"
"If you didn't do anything to her
what harm will there be in letting me say good-bye to my own sister!?"
Vincent had enough of Hojo, he moved forward. Hojo pulled out a gun from his
lab coat and shot.
"I should have seen it coming a mile
away. That son of a bitch shot me like I was some fish in a barrel. Point blank
in the stomach. I fell to the ground in a pool of my own blood. Thank whatever
powers had control that day. I woke up on the operating table very much
unrestrained. My left arm hurt, it felt like it was asleep, there was also a
sharp pain. I just stared at my hand, I was clueless. I reached my fists to the
sky, pleading for help. Then I thought about my family. I had to go to
Vincent rushed into his apartment,
clinging his left arm. "Suzi get Reno we have to go!" She didn't ask
any questions, she only grabbed the baby and a bag. Hojo
was waiting with over a dozen SOLDIERS just outside the door. When Suzanna saw
him she started shaking. Vincent stood in between the mad man and his family.
"Well, so this is something I wasn't
expecting." Hojo smiled. "Very interesting. Take the baby
alive." A car squealed though the troops. Reeve and Scarlet jumped out.
"Get out of here sir!" Reeve
yelled. Suzanna got into the car with Reno. Vincent looked at his partner,
hesitant to leave him. "Move it Vince! You have more important things to
worry about then us."
"Yeah, we can take care of
ourselves," Scarlet confirmed.
Tseng drove them to a hotel in the slums.
Suzanna sat on the bed, still trembling. "Vic, don't let him take Reno,
please anything is better then what they do there...." She sobbed
"Tseng go report to the president;
let him know that Hojo's off his blasted rocker." The young Wutain saluted
and left. Vincent kneeled next to Suzi, he took one of her hands in his.
"I have to go make sure that they are alright. I will be back."
"How do I know that Vic?" She
fell to the ground with him. Vincent hugged his family tight and vowed to
"I want to come back." He left
his navy blue hoodie on the chair and left his wife, never to see her again.
"I didn't make it." Vincent
snuffed out the cigarette and lit another before the smoke from the first even
cleared. "I would rather not get into the rest, if you all don't mind.
When I saw Reno I knew he was my son, but there was nothing that I could do at
that time. Other then an apology on my part I haven't spoken to him. I want to,
but I feel ashamed. Part of me can't bare to hear how Suzi died, or what he has
had to do to survive. If I would have listened to Suzi, then maybe none of this
would have happened to him. I let him down more then I let Lucrecia and Suzi
down. I don't even know where to begin. I never got to tell any of then
"He's understanding, Vincent."
Tifa responded ignoring another snort from Barette.
"I have to face that I blew it, Tifa."
MOVEMENT THREE: COMING TOGETHER
Reno sat with his head against the wall.
Cloud was sleeping about a foot away from him, having a nightmare. I feel
you there man. Reno felt a wave of pity for the hero. He knew what it felt
like to be thrown into something that you never asked for and then expected to
work miracles. Reno shivered as his eyes scanned the cell. Claustrophobia moved
about him like an anaconda, choking him. The red head took a deep breath and
then it dawned on him, This is Hojo's second lab's holding cell. FUCK.
The mad doctor had one large cell crafted in a stone room in one of the old
service corridors to his hidden lab. Reno remembered the twisting stairwells,
but he also remembered the way out. Just a matter of getting by Amazon and
Cloud whimpered and tossed more, the
nightmare was getting worse. Reno couldn't just let him lay there like that, he
shook Cloud gently, "Hey man wake up."
"Ahh!" Cloud sat blot up with a
start. He blinked and looked owlishly around the room.
"You were having a nightmare, I
thought that I should wake you." Reno said flatly.
Cloud flopped next to Reno with a heavy
sigh, "thank you." He stared at Reno for a moment. "Why?"
was all he asked.
"Why what?" Reno didn't look at
Cloud, he continued to examine the door across the room.
"Why did you become a Turk?"
"Oh." Reno looked at the ground,
he had never been asked that. He didn't know how to respond. Especially to a
guy he wasn't all that fond of.
"Money?" Cloud asked as Reno
continued to stare at the floor.
"Fuck you." Reno spat, "you
think that I wanted to whore myself out to them? You think that I asked for
this? Is that it? That I was such a low life already that I just took the next
"Your the one who admits you're a
whore. I didn't even have to accuse this time. Your a damn coward too for
always running away from us and not finishing-" Reno threw a punch to
Cloud's jaw stopping the blond from speaking. Cloud threw himself over onto the
red head. Now that they were in close and on the floor, Cloud had a distinct
advantage with weight and strength. He got in four hard punches to Reno's face
before the Turk got his foot under the blond's hips and kicked. Cloud was
flipped off Reno, his back slammed against the wall.
Reno rolled to his feet and wiped the
blood off his mouth. "What would you do Strife? I have a child to think
about! I told them they could just have killed me, but that wasn't an option.
They threatened my daughter! I was in this fucking lab when Rufus gave me the
choice. In the glass tube, with the blood on the floor. Hojo was crazy!
Anything was better then that, I would think that you would understand."
"So sell yourself out like
that?" Cloud growled from the floor.
"If I have to fuck and kill to keep
Trigger from having to then I will." Reno slid down the wall back to the
ground. "Damn hypocrite. What would you choose if you had to live those
five years again?"
The blond man glared at Reno, he didn't
need to be reminded of Hojo, he saw the psycho everytime he tried to sleep
without medication. Cloud had no idea what having a child would be like. Barret
had been near tears under the outburst when Marlene was kidnapped. He could
hear the desperation in Reno's voice as the red head spoke about his daughter. I
would have agreed to save myself, without a child to think about. Cloud
shook his head to rid the thought, but it was too late. What right did he have
to judge? Reno was only protecting his daughter.
He took in Reno's words slowly, if I
had the choice? Holy, he is right." Cloud took a deep breath,
"I'm sorry Reno, I would have done the same thing."
Reno nodded, "you didn't know."
So maybe he isn't so bad, both
The group sat in silence, not even Cid
spoke. Yuffie poked Rude in the side as something caught her eye near the
truck. Rude got up to check on Reno's daughter. Suzanna screamed making Rude
break out into a run, he ran to the truck as the girl scrambled out of it. When
Rude turned around the front of the vehicle, he came face to face with a woman.
"It's her!" the child yelled as she ducked behind Vincent. The woman
moved her hand to one of the katana's on her hip. The others were frozen in
shock. This woman stood as tall as the 6'6" Rude, her eyes burned an
amused but piercing green. Rude backed up a step and slid into a fighting
stance. She smiled, "you think that I am going to waste my time playing
with you? Give me the child."
"Over my dead body." Rude
growled in a voice that usually made his opponents wet themselves.
She smirked, "Okay then," as she
spoke she removed her katana belt and threw both it and her cape on the hood of
the car. "If you insist." Her powerful form moved into a fighting
stance, but she only held it for a moment. The tall woman moved forward
throwing fast jabs at Rude, who blocked quickly and skillfully.
Rude attacked, but the woman grabbed the
big Turk's fist. Rude wasn't as stunned by the move as she had anticipated, he
threw a left hook; putting all of his 295 pounds into it. The punch hit her
directly in the side of her face, forcing her to let go of his hand. She fell to
a crouching position. Then the woman shot up, grabbing Rude by the neck and
lifting him off the ground with one arm. "Well now, that was impressive,
for a human." Rude's hands were on hers, trying to break her hold.
"But you are still a human, I could end your pathetic life right
now." she shook him to emphasize her point. Rude began gasping for air as
she spoke. "But that just wouldn't be sporting of me." She threw Rude
a good seven feet backwards, he laid coughing at Yuffie's feet.
"Rude!" Yuffie dropped to the
big man's side. She touched his neck gently. Then the ninja glared at the super
human female, "You bitch!" She snapped jumping to her feet.
"Touching, you should be thankful I
left your boyfriend alive little one." the woman huffed. "I have
little time, give me the child and leave."
Vincent was not in the mood to deal with
this, not after all that he had just been forced to remember. He moved in front
of Rude and Yuffie. "Where is Reno?" Vincent's voice was as icy as
the woman's as he spoke.
"The halfling is safe, the hero is
keeping him company. As long as they don't kill each other they will be
fine." She laughed again and turned to Tifa. "It seems that there are
some strong feelings there wouldn't you say sparrow?" Tifa's eyes
narrowed, making the woman smile.
"What do you mean halfling?"
Yuffie asked as she helped the bald man to his feet, boyfriend? Rude?
"You fools honestly think that he is
human? Now for the last time, the girl."
"You won't be taking Trigger with
you." Vincent said
The woman's face remained impassive,
"Must sting badly to have your whole life ripped from you and tossed back
into your face in shambles. A bit late for being paternal don't you think
Vincent allowed his temper loose, when he
spoke again Chaos' voice could be heard just under his own. "I warn you
only once more."
Shock spread over the woman's beautiful,
yet cruel face. "Chaos?" She backed up to the hood of the truck again.
Vincent Valentine was almost gone when
Chaos spoke again, "it has been ages Yrene. Human form does you justice."
She seemed insulted by the comment,
"Serving a human master? Or are you reduced to residing in corpses?"
"Mock me again daughter of Odin! See
what shall happen!" Chaos's wings broke free from Vincent's back with a
sickening popping of bone and muscle.
Without another word Yrene snapped her
fingers and vanished in a flash of light. Vincent hit his knees, the wings
withdrew, leaving his tee-shirt in tatters, the blue black flesh faded away to
his true pale shade. The ex-Turk coughed out blood and sunk further to the
ground, his demon pushed back into his subconscious.
Rovina and Nanaki had Trigger huddled in
between them. "That was a centra summon demon!" she exclaimed.
"What?" Cid asked walking over
to Vincent cautiously with Barret. They helped him back up to his feet.
"What do you mean damnit?!"
"I don't know where to start. Lets
get rest, Tifa can explain over breakfast then I shall tell you what I can
while we are working."
The pale eyed man swirled the coffee in
his cup. He didn't exactly like the beverage, but he was bored. Yrene stormed
into their "apartment". It was a lab room, but they had converted it
to suit their needs. Seeing an opportunity to alleviate his boredom, he took a
verbal jab at her. "Yrene, you seem to have lost the oracle again."
"Not in the mood Apollyon. The
majesty seems to have neglected a few very choice details in our little
mission." She sat across from him, "brother you are not actually
drinking that human slop are you?"
"Hardly," He tipped the cup
again and let the liquid hit the floor. "You know that we will get the
oracle sooner or later. Her father will just bring her to us. Human form has
left you very unagreeable."
"Brother will you listen to me!?
There is much more to this then we were told."
"Like what? The humans frighten you,
"Chaos." She said intently.
The cup fell to the floor. "Did he
recognize you?" She nodded. "What was he doing with humans? He
detests the wretched things."
"He is residing in the halfling's
father. Apparently Sillian's attachment to him meant enough for Chaos." A
wicked smile crossed her face. "I have been thinking about him, the
halfling. He has no idea how much power he is sitting on."
"I know where this is going Yrene,
keep your hormones in check."
"Imagine, if I have a child from him,
it will be only a fourth human and it will be unbound by our laws and
restraints. Our power without having to be summoned, without the damn orbs that
bind us to that lunatic."
Apollyon smiled with his sister, "a
child that could hold the orbs. We could be free to do as we please."
Another thought crossed his mind, "The hero has been connected to Jenova.
We could bond Havoc to him, that would take care of Chaos." He picked the
cup up. "I didn't have faith in that old centra hack writing anyway. I
would much rather allow our race back to the world. Humans could be phased out
in a few hundred centuries. Demons and aeons will have their rightful places."
"Father would not agree, neither
would lord Leviathan or king Bahamut. They are overprotective of the human
"But are they here sister?" Apollyon
began to laugh.
She laughed with him. "No, they are
not now are they."
Yuffie was with Rude in the room they were
using in the Highwind. They had to double up with the rooms. Barret and Cid
were none too pleased with Yuffie's choice of a room mate for the night. She
didn't care, Rude's neck was bruised from that strangle hold the woman had on
him. Yuffie didn't want to leave him alone. She sat on the bed with Rude
sitting in between her legs on the floor. His soft gray shirt was next to her.
Yuffie was enjoying the view immensely, but only her blush gave that away. She
was putting medicine on the sides of his neck where the woman's nails broke the
"I can't believe she picked you up
like that. I am worried, Rude."
"Me too." The big man replied.
He shivered as the cloth she was using tickled under his arm.
"What?" Yuffie asked. Rude
didn't talk so she tickled just behind his arm, Rude flinched up. "You're
"No," Rude lied, she continued
to tickle him until he burst out laughing. "Stop that!"
"Not till you say 'Yuffie is the
greatest and sexiest ninja in the world.'" She laughed. Rude spun around,
grabbing Yuffie's hands as he did so. He pinned her arms behind her back,
holding her wrists in one hand. Their faces were just and inch apart.
Rude felt a chill up his spine, she wasn't
backing away from him. He moved closer to her, "you don't know what you
are getting yourself into, Yuffie." he muttered softly. His low rumbling
voice made Yuffie's heart flutter and color rise up her cheeks.
She slid her foot up the back of his leg.
"How about you show me?" She asked as she closed the distance between
them. They kissed slowly. Rude let her arms go so his hands could go to her
body. Yuffie leaned back and he followed her onto the bed. She let out a slight
moan as his mouth moved down to her collar bone. Rude positioned himself to lay
next to her.
"You sure about this?" He asked,
sliding his hand under her shirt. Yuffie put her hand on his chest and pushed
Rude over onto his back. She laid on his chest and kissed him, "yes".
Rude woke up slowly. He felt warm breath
on his back. Yuffie muttered in her sleep behind him, pulling herself closer
and nuzzling her head in between his shoulder blades. The feeling of being held
was new to the big Turk. When is the last time anyone held me? He
couldn't recall, but he knew he liked the feeling he had at this moment. A
sharp pain made him remember where he was. He sat up, rubbing his bruised neck.
"Is it morning already?" Yuffie
asked, still groggy from sleep. "We are going to the Shinra building today
"Yeah and Tifa is going to come clean
about all of us." Rude winced as he turned his head to find his pants.
"You think that she will admit how
close she was to Reno and Trigger?" Yuffie handed the big man his pants.
Rude didn't speak, if she doesn't I
will beat him senseless if he takes her back.
Cloud and Reno were sitting side by side.
Both looking at the door and trying to keep their minds off of where they were.
"Why did you leave Nibelhiem?" Reno asked.
"Hated it there." Cloud sighed,
"my Mom moved there when she was 17 and pregnant with me. I never knew my
dad, if I ever do meet him I am knocking him the fuck out. It was a very
conservative town, we weren't welcome. I got sick of it so I left."
There was a silence, "and joined
"No, a biker gang actually."
Reno did a double take at the hero, his angelic image now totally ruined.
"Yeah." Cloud laughed at Reno's expression. "I was the best drag
racer in our little group. I used to race for the tittles ya know. Well I got
around to racing these SOLDIERs and Sepiroth was there. He wasn't too pleased
when he saw us loading all of his bikes up. He figured I should make up the
money I cost him. I figured to run like a squirrel, but he caught me."
"The guy was a prick." Reno
muttered. "Even the real one was."
"Amen." Cloud sighed. "Tifa
left me you know."
"Did she?" Reno tried to sound
"She loves you, she always has. I
love Aeris." He looked up at the moss covered ceiling. "She was on
her way to Junion when I got jumped by the zombie nation."
Reno didn't want to smile at that. Tifa
had hurt him, he could forgive her for that. She had hurt his daughter, that
wasn't so easy to forgive. "Lets concentrate on getting out of here."
"Done trying to kill each
other?" An icy voice came though the corridor.
"Fuck you." Reno snapped.
"You keep propositioning me like that
I may just take you up on it." She laughed at the face both men made in
their cell. "My brother, Apollyon and I are to take you to the majesty.
Get up." Neither one moved. "Fighting is useless, you both know it.
Now get up and lets go, if you think about running we will break your
legs." Reno and Cloud looked at each other and stood. "Much better.
Be good boys and this won't be too bad."
INTERLUDE TWO: TIFA'S CONFESSION
Cloud tried not to think as he followed
Yrene to wherever they were going. Reno walked silently behind the hero, his
intense eyes taking note of every detail possible. Apollyon walked behind Reno
thus erasing all ideas of escape. So sure were they that Cloud and Reno would
behave that they didn't bother to restrain them at all. It was more unsettling
to the prisoners without being at least handcuffed. It was as if they were
going because they wanted to. Yrene walked into a lab, Cloud stopped cold.
"Move," Apollyon ordered. Reluctantly, Cloud went into the lab.
Reno felt a lump rise up in the back of
his throat as he looked at two of Hojo's old specimen tubes in the corner of
the room. Cloud was shivering beside him. The red head looked to the floor and
was immediately sorry that he had done so. The cement was stained a rosy color
from Hojo's past victims. Reno would not deny that he was afraid as well.
Unconsciously the two men moved closer to each other. Yrene stood at a door
across the room, Apollyon remained at the door they had entered from. Reno and
Cloud were trapped.
"Well, well, long time no see."
A familiar voice floated to them, causing them to spin around. "You both
look well," A fit of insane giggles erupted from the speaker, Reno felt
his hair stand on end. "Much better then the last time I saw you."
The figure laughed again at it's prisoner's gaping mouths. "The two men
without whom the fall of Sephiroth and Shinra would not be possible."
Giggling madly, the speaker sat down on the bloodstained desk, "I owe you
Cloud and Reno found their voices at the
same time, "Rufus!"
Elena took a deep breath as she walked out
to the deck of the Highwind. Tifa was the only other person up and about. The
brunette was watching the sunrise over the fallen city. It stained the ruins
gold, orange and red. All this time, it still looks like a battle field.
She walked purposefully up to Tifa. "Tifa?" The other woman turned
around, her red rimmed eyes showing more sadness then any words could talk
about. "Could I ask you a question?"
Tifa turned back to the sunrise, looking at
the ground. "Sure," she wrung her hands.
"When Tseng died, did he
suffer?" The brunette snapped her head over to stare blankly at Elena.
"I don't blame you, I don't want to get anything to throw back into your
face. I just want to know. I will sleep better at night if I know."
Tifa smiled sadly at Elena, she had been
expecting an attack, an insult, anything but what she was getting. An honest,
needful question. "He was in shock. I don't think that he felt it anymore.
You know how he was, always so serious." The brunette put her hand on
Elena's shoulder as the blond started to tear up. "I can tell you that he
died well, he wasn't alone." Tifa felt herself begin to cry as well.
Elena hugged Tifa. "Thank you, I just
had to know." Tifa returned the hug. Elena stepped back and looked into
her wine toned eyes. "You truly love Reno don't you?" Tifa nodded.
"I am behind you Tifa, so is Yuffie and Vince. Don't worry about the past,
or what people will think." The blond turned to go. When she was about
halfway across the deck she turned around. "Oh and Tifa?" The
brunette looked over her shoulder at her. "If you hurt him again I will be
forced to change my mind."
"Thank you Elena." Tifa said
gratefully to the blonde's back.
Barret stretched as he walked off the
Highwind. It was going to be a very long day. First he was going to have to put
up with Yuffie snuggling up to that Turk and then he was going to actually work
with them. The big man walked into the ruins of Midgar, he realized he was in
what had been sector seven. He looked up to the sky, I promised you guys
that I would get him for you. Jessie, Biggs, Wedge, what am I supposed to do
now? Hate for the red headed Turk welled up inside him yet again. He
smashed his fist into a piece of the rubble. No matter what Tifa has to say,
you killed my friends. You killed them without a second thought. I will get you
for that, Reno. A flash of red caught Barret's attention.
Suzanna hopped up on what used to be a
cement pillar. "You hate me don't you?" Barret blinked at the child
for a few moments. She continued sit on the pillar and sadly stared at him.
"What reason would I have ta hate
ya?" Barret had a soft spot for kids, he felt sorry for Suzanna. With
Reno as a father you probably have it bad kid.
"You hate Daddy." She said
"Yeah I guess I do." He sat down
as well, wondering where this was going.
"Why?" She hopped down and moved
closer to him.
"He killed a lot of people, kid.
Don't you know what he is?"
The little girl shook her head, "he
didn't wanna." She sat down next to Barret and sniffled back tears.
"It was my fault."
"Did he tell you that!" Barret
was shocked, I am going to break his fucking worthless neck.
"No," she hung her head, hiding
her face in waves of red hair. "Daddy told me that man was crazy and that
I shouldn't listen to him. But he was right. Daddy was trying to be nice, but
he was wrong." Now crying, Suzanna looked up to the big man, "Daddy's
a bad liar."
"Your dad can not blame you for all
the nasty things he did." Barret started. He put his big hand on the
child's shoulder. She welcomed the contact.
"He didn't. Hojo told me this."
"What were you near that man
Suzanna moved closer to Barret, "they
came into daycare and took me. Shinra told Daddy that they would give me back
after the plate dropped. If he didn't then Hojo got me." She started to
shake, "it was so scary down there. People were screaming, and I wanted my
Daddy. Hojo told me that Daddy, Uncle Rude and everyone else were terrible
people. He told me that Daddy was a bad person because he had to worry about me
Barret felt more rage for the mad doctor
and the Shinra then he had ever thought possible. How could Hojo tell a little
child those things? Suddenly he wondered what he would be able to do to protect
Marlene. I would do anything for her, she's my daughter. He couldn't
feel bad for Reno, but his heart went out to Suzanna. "That isn't true.
Your Daddy did what he did because he had too, but it wasn't your fault. It was
"How?" Such a small question,
why would it be so hard to answer.
"Because he is the adult." At
twenty one years old..... God Damn. Reno was no adult, he was a boy when
his daughter was born. How many kids would have left their girlfriends, or made
them have an abortion at that age? Barret often felt overwhelmed with Marlene,
not with lack of love for the child, but because there was so much to raising a
child. And he was 31 when he took Marlene out of Coral. Reno was 15 when his
daughter was born. "Where's your momma?" He asked.
"She died when I was a baby. I don't
'member her. I kinda wanted Auntie Tifa to be my momma, but she doesn't like us
"That isn't true at all. Tifa misses
you very much. She's told me so. She's mad at your Daddy."
"You can't have one and not the
other," the child looked at her shoes. "Try not to hate my Daddy,
Barret hugged the little girl. "I'll
The air hung heavy with emotion as the
group began to meet in the main room of the Highwind. The first people to enter
were Tifa, Elena and Vincent. Tifa was thankful that they sat next to her. She
would need support. Barret followed with Suzanna, earning strange looks from
the others. The little girl wandered into the next room to play with the
computer, she knew that there was going to be a boring adult talk. Reeve and
Scarlet came in with Nanaki and Rovina. All four said nothing as they sat down.
Cid came in, unusually silent. He had been
thinking all night. Shera had told him to calm down over the phone, but he
couldn't shake the feeling that she and Elmyra and Marlene may be in trouble.
They went to Wutai to be on the safe side. Thinking of Wutai made him think
about Yuffie. He looked about and felt a bit perturbed that Rude was also MIA. If
that son of a bitch-
The door came open cutting off Cid's
thoughts. Yuffie walked into the room and blushed immediately when she realized
how late she was. "Uhm Rude's smoking, he'll be in inna minute." She
bit her lip and moved to sit down, hoping that no one noticed her slight
difficulty walking. Cid got up, and stormed out the door. Yuffie jumped up to
follow him, but Vincent stopped her. "Vince lemme go! He's going to jump
"And you won't stop him. Getting
involved is only going to get Rude mad at Cid." The dark ex-Turk replied.
"Rude promised to behave right?"
"Yeah, but Cid will just push and
push!" She turned to glare at Barret. "I don't know why it's any of
anyone's business! He's nice to me, he treats me like an adult. I understand
being protective but," she threw her arms in the air and flopped down
"GAWD! I will give them ten minutes."
Cid walked up to Rude with a more then
slightly pissed off air. "What did you do to her!?" he snapped.
Rude had to turn his body around to look
at the pilot. His neck hurt to much to move it. He didn't say a word as he
puffed on the smoke. You knew this was going to happen. She told you it
would. Cid lit his own cigarette and waited. Rude turned away from him.
"Listen you shit head you touch her
again and I am-" Cid was silenced as Rude spun around and lifted him off
the ground by the collar.
"You will what?" He puffed on
the cigarette with his free hand before speaking again. "Let us get some
things strait, Highwind. One: I could curl you if I felt like it, so force is
kinda useless. Two: What ever we do together is none of your business. I didn't
hurt her, I didn't force her." He sat the pilot down, "Three: She
made me promise to be nice to you, so you should thank her later." With
that he turned away from Cid to toss his cigg over the railing. He brushed
shoulders with the pilot as he entered the Highwind.
When the group had calmed down Reeve
turned to Tifa, "well Teef. You going to tell us the truth now?"
The brunette nodded, "yeah." She
looked around and took a deep breath. "When I was five my mother died. My
father was devastated, as a result I spent a lot of time with my master Zangan.
Three months after Mom died I went with him to my first tournament. We met
another one of his students and Chocobo Bill's. She had a young boy with her.
His name was Reno.
"His student was Maraih, she was
amazing in a fight. She was also a very close friend. Reno was shy, believe it
or not. We ended up sneaking out for a swim because we couldn't sleep."
Reno edged over to Tifa's bed.
"Tifa" he whispered "Hey wake up." The girl opened her
garnet eyes and looked into Reno's blue ones. "Lets go play."
"Now?" She sat up.
"Okay." She slipped down to the
floor and the two kids ran out the door. "Lets go swimming!" Tifa
smiled and ran ahead of Reno. "Betcha can't catch me!"
"Really?" Reno dashed for her
and grabbed her shoulder. "Tag!" And he darted off. They chased each
other to a little pond. Reno stooped down and looked into the water. "I
never went swimming before." He saw his reflection, suddenly he frowned and
reached a hand to his scarred cheek.
"You all right Reno?" Tifa
didn't like the change that simply seeing himself had brought on Reno. She sat
down next to him and tapped him on the back "Reno?"
"I thought that I was alone until
then. Misery loves company I guess, because he made me feel better. I knew that
I could talk to someone. Where he came from didn't matter to me then. Who he
was is all that mattered. When he told me about his mom I told him about mine.
We were best friends ever since.
"The guys that killed my mom did
these to me. I just don't like seeing them." He said sorrowfully
Tifa put her small hand in front of her
mouth in a shocked expression. "Reno? I am so- are you okay?" They
looked at each other for a few minutes. Tifa bit her bottom lip and softly told
him "My mom died about three months ago." Her eyes began to well up
with tears. She looked up into Reno's seemingly impassive face, "How do
you stop from crying?"
"I can't cry. It hurt so much so when
I did that I stopped." Suddenly aware of how small they were, the children
eked together. "I wish I could cry again sometimes, it made me feel
better." He looked up at the sky. "If you want to cry do it, I miss
my momma too. It still hurts a lot. I won't say nothin' about it."
Tifa hugged her new friend. "Thank
He hugged her back. "For what?"
"We wrote each other at least twice a
week. All the kids that skipped school made me so mad, Reno would have killed
for the opportunity to go. He has this photographic memory, it really is a
crime that he never got an education. He did fine for himself with the church
Cid coughed. "Church? Where did he
"Oh, yeah. Mariah lived in a church
with one of Master Zangan's friends, Padre. He and Reno fought all the time. As
Reno grew older it got worse. Maraih got too sick to work, and the church was
not for profit. Shinra taxed the hell out of the slum people. Reno got a job
running drugs to keep up with the bills." She looked down, "I begged
him to come live with me or master Zangan, but he was so stubborn! Always had
to take care of other people, he didn't even think that Padre wanted him
around, and he still paid their bills.
"When he was fourteen he met this
girl, her name was Bethany. She was perfect for him. She made him a much more
relaxed and sober person. Trigger was born when he was fifteen. I came to
visit, even though Reno begged me not to. Said that the slums were dangerous. I
am stubborn too."
Tifa walked slowly off the train. Her
father would have killed her if he knew where she was. He hated Reno. It was
more that he was overprotective, Reno wasn't exactly a sterling citizen. But he
was still Tifa's closest friend. She looked around for her best friend, he was
easy to spot. The tall red head walked up to her swiftly. "comon Teef,
let's go before it gets dark." They made their way down the allies, Tifa
kept close to Reno. She tried not to pay much attention to the people laying in
the trash. A man grabbed her arm.
"Hey darl'n how much?" Tifa
pulled her arm free and stood gaping at the man. She was appalled at him, he
Reno was fast, his gun was level with the
man's head. Tifa gasped, she had never seen that side of Reno before, "How
much is your life worth old man?" The guy backed up quickly.
"Wolf! I-I - "
Reno narrowed his eyes, "you are
"People were afraid of Reno. He was
the leader of a gang called Fallen. No one knew his name, they called him the
Red Wolf. It was so strange seeing him that way, as someone to fear. He was
only trying to get by, to feed his family."
Tifa felt emotion well up inside her, she
closed her eyes, but tears moved out none the less. "He loved Bethany so
much, they were so happy. They had nothing but each other and Trigger. And then
she was killed. A rival gang had her executed when Trigger was just a few
"Executed?" Barret asked.
Tifa nodded, "yes. Reno lost it. He
blew the whole place up."
"Fuckers deserved it," Rude
She glared at Reeve. "Mariah didn't
take losing Beth well, her illness took over again, she was hospitalized.
Hospitals cost, and Reno didn't have it. But the Turks offered it to him.
Didn't they Reeve?"
"I had no choice in that Tifa."
Reeve said in a voice that the other members of Avalanche had never heard him
use. His light tenor voice had a bludgeoning effect. Tifa remained undaunted.
"He had to kill one guy. That was all
so he thought. He had no idea that he wasn't going to get away. I didn't hear
from him after that. Padre let us know that Mariah had died, Reno was no where
to be found. Padre refused to tell me what had happened. I thought that he was
killed." She sniffled more.
"He saved me from Neiblehiem. I - I -
." She looked at Rude. "If it hadn't have been for you both...."
Tifa was barley conscious. She remembered
Sephiroth, then she felt hands on her body. She remembered the SOLDIERS, they
had used cure materia on her, but she was still not better. Tifa thought that
they were taking her to a doctor, but when they removed her torn shirt from her
body she realized what they were really thinking. She was too weak to fight
them, she whimpered and they laughed at her. They pinched and pulled at her,
one moved over her, to remove her skirt when the door flew open. It slammed him
into the wall and bounced off his head, knocking him out.
"What do I have here?" Reno
growled. He looked around and then smirked dangerously "I know, four dead
men if they don't pack their dicks back and leave."
"Three ta one aren't great odds,
Turk. You'll get a go. We found her." Snapped one man. His face went pale
when the threat didn't seem to work.
Reno pulled his nightstick out again.
"Leave now or you won't live to regret it later." The men began to
advance on him as Rude ran into the room. The big Turk made the SOLDIERS
quickly rethink the idea of fighting. They looked over to the only officer in
the room, the man who Reno's entrance had knocked clean out. "How about
two on three?" Reno asked the now uncomfortable SOLDIERs
"Three on three is the fair thing to
do now." Tseng was leaning in the door way, picking at his nails with a
butterfly knife. "However, I seem to recall hearing that a good Turk was
more then a match for three good SOLDIERs. I suppose we will see." The
Wutain cracked his knuckles.
"No no, Uhm we have someplace that we
have to be." A different man said, edging away from Tifa. The three
SOLDIERs lined up against the wall as Reno put his nightstick back into its
holster. Rude and Tseng moved aside and the men darted nervously out. Reno was
already kneeling next to his friend.
"Teef? Hey? You awake?" Reno
removed his jacket and wrapped Tifa in it. He lifted her without much effort.
"Teef?" Reno repeated, shaking her gently.
Tifa's eye's began to flutter open,
"Cloud?" She moaned, she opened her eyes. "Re? What are you
doing here?" Tifa blinked "Where have you-" Rude chanted quickly
cutting her off. The sleep materia took effect and Tifa's head fell to Reno's
Tifa's tears fell down her cheeks and hit
the table. "They risked their necks to hide me from Hojo. They went
against direct orders to save me. I felt so welcome by them all." She
looked at Scarlet, "you especially, Scarlet. I mean, you made me get back
on my feet. You all were so kind."
She smiled at Yuffie despite her tears.
"Rufus had a bit of a crush on my chest. And well, he was creepy. So Rude,
being the great true blue friend that he is pretended to be my boyfriend. It
was our inside joke, that Rude liked me." She shook her head and laughed.
"I will never forget the time that Rufus asked Reno about us and he said
'well the last guy to hit on Teef in front of Rude just got out of therapy
about a week ago. I heard that he has almost full use of his left side
now.'" All the Turks started to laugh. "He never even looked at me
"That was so funny." Scarlet
shook her head. "You were as much trouble as they were. Miss- I threw the
woman out of the window because she was talking shit about Rude." Tifa
laughed with them. The blonde ex-Turk smiled at her. "Okay, so I suppose
that I can say I missed you too Tifa."
"I am never going to deny that I was attracted to Reno. I was. He
respected me much more then I wanted him to, he never...." She sighed in a
wistful way, "I couldn't help but fall in love with him." She wiped
her eyes. "I wish that he wouldn't have had so much control, maybe I would
have never left. It was frustrating, nearly begging for a man that slept with
on average three women a day for his job. I was so jealous...." her voice
"Then I heard about Avalanche. I wanted
to take Shinra down. I knew deep down that Avalanche could do it." She
looked at Barret. "I am so sorry, Barret. I lied to you. I let you think
that I wanted revenge only, but that wasn't it. I wanted Reno to be free. I
wanted him to never have to do all those things that Shinra made him do. Then
we could have a family." Barret said nothing, Tifa continued to stare at
"I had two families, the Turks and
Avalanche. They clashed as I guess I knew they would. He had to drop the plate,
and I never gave him a chance to explain. I called him all sorts of names that
I didn't mean. I told him that my father was right about him." She shook
her head at the bad memory, "I know that I hurt him." Vincent put his
human arm on Tifa's shoulder, "I never even gave him the chance to tell me
"They had his daughter." Barret
said gruffly. Tifa looked up at him and nodded.
"That explains so much." She
continued to cry, her words coming out between sobs. "I just left, I
called him all those things, I pretended that I loved Cloud, I even..."
Elena handed Tifa a tissue. "I never told Trigger good-bye, I just left. I
abandoned her, if I would have looked for her I would have known." Tifa
looked to the door of the room Suzanna was playing in, "I have missed her
so much, she was like a daughter to me, and Reno... I left them both, I don't
even know how Trigger took me leaving. I wasn't there." Tifa knew her
mother was dying long before she lost her. Trigger had no idea that Tifa was
leaving, she didn't want to think about how much she could have hurt the little
child, all because she was being selfish. "I- I- I am so sorry, now I beg
you all to forgive me for lying, for leaving, for being so selfish. None of you
have too, I will understand if Reno doesn't want to see me again. I just want
to tell him I didn't mean all those nasty things I said. I was so wrong."
The door to the computer room opened
slowly. Suzanna leaned in the doorway, her hands in the pockets of her jeans.
She looked up slowly, "does this mean your coming back?"
Holy she looks like Reno.
Tifa nodded, "if you don't mind."
The little girl looked back at the floor.
"I never wanted you to leave," she looked around the room. Everyone
was staring at her, the girl stood up and walked over to Vincent and Tifa,
"can we get Daddy now?"
CRESCENDO TWO: TURN AWAY
"He he he." Rufus snickered.
"I am so pleased to see you both as well." He continued to snicker.
Reno was shocked to see Rufus like this.
The former Shinra leader had been calm, cool, collected. Reno hadn't enjoyed
him, but unlike President Shinra, Rufus had his respect. Rufus had Reno's
respect because he knew how to wield power. He played life like a chess game.
His aloof and callous air was enough to make men tremble, he had drawn Reno
into the game. His game, whatever Rufus touched became his, Reno was no
different. Rufus Shinra had owned him. Used him as a piece of the game, Reno
clenched his fists. This time Rufus didn't have his daughter to threaten. This
time Reno wasn't going to play.
"I am sure you are curious Reno, you
always were the curious one." Rufus' once immaculate hair was a tangled
mess. He was dressed in an old Turk suit and tennis shoes. The crazed man
emitted an air of danger, "I will explain once we get started." Reno
and Cloud glared at the once great president.
"You've been crawling in these old
rat's holes all this time?" Reno sneered. "I would have thought it
"Sh-sh-sh-shut up!" Rufus stood
and walked around the desk. Cloud didn't wait, he lunged for him. The blond
president lifted a shotgun to Cloud's nose. "Nice try." He shoved the
barrel of the weapon at Cloud, the hero did not back down. The laughter had ceased
"Now get in the tubes."
"Go ahead and kill me." Cloud
growled. Reno was impressed with him, he didn't know many people who would be
that brave in this situation. The red head started to move around to corner
Rufus, but a firm hand on his shoulder stopped him.
"Strife duck!" Reno yelled as he
watched Apollyon move out of the corner of his eye. The hero ducked, Rufus
fired and Apollyon back up with a hole in his chest. Reno threw his elbow
backwards, connecting with Yrene's ribcage. Fueled by fear, Cloud and Reno ran
out the main door for all they were worth.
Cloud was no where near as fast as Reno,
the red head was already pushing buttons on a keypad by the time Cloud caught
up. "be the same, be the same, be the same" Reno kept praying as he
entered a five digit code.
Cloud watched as Yrene and Apollyon walked
to them, swords drawn. "Hurry Reno!" Cloud urged the red head.
"Fuck!" Reno yelled as the
keypad flashed red. "Please for the love of Holy!" He begged as he
entered another code. The keypad flashed green.
"YES!" both men cheered. They dashed
into the next room and Reno pushed a button to close the door. He turned and
took off down a hallway, Cloud followed. They turned another corner and bailed
directly into Apollyon.
"Going somewhere are we?" Apollyon
was near healed.
"Yes, the other way." Cloud said
as he and Reno backpedaled. Reno turned the corner and came face to face with
"Miss me sweetheart?" Yrene
purred. For once in his life Reno Valentine was speechless.
Rovina shuddered again as they neared the
Shinra building. Like everything else around them, the building was in ruins.
The large group had split up, Tifa, Rude, Scarlet, and Cid remained at the
Highwind with Suzanna. The others went to search the Shinra wreckage. The black
beast mentally steadied herself for what was to come.
"So you gonna explain or not Dar-
Rovina?" Barret asked from the back.
"Yes, I shall try." She raised
her voice slightly to be heard, "before my species or your own were on the
planet there were Aeons."
"Aeons?" Reeve questioned.
"You mean summons?"
"Yes. The mightiest of these was
Alexander. According to legend there are many worlds other then our own."
"Planets?" Asked Elena, stopping
to look over at the beast.
"No, dimensions of sorts. I cannot
explain further because there is no other literature on the subject. These
worlds became connected because of another race, the Centra. They wished to
live on this planet to hide from the Jenova that were hunting them. Alexander
agreed, to the dismay of many of his people. The Aeons were split, some wanted
to expel the Centra, some wished to help them."
"So how do humans fit in?"
Yuffie sat down, they had all stopped to listen in.
"They did not exist yet. The Centra
and the Aeon's existed and interbred, creating powerful creatures called
Demons. When these mixed breeds died, the Centra could summon them from beyond
the grave to aid them. Many Aeons felt that this was a direct threat to their power.
There was a war....."
Yrene paced as she continued to explain.
"They tried to overthrow Emperor Alexander, these pests. In the end Aeons
won over. Those Centra that had fought against us lost their powers, they
became another race- humans." The two men floating in the tanks had their
eyes focused on her, they could not respond, but she knew they understood.
"Alexander was wounded. He closed off this world with the last of his
energies forming the lifestream. A way to power the planet. We Aeons moved to a
different plane, the Demons moved along with us. There has been a family feud
of sorts ever since.
"An unpleasant side effect of the
original Aeons being here is the materia that was an side product of the
lifestream. We could be summoned here by the Centra that we left behind via the
materia. Humans got ahold of this and many wars were waged." She shook her
head, "such inhumanity from humans. Worthless creatures if you ask me."
"Hojo figured out that you could
animate half dead bodies or dead bodies by summoning a Demon." Rovina spat
Hojo's name out as if it were acid.
Vincent growled. "It doesn't always
work, Why me?"
"It may have something to do with
Reno's mother. If she was an Aeon, then that would explain why such a powerful
Demon allowed itself to be bonded to you. He even could do it with Aeons,
trapping them and using their orbs to control them."
"Materia?" Yuffie asked
"This is where you come in,
Reno." Yrene tapped on the glass. "You are half Aeon. Your mother's
name was truly Sillian. Hojo, trapped her in a human body the same way my
brother and I are trapped by Rufus. When he realized that she was far too
clever for him he destroyed her orb. This stranded her on this planet. She was
thus neutralized, couldn't even use materia. Only in her dreams could she
connect with the other plane.
"You were born without an orb. You
have her power, you just haven't tapped it. I could open that up for you. Now,
imagine if an Aeon was born here, only a fourth human. No bonding, no orbs. Our
race could return!" Reno arched his eyebrow at her, she sighed. "I
say 'ours' to you because you are an Aeon as much as you are a human. You don't
have to cater to them! They are insects! Look what humans have done here! Look
at yourself! This can be stopped and you are a necessary part in stopping it.
You have some of Sillian's power within you, Reno. You just need to have your
eyes opened." She took a needle out and injected a pipe to Reno's tube.
Pain overwhelmed him. "Being born again is never pleasant. You will
understand." She turned to Cloud. "And you, we need to take care of
Chaos. I have just the thing...."
"That is about all I know, if Reno's
mother was an Aeon we will have problems I fear. I would not wish to fight
Aeons." She turned to Vincent, "is there any way that I could talk to
Chaos? He seemed to know quite a bit more then I do."
"No." Vincent said quickly.
"He didn't try to harm us
before." Rovina prodded
"That is because I was focussed on
that woman. Without a focus I have no idea what he will do."
"The planet-" She started.
"Rovina, Vincent is looking out for
our safety. Nothing is to say that Chaos wouldn't lie." Nanaki
interjected. "We need to press on."
About an hour later Reeve was setting up a
video station to look over the security CD's that Elena had found. They were
not all together as a group, but it didn't exactly matter. They were within
yelling distance. He looked to his former partner and frowned. "They are
labeled 'Hojo: S-Red' if that means anything."
Vincent looked at the floor. "That's
Suzi." The dark man sat down on the debris ridden floor. He noted the look
he was getting from the other former Turk leader. "I will be alright
Reeve." Reeve nodded and pushed play.
They were looking at a large training
room. A red headed woman was standing in the middle. "Oh Holy, Suzi."
Vincent sighed, he turned his head away from the screen. Then Yuffie screamed.
The others ran from every area to her voice.
"Nice set of lungs there, pet."
Apollyon leered over Yuffie, who promptly turned and ran towards her friends.
They opened fire on the pale eyed man as Yuffie ducked behind them. Apollyon
smiled. "Now you are all being silly." He put one hand out,
"Areos." A dark wind swept the hero's off their feet and slammed them
to the ground. "I refuse to warn you pests again!" He pulled the
masume from its sheath. "Leave if you value your lives."
Barret leapt to his feet and held out his
gun arm. "I don't give a fuck what you are! You are gonna be swiss
cheese!" Suddenly Yrene was behind him. She she tossed the large man over,
if Reeve wasn't fast she would have crushed him beneath Barret. The ex-Turk
grunted as he hit his bad knee on the cement. Reeve was trying to stand, but
his knee would not obey him this time. He rolled into a sitting position and
glared at his assailant.
She smirked, "run kiddies."
Lifting her arms up she yelled. "Ultima!" The heroes scrambled for
"REFLECT!" Scarlet yelled,
casting to Reeve as she hid. Yrene snarled as the blast fired back at her.
Elena and Yuffie took off together. They stopped short as a familiar voice
spoke to them.
"What are you running from now,
"RENO!" Both women yelled. The
red head smirked, Yuffie and Elena took a step back. "Re?" Elena
questioned fearfully. Reno was dressed in a similar outfit as Apollyon and
Yrene. He walked forward. "What's going on Re?"
"I had my eyes opened, 'Lany. Now, I
think you both need to leave."
"You don't mean that." Yuffie
said. She pulled out her conformer.
Reno was unimaginably fast, he twisted
Yuffie's wrist back, she dropped the weapon. "Please, don't be
stupid," he chided. Elena struck out at her former ally, he let go of
"Run Yuff!" Elena ordered, the
ninja took off. "Reno we are your friends what are you doing!?"
"Maybe 'Lany, that's why I am giving
you the chance to run away." He crossed his arms over his chest.
"Humans have caused far to much problems on this planet. We made your kind
and we will end them."
"Terminate a whole race?" Elena
started to back up faster, Reno was not normal. His eyes were glowing green.
He laughed, "no honey, more like a
phasing out. We aren't as heartless as you humans." He sneered. Elena
swung out again at Reno, she used to be able to knock the him over. Now Reno's
head only snapped to the side. He smiled, "see what I mean?" With no
other choice, Elena took out her gun, Reno struck her on the side of the head,
"I told you they wouldn't accept
it." Apollyon said from behind him.
"She was going to try to kill
me." Reno shook his head sadly. He turned to Apollyon, "Should I go
Apollyon smirked at Elena, "Yeah I
suppose. Humans are an attractive species I will give them that. She could be
fun." He picked up the unconscious blonde as Reno followed Yuffie.
Yuffie stopped running, I can't just
leave 'Lany like this. She saw Reno coming up behind her at what looked
like a casual jog. OH GAWD! She ran, but Reno caught her shoulder and
spun her around. "Reno! I am your friend! Why are you-"
"Shut up, Yuffie." The red head
snapped. "I gave you your chance, and yet you chose to fight with me. You
don't get another." He pinched her neck and Yuffie passed out. He lifted
her over his shoulder. I hope this works.
"Reno, we are being called."
Yrene smiled at him, "have a happy hunt?"
Reno shook his head. "I wish that you
would have been wrong." They began to walk back to the lab.
Yrene shrugged, "you are doing the
right thing. Have you thought about our plan yet?"
Reno threw her his lady killer grin,
"yeah, I have. I agree."
"All that is left is taking care of
"Don't worry, they won't let us just
have these two. When they move to save them I will get Suzanna. Our two
problems could cancel each other out. Avalanche could take care of Rufus and
then we just need to let Havoc go right?"
She nodded, "Then it is just a matter
of time, you will be a legend, Reno. We are going to raise our people back
where they belong." The pair of Aeons smirked at each other, outlying the
future of the planet in their minds.