Bizarre Occurances Chapter 10
By Dino Pollard
Yuffie mopped up the floor of the Highwind.
Stupid pilot she muttered. Its not MY fault he cant keep the damn plane straight
I didnt see anyone else pukin their guts out, Cid said. You just got a weak-ass stomach.
If you dont watch your mouth, Im gonna stick this mop where the sun dont shine!! Yuffie exclaimed. Old man!!
Why you little piece of Cid began.
Children! Sephiroth exclaimed. The remark made them silent. That, and the fact that neither wanted to be the cause of Sephiroths anger.
Are we almost to Mideel? Aeris asked. I cant wait to see Cloud.
Well be there in about five minutes or so, Cid said, looking at the digital map which plotted their course.
Dont get your hopes up, Aeris, Vincent said. Theres a slim chance Cloud will be there. That is, if hes still alive, even.
What do you mean still alive? Red asked.
Mako Poisoning is extremely deadly, Vincent said.
I survived it, Sephiroth noted.
You are different, Sephiroth, Vincent replied. The Jenova in your body makes you immune to Mako Poisoning.
Look! Tifa said, pointing to a wooded area below. Theres a town in those forests!!
Thats Mideel, Cid said. Take us down, kid.
Yes sir, the pilot said.
NOT TO HARD ON THE STICK, DAMN YOU!! Cid cursed.
Mideel was a tropic little town with wooden houses built up from the land. There were one or two homes on the ground, but the rest werent. The ocean had a certain green tint to it down here.
Whats dat all about? Barret asked, motioning to the water.
Lifestream, Red replied. The spot where it comes from the Planet must be under the water somewhere. Perhaps an underwater cave.
Whoa, Yuffie said. How do you know all this stuff?
We will need to restock our supplies, Sephiroth said. Theres an item shop right over there.
Yeah, Ill do it, Cid said.
Want me to come too? Yuffie asked.
NO! the whole team replied.
Fine then, she said, rolling her eyes.
Cid walked out of the nearby item shop holding a bag and muttering curses.
Stupid bitch, he said. Overcharged me for some potions.
Shoulda let me come with, Yuffie said. I couldve stolen them.
Cid, it looks like you have a new friend, Aeris giggled.
Wha--? Cid asked. He looked behind him to see a small white Chocobo sniffing his supply bag. Whats he want?
What do you have in there? Tifa asked.
Just some leftover greens, Cid replied.
Lets give it some! Aeris said. She took the greens from Cids pouch and fed them to the Chocobo. Ahh, hes so cute!! I just have to tickle him! She reached behind his ears and gave him a little scratch.
WARK! the Chocobo replied with joy. It dropped a Materia orb.
YES! Yuffie shrieked. She grabbed the orb and looked at it. Cool! Its Contain!
If youre all finished, Sephiroth said. Perhaps we can get some information on Cloud.
Tifa noticed a dog following them.
Oh, you poor thing! she said, kneeling down. You must have been separated from someone you love.
She petted it and Aeris joined in.
Lets move on, Sephiroth said, a tone of annoyance in his voice.
Mustve been about a week since he washed up here, they overheard a man say.
Yeah, I know, another one replied. Poor spikey-headed young thing. His eyes had this glow to them.
But the weirdest thing about him was this big sword that was on his back, the other man said.
Huh? Tifa asked. She ran up to them. Excuse me, where is that man you were just talking about?
Oh, hes in the clinic over there, one of them said, pointing to a building at the edge of town.
Cloud! Tifa exclaimed. She broke into a sprint to the clinic.
H-hey! Yuffie shouted. Wait for us!
Cloud? Tifa asked, running into the clinic.
Whoa, slow down, the doctor said. The way youre running around, youd think Meteor fell or something.
Im sorry, doctor, she replied. But Im looking for a friend of mine.
Oh yes, that young man, the doctor said as the rest of Avalanche entered. Hes right in the next room.
Cloud? Tifa asked again as she entered the room. There was Cloud sitting in a wheelchair, his head bobbing up and down.
Ugh oh ugh was all he could say.
Damn, Barret said, shaking his head. Lookit his face.
Clouds eyes were distant. The glow seemed stronger before. Except they werent Clouds eyes. They could all tell that by looking at him.
Mako Poisoning, the doctor said. Quite an advanced case. A large amount of Mako-drenched knowledge was put into his head at once. It was too much for him to handle. Frankly, Im amazed that hes still alive. But right now, he is literally thousands of miles away from us. In a place no one can reach.
Cloud Aeris said. She turned away, not being able to look at him.
Its my fault, Sephiroth said. Perhaps if I told him the truth of his past sooner, I might have been able to break Jenovas influence on him. But it was no use.
Dont blame yourself, Vincent said. You couldnt have prevented this. No one would have.
Cloud, Tifa said, kneeling by his wheelchair. She turned to the doctor. You can help him, right?
I can try, the doctor said. But to be quite honest with you, theres not a whole lot I can do here. I suggest we move him to a more advanced facility. Such as a Midgar hospital. Perhaps wed have better luck treating him there.
No, Sephiroth said. He stays here.
Sephiroth ? Aeris asked, looking at him.
If you care for your friend, then you should do whats best the doctor began.
No! Sephiroth replied sternly.
As you wish, the doctor said. Ill do what I can.
What about a potion or Cure spell? Red asked.
Wouldnt help, the doctor replied. Materia is condensed Mako energy. And potions are manufactured using Mako. They would only worsen his condition.
Everyone, Tifa said. Id like to be alone with Cloud for a little bit.
Of course, Red said. Well be waiting outside, Tifa.
Thanks Red, she replied.
What tha hells wrong with you?!? Barret exclaimed.
Sephiroth, I know you and Cloud arent exactly close friends and would be more likely to combat each other than work together, Vincent began. But that is no reason to deny him a chance to live.
You do not understand, Sephiroth replied. Have you all been blinded? If we send Cloud to Midgar, the Shin-Ra will discover him and his chances of living would be extremely slim.
But isnt Tsunami in Midgar? Red asked.
Yes, Sephiroth replied. Which is why it is important that we stay out of their way.
Damn, Cid said. Sucks to be us, eh?
You can say that again old man, Yuffie said. They all stood in silence for several minutes until Tifa walked out of the clinic.
Everyone, I have something I need to tell you, she began. All I care about is Cloud. Not Meteor or Shin-Ra or anything. Just Cloud. I want to be by his side, always. Thats why I am staying here until his condition changes.
Then ya gotta be true to yourself, Barret said.
Barrets right, Aeris said. She put a hand on Tifas shoulder. Look after him for me.
Tifa smiled and patted Aeris hand.
I will, she replied. In the meantime, you take care of yourself. With that, she turned and walked back into the clinic.
Well, we should probably get back to the Highwind, Sephiroth said. We will plan our next move there.
With Cloud and Tifa gone, our number has been reduced, Sephiroth began. And witht that barrier around the North Crater, we cant go after my brother either.
Everyone turned to Cait.
What do I have something on my face? he asked.
Yer da Shin-Ra spy, Barret said. Whatre they up to?
Theyre not planning anything right now, Cait replied.
That means that all their efforts are concentrated on Tsunami, Sephiroth said. Perfect.
Shouldnt we be worried about them? Aeris asked.
Shen is a powerful warrior and a capable leader, Sephiroth replied. He knows what hes doing.
CAPTAIN CID!! one of the crew shouted.
What the hell do you want? Cid asked.
Im getting something on radar, he replied. And its moving pretty fast.
Get me visual! Cid exclaimed. NOW!!
Y-yes sir!! another crew replied. On the screen was the image of a Shin-Ra Military Jet.
SHIT!! Cid cursed.
Cant we outrun them? Red asked.
We should be able to, Cid replied.
What about weapons? Vincent asked.
Weve got a fair share, Cid replied.
Captain...? the pilot began. It flew right past us.
What the fuck? Cid asked. He looked at the radar. Then follow it, damn you!!
The plane has made a crash-landing, the crew member said. Outside Nibelheim.
Of all the places... Sephiroth muttered. Lets get moving.
Cid examined the remains of the jet but found no pilot. The ejector seat had been activated, and the pilot appeared to have gone with it.
Fuck, Cid cursed.
He couldnt have gone far, Red said.
LOOK!!! Yuffie exclaimed. She pointed to a man running into the town.
Deres our mystery man, Barret said, loading his gun-arm.
I think I saw him run down here, Aeris said as they entered the basement of the Shin-Ra Mansion. Carefully, the team approached the entrance to the library. Sephiroth put up his hand to stop Aeris from going any furthur.
Our answer lies behind this door, he said. Clutching the Masamune in one hand, he eased the door open and entered, ready to attack. The others followed suit.
What do you want? the man inside asked. He had grey hair from age which hung down to his shoulders. His face was lined with battle scars. His eyes were blue and seemed to glow.
Look at his eyes, Vincent said.
Whoa, Cait replied. You look familiar...
Who are you people? he asked, aiming a gun at them. Youre from Shin-Ra, arent you?
We thought you were from Shin-Ra, Aeris said.
Dats right! Barret exclaimed. Were Avalanche!!!
Oh, the man sighed, lowering his weapon. Allow me to introduce myself. The names Jonah. Jonah Strife.
STRIFE?!? the team explained in unison.
Your son wouldnt happen to be Cloud, would he? Red asked.
How did you know about Cloud? Jonah asked.
Hes our leader, Aeris replied.
Then where is he? Jonah asked.
In Mideel, Red answered. Currently suffering from Mako Poisoning.
I see, Jonah said. Do me a favor. When Cloud awakens, dont tell him about me yet. It will only add to his troubles. I will be in Gongaga. I have some old friends there I need to check up on. So just promise me that youll take Cloud to Gongaga when the time is right. Ill be waiting.
Yes, Sephiroth replied. He turned to the others. Lets go.
The Highwind was in the air within minutes.
Damn... Barret said. I just... damn.
It was surprising, Red said. But now what should we do?
We need to head over to Mideel, Sephiroth replied.
Yeah, Aeris replied. We should check on Cloud and Im worried about Tifa. I think she may have collapsed taking care of him.
You heard em, shitheel, Cid said to the pilot. Now get your ass in gear and fly this ship to Mideel!!
Yes sir, he replied.
AUTHORS NOTE: Hope you liked Chapter 10. A nice, little revelation that Clouds father is still alive. Hey, I brought Professor Gast back to life, didnt I? And now Clouds presumed-dead father is back as well. Damn, Im such a sentimental guy what with all these family reunions. But dont worry. I wont bring back EVERYONES dead family members. Unless it would make a good story. Now youre probably wondering, what about the Huge Materia quests? Well dont. Anyhoo, in Chapter 11 the team heads to Mideel and faces off against Ultimate WEAPON.
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