Bizarre Occurances Chapter 3
A Thief Among Them
By Dino Pollard
Hey, theyre those Avalanche guys!! the MP shouted.
And theyre with Sephiroth! another exclaimed.
Who cares? the leader said. If we kill them, were up for a promotion.
YUFFIE!!! Cloud cried out. Did you lead them to us?
N-no! she said. I had nothing to do with this one!!
What do you mean THIS one? Vincent asked.
ATTACK!!!! one of the MPs called out.
Cloud reached behind his back and drew his wide Buster Sword. The MP started firing at him, and he dodged the bullets with ease. For the ones he couldnt dodge, he defended himself using his massive weapon. So far, the team was faring pretty well he thought as he observed his teammates defending themselves in battle. But as he looked around, a thought occured to him.
Aeris was having some trouble against this particular enemy. She couldnt dodge his bullets, so instead, she tried to get in close and pray for one good hit. Thats all it would take to get him on the ground. Unfortunately, he had almost backed her into a corner. When she took another step back, she tripped on the rock jutting from the ground. The MP aimed his gun at her and smirked.
Sorry bout this sweet thang, he said. But if you be a good girl and do as I say, maybe I wont pop you. He licked his lips in anticipation.
Get away from me!! Aeris exclaimed.
Naw. he said. You had your chance, babe. He lifted his gun, ready to strike. Aeris closed her eyes and prepared to face her fate. She heard a few bullets being fired, and they were obviously from his gun, but she heard them clang against something. Perhaps he missed? She opened her eyes to see Cloud standing above her, using his massive sword as a shield.
Youre falling behind everyone else, Aeris. the blonde haired man said. We already finished off our opponents, and youre still fighting this guy. Thats not very progressive.
Aeris simply smiled. Well, what do you expect? This guys stubborn.
The next thing she saw was the MP fall to the ground, with Barret standing over him.
Damn straight. he answered. Cloud, we got a problem.
Yuffies gone. Tifa replied. And sos our Materia.
THAT LYING THIEF!! Barret shouted.
Calm down, Red said.
Everyone check your weapons and armor. Cloud ordered. If were lucky, someone will still have some Materia left.
Shit! Cid said, lighting up a cigarette. That little bitch!!
No one has any Materia left? Cloud asked.
I do. The whole team turned to Sephiroth. She must have been too frightened to steal mine.
She should be scared o ME!!! Barret exclaimed, showing off his gun-arm.
She must have led us to Wutai so she could steal our Materia and run home with it. Aeris stated.
Den lets go give her a severe beatin, BARRET-STYLE!!! Barret shouted, firing some bullets into the air.
Itll be quite a walk to Wutai from here. Sephiroth said. We should start moving.
After a few hours of walking, the team spotted several oriental-style buildings.
That must be Wutai, Tifa said.
Once in the town, the team spotted a quick glance of Yuffie.
YUFFIE!!! Barret shouted. GIT OVER HERE YA LITTLE THIEF!!!
Eeep!! Yuffie exclaimed as she ran off.
Nice goin shit-head, Cid said. We wanna CATCH the bitch, not scare her off!!
OK, lets just check inside that bar, the Turtles Paradise. Aeris said.
Inside the Turtles Paradise, Avalanche saw Elena, Reno and Rude sitting at a table, drinking.
The Turks, Vincent said.
Awww shit, Barret replied.
What? Its THEM!!! Elena said, turning around. You were lucky last time. Now youre gonna be sorry you came here!! She reached in her jacket for her gun.
Elena, you talk to much. Reno said.
Wh-what?!? Elena asked, confused.
What are we doing here? Reno asked.
Were on vacation, resting up from our work. she responded.
Exactly. Reno replied. Now our vacations ruined.
But, Elena began.
Even the booze tastes bad. Reno said.
Sorry, Elena apologized before turning back to Avalanche. Guess you got lucky again.
Listen up, Reno said to Avalanche. Even though were off duty doesnt mean I can stand to look at your ugly faces.
Ill show ya ugly, ya... Barret began.
Barret, let it go. Cloud stopped him.
Well, that was interesting. Aeris said.
No shit. Cid replied. Weird too.
Now to find Yuffie. Cloud said. He turned to one of the villagers. Excuse me sir, have you seen a young girl with a shuriken and a lot of Materia?
You mean Yuffie? the man asked. Youd have to ask Lord Godo about that.
Where does he live? Tifa asked.
Near the Pagoda of the Five Mighty Gods. The man replied, pointing them to the Pagoda.
Thanks, Aeris said, running after the team.
Glad I could help, he replied.
Inside Lord Godos house, the team found Godo meditating in a room.
Who is it?!? he asked, turning to the team. Hmm. I dont have much, but you should be able to rest yourselves here.
Thanks, but what we really want to know is if youve seen Yuffie. Cloud said.
Yuffie? Godo responded. Im sorry, I dont know any Yuffie.
Huh? Barret asked. But that guy told us ta ask you bout her!!
I think youre lying. Cloud replied.
FOR THE LAST TIME!! Godo snapped. THERE IS NO ONE IN WUTAI NAMED YUFFIE!!!
Youre lying through your teeth. Sephiroth said. He reached for his sword. Now, where is she?
Let me guess, Godo began. Are you people in trouble with the Shin-Ra? If you are, then Im gonna have to ask you to leave.
Whats with you, you coward!! Yuffie broke in, dropping down from the ceiling. You scared of the Shin-Ra? Then why not just fall in line and obey them like all the other towns!
YUFFIE!! Barret shouted. CMERE YOU LITTLE THIEF!!! Aeris and Cloud motioned for him to calm down. He muttered curses through clenched teeth.
Those guys are the ones who are really fighting the Shin-Ra!! She said.
How dare you speak to me in such a tone!! Godo snapped.
You get beaten once, and then thats it? Yuffie asked. What happened to the mighty Wutai I used to know?
What gives you the right to speak in such a way?!? Godo asked. Where did you learn such disrespect?!?
Thats my style! Yuffie replied. And its my own buisness, not yours!! Dont you try to dictate what I should do!!
Style, dictate!! Throwin around all those fancy words!! Godo shouted. Youre a miserable daughter!!
DAUGHTER?!? The team said in unison.
Hmph. Yuffie responded. Youre a sad excuse for a father!!
Godo chased Yuffie out of the house, before returning back to the team.
Take your things and leave. he ordered. In order to protect Wutai, we cannot aford to stand up to the Shin-Ra. The team did as he said, and left.
Two MPs ran inside the Turtles Paradise.
The report was right!! one of them said. Hes here!!
We need the Turks to help us, the second said to Reno.
Were on vacation. Reno replied.
Reno... Elena began. Reno put a hand up to silence her.
We know, the MP replied. But weve got orders straight from headquart--
I dont care. Reno snapped. Were still on vacation. Now get out of here. Lookin at yous makin me sober.
Fine!! the MP shouted back as he walked out. Well catch him WITHOUT any help from the Turks!! Just you wait!!
The second MP turned to Reno, And dont think that headquarters isnt going to hear about this. He then followed his partner out the door.
Reno, was that a good idea? Elena asked. Is that any way a professional--a Turk--would act?
Elena, dont misunderstand, Reno began. A pro isnt someone who sacrifices himself for his job, thats just a fool.
Rude...? Elena said, turning to her other companion.
FINE!! Elena said as she stormed out the door.
Dont worry, Reno said to his friend. She can take care of herself. Let her have her way for now.
That boy outside said he heard a pounding in this shop. Cloud said, as he led the team into the Materia shop.
And since its a Materia shop, its the perfect place for Yuffie. Red responded.
Hey!! Cait said. Theres a treasure chest!!!
Cloud opened the treasure chest and examind the two Materia orbs inside.
MP and HP Absorb. Could be useful. He said as he was about to place them on his armlet.
Yuffie dropped down at the exact second and grabbed the two orbs.
YUFFIE!!! Cloud shouted after her. SHIT!!!
Guess that puts us back at square one. Red said. What about the weapon shop.
Yeah, thats about the only place we havent searched, Cloud replied.
As the team walked past the Turtles Paradise, Tifa stopped Cloud.
Cloud, look at that pot, she whispered, pointing to the pot outside the bar. Its shaking a lot. Cloud nodded. He walked up to the pot without a sound, and motioned for the team to block all exits. He then punched the put once. Twice. The third time he punched it, Yuffie popped out.
Eeep!! she said. She ran to find an exit, but was blocked by the rest of Avalanche All right, you win. Ill give you back your Materia. Follow me.
Yuffie led the team into her house.
I know, the Mteria, right? she said. I have it stored in a safe place.
She led them down to the basement, to what appeared to be a training area.
...I've been hearing ever since I was little, that before I was born, Wutai was a lot more
crowded and a lot more importent. She said. But after the war, it just became a big tourist attraction. Thats why I thought that if I had a lot of Materia, I could...
Yuffie, I dont care about any of that. Cloud said, cutting her off. You have our Materia, and I want it back.
*sniff* youre right. Yuffie responded, tears beginning to stream down her cheek. The *sniff* switch on the left, Materias *sniff* in there.
Cloud, wasnt that a bit harsh? Aeris asked.
No, it wasnt. Cloud replied.
Hmph. Aeris replied, turning away from him. Cloud shrugged his shoulders. He pulled the switch on the left, just as Yuffie had said to. A giant cage fell on the team.
HA HA!! Yuffie said victoriously. The Materias MINE!!! And if ya want it back, ya gotta steel it!!! Get it? Steel?!? HA HA HA!!! She laughed as she ran off.
THAT LITTLE SHIT!! Cid cursed. CLOUD!!! OPEN THIS FUCKIN THING!!!! Cloud pulled the lever again and the cage went back up to the ceiling.
You IDIOT!!! Sephiroth shouted. Why didnt you catch her once the cage fell!!! You had more than enough time to grab her while she gloated!!
I had to set you free!! Cloud retaliated. He reached back for his sword, yearning for this moment ever since he saw Sephiroth destroy Nibelheim. Sephiroth did the same. Aeris stepped inbetween the two men.
OK, thats enough!! she ordered. We need to find Yuffie, and killing each other wont get the job done.
You the peacemaker, Aeris? Cloud asked.
If I have to be. then I will be. Aeris said. Come on. I thought I saw another building near Godos house. Maybe she went in there.
The team made their way to the second building.
Hit the gong, Sephiroth ordered.
Why? Cid asked. You in the mood for some music?
When I fought here in the war, the gongs were used to trigger secret passages. Sephiroth replied, glaring at Cid. I assume it will still work. Barret walked up to the gong and triggered it. Sure enough, a secret passage opened up.
Lets go, Cloud said. He drew his sword, ready for anything.
As the team entered the passage, a mysterious figure sat pearched atop Godos house, watching them.
So, they are also against the Shin-Ra it seems. He said. This should be interesting.
HEY!!! Yuffie shouted. Let go! I SAID let GO! Hey!! Who do you think I - OW!! Hey,
what're ya doin?!
YUFFIE!! Cloud shouted as he entered the room the passage led to.
Ho.......ho, a voice said.
No, Aeris said. It cant be.
YOU!! Tifa yelled.
DON CORNEO!! Cloud shouted.
Tifa, isnt this the dude who tried to jump yer bones? Barret asked. And when Cloud...dressed up as a girl?!? He started to chuckle.
Ummmmm...... Tifa said.
Hohi, hohi!! Corneo said. Ive got another chicky!! Two for the price of one, in fact. Hohi, hohi!!
HEY!! Elena yelled out. If you dont let me go, I promise youll pay!!
Its the female Turk. Vincent said.
Hohi, hohi, hohihi!! Corneo said as he ran up the stairs with the team close behind.
THERE HE IS!! an MP shouted blocking Corneos path.
Uh-oh.... Corneo said.
ATTAAACK!!! his partner shouted. They started firing rounds at Avalanche Corneo jumped out of the way.
SHIT!! Cid yelled. Perfect timing, ya Shin-Ra bastards!!!
Therere only two this time!!! Cloud said. Barret, just finish them off quickly so we can go after Corneo!! Barret replied and let off several rounds into the MPs. The team then ran out to chase Corneo down.
Hmmm, Reno said. Were late. Corneos here and hes got Elena.
......Elena, Rude said. As if on cue, Avalanche came out of Godos house to find themselves face to face with Reno and Rude.
Shit, not again!! Cid cursed while lighting up a cigarette.
Reno turned to them. Isnt this a little strange. The Turks and Avalanche.
OK, Cloud said. Corneo took Yuffie as well as Elena. And without Yuffie, we cant get our Materia back.
This doesnt mean were joining you, Reno said. Well just agree to stay out of each others way.
Agreed. Cloud replied. We have no intention of cooperating with the Turks, either. So, where did he go?
Hmm, nice attitude, Reno replied. That big mountain/statue. I think they call it Da-Chao. The two Turks ran off with Avalanche following close behind.
Hmm, about time you got here, Reno said to Cloud once they arrived at the base of Da-Chao. OK, do whatever you like to Corneo. Just dont hurt Elena. We wont hurt that girl, Yuffie, either. Cloud nodded. The two Turks ran off in one direction, with Avalanche in another.
Hmmmm, splendid, Corneo said. Who should I go with tonight? How about the blonde? He had brought the two and tied them up to the eyes of Da-Chao.
H--Hey!!! Elena protested. Im one of the Turks!!!
Or....HER!!! Corneo said looking at Yuffie.
Oh GAWD!!! Yuffie exclaimed. If I knew this was gonna happen, I wouldve taken rope-escape lessons more seriously!!!
IVE GOT IT!!! Corneo yelled. My companion for tonight will be... THE CHEERFUL ONE!!!
GROSS-NESS!!!! Yuffie shouted, sticking her tongue out. DONT MESS WITH ME OLD MAN, YOU DONT EVEN HAVE ANY MATERIA!!!
OOO!! Corneo exclaimed. And shes saucy too!!
Hold it right there, you scum!! Cloud shouted.
I remember you! Corneo said, turning to face Cloud.
He was the blonde!! Barret said, practically falling over in laughter. He then straightened up and readied his gun-arm, still snickering.
Why did you have to kill my little Aps? Corneo asked. Im going to make you play with my NEW pet!!
Oh shit. Cloud said. If its anything like that sewer monster, were in trouble.
Its MUCH worse!! Corneo said, grinning. RAPPS!!!!
A giant flying monster appeared before the team.
Damn. Barret said. If anyone gets killed cause that little thief stole our Materia, Im gonna be pissed!!
Sephiroth runs towards the creature, Masamune ready for action.
Sephiroth, wait!! Cloud shouted. Weve gotta form a plan of.... Cloud cuts himself off as he watches Sephiroth destroy Rapps with several furious swipes of his eight-foot blade.
...action? Cloud said, amazed at what Sephiroth just did.
.......wow, Aeris said.
Cloud pulled himself together and turned to Corneo. Youre next if you dont let them go!!
WAIT!! he shouted. Why do you think Im doing this?
Because you dont know what the hells going on, Barret replied.
Hmmmm, WRONG!!!! Corneo said. He pulled a lever causing Elena and Yuffie to be turned upside down and about to be dropped. Stay back!!! If I push this button, they die!!!
Before Corneo could do anything, a bullet caught him in the shoulder, causing him to fall back. He saved himself by grabbing onto the statue.
Vincent, did you... Cloud asked, turning to his crimson clad teammate. Vincent simply shook his head.
No one dies tonight, Corneo, Reno said, holding a smoking gun. Except for you. He holstered the weapon. Cloud turned to see Rude untying Elena.
Now, why do you think we went to all this trouble to team up with these guys to catch you? Reno asked Corneo, walking to the edge of the statue. Because we want to die; Because we know were going to win; Because we dont know what the hells going on.
Ummm, the second one!! Corneo shouted, hanging on to the statue for dear life.
Wrong, Reno replied. He stepped on Corneos hands, causing him to fall. The correct answer was....
...because its our job. Rude continued.
Oh, thank you, thank you, Elena said to Avalanche. I never expected YOU to help!!
Elena, dont act so weak, Reno ordered. Youre a Turk.
Sorry, She apologized. A few seconds later, Renos PHS started to ring.
Reno here, he said. Yeah. All right. He hung it up, and placed it back in his pocket.
Who was it? Elena asked.
Tseng, Reno answered. He told us to stop Cloud and the others.
Avalanche readied themselves for battle.
We still on vacation? Rude asked.
Reno looked at his watch. For another two hours. The team calmed down.
Hey, thats great and all, Yuffie broke in. But LET--ME--DOWN!!
Back in Yuffies house, she moved quickly, placing the Materia back in their armor.
Phew, perfect, she said. Now the Materia is back in its rightful place.
Hey!! Cloud protested. Its all in the wrong order!!
Huh? Oh dont be so picky!! Yuffie said. Yknow, normally I would kick their butts!! BOOM!! BANG!!
Now we need to go to the Temple of the Ancients, Aeris said.
To gain entrance to the Temple, we need the Keystone, Sephiroth said, ignoring Yuffie.
Man, that Corneo guys a real pain! Yuffie said. Id rather deal with my dad than him!!
Keystone..... Cait Sith said. HEY!! I know where we can get it!!
Spill it, cat!! Barret said.
Dio, the guy who owns the Gold Saucer, Cait answered He has it.
He does? Cloud asked. Cait nodded.
He said he bought it from some weapon seller, Cait said.
Den lets go get it!! Barret said.
Yeah!! Yuffie exclaimed. Lets continue our journey!!
The rest of the team had already started to walk out of Yuffies house.
HEY!! OK, Ill give you this!! Yuffie tossed the HP/MP Absorb Materia at Cloud, who caught it. CMON, WAIT UP!!!
As the team boarded the Tiny Bronco, the same man who saw them enter the passage at Wutai watched them now as the Bronco began to head out to sea.
So, theyre on a quest to save the planet. He said. Well, then they will need the assitance of Shen Long.
AUTHORS NOTE: No, you didnt miss any secret characters in the game. Shen Long is completely original. Youre going to be seeing a LOT more original characters as the fanfic goes on. Shen is just the first of many.
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