To Forgive Chapter 3
Let the Training Begin
Sora stirred in her sleep as a ray of light hit her slumbering face. It came from a slight break in the curtains. Turning over to get away from the sun she awoke slowly finding herself entangled in blankets and sheets. She struggled to sit up in her bed to look at the clock on her nightstand, which read eleven-thirty. With a jolt Sora scrabbled off her bed to the walk-in closet, leaving a trail of blankets and sheets behind her.
The previous weekend Sora had gone to see Seph to cut his hair but found that it only needed a slight trim. Seeing it wasnt necessary for her to cut his hair so frequently Sora decided that the next time she came they should practice on their fighting. She hadnt thought much about practicing her sword skills in over a week, so she assumed it would be a good time to start again.
Not taking time to make her bed she shoved her clothes on. Once Sora was dressed she went to grab her sword from a rack in her walk-in closet. She hoped no one would see her leaving the house to the Midgar ruins but, if she was lucky everyone would be busy. As she made her way down the stairs and through the hall to the main room she heard the voices of Cloud and Aeris talking quietly in the kitchen. Getting as close as possible to the frame of the door Sora listened to their conversation.
Cloud was in mid-discussion when she came, sounds like a good idea Aeris. Do you think we should just let her keep going to the ruins though?
Pondering the question for a moment Aeris answered, There isnt any harm in letting her go see him. From what she has told me, he seems like a pretty nice guy. The only thing that is worrying me is the part hes going to play in the worlds future. Im just not sure
They both were silent for a reason Sora couldnt see because of where she stood. The person who spoke next was Cloud, If youre okay with it right now, Im okay with it. I think it would be nice for Sora to have someone else to talk to besides her old parents.
Aeris giggled at the remark while Sora was making her way to the front door to leave. No one stopped her from leaving the house even though it seemed as if they had sensed her departure. She was happy to be out and on her way to the ruins. Sora hadnt considered breakfast or bringing food for lunch that was just twenty-five minutes away. Stopping she wondered if she should go back to the house to get some. The decision was made for her as she heard her mother behind her.
You forgot to take some lunch! Aeris called to her, Youll get hungry if you dont bring any food to eat.
Sora turned to look at her mother, who had a brown paper-bag in her hand along with a tan cloth bag slung over her shoulder, Thanks mom, I wouldve starved if you hadnt thought of it.
No problem, was her reply, with a swift ruffle of Soras hair she told her, What kind of mother would I be if I didnt look after my only daughter!
Smiling at Aeris, who Sora was practically eye level with, she said, At least I wont go hungry now. I better get going. Ill be home in time for dinner, so you dont have to worry.
Oh I dont think I need to worry about you with your dads sword with you, Aeris paused, then pulled a piece of clothing from the bag that was slug over shoulder, If you decide to take a swim this time heres your swimsuit. Handing her the suit Aeris took off the sack from her shoulder and handed it to Sora.
Why dont you put all those thing in here, Aeris told her indicating the bag in Soras hands.
Geez mom! I didnt know I needed all this stuff. Thanks!
Sora stuffed everything Aeris had given her into the bag and pulled the strap over her shoulder. Waving good-bye to her mother Sora set off toward the ruins.
Seph stared up into the overhead rafters from his position on one of the pews at the head of the church. He let out a small sigh as he wondered why Sora was late. The time seemed to slow whenever he waited for her or at least thats what it felt like to him besides the fact that he didnt have a watch. But he always seemed to know what time it was with or without a watch to look at, in a way it was sort of like a sixth sense, even if he couldnt tell the precise time of day it was. Sora was late none the less.
Waiting for something to happen was what he had been doing a lot in his life. He hadnt met many people in the Midgar ruins in fact no one ever came into the ruins at all or lived there. There were always the long awaited visits from his mother at the beginning of each month, but no unexpected visitors. Sora had been just what he needed, someone to talk to other than his mother. He wasnt much of a romantic though, so he didnt dwell on his feelings for her. The thought of her soon went from his mind as he remembered what he had seen in the river the first day they had met. It had seemed so real...
A loud creak from above him sent his gaze to the roof of the church. Seph kept his gaze locked on the rafters above him as he slowly reached beneath the pew, he was laying on, for his sword.
To Be Continued.....
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