Nibelheim - Memories of a Nightmare


Returning to Tifa's house, if Cloud picks out the melody of FF7's main theme on her piano...

Cloud
I've heard this melody somewhere before. Managed to play well...

Tifa
I have the sheet music for that song.
Huh? Wait a minute! There's something inside the music sheet.

Tifa,

What's happened to our town? Was it all an illusion, or just a dream? No, it was neither. I remember trying to get people out of the flames, but not having the strength... Burning with anger, I went to the reactor to kill Sephiroth.

But he was nowhere to be found. Instead, I found you, collapsed inside. I felt saving you was far more important than going after Sephiroth. There were several others that were still alive inside, but I was only able to save you.

As I was coming out of the reactor, Shinra troops were just arriving. I recall a scientist named Hojo was in charge. He ordered the troops to gather up everyone still alive for the experiment. I didn't know what type of experiment he was talking about, but I wasn't about to let them have my dearest student.

Putting you on my back, I headed down the mountain to the village. I used the Cure spell on you many times.

And started to head to Midgar to look for a doctor for you. I don't like that city, but my Cure spells weren't helping.

I decided to go to Midgar to find a doctor I could trust. I'm worried about you, but I can't settle down in one place for very long. Have you recovered fully? Are you well?

I wonder how many years have passed since then? I just got into town again, but I can't believe it... The whole town is back to normal, except for the strange beings with black clothes all around...

The town reeks of Shinra, but I won't go after them. You may think I'm running from them, but it's just that I don't want anything to do with Shinra anymore. Feels like time is running out.

I'm sure you'll find this letter. And this gift for you. It should come in handy. I can't even jump anymore. But I hope you continue to sharpen your skills and remember what I taught you.

To my most precious student, From Zangan


Received "Final Heaven"

Tifa practices some moves, then stretches and nods to herself.


Entering the basement library of the Shinra mansion now triggers a flashback sequence...

Cloud and Zack are floating in the Mako tanks in the mansion's basement. A man approaches carrying something.

Man
Hey! This is your food.

When he opens Zack's tank, Zack punches him and escapes. He opens the other tank, and Cloud falls to the floor in a pool of Mako. Zack retrieves the Buster Sword, then returns to help Cloud. He drags Cloud with him out through the gates of Nibelheim. Fade to black.

Zack
Oh, here!!
Put on this.
It smells a little though don't complain.
You look pretty good with that.
Well......

The scene fades in; Zack and Cloud, now both wearing SOLDIER uniforms, are riding in the back of an old truck. Zack raps on the window to the cab of the truck.

Zack
Yo! Old guy! We at Midgar yet?

Driver
Shaddap! You're lucky I even gave you a ride!

Zack shakes his head and sits back down beside Cloud.

Zack
What're you gonna do once we get to Midgar?

Cloud
.........

Zack
I know what I'm gonna do.
I got a place I can crash for a while...
No wait, the mother lives there, too...

He scratches his head.

Guess that's out...

Cloud
.........

Zack
Yep... gotta change my plans!
Hmm......
No matter what I do, I need some money first...
...Hey, wanna start a business? But what could we do?
Hey, Cloud.
Think there's anything I'd be good at?
Hey old guy!
What do you think I'd be good at?

Driver
What're you yappin' about? You're still young ain't ya?
Young folks should try everything!
You gotta pay your dues while you're young.
Go out and look for what you really want.

Zack
Try everything... That's easy for him to say...

He does squats for a minute.

HEY!
Of course!
I got a lot of brains and skill that other guys don't!
That settles it!
I'm gonna become a mercenary!
Yeah! Thanks pops!

Driver
Hey... didn't you even hear a word I said?

Zack
Listen, I'm gonna become a mercenary and that's that.
Boring stuff, dangerous stuff, anything for money.
I'm gonna be rich!
So, Cloud? What are YOU gonna do?

Driver
No, wait... you got it all wrong.

Cloud
u... uhhh......

Zack
Just kidding... I won't leave you hanging like that.

He crouches down next to Cloud.

...We're friends, right?
Mercenaries, Cloud. That's what you an' me are gonna be.
Understand, Cloud?

Some time later, they come to a cliff, Zack dragging Cloud with him. Gunfire sounds from behind them, and Zack runs off-screen to fight the soldiers. After a moment he comes running back, stopping by Cloud. The soldiers shoot him and he flies back. They shoot him again until he lies still, then turn to Cloud.

Shinra Soldier
What do you want to do with him?

Cloud
...Ah... ughhhh......

Commander
...Forget it. Just leave him.

They walk off, leaving Cloud behind. It starts to rain. Cloud crawls slowly over to Zack's body. He takes up the Buster Sword and raises his arms up to the sky. Beyond the cliff lies the city of Midgar.


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