#63 – One Winged Angel

Sephiroth: *eyes narrow* “Let them all come and try. It’s more fun to kill them in groups.”

Originally Published: 1/3/01 . 51 pages

Synopsis
Jenova escapes and possesses Sephiroth, leading him on a killing rampage through the ramble room. Can Lark and the others find a way to stop him before it’s too late?

Ramble Milestones
Nothing this time.

I have a love/hate relationship with this ramble. Someone suggested I write a serious ramble where Sephiroth goes insane, and this was the result. What’s funny to me now is that in the beginning notes, I wrote that I thought I was a better serious writer than comedy writer. Now I have the opposite opinion. At the time I was very proud of this ramble and it was very popular. Now I still like parts of it, but it’s mostly way overdramatic and parts are just dumb. Jenova is contained in a computer? Really? And the fact that a Phoenix summon can bring people back from the dead also doesn’t really work, but I’ll let that one go. Things that bother me about this ramble: the whole part where they talk to Jenova via the computer (first the ramble room, then the world – come on), some of the dialogue that sounds ripped from a badly written soap opera, and how the ramble girls don’t put up more of a fight when Lark asks them to leave. (They also hated that part.) But I do like how the characters react to the deaths of their friends for the most part. Two of my favorite scenes are Sephiroth v. The Turks and Reeve and Rufus’ conversation. The ending is totally corny too. Still, I guess I found myself enjoying this one a little more than I cringed at it.

(we open in loser land. hojo is fiddling with a computer, kuja is admiring his beauty, heidegger is playing tiddly winks with himself, and nida and scarlet…well…they aren’t there….)

Kuja: “I’m so pretty my beauty should be illegal.”

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa! I win again!”

Hojo: *typing* “You’re playing yourself, you ass.”

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa! I win either way!”

Kuja: “Hojo, what are you doing?”

Hojo: “Don’t worry your pretty little head about it, Kuja.”

Kuja: *shrugs* “All right then.”

(nida then comes in half naked, carrying his shirt and looking pretty upset…)

Nida: “That was the worst Hanukkah present ever!!” *puts shirt back on*

Scarlet’s voice: *from we don’t wanna know* “It was a CHRISTMAS present. And I don’t wanna touch you. That’s why it sucked!”

Kuja: *blinks* “Problems in the bedroom?”

Nida: *disgusted* “Ugh! I’m not dating her!”

Scarlet’s voice: “You wish, brat!”

Heidegger: *playing tiddly winks* “Gya haa haa! And now, the mighty Heidegger–the champion of all that is right with the world is going for the winning shot! Will he beat the awesome Heidegger, who is the guardian of all that is good? Gya haa haa!!”

Kuja: “Do you mind not talking out loud to yourself? I can’t hear myself remind myself of how pretty I am!”

Hojo: “I am in the middle of some important work here. I would appreciate it if you all were quiet.”

Nida: *comes over* “What is that?”

Hojo: “This computer contains Jenova so she can’t escape and drive my son insane.”

Kuja: “You mean Sephiroth? Why, what would happen?”

Hojo: “He would probably kill everyone. Starting with me.”

Nida: “Wow! You better hope that computer doesn’t malfunction then!”

Hojo: *sarcastically* “You’re very perceptive, Nida. You should win an award.”

Nida: *grins* “Thanks! Maybe you could make me one and I could shove it in Squall’s pretty little face and then hang on our tree next year!”

Hojo: *blinks* “I think we all need a good lesson in *sarcasm*.”

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa!” *shoots off tiddly wink*

(the tiddly wink goes flying through the air, and knocks over a green tube of liquid that falls on the keyboard and short circuits it)

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa! Heidegger wins!!”

Computer: “Warning. Jenova has escaped. Have a nice day.”

Hojo: *jaw hits the desk*

Nida: *laughs* “Heh heh! Look, it’s just like you said shouldn’t happen!”

Hojo: *stammering* “Uh…Kuja?”

Kuja: “Yes?”

Hojo: “How would you like to go on a vacation with me to a very far off place?”

Kuja: “We’re not dating.”

Hojo: “I’ll make sure our hotel room has a full length mirror!”

Kuja: “When are we leaving?”

Hojo: “Right now!!”

(he gets up, grabs kuja’s hand and runs the hell away)

Nida: *blinks* “Um, that was kinda sudden.”

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa!! I won the trophy!!”

Scarlet’s voice: “What’s going on out there?”

Nida: “Go to hell, hoebag!”

Scarlet’s voice: “Not before you, brown noser!”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile…lark, irvine, zell, zidane, reno, and rude are all in the ramble room, just sitting around)

Irvine: “Hey, Lark, when are we gonna use up the rest of your Christmas present from me?” *wink*

Lark: “Eh heh…” *sweat drops*

Reno: “Next year can you make egg nog with alcohol in it?”

Lark: “Just for you Reno—no.”

Reno: *frowns*

Zell: “Yo, I’m still waiting for Seifer to give me some glory!”

Zidane: *gives him a weird look* “Yeah…”

Rude: “Hmm… Something doesn’t feel right.”

Reno: “Rude, you got drunk without me!?!?!”

Rude: “No I didn’t.”

Reno: “Then how comes something doesn’t feel right?”

Rude: “….I don’t know… It just *doesn’t*.”

Lark: *rubs her arms* “It’s gotten kinda cold, don’t you think?”

Irvine: *grins* “I’ll warm ya up, baby.”

Lark: “No, Irvine. I’m serious.” *gets up and opens the door* “And where’s Sephiroth? I haven’t seen him in awhile…”

Zell: “Yo, who cares? No one likes him!”

Lark: “That’s not true, Zell.” *looks both ways out the door* “Huh. Funny, he’s nowhere to be seen.”

Zidane: “Maybe he’s watching TV. I’ve caught him watching a lot of Cops lately.”

Reno: “Maybe he went out to get drunk.”

Rude: “Reno, man, that’s like all you talk about lately.”

Reno: *crosses arms* “Shut up.”

Lark: *frowns* “I don’t like this.”

Irvine: *frowns* “Something’s really bothering you.”

Zidane: “I’m sure he’s fine, Lark. Sephiroth’s a big boy now. He can take care of himself.”

Lark: *still frowning* “I guess you’re right.” *sits*

(then a cloud of smoke appears and everyone coughs. then as the smoke clears they see…sephiroth?)

Lark: “Sephiroth?”

Sephiroth: “………………” *surveys the room with expressionless eyes*

Lark: “….Sephiroth…?? What’s wrong?”

Sephiroth: *looks at her*

Lark: *gasps and faints*

Irvine: “Lark!!” *tries to revive her*

Zell: “Yo, ‘Roth! What’s the matter with you!?!?! Look what you did to Lark!!” *flips out* “Apologize right now!!”

Sephiroth: “………….”

(seph glares at zell, then hits him with some weird lightning thing. 9999 appears over zell’s head and he collapses to the ground. everyone sits stunned as seph disappears in another cloud of smoke)

Irvine: *rushing to zell’s side* “Zell! ZELL!!” *shakes him*

Reno: “What the f*%& was that all about?!”

Rude: “Hmn.”

Zidane: *shaking lark* “Lark! Come on, Lark! He’s gone!!”

Irvine: “Reno, you got any phoenix downs?”

Reno: “Sure, buddy.” *tosses him one*

(irvine throws it on zell, but nothing happens)

Rude: “…A miss?”

Irvine: “Gimme another.”

(reno does, and again irvine drops it on zell but nothing happens)

Irvine: “What the hell!?!” *shakes zell* “Get up, Zell!!”

Reno: *gets down next to zell* “Why isn’t it working?!”

Rude: *gets down and checks zell’s pulse* “…..Omg…”

Reno: “What? What is it, Rude?”

Rude: *takes off his sunglasses and looks at irvine, then reno* “….He’s really dead.”

Reno: “WHAT?!?!?!”

Irvine: “No he’s not!!” *shakes zell more* “Zell! Buddy! Don’t do this!! Get up! Get up!!”

Zidane: “What’s going on over there?”

Lark: *comes to* “….Sephiroth…??”

Zidane: “Lark! You’re back!!”

Irvine: *still shaking zell* “Dammit, Zell!!”

Rude: *puts a hand on irvine’s arm* “….It’s useless. There’s only one thing that can help him now.”

Lark: “What happened to Zell?!?!?” *rushes over*

Reno: “…….He’s dead, Lark.”

Lark: “What?”

Reno: “Sephiroth…. Sephiroth killed him.”

Lark: “………………..”

Rude: “Only a phoenix *summon* can revive him now.”

Lark: “………………”

Irvine: *tears in his eyes* “Well I don’t have a phoenix pinion.” *turns to zidane* “Zidane?”

Zidane: *shakes head slowly* “No… Garnet’s holding all mine. Sorry, man.”

Irvine: *pleading* “Reno? Rude?”

Reno: “No… But maybe one of Cloud’s gang will have one.”

Irvine: *gets up* “We have to find one.”

Lark: *quietly* “Zell…” *kneels where irvine was and caresses his cheek*

Rude: “….I could sense something was wrong.”

Reno: “Lark, what’s wrong with Sephiroth? What made you faint?”

Lark: *looks down* “I saw it… Saw it in his eyes…”

Reno: “Saw *what*?”

Lark: *looks up with tears in her eyes* “….Jenova…”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile…. Cloud’s walking down the hallway…)

Cloud: *sings* “I was strolling through the park one day! In the very merry month of May!” *pause* “Uh… I dunno the rest of the words.” *shrugs and sings* “I was strolling through the park one day! In the very merry–”

(the cloud of smoke appears again, and seph appears. he looks at cloud with his look of death)

Cloud: *blink* “You’re not…” *squints* “Sephiroth?”

Sephiroth: *glaring at him* “Hmmm… Very perceptive.”

Cloud: *backs away* “No! No, no, no. That’s not… There’s something…” *squints* “Those eyes…”

Sephiroth: *grabs cloud by the collar and holds him off the ground* “I have been denying my destiny too long.”

Cloud: “Oh no. Not again. Help! HELP!”

Sephiroth: “They can’t hear you, Cloud. No one can. Only I. And I think even you know that your whiny cries for help will affect me in no way.”

Cloud: *struggling* “No! It’s Jenova–Not fair!! Ugh–let me–go!! Need to– Omnislash!!”

Sephiroth: *laughs* “Yes, like your puny limit break will affect me now. I have a mission to fulfill for my mother.”

Cloud: *still struggling* “She’s not your mom! And you know that!!”

(sephiroth throws cloud back to the floor really hard so that 9900 hit points appear over his head)

Sephiroth: *comes to his side and glowers down at him* “I will destroy them all.”

Cloud: *weakly lifts his head and glares at seph* “You…. Bastard…”

(sephiroth unleashes some of his lightning that he used on zell, and kills cloud. he then removes all his materia, including the phoenix summon materia and disappears in a cloud of smoke)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, lark, irvine, and reno go out to search for a phoenix summon while rude and zidane stay with zell’s body.)

Lark: *whispers to reno and irvine* “Listen you guys, I don’t want everyone to get panicked, so don’t mention why we’re looking for the summon, okay?”

Irvine and Reno: *nod* “Right.”

(tifa is walking down the hall in the opposite direction)

Lark: “Tifa! Great, you’re just who I wanna see. You don’t happen to have phoenix summon materia, do you?”

Tifa: *shakes head* “No, I don’t carry that. Cloud does. I have a few phoenix downs though.” *laughs* “Who did Sephiroth kill this time?”

Lark: *frowns* “Oh, nothing. Cloud, huh? Do you know where he went?”

Tifa: “Um… Last time I saw him he was singing some weird song and going down that hallway there.”

Lark: “Okay, thanks.”

(lark, reno and irvine go running off in that direction)

Irvine: “Cloud better not have eaten it or anything.”

Lark: “Now really, Irvine, I don’t think he’s dumb enough to *eat* his own materia.”

Reno: *stops dead* “Oh sh*t.”

Lark: “What?” *looks where reno is and sees cloud passed out on the floor* “Oh, sh*t is right.” *rushes over* “Cloud?!”

(irvine, reno and lark kneel at cloud’s side)

Lark: “Cloud? Cloud, can you hear me?”

Irvine: *checks pulse* “F%&$, I don’t believe this.” *hand to his forehead* “Looks like the winged angel got here first.”

Lark: “Stop that.”

Reno: “And guess what, all his materia is gone. And I can only guess who has the phoenix summon now.”

Lark: *covers her eyes with her hands* “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this is happening.”

Reno: “…Looks like we’re not going to be able to summon phoenix unless we get back that materia.” *looks at lark* “No easy task.”

Lark: *eyes still covered* “………………………..”

Irvine: “What do we do with his body, Lark? We can’t just leave him here….”

Lark: *eyes still covered* “I’m trying to think… Trying to think how this could have possibly happened…. And I’m only getting one name….” *looks at reno*

Reno: “Hojo.”

Lark: “Right. I think I better pay him a visit. You and Irvine take Cloud back to the ramble room, and send Zidane to come with me. If that perv won’t talk to me, maybe he’ll talk to him.”

Irvine: *nods* “Gotcha.”

Lark: *firmly* “And remember, don’t tell *anyone*. It’s enough that the five of us know for now. Maybe we can stop this whole thing before anything really bad happens.”

Irvine: “…And if we can’t?”

Lark: “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.” *gets up* “Right now we just have to come up with some answers. That’s all we can do.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(so lark meets up with zidane and they head over to loser land…)

Lark: *snaps* “Where’s Hojo??”

Heidegger: *looks up from tiddly winks* “Gya haa haa! Gone!!”

Zidane: “Gone?! Gone where?!”

Nida: *blinks* “He ran off with Kuja after he short circuited his little Jenova controlling computer over there.”

Lark: “Short circuited it!?!” *rushes over* “What the hell?! There’s green stuff all over the keyboard!!”

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa! That’s Mr. Tiddly’s fault! I punished him by eating him!!”

Zidane: *shudders* “Ugh!”

Lark: “Wait, lemme get this straight. Hojo ran away after Heidegger’s tiddly wink screwed up the computer. What exactly happened? I don’t see any error messages on the screen.”

Nida: “It just said Jenova had escaped. That’s all. Hojo said that computer contained Jenova, and was the only thing that kept Sephiroth from going insane.”

Lark: *hand to her forehead* “Sh*t.”

Zidane: “Isn’t there any way to get Jenova back into containment?”

Lark: “I really don’t think Jenova will be nice enough to go back into containment.”

Zidane: “…Maybe if we could at least talk to her…”

Lark: “……I bet we could through the computer…”

Zidane: “Do you know how?”

Lark: “No…” *thinks* “But if we could get someone really smart, who was good with this kinda stuff, then they probably could figure it out….” *thinks another moment and then her eyes light up* “Ah ha!” *grabs zidane’s shoulders and shakes him* “Zidane! Go get Reeve! Hurry!!”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(a few minutes later, reeve has arrived and has been briefed of the situation. He plugs his nice clean keyboard into the computer and sits down at the chair with lark and zidane on either side)

Reeve: *typing* “This is the strangest thing that I’ve ever done.”

Lark: “….This is the strangest thing that’s ever happened.”

Reeve: “Well… You can try talking to her, but I can’t guarantee she’ll answer.”

Lark: “……Just ask her if she’s there.”

(reeve types ‘are you there’ and a few seconds later a reply comes up that reads ‘i am’)

Zidane: “She replied.”

Lark: “Ask if we are speaking to Jenova.”

(reeve does and a reply comes up that says ‘you are’)

Lark: *gasps* “Oh god, um, ask her why she’s possessing Sephiroth.”

(reeve does and it takes awhile for the reply to come up, but when it finally does, it reads ‘we will eliminate the useless humans.)

Zidane: “Omg…”

Lark: *voice shaking* “…Ask her if she means, the ramble room, or the world.”

(reeve types it, pale in the face, and a reply comes up that reads ‘first ramble room. then world.’)

Everyone: “……………………”

Zidane: “Omg….”

Lark: “……..We have to defeat him.”

Reeve: *turns to her* “Are you crazy? He’s more powerful than ever now.”

Lark: “The only way we can get Jenova out of him is by defeating him.”

Reeve: *puts a hand on her arm* “But Lark…. What if that ends up killing him?”

Lark: *chin trembles as her eyes fill with tears* “That’s just the chance we have to take!” *breaks down crying and is embraced by reeve*

Reeve: *hugging lark* “Zidane, we have to protect this computer.”

Zidane: *nods* “Right.” *turns to nida* “Nida, we need your help.”

Nida: “Oh look at this. You come crawling to Nida for help. Maybe I don’t wanna help.” *crosses arms* “Why’s the skank crying?”

Zidane: “We’re serious, Nida. You *cannot* let Sephiroth destroy that computer.”

Nida: *pouts*

Zidane: *pleading* “Nida, *please*.”

Nida: “………I take this as a hint that you respect me. …So I will help. But just this once.”

Zidane: *sigh of relief* “Thank you.” *turns back to reeve* “We should get back to the ramble room and talk about….how to go about this.”

Reeve: “You go on ahead. Lark and I will catch up.”

(zidane looks a little skeptical, but he leaves. reeve then separates from lark a little a lifts up her chin)

Reeve: “Listen to me, Lark. …Remember that time we had that talk? You know…before we…somehow started making out that time? And you talked about Sephiroth, and I talked about… I talked about….Tseng–remember?”

Lark: *sniff* “Yeah.”

Reeve: “………”

Lark: *sniff* “What are you trying to say, Reeve?”

Reeve: “….Nothing. Let’s go.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, back in the ramble room, zidane, lark and reeve have returned, and they picked up tseng along the way since he’s trustworthy. lark shuts the door and turns to look at the other guys)

Rude: “….So there are seven of us that know now.”

Lark: “….For now…”

Reno: “What do you mean ‘for now’?”

Lark: “….I think the others will know there’s something wrong before they end up *dead*.”

Irvine: “Lark!”

Lark: “Look, I’m sorry. But it’s the truth.”

Tseng: “….Here’s a question.” *looks at lark* “Have you told Vincent?”

Lark: *head in her hands* “I– Ugh, no. I… I–I don’t know what to do about that.”

Reeve: “Do you think he could help?”

Lark: *head still in her hands* “I don’t know. Maybe.”

Zidane: “…How could he?”

Lark: *glares at zidane* “I don’t know, what am I, a freakin’ psychic?”

Zidane: *blinks*

Rude: “Lark… You’re making it worse.”

Lark: *heaves a sigh* “I know, I know. I really am. It’s just… It’s just that I… This is all… Ugh, I don’t know what I’m trying to say.” *turns to face the wall*

Zidane: “….So we have to fight him.”

Irvine: “Fight him?!”

Reno: “…………..”

Rude: “…………I guess there’s no other way.”

Irvine: “….I have to admit I really don’t wanna go up against that.”

Reno: “……………..”

Rude: “…………hmn.”

Tseng: “….I think I know who should try first.”

Reeve: *looks at tseng with pleading eyes* “Tseng… No…”

Tseng: *looks at reno and rude* “I think we should. It is our duty as Turks.”

Reeve: “You have *not* been ordered to!”

Tseng: “We have to protect the others, Reeve! This is what we’re for!”

Reeve: “To be slaughtered?!?!”

Tseng: *looks at reno and rude again* “I can’t make you fight besides me.  But I’m asking you…”

Reno: *looking at the ground* “…I’ll do whatever is asked of me.”

Rude: “I’m with Reno.”

Lark: *turns to tseng* “What about me? And what about Noelle? We’re Turks too.”

Tseng: *hand on her shoulder* “No, Lark. This is for me, Reno, Rude and Elena to attend to. We have to try.”

Lark: *hugs him* “Be careful. Please.”

Tseng: *hugs back* “We will.” *breaks away and looks at reno and rude* “Let’s get Elena and go.”

(reno and rude slowly get up, looking at one another uncertainly)

Irvine: “Uh…Reno?”

Reno: “Yeah?”

Irvine: *hesitates awhile before grabbing reno and hugging him* “You be careful, okay, buddy?”

Reno: “Yeah. Yeah, I will. Thanks, man.” *pats him on the shoulder*

(reno and rude exit but tseng hesitates a moment longer)

Tseng: “We’ll do our best for everyone.” *turns to leave*

Reeve: *tears* “Tseng!!”

Tseng: *stops* “Reeve?”

Reeve: *grabs tseng and hugs him* “Don’t go! Don’t go, please? Please…”

Tseng: *holds reeve tight* “…I have to go.”

Reeve: *crying* “No… No you don’t…”

Tseng: *kisses reeve on the forehead and separates from him* “Reeve… I….”

Reeve: *looks up at him*

Tseng: *gulp* “Reeve, I….” *caresses his cheek* “…I’ll see you when this is all over.”

Reeve: “No… Tseng, *please*…”

(but tseng just takes one last look at him and walks out the door. reeve collapses to his knees, hysterically crying. lark seems to be frozen in place, zidane seems like he’s in a trance, and irvine has a hand over his eyes.)

Reeve: *on his hands and knees crying* “Tseng… Tseng…”

Irvine: *quietly* “I swear to god…”

(lark sits on the floor, knees drawn to her chest and puts her head down. zidane snaps out of his trance and looks at her)

Zidane: “Lark?”

Lark: “…Just leave me alone…”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(so tseng found elena and filled her in on the situation. the turks are walking through the halls looking alert and ready for combat…)

Reno: *muttering mangled song lyrics to himself*

Elena: “…When do you think he’ll come?”

Tseng: *emotionlessly* “I don’t know…”

Elena: “…Tseng…I’m shaking…”

Tseng: “….It’s all right, Elena.”

Elena: *hangs her head* “…I… I know I’m not supposed to be… But… But I’m scared.”

Reno: *stops singing*

Rude: “Hmn.”

(tseng stops walking and turns to elena)

Tseng: “It’s all right, Elena.” *pause* “I’m terrified.”

Elena: *breathlessly* “Oh, Tseng.”

Reno: *eyes wide* “…..You? But–”

(the familiar puff of smoke appears and the turks get ready for battle as sephiroth appears before him)

Sephiroth: “I sensed someone wished to challenge me. Now I see it is several insignificant someones.”

Elena: “We’re not insignificant! We’re the Turks! And we’re here to stop you!!”

Sephiroth: “Wishful thinking is not healthy for the mind.”

Tseng: *firmly* “Come out of it, Sephiroth. This isn’t you–it’s Jenova! Don’t be so weak! Over power her!”

Sephiroth: “Don’t you DARE call me WEAK!!”

(sephiroth extends his arm and hits reno with a bolt of weaker lighting that takes off 8999 hit points and knocks him to the ground)

Rude: “RENO!” *kneels next to him*

Reno: “Rude… It….was….my pleasure…fighting beside you…”

Rude: “Don’t talk like that! Let me get a hi-potion!”

Reno: *weakly stops rude’s hand from moving* “…Forget me. Fight for me, Rude.”

Rude: “Reno…”

Sephiroth: “He doesn’t have a chance. His hit points are being drained as we speak. But no need to be so sad, my bald headed friend. You will soon follow your comrade.”

(reno lays still)

Rude: “Reno…??” *shakes him* “Reno?! Dammit!!”

Elena: *tear runs from her eye* “Reno…”

Rude: *gets up, takes off his sunglasses and glares at sephiroth with eyes red with impending tears and pure hatred* “That was my best friend in the world, you bastard!! I can’t live knowing I let you get away with that!!”

Sephiroth: “Oh, but I shall get away with it.” *grins* “Isn’t that funny?”

Rude: “UGGGH!!!!” *rushes towards sephiroth and tries to punch him*

(sephiroth hits rude with the instant kill lightning. he hits the ground, dead)

Sephiroth: *yawns* “Too easy. And you call yourselves Turks?”

Elena: *jaw clenched* “Yes. And don’t forget it.”

(she gets ready to cast a spell, but seph just hits her with some more lightning that kills her)

Sephiroth: “Much *much* too easy.”

(tseng stares at his fallen comrades in disbelief)

Tseng: *quietly* “No…”

Sephiroth: “Now this must be the most terrifying time of your life. Knowing you don’t have a chance in the world…”

Tseng: *whirls to face him and speaks with a trembling voice* “I won’t be afraid of you.”

Sephiroth: “Your eyes tell a different story.” *grabs tseng by the collar and holds him up* “Ah… Now this seems familiar…” *thinks a moment* “Ah, yes. I was holding Cloud like this right before I killed him.”

Tseng: *struggles* “You took his phoenix summon, didn’t you? Lark told me you did. Wake up, Sephiroth. Overpower Jenova. Don’t let her control you!”

Sephiroth: *wraps his hand around tseng’s throat* “You worthless humans just don’t understand. I am working with Jenova. I am not her puppet. She and I will carry out our plans. And you humans are not necessary.”

Tseng: *struggling to breathe* “You…..puppet…. Sephiroth….you’re….human….too…”

Sephiroth: “I believe I’ve played with you enough. Say hello to the devil for me, you Shinra murderer.”

Tseng: *eyes widen* “No, I—!!”

(but sephiroth channels the fatal lightning right from his hand and into tseng, who dies. sephiroth then drops his body to the ground)

Sephiroth: *eyes narrow* “Let them all come and try. It’s more fun to kill them in groups.”

(and with that he disappears)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(about 15 minutes later in the ramble room…lark is still sitting against the wall. reeve is sitting against another wall, sniffling. zidane is laying down on the couch, and irvine is slumped over the table)

Zidane: “….They’ve been gone a long time…”

(silence)

Irvine: *gets up and grabs his gun* “I’m going to look for them.” *looks at zidane* “You coming?”

Zidane: *gets up* “Sure.”

Irvine: *glances at lark* “We’ll come back soon. Promise.”

Lark: “You better.”

(irvine and zidane leave, and as soon as the door shuts, reeve starts crying again)

Reeve: “….I know… I know he’s dead.”

Lark: *looks at him* “Reeve…”

Reeve: *wiping at his tears* “I’m…I’m such a fool I… I never told him………………. I never told him that I loved him.”

Lark: *frowns* “Oh, Reeve….”

(reeve covers his face and sobs too hard to speak, and lark comes to come and holds him)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, irvine and zidane are proceeding with caution down one of the hallways…)

Zidane: “…You know, I never thought of this place as scary before…” *looks around* “But it is now.”

Irvine: “Yeah.”

Zidane: “…Irvine?”

Irvine: “What?”

Zidane: “….What if someone…finds them first?”

(a really loud scream is heard)

Irvine: “I think someone just did.”

(irvine and zidane run in the direction of the scream and they stop dead as they turn the corner and see the bodies of the four turks lying on the floor and a terrified rufus shrieking and holding onto the wall)

Zidane: “Rufus!!” *carefully runs over to him and slams a hand over his mouth* “Shush!!”

Rufus: *breathing heavily with tears in his wide eyes* “MMMmmm!! Mmmmmm!!”

Irvine: *surveys the scene* “Aw, sh*t.” *kneels besides reno and shakes his head* “Dammit, Reno…” *closes his eyes as tears trickle from them* “Dammit it all to hell!”

Zidane: *speaks quietly to rufus* “Do you promise not to scream if I let go?”

Rufus: *nods*

(zidane takes his hand away)

Rufus: “What the hell happened here!?!?! ….My Turks!! They’re… They’re…” *vaguely points*

Zidane: “It’s Sephiroth. Jenova has possessed him and he’s fulfilling her mission of killing all the humans, starting with the ramble room. The only thing that can save those who have died now is a phoenix summon, and he’s the only one who’s got it. We haven’t been telling everyone because we’re trying not to cause a panic.”

Rufus: *eyes wide* “You mean… You mean… We’re all going to die?”

Zidane: “…Unless we can stop him.” *looks at irvine* “Irvine? You okay?”

Irvine: *shakes his head and stands* “…We have to get their bodies back to the ramble room.”

Rufus: *eyes still wide* “Elena… Rude…”

Zidane: “Right. ….I’ll take Elena and Reno.”

Rufus: “…Tseng… R-Reno…”

Irvine: “All right.” *sighs and covers his eyes with one hand* “Ugh, Reeve was right. They *were* slaughtered.”

Zidane: “Don’t think about it, Irvine. We have to get them back to the ramble room and think of a new plan.”

Rufus: “…My…my…friends…”

Zidane: “Rufus, you gonna be okay?”

Rufus: *still in shock* “I… I don’t know…”

Irvine: “Come on. Let’s go back.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(back in the ramble room, lark is still comforting a now quiet reeve when there’s a knock on the door. she’s startled, and gets to her feet, shaking)

Lark: *nervously* “W-who is it?”

????: “It’s Zidane, Lark.”

Lark: “Oh, thank god.”

(she opens the door and zidane comes in, carrying elena and reno, followed by a vacant rufus and finally irvine carrying rude and tseng)

Lark: *hand going over her mouth* “Omg…”

(zidane and irvine put the bodies down and step back)

Reeve: *starts crying again and rocking back and forth* “I knew it… I knew it… Tseng…”

Lark: “…The Turks…”

Irvine: *voice choked* “Yeah.”

Lark: *looks at him and her eyes widen in shock* “Irvine… You’re…crying…”

Irvine: *looks at her, chin trembling* “He got Reno, Lark.”

(lark grabs irvine and holds him as he cries. rufus stares at the pile of bodies)

Rufus: “…He got Zell and Cloud too…” *holds lark around the waist and rests his head on her back*

Zidane: “We need another plan.”

Lark: *dries irvine’s tears and steps away from him* “You’re right, Zidane.” *turns* “Aw, Rufus.” *strokes his cheek*

Rufus: *crying* “…How come you’re not crying, Lark?”

Lark: *closes her eyes* “Because I feel so dead inside.”

Zidane: “…We should ask some others to help us.”

Irvine: “Squall. And Seifer. We should ask them.”

Lark: *nods* “All right.” *looks at rufus* “You and Reeve stay here, all right? I don’t want anything to happen to you.”

Rufus: *nods*

Zidane: “Let’s go, Lark. There’s no time to waste.”

Lark: *nods* “You’re right.”

(lark, zidane and irvine leave)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(reeve and rufus not too easily sit down, both still drying their tears. reeve has this very cold, unemotional look to him now)

Reeve: “……………”

Rufus: *looks at reeve* “…Are you all right?”

Reeve: *shakes his head* “No. No, I’m not all right at all.”

Rufus: “….You really did love Tseng, didn’t you?”

Reeve: *nods as he starts crying again*

Rufus: *looks down* “…Do you think it’ll all be okay? And everyone will be brought back?”

Reeve: *quietly through his tears* “I don’t know.”

Rufus: “….I’ve never felt so powerless in my life…”

Reeve: *looks at rufus* “…Funny how the world can collapse so quickly, isn’t it?”

Rufus: *shakes head* “No, really, it’s not funny at all.”

Reeve: *looks down* “Are you scared, Rufus?”

Rufus: “…I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t.” *looks up at reeve* “But what can I do? There’s nowhere to run to. All I can do is stand here and take it like a man.” *looks at reeve* “I’m not as much a coward as some people think.”

Reeve: *looks up at rufus* “…There are some moments, Rufus, when I truly admire you.”

(there is a puff of smoke and reeve and rufus get up and back away as sephiroth appears)

Rufus: *softly* “Sweet Mako reactor…”

Sephiroth: “Ah, the two sitting ducks. I figured I would get the two of you out of the way while the others are distracted.”

Rufus: “We’re hardly sitting ducks.”

Sephiroth: “Oh, what are you going to do? Bore me to death with one of your speeches? Throw your pocket change at me?” *looks at reeve* “Jab me with your lame paperclip? Or maybe you’ll send your friend Tseng after me.” *pause and laughs evilly* “Oh wait, I believe I already killed him!!” *laughs again*

Reeve: *sets jaw* “You’re not funny in the least, Sephiroth.”

Sephiroth: “Pity you don’t see the humor in it, Reeve.”

Rufus: “Stop with the talk, Sephiroth. You always had a big mouth.”

Sephiroth: “And you were always a pain, weren’t you, Mr. President. Looks like there’s no one to stop me from carrying out your execution. Looks like all your future speeches will be silent.”

Rufus: *keeps backing up till he hits the wall* “…I never thought it would end this way.”

Sephiroth: “Don’t worry, *Rufus*, I’ll be nice. Maybe a little *fire* will make you feel a little more comfortable.” *laughs*

Rufus: *shields his eyes* “No! Not that! Please!!”

Reeve: “Rufus!!”

(sephiroth hits rufus with fire, killing him instantly. he falls to the floor, dead)

Reeve: *quietly* “Rufus…” *stares at his body*

Sephiroth: *glares at reeve* “The gates of hell are opening for your soul, Reeve.” *grins* “Are you scared?”

Reeve: *turns to glare back at sephiroth* “No. I’m not scared at all.” *sets jaw* “You took the best friend I ever had in the world and you *killed* him. …I can’t live without him. So I’m not afraid. Kill me, Sephiroth. You’ll be doing us both a favor.”

Sephiroth: *frowns* “Almost a disappointment to kill someone willing.” *shrugs* “It’s sad, really. So attached to another person that you need them to live your own life. Love is such a useless emotion.”

Reeve: “Lonely is a man without love.”

Sephiroth: “Even lonelier is a man who dies alone.”

(seph hits him with the lightning and reeve falls on top of tseng’s body)

Sephiroth: *brushes off his hands* “One winged angel… Flying off into the night.” *disappears*

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(shortly after, lark, irvine and zidane return with seifer, squall and rinoa. lark pauses outside the door for a minute, brow furrowed in concentration…)

Irvine: “What’s wrong, Lark?”

Zidane: *listening* “What? What is it?”

Lark: “…I have a bad feeling about this.”

(squall and seifer take out their gunblades)

Squall: “You think Sephiroth is in there?”

Seifer: “If he is he ain’t gonna get out without getting through me first.”

Lark: “…I don’t think he’s in there anymore…”

Rinoa: “Then what?”

Lark: “It’s too quiet…”

Rinoa: “Huh?”

Zidane: *eyes widen* “Omg… You don’t think…”

Lark: *hangs head* “…Rufus and Reeve were in there.”

Irvine: “No, he couldn’t have…” *he violently shoves the door to the ramble room open and runs inside followed by zidane, seifer, and squall* “R–” *stops dead as he sees what happened* “Oh f$%^.”

(lark runs up front, pushing the guys aside and she stops dead right besides irvine)

Lark: “Omg… Rufus!!! Reeve!!!” *rushes to rufus’s side*

Rinoa: *hand over her mouth* “…I thought hearing about it was gruesome enough.”

Squall: *kneels next to zells body* “Zell….” *puts a hand to his head* “You’re not dead yet… No… It’s not over…”

Rinoa: *comes over next to squall and looks down at zell* “…He looks…so peaceful…doesn’t he?” *eyes fill with tears*

Squall: “Don’t cry, Rinoa.” *holds her with tears in his own eyes* “Rinoa…” *squeezes his eyes shut* “Please don’t cry…”

Seifer: *surveying the scene* “…All the Turks… God, I never even imagined *they* could be defeated.”

Lark: *kneeling besides rufus’ body and smoothing his hair back* “Aw, my beautiful Rufus… He went and got all of Shinra first…” *hugs him, crying* “Who’s he gonna get next??”

Zidane: “Lark!!” *runs over to her and forcefully pulls her away from rufus and to her feet* “Lark, get a hold of yourself!!”

Lark: *grabbing zidane and crying into him* “Don’t leave me, Zidane!! Don’t leave me like they did!”

Zidane: *hugs her* “I won’t, Lark.” *strokes her hair* “Shush… I won’t leave.”

Lark: *holding on zidane like her lifeline* “Rufus! And Reeve! …We only left them for a second!”

Zidane: *still stroking her hair* “Shush… Shush…”

Irvine: *takes off his hat and looks down* “…At least Reeve is with Tseng now…”

Seifer: *taps squall on the shoulder* “Squall, you crying?”

Squall: *holding a crying rinoa* “Shut up, Seifer.”

Seifer: *looks down at zell and swallows not to easily* “Nah, I wasn’t gonna make fun of ya.”

Irvine: *puts his hat back on* “….Well, he got Shinra.” *looks up at the others* “Wonder who he’ll target next.”

Lark: *eyes widen and she pulls away from zidane* “OMG!!!! If he got Shinra, that means…”

Zidane: “The computer!!”

Lark: “Come on! We have to get to Heidegger and the others!!”

(they all spring into action and run out the door)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, back in loser land, nida is asleep, heidegger is flicking tiddly winks at him, and scarlet’s nowhere to be found)

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa!” *flicks more at nida*

Nida: *snorts and mumbles in his sleep* “I am *not* attracted to Squall!”

Heidegger: *flicks one right in nida’s face* “Gya haa haa!!”

Nida: *sits up like a rocket* “What?! What?! Is the Garden under attack again! I’ll lead the forces! Move over, Squa–” *sees heidegger* “You jackass!”

(scarlet comes in wearing only a towel. *shudder*)

Scarlet: “Someone has got to tell Kuja to move some of his damn mirrors! They’re all over the place! And I almost got his makeup confused with mine!”

Heidegger: “Gya haa haa! He wears makeup? He *is* a girl!”

Nida: “Squall’s a girl too!” *everyone looks at him weird* “…He sorta looks like one. Don’t pretend he doesn’t.”

Scarlet: “Well, I hope Kuja doesn’t throw a fit because I used some of his banana shampoo.” *pause* “Speaking of Kuja, where did he and Professor Pervert go?” *pause* “….Or don’t I wanna know.”

Nida: *points to computer* “They ran off after the computer malfunctioned.”

Scarlet: *studies the screen* “Um… Who was using this to contact Jenova?”

Nida: “Um, Lark and a couple of her jackass friends did. They told me to guard it. Why?”

Scarlet: *hits him upside the head* “You moron! This thing contained Jenova! You broke it! Now Sephiroth is possessed by it and he’s gonna kill everyone! Didn’t you read this?”

Nida: “Read? Me? No.” *snort*

Scarlet: *going to run to get changed* “We gotta get outta here!!”

(the infamous puff of smoke appears and they all stare in horror)

Scarlet: *gulp* “Too late.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(several minutes later, lark, irvine, zidane, squall, seifer and rinoa arrive where the ‘losers’ hang out and goes to go in. but irvine grabs her wrist and pulls her away, and instead presses his ear against the door, listening as the color drains from his face)

Irvine: “….” *mouths* “He’s still in there.”

Lark: *hisses* “What?” *tries to go for the door but zidane grabs both her arms and holds her against him* “Let me go in there!” *struggles*

Irvine: *looks at squall* “Are you sure about this, Squall?”

Squall: “I don’t crack under pressure.”

Irvine: *looks down* “I’m willing to fight besides you guys.”

Squall: “No, Irvine. I think it’s best you stay with Zidane and protect Lark.”

Lark: *still struggling* “I don’t need protecting!! Lemme go, Zidane!”

Irvine: “Are you sure?”

Seifer: “We can handle it, Irvine.” *shaky smile* “I’ll do to Sephiroth what I did to Odin.”

Lark: “Don’t kill him!! Can’t you just hurt him?”

Rinoa: “It’ll be okay, Lark.”

Squall: “………….”

Rinoa: *looks at squall* “Squall?”

Squall: *deep breath* “You guys go. We’ll take it from here.”

Irvine: “All right. Good luck, Squall. …Don’t…” *voice chokes* “Don’t die on me.” *puts a hand over his eyes*

Rinoa: “Oh, Irvine.” *hugs irvine*

Seifer: “…Don’t get all mushy on us now, Irvine.” *looks at squall* “We got faith. …Right… Squall?”

Squall: *nods*

Irvine: *hugs rinoa and then turns to zidane* “Let’s go, Zidane.” *turns to look back at his friends once more*

Zidane: *nods and starts dragging lark away*

Lark: “Squall!” *struggles* “No, Zidane!!” *trying to pull away with all her might* “Zidane!!!”

(irvine, lark and zidane leave, and then squall turns to the others)

Squall: “…We better get in there before he leaves.”

Seifer: *gulp* “Yeah.”

Rinoa: “….I love you, Squall.”

Squall: “This is no times for good-byes, Rinoa…” *looks at rinoa* “But you know I love you too.”

Seifer: “We can’t lose! We gotta do this for Zell!!”

Squall: *nods* “He would have done the same for any one of us.”

(they go inside)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile, lark gets dragged back to the ramble room, still struggling)

Lark: “Dammit, Zidane!! Why didn’t you let me go in there!?”

Zidane: *snaps* “Because you would have been killed!!”

Lark: “….I don’t care.”

Irvine: *firmly* “Stop being stupid, Lark. The three of us have been suffering through this since the beginning. We can’t give up just yet.”

Lark: “I wasn’t giving up.” *sigh* “…I just hate the idea of dragging people into this just to die…”

Zidane: “You didn’t make them, Lark. They wanted to help.”

Irvine: “…And… And no one says they’re going to die.”

Lark: *small voice* “But what if they do?” *looks at irvine with pleading eyes* “Who do we pick to die next, Irvine?”

Irvine: *looks away* “Stop it.”

Lark: *walking towards him* “Why don’t we just send Selphie and Quistis, huh? Let him get the rest of Garden. Then how about Laguna. And Ward. And Kiros? Might as well give up the rest of FF8, right? Then who’s next? Who else is expendable?”

Irvine: *snaps* “STOP IT!” *clenches his fists and kicks the wall* “It’s not true! It’s not! That’s not what we’re doing! It’s not!!”

Lark: “Oh it isn’t? Then what the hell do *you* call it, Irvine?”

Irvine: *head against the wall* “………”

Zidane: “Look, let’s not think about this! It’s stupid to fight now when we need to work together the most!”

Lark: *runs a hand through her hair* “…Zidane’s right… It just… It all feels so wrong.”

Zidane: “I know. It feels wrong to me too. But…there’s no other way.”

(suddenly there is a flash of light and lark screams as the dead bodies of squall, rinoa and seifer appear in the room, floating in the air.)

Irvine: *whirls around* “NO!!!”

Sephiroth’s voice: “Nice try. They lasted for all of ten seconds. And I still remember the pitiful look on Squall’s face when I killed the woman he loved. I thought you might want to get a good hard look at your future. Ah yes, and if you’re wondering about Nida, Scarlet and Heidegger, they’re dead too. Barely put up any fight at all. It was quite boring. As for that incompetent Hojo’s computer, it’s nothing but a mound of ashes. Hojo thinks he can run, but no one can escape from me. When I have disposed of all of you, I will find him. …Enjoy your lives while you can.”

(there is evil laughter as the bodies drop to the floor. lark falls to her knees, crying, zidane stares in shock, and irvine clenches his fists in anger)

Lark: *sobbing* “He did get them… He did…”

Zidane: “….It was like a voice from heaven…”

Irvine: *transfixed* “…He killed all my friends.” *looks at zidane* “He killed all my friends.”

Zidane: “Now’s no time to space out, Irvine. This *still* isn’t over.”

Irvine: “What do you *mean* it isn’t over! You heard what he said!”

Lark: *choking on her tears* “Zidane…”

Zidane: “What?”

Lark: *looks at him* “Go get me Vincent. *Please*.”

Zidane: *nods and runs out of the room*

(irvine kneels next to lark)

Irvine: “…Do you think Vincent can really help, Lark?”

Lark: *leans her head on his shoulder* “He’s the only hope I’ve got.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(several minutes later, zidane returns with vincent. lark has calmed down, and she and irvine are sitting in silence)

Vincent: “Lark…”

Lark: “Vincent….” *runs up and hugs him*

Vincent: “…Zidane told me everything.”

Lark: *buries her head in his shoulder* “Please, Vincent…”

Irvine: “Lark thought you might be able to help… Because… You know… Well… Any ideas?”

Vincent: *sighs, still holding lark* “I believe there is little chance in defeating him. …There’s only one way to stop him.”

Zidane and Irvine: *eagerly* “How?”

Vincent: “You must reach the true Sephiroth and have him overpower Jenova himself. It’s the only way.” *sigh* “And it will not be an easy task. …Of this, I am sure.”

Zidane: “So…who should try?”

Lark: “Vincent… You could reach him, if anyone could…”

Vincent: *sighs* “Perhaps… Although I think I have lost of the effect I once had on him.”

Lark: “He still loves you and you know it.”

Vincent: *hangs his head*

Lark: “…Maybe if we could weaken him first…”

Zidane: “You really think we could?”

Lark: “Even if someone could get one good shot at him…”

Irvine: “Let’s go get everyone’s that left. A bigger group would stand a better chance.”

Lark: “And I’ll go clear out all the ramble girls. I don’t think it’s a good idea for them to be here.”

Zidane: “All right, let’s go.”

(irvine and zidane run out the door. lark turns to vincent)

Lark: “…God, I hope this works, Vincent.”

Vincent: “We will not know until we try.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(the group of irvine, zidane, lark and vincent walk down the hallway silently, when they turn the corner, and to their horror, the bodies of laguna, kiros, ward, quistis, selphie, vivi and steiner are lying on the ground)

Irvine: “NO!!!!!!!!! THIS JUST ISN’T FAIR!!!” *rushes to selphie and quistis’ side*

Lark: *shakes her head* “No… No… No…”

Zidane: “STEINER!!! VIVI!!!!!!!! NO!” *runs over to them*

Steiner: *stirs slightly* “Z-Zidane… He attacked…. Without warning… We all tried… But… We didn’t stand a chance… He got… He got Master Vivi…”

Zidane: *shakes him* “Steiner, no!! Hang on! You can make it!!”

Steiner: *shakes head weakly* “Hit points… Draining… I’m sorry, Zidane.” *dies*

Zidane: *cries* “No!!!!” *bows his head to cry*

Irvine: *sitting in shock* “Omg, omg…”

Sephiroth’s voice: “Enjoying my little game? I like to call it, follow the trail of corpses.”

Vincent: *looks up* “Angel?”

Sephiroth’s voice: “Angel indeed. The angel of death. The one winged angel of Jenova.”

Lark: *yells* “Sephiroth! Where are you! Show yourself!!”

Sephiroth’s voice: “Oh, I think not. Perhaps later, when your time is up. I believe I’ll let you live a bit longer. It’s amusing to watch you run around.”

Zidane: “You bastard!!! Stop this right now!!”

Sephiroth’s voice: “You’re wasting your breath, foolish boy. Now, I have more matters to intend to.”

Lark: *frantically* “Sephiroth! SEPHIROTH!”

(silence)

Lark: “Dammit!”

Irvine: “What do we do?”

Lark: “….” *frowns* “…Leave them there. We have to get to the rest of the FF characters before Sephiroth does.”

Vincent: “Lark’s right.”

Lark: “I’m going to find the ramble girls. You all gather whoever’s left and meet me in the TV room, got it?”

Guys: *nod*

Lark: “He thinks this is all a game. We’ll show him we’re nothing to toy with.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(lark searches frantically for the ramble girls before she finally finds them)

Lark: *out of breath* “Here you guys are! I’ve been searching everywhere!!”

Lizzie: “Is something wrong, Lark?”

Lark: “YES! Something’s horribly wrong!! Sephiroth’s gotten possessed by Jenova and he’s killing everyone!! More than half of the FF characters are already dead!”

Katie: “Sephiroth!?”

Ashley: “Omg… Seifer?”

Lark: “Dead.”

Ashley: “NO!!”

Lizzie: “…Laguna?”

Lark: *shakes head* “Dead.”

Lizzie: *hand covering her mouth* “Omg…”

Shell: “Rude?”

Lark: “……Dead.”

Shell: *starts crying* “No! My Rude!!!”

Noelle: “What about Reno?”

Lark: “…He’s dead too.”

Noelle: *frowns and mutters* “Good.”

Katie: “This is horrible!!”

Ashley: “Isn’t there something that can bring them back?! A phoenix down or something?”

Lark: “Only the phoenix summon. And guess who has that.”

Lizzie: *mutters* “Sh*t.”

Noelle: “OMG! That means he got Cloud!”

Lark: *nods* “We’re trying to stop him, but it’s going to be hard. I need you guys to get away from here.”

Shell: “I wanna stay and fight for Rude!!”

Ashley: “How can you expect us to leave?”

Lark: “Look, I know you wanna stay, but that’s just not the best idea right now. We’ve gotta let the FF characters fight him–they’re the only ones who stand a chance.” *begs* “Please you guys. I’m asking you to cooperate.”

Girls: *all look at each other and then at lark* “All right.”

Lark: *sigh of relief* “Thank you. Now go, now! Don’t waste any time.”

(the girls nod and silently file out of the room. shell is the last to go, and before she does she turns back to lark)

Shell: “….I miss Rude.”

Lark: “…I know, Shell. I know.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(once all the ramble girls cleared out, lark goes to the tv room where irvine, zidane and vincent have gathered tifa, yuffie, barret, cid and red)

Irvine: “Lark, there you are! Did you get them out?”

Lark: *nods* “Did you tell them what’s going on.”

Irvine: *nods*

Barret: “Yo! We beat his punk ass once before! We can do it again!”

Yuffie: “Yeah! And we’ll get back our materia!”

Cid: “#$@%%&^&#$^$#$#&%$@#!!!”

Tifa: “Well, Cid is full of confidence.”

Red: “We will give it our best effort.”

Tifa: “Cloud would have wanted it this way.”

Barret: “Yo! What we waitin’ for! Let’s go!!”

Lark: “Be careful! Don’t get too confident!!!”

(they all leave, leaving irvine, zidane, lark and vincent alone)

Lark: “I still have a bad feeling about this.”

Irvine: “We’re out of options…”

Zidane: “And time.”

Lark: “…And people.”

Vincent: “A black cloud has fallen down upon our lives.”

Lark: *hangs her head* “…I’m scared we don’t have a chance at all…”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(the group of FF7 characters goes down the hallway, glancing around nervously)

Yuffie: “This is gonna be kinda hard without Cloud, huh?”

Tifa: “Don’t say that.”

Yuffie: “….He had all the good materia.”

Barret: “Yo, girl! Ain’t no time to be talkin’ ’bout no damn materia!”

Yuffie: “Well it’s true! He had Knights of the Round!”

Cid: “#@$#$^#%&#^#$@!!”

Barret: “Yo, Cid’s right. Shut yo’ damn mouth.”

Red: “I think it would be best if we ceased to argue and concentrated on the impending battle.”

Barret: “Yo, da skunk’s right for once!”

Red: “….But I *still* am not a skunk.”

Tifa: “Here’s what we’ll do. I’ll cast haste, than Yuffie, you cast wall–”

(she is cut off as she stares in shock as a swirl of smoke appears, and sephiroth steps out of it)

Sephiroth: “So we meet again.”

Barret: “Yo, an’ it’s gonna end da same way, punk!”

Sephiroth: “Hm. So confident. Oftentimes overconfidence only proves to be a weakness.”

Tifa: “You seem pretty cocky yourself, Sephiroth.”

Sephiroth: “Ah, but you see I have powers that far exceed your wildest imagination.”

Cid: “#$%$^#&%#&#&!!”

Sephiroth: *raises an eyebrow* “You don’t believe me? Feast your eyes upon this.”

(with a flick of his wrist, he hits yuffie with the lightning and she falls, dead)

Tifa: “Yuffie!!!” *glares at sephiroth* “That still doesn’t mean you’re going to beat us!”

Sephiroth: “Oh no? Do you need another test?”

(with another flick of his wrist, he hits barret, killing him)

Cid: *cigarette falls out of his mouth* “BARRET! NO!!!”

Tifa: “….Barret…”

Sephiroth: “I believe you are coming to your senses.”

Red: *sets jaw* “That does not mean we will give up.”

Sephiroth: “I applaud your determination. But it will get you nowhere.”

(flicks his wrist and kills cid)

Sephiroth: “It is all becoming so futile, isn’t it?”

Tifa: *backing up slowly* “….It’s like out of a nightmare.” *stops and glares at sephiroth* “But I can’t die knowing I didn’t put up a fight!!”

(she goes to punch sephiroth, but is struck down by the lightning)

Tifa: “Ugh…” *lies still*

Red: *hangs head* “We may not be the ones to defeat you, but someone will. You will be stopped. I can feel it.”

Sephiroth: “Does this mean you are giving up?”

Red: “No. I am by no means surrendering to you, Sephiroth. I am sacrificing myself.”

Sephiroth: “Your intentions confuse me, but it is no matter.”

(he kills red and then turns, cape swirling around him)

Sephiroth: “Thus begins the final act…” *disappears*

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(meanwhile in the tv room, lark is laying on the couch with her head on vincent’s lap, while irvine and zidane sit around on the floor.)

Zidane: “…..I bet he got them…”

Vincent: “Hm.”

Irvine: “…I bet he’ll come and get us now.”

Lark: “……………….”

Zidane: “…Ya think they hurt him any?”

Irvine: *quietly* “I don’t know…”

Lark: “…………”

Vincent: *shuts his eyes and grips lark’s arm*

Lark: *trying to sit up* “Vincent? What’s the matter?”

Vincent: *eyes still closed* “I sense him.”

Irvine: *cocks gun* “This is it.”

Zidane: “We’ll try our best, Lark.”

Lark: *buries her head in vincent’s shoulder* “No… Sephiroth…”

(speak of the devil, sephiroth appears in the familiar puff of smoke)

Sephiroth: “Looks as though the curtain has risen on the final act.”

Zidane: “Yeah, it’s time for the villain to be defeated.”

Sephiroth: “I am afraid you are mistaken. I’m afraid this play has a different ending.”

Irvine: “That’s what you think.” *glares* “We’re not going to let you get away with this, Sephiroth. You killed everyone we care about. Your reign of terror ends here.”

Sephiroth: “I’m afraid you are wrong once again. Once I dispose of your charred remains, there will be no stopping me.”

Zidane: *attack position* “You know, Lark didn’t want us to kill you, but I’m afraid we have no choice.”

Lark: “Zidane…”

Sephiroth: “In that case I will dispose of you quickly, and save myself the time.”

Lark: “NO! IRVINE! ZIDANE!!!”

(sephiroth hits them both with the lightning and they fall to the ground)

Irvine: “Uh… Lark… I tried…” *lies still*

Zidane: “All that… For this…”

Lark: *tears in her eyes* “No…. No…. Irvine… Zidane…”

Sephiroth: *laughs* “And then there were two.”

(vincent goes over to sephiroth, glaring at him while lark watches silently)

Vincent: “Sephiroth. I know you can hear me.”

Sephiroth: *laughs* “Don’t pretend I am not who I am, old man.”

Vincent: “Sephiroth. This is Vincent. I am begging you, please, overpower her. This is not who you are.”

Sephiroth: “Do not try to tell me what I am and am not!” *grabs vincent by the collar and lifts him off the ground*

Lark: “Vincent!!!” *gets to her feet*

Vincent: *takes seph’s face in his hands* “Angel…”

(sephiroth’s eyes widen, and turn to normal for a moment. He then squeezes his eyes shut as if in horrible pain and starts to shake slightly.)

Sephiroth: “Vincent…. I’m…. Sorry…”

(his eyes return to the state of evil, but there are tears in the corner. he then kills vincent and drops him to the ground. lark gets to her feet, marches over to sephiroth and tries to grab him, but he backs away, holding out a hand to stop her)

Sephiroth: *shaking* “No! Stop!! Don’t touch me! I-I’ll kill you!!”

Lark: “Sephiroth… You’re shaking…”

Sephiroth: *grabs his head* “Ugh… No… Jenova…. Leave… Me… ALONE!!!” *slams himself against the wall*

Lark: “Sephiroth!!”

Sephiroth: “Stay away from me, Lark!! I don’t want to hurt you!” *slams into the wall again*

Lark: “I can’t let her hurt you!”

(lark goes over, seizes sephiroth by the shoulders, and brings their faces close together. both have tears in their eyes)

Lark: *strokes his cheek* “Sephiroth… I know you’re in there… It’s me… Lark… You can fight her… I know you can… We can fix this… Please… I can’t afford to lose you…”

(sephiroth’s eyes finally switch back to normal and he takes lark’s face in his trembling hands)

Sephiroth: “Oh, Lark… I… I’m sorry…”

(he then collapses and lark gently lowers him to the ground, cradling him in her arms)

Lark: *brushing hair off his face* “It’ll be all right now…” *smiles slightly* “Sephiroth… My love…”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(later, lark has gotten the ramble girls back, and they have dragged all the bodies into the ramble room and she gets out the phoneix summon)

Shell: “Hurry up and bring Rude back!!”

Katie: “How’s Sephiroth?”

Lark: “Still unconscious. I’ll go check on him after everyone is all right again.” *takes a deep breath* “I can’t believe this all turned out okay.”

(lark uses the summon, and slowly everyone comes to again)

Reno: *staggers to his feet* “Ugh…” *puts a hand to his head* “What a hangover I’ve got.” *pause* “Wait…” *eyes lights up* “I’m alive!!!”

Rude: *smiles*

Reno: “I’M ALIVE!!” *grabs rude and hugs him* “I’M ALIVE! I’M ALIVE!!”

Seifer: *wakes up* “Huh?”

Ashley: “SEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFFEEEERRRRR!!!” *tackle hugs him*

Seifer: “Ashley!!!” *hugs her*

Squall: “Rinoa!! We made it!!”

Rinoa: “Squall!!” *they hug*

Zell: “Whoa… I feel kinda woozy…”

Squall and Rinoa: “ZELL!!!” *hug him*

Zell: “Hey!” *grins and hugs him*

Lizzie: “Laguna Laguna!” *grabs him and hugs him*

Laguna: “Hey hey! It’s great to be back!”

Kiros: “Ward says Laguna was better off dead.”

Ward: “……….!” *hits kiros*

Irvine and Zidane: *hugging* “We did it! We did it!!”

Reno: “I’M ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” *runs over and hugs irvine and zidane*

Lark: “You guys!!” *runs over and hugs all four of them*

Noelle: “Cloud? You okay?”

Cloud: “Sephiroth….”

Noelle: “It’s okay now!!” *hugs cloud*

Yuffie: “Cloud got his materia back!”

Barret: “Yo, Cid, buddy! Yo’ back!”

Cid: *high fives barret* “And look! It’s Red!!”

Red: *blinks* “…Have I woken up in the correct place?”

Rufus: *rubbing his back* “Ow… My back hurts.”

Lark: *runs to rufus* “RUFUS-SAMA!!!” *hugs him*

Rufus: “Lark!!” *hugs her*

Katie: “I’m so happy it all worked out!”

Rude: “….Did you miss me, Shell?”

Shell: “…..Maybe.” *chin trembles and she grabs rude and hugs him*

Rude: *eyes widen but then he smiles*

Reeve: *in shock* “I’m…alive?”

Tseng: “…Wow.” *looks at reeve* “Reeve…”

Reeve: *looks at tseng* “…Tseng…” *starts crying again and embraces him* “Oh god, don’t *ever* leave me again!”

Tseng: *holds reeve close* “I won’t.”

Lark: *making the hugging rounds* “Zell! Squall! Rinoa!!” *hugs all three of them*

Zell: “Look, Lark! I’m back!”

Lark: “I know, Zell, and I’m so glad!”

Steiner: “Master Vivi! We’re alive!”

Vivi: “Yeah… Wow.”

Zidane: “Steiner! Vivi! Look! We made it after all!” *hugs them*

Lark: *approaches vincent* “Vincent…?”

Vincent: *crying silently* “…Lark…is he…??”

Lark: “No, no, no. He’ll be all right. He just passed out, that’s all.” *hugs vincent*

Vincent: *cries into her shoulder* “I just love him so much…”

Lark: *sighs and closes her eyes* “…I know how you feel…” *pause* “I’m going to go check on him right now. You want to come?”

Vincent: “…I’ll see him later. It’s best if you go now. I want to welcome everyone back.”

Lark: “All right.” *gives vincent a kiss on the cheek* “We did it, Vincent. You and I.” *squeezes his hand* “He really does love you, you know.”

(she goes to leave when reno and irvine stop her)

Reno: “Where ya going, Lark? We’re going to have a  ‘welcome back to the world of the living’ party.”

Lark: *smiles* “Sounds great guys. I’m just gonna go check on Sephiroth. I’ll be right back.”

(reno and irvine back up and step)

Irvine: “…He’s still alive?”

Lark: “…Yes. Jenova’s gone now. He’ll be all right.”

Reno: “Uh… Lark… I think I speak for pretty much everyone when I say I never wanna see *him* again.”

Lark: “….What?”

Irvine: “Come on, Lark, he killed us all! We’re not gonna be all buddy buddy with him!”

Lark: “Well, I can expect that at first, but you guys have to remember it’s not his fault.” *frowns* “…You won’t forgive him? I know he’s sorry, he told me he was.”

Irvine: “….I can’t promise anything.”

Reno: *crosses his arms* “He’s not invited to the party.”

Lark: “I see…” *she leaves*

Rufus: “Where did Lark go?”

Reno: “You’ll never believe this, but she went to see Sephiroth.”

Rufus: *shudders* “Ugh!! Sephiroth?! I never want to go near him again!!”

(vincent is overhearing this conversation, and he goes over to tseng and reeve who are staring at one another lovingly)

Vincent: “…Are you hearing this?”

Tseng: “Huh?”

Vincent: “…What everyone’s saying about Sephiroth?”

Reeve: “How they never want to see him again?”

Vincent: “Yes.”

Tseng: “Well, I can see where they’re coming from, after all, he did *kill* all of us… But, in another way, I know it was Jenova, not him. And besides, it’s all better now, isn’t it, Reeve?” *nuzzles reeve*

Reeve: “As long as I have you back, it doesn’t matter what happened.” *kisses tseng*

Vincent: *sighs* “Some things may be back to normal, but I have a feeling some things might never be the same again.”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(lark goes into sephiroth’s room where he is lying peacefully on his bed. she goes over and sits besides him)

Lark: *brushing hair off his face, whispers* “Sephiroth?”

(sephiroth’s eyes open slowly, and when he sees lark he frowns and turns away from her)

Lark: “Sephiroth? You okay?”

Sephiroth: *quietly* “….Why are you here?”

Lark: *duh* “Because I wanted to make sure you were okay…”

Sephiroth: “Why do you even care?”

Lark: “Sephiroth, what are you talking about?”

Sephiroth: *closes his eyes* “As if everyone didn’t hate me enough all ready. Now this had to go and happen. None of them will ever even want to look at me again.”

Lark: “It’ll take time, I’m sure, but they all know it wasn’t really you who did all that, Sephiroth. They’ll come to their senses.”

Sephiroth: “Ah, dammit, I’m so weak.” *curls into the fetal position*

Lark: “Angel, it’s not your fault. And you overcame it. You’re not weak.”

Sephiroth: *turns around and meets her eyes* “What did you call me?”

Lark: *turns away* “Nothing.”

Sephiroth: *sits up* “You called me angel.”

Lark: “It slipped.”

(sephiroth takes her by the shoulder, her back against his chest, and is breathing on her neck)

Sephiroth: *softly* “Lark….” *slides his arms around her waist*

Lark: *leans into him with a sigh* Oh, Sephiroth… I don’t…”

Sephiroth: *nuzzles against her* “….I just want to hold you like this… For now and eternity.”

Lark: *covering his hands with her own* “I’ll be the last one to stop you.”

~Owari~

(the end)

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