FIC: Legacy, part 6 Title: Legacy Author: Lazra Beta: none Fandom: Crossover (FFVII/Narnia) Warnings: Some potty mouths. Some violence. Disclaimer: FFVII and all related material belong to SquareEnix. The Chronicles of Narnia and all related material belong to the estate of C. S. Lewis. I only own a rabid plotbunny, and we're both broke. Notes: Have finally finished FFVII. Haven't screwed the canon too horribly, but anything amiss can just be called AU. Timewise, I'm putting this at two years after MeteorFall, but "Advent Children" doesn't exist. ---I consider this borderline crack!fic, but the bunny bit and won't let me go. I also feel the need to warn that I am an absolute sap for happy endings. I am also insane. Thank you.
Cloud felt heavy as he trudged outside. The light of a sunny morning made him squint.
A swish of fabric and the clink of metal boots on pavement were his only clues that Vincent was behind him. Cloud only grunted to acknowledge his red-eyed companion.
"I thought the others were coming with you."
Cloud frowned. "Not time yet. Aslan said sunset. We're not leaving 'till then."
Vincent only hmmed.
They walked together in their customary broody silence. It was not an uncomfortable silence, merely an acknowledgement that even under the best of circumstances neither man was very chatty.
Cloud wondered briefly why the gunman had come to Edge. He usually kept himself holed up in Lucrecia's cave. They would only hear from him every month or so. Surely, Cloud's absentee father couldn't be that important to everyone.
Cloud looked at him.
Vincent was looking down the street. "You seem...upset." Vincent's red gaze turned to Cloud.
Cloud looked away. "I don't want to meet him."
"Then don't go."
"I don't want to, Vincent...but I have to. I have to know why-" Cloud stopped, gritting his teeth against a sob. He shook his head and turned back towards the bar. "I have to."
Vincent nodded and followed him back. He was about to return to his roof perch when Tifa invited him in for lunch. He almost refused, but wanted to have his full strength when he confronted Lucrecia's kidnapper.
The sky had begun the burning into its night colors when 7th Heaven emptied onto the street. The former AVALANCHE members crowded into Barret's truck and headed out to the small plateau that overlooked Midgar.
When they reached the top, the first thing Cloud could see was Aslan brushing his mane over Zack's sword. Cloud stalked over to the great cat, teeth clenched in anger.
Aslan only spared him a glance as he licked the flat of the blade and with slow meticulous care, scrubbed his cheek and mane across the surface. Only when Cloud was a few feet away did he stop.
"What the hell are you doing?!" Cloud raged.
Aslan stared him down in that silent lecture again. "Even if you are not taking with you, it needed a good polish," he stated matter-of-factly.
Cloud looked at the blade. It had looked nearly rusted through when he last saw it. Now it shone like a brand new weapon. The surface reflected like a mirror, and Cloud could see his own harried face easily.
He turned away. "Let's just get this over with."
Aslan nodded and turned to the crowd. "You must be Master Valentine."
Vincent stepped forward warily. "Yes."
"Good. It saves me another errand. You know that the lady Lucrecia is gone from her crystal, yes?"
"Lovely though she may have seemed in it, it was a torturous device for her. Visions passing as dreams, haunting her waking eyes and her sleeping mind. She had no rest, Master Valentine. I took her from this self-induced anguish so that she might truly heal. She lies abed in Cair Paravel, the capitol of Narnia where we go see Cloud's father."
Vincent wanted to relax, but still didn't trust the beast. "She is all right?"
Aslan sighed. "She sleeps, Master Valentine. For the first time in a long time, she sleeps...peacefully, without dreams to disturb her. Whether or not she will be all right is up to her when she wakes."
Aslan turned and walked down the slope away from the cliff.
"So!" Cid enthused into the somber quiet as everyone followed Aslan. "Don't see yer transportation around here. Must be somethin' to get from one planet to another. Will we get the grand tour?"
Aslan chuckled. "I'm afraid I shall have to disappoint you Captain. Narnia is not on another planet. It is another world."
Cid scratched his head with a frown. "What's the difference?"
"Mostly...the means of transportation." Aslan had walked around the slope until they were at the base of the cliff. He reared up and put two paws on a large boulder, rolling it aside to reveal a cave entrance. "All who are coming, follow me. All who are not should say their farewells to the travelers."
Marlene, who had insisted on coming for just that, began making the rounds to give everyone a goodbye hug. Barret settled for a few handshakes. Denzel endured hair rufflings while wishing he could go along with Cloud.
Aslan caught Cloud's eye, then glanced up at Zack's newly polished sword. "No?"
Cloud just shook his head.
Aslan turned and walked through the entrance. Cloud took a deep breath and followed with his friends close at his heels.