Thursday, 29 July 2010
05:27:18 PM (GMT)
"Remember when you were a kid? Sometimes you'd get those pains. When you told your
dad, he told you they were just growing pains?" I ask Cloud. We're sitting next to
Zack's sword, stuck deep in the ground as a reminder that he died here. Like a
gravestone. Cloud nods. "Yeah. What about it?"
"Do you remember where you got the pains?"
"I dunno... my chest, my knee. What are you getting at?"
I sit quietly for a moment. "What I'm getting at, Cloud, is that you miss
your brother, and I miss your brother, and Tifa misses your brother."
"Age, I know that. You didn't answer my que-"
"Wait, Cloud be patient. I'm about to explain, sheesh..."
Cloud and I have been spending a lot of time together ever since Zack was killed.
That's good, because he's the only other person that Zack was a brother to. Cloud
feels the exact same pain as me.
Cloud shifts his position so he can glare at me. He's trying to make me explain it
faster. "When you had growing pains, what did your dad tell you to do?" I ask,
ignoring the look. He sighs impatiently.
"He told me... to just soldier on with it. Y'know, ignore it and it
would go away. He said it would help me grow stronger."
I nod. "And did you?" Cloud shrugs. "I guess so. Are you gonna explain this to me?
If not I can just leave." he says, threatening me with lonliness. He stands up. I get
up, too, and stand in his way.
"Cloud." I say urgently. His eyes get big like they always do when
I say it like that.
"Wh-what?" he stammers.
"Every night, just when I go to bed, I get this weird pain
in my chest."
His eyes lower to the ground. "Me, too..." he says quietly.