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08 October 2007 @ 10:52 pm

They had done it.  Hadn’t they?  They had saved the world.  Aeris had summoned Holy.  And Cloud and his friends had defeated Sephiroth who had been blocking Holy’s powers. 

 Then why did he feel so much dread?

 “Did you really think it was over?”

 No.  It wasn’t possible.  It couldn’t be.

 “My foolish little puppet.”

 There was darkness all around him, pulling him down, swallowing him whole.  A hand pierced into the darkness, reaching for him.  He stretched towards it desperately.  It was her…

 “You cannot escape me.”


Cloud sprang up half off the bed.  His breath was ragged and he was covered with sweat.  A moment later the effort of moving caught up to him and he winced from a shot of pain.

 “Where…where am I?”

the_lost_300 on October 9th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
The armorless, though armed as always, Spartan man who had been watching over Cloud beckoned to someone outside.

"Go tell Leonidas the stranger is awake," he said. Then turned to face Cloud. "You are a guest of the Spartans. We found you injured in the Wasteland while returning from an exploration. Your things," he motioned to a table on the other side of the room. Cloud's buster sword and most of his equipment had been placed on a table in the corner of the room, in sight but out of range, "are all here."
clouded_mind7 on October 9th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
"Spartans? Wasteland?" Cloud questioned. The man's answer only gave rise to more unknowns.
the_lost_300 on October 9th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
He nodded. "We are the Spartans, and until earlier today, we thought ourselves the only people in this strange place. One of our captains, Dorian, found you unconscious on the outskirts of a strange city. What is your name, stranger?"
clouded_mind7 on October 9th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
"I am Cloud. Cloud Strife." He looked around him, noting how different everything was compared to what he knew. "And I'm quite confused."
the_lost_300 on October 9th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
He nodded. "I don't blame you. I'd tell you where we were, but I can't. This city is called Sparta, but beyond our walls we know very little."
clouded_mind7 on October 9th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
Cloud winced again as he moved. "Do you have a healing materia?" He only had a lighting and a summon materia. Nice for a fight, but wouldn't do much to patch up his injuries.
the_lost_300 on October 9th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
It was now the Spartan's turn to be confused. He raised an eyebrow. "Materia?"
clouded_mind7 on October 9th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
That pretty much answered that, but just in case it was worth asking. "Glowing orbs, like the ones I have in my sword," Cloud said, pointing towards the buster sword across the room. "They contain knowledge, energy," he explained. "With one you can use it to cast spells, depending on what type of materia it is. A Restore materia could heal up the worst of wounds easily."
the_lost_300 on October 11th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
He nodded. "They are more than decoration, then," he says, not quite a question. "Spells, eh? Divine power, or is it from some other source?"