proudsoldier: (I really hate this city.)
Zack Fair ([personal profile] proudsoldier) wrote2008-07-25 10:23 pm

Wherein our hero finds the city. Or it finds him.

[is sprawled out on one of the pews in the church, turning his head to one side and groaning before blinking his eyes open and slowly trying to sit up, one hand pressed to his head] I've really gotta stop entering buildings through the roof . . .

[blinks again and frowns, studying the church interior] Hang on a sec. This isn't Aeris' church . . . [carefully stands up and looks around, hands on his hips and starting to look warier by the second]

Where am I?

[identity profile] 2008-07-29 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
[Aerith looks at the ground, the information she'd gleaned from Nanaki had nearly made her cry when she'd first heard it, and even now it was still an open wound. Her grip on his hand tightens, and she can't look at him.]

I...I don't know what he did. Nanaki said he was drugged, the other Aerith probably was too so that neither of them could fight back. They wouldn't breed with each other like Hojo had wanted, so he fixed it so that they would be more compatible. Somehow he found a way to use Aerith's powers, and when Nanaki woke up, he was almost completely human. His body couldn't handle that sort of dramatic change, he was dying when I found him in the church, his internal organs were failing from the stress. He was so scared, Zack. So scared... [She wipes her eyes, trying to calm down. Nanaki was fine now, while he was here there was nothing Hojo could do to hurt him. her voice is quieter when she speaks again.]

Thankfully I managed to stabilize him with my magic, I've been taking care of him while he's adjusting. Please try not to sound angry when you're around him, he might think you're angry at him.

[identity profile] 2008-07-29 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
[Aerith welcomes the hug, although the flower basket makes it awkward for her to return it. But her hug is just as fierce as his.]

I might not be the only one.

[She's quiet for a long time, her thoughts muddled and confusing, but a little flutter of fear worked through them.]

Zack, what if he does show up here? I don't...I don't want to have to see him ever again. I'm terrified of the labs, of what he was planning on doing with me. Or of what the other Hojo almost did to the other Aeriths. There's a younger Aerith here, she...she never escaped from the labs. I don't want anyone to have to suffer anymore, I don't.

[identity profile] 2008-07-29 06:59 am (UTC)(link)

[She doesn't know what to say, but his touch is soothing and it helps her focus on the now and not the what ifs. Her eyes fall shut and she breathes deeply, she would worry about it if it happened. Fussing about it now would only lead to unnecessary anxiety.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
[She blinks up at him at the kiss, he made her feel so confused inside, she wasn't sure what to do.]

Please be careful, Zack. I don't want any of you hurt. Not anymore.

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
[Oh Zack, you're making her laugh. You're such a goofball. The laughter is an easy way to mask the slight color on her cheeks, though.]

I'm sure you can, Zack.

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
Okay. [She hugs him, resting her head against his shoulder.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
[A small sigh escapes her at the way he touches her hair, and she looks up at him] They call it the second level, apparently it's something computer-based, and allows you to transport yourself anywhere in the city if you know where you're going. I'm not sure how it works exactly, you might want to find someone who's better with computers to explain it...

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 05:59 am (UTC)(link)
[She looks so confused now] Um, I'm not sure. I just focus on doing it, and it happens...

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
[She nods] Yes, I think that's how it--

[She's clinging to his shirt because that was unexpected and warn her next time~! ;; 0 ;;]

--works. Mm, I think you've gotten the hang of it already.

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 06:22 am (UTC)(link)
Of course. [She smiles, but then tries to glare up at him. It doesn't work very well since she's grinning.]

No, you can't come in. Boys aren't allowed.

[identity profile] 2008-07-30 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, and we do girly things all day. You wouldn't want to have anything to do with it. [She opens the door, and steps aside so he can come in. Aerith, being kind to her housemates, hasn't put flowers everywhere, but there are a few strategically placed vases to brighten the place up a little.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-31 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
Can't say, club activities are top secret. [Nice try, Zack. Better luck next time!]

Would you like anything? [She sets her basket down on the coffee table, she could take care of the flowers in a moment.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-31 06:01 am (UTC)(link)
If you want to, but I don't think you will~

[She heads into the kitchen, and you can hear her rummaging in the cupboards for a glass.] Quite a few people, actually. Nanaki's staying in the laundry cove with a young lady named Rinoa. A young lady named Dahlia in the upper cove, and there's two other people in my cove, Ilya and Haseo.