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] 2008-07-26 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
[Aerith just dropped her flowerbasket. It feels like her heart just stopped. She knew, logically, that this could possibly happen. She knew that. But seeing it in person... She's afraid to speak for a moment. Doesn't want to know what his reaction will be. Not after the last time...but...she can't help it.]


[identity profile] 2008-07-26 05:47 am (UTC)(link)
[After that hair-raising encounter with the tattooed girl, Cloud had taken to wandering the second level to clear his mind and hopefully come up with another plan.

He didn't expect to run across a very, very familiar face. It was too much to hope that it was the one from his own world, but...]


[identity profile] 2008-07-26 05:47 am (UTC)(link)

((this is a placeholder, I will try to do this))

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 05:48 am (UTC)(link)
Aerith. It's...Aerith, Zack. [As if in a trance, she steps closer, one hand lifting as if to touch him, like he's just a dream and will fade like mist after a sunrise. He's so tall. She'd forgotten how tall he was.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
[looks down at his sneakers, his expression unreadable, but he looks a little sick]

Guess it was about time.
Edited 2008-07-26 06:18 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
[Cloud gets excited, moving forward a quick two steps when he catches sight of the scar...and exactly how tall, and tired and worn Zack looks. He wilts; not the same Zack.]

...I'm not the person you think I am. Or the Cloud you think I am, I guess.

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
Shh, Zack. Shhh, liebe, stille. Ich bin hier jetzt. It's all right. [She holds him, rocking him gently as she whispers words of comfort, the language she's speaking in long gone.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
That my other would appear here.

[shoves his hands into the pocks of his jeans]

Welcome to Template, where there can be two of you.

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:41 am (UTC)(link)
It's a different Template when where you're from.

[looks a bit angry]

I'm not lying.

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
[She pets his hair, being able to really touch him is like a new experience all over again. But it can't last, and Aerith knows it.]

Zack...this place... [She closes her eyes and breathes deeply] There is no Lifestream here. This place isn't even on Gaia. I'm...I'm not sure where it is, I can't hear the Planet here, but...

This city is called Template. No one knows how they get pulled here, and no one knows how they get out. People have successfully left, and some have been pulled back after their first disappearance from the city. Those that have returned can't say how. There's...also another thing. People can be pulled from a world at any point in time on their world, or they can be pulled from an alternate version of their world. One of the doubles knows of a place on their world called Template, and the other one doesn't.

On my died protecting Cloud when you were escaping from ShinRa. I...I'm sorry...I'm not...I'm not your Aeris. [She tries not to feel so crushed when she says it, but the words feel like a physical blow, and she rests her forehead on his shoulder.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
[Watches with a start of surprised as Zack reaches for the sword at his back, and lifts his hands.]

Whoa, I'm- I think you have the wrong idea. I'm still Cloud, but I'm not the one you're familiar with.

[As if that was any better.]

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:56 am (UTC)(link)
Look,I have no idea how to convince you, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

Or all of our words for it. Everyone else is gonna tell you the same thing.

[identity profile] 2008-07-26 06:58 am (UTC)(link)
My name is Aerith, Zack. I'm not...I'm not the flower girl you knew. I'm different. Although by how much I don't know. In my world you died years ago, although...I've...been dead for several as well.

I know it's hard to understand, but please, you have to trust me. This place doesn't make much sense to anyone as it is. There's a barrier around the city that keeps us from leaving. The locals aren't affected by it, just those of us who've been pulled here from somewhere else. Once you're in, you can't find a way out if you're trying. Some people just end up disappearing without warning, probably back to their own worlds.

I'm...I'm sorry, Zack.

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