Premonitions II-C: Crisis Core

BY : Hippo_and_Friends_with_Benefits
Category: Final Fantasy VII > General
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Disclaimer: I do not own Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core, it any characters therin. I am not making any money here.

Chapter 24: To the Beach

June 26, 2002

"You're doing WHAT?" Aerith exclaimed. She was beyond appalled.

"Going to Costa del Luna with Tobin," Gehrig replied with a giggle.

Aerith was no doubt speechless; she found it quite hard to take in.

"When did you decide that?" she asked.

"Last night," answered Gehrig with a smiled. "And I'm really psyched about tomorrow!"

Aerith decided to ask the inevitable question.


"No!" Gehrig immediately answered. "But now I have someone to go with."

"He's a friend. You'll see his ding-a-ling," Aerith warned.

"It's not like I didn't know he had one," Gehrig replied.

"You're really serious about going naked there?" Aerith asked.

"I just got a bikini wax," Gehrig said. "I need my lady parts to look good, don't I?"

"That's the issue," Aerith said. "Tobin will see your vagina!"

Gehrig casually blew a raspberry.

"He'll see your butt!"

Gehrig blew another raspberry.

"We've seen each other's vaginas and butts when we changed after swim class."

"But we're girls!" Aerith protested.

"And we're platonic," Gehrig said. "Just like me and Tobin."

"Gehrig," Aerith said, "you're not going to be...doing it with Tobin, are you?"

"That's not the plan," Gehrig replied. "But if it happens, it happens."

At first, Aerith cringed inside. She couldn't believed her best friend was going to spend time naked with a guy she wasn't dating.

Gradually, Aerith became curious, and suddenly couldn't wait to hear how the day played out.

June 27, 0002

The sign read "BEYOND THIS POINT, YOU MAY ENCOUNTER NUDE BATHERS," but Gehrig and I stepped beyond it with the greatest of ease.

"Well," I began, "you've officially been to a nude beach."

"True, true," Gehrig replied. "Now to find a spot and live the experience."

We started looking for a spot to settle on. Sure enough, we began to encounter exactly what the sign warned us we would. It was funny; they were of all ages. I think the male/female ratio was two to one. They were all body shapes as well.

"Right here!" Gehrig announced as she picked a spot in the sand. She dropped our stuff and looked at me, smiling. She placed her hands near the zipper of the green capris she was wearing, preparing to take them off.

I stood still as a statue. I suddenly became uncomfortable. It was time to undress in front of Gehrig, and I began to get nervous. Nobody had seen me naked since is was five or six, and certainly no casual friend had ever. What really got to me was the fact that she would be watching me undress. It was fast becoming awkward.

"What's wrong?" Gehrig asked, sensing the vibe.

"N-nothing," I lamely lied.

Gehrig could see right through me.

"Are you uncomfortable?" she asked.

I realized I had to be honest.

"A little," I replied. "Mainly undressing in front of each other."

Gehrig removed her hands from her zipper.

"It's okay," she said, though I could tell she was disappointed. She bent down to gather our stuff; she was preparing to leave.

"Wait!" I interjected. "I have an idea."

"An idea?" she asked as she stood up again.

"Why don't we turn around and strip," I suggested. "And then, when we're naked, we'll tell each other when we're ready. Then, we'll count to three, and we'll turn around."

"That's a great idea!" Gehrig complimented. "I never would have thought of that." She then immediately began to turn around.

I did the same.

Here it goes, I thought.

I took my shirt off, hearing a rustle. I heard another rustle behind me, and I knew right away it was Gehrig taking her shirt off as well.

This is really happening.

I then heard the sound of snapping elastic behind me.

Of course, I realized. Gehrig's a girl; she has a bra to take off. So now I have a platonic female friend stand topless behind me, with her tits out, and having no problem whatsoever with me seeing them. This is amazing.

My thoughts were interrupted by the sound of a zipper being undone; it was Gehrig taking off her pants. Realizing that I couldn't keep her waiting, it quickly took of my own pants and boxers.

I was now standing outdoors, naked as the day I was born, with a female friend behind me, who was also probably naked by now. I began to sweat a little; we would be seeing each other momentarily. I wondered what she looked like. I wondered what she would think of me. I wondered what our friendship would be like after that day.

"Okay!" Gehrig shouted. "I'm ready!"

Can't keep her waiting. Can't keep her waiting. Can't keep her waiting.

"M-me, too!" I replied.

"On the count of three!" she shouted.

This was it. She seemed more enthusiastic about it that I did.

"One," she began.

The countdown had begun. That was a naked girl's voice I was hearing.

"Two," I continued.

I really wondered what Gehrig was thinking. Was she was nervous as I was? Probably not.

"Three!" we said in unison. And we spun around.

I saw Gehrig smiling at me as she stood before me in all her naked glory. She immediately started laughing.

"We did it!" she announced.

I had a good view of her body; her knees, her breasts, and a sweet spot not on the list. But, what really stuck out, was the teeth of her smile.

She then began spreading the towel on the sand, singing softly to herself as she did so.


Lazard was sitting at his desk when two familiar faces entered his office.

"Zack," Lazard greeted to the taller one. He then looked at the shorter, blond one. "He can't be in here. This facility is for SOLDIER members only."

"Cloud here fully intends to join," Zack insisted.

"He'll have to go through the official channels before we can test him," Lazard informed him.

"He tried going through the official channels," Zack bluntly explained. "He didn't make it."

"Then if they say no," Lazard replied, "I say no."

"Come on," Zack pleaded. "Ever since Angeal died, we've been short. Just give him a chance!"

Lazard adjusted his glasses. He then gave Cloud a long look; it was a look Zack had never seen him give before.

Zack was baffled by this. Lazard has seemed to have lost interest in everything in the past year. But the way he looked at seemed to Zack as if there was some connection between those two.

"I'll start with the psych exam," Lazard agreed. "But I'm not promising anything after that."

Zack sighed in relief.

"Thank you, sir!" Cloud said.

"Meanwhile," Lazard continued as he looked toward Zack, "don't you have somewhere to be?"

"Not that I know of," Zack replied.

"You may want to check your phone," Lazard suggested.

Zack did as he was told.

Sure enough, there was a new message. It read: "I can't tell you my name, but I know something of interest to you. This is the first anonymous message I ever sent, so don't sweat it. I heard there's a secret item somewhere in the plate interior. If an anti-Shinra entity got it, Shinra would be dead meat in a pressure cooker! I suggest you look for it before it's your head on the plate."

Yuffie, again! he thought.


"What a beautiful day!" Gehrig exclaimed as she was answered by the sound of seagulls kawing.

She was sitting up on the towel in front of me. Her dark brown hair was in a ponytail, and the sunshine seemed reflected on her bare back.

"Tell me about it," I replied.

There was no getting "used to it," I was naked with a girl. It was one hell of a unique experience.

"I can't believe I spent my whole life missing this!" she said.

"Same here," I said.

"Poor Aerie," Gehrig continued. "She really missed out."

"Maybe next time?" I suggested.

"I doubt it," she giggled.

I continued to check Gehrig out. I couldn't see below the small of her back from the way she was sitting, but I got a generous view of her bare shoulders and back. Truth be told, Gehrig was a beautiful girl.

"Let's try the ocean!" she suddenly announced as she began to stand up, giving me a view of her big, beautiful butt as she did so.

I stood up myself, mainly to avoid staring for too long.

She immediately began to trot down to the water.

I naturally followed her, trying to hide the fact I was checking her butt out.

Gehrig was the first to hit the water; she stepped to where the sand was wet from the waves touching it. A small wave crashed on the beach, covering her feet.

"It's cold," she observed.

I reached the wet sand and stood next to her.

"It's not that bad!" I playfully teased.

Then a bigger wave hit the sand, going up to our knees.

Gehrig screamed.

"It's freezing!" she yelled as grabbed my arm. Goosebumps began to appear all over her bare skin.

"Okay," I said, "I'll agree with you there."

Gehrig looked me in the eyes.

"I know there's a hot tub around her somewhere," she said. "Let's find it."


Zack soon found himself between the plates of Sector Eight after climbing in through a manhole.

It was not nearly as filthy as he had expected. It was rather clean and well lit, with no nasty creatures this time, like in the caves.

The "fun" started when Zack found the treasure and opened it. A bright flash of light blinded him. When he came to, he seemed to be in some kind of simulator room. A golden behemoth, identical to the one he had previously encountered, was before him, ready to attack.

"Hey, wait a minute!" he exclaimed. "Are you serious?"

There was no answer.

"Run for it!" he shouted. "Yuffie, are you still with me?"

The simulation ended as soon as he reached a safe distance. Yuffie was nowhere to be seen.

"This girl is going to be the death of me," he sighed.


We found the hot tub near the restaurant. Nobody was using it, and it was sorely tempting.

Gehrig, as soon as she saw it, fast-walked down to the tub and climbed in.

"Ohh!" she sighed as she sat down. "This feels good!" The then took a look at me, as I was still standing outside. "Well, don't be anti-social!" she playfully scolded.

I climbed into the hot tub and sat down next to her.

"We have the whole tub to ourselves," Gehrig exclaimed as she stretched her bare arms and folded them behind her head.

That didn't stay true for long. One by one, a nudist joined us in the tub and it soon became overtly crowded. As they were mainly men who looked fifty and up, I frankly wanted to leave.

It was then that Gehrig stood up. At first, I thought she was thinking the same thing I was. Then, she shimmied over in front of me, allowing me to briefly admire her bare butt again. Then, she began to lower herself. And, before I realized it, she was sitting on my lap.

"Gotta make room somehow," she said with a smile.

I would get too explicit in describing what I was feeling at the moment, but you can probably guess with the greatest of ease.

Gehrig, meanwhile, simply made casual conversation with the middle-aged men as she would in any given day. I was almost starting to wonder if she had forgotten she was naked.

"Your boyfriend's lucky," one of them eventually said.

"He's not my boyfriend," Gehrig quickly dismissed. "He's my best friend."

I could not believe my ears. I thought Aerith was her best friend. It really touched me inside.

Eventually, the time came to get out of the tub. Gehrig gave the cue.

"My butt hurts," she complained.

We then got out of the tub and stood in the sun, allowing it to dry us off.

I still had what she said on my mind. Either I did something great, or Aerith really screwed up.

"What's up?" Gehrig asked as the sun dried her bare shoulders.

"You called me your best friend," I replied.

"Well, you are!" she confirmed. "I mean, I have three. Aerie, Mary Ellen, and you."

Okay, so it wasn't as exclusive as I had thought, but the fact that she ranked me up there...

"Don't be so shocked," she continued. "You deserve it. Especially after walking paranoid me home all the time, and sticking around after Aerie gets pissed and goes home."

"Well..." I began to say, but I couldn't think of anything after that. I was too happy.

"That's why I was comfortable coming here with you," she said. "I wouldn't be okay naked in front of Zack, and sure as hell not in front of Ronaldo. And, that's why you're one of the few people who knows that my real first name is Anna."

"I do like Anna," I pointed out.

Gehrig smiled.

"Then you're welcome to call me Anna," she permitted.

And she hugged me.

I suppose I could mention how I felt about her bare chest against mine, but I won't.

Her calling me her best friend meant a lot more.


Zack returned to the SOLDIER floor to see Cloud standing in front of Lazard's desk, with his head lowered in defeat.

This can't be good, Zack thought to himself.

"What happened?" he asked. It was a dumb question, but he asked it just the same.

"Your friend failed the psych exam by one point," Lazard replied. "I'm sorry."

"So that's it?" Cloud quietly asked.

Lazard nodded solemnly.

"Angeal and Genesis passed the psych test and look what happened to them!" Zack protested.

"I'm all too aware," Lazard said.

"But I have to join SOLDIER!" Cloud protested.

"You have to?" Lazard asked calmly. "Why?"

"I let someone down!" Cloud replied. "And I have to prove myself to her."

Lazard chuckled somewhat.

"There's other ways to impress a girl than joining SOLDIER," he said.

"Lazard, please," Zack pleaded. "This is a favor I'm asking. I have been chasing around a prepubescent thief all year."

Lazard sighed.

"There's only one more option," he said. "The mako test. And I'll have to talk with the president himself."

"The mako test?" asked Cloud.

"You'll be injected with mako energy directly," Lazard explained. "It'll feel like your insides are on fire. There's also a risk of mako poisoning."

"I'll take that chance," Cloud agreed. "When can we get started?"

"Sometime soon," Lazard replied. "Assuming the president approves."

Cloud displayed a hopeful look.

Zack displayed a concerned one.


Gehrig and I were seated across from each other at a picnic table near the restaurant, eating pieces of cantaloupe and watermelon.

She was talking to me and smiling and making hand gestures as she did so, as if she didn't have her tits out. Hell, they were out pretty well, and it almost seemed as if she was trying to get me to look.

"So Zack and Aerie seem to be doing better," she announced.

"That's good," I replied.

You know how I really felt about that. I wondered if it was time to tell Gehrig about the pink carnation.

"I do know Aerie told you about her," she continued.

"What about her?" I asked.

"That she's a Cetra," Gehrig clarified. "She thinks highly of you, too. She almost never lets anyone know that."

"Really?" I asked. "I thought she would be telling everyone and become a practical celebrity.

Gehrig shook her head.

"It's not as grand as it looks," she said.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Ever notice how Turks are always stalking her?" she asked.

I nodded.

"They want to take her away," Gehrig said.


"To their lab," she clarified. "To do experiments."


She nodded.

"One time, she was out of school for a week. We all thought she had the flu. I later found out she was captured. And she wouldn't let me tell anyone else."

"How did she escape?" I asked.

"They let her go," she replied.

"They learned everything?"

"The reason they let Aerie go," Gehrig continued, "is because they harvested her eggs."

"So they could...breed her?" I asked. This was getting bizarre.

"You know Reeve?" she asked.

I nodded.

"You know he's gay and has a husband, right?"

I nodded again.

"Reeve secretly freed Aerie in exchange for several eggs," she continued. "Reeve's sperm and Aerie's egg are what created Reeve's daughter, Sage."

I was speechless. This would technically mean that Aerith is a mother. Wow.

"Yes," Gehrig interrupted. "Aerie has a daughter. That is, in the biological sense. But she never went into labor or gave birth or anything. But she's five or six now and has her eyes and hair."

It was a lot to take in. Aerith...a mother. Sort of. She had been through so much, and still tried to be a typical teenager as much as possible.

And she wanted to date me.

Which reminded probably was a good idea to tell Gehrig about the carnation. Maybe she would know a little more.

"If I tell you something," I began, "can you promise it won't leave this table?"

Gehrig raised her right hand.

"Scout's honor," she promised.

"Aerith sent me a pink carnation on Valentine's Day," I informed her.

"Really now?" she asked, somewhat skeptically.

"I found it taped to my locker," I continued.

"Are you sure it was Aerie?" she inquired.

"I ruled out anyone else over the months," I replied. "I don't know it for a fact, but I'm sure as I'm sure of anything else." I paused. "This was right after she got upset on her birthday."

Gehrig smiled. She then put her hands to her mouth and started giggling.

"What's so funny?" I asked.

"Silly," she replied through her giggles, "Aerie didn't send you that carnation."

"You don't think so?" I asked.

"I know she didn't," she replied. "She and Zack might have been having problems, but Aerie wouldn't start flirting with other guys until she was single again."

"Oh," I said. "I see."

But if Aerith didn't sent the carnation...than who?


Zack was sitting in the church as Aerith tended to the flowers.

"You're quiet," she noticed aloud.

"I know," he replied. "It's been an...interesting day."

"What happened?" she asked as she got up and walked over to him.

"I tried to push Lazard to get a friend into SOLDIER," Zack answered.

"You're not in trouble, are you?" she asked.

He shook his head.

"No, but he is."

"Your friend?" Aerith asked.

Zack nodded.

"He failed the psych exam, so Lazard's trying to talk his CEO daddy into allowing a mako injection."

"Is that bad?" she asked.

"Well," Zack replied, "he'll feel like hell, and he could suffer mako poisoning, go into a coma, or even die."

"Yeah," said Aerith. "That's bad. Did you try to talk him out of it?"

"I did," he answered, "but he's too stubborn. He's trying to impress a girl back home."

Aerith sat down next to him.

"I'm not ready to lose another friend," Zack sighed. "The pain of losing Angeal's still there."

Aerith softly wrapped her arms around him and began to rock him.

"I'm one friend you won't lose," she whispered before kissing him. "Not ever."


Gehrig and I were laying on our stomachs on our towels, listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach, and the sounds of seagulls above.

Gehrig had a big smile on her face.

"Thanks," she said.

"For what?" I asked.

"For this," she clarified. "This was such a great idea."

"Want to do this again sometime?" I asked.

"You bet," she replied.

I turned over to lay on my back, allowing myself a decent view of Gehrig's butt. It was funny how composed she was at this point. I don't know whether she knew I was looking or not, but she obviously didn't care. Hell, was probably looking at me when she could.

In fact, right after I turned over, Gehrig reached out her arm and rested it across my chest.

"So," she began, "what do you want to do the rest of the summer?"

"Good question," I replied. "We've got two whole months."

"I'd kind of like to see my dad," she said. "Maybe we can try to sneak a visit in?"

"I think that's possible," I said. "We'll find a way to distract Mary Ellen."

"I really miss him," Gehrig continued. "I can't belief I'm going to be a sister."

I was silent. I never realized until now how much she was hurting from her father being absent.

"This weather, though," she continued. "It makes me feel really bad for my cousin on the Northern Continent."

I sat up and took a drink from my own water bottle.  I snuck another glance at my friend's derrière, and that's when I noticed it: she was wet.  She was leaking down to her upper thighs.

The situation had made her horny.

I quickly lay back down before she knew I knew.

She then got up and positioned herself on her knees. She took a drink from her water bottle, and smiled at me.

"You look so peaceful like that," she observed.

And then, it popped in my head. I figured I may as well ask. It had been burning in my mind for hours.

"Gehrig?" I began as I sat up and made eye contact with her.

"That's my name," she answered.

"Can I asked you something?" I requested.

"Sure," she permitted. "Ask away."

"You didn't give me the pink carnation, did you?" I recall asking.

"No," replied Gehrig as she shook her head. She then looked me dead in the eyes. "Question mark."

"Excuse me?" I responded. That was the weirdest answer I ever heard.

Gehrig placed her hands on her knees.

"I said I didn't give you the pink carnation," she denied. "Question mark."

I don't know a lot. But I knew that meant "yes, I did."

"When did you...decide on that?" I asked.

"When I found out that you were able to resist Mary Ellen's charm," she replied. "Period."

So there I had it; it was Gehrig the whole time. She was open to dating me because she knew she wouldn't lose me to her mother.

I took another look at the beautiful naked girl kneeling beside me, only this time with the realization that she liked me.

And then, she suddenly stood up, and placed her hands on her hips.  She gave me this weird, stern look, as if she was annoyed but not at the same time.

"I noticed you looked when you sat up," she announced.

"Oh yeah," I sheepishly admitted.  "Sorry."

She signaled me to stand up.  Then she folded her arms.

"It's time to hit the showers," she said in a monotone.

With that, she marched us over to one of the private shower stalls.  At first, I really thought she was pissed and wanted to leave.  But as soon as she yanked me in with her and firmly slid the curtain shut, I realized her true intentions.

Two minutes later, Gehrig was standing with her back turned toward me, gripping the metal bar (the one handicapped people use).  

I was gripping her hips, thrusting into her.

We had just became friends with benefits.

Gehrig cracked her neck; I thought that was a weird thing to do under the circumstances.

"What are you doing?" I asked as I continued to thrust into her.

Gehrig looked back at me and smiled.

"What am I doing?" she echoed through her deep breaths.  "I'm getting fucked!"

At first she tried not to moan, fearing we would be heard, but the pleasure soon caused her to lose control of herself.

"Oh my God, fuck me harder!" Gehrig begged before letting out a really loud moan.

I had never known Miss Cline was capable of making such sexy sounds.  I had never known her to talk so dirty, either.

So I talked dirty back to her.

"You like getting fucked, don't you," I said as I hammered into her.

"Mmm-Hmm," she moaned.  "It feels good!"

I continued to thrust into her, her butt cheeks smacking against my hips.  I listened to her moan in ecstasy over and over again, and could not believe this was the same Gehrig Cline I had known for the last couple of years.

"I love your dick!" she moaned.

That did it for me.

We both climaxed at the same time, with Gehrig letting out a soft, high pitched moan as we did so.

I pulled out; Gehrig stood still for a moment.

"Did you cum?" she asked, catching her breath.

"Uh-huh," I replied.

Then Gehrig did the damndest thing; she sat down on the floor and started crying.  

I immediately sat down next to her and put my arm around her.

"I'm so sorry," she sobbed.

"For what?" I asked.

"I haven't had sex in forever and I got too frisky," she replied.  "And now I've used my best friend!"

"You didn't use me," I assured her.  "I got horny, too."

"And now I'm sorry I cried right after sex," she laughed.  "That has to be a mood killer!"

"No worries," I said.  "But maybe we should get out of here before anyone notices?"

"Totally!" she giggled.

I stood up and helped her to her feet.

We then went out of the shower, and saw a dirty look on her face.

Fortunately, her face was all we saw.


June 28, 0002

"You actually went there?!" Aerith exclaimed.

Gehrig nodded.

"With Tobin," she said.

Aerith gasped.

"Did you go naked?!"

"Yes, I did," Gehrig replied with a grin.

"Did he?"

"Yes, he did," Gehrig replied with an even wider grin.

"Did he get horny?"

Gehrig nodded.

"I saw a couple of times," she blushed.

"Did you get horny?" Aerith asked.

Gehrig nodded again.

"And I know he saw, too," she said as her face turned a bright red.

"So you do like each other!" Aerith said happily. "You didn' it, did you?"

"No way!" she dismissed. "We were just two friends hanging out together, butt naked, like Adam and Eve.

"Well," Aerith said, "if you don't mind being at the beach with your clothes on, the four of us can go to Costa del Sol sometime soon."

"Replace 'clothes' with 'green bikini' and you're on!" Gehrig agreed.

It was then settled. The four of us would spend a weekend at Costa del Sol. It would be the perfect time for me to ask Gehrig to be my girlfriend.

The date was set for July 2.

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