Premonitions II-C: Crisis Core

BY : Hippo_and_Friends_with_Benefits
Category: Final Fantasy VII > General
Dragon prints: 709
Disclaimer: I do not own Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core, it any characters therin. I am not making any money here.

Chapter 35: A Fond Farewell, and More Farewells

May 23, 0003

"Ever since Gehrig died," said the prom dress-clad Aerith, "I've felt like everyone's been going away one by one."

"Don't let that get you down," insisted Elmyra, who was sitting next to her at the kitchen table. "Tonight's going to be a happy night."

Aerith giggled and put her hand on her head.

"I never thought I'd be going to the prom with Tobin, though!"

"You're not happy with that?" Elmyra asked.

"Of course I am," Aerith replied. "I get to spend the evening with the one man who's been there for me when I needed him."

Elmyra gave her daughter a look.

"Do you think that if you had never met Zack, do you think you and Tobin would have been a couple?"

"I don't know, mom," Aerith replied. "But, just for tonight, we kind of will be."

And she smiled.

MEANWHILE...

I stood in the lounge in my tux as Cissnei looked me over.

"Perfect!" she said.

Cissnei has taken me to get a tux; she had said I needed a woman's opinion. Now that I was almost ready to go, she gave me one last moment of pep talk.

"Tonight's the night you ask her," she advised me.

"Ask her what?"

"To be your girlfriend and come to Xing with you," Cissnei clarified.

"I don't know," I replied honestly. "I don't really want to ruin the night."

"Snooze, you loose," Cissnei warned me. "Your limo's waiting, by the way. Have a blast, okay?"

"Okay," I agreed.

Cissnei smiled and hugged me good-bye.

I then left the room and took the elevator down. Sure enough, the limo was waiting there for me.

We stopped in the slums and picked Aerith up, obviously. Elmyra kept us for a few moments to take a few pictures, of course.

And then, the rest of the night wrote itself.

LATER...

The prom was at some expensive hotel in Sector One. There was this huge ballroom, with a dance floor, and set tables for entrees.

Realizing that we were just here as friends, I figured that it would be best if we went straight for the tables. So I began to walk toward that area.

"Wait a minute!" Aerith exclaimed. "Where do you think you're going?"

"To the tables," I replied.

Aerith put her hands on her hips.

"Tobin," she began "nobody's eating yet. Everybody's dancing!"

I scanned the floor. Sure enough, everybody was dancing. Even Ronaldo was dancing with a girl.

"You want me to dance with you?" I asked.

"Well, yeah!" Aerith replied with a smile. "It's the prom, isn't it?"

I was silent. There was something I had to tell her.

"I've never danced with anyone before," I said.

"Oh, don't worry," Aerith assured me as she put her hands on my shoulders. "I'll show you. Put you hand on my hip."

I did as I was told. No, I wasn't like Cloud, who was somehow afraid to touch a girl. But the connection I began to feel with Aerith...we had been friends for years, but we...never danced together...

And I could tell that Aerith was feeling the same. They way her face was said it all. We were beginning to feel that connection. Tonight, I would tell her for sure.

LATER...

No, we didn't win king and queen, because, sir or madam, this is not some fairy tale story.

After hours fell off the clock, the prom ended, and the limo picked us up.

Aerith was smiling the whole time.

"I really had fun tonight," she said as she patted my shoulder. "I'm really glad I went to the prom with you."

"Me, too," I said.

I noticed we were approaching the exit to the slums. Soon, Aerith would be dropped off, and the night would be over. Now was the time to ask her.

And then, I noticed the limo passed the exit.

That's weird, I thought. I'm being dropped off first?

In any event, I needed to gear up the courage to ask Miss Gainsborough to be my girlfriend so she could come to Xing with me. It wasn't working, though, and it was frustrating, as time was running out.

But when we got to my apartment building, we passed that, too.

Does this driver know where we're going? I thought. Is his GPS busted? Did we get in the wrong limo? Is he taking us somewhere to kill us?

Nah.

Finally, he did stop.

But it wasn't Aerith's house, and it wasn't my apartment building, either. It was a hotel.

Of course, I remembered. She had booked that hotel long ago for herself and Zack. I guess she couldn't get a refund. Or maybe she just wants to spend some time with herself. That's understandable: she's been through a lot like the rest of us. I'll walk her to her room and say good-bye. I'll try to end the night as positive as possible.

Aerith was solemn the on the way into the lobby. She walked to the front desk and simply said "reservation for Gainsborough." After being handed the keys, she walked to the elevator (her heels were really audible here) and signaled for me to follow her.

It was quiet on the way up; I figured Aerith was thinking about Zack, and how she would be cradled in his arms right now, or they would be making out in the elevator, or maybe how he would be slipping on the rock she had wanted so badly. But who knows?

We got off, and we silently walked to the room. Aerith swiped the key card and opened the door. She walked in, and I followed. I figured I would say good-bye and be on my way.

This room, by the way, was luxurious, with a king-sized bed, a hot tub surrounded by pillars, and a TV that was God knows how many inches long.

My companion stood with her back turned to me, quietly scanning the room.

"I booked this room last September," Aerith began. "I figured that as long as I had something booked, nothing could happen to me. And nothing happened to me."

I figured what she was thinking. She had been hoping to be here with Zack right now. We were good friends, but that's all we were. As Cissnei would say, I snoozed and lost.

And then, she turned to face me. But there was no sign of sadness or disappointment. Instead, she had a big smile on her face.

"Thanks again for making prom night wonderful," she said as she came up to me and hugged me. "And memorable."

"Don't mention it," I replied. "You deserve it."

She then turned her attention to the hot tub.

"I want to get in the hot tub," Aerith suddenly announced as she slid out of her heels.

I figured that was my cue to skedaddle, so I hugged her good-bye and turned for the door.

And then, she gently grabbed my arm.

"Hey!" she exclaimed. "Where do you think you're going?"

"Home," I replied. "You wanted to go in the hot tub. I can take a hint."

"Aren't you coming in with me?" she asked.

I shook my head.

"I don't have a bathing suit," I informed her.

In response, Aerith looked at me directly in the eyes.

"Neither do I," she replied.

And, before I could say anything, she leaned in and kissed me.

Is this happening? I thought. We're friends. I was going to ask her to be more but...it looks like she's asking for me.

She kissed me again and put her hands on my cheeks, confirming that it was indeed happening. I instinctively wrapped my arms around her waist. When she noticed, she took my right hand and moved it downward, letting it rest on her butt through her dress.

"You said you can take a hint, right?" she playfully asked with a smile.

I released her and took a step back.

"Aerith," I began, "are you sure?"

She smiled and folded her hands behind her back.

"I'm sure," she replied. "Tobin, these last seven months have been the hardest of my life." She wiped a tear from her eye. "And you've been there with me every step of the way."

"I wanted to," I insisted.

"And you did," she continued. "You even took me to see Jeri Lyons for my birthday. You went above and beyond to make sure I was okay. Tobin, I'm yours tonight!"

"You mean it?" I asked.

It was still hard to believe. I never expected her to take it this far.

"Mmm-hmm," she confirmed with a smile. "Any way you want me."

"Don't feel obligated," I pleaded.

"I don't," she insisted. "It's an intimate, emotional experience, and I want to share it with you." She paused. "Two conditions, though."

"Shoot," I replied in a shaky voice.

"Obviously, nobody can find out about this," Aerith requested.

"No worries," I assured her.

"And Tobin," she continued, "after this...we go back to being friends like we always were." She then held out her pinky finger. "Promise me?"

I didn't know what to make of that second request at the time. I was then in the moment.

Her beautiful green eyes were looking at me sincerely. She was awaiting an answer.

I slowly raised my hand, and both of our pinkies met.

We then lowered our hands.

And then, it was my turn to express how I felt. Slowly, I raised my hands and placed them on Aerith's shoulders, over the straps to her dress.

She gazed at me, waiting.

I gently pushed the straps aside, causing her dress to immediately fall to the ground.

Aerith gasped as she stood before me in full nudity. She quickly threw her arms around me and kissed me again.

I picked her up slightly during the kiss, causing her to kiss me harder.

"Forget the hot tub for now!" she gasped. "Let's do it on the bed!"

I picked her up, and carried her over to the bed, laying her down gently.  I scanned her nude body, and noticed she had shaved her womanhood, just like she had said she would.

Then, wasting no more time, I guided myself into her.

Aerith let out a gasp as she felt me enter her.  

I immediately started thrusting, causing her to moan loudly.  I then reached my hands under her lower half, gripping her butt roughly as I kissed her.

"Oh shit!" she moaned as she kissed me again.

We continued that way for several minutes.  

"Get on your hands and knees," I requested.

Aerith honored my request.

I then grabbed her shoulders, and began to hammer into her from behind.

"Oh Tobin!" she moaned as I continued to thrust.

"Oh Aerith!" I moaned back.  "I'm going to cum!"

"Cum in me!" she pleaded as I could feel her thrusting back.

I climaxed, and thrust my self with such force that it knocked my prom date down.

TWO HOURS LATER...

"Can I ask you something?" I asked.

"Go ahead," Aerith approved.

"Why do you call sex 'doing it?'"

She giggled.

"It just sounds naughtier that way," she said before placing her hands on my face and kissing me again.

We did spend some time in the hot tub. We since dried off, and we're now sitting across from each other on the bed with our legs crossed pretzel-style, still naked as the day we were born.

"That was really special," she sighed. "Thank you."

"Thank you," I replied as I pressed my lips against hers.

Aerith looked to her right as I gently ran my hand through her hair. She giggled after spotting the pile of my clothes that she had practically ripped of.

She then giggled to herself.

"What's so funny?" I asked.

She looked down.

"Well, we've just seen more of each other than we ever thought we would!"

"You okay with that?" I asked.

"I can live with it!" Aerith replied as she kissed me once more.

It was weird to process. She had asked me to revert to her friend after tonight. And yet, she was kissing me non-stop. There had to be something there. I was slowly realizing that this, if any, was the time to ask.

"Hey!" she playfully reprimanded. "Are you staring at my vagina?"

I began to say something, but she stopped me.

"JK," she giggled. "I don't care. I've been peeking at you any chance I get."

She then kissed me again.

That did it. I needed to ask her now.

"Aerith," I began, "I need to ask you something."

"You can ask anything," she replied with a smile. "We've seen each other naked, haven't we?"

I smiled back. I then looked her in the eyes.

"When I go to Xing after graduation...I want you to come with me."

Her face became silent and neutral.

"I want us to go together," I continued.

"But I know you can't take a friend," she replied.

"I can't," I confirmed.

So this was the moment. It would make or break the rest of our lives.

"But you could come if you were something else," I said. "Aerith Lee Gainsborough, will you be my girlfriend?"

She remained still as a statue. It was definitely a lot to take in.

And then, she got up and knelt on her knees, and took both of my hands in hers. She looked at me, and he eyes were wet.

"Oh, Tobin," she began, emotion clearly in her voice. "I would love to. I would love to go with you to Xing as your girlfriend." She paused, and leaned in closer. "But that's not my destiny."

My heart sank. I knew right there that she would be letting me down.

"I need to stay here, Tobin," she continued. "My life and future are in Midgar. My dream is to be a housewife in the city and raise a family in peace."

A tear rolled down her face. I knew she wanted to come. But I also knew that was not the life for her. She would be following an elite Shinra trooper around the world, wondering how safe he would be. She certainly was well aware of how Elmyra's husband went to Wutai and never came back.

"All things have to end. Life isn't a sitcom, Tobin," she said. "It doesn't just reset itself every week."

"I know," I replied, with my head hung in sadness.

"Tobin," Aerith said, "when we graduate, our life together will be over. But I promise I will remember you forever." She closed her eyes. "Just please tell me you'll remember me?"

"I'll remember you," I promised, as I wanted to cry myself.

Aerith wrapped her arms around me and hugged me tightly.

It was a bittersweet moment.

I didn't even give a shit that I got one hell of a view of her ass through the mirror.

ONE MONTH LATER...

Aerith and I, as promised, reverted to friends after the prom. And, as promised, we never told anyone we had sex that night.

All that was left to do was to count down the days until graduation. And as the days went down, my time left as Aerith's friend went down as well.

And then, the day arrived. We wore white caps and gowns, and we packed into the school stadium. It had been a weird time in high school, and now that it was ending, I had no idea what too feel. I was going straight to Xing, after all.

We threw our caps into the air. Cissnei and Tifa came and congratulated me, and, of, course, took pictures of me as well.

On the way out, when I was all alone, I found Aerith in the parking lot. She had ditched her cap and gown, and was standing there in a white spaghetti-strap dress. She had a look of full emotion on her face.

"So this is it then?" she asked.

I nodded.

"I'll be leaving for Xing in a few days," I said in a shaky voice.

Aerith then put her hands on my shoulders. Tears were already coming from both of her eyes. It was the end, and we both knew it.

"Even when we first met our freshman year," she began, "I knew we'd eventually graduate and go our separate ways."

"But I promised I'll never forget you," I assured her. "And I'm keeping it."

"Please don't forget me," Aerith tearfully said.

So I promised again.

And then, Aerith wrapped her arms around me, and we hugged for the last time.

I then went to my car and pulled out of the parking space. With my last glimpse, I saw Aerith facing the setting sun, and her right hand on her mouth, with tears streaming down her face.

A chapter was now closed.

THE NEXT DAY...

On the sixty-sixth floor of the Shinra Building, Cissnei, Reno, Rude, and Tseng were seated at the back of the table in the board room.

"What are we doing here?" Reno asked anyone who might answer.

"Something big," Rude replied.

"How can you tell?" Reno inquired.

"Because they usually don't let us up here," Rude explained.

"Maybe we're getting a raise?" Cissnei suggested.

"Highly unlikely," Reno dismissed.

In came President Shinra, followed by Rufus, Heidegger, Scarlet, Palmer, and Reeve. They walked past the seated Turks through the boardroom and sat at the opposite end of the long table.

"Thank you for coming on short notice," President Shinra began.

"Any time," Tseng replied.

"Reno," began Rufus, "Tseng, Rude, and Cissnei. We called you here because there have been some changes here at Shinra."

The four Turks felt their stomachs tighten; that was obviously not good news for them.

"The Nibelheim incident has forced several reforms within the company," President Shinra added. "We are now housing the contents of the Nibelheim Reactor in the Shinra Building; a quite continuously expensive change for us."

"And as a result," Rufus continued, "we required some budget restructuring."

"So you're firing one of us!" Reno objected.

"No, not exactly," Rufus assured them. "More like a furlough while being paid half your salary."

"What?!" exclaimed Cissnei.

"You'll be reactivated at some point for sure," President Shinra added.

"But one of you will be taking a long time off," Rufus announced.

All four Turks had sweaty palms.

"So which one of us is it?" Reno addressed the inevitable question.

"I haven't decided," President Shinra replied as he stood up. "Nor will I."

He then calmly walked over to the nervous, seated Turks, and produced four straws in his right hand.

Cissnei, Reno, and Rude each took a turn drawing a straw.

 



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