Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Characters: Zack, Aeris.
Word Count: 230
Notes: Several years old, found it on a flash drive I hadn't checked in a while.
"There was this pool in Gongaga, a swimming hole where the water was so clear, like this but not so green. I remember it was like glass and you could see all the way down to your feet and if you stood still, really still, just long enough, all the little fish would come and nibble your toes. We used to scare the smaller kids and say if they stayed too long the fish would eat them all up and there'd be nothing left."
"Hmm, naughty boys, weren't you?"
"... I don't have any toes left, do I?"
"When did this start happening?"
"Not too long now. It's perfectly normal, Zack. You're human. You belong in the stream. You've flowed with it before, in and out. Now it's time to do it again."
"But I was waiting for Cloud. He's nearly here, isn't he? It's been so long."
"Yes, Cloud's nearly here now. We've waited a long time."
"I don't have any fingers either."
"You haven't for a while, Zack."
"How long do you suppose I have?"
"Not long, Zack."
"It's not your fault... Aeris?"
"Tell Cloud 'Hi' for me when he gets here, will ya? Tell him I'm sorry I just missed him."
"Of course I will, Zack."
"I know, Zack. I'll miss you too."