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[Fic] Made of the Missed
Title: Made of the Missed
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Characters: Zack, Aeris.
Rating: PG
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?"


"Yes, dear?"

"... I don't have any toes left, do I?"

"No, Zack."

"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."


"I'm sorry."

"It's not your fault... Aeris?"

"Yes, Zack?"

"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."

"Good... Aeris?"

"I'll... Miss...."

"I know, Zack. I'll miss you too."

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*sniffle* That was rather heartbreaking. Lovely, but heartbreaking.

Thank you. I think I held it back because it was too sad for the season at the time and then forgot about it.

*sniffle* It's evil of you to make me tear up this early. :) But it was lovely.

Thanks. Didn't mean to start waterworks but it is a pretty blue moment.

Awwwwww. So beautiful, and so sad. ;_;

Thank you. I was surprised to find it.

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Seph not only deserves to be haunted, he could use the company. Zack's death is one part of the story I keep coming back to. It really stuck with me from the original game.


On the one hand, this is a beautifully written scene that stays with you long after reading. And while I've read a lot of fic about Cloud missing Zack, it's not as common to see one from Zack's point of view (at least, not unless it's a prelude to Zack coming back).

On the other hand, this is a beautifully written scene that stays with you long after reading. And now I need to go find something ridiculously silly to counter-balance it.

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