Rat In a Cage / Cadence of Her Last Breath
Characters: Ifalna, Aeris, Elmyra
Team: SOLDIER ftw!
Rating: PG for character death?
Word Count: 100
AN: Hi there, long-time watcher, first-time poster. Finally got up the courage to come post with you amazing people. ^^; Title is from Bullet With Butterfly Wings by the Smashing Pumpkins.
Ifalna inhales slowly, a breath that she knows is among her last. Finally, she managed to get her daughter away from that butcher, that madman.
The train stops, and she manages to stumble out – she sees concerned eyes of the lonely woman who will raise her daughter, and hopes, that for at least a little while, Aeris will know happiness.
Her last, fleeting thoughts are how different this place smells – not the cold, brutal sterility of the labs, but the filth of the Plate, where nothing grows...and she wonders if this, perhaps, is not just another kind of cage.
Title: Cadence of Her Last Breath
Characters: Aeris, Sephiroth, mentions of Cloud and Zack
Rating: PG for same reasons as above
Word Count: 100
AN: Title is from an amazing Nightwish song.
The first thing Aeris notices about the Ancient Capital is that it smells like magic. It sings to her blood, but she ignores it – if she falters now, she'll never be able to do what she must.
She doesn't think of Cloud as she walks through the city, doesn't think of Zack as she descends to the altar, doesn't think of Sephiroth as she kneels with her mother's useless materia in her hands.
She thinks of nothing but Holy until the split second before her spirit leaves her body – from somewhere, there is the smell of leather, steel, and madness.