Theme: Theme Set 1: #6- elope (15pairings)
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters in FFVII, I am merely using them for my own story and fun.
Tifa knew, the minute she decided to the give the notion of dating Rude a shot, that Cloud would, without a doubt, object to it in the strongest way possible. In the beginning, neither Marlene nor Denzel had liked the idea either. For Marlene it was more from a great suspicion of Rude’s intentions. For Denzel it was more due to Clouds lingering dislike for all people involved with ShinRa.
Cloud had voiced his objection to it several times, each time reminding Tifa over and over again that Rude worked for the very company that had caused so much pain in their world. The company that had created Sephiroth and in turn had caused the death of her father, the injury of herself and the destruction of their home town. It was the company that had taken them prisoner, has manipulated Aeris, had done so many horrible things to the world. Cloud couldn’t even begin to comprehend why she would want to get herself involved with someone like Rude, someone who made their life by hurting others, people who were little more than hired mercenaries.
Tifa had tried to explain to Cloud what she saw in the quiet Turk. She had seen a kindness that she herself didn’t know Turks were capable of. She saw a gentleness that he only seemed to show her, a gentleness that he kept hidden very well from the rest of the world. He cherished her, was gentler with her than she ever knew he was capable of.
Tifa had, at first, resisted the idea of being with someone like him, but his gentle nature was obvious to her early on. It was there little things that made her realize that deep down there was probably something good in him. It was the times when the drunken guys would grope at her and he would silently grab their wrists, squeezing tightly until they let go. It was the way that he would stay afterwards some nights and help her to clean up.
She knew that Cloud would never want to know the good inside Rude. He would never care about the way Rude would let her fall asleep in his arms, would stroke her hair when they sat watching a movie. He was content to kiss her temple, to just listen to her breathing. Cloud would still always see a Turk, and as such, as murderer.
Tifa knew that Cloud would never be okay with Rude and her being together, that’s why when she knew, without a doubt, that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Rude and only with Rude that Cloud would do whatever he had to in order to stop them from being together. She knew that if they really wanted to be together that if would take some careful planning.
So, they had enlisted the help of Reno in their little plan. He had snuck her out of her home, brought her to Wutai. Yuffie had been scheming with them (mostly with Reno) for nearly a month to set this up. She had convinced Lord Godo to help them out, to marry her best friend to the man she loved.
The entire time the ceremony was taking place, while she looked at the man she loved, she thought of how her best friend would hate her for this, but in the end she decided that was okay. Love, she decided, could take even what seemed to be the worst of situations and turn them into something sweet and beautiful. Rude loved her and she loved him, and even if that meant Cloud’s anger she could accept that. She wanted to be with Rude, be his wife, have the child that grew within her to have both of their parents there for them, day in and day out, something she had missed out on after the death of her mother.
Love like theirs only came along once in a blue moon after all. And she wasn’t about to miss out on it.