How about number 2 for "Date Night"? FFVII, but no idea about a pairing - I mainly picked it because want to know why you think it's "in quotes". Maybe it's a mission turned into a date? Sephiroth goes out and buys dates (the fruit)? Zack dresses up as a Knight for Date Knight? The possibilities are endless.
Those are all really cute! I’m not really sure where mine came from.
“You know,” Cloud said, “we could always just tell them we’re not out on a date night.” Barret ignored him and kept his eyes on Seventh Heaven. Actually the windows of second storey where the kids were supposed to be.
Denzel and Marlene insisted Barret and Cloud go out on a date night tonight. They were determined that the two had to get out of the house which made Barret suspicious. They had reservations for dinner at one of the nicer restaurants already made for them which made Cloud think it was sincere. One call from Tifa confirmed she helped the kids set it up. The only thing not on Cloud’s side was that Tifa was in Wutai helping Yuffie with WRO stuff.
Which left the kids alone.
“You really think they’re gonna throw a party or some shit?” Cloud asked.
“They’re up to somethin’“ Barret insisted, “and I wanna know what. Marlene wasn’t talkin’ to me when she was shovin’ us out the door. That means she’s hiding something.”
“She’s almost 13,” Cloud said, “I say it’s about time she started hiding something from you. It’s part of that age…or at least it was for me.”
“But you’re a little shit,” Barret pointed out, “shouldn’ta been a surprise for you.” Cloud patted his shoulder.
“I’m no good at this either,” Cloud assured him, “but knowing Marlene if she’s keeping a secret, it’s probably not that big a deal. Now Denzel…I’d be more worried about Denzel. If he’s hiding stuff it’s probably because he doesn’t want us to worry.” Barret shook his head and finally turned to look at Cloud.
“Do you really think I’m overreacting?” he asked.
“No,” Cloud said, “You have good reasons, but I still say we give them a shot and leave them along for an hour or so. Worst case scenario: we come back and the bar is on fire.” Barret knew it was supposed to be a joke, but his brow furrowed more.
“I just…I worry that I left her alone for too long,” Barret said, “that I worried too much about the planet, when I shoulda been with her…with you.” Cloud smiled and touched Barret’s jaw gently.
“Marlene doesn’t,” Cloud said, “and I don’t either. You did your best and she knows that. She knows you never stopped caring, not once. She was always on your mind, everyone knows that.” Barret nuzzled into Cloud’s hand. He started when he heard the doors to Seventh Heaven slam shut. Cloud’s hands held his head in place.
“Don’t look,” Cloud said.
“It’s a father’s day present,” Cloud said, “for us.”
“So…why can’t I see that?” Barret asked.
“Because you can’t keep a secret,” Cloud said, “they’re trying to surprise us and Marlene reads you like a book.” Barret stared Cloud down, then dissolved into guffaws. Cloud hugged him and smiled. letting him laugh into his shoulder.
“You know,” Cloud said, “we could still make that reservation…if we take Fenrir and disregard a lot of traffic laws.”
“I hate that thing,” Barret grumbled, but was still smiling when Cloud nudged him.