When Dr. Hojo had the crazy idea of lending a hand to a race going extinct by locking Aerith and Red XIII in the same capsule it was to Cloud and company’s relief that Red XIII wasn’t entirely into the whole idea.”
Aerith: “Although called my first love, that doesn’t mean that we (Zack & Aerith) became particularly intimate. I encountered him by chance as a flower vendor in Midgar. It was good for a little while, so I thought.” (DISMANTLED)
“They [Zack and Aerith] attract to each other by mutual feelings similar to friendship, because they’re both juvenile, if you call it love…” (Crisis Core Ultimania)
“Zack falls to the Church of the Slum during his mission and ends up meeting the girl Aerith, who’s trimming flowers. They both feel contented simply with each other’s company; it’s a platonic love. They think these kinds of happy days will last forever, but…. ”(Crisis Core Ultimania, Zack’s profile)
CLOUD & ZACK IN THE TRUCK: “On the way of escape to Midgar, WHICH GIRLFRIEND (Aerith or Cissnei) did Zack plan to ask help from?”
(Zack’s info in FFVII Ultimania, p.83)
“Both of them share feelings for Cloud — Tifa was close to Aerith, who can also be called a love rival. With that point in mind, they were also good friends. Nevertheless, it is not hard to imagine that she carries complex feelings as a woman toward Aerith, who had built up a special bond with Cloud that was different from Tifa’s.” -TIFA’S CHARACTER PROFILE, 10th ANNIVERSARY ULTIMANIA
“Although in the beginning, Aerith felt close to Cloud because he behaved like Zack, her interest in Cloud himself grows and she is attracted to him.” -PG.31 FFVII ULTIMANIA OMEGA
When Aerith thinks of Cloud and Zack’s similarities, she sees that the present Cloud is not the real Cloud. Her meaningful lines like, “I’m searching for you” and “I want to meet you” all mean that she has discovered the existence of the real Cloud, although he’s not aware of it himself. ~page 31, FFVII Ultimania Omega
“Aerith was in even greater pain when she thought about Cloud. She also had good feelings towards him. At first, she thought he somehow had some similarities to her first love. Even so, his looks, voice and personality weren’t similar and he also made her think of him as a mysterious person… But it soon didn’t matter. She loved him much more than her first love. Cloud was her hero and he couldn’t get away from danger. She saw him as someone full of confidence, cool and had the impression that he would disappear in an instant if she took her eyes off him. She wanted to stay by his side forever if she could. She really wanted to.“ -MAIDEN OF THE PLANET
Zack: “Man, you know Aerith. Out of all the girls I’ve gotten along with, you truly are the best. After that mission, we could’ve stayed the way we were and might have been able to continue to go out with each other after I returned home. I hate Sephiroth. And I hate Shinra who’s been hiding all the stuff they’ve been doing.”
Aerith: “Someone who’s gotten along with so many girls can never become a lover.”
Zack: “How mean. I’m nice to everyone.”
Aerith: “And that’s your bad point. You’re not simplistic and awkward like Cloud.”
Zack: “But whenever you feel lonely, call me Aerith.”
Aerith: “Only if I get really lonely. Goodnight, Zack.”
Aerith: “At first when I met Cloud, I believed he was similar to Zack. Little actions, the way he spoke… his kindness. But Cloud is Cloud. I, now undoubtedly, love Cloud much more than Zack.” | DISMANTLED
FRENCH: “Cloud avait ete son ami, et son amant”
GERMAN: “Cloud war ihr Freund, ihr Geliebter”
English translation: “Cloud was the woman’s friend, and lover…”
“Don’t come any closer,” she screamed. Hojo froze where he was between Lucrecia and Vincent in his comatose state.
“Turn around, get out of my lab, never speak to me again,” she raised the gun to her temple, trembling as the cold metal brushed her skin. “Do it or I’ll kill myself.”
Tears poured down her cheeks but her expression was hard and cold as her husband slowly backed away. “He should have died, Lucrecia. He needed to be made into something better. Something useful.”
“Get out,” she brushed the safety with her thumb. If she killed herself he would kill Vincent anyway but she was counting on him to remember why he married her. “He won’t die. This isn’t an experiment. It never was. You took everything from me,” she whispered the final words in a voice thick with vehemence. “You won’t take him.” She turned the barrel of the gun until it aligned perfectly with his heart. “Now get out of my lab.”
Why…why did they refuse to just let them go? for 5 years they had been subject to horrible experiments, cloud practically in a coma the whole time. Mako poisoning was hell to deal with, especially when you were the one to take care of the victim. They had long since abandoned the truck they were in, zack having been shot in the thigh and side. He was bleeding, but couldn’t give up. Cloud was precious to him. and he most deffinately was not going to let shinra and Dr. hojo get their slimy hands back on him. He was tired, the loss of blood making his head rush. He couldn’t fail; he WOULDN’T FAIL.
a sudden wave of nausea swept over zack like a steamroller, causing him to ungracefully fall to the ground, landing on top of a still comatose cloud.
“shit…shit…SHIT!” he tried to struggle up but was too weak. It was only a matter of time until the two runaways were caught; caught and killed.