Welcome back to Save File plays Final Fantasy VII! Last episode, we finished off Fort Condor. Now, the party is taking a break from pestering Shinra to go and check on Cloud and Tifa. Let’s hop to it! Also, as a fair warning, this episode has a LOT of words. So.. just be prepared for that.
MUSIC: Parochial Town
Old Man: Lately the sea’s been in a tizzy. Lifestream has been mixin’ things up at the bottom of the ocean. I think the Planet’s pretty angry, too. We’ve pretty much done whatever we’ve wanted to the Planet up till now.
Oh hey, people might be starting to think about the consequences of their actions???
Gossip: That boy must have one powerful guardian angel watchin’ over him.
Well, let’s see how it’s going, I guess.
MUSIC: Off the Edge of Despair
Nurse: No change in his condition, yet she stays right by his side. It must be tough on her. If she keeps this up, she’s going to get sick.Well anyhow… hey, you all look terrible. Why don’t you get some rest?
Geez, that’s kind of a rude way of saying that, isn’t it? “HEY, YOU LOOK LIKE SHIT. GET SOME SLEEP.”
Doctor: You’ll have to be patient and wait this out. These things take time. Just like fine wine, time is of the essence.
*RUMBLE RUMBLE RUMBLE*
MUSIC: Hurry Faster!!
We’d better go check it out!
: Damn, that’s… This is bad!!
: Cid?! What’s wrong?
: N-nothin’!! You and Cloud get inside, quick!
: But, I…
: Hey, don’t worry about a thing. I ain’t about to die that easily.
: Be careful!
: Okay, here I go! Watch this!!
He’s also no slouch. He has several attacks that can hit the entire party pretty hard. The first order of business is to buff up the party.
*RUMBLE RUMBLE RUUUUMBLE*
: Th… This is bad! The main stream is kickin’ up! Somethin’ way bigger than that last one is on its way! No good! Get outta here!
: But what about Tifa and Cloud?!
: Goddammit! Don’t have time to worry about anyone other than yourself! Don’t know when that stream’ll blow… Whoa!! There’s no time! Hurry!!
: Wait a minute, Cloud. Doctor! Shouldn’t we move him somewhere?
Doctor: Hmm… It might be safer to move to an open area.
: Don’t worry about a thing, Cloud. I’ll see to it that you get somewhere safe!
Doctor: No! The structure can’t take it!! Hurry!
I’m sure this is going to turn out just fine.
Everything is cool…
How are things with you?
Everything is cool…
This is fine.
: Where’s Cloud? Cloud, where are you?! Huh… what? Who…? Who is it? I can’t hear… Wait a minute! I know nothing about that! No, it’s not me! I’d never do anything like that!! No! Stop it!! Stay back! Somebody… help! Please!! Cloud, help me!
MUSIC: Who Am I?
: What is it, Cloud? What is this? Is this the inside of your dreams? Or is it… your… subconscious? You’re searching, aren’t you, Cloud? Searching… for yourself. I can help, too. We’ll work together to try and get the real you back! But… where do we start?
Tifa is now tasked with piecing together Cloud’s shattered psyche and his memories, some of which are real, and some of which are fake. I’m sure it’ll be a good time.
: Here’s the well… And that’s Gramps’ Inn, too. The only truck in town. It’s been here since we were little kids, right? This is the Nibelheim you remember, right? It’s the same as my Nibelheim. That’s why this is… our Nibelheim.
There’s a weird thing going on where Tifa and Cloud are experiencing the memory as it happens.
: I’ve been hiding it for some time, afraid that if I told you… something terrible might happen. But, I’m not going to hide anything anymore. You weren’t here. Cloud did not come to Nibelheim five years ago. I waited, but Cloud… never came. The two that were ordered here were Sephiroth and another person.
: Don’t hurry, Cloud… Don’t answer too quickly. Just keep checking all those small emotions and it’ll come back… slowly… little by little… Right… like the sky that night… the heavens were filled with stars.
: That’s you, too. You were so small then… and cute. Sephiroth once said… Cloud made up his memories by listening to my stories… Did you imagine this sky? No, you remembered it. That night the stars were gorgeous. It was just Cloud and I. We talked at the well… That’s why I kept thinking you were the real Cloud. I still believe you’re the Cloud from Nibelheim. But you don’t believe in yourself…
: No, not memories. A memory is something that is consciously recalled, right? That’s why sometimes it can be mistaken or wrong. It’s different from a memory locked deep within your heart. That’s why it must be fake. If he could recall up that memory.
: If I say something, you can’t remember it. But if you say something and I remember it too… Then we’ll know that’s a memory. Talk to me. About anything, some important memory to you… Now that you mention it, why did you want to join SOLDIER in the first place? I always thought it was a sudden decision.
…you can’t be serious…
98% of the time, any time a guy wants “someone” to notice him, it is someone he’s attracted to.
: I’m sorry… but what are you talking about?
: No… it’s all right. You were having a hard time back then. You were so busy with your own things, it’s only natural you don’t remember me then.
: It’s important to me… I hate to say it, but it’s a very important memory. Do you want to see it?
Kid: You think he wants to come in?
: Was that the first day you came into my room? …that’s right. We lived next to each other. But I really didn’t know you that well. I’ve known you since we were children and always thought we were close…
: Tifa always used to have her own group.
: …that’s right.
: I thought they were all… stupid.
: You were all childish, laughing at every stupid little thing.
: But we were children then.
: …I know. I was the stupid me. I really wanted to play with everyone, but you never let me in the group.
: I thought that might happen, so I hung around.
: I was so prejudiced… and weak.
: That night I asked Tifa to come out to the well… I thought to myself Tifa would never come… that she hated me.
: …It was so sudden. I was a bit… surprised. It’s true weren’t THAT close, but… After you left town, I really thought about you a lot. I used to wonder how Cloud was doing. I wondered if you were able to get into SOLDIER? I started reading the newspapers, thinking I might see an article about you.
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, eh? After he left, you started thinking about him. But you grew up with him, he was there the entire time!
This might be the only time in the entire this song plays. You should give it a listen.
Tifa starts to cross the mountain. One of her friends follows her immediately, while the other two hesitate.
As the wimp runs away, he comes across Cloud, who is attempting to follow.
Ya know, this bridge seems to have a history of collapsing. It’s a good thing they check into this so much.
Inconsiderate Jerk: What the hell’s the matter with you?! What if she dies?!
: Tifa was in a coma for seven days. We all thought she wouldn’t make it. If only I could have saved her. I was so angry… at myself for my weakness. Ever since then, I felt Tifa blamed me. I went out of control… I’d get into fights with anyone.
MUSIC: Who Am I?
: So that was it? Sorry, Cloud. If I had only remembered more clearly what happened, I could have done something sooner.
: It’s not your fault, Tifa.
: But, I remember back when we were eight! That’s it! Now I know! You weren’t created five years ago! My childhood memories weren’t all made up. Hang in there Cloud! Just a little longer! You’ve almost found the real you! Let’s go back to Nibelheim again!
Eesh, we’ve seen this before.
That is most certainly NOT Cloud!
Zack, meanwhile, gets literally LAUNCHED out of Jenova’s chamber.
Here, the music busts out into the Main Theme. It’s actually really awesome.
Oooooo… yeah. Not the optimal outcome.
You ever read or hear about those stories where parents get bursts of superhuman speed or strength when they see their children are in danger? Like… lifting cars and stuff like that? I think that’s what just happened to Cloud. He just got stabbed in the abdomen and lifted up into the air. He then forced himself back to the ground, and using the very sword he was stabbed with, lifted his assailant into the air and pitched him off the walkway.
MUSIC: Who Am I?
: u…unn…? Barret… You came back. I… Cloud?! Where’s Cloud?
: Don’t worry about him. He’s a tough one.
: Barret… I… When I was in the Lifestream, I saw the real Cloud. I mean, I didn’t really find him. Cloud… he found himself…
This update may hold the record for most ellipses. Holy crap. I’m not adding those, I’m directly transcribing.
(Okay, I added that one)
: Don’t say anything, Cloud. All you’ve been doing is apologizing.
: I never was in SOLDIER. I made up the story about what happened five years ago and my being in SOLDIER. I left my village looking for glory, but never made it into SOLDIER… I was so ashamed of being so weak. Then I heard this story from my friend Zack… and I created an illusion of myself made up of what I had seen in my life… And I continued to play the charade as if it were true.
: Physically, I’m built like someone in SOLDIER. Hojo’s plan to close Sephiroth wasn’t that difficult. It was just the same procedure they use when creating members of SOLDIER. You see, someone in SOLDIER isn’t simply exposed to Mako energy. Their bodies are actually injected with Jenova cells.
: It has nothing to do with the Jenova Reunion. But weak people… like me, get lost in the whole thing. The combination of Jenova cells, Sephiroth’s strong will, and my own weakness are what created me. Everyone knew that. I’m… Cloud. …the master of my own illusionary world. But I can’t remain trapped in an illusion anymore… I’m going to live my life without pretending.
Okay, I know you’re just joking around, but that’s kind of a fucked up thing to say to someone that just worked their way through an identity crisis that’s been going on for at least 5 years.
: By the way, Cloud. What are you going to do now? Don’t tell me you’re going to leave the ship?
: …I’m the reason why Meteor is falling towards us. That’s why I have to do everything in my power to fight this thing.
: Good!! Then you’re gonna keep fightin’ to save the Planet?!
: It’s like you always told me, Barret.
: Oh, uh, you mean that!
: What? I don’t understand!
Oh ho ho ho ho ho hoooooo!!
MUSIC: Highwind Takes to the Skies
The Operations Room attendant is a little choked up after that confession and display of camaraderie.
Attendant: No one knows when fighting will begin. But let’s get ready!!
: We’re right in the middle of the mission for the Huge Materia, right? I know this is kinda out of the blue, but Junon has an Underwater Reactor. As far as I can see, that’s the only one left. That’s that. Let’s go!
HOORAY! We’ve got Cloud back! And now he knows who he really is! Next time on Final Fantasy VII, we’ll go see about that Underwater Reactor!