Lovely Valentine 2“ . . . so the Wutai regiment is catching us up and quite frankly we’re buggered - not at all in a good way. I have exactly twenty four men and twelve of them are injured. I decide the only chance I have of getting the men to safety is to stay behind and give myself up for capture.” Ian paused for a sip of eggnog, Loz hanging on his arm, the silver head resting on his shoulder.“So I send the men on ahead. They’ve dropped everything that’s non-essential, so I decide to live my last few moments of freedom in style. I set up a camp table. I drop one of those chemical heaters in a canteen and make myself some tea. When the Wutai regiment arrives I’m sitting under a blossoming cherry tree, having a cup of tea. And they stop. I believe they realize there’s no reason to run. But as I wait, they aren’t coming any closer. They send out scouts to check the area. And still they don
FFVII - Backup Plan XII“Mama? Mamaaaa? Maaaaamaaaaa!”Kadaj toddled just inside the ring of firelight. Mother was gone. She went missing during all the noise and shouting. The family was moving again, but Mother wasn’t there. Kadaj was tired and he wanted his mum. Loz moved away from the campfire and scooped up the baby.“Mother isn’t here, Kaddy,” he whispered. “But we’ll find her. We’re going to get her right now.”Empathy wasn’t natural to a toddler, or a lab-raised remnant for that matter. But it occurred to Kadaj that Father was very sad. Father was sad because Mother was gone. Father got no Mother’s kisses or heard her mental song of love connecting them. Kadaj laid his head on Loz’s shoulder and sighed.“Mama . . .”“I know. I know. Hey, lookit here,” the big remnant pulled out his cell phone and queued up the fi
Lovely Valentine 1“I thought we were supposed to be back to being friends!” Loz groused, bringing out dishes to the table.“We are back to being friends!” Phoenix protested, following him with a large pot. “And I’m telling you as a friend: It’s gross!”“You’re gross!” Loz countered.Phoenix stuck his tongue out. The pair was helping to set the table for Christmas dinner in the huge hall of Shinra manor. Friends and relations bustled around, helping, getting in the way, chasing children and pets – all the things that happened at a big family get together.“Hey, if he was an officer, I bet Father knows him!” the little redhead announced. “We’ll see what he thinks! Father!”Angeal Hewley looked over at his son.“Yes, Phoenix, what is it?”“Did you know a – what is his name?”“Ian Jewel,” Loz provided. “Major Ian Jewel.