...Oh wait Red! One more thing?"
"Yes?" Red asked stopping and looking back at Aerith.
"You ever get lonely like I do?"
Red thought for a moment then answered, "Sometimes."
"Yes sometimes I do," Red XIII said looking back towards the direction he had
been walking while at the same time looking at the floor.
"I don't want to do it out here in the hall, but can I talk to you in my
"You should really get some sleep Aerith."
"But this is important though."
"What do you want to talk about?" Red asked already knowing the answer.
"I don't know... Just about being lonely I guess."
* * *
"So what do you want to ask about?" Red XIII asked again making himself
comfortable on Aerith's bed as she closed the door behind her.
"I guess I want to know what do you do to fight the loneliness..." Aerith
said trailing off at the end.
"Hmm... Well to be honest, I guess I hadn't had much time to think about it
with the misplaced anger I had for my father, which I guess is the easiest
thing to do about it. Just don't think about it," Red replied.
"Anything else?" Red asked as he made to get up and leave.
"Have you ever really loved anybody?" Aerith asked.
"Once..." Red XIII answered quietly.
"Once? What happened?"
"She was killed in the same battle that killed my father. In the wrong place
at the wrong time so to speak."