Cloud and Tifa as vault kids (shut up I'm trying to fall asleep and it's not working) from anneapocalypse
anne don’t read this there are ff7 spoilers but fuck you now i just want to write a full-on au goddammit
Even in a vault as small as theirs, Cloud rarely spoke to Tifa. She was untouchable, the Overseer’s daughter, the most popular girl around. She had lots of friends, and Cloud was just the runt everybody picked on. The one whose father had left, years ago, and never returned, (Why would anyone leave the vault? Cloud never understood, and his mother wouldn’t say. They had everything they needed down here.)
But even if he never talked to Tifa, he paid attention to her. It was hard not to. She was pretty, and brave, and after her mother died she’d started taking martial arts lessons from Zangan, the oldest man in the vault, one of the few who remembered what the world was like before Meteor fell.
(Cloud wanted to learn, too, but his mother wouldn’t let him, and besides what was the point? They were never going to leave the vault. Tifa got to learn because her father was the Overseer, that was all.)
Tifa could take care of herself if she ever got in trouble. She didn’t need him. And yet Cloud wanted to get stronger for her sake. So he could protect her, if she ever needed it.
So he could protect everyone.