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“He says a couple of hours, he’ll more likely be a couple of days,” Cloud shrugs. “There’s no point standing around here waiting for him, and besides,” he wipes the back of one hand over his perspiring brow, “it’s hot.”

Leon nods. Normally, he’d have some blunt remark about staying out of the kitchen, but this time Cloud is right. Coming here had been like stepping through the door of a furnace into a solid wall of heat. The hard glare of the small spiteful sun directly overhead hurts his eyes. Cloud’s naked torso glistens in the harsh light, and Leon can feel the slick sweat clinging to his own skin.

“It is a little warm,” he nods again. “let’s see if we can’t find some shade.”

Cloud gestures towards the dark mouth of an alley opening onto the marketplace. “It looks cooler down there.”

“Always leading me into dark holes, Strife.” Leon strides off across the plaza, heading for the yawning gap.

After the noonday glare of the market, the alley is almost dark. Lines of laundry hanging out to dry criss-cross the space above their heads; windows shuttered against the heat of the day. Ahead of them, a door stands half off its hinges, one sunken corner buried in the warm sand. “Over there,” Leon says.

Inside the abandoned building it is a lot cooler. Cloud glances around at the heaped-up boxes and barrels, the shattered remains of who-knows-what, and shrugs. “It’ll do, I suppose.” As he is settling himself against the wall, a sudden noise comes from outside.

“What the ..?” Leon leaps to his feet.

7) Guards burst in
8) Iago comes down the chimney
9) Sora

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Leon looked around the room full of anxious faces, his brow creased in worry. He'd called them all together, here in the big room of the empty house where they'd set up their base, because he had something he had to tell them. Except that - looking at them now - he had no idea how he could say it; how he could bring himself to break the news to them.

He looked again from face to face. Aerith's kind concern; Yuffie chewing a fingernail with impatience; Cid watching him with just a flicker of doubt in his eyes. Even Merlin was there, one grey eyebrow hopping up and down his forehead like a drunk caterpillar.

"Leon, what is it? You can tell us. Whatever it is, we'll handle it together." Aerith's voice was soothing, gentle, and for a moment he almost believed her.

Leon reached down and lifted the thing he had been concealing by his feet. As he laid the roughly-bandaged shape on the table he heard their gasps of surprise, the sharp intake of breath, a quiet "oh no!" For a moment he remained silent.

"I guess we have a problem," he said. "It's....."

1) Perdita
2) The Buster Sword
3) Sora


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