THE FIFTH BOOK IN THE FINAL FANTASY VII SERIES
by Frank Verderosa

PROLOGUE

The Second Coming

CHAPTER I

Dreams & Ashes
"Planning on Terrorizing More Innocents?" Elena

CHAPTER II

Looks Like Somebody Out There Don't Like Us
"They've got a lot of nerve ignoring me"Yuffie Kisaragi

CHAPTER III

I Think I've Created a Monster, or Two
"If anybody has any brilliant ideas, now would be a good time"Cid Highwind

CHAPTER IV

The Seige of Cosmo Canyon
"You do seem to have a penchant for wearing womens clothes"Barret Wallace

CHAPTER V

The Fall of Cosmo Canyon
"We are depending on you"Red XIII

CHAPTER VI

I'll Take Cetra for Five Hundred, Please
"It's all my fault!"Aeris Gainsborough

CHAPTER VII

Fire in the Night
"I think you would have to work hard just to attain the level of pond scum"Yuffie Kisaraghi

CHAPTER VIII

Aeris Dilemma
"I'm afraid you're not going to score many points with me if you decide to run him through even after this is over"Aeris Gainsborough

CHAPTER IX

Unexpected Allies (Relatively Speaking)
"There may be more to us than meets the eye"Ellengio

CHAPTER X

The Riders Return
"I don't know whether I'm ready for that kind of commitment yet"Cloud Strife

CHAPTER XI

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
"To tell you the truth, I'm not sure I'd believe you if you had a signed sworn statement"Reno

CHAPTER XII

Avalanche Makes a Stand
"Hardly seems fair the four of you against one injured girl"Cloud Strife

CHAPTER XIII

One Last Small Detail
"I don't know whether we're going to get there in time"Shera Highwind

PROLOGUE

THE SECOND COMING

The meteor was no planet buster. It was about the size and weight of a small pick up truck, roughly sperical in shape. Nothing but a small speck on the planetary scale. Not likely to draw any notice at all except for supplying a harmless light show for anyone gazing up from the surface of the earth that night.

The meteor dropped through the upper atmostphere, caught in the unyielding grip of gravity, pulled like a moth to a flame. And toward the same inevitable end.

As it fell the surface of the meteor began to warm, and slowly the heat was conducted deeper inside. Eventually the inner core heated to a certain critical limit and suddenly a conciousness that had lain dormant throughout the cold dark journey through space awoke.

The first thing it felt was pain. At first it didnít understand the cause, but as it became more aware it's mind cleard and became sharp. The heat was intense now, but it knew what to do.

The meteor changed. It flattened out, became more aereodynamic. The front narrowed and and the back thickened, until it took on a roughtly triangular shape.

At first it sped up, with the narrow front offering less of a target for wind resistance, diving down toward the earth. But then it turned upward, and the wind provided lift beneath the splayed out wings, and it slowed. And with that, the heat dissipated.

The earth slowly grew beneath it as it glided down. Other changes took place, sensory apparatus began to form. It detected the surface of the planet below, and realized immediately that the unstable nature of it would be unsuitable for a landing. It flew on, sinking slowly down closer to the ocean. Then it detected a change ahead of it. The planet became darker, more coherent. This would be suitable, it thought with satisfaction.

It glided slowly across the beach, dropping down quickly now, and came softly to a landing just short of the trees. It lay still for a while, the journey down had been tiresome, and it was still weak from it's long journey prior to that. But eventually it stirred again. For the second time, it's form changed, the entire body seemed to shrink, the wings narrowed and new limbs grew from underneath it. The sensory organs shifted and changed, grouping at the top of the creature, centering themselves on a newly formed head.

The man looked down at himself, nodding slowly. He took a few experimental steps, then, gaining confidence, started walking rapidly across the beach toward the lights of the town of Gongaga.