(A/N) This is an AU. Sorry. Just wanted to tell you guys that. I ran out of characters in the title XD
A typical day in the Fair household. Waking up your older brother by jumping on his left kidney, sprinting around the house like some sort of hooligan thus waking everyone up, and impatiently waiting for your mom to finish up the damn pancakes.
"Mommy! Where are my pancakes?!" You huffed, slamming your fists angrily against the table.
"They're coming in just a second." She sighed tiredly, rubbing her temples as she gracefully flipped a pancake.
"Ugh... Morning Ma." Zack mumbled, tripping to the table.
"G'morning Big Brother!" Your eyes shimmered slightly and your grin grew wider.
He shot a deadly glare at you but it didn't faze you in the slightest.
"Mom, she jumped on my ribs again!"
"(F/N), I told you not to do that!" Your mother snapped, sliding the pancakes onto a white plate. "he could've been seriously hurt from your immaturity."
"Okay, I'm sorry!" You sighed, rubbing at the scruff marks on the table. "I was just really happy to see him."
"Yeah yeah, I guess it's fine." Zack pouted before stabbing a fluffy pancake and shoving it in his mouth.
"Zack, chew your food!"
You giggled and reached for the second layer of fluffy goodness, your heart racing ever so slightly. You'd always get excited eating Mama's food. You poked the pancake with your fork and set it on your plate. Your hand goofily wrapped around the bread knife and you somehow managed to cut a small slice. After letting out a small squeak of joy, you opened your mouth and slipped it in.
The warm pancake mixed with the gooey but heavenly substance called maple syrup seemed to melt on your taste buds, making your hungry tummy screech for more. Mama's pancakes were the best!
"Oh yes. Zack."
"Mm?" Your brother looked up, his cheeks full of pancakes.
"Cloud's mother just called. He'll be coming over for a play date at around 2, so you should start getting ready now."
With a hefty swallow and a slight gasp for air, Zack shot a glance at the clock. "But it's only 10:30!"
"But how long does it take for you to gel your hair?"
"I'll get ready now."
After Zack left quite hurriedly, you turned to your mother.
"Mama, who's Cloud?"
"He's Zack's schoolmate and best friend." She said as she scooped up Zack's dishes and tossed it in the sink.
"How old is he?"
"He's a year younger than your brother but a year older than you."
"Ohhh," You nodded thoughtfully, taking another bite of your pancake. "how does he look like?"
"Oh, hang on sweetie. It's Cloud's mother."
With a loud beep, your mom held the phone to her ear. "Hello?"
She started pacing around the room.
"Ah yes! Yes, of course! ... What? You're already on your way?" Color drained from your mother's face as she cast a glance at the... uh... not-so-clean interior of your house. She tucked the phone between her ear and her shoulder and made her way to the sink. "Okay... Okay. We'll see you soon then, Claudia. Alright. Bye bye."
"Should I start getting ready, Mama?"
Starting the water and sponging a fork, your mother nodded her head quickly. "Yes please."
~*~ 30 minutes later... ~*~
"Mom, Cloud's here!" Zack jumped up and down, pointing outside the window. Since you were so short, you could barely get your eyebrows past the window sill. You stomped your foot in frustration, sulking after your brother to the door.
Not a second later Zack swung the door open to a blonde young boy with spiky hair and beautiful cerulean eyes. You couldn't get a good glimpse of him since Zack was jumping all around and tackling him.
"You're finally here!" Zack got up, grabbed Cloud by the arm and led him to the backyard while your mom and Cloud's mom chatted for a bit. "Let's play tag!"
"Um, Mommy..." You awkwardly tapped the older lady, putting a halt to their coversation. "what am I supposed to do?"
"Oh, you can ask your older brother if you can join. If not, you can always hang around with Mrs. Strife and I."
"Mrs. Strife?" You tilted your head.
"Hello, sweetheart." She waved her hand at you. "I'm Mrs. Strife, Cloud's mother."
"Oh. H-Hello Ma'am." You waved and stiffly scratched your head. The two women laughed.
"You're just like my son, (F/N)."
"Yes. You're both very shy."
"Oh please," Your mother scoffed. "you should see her in the morning."
"Oh? A bit of an early bird are we?"
"More like a rooster."
They laughed again, sending your face aflame.
"Anyways, you go on out there and play with them (F/N). Cloudy-boy seemed to be mighty interested in you."
"R-... Really?" Your cheeks turned redder, but for a whole new reason.
"Once he heard Zack had a little sister, he'd talk for hours about how much he wanted to meet you. O'course, he'll never say that aloud," She laughed again. "now go ahead and introduce yourself to him. He's been dying for this moment."
"Okay! Bye Mommy! Bye Mrs. Strife!"
The duo waved at you before continuing their previously interrupted conversation. You skipped outside into the early afternoon sun and basked in the sun's rays for just a moment. The wind blew through your tresses as you hopped over to the two boys in the corner.
"Zack! Can I play too?"
"Uh, no!" Zack leaped in front of Cloud and peered down at you. "sorry. This is a boys-only kinda thing."
"But... But Zack-" Your eyes started tearing up and you felt like you were shrinking.
"I said no (F/N)!"
"She can play with us."
Everyone froze. All eyes turned to the blonde boy, who awkwardly kicked a pebble as color saturated his pale cheeks.
"I-I mean, she wants to play... Let her play."
"Dude, are you sure?" Zack motioned to you. "I mean, she's kinda wimpy..."
"Ow! That hurt!"
"Not so wimpy now, huh?" You smirked as Zack rubbed his arm. While Zack grimaced and glared, Cloud was choking with poorly suppressed laughter. You turned to him with a beam and he casted a sweet smile back.
"Oh fine... You can play..."
"Woohoo! Thanks Zack!"
While Zack momentarily left to get an ice pack, Cloud trudged awkwardly to you and whispered,
"I'm Cloud by the way."
Without a second thought, you reached for his hand ( not noticing his flaring cheeks ) and shook it firmly.
"Nice to meet ya, Cloud. I'm (F/N)."
~*~ Several years later... ~*~
Tired groans filled the halls as high school students lugged to their classes. Amongst the crowd was a very familiar spike of raven hair beside an even more familiar spike of blonde hair. Zack, as usual, was leaning and hanging off of the somewhat shorter, slightly annoyed Cloud.
"I dunno man... I mean, I'm flattered that all these girls want to go out with me. I just... I just really like Aerith though." Zack sighed, rubbing his neck.
"That girl who likes flowers?" Cloud mumbled, actively avoiding getting body slammed into a locker.
"Yeah, her," Zack let out another sigh. "all these guys are so in love with her though. Dammit, I just don't stand a chance!"
"I'm sure Aerith would choose you though," The blonde replied hopefully. "besides, I've heard that she's particularly fond of you..."
"Really?" A jolt of energy suddenly shot through the ravenette. His eyes gleamed with a pride and joy all at the same time.
"Awesome!" Zack flew off Cloud -much to his relief- and clapped his hands in a thundering boom. "Right! I'm gonna tell her how I feel right after school! Thanks Cloud, you're the best!"
"It's nothing. Really." Cloud said with a warm smile. He sure loved seeing Zack so happy.
"Hey, as thanks for helping me with this, do you have any lady-friends you need help with?" Zack giggled, wiggling his eyebrows. Cloud clicked his tongue and walked past his best friend.
"Oh, come on!"
"I'm not interested in anyone right now."
"How 'bout Tifa?"
"Only a friend. She's like a little sister to me."
"She's a freshman, Zack." Cloud groaned, pulling out his trigonometry book with great disdain.
"Well, how about (F/N)?" Zack joked, hardly taking his own question seriously.
All the muscles in Cloud's body froze and he unconsciously held his breath. After a few painful seconds of silence, Zack let out an ear-piercing scream that shook the windows.
"Shhhh!" Cloud basically teleported to Zack and covered his mouth with his hand. The poor bewildered Zack looked like he was about to faint! Zack's throat bobbed up and down as if he were choking. Amidst all this silent chaos, a door quietly creaked open.
"Um... You guys?"
The two men froze and slowly turned their heads to the quiet voice in the back. There stood an innocent you, completely oblivious as to what was happening or being discussed. Cloud's hands flew to his sides and he choked on his words. Zack was the first to speak.
"(F/N), Cloud likes-!"
"Ow! Dammit Cloud, why your trig book?!"
"Guys, guys! You do realize class started 5 minutes ago, right?"
After you said that, they both slowly looked around the now empty hallway. In the blink of an eye, they were gone, Cloud very loudly scolding and blaming Zack for their tardiness.
You let out a small giggle as your teacher called you back to reality. They were idiots. But they were your idiots.
~*~ 15 years later ~*~
"(F/N), can you help me please..." Cloud called from afar, helplessly looking at the shrieking baby. You sighed and directed your little son to his toy trains while you scurried to assist your husband.
Cloud shot a glance at you then motioned to the wailing infant on the table. A few seconds in the room and a putrid smell struck your nostrils. You choked down the urge to gag and reluctantly made your way to your stinky daughter and your flustered husband.
"Even after all these years, I still can't change a diaper for my life..." Cloud remarked apologetically. You shook your head and gave him a gentle smile.
"It's fine. Pay really close attention this time, okay?"
Cloud nodded as you showed him step-by-step how to remove a diaper, properly dispose of it, clean the dirty area, and how to put a fresh diaper on. In three minutes flat, your bouncing baby girl was back to her cheerful and cooing self.
"Wow... You're good at this." Cloud mumbled in pure adoration.
"After (Son's Name), I've become an expert." You laughed. He smiled and leaned down to peck your forehead with a kiss, a blush quickly blooming on your cheeks.
"Thank you so much, (F/N)."
"Really. Thank you so much."
"It was just a diaper, Cloud." You joked. However, Cloud was dead serious.
"No. I mean thank you for everything."
"Not just for all the diapers you've changed for me, but for cooking for me. For giving me a chance all those years ago. For saying yes. For putting up with my stupidity. For bearing our two beautiful children. I just... Thank you."
Cloud, albeit hesitantly, held your hands and steadily gazed into your eyes.
"I-I feel like I don't express it enough... So um... (F/N), I-"
"Shh, I know," You slipped between his arms and pressed a chaste kiss to his cheek. "I love you too."
You both closed your eyes and relaxed in each other's arms, your daughter's breaths and your son's hollering filling the comfortable silence.
"It's three now."
"Three beautiful children."
"I'm, uh, kinda pregnant..."