Born from the Shadows - Ch. 8Chapter VIII
The Lonely Recluse
Through a dark haze, a faint light greeted his vision. He opened his eyes fully, and found that he was gazing at the sky. The bright blue heavens bore pale downy clouds drifting peacefully above him. He sat up, spying a vast field of lush green grass and flowers swaying back and forth in the soft wind, and it came into view perfectly from up on the hill where he was sitting.
Behind him, he saw a tall, sturdy tree occupying the center of the hill, its lovely green leaves rustling in the soothing wind. A rather young woman, slender, with long, flowing russet hair, leaned against the trunk. So beautiful was she, and gentle in appearance. She smiled when their eyes met.
Her smile and her voice both appeared unnaturally sweet when she spoke.
"I'm going to see my son! My child...my Sephiroth!"
The familiar statement melted all serenity away and obscured the sky and the landscape around him. He reached out for her, but all he could see was her scurryin