Springtime always made him melancholy. It did that to everyone in AVALANCHE really, but Tifa notice that it affected Cloud the most.
He'd never say a word about it, but his depression would hang in the air like a heavy fog. She knew it was because of Aeris. Because the springtime made him think of her more than any other time.
The near disaster with Kadaj, and the resurrection of Sephiroth wasn't helping his condition this spring either. Cloud was deeper in thought than he had any right to be, all the time now.
As she watched him spend another hour attempting to repair his motorcycle, she realized that she missed the Cloud Strife that had hired into AVALANCHE, even as she felt love for this much more thoughtful, slightly broken one.
And he still was broken, for all that his second trip in the Lifestream—and whatever he'd experienced there—had begun to heal him. He was still so quiet and unsure of his place on the Planet; unsure of