Slender fingers touched Siler’s arm before he could yield to hysteria. “You need to sit down, and have some hot soup,” Aeris said firmly. “I’ll take care of your friends. Yuffie? Get everyone to the church. Leon and I will be right behind you.”
“Church,” Siler was muttering as Yuffie dragged him off. “Yeah. I should go more often…..”
“Be careful,” Leon said quietly, as Aeris approached the odd foursome. “They’re not acting like normal Heartless.”
“No, they aren’t, are they?” Aeris held out her hand, palm up. “I’m Aeris. I want to help your friend.”
“Vincent,” Leon told her. “Siler said his name was Vincent.”
For a moment, Aeris seemed to go perfectly still. “Vincent.”
Leon didn’t know how she did it, but he could hear the man in the name. Tall, lean; black hair flowing in the wind as he lined up shot after shot….
The cuff-bearing Shadow crept nearer. Reached up, and rested black talons in Aeris’ hand.
Leon tried not to hold his breath.
“That’s right.” Aeris’ voice was soft as chickobo down. “Take me to Vincent.”
Yellow eyes blinked at her. Carefully, the Shadow tugged, and let Aeris follow. The Gargoyle shifted her wings, making room for Aeris to kneel by the unconscious man. Even the fire pulled back… but just a little.
The healer murmured a soft prayer, hands glowing pale green with magic that sank into skin like gentle rain. Color faded back into a pale face-
Red eyes snapped open, and the man sat up in almost indecent haste. “Captain!”
Another military guy, Leon deduced, as the Shadow clumsily patted Vincent’s arm. I wonder what went wrong on your world. “Siler said your name is Vincent?”
“Sergeant Vincent Valentine. SG-6.” Red eyes looked at the Heartless first; flinched, in visible grief. Only then did he seem to take in how he wasn’t dressed. “You… saw.”
A/N: *Halo* To all those scratching their heads about Vincent’s current posting – remember a certain element of Kairi’s backstory? Hee.