“Who are you?” Vincent went on, just as mild.
Aeris broke into a grin, wide enough to make Leon nervous. That was one of Aeris’ schemes about to thump someone over the head with flowers and a picnic basket. What in the worlds was Aeris planning? And when had she ever found time to set it up?
“Who am I?” Yuffie’s arms spread in mock indignation. “I am the ninja princess! Scourge of evil, defender of the planet, the white rose of Wutai!” She whirled, presenting the names like a thrown gauntlet. “I am Yuffie Kisaragi!”
Vincent leaned forward in his chair, ruby gaze somehow softer. “Hello, Yuffie.”
Aeiris let out a relieved breath, one fist clenching in hidden triumph.
Corner her later, Leon decided. Something had Aeris giddy as a cat with cream, and he wanted to know what-
“Are you going to be her knight?” Velma asked suddenly.
The man who would always be Rinoa’s Knight froze. What the-?
“Excuse me?” Vincent’s tone was quiet, without any hint of threat. Spooky all the same, with black fire clinging to him and a Gargoyle and Shadow lurking by his chair.
Velma drew herself up to her full eight-year-old height, straightening her glasses with a scholar’s air. “Princesses are supposed to have knights to help them fight the monsters.” Grownups are so slow, her prim tone said. “But Yuffie’s a ninja princess. She can’t have one of those clanky idiots in armor. You look like you know how to sneak.” she grinned. “And you already saved her from the monsters.”
“Velma!” Yuffie was bright red.
“Re did,” Scooby chortled. “Right for the Rincess!”
Vincent blinked. Cast a subtle glance Leon’s way, that all but shouted, did that dog just talk?