FF7 Script - 2 - In His Element

Script, continued

(Cloud, Tifa, and Barret follow Hojo to the 67th floor of the Shinra building.)

Barret
         "I remember him."
         "That Hojo guy. He's in charge of the Shinra's Science Department. Cloud, don't you know him?"

Cloud
         "This is the first time I've actually ever seen him. So... that's what he looks like..."

(They follow Hojo to a dreary laboratory. A red, lionlike creature is imprisoned in a glass tube, sitting apathetically in the far corner. They hide behind a crate, just in time to avoid an employee who enters the room.)

         "Is this today's specimen?"

Hojo
         "Yes. We're starting right away. Raise it to the upper level."

(The employee leaves. Hojo places his hand on the glass.)

Hojo
         "My precious specimen..."

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(He stands there for a while, then exits. Cloud, Tifa, and Barret come out of hiding. Tifa goes to the creature.)

Tifa
         "Precious specimen...?"
         "Is it going to be used for a biological experiment?"

(Cloud turns. He sees a metal dome, with a single door. There is a window in the door, through which shines bright purple light.)

Cloud
         "Jenova..."


(He peers into the window and sees a strange, white, female being. Her head has apparently been removed rather violently. Cloud backs away and clutches his head. A high-pitched whine reverberates through the room, or perhaps only Cloud's head, and he collapses to the floor. Tifa and Barret run over.)

Cloud
         "Jenova... Sephiroth's... So... they've brought it here."

Tifa
         "Cloud, be strong!"

Cloud
         "Did you see it?"

Barret
         "See what?"

Cloud
         "It's moving........ still alive?"

(Barret looks into the window.)

Barret
         "Where's its $#&*&@ head? This whole thing's stupid. Let's keep goin'."

(Cloud gets up. They continue, futher into the lab, reaching an elevator. They enter and climb to the 68th floor.)
 
 

(Cloud, Barret, and Tifa arrive on the 68th floor. It is a research lab, more advanced than that on the 67th floor. There is a glass tube like that on the 67th. Near the glass tube is Hojo. Inside the glass tube is Aerith.)

Cloud
         "Aerith!"

Hojo
         "Aerith? Oh, is that her name? What do you want?"

Cloud
         "We're taking Aerith back."

Hojo
         "Outsiders....."

Barret
         "Shoulda noticed it earlier, you..."

Hojo
         "There's so many frivolous things in this world."

(Cloud and Barret move forward.)

Hojo
         "Are you going to kill me? I don't think you should."
         "The equipment here is extremely delicate. Without me, who could operate it? Hmm?"

Cloud
         "Ugh."

Hojo
         "That's right. I recommend you think things out logically before you make any rash moves."
         "Now, bring in the Specimen!"

(The red creature from the 67th floor is lifted into the tube. Cloud, Barret, and Tifa run to the tube. The creature twitches its tail. Aerith runs to the glass.)

Aerith
         "Cloud, help!"

(Cloud turns to Hojo.)

Cloud
         "What do you think you're doin'?"

Hojo
         "Lending a helping hand to an endangered species... Both of them are on the brink of extinction..."
         "If I don't help, all these animals will disappear."

Tifa
         "...animal? That's terrible! Aerith is a human being!"

Barret
         "You're gonna pay!"

Cloud
         "Barret! Can't you do anything?"

(Barret aims his gun at the tube.)

Barret
         "Awright!! Step back!"

Hojo
         "Stop!"

(Barret fires at the tube. The inside of the tube glows a brilliant white as it malfunctions. Hojo runs to the tube.)

Hojo
         "Wh... what are you do-- Oh! My precious specimens..."

(The tube glows brighter. The door opens... the light dims, and we see the red creature poised in the door. It leaps forward and starts attacking Hojo.)

Cloud
         "Now's our chance to get Aerith!"

(Cloud runs into the tube and helps Aerith up from the floor.)

Aerith
         "Thanks. Cloud."

(She runs out of the tube, which starts to glow a dull blue. Cloud backs out of the tube.)

Tifa
         "Cloud... what's wrong?"

Cloud
         "...The elevator is moving."

(Hojo pulls himself out from under the red creature.)

Hojo
         "This is no ordinary specimen. This is a very ferocious specimen!"

(It turns away from Hojo and sits.)

         "He's rather strong. I'll help you all out."

Tifa
         "It talked!?"

         "I'll talk as much as you want later, Miss."

(Cloud runs out of the tube and to the creature.)

Cloud
         "We'll take care of that monster."
         "Somebody take Aerith somewhere safe..."

<CHOICE>
         Tifa, I'm countin' on you!
         Barret, take care of her!

***Cloud
         Tifa, I'm countin' on you!

(Tifa and Aerith run out.)

***Cloud
         Barret, take care of her!

(Barret and Aerith run out.)
<//>

Cloud
         "What's your name?"

Red
         "Hojo has named me, Red XIII. A name with no meaning whatsoever to me. Call me whatever you wish."

(The PLAYER names Red XIII)

Cloud
         "Come on!"

(Boss battle with HO512)

(Aerith and Tifa/Barret run into the lab.)

Cloud
         "Aerith, you all right?"

Tifa
         "She seems all right, ...in many ways."

Red XIII
         "I have a right to choose, too. I don't like two-legged things."

Barret
         "What are you?"

Red XIII
         "An informed question. But difficult to answer. I am what you see."
         "...You must have many questions, but first, let's get out of here. I'll lead the way."

Aerith
         "Cloud... so you did come for me."

(Red XIII leaps over the railing toward the exit.)

Red XIII
         "I apologize for what happened back there. I was merely acting to throw Hojo off guard......"

Barret
         "Now we've saved Aerith, ain't no need to be in this buildin'! So let's get the hell outta here!"

Cloud
         "If all five of us go together, we'll be noticed. Let's break up into two groups."

(You can rearrange your party here. I took Red XIII and Barret.)

Aerith
         "I'll see you later!! We'll be waiting at the 66th Floor Elevator."

Tifa
         "We'll be going first! Meet at the 66th Floor Elevator."

(They exit. A person in the lab gives them the Keycard 68.)

         "No! Please don't kill me. I only did what Hojo told me to do."
         "To prove it to you.... here, this is the key card to the 68th Floor. Would I be doing this if I was the enemy?"

(They go to the 66th Floor elevator and operate the switch. A Turk walks in and places his hand on Cloud's shoulder...)

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