FF7 Script - 7 - Facing a Failure
Script, continued

(The scene fades back to the cave in the Northern Crater.)

Scarlet
         "Mr. President... I've got a bad feeling about this place..."

(Rufus turns to Scarlet)

Rufus
         "Hmm... perhaps we should return to the ship now."
         "We need to prepare for the inspection anyway."

(The screen flashes white for a moment, and Cloud is standing in the center of the cave.)

Scarlet
         "Hey!!! Where did you come from?"

Cloud
         "...don't know..."

(He turns to Rufus, shaking his head)

Cloud
         "This place is going to get rough."
         "Better leave things to me and get out of here while you still can!!"

(Rufus flips his hair back.)

Rufus
         "Leave things to you? Hmph... I don't know what you mean."

(Cloud turns away, slowly)

Cloud
         "This is where the Reunion is happening. Where everything begins and ends."

(Tifa runs in from the rear of the cave.)

Tifa
         "Cloud!"

(They take no notice. Red XIII comes running in.)

Red XIII
         "I'm here to help you, Cloud!"

(Cloud stands still for a long moment, then holds his head. He is almost crying. He takes a few steps toward Red XIII, then stops again. Eventually he goes all the way over to Red XIII.)

Cloud
         "Thanks... Red XIII. Where's the Black Materia?"

Tifa
         "Cloud!"

Red XIII
         "It's safe. I'm holding onto it."

(Cloud looks down.)

Cloud
         "I'll take it from here. Give me the... Black Materia."

Tifa
         "You can't hear my voice?"

Red XIII
         "Are you all right, Cloud?"

(Cloud nods.)

Red XIII
         "Then... here you go. I was a little apprehensive holding this thing."

Tifa
         "No, don't! Please... stop, Cloud!"

(Cloud takes the Black Materia from Red XIII.)

Cloud
         "Thanks. ......leave the rest to me."

(There is a long pause... then the screen blinks white, and for just a moment, we see Sephiroth, staring.)

         Come on... the Black Materia

         Please!! Just a little longer!!

(The white fades. Cloud walks to the center of the room.)

Cloud
         "Everyone, thanks for everything. And... I'm sorry."

(He faces Rufus.)

Cloud
         "...Sorry."

(He faces Red XIII.)

Cloud
         "...Sorry."

(He faces Tifa.)

Cloud
         "Especially you, Tifa. I'm really sorry."
         "You've been good to me...... I don't know what to say..."

(He shakes his head.)

Cloud
         "I never lived up to being 'Cloud'."
         "Tifa... Maybe one day you'll meet the real 'Cloud'."

(He walks forward and turns to Hojo. Tifa holds her face and sinks to the ground, crying.)

Hojo
         "Ha, ha, ha... this is perfect!!!"
         "It means that my experiment was a complete success!"

(He laughs.)

Hojo
         "What number were you? Huh? Where is your tattoo?"

(Cloud shakes his head sadly.)

Cloud
         "Professor Hojo... I don't have a number."
         "You didn't give me one because I was a failed experiment."

(Hojo turns away)

Hojo
         "What the--? You mean only a failure made it here?"

(Cloud speaks to his back.)

Cloud
         "Professor... please give me a number. Please, Professor..."

(Hojo spins to face him.)

Hojo
         "Shut up, miserable failure..."

(Cloud slumps down. We hear the sound of an electrical spark, and catch another fleeting glimpse of Sephiroth's visage, then Cloud rises into the air, spinning, exactly like Sephiroth had at the Forgotten Capital. He shoots up to the tree-like structure at the ceiling. The screen goes white.)

Rufus
         "Who... was that?"

Hojo
         "...He's a Sephiroth-clone I created after the real Sephiroth died five years ago."
         "Jenova cells amd Mako, with my knowledge and skills, have been combined with science and nature to bring him to life."

(A glimpse of the materia tree.)

Hojo
         "...I'm not wild about the failure part, but the Jenova Reunion Theory has now been proven."

(Another glimpse.)

Hojo
         "You see, even if Jenova's body is dismembered, it will eventually become one again. That's what is meant by Jenova's Reunion."

(Another.)

Hojo
         "I have been waiting for the Reunion to start. Five years have passed, and now the Clones have begun to return."

(Another.)

Hojo
         "I thought the clones would begin to gather at Midgar where Jenova is stored."
         "But my predictions were not entirely correct. Jenova itself began to move away from the Shinra Building."

(The scene fades in to show the materia tree. Cloud stands upside down on one of the roots, by the huge blue stone in the center.)

Hojo
         "But being a genius that I am, I soon figured it out. You see it was all Sephiroth's doing."
         "Sephiroth is not just content to diffuse his will into the Lifestream; he wants to maniplate the Clones himself."

(The room seems to darken and Cloud sits down on the root, defying gravity. He crosses his arms on his knees.)

         "Yes, that was how it got started."

(The room lightens.)

Hojo
         "I wondered where the clones were going, but I was never able to figure it out."

(Darkens.)

         "I couldn't figure it out, either."

(Lightens.)

Hojo
         "The one thing that I did know was that Sephiroth was at their final destinations."

(Darkens.)

         "I wasn't pursuing Sephiroth."

(Cloud shakes his head.)

         "I was being summoned by Sephiroth."
         "All the anger and hatred I bore him made it impossible for me to ever forget him. That and what he gave me."

(Cloud stands, upside down, on the tree root.)

         "Sephiroth? Sephiroth? I'm here. And I have brought you the Black Materia."
         "Show yourself to me. Where are you?"

(Cloud turns and steps to the blue stone, which is now glowing brightly.)

         "Sephiroth... So we finally meet again."

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(He walks down (up) to the center of the tree. FMV sequence. The blue stone slips, then falls down, sending small stones to the floor below. We see that the stone is a cocoon for Sephiroth. His body sleeps inside it, prefectly preserved, sleeping, waiting. The scene switches back to the floor. Rufus and Scarlet have left. The entire room quakes violently.)

Hojo
         "Did you see it!! It's Sephiroth! So he IS here!"

(They all turn to face him.)

Hojo
         "This is perfect! Both Jenova's Reunion and Sephiroth's will!"
         "They won't be diffused into the Lifestream,"
         "but gathered here! Mwa, haa, ha,....."

(Tifa shakes her head.)

Tifa
         "What are you so happy about, Professor? You know what this means, don't you?"
         "Cloud has the Black Materia!"
         "Sephiroth is going to summon Meteor! Every single person is going to die!"

(Rufus comes back in.)

Rufus
         "Whatever I say now is too little... too late... We must evacuate."

(They all turn to face Rufus.)

Rufus
         "I want you all to come with me. There is still much more I want to hear."

(The camera pans up to show Cloud preparing to hand the Black Materia to Sephiroth.)

Red XIII
         "Cloud, NO! Stop! Please!"

(Cloud holds his head in his hands for a moment. Then he begins to spin in midair, rising and falling, like a marionette.)

Tifa
         "Cloud-----!!"
  
 

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