Cloud Strife stepped off his motorbike and walked into the town stadium, which flew a banner reading:
Midgar Proudly Presents:
Zack Fair vs. Sephiroth
Sponsored by Shinra Energy Corporation
Hosted at Edge City Stadium
He presented his ticket to the agent at the entrance before he headed into the building. The hallways were dim and lit only by single white lights on the ceiling and at length he wandered into the changing rooms. He walked in and scanned around for any sign of his half-brother.
Hey, little brother, what are you up to? Shouldnt you be taking your seat? a voice resonated behind him.
He turned around just in time to see his half-brother, Zack Fair, who always called him little brother despite the fact that they only shared one mother. When Clouds dad died at the age of one, his mother remarried and the two boys met. They were rather reluctant at first, but after growing up in Nibelheim they got closer and they formed a resilient bond of close friendship.
Cloud looked at his half-brother with admiration. He really looked prepared for the fight he was about to have with his opponent. His black spiky hair was kept out of his eyes with his traditional headband, and his chest, abs, and arms were well toned and powerfully built from his long training. Cloud thought back to the weeks before when Zack woke up every sunrise to run around the track in Nibelheim. The rest of the day, he would sweat it out with sit-ups, jump roping, practising his kicks and punches with the training shields, and sparring with Cloud. Up until now, he made a name for himself as a kickboxing champion in Nibelheim. Now here he was, ready for the fight of his life.
Not for another five minutes. Cid should be arriving any minute now, Cloud replied Just thought Id drop in and wish you good luck.
Thanks, man. Youre the best. Zack gave a grateful smile. Just then, Cid Highwind, the boxing promoter who accompanied them on their trip, walked into the room.
All right, guys. Almost time to start. Cloud, take your seat. I got to talk to Zack a little bit. Cid said with a toothpick dangling out of his mouth. With that, Cloud nodded and walked out of the room.
As Cloud walked down the corridor leading to the ring, he heard a strange sound emanating from the door next to the changing room. It sounded like something being broken, followed by a fierce shout. He walked to the source of the sound, and opened the door. He peered inside to see a man with long silver hair tumbling down his back. His back was turned to him, so he did not notice the blond mans stunned expression as he demolished a sawed off tree trunk with a powerful roundhouse kick and a loud yell. Large splinters of wood flew in all directions, littering the floor, and the kick-boxer turned around just in time to notice Cloud staring at what he just did. Their eyes met, and the grey man gave an evil smirk. With that, Cloud shut the door and made his way to the ring.
He scanned the audience before finding his brother at the seat of his corner in the ring. He heard Cids voice call out to him.
Cloud! Take your seat at the corner with your brother. Ill be in the audience.
Cloud nodded in affirmation before walking over to Zack, who was sitting down in his seat in the ring. Zack noticed his half-brothers troubled look and asked him what was wrong.
nothing, nothing at all. Just saw something weird. This kick-boxer was really strong. Broke a tree stump with a kick as if it were made of cardboard. Cloud told him.
Zack whistled in response Wow. I hope thats not the one Im up against.
Just then, the lights flashed on in the ring, and the announcer walked over to the microphone that was suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the ring. He held the microphone in his hand before clearing his throat to speak.
Ladies and gentlemen! Its a great night to be here at the Edge City Stadium in Midgar! With us tonight are two talented fighters, each giving us a taste of their unique talent! In the blue corner, weighing 75 kilos and with a record of 15 wins, no draws, and no losses, a champion hailing from Nibelheim is here tonight to defend his title and to prove his towns worth in the competitive martial sports scene. Put your hands together for
The crowd cheered, putting a smile on Cloud and Zacks face. Everyone seemed to be on his side. As the cheering subsided, the announcer continued,
In the red corner, weighing 89 kilos and with a record of 20 wins, 5 draws, and zero losses, Shinra Energy Corporations defending champion and prized asset, lets hear it for
The cheering burst out again, louder this time and with a lot more catcalls. The spotlight shone on the defending champion, giving Cloud an idea of who his half-brother was up against. His smile fell and was wiped off his face as he looked in fear at who his brother was up against. It was none other than the silver-haired man he saw moments ago.