Categories > Games > Final Fantasy 8 > Time's Orphan Redux

Chapter 03

by BBC7Fan 0 reviews

Squall tries to recall the identity of a dark-haired boy who spent a month with him and the others at the orphanage.

Category: Final Fantasy 8 - Rating: PG - Genres: Drama, Humor - Characters: Edea, Irvine, Laguna, Quistis, Seifer, Selphie, Squall, Zell - Warnings: [!!] - Published: 2006-03-19 - Updated: 2006-03-20 - 436 words

-Time's Orphan-

-Chapter 03-

"He and Selphie had so much fun." The memory was a good
one for Quistis and it made her smile. "He was only there
for a month, though. Somebody must have adopted him."

"No," Irvine shook his head. "He just vanished. Just as
mysteriously as he arrived. Thing is, Matron seemed to
expect it. She was sad that he was gone, but not worried."

Squall let out a sigh. "I thought Sis would come back when
he left. But she didn't. She never came back."

"And you missed out on being friends with Little Paradox
in the meantime," Rinoa shook her head. "Poor Squall."

"So, what's the agenda for today?" Irvine inquired.

"Lunch at the Palace," Squall shrugged.

"An afternoon with Sir Laguna," Selphie sighed as she headed
off to the Ragnarok.

"Does she have to do that?" Squall grumbled as he and the
others followed.

"Let's just hope you don't have to call her 'Mom' one day,"
Irvine remarked.

Squall glared at him and they all started to laugh. Even
Squall joined in, in spite of himself.


Laguna was putting the finishing touches on lunch when they
arrived. Although he was President, he insisted on taking
care of the little things himself. If he noticed their
arrival he didn't show it. He just darted around the room,
making sure everything was just right, and singing happily
to himself.

It was a song that Squall recognized, though at first he
couldn't quite think of where he'd heard it.


Laguna smiled. It had taken a while for them to come to
terms with each other as father and son.

Squall had hated him at first for not coming to get him,
and Laguna had not taken the rejection well at all. It
had made him physically ill, and Kiros, concerned for
Laguna's health, had forbidden Squall to see him until
Squall could be more civilized toward him.

For two months, Squall had ignored Laguna's attempts to
reconcile their differences. That had come to an end when
Rinoa had chastised him for wasting time being mad instead
of making up for the time he and Laguna had lost.

Laguna continued singing, the song hauntingly familiar to
Squall. And then it hit him.

It was the song Little Paradox used to sing.

Little Paradox.

A dark-haired little boy with an infectious cheerfulness
appeared clearly in Squall's mind. His eyes twinkling as
he sang, hair falling across his face as he and Selphie
played with the model train. The boy in his memory looked
directly at Squall.

And in that moment, Squall knew.
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