I am a part of your memory.
I am the part of your memory that makes you remember.
Part of the friends you couldn't save
Part of the heroes that died to save you.
Part of the mentors you never knew,
Part of the teachers you never had,
Part of the lives you resemble.
And you do resemble him, Cloud.
But you can never be him.
I am the part of your memory that chases you.
Part of the company that took your innocence,
Part of the world that hated you
Part of the rain that fell on that day he saved you.
Part of the sword that killed the woman you cared for.
Part of the battle you can't run from.
And you can never escape it, Cloud.
You can't run away from me.
I am the part of your memory that you fear
Part of the horrors of their blood as it fell, unstoppably, from their bodies
Part of your own body, crawling under your skin like a plague.
Part of the disapproval that you will always be afraid of.
Part of the fire that took away your home,
Part of the blade that killed you