On the Way to a Smile
Midgar was once divided into two different worlds. One was an upper city known as a plate, a land of steel high up supported by pillars below. Then there were the areas of the ground that never saw daylight because of the plate. The slums were full of life even though it was a chaotic place. Due to the planning of the company known as Shinra, this scene of light and shadow prospering separately seemed it was here to stay forever.
Four years ago, when the Lifestream came flowing out from the earth, many residents believed that it was the downfall of the Midgar. Those who tried to flee from the city with their possessions couldn't leave the city. Maybe they had thought that they could once again dream of its prosperity once again if they stayed close. Before long, a city named Edge was built adjacent to the city of Midgar.
The main street of Edge stretched from the outskirts of Midgar's Third and Fourth Sectors all the way to the East. The city itself was formed on this main street and expanded to the northwest. From a distance it seemed a magnificent city but, most of the buildings are actually built from Midgar's scrap material. The city smelled of iron and rust.
Johnny ran a cafe in the main street. It was a humble establishment in a patch of open ground with a stall, some tables and a few chairs where he could do some simple cooking. The name of the shop was called Johnny's Heaven. It was a name that was similar to the diner that once existed in the slums of the Seventh Sector. That diner's name was "Seventh Heaven" which had a hostess that Johnny fell in love with. That girl's name was Tifa.
Months after the incident when the Seventh Sector collapsed, Tifa reopened up a new Seventh Heaven in Edge. At the time, Johnny was moved by how Tifa could decide what she should be doing while the rest of the crowd was still indecisive. And so, with those thoughts in mind, she became a respected figure in Johnny's heart.
I'm going to live just like Tifa. But how? I know! I'll run a business too. I'll give hope to those who have lost their way.
This was the beginning of Johnny's Heaven. Customers who came to the shop were told the story of "Johnny Reborn" many times.
As a result of that, many of the public who wanted to see Tifa went to the new Seventh Heaven and became her regular customers. Without knowing anything about it, Johnny continued to open 6 days a week waiting for an audience who would come hear his story full of love and hope.
A customer arrived. It was a kid. It's pretty rare for a child to be alone around these parts. It was Denzel, a young boy who was special to Johnny. He's one of the people who respected Tifa. Johnny was going to give all his heart into his service for Denzel.
"Good day, Denzel.", said Johnny who bowed deeply lowering his head. But Denzel only glimpsed at him for an instant before heading to the farthest table away from the stall.
"Come closer and sit over here."
"No. I'm here to meet someone."
He's here to meet someone? He's dating already? But he's still a kid... Well, whatever. I'll watch over him. This is all part of my special service.
"Is it a date? Good luck."
Is he ignoring me? Ah, he must be shy.
"Give me a shout if you're stuck about what to talk about. I've got some interesting bits of news to tell you. You know just now..."
Suddenly, Denzel stood up from his seat. Was he angry? Johnny was watching Denzel but the young boy's gaze was at the entrance.
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