Hello, everyone! I'm very happy to finally be posting on these boards. I feel like I've honestly been lurking through these boards as a guest for over the last decade and I have no idea why it has taken me so long to finally get to posting on here, but I finally am and I'm so happy to get to posting about my favorite OTP - Cloud and Aerith.
First off, I want to thank you all for giving me so much to read and discuss on these forums and I love all of the discussion that goes around and I can't wait to jump in.
So, I seriously fell in love with Cloud and 'Aeris' when the game first came out when I was five years old. I remember watching my older brother play the game and that was really what introduced me to the Final Fantasy series and this couple. Looking back now, it's sort of amazing that my five year old self was able to see and understand this love and connection held between these two characters.
Truthfully, the game's themes and everything Clerith goes through can be pretty heavy and angsty and even difficult to fully understand, especially for a young kid. It wasn't like other love stories like seen in the Disney movies I'd watch, but was one that was faced with very human emotions focused around loss, failure and death - but still, as a five year old observer who saw Cloud and Aerith's world form from such an unbiased and innocent view, there was another very real emotion their story told - love.
I've honestly been a hardcore shipper of Clerith for 20 years now and I will be for the rest of my life now, lol. It's honestly felt like they're some old friends (that have completely and utterly ruined my life, though I've forgiven those two dopes for it.) I literally grew up playing the game and forming literally a list of hundreds of fanfiction and fan arts about them - all because my five year old self had to latch into the most beautiful and heartbreaking couple ever!!!
What can I say? I've always been a fan of selfless, true love.
With the addition of Kingdom Hearts, Dissidia, WoFF, AC, etc., we really get to see Clerith's relationship and connection live on and continue on and evolved in whatever world they find themselves in and to me, that beautiful and shows how much S-E loves and supports this couple. Frankly, they've gotten more attention than most FF couples and I think a lot of that has to do with their amazing love story and the way that they were a perfect fit for each other.
Now, older and wiser about the world, I have entirely new love and respect, love and appreciation for Clerith, as some things life has thrown at me really helped me understand them and their love personally. Like Aerith, I had a first love/crush that meant a lot to me, but was someone I moved on from to find real love. Even in my current relationship, I only get to see my girlfriend every so often, unfortunately for both of us, but like Cloud, I'm always missing her and constantly wanting to be with her. The small separations don't break us down, but make us understand how much we do love each other and want to be with one another. Whoaaa, sorry to get so deep into personal stuff, just wanted to convey how my love for Clerith has very much evolved with my life.
Didn't mean to make a whole essay for my greeting post, I suppose I just have a lot of love for Cloud and Aerith and a lot say about 'em! I'm really happy to have joined the forums with all of you and I can't wait to discuss the love and adventures held between this amazing couple, Cloud and Aerith.
I run this Clerith blog on Tumblr: DansantCaparet.tumblr.com
You'll love the content on Tumblr!!
Are you excited for the remake?