Just another day. Tifa had dropped the kids off at school, and now she was on her way to the market. Always, she shopped cheap, so the farmers market was the best place to go to. Carrying a small basket in her hand, she made her way around the vendors, picking up small things here and there. Today, she felt like making steak and a few other vegetables and fruits to go along with it. Not forgetting about the kids, she also picked up a small tube of cookie dough so she could bake cookies for them. Taking in a deep breath of the fresh air, she made her way over to the seller and paid him for all she had picked up.
Finished with shopping for today, she started walking home. Two days ago she had been attacked by a man, but she wouldn't let Cloud know that. It was foolish of her to go out at night anyway, and the wounds had almost healed by now. For once in her life, she wished that he would stay away. She could fight monsters that many would believe to exist only in nightmares, but she couldn't fight of a mugger. Typical. Never wanting to be the damsel in distress, she kept her eyes open even though the sun was shining brightly. Her dark brown eyes were covered by glasses even though the bruise looked to be nothing more than tiredness. The kids had said nothing of it, so maybe Cloud wouldn't, and if he did, she would brush it off as a cat fight. Tifa got along with women at times, but many of them annoyed the hell out of her, so it would be believable.
She hadn't seen Cloud in a few days anyway, so she wouldn't know. If had been extended time, she would call his phone, but for short trips like his, she let him enjoy the freedom and peace. He probably got enough calls from all of the others anyway. The whole time he had been gone, she had been trying to find a way to express her feelings to him, but the more she thought on it, the more she decided to stay quiet. She had said many times before to herself, that she would let him come to her, though that may not get them anywhere. All was fine though, she cherished their friendship. And as much as she cared for Aerith, she was kind of glad that she was out of the picture. It made things so much easier. Jealousy had reared it's ugly head when she was around. Alwell, at least she and Zack were together again.
Quickly making her way home, she knew that Barett would be by to pick up the kids later on. He had finally gotten a few days off of work, and Tifa could have some time to herself. She had been wanting to check out the new club down the street, and she had the perfect dress to wear to it. That was of course if Cloud didn't show up. That would be fine too, she could spend some time with him. As long as she got a few small breaks from the kid here and there, she would be an adequate "mother".
Opening the door, she stepped inside and sat everything down on the bar. The bar was closed today. The patrons understood, and they made their way off to the other bars. Well, they understood when they weren't drunk, when they were drunk, they would get pretty nasty with her, but she learned to ignore their comments and shrug it off. Taking out the steak, she cut open the bag and put a few spices on it. Letting the spices soak in, she warmed up the stove and spread some oil on the skillet. This would take no time at all, so she began preparing the cookies and the vegetables. All of this would be easier if she removed her glasses, so she did so, and tossed them off the side. Placing the vegetables and steak on the skillet, she walked into the other room to watch some tv.
Cloud may be coming by soon, but if not, she was sure that Barret would compensate for the extra food she had cooked. Over time, she began to fall asleep from boredom. A commercial snapping her awake, she made her way back into the kitchen and removed everything that was cooking, sitting it out to cool down. Exhausted for no reason at all, she made her way back into the living room and lay down on the couch, continuing to watch tv as she fell fast asleep.