Snake's PHS rang. He glanced at the name, then before Tifa could say too much, said "I have to take this," and made his way out of the Nibelheim inn. He didn't trust Cloud, not yet.
"Snake?" Otacon said softly, and there was something strange in his voice.
"I...found out about that ex-SOLDIER."
"And you're only finding stuff now?"
"Hey, I had to hack deep into ShinRa to get anything! Technically, 'Cloud Strife' doesn't exist!"
"So he's not a SOLIDER?!"
He heard Otacon swallowing, and that wasn't good. "No. He's...one of their clone experiments. Like you."