Klutz, your post reminded me of another memorable gaming moment that I neglected to mention in this thread, but have posted about all over the place and even used in an RPGFan feature: Getting Zell and the library girl with pigtails together. I thought that was the best love story in the game because it felt more genuine than the botched Romeo and Juliet of the main couple. http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Our_Favorite_RPG_Couples/index.html
I also distinctly remember the first time I played FF8, I didn't complete the quest but during a flashback scene when Zell
promises to forge Rinoa a ring like Squall's, she asks what's up with him and the library girl and when he's taken aback, she's all like "everyone at school's talking about it."
The third time I played FF8, I tried to recreate my actions to get that piece of dialogue again since no one else seems to have gotten it, but failed. Too bad, because that was a great scene.
In FF8, the "school ties" and "teen beat" stuff was wholly more interesting than the Blair Witch hunt. One scene I felt was kinda glossed over was the one where Rinoa mentions that she used to date Seifer and I would have liked to know more about that (because it's not often that RPG heroines have a dating past; they're usually all innocent and virginal to a fault), but then Squall got stuck in his own mind, had a conniption fit, and made the moment all about him.