The setting sun hid behind the horizon, coloring the sky with red, pinks and purples. He stood upon a hill, the hill where others would never fail to find him, and today was not an exception. She walked up to him carefully, as if he would run away from her at any moment, and just as she thought, he turned to run as soon as he saw her.
"W- wait! I- I just want to talk." She stopped dead on her tracks.
"That's not like you. I was expecting you'd yell at me and run after me as well." He raised an eye-brow for he wasn't used to this kind of behavior. Her heart ached when she saw his emerald eyes lock on her. If it wasn't for what she had to say, it would have made her really happy that he would actually look at her.
"Heh I know... I just wanted to tell you that.. Well that you won't have to worry about me chasing you and stuff." She looked at his expression, but he was still with his previous look, brow up. "I know it annoys you... Simply put, I'm giving up on you." He was speechless for a few moments.
"O- Oh! Um well that's great!" He's words stabbed her deeply. He really was happy to hear her say that, maybe even relieved.
"I just wanted to say that. I'll get going now." She forced a smile and turned on her heel to take her leave.
"S- sure thing. See ya 'round." He waved, still a bit stunned by what she had said.
"See you." She said, looking over her shoulder. She walked away slowly, feeling cold tears run down her cheeks as she picked up the pace.
"Hey Sonic, can you pass me that wrench?" The smart kid reached in his friend's direction.
"Oh sure Tails. Sure what are you working on now?" Sonic asked his little brother, handing him the metal bar.
"Well I'm trying to create a dome, soon I'll plant Galaxia outside and it'd be great if winter didn't affect her." Tails explained, though he never once looked away from his work.
"You really take good care of it, you even gave it a name." There was a moment of silence, Sonic could see the nostalgic and melancholic look in the fox's eyes.
"I guess I do, but I just can't help it. I bet Cosmo would have liked it if I did all I could for it... And I don't know... There's just something about it... Even if it's just a small tree now... Something tells me that when it grows to be a big tree something huge is gonna happen..." Tailed giggled as he returned to his work.
"Something huge? Like what?" The hedgehog asked, wondering what his best friend was talking about, he couldn't quite grasp what the fox was talking about.
"I don't know... It's just a feeling." Tails worked concentrated. "Say, you seem a little bored lately." He pointed out.
"You think?" Sonic thought for a minute. "Well not bored, more like it's calm and peaceful."
"Really? How's that?" Tails work produced clicking and tinkering noises.
"Well Eggman hasn't been on the move and-" The blue teen didn't finish his phrase.
"And?" Leaving his work, Tails looked at Sonic with a wondering look.
"Ah nothing, just forget it." Sonic laughed it out, clearly avoiding the answer.
"If you say so... Now that I think about it, I haven't seen Amy in quite a while." Tails saw how Sonic clearly flinched. Just what had happened between those two?
Just then they heard the news that Eggman was attacking Station Square. He had just started moving and he had swarms of robots wrecking everything.
Great! This is just what I needed! Sonic thought as he jumped up. "Sorry Tails, I have to get going, you work on your dome!" And he ran off before Tails could reply.
"I hope he doesn't get in trouble, don't you think so, Galaxia?" Tails turned to look at the thin branch that he had on a medium pot.
People ran all around, looking for shelter, seeing as how the police was not able to hold back the robots. Sonic rushed in, destroying robots in a chain of homing attacks. He landed swiftly, smiling pleased with his work.
"Took you long enough faker." Shadow came before the blue hero. "I'm able to hold them back by myself, but people are too stupid to get out of the way, making my job harder."
"Hehe having a hard time I see, don't worry, I'll give you a hand." Sonic rubbed his finger under his nose.
"Don't get so cocky dear, Eggman is going all out on us." Rouge stepped in, gasping for air, clearly reaching her limit.
"Just sit and watch Rouge, that Egghead has never once come up with a plan able to stop me. I'll kick his butt like I always do." Someone was certainly confident as always.
"Then stop talking and get moving, robots don't stop on their own." Shadow prepared his gun and ran towards the robots that came before them, destroying many with only one shot, he was greatly skilled.
Sonic didn't stay still long either. He got moving right after Shadow and spin dashed through as many machines as they crossed his path. But they just kept coming, it reminded them of Black Doom's army, just like how the aliens kept appearing out of nowhere, these robots were the same. One after another, countless robots came into view.
"It's no use! For one that we destroy ten more appear out of nowhere!" Rouge shouted desperately, having been surrounded along with Shadow and Sonic.
"Hehe we're in a tight spot." Sonic said looking around.
"And still you laugh, you could at least act like you know how bad this situation is." Shadow remarked with an annoyed tone in his voice, he didn't like being surrounded, especially by Eggman's robots.
Suddenly the robots stopped moving, and they could hear crashing noises from not far away, they all turned in the direction of the crashes, hoping that they could see something. Soon enough they heard clearer.
"Target located! Destroy enemy!"
"Omega!" Rouge could not help but feel a tiny bit of hope.
"Eggman's robots must be eliminated." Omega busted in, making everything in his way explode. Soon both hedgehogs and the bat were freed from the robot's caging.
"Oh Omega! You came just in time!" Rouge jumped unto the robot's shoulders, holding back from the urge of hugging his head and not let go.
"Orders are to withdraw. Civilians have reached safety and we cannot keep fighting."
"Did you just come for us?" Shadow asked his robot companion.
"Affirmative. Orders are: Find Shadow and Rouge, destroy robots along the way; withdraw immediately."
"Then this must be very serious
" Rouge sank in her place. They all did have that awful feeling in the pit of their stomachs.
"Sonic, you too must go away. Gather your friends. You will be summoned by us when the time comes." Omega told him.
"You giving me orders too?"
"I was ordered to tell you."
"Just listen to him Sonic, we need to figure out a plan. As things are, it's clear that we can't do much in this situation." Rouge pleaded, she had analyzed the situation and very much agreed with their higher-ups decision.
"Fine I'll get going too. Make sure to call Tails when you guys decide something." With a grunt, Sonic turned to leave.
"Thanks Sonic, we'll make sure to contact you." Rouge turned to Shadow, wanting to read his expression.
"As the ultimate life form it, I'm ashamed they're making us go back, I could destroy them all!" Shadow blared furious.
"If you did that then we'd all probably be dead by now." Rouge rolled her eyes at him with displease. Lately he had been going on about how he was the Ultimate Life Form and was not able to let out all his potential.
"Whatever, see you guys later."And with that, Sonic took off at full speed, heading back to the hills, where Tails house was. Suddenly he heard grunting and yelling, very familiar yelling actually, so he turned in the direction of the commotion. He was very surprised to find Amy with her hammer at hand, she would hit robots and if it had been a baseball game, she would have won with all homeruns. She was clearly mad, so mad that she was actually crying.
"You stupid robots! You'll pay for making me drop and then stepping on my apples!" Flames came from her body, if the robots might have had feelings or a sense of fear or survival they would not have gotten near her.
"Apples?" Sonic wondered why she was so mad over some apples. Amy was fighting like he had never seen her before, but being so mad didn't help her much, in a split second she had dropped her guard and a robot came at her from behind.
"Watch it!" With a lightning like kick, Sonic sent the robot flying, crashing it with a near wall.
"Sonic!" Amy shouted astonished, forgetting that she had been raging mad five seconds ago.
"Do you want to get killed!? Let's get out of here now!" And as he often did, he didn't wait for her to answer when he had already scooped her off her feet, quickly going out of town into the hills.
"W- Where are we going?" The poor girl couldn't help but blush. Sonic held back a laugh, she actually looks kinda cute, he thought when he saw her expression.
"To Tail's place, don't worry, I'll explain everything there." He smiled like the hero that he was and looked straight to the path he followed.