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I worked at a run of the mill construction job. I did not do much but use my psychokinesis to help workers lift heavy parts, and also move things into place. It was a great way to practice my ability, as well as strengthen it. Alongside this, I got paid a decent wage. Ten Rings an hour, not bad. Other than the coworkers that lived with me, I did not get very much contact with the outside world. I rarely saw Sonic, Shadow, or any of the others. I kept to myself in a lonely part of the city, one that was obviously still under construction. I live in the future, but there is not much for me to do in the future. Sonic’s children had become successful business owners and were deadly rich. They had abandoned the heroic ways a long time ago. The future was one of the two kinds of future I was not a fan of: a utopia. Granted, I preferred a utopia over a dystopia, but with the utopian future that was now in existence thanks to all of evil being banished...the future was pretty boring. Apparently somewhere down the line, when Sonic’s children were teenagers, they had managed to conquer all evil. Eggman had died, and all of the other evil members had banished. Thanks to Sonic’s son, who had stupidly told the world leaders to take much more control on the criminal situation. Soon criminals decreased immensely until there was none. Sounds like the ideal world to many, right? A perfect world without crime, murder, rape. Nobody worried about Eggman flooding the city or anything. It was actually really boring. And the government was really strict. There were guards on every street block. People eventually got used to them, and criminals did not put a toe out of line. The future was unimaginably perfect, thanks to Sonic’s children. This did not bother me much, I did not feel inclined to tell Sonic not to have children. Since once again, utopia was better than dystopia. At least the future was safe. Still, I preferred the past’s balance between good and evil. Things were way more interesting.
After my shift, I headed to the apartment I stayed at. I oftentimes checked the future to make sure things were still okay, they always were, but I still checked anyway. I got into my apartment and sighed, then collapsed on my leather couch. The couch was fading and had bits of it ripped off thanks to the previous owner’s puppy. I flipped on the TV and watched the news happily declare that Sonic had saved the world once again. I saw the speedy blue blur rushing through the streets, kicking down robots as he went. With him, I needn’t worry about saving the world. My goal was to protect the future. But it was very difficult not to screw things up. Changing anything in the past could drastically affect the future. I got up and went to get a can of soda, then sat back down and crossed my legs. I was pretty worn out from my work shift.
After the news, I finished my soda and stood up and stretched. I was ready to go to bed, I threw the empty can away and headed for my apartment bedroom. Right as I made my way there, I heard a knock at the door. This was strange to hear, I rarely ever got visitors. Even by the apartment landlord or owner. I went to the door and opened it. There stood a young man I had never seen before. He looked about my age. And the weird thing was, he looked almost exactly like me. The only difference was, he had three violet quills, violet streaks on his legs, and a white muzzle instead of a peach one.
“Can I help you?” I asked sleepily.
“My life is in turmoil. You must go and save it,” said the hedgehog. He almost sounded like me.
“Are you my brother or something?” I asked cautiously.
“My name is Drexel. And right now, I need your help,” said the hedgehog.
“If you need help, I suggest you go ask this hedgehog named Sonic,” I droned.
“No. This is important. Only you can help me,” said Drexel.
“Alright. What do you need help with?” I asked.
“Come with me,” Drexel grabbed my arm before I could flinch, and suddenly we both were thrown into a very bright light. I could not see or feel anything, I wasn’t even sure if Drexel was still holding on to me.
“What gives!?” I cried. But my question was answered when I nearly face-planted into soft grass. Drexel held me back before I could topple over. I looked around and saw nothing like the utopian city I came from. All I saw were rolling grassy hills, along with trees, and a river flowing in the distance. I was completely awestruck by the scenery before me. I was always attracted to rural settings. After taking it in, I swerved around to look at Drexel. “Alright. You need help here? Things look so peaceful here. How do you need help?” I asked.
“It would really help if you don’t ask questions,” Drexel grumbled. “It is important that the less you know about me, the better off I am. I transported you to a world where I am about to be put in turmoil, and I need your help to stop it from happening,” Drexel explained.
“What?” I asked, but Drexel took my arm again and before I knew it he was lugging me down the hill. I was trying to pull away but he had a stunningly tight grip. He dragged me across the grass and a bridge. We then came up to a huge castle in the distance. I had about had enough by this point. I focused my powers and energy on Drexel, hoping to throw him away with my telekinesis. But he swung his foot around and tripped me; I could’ve sworn his feet created a fire as it went.
“Please don’t fight back. Please cooperate. This is important,” Drexel said sternly.
“How...How were you able...to tell when my telekinesis was coming?” I asked.
“As I said, it’s better if you don’t ask questions,” Drexel replied, flicking his violet fringe away. “Now come with me, we are to go into this castle,” he said. I groaned and got up, brushing the dirt off me. Then I followed him towards the castle. There were guards standing in front of the door. As expected, they prevented us from going in. “I need to see the princess,” Drexel told them, as if he had been there many times.
“How does she know you?” asked one guard.
“I am a good friend,” Drexel replied.
“Wait right here,” said the other guard. He turned and rang a bell, then turned back around to face us. Drexel and I waited there for awhile. I was getting rather impatient, and was shifting my legs to get comfortable. But Drexel seemed calm and the exact opposite. Then suddenly the doors opened, and a silhouette exited the castle and stepped into the sunlight. I saw the figure in the light now, and recognized it instantly as my best friend.
“BLAZE!?” I cried in surprise.
“Silver,” Blaze responded. Blaze looked over towards Drexel. “Who is this, Silver?” Blaze asked.
“I need your guys’ help,” Drexel replied.
“With what?” Blaze asked.
“Wait, you took me to Blaze’s world?” I asked.
“No questions are to be asked, understand. Today, an event will take place today that will drastically effect my existence in the future,” Drexel replied.
“What kind of event?” asked Blaze.
“There are many. Now, before I cause anymore issues, I am going to leave you both to it,” Drexel said.
“WHAT KIND OF EVENT!” Blaze roared. But Drexel turned, and with another bright flash of light, he was gone. Blaze and I cast confused looks.
“Blaze? What’s going on here today?” I asked.
“I don’t know, Silv. Today was predicted to be a normal day,” Blaze shrugged.
“I think that guy was trouble,” I said.
“We don’t know. I think we better do what he says.”
“For the sake of my world. And yours. If he was a threat, it may be wise to do as he says.”
“I don’t know, it sounds dodgy to me. We don’t even know him or where he comes from, he could be an Eggman mecha wanting to cause trouble.”
“Well, how about this? You rebel, and I obey. Got it?”
“What if we have to work together?”
“I don’t know. I suppose if he is unsatisfied, he will return.”
Blaze looked over to the side and thought for awhile. But she was still as confused as I was.
“Perhaps I can go to the future and see what’s gonna happen?” I asked.
“What if he’s not from the future, though? Let’s just do what he says,” Blaze replied.
“What is that? Tell me, Blaze,” I said.
“I don’t know, Silver,” Blaze shook her head. “But he brought us together for a reason, so let’s take the day as it comes,” she said. She started to head back into her castle. I just stood there, not sure what the hell to do. Blaze glanced back at me, and I realized I needed to follow her. I followed her into the castle. It was huge, and the medieval feel to it was interesting.
“Blaze, I haven’t seen you in years. How have you been?” I asked.
“I have been okay, Silver. How about you? How’s the future?” Blaze asked.
“The future is doing great. A little too great, actually,” I admitted. Suddenly, an older female cat walked down stairs and headed to us.
“Blaze! There you are, dear!” she said.
“Mom, this is my friend Silver,” Blaze said, pointing to me.
“Is he attending the wedding? GREAT!” the older cat giggled.
“Wedding?” I asked.
“I am to marry a prince from another land,” Blaze looked at the ground and closed her eyes.
“And he is PURRFECT! Huhu!” giggled the Queen.
“Could this be the event that Drexel wanted us to stop?” I asked.
“I don’t think so, Silver. I can’t escape this fate, I must marry him,” she said.
“Hold on, what if it is?” I said.
“Why would it be?” Blaze asked.
“What if marrying that prince causes Drexel to die?”
“How would that happen? It’s just a marriage. It doesn’t hurt anybody.”
“Blaze, I wouldn’t do this, if I were you.”
“BLAZE! You said yourself! We must do as Drexel says, right!? So don’t marry this prince!”
Blaze turned away, and I could tell she wasn’t happy.
“Blaze, do you even know this prince? Or love him?” I asked.
“I don’t know, Silver,” Blaze said sadly.
“The prince is very rich, and her father really likes him. I most certainly approve of this marriage!” the queen cut in.
“But what if Blaze doesn’t?” I inquired.
“She is to marry whoever the king wants, it’s sad but true,” said the queen. I looked at Blaze, whose head was hung again, then back at the queen. I felt a kind of anger that Blaze said she would obey Drexel but would marry the prince. But then I was also the one who said to rebel against Drexel’s request! I did not know what to do. Drexel just dropped me here without much explanation. Maybe Blaze needed to marry the prince. Maybe I am not SUPPOSED to stop it? I did not know what to do. And Blaze had said she did not know what event was coming. Suddenly the doors opened, and a royal court walked in, carrying a smug looking otter wearing a silk robe. The court stopped right in front of Blaze. The members carrying the otter walked ahead so that they were closer to Blaze. Another member walked ahead and threw down a velvety strip of carpet in front of the court. The court then set the otter down on the carpet.
“So, you’re this Blaze I am destined to marry?” said the otter.
“Um…” Blaze began. The otter took her hand and kissed it.
“Greetings, I am Prince Calherti. It’s a pleasure to finally meet you,” said the otter. Blaze pulled her hand away, looking a bit uncomfortable.
“Um…” she said.
“And who might you be?” The otter looked at me with a decrease in attitude.
“I am Silver, Blaze’s friend,” I replied.
“Okay. Whatever. C’mon! I request that the princess and I are to marry right away!” Calherti called. He held his chin up proudly as the court picked him up again, and the smaller member picked up the carpet. It was like his feet was not allowed to touch dirty floor without his precious carpet.
“See? What a character! I heard his bathtub is made of silver!” the queen whispered to us.
“Silver tarnishes, ya know?” I reminded her.
“Of course he does!” Calherti had heard me. “You are tarnished and old, so I have no use for you!” I realized he was directing that statement to me. I gritted my teeth.
“Blaze, you’re not marrying him!” I said instantly.
“But-” Blaze began. But I grabbed him and took off.
“Oh! NO! After him!” Calherti told the court carrying him. Soon, we were being chased by a bunch of royal guards carrying a stuck-up prince.
“Silver, STOP! I need to marry him!” Blaze shrieked.
“Whether Drexel wants you to or not, I will not allow it!” I cried.
“Why!?” Blaze snarled.
“He is not right for you. You deserve somewhat to make you happy,” I told her gently.
“Silver…” Blaze began.
Since I did not know my way around, I ended up stopping at a dead-end. I turned and saw the court catching up with me. “I am sorry to burst your bubble, Silverware, but I am to marry Princess Blaze. Our fathers have agreed upon it, and you cannot escape fate,” Calherti reported. The court that carried him around were sweating and gasping for breath. Calherti, however, had not broke a single sweat and was looking proud of himself. The court seemed to be only allowed to hold him up above their heads, so that he didn’t touch their “dirty” clothing. I saw the windows beside me, and I focused my energy, and put pressure on them. The glass broke, and I pulled Blaze out through the window. Behind me, the court threw a silk sheet over Calherti’s head so no glass rained down on him.
“SILVER STOP! I must marry him!” Blaze roared.
“You must, but do you want to?” I asked. Blaze did not respond. We continued running, we headed to a jungle up ahead. After awhile, the court carrying Caherti tired out.
“What are you doing!? After them!” Caherti cried.
“My Lord, we cannot proceed,” panted one of the members.
“You HAVE to! I order you to!” Calherti sobbed.
“We can’t…” said another member.
“YOU HAVE TO! YOU HAVE TO! YOU HAVE TO!” Calherti screamed, sounding like a spoiled kid.
We ran deep into the forest, even though nobody was chasing us anymore. We both slipped and slid down a muddy hill. When we got up, Blaze looked at me. “SILVER! WHAT IF I NEEDED TO MARRY HIM!” Blaze cried.
“Blaze...I don’t want you to marry him. Because call me crazy...I think Drexel brought me here to protect you,” Silver said.
“Why? Why me? How do you know? What if he wanted you to KILL me? What if he wanted me to marry Calherti? Silver, we don’t know anything! You can’t assume something without any facts!” Blaze said, brushing mud off her tights.
“Drexel hasn’t come back yet, has he? I say we should make our own path. Like you said, we do what we can, and he will correct us if he isn’t satisfied,” I said.
“What if he isn’t watching us? What if he depends on us?” Blaze asked.
“He said his life was at our stake. He must be watching us. He would’ve given us more information if he wasn’t,” I explained.
“I guess…” Blaze began.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
“Yeah, just muddy, is all,” Blaze said.
“Our safest bet is to go back to my dimension.”
“But Drexel brought us here for a reason. If he wanted me to go with you, he would’ve brought me to you.”
“C’mon, let’s go.”
Blaze and I ventured through the forest. The mud beneath us was pretty slippery. The wet decomposing leaves didn’t help. It must have recently rained. “Blaze...who do you think Drexel is?” I asked.
“I don’t know, Silver,” Blaze said.
“Do you have any idea?” I said.
“He looks like you. He’s connected to us both in some way,” Blaze told me.
“Maybe he’s meant to marry you? Maybe he made me stop you from marrying Drexel so you could marry him,” I suggested.
“I don’t want to marry him. I don’t even know him,” Blaze pointed out.
“You didn’t know Calherti, either,” I reminded her.
“CAN’T I MARRY SOMEONE I LOVE FOR ONCE!?” Blaze wept.
“Of course Blaze...I just...I was…” I began.
“I am sorry, Silver. I am just...I hate the arranged marriages we have in this world,” Blaze sighed.
“If you want to marry someone you truly love, go for it. If you’re happy, I am happy.”
“If Drexel wanted us to stop the marriage, why didn’t he do that himself?”
“Maybe he chose me because I know you more?”
“Perhaps. I still am confused about all of this.”
“We’ll just take it as it comes, Blazey.”
We continued through the forest, despite it sprinkling off and on. I felt lost, extremely lost. So I took to following Blaze occasionally. “Where can we go that’s safe?” I asked.
“We just need to lose Calherti. He has until midnight tonight to marry me. I guess that’s one of the benefits of our arranged marriages,” Blaze explained.
“Then we need to be on the run until midnight?” I asked.
“Yes,” Blaze nodded. We headed through thick trees and brush. I noticed that there was a mosquito on Blaze’s ear. I went over to her gently. I did not want to hurt her, so I reached up and brushed it away. She jumped and glanced back in surprise.
“Sorry…there was a bug on you…” I blushed.
We continued on, I was getting sick of seeing so many trees. It felt like the trees were slowly consuming us. It got darker in here, I couldn’t tell if it was getting late or if the trees were so thick it blocked out the sunlight. “Do we have to keep going? I am pretty sure we lost them,” I said.
“Silver, I know a secret hideout we can go to nearby. I have gone there since I was a kitten. Nobody else knows about it, so we will go there,” Blaze explained.
“Is it in a tree?” I asked, looking at a walnut tree hopelessly. It seemed to reach out and grab me.
“No. Just follow me,” said Blaze. The trail we were taking got even narrower. The trees got close enough to where we were brushing against a lot of them. I was beginning to feel overwhelmed. The trees seemed to reach out to grab me. The space around us got even tighter, and I stumbled a little. Blaze turned to see me. “Silv? You okay?” she asked worriedly.
“I am fine,” I lied. I used my telekinesis to move tree branches out of my way. Blaze just cocked her head curiously at me. I wished we could go into an open field right now. That sounds relieving. We headed through more tight spaces, much to my dismay. After what felt like an hour, we finally reached a tall, dazzling waterfall. Its cool, crystal waters were slapping the pool below. “Wow,” I said in awe. I had never seen a waterfall before. I had seen lava falls and mud slides, but never a waterfall. It was absolutely gorgeous. The appearance as well as the melodic sounds made me feel like I was in a paradise. But Blaze did not really seem to want to stop. She headed right for the falls. I followed her. Suddenly, she waded in the water. She looked beautiful, with the water engulfing her body. Then she turned around and I caught a glimpse of her twinkling yellow eyes. They were the same color as mine, though. But hers were way more beautiful.
“Follow me, Silver,” she said. Hesitantly, I made my way towards the water. The second it touched my skin, cold, sharp water stabbed my ankles. Ignoring that, I followed Blaze until I was waist deep. Then she dove right under. I sighed, took a deep breath, and plunged in after her. The view under the water was rather cloudy, thanks to the falling water hitting the surface. Bubbles and mist stirred up around me. But I caught a glimpse of lilac in the distance and went after it. Suddenly, it disappeared, and I saw a brown rock wall. I looked around, confused, until I saw a tail whip beneath me. I swam further down. At the bottom, I noticed a small cave. I narrowed my body and swam through the cave. I hated every second of being inside this narrow crevice. I was beginning to crave air. I swam a bit faster, until suddenly I slid on a sandy hill. I looked up above me and saw Blaze standing there. “You’re gonna squirm there like a fish out of water, or what?” she teased. I quickly got up and looked around. We were in a bigger cave. But it was bowl-sized all around. It was eight feet wide and about ten feet high. It was all sand, except for a big rock in the corner. Blaze ignited her hand and set it down to a pile of sticks. A firepit. Blaze must’ve brought it here before. It was cozy in here. I could hear the muffled waterfall outside. The sandy platform was being hugged by the water coming in through the entrance, but not enough to make it an island.
“This is cool, Blaze. It’s like a little secret clubhouse,” I remarked.
“I’ve come down here for a long time. Look over there,” she said. She pointed towards the wall, where colorful crayon and chalk drawings decorated the limestone. “I made that art when I was seven. Stupid, I know,” Blaze softly touched the chalky stick figures on the wall.
“This is incredible Blaze,” I said.
“Here, we will be safe from Calherti,” she said. “We can stay here until midnight hits.”
I looked at Blaze’s arms, and noticed a red gash on her upper arm.
“You’re bleeding!” I said worriedly.
“It’s fine,” she insisted, covering it with her hand. I reached back towards the water and splashed her wound with it. She gritted her teeth at the pain, but soon the blood was all gone. “Silver, I am glad you got me out of there. I have always hated the concept of forced marriage. But that’s a rule of my kingdom. I don’t think I will ever fall in love. Or know the concept of falling in love. What’s it like?” she asked. Her question caught me off guard. I rubbed the back of my neck.
“It’s like where...you love someone unconditionally,” was the best thing I could think of.
“Unconditionally?” she asked.
“Yeah. Where you love someone, no matter what happens. No matter what their flaws, or any setbacks. They could rob a bank, but you could still love them,” I replied.
“I don’t know. That’s where I draw the line!” she said, and we exchanged laughs. “Do you ever think I’ll be able to experience love, though?” she said.
“It all depends. But I believe that, when you fall in love, you know it. It’s not something you really have to think about, it just sort of happens I guess,” I drew circles in the sand. Blaze laid back and rested in the sand. She closed her eyes. I watched her for a minute, and found her angelic. It took me a few minutes to realize she had fallen asleep. I laid down myself right next to her, and thanks to the water, I accompanied her slumber.
I woke up groggily. I felt a weight on me and moved my arms and legs around to stretch them out. “I love you,” said a voice behind me. Curiously, I turned around sleepily, and saw Blaze. I hadn’t quite realized what she said because I was still half-asleep myself. Eventually, I fell back asleep.
“SILVER! SILVER WAKE UP!” cried a voice. My eyes opened and I saw Blaze looking at me.
“Blaze?” I asked.
“It’s midnight now. We can get out of here!” Blaze told me.
The water was warmer this time, but it was still a jerk to my sleepy system. When we emerged into the outside world, I was greeted with millions of stars in the sky. Once again, something I never saw, since I was a city dweller. “Well, I guess...I can leave then, since I stopped the wedding,” I said.
“Um...yeah,” Blaze seemed disheartened by what I said. “But where’s Drexel?”
“Who knows?” I said.
“Maybe you are not done yet. Come with me to the castle,” Blaze instructed.
We thought we were in the clear, but Calherti was there waiting for us. “Finally, you decided to return,” he said.
“You are not able to marry me now! It’s passed midnight!” Blaze insisted.
“That’s usually the case, but the King made a slight bend to the rule,” Calherti leered.
“WHAT!?” Blaze roared.
“Now, you must be my wife. And Silver, the King has instructed me that if you are to kidnap Blaze again, you will hereby be executed,” said Calherti.
“NO!” I insisted. Using my telekinesis, I had Calherti and his guards up in the air.
“WHAT!? What sorcery is this!? Are you a wizard!?” Calherti bawled.
“Blaze doesn’t love you! You want to marry her for her Emeralds, or to put her in submission! She deserves better than you!” I said. Using my powers, I threw the lot into the stone wall. Then I seized Blaze and made a second run for it. We hadn’t gone far, when I saw Drexel standing there in the grass. “THERE YOU ARE! Have we saved you!?” Silver asked.
Drexel smiled, and nodded. “So far, so good,” Drexel said, and relief swept me like a broom. Suddenly, Drexel flashed, like he was a light. He began to disappear in and out of existence. This kind of thing I recognized.
“You’re from the future! That’s why you needed my help!” I cried.
“Yes! And for some reason, I am still in danger! I am still ceasing to exist!” Drexel cried.
“Why!?” I cried.
“I don’t know!” Drexel said.
“YOU NEED TO TELL US! I won’t accept ignorance anymore!” I roared. Suddenly, our question was answered. Blaze suddenly choked, and I looked over and saw that an arrow had pierced her stomach. My own stomach dropped to my feet. Apparently, a careless guard had missed me, and hit her.
“Sil...ver,” Blaze choked, collapsing.
“BLAZE!” I sobbed. As a result of this, Drexel’s flashes got longer, as his existence was now in more trouble. “BLAZE!” I cried, reaching for the arrow.
“Stop! Get her help! My life depends on…” Drexel began, but he flashed out of existence again.
“Wait...you needed me to protect Blaze? All this time? Your life depends on her existence?” I asked.
“Save her,” Drexel choked, and then in another flash, he was gone. It didn’t make sense. That couldn’t mean Drexel was her lover...could it? I didn’t have time to think now. I used my telekinesis to pick up the injured cat, and I made a run for it. Arrows whizzed past me. One grazed my leg, breaking the tendons inside. I yelped but kept going. The wound was hot and stinging madly. I ran back into the forest. I kept making sure Blaze was okay. She appeared to not even be moving. At this, I ran faster. I couldn’t teleport while I was holding her with my powers, which was a downfall. I kept on running, even though my lungs were begging for mercy. This time, I jumped over the slippery mud hill we slid down earlier. I had no idea who to go to, or what to do. I couldn’t afford to get lost in these woods. I tried to follow our path from earlier, but I accidentally got off course and was going through dark, spooky trees. I didn’t care though. Suddenly, crows were circling Blaze. I lowered her down into my arms. Using my powers again, I sent those crows away. Now I could teleport. I jumped up and made my way over the trees. This scared more crows out of the trees. I flew over a broken bridge. It was a good idea I was teleporting now. I carried the injured cat princess until I saw smoke in the distance. Instinctively, I flew towards it. The smoke was coming from a tiny hut on the outskirts of the forest, near the waters. I descended down to the ground and knocked rapidly on the door.
The door opened to expose a tired raccoon. “What in the bloody hell…? WHA!” she exclaimed.
“Blaze has been hurt! I am her friend, Silver!” I hastily exclaimed.
“You came to the right place, mate! My name is Marine! Get in!” she said.
Marine was able to contact a doctor in this dimension while we rested Blaze on Marine’s bed. I stayed by Blaze’s side the whole time and wiped her forehead with a nice cold rag. She didn’t have a fever, but I suspected the cold rag to feel nice to her. She was luckily still alive, but barely. The doctor came in a flash, and unfortunately for me, wanted privacy while he worked. So I waited outside the door.
“Hey, mate, sit down. I’ll make ya some tea,” Marine said, pointing to a chair near the door. I sat in it. It was awfully small and low but I didn’t care. Marine brought back some nice warm green tea. After that, I was put to sleep.
I woke up with Marine nudging me. “Mate, mate. The arrow’s out of her body now. She’s all stitched up and good,” Marine said. The doctor emerged from the bathroom, carrying his bloody gloves. I got up and went into Marine’s bedroom. Blaze was laying there. Deeply asleep. I went to her and kissed her cheek without a second thought. At this, her eyes started to open.
“Silv...er?” she asked.
“Blaze, I am here for you, you should rest now,” I assured her.
“Uncon...ditional love…?” she asked. She weakly and sleepily looked up at me. “Unconditional….love. Silv...er….I love you,” she choked. Then she rested her head on the pillow and went back to sleep. It took me a second to realize what she’d said. My heart did a backflip.
“C’mon, now, let’s let her rest,” the doctor’s voice said behind me. I went back to the chair and just stared in the distance.
“Mate, she’ll be okay. Why do you still seem troubled?” Marine asked when I sat back down with a blank stare.
“She...She says she loves me,” I said in awe.
“It’s the anesthesia, mate. She’s delirious. I’m sure she only meant that platonically,” Marine assured me. But for some reason, hearing all that made me feel a bit disheartened. I stood up and went outside. If it weren’t for the clouds and light rain, the sun would’ve been coming up in the horizon. Suddenly, there was a flash in front of me. Drexel returned, in full vivid color.
“You saved me,” Drexel responded happily.
“Your life is saved?” I asked.
“For now,” Drexel said.
“But why the marriage? Why Blaze?” I asked.
Drexel looked at the floor and smiled. “I’m sure you’d love to know, but I don’t know if you can handle the truth right this second. Give it a bit more time, and I may tell you,” he said. Then he took off into the wood.
“STOP! I WANNA KNOW NOW!” I cried after him. But he was long gone. I turned around and went back inside. I collapsed on a couch and eventually fell asleep.
I slept for quite awhile, Marine woke me up with the smell of cooking bacon. I immediately got up and went to Marine’s room. Blaze was in there, awake, rubbing her eyes. “BLAZE!” I said happily.
“SILVER!” Blaze exclaimed. I went to her and hugged her without a second thought. She hugged back. She felt so warm and soft.
“Blaze...listen, I am sorry about this,” I said.
“Don’t be. You saved me from eternal sadness. Thank you, Silver,” Blaze whispered.
“You’re...thanking me!?” I pulled away.
“Yes. You helped me. Now I don’t have to marry Calherti anymore,” Blaze said.
“But I thought your father extended the delay days of the wedding with him?” I said.
“He did. But it doesn’t matter anymore, because I am not going to marry him.”
“What do you mean!?”
“This is what I mean.”
Suddenly, my lips were being engulfed by hers. My heart immediately picked up speed at this. I realized now. She didn’t have to marry Calherti anymore because she was finally in love. With me. I happily accepted her kiss, and kissed back. It was amazing and warm, and I realized I loved her back.
After a good breakfast Marine made, we were headed out, holding hands. We stopped and waited for any appearance from Drexel, but when there was none, I took her and finally transported to my world. Drexel did not stop us. But I was glad to know that by taking her here, she would be safe. Safe from Calherti. I would protect her. No sooner than we got to my world, when Blaze turned to me.
“Silver, the future. The perfect future you described. I want to see it,” Blaze said. I was a bit surprised at her request, but nodded and grabbed her and went to the utopia.
When I got there though, I noticed that it looked a lot more like the past. There were no more guards on the corners. Police cars whizzed by, chasing after a thug. What happened to the utopia? Why was there crime now? “Wow, this future, it IS great!” Blaze remarked.
“But…” I began.
“There is no fire, no hell. Everything is the way it should be!” Blaze said happily. She turned to me. “You’re doing great, Silver. I am proud of you.” She went in and kissed me again, and my confusion melted and became love again, as I wrapped my arms around her and pulled her closer. “I know what unconditional love is, Silver,” she said.
“How?” I asked.
“You stood by my side. Even though I was hurt. I was in that situation. You still remained with me. I could tell you really care about me, Silver,” Blaze told me softly, kissing my cheek.
“Of course I do, Blaze. I love you,” I told her softly back, kissing her cheek in return.
“I love you, too, Silver,” Blaze said.
“Want to look around?” I asked.
“Sure,” she said. I ascended into the air with my powers, and took her with me. She was surrounded in a cyan aura. Holding hands, we flew over this metropolis. It was not a dystopia. It was not a utopia. It was in between, and that was THE perfect world. The world needs a balance between good and bad. In order to truly appreciate the good, we need to experience the bad. Without the bad, we will not be able to grow stronger. We need the best of both worlds. When Blaze and I descended, we landed on the soft sands of a beach. We exchanged another kiss, only to be interrupted by a familiar voice.
“You guys did it,” Drexel said.
“You owe us an explanation,” Blaze said.
“Indeed I do. If you had gotten married to Calherti, I would have ceased to exist. I needed Silver to save you, so my future will be promised. And now it is,” Drexel said.
“And how exactly would you cease to exist without us?” I wanted to know.
“You guys haven’t figured it out already!?” Drexel chuckled. He looked at me. “You really ARE naive!”
“HEY!” I cried. “But how did you know that?”
Drexel just chuckled and shook his head. “Thank you. Thanks to both of you, I have a guaranteed future,” he smiled and then looked at me. “Thank you, Dad. For saving Mom.” And with that smile still on his face, he disappeared in a flash of light.