The blue hedgehog headed across the beach for his best friend’s workshop. He had just returned from once again another battle from his arch enemy Dr. Eggman. It was just another cliche, run of the mill battle. It was seven in the morning, and the hedgehog hadn’t slept in three days by this time. He walked across the coarse sand of the shore in a slight limp. However, he stopped when he heard laughing from nearby. He glanced curiously at the direction of the noise, and spotted a lilac princess sitting on a rocky ledge with a white hedgehog. The blue hedgehog’s heart sank a mile at the sight, but he wasn’t sure why. The princess and the white hedgehog were laughing and teasingly throwing sand at each other. The blue hedgehog, whose name was Sonic, was gawking at the lilac princess. She wasn’t even looking his way, and neither was the white hedgehog. They were too engrossed with each other. Suddenly the white hedgehog kissed the princess on the cheek, and an intense pain nailed Sonic’s chest. He finally looked away and headed back to where he was going; to his best friend’s workshop, which was on the shoreline just about a quarter of a mile away. Even as he walked away, the princess and the white hedgehog did not even notice him go by. Once he was out of their range, he walked diagonal to the thick, brown wet sand that the sea oftentimes licked with its sloshy waves. Right as he did, a tiny wave swooshed right under his feet, but it didn’t bother him, because it was only a tiny amount of water.
When Sonic reached his best friend Tails’ workshop, he opened the door and saw Tails typing away on his laptop. Tails looked up and saw Sonic coming in and smiled instantly.
“Hey, Sonic. You’re back from battling Eggman?” Tails asked, nodding approvingly.
“As always. Same old, same old. Nothing ever changes with the hairy-mouthed egg, he’s always planning the same white-bread plan that contains Chaos Emeralds, or a big hyperactive machine that I can stop with a few slashes of Spin Dash. He’s persistent, I’ll give him that. But very fruitful,” Sonic explained. He was still able to be himself somewhat, but seeing the lilac princess with the white hedgehog had disheartened him slightly for some reason…
“Hughhh! Well, at least now you’re able to be here and relax, huh?” Tails said.
“You said it,” Sonic collapsed on the couch before his best friend, and looked at the screen of the laptop. “What’cha doin’?”
“A better question to ask, is what I HAVE been doing,” Tails said, looking at Sonic’s avocado green eyes.
“You’re KILLING me!” Sonic groaned cockily, rolling his eyes.
“Well, if you want to know so bad...I have been doing a bit of coding here…” Tails moved the cursor on the screen across the current page he was at, which was just the results of mechanical parts at an online retail business. The cursor zipped up to the top, where there was a display of over ten tabs. Tails clicked on the fourth one, and a blank page appeared, filled with all kinds of coding and website jargon Sonic did not understand.
“Cool. What’s it mean?” Sonic asked. “What is it?”
“It’s trying to decode Eggman’s computer softwares,” Tails replied.
“I am trying to figure out the coding to try and hack into Eggman’s computer system, to put it that way.”
“So...what do you plan to do with that? Watch Eggman shower?”
“Very funny, Sonic. But Eggman isn’t stupid enough to let water come into contact with his precious technology. But if I can discreetly hack into the software, I can get a future notice of what Eggman might be scheming. Thing is, Eggman set up a lot of firewalls. And a lot of them have rather complicated passwords. The first were easy to crack---thank you, thank you---” Tails paused briefly at his egg pun for Eggman. “--but they have become increasingly more difficult, and less generic. Like for example, one of them was $H@D0W-ULT!M@TE-L!FEF0RM3. Eggman started using more symbols and codes as I managed to get pass more and more firewalls. Like here’s one.”
A warning box popped up that demanded a password. Tails typed in something, but the warning box shook violently and deleted his attempt. “I will need some time to focus, Sonic. You relax,” Tails instructed.
Sonic sighed and got up, not wanting to watch tedious computing stuff anyway. He went to the guest room where he often stayed and sat down on the bed. His mind then drifted onto the lilac princess…
Sonic’s eyes widened when her name popped into his head. He hadn’t spend much time with her, and hadn’t even seen her in over a year. And she had been laughing with that white hedgehog...Silver. Sonic shut his eyes and remembered the times he’d had with Blaze, and had felt really close to her. But he wasn’t quite sure why the concept of Blaze being with Silver bothered him. Maybe it was because he didn’t think Silver was really good enough for an elegant princess such as her. Sonic collapsed on his back into the memory foam mattress bed. Upon feeling the coziness underneath it, his body immediately relaxed and he conked out the second he let his eyes rest.
Sonic...Sonic… Sonic saw a glimpse of bright yellow eyes looking at him with the mountains in the background
”SONIC! SONIC! GET UP!”
Sonic’s green eyes popped open to be looking right at a dark gray ceiling, indicated it was nearly dark. Sonic looked over and saw Tails there looking excited.
“Wherezthefire?” Sonic droned sleepily.
“Sonic! I managed to hack into Eggman’s computer! I have been reading the coding sent from his computer, and I am able to read notes and see private, locked files containing future schemes and ideas!” Tails said. Sonic’s eyes widened immediately at this last sentence.
“Anyway, I couldn’t access it. When I type in my own coding, I am able to get free access to Eggman’s stuff. And luckily the coding is transparent, so he shouldn’t notice anything.”
“Thank Chaos,” Sonic closed his eyes and once again he was out like a light.
Sonic woke up about an hour later feeling much more refreshed. He had slept nearly fourteen hours by this point. He did not remember his dreams, but they had contained lemon yellow eyes that in the dream he had found extremely alluring. He jumped off the bed feeling more energetic and went out to the sitting room where Tails had been earlier on the laptop. Tails was sitting on the couch again, this time his laptop was in sleep mode beside him. Knuckles was laying on the floor on his stomach, and the two were watching a movie. Therefore, the lights were out. Sonic went to see what they were watching. Just as he got in to face the TV, he saw a zombie seize a girl and start eating her skull. Sonic’s eyes flickered briefly at this greeting.
“Hey,” Knuckles droned, obviously too involved with the movie. Tails had a bowl of popcorn beside him and was also locked onto the TV, so much that when he reached over to grab a handful of popcorn, he ended up grabbing the edge of the bowl. His hand fished around aimlessly until it finally found its way into the bowl to grab a kernel. Sonic wasn’t interested at all in the movie. His stomach churned uncomfortably when he remembered Blaze. He didn’t understand, why was he did he think about her so much? He decided maybe if he went to see her, maybe he could get his mind off of her. He turned and went to the door to start to leave.
“See ya,” Knuckles droned unenthusiastically.
Sonic was greeted by a crescent moon, and he instantly remembered the night before Blaze left last time she was here. It was the second or third time she had visited his dimension, and she and Sonic had become really close friends during that time. And the night before she left last time, she and Sonic had laid on the grassy hill to stargaze, and Blaze had commented that the crescent moon looked like somebody had taken a bite out of it; her dimension had no moon. Sonic had explained that technically a part of it was missing, when Eggman shot it with the Eclipse Cannon a long time ago. But that missing part wouldn’t be visible for another hundred years or so, according to Tails, because that side of the moon is rarely seen by people on Earth over a long period of time. Sonic then had to talk about that adventure with the Eclipse Cannon with her, and he had really enjoyed his time with her. She enjoyed it as well, and had laughed after he made jokes about the Eclipse Cannon and how Eggman had gained weight since then. When Sonic looked at her while she laughed, the moonlight was shining on her face and that was when he decided he was enamored with the lilac princess; he loved her. He’d grabbed her hand and she let him, while looking at him with a smile. Unfortunately, nothing ever came out of that night. Sonic was afraid to inquire, because she was leaving the next day and he didn’t want to try to start something right before she departed...not to mention he felt unworthy to try winning the heart of such an elegant princess. Watching her leave that time had been more crushing to him than normal...he had hugged her, and tried not to let her go, but she had let go. And she was sucked into the portal, leaving Sonic feel like the action of her letting go was almost her saying she didn’t reciprocate his feelings. This was when he was fifteen. Now, fast forward three years; yesterday he had just seen Blaze for the first time since she left. He didn’t even know she was back after three years, and he’d seen her clinging to Silver. He felt crushed, because essentially his old time close friend had come back but not even bothered to see him. He found himself looking at the crescent moon with blurred eyes.
“Come on, hedgehog. Love will slow ya down,” Sonic tried to comfort himself, but it didn’t work. He heaved a heavy sigh and looked down at the sand and walked down the beach, and glanced to the ledge where he’d seen Blaze and Silver earlier. He was hating himself for not telling Blaze how he felt...sure it would’ve been right before she left, but that way he wouldn’t have lost her to someone else. He had let that chance slip, just because he hadn’t lived in the moment. At that time, he hadn’t even been entirely certain he loved her, or if it was just an Amy-esque infatuation. He hadn’t thought much about her since she’d left, Eggman had kept him pretty busy. Not to mention after she’d rejected the hug, he was sure he didn’t love her back, so he’d made himself get over her. But here he was, still thinking a lot about her.
“Ah, I’m sure it’s just the memory I am still in love with, not her,” Sonic tried to convince himself. But he loved thinking about her beautiful yellow eyes…the MEMORY of her beautiful yellow eyes, Sonic argued with himself.
Not only had she rejected his hug three years ago, but she hadn’t even looked his way earlier...he felt heartsick. Maybe seeing her would sew up the tiny gap he felt between them, and then if she wanted, they could go their separate ways. Sonic shrugged off the cold, and headed into the city. Maybe she was at Silver’s apartment. Sonic walked down the lonely street towards Silver’s apartment, and saw flickers of the crescent moon through the treetops. When he got to the apartment, he heaved a heavy sigh and entered the lobby. Instead of taking the elevator, he ran upstairs to the third floor. He didn’t talk to Silver much, but he had helped Silver move into the apartment. Silver had sent the stuff that fit through the window up with his psychokinesis, and Sonic caught it from the window. With everything else, Sonic and Silver carried them to the room using the elevator. Sonic hadn’t seen much of Silver since then, except when he needed his help for an Eggman attack or something. Sonic came to Room 384 and sighed, then knocked. There was a brief pause, then the door opened. Blaze stood there and Sonic was looking into her eyes for the first time in three years. Silver’s house smelled strongly of a movie theater.
“Sonic,” was all Blaze said. The way she addressed him made him feel hurt even more, like seeing him was a disgrace to her.
“Sorry...to disturb you, Blaze...but...can we talk…?” Sonic asked.
“Oh, okay. Silver and I were just getting ready to sit down and start a movie,” Blaze replied.
“Sorry...I will leave you alone,” Sonic sighed.
“No, you don’t have to. We can talk. But make it quick,” Blaze assured him, shutting the door behind her. She was wearing loose fitting silk. Pajamas. She was staying the night with Silver. Sonic bit his bottom lip at this notion. He had been hoping they could go for a walk and catch up, but with her wearing pajamas, that was out of the question.
“I...I just want to let you know...I...I missed you,” Sonic began slowly.
“I missed you, too,” Blaze said rather indifferently.
Rejecting her hug, not bothering to come see him when she got here, not looking at him at the beach, now this. He needed to know. “Okay, what did I do wrong?” Sonic asked.
“What do you mean?” Blaze asked rather coldly.
“You...you…” Sonic began, but did not want to sound accusative, so he continued, “...we used to be so close. What happened? I mean, you came back and did not even bother to come see me. What did I do?”
“Blaze?” Silver’s voice was muffled from inside the apartment.
“Sonic, can we talk about this another time?” Blaze asked.
“Another time? You didn’t even bother seeing me when you got here! I mean, how long have you been here?”
“Yeah...and you did not try to come see me. What did I do? And what happened to us?”
“Blaze!?” Silver’s voice was ruining it.
“Sorry, Sonic...I’ll talk to you later, okay? I promise,” she said, and she opened the apartment door and shut it behind her, leaving Sonic now facing the dirty, closed livid door.
“When!?” Sonic called, but he did not get a response. “Blaze!? When!?” He waited for a minute, expecting her to talk to Silver and come back out, but she did not. He stood there for a good ten minutes, he could’ve waited out there for years if he needed to. Because only a door separated him and Blaze now. And he wanted to talk to her...NEEDED to talk to her. He waited out there for another hour, often hearing Silver and Blaze laughing from inside. He then imagined himself knocking later after they were finished with the movie, and Blaze answering it and being annoyed that he came back and bothered them. Picturing that convinced him to leave, so sighing, he turned around and headed back to Tails’ workshop. The night breeze was colder than usual due to his sorrow. When he got back to Tails’ workshop, Knuckles was gone. Tails had fallen asleep on the couch. This had caused the popcorn bowl to spill all over the floor. Feeling worse because of this, Sonic began to pick up the individual popcorn kernels and flipped the overturned bowl. He put the kernels into the bowl and put it on the counter. Then he went back to the couch and pulled the knitted afghan off the top and draped it over his sleeping buddy. Then he went to the guest room and collapsed on the bed. Immediately he, once again, began to think of Blaze and the closeness they used to share. He grabbed his iPod and headphones off the bedside table and put the headphones in his ears. He turned on “Say Anything” by Good Charlotte to fit the situation, then he rolled over on his side. Midway into the first chorus, he let a few tears escape his eyes. This time he did not bother trying to cheer himself up with his ego.
Please don’t walk away, I know you wanna stay, if you just give me a sign. Say anything, say anything. Some say that...time changes. Best friends can...become strangers. But I don’t want that, no not for you, if you just stay with me we can make it through…
Sonic was feeling tired, AGAIN, but he couldn’t sleep.
I’m falling….I’m falling….I’m falling...down. I’m falling, I’m falling, I’m falling down. Down….Down….Down….
After the song was over, he listened to it one more time. After some pondering, he began to feel a bit better thinking that, if she was happy with Silver, that was okay. Yeah he was hurt that he lost the chance to be with her, but at least she was happy with Silver. Who knows, maybe Silver could make her happier than he could. After all, Sonic was so busy saving the world, he feared he would just be neglecting Blaze. But what hurt him, was the simple concept that he and Blaze may not even be close friends anymore. He might’ve lost her as a lover, but he did not want to lose her as a friend. Sonic tried to drift his thoughts away from her, like thinking this was how Shadow felt when he lamented over Maria. But Maria had DIED. And she and Shadow had been close until the very end. Sonic laid there in silence all night, until the light started to shine in a new day.
“C’mon hedgehog, get off your sorry ass. The world needs you,” Sonic scolded himself. “Quit pitying yourself.” Sonic was beginning to grow slightly hazy from a night of lost sleep, but he figured the thirteen hours from yesterday should make up for it. When the sun was now shining right in Sonic’s face, he heard shuffling outside indicating Tails was up. He got up and went to the sitting room and found Tails scrambling to make hot tea for himself to wake up.
“Morning bud,” Sonic greeted.
“Good morning, Sonic. Sleep well?” Tails asked.
“Er-” Sonic began.
“I slept GREAT! Especially after decoding more of Eggman’s computer,” Tails replied, pouring himself a cup of tea. “I found important credentials in Eggman’s database, he apparently has a huge secret robot factory underground that is-”
Sometimes life can break you...it leaves you feeling cold. And all these dreams inside me, you nearly broke them all. You’re fading fast into the stars, and I can see you. I’ll always wonder where you are, and are you with me. I can’t forget a single day...I’m slowly going blind…
Another song was playing in Sonic’s head to fit the situation as he thought about Blaze, completely tuning Tails out.
...I’m lost in you, and you talk about me. The things you do...are just ordinary. And even when I’m alright, your face is haunting me. You crash my world to make it, but nothing comes for free.
He was looking at Tails and nodding whenever he needed to, but selective hearing came in while he thought of Blaze, and all the things they did. The stargazing, the walks on the beach, the meals, even just fighting Eggman alongside her. He thought of her golden eyes. Of course, the fact that he lost sleep didn’t help his feelings or his attitude at all right now. But he didn’t care if he stopped sleeping. He didn’t care about his body right now. He was trying to figure out what was going on, why Blaze didn’t even want to talk to him. Was it the hug? He shouldn’t have hugged her before she left. I mean, cause, why did she pull away? Sonic wondered.
“....Sonic? You okay? You look spacey. Did you sleep poorly?” the fox interrupted his thoughts worriedly.
“Ah, eh...I dunno. Just, have stuff on my mind, is all,” Sonic sighed.
“Eggman related?” Tails asked.
“Nah. Hairy Nose isn’t worth fretting over,” Sonic said in his usual way, despite the abyss inside him.
“Then what’s up, Sonic? Tell me, please, I’m your best friend,” Tails told him.
“You won’t understand,” Sonic insisted.
“I’ve got an IQ of 300 and a mixture of analytical and creative problem solving skills, try me,” Tails told him. Sonic swallowed a gallon of saliva and just looked at him.
“Well...Blaze...we were close friends three years ago, we were VERY close. And...I didn’t get to tell her how I felt before she left,” Sonic finally confessed.
“You’re smitten for Blaze?” Tails asked.
“Oh. Well, you were right about me not understanding. I’m only eleven, eh heh. I’m good at technical and mechanical stuff, but as far as love, I know little to nothing…”
“But as far as friendship, Sonic...friends come and go. I know it sucks, I mean I’m blessed to have you as my best friend for nearly eight years. But unfortunately in this life, ‘friends forever’ is a delusional concept.”
“Well, she said she would talk to me...but I dunno.”
“Then talk to her, but if nothing works out, then you have to let her go. Just like with love, some people aren’t meant to be friends. In my honest opinion, if she rejects you, it’s her loss.”
Despite the abyss, Sonic felt a bit better. Tails nodded, and Sonic immediately blasted out of the workshop and headed back to Silver’s apartment. Right as he got there, Blaze was leaving the apartment building, wearing a white tank top with pink denim short shorts. He went up to her, and she stopped and let him approach her. “Blaze…”
“Good morning, Sonic. I am sorry about last night. I was just eager to watch a movie with Silver. So what’s up?” Blaze seemed less nonchalant today, and the abyss inside Sonic was starting to slowly fill back up.
“What happened to us. Is what I wanna know,” Sonic said.
“Oh. I mean, we’re still friends, right?” Blaze asked, and Sonic’s world began to straighten again. Everything was starting to turn out okay. He was beginning to feel silly that he had lost a night of sleep for this.
“I dunno, are we? We aren’t as close, and you haven’t even come to visit since you came back,” Sonic told her.
“Oh...yeah,” Blaze said. And as if he had dropped a bombshell, her welcoming manner dissipated. “Can we go somewhere else to talk?”
“The beach okay?” he asked gently.
At the beach, they were within sight of Tails’ workshop. Blaze and Sonic had been quiet the whole trip there, and that had left Sonic with painful tension. She finally turned to face him, and the ocean was right behind her. She looked immaculate with the ocean behind her. “Sonic...I loved the moments we shared back then, but...it’s over now,” Blaze told him.
“What do you mean?” the hopes that had started to grow earlier shrank back again.
And even if the past can’t change. My heart won’t let you walk away. And I know I can still believe, that someday, someday...won’t be more than goodbye. After all this time, can’t you give this love another try?
“Well, I was really hoping that...you know...with how close we were and everything...and how things were going…” Blaze began. “I mean, I was hoping you would….I was wishing you’d…” So he HAD done something wrong…”I was really thinking that...you would’ve...I mean, because I am friends with Silver now, and…”
“So you are abandoning our friendship for Silver?” Sonic asked.
“No, we’re both still friends. But...we can’t be close friends now,” Blaze said.
“Why!? What do you mean!? What’d I do!?” Sonic moaned. He knew Blaze was hesitant to express her feelings, but she kept beating around the bush and wasn’t revealing what he needed to hear, and it was mildly frustrating.
“HEY! COME HERE! THERE’S A MAJOR PROBLEM!” Tails ran out, looking absolutely distraught.
“UGH! Tails! Can it wait!?” Sonic cried somewhat angrily.
“NO! EGGMAN! EGGMAN! EGGMAN! EGGMAN! EGGMAN!” Tails clamored, and he beckoned for them to follow. Sonic looked at Blaze and went after Tails. He expected Blaze to linger, but she followed behind as well. The trio entered Tails’ workshop and Tails lead them to the laptop. Tails picked up the laptop and practically shoved the screen into Sonic’s face. Sonic was greeted by the following:
“Okay. A bunch of zeroes and ones. What’s that gotta do with Eggman?” Sonic asked.
“It’s Eggman...he found out I’ve hacked into his computer...and now something is wrong….!” Tails cried, and suddenly, popups began to start spamming the page. Tails clicked “Cancel” on all of them, but more popups just kept coming. Sonic couldn’t read them, they were all in binary. Suddenly, the computer screen went white. And it did not look like a standard blank webpage. It was a vast, empty whiteness. Then out of nowhere, a random tiny black rectangle appeared in the middle of the page. Tails went back and started spamming the shutdown button, but nothing happened. Then, the laptop speakers started blaring Eggman’s voice.
“Hello, Sonic and/or Tails. I am proud to announce, that I did not just counter-hack Tails’ computer, but I have seized absolute control over it. I have conquered the laptop entirely. And now, you are all going to repent for you misdeeds. Thank you, and have good connection with each other. See what I did there? AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”
“Cut the jokes Fuzzy Mouth. What are you doing!?” Sonic barked, but the conversation was only one way.
“Before I go, I want to tell you guys to say hello to Google for me.”
Then Eggman’s voice ceased, followed by a loud clicking noise, like a computer mouse. The black rectangle on the laptop screen suddenly started to pulsate. The white screen began to shimmer like static on a TV. Tails reached out to touch the screen, and found that instead of pixels he touched, his hand went right through the screen.
“What!?” Tails cried, yanking back his hand. Until suddenly, a violent force coming from the laptop screen brought his hand back, and soon his hand became his head. Then his head became his body. Then before Sonic and Blaze could blink, Tails had been sucked into the laptop.
“TAILS!” Sonic cried. The force gushing from the laptop screen increased, and Sonic felt himself being forcefully yanked towards it. Then the laptop screen swallowed him too. Blaze was not far behind him.
Sonic was seeing flashes of white and black, it was definitely seizure inducing. But the only thing he could think of was Blaze and Tails, and he hoped they would be okay, because he couldn’t see them anywhere. Suddenly the flashes ceased, and Sonic was hurled onto a platform. Everything was this color...it was a color that couldn’t be named, because the color did not have a name. It was almost like a combination of all colors, but different. It was ineffable. Sonic was able to see around him, but there was a haze. And he looked down at the platform he was on: invisible. All he could see was an abyss of that unnamed color.
“Ow…” came a familiar voice from nearby. Sonic cautiously stepped towards the voice, and saw Tails laying in a ball on the floor. Sonic went to him and nudged him with his foot. Tails looked up and saw Sonic. “SONIC! You are okay!” Tails cried.
“Of course I am okay. I’m Sonic after all, right?” Sonic said. “Seen Blaze?”
“No, I haven’t. I haven’t seen anything except you,” Tails replied. He got up with the help of Sonic and looked around. “Weird...its like this place is...nowhere!” Tails cried in awe.
“Nowhere?” Sonic was disappointed that his superiorly intelligent best friend could come up with a logical theory of what this is, or perhaps explain anything in general.
“This place has not exact color, no depth, no light or darkness, no concept of anything really,” Tails noted. Sonic looked around the nothingness.
“BLAZE!? BLAZE!?” he called out. His voice did not even echo, or amplify.
“Sound waves get lost in here, nothing to reverb. Meaning, this place is not closed in. It’s like we are outside, but not. Our voices are getting swallowed,” Tails theorized.
“Are we in outer space?” Sonic asked.
“No. We are standing on a platform, so there is gravity, or some force holding us down. We are kinda like in space, but kinda not.”
“Kind of, kind of not. Which are we? Where are we? Make up your mind!”
Sonic was growing frantic with Blaze’s no-show.
“Sonic, this is my first time here too. This place is a complete mystery to me, too. We were sucked into my laptop, and this is where we were trajected,” Tails told him bitterly.
“We are...INSIDE your laptop?” Sonic said.
“Yeah, that, or, my laptop sent us to another dimension entirely!”
Tails looked around curiously at everything around him. Hearing Tails say “another dimension” made Sonic’s stomach knot. Tails then started to walk away.
“Where are you going!?” Sonic demanded. But Tails kept walking. And walking. And walking. And walking. Sonic cocked his head. Tails was walking away, but he wasn’t getting smaller. It was scientifically abnormal. “Tails!?” Sonic called.
“I can hear you as if you are right next to me!” Tails said. “And I am sure I walked at least thirty feet. Or...whatever is measured here. This place has no concept of distance either.” The strange thing was, even though Tails sounded like he was right next to Sonic and hadn’t shrunk when he walked away, he was still far away from Sonic. Sonic tested this by moving his arms around but not feeling Tails.
“Great. We are stuck in a nothingness we can’t explain, and Blaze isn’t here!”
“OH!” yelped a familiar voice.
“BLAZE!” Sonic roared. He looked around the nothingness but could not see anything. “This is MY fault! Me and my STUPID heart! I knew love would slow me down!” Sonic stamped his foot in frustration.
“OH! OW!” Blaze called out again. Even though she sounded close, she was nowhere to be found.
“Blaze!? Where are you!?” Sonic cried, walking around the vast emptiness. “BLAZE!?” but Blaze fell silent after that. “Blaze! Please be alive! Please be alive! Please please please!” Sonic begged. Tails continued walking around, moving further away and closer to Sonic. But no matter what perceived distance he walked, he still looked the same size to Sonic, and vice versa.
“This is really bizarre,” Tails said. He jumped in the air, and suddenly got caught in some sort of movement. It was like a current, or a liquid. Tails was then carried over top of Sonic. “WHOA! AH! SONIC!” Tails roared. The movement jerked Tails forward violently, causing severe whiplash in Tails, then he was ejected from the current and fell on the same platform Sonic was standing on.
“Tails!” You okay!?” Sonic roared, approaching the fox. But no matter how close he thought he was getting to Tails, he was still far and couldn’t reach him. Sonic immediately begin to run supersonic speed across the platform but still couldn’t reach Tails. It was like a wild fever dream, where no matter how much you try to approach something you can’t get to it. Sonic kept running and running and running. It was just like if he was on a treadmill and Tails was right in front of it. After running what had to be a hundred miles, Sonic finally reached Tails unexpectedly, and tripped over his fallen body. Sonic collided with the platform violently and rolled a few feet away from Tails and cringed painfully. Tails got up and went to Sonic. “Weird...I had to have ran at least hundreds of miles there. I mean, it usually takes me about five minutes to cover a hundred miles at that speed. Yet I still couldn’t reach you,” Sonic grunted as he weakly got up.
“Don’t run too much, then. You need to save your energy. We don’t know this place,” Tails instructed.
“What was that thing carrying you around? What did it feel like? How were you able to escape it? So many questions and no answers!” Sonic moaned.
“It felt like I was being carried by super violent winds, but it did not feel airy. It felt wet, I mean look,” Tails showed Sonic his left arm. Sonic did not see any trace of moisture but when he touched Tails’ arm it was slightly damp. “It felt like I was being carried by some sort of windy water vapor. But it was cold, unlike water vapor. I guess you can say it felt like I was being carried through a cold, dense fog?” Tails said.
“Whatever it was, it carried you hundreds of miles. Or what we think are miles. How did you escape?” Sonic asked.
“I dunno. I felt a weird jerking feeling in my body, almost like a rollercoaster taking a steep curvy drop. Like my intestines were being yanked out from under me. I struggled against it, and suddenly the wind...spat me out.”
“Spat you out?”
“I guess comparing this place to how things are like on Earth is our best bet. But we need to find Blaze, and get the hell out of here. Whatever HERE is!”
“Well, it’s in the laptop somewhere. Who knows, w could be like literally inside the monitor.”
“Or a place Eggman invented. I swear, when I see Eggman again, I am going to really give him what for. That is, if I EVER see Eggman again. By the looks of this place, I don’t know what to think anymore. And Blaze...I’m really worried about her...she didn’t show up with us…”
“Maybe she got caught in that mysterious current when she came in?”
“Maybe. Do you think you can fly me up there to that current? Who knows, maybe it can be our one ticket out of here.”
Suddenly, the nothingness they were in made a sudden crunching noise. The Unnamed Colored walls flashed white briefly.
“Wait...did you see that?” Tails asked.
“Yeah,” Sonic said somewhat sadly.
“Say that again, but in slow motion.”
“Just to try something.”
Sonic repeated his previous statement slower, and Tails looked around for a change. It wasn’t until Sonic said the word “one” when the crunching noise sounded again and the walls flashed white.
“ONE!” Tails cried, and the same effect. “ONE!” Same thing.
“It responds to the word ‘one’?” Sonic asked as the crunching noise happened again along with the white flicker.
“Not the word. The number. One one one one one one one!” Tails cried. No matter how fast or frequent he said it, the effect was still the same. “Hmmm...I wonder...ZERO!” Tails cried. The crunching noise sounded again, but this time the Unnamed Color turned kind of greenish. “AH!” Tails said.
“I don’t get it. Numbers? FIVE!” Sonic yelled, but nothing happened.
“NO! BINARY!” Tails cried excitedly. “Zero one zero one zero one zero zero zero one one zero zero zero zero one zero one one zero one zero zero one zero one one zero one one zero zero zero one one one zero zero one one!”
The walls flickered black and white and the crunching noise became a full on crackling, like wrinkling aluminum foil. The Unnamed Color stopped flickering, and immediately pictures of Tails erupted everywhere. Even on the ceiling that should have been there but wasn’t. Tails himself raised his eyebrow and smiled excitedly.
“Wuh?” Sonic asked.
“I coded my name into binary, and this nothingness obliged, and projected images of me everywhere where the colors should have been. In order to find out how to get around, we need to speak in binary. If we speak in binary, this nothingness will respond to it. This nothingness does not understand anything but binary,” Tails explained.
“I can’t speak binary.”
“I can! Eggman must have forgotten that.”
“Or...maybe speaking binary won’t get us out of here.”
Tails then looked around, and started speaking binary again. There was crunching noises and the Tails images around were replaced with black and white flickers again. But nothing happened. Everything returned to the way it was when they came there. “Nope. Tried different commands on getting out of here, but nothing. But at least now we know exactly where we are,” Tails said.
“I don’t!” Sonic moaned.
“I do. We’re stuck in cyberspace. We’re stuck in the internet,” Tails replied.
End of Part 1