Chapter 5 Frankie's Past

Author's Note: Ok, here we go. I want to thank the reviewers for reviewing, and um... start the story.

Disclaimer: I don't own SEGA characters. If I did, I'd be sitting in a cushy chair right now in a house with 15 stories!

To The Rockologist: Sorry, on the last chapter I forgot to tell you who does Shadow's voice in the games! The English voice is Scott Dreier, and the Japanese voice is Kouji Yusa. Ha! Take that!

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"What!" Frankie exclaimed, hoping he had heard wrong. 'Not the sunglasses, not the sunglasses, anything but the sunglasses!'

"You heard me Frankie. You told me you never take your sunglasses off, and when I asked why you said, 'I just don't.' Well, I consider that a secret, Frankie, and I want to know the truth. What is behind those glasses?"

Frankie looked down. How could this get any worse? If he took off his glasses, he'd have to explain what had happened. How could he bring himself to do that? "I, I..." he trailed off helplessly.

"Frankie, please, it's not that hard."

Frankie wished that Jasmine knew just how hard it was. But, people do make sacrifices for love, and he guessed he'd just have to consider this a sacrifice. He swallowed hard and nodded his head. "Fine, you win."

With that he slipped his sunglasses of, but instinctively shut his eyes.

Jasmine sighed. "Frankie, open your eyes."

Frankie shook his head, "I... can't"

Jasmine smirked as she got an idea, "Fine, be that way," she said. She started to walk in place, to make it sound like she was walking away.

"No, Jazz!" Frankie exclaimed, opening his eyes so he could run after her. He was a bit surprised to find her right in front of him. For the first time in 19 years, Frankie looked someone in the eye without his glasses. It was so... unreal.

Jasmine stared into Frankie's eyes, and was immediately puzzled, not able to understand what Frankie had been trying to hide. His eyes were mostly red, but some yellow streaks were apparent. Sure, the color was a little strange, but why would he want to hide it? "Frankie, I don't understand..."

Frankie hung his head in shame. "They didn't used to look like that...' he muttered, "They used to be gold."

Jasmine was still confused, "How did they get like this?"

Frankie sighed. "That was the part I was afraid to tell you."

X Flashback X

It was a normal evening in Frankie's home. Him, his mother, his father, and his twin sister were all playing Monopoly on the floor, while watching a movie.

"Okay kids, it's 9:30. You two better get up to bed if you want to wake up bright and early for you birthday tomorrow!" His mother told him and his sister. The two three-year olds nodded and ran upstairs to get ready for bed.

Frankie was the first to get to the room that he and his sister shared, so his mother came to tuck him in.

"Goodnight," she whispered with a smile.

Frankie yawned, "Night, night," he whispered back. He didn't know how he'd ever sleep, he was so excited. His chao, Dragon, crawled up onto the bed and snuggled next to him.

By the time his sister entered the room, he was already asleep.

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Frankie was sleeping peacefully when Dragon started to panic. He pawed at Frankie's face frantically, desperately trying to wake him.

"Chao, chao!" he screamed.

Frankie's eyes opened slowly, and he gave his furry friend a curious look. "Dragon?" Frankie then looked around him, and realized that there was smoke coming into the room from underneath the door.

He gasped and frantically tried to wake his sister, but it was of no use. He did the last thing he could think of, and picked her up, almost collapsing under her weight.

"Mommy, Daddy!" he screamed. Dragon shook his head, as if to tell him it was no use, but Frankie wouldn't listen. He half carried; half dragged his sister to his parent's room, terrified at what he saw. There they were, his mother and father's bodies, lying lifeless.

He was lost for words, and simply turned around and headed on, wishing he were the one asleep. Tears ran down the three-year-olds face as he desperately tried to make his way out of the house. His sister awoke slowly, and was immediately frightened by her surroundings.

Before she could ask any questions, Frankie simply shouted, "Run!" And that she did. They dashed off different directions, and that was the last he saw of his sister.

Finally, after what seemed like ages, Frankie saw an opening he ran for it, and made his way out into the light. He breathed in the fresh air, and looked around, trying to catch sight of hi sister. The, he heard a scream come from within the house.

"Chao!" Dragon! He had left Dragon behind!

"Dragon! I'm coming!" he shouted. Apparently, Frankie had learned to never go back into a burning building after you were safe.

He frantically scanned the area, trying to find his beloved chao. "Dragon!" he called out.

"Chao!" Dragon called back

Frankie tried to find where the chao had called from, but it was slightly difficult with all the embers flying around. Finally, he spotted the little red creature.

"Dragon!" he exclaimed happily. He picked up his friend and hugged him. Then in happened.

A pillar fell down from the ceiling above, cause ashes to fly everywhere. Some of these ashes blew into Frankie's eyes.

The stinging was horrible, and Frankie was unable to see. He felt around for Dragon, and grabbed his foot.

"Fly buddy, fly!" he shouted. It was a good thing that Frankie was small, otherwise he never would've gotten away like that. Dragon was just barely able to fly Frankie out of the house. As soon as they hit the ground, Frankie collapsed and passed out. It had been the worst birthday of his life.

X End Flashback X

There were tears brimming Frankie's eyes now as he finished the story.

"The next day, I woke up and I could see again," he continued, "I took care of myself, living in underground burrows, eating off the land. I met Rouge about a week after the accident. She gave me these sunglasses after I told her I couldn't stand looking at my reflection. When we got older, I pretended to live in her house so I could go to school. And that's pretty much my life story."

Everyone was speechless. They stared at Frankie; unable to imagine the bravery it must've taken that day.

Uncomfortable with the silence, Frankie spoke. "So... anyone want something to eat?"

At that moment, Marie ran into the club, breathing heavy. "Sorry... got... here.... as fast... as I "

Frankie stared at the echidna in disbelief. "Marie?" he whispered.

Hearing her name, Marie looked up and stared at the hedgehog in amazement. ".... Frankie?"

"But you're dead!" they said at the same time.

"What's going on here?" Knuckles asked, confused.

"This is my sister, who I thought died in the fire!"

Marie smiled, "Frankie, I thought you died in the fire!"

Frankie shook his head.

"God, this is freaky. Who's playing games with my head? Who are you, because I know you're not my brother!" Marie shouted.

"But I am!"

"My brother died 19 years ago! And whoever you are, you're very cruel for making me remember that day!"

"But I am Frankie!"

Marie shook her head, "This is just too weird..."

Suddenly, something clicked with Knuckles. "That's why I recognized him! From the pictures that Marie showed us! I KNEW I saw you somewhere before!"

Frankie nodded. "That's right! If you don't believe me Marie, then look at this."

With that, he pulled out a picture of him, Marie, there parents, and Dragon playing Monopoly.

"And here's Dragon!" Frankie said, picking up the chao.

"My God..." she whispered, "You are Frankie!"

With that the drew each other into a huge embrace. Something neither of them had felt for nineteen years.

X Epilogue X

So, Frankie met his long lost sister (I know that was random, but you'll live), got a girlfriend, and became friends with Knuckles.

Frankie continued to live with Knuckles after all of this, and he doesn't seem like he's intent on moving out. Or getting a new job.

Knuckles got a job as security guard for a major jewelry company. He guards their priceless gems. (Sounds familiar...)

For right now, Rouge continues to be a stay-at-home mom. After all, the kids are only three.

The kids have made a new friend, Tsunami. He's sea green with blue stripes. Him and Violet seem to like each other a little more than friends though, if you know what I mean.

Kninal and Vince seem to like each other more as well.

So do Rocky and Soot.

God, these kids are only three, and the already have crushes. What has the world come to?

But one thing Knuckles doesn't know is that in a few days, he's going to get the surprise of his life.

And it's not good news.

THE END

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Sequel! The next story is really going to take a turn from my other fics. It's called, "The Family Legacy." The genre will be action/adventure/drama. But since you guys are so nice, I'm going to give you the summary ahead of time!

The Family Legacy

Knuckles is woken one night by a strange echidna who sends him on a new quest. The fate of the world depends upon Knuckles, but what happens when he finds out that his enemy is someone he thought he could trust?

Ooh.. Tell me what you think of this chapter and the summary for the new story! So long everyone!