Unimaginable pain surged like an endless run of bullets propelling into my body.
The pain is too much that I can no longer feel anything. All I know is that bright red flames are engulfing my body right now.
I have to do something… before I cease to exist as the ultimate life form.
I closed my eyes, a final image of Maria coming to mind and with all my energy, I barely manage to scream out.

"Chaos Control!"

Those being my final words, I collapse, and drew my final breath.

Days passed by as great depression overwhelmed us all. My eyes well up with tears every time I flash back the last image I saw of Shadow. It was a terrible sight to see him save us all… and then go just like that, falling… falling… being burnt into bits. There was no hope for him to have survived, we all know that.

"Come on Amy, we gotta go," was what my blue hero said when he saw my eyes locked onto the earth below us. He gently put his hand on my shoulder and led me away. I didn't want to go. I didn't want to leave. I wanted Shadow to be all right. He didn't deserve this. I mean, he wasn't a bad guy at all.

I wiped the tears from my eyes, and I could no longer think. I could only feel and pain was what I felt. Instead of rejoicing and celebrating because our world was saved, we were grieving because we had lost a dear friend.

Finally days passed. We were all at home, doing our normal everyday tasks. Then, days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months and soon enough, we were celebrating a new year, 2002. By then, everyone had probably gotten over it. I did too actually, but every now and then I would think about it. Just the thought of sacrificing yourself to save others is sad.

I sighed throwing a red and white sweater on. Maybe I should do something to get it off my mind. I usually called Rouge and we would talk and laugh but when I tried her house today, no one picked up. Maybe Sonic was home? Maybe…

My eyes lit up. New Years Eve was tonight. I could just stop by with a gift! I rushed to the refrigerator, brought out some dough and busied myself by making cookies. When I was done, I put them in a bag, tugged on my boots and headed out the door.

Chilly winds caressed my face as my tiny body shivered. I hadn't realized it was this cold partly because I had myself locked in the house all week. As I walked, I wondered what everyone was doing. I wondered what Tails was doing. Was he and Sonic hanging out? Did he update his Tornado 2? What about Knuckles? Rouge? I wondered if they were dating by any chance. I hadn't seen these people since June… and so much can happen in just a matter of months; especially six months.

Just as I was walking, I felt like I was being followed. I glanced around a little nervously and pace picked up speed. I heard the bushes rustle nearby, and my ear twitched as I walked even faster.

"W-Who's there?" I called out, my voice cracking a bit. I got no response. Not that I expected one anyway. The rustling began again, and this time it was louder.

"What do you want!" I asked and before I knew it, I took off, running for my life. As I ran, something emerged in front of me, stopping me dead at my tracks and startling me so much that I screamed. But it lurched forward and covered my mouth so I tried jerking away violently, thrashing my arms and legs wildly.

"Amy, it's just me." It said and I stopped. I know that voice… I haven't heard it in so long but I still remember it clearly. I turned my head, my green eyes darting up at the figure and I couldn't believe who was holding me.

"Sh-Shadow…" I whispered his name quietly, unable to process it in my mind at first. After a few moments passed by, I suddenly shot up, dropping the bag of cookies in my hand.

"Oh my god! Wait! Shadow!"

I couldn't believe my eyes. The guy that died to save our lives… was actually alive!

He just stared blankly at me, almost as if I was going crazy. Maybe I was. But I didn't care. For all I know, supposedly, "Shadow" was here by my side when he should've been burnt in ashes.

"Sh-Shadow…" I mumbled his name like an idiot over and over again, unable to recover from shock. He was a bit annoyed, so I decided to say something else. "H-How in the world did you survive?"

"What can I say? The power of the chaos emeralds can really come in handy sometimes, can't they?" He smirked, holding up his chaos emerald. My eyes lit up, happy to see him alive and well but I frowned when I saw his injuries.

"Come on! Come with me," I ordered, tugging him by the arm.

"What? Where are we going?" He asked, rather confused.

"What do you mean, 'where are we going'? You're hurt!"
" How long have you been out here! It's not healthy for you to keep your wounds like that for so long!"
" They can get infected!" She scolded him.

He opened his mouth to speak but just gave up, seeing no hope whatsoever. Before he knew it, she was dragging him inside her house.

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