It's All Over If You Fall

It was over. At long last, it was all over. Shadow drifted in space, the power of the Chaos Emeralds protecting him against the vacuum, though not for much longer. He was getting weaker by the second. And yet, in a way, it was what he wanted. He'd fulfilled his promise.

It's all over
Face into the dark
I can't turn around
No more looking back

Shadow's eyes caught Sonic's. The silver hedgehog was drifting backwards, as if he didn't have the strength to go on. They'd been so close together just moments before, but he was already out of reach, and slipping further away. Sonic automatically started towards him, but he knew he couldn't catch Shadow unless the other hedgehog tried to help him. After all they'd just done, Sonic, too, was far too weak.

It's all over
If you fall too far
I can't catch your hand
To call you back

Two pairs of red eyes stared into one another. Almost like reflections of each other, they floated there in space, Shadow still drifting further away. Shadow didn't want to be saved. If he fell, it would all be over. Sonic didn't want to let him go. If he fell, it would all be over.

It's all over if I fall
It's all over if you fall
It's all over if I fall
It's all over if you fall

Ignoring the warning of his fading power, Sonic used the slightest touch of energy to drift forward as far as he dared. Shadow looked back, almost afraid. It would be so much easier to simply fall away. Sonic reached out his hand. All Shadow had to do was lift his own and take it.

Can't you see I want to let go?
Can't you see I want it all to end?
Can't you see it, don't you know?
Just reach out and take my hand...

Shadow's arm lifted, and relief flooded Sonic's mind. But instead of taking the golden hedgehog's outstretched hand, Shadow pressed something into it... one of the bracelets he always wore. Sonic's hand closed around nothing but the loop of metal as Shadow fell away, out of reach.

Don't you understand...?

Shadow was at peace. He had fulfilled his promise, and he knew he left the world in good hands. But Sonic couldn't see that, any more than Shadow could see what he did. It didn't have to be this way...

Don't you understand...?


Lyrics written by me for this story. I hope you liked it. Please take the time to let me know what you think and how I can improve!