Here we are! My next Sonic the Hedgehog story. This is a chapter story, not a oneshot, but it will be small. This is based on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air I watched the other night. That episode made me cry, and I thought it would be a good outline for a Sonic story.
Hope you enjoy!
A loud knock at the door resounded throughout the house.
Sunlight poured through the windows inside the home, drenching the inside of the house in bright light. A couch sat against the wall on one side, a table next to it. Photographs lined the wall, faces smiling through the frames into the room. The hallway was swallowed in shadows, and a darker shadow was making it's way down the hallway. Another loud knock rapped against the door.
"I'm coming, I'm coming!" came an impatient voice from the dark shadow just beginning to appear from the hallway. The shadow walked into the sunlight, revealing colbalt blue fur with drooping colbalt quills. His emerald eyes glowed in annoyance, headphones stuck in his ears. He removed one with a tug of his gloved hand, and stepped toward the door, his red and white shoes making hardly any noise on the floor.
As he neared the door, he looked at it in confusion, hesitating slightly. He wasn't expecting anyone. He looked back down the hallway, into the doorway left open at the end. "Hey, Tails, are you expecting anyone?" he shouted, glancing back at the door.
"No," came a soft voice after a moment, tinged with confusion. "Weren't you?"
"No," the colbalt blue hedgehog replied. After a moments pause and another rap on the door, he reached for the handle, his muscles bracing for anything, and opened it quickly. For a moment, the sunlight blinded him, and he blinked rapidly. Once his eyes adjusted to the light, he studied the person in front of him.
Standing a little shorter than him stood an orange fox, with brown eyes that looked at him hesitantly. He narrowed his eyes in surprise, placing a single hand on his hip.
"And you are...?" he asked impatiently, tapping his foot gently. His emerald eyes flashed slightly as he examined the fox in front of him. The fox rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly, almost regrettably.
"I would be James," said the fox in a hesitant voice. After a moments pause, the fox twitched his tail, but when the hedgehog looked, it turned out to actually be two tails. "Does a Miles Prower and Sonic the Hedgehog live here?"
For a moment, Sonic the Hedgehog did nothing but stare at the twin tails twitching behind the fox, shock overcoming him. All his life, the only kitsune he had ever seen was Tails. Now, here stood another one, on his doorstep, asking for him. After a moment, Sonic shook his head, crossing his arms and narrowing his eyes.
"Possibly," he replied cooly. "And what do you want to do with Sonic and Miles?"
The kitsune sighed deeply, his brown eyes uneasy. "I'm...I'm Miles's father."
The words hit Sonic like a wall of bricks. Tails's father? This was the fox that left his son alone in the woods, at hardly 2 years old, crying for him? Sonic felt rage burn in his blood, and he clenched his fists tightly. How dare this man return, especially when he abandoned his son like he did.
"His father?" Sonic repeated, his voice lower a notch in anger. "You're his father?" After a moment, James, looking away, nodded. Sonic reached for the door, gritting his teeth together. "How dare you come asking for him." Sonic snarled lowly, clenching the door frame tightly in his fist. The kitsune looked up in surprise. Sonic's emerald eyes flashed dangerously, fiercely, the familiar flame of protection for the young kitsune burning in his bloodstream. "After all these years, after abandoning him like that, you come asking for him."
"You don't understand--"
"I understand perfectly," Sonic growled. "You left a 2 year old fox alone and crying in the middle of a forest. I was the one that found him, James, alone and afraid in the middle of a huge forest. As far as Tails knows, you are dead." Sonic narrowed his eyes, getting ready to shut the door. "And I plan to keep it that way."
"Just let me explain--"
"Sonic?" The colbalt blue hedgehog spun around at the sound of Tails's voice. The orange kitsune stood behind him, attempting to see beyond the doorway at their guest. "Who's there, Sonic?" Sonic gritted his teeth together painfully. Now there was no way to escape what was going to come once Tails found who was in front of him.
James peered through the doorway over Sonic's arm, his eyes landing on Tails. "Miles...?" he said, blinking at the younger kitsune. Tails jumped in surprise, his blue eyes troubled at the sound of his name. They narrowed thoughtfully.
"How do you know my name?" he said, stepping beside Sonic and pushing his arm away. Sonic obliged relunctantly, and Tails examined the kitsune in front of him, eyeing the two tails that twitched behind him. Standing up close, it was impossible not to believe that James was Tails's father.
The older kitsune smiled slightly at his son. "I'm...I'm the one that named you," he said quietly, and Tails's eyes grew wide in disbelief. Sonic glared at James, hatred burning in his blood. After all the years, all the years of believeing his father was dead, Tails was finally faced with the truth; that his father never died. That he had left him as a young fox, alone in the forest. Sonic clenched his fists, hating the older kitsune for what he was bringing in his younger brothers life. "I'm your father, Miles."
Sonic watched Tails, watched as the young kitsune simply stared at the fox in front of him, his eyes flashing as if he didn't believe any of it. His two tails were stiff behind him, his entire body stiffened in shock.
"But...but m-my father..." he said quietly, as if talking to himself. "My father is dead..." The smile dropped from James's face, and he shook his head.
"No, I'm alive, Miles," he told his son. Tails simply stared at him. James smiled again. "It's been so long." Immediatly, at those words, the shock eased from Tails's face, easing into a state of resentment and anger.
"8 years..." he said, his voice bitterly low. His blue eyes were narrowed into small slits, and Sonic saw the sadness that hung in his eyes. James stared at his son for several moments before sighing and looking away.
"I know I was wrong, Tails," he said quietly, his eyes downcast. "I know it was wrong. I feel awful every day for leaving you like that...I shouldn't have done it, and I'm sorry." He paused, looking back up at Tails. "I'm so sorry, son. I'm here to...to make up for all the time I lost...for all the birthdays I missed...for everything I didn't do." Tails's eyes eased into a hesitant acceptance, his tails twitching just slightly behind him. "Can you ever forgive me for what I did?"
Tails watched his father for a few long moments, his eyes narrowed as if he were staring into his reflection. They eased slowly, his muscles relaxed, and he nodded slowly. James sighed in relief, and walked slowly, hesitantly, toward his son, and took him into a tight embrace. Tails looked shocked a moment, his muscles stiffening again, but after a moment he relaxed, and very slowly, he hugged his father back. Quiet happiness glittered in his eyes, and Sonic watched with mixed feelings as the two seperated. He was extremely happy for Tails, for finding his father after believing him dead for 8 years. But he was also angry, bitter toward the man in the first place, for leaving Tails helpless and alone in the woods like he did 8 years earlier.
Tails turned to Sonic, his eyes glittering. "Sonic...this is my...my father..." Sonic forced a smile, looking from father to son, and nodded.
"I'm happy you found him, Tails," he told him earnestly, his eyes flashing to James. Tails look at him as well, his eyes bright.
"This is Sonic, my best...my brother..." James smiled at Sonic, nodding at him. Sonic did the same, but he was no longer smiling. Tails was looking sheepish and uneasy, not being used to having someone to call dad. He looked at Sonic again, smiling slightly. "Sonic...can James...Can dad stay with us for awhile?"
Oh, how Sonic wanted to say no, to say thatJames had to leave, had to leave and never bring this curse on Tails again. But looking at the desire and need to know his father in his younger brothers eyes, Sonic couldn't bring himself to say it. After a moment, Sonic nodded, looking from Tails to James.
"Sure...h-he can stay here..." he said, then pointed down the hallway. "We'll show him the guest room, Tails." Tails, his sprites high and his eyes the brightest Sonic had seen them, led the way, practically skipping down the hallway. For a moment, James and Sonic were left alone, and Sonic turned to him, malice and disaproval glowering in his eyes. He pointed at the foxes chest.
"Look," he started quietly, narrowing his eyes. "I don't care who you are, or that your that kids father, but I swear on my grave that if you do anything that will hurt him, I'll hunt you down and kill you." James simply blinked at him, his eyes displaying only relief, but fear at Sonic's words. "I don't see how after 8 years, you finally give a damn about him, how you can return and pretend nothing happened." He paused, narrowing his eyes. "You break that kids heart, and you won't live to see another day."
James blinked at him, nodding slowly. "I understand, Sonic," he said, looking down the hallway. "But I've changed, and I don't plan on leaving him." With those words, James exited down the hallway, leaving Sonic alone. He gritted his teeth, slamming the door shut behind him. He heard Tails and James chatting down the hallway, and he closed his eyes, wondering how long James would stay around, and if he would break his brothers hearts.
--End of Chapter--