Hey guys. I can't believe this is the last chapter to Last Stand. Like always, I hope you enjoy it and give me your thoughts on it.

Disclaimer: Dark-Illusion-Detective doesn't own any of the Sonic Characters nor does she own Sega. She does however own her OCs: Illusion the Cat and Charcoal the Cat.

Enjoy!


Epilogue

It seemed hard to believe that within a month everything had hardly changed. The only two things that appeared different in the Chaotix's home was the fact that Charcoal now slept on the couch in the living room, and Espio was hanging around Illusion more than Charcoal liked. A month passed and like any other siblings, Illusion and Charcoal argued almost constantly.

As the duo sat at the kitchen table, their voices carried throughout the building as though their voices were on a loudspeaker or something. Of course Espio, Vector and Charmy were out seeing if there were any jobs available and as usual the duo cats were left alone in the house. The room where they were sitting in was brightly lit by the sun that shined through the crack of the closed curtains; it was summer and too hot to argue, but the weather didn't seem to bother the furry duo one bit as their voices grew louder.

"I'm telling you Vector could beat Espio up any day!"

"Hello? Anyone named common sense home? Espio can take on Vector any day, after all Vector's slow and Espio has superior ninja skills!" Illusion remarked in a know-it-all tone of voice. One that Charcoal despised at times, especially at times like this one.

Arguments like these usually would last hours, but instead Charcoal sighed and leaned back in his chair.

"Okay you're right."

Illusion stopped herself from explaining why she was right and Charcoal was wrong until she heard those words. Her green eyes studied the dusty black cat with an intensity that couldn't be matched.

"What?"

"I'm never right, you never admit that."

"Duh you're my sister; I'm not suppose to say you're right."

"Then… why am I right?"

Charcoal rolled his eyes as though it was the most obvious thing in the world, "Because if I don't say that you're right then not only will Espio kick Vector's butt to prove it, but he'll also kick mine!"

Illusion smirked as she leaned back in her chair and left only two legs on the ground. She seemed in a different place when Espio was mentioned and Charcoal smiled.

"What's up?"

She looked at her brother with confusion, "What do you mean?"

"I mention Espio and you get all quiet. Are you guys going out and not telling' me because if that's the case then I'm gonna have to pry it out of you guys."

Illusion shook her head, "No it's not that…"

Charcoal stopped short of his smart aleck remark when he heard the sadness in her voice. He tilted his head.

"Is something wrong? You sound kinda down."

"I am down. Charcoal… what would you say if I told you I'm leaving the Chaotix?"

The next thing that could be heard in the entire building was the sound of a chair hitting the floor and of a shocked yelp. Charcoal had leaned too far back in his chair and fell right out of it, bringing the chair to the ground with him.

"L-Leaving the Chaotix? You? But this place is your home!"

"I know… but… I don't want to be a burden."

"You're not though! You're far from it Illusion."

The white cat shook her head as she got out of her chair and started to pace, and Charcoal just watched as she made circles along the floor with her old sneakers.

"I just think I'm old enough to get out there, do something else rather than play baby sitter for Charmy. Besides, they've got you to help around in the cases. I'm not needed around here anymore."

"So that's it? You're just going to leave like that and not even say good bye?!"

Illusion seemed thoughtful and nodded, "Exactly… if I said good bye then I wouldn't have the guts to leave. It's not like they're losing anyone majorly important."

"Espio's going to be crushed."

That single statement froze Illusion in her pacing spree and her green eyes met with her brother's lime green ones. She looked like she had forgotten about him in that moment of thinking and she sighed.

"He won't."

"How do you know?"

"I just do. Nothing you say is going to keep me here," Illusion said as she started walking up toward Espio's room, where all her stuff was. Charcoal quickly followed.

The next half hour was filled with Charcoal trying to convince Illusion not to leave, to not leave Espio when he was about to break and ask for her to be his girlfriend, to not leave Charmy and Vector behind to be in charge. Soon though Charcoal realized that no matter what he said, nothing would change her mind.

Illusion walked down the stairs with her bag on her shoulders and her scythe in her hands. Charcoal followed her down the stairs and he grabbed onto Illusion's shoulders.

"If you're going to leave… I want to know why you are. Please tell me that much then I'll let you go."

"… I want to branch out. I feel like I'm needed elsewhere, and it's not like you won't ever see me again."

"What if we don't though?"

"Then I'll visit you guys. I just want enough room to grow, I want to see the world, I want to wake up to the smell of fields and sunlight," Illusion whispered and then she looked at Charcoal, "And I'm sure everyone would understand that much. After all, I've never seen the world before."

Charcoal then withdrew his hands from her shoulders and sighed.

"I wish you luck then little sis."

Illusion hugged Charcoal and smiled.

"You're the one that's going to need all the luck. You're stuck with them for three years," she said quietly then looked at Charcoal directly in the eyes as she told him, "Tell Espio to look in his journal again, he might've missed something."

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"GUYS WE'RE HOME!!" the cheerful honey bee shouted as soon as they entered their home. Charmy flew in at full speed and slammed into Charcoal and the duo crashed on the couch. "Sorry Charcoal!"

"I'll show you who's sorry when I'm through with you," Charcoal replied as he put Charmy in a headlock, took off his helmet and started rubbing his head hard.

Charmy squealed for someone to help and when Vector lifted Charcoal right off the couch the cat let his headlock go on the bee and grinned.

"Did you and Illusion behave?"

"Um… Vector, about Illusion-"

"Where's Illusion?" the calm voice of the chameleon asked as he walked into view. His gold eyes seemed to be waiting to hear that Illusion camaflouged with her surroundings and was just waiting to jump at them and giggle after seeing their shocked faces. But that just made it harder for Charcoal to explain to the trio where Illusion went.

Charcoal's sadness must've been seen clearly as Charmy and Vector put him back on the couch and watched as he actually wiped his eyes, trying to make the fact that he was crying a little less obvious.

"Char, what happened to Illusion? Is she okay?"

"She's fine."

The trio blinked as they looked at each other then at Charcoal, "So where is she?"

"She left."

Those two words seemed impossible to hear, as though they were muted, forbidden to be heard by anyone. Vector and Charmy instantly looked at Espio but the chameleon ran up the stairs before anyone could stop him to offer him a bit of comfort.

"How long ago did she leave?"

"She left about two hours ago, she left a phone number so we can call her and stuff… but… she left saying she wanted to see the world."

At this Charmy sighed and sank onto the couch next to Charcoal.

"Was it something I said?"

"That's what Mighty told us when he left."

Charcoal sighed as he lifted the bee and put him on his lap and hugged him.

"Hey its okay, we'll hear from her soon, I'm sure of it."

But the words fell on deaf ears as Charmy started crying and Vector and Charcoal strived to make the honey bee feel better.

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Espio sat in his room and looked like he had cried even though he hadn't. His gold eyes stared at the floor and the colors of a sunset flooded his room with warmth. This newly gained warmth though didn't seem to affect the ninja one bit.

With a sigh he got up from his bed and grabbed his journal, he might as well have written this moment down, just to get it off his chest. As he opened his journal he realized he had it upside down and opened to the back instead of the front. His gloved hands were about to turn the book right side up until he saw a handwriting that didn't belong to him.

"What's this?" he asked himself silently as he read the words scrawled on the paper.

Don't ever forget, I love you.

Espio's gold eyes widened as he reread those six words and he then hugged the journal; an unknown emotion flooded over him as though he was dunked into a tank of water. He laid down on his bed and fell asleep. When the trio went to check on him, he was smiling in his sleep, still holding onto the journal that had expressed Illusion's emotion so clearly in just six words.

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And that's the epilogue guys! I know it was short and I apologize, but that's it. Last Stand is now over. But don't worry, this is just the beginning. I hoped you guys liked it despite it being so short and please tell me what you guys think.