"Dawn? Can you give me a glass of water, please?"

"Yeah. I'll be right back." Things have been going pretty well ever since Sally came home. Sonic explained to me that Sally was still a little weak because of the revival, but as along as we take care of her and give her daily vitamins, she could recover fairly quickly. Sonic has been especially happy with the whole things. He's been smiling all day. I thought it was cute. Anyways, things were still the same. I was helping Sally get adjusted to a few things. She was a little surprised to see a puppy running around the castle, but she bonded to Shad quickly.

I wanted to talk with Sally badly...I wanted to know what was my birth like, how did she die exactly, her past relationships with Sonic, I wanted to know everything! Problem was, she seemed a bit sluggish lately...Sonic said I had nothing to worry about. It was a minor side-affect Dr. Kintobor warned him about, but I can't help but to worry. As I was getting Sally her glass of water, I started to think on how my life would change from here on out. So many things happened in so little time...It was only mere weeks ago that I was living a normal life as a human...Now, I'm a princess of a whole planet with a hero as a dad. And I still can't believe i was able to take all of this so well...

I put a few cubes of ice into the glass, since Sally loves to have her water practically ice cold (she told me). We were the same way with that one; Whenever I had a drink, it always had to be cold. I can't stand cold drinks. I went back into the parlor where Sally was still resting. She had Shad on her lap, petting him slowly and cooing at him. I sat next to her on the couch before giving her the glass. It was still a little awkward to be around her a bit, but I was still happy she was here.

"He's so adorable," Sally cooed, cuddling Shad a bit "you said you received him on your birthday, correct?"

"Yeah," I replied sheepishly "Shadow gave him to me. That was his name at first, but we shortened it because it was too confusing having two Shadows."

"Sonic told me that you are in a relationship with Shadow. Is that true?" How did he know..?

"Um...well, yes...B-but, how did he know? I never told him!"

"Sonic told me he saw the connection between you two at your party when you danced with him. He didn't say anything. He decided to let nature take its course."


"Something's up, you two." Sally and I turned towards Sonic, who had rushed into the parlor with his communicator still in his hands. His eyes were widened a bit, and worry was written all over his face.

"What is it?" I asked.

"I just got a call from HQ," Sonic replied "Tails told me they received a message. When I asked him who it was from, he stuttered and disconnected." Sonic's ears folded back. "I think something's bad about to happen..."

"We better go to Headquarters then." Sally said standing up.

"Sal, you can't..." Sonic walked over to Sally and placed his hands on her shoulders. "You've just come back. You're still a little weak too...don't rush your body like that..."

"But I have to, Sonic!" Sally protested "It's true i haven't recovered, but I am still queen and a member of the Freedom Fighters regardless. It's my duty to be informed of thins like this, no matter the circumstances!" I can tell by Sonic's eyes that he wanted to argue with her, but he couldn't. He knew deep down that Sal was right. Sally was the most respected leader of the Freedom fighters. She was a member of the team until the end. Sonic turned towards me for a brief second before he sighed and released Sally's shoulders.

"Alright," he sighed "let's go. I'm pretty sure you're all eager to see what the message is."

"I can get us there in no time," I said proudly, walking towards the two "I'll just Chaos Control us there."

"Do your thing, Kiddo." Sonic winked. I giggled, pulled my Chaos Emerald out of my quills, and the three of us soon disappeared in a flash of light.

Freedom Fighter HQ

The building was packed. Everyone was crowded around a large computer screen, chattering like monkeys (no pun intended). Sonic, Sally and I weaved our way through the crowd until we made it to the computer. Tails and Rotor were at the keyboard; Rotor was typing away crazily while Tails stood there, trembling a bit.

"What's going on?" Sonic demanded. Once everyone heard Sonic's voice, the talking ceased almost immediately. I moved over towards Brendon, Cyrus, Evra and Shadow, who were on the left side of the computer.

"As Tails told you before," Rotor said "we received a message from someone...The problem is...the person who sent it was...I-it was...." Rotor's voice trailed off.

"C'mon Rotor!" Sonic exclaimed, obviously impatient "Who was it?!"

"Maybe you should see for yourself..." Rotor then pressed a few buttons on the keyboard. After that, the screen came to life, and the first thing we saw a man, a human man, sitting in a chair. He was fat, with a small head and long arms and legs. He was bald, but had a bush of a mustache and black goggles rested on his head. You couldn't see his eyes; they were hidden behind a small pair of blue glasses. He was wearing a red suit, white gloves, black boots, and had a bit pink nose. He was sitting in the chair crossed legged; the background looked like he was in a ship of some sort.

"Good day to you all," he said before chuckling evilly "I know it's been an awfully long time since we've seen each other, and I'm sure you all thought I was gone for good." He laughed again. "But you thought wrong! I am very much alive! And I am announcing my comeback! Here me and here me well, Sonic the Hedgehog; you only have a matter of a few days before you see me again; the infamous Doctor Eggman!!" He laughed again, but he was loud and was laughing hysterically. And, just as the screen went on, it went off in just a second.

There was an eerie silence in the whole building. No one moved, no one spoke, no one didn't even blink. I held on to Shadow's arm tightly, and I moved closer to him for comfort. I was scared, and I had a good reason to be. It wasn't long before Sonic yelled in anger and slammed his fist on the keyboard, making everyone jump and a few gasp.

"I should've known," he growled "I should've known he'd come back!!" I'm sure everyone wanted to say something to cam Sonic down, but no one dared. Everyone, including myself, knew Sonic had a temper on him when provoked. But everyone had only one thing on their minds; Dr. Eggman was back, and we were in trouble!!

End Notes: Yup. This is the REAL conclusion to the series.

I know I probably left a major cliff hanger to this one, but I'm thinking about starting a sequel to this if I see fit. If not, then I guess it wasn't meant to be.

Review if you wish; no pressure. But don't be mean, 'kay guys?

Also, due to me having to go on a three-day trip next week, there's no doubt that the next chapter to "A Green Thorn" will be delayed.

Thank you for reading! See ya later!