Trees. That's all we could see. Oak trees, pine trees, weeping willows...Lots of birds singing too. I saw a robin fly above us; it landed on a branch in a nearby oak tree. The cool earth was soft, the grass was green and beautiful; the strands of grass tickled my feet since we were both walking around barefoot. A warm summer breeze runs by, brushing us gently against our faces, combing through our fur softly, making us feel relaxed. I held Shadow's ungloved hand tightly, he responded by bringing our bodies closer as we walked.
We've been out here for two hours. The sun was still high in the sky; we've been out here since dawn. The sun hardly penetrated the thick canopies of the tress. We didn't care. We were together, that's all that matters. A few more minutes later, we finally reach our destination. Standing alone in a large ring of trees, a weeping willow stands there, it's branches and leaves swaying softly in the wind. Flowers are scattered about in the ring around the willow. A few butterflies hover around the flowers, craving their nectar.
Shadow holds my hand, we walk towards the tree, hand-in hand. We reach it, we sit next to each other against the willow's large trunk. Shadow wraps an arms around my waist, I move closer and rest my head on his shoulder. It's quiet, but we don't mind. I already know why we're out here, but I don't say a word. I take full advantage of this moment, waiting for the peace-breaker. Ten seconds pass...thirty...a minute...three minutes...Going on five...
"Dawn." Shadow just says my name. He knows that i know what he's going to say.
"Shadow," I reply "you and I both know why we're out here. And I'm sorry to say that my answer's the same." Shadow placed his hand under my chin and brought it up until we were looking each other dead in the eye.
"These two years has been amazing," he says "Sure the doctor has returned, but his attacks are less, Scourge is no where to be found, your family was brought back together, what's holding you back?"
"I'm just...afraid," I say sheepishly "I love you with all my heart and soul, Shadow. But marriage...I don't know if I'm ready..."
"You've grown up to be a very fine woman, Dawn. A loyal companion, a beautiful princess..." He lifts his hand and brushes my bang aside so he can see both of my eyes. "What's holding you back? What are you so afraid of?"
"I may be a woman on the outside, Shadow...But on the inside...I still feel like a child..."
"Everyone's a child at heart, Dawn. But I am unfortunate. I was created, not born. Therefore I have no idea what's it like to be a child. But you shouldn't be ashamed of that. In fact, that's one of the reasons why I fell in love with you."
"I just don't know..." Shadow placed both of his hands on my cheeks. He comes closer, and kisses me on my lips passionately. Two years had past ever since Sonic brought be home from Earth. I should be eighteen, right? Wrong. I recently found out that anthros (short for anthropomorphic) age slower than humans. Even though I'm eighteen, I still have the body of a seventeen year old. Even so, I am still treated as an adult. It's a little strange. I know that I'm eighteen, but I still feel like a teenager. I don't know if it's because I still have a teenager body or what.
In these last two years, Dr. Eggman, the dominant villian of Mobius, announced his comeback. He attacked occasionally, but the Freedom Fighters were able to supress him. We all thought he'd come and attack at full force, but he's been very meek for some odd reason. Mom is back to her normal self now, and dad couldn't be happier. We've been bonding as a family nowadays, even though I'm with shadow most of the time. Speaking of which, ever since I've come of age, Shadow's been asking me to marry. We've both been eagerly awaiting this day, but now that it came, I'm a little scared. Everyone I've talked to told me it's only natural to feel this way. Both mom and dad said that they felt the same day when it was time to go to the alter.
Scourge disappeared. Ever since he found out that he was blamed for my mom's death, he left and never came back. We all thought that he was going to go on a full rampage, but he didn't. The last time I saw him was when we confronted Miles on Moebius. He walked into another room of the castle without a word. After that, we haven't seen him at all...Dr. Finitevus has been awfully quiet as well. We don't know where he is or what he's up to. In a way, I'm glad that the both of them are quiet, but there's another part of me that's expecting the worse. It obvious that they've been quiet because they're plotting something...But what was it?
I hadn't realize that Shadow and I were still kissing...In fact, we were so into it that I was laying on my back now, and Shadow was on top of me. It felt like an eternity, but the kiss was finally broekn since we both needed to get air into our lungs. I looked into Shadow's crimson eyes and smiled. I was very happy to be with him...I hoped this moment never ended.
"We can stay longer, if you want." Shadow said, reading my thoughts.
"But Sonic's gonna wonder where we are if we don't go back soon." I argue.
"He knows you're safe with me. I'll never let anything bad happen to you, and you know that. He shouldn't worry about you so much."
"A little longer. Please..." I could never resist Shadow when he begged. He always pulls these kinds of cute faces to make me give in.
"Ok." I said smiling. Shadow smiled back, and he kissed me again. It was deeper than before, but I didn't care. As long as I was with him, I was happy regardless. Soon, the only thing I could hear were the chirping of the many birds in the canopies, and the gentle rustling of the leaves swaying in the summer wind...
End Notes: Just a little romantic prologue for Shadow and Dawn. It might not be the start that you all were expecting, but I wanted to be different with the prologue this time.
I wasn't expecting to have to prologue to the sequel "Emerald Kisses" up so soon. But I'm glad I was able to get it up today.
Review if you wish, no pressure. But don't be mean, please? Criticism is okay, but it's to a certain extent for me.
The first chapter to this will be delayed, along with the other chapters to my other stories. I hope this one ends up better than the first one...
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next chapter, and God bless!