"I wonder why she ran off," Sonic's mother said. She wasn't mad at him because he said he was on his way home, but saw a girl in the forest. He never mentioned it was Wave. "Maybe she was late for something," she smiled.

"I don't think that's likely at 11 at night. I don't know, do you think I embarrassed her?" Sonic hated to embarrass people; except for Knuckles of course.

"It could be. Neither of us really knows what's going on with the girl. You know her though, right." Sonic nodded. "Then why don't you go visit her in the morning." Sonic got up and walked up to the doorway. "Sonic, hold on." He turned around and faced his mother.

"Your father's leaving in the morning to go back. I think you need to talk to him." Sonic was confused and walked up the stairs. He opened his parent's door and saw his dad doing pull ups. His dad looked and stopped.

"Hey," he said, trying to get his breath. He was wearing cargos. "I need to talk to you."

He walked over to Sonic.

"Yeah, dad?" Sonic wondered what was so important.

"You know I'm leaving to go back to the army tomorrow." Sonic nodded. "You have to be the man of the house…in case I don't come back." This is what Sonic didn't want to hear.

"No dad, don't say that. You are going to come back.""

"You can't be sure of that. If I don't, just promise-"

"But-"

"PROMISE me you'll help your mother and your sister." Sonic gave in and nodded. His father gave him a one armed hug. "It's getting late, so you better go to bed."

Sonic never wanted to hear what his father just said, but he had to face the facts; not everything goes as planned. He knew his dad was tough, so he thought he would be fine.

"Come on, Pat, we have to go to the airport," Sonic whispered. He gently shook Patrice awake. She never knew Dad was in the army, so she just thought he was going to get her a present. She mumbled and opened her blue eyes. She reached her arms up. She did that when she wanted carried. He picked her up and walked down the stairs.

Sonic walked down and saw his mom and dad hugging by the door. His dad was in uniform again and he kissed Sonic's mother's head and walked out of the door. She followed.

The car ride to the airport was silent, almost like the rides they have in a sad movie. The quietness made Sonic fidget in his seat. He looked at his dad, who was driving. His eyes were strictly on the road, which meant he was thinking about something. That made Sonic nervous even more.

Back home, the trio was sitting in the kitchen. Sonic twirled the spoon in his coffee around. His mother looked and sighed. She gently placed a hand on his shoulder. When he looked up, she was smiling. He weakly smiled back. In case I don't come back, be the man of the house. He shook his head to clear his thoughts.

"Can I-"

"Yes," his mother answered before he finished. "I'll write a note saying why you were absent."

He went up to get freshened up. He was already bathed, but he wanted to change. He put on a pair of jeans and a work shirt. He decided he would go to the train station to take a ride around.

Sonic walked out and ran after backing away from his house. He felt the wind through his quills, sending chills through him. He saw trees pass by him and heard cars honking. This was his favorite environment; besides air-boarding, of course. He was coming close to the train station.

He noticed a familiar purple bird walking up to the train station. She never looked like herself; she looked more girly. She was wearing a white sundress and flats. Her hair was pulled up in a ponytail. Where is she going? He groaned and rushed over there.

"Wave?" he asked puzzled. The swallow turned around to face him. She was surprised, and her face showed it.

"Sonic, what are you doing here?"

"I'm here to think, what are you here for?"

"I'm going to see my father in L.A," she said proudly. Sonic tapped his foot.

"You should be in school."

"Same to you." Sonic groaned and followed Wave. He pulled out 40 dollars and gave it to the ticket seller.

"2 tickets to L.A please." Wave looked up at him. "You're not going alone." He didn't want anyone alone meeting a stranger for the first time.

"So, you know absolutely nothing about this guy?" Wave nodded. "Yet you're going to go see him?" She nodded again. Sonic put his head in his hand. "Why?"

"He cheated on my mom, and I want to get the story straight. He was a bastard to my mom. I want to give him a peace of my mind." She folded her arms across her chest.

"That seems good enough, I guess." Wav looked at him slyly. "What," he asked confused.

"Why are you skipping class? Surely it's not to see my dad." Sonic breathed.

"My dad just went back to his station in the army, and I just need some time to think." Wave was surprised slightly. She never knew Sonic's dad was in the army.

"Hey look we're here," he said, pointing out the window. Wave was finally going to see her dad.

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"Where's Sonic," Amy asked Knuckles. Knuckles just shrugged. Amy let out a frustrated puff of air. "He blew me off this morning. He's such a jerk."

"Amy, how can you say that?" Tails asked. Amy looked at him shocked.

"What do you mean?"

"His dad just gotten back in the army." Amy then felt guilt rise in her. How come Sonic never told her that? She looked behind her, and saw Jet looking around too.

"Jet, who are you looking for," she asked confused. The hawk looked up with an agitated look.

"Wave; she told me she had to tell me something, but I have no idea where she is!" He pounded on his desk, causing Amy to flinch. She turned back around, wondering where her boyfriend went with his…girlfriend. She never knew what to call them.

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"This is the place," Wave sighed. She was nervous to bits, wondering what her dad was like. She guessed he left when the twins were born. She looked over at Sonic, who was smiling at her.

"Go ahead," he chuckled. She walked up the steps with him and knocked on the door. She hoped he was home, and then changed her mind. She felt like she should just run. The door opened.

He was surprised; he never looked like he did in the pictures, of course that was 13 years ago. He was a swallow, dark blue with brown eyes. He looked blankly at Wave. "Who are you," he mumbled.

"I'm Wave; your daughter." His eyes widened. He quickly opened the door and pulled them both in.

"Wave," he choked up. He hugged her tightly, causing Wave to be confused. "I've missed you so much." She pulled away annoyed.

"Why did you leave Mom, the boys and me?" He was surprised.

"I never left you all." This made both Wave and Sonic surprised.

"But you cheated on mom."

"Wave…Your mom cheated on me."