All right, everyone. This is the last chapter. I thank you for following the story up to this point. It means a lot, especially right now.

All characters are owned by Service Games (SEGA).

The road to recovery was a long and boring one. As Amy lay there in the hospital bed, she had plenty of time to think. Deep down, she knew Shadow was right. She and Sonic had indeed been going in a vicious circle. She would track him down and love on him, he'd run away, she'd chase after him and the cycle repeats. Looking back, she had no choice but to see that their routine had done little good. How could she possibly grow from such childish behavior? The more she thought about it, the more foolish she felt.

She watched Sonic across from her, still unconscious. He was another part of the problem. He refused to just tell her the truth for so long, that is, until that fateful day in Soleanna. She realized that he must have decided that enough was enough, but she still wasn't sure why he chose then to break it to her. Amy knew Sonic was a creature of whim, but he also didn't like being forced to do anything he didn't want to do. The concept of patience was often alien to him, as he preferred to do things right at that moment. She knew this very well, as she'd known him for a long time.

After some weeks of contemplation, she came to a revelation. What Sonic had said in Soleanna was true. He did not want to tell her that he truly wasn't interested in her that way, because he knew it would break her heart. He didn't want to make her sad or distressed, so he chose to bite his tongue and run. That, in his own weird way, was patience towards her. It also showed just how much he valued their friendship, just like he always went out of his way to rescue her in the past. Yes, the way he sometimes went about it was usually in a flippant, jerkass manner, but it couldn't be helped. He is a fifteen-year-old boy, and still has some maturing to do, as did they all.

As Amy came to this conclusion, she felt her anger towards her former idol slowly fade until her respect for him returned. However, any romantic notions she once had for him had not resurfaced. She still cared for him, of course, but she no longer felt it necessary to be that close to him. In its place, she recalled something, an old desire of hers that she had forgotten about...

She wanted to be as strong, as independent and as reliable as Sonic. That was what attracted her to him in the first place, and that admiration was still there, but she now knew that he'd never see her in a romantic light. This was the final point, and she let it sink in. In the end, she decided…that she was ok with that. She and Sonic were friends, nothing more…and that was fine. Once she fully accepted that, she smiled. Well, as much as she could with a healing jaw, that is.

"Well, you're in a good mood this evening."

'Speak of the speed demon,' Amy projected. 'I was just thinkin' about you.' Sonic looked annoyed at that. "If you're still pissed, I don't want to hear it." A number of retorts came to mind, but Amy dismissed them immediately. They were no longer required. 'That's good, because I'm not. Listen, Sonic. I've had a lot of time to think while we've been here, and I've realized something.' The Blue Blur was silent, but motioned his splintered right arm for her to continue. 'Well, you finally being honest with me that day 2 years ago was the best thing you've done for me.'

Sonic blinked. "Huh? What are you-"

Amy cut him off. 'I know it didn't seem that way at the time. Yes, I was heartbroken, angry, heck, a small part of me didn't want to go on living. You were my entire world, Sonic, and without you, I didn't know what to do.' Sonic nodded. "Then Shadow came along, right?"

'Yes. He was able to yank me from my misery before I got too deep. And while I was learning to live without you, I was still angry. I let the anger rot when I should have let it go. And look what happened.' Sonic shrugged in agreement. "No kidding." With some discomfort, he added, "I guess I'm to blame as well for losing my own temper. I was just irritated that things were going nowhere." Amy nodded as much as she could.

A couple of minutes passed by silently, the two hedgehogs in thought. Eventually, Sonic spoke up. "Listen, Amy. I'm-"

'I'm sorry.'


'I'm sorry, Sonic. For everything that's happened between us. I've been an annoying pain in your ass pretty much ever since we met. I know that now. I'm sorry for that, and I thank you for not completely writing me off, and for accepting me as a friend anyway.' Sonic blinked at her apology, as he wasn't expecting it at all. "Um, thanks. I've probably said this a million times already, but I'll say it one last time, since you're in a better mood. I'm sorry for my part in all this crap. I should've been straight up with you from the get go, but I wasn't. It was easier to just take off rather than just tell you the truth. I didn't wanna hurt you, but it looks like I did anyway, and I apologize for that."

Amy teared up a little. He actually meant it. 'Apology accepted.' She then gave him a genuine smile for the first time in years, which he returned. Things would be ok between them from this point on. They knew this, and were grateful for this chance.

"So, how are things with Shadow?"

'A lady doesn't kiss and tell, Sonic.'

"Heh. So now you're a lady? That's a news flash."

''re ruining our moment.'

"Wouldn't be the first time."

'I can still use Psycho Kinesis, you know.'

"Shutting up."

All right, I think that'll do it. Black Petals started with Sonic and Amy, so I think it should end with them. However, don't think the story's over, as there are still loose ends to tie up.

Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for the continuation. Also, feel free to look at my other stories.