Sonic and Silver were on their way back to Sonic's mansion, this time alone. They didn't really talk to each other because they don't much about each other, so the walk was quiet and awkward. Instead, they just stared off into the sky as they watched it turn several different shades of orange and red as the sun began to set.
Silver softly cleared his throat. "The sunset is particularly nice tonight."
Sonic turned his head towards the sky and watched as the flame of colors slowly dimmed to darkness. "Yeah, it's nice."
Sonic didn't want to think too much of the sunset. This was mainly because it was just he and Silver walking into the sunset, and Sonic just felt as if that was just a bit awkward, yet comforting. They continued walking in silence for the next five minutes until they were at Sonic's home. They entered to find that Tails and Knuckles had already returned and were back to doing their business. As Sonic and Silver walked into the room that they were in, Tails turned his head towards to the two of them.
"Hi Sonic, welcome home. Hello to you too Silver, what are you still doing here?"
Silver then briefly explained that his powers were limited and that it takes a lot of energy to go from time zone to time zone. Tails and Knuckles, not knowing Silver and his powers too much, just went with what he said and went back to their business. Sonic decided to go upstairs and Silver followed him because he didn't want to be left alone with Tails and Knuckles because he didn't know them very well.
They went into Sonic's room and Sonic plowed himself down on a bed, grabbing a comic book to read. Silver didn't exactly know what to do, so he just sat down on the bed that he had slept on the previous night and looked down at the floors, getting lost in his thoughts. He felt as if he was an invader in Sonic's home, and that it wasn't right for him to be there.
"Maybe I should stay somewhere else for the night. I feel like such an invader in your home."
Sonic looked up from his comic and looked towards Silver. "No you should stay, I want you to stay. I'm just being a bad host, that's all. Do you want to do something?"
Silver smiled and was happy that he now had Sonic's attention. "Uh yeah. What do you want to do?"
"I have a few games in here that I haven't played in a little while. Why don't we break them out and play them?"
Silver smiled at Sonic's slight enthusiasm. "That sounds nice."
Sonic hooked up his Gamecube to the television and put in a "Tales of Symphonia" game. "This is a great adventure game and it's two player, so we can play together." Sonic grabbed two controllers and handed one to Silver. He then turned on the game and they were then brought into the world of Sylvarant.
The two of them played for a couple of hours, laughing at the fun parts and getting frustrated at the difficult parts. After they found a save spot, they realized that it was best to head to bed. Both Sonic and Silver slept in the same beds that they did the night before.
Sonic nuzzled into his warm bed and instantly went to sleep. The dreams he had the previous night were no longer swarming his mind and he was now dreaming about more comforting things. Silver did not succumb to the same fate. As he fell asleep, his dreams adhered to one single theme: Sonic. In one of them, the two of them were alone in Sonic's living room and they were talking to one another.
Sonic was the first to speak in the dream. "I haven't told anyone this before, not even Knuckles and Tails." Silver leaned forward to hear what Sonic had to say. Sonic continued in a slightly softer voice, "I have actually felt attraction for other males before. I know that may seem weird, but I just don't feel love for people like Amy, and it's not just because she's annoying."
"Why are you telling me this," Silver asked.
"I don't know, actually. Because I guess I can trust you with a secret like this."
Silver's mouth opened a little. He was a little paranoid and gullible and never thought that anyone trusted him. "Then I have a secret of my own." Sonic looked up and their eyes met. "I'm the same way as you are. I even like someone a lot. He's so great, heroic, and just overall a nice person."
Sonic smiled. "May I ask who it is?"
"You wouldn't understand."
"How wouldn't I understand? You just said that you were same way as me, so I guess that means that I'll probably understand."
"Alright. It's… you."
Sonic went wide-eyed and gave Silver a blank stare, signifying that he clearly wasn't expecting the answer that Silver had presented. Silver cleared his throat and tried to break the clearly awkward ice.
"So… what do you think?"
"What do I think?" Sonic said this as if he were actually a little angry. "How can you love me?" Sonic smacked Silver across the face. Even though this was a dream, Silver could still feel the slight pain that surged across the face where the hand had made contact. "It doesn't matter, I don't love you back." Silver was devastated by Sonic's transformation into what seemed like a ravage monster. "So you should stop fantasizing about me and wake up."
Silver got up and ran for the door of Sonic's mansion. As he ran, the words "wake up" echoed repeatedly in his head.
Silver woke up from his nightmare with tears already flowing rapidly down his face. He lifted his head off of his pillow and wiped away a few tears before they could drip off of his chin. He didn't want to be in the same room as Sonic, especially after the extreme dream that he just had. He softly went outside of the room and closed the door with nearly no noise. He then went downstairs, continuing to wipe away tears as they formed in his eyes.
He just roamed around the first floor in the dark, visualizing the whole mansion in complete silence. He then spotted the door to the backyard and went for it. He didn't want to leave, but he did want some fresh air so that he can relieve any thoughts that have been invading his mind. As he stepped outside, he looked to his right to see a normal wooden bench. He recognized the bench from Cream and Vanilla's home. They had given it to Sonic as a very special housewarming gift after they finished it a few months ago. He sat down on the cold wood and looked up at the dazzling star show that surrounded the large glowing moon.
Silver was a big fan of nature, even though in his time nature was replaced with severe amounts of technology. Looking up at the stars is practically the last piece of nature that he has left to stare at and admire. He continued to stare at them and pointed out constellations to himself. The tears began to stop flowing, that is, until a certain blue hedgehog poked his head outside the door that led to the backyard.
Sonic spotted Silver on the bench and closed the door behind him. Silver noticed this and all of the memories of what had just happened just flocked back to make him miserable. Sonic took a seat right next to Silver on the cold wooden bench and began rubbing his back. Although the back rub was supposed to be comforting, it made Silver tense up as Sonic's glove made contact with his skin.
"Silver, are you alright?"
Silver looked up to see Sonic's concerned green eyes. Silver talked with slightly slurred speech as tears began falling down his cheeks again. "Don't worry about me, Sonic. There is nothing that you can do that can fix what I'm going through."
"Silver, I can't take it when my friends are upset. It makes me feel as if I am useless and that I can't do anything to make them feel better. Can you at least tell me what's wrong, just to make me feel better?"
"I wish I could, Sonic, but I really can't. You wouldn't understand at all."
"Please tell me, Silver. I want to help you feel better."
"I said no," Silver snapped. This caught Sonic's attention and he began backing off from Silver. He stood up from the bench.
"Alright, Silver. I guess disturbing you is probably doing more harm than good. Please come back to be soon. Maybe a little bit of sleep will make you better." Sonic was saddened by Silver's attitude. He went away from the bench and went back inside the house.
Silver was struck by Sonic's sincere concern. Silver then felt that he was given an opportunity to tell Sonic how he feels about him. After a couple of minutes, Silver stood up and headed inside the mansion. He went up the stairs again and slowly opened the door to Sonic's room. The light was on, but Silver could clearly see that Sonic was still sitting up on his bed, facing away from the door.
"I'm sorry." Silver sat down on the bed next to Sonic. "I shouldn't have snapped to you. You were only trying to be nice in helping me and I not only turned you down, but I got angry at you. You don't deserve that."
"It's okay, Silver. I just wanted to know what was wrong. You're always happy, and seeing you sad is especially devastating to me."
"Do you really want to know?" The question was rhetorical and Silver already knew that Sonic was going to answer with a yes.
"I've had this big secret burning up in me for quite a long time." There was a brief silence. Sonic pat Silver on the back to show that he was paying attention. "You're the first person I'm telling. I actually… have a weird attraction towards other males." Another brief silence came after Silver's statement. Before either of them could respond, the moon shined in through Sonic's window and both of their faces were illuminated. Silver could see that Sonic was giving him a smile.
"That's not something that you should be ashamed about, Silver. I mean, sure, you should avoid saying it to certain people, but you should not be ashamed about being gay." Silver chuckled at Sonic's brief remark. He clearly knew that he wasn't going to tell people like Scourge.
"That's not all, though." Sonic's smile fled his face as he listened to the rest of what Silver had to say.
"I have near-unlimited power. I can go from time-to-time whenever I want to."
"Then why did you say you couldn't?"
"Because… I wanted to stay here in this time. It's because…"
"It's because what, Silver?"
"It's because… I love you, Sonic the Hedgehog."