Okay, I hope I didn't confuse anybody too much with the ending of the last chapter. In any case, I'm back in control! Dracomon: Yay to that. Me: Thank you. In any case, this is the last chapter of the story. I hope you like it, this took so long to do all in all. Enjoy! Disclaimer: I'm not going to say it again. You already know this stuff.

Oh, and for your listening pleasure, here's one last rewrite of Throw it All Away. If you haven't figured it out by now, the song's referring to Scales.

Now, wake up to the new dawn

Everybody tries to be straight

Things are starting to change

It's not useless to resist

Their effort won't be wasted

Head straight for your goal by any means

There is a door that you've never opened

There is a window with a view you've never seen

Get there no matter how long it takes and you can make your dreams come true

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

Now no one can break you, nobody can tear you again

You live an endless life forever with the one you love

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

You see a light wherever you go

You have to face it again and again

Again and again, again, again...

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

Now no one can break you, nobody can tear you again

You live an endless life forever with the one you love

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

You see a light wherever you go

You have to face it again and again

You live an endless life forever with the one you love

Forever

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

Now no one can break you, nobody can tear you again

You live an endless life forever with the one you love

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

You see a light wherever you go

You have to face it again and again

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

Now no one can break you, nobody can tear you again

You live an endless life forever with the one you love

Oh dark, the darkness that dozes in the dusk

Don't throw it all away

You see a light wherever you go

You have to face it again and again.....

It was a lovely spring day in San Francisco. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the flowers were blooming. Not to sound too cliché or anything, but love was in the air. Really! All over the city people of the opposite (and in some cases, the same) sex were getting together and forming relationships that would change their lives. Even some of our old friends are enjoying the lovely spring, even though most of them have found whom they wanted to be with long ago. It was three years after the incident called by many as the attack of the Demonic Five. Things had calmed down a bit after that incident, though now and then there were upheavals from those trying to take Snively's place. But in the meantime, family life got more and more important. Knuckles and Rouge were married, and the vampire bat had recently given birth to twins, one echidna, and one bat. The echidna female was named Bleu, and the male bat was Nail. The two Chaos Angel and Devil had triplets, one Light, one Neutral, and one Dark. The new Eggchao was just like the old one, a good worker and researcher, and welcome company to old Dr. Robotnik. Stripes the Chao and Nightshade the Chao were obviously in love. Shadow and Amy now had a child. She was a dark purple hedgehog with stripes of red and pink in her fur. She seemed to have both her father's speed and her mother's skill with hammers despite being less than three years old. Her name was Shamy, a mix of her parents names. Tikal and Chaos now had a son, a new species in a way. Like Chaos, he was made of water. Like Tikal, he had the form of an echidna. Both parents were happy to find he was immortal like them, a new demigod. Big was never alone, thanks to his numerous entourage of Omochao. Metal Shadow and Metal Amy were thinking of building a kid. Yes, everyone was happy with a special someone to keep them company, to be with in times of pain or jeopardy. Everyone except for a single person. A lone figure stood atop the highest skyscraper in the city, watching the people down below. She was very sad, and lonely. She found herself spending more and more time up here these days. You may ask, How can she be lonely? She has great friends, family, a Chao. Why would she be lonely? It is simple to answer that question. Scales is the only one of our group of heroes who does not have somebody to be with. Rouge has Knuckles, Angel has Devil, Robotnik has Eggchao, Big has his Omochao pets, Amy has Shadow, Tikal has Chaos, Metal Amy has Metal Shadow, even Stripes has Nightshade! (By the way, the relationship between the two scientists and their Chao are simply as owner and pets. Nothing more.) But who does Scales have? Nobody, that's who. Now you might think, Why doesn't she just go out on the town, try to pick up a guy or two? Because she knows it would be worthless. She can't afford to fall in love with anyone, because everyone else was mortal. If she formed a relationship, the other person would wither away and die as time wore on, while she would remain exactly the same. Therefore, she had no choice but to be alone, since she didn't want to be hurt or hurt anyone else in that manner. So why not have Big or Robotnik do what they did to make Amy and get herself a mate? First of all, her DNA was too unstable. Any clone, no matter how much genetic engineering went into it, would be unable to support her code. And there was no way that either Robotnik or Big could replicate the unique life support system Scales used, especially since it would need the power of the black Emerald to even work. And even if there were a way around all that, Congress had recently passed a law banning all cloning due to a recent incident caused by a genetically created cat that went insane. So that meant they couldn't just whip up a guy for Scales. And so, she was alone. She sighed. "Great. Once again, I come back up here. Why? Is my subconscious telling me to jump off or something? I don't think I'm lonely enough to get that desperate just yet." She looked down at the top of the building. "This is the first time since puberty and my teenage years that I've hated my mother. She just HAD to give me an eternal life span, didn't she? You always went on about how Shadow and I were supposed to make others happy, but did you for once ever think about how we might want to be happy?! Did you, Mom?!" Scales ranted at the air. "You said we were made to make the people of the world happy. Don't we count? Didn't our happiness matter at all? Did you ever really...." Scales broke off, unable to say anymore. This was stupid. Her mother wasn't to blame, she had indeed wanted her children to be happy. But she had never accounted for the creation of a mate for either of them. She had assumed that Shadow and Scales would have each other in times of loneliness. She had never accounted for the possibility of someone like Amy being made. She shook her head. "Sorry Mom. It's not your fault. I guess it's just too much to hope that everybody will be happy, isn't it? I suppose somebody is always unhappy about something or other. I guess-" She hesitated, choking up. "I guess I'm supposed to be alone." She forced out, trying not to cry. Now, this may seem a little juvenile to you. After all, Scales is a full adult, right? Well, this has been eating at her for a long time, watching everyone but her having kids, going on dates, being able to share romantic moments with the ones they loved, it was all too much. It's about time she broke down, isn't it? Scales looked over the edge. "I guess I could just give in and jump off, but that would be going against my meaning, wouldn't it? I'd be making so many people sad, especially you. And I don't want that." She buried her head in her hands. "I just wish I didn't have to worry that if I find a guy, he won't die of old age on me. I just wish I could find somebody like me." She whispered, tearfully.

Elsewhere...The interior of the living crystal was an indescribable rush of shifting colors and lights, always random at first sight but in the end forming part of a greater puzzle. On a platform of the same strange crystal stood a creature made of yellow liquid with red orbs for eyes and a pinkish sphere for a brain. Opposite the red creature was an orb of white light. The creature bowed its head. "It is good to be back, Mother." "We have all missed you," said the light. "Especially your brother." "Well, I can't quite say the same. After all, how can you miss anyone when you're technically nonexistent?" the yellow creature joked. "Nevertheless, you are back, and all thanks to the raptor's use of the Rubies containing your power. I never imagined it would have the result of resurrecting you, though." Said the light. "I feel sorry for the poor boy, and that immortal lizard. Isn't there something we can do to fix them up? After all, they suffered many hardships to protect your creation." Said the yellow creature. "Why are you asking me? You are the one with the power to give them back their memories and the life they were meant for." Said the light. "Yes, but I wasn't sure you would allow me to do it without permission." Said the creature sheepishly. The light laughed. "Don't be silly, of course I allow you to do it!" The creature bowed its head again. "Then may I take my leave, Mother? I have to reunite the two lovers." "Go right ahead, daughter. And when you come back, we'll have a celebration in honor of your rebirth." Said the light. "I look forward to it. See you soon, Mother." The creature vanished. (If you can't figure out who either of those people were, you must not have been paying much attention to the story.)

Arik sighed and chewed slowly on another piece of meat. For some reason, he felt extremely depressed this morning, as if he had found something overnight but lost it immediately. He swallowed down the chunk of food and found he could eat no more. The loneliness was really getting to him. He felt like going somewhere, but he didn't really know when in history to visit. He didn't feel much like time travelling, but he did feel like going somewhere. How odd. The nearest village was twenty miles away. He had never been there, perhaps he should take a visit. He got up and put the remaining meat on his plate back in the freezer for storage. As he started heading for the door, his Master Ruby resonated. Curious, he pulled it out and saw it was glowing. How very odd. A glint of light caught his eye. He looked and saw something shiny approaching from outside. He went through the front door and watched in curiosity as the thing making the light approached. As it got closer, his eyes widened as he picked up the features of the object, or should I say objects. They were Chronos Rubies, all seven of them! They sped up and reached him in seconds. They separated and formed a spinning circle around him. "Wh-what's going on?" he asked, incredulous. The Master Ruby suddenly jerked, pulling out of his hands and joining the ring. As he stared in wonder, the Rubies suddenly stopped moving. They flipped, the dagger-sharp bottoms of the jewels pointing right at him. Before he could make a move, the Rubies shot at him, piercing his body.

Scales was about to just go home when she suddenly felt very strange. Her vision faded in and out for a few seconds, and when it came back in full she was surprised to discover she was wearing a very nice necklace. "Where did this thing come from?" she asked out loud. It seemed strangely familiar. She suddenly realized she was holding a piece of paper with some indecipherable handwriting on it and a wooden sword. These also seemed familiar. As she put the paper and sword that had appeared out of nowhere into her dimension pocket, memories raced into her mind, memories she didn't remember having before. As the jumbled memories asserted themselves, everything fit into place and she remembered EVERYTHING. "Arik!" she gasped. "Arik...great, now I know I was in love with someone and will probably never see him again." "Don't be so sure of that!" said a familiar voice behind her. Scales turned around. "Arik!" she cried happily. "Yes, that's my name. Please don't wear it out." He joked. She ran over. "But how is this possible? I thought that we were supposed to forget everything." He shrugged. "The only answer I can give is that it was a miracle. The same miracle that caused the Rubies to fuse with me to make me immortal again." "You mean we really can stay together now?" She asked eagerly. The raptor nodded, then took something out. "On my way here, I decided to make a stop in Egypt to pick up a gift for you. I believe this will be a good enough ring." It was indeed a ring, made of gold with a triangle on it. An eye stared up from the center of the triangle. "Scales, will you marry me?" She stared at the ring for a moment, captivated. Then, she grabbed Arik, pulled him into a big hug, and gave him a deep kiss. And that was answer enough for the both of them.

And that's the real ending, now that Metal Snively can no longer interfere. Did you like it?

Dracomon: I did!

Scales: Me too!

Me: Well that's good! Scales, when's the wedding going to be? Scales: Maybe in a month or two. Me: Geez, you guys are really doing things fast aren't you? Scales: Yup!

Me: I guess that's not too bad. Overall, what was your opinion on the whole adventure? Scales: Hard to say. I had a lot of fun, but a lot of hurt too. It felt really good to get together with Arik. Me: I imagine so. I hope you two are happy together. Scales: Nobody hopes that more than me, Pi2. Great to have you back, by the way. Me: Thank you. Hey Dracomon, what kind of reviews are we looking at? I'm sure we have a huge backlog considering we were unable to answer any last chapter. Dracomon: (Looks very unhappy.) Master, I'm really sorry to say this, but... Me: But what? Dracomon: We only have two new reviews. And one of them is a flame. Me: (Disappointed.) Oh, that's too bad. Well, let's see them, we might as well answer em'. Dracomon: Yes Master. Okay, the flame is from some person calling himself Rad Red Knux. He said you suck as an author and complains about your horrible formatting and asks why you don't put things into paragraphs like other authors have suggested. (Looks very troubled.) Master, this is insulting! Me: (Eye twitching.) Scales, do you mind if I handle this one? Scales: Go ahead. Me: Mister Knux, let me point out two things. First, there is no reason for you to say my story sucks. If you think it does, then please tell me why in a review. Second, and I', saying this for the last time, I DO PUT EVERYTHING IN PARAGRAPHS! I METICULOUSLY MAKE SURE EVERYTHING LOOKS PERFECT! BUT WHENEVER I LOAD THE CHAPTER, THE FREAKING SITE COMPLETELT DESTROYS MY FORMAT AND LEAVES EVERYTHING IN BIG BLOCKS OF TEXT! (Pants) There, I'm done. What's the only positive review? Dracomon: (More than a little unnerved by my outburst.) It is from a person named HobbesKnux. Scales: Ah, our newest fan. What does the ol' echidna-tiger have to say to us? Dracomon: For Scales, he has made these talon weapons called the "Disembowelers." They attach to the foot and crush an opponent's bones, rip out their organs, or disintegrate their brains when driven into their body. He also has a set for Arik. Scales: Why thank you, HobbesKnux! Dracomon: He also has a pair of jet anklets for Arik, so he may hover as well. Scales: I'll take these as wedding presents. What else does the echidna- tiger have? Dracomon: He made a video tape called "Sauron goes Insane." He chained Sauron to a chair and forced him to watch Barney, Blue's Clues, Teletubbies and Dora the Explorer for a month. The video also contains scenes after his torture. Scales: Well, its kind of useless since Sauron's been erased from history, but I appreciate the gesture. Anything else? Dracomon: Let me see. Oh, here's the reason for that disk he gave you a while back! When inserted into the fighting hologram projector, it creates cute chibi versions of Scales, Arik, and the Shadow Archie crew. Scales: (Looking confused.) The who? Me: In the real world, a comics company called Archie produces a Sonic the Hedgehog series which is for some reason remarkably similar to that lame cartoon Dic made for a while. Scales: So they made a series for Shadow too? Me: No, Shadow flat-out refused any endorsements or anything involving him in movies or video games. Comics count too. Besides, the thought of Shadow dating that slut Sally is too disgusting for me to think about. Let's just say that the disk will make chibi versions of everyone from the Shadow line of games, including you and Arik. Scales: Okay, that'll work. Me: I'm sorry to say it, but this is goodbye Scales. Scales: What do you mean? Dracomon: What my Master means is that he's not sure he's ever going to use you again. His next story plan takes place in the normal Sonic universe. Scales: (Worried) But what will happen to me? Me: You will remain in your world with your friends and loved ones. What happens in the life ahead of you is up to you and the imaginations of the readers. This series is over, and this universe will not be needed again. I may end up bringing you back someday, but it is doubtful. Scales: Then I suppose this is the end. Me: Yeah. I'll miss working with you, Scales. Scales: So will I, Pi2. (Gets up.) I suppose I should be going, then. I've got a wedding to plan, after all. Pi2: (Smiles at her.) Go on. Be happy, like you should be. Scales: I will. Until next time, Pi2. So long. (She leaves the studio.) Dracomon: So what do we do now, Master? Me: We go home and rest up. After that, we can start the next story! Dracomon: What'll it be about? Me: I'm not sure I'll go through with it, but I'm thinking of placing Shadow in SaTam as an accident and see where things go. I may even be able to solve the formatting problem. Dracomon: Sounds good to me, Master! Me: Thanks. I guess we should go. Good night everybody. I promise this isn't the last you've seen of me. I'll be back soon, I promise!

Dracomon: See you next time, and don't forget to leave a review! We'll make sure any last-minute gifts will get to Scales and Arik's wedding. Bye now! (They leave. The lights in the studio go off one by one, until all is dark.)

THE END