Valentine’s Day came three days after the FiendBot thing. It was much warmer than usual in Bygone. It was almost weird, but I was happy it was warmer. Well, a little happy….
Tails found himself at the flower shop, buying a small bouquet of red roses. He traded his money for the bouquet.
“Hope you have a great day, Tails.” The cashier said to him.
“Thank you. You too.” Tails replied, and he walked away.
When he got to the door of a house, he brushed off some dust from his shoulders, and he knocked. In response, the door opened, and Zooey was behind it.
“Oh, hello, Tails.” Zooey smiled. “What’re you doing here?”
“I'm here to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day, Zooey.” He handed out the bouquet of roses.
Zooey gasped softly. “Why thank you, Tails. Such beautiful roses!” She was happy as she took the roses. “I have a nice vase to put them in. Please, come in.”
Tails walked into her house.
As for Sonic, he was at Meh Burger, having a chilidog for lunch, like often. Amy came in and just sat with him.
“Oh, hey Amy.” Sonic said, caught off guard at first.
“Hey, Sonic.” She said naturally.
“So….um…” Sonic said almost shyly. “...You got plans today?”
“Well, I've been wondering if we could spend time together. Y'know….just you and me? Maybe we can….go to the beach?” Sonic said, nervous but fighting his fear.
Amy was surprised by this. “R-Really?” She blushed.
“Yeah, what else could we do on a day like this?” Sonic shrugged.
Amy smiled shyly. “That sounds….great.”
Sonic smiled, happy with the result. “Then it's planned. How about after this lunch, here?” Sonic said, offering a second chilidog to Amy.
She took it. “Thank you, Sonic.”
“No prob, Ames.” Sonic said, feeling more thrilled than ever before deep down inside.
As for me, I was at the house alone, just sitting there. I had my purple bracelet on today, and I was wearing the same red horseback riding shirt. The window behind me was open, and the gentle breeze let itself in. I felt deeply saddened, knowing what kind of day today really was. What I was holding in my hand turned out to be a little heart shaped card, red in color, and it had sloppy but readable writing on it. The front had my name on it. I opened it.
Dearest Emily, I hope you have a happy Valentine's Day with me by your side. I'll never forget the love and passion we've shared. I love you more than life itself, babe. I'll see you tonight. Love, Nick
I saw tear drops fall onto the card, smearing a little with the ink of the writing. I just let the sadness rush in. That's when I just put the card in front of me on the footstool, and I just leaned right back against the couch. And I just cried. I hadn't felt pain in several weeks. It almost felt good to feel pain again. Almost.
Tails and Zooey were just watching a movie as they had popcorn and chocolate milk. Zooey was resting against Tails, and they had their arms around each other. Both were happy with each other's company. Tails kissed Zooey's cheek, causing her to giggle and blush a little. They both then kissed each other sweetly on the lips.
After parting, Tails’ communicator then began to ring, catching his attention. Upon looking, he saw my name on the screen.
“Oh, it's Emily.” Tails told Zooey, and he answered. “Emily? Is something wrong?”
I was on my communicator, trying to talk, but I was crying at the same time.
“T-Tails….S-sorry...But I can't help but…. I'm just….” I was trying to say, but my crying prevented me.
That caught Tails immediately. He knew. “Oh my, Emily...Don't worry. Zooey and I are on our way. Hang tight.” He hung up, and he got up.
“What's wrong, Tails?” Zooey asked.
“It's Emily. She's in a bad state right now.” Tails replied.
“What do you--!” Zooey was about to ask, but then then caught herself. “Oh….”
Both then went right out the door, turning off the TV.
As for myself, going back, I was just crying softly as my communicator was now off the conversation. I guess I just wanted to let out the pain and suffering I don't think I'll ever stop feeling. More memories had come in. I remember the moment I had first met Nick, both of us aged five. I remember the first time we held hands, aged six. I remember discovering his feelings toward me in the sixth grade. I most definitely remember when we started dating just after graduating eighth grade. Throughout freshman year, our romantic relationship was in full swing, with us going to football games, just walking through the halls, holding hands, and me trying to outrun all that from pure shyness. Sometimes, it's funny, but other times, I regret that.
I suddenly heard the door swing open, and both Tails and Zooey let themselves in.
“Emily?” Tails spoke up, catching my attention.
I looked, and I had tears rolling down my face. My throat was almost hurting. Something in me says my eyes were a little pink, even.
Both foxes walked over to me and sat at opposite sides of me on the couch.
“Are you okay?” Tails asked me.
“N-N-No….not….really….” I replied, trying to pull myself together.
“Oh, Emily….” Zooey gently rubbed my shoulder with her soft hand.
“S-Sorry….I know I interrupted your date, and--!”
“No need to worry. We both know that when you need me, I'll come running. And so will Zooey, it looks like.” Tails interrupted me.
“I just don't wanna be rude….”
“Don't worry so much. I know you actually haven't felt this kind of pain in a while. And actually….it’s okay.”
“Of course, Emily.” Tails told me as he came closer. “You see, I know for a fact in your world's society, all they seem to want you to do is smile and be happy. But how can people feel joy when there's no sadness to feel? In your word's society, it seems you hardly have any….. freedom. No freedom to feel sad when you grief, stress, or just flat out sadness. They're all completely natural in being a human. Your society may not understand. But in this world's reality, you have complete emotional freedom. When you feel you must, just cry. Do what's healthiest to let out emotional stress. And in this case, you just can cry your heart out. I'm here for you.” He placed his hand on my cheek as he said this.
I looked deep into his eyes. They were glittery sky blue. And he gave me a small but convincing smile, even though I could see the pain in his eyes. We both knew well that he hated seeing me like this. That's when I just hugged him as closely yet comfortably as I could. He hugged me back naturally. Zooey joined in as a third.
A little bit later, Tails and I found ourselves remaining in our house, and we were watching TV. Just some cartoons. Zooey had left to spend time with friends for the remainder of the day.
“Sorry, Tails.” I just said.
“Don't worry about it, Emily. You have more emotional freedom here. So I don't mind. Besides, I've known you for years. Even though it pains me to see you in the state you were in, I know it's only right when your other choice would be maybe just hiding those feelings.” Tails said to me.
“Yeah…..And you know how that latter went.”
Tails held my hand. “Emily?”
I looked at him. “Yeah?”
“I’m sorry days like this are hard on you.”
“No need to be. It wasn't you crying all the time throughout the years.”
“I missed you terribly between the times we parted in Lockport after London and when you first came to Bygone. In Sochi….” His ears bent down.
“What's wrong?” I put my hand on his shoulder.
“Well….in Sochi, I missed you so terribly, I felt a lot of the same depression I felt just after I lost Cosmo. I had missed you so badly…something in me thought you weren't ever going to come back to me. It scared me….” I heard his voice break some more. “....To think that….I wasn't ever gonna see you again. Day after day, I at least waited for communication from you, but you never called. I didn't know what you were up to….”
“I remember in 2014…..Valentine's Day. I don't remember if it was around the time I saw that hockey incident, but I remember for sure, I saw nothing but couples, roses, and Prom dates all around me, and I was all alone. Everyone knew what had happened to me. But some….some people made fun of me because Nick is dead. I just cried the whole day through, nonstop. My teachers just let me go around the halls, and we all knew there was nowhere for me to go. That and the hockey incident gave me beginnings of being suicidal….” I told him.
“I remember that day, even though I wish I could forget. But throughout the days in Sochi, as well as moving into Bygone, I couldn't stand not knowing what was going on….after Skype failed on both of us.”
“Yeah…..” I agreed.
“And I remember….learning on Skype that you were going to kill yourself….the word I tried to send to you that I’m alright didn’t seem to come through. Something in me was convinced….that I was going to lose you….” He felt tears form and quickly stream down his white furry cheeks. “I-I thought you were gonna make the biggest mistake anyone can make….and that’s taking his or her own life….B-But I called the police when I did….because I felt I had to protect you no matter what….and since, I just waited for the word that you were alright….But I never did…..I didn’t know where you were….I didn’t even know if you were alive at the moment….B-But….something in me made me decide….that I would only wait for you…..even if it took the rest of my very existence to just see you one more time…..N-N-Now you’ve been here for two and a half years….” He was beginning to cry. “I-I was too happy to speak much when I saw you come in my door! I don’t care what happens to me anymore! I haven’t cared for years! I chose to live through those lonely days only for you! While most of me believed you were gone, I somehow felt that you weren't!”
That made me smile and put my arm around him, pulling him in closer.
He quickly looked up at me. “Don't you ever leave me alone again, Emily Ann!” He cried.
I handed one of the roses Tails gave me right back to him as tears streamed down both our faces at this point. We looked into each other's eyes.
“I never will, Tails. Never again. I hate to see you suffer like this….” I told him. “And y’know, I don't think I ever loved anyone more than I love you. I'm sorry you had to suffer through those days. I suffered too. But y'know what? We….we made it through.”
That made Tails begin to smile.
“And our prayers were answered.” I finished.
Tails came closer, and he put both of his hands on my cheeks. Tears kept streaming from both of us.
“And here you are….where you belong….” He added.
I then placed both of my hands on his cheeks. “I love you….”
“I love you too, Emily…”
We then leaned in closer, and our arms naturally wrapped around each other, letting body heat spread inside both of us. Tails’ tails wrapped around me as well. We felt increasingly joyous just to have each other's company.
Next thing I knew, we were at the beach. The sun was beginning to set, but we still felt we were only getting started with our day.
“I don't think we've gone swimming in forever.” Tails said.
“I agree. And I think I know where this is going.” I added.
“Wanna go swimming?” He asked.
“I thought you'd never ask.” I smiled, and I stood up, kicking my boots off. I then started walking into the water. Tails followed, holding my bad right hand. I squeezed naturally.
As soon as we got far enough from shore, I felt myself shiver.
“Whew! It's cold!” I shivered as the chills went up my spine.
“You okay?” Tails asked me.
“I'm fine, Tails. It's just cold, I guess with it being the beginning of the year.” I replied.
Tails came closer to me. “I can help keep you warm.”
“Are you sure? You're wet, too.” I wasn't sure where he was going with this.
Tails just came closer to me and wrapped his arms around me. I was surprised at first, but I then wrapped my own arms around him, holding him closer. I felt warmer by the second. We swirled around a little, still hugging each other. The portion of my long brown hair and both of his tails flowed with the movements from under the water.
We looked at each other again. We saw each other's eyes glitter with the setting sun and sparkles on the water all around us. I don't think I had ever seen Tails’ eyes glow as beautifully as they were right now. Loving the mere sight, I smiled at him. I gently put my bad right hand on his cheek, gently rubbing it. That caused his eyes to glassify and quickly form tears of joy. I think he was just really happy with my presence and that he was able to make this Valentine's Day easier for me to endure. He gently put his right hand on my own cheek. I leaned my head closer to his. I felt little wet droplets roll down my own cheeks as this happened.
“I love you….and a Happy Valentine's Day to you, Tails…..” I whispered.
“Same to you, big sister. And….I love you too….” Tails replied, also in an emotional whisper.
Our foreheads gently touched each other. My hand gently rubbed his cheek as his hand did the same to my cheek. The tears got warmer as they continuously streamed down our faces. We slowly swirled around in the water, and we just held each other. We looked at each other once more. Our eyes kept glittering. We then put our arms around each other once more, and we felt even warmer in each other's arms.
Next thing I knew, we went underwater. Gold aura hadn't formed around us yet. My hair flowed around almost freely as we just kept holding each other closely. I held Tails so closely, our cheeks made contact with each other. I was feeling true love for the first time since the multi-Tails thing. This somehow made all the pain go away. As we held each other, I didn't feel tense at all, with me being much better at holding my breath for the most part. But I felt Tails’ hands tug on my shirt a little, and I heard his air bubbles continue to escape and rush up to the surface boundary.
I made my hands begin to glow gold, with the aura eventually spreading over my and Tails’ bodies. That enabled us to breathe, and I heard Tails gasp for air.
Tails looked up at me. “Thanks….” He was catching his breath.
“Thank you for making this day easier.” I told him, smiling.
“I feel bad I left you alone earlier today. I should've known better. It may not be nearly as hard as it once was, but it could be hard on some days.” Tails said to me.
“While that rings true, I always know I can just call you and tell you that I need you home. I trust you like that.”
“I'm glad you trust me, Emily.” He smiled at me.
I smiled back at him. “I'm lucky to have a great little brother like you.”
“And I'm lucky to have you as my sister.”
I just hugged him again, passionately kissing his cheek. He did the same to me.
Next thing I knew, we just chose to have endless fun under the sea. We raced from one place to another, played hide and seek with my sensing powers helping me out, looked around for rare treasures and shells all over the place, always something to do under the sea. And as anyone who would know me well enough, that's one of my ultimate favorite places to be.
Tails made this Valentine's Day much easier for me to bear and accept.