[ Am I okay? Am I okay, the fox who has not only two legs to stand on, but two tails to fly with? Am I okay, sitting on this stool and not strapped to a hospital bed?
Am I okay? What about you, Sonic, what about you?
I miss you…
…but I’m so scared…
I can’t keep my hands still, how are you able to manage with all that? ]
Mm, I’m…ah, I’m…
[ His throat was starting to burn, eyes stinging. His voice grew even smaller than before, shakier. ]
…I m-miss you, big brother.
[ Sonic’s ears folded down as he heard Tails’s weak voice, and all pain that he’d felt for himself completely dissolved. He didn’t care anymore if his legs bled or not. He didn’t care that he was tired. He wanted the fox on the other end of the line, his little fox kid brother, to be okay. And it was clear he wasn’t.
I know it’s hard for you, too. You don’t like seeing me like this. I wouldn’t either if I were you.
He bit the inside of his cheek, cursing himself for having been selfish. He valiantly ignored the guilt welling up in him for causing so much pain, at least for now. ]
I miss you, too. All of you guys. A whole lot.
[ It did get rather lonely… ]
I just want you to be okay, that’s all. I’m not there to protect you like I used to be. You mean a whole lot to me, Tails.
[ Those were the most sincere words he’d ever uttered. ]
Things’ve been lousy lately. We can’t just let it get to us. We need to keep looking up, yeah?
[ I’ve been doing a lousy job of that lately. No wonder Tails doesn’t visit much. ]