Authors note- Sorry for the long wait. I've been busy with school. This story should be finished by August 2010 by my own estimates. Enjoy.

It was early evening in Knothole at the coliseum. Thousands of Mobians had gathered for Mina's latest concert. Only problem was, there was a delay.

Sonic and Tails sat upfront near the edge of the stage, both of them waiting for Mina. Amy Rose had accompanied them, both to be with Sonic and to hear Mina's singing.

"This is so romantic, isn't it Sonic?" Amy said dreamily, clapping her hands together. "Just you and me here tonight watching Mina's concert. Maybe we can grab some dinner on the way home."

Sonic smirked and rolled his eyes. "Whatever you say, Amy," He said.

Tails took little notice of the two hedgehogs sitting beside him. He looked worried.

"Where is she?" Tails wondered aloud. "The concert should have started by now."

Sonic look at Tails and shrugged, also looking concerned.

"She's probably still in her dressing room," Sonic guessed. "She must still be upset about the whole thing with Ash."

"That jerk!" Amy snarled, clenching her fists. "Who does he think he is? Cheating on Mina like that and then blaming her for it? He deserves a good thrashing!"

Sonic calmly placed his hand on Amy's shoulder.

"Take it easy, Amy," Sonic said.

Tails drifted into thought, remembering what happened a few days ago. He could still remember his confrontation with Ash...and the hug he recieved from Mina. Just thinking about that hug invoked strange yet soothing feelings inside him. But the feeling wasn't new to him. He knew what love felt like. He was still a bit young for romance but ever since the recent incident with Fiona Fox, his loneliness had skyrocketed, as did his frustration.

"Maybe you should go talk to her, Tails," Amy said, abruptly jerking Tails from deep thought.

Tails looked at Amy, considered her suggestion for a moment and nodded slowly. He stood up from his seat and walked onto the stage towards Mina's dressing room, prompting confused looks from the audience.

"What's he doing?"

"Is he allowed up there?"

"Where is he going?"

Tails approached Mina's dressing room door. Her, Doug, bodyguard stood in the way. Doug was a husky brown bear who stood a foot higher than Tails. He looked down at the young fox through his black sunglasses.

"Can I help you, Tails?" Doug asked, his voice cool and stern.

Tails wasn't intimidated. He and Doug actually knew one another pretty well.

"I would like to speak to Mina, please," Tails said.

"Hold on a moment," Doug said.

Mina sat nervously in her chair in her dressing room within the coliseum. She had been preparing herself for her next concert for over a week but with the incident with Ash two days ago, she felt that she wasn't ready. All of the stress and sorrow sat heavily on her shoulders and made her feel tired and that would do her no good with her singing career.

"What am I going to do?" She muttered to herself, leaning her head onto her hand.

There came a knock at the door that made her jump in her chair.

"Come in," Mina said in a somewhat shaky voice.

The door opened and Doug peeked into the room.

"You have a visitor Mrs. Mongoose," The guard said.

"Who?" Mina asked curiously.

Mina tilted her head and saw Tails standing behind Doug.

"Oh, hey Tails," Mina said waving a little. "What are you doing here?"

Doug stepped aside and let Tails in.

"I came to see how you were doing," Tails replied as he approached Mina, a look of concern visible in his eyes.

Mina looked at Tails with grief on her face.

"I'm nervous Tails," Mina said sadly. "There couldn't have a more inappropriate time for Ash to cheat on me. He's left me completely unprepared tonight."

Tails frowned remorsefully. He knew only too well what kind of pain Mina had went through, thanks to Ash. Just thinking about him made Tails blood boil, especially after their fight yesterday but he wouldn't let that get to him.

"Listen, Mina," Tails said. "You just forget about Ash and get out there and sing. You can do it, I know you can."

Mina gave Tails a half-smile but her despair hardly submitted to his comforting words.

"I know you can do it Mina. Don't let your fans down. They want you to be as happy as you make them," Tails continued as he placed his hand on Minas shoulder.

Mina then remembered how much her fans truly meant to her. She was dedicated to lifting the morale of Mobius during their war with Dr. Eggman and she knew she could never let them down. Not after she had done so much for them.

For the first time in days, Mina felt her strength return to her. It was as if Tails was the very cure to her depression. She could remember all the past few days she spent feeling miserable and replaying Ash's words in her head as he cruelly blamed her for their failed relationship.

But it didn't matter anymore to here. She didn't care about Ash anymore. It was all in the past and she had to let it go.

"Tails...thank you," Mina said softly as she reached over and touched the young Fox's cheek. "You've done so much for me and I...I'm so happy your my friend."

Tails blushed a deep red, his whole body fluttered at the touch of Mina's hand on his face. His heart felt hot with emotion.

Mina giggled a little at Tails reaction as she briefly locked eyes with him, staring into his bashful blue pupils that seemed to shine like diamonds.

"He's so cute when he's shy."

Mina had often admired how adorable Tails was. His soft, golden fur. His innocent yet pleasing face. His baby blue eyes. And his personality was just irresistable to her. Basically he was the opposite of Ash: Cold, selfish, possesive, arrogant, short tempered and an all around asshole.

But for a brief moment, Mina couldn't help but wonder if it was merely affection she felt for Tails...or was it something more?

Ignoring her own question for the time being, Mina withdrew her hand from Tails face, grabbed her microphone from her desk and stood up from her chair. She walked over to the stage door and motioned to Tails to follow her, which he did, his face still a bit red.

Outside, the crowd was growing impatient. Some of them had even started to leave, figuring Mina wasn't going to show up.

Sonic checked his watch and sighed briskly.

"The concert should have started ten minutes ago," He said.

Sonic himself considered leaving when finally, Mina stepped out of her dressing room and walked onto the stage. The crowd cheered loudly at her appearence. Tails stood beside her.

"Well it looks like Tails got through to her after all," Amy said smiling.

Mina approached the edge of the stage and switched on her microphone. The crowd quieted down to hear her.

"Good evening, everyone," Mina said. "First of all, I can't tell you how sorry I am for being late tonight. As you all know, my break-up with Ash has struck me hard. But thanks to Tails here, I've learned to let it go and do what I love best. Giving you, the people of Mobius, the best rock music you'll ever hear!"

The crowd cheered again like thunder, for Mina and for Tails. Tails looked flattered but he actually appreciated Mina noting him. He jumped down from the stage as Mina began singing, her angellic voice echoing through the whole colliseum.

"Way to go, little bro," Sonic said. "I knew you could lift her spirits."

"Awww, it was nothing," Tails replied.

Within the crowd, Ash Mongoose watched Mina sing. But she wasn't the only one he was watching. Tails sat only a hundred feet away from him but he didn't notice. Just looking at the young fox made Ash feel like beating him to a pulp.

"I'll show that little shit not to mess with me," Ash snarled.

Of course, he wouldn't go after Tails alone. Their fight yesterday was nothing compared to what Ash had in store for Tails. He had called a few of his friends from high school to help "sort some things out" with Tails.

"And once I'm done with him, Mina will have nobody else to look to," Ash said smirking as he turned to leave the colliseum. "With the little bastard out of the picture, she'll have no choice but to re-hire me as her manager."

With that, Ash left the colliseum, fished his cell phone out of his pocket and phoned his accomplices, knowing that once Tails left, there wouldn't be a better time to teach him a lesson he'd never forget.