Previously: "Heh." he looked back at her and smiled, "What do you have in mind?" he said charmingly, this time his smile looked genuine, "No surprises now." He humorously waved his finger side to side near her face.

The pink hedgehog's eyes just widened at him as did her smile…


~*Chapter 2*~


"TAKE ME ON A RUN!"

Amy excitingly shouted while pouncing on him yet again, but then shyly backs off saying,

"Umm...please?"

Sonic flinched on her hug, but then sighed as she backed away.

"Alright, but you have to promise me one thing." He leaned a bit into her face, seeming to be playful now.

"Oh? What's that?" Amy asked, at first turning red at his closeness, but gave a quick kiss on his nose for good measure while giggling. His eyes then widened as he moved back and began to flip out, rubbing his nose, and 'BLEH BLEH'ing as he put his finger in his mouth and pretended to gag.

"First off! NO KISSING!" He hollered, but then cleared his throat. "Ehem… secondly, no falling even more in love with me, deal?"

He tilted his head and decided against winking, fearing that she might get more railed up.

Instead, Amy gasped and narrowed her eyes towards him.

"Oh. THAT. Is. Just. Low. I can try to deal with the no kissing...for now...But let's set something straight. Telling me to stop falling in love with you more is like telling you to never run again! Just like you'll always keep running, I'll always keep falling, so why stop now huh?"

She proudly declared with a teasing grin while wagging her finger like he would. She then put her hands on her hips and said,

"Enough talk! What are we waiting for? Let's go! I got a date with the wind!"

Amy winked at him and giggled.

Though he cared less about her argument, Sonic smiled at her last comment.

"I was just joking, Amy. Calm down."

He lightly rubbed her head, then swooped her up into his arms after shrugging her comments off.

"Now then, let's have some fun!"

He dashed off, going through different, but beautiful areas, and trying to move as quickly as possible through them. There was a certain loop-de-loop that he went through but jumped at the last minute to land on top of its arch. Sitting Amy down, he sat back and relaxed as he counted down.

"3...2...1...and-" He pointed to the sky and as if on cue, immediately there was a sunset.

"Not too shabby, huh?" He grinned.

Amy panted heavily trying to catch her breath from the rush of excitement she just experienced, but then noticed the sunset and gasped in awe.

"I-It's beautiful..." She gazed in wonder at the colors, "Everything is just perfect..." she smiled softly.

Sonic smiled and closed his eyes while kicking his legs up, one over the other, and putting his hands behind his head.

"Yeah, isn't it?" He agreed, "I know a lot of swell places, but this one...well...heh, it beats them all."

As the sunset settled, he looked back towards Amy, but when she moved her glance to him at that same moment, he swiftly looked away, rubbing his finger under his nose like he was distracted by something else. Amy smirked to herself knowingly catching his glance, and scooted closer to him.

"Hm, I can see why. The view is incredible. You oughta' take me with you more often. Solitude is golden sure, but sharing a sight like this makes it all the more special don't ya' think?"

She asked softly, the sunlight reflecting the innocent sparkle in her emerald gaze.

Sonic opened one eye to glance at Amy, then rolled back his shoulders a bit, as if relaxing and closed the eye once more. Holding his muzzle upward he remarked, "Yeah, It is gold… I guess this is just silver." He teased, smiling. Amy didn't know whether to roll her eyes at his corny joke or pout, so she just groaned softly in exasperation. After a short silence, however, he spoke.

"Hey, Amy...I've always wanted to ask you but..." he looked to the side a bit, his expression showing he really didn't want to actually ask. "We're so different. Like...cause' I like the land more and you like the sea…"

He tried to explain, but seemed to be confusing himself so he just shook his head.

"What I'm trying to say is...Why do you run after me? Or...why do you...uh...like me?"

Sonic didn't want to say the 'L' word, as he just looked back at Amy. Yet innocent curiosity shined from the sunray's light on his lime green eyes that seemed to host an oasis within them. Anxiously waiting as he asked his question, Amy, not missing a beat, propped her chin up in her hand and looked inquiringly yet lovingly in his bright lime colored orbs.

"I'll answer your question if you answer mine. Why do you run Soniku? Why do you…'like' it so much?" Amy asked sincerely.

Sonic narrowed his eyes. "Is this some kind of trick question?"

He smiled, but wasn't used to Amy not doing something he asked of her on the spot. But yet it also...intrigued him as well. He sighed and decided to answer honestly, looking away from her cute expression and back at the sunset.

"Well...I like to do the impossible, feel the earth beneath my feet, the power and freedom of each step. The many places I visit are precious and amazing, the journey, the adventure, the excitement of running up mountain plains or crossing lands full of danger! It's just...life, and it's what makes me happy."

He then looked and smiled at her continuing, "You want to learn the secret to running fast? If I tell you, you answer my question alright?" he seemed a bit playful now. "Deal?"

Amy listened intently to his response while still gazing longingly at him. She managed to snap out of her daze, however, when she heard his newest offer. She nodded her head vigorously.

"Oh boy would I?! Deal!" She exclaimed in agreement.

"Alright...well..." He looked up at the sky a moment, then down and closed his eyes, smiling.

"Hear the wind...but don't obey it. It will tell you, 'You can't win.' but you have to push back its resistance, and not believe it. Soon...you won't be the wind, you will have BEATEN the wind. You will lead its charge, and soon, it will follow you...if you do that, and keep your feet straight, you will run just as fast as me."

He looked back at her and seemed to be grinning from ear to ear.

"Your turn, I kept my end of the bargain, now tell me why you like me so much."

Amy took a deep and calming breath as the soft wind swayed her quills, ready to give him her response...


~ (End Chapter 2.)~