“So… what was it like in the box?” Midnight asked Sunrise, the two fillies trotting along.
“It was… weird. I mean, I didn’t mean to go there, but… it was peaceful, yet at the same time I knew something wasn’t right,” Sunrise admitted.
“Probably because you weren’t supposed to be in there, Sunrise. Being a co-owned character, you could’ve more than happily gone to stay with Pika and your parents,” KKD told her.
“So… what did it look like?” Midnight asked, ignoring KKD.
“It looked like a fancy hotel with a pool…” Sunrise admitted, “Lots of people went swimming… but time almost felt slow in there. I get the illusion that we would only be gone a few days or so was put in mind with that box, but still…”
“Don’t worry. You’re back now, and that’s all that matters,” Midnight smiled happily, hugging Sunrise.
“So… any word yet?” Yoko asked as she walked over to Neptune, who was currently hitting a training dummy with her katana.
“No, nothin’ from Takeshi-tachi…” Neptune informed as she slashed at the dummy, until she felt like her motions were halted, “...what the? Did it get stuck?”
“...Neptune… I miss them so much. ...It’s been more than a month, and I… it feels like my heart just caved in on itself,” Yoko sighed, not seeing what was up with Neptune.
“Ugh! Y-Yoko! Little help! My sword is stuck er somethin’,” Neptune stated.
“Huh… oh… yea, sure, whatever,” Yoko sighed as she walked over and attempted to help Neptune.
“You haven’t… tried to hurt yourself, have you?” Neptune asked.
“NO! I would never!” Yoko stated, “Why would I do that?! It’s stupid, I’m not masochist or whatever. Plus… jokes about self-harm have been banned… three days suspension from studio at minimum. Also… I don’t think your sword is stuck Neptune...”
“Then… why can’t I move this dumb thing?!” Neptune groaned as she tried to move the blade with all of her might without turning into a CPU.
“You really should pay more attention to your surroundings, girl,” they heard a familiar male voice.
“...am I hallucinating?” Yoko asked as she let go of Neptune, “...I’ve gotta be… heh, what’s the use? I’ve more than likely been ditched by Take-kun… he’ll never be back…”
“Who said anything about me ditching you? I’m your loyal knight, remember?”
“...’loyal knight’?” Neptune blinked as she slowly lowered her arms from the blade, “...I’ve… only called one person that.”
“...you don’t think…” Yoko added, as tears began to form in her eyes.
Neptune began to walk over to behind the training dummy, seeing a familiar looking head of blue hair...
“Hi,” he waved, making Neptune gasp.
“Masaka…” Neptune stated as she let go of the sword and it fell to the ground, “...you’re back? I’m not having some dream or something? You’re… truly there and standing in front of me…”
“Of course I am, silly,” the male smiled, revealing himself to be Takeshi before both girls gasped in shock, eyes watery with tears.
(Insert Song: Choujigen Game Neptune the Animation OST 19: promise)
“...Takeshi…” Neptune whispered.
“Take-kun…” Yoko added.
“Told you I’m back,” Takeshi smiled as both girls started to cry tears of joy.
Neptune smiled happily as she pulled him into a hug, crying a bit as Takeshi hugged her back. He invited Yoko into the hug, and the blonde joined in, tears flowing like a river.
“...I missed you… my knight,” Neptune whispered as she slowly backed up, “...why don’t you two have your little moment?”
Takeshi and Yoko nodded as Neptune left, leaving the blonde there.
“...Take-kun… I… I… I missed you…” she told him, “...why didn’t you say something? I was worried… that… y-y-you… didn’t like me anymore…”
“Don’t be silly. I was always thinking about you…” Takeshi smiled.
“...did you even know you were locked up in a box for all that time?” Yoko asked.
“Well, the boss told me I’d be on vacation with everyone else, he didn’t say anything about a box… though I had to train before coming back, otherwise, I’d be crushed by your hug right now.”
“...please… never do this again…” Yoko told him.
“I promise I won’t…” he responded, placing a kiss on Yoko’s cheek.
“Hey,” Hana smiled as she walked over, only to be stopped by Neptune, “...you know I was coming to see you, right?”
“I know… but it’s best not to ruin the moment,” Neptune smiled.
(End Insert Song)
Noire looked at a picture of herself and Luna, sniffling a bit as she sat down.
“What’s wrong Noirey?” Plutia asked as she walked on over to Noire.
“...nothing,” Noire stated quickly as she rubbed away her tears and put the picture away.
“Then why were you looking out the balcony with a picture?” Plutia asked.
“It’s… well…” Noire stumbled a bit.
“Is it about Luna?”
“...YES!” she responded, hugging Plutia and falling to her knees in tears, unable to hold it back, “I miss her so mu-hu-hu-hu-huch~! I’m a CPU… why am I so concerned about a normal per-her-her-herson~?!”
“...You raised her as your own daughter, of course you’ll miss her,” Plutia pointed out, “I did make you something to try and make you feel better, but I can see you haven’t looked at the mail you’ve gotten lately.”
Noire just looked at the pile of mail nearby and a big box with a lalle ‘To: Noirey. From: Pluita’.
“I… I…” Noire began nervously.
“It’s okay Noirey. I’m here. It’s okay… we don’t know when our dear, sweet, little Lu-Lu is coming home, but I’m sure she will be ok…”
“Yea… I guess…” Noire sighed, “...wait, our?”
“Well… I thought we were girlfriends,”
“...Well… I mean, we are, but… I don’t know what Luna would think…” Noire admitted, “...hey Plutia?”
“...Do you think Luna would mind us being an item?” Noire asked.
“I’m not sure… but I’m sure that she wouldn’t mind having another mother,” Plutia smiled, “...go on and open the gift I sent you. Maybe it’ll cheer you up.”
Noire sighed before she picked it up and slowly opened it, revealing it was a plushie of Luna made by Plutia.
“Ta-da,” Plutia giggled, making Noire smile a tiny bit as she picked it up, but before she did anything, she turned to look at Plutia, “...oh no… do you not like it?”
“...I like it… but it just won’t replace the real thing…” Noire sighed.
Then, to their surprise, a familiar hand popped in holding a Noire plushie made by Plutia.
“It doesn’t, but it did help me sleep at night,” a voice smiled, revealing herself to be Luna, “...Hi… Okaa-san…”
“...Luna…” Noire stated with a shocked look on her face.
Luna was then the one to start tearing up before hugging Noire.
“Okaa-san… I missed you…” Luna stated, almost crying as Noire patted her daughter on the back.
“...I missed you too, Luna…” Noire smiled, before Plutia joined up in the hug.
“You don’t mind me, do you?” Plutia asked.
“...correct me if I’m wrong, but… are you two an item?” Luna asked.
“W-Well… I… uh… uh…” Noire stuttered, not sure what to say as she blushed.
“I’m not surprised. To be honest, I think I may hold feelings for another girl,” Luna admitted, surprising both Noire and Plutia.
“Wowie…” Plutia smiled.
“...Okaa-san… you’re not… against that, are you?”
“...Luna… I don’t mind. Love… whoever you want…” Noire smiled softly, “I’m proud of you for being honest.”
“And if you don’t mind, I’d be happy to help,” Plutia smiled.
“Whatever you need help with, Lu-Lu,” Plutia answered, making Luna blush a bit, “I’m a part of your family now.”
Luna smiled, hugging Plutia back.
“Arigatou… Mama…” Luna told her.
Plutia blushed softly as she hugged Luna, the purple haired girl feeling very happy that her “daughter” was now safe and with them again.
“Got any fives?” Tails asked Sonic.
“Nu-uh. Go fish.” Sonic stated.
“I’m bored…” Knuckles groaned as he put down the cards and thunked his head against the table.
“...I miss your extended family,” Tails admitted to Sonic.
“We do too,” Manic and Sonia added.
“Where could Aki-chan be?” Ian stated.
“How’s star-boy been?” Sonic asked.
“...he could be doing better,” Ian informed.
“You do remember we have more than one other sibling, right?” Manic reminded.
“Yea,” Ian nodded.
“I think it’s been kind of… boring here,” Tux admitted as he put down his cup of hot chocolate, “Without the extended Sonic fam, it’s just so… odd,”
“...do you ever think he’s sort of an odd one out?” Sonic asked Tails.
“What do you mean?”
“Penguin boy there hardly ever appears,”
“I heard you…” Tux stated with a scowl.
“Despite that, I think it’s sort of boring…” Sonic stated, “...got any fives?”
“He does,” a voice informed, with something grabbing the card and handing it to Sonic, “He’s just being a bit of a cheater.”
“...Tails…” Sonic groaned.
“You always beat me…” Tails sighed, “I fold.”
Sonic then looked over to see a familiar green hedgehog with the golden hoodie.
“Hey Alpha,” Sonic smiled.
“Hey!” Manic smiled, “What kept ya, bro?”
“Vacation. Sorry, took longer than I thought it would,” Alpha chuckled.
“We missed you,” Sonia smiled as she hugged Alpha.
“Sis… can’t… breath…” Alpha told her as his hoodie shifted and turned into a large hand before it pried his sister’s arms off him so he could breathe, “Man… watch that strength of yours, sis!”
He lowered Sonia to the ground, and she sighed as she looked around a bit.
“Where’s Akiza?” Sonia asked.
“She’s gonna surprise someone,” Alpha informed.
“The kid?” Sonic asked, knowing his sister all to well.
Star just sat in his room and had just been sitting at his sewing machine. No inspiration had come to him, he had no idea of what to do. Then, he felt a soft hand on his shoulder.
“...go away Ian… I’m not in the mood,” he told whoever was standing there, “...I’m just… lonely still… Aki-chan’s just up and left me…”
“No I didn’t. I’m right here,” he heard the person speak.
“...just your imagination playing tricks again…” the kid stated as he looked at his phone and at a picture of himself and Akiza, however, he looked into the reflection and saw… Akiza?
“Would your imagination actually have a reflection?” the magenta hedgehog asked.
“...Aki-chan…” he whispered, looking behind him and actually seeing Akiza look back at him with her amber eyes, “...you’re here… you’re really here again…”
“Of course, silly,” she smiled, her tail turning into a snake’s before lifting her barefeet up to his face, “And here’s the proof I’m really here. Your imagination can’t produce a scent as strong as the real thing.”
The strawberry scent floated up into Star’s nose and he smiled, recognizing the distinct scent before massaging Akiza’s feet.
“See? I’m really and truly here,” Akiza smiled.
Star stopped as he then tackled her onto his bed and hugged her tightly.
“I really missed you, Aki-chan. ...I thought you didn’t like me anymore…” Star whimpered, tears flowing down like a river.
“There, there, Starry-kun. I’m here now.” Akiza smiled softly.
“...why didn’t you tell me you were leaving? I was so scared…”
“I’m sorry… it was last minute… my boss wouldn’t even give me the time to tell you because of his predicament.”
“...I was trying to get you out of that box you know…” Star told Akiza as the two sat up, “...I couldn’t stand life without you…”
“Sorry…” Akiza sighed, “...I thought about you a lot… I did try and call you up and tell you I was fine… but the place didn’t have any service and there weren’t any phones… anywhere. I guess the boss really wanted his time alone to think about what happened… it had nothing to do with me or any of his other OCs.”
“...I was scared I would never see you again… I was scared that I lost you… I… I… I was scared that… you didn’t love me anymore,” Star told her, but Akiza just kissed him on the lips and after a minute, split off from him.
“Don’t be scared, Starry. I have, and always will, love you with all of my heart. And I mean it,” Akiza assured, “I’ll always be with you…”
Star just looked up at her, his blue eyes meeting her amber ones, their hands caressing each other in a hug as they just smiled.
They just continued their hug and smiled.
“So… that should be just about everybody, right?” Pika asked.
“Yes, I think so… KKD Silver is back in business…” KKD nodded, walking to the studio door, turning the sign from “KKD is Out” to “KKD is In”.
“So… I at least found something in that office of yours,” Pika answered, pointing to a couple of pods that were silver, had a glass screen and was covered in layers of dust, “...whatever those things are, they’re still sitting there...
“Oh, right. I forgot about them. Well…” KKD sighed before pulling out a Sonic Screwdriver, “I’d better put the final touches on these two before I wake them up.”
With that, KKD got to work on whatever was in the pods.
“Uh… you do that,” Pika stated, “...I was gonna take a picture of the reunited group.”
“...Well… I suppose this can wait until later. I’ll join you… unless you got someone who can help fix them up? I got digital blueprints.”
“Uh… hmm… I guess Zane may be able to help…” Pikatwig shrugged.
“So… the Titanium Ninja, huh?” KKD blinked as the nindroid worked on the capsules, “You sure you got this covered, Icy?”
-I believe me and Pixal can handle this just fine,- Zane smiled.
“Right… that reminds me, expect another call from me later. I got a headcanon story that involve you, the rest of the Ninjago cast, as well as those of another Lego Franchise.”
“Move in closer,” Gou told them.
“Why’s he the one taking the picture?” Dash asked.
“He’s a professional,” Twilight reminded.
“It’s true,” Pika smiled.
“Akiza… can you move closer to us?” Sonic requested.
“Of course,” Akiza nodded as she did so, her arm locked with Star’s at the moment so she accidentally moved him a bit over, “...good to see you again, Onii-chan.”
“Good to see you, too, sis.” Sonic smiled.
Ian and Tux walked over and positioned themselves by Star and Akiza, the yellow hedgehog just making sure he was still by Akiza.
“Take-kun… Luna-chan… Hana-san…” Yoko smiled as she hugged them really quick, the three smiling as they hugged.
“...missed you a lot,” Luna admitted, a small blush forming on her face, as Hana & Takeshi hugged a little bit.
“...this is great to be back together,” Takeshi smiled softly.
KKD walked over and smiled at the groups, posing next to Pika, “It’s great to be back.”
“...all is right with the world,” Pika smiled.
“...maybe in your world,” Gou shrugged, “But regardless, all in, all in.”
Everyone managed to get into frame and Gou snapped the pictures, all of them turning out perfect.
“Well, at least this was better than the last group shot we had, taken by Tsukasa,” KKD joked.
“I’ve been trying to give that man photo lessons… he is unteachable!” Gou snapped.
“Settle down, Gou.”
Gou rolled his eyes and quickly got to work developing the pictures.
“So… what’s been going on around here lately?” Luna asked.
“Not much,” Yoko admitted, “I wasn’t in many stories… I did appear in a story by boss’s inspiration. It was good and fun.”
“Cool,” Takeshi smiled, “...so… what do we do in the meantime?”
Yoko then moved Takeshi right into a kiss, the two simply smiling as Luna and Hana watched.
“So… can we have a turn with our sister now?” Sonic asked, Star and Akiza nodding as she hugged Sonic.
“You’re certainly nicer to them now,” Akiza noted.
“...well, I tried…” Sonic shrugged.
“Heh… glad to be back with the family,” Alpha smiled as he pulled his family into a hug.
“Glad to have you back,” Sonia smiled as they all smiled.
“...so, it’s good to see them all back,” Pika admitted as he watched the groups hug and smile.
“Sure is, dude. Sure is,” KKD smiled.
“Glad to have things back to normal,”
Both smiled as they were handed pictures and they saw how good they were.