on angel island, knuckles was walking back to the altar of the master emerald. but on his way, he saw tikal picking up some flowers.
knuckles: hey tikal. what you doing with those flowers.
Tikal: hello knuckles. i'm just.. getting them for something, thats all.
but knuckles knew that tikal was hiding something.
knuckles: tikal, your like a little sister to me, just tell me who are they for?
tikal sigh as she grab the flowers. their for my mother's and grandmother's grave. i do this every year actually.
knuckles then felt sad for hearing it.
knuckles: oh um. sorry, i din't know. will you be alright?
tikal: knuckles, my mother and grandmother are in a better place now. and i wouldn't dare change that.
tikal got up as she walk to the cave. until knuckles scream.
Knuckles: Tikal, wait! how bout you take julie-su and shade with you.
tikal stop as she turn around.
tikal: oh no no no, i'm sure their busy right now.
knuckles: no tikal, i'll ask them to go with you. just please stay here.
Tikal look at knuckles.
tikal: alright i'll wait.
knuckles: thanks, wont take long.
knuckles ran to the altar where julie-su, shade, pachacamac and spectre were guarding.
knuckles: julie, shade, i need a favor.
shade: whats up?
knuckles: I need you two to go with tikal to the mystic ruins temple.
but then pachacamac look at knuckles.
pachacamac : and why is she going there?
knuckles: she said she was taking some flowers for her mother and grandmother's grave. why don't you go with her.
pachacamac : i can't, as much as i wan't to, i can't. seeing my wife and mothers grave... is not a good feeling for me.
knuckles : i see.
julie-su: so where is she?
knuckles: she's on the entranse to the cave. come back at sun down. we'll be planning a surprise party for her.
julie su: alright.
pachacamac: wait, when you get to the graves, there are 3 bricks loose, remove them and you'll see 3 dresses. tell tikal that those were her mother and gramdmother's.
shade: will do.
shade and julie-su ran to meet up with tikal as knuckles called everyone else to the altar.
knuckles: alright, today we need to restore7 this altar to make it look like how it was 4000 years a go.
sojourner: that would take a while to do knuckles, since its a really old altar.
thunderhawk: and mind me asking, but why are we gonna do this?
knuckles: because tikal is visiting her mother and grandmother's grave, and i saw in her eyes that she was depress.
lara-le: oh dear. knuckles what can I do.
knuckles: mom, komi-ko and grandmother janelle-li, i need you two to be in charge of the food. make sure is fresh and sweet.
janelle-li: alright then.
knuckles : spectre, remington, chaos and nixus. get some water from the ice cave for the fountain.
spectre: we'er up for it.
knuckles: dad and tobor. clean up the fountain, make sure there arent any weed or stick on it.
tobor: we'er on it.
knuckles: sabre, thunderhawk, sojourner and athair. use your inventions to try and restore the altar.
athair: that will take some time but we can manage.
pachacamac : with my help it would be easy.
but then hawking appear.
hawking: and what can i do young one.
knuckles: pick up some flowers for tikal.
hawking: come on, just because i'm in a wheel chair, doesnt mean i must do small things.
knuckles: don't make me get your pills.
hawking quickly ran off to find some flowers for tikal. meanwhile, tikal, shade and julie-su saw the twilight cage pirate captain as they were getting on board his ship.
shade: hey sweety, can you take us to the mystic ruins?
captain: ARG! Anything for me precious Diamond. ALL HANDS IN STATION! WE'ER READY ON A NEW VOYAGE!
Julie-su: gee, what a pirate.
the ship blast off from angel island as it headed to mystic ruins. julie-su and shade watch as tikal held the flowers.
julie-su: i know what your going through tikal, is ok if you cry tikal. dont keep it in you.
julie su held tikal's hand.
tikal: how can i be sad, my mom or grandmother arent suffering anymore. im happy their somewhere better.
julie-su and shade look at eachother. they know what tikal said was so she wont feel sad. but they knew she was depress inside. soon they reach the mystic ruins, where tikal walked through the jungle while shade and julie-su walk slowly.
shade: i know she's acting strong, but its not right for her to keep all that sadness in her.
julie-su: well it's best to wait, it's her choice actually.
soon they start to enter the temple as julie-su and shade followed tikal. meanwhile on the altar.
knuckles: come on, lift that roof guys.
sabre: we got this!
soon they put the roof on the altar.
knuckles: well done, it look like when tikal took me back in time.
just then, spectre finish putting up enough water for the fountain.
knuckles: alright. we got the water, all we need is the food and the flowers.
just then, lara-le, komi-ko and janelle-li came with the food as they put it up on a stone they use as a table.
knuckles: great job. everything is going great.
spectre: you think she's gonna love it.
knuckles: i know so. wonder if they got to the graves by now?
meanwhile, on the temple. tikal, shade and julie-su got to the graves of tikal's mother and grandmother as she put the flowers on both grave.
tikal: how much i miss you two
put both her hands together as she close her eyes. both julie-su and shade watch as she cry, the two echidna hugged her for support. tikal smile as she fell warm and safe as they hug her. a few minute later, tikal told them that it was time to go, but before they left, shade open the 3 loose bricks and found three dresses.
shade: tikal, look what i found.
tikal was shock to see that they found her mother and grandmother's dresses.
tikal: how could it be? i though we lost these dresses a long time ago.
julie-su: guess your dad put them there for the future.
shade: are you gonna try it on tikal?
tikal: I don't know, won't it be a bad thing?
julie-su: no, how bout i try one.
tikal put on her mother's dress as julie-su put on tikal's grandmother's chief dress.
tikal: how do i look.
julie-su: your looking great tikal.
tikal: thanks. so do you.
julie-su: thanks, try that one on shade.
shade look at the third dress.
shade: It's bin years since i used a dress, and i don't know if tikal's alright with it.
tikal: can you put it on, i would like to see how it look on you.
shade took off her armor as she put n her dress.
shade: well it's warm and soft, but it would do.
tikal: you look great shade.
but then julie su got a call from knuckles as he told them to ead back.
julie-su: well, lets go. knuckles is waiting for us.
tikal: alright, let me change first.
shade: no no no, stay like that and let's just go.
tikal: alright lets just go then.
the 3 echidna headed back as they got out of the temple. a few hours later, they got back to angel island, where tikal was shock to see that the altar was restored like it did back then.
tikal: how-how did you all did this?
pachacamac: we wanted to make you happy, so we restored this place for you.
tikal: why.. thank you all.
they all saw the three dresses as they admire it. tikal asked.
tikal: who's idea was this?
hawking gave knuckles the flowers as he gave it to tikal.
knuckles: like said before, your like a little sister to me, and seeing that you weren't happy this morning, i wanted to ring back how the altar look like when you were little.
tikal smile as she hug him. knuckles smile as he ask her for a dance.
tikal: yes, i would like that.
both knuckles and tikal dance like brothers and sisters. a few moment later, she dance with chaos as best friends. later she dance with her father.
pachacamac: your mother would bin proud of this.
tikal: yes she would, and she is cause shes with us.
they dance and dance until they got tired. they smile as the master emerald shine. the end.
characters from the archie series and sega.
drawing by me.