: "No...it...this...just...no, No, NO! NO! This can't be happening! This DIDN'T HAPPEN! I couldn't have failed! I can't fail! I'm a hero! I'm Sonic the FUCKING Hedgehog! I'm the fastest thing alive! I couldn't have been to slow!"
"I couldn't have failed her...I couldn't have let Sally die...this has to be some long terrible nightmare and when I wake up I'll find Sal sleeping next to me, or on me peacefully and I'll wake her up with the biggest, most bone crushing hug she'll ever get and a big sappy kiss to apologize for the broken ribs..."
But I knew that this wasn't a dream...I knew that I wouldn't wake up to see her alive and well...I knew I would never see that gorgeous smile on her face again, hear her laugh after I did something silly, feel her hug me tightly after a hard battle, rub my hands through her rich saffron hair, or smack me upside the head for being stupid and reckless again.
I knew I would never see the only girl I ever truly loved open those beautiful sapphire eyes again. And my last memory of her would be of her lying on the ground in a bloody heap.
Why did I let run off on her own? Why didn't I go with her? Why did it have to be her and not me?