It was late one night in Knothole Village. Sonic the Hedgehog was fast asleep in bed after a hard day’s work of fighting Robotnik and his evil creations in the city of Robotropolis. When suddenly, he was awoken but what sounded like a distant scream. To him it sounded very much like Tails. Quickly he jumped out of bed, into his shoes and sped off towards Tails' hut.
Inside the hut, Sonic found Tails tossing and turning in his sleep.
“Nooooo! Sonic! HEEEEEELLLLLLP!” he cried out.
Sonic grabbed Tails’ shoulders and shook him hard.
“Tails! Wake up! Snap out of it!”
Tails opened his eyes and saw Sonic there looking right at him.
“Sonic?!” he said.
“It’s okay, big guy,” Sonic told him. “You were just having a bad dream.”
But Tails didn't calm down. Instead he began to weep.
“You (sniff) told me you didn’t (sniff) want me anymore. You threw me out (sniff) into the city. There were Swatbots closing in on me. But… you wouldn’t come for me!”
Just as he was wiping his eye, Sonic pulled him in close and hugged him warmly.
“A nightmare that’ll never come true,” he told him. “I’d never turn you away, and I’ll always want you there with me.”
Tails sniffed and hugged Sonic back.
About a minute later, Sonic pulled away and sat on the bed next to Tails, with an arm around him.
“Did I ever tell you that when you were only minutes old, you were crying your head off?” said Sonic to Tails. “Then I offered to hold you, and then you stopped crying. You were laughing and that’s when we had our very first hug. And I could tell you and I were gonna be fast friends!”
“Did I really do that?” Tails asked.
“Oh, I remember it like it was yesterday,” Sonic told him, as he nuzzled his cheek against the little fox’s forehead.
“Robotnik made his move later that very same day,” Sonic went on. “Once we made our escape to Knothole, I vowed to look out for you like you were my own baby brother.”
Tails looked at Sonic right in the eye and smiled.
“You always were my big brother!” he told him.
Once again, the two brothers hugged one another. And as they hugged, Sonic vowed to be there for him always.
“Tell you what, lil’ bro,” Sonic said. “Why don’t I sleep here with you tonight?”
“You would?” Tails asked him. “You sure the bed won’t be too small for both of us?”
“As long as I’m with you, Tails, I’ll always find comfort!” replied Sonic.
After kicking off his shoes, Sonic snuggled into bed with Tails. And although he’d been scared and upset just minutes ago, he soon found himself drifting off into peaceful sleep in the arms of his sworn brother.