Orphan in the Snow part 28"Coming!" The door opened and Sonic looked up at Alvin's mother. She looked furious, but a moment later the anger was gone. "Oh, it's you. What are you doing here?"
Sonic held up Alvin's plushie. "Your son left this at my place. I know he'd probably want it back."
Alvin's mother glared at the plushie, but carefuly took it from Sonic. "Thank you. Yes, our son has been asking where his toy was."
Sonic looked behind her, into the house. "Where is he? Can I...see him?"
Alvin's mother quickly shook her head. "No. He's...umm, taking a nap right now. He's very tired."
"OK..." Sonic said sadly. He'd been hoping he could see the child again. He had no idea that Alvin was currently locked in a dresser drawer with a rag in his mouth. "If you think of a good time for us to visit, can you give us a call?"
"Fine. Whatever." Alvin's mother muttered, gently pushing Sonic out the door. "Thanks for bringing his toy back." Then she slammed the door shut.
Sonic stood there frozen for a few minutes, then f
Orphan in the Snow part 27"I wan' Awin..." Tails whimpered, snuggled against Sonic.
Sonic sighed and lifted Tails onto his lap. "I know, lil' bro," he whispered, stroking Tails' fur. "But he's with his family now." Tails burried his face in Sonic's chest, crying.
Sonic gently cradled his little brother, tears in his own eyes. He already missed Alvin.
"How you two doing?" Merrick asked, sitting down beside them.
Sonic sighed. "Tails really misses him," Tails whimpered and snuggled closer to Sonic, sobbing.
Merrick gently stroked Tails' fur. "It's OK, buddy. We can still go and play with him whenever we want."
Tails sniffed and hugged his cousin, tears in his large eyes.
Sonic sighed, then saw Alvin's plushie on the floor. "Oh, man," he sighed, picking it up. "Alvin forgot his plushie."
Merrick sighed. "He must miss it."
Sonic held onto the plushie and headed toward the door. "I'll go drop it off for him."
Orphan in the Snow part 26"MOMMY!!! DADDY!!!" Alvin squealed, throwing his arms around his mother's legs. "Sawik! Mommy 'n' Daddy back!"
"T-that's great, kiddo," Sonic managed, watching the reunited family. He had no idea why he felt disapointed. He had been getting attatched to the toddler. But now that he'd found his parents, he could go back with his real family.
Alvin's mother stared down at the child hugging her legs and wagging his tail. She wanted to kick the child away from her, but she couldn't with the hedgehog and foxes nearby. Instead, she slowly picked the child up. "Thank you for taking care of him for us." she lied. "We've been worried sick about him."
"No problem." Sonic said, sadly smiling. "He's...a great kid."
Alvin's father barely managed to stop himself from rolling his eyes. "Yes, he is." he muttered. "A...g-great kid..."
Alvin threw his arms around his mother's neck, wagging his tail. "Mommy..." he said happily. Sonic smiled at the toddler. The child was happy, and that made him happy.
Orphan in the Snow part 25"Wookit!" Alvin squealed, tugging on Sonic's hand.
Sonic turned around and saw the tracks behind them. Alvin had been busy running around in circles, fascinated by the patterns he was making. "Good job, kiddo."
Alvin beamed. He was extremely proud of himself. "I do good!"
Sonic laughed and patted his head. "Yes you did, kiddo."
"Pawk!" Tails exclaimed.
Alvin looked up and immedietly hid behind Sonic. It was the same place those big kids who hurt Plushie had been. "Bad..."
"It's OK, kiddo." Sonic said, gently patting the child's fur. "You're gonna be fine."
Alvin looked up at Sonic and smiled. "Pway...?"
Sonic smiled and nooded. "OK, kiddo."
Alvin squealed and raced after Tails, who was already playing. "Pway! Pway!"
Sonic and Merrick smiled at the toddlers played together. They were already covered in snow. "Havin' fun, kiddos?"
"Yep!" Tails exclaimed, tossing a pile of snow. Alvin squealed and plopped down in the snow, a large smile on his face.
Alvin shook the snow off of him and gig
Orphan in the Snow part 24"Aww..." Merrick smiled as he saw the small chipmunk in Sonic's arms. "Ready to play outside, kiddo?"
Alvin looked up curiously at him. The child had been dressed in one of Tails' extra red coats, a pair of red boots and gloves, and had a red scarf around his neck and a red hat on his furry head.
Sonic smiled and set the child on the floor. The toddler stood nervously beside Sonic, not used to these clothes. Insinctivly, he held onto Sonic's leg. Sonic laughed and patted the toddler's head. The kid had been there for a week now, and they had found no trace of his parents.
"Now! Now!" Tails called, dressed identically to Alvin, only in light blue. "Now!"
Sonic laughed. "I know, lil' bro. You wanna play in the snow."
"Now!" Tails repeated, wagging his tails. Alvin saw how excited Tails was and started wagging his own tail.
Sonic laughed. Alvin had been mimicing Tails lately. Sonic could tell Alvin had no idea what Tails was excited about.
Alvin hid again behind Sonic when Merrick opened
Orphan in the Snow part 23"Wha tis?" Alvin innocently asked, picking up a book. He was already feeling a lot better, thanks to the medicine.
"That's a book," Sonic told him, lifting him up and setting him down on Tails' bed. Tails, who was already on his pillow, smiled when he heard the word 'book'.
"Wha ook?" Alvin asked as he snuggled up under the covers.
Sonic smiled and sat down on the nearby chair. "Well, how about I just read you two a story?"
"Orry ime!" Tails squealed, wagging his tails and scooting closer to Sonic so he could see the pictures. Alvin sat there for a moment, wondering if he should follow. Finally, he moved over beside Tails.
Sonic smiled at the sight of the two toddlers. Tails was wagging his tails and bouncing up and down, looking adorable as usual in his light blue PJs. Alvin was clutching his plushie and sucking his thumb, looking up at Sonic with his big brown eyes. "What story do you wanna hear?"
"Oo nit wil ar!" Tails exclaimed, jumping up and down. Alvin didn't answer, just contin
Orphan in the Snow part 22"NO!!!"
"Come on, buddy!" Sonic groaned. "We've been doing this for an hour! Just take it!"
"No!" Alvin argued, crossing his little arms. "No! No! No! No! No!"
Sonic groaned. He'd spent the past hour trying to get Alvin to take the medicine. So far, he hadn't had any luck. The toddler seemed determined to keep the yucky stuff out of his mouth. However, Sonic was just as determined. "Why won't you take it, kiddo?"
"Bad!" Alvin insisted, looking up at him with big eyes. "It bad!"
Sonic smiled and patted the child's head. "It's OK, kiddo. It's not bad. Sure, it tastes yucky, but it'll help your tummy stop hurtin'."
Alvin sniffed and wiped his eyes. "Weawy...?"
Sonic ruffled his fur. "Yep. Come on. It's not that much."
Alvin slowly opened his mouth and let Sonic give him the medicine. "Yucky!" he squealed.
Sonic gently picked him up. "I know, buddy, but you'll feel better soon."
Alvin snuggled up. He had no problem trusting Sonic anymore.
Orphan in the Snow part 21"So how is he?" Merrick asked when Sonic came back with a still sleeping Alvin in his arms.
"He's fine," Sonic answered, sitting down on the couch and smiled as Tails snuggled up against his big brother. "The doc said he just has a cold, but it's more severe than usual 'cause he's been in the snow so long. He said he's gonna be OK, though."
"Good," Merrick said, watching the small toddler sleep in Sonic's arms. The child was out like a light, quietly sucking his thumb.
Tails looked over at his new friend and realized he was still sleeping. He gently tugged on Alvin's arm, disapointed when Alvin didn't wake up. "Awin OK...?"
Sonic gently ruffled Tails' fur. "He's fine, lil' bro." he assured the small fox. Tails smiled and climbed into Sonic's lap to join Alvin. At that moment, Alvin decided to wake up.
"Awin!" Tails squealed giving him a big hug.
Alvin jumped in suprise, then relaxed when he saw Tails. "Taiws..."
Sonic smiled at the two toddlers. The doctor had said that Alvin's cold wa
Orphan in the Snow part 20"It's OK, buddy." Sonic told the crying toddler in his arms as he waited for the doctor. Alvin still hadn't stopped crying, and Sonic was worried. What if the kid was really sick? Who knew how long he'd been out in the snow.
Sonic looked up at the doctor, who also took care of Tails when he got sick. "We found him yesterday. He's got a fever and he won't stop crying."
As Sonic sat down in the doctor's office, Alvin stopped crying long enough to look around. Sonic gently rocked him, trying to keep him calm. "It's OK, kiddo. You're gonna be OK."
Alvin snuggled up against Sonic, trying to get warm. Then the door opened, and a grown up came in. A grown up.
"NOOO!!!" Alvin screamed, starting to thrash in Sonic's arms. "NO!!! NO!!! NO!!! NO!!!"
"Alvin?" Sonic cried, struggling to hold onto the child. "What's wrong, kiddo?"
Alvin screamed louder as the doctor came closer, trying to burry himself in Sonic's stomach. He honestly didn't know why he was scared - something just told