Sonic merely nodded to show he heard. Shadow sighed and went out into the living room, going about to read. He had trouble though, his mind drifting back to Sonic. Finally alone, the blue hedgehog started to cry to himself. Sonic didn't know how long it was before warm arms wrapped around him from behind. He turned around and buried his face into the warmth as he continued to cry his heart out. Shadow was stunned as he held Sonic in his arms. Sonic was really crying...and he was crying in HIS arms. Why did he care so much about his rival? Gradually the hedgehog became quiet, having cried himself to sleep. Shadow eventually started stroking Sonic's quills soothingly, wanting so much to take away his pain. The sleeping hedgehog nuzzled slightly in reaction to the petting. Shadow eventually closed his eyes, deciding he wound sort out his feelings later. A faint sounding purr emerged from the sleeping speedster.