Sassys worried eyes looked over the scanner, " Hes been gone for two days. Man, I
knew I shouldnt have said that to him."
Fox sat by and watched her, " That was a big fight you two had. He probably went to
"Maybe I should go look for him." Sassy sighed.
" Its best to let him cool off first."
Falco and Sassy had been going out for a few months now. They had had a fight, and
now Falco had taken off leaving no clues to where he was. Sassy worried that he might not
come back. She still liked him.
Suddenly an object appeared on the scanner, " Hes coming back." She smiled a little.
She took off for the Docking Bay to greet him.
" Why do I have a bad feeling about this?" Fox sighed. He went after her.
Fox was surprised when he found Sassy and Falco hugging each other in the Docking
Bay. Falco looked tired, but happy to see Sassy again. Fox decided to leave them alone for a
while and went into Slippys workshop.
" Sassy, Im sorry I got mad at you." Falco said, " I love you."
Sassy punched him in the arm playfully, " Dont ever scare me like that again. I thought
something happened to you." She looked into his eyes. Something seemed to be bothering him,
" Ya alright?"
" Yeah," Falco answered, " I just missed you." He gently touched the side of her face.
" I missed you too Falco." Sassy smiled.
Her smile and happy eyes made the guilt in Falco grow more intense. He had too tell her
what happened, but not now. She looked too sweet and precious. He wanted to remember that.
Falco and Sassy walked through the halls of Great Fox until they got to skate park that
Fox had put in. It was a great way to keep in shape and everyone enjoyed it. Falco watched
Sassy go through the course. She was so graceful on roller blades and could do tricks the
guys couldnt even dream of doing.
" That was really good Sass." Falco commented when she had finished.
" Thanks." She skated over to him and hugged him, " Thanks for watching me without
Falco looked into her eyes. <I cant lie to her anymore. I cant keep this up.
Shes shes too sweet to do this too. I dont want to hurt her though.>
" Sassy, I need to tell ya something." Falco started. They both sat down on one of the
" Whats up Fal?" Sassy asked.
Falco took a deep breath, " You remember when I took of a few weeks ago, right?"
" Ya I remember. You scared me half to death. How could I forget." She looked up at him
with innocent eyes. Once again the guilt Falco felt grew and made him sick to his stomach.
" Sassy, I did something that Im not really proud of and I cant keep it hidden from you
anymore." Falco tried not to make eye contact with her, but found it hard.
Sassy turned his head and made him look up at her, " What is it?"
" Sassy, I " Falco started, " I met some one at a bar."
Sassy looked at him in disbelief, then turned away, " Did you sleep with her?"
Falco didnt answer her, " Sassy, I "
" Did you?" She asked again, her eyes cold as steel.
" Yes I did." He answered softly. Sassy punched him hard in the jaw and started for the
door. Falco went after her, " Sassy, wait! I "
" Just leave me alone!" She yelled over her shoulder. She went to the elevator, quickly
closing the door behind her just as Falco had caught up to her. Her roller blades gave her an
Falco beat on the doors of the elevator. He ran up the stairs hoping he could catch her in
The elevator opened just as Falco reached the last flight of stairs. Sassy took off down
the hall and was safely in her room before Falco had time to stop her.
" Sassy open the door!"
" Sassy Im sorry!"
" Just leave me the fuck alone!" She yelled.
" Shut up and go away!"
Falco stepped away from the door. He couldnt force it open. He had tried it in the past
on Slippys door. He silently cursed himself and went into the den.
Later that night, Fox went down the hall to Sassys room. He knocked on the
door, " Sassy?"
The door opened enough to reveal her face, " What?"
" Dinners ready."
" Im not really hungry." She answered.
Fox looked at her with concern, " You alright? You look like youve been crying."
" Im fine." She said, " I think theres some dust in the air and its making my allergies act
" Oh, alright." Fox gently touched her face, " Sure youll be alright?"
" Yeah, Ill be fine. I just need to find my medicine." She smiled a little, " Thanks for
" Hope you feel better." Fox said as he left.
Sassy sighed as she watched him go. She closed the door to her room, leaning up
against it. She slowly sank to the floor. She didnt like lying to Fox. He was her best friend, but
she didnt want him to know the truth.
" Bret," She sighed tearfully, " Why did you push me?" She held her locket, using the key
to open it so she could hear the song. It always seemed to cheer her up.
At around one in the morning, Fox awoke from a nightmare. He knew he wouldnt be
able to get to sleep again, so he went into the den to watch t.v. He was surprised when he
found Sassy there.
" What are you doing up?" He asked, sitting down next to her on the couch.
" Drowning out my sorrows in ice cream." She held up and extra spoon, " Care to join
me?" Her eyes were red and wet with tears.
Fox took the spoon from her and set the carton between them, " What, happened today
to bring you so down? You normally dont finish off a carton of cookie dough ice cream in one
" Carton n a half." She corrected him, " Falco didnt tell you?"
" No, hes been quiet today." Fox glanced up at her, " Would you like to talk about it?"
Sassy sighed, " I just found out Falco cheated on me."
Fox saw a tear run down her cheek, he pulled her into a hug and tried to comfort
her, " Im sorry, Sassy."
" I am too." She sighed, " I should have known he would have done something like this to
me. I knew he was a heartbreaker when I saw him. You even warned me. But no, stupid Sassy
didnt listen again and got herself hurt."
" Hey," Fox didnt like it when Sassy was so hard on herself, " Youre not stupid. You
felt alone and wanted someone to be interested in you. Am I right?"
" Yes." She rested her head on his chest, " I havent gone out with anyone in so long
and I just wanted to feel loved again. I like knowing that someone cares about me."
" I care about you." Fox said a little timidly.
Sassy laughed a little, " I know you do. But you care about me as a friend."
" Actually, I care about you more like youre a family member." Fox thought for a moment,
" How many guys have you been serious with?"
" Thats a little personal." She looked up at him skeptically.
Sassy giggled, " To tell ya the truth, Ive only been really serious with one other guy.
And that was about seven years ago."
Fox looked at her with surprise, " Youre kidding?" Sassy shook her head, " So youre
still kind of new to this, arent you?"
Fox chuckled to himself. " Whats so funny?" Sassy asked.
" Nothing," Fox answered, " You just strike me as someone whos been around a few
" Gee, thanks a lot, Fox." Sassy laughed, " Youve always struck me as being one of
those goody goodies."
" That was low, Sapphire." Fox laughed, " Ive cant remember the first time I was
serious with a girl." He smiled a little, " Sassy you mind if I ask you another personal question?"
" What now?" She sighed.
" Have you ever slept with anyone?"
" Dont tell me it was Falco."
" No, It wasnt Falco. Im not that stupid. It was my last boyfriend." She sighed think about
him, " Have you ever slept with anyone?"
" Ive slept with a few people." Fox had Sassy rest her head on his chest again, "
" Who was he?"
Sassy fell silent for a moment. She sat up quickly, moving out of Foxs grip.
" Sassy?" Fox looked at her with concern, " Whats wrong?"
She didnt answer him and looked away.
" Sassy, did something happen to him?"
She shook her head silently.
" You want to talk about it?"
She sighed, " His name was Bret Tigress. He was a snow tiger. We went out for quite
awhile." She opened her locket and showed it to him, " He gave me this for my sixteenth
Fox took it from her. He knew the song that it played. He read the inscription on the
You will always be my biggest fan, my Small Lady, a spaz, and my best
friend. I dont know what Id do with out you.
Love you always,
Bret Snowy Tigress
" What happened?" Fox asked, " It looks like you two really had something going for a
" He umm died about four days after he gave me that." She sounded like she was
fighting back tears.
" Im sorry to hear that." Fox took her into his arms again.
" He was my best friend." She sat up quickly again, " Im sorry. You probably dont want
to hear about this. I should get some sleep anyway."
Fox took hold of her hand, " No, I dont mind. You know Im a good listener. It obviously
still bothers you. It might help if you talk about it."
Sassy looked at him with surprise. <Why is he being so nice to me? Maybe I should
talk with him about Bret. Fox is my best friend. He wouldnt use anything I said against me,
would he? I dont care, it might help if I talk about Bret again.>
" Sass?" Fox carefully shook her, " You still there?"
" Yeah, I just spaced out for a moment." She blinked her eyes a few times, then
remembered things where so fuzzy because she didnt have her contacts in, " You sure you
dont mind hearing about Bret?"
" No," Fox answered, " I dont mind if you feel like talking about it. I dont want you to feel
like Im pushing you into it though."
" I dont feel like your pushing me. I just think its a little weird that youd want to hear
about it." She looked at her locket again and then closed it, " Losing him was probably the
hardest thing. He was everything to me."
Fox took a blanket off the back of the couch and wrapped it around Sassy. She looked
up at him with surprise. He smiled at her.
" I wont fall asleep. I had a nightmare, and I dont think I could fall asleep even if I was
Sassy smiled at him, " You sure you dont mind?"
" No, I dont." Fox told her, " If I minded, I wouldnt have offered."
Sassy sighed and started to tell the story of her lost lover. Fox sat close and listened
intently to her tell her story. She often stopped and cried, but Fox always held her and claimed
her, asking if she wanted to go on. Surprisingly, she always continued, no matter how much it
Bret appeared in Falcos room. He looked at the avis with cold green eyes, " No one
hurts Sassy and gets away with it while Im here." He went over to Falco who was sound
asleep in his bed. Bret touched his forehead and closed his eyes, concentrating on a certain
memory of his.
Falco found himself in a hall long hall. Windows covered one side of the hall. He looked
out side, " Shit, Im on Venom! Howd I get here?" The soupy atmosphere and treeless terrain
could only be from one planet.
He heard the sound of footsteps coming down the hall. He looked to see who was
coming. He was surprised when he saw Sassy.
She walked right by him with out even noticing him. Something seemed different about
her. She looked much to thin and pale. Her clothes and make-up where black. Falco thought it
was strange that Sassy wore make-up because it was something she never did. Then he saw
the cigarette that she put in a near by ashtray.
" Sassy, when did you start smoking?" Falco asked her. She didnt respond, " Wait a
minuet. I must be dreaming."
Sassy stopped in front of a door. She pulled a card out of her pocket and slid it through
the slot by the door.
" Come on you stupid piece of shit." She said just loud enough for him to hear. She slid
the card through again, this time the door opened. She went in with Falco closely behind her.
The room had a musky smell to it. Sassy ran her hand along the wall until her found a light
switch. When the lights came on, her eyes fell upon a bloody snow tiger that lay on a table in
the center of the room.
" Bret!" Sassy called out. She ran over to him, her eyes rimmed with tears, " Oh Bret,
no." She checked his pulse.
The snow tiger began to stir, " Sassy "
" Shh, Bret." Sassy answered softly, " Its me."
" You shouldnt be here " The snow tiger struggled to breath, " Its dangerous "
" Im not leaving you here to die." She undid the bonds that held his wrist and ankles,
" Ill get you out of here and well go home and everything will be alright."
" Sassy Its to late you cant do anything "
" Bret, dont talk like that." Sassy fought back tears. She knew he was right though. He
had lost too much blood, he wouldnt make the long trip home.
" What should I do?" Sassy asked. A tear running down her cheek, " I cant just let you
" Dont cry " He reached up and touched her face. Sassy brought her hand up to his.
" I dont think I can do that." Sassy laughed a little, even though it was muffled by sobs.
She sat down on the table, holding his hand.
" Dont cry " He said again, " Do you want to know what I wish "
" What Bret?"
" I wish " He started, " That I could spend one last night with you " He took off the
key necklace and opened her locket with it, " Im so sorry Small Lady " He put the key into her
" Bret," Sassy sobbed, " No."
" I love you so much Sapphire There is something Id like you to do "
" Anything, Snowy."
" Kiss me one last time "
Sassy did as she was asked. It wasnt easy for her because she knew it was the last
kiss they would share.
" Shy kisser " He smiled up at her.
" Bret." Sassy took him into her arms, " I dont want you to go. Please dont leave me."
" Im sorry " Bret reached up to touch her cheek again, wiping the tears away with this
thumb. " Ill always be with you no mater what " Brets eyes slowly closed and he fell limp in
" Bret," She called to him, " Oh Bret " She hung her head and cried not letting go of him.
Sassys only love was gone.
Falco stood in the back ground and watched as the scene went black. He was puzzled.
Why had he had a dream about Sassy?
" Falco, how could you cheat on her?" A voice said.
Falco looked around. There was no one around him.
Suddenly, a snow tiger appeared before him. Falco looked at him in shock, " I just
watched you die."
" No shit." Bret answered, " Whyd you cheat on her?"
Falco still looked at the tiger in shock.
" Now answer my question before I have to get violent."
" I dont know why I did it!" Falco exclaimed, " I was mad at her! I got mad at her!"
" Its guys like you that make me worry about her so much." Bret walked up to Falco, "
Thats why I defend her." Bret took hold of Falcos collar and lifted him up off the ground.
It was around six when Fox awoke. Sassy was still sleeping in his arms. He
remembered last night clearly. Hed seen another side of Sassy he didnt know existed. The side
he had seen last night was more gentle and shy, but a little unsure about herself since Bret
died. He like the Sassy he had seen last night.
Sassy yawned and looked around, " Fox? You awake?"
" Yeah, Im up."
" Did we actually sleep out here last night?"
" Yep." Fox thought a moment, " We use to do that when we where little."
" I know, but we where five." Sassy sat up and stretched, " It just seems weird now."
Sassy put her feet on the floor, " Oh crap, what the hell is that?"
Fox looked, " You stepped in the ice cream." He laughed, " Sit here, Ill get something to
clean it up with."
" Ill get towel." Sassy sighed.
" No, I dont want you tracking ice cream everywhere." Fox went into the kitchen and
came back with a few towels. He stepped over the melted ice cream and knelt down in front of
" Let me clean off your foot first." He took hold of her ankle and cleaned off the ice
" Thank you." Sassy said when he had finished.
Fox smiled and started to clean the floor. Sassy picked up the empty carton and through
it away. Then she helped Fox clean up the mess on the floor.
Peppy walked into the den, " What, you two have a slumber party last night and didnt
invite me?" He laughed.
" I guess you can say that." Sassy smiled, " More like a late night therapy session."
Peppy shook his head and went into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. Sassy looked at
Fox and tilted his head up, " Hey, thanks for listen last night. I really think I needed a friend to talk
too. I really havent told anyone about that." She hugged him tightly, " I trust you though."
" Anytime, Sassy. You can always talk to me. Ill listen." He put an arm around her, "
You shouldnt be so afraid to talk to people."
" I know, I know. Ive been hearing that forever." Sassy sighed and stood up, " Im gonna
go take a quick shower. See ya in a few." She walked out of the den. Fox went into the kitchen
and washed his hands.
" So when ya gonna break the news to Falco?" Peppy asked.
" What news?"
" That youre taken his girl."
" What!" Fox turned and looked at the old hare in shock.
" I saw the way you where looking at her." Peppy mocked, " Just admit you have a
crush on her."
Fox sighed, " Its only a little crush."
" Still a crush. We all know that Sassy and Falco are done for. We saw the bruise he
had. So why dont you ask her out?"
" I cant ask her out." Fox plunked down in a seat across from Peppy, " She works on
my team and she just broke up with Falco. Besides, hed kill me."
Peppy looked at Fox, " Thats not it, is it. Your afraid to ask her out, arent you."
Fox didnt answer, instead he played with a napkin on the table.
Peppy sighed, " Fox, you need to not be so darn shy. What do you find so intriguing
about her anyway?"
Fox leaned back in his chair, " You promise not to tell anyone."
" Fox, you know me better then that."
" Alright, I dont really know what I like about her. Shes just so different from anyone Ive
ever known. I like the way her eyes light up when you look at her. Last night last night I saw
a completely different side of her I never knew was there. The more time I spent with her, the
more I liked her." He paused and sighed for a moment, " I really cant explain it. Ive never felt this
way about anyone Ive had a crush on before."
Peppy smiled, " Fox, its not a crush. Youre in love with her."
" No, its just a crush." Fox said firmly, " Id know if I was in love."
" Whatever you want to call it." Peppy laughed. He now had something to tell James.
Sassy walked out of her room feeling a little better know that she was cleaned up. She
knew what she had to do. She went to Falcos door and knocked.
" Come in." She heard the mumbled reply.
She entered the room and found Falco sitting up in bed, " What the hell happened to
you?" She asked seeing the bruises he had.
" You wouldnt believe me if I told you."
Sassy sighed mentally, <Thanks a lot Bret. Now I feel worse.> "Fal, I need to talk to
" Sassy before you say anything, I just want you to know Im sorry for what I did to
Sassy sighed, " Falco its not just that. You you hurt me. I dont think I can trust you the
way I did."
" Sassy, what are you saying?" Falco got up and went over to her, gently touching her
" I dont think I can go out with you anymore."
" Sassy you cant mean that." Falco looked for a hint of a joke in her eyes, but found
" Im sorry Falco." Sassy said softly.
Falco swallowed the lump in his throat, " Im sorry too."
Sassy left the room. She went back into the kitchen. Fox saw her and knew she was
upset. He went over and took her into his arms.
" You broke up with him, didnt you?" Fox asked sympathetically.
Sassy shook her head, " I feel like crap now."
" Howd he take it?"
" Not well. Hes mad now." She sighed, " I hope hell be okay."
" Hell be alright." Fox reassured her, " Are you gonna be okay?"
" I think so." She looked up at him.
Peppy watched the two foxes silently. They did look cute together. He kept his thoughts
to himself and went back to his coffee.
* * * Sapphire Swanson is a charater that I created, If you want to use her you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org