Fox awoke in a daze, still unclear as to what had happened. He remembered flying over Tatiana
and being hit, but after that, everything was a blur. Slowly, his eyesight adjusted and he came to
the conclusion that he was in a cave. A fire was lit near by, meaning that someone was with him.
A soft rustle of fabric forced him to see what had caused it. To his surprise, he found Sassy right
" Youre awake." She said softly, " Your very lucky that I was able to walk away from my crash or you
would be a dead man." She smiled sweetly.
Fox started to sit up. Pain surged though his body causing him to cry out. Sassy quickly eased him
" Dont move." She told him, " Youll hurt yourself even more."
" Sassy " He panted, " what happened?"
" We crashed." She started, " You went down before I did. I was able to get out of my ship just in
time to pull you from yours. I dont know how to break this to ya, but it kind of blew up a few minuets
after I pulled you from it."
" Thats great." Fox rolled his eyes, " How long have I been out?"
" About 24 hours." She took a small cup from beside the fire and helped Fox sit up, " Drink this. It will
help is the pain."
Fox managed to take a few small sips. He recognized the liquid as a tea that Morgan had given him
before. Sassy had obviously kept some in her arwing in case of an emergency.
She laid him back down carefully, trying her best not to cause him any more pain. Sassy hated to
see her friends suffer.
" What did you do with my com?" Fox asked.
" I didnt do anything to it." She got up, " It cracked when you smacked your head on the windshield
of you ship. Now, its just fragments spread across the dessert."
" You have a knack for making things sound so cheerful, dont you Sapphire."
She laughed at his remark, " Just like you have a knack for being all high and might?"
" Shut up." Fox started to sit up again. This time, it didnt hurt as bad. The tea had kicked in faster
then he thought.
Sassy shook her head and started towards him, " You shouldnt be sitting up. You lost a lot of blood
" You dont have to mother me!" He scolded her, " Ill end up pay for it later."
" I dont want to lose my best friend!" She yelled and turned away, " Im tired of losing my friends."
Fox thought he heard tears in her voice when she spoke her last sentence. He didnt mean to upset
" Sassy," He started softly, " Sass, Im sorry. I didnt mean to make ya mad."
Sassy neither spoke or turned around.
" You now," Fox started, " you could make this easier on me and came here. I really dont think I can
come over there and hug you at the moment."
Sassy laughed slightly and turned around. She came over and sat beside him.
Fox hugged her, " Im sorry I made ya mad."
" Its alright," Sassy sighed, " I just worry about you. Youre my best friend Fox. I dont know what Id
do if I lost you."
Fox managed a smile until he looked down at Sassys ankle, " Is that blood?"
" Huh?" She looked down, " uhh maybe."
" Youre hurt."
" Not bad. I already took care of it. I should be fine." Sassy stammered.
Fox looked up at her, " Does it hurt?"
She shook her head, " Itll be fine Fox. You need to worry about yourself anyway. Lay down and
Fox obeyed her command and laid back down. To his surprise, Sassy let him rest his head on her
lap. He was skeptical at first, but knew Sassy was only doing it to make him comfortable.
" Sassy," Fox asked quietly, " have you slept at all?"
" I cant sleep until I feel safe. Besides," She smiled, " Someone has to watch camp and keep us
" I thought that was a mans job." Fox sighed.
" Youre really asking for it, arent you?" Sassy pushed on his noise.
" I trust you." Fox yawned, " I just cant remember the last time I was being protected by a girl. Its like
weve switched places."
" Nows your chance to feel helpless against everything and have to rely on someone to protect
you." She gently began to stroke his head, being very careful of the bandage that had been placed
there, " Get some rest. And dont worry, Ill take care of you."
Fox smiled sleepily. Slowly he fell asleep. He felt safe knowing that Sassy was watching over him.
He knew she wouldnt let anything else happen to him.
Sassy watched as Fox fell asleep. < He reminds me a little of Bret when he would fall asleep on my
lap.> She though, < Im happy that we didnt loose him today. Im not sure what Id have done if
he were dead. He does look kind of cute when he doesnt have that damn com on his head. I
hardly see him without it. I wonder why he doesnt have a girlfriend. Hes so sweet and
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< You have a crush on him.> A voice in her head teased.
< I do not Bret!>
< Oh yes you do.> He teased, < I can see right through you.>
" I can see right through you too, yet you dont here me braggin."
" What did you say Sassy?" Fox asked sleepily.
" Oh " She answered quickly, " I didnt say anything. Just go back to sleep."
Fox smiled and closed his eyes again. Sassy gently placed a hand on his forehead, " Oh god "
< Hes got an infection Sassy.> Bret told her, < You need to get him out of here and to a doctor.>
< The nearest colony here is fifty miles away! Were better off here. The others will be here by
tomorrow morning. Hopefully he can make it until then.> Sassy bit her lip.
< He has a strong spirit. Hell make it until then. But he needs you with him. Youre the only
one how can help him until the others get here.> She heard Bret sigh, < Ill see what I can do
on my end.>
< Thank you Snowy.> Sassy thought to him. Bret had never let her down before, he wouldnt let
her down now. Not when she needed him.
* * *
A bright star loomed in the distance. Sassy had been watching it since sunrise and knew it was
Great Fox. It was moving and had stayed after the stars had gone. They would probably reach them
in a few hours.
A soft moan from the back of the cave turned Sassys attention to Fox. She went over to where he
lay and placed a hand of his forehead.
" Damn, its back." She took the damp cloth from earlier and soaked it in cold water. She placed it on
" Fox, dont give up on me." She took his hand. To her surprise, he squeezed back.
" Sassy " He called weakly.
" Shh, Im here Fox. Just please hang on for a little longer." Sassy gently stroked his cheek. Once
more, Fox clasped her hand tightly.
Suddenly, there was pain in her leg where she had been cut. She winced and gently touched the
sour area. Slowly, the pain left. She sighed and brought her attention back to Fox. She needed to
focus on him. He needed her now. Sassy took Fox into her arms and held him tight. She felt him
nuzzle against her.
" Oh Fox " She whispered.
A gentle touch awoke Sassy. She looked into the eyes of Falco.
" Youre alive." He smiled.
" Yeah, but Fox needs medical attention fast." She explained.
" Here," Falco carefully took Fox from her, " Get to Peppys ship. Hell take ya back home."
" Be very careful with him." Sassy stood up, " He cant be thrown around."
Falco looked over Fox. He was in pretty bad shape, " Ill be careful Sassy." He started to his ship.
Sassy sighed and started for Peppys ship. She climbed up on the wing and got in.
" Ya alright kid?" The old hare asked.
" Yeah, Im fine." She smiled, " Just tired."
" Sure your okay? It looked like you were limping."
" Im alright. My foots asleep, thats all." She assured him.
" Alright." He sighed, " Hang on tight. Were taking off."
On the ship, Fox had been rushed to Sick Bay. Falco had gone with him but was told he had to see
Fox later. He decided then to look for Sassy and make sure she was okay. He knocked on her door.
It opened enough to reveal her face, " Oh hey Falco."
" Hey," He smiled, " May I come in?"
" Yeah, sure." She pushed the door open the rest of the way and sat down on her bed.
" Whats up featherhead?" She asked.
" Nothing really," Falco started, " just wanted to see how you doing."
" Im alright, I guess." She smiled slightly, " Im pretty tired. Fox how is he?"
" I dont know. They wont let me see him yet." He noticed the blood on her pant leg, " Shit! What
" Your leg." He pointed to it, " You need to go to Sick Bay."
" No!" She backed away from him, " No, Im fine. I took care of it."
" Sassy!" Falco started, " If your hurt bad, you need to have it looked at!"
" I dont need to go to Sick Bay!" She yelled.
" At least let me look at it then." Falco calmed down, " Please Sassy."
" You wont make me go to Sick Bay?" She asked.
" I not unless its really bad."
Sassy timidly brought her leg onto the bed. Falco took her foot and rested it on his lap. The
bandaged she had on the wound was covered in blood. He undid the bandage and examined the
" Damn Sassy." The wound was deep and still bled a little. He gently touch the area around the
wound and caught Sassy wince from the corner of his eye.
" This needs to be cleaned and stitched." He got up, " I think I can take care of it."
" Do you even now how to dress major wounds?" Sassy asked seeing him start for the door.
" I have field training, I should be able to take care of it. Just stay there, if you get up, Ill take you to
" Falco." Sassy called after him, " Dont say anything to the others."
" May be I should." He stood in the door, " Teach you not to lie to us."
Sassy looked away from the avis. He left and went to get some medical supplies. When he returned,
he found that Sassy hadnt moved from the bed.
" Funny how ya listen when your scared." He remarked sitting on her bed again, " Your lucky I feel
like being nice." He gave her an injection of painkillers ad began work on her leg.
" Why didnt you say anything to us?" Falco asked.
" I didnt think it was that bad." She answered quietly.
" Your nervous." Falco gently touched her cheek, " Just relax, this wont take to long. Ill be easy on
Sassy sighed and looked up at him. She smiled a little. Falco went back to work on the wound.
" How did you get this?" He asked.
" When I pulled Fox from his ship." She leaned up against the headboard, " A piece of cockpit cut
" It really go ya good, didnt it?" He smiled at her.
Sassy laughed and smiled back, " Yeah, I guess it did."
" When Im done with this, Ill make ya some lunch. I want you to get cleaned up." Falco smiled
again, " I think our little hero deserves that much."
" Im not a hero." She protested, " I just did what I had to save my friend."
" Dont be modest Sassy." Falco started, " You saved Fox. He would be dead if not for you."
Sassy blushed and looked away from the bird. He stopped what he was doing once more and
looked at her.
" You like him, dont you?"
" You have a crush on him."
Sassy fell silent. Falco could tell hed found her secrete.
" Ask him out."
" I cant." She sighed, " It be weird going out with my boss."
" You went out with me. Why cant you go out with him?" He studied her gaze, " Your afraid too,
" He wouldnt go out with me." She sighed again, " Im not his type. He disserves someone hows
more feminine then I am. Im too much of a tomboy. He doesnt like that. Besides, hes my best
" You might have a point." Falco lifted her foot high enough for her to see it, " All done."
" Thanks." She sat up.
" I uhh better start your lunch." He got up and started for the door.
" Falco," Sassy got up and hugged him, " I still love you Falco. But I dont think I could ever go out
with you again."
Falco sighed and put his arms around her, " I figured that. As long as your still not mad at me."
" I cant stay mad at you Fal. Your like my big brother." She looked up at him and smiled sweetly.
" You get cleaned up." He let go of her, " Lunch should be done by the time your done."
" Alright," She walked to her bathroom, " Thanks Falco. Youre a sweetheart when your mouths not
getting the best of ya."
" Same goes for you." Falco started to leave, then stopped, " Hey Sass, the guys have been asking
about ya. I was wondering," He paused, " Would you want to hang out with us sometime."
" Alright, just tell me when." She winked at him and went into her bathroom.
Falco silently crept into Sick Bay. Fox lay unconscious still. At his side, Sassy slept peacefully. She
had come in not long after the med bots told them about Foxs condition. Hed lost quite a bit of
blood from the crash and was suffering from a nasty infection.
Falco sighed seeing Sassy. He grabbed a spare blanket from the closet and covered Sassy with it.
" Fox you are so lucky that she was watching out for you." Falco whispered. He kissed Sassy softly
on the cheek and left as silently as he had come.
" Ill always love you Sapphire."
Sassy awoke early the next morning. She was sore from the way shed slept. She stretched and fell
back lazily in her chair. Fox was still unconscious, but that something shed expected. Slowly, she
sat up on the edge of his bed. She took his hand and held it tightly.
" Oh Fox," she sighed, " I wish youd wake up soon. Were really worried about you." Fox suddenly
squeezed her hand. He groaned and slowly opened his eyes.
" Sassy where am I " Fox whispered.
" Fox," She smiled, " Oh thank god your alright." She carefully hugged him, " Youre on Great
Fox. Your safe now."
Fox smiled, " What how long have I been out ."
" About a day." She answered, " You should really rest. Your very tired."
Fox sighed and looked up at her longingly, " Will you stay, until I fall asleep?"
" Sure." She began to stroke his head lovingly. Fox slowly closed his eyes, but even after hed gone
to sleep she stayed. In fact she was still with him when Peppy walked in.
" Sassy," The hare started, " Have you been up all "
" Shh " She held a finger to her lips, " Fox is asleep."
Peppy looked at her with surprise, " He woke up?"
" Yeah, early this morning." She whispered.
" Why dont you get some breakfast then." Peppy took a seat in a near chair, " Ill stay with him."
" Alright, but please dont wake him yet. He really needs the sleep."
Peppy looked into her eyes and smiled, " I wont Sassy. Now you go get something to eat. Falcos
" Thanks Uncle Peppy." She got down from the bed and left Sick Bay silently.
She walked down the hall and straight to the kitchen. There was Falco at the stove. He glanced up
at Sassy when she entered.
" I was wondering when youd drag you tail out of bed."
" Ha ha ha, shut up." Sassy spotted Slippy at the table working on something completely
unrecognizable to her, " Slippy, that is covered in grease and eats on the table we eat at. Get it off
before I throw it at shit head."
" Hey, lay off bitch!" Falco joked. Mornings where usually like this, but with Fox threatening to make
them clean the Docking Bay. This morning didnt seem complete with out that threat.
" My Dad said he could have Foxs new arwing here before the end of the week." Slippy continued
to tinker with the engine, " I can have yours fix in the next few day. Its really not as bad as I thought
it would be."
" Thats nice." Sassy sighed tearing her toast into to small pieces, " Need any help?"
" Sassy," Falco glanced over at her, " You should lay off heavy work for a little while."
" Why should she lay off work?" Slippy asked, " I thought she was fine?"
" uhh Falcos right," Sassy started, " I should really rest for a few days. The sun on Titania can
take a lot out of you."
" Really? I didnt know that." The toad started, " Thats okay, I can do it on my own."
" Im sorry Slip." Sassy sighed.
" uhh I guess I can help ya out Slip." Falco offered.
" But Falco, I thought you couldnt stand to work with me."
" Hey, if ya want my help ya got it!"
" Alright. Thanks Falco." Slippy picked up his things and left, " See ya in the Docking Bay."
After Slippy was gone, Sassy dropped her plate into the sink, " Why did you offer to help Slip? I
mean, we all know you cant stand him."
" You need to be easy on that foot of yours." Falco explained.
" Yeah but, you didnt have to help Slip with my arwing."
" Dont worry about it."
Sassy looked up at him. She reached up and kissed his cheek.
" Thank you."
" Yeah yeah." He pushed her away. He smiled though, " You owe me."
" I know." She ruffled his feathers (something he hated) and left the kitchen.
Fox wasnt surprised to find Sassy at his side. He smiled at her, " Have you left Sick Bay at all
" Yeah, I left to eat and I got some sleep." She sat up on the bed again, " Want to try and eat
" Yeah, sure." He started to sit up.
" No." She told him gently. She got behind him and held him, " You really need to save your strange
Fox really had no choose but to listen to her. She held a cup to his lips and had him drink some
tomato. Fox drank about half of the soup before he took the cup from Sassy and began to drink it
on his own.
" How ya feeling?" Sassy asked.
" Alright, I guess." He handed her the empty cup. Sassy smiled and laid Fox back in bed.
" Whats wrong? Are you in any pain?" She asked.
" Yeah, a little, but its not that bad."
" I can make ya some of that tea if ya like." She offered.
" No, you dont have too."
" Ill be back in a few." She got up and left.
After about a week in Sick Bay, Fox was able to return to work. While he was recovering, Sassy
hardly left his side. Even after he was well, she secretly watched over him.