I don't really know how to start this one. I sorta lost my train of thought. But anyway tonight I just Beat Sonic Unleashed for the PS3. Gosh that Final boss was terrible...
I had 38 lives going into it. I ended it with one. And Then the song "Dear My Friend" Played. The first time I heard it was 6 and a half years ago when I beat Sonic Unleashed for the Wii.
Hearing that song brought back some pretty painful memories. I don't know why I'm still listening to it. I'm gonna take this opportunity to talk about my best friend of all time. Sorry Jess I'm (shockingly) not talking about you.
And I'm also not talking about
or even Josiah or Alex.
I'm talking about a man I met in second grade. The Man responsible for getting me into the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. His name is Riley Singleton. We went to the same school together. We bonded somewhat in Second Grade but come Third Grade, we were inseparable.
At the time my life revolved around two things, Pokemon, and The Legend of Spyro. But he introduced me to Sonic, and I was hooked. It immediately became my favorite franchise of all time. People at school would tease me and bully me for being so into Sonic. But that didn't matter to me because he would always stand up for me.
We would run like Sonic every recess and pretend we were fighting off armies of vicious robots. We would talk about the latest Sonic X or Sonic Underground episode we saw and laugh together about it. I wanna say he's the reason I started shipping people. It's thanks to him that I'm so into SonAmy XD.
I looked forward to going to school every day and my friendship with him was all that mattered to me. He was more than my best friend. He was my Brother. In all that time I had only been to his house once. XD Welp.
We shared the same teacher and so every day we would do nothing but goof off and laugh. I think we were my teachers favorite students because of how innocent our friendship was. He meant everything to me. I want more than anything to relive that Childhood.
But as we know...all good things must come to an end...It was coming up on the end of the year. His father had lost his job or something and they were going to move to Washington. It didn't really click with me at the time how devastating this would end up for me.
We tried and succeeded in remaining optimistic about it thinking we could still call each other. We thought somehow we would stay in touch. Oh how we were wrong. So here came the last day of school and we hugged it out, thinking we would see each other sometime the next week before he moved.
But we never did...The last thing I said to him was..."See you Monday..." I never saw him again...That was 7 years ago...And there has not been a single day since then where I haven't thought about him.
When I beat Sonic Unleashed for the Wii for the first time around Christmas of 2010, and I heard "Dear My Friend" for the first time...I burst into tears. The song reminded me so much about him. It had only been 7 months since I had seen him. But it felt like forever. I cried for the longest time. He was my brother, and he had vanished from thin air.
At least six times each year moving forward I would look back to the memory of him and be brought to tears. But tears wouldn't bring him back...And that is a painful truth...
Tonight I beat the PS3 version of Unleashed like I said...and hearing "Dear My Friend" pained me...
Every time I hear the song I think of him and I'm usually brought to tears. But it's not like that even matters anymore. I don't know if I left as big of an impact on him as he did on me. Or if he even remembers me...I need a hug.