"Do you have to go, darling?"
A young adult hedgehog lowers his ears slightly as he holds the hands of his wife. The young female smiles as she holds her husband's hands.
"It will only be for a couple of hours, sweetie... and besides, you and Shadow could do with some time together."
The young male, who was named Sonic, smiles as he places a gentle kiss onto his wife's muzzle. He then smiles as he looks down at his two young children, named Samuel and Kazu.
"You two be good for mommy, okay?"
"I will, daddy!"
"I'll be good too, papa."
Sonic chuckles softly as he kneels down and pulls the two hedgehoglets into a cuddle. Samuel and Kazu both cuddle back and watch as Sonic scoops up their little brother into his arms. The little boy, who was named Miles, giggles and holds onto Sonic.
"Be a good boy for daddy, okay sweetie?"
Miles smiles and nods.
"Me will, mama!"
Kira smiles and kisses his muzzle before turning back, noticing four other hedgehogs approaching.
"Ready to go, Yami?"
A young magenta-furred hedgehog smiles as she gives a thumbs up to Kira.
"Ready, hun. Just need to give a few quick goodbyes~"
Kira smiles and nods as another adult male, named Shadow, kisses Yami's muzzle as he whispers to her. He was holding a little toddler in his arms, named Riley.
"Try not to take too long, honey. You know how I feel about the faker..."
Yami smirks and shakes her head as she kisses his lips and whispers back.
"He's not THAT bad, sweetie~"
Shadow chuckles softly as he whispers back.
"I was only kidding, honey..."
Yami tuts and smirks as she gently pushes him away.
Shadow chuckles once again and looks down as he feels a small tug on the back of his leg. He kneels down and smiles as he notices a little female hedgehoglet stood behind him, giggling.
The little hedgehoglet smiles widely as she hugs Shadow's leg.
Shadow gently kisses Mary's cheek and pets her head as he stands back up.
"Now, you be a good girl for mommy, okay?"
"Will do, daddy!"
Shadow chuckles once again as he holds Riley close to him. Riley sucks his thumb as he gently pokes Yami's shoulder. Yami turns around and smiles as she notices her little boy acting shy.
"Are you alright, sweetie-pie?"
Riley nods and giggles as Yami kisses his muzzle.
"Me owk, mama..."
Yami looks back to Kira and holds onto Mary's hand as she looks down at her.
"In that case, we better head off now..."
A few minutes after Yami, Kira, Kazu, Samuel and Mary leave, Sonic and Shadow both carry their boys back to Sonic's house. Sonic opens the door and lets Shadow in before placing Miles onto the ground.
Miles giggles and runs off into the living room as Shadow follows behind, still carrying Riley, who was sucking his thumb. He sits down on the couch and holds Riley close to him.
Sonic calls from the kitchen as he grabs a can of soda.
"Hey Shad, do you or the kiddo want anything to drink?"
Shadow looks back to the kitchen.
"I'll have a soda too, if that's ok..."
Sonic nods as he looks back, smiling at Riley, who was snuggled up in Shadow's lap, continuing to suck his thumb.
"Want anything to drink, Riley?"
Shadow looks down at the little hedgehoglet and watches as he takes his thumb out of his mouth. Riley then speaks quietly.
"Hm? Sorry buddy, didn't quite hear ya..."
Riley tries to speak up again but soon whines and nuzzles into Shadow's chest instead, feeling too shy. Shadow chuckles softly as he looks back to Sonic and gently pets Riley's head.
"Riley would like some juice, if that's okay."
Sonic chuckles a bit as he grabs the carton of juice.
"You got it, little nephew!"
Sonic then pours a bit of juice into a sippy-cup before pushing the lid onto the cup. He places the cup on the side and open the can of soda before walking into the living room, carrying both drinks.
Miles giggles as he runs past Sonic's feet, almost causing him to fall over.
"Whoa! Watch where you're going, little buddy!"
Miles stops and looks back at Sonic, putting his hands behind his back.
Sonic chuckles as he places the drinks down before giving Miles a noogie.
"It's alright, little buddy... I know ya like running but doing it outside is better, okay?"
Shadow chuckles as he watches Sonic giving Miles a noogie. Sonic soon sits down and Miles crawls onto his lap before sitting on his knees.
Shadow picks up the sippy-cup before handing it to Riley. Riley slowly begins to drink from it as Shadow picks up his can of soda and begins to sip it.
"So... how have things been with you, Kira and the children, Sonic?"
Sonic holds Miles on his lap as he takes a sip of his soda.
"Pretty good. Kazu has started school and Miles has started potty training!"
"Really? It sounds like a lot of things have been going on in your home..."
Sonic chuckles a bit as Miles begins to climb around the couch, trying to get onto his head.
"Whoa, easy there, buddy! Daddy still needs his head..."
Miles giggles as he sits on the arm of the couch.
"Yeah, there's been quite a lot going on, eh little buddy?"
Miles smiles and stands on the couch next to Sonic before pulling down his shorts, revealing his pull-ups.
"Lwooky Unca Shadow! Me wearing pwull-ups!"
Sonic and Shadow both chuckle at his display.
"That's great, Miles. Little Riley's being trained too..."
Sonic looks over to Riley and chuckles as he was still snuggled into Shadow's chest. Shadow gently pulls away some of Riley's shorts, revealing his pull-ups underneath, giving Sonic and Miles a better view.
Riley squeaks a bit and blushes.
"It's alright, I'm just giving them a better look..."
Miles smiles and wags his tail as he climbs into Sonic's lap, looking at them.
"Cwool! They wook jwust wike mwine!"
Sonic smiles and gives a thumbs up to Riley.
"They look awesome, kiddo!"
Riley shyly hides his face as Shadow chuckles, gently rubbing his back with his hand.
"It's alright, Riley... we're not with strangers. There's no need to be afraid..."
Miles giggles as he walks over to Shadow. He gently pokes Riley's shoulder and watches as his head emerges from Shadow's chest.
"Me your cwousin, Mwiles! You nwo be afrwaid of me..."
Riley soon smiles and slowly holds out his hand as Miles takes it into his.
"Hwi... me sowwy, me a bwit shy."
Sonic chuckles a bit.
"Well, you're not quite as shy as my boy, Sammy..."
Riley giggles a bit.
"So your little man is training too, eh?"
Shadow smirks and nods as he gently ruffles Riley's hair.
"Yes. Though I fear that Yami is the one mostly in charge of the training process, I'm not really sure about it to be honest..."