One bright and sunny day on Angel Island, a young echidna couple smile and hold each other close as they watch their two little puggles running around, making giggling and squealing sounds.
The young male echidna, named Knuckles, sighs happily as he kisses the young female's muzzle. The young female, named Maia, giggles softly and nudges her head against Knuckles'.
"I can see why you never want to leave here, sweetheart. It's so beautiful..."
Knuckles chuckles as he rests his head against Maia's.
"It is and well... I need to guard the Master Emerald too, of course."
Maia smiles and nods as she looks back at the emerald before looking in the direction of her two children. She giggles a bit as she notices them running around still.
"Our little sweeties seem to love it here too..."
Knuckles chuckles as he kisses Maia's muzzle and continues to watch the kids.
The eldest child, named Zircona, giggles as she chases her little brother to a nearby tree.
"Me gwonna gwet you, Pwetr!"
The younger sibling, named Petr, squeals and makes a giggling sound as he continues to run, attempting to get away. He looks back and smirks.
"Wou cwan't get me, swis!"
Zircona giggles again and soon begins to slow down as Petr continues running. He looks back once again but soon ends up tripping over a tree branch that was on the ground. He lands with a thud and begins to whimper. Zircona looks ahead and runs over to him.
Knuckles and Maia, who were watching the event, both quickly stand up and run over to the little puggle. They both kneel down beside him and Petr continues to whimper as he looks up at them both.
"Petr, are you okay?!"
"Are you alright, sweetheart?!"
Zircona gently rolls him over so that he was laying on his back and gasps as she points to a small cut on his leg.
Petr begins to shiver as he notices a bit of red substance leaking from the cut. Since it was his first cut, Petr was unsure about what to think and was afraid that it was something very harmful to him.
He reaches his arms out and Maia gently pulls him into a hug as he sniffs a bit. Knuckles soon moves in front of Petr, checking the cut. He then looks up and smiles a bit.
"Don't worry, Petr, the cut looks fine... there's no sign of anything serious."
"A-Are wou sure, daddy?"
Knuckles nods and moves his hands away from Petr's leg before standing up.
"Yeah, it's perfectly fine. We just need to help it to heal though. I'll go and find some chi leaves..."
Maia nods and watches as Knuckles walks off into the foresty area of the island. Petr and Zircona both give a curious expression to Maia. Zircona crawls over next to Petr as she looks up at Maia.
"Mama, what's chwi weaves?"
"Chi leaves are a type of healing plant. You rub them over a wound or cut and it's supposed to help get rid of any nasty germs."
Zircona and Petr both smile a bit and nod before beginning to speak to one another. As they speak Maia smiles and stands up before walking over to a nearby stream.
She takes a piece of fabric from her clothing and soaks it in the water of the stream. She then walks back over and kneels down before gently rubbing the fabric over Petr's cut, cleaning up the blood. Petr winces a bit but soon watches as Zircona finds a new piece of fabric and hands it to Maia.
"Hwere wou gwo, mama!"
Maia smiles as she takes the fabric from Zircona and kisses her head.
"Thank you, sweetheart."
After a short while, Knuckles returns from the foresty area and kneels down in front of Petr. He takes a leaf and gently rubs it against Petr's cut. Petr whines in pain and places a hand on Knuckles' shoulder. Knuckles places the leaf back onto the ground before checking the cut once again. He then looks down at Petr and gently kisses his muzzle.
"It's alright, son... it's all finished."
Petr sniffs a bit as he nods and turns to Zircona, who gives him a hug. Petr smiles a bit and hugs back before giggling as Knuckles nuzzles his nose against his.
Maia smiles as she picks up the piece of fabric that Zircona had found. She gently wraps the fabric around Petr's cut and gives it a kiss before bringing Petr in for a close cuddle. Zircona crawls over to Knuckles and sits in his lap as he gently wraps an around her and smiles down at her.
"You were so brave today, sweetheart. You didn't even cry from having your first cut..."
Petr smiles up at Maia.
"Yes, you have shown great bravery, sweetheart. The same that your sister showed when she had her first cut."
Zircona smiles up at Knuckles and giggles as she feels him kissing her head. Maia smiles from the display and soon kisses Petr's cheek, making sure that he wasn't left out. He then reaches out his arms and holds onto Knuckles' arm as well as Maia's.
"Fanks mama... fanks daddy."
"Hwey, me hwelped too!"
Petr giggles a bit.
"Sowwy, fankies Zwircky twoo!"
The two echidnas both smile to each other before looking down at their little puggles. They hold them close in both of their arms.
"You're welcome, sweetheart."
"You're welcome, son."