*The studio in the middle of the night.*
Don-chan, come out… I know you’re somewhere around here.
*sniff* Hakuko-san… I’m *sniff* sorry… da-don…
C’mon, Don-chan. Everything’s alright.
You and I’ve been through a lot together
That’s just the way the story goes
Even though your heart breaks
And you’re down on your knees
Anyway you’ll laugh again someday
You know this song, don’t you, Don-chan? You drummed to it during our training, remember?
And if you’re down, you’ll *sniff* get up again (da-don)
Dust off a bit, go along your way
But don’t you know you *sniff* might find before too long
You’re on your knees once again, do-don, ga-d-
Who’s singing this imbecilic song? I can’t hear myself think with all the noise you’re making!
Hey! Come out whoever you are, we’re not even singing that loud!
But I can hear this stupid song, and it’s all that matters!
Oh! It’s that stubborn songstress and her drumbbell little friend who kicked me out of this glorified scam of a tournament. What are you doing here, you miserable brats?
I’m here because I was looking for my friend Don-chan! He needs a little comfort after our recent defeat!
Can’t the naive nitwit handle a demotion? How spineless of him! I was believing you fools were over the close defeat you had the first round, how come he cannot fathom another one?
How dare you! He’s just a child, and we lost the tournament! Who wouldn’t be at least a bit sad at that?
You DARE say that to me, moi YOU imbeciles have eliminated a few days ago? At least I have taken the loss proudly, and here you are almost close to tears, despite the fact so many other foolish twerps in this place suffered the same fate as you!
Oh, did you really own up to your loss? I bet you whined and complained about it, you stupid buffoon!
STUPID BUFFOON? You fish-fondling fruitcake! I-
Hey, promotion guy. I’d tone it down a bit if I were you. s’ not very healthy to be that angry, ya know!
*turns around* WHO DARES-
BLACK? What are you snooping around here for, you pesky hillbilly?
Oh, I’m just taking some time off after talking to Elmo before nighttime. But I can’t hear myself think with all the noise you’re making!
HEY! That’s MY problem! Why are you stealing MY line? Still obsessed with repetition?
Oh, I dunno, maybe because I have the same problem now with you screaming like that? Are you so frustrated you lost? I lost too, ya know.
*in a fit of rage* WHY IS EVERY RRRRROTTEN IDIOT HERE SAYING I AM ANGRY I LOST? HOW CAN THE GRRRRREAT RRRRROBOTNIK BE SO UPSET AT A SILLY THING LIKE THIS?
Owie… don… *sniff*
Then what’s your problem, dude?
WELL… I… I have problems with… with my MACHINES! Those miserable micro-brained numbbots back at my base have broken countless ones in my absence!
Ohhhh, I see. That’s unfortunate, but who created these “numbbots” that broke your machines to begin with?
WHY YOU… YOU… FOOLISH… PRICKLY… ARROGANT… QUACK!
Please, both of you-
I’m just sayin’, if you made a mess because of your own poor building skills, it’ll be up to you to repair that mess. Watch me, I got so obsessed with the tournament that I did something absolutely stupid. You gotta own up to your shortcomings, dude, or else you’ll never get your promotion!
NO WAY! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS! It seems you rapscallions have conspired to make me feel unfairly guilty about my wonderful self! Fine, I’ll go elsewhere, if no one wants me in this worthless studio!
Ro… Robotnik, wait!
Oh, I don’t need any more insults from you miserable runt! I’M OUTTA HERE!
ROBOTNIK! You were amazing… don…
Don’t worry, kid, I’m sure he heard ya. He just needs to vent!
But he screamed at Don-chan! That’s not okay!
Oh, this is embarrassing… Okay, don’t worry, he’ll get better in a few hours.
You know… I wanted to thank you for not getting mad at us for sending you into losers’ with such a close margin. You were so nice when you taught Elmo about rhythm and all that.
Oh… We were sad, but that wasn’t because of you. You did great!
Heh, thanks. But it’s cruel that you got eliminated with such a close margin twice now. History is doomed to repeat itself… can’t help but feel a little bad for you two.
At least now we’re better suited to handle elimination now… I prefer to lose with a high score than to be completely crushed. I hope this Robotnik guy will understand too, he fought great against us! An OK is not a Superb, but it’s not a Try Again either…
Well, it’s sort of a “try again”, we lost after all… But there’s no going back. This time, it’s over.
Mr. Black, you know, I really enjoyed watching your fight with Mariya!
Thanks! Oh, and by the way, I’m Jack.
Oh, okay Jack. If I’m not indiscreet… what is that stupid thing you did?
*sigh* If that’s okay with you, I’d like to keep it personal. But what I’m sure of now is that it was pretty stupid. I got too greedy, let a lot of people down. I thought I had a really good shot at the Crown of Destiny, but I ultimately overestimated a lot of people. I just had to remember that my victory over you was the closest of the tournament. But, I didn’t. I got lost in my pride instead.
The “Crown of Destiny”? What is that?
Oh, it’s just the crown. I made up that name for it, mostly to motivate Elmo… but also to motivate me. Wait, hold on, this box I’m sitting on isn’t very solid…
S… Solid, don… Huh? Stop!
Huh? Sorry, Don-chan, but I don’t have my stop sign right no-
Mr. Jack… *sniff* Yes, please stand up, don…
Wh… What’s going on?
I… I’m sorry… don… sniff
… UHHHHHHHHH… NO… I’M SORRY…
What the heck! Snake!? Were you spying on us this whole time? Why the-
Jack, please, let me handle this…
Snake… Let me tell you that I… I’m sorry for getting mad at you the other day. There are things that I… Shouldn’t have said. I… I should have realized why you… um… I – I was overwhelmed, with just having beat you, and…
…UH… YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. I… I’M SORRY. I WAS… OVERWHELMED TOO.
You’re a great person, Mr. Snake, da-don!
… HHHHHRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGG… THANK YOU… I THINK I WILL GO NOW.
Oh! Um… Okay… Goodbye…?
Goodbye, Mr. Snake, da-don!
… Uh, bye! Take care!
UHHHH… YES. GOODBYE.
Let’s spread our wings now
Do anything now
Somehow we came this far
I’ve got a choice now
I hear your voice now
Singing inside my heart
(Do-don ga-don, C’mon!)
Let’s spread our wings now
Into the sky now
Let’s reach up to the sun
Soon we will see we’re
Living the dreams of