In Uma's defense, Matthew phrased his speech in a way that implied that Uma wouldn't have any choice in the matter, without even realizing that it could be interpreted that way. He was quite shocked and apologetic when Uma pointed out the Unfortunate Implications.
*to Sonic and Noah, while removing Wrapsodi's webbing from Uma and unwittingly touching her in inappropriate ways in the process
, and also making the mistake of speaking about her as though she's not right in front of him
* I know full well what this looks like
, and rest assured, I'm not actually making any moves on [Uma] - I think I need more time to grow up before doing that. Well, that, and I need to train my brain more. But... when I saw her in trouble... I know, she's not going to be that impressed... but still... I can't just let Uma die
. I love
her, Uncle Sonic. And I know I'm not worthy of her yet. But I'm trying my best, and someday... I swear, someday, I will be. That day is not today, and it will not be tomorrow. It will not come for several years. But I am preparing myself. And I will eventually make myself worthy to take Uma as my bride.
Noah: *sweatdrop* Matthew? You really shouldn't have said that out loud...
Matthew: Why not?
Sonic: *sweatdrop* You do know she's still right in front of you, right?
What? *Matthew looks down at Uma, who has a very skeptical (and slightly frightened) expression on her face.* *blush
*Matthew quickly resumes untying Uma.* Damn,
Wrapsodi wrapped you up tight... Don't worry, I'll have you out of that webbing in a few minutes. Uh... forgive me for being so earnest... Um... Uh... Yes, I meant all that - the good and the bad... about myself,
I'm talking about myself! You're wonderful!
Noah: *Noah sighs and runs off to fetch Anastasia so she can heal Uma properly.*
*arriving along with Kirby, Saru, Esther, Priscilla, Mighty, Galaxina, Morgan, Mordred, and Meta Knight
* Atta boy, Matthew! *thumbs-up* We overheard the entire thing!
Matthew: *Matthew looks up and realizes that the new arrivals include Saru, Esther, and Priscilla (who look angry, exasperated, and heartbroken, respectively).* Oh God... *extremely nervous* Don't hurt me!
Mordred: After everything Michael, Esther, and I said to you... You're still going after her?!?
Matthew: Er... Sort of. I'm not "going after her" just yet... I just stepped in to stop Wrapsodi from killing her. I'm going to work towards becoming smarter and more competent before trying to win her over again. And I know I can do it - I'm the son of Miles "Tails" Prower, after all!
Sonic: *chuckling* That's the spirit, kid.
Luigifan: *thumbs-up* Atta boy, Matthew!
* God help me. How can I become smarter when I'm surrounded by idiots?
- Even better, pommyman didn't realize he was pointing out any Unfortunate Implications. As far as he knew, she was simply overreacting to him trying to be selfless.