"Well, faker... It's your move."
Sonic sat up, sweat pouring from his face. He looked at his palms with a scarce breath and sighed. "Another one of those dreams..." He got out of bed and stretched, pulling back the blinds to see a bright sunny morning outside. A smile slowly perked before he yawned and headed for the shower. Afterwards, he shook his quills dry and got dressed, ready for anything! Or so it seemed.
"Wonder what Tails is up to..." He jumped down the stairs and ran out the door, heading for his best bud's workshop. Tails was outside, giving the Tornado a new coat of paint. His tails swished lightly as he moved from end to end, smiling when finished. "Hey buddy, how's it going?"
His friend looked over and smiled. "It's going good, Sonic. Just brushing up on the Tornado." He put the paintbrush into a holster on his belt and stretched. "How about you? It's odd to see you up this early." The blue blur's ear twitched as he scratched his cheek. "J-Just wanted to change things up... Nothing out of the ordinary." He sighed. "It's strange... Things have felt so dull lately."
"What are you talking about? Eggman is still around..."
"Yeah bud, I know, but..." The hedgehog looked up and stared at the drifting clouds. "I just feel... Exhausted and bored... I can't really explain it, or even where the heck this feeling came from." The wind brushed through the hedgehog's fur as he sighed and sat down, distressed.
"...I think I know someone who can help."
"For the love of Mobius, please don't tell me it's her... I'm already up to here with her annoying my spiky butt all week." Sonic groaned as he raised his hand above his head. "Thank the stars she's hanging out with Cream and Cheese today..." He laid his head down on a grassy patch, only for another hedgehog to loom over him. "Gah! Shadow, what the heck dude!? Don't scare me like that..."
"Oh look at that... Faker's grown weak. Soon he'll be afraid of his own shadow." Sonic's ear twitched as the black hedgehog folded his arms. "S-Shadow, Sonic's just bored..." "Hmph. Not my problem. If the poor hedgehog is bored, then he's bored. Nothing I can really do about it... Speaking of which, have you finished what I asked you to do?" The fox nodded and ran back inside.
"What'd you ask for this time, Shad?" "That's none of your business, hedgehog." Shadow scoffed and turned away. "Come on, I promise I won't tell anyone! Please?" He looked over at Shadow with the biggest, beggiest eyes he could make. After a few twitches from his eyebrow and ears, Shadow unfolded his arms.
"Fine... It's just a ring." Sonic tilted his head slightly. "You mean like the ones on your wrists? Or is it...-" "Y-Yes, it's like the ones on my wrists! Will you shut up now!?" The striped hog was fuming now, and grabbed the bag once Tails had returned. "Now, if you excuse me... I'll be on my way." A blush slowly rose as he zoomed off.
"Hmm... What is that hog planning..." A familiar voice asked, up top the fox's workshop. "R-Rouge!? Where'd you come from?" "Oh, y'know... Places." She adjusted her buster before she jumped down, hands placed firmly on her curvy hips. "Speaking of places, that big boy Shadow isn't very good at hiding his own." A quick shudder went up Sonic's spine with Rouge's choice words, which alerted her.
"Ugh, you spiky pervert... Not that. I meant his emotions. Didn't you see him blush at ya?" She chuckled and sighed with a smile. "I never would've thought Shadow was submissive... Or even emotional towards others besides Maria." She looked over at Sonic, who appeared a bit distressed. "Oh... I see. You're in love with him, aren't ya?"
A loud thud was heard as Tails dropped a piece of equipment on the concrete floor. "Y-You're in love with Shadow!?" "No! N-No, I'm not! It's just Rouge spitting out her bullcrap as always." The bat walked around him, her tongue clicking. "I dunno, hun... You don't look very sure about that answer." Sonic gulped as the duo looked at him, a drop of sweat dripping from his forehead. "I... I gotta go check on Amy! B-Be right back guys!" Without a second to spare, he anxiously waved and bolted towards Cream's cottage.
Shadow hid himself away as fast as he could, holding his chest. His heart was pounding within. "T-That hedgehog..." He scoffed. "He almost found out. That blue devil... Always popping in when I least expect it." He took the contents out of the bag and smiled, as the small diamond glistened under the sun. "Perfect... Now I just have to-" "Do what, Shadow?" The hedgehog jumped and saw Silver watching him. "Oh, a wedding ring. Who's it for?" "None of your business, Silver... Don't you have Blaze to bother?" He chuckled and scratched his head.
"N-No. She decided to help Knuckles today; he asked her to guard the Master Emerald for him." Shadow sighed and put the ring away. "So then you decided to bother me instead." "Well, yeah. Knuckles is spending time with the Chaotix. Heard they were bringing back Mighty and Ray." "...Who the hell are they?" "Ha ha, very funny Shadow... But Mighty and Ray were originally part of the Chaotix, before you-know-who joined."
"Are you done? I got somewhere to be, pothead." "Seriously!? That isn't funny anymore!!" "Pfft, whatever." He angrily pushed the hedgehog out of the way and started to leave, but Silver placed his hand on his shoulder and said with a smirk: "You wouldn't want me to tell Sonic, would ya?"