005. Her cheeky barista

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Finals were really taking its toll on Amy. Only two weeks away and she felt as if she hadn't gone through enough of her revision work, even though she had been at it non-stop the past month, sleeping four hours a day as well as eating something as small as a plain cheese sandwich for lunch and dinner. Everything else was liquid based, more specifically, caffeine based because hey, that was really the reason why she'd been able to go through the heavy days.

She tried to look decent everyday when getting out of the house, hiding the dark circles from her eyes with her concealer because of the lack of sleep. It proved to be difficult because the hedgehog found herself rubbing her tired sleepy eyes in the middle of a study session, and her circles would poke out terribly. Having noticed this habit happened frequently, Amy made sure to pack her emergency concealer.

It was sad though, because she hadn't been able to hang out with-

"Ames?"

"I'm awake, I'm awake!" Amy jolted her head up from her textbook, eyes still droopy from the small nap she had taken. She blinked a couple of times before her blurry vision became clearer when seeing a blue hedgehog across from her. "...What time is it?"

Sonic let out a laugh and shook his head. "We're closing up now," he sat down opposite her, "You should really calm down on the studying, Amy. You look half dead every time I see you come in here!"

"Gee thanks," she sighed and buried her cheeks against her hands, "I don't get why you're not stressed. Yours is a week before mine."

"Pfft, I don't get stressed!"

"...But you were stressed on our first date."

Sonic huffed. "I was not!" he then casted his eyes to the side as he scratched the back of his neck, "Okay, maybe a little. But hey! At least I didn't look like a zombie!"

Amy suddenly shot a glare at him.

"Kidding, kidding!" the blue hedgehog grinned with his hands up as if he just surrendered. He then looked at her with genuine concern, "But seriously, this can't be good for you, Ames. I understand that you want a good grade but studying excessively like this without breaks has to be driving you insane," Sonic followed up his statement with a smile, "Plus, you already know this stuff at the back of your head! That exam is gonna be a piece of cake!"

"I know but," she couldn't help but find the urge to smile back at him, thankful for his comment, "I just want to one hundred percent ace it this time. I've been working so hard to get to this point and I don't wanna blow it off, you know? It's important to me..."

Her barista formed a small pout before gathering her hand into his. "More important than me?"

"Don't be ridiculous," Amy giggled squeezing their hands together, "What brought this on?"

Sonic gave her the most innocent looking puppy dog eyes she had ever seen. "Our one year anniversary is tomorrow."

It took a moment for Amy's brain to process what he had just said before she quickly turned frantic. "I-It is?!"

How time flew. It felt like it was just yesterday that the barista was writing down his cheesy messages on her cups.

He still did that by the way, but more so to annoy her than them being pleasing.

"Yeah!" Sonic studied her expression and his cute pout deepened, "Don't tell me you forgot?!"

"N-No!" Amy stammered as she tried to hinder her blush, "I knew that!"

He snorted out a laugh. "You're such a bad liar."

The pink hedgehog breathed in and then out exhaustingly, admitting defeat. "I'm sorry."

"Ah, it's okay Ames," the blue hedgehog sent her a hopeful look, "Tomorrow's our anniversary and it's a Saturday, soooo we're gonna hang out and you're gonna forget all about that textbook!"

However Amy insisted. "But-"

"No buts!" Sonic became determined, "That book is banned starting from now until Monday!" he pulled out his hand, "Gimmie it!"

She whined. "Sonic-!"

He swiftly snatched it away from her and then eyed at her notebook. "That too."

Amy stubbornly rolled her eyes and slid it across to him with a sigh. "I hate you."

"Love you too," Sonic teased with a chuckle, "And to make sure that I keep my word, you're staying with me this weekend."

She raised an eye. "But I don't have my clothes with me."

"I bought you a few clothes the other day as a gift for tomorrow," he smiled when he saw her eyes widen again and shot her a suggestive gaze, "...Or you can wear some of mine if you want."

The girl quickly blushed at his offer as she knew what he was thinking. "Pervert."

"Beautiful."

"...Cheeky."

"Cute."

They both shared a laugh before Sonic stood up from his seat. "I'm gonna go change outta this and then we'll head off to grab dinner."

Amy nodded. "Okay."

She naturally reached for her neglected coffee cup but Sonic had beaten her to it.

"Oh, no you don't!" he grabbed the lukewarm cup and wagged his finger, "No more caffeine for you, miss!"

"But I paid for that!" Amy got up from her seat and whined as she went after him, "Sonic! Soooonic!"

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Amy stepped out of the shower, towel wrapped around her hair as she stepped foot into Sonic's room. "Your hair product collection has grown the last time I saw it."

"Long quills, what can a hedgehog do?" Sonic said as he lounged on his bed with a book in his lap.

She took off her towel and placed it aside. "You're studying?"

"Just a little," he replied before flipping a page of his chemistry book, "I know all this stuff already but I'm just making sure. Before you call me a hypocrite, just know that my sleeping and eating habits are perfectly normal!"

The girl shook her head with a light giggle. "All right."

Sonic set his book aside and Amy took this as an indication that he was ready to sleep. She switched off the lights and climbed into the bed with his awaiting arms, sighing into the welcoming warmness.

"What are we gonna do tomorrow?" the pink hedgehog found herself asking.

He hummed. "It's a surprise."

"If you're planning to take me to that haunted dungeon again, I will kill you."

"Aww, but then you wouldn't be able to engulf yourself into my arms again!" he joked but then felt Amy's leg kick his own underneath the covers, "Ow, ow! Okay, sorry sorry!"

A tired laugh escaped her lips. "Thank you though," she said softly before elaborating, "I do need a break after all."

Sonic smiled. "Of course you do, Ames," his jade green eyes glowed against the dark as he yawned, "You're gonna ace that exam, I know it."

She grinned as they shared a soft kiss. "You too..."

"But let's hope it's all over quick," he added, "Can't have you looking like a horrid zombie anymore."

Amy's smile dropped as she huffed and didn't hesitate to pull hard on his ear.

"OW! I meant a beautiful zombie, a beautiful zombie!"