Yea, the only reason I'm messing with this thing is so this fic won't get deleted for stupid reasons, like having script in the pre and post chap's. I'm not gonna lose any more priceless fics like that. mourns over the loss of Closer Anywayz, I just wanna give a big shoutie to all my friends and reviewers! I couldn't do this without you!

Desperation

By CM02

Chapter 1

Rouge the Bat landed the helicopter gently on Angel Island. The one thing she hated most was flying loud machinery, but flying naturally from Station Square would tire her out. Today, she wasn't after the Master Emerald. She had given it up weeks ago and was out for bigger and better jewels. Today, she was going to give the guardian a visit. They had put their differences aside and became good friends since he saved her life a couple months ago. In between secret missions, she would come to see him.

She spotted him in the forest, still unaware of her arrival. She slipped behind a group of trees, creeping closer and closer to him.

Knuckles could've sworn he heard something, but before he could find out, someone tackled him from behind and pinned him to the ground. He opened his eyes and saw his good friend on top of him.

"Hey, you." she greeted.

"Damn, I didn't know you were that desperate, Rouge!"

"Shut up, knucklehead!" she shouted, pressing him harder into the ground. He smiled and poked her in the side, causing her to let go and roll over laughing. He then pinned her shoulders to the ground. She still giggled.

"Now who's the desperate one, bat girl?" he asked with a sexy gleam in his eyes.

Rouge just smiled at the sound of his voice. She loved the deepness and clarity of it. He had changed from a stubborn guardian to a carefree soul living on the island, which caused her to visit a lot more. She growled and replied, "If you want some, just tell me."

He relaxed his grip on her arms and pressed his body gently against hers. He rested his cheek on her chest, leaning closely to her ear, with his lips barely touching the white fur.

Rouge felt herself grow hot. The heat from his sudden move caused her heart to beat faster and her breath to quicken. She also started to feel lightheaded as his soft breath caressed her neck. His long dreadlocks fell to her sides moving back and forth as the wind played with them.

He felt her tremble slightly under him. He knew what he had to do. He nipped at her large ear, and then shifted his body slightly, making them both feel more comfortable of each other's company. He wrapped his arms around her neck and pulled her even closer. Then he finally spoke in the softest whisper: "I want some."

Rouge was speechless. She had never expected this, at least not this soon. It felt good and it blew her mind. She took in a sharp breath when he shifted again. Her eyes started to flutter.

".Food, Rouge."

Her eyes widened then relaxed at his joke. She pushed him off her and stood up. She breathed a sigh of relief when she saw Knux rolling on the ground, laughing. "Well, aren't you quite the charmer?" she asked sarcastically.

"Just name the time and place, babe," he replied at sat up, stifling a chuckle.

"You really got me there..I almost fell for you."

"Just because I'm alone on this island, doesn't mean I have no game."

"You wouldn't have done that two months ago."

"Sure as hell I wouldn't! You sure changed me."

"It was for the better."

"I know, and I thank you for that." he stood up and kissed her on the cheek.

She pretended to faint and he caught her in his arms. She opened her eyes and kissed him back. "Glad to help. I'll go get the food and we can eat by the waterfall."

"Great! I'm starving!" He put her back on her feet and headed toward the waterfall as she went in the opposite direction.

After a few minutes, he saw Rouge coming with a big picnic basket and a blanket. She set the basket down and spread out the blanket. He peeked into the basket and saw the most amazing sight of his life. Varieties and sandwiches were stacked on top of each other, fresh picked fruit glittered with sweetness, and a tall pitcher of lemonade sat before his eyes.

They split the sandwiches and ate while getting lost in the depths of the waterfall. She reached for a bunch of grapes and started popping them into her mouth. A few seconds later, she felt a warm sensation on her leg. She looked down to see Knux's head resting on it, eyes staring at the grapes with insanity. She sighed and held the bunch to his mouth while he bit them one by one. She smiled at this sight.

The day went by pretty fast. She eventually put the basket away and came back finding Knux lying on the blanket. She laid beside him and they talked for hours. She told him about her missions and he told her about his past.

Night crept on them while they were still awake. They had stopped talking for a while, enjoying the other's presence. Rouge was the first to break the silence.

"Hey, knucklehead."

"What?"

"Were there any other jewels your tribe protected besides the Master Emerald and the Chaos Emeralds?"

"I've heard a few myths about previous gems, but they don't exist anymore."

"Tell me about one of them."

He took a breath and started telling her the story. "Along time ago, there was a precious gem called the Angel Emerald. It kept the island higher in the sky and peace throughout it. One day, a foreigner stole it and the impact smashed it into pieces and disappeared. A few moments later, the Master and Chaos Emeralds were created by it."
"Is that really true?" she asked curiously.

"Honestly, I don't know. I've heard other stories, but they didn't stick as much as this one did."

"I believe it."

"If you believe, then I believe."

She beamed at him. "What would I do without you?"

"You'd probably end up stealing the Emerald."

"True, but I wouldn't have a great friend like you."

"Aw, you're getting mushy on me."

"I'm serious! I've been on my own my whole life until I met you."

"You're serious?"

"Hunter's honor.When you're on top secret missions all the time, you really can't have a social life."

"Does that include being single, also?"

"Yeah, but it doesn't bother me. A lot of guys aren't worth the chase. Besides, I love the freedom. 'Fly in the freedom,' that's what I say."

"What about me?"

"Maybe I'd consider it." She laid her head across his chest, growing sleepy at the slow rising and falling of it.

He smiled at the thought of them as an item. It plagued his mind, but it felt good at the same time. He was about to say something when he realized Rouge was fast asleep. He put an arm around her torso and put one leg around hers. He slowly fell asleep in her warmth.

Night still remained when she awoke to crickets chirping. She saw the comfort of her friend around her and she fell back to sleep, thinking peaceful thoughts of him.

That was so cute; I forgot that they aren't a couple! If you don't believe me, read the later chapters! Since you can't, you'll just hafta take my word for it! Review, my peeps! You'll get a dark blue Chaos Emerald, the key to Rouge's reputation! You'll be able to send me emails at the speed of light! Wheeeee!! Give me guests, y'all! No matter who it is, I'll try to put them in. I have a feeling I'll be getting plenty of requests this time.now review, I COMMAND YOU!! .. PLEEZ?? I would appreciate it! I gave you a bribe, what more do you want? Review pleeeeez! It'll do wonders on my mood!

Crazed Maniac 02