Me: Heeeey! I gotz two words for y'all: HELL YEAH!! Closer is back with more romance and chaos!

Audience: Yeah, you bad wit' it!

Me: Ya can't undaestimate this! I'm the shit!

Audience: Woohoo!

Me: I'm been a romantic mood since school, so this came as a result! If you haven't read Closer Than you Might Think, then I suggest you do before you read any further!

Audience: Romance is awesome!

Me: Well now, aren't we talkative today?

Audience: Uh-huh, we bad wit' it!

Me: @_@ DON'T TAKE THAT TONE WITH ME!!

Audience: *silence*

Me: Anywayz, I can't start this fic without my two favorite characters! Ladies, gents, peeps, and cheeps: Introducing for the first time, the Shackles team! (Sorry Mase!)

Shad: Mase betta watch out!

Knux: And he means that in a good way! ^_^ *to me* Heeeeey baby!

Me: ^_^; Oh crap.

Knux: Oh yes! Ya see, I'm not committed to Rouge anymore. So did ya miss me at night?

Me: *sarcastically* Sure babe.

Knux: I knew it! ^_^

Audience: SICKO!!

Me: Wuteva!

Shad: *singing* There's nothin' else that I have seen/There's no getting around it or in between/You're out of this world except you're not green/Look, you don't know what you mean to me..to meeee.

Me: Sounds like someone's committed again! Shad: My non-committed self was better. *crosses arms* -_-

Me: But you're so cute when you're sweet and sexy!

Shad: I hafta admit, I agree! ^_^

Knux: *hookin' an arm around me* I'm tha sweetest and sexiest guy you'll ever meet and loooove!

Me: ^_^; *fake laugh*

Shad: *tapping a foot* Can we get the fic started already?

Me: Impatient, aren't we?

Knux: *pitiful face* Aww, is Shadie missin' his boo?

Shad: *puts Knux into a chokehold* You gon' die, man!

Me: Hey! There will be no death of Knux, not while I'm around!

Knux: *released from Shad's grip* So, you really care about me! *about to hug me*

Me: *stops him* Don't push it! I like ya, but that just ain't happnin'! Besides, you need to be here to find out about the--*shuts up*

Knux: The what?

Me: I can't say!

Knux: C'mon, you know you want to!

Me: *laughing*

Knux: What?

Me: You'll find out later! *laughing*

Knux: I have a feeling that I won't like this.

Me: Trust me, I will!

Knux: ^_^ Whatever you like, I like!

Me: Just like dat?

Knux: I only do this for you!

Me: I only use the characters for fun and for your reading pleasure, therefore I don't own them! Got it? @_@

Audience: A'ight! ON WITH THE FIC!!

How Close Can You Get?

By CM02 aka Crazy

Chapter 1: A Starry Night (How romantic! *starry-eyed*)

Shadow felt amazing. This was his second time being mobile since his fall to Earth. Houses, street signs, and stars passed by as he ran at supersonic speed. The wind rushing through his quills excited him as he rushed down the empty streets of Station Square, but it wasn't the beautiful night and the freedom that gave him this feeling. Running beside him was the only person in the world that could relate to his physical abilities. He was a blue hedgehog whose running was as fast as his quickness to help a person in need, including Shadow. His company was the only thing that mattered to him.

Station Square was nowhere in sight after a few minutes. The place seemed familiar to him. He didn't care, so he let their running take him wherever they went. Trees passed by them and they soon started to part into a small lake. Sonic stopped at the edge, and so did he. They both sat in the grass and looked into the night sky.

"Look familiar?" Sonic asked.

Shadow gave him a questioning look. "What do you mean, the stars or the lake?"

"Both, I guess."

"Yeah, they do."

There was an awkward silence between them. "So, what do you remember from fifty years ago?" Sonic asked while facing him.

Shadow looked into the sky as if he was gaining his memory from them. "All I remember is the day ARK got invaded and Maria saved me. Everything else is gone, I guess."

"Do you ever regret that day?"

"I used to, but now I'm not so sure." He smiled at Sonic.

"It's because of me, isn't it?"

"Don't push it, blue hedgehog."

"We both know the answer to that."

"Oh, yeah? What about your pathetic life?" Shadow joked.

"What about it?"

"I'm sure you've had someone by your side before like Amy, huh?"

Sonic's eyes widened. "What? Never!" he said.

"Wait, you've never."

"No, why would you think that?"

"I don't know, I just assumed that you had the experience."

"Nope. I guess we're in this together."

"Sounds nice." Shadow looked into his partner's eyes as they glistened with the stars.

"What are you lookin' at?" Sonic asked.

"Oh, nothing."

Sonic looked up at the sky. "It's a beautiful night."

"Not as beautiful as." Shadow stopped as he grew embarrassed.

"As what?"

"Th-The lake! My head must still be mixed up from that fall!" Shadow said with a nervous grin. That wasn't what he was thinking.

"Oh yeah, it is." Sonic replied, not phased by Shadow's strange behavior. "You okay? We could go back to my house if you want, it's okay with me."

Shadow laughed a little. "No, I'm fine. I wanna stay here with you."

Sonic smiled slightly. "So, what do you wanna do here?"

Shadow smirked. "Ah, the possibilities!"

"You're joking, right?"

"What? I'm bein' honest here! We could watch the stars, learn how to swim, take a walk, or lay back and enjoy each other's company."

"I like the last one better."

"Yeah, me too."

Sonic lay his head on Shadow's shoulder. They both looked into the sky as they felt the warmth of each other's company. A full moon revealed itself from the clouds. Its light reflected off the lake, making them relax even more.

Shadow took in a deep breath and sighed. "Did you always do this when I wasn't around?"

"Nope, this is my first time."

"How do you feel?"

"I feel relaxed, like there's nothing else I would do right now that would compare to this."

"I would do this all the time when I was on ARK. Maria and I would always gaze at the stars all day until it was time to go to bed. Even then, sometimes I would spend a whole night just looking at them. I never realized that there was something out there for me."

"Hey!" Sonic complained. "I thought you said that your last day on ARK was all you could remember!"

"I lied. What're you gonna do about it?"

"Nothing, I guess."

"Hey, what happened to your competitive spirit?"

Sonic sat up. "Ya don't wanna mess with me."

"Or what? You'll run over me?" Shadow taunted.

"Maybe I will." Sonic confirmed.

"I'd like to see you try."

"I'm too relaxed now." He laid back into the grass and put one leg over the other with his hands behind his head.

"Oh yeah?" Shadow said before getting closer to Sonic. Their lips barely touched.

"Go for it." In a split second, his mouth was covered in a soft kiss from Shadow. He slowly closed his eyes and let him take control briefly, then his competitive side started kicking in. They were kissing like no tomorrow. Minutes slowly passed as they were caught up in the moment.

They emerged from the depths of each other gasping for air. Shadow smirked as he saw Sonic's cheeks grow red. "You are so cute."

Sonic smiled at the compliment. "Don't you feel weird about this?"

"No, not really."

"Not even a little?"

"Does it matter?"

"Not if it doesn't to you."

"So you wouldn't care if everyone found out?"

Sonic paused at that question. "I don't know." he finally answered. "When can we tell?"

"Whenever you're ready or when Rouge blabs, whichever's sooner."

"I agree."

"But since no one's here, we might as well make the best of it."

"And this 'it' you're talking about is?"

"Wouldn't you like to know?" Shadow joked as laid back next to Sonic.

"Ya know, we should do this every night." Sonic suggested.

"Yeah." Shadow sighed. He faced Sonic and gave him a quick kiss on the lips before looking at the sky again.

They both got lost in the night sky before they slowly fell asleep. Both of their hands lingered near each other's.

***

The next morning came quick and they both were still sound asleep. They were both unaware of the figure hiding in the shadows of the forest, gaping at the sight they made.

***

Me: Ha! This was made from scratch and I'm proud of it!

Shad: Now we're getting into the swing of things.

Knux: What you talkin' bout, Shads?

Shad: *rolls eyes*

Me: Well, anywayz review! Damn, why do I listen to Coldplay so much? They've really inspired most of my Sonadows/Shadonics! I'm gonna be pretty busy doing this fic and "Screwed in Shizzam!" For any humor fans that haven't read it yet, I suggest you do!

Knux: Yeah. Uh, can we get back to what we were doing a couple minutes ago?

Me: You gotta be kidding me.

Shad: *rolls eyes again* Review CM02's fic and get.uh.

Me: *whispers in his ear*

Shad: Ah! Review and get an email with a super cool parody of "Wild Canyon," if you haven't done so already!

Me: I gotz skills! ^_$ Guest requests, y'all! I'ma try and keep the pre and post chaps to a minimum, but if ya want to see or hear somethin' in this fic, I'll be happy to hook ya up! For now, I'm sayin'-

Knux: Peace and cookies, y'all! Now where were we?

Me: O_O; Help..