Okay, it's been four months since I posted my last chapter. I've been so busy…

I hope everyone had a happy holiday. I know I did.

New things come into play in this next chappie… HE'S BACK!! Enjoy!

Chapter 11: Swift Comeback

Swift was jolted awake by a slight vibration from the airplane and he heaved a soft sigh as he took in the comforting atmosphere of first class. There was a great amount of space between him and the other passengers in the area and there were attractive flight attendants waiting to tend to his every need. He shifted in the maroon-colored seat while his mind drifted to his last night with Rouge. It tore him apart knowing that she really loved Knuckles more than she ever loved him. After hearing her speak her true feelings through her subconscious, he knew he couldn't live their lie of a relationship any longer. A tap on his shoulder interrupted his scrambled thoughts, and he turned to see a chestnut-colored squirrel on his left side in navy blue flight attire.

"Sir, are you alright?" she asked with a hint of concern.

"Yeah. I'm just having a rough day, that's all." he replied softly.

"Oh, that's too bad." she sympathized. "Would you like something to make you feel better?"

His natural response would've been a request for a private massage, but he was definitely not in the mood for one. "A glass of water will be fine."

"Coming right up." she said with a smile before disappearing down a hallway. A few minutes later, she returned with an iced glass filled to the brim.

"Thank you." he said after taking the glass.

"I hope your day gets better, sir." she said before walking away again.

Swift sighed again before taking his first sip. With every following tilt of his glass, the memory of the night they met began to take over his mind temporarily…

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(A/N: This flashback wouldn't have been possible without EchidnaSquared. The rp (this flashback) we had gave me more insight into Swift's character. Thanks babe! -hugs-)

He was leaning against a street corner in Station Square as if he were waiting for something. He had his arms crossed near his chest that was hidden under a navy blue button down shirt and his eyes were focused on the other side of the street. It had been over three months since he had been physical with another female, so he would wait on different street corners to see what was in store for him. Having no luck for countless nights was making him a little restless.

His eyes glanced across the street once more and he saw a curvaceous young bat in a floral patterned white dress. She gave him a quick look and continued walking and he smirked and focused his intense jade eyes on her. It was almost like she heard him call to her mentally since she stopped and saw him on the opposite side of the street. He approached her with the same sexy grin on his face.

"Hey baby, a girl like you shouldn't be around here alone." He said with a smooth tone that could convince any lady to lay with him.

She dismissed the comment and replied, "I can handle myself alright, you know."

"I'm sure a biiiig girl like you," he droned while scanning her breasts, "and that has multiple meanings, can take care. But still, people can take advantage, darlin'."

"Like I said, no one can mess with me without a fight, including a desperate bastard like yourself." She declared to him.

"Don't be so hostile, babe. I'm just glad to see one of my own kind, 'cause I've never seen a fellow bat before…at least not one as attractive as you are…." he assured her while continued to stare at her voluptuous form.

"That still doesn't mean that I'm interested." She said with a giggle, which slightly let her guard down.

"Somehow, I find that hard to believe…especially due to the fact that you're looking at my crotch…" He moved closer to her as he saw her face flush. "C'mon babe, why are you so annoyed?"

She crossed her arms and scoffed, "If you really want to know, I just got into an argument with my boyfriend."

He imitated her move while saying, "Well, you look desperate and no babe, I don't mean that as an insult to you or me. Either way, he's a fool to lose out on such a lovely lady like yourself." He then moved close enough to let the back of his hand grace her cheek. "Make no mistake, I'm no hustler, but when it comes to my own kind, I can't stop myself. I bet I can give you all the loving he has tripled."

He moved in to kiss her, but she evaded his attempt. "I don't wanna abandon him, but…" she stopped as she gazed into his eyes.

He moved in again, but instead of trying to kiss her, he whispered, "I'm not in this for love, babe…but if you want me to pleasure you, I'll go the whole ten miles…"

"Just ten? Are you sure about that?" she asked in a sultry tone.

He wrapped his arms around her waist and squeezed firmly. "You choose the number, and I'll go there…and more…." He extended his hand to her and she took it while leading her towards his car. She climbed into the backseat and he followed suit. He gripped the seat and pulled himself closer to her. "Where should I start, hon?" He tilted his head towards her breasts and resumed his gazing. "Perhaps there…"

Rouge rested her back against the window as he pulled her dress down to her waist. She sighed desperately as he began to have his way with her….

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He decided to interrupt the memory since the reality of her being with Knuckles came to mind. Swift had to admit that he did love her in a way. He never knew the true meaning of love, but he knew that it was more than physical attraction and he wasn't willing to give so much of his lifestyle for it. At that moment, he knew that he wouldn't want to risk the chance of seeing Rouge while he tried to cope with losing her. He then decided to leave Station Square as soon as he got there.

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Sky came downstairs completely dressed in a black tank top and blue jeans and Knuckles was still on the couch.

"So, you've decided to put on a shirt today." Knux said while watching Sky.

"And I'm sure that disappoints you, right?" Sky joked with a fake pout.

"Me and all the other girls that would've been all over you." Knux replied.

"It sounds like someone's jealous. Are you sure you're okay with this?" Sky asked in a worried tone.

"Of course I am. I'm just playing with you." Knux assured him with a smile.

"Heh, okay." Sky came into the living room, stood behind the couch, and wrapped his loving arms around Knux's neck. As soon as Knux faced him, Sky locked lips with him. They got tangled in each other's taste for a few minutes until the doorbell rang.

Sky broke the kiss. "I guess that's for me."

"Okay, you have fun."

"You too, babe." He answered the door and greeted the female hedgehog behind it. "Hi Sa—" he started before he looked at her. She was wearing a black and blue striped V-neck shirt that teased the curves of her cleavage and a nice pair of black jeans with shiny black boots.

"Hey…" she greeted with a hint of sensuality. "You look…nice…"

"Um, thanks." he replied uneasily. He looked at her with a smile. "You look great."

"I know." she added with confidence as she ran a hand through her slicked back quills. "So, are you ready?"

"Yeah." He stepped outside and closed the door behind him. After he locked the door, they began their long walk towards the restaurant.

There was silence for about 30 seconds until Sasha broke it. "So, how's Knuckles?"

Sky smiled at the mention of his name and answered, "He's fine. He's going to Sonic and Shadow's place."

"Oh, fun." She commented happily.

"So, where are you taking me?" Sky asked with curiosity.

"A nice Cajun restaurant not too far from here." she answered.

"Interesting." Sky thought to himself.

"You don't mind walking, do you?" she asked with a bit of embarrassment.

"Oh, I love taking walks. Lead the way." He said while extending his arms so she could start walking first. He followed her lead and they began talking instantly.

"So, what's on your mind?" Sasha asked him.

"I'm curious about what's gonna happen at this restaurant."

"Don't worry. I won't hit on you too much." She said before she realized the true meaning of her words.

Sky laughed as her face began to flush a rosy color. "I knew it! You do have a crush on me!"

"Yeah, well…" She took a few seconds to get her thoughts together. "I just want to be your friend. I have no intentions on ruining the relationship you have with Knuckles." she confessed.

"I know. You're very beautiful and you could have any guy you wanted. I'm sure of it." He assured her.

She beamed at his words and smiled to show her gratitude. "That's sweet."

They approached the center of the bustling city, where there were shopping centers, restaurants, and people all over the place. Sasha and Sky managed to find an empty spot on the sidewalk and they continued walking. Fifteen minutes later, Sasha absentmindedly led them past the restaurant and Sky stopped and turned to the building they just passed. "Is this the place?"

Sasha stopped and took a step back. "Huh? Wai—" she was interrupted by tripping over a stranger's feet. She gained her balance and faced the male, who had a pissed expression on his face. Her eyes widened slightly at his intense glare. "I'm sorry." she apologized as her face grew hot with embarrassment.

His look relaxed as he closed his eyes and let out a sigh. "It's alright. I'm sorry if I scared you with my death glare."

"Nah, I deserved it." Sasha insisted. She looked over at Sky and he was hinting at her to talk to this man some more, so she faced the stranger again. "My friend and I were planning on eating at this restaurant tonight. Would you like to join us?"

He looked over at Sky and replied, "Are you sure you don't want any alone time with your boyfriend?"

Sasha gave Sky an evil glare when he started laughing hysterically. "He's not my boyfriend, and I insist that you join us."

"Whatever you want." He agreed with a smile.

Sasha remained kept her calm composure while her mind was screaming at her on the inside. "Great." She said with the least enthusiasm possible. "I'm Sasha and this is my friend, Sky."

He introduced himself sincerely. "I'm Swift. Nice to meet you both."

"Nice to meet you." Sky replied and shook his hand.

"Yeah, same here." Sasha finally replied after a temporary silence. "Let's go have fun, guys. Have you ever been here, Swift?"

"A few times."

"I haven't." Sky announced.

"Cool, we can show you around, then." Sasha said. Swift got to the door first and held it open for them. Sasha smiled at him and Sky silently thanked him. There was a dark hallway with an opening on the left side and one straight ahead that went back to the outdoor area. Sasha led the way and stopped where the opening on the left was. "This is the bar and that opening over there is where we can sit and order our food." Sky nodded and him and Swift followed her to the next opening. Small, rounded black tables decorated the patio and a few selected tables had big green umbrellas over them. Swift took the lead and hinted towards the nicest table in the corner and he pulled out a chair for Sasha. She let out a small giggle before she thanked him with a smile. "It's the least I can do." He insisted with sincerity.

Sasha's smile remained on her face when Sky sat down and winked at her. She then focused her attention back to Swift. "I've been in Station Square for a while, but I've never seen you around here."

"Heh, I guess I've been keeping it low key for a while," he said with a smirk.

Sky stood up before Sasha could pick up on her and Swift's conversation. "I'll be right back, okay?"

"Take your time." Sasha joked before he left and turned back to the attractive male bat sitting across from her. "That's cool. So, what do you do for a living?"

"Oh, I don't do much since I inherited quite a bit of money from my father." He replied calmly.

"I see. You're hiding from all the girls that want you for your money, am I right?" she guessed.

Swift chuckled for the first time since he was with Rouge. "Oh, I'm not phased by them. I'm not the best when it comes to relationships."

"I know what you mean," Sasha agreed.

"I don't think you do. You seem too sweet to have ever been in the situations I've been in."

"I don't know whether to argue with you or thank you for the compliment," she said with a laugh.

"In that case, you're welcome. I was once with this girl who was already taken, and now she left me so she could go back to her boyfriend."

"Are you serious?" she asked with surprise. After he nodded, she added, "My friend was stupid enough to stray away from her soon-to-be fiancée like that."

"I guess we're not talking about the same girl then."

"I guess not," she assumed. "Everyone makes mistakes with love sometimes and you eventually learn from them. You're just destined for someone else, that's all."

"Are you hinting something?" he asked with a raised eyebrow.

"What are you talking about? I'm just saying what I know," she said with confidence.

"I can tell when someone is into me," he informed her.

Her voice rose steadily as her face heated up once more. "Oh really?"

"That's not necessarily a bad thing," he said while crossing his arms.

"No, I guess not," she said nervously while she tried to keep her hands still on the table and she tried to focus on something other than his eyes.

He reached over the table and took one of her shaky hands. "Don't get all shy on me now. You're one of the most interesting girls I have ever met. I'm glad you invited me here."

She giggled and gained the nerve to look at him again. "Me too."

He rose to his feet and moved to the seat closest to her and made himself comfortable beside her. Sasha started to relax a little and she wrapped her arms around his upper arm. She sighed as she took in his warmth. "So, where were we?"

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Sky knew he was doing Sasha a favor when he left and headed for the bathroom. He laughed to himself when he recalled Sasha's look on her face when she first saw Swift. It reminded him of the first time he saw Knuckles in that nightclub, which seemed so long ago. He got caught up in reminiscing as he walked down the dark hallway so much that he didn't watch where he was going until he tripped over someone going the opposite way. He quickly got up and extended his hand out to the fallen woman. "Oh, I'm sorry."

"Oh, it's alright. No harm done, besides what you've already done to Knuckles," she replied harshly and pushed away his hand.

He rolled his eyes when Rouge got up and glared at him. "You just keep popping up everywhere, don't you?"

"Oh, this time was a coincidence, believe it or not," she huffed.

"Whatever." he scoffed and continued on his way.

"Wait!" Rouge called after him.

He turned back around slowly. "What?" he asked, annoyed.

"C'mon, we used to be friends. So what if we're after the same man?" She flashed him an unreadable expression.

"I've never recalled us being friends. You were just a mere obstacle in my way," he sneered.

"Well, I tried to be nice, but no one wants to accept that," she complained.

"Can you blame everyone? You're always up to no good," he argued.

"I make one mistake and everyone bitches about it. I gave Knuckles the time of his life, and everyone completely forgets that and are so happy that he's with you, but only I know the truth."

"Oh, I'm just eager to know 'the truth,'" he mocked her sarcastically.

"You know he just feels sorry for you, and so does everyone else. I don't care if you believe me or not. Once it blows up in your face, you're gonna come crying to me and I'll laugh in your face."

Sky didn't get a chance to retaliate since she walked away so fast. He released an angry sigh as he made his way into the restroom. He looked into the mirror above the sink and brushed the dirt off his clothes from his fall. He turned on the warm water and splashed some of it on his face and sighed again. Before he could even consider that Rouge was right, he dismissed the possibility. Sky promised himself that he wouldn't let her words get to him as he dried his face with a paper towel and made his way back to the patio.

When he saw Sasha's arms around Sky, he couldn't help but forget his recent encounter with Rouge and smile at how cute they looked as a couple. He made his way to Sasha's old seat and said, "You know, we can always reschedule if you two want to spend some time together."

"I'm sorry if I ruined your night." Swift apologized to Sasha.

"Does it look like I'm disappointed?" she replied with a smile.

"It's fine. I can just go back home to my man." Sky insisted.

"Oh, you're gay?" Swift asked with the least amount of surprise. "That's interesting to know. I hope you have fun, haha."

"Well, that's the most interesting response that I've heard so far." Sky commented with a laugh. "I hope to see both of you really soon."

"Same here, Sky. Thanks for being so understanding." Sasha said and released her grip on Swift. She stood up and hugged Sky.

"It's nothing. I know how it feels to find someone special," he said while returning the embrace.

"See you later, Sky." Swift said as he walked away and returned to their picture perfect romantic pose.

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Okay, I know this wasn't as great as other chapters, but I still wanna hear your thoughts. If you have any ideas at all, please feel free to submit them. Since I didn't put everything I wanted in here, the next chapter should be up soon, give or take a couple of weeks. My new games and school starting next week may slow it down, so I don't want to make any promises. I'm out for now!

--Crazy aka Salsa