CHAPTER 9

PROBLEMS ARISING

That next day at Shadow's house, Shadow woke up in his bed nude without Rouge. He looked around his room a bit, "Rouge?" He then spotted a note on his desk. He walked over to his desk, picked the note up and read it.

Shadow,

Went to the Chaotix early. Didn't want to wake you. By the way last night was fun. We should do that more often, partner.

Love, Rouge

Shadow threw the note away. He sighed, "That's so her."

When Shadow got to the Chaotix, he surprisingly saw Espio there. He walked up to him, "Es, I wanted to apologize for what I said the other day. I thought you were trying to separate Rouge from me. Do you forgive me?"

Espio had his arms crossed not looking happy with his apology, "No! I can't believe you! How could you replace me with her?"

"Espio, I didn't do it to get back at you. I did that so I could train her a bit more. She's just starting. I have to look after her. This doesn't mean I hate you."

"You had sex with her."

"What? How did you know?"

"I came to your house last night to apologize, but I saw that I came at a bad time."

"I didn't see you."

"Your door was unlocked and when I stepped in the house, I heard screams coming from upstairs in your room."

Shadow felt like an idiot for not locking his door. "You're right I love her, but it doesn't mean our friendship is over."

"Forget it, Shadow", Espio walked away while Rouge approached him.

Rouge noticed what happened and was wondering if Shadow was going to be okay about it, "You okay?"

Shadow nodded, "I'm fine." He took her hand, "Come on, I have to show you something." He then led her to a small vault.

"What's in here?" Rouge asked.

"Chaos Emeralds."

"Chaos Emeralds? Wait a minute...emeralds?"

Shadow nodded, "All seven of these emeralds have a huge amount of power, but we only use these for emergencies."

"So why did you bring me here?"

"So I can give you the access code to the vault just in case something happens to the rest of us."

"What's the code?"

"Trust."

"Trust huh? Let me guess Vector came up with that?"

"Well he is the leader of this whole operation. Just remember don't go into this vault unless necessary."

Rouge nodded, "Sure, partner."

Shadow sighed and walked away.

Rouge stared at the vault containing the emeralds. She made an evil smile, 'Shadow, you stupid hedgehog. Soon those emeralds will be mine.'