Now less chopped up by lines! Anyway, I haven't really updated anything in a while, but that's because I'm juggling multiple projects. Which I shouldn't be doing, but it kinda ended up that way.


SPINDOCTOR

"Phew! Finished!" Sonic let out as he finished writing in a fresh marble notebook. This book was part of a plan, that will ultimately widen up his opportunities. He held it up, and kissed it.

"Art thou sure this is going to work?" Percival asked.

Sonic nodded. "Of course it's going to work, don't tell me women are suckers for this kind of stuff. More-so elderly women, and ESPECIALLY Aerea. Plus, I thought of all sorts of things I could say to make her fall for it."

Percival shook her head. "Art thou sure this is going to work as planned?"

Sonic was about to give a comical reply, when he realized she meant that even if the plan unfolded correctly, she could be left with some false information that she may spread around. That in mind, he gave a serious response. "Well, it could be a bit of incriminating evidence, but really the worst thing I could have told her, which I already did, was the fact I pulled dopplegangers from her magic books. Which in retrospect was stupid."

"Retrospect? Hardly. It happened yesterday." The second in command reminded her king.

To Sonic it felt like at least a couple days. "Oh. Yeah." Nervously, he rubbed the back of his head, bit his lip and looked down. "I knew that."

An uncomfortable silence struck as the two failed to conjure more words. Before Sonic was about to take his leave, Percival spoke again.

"And really, I'm surprised you'd even lie about this kind of stuff. I thought it just wasn't your... thing, lying or not." Percival asked, playing with the yarn strings of the yellow scarf around her neck.

"It's low of me, yes, but we'll talk about that later, Percival. Right now I have to get this thing enchanted." Sonic stated, ending the conversation by grabbing the book and heading for the door. "Then, we can literally do ANYTHING."


The bell clanged as the door opened. The hedgehog held the book behind his back when he strolled through the antique shop once again. The elderly woman once again greeted him.

"Oh, back so soon?" Aerea asked. "Is something wrong?"

Sonic looked back at Aerea, nervousness in his eyes. "Oh, no, nothing's wrong, it's just..." Sonic advanced toward her, taking the marble book from behind his back. "... A personal matter."

Aerea nodded. "Hmm. Do you want to talk about this elsewhere?"

"Yes, please." Sonic answered.

The two went upstairs into Aerea's room. Sonic was once again captivized by the art along the wall, and how closely it resembled scenes from the book. He never found any of the knights in the paintings, though. -Of course, I'm not looking for Shadow in a suit of armor or anything, but simply put I don't see any scenes featuring the knights of the round–-

"So, what is it you wanted?" Aerea tore him from his mind yet again.

Sonic's eyes darted a bit back and forth, and he sighed. "It's nothing about that Bat-cave thing, it actually, kind of... didn't go as planned."

"Oh, what happened?" Aerea asked concerned.

Sonic's eyes kept bouncing back and forth. "Ah, the Chemical Plant still had some kick in it, I'm afraid, aaand– I'm not here to talk about that." Sonic said, having shook with the last few words. "I'm here to make a request."

Aerea frowned. "But I don't do requests for enchantments like that, especially not after what you just did."

"Listen, please." Sonic pleaded. "You know how..." Sonic dragged on, after actually having forgotten what to say. "Ah, I worded this to myself much better before... alright, I'll put it bluntly; I'm kind of... lonely."

This sent the old lady, seemingly still a child at heart, spiraling into the biggest rambling Sonic's ever heard from an elderly person. He heard stories of people being set off like that, only a couple words causing immense speeches about their past lives, but he thought they were exaggerations. -Jesus Christ this woman is talking up a tornado over here, in thirty seconds she made a ragtime movie look like bullet time slow-mo in comparison.- The hedgehog's face went red with embarrassment as Aerea babbled on and on about how Sonic feeling romantically lonesome was adorable and talking her love life that he honestly did not give a single damn about and she pelted Sonic with question after question that she didn't even take the time to let him blurt out an "uuh" without asking even more questions. This endless onslaught of paparazzi-like interrogation, senile recollection and baby talk was ended when Sonic finally spoke over her.

"OKAY YES I KNOW it's kind of pathetic and very humiliating to be here right now, so..." Sonic took a breath in, closing his eyes to calm himself. "... Can you please do your magic on this?"

"Sure I will!" Aerea cheered.

Sonic smiled at hearing this.

"But one question..."

Sonic's grin turned into a grimace.

Aerea couldn't help the fangirl inside her. "Who's the lucky girl you wrote this about?"

Sonic rose his voice. "NO! NO, I'VE ALREADY TOLD YOU ABOUT MY FAILED BATCAVE, THAT'S ENOUGH SECRETS OUT OF ME!"

Aerea leaned in. "Come oooon-"

Sonic held his hand out. "NAH-AH."

Aerea tilted her head. "Pleas-"

Sonic crossed his arms. "NO WAY."

Aerea sighed. She looked around for a second, and began again. "I'll give you another bo-"

"NOPE."

"Oh, fine." Aerea gave in, glaring at him. "You can be so stubborn sometimes."

"That's a positive trait to me." Sonic replied, handing the book to her.


"So then, after she enchanted it – which wasn't much of a process, took a bunch of runes and shot it with some weird ray – and gave the book to me, I was surprised she didn't even have to open the book or anything. She told me that magic's simpler than it sounds, but it didn't seem like I cared; she was right about that. Anyway, as soon as I got out the front door, a jumped, clicked my heels, and when I landed, I was JETTISONING down the sidewalk at two hundred miles an hour!" Sonic laughed with the knights around the slapped together round table, drinking a glass bottle of root beer.

"Just like that?" Lamorak asked. "She went googly-eyed over the implication that you had a crush?"

Sonic chuckled, and readjusted his foot's position on the box of things he had carried back from his apartment he could use if they were enchanted. "Well, she tried asking me who the "lucky girl" was and I was all "nope". Anyway, she had not a single clue that the book's writing actually was about her enchanting stuff for me for free. I have all this stuff here that's to be enchanted, where we could get things like food, supplies, and other useful things instead of trying to get it from elsewhere and drawing suspicion towards me."

"What was it that you wrote in the book, anyhow?" Gawain wondered.

"Oh, I can't really read it out of the book now, and I'm not sure how the book deals with out of character writing, but in short, it was something along the lines of..." Sonic began to recall what he wrote.


Sonic walked into the store. "Oh hey Aerea how's it goi-"

"OH MY GAAWD IT'S SANIC DA HEGEHAWG!" The old hag shouted. "YOU SAVED THE WORLD, LIKE, TWENTY TIMES!"

"Um, yes, I have, I-"

"SAY, WHAT'S THAT IN YOUR HAND? I GOT THIS COOL SPELL TRICK THAT WILL MAKE IT JUST LIKE THAT BOOK TAILS GOT YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY LAST YEAR, WANT THAT THING IN YOUR HAND ENCHANTED? IT'S ON THE HOUSE"

"Okay sure."

AND THEN MAGIC HAPPENED. When the enchanting was complete, Sonic left through the door.


Aaaand that's the long and short of it. I'm trying to work more on my writing, and hopefully I'll pick up the pace. Sorry to keep you all waiting.