HAY! I'm alive! And I'm so sorry that I haven't updated in forever. I've had 3/4 of this chapter finished since March but I could never figure out how to end it properly. I still hate the ending and I feel like this is my worst chapter. But I hope you like it and I love all I have planned for the coming chapters and I hope you do to. I've just had the worst writer's block. But I already have some of the stuff written out and I may be able to update again this month. Thanks to all of you for the reviews, favorites, follows and a special thanks to those who PMed me about the story. I'm so glad the next chapter is finally done even though it's more of a filler.
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Part 1: Chapter 6: War-zone
Amy: 11 years old.
Sonic: 11 years old.
(Three years later)
Peace, something that she thought would never happen between them. If you had told her when she was 8 that she would be in this position with the blue demon, she would have asked if you were mental. Sometimes, she would remember the way she screamed at him. Sometimes, she thought about how he teased her. It all seemed so long ago. Things had changed drastically since then.
Amy looked down at the head in her lap. Sonic had his eyes closed, relaxing with his hands behind his head. The blue hedgehog seemed completely carefree. He probably forgot that she could kick him off of her at any time. Not that she would, it would just be a long, hard fall. Maybe a bloody one, too.
The two were in a meadow they had found a year before near Amy's house. No one really went there so they claimed the clearing as their own. Since then, they came back every time Sonic visited, which was frequently. They would race each other to the tree in the centre of the meadow and see who could climb it faster, only for Sonic to help Amy up when they realized she was still too short. Then, the hedgehogs would play games and compete against each other. Today, they just stayed in the tree, too lazy to do anything.
Amy jumped, startled, but quickly reached to catch Sonic before he fell. He laughed at her flushed cheeks and sat up.
"I was not," Amy told him with a huff. She pushed him lightly and he pushed her back.
Sonic rolled his eyes and smirked. "Yeah, right," he said, clearly not believing her. His smirk seemed to be the only thing that didn't change throughout their relationship. It annoyed the heck out of Amy but, secretly, it felt right to her. It assured her that she was talking to the same person from years ago. Sonic pulled his feet up so he was crouched on the branch before leaping to the ground. Amy started to twist her body around so that she could climb down when Sonic called to her.
"Aw, come on, Ames," he said using his new nickname for her. After they had become friends, he started calling her 'Ames' and hasn't called her 'princess' since. Amy had danced with joy when she noticed he had stopped. 'Ames' was even her favorite nickname, but there was no way she would admit that to him. Talk about embarrassing. Sonic continued, "Take the fun way for once, jump!"
Amy shook her head. "No way," she told him. "Believe it or not, but not everyone is as indestructible as you."
"Finally backing down from a dare?" he asked her, smirking. They never did give up that game. They were both too stubborn to do that. Amy definitely wasn't losing now.
She glared at him and pulled herself back onto the branch. When she finished copying his movements, she readied herself to jump. At the last second, her foot slipped and she let out a scream. Sonic reached out to catch but, ultimately, she fell on top of him. He groaned beneath her and Amy rolled off of him. She heard him mutter something.
"I said, 'You're Welcome'," he told her. He stood up and pulled her to her feet.
"I didn't thank you," she stated. "And I'm not gonna because you're the reason I slipped."
Sonic shrugged and then winced when Amy punched his arm. "Anyway," Amy said, "the next dare is yours and I'm gonna get back at you so bad."
"Good luck with that," he told her with a smirk. Amy raised an eyebrow at him and he held his hands up in surrender. They began their walk back to Amy's house as it was getting late and Ms. Aleena was supposed to take Sonic home at any minute. When Amy's house came into view, sure enough, Ms. Aleena's car was parked in front of it.
"Aw crap," Sonic muttered. Amy hit his arm and he winced before turning to her. "What was that for?"
Amy gave him a pointed glare.
He rolled his eyes.
"It wasn't a real curse," he told her.
"It could have been," she pointed out.
Sonic rolled his eyes again and Amy smiled smugly, knowing that she won. They continued walking in silence until Sonic spoke up again. "Can I ask you something?"
"You just did."
He snorted. "You know what I mean," he said.
Amy shrugged and nodded her head. "Sure, what?" she said.
"Do you want to come over on Friday?" Sonic asked.
Amy looked at him with narrowed eyes. "Um," she said. "Yeah, I guess. Why?"
Sonic shrugged. "Well, it wouldn't just be you," he told her. "Tails and Knuckles are gonna be there, too." Even after Amy and Sonic became friends, Tails and Knuckles were still on bad terms with Amy. But they had come to an unspoken agreement; as long as they didn't go near Sonic when Amy was with him and vice versa, violence and hostility could be completely omitted. And, now, Sonic wanted her to take part in guys' night? Sure, send her into enemy territory and not expect a war. They could probably lie around, watching movies, sharing a laugh.
"You're kidding, right?" Amy said with a scoff.
"No, not really," he replied.
Amy looked up to the heavens, wondering if this boy was really that dense. "We hate each other."
"So?" Apparently, the heavens had failed her. Sonic continued, "Think about how we were. And I had a reason to hate you—"
"—Not really," Amy interrupted.
Sonic glared at her. "Anyway," he said. "They only hate you because of what I told them about you."
The pink hedgehog narrowed her eyes at him. "Oh, really," she said. "And what exactly did you tell them about me?"
"Ignoring that question," he said. They were at the front door of Amy's house, now, and Amy unlocked the door after snorting at his previous statement. They walked inside to see Mrs. Rose and Ms. Aleena waiting for them, seated on couches in the front room. Ms. Aleena got to her feet upon seeing her son's arrival.
"Good, you're back," she commented. "Late, but back."
Sonic scratched the back of his head. "Yeah, sorry about that," he told her.
Ms. Aleena smiled at him. "It's fine, however, it's time to go," she said, picking up her handbag and crossing the room to the door. Sonic said goodbye to Mrs. Rose and Amy followed him to his mother's car. Before getting into the car, Sonic turned to Amy.
"So, are you gonna come on Friday, or what?" he asked her.
"No thanks," she replied. "I'd prefer to be alive when I get back." Then, as an afterthought, she added, "and in one piece."
Sonic laughed. "You guys could get along for one night, right?" he asked her.
Amy shook her head. "I doubt that," she said.
"You'd be fine," he assured.
"Yeah, prove it," she told him. Amy frowned slightly when she detected the hints of a smirk crawling up on his face. She just made a mistake; probably a big mistake and she knew it. That smirk never meant anything good, at least for her.
Sonic raised both eyebrows at her, clearly accepting the challenge. "Fine," he said. "I dare you to come on Friday."
Amy shook her head. "Nope, you can't do that," she told him. "It's my turn."
"You already used your dare when you told me to prove it," he pointed out. Then, he opened the passenger door of the car and sat in the seat, with that smirk on his face ever present. Amy stared at him, open mouthed. 'The sneaky devil,' she thought.
"Oh, and by the way," he said. "You'll be sleeping over. See you there, Ames." Then, with a mock salute, he closed the door and his mother drove off. Amy stared after the car until it disappeared down a corner. Her face formed a scowl and she stormed back inside the house, trying to find a loophole to solve all her problems.
Clothes? Check. Shoes? Check. Toothbrush and toothpaste? Check. Something to ward off the evil friends of the blue demon? Oh, God, where the heck could that be?
Amy threw her bag on the ground and fell back onto her bed. Sonic was wrong; there was no way that his friends could be civil with her, much less like her. She picked up her phone and called Blaze. Blaze picked up after the second ring.
"Dear Chaos, Amy, what's wrong, now?"
This was the fifth time she had called Blaze that night, ninth call of the entire day.
"I need something to ward off evil," Amy replied, her tone serious.
Blaze sighed. "Oh, I know what can do it."
"Yeah," she said. "Do you have a stick nearby?"
No, Amy did not have a stick nearby. But she could already tell that Blaze was being sarcastic and she wanted to see where the cat would go with it. "Yeah," she lied. "What about it?"
"Pick it up."
Amy mimed the motion of picking something up like Blaze could see her. "Okay, now what?"
"Use it to draw a circle around yourself."
Amy groaned and smacked her forehead with a hand. "Really, Blaze," she said. "Spongebob jokes?"
She could hear Blaze trying to stifle her laughs. "Well, you weren't actually being serious, were you?" she asked.
"Maybe I was," Amy muttered. She failed to even convince herself.
"Amy," Blaze said. "You will be fine. Because Ms. Aleena likes you, Sonic likes you, his brother and sister like you and your being paranoid."
"With good reason," Amy insisted.
"Whatever you say, Amy."
Amy heard a beep, indicating that she had an incoming call. "Hold on, I have another call," she told Blaze. She didn't listen to what Blaze said before she switched calls. "Hello?"
"You aren't backing out now, are you, Ames?"
Amy sighed when she recognized the cockiness in the voice. "Of course not, why would I?" she asked.
"It's just that you were supposed to be here half an hour ago," Sonic told her. It was 6:58. She was supposed to be there for 6:30.
Amy bit her lip to keep from saying something smart like, 'Actually, twenty eight minutes ago'. Instead, she said, "I'm just running a bit late."
"Just running late, huh?" The tone of disbelief was laid on so thick that Amy could feel herself crumbling under the pressure of it. "Are you sure you're not freaking out?"
"Nope, see you there, hedgehog." Then, she switched calls again. "Blaze?"
All she heard was the dial tone, letting her know that her friend didn't stick around. Amy ended the call and threw her phone into her bag. She had stared at the ceiling for a good five minutes trying to think of what else to pack when she heard a knock on her door.
"If you do not have an excuse for me to stay home tonight, proceed with caution," she yelled. Slowly, as if amusing her, the door opened to reveal her father on the other side.
"Sorry, angel," he told her. "I have been given special orders to make sure that you leave tonight and stay away till tomorrow."
Amy frowned and narrowed her eyes, pushing herself up into a sitting position. "I knew you and that demon hedgehog were conspiring against me," she said, standing up and closing her bag. Then, she handed it to her father. He pulled the strap over one shoulder and they both headed downstairs. Amy kissed her mother goodbye and gave the older female hedgehogs her dying wish: to kill Sonic should she not survive the night.
"Is there any reason you're dressed like a boy?" her father asked once they were in the car. Indeed, she was dressed like a boy, well, as boyishly as possible. She wore ripped jeans and a white T-shirt. On her feet, she had converse and, on her head, she had a back ways cap, concealing her hair that she had tied up in a bun. However, her T-shirt did not seem to hide signs of puberty and she hated it for that.
"Yes, there is," she replied, pulling on her seat-belt. "It's guy's night and, if I'm going to be crashing, I might as well fit in."
"Actually, you're not crashing if someone invited you," Mr. Rose replied in a matter-of-fact way.
Amy held her hand up, stopping him from continuing. "One out of three invited me," she reminded him. "The other two don't even want me there."
"Yeah, but, the one that invited you is hosting the sleepover and owns the house," he retorted.
"No, Ms. Aleena owns the house."
"Dear God, Amy!" Mr. Rose yelled. Amy smiled seeing her father get frustrated but the smile got wiped off her face seconds later. "You're going, okay? You can't keep hiding just because you're afraid."
Amy frowned. "But, what if they don't like me?" she asked.
"What if they do?" The thought had never occurred to Amy. It seemed too crazy to even think about. "Remember what you told me about Sonic?"
Amy did remember. And she remembered what her dad told her.
"Who knows? Maybe he'll change."
She sighed. "Maybe they'll change, too," she said. Her dad smiled at her and started the ignition.
Mr. Rose had let Amy out of the car with a kiss and a promise to have a good time. She tentatively walked up the stairs leading to the front door and, after much debate, knocked on the door. She heard a lot of shuffling on the other side of the door and the sound of someone tripping over something metallic followed by a yelp of pain. Finally, she heard an 'I got it!' before the door opened.
"Oh, hey…" Sonic trailed off as he took in her appearance. His eyes widened and he looked back up to her face. "Amy? Why are you dressed like that?"
The sound of her dad's car driving off let her know that there was absolutely no turning back, now. "Just trying to fit in," she told Sonic as she gathered her courage to push past him and into the house. Sonic followed her into the living room still trying to get used to her outfit. He knew that Amy was worried but now he was worried that she was insane. Amy saw Knuckles and Tails sitting on the couch holding video game controllers, the game seemingly paused. They looked up when she entered the room and Knuckles immediately burst out laughing.
"What the hell are you wearing?" he asked, chuckling.
Amy chucked a cushion that was on the floor at his face, not missing the target. "I could ask you them same thing," she said. "But I'm not interested in hearing your life story."
Tails glanced between the two, wondering what to do. Catching the fox's eye, Sonic shook his head and Tails nodded at him. He had to try to get along with her. Knuckles, on the other hand, seemed to not care about Sonic's opinion.
"Okay," Knuckles said, getting up to stand in front of Amy. "Little miss sass." Amy smiled at him as he spoke those words. "Or is it princess?"
Amy scowled and lunged at him but Sonic was quick to hold her back. "Come on," Sonic said, glaring at Knuckles over Amy's shoulder. "Knuckles, just go and sit down." Knuckles scoffed but went back to his seat without argument. Sonic pulled Amy aside.
"What?" Amy asked, innocently.
Sonic shook his head. "You know what."
Amy shrugged. "He started it," she told him.
"Like I give—" he stopped himself when the girl gave him a warning look. Then, he sighed, rolling his eyes. "Why am I even surprised?"
"I told you it wasn't going to work," Amy pointed out.
"Just try not to be a—,"
"Little miss sass?" Amy suggested. Sonic glared at her, but nodded. They turned back to the two boys sitting on the couch. Amy sat in the chair adjacent to the couch, trying to get as far away from Knuckles and Tails without being noticed. By the way Sonic was rolling his eyes at her, he clearly noticed. Still, he sat beside Tails without comment.
The next hour went smoothly, well, as smoothly as possible. The boys played video games while Amy watched. She made no sound, just watched. One time, Sonic offered her his controller but she declined, telling him she'd get creamed. He looked at her skeptically, but continued playing. Amy eventually got up and headed to the kitchen for a snack. In there, she found Sonia making a burger.
"Hey Amy," Sonia chirped when she saw the younger girl. Amy waved at her before opening the fridge and scanning over the food. When she saw nothing she wanted, she closed the door and leaned against it.
"Yeah, sorry about that," Sonia said. "Mom's out getting some food for you guys. I can make a burger for you if you want."
Amy nodded. "Thanks," she said. Sonia took out a frozen patty out of a package and got to heating it up.
"Having fun?" Sonia asked once the patty was on the stove, frying.
"Yup, tons," Amy replied.
"That sounds like sarcasm," the older hedgehog said.
"That's because it is." They lapsed into silence, only the sizzling from the frying pan to be heard. A shout of victory came from the living room and Sonia sighed.
"Forgive Sonic," she told Amy. "He's trying. It took him forever to get Knuckles and Tails to agree."
"That's supposed to make me feel better?" Amy asked raising an eyebrow.
Sonia turned to Amy and handed her a knife and a bun. "Cut this for me," she told her. Amy got to cutting. "I know that attempt sucked but give it a try. Knuckles isn't but Tails seems to be. Try to get along with him first then Knuckles will come around." Amy didn't exactly believe it but she wasn't going to say that to her. The night wasn't over yet so there was still time to change things. She just had to endure a little torture first.
"Here," Sonia passed Amy her own burger. "Have mine, I'll just have yours."
Amy thanked her and took her burger back to the living room. She sat down in her chair and began to eat her burger. Sonic glanced at her before turning his eyes back to the game.
"Where'd you go?" he asked without taking his eyes off the game. Amy held up the burger as her answer. Sonic sighed. Then, he paused the game.
"What the hell, dude?" Knuckles yelled, throwing up his controller.
Sonic ignored him and turned to Amy. "You're not okay." It wasn't a question. It was a fact. Amy still tried to deny it though.
"No, I'm fine," she told him. "Go back to trying to kill each other or whatever you guys were doing."
"You heard her, Sonic," Knuckles agreed. Sonic scowled at him and got up. They watched him walk over to the TV and turn it off. Then, he shut down the game.
"Is that really necessary?" Amy asked. Sonic walked over to Amy and knelt in front of her chair so that they were at the same height.
"What do you think?" They both ignored Knuckles' outbursts and continued their staring competition. Amy broke away first.
"Seriously, Sonic?" Knuckles asked. "Why do we have to stop having fun just because she's not?"
Sonic stood up and turned to face Knuckles. "She's a guest," he replied.
"Who cares?" Knuckles retorted.
"I do, and she does," Sonic snapped right back at him. "If she didn't want to have fun, she wouldn't have come." The two were standing right in front of each other, now. Knuckles had his eyes narrowed at Sonic. Amy couldn't see Sonic's face as his back was facing her but she didn't think that he was smiling.
Knuckles groaned. "When did you even start liking her?" he asked. "Why do you even like her?"
"I realized that she wasn't that bad," Sonic said. Amy felt like she was intruding. Maybe it was the fact that she was being referred to as if she wasn't even there or maybe it was the fact that she was the only girl there but she still felt like she was intruding.
"She's trying to act like she's one of us, can't you see?" he pointed at her. "I mean, what's with the outfit?"
"Knuckles, quit it," Tails spoke up. It was the first time Amy had heard him speak all night. It was a bit surprising to say the least, especially because he was defending her.
"That's a good question, Knuckles," Sonic commented, looking at her. Amy frowned, was Sonic really believing Knuckles?
Knuckles started walking towards her. "And what's with the hat?" Before Amy could even register it, Knuckles had snatched her cap and thrown it to Tails, who had caught it in surprise. She rushed to get it back from Tails but he, catching on to their old game, threw it back to Knuckles on the other side of the room. Amy was going to run over to Knuckles when she felt something tug at her hair. Amy felt her hair loosen out of the bun and spun around to see Sonic holding her hair clip in the air, teasingly.
"Give it back!" she demanded.
"You're being stupid."
"And you're being a jerk!" Amy was now jumping, reaching out to try and reclaim her clip. However, Sonic had his height as an advantage. He would hold the clip right above her head but when she'd jump, he'd raise it higher. Eventually, Amy resorted to tackling the blue hedgehog. Startled, Sonic had let her gain the upper hand. However, Amy wasn't strong enough to maintain control once he had come to his senses and he had flipped them over so that she was pinned beneath him instead. Then, he threw the clip to the side to focus on Amy.
"Ames," he said, "calm down."
Amy paused. She realized how ridiculous she was being. She became so consumed by thoughts of her stupidity that she didn't notice Sonic run his fingers through her quills, straightening one side. She was pulled when he spoke again.
"Better?" he asked.
It took Amy a second to realize he wasn't just talking about her quills. "Yeah," she replied with a sigh. Sonic got off of her and helped her up.
"Now, if you two are finished." The hedgehogs turned to face the echidna. Sonic caught Knuckles' eyes and shook his head. Scowling, Knuckles turned to Amy and tried to put on a pleasant face. "What do you want to do Rose?"
Amy was surprised by his change in behavior, Tails was, too. Still, Amy was able to tell that he was only just starting to try, so she would try, too.
"Well, there is a game I'd like to play," she told the boys. She saw Sonic smirk out of the corner of her eye and she smiled. He changed, so why couldn't the others?
After all, when was the last time dad was wrong?
Darkness, that's all she saw. Like nothing was even there. Slowly, however, things began to fade into existence like a blinding light that she was being shielded from by her eyelids and the familiar snickers of idiots. She tried to ignore it and invite the darkness back. As it was about to envelope her, she was pulled harshly into reality by a sudden pressure she felt on her lips.
Amy's eyes shot open and she literally only saw red. She screamed and shoved the echidna away from her. Then, she jumped off of the couch and began to wipe at her mouth madly. She gagged repeatedly and was just barely aware of laughter. She looked in its direction saw Sonic doubled over and Tails lying on the ground. Off to the side was Knuckles glaring at the pair while rubbing his mouth with his hand. Amy decided that her mouth needed proper purification and ran to the bathroom. She spat in the sink before cupping water in her hands and washing out her mouth. When she was satisfied, she headed back to the group.
"What was that?" she asked upon arrival. Sonic and Tails had calmed down while Knuckles was not to be seen. Perhaps, he figured her idea was better than any.
"I believe it's called a kiss," Sonic replied with that annoying cheeky smirk on his face. "Shouldn't you know that, Sleeping Beauty?"
"Boy, that really woke you up," Tails continued.
"Don't," Amy warned. Tails held up his hands in surrender. Amy then walked to the center of the room and sat on the floor, crossing her arms and closing her eyes.
Sonic recognized what she was doing. "Come on, Ames," he said. "It was just a dare."
Amy opened one eye to look at him. "A dare?" she asked.
"Yeah, you should've seen your face!" Tails said. He was silenced by a glare.
Sonic, however, couldn't help himself. "So, was he good?" Amy gagged in response and the three burst out laughing. Knuckles came back to find them all laughing at a joke he never heard.
So that's the chapter. Hope you like it! I know some of you may be confused about Sonic and Amy's friendship but the story was never supposed to be about their hatred for each other. They weren't even supposed to remain enemies for five chapters but it had to be done. I hope I didn't make the transition too fast because I gave them three years to sort that out and if I spent time making them gradually become friends we would never get to the important parts of the story. They're best friends now. The next few chapters are gonna wrap up childhood before I dig into the teenage years. I would love to hear any suggestions you have for the story and, while I may not do it, I will consider it and maybe find some way for it to be varied to fit. Sorry if the end seems rushed, I tried my best and the next few chapters will be so much better. Thanks to those who stayed with me. Please review. Any questions, PM me. Anyway, Good Day, Good Night, Eat some Pie, Until Next Time,