CE: summerZara stretched leisurely back on the sand as she heard Zach and Jo fling down towels and bags as they raced towards the sea with Nano taking more care not to disturb anyone as he followed. Further up the beach she heard Amy, Tails, Cream and her dad talking about the good old days. Briefly a shadow hung overhead as Butter settled herself on the sand and watched her brother try his hand at surfing. The trip to the beach had fallen on a pleasantly warm day and now the rays of the midday sun caught on the sea's surface making it shimmer and sparkle. Whispers of a breeze made the heat bearable and made the water a luxury not a necessary which was lucky for Sonic as there was no chance he would risk entering the waves. "It's nice here" muttered Butter in a dreaming way"Yep" Zara laughed as a splash followed by some yelling suggested one of the boys had taken an unplanned swim"Although with our luck I wonder how long it'll last" Jamie mused softly as she passed drink
fade to light pt13"Hey Lauren" the call made me look up from my game."Yeah Zoe?"The purple tiger grinned broadly "I was so busy with my mom's art exhibition last week that I forgot to ask if you're excited for your date with Cody"A flash of white told me I'd just lost the third round of air hockey and I scowled at the younger girl across the table "Hey I was distracted!"Smirking, Pixie replied "keep telling yourself that" Quickly I turned back to Zoey "she's evil!" a brief laugh then "I was excited for the date but now Cody told me to wear sports gear... I have no idea what he wants to do but I'm not exactly an elite athlete" I frownedZoey laughed "wow Cody must really like you to share his favourite hobby with you"Giggling reminded me of the third member of our little group "I thought that was destroying things""Nope, close second though" Zoey informed me.I sighed."You sad 'cause you're losing or 'cause you seem to have a rather troubled friend?"Zoey jumped, Pixie yelled and I sim
fade to light pt12Was there anyone this girl didn't yell at? I sighed and turned to apologise to my guest"sorry those two are always like that" I muttered and glared at the little shape shifter "I can't explain her though"The reason I was being so tolerant today just laughed "It's ok I can explain her and the moving table"I glanced at where Hunt pointed and saw a midnight blue tail poking out from under a slightly raised table. I laughed until I heard a whimpering sound to my side and turned to see the butterfly winged fox clutching Miriam desperately and close to tears. Frowning I moved towards her and realised she was younger than the others."Go away. Go away. Go away" she muttered as she trembled.My deep blue eyes narrowed in rage and I same my expression mirrored on Grace "what about her?"The pale hedgehog blinked in surprise and shook his head "never seen her before in my life" he frowned "unless she's got me mixed up with someone else""that doesn't seem likely" Grace warnedHunt sighed "I l
Fade to light pt11 "I'm telling you with my cousin in charge they'll already be there" the midnight blue hedgehog muttered as the lift finally arrived.We climbed in and I pushed the button for the fifth floor."What's your cousin like?" Cody inquired lightlyDareo shot him a smug grin "In guys? A bit of mystery" "aww Cody guess you're out of the running" I shared a smirk with the hedgehog, it was hard to believe that an hour earlier I had him pinned against a wall."There's a mystery about me" Cody pouted making us burst out laughing."Dee the only mystery about you is how you haven't died in one of your lab explosions" I wheezed.Quickly wrinkling his nose Dareo smiled weakly "or why you thought that aftershave was suitable"Leaning closer to the brown furred fox I stared to gag "oh wow! What did you do? Pour on the whole bottle?""It's worse for me Ace" Dareo scowled "I have dog like senses"Cody shot us both a black look and shot out the opening doors and down to the third last roo
Silver sitting pt11(Cream's POV) Ringing marked the start of Shadow's mood rapidly deteriorating."We can get phone signal in an alternate dimension?!?" he growled.Silver frowned "what's wrong with that?"I smiled "Mr Shadow you'd better pick that up before Miss Amy worries... you know what she gets like when she's worried"Silver paled which surprised me "this is going to be embarrassing" he muttered, lowering his ears."Hello Amy" came Shadow's dry greeting"I knew it was you because no-one else has this infuriating number" I laughed as I imaged Amy's surprise at not having to speak."Of course he's ok" Shadow's voice turned to a growl "I'm the Ultimate Lifeform I can handle Silver." Silver blushed in embarrassment and a wicked grin crossed the dark hedgehog's lips "I can handle Sonic too if you want..." Even sitting away from Shadow I winced at Amy's delighted scream "You know where my sonic is?!?" "Humph. Of course I do" There was a muttered response t
fade to light pt10Calling the girl out was a risk. The fact I was bluffing made it even more so. So when she emerged it was a surprise. Then I looked at her and her coming out seemed normal. At first glance she could have been anyone of the three thousand people in this city with her pale cream and white fur and her short bubblegum pink bob but at the second she was unforgettable. She seemed to have a lot in common with me: we both had green eyes although mine shone emerald and warm whilst her's were a soft apple green and closed against the world; we both had wings, mine black feathered things which originated at my shoulders and were currently tucked against my back, her's a iridescent blue butterfly style which ran from shoulder to mid back; we were even similar heights although that was because she was only twelve. The final thing we had in common was the same enemy as I knew as soon as a touched her wrist. The face of my nightmares flashed into my mind and I found myself snarling.
fade to light pt9It had been the scent which had let me to the city. It had been the scent which had driven me to enter to overcrowded streets. It had been the scent which had lead me to wait outside the stupid shop but it was there that the scent's power stopped. Even though the creature I'd been following for days was only metres away I lost my interest. It was the tigress that consumed my thoughts now. My sharp hearing picked up the step towards me, as lighted as I'd expected from such a graceful breed and my ears twitched. What did she want? In a panic I locked our gazes and crept into the depths of her mind. My aim had been to make her forget me but once in the temptation to call her to me became too much. A small suggestion and she was soon on my side of the street. Then she was close enough to touch and soon close enough for me to make out the shades that made up her eye. I leant closer. Then I got kicked in the head! I scowled from the ground even as the ebony wings returned to their hiding pla
Fade to light pt8Ace scowled as we leant against the railing. The frequent snarls from his lips were caused by the wind whipping his hair back into his face."why'd I even grow the stupid thing out?" he growledI stared at my best friend for a full minute before replying "It's barely below your eyes and you're already sick of it?""I only did it to impress Zoe" came the hissed reply and I realised I'd just stepped on dangerous ground."Hey guys!" luck seemed to be on my side as said tigress finally emerged."Where's Lauren?" Ace muttered bitterly"enjoying the coast" Zoey laughed as we all raced over to the railing in time to see a dark shape dipping and weaving with the ocean breeze."How's that work?" Ace seemed in awe.Zoey smiled letting me know she was in on the secret and gave a low whistle. A flapping was heard over head the Lauren dropped neatly to her feet on the railing. Of course I nearly missed that due to the two pairs of jet black feather wings protruding from a low cut jumper."Ok what a