Freshman: Chapter 6
"Uh... Yeah, I did send that." Sonic replied as he leant a bit to the side so he could look at me directly instead of having my cellphone practically shoved into his face to show him the text message I had received, which was quite rude I have to admit.
But than again, my social skill was less than acceptable as Rouge has noted several times.
I pulled the phone back so I could look at the screen again. I glared at the 'F'. If looks could kill, I'm sure my phone would've exploded by now.
Sonic continued to stare at me in question. He didn't very much appreciate having my phone shoved in his face, but he was more concerned for the reason behind shoving it in his face.
"Mind telling me what got you so worked up?" He asked. Of course, he wouldn't understand.
"The F. Faker, fine. But just the F? It's sounds... Nevermind." I sighed and put my phone away in my pocket. I didn't want to talk about it anymore.
"No, tell me!" Sonic insisted, but I already walked away. I felt stupid for even bringing it up. My reason for thinking badly about it was stupid. No use complaining about it.
I left the school courtyard and entered the building. If I remember the times when the bell rings correctly, than it wouldn't take long for class to begin again. So I decided to have a head start. Two hours of French was what I had now to start the day off. So I returned to our main classroom like the schedule told me to.
Two hours of French, one hour of biology and one hour of history later, lunchbreak had arrived. With what little I knew of the layout of this school I still managed to find the cafeteria and without Amy dragging me to it.
Second day and I can already find my way around. Somewhat. Well, enough to find my way to the cafeteria and classrooms I knew so far. Which actually wasn't alot compared to the overall size of this building. Especially not compared to the whole estate.
Either way, my second day of school was going smooth.
"Hey, new guy!"
Of course, I spoke too soon.
I grunted as I was pushed up against the wall and pinned there. It was that green hedgehog Sonic, Tails and Amy had warned me about yesterday.
"Shadow, right? What's up with messing with my chick?" He asked, one hand had my jacket, my blouse and some of my chest fur in a harsh grip. The chest fur part was what hurt the most. If you have ever gotten your hair or some other hairy part pulled on, you know that it stings quite a bit.
"Scourge, I assume? Listen, I don't know your 'chick' personally. Whatever she must've told you is a lie." I answered rather annoyed. I didn't exactly appreciate being held up against the wall like this.
"A lie? No, you listen here. I'm the one who decides what's the truth or not. And the truth is that you're messing with my girl by being around that blue bastard. So I'll give you a choice. Either you stay away from Sonic, or I'll make sure you regret ever coming to this school." Scourge growled as he pushed me up harder against the wall, getting uncomfortably close to me. He was obviously pissed off with me for whatever ridiculous reason his 'chick' had given him.
I just glared at him in dismay for the lack of a better answer, growling. I felt my dominant left hand heating up, a familiar tingling sensation I felt whenever I wanted to use a Chaos Spear.
"Shadow!" Sonic rounded the corner, dropping any papers in his hands aswell as the backpack he wore upon seeing Scourge pin me up against the wall. He charged forward towards my assailant and ripped him away from me.
"What the heck's going on here?!" Sonic shouted as he stood in between me and Scourge, obviously angry with him for trying to harm me, just shy from growling at him.
"Nothing that concerns you." Scourge growled back in dismay, not liking how this blue bastard had interrupted him and stopped him from using his fists to cultivate my face a little.
"I'll leave for now, but remember what I said, Stripes. Otherwise this is far from over." The green hedgehog threatened before leaving for the cafeteria.
"Stripes." I huffed at the nickname as I glared at him until he was finally out of sight before relaxing and straightening out my clothes. My chest still stung from having my tuft of fur pulled on like that.
"Are you okay?" Sonic asked, turning his attention back to me now that Scourge was gone.
"Yes, I'm fine." I reassured him, not as grateful as the hedgehog would've hoped.
"Although, I could've handled him just fine." I added, making sure that Sonic knew he shouldn't have wasted his time on me. I was for from being in trouble. I'm pretty sure Scourge couldn't have stood a chance against me.
"You could've handled him? Are you sure? You were about to throw a Chaos Spear at his sorry ass. Last time I checked, you're not allowed to use any kind of Chaos Control until you get out of school. I know a forming Chaos Spear when I see one. Chaos only knows how many you've thrown at me in the past." Sonic responded, digging his hands in the pockets of his jeans instead of picking up his stuff, which was still littered all over the floor.
"Wha-... How do you know that?!" I shouted, surprised. The only ones who knew that were me, Rouge, the Commander and the school's principal. Sonic wasn't supposed to know.
"Doesn't matter. What matters now is that we go get something to eat. I'm starving!" He replied, approaching his mess and tidying it up, gathering his papers and stuffing them in his backpack before swinging it over his shoulder and walking towards the cafeteria, expecting me to follow.
"Hedgehog." I spoke my nickname for him in a demanding tone, crossing my arms in front of my chest. I wanted to know.
Sonic sighed lightly and turned back to me, knowing I wasn't going to let it go.
"Rouge told me. She knows that you using your Chaos Energy in your defense is more natural to you than punching someone in the face. So she asked me to make sure you didn't use your Chaos abilities at all." He explained, telling me that Rouge just wanted him to look out for me when she couldn't.
I brows furrowed at his response. I thought going to high school was all about learning! How am I supposed to learn to be independent when Rouge gives me my own personal bodyguard?!
"And I'm guessing she gave you my phone number aswell?" I asked, demanding to know an answer for that question aswell.
"Yeah, she did." Sonic replied, a frown plastered on his face. He would've rather not tell me something that Rouge made him promise to keep secret, but he knew I wasn't going to leave the matter alone until I knew the truth. And he figured I was going to figure it out anyway.
I huffed in anger and approached the cafeteria door, but before I could touch the handle, Sonic was the one to stop me this time.
"Since I came clean, I'd appreciate it if you did too. What was up with this morning? You've been avoiding me all day and I have no idea why!" The hedgehog asked, standing in between me and the door.
I sighed, albeit more annoyed when Sonic sighed earlier.
He wanted to know why I was so angry about reading him call me just 'F-' instead of his usual Faker. And so he put me in the same position I had forced him into. We both knew he was easily as stubborn as I was. If not more! Just like I wasn't going to let the matter rest, he wasn't going either. I could save myself alot of trouble by telling him.
"It sounds condescending to me, Hedgehog! It's... reminiscent of when I was just called 'Project' or 'V4.5' or just 'UL'. Like I'm just not worthy of a full name. I know it sounds stupid, but-"
"No, that's not stupid at all! I understand that you feel that way, Shad. I know your time at the Ark wasn't easy. I'm sorry for offending you." Sonic apologised, which actually felt really good. Especially since he seemed genuine about it.
"It's fine." I replied and looked the other way. I don't think I can remember anyone who could be so genuine when apologising. Well, no one except for... Well, Maria.
The hedgehog chuckled. Apparently something was amusing to him.
"Well, look at that! Day two and we're already opening up to eachother! Shadz, I have a feeling our friendship is going to be great and learning experience for both of us." He joked as he placed a hand on my shoulder, apparently he found himself to be really funny..
"I'm sure it's going to be." I simply responded, not as amused as he would've wanted and moved past him to open the door. But Sonic beat me to it as he grabbed the handle and held the door open for me. I was somewhat appreciative of the gesture and thanked him as I passed him by, after which the two of us searched for the table Amy and Tails had taken before getting in line for something to eat.
When a week passed, one thing I had noticed was the fact that Sonic had stopped calling me 'Faker' completely.