“He did WHAT?!”
“He kissed me,” I repeated.
Kelly looked like a goldfish with the way she was gawking at me. Rouge smirked. “I SO called it.”
I gave her a long look. “Rouge…”
“What?! I’ve been telling you for years that he has a thing for you. This proves that I was right!” she exclaimed.
I groaned and faceplanted into my pillow. Amy, Blaze, Rouge, Kelly and I were in my bedroom the weekend following the kiss. They’d noticed that Chaos and I had been acting weird, and today they finally got the story out of me.
Blaze rubbed my back sympathetically. “It’s going to be okay, Robyn.”
“No, it’s not.” My voice was muffled.
Amy sighed. “Have you talked to him?”
“No… he called once and Zoey answered. I pretended to be asleep,” I said.
Everyone looked at each other. Kelly hummed thoughtfully. “You need to talk to him about this.”
“I don’t want to… it’s going to be awkward,” I whined.
“Robyn, you NEED to. Your friendship with Chaos is already on the fritz. Avoiding him because of one little kiss will only damage it further,” Amy argued.One little kiss? Oh, Amy. You have no idea what you’re talking about…
My ears twitched as I heard someone on their phone. I lifted my head and saw Rouge as the culprit. “... Are you calling him?”
She flashed me an evil grin and began speaking. “Hey Chaos! Whatcha doing? … Yep. Cool. Listen, I’m here with Robyn. She wants to speak to you.”
I glared at her while she handed me her phone. “... Hi…”
” Chaos said.
“Um… we need to talk.”
“I know. Listen… that kiss was a mistake. It shouldn't have happened.
I blinked, startled. “Oh. Okay.”
“Yeah… so let’s just forget about it. Okay?
“Cool. I’ll see you later.
The phone clicked in my ear. I handed the phone back to Rouge, feeling a little strange. She poked me. “So what did he say??”
“He said that it shouldn’t have happened… and we should forget that it ever happened,” I said quietly.
All four of them looked at me, stunned. I faceplanted back into my pillow. “I told you, Rouge.”
“He’s gotta be lying,” Amy said.
I sat up and stared at them. “Did you guys hear me? It was a mistake.
“Bull,” Rouge said simply.
“He wants you to forget about it because he doesn’t want you to know about his feelings,” Kelly said.
I rolled my eyes. “What is this, a movie?”
Amy patted my head. “You’re being silly.”
“Guys, YOU’RE being silly. Just drop it. He said to forget about it and that’s what I intend to do. He was right… it was a mistake,” I said firmly.
They looked at each other for a long moment. Then Amy sighed. “Okay.”
Rouge and Kelly nodded. Blaze smiled. “Whatever you want.”
I sighed gratefully. “Thanks.”
“Well… are we ready to go shopping for the dance?” Amy asked.
“Yes please! I have a dress in mind and I need to get it before anyone else does,” Kelly said impatiently.
We all laughed and went downstairs. Blaze offered to drive, so we jumped into her 2014 Chevy Malibu. Blaze was the queen of shortcuts, so instead of it being a 20-minute drive it only took about 13 minutes to get to the mall. She parked in front of the food court and glanced back at everyone.
“Anybody hungry?” she asked.
“Yes, but I NEED to get that dress. Can someone order my usual from Subway? Kelly asked.
“Six-inch steak and swiss cheese with lettuce and cucumbers, and lite mayo?” Rouge rattled off.
“Yep!” Kelly beamed.
“I’m not that hungry. I’ll go with her,” I said.
“Suit yourself,” the bat shrugged.
Kelly nearly threw herself out of the car and started tapping her foot impatiently. “Come ON, Robyn!”
“Okay! Jeez. Hold your horses.”
Once I got myself out and made sure that I had my wallet, Kelly grabbed my hand and dragged me inside. We went past the various restaurants in the food court and stepped into the mall itself. Then I looked at my echidna friend. “So where is this dream dress of yours?”
“Charlotte Russe,” she said as she started dragging me again.
Charlotte Russe was on the second floor on the other side of the mall. I groaned at the thought of all that walking. There was an elevator in front of the food court and before I knew it, Kelly had yanked me through the doors and we were going up. She was almost bouncing as we stood in the elevator. When the doors opened, we were off again. I was honestly surprised that she didn’t know anyone over who stood in her path.
Finally, she pulled me through another set of doors and stopped. “Here we are.”
“Sheesh. Is it really the end of the world if you don’t get this dress?” I asked.
She gave me a Look before glancing around the store. “Stay here.”
With that, she bolted. I shook my head as she disappeared into a rack of t-shirts, and then I decided to look around myself. I hadn’t gotten my own dress yet and the dance was coming up fast. The store was having a 30% off sale, which perked my interest.
As I browsed, my phone suddenly ding
ed. I looked to see that I had a message from Sonic. Sonic: Hey! Need to ask you a question.
Robyn: What’s up?
Sonic: Do you have your outfit picked out for the dance?
Robyn: Yep. I’m going in a bedsheet.
Sonic: ……….. O_o
Robyn: LOL! Kidding. I don’t know what I’m wearing yet. We just got to the mall like 5 minutes ago.
Sonic: Oh. XD okay. I just wanted to make sure that I don’t clash too badly.
Robyn: Lol, I’ll let you know once I have the color picked out.
A sudden yelp caught my attention. I looked up to see Kelly towards the back of the store. She was holding a hanger and had a look of bewilderment on her face. A familiar auburn fox was standing in front of her holding something. My blood boiled and my hands clenched.
It was Fiona.
I shoved my phone into my pocket and made my way to Kelly. “Kels, are you okay?”
“I’m fine,” she said shortly.
When Fiona turned to look at me, she sneered. “Robyn.”
“Fiona,” I said coldly.
“I should’ve figured that you would be nearby,” the fox said.
I glowered at her. “What do you want?”
“I’m here buying MY outfit for the dance,” she replied.
I glanced at what was in her hands. (A/N: I will link you guys to the folder in my dA gallery that contains what dresses the girls will be wearing!)
“I had it first and she snatched it off the hanger,” Kelly told me.
“You’re such a liar! I was looking at it first when you
came over and took it off the hanger!” Fiona argued.
Obviously my belief was placed in Kelly. I glared at Fiona. “Hand it over.”
“Biased much?” The fox flipped her hair over her shoulder. “You should really thank me, Kelly. I’m doing you a favor
, and saving you from making a mistake. There’s no way you’d be able to pull off this dress.”
Before we knew what was happening, she took off for the registers. Our shouts were drowned out by the music playing over the speakers, and our attempts to stop her were thwarted by the huge crowd of people that suddenly came out of nowhere. Kelly watched helplessly as Fiona paid for the dress. As the cashier rang up her purchase, the fox glanced back at us and threw Kelly a nasty smirk. The echidna’s eyes welled up with tears and she turned on her heel, bolting for the door. I shot Fiona a look of pure hatred- I also flipped her the bird- before I ran out after Kelly.
“Kelly!” I called out.
I found her sitting on a bench several stores down. She was wiping her eyes as I ran up to her. “Kels, it’s okay…”
that stupid bitch,” she mumbled.
I sat next to her. “I know. We all do.”
“Now what I am going to wear? Xavier picked that dress out. I was on their website and he said he liked that one,” she said sadly.
I nearly chuckled at that tidbit of information. Instead I bit my lip. “Did he like any other dress on their site?”
“I don’t know… once he said he liked that one, I got off my computer,” she groaned.
I shook my head. “We’ll find something. Something fabulous so that you’ll out-dazzle everyone. And ignore her comment, Kels. She’s just jealous because she knows that you would’ve worn that dress better than she will.”
The echidna sniffled. “Thanks, Robyn.”
“Come on. We better get back to the food court,” I said as I held my hand out to her.
She took my hand and we walked back to the elevator. She pulled a tissue out of her pocket and wiped her eyes again. “Now I’m not hungry…”
“C’mon Kels. You need to eat something,” I said as we got into the elevator.
She rolled her eyes. I gave her a long look. “Would it help if we split it?”
She nodded. The elevator seemed to take its sweet time going down to the ground floor. When it finally came to a stop, both of us jumped. The doors slid opened and we walked out into the crowd. We veered towards the food court and looked around for the others. When I spotted them, I was the one that had to drag Kelly towards the table that they were sitting at.
“Did you get it?” Amy asked.
Kelly looked down at her sneakers. I took a deep breath. “Fiona was there. She snatched the dress and paid for it before we could do anything about it. She even had the nerve to say that she was ‘doing a favor’ for Kelly… said that Kelly would never be able to pull off the dress.”
Rouge’s eyes narrowed. Blaze’s eyes widened. Amy growled lowly and slammed her hand down on the table. “Oh NO she didn’t.”
“Who the hell does she think she is?!” Rouge demanded.
Blaze shook her head, looking angry. “Who knows?”
Kelly sat in the seat next to Blaze and laid her head down on the table. As I sat down on the opposite side of our echidna friend, Rouge pushed a wrapped sub towards her. “Here.”
“Thanks.” Kelly lifted her head slightly to push the sub towards me. “Hope you’re hungry now.”
I shook my head and tore the sub in half. “Oh, Kelly…”
Seeing the look on the girls’ faces, I explained that the blue echidna wasn’t hungry anymore. Blaze smiled sympathetically. “Don’t worry, Kels. We’ll find something for you.”
“That’s what I told her,” I said as I took a bite of the sub. “We’ll find something that will out-dazzle everyone. Especially
Rouge rubbed her hands together gleefully. “Leave it to me. I’ll find the perfect outfit.”
“Can we eat first before you start scheming?” Amy laughed.-xXxXx-
Two weeks passed. We had just finished midterms… and it was the day of the Winter dance. It seemed like EVERYONE was freaking out. The girls were running around picking up makeup, trying to find shoes, exchanging jackets, etc., why the guys were bewildered and trying to avoid making the girls angry. It was kind of funny.
We had all decided to get ready of my place, since we had plenty of space for everyone to do what they needed to do. Zoey allowed the girls and I to get ready in the master bedroom since it was the biggest room in the house and it kept us away from the guys. Dresses were laying on the giant bed and there were containers of makeup everywhere. Thankfully our shoes were downstairs so that no one would be walking down in heels.
“Can someone zip me up?” Rouge asked.
“I gotcha.” Blaze walked over and zipped up the back of the dress. “Boom.”
“Thanks hon.” Rouge walked over to the dresser and began rummaging through the piles of makeup. “Amy, did you bring your mascara and eyeshadow?”
“Yeah, hang on. I’m using it,” the pink hedgehog said as she stood in front of the mirror trying to apply said eyeshadow.
Kelly walked into the room wearing a tank top and fitted jean shorts. I stared at her. “Aren’t you cold?”
“I’ve been sitting in front of the fireplace downstairs. I’m fine,” she grinned.
She grabbed her dress from the bed and began changing. It had taken a couple more trips to the mall after the incident with Fiona, but we’d managed to find a perfect dress for Kelly to wear. She loved it even more than the original dress (and we were all certain that Xavier would love it too, although we managed not to say that out loud in Kelly’s presence). It had actually been the recommendation of Strife’s girlfriend Mir, who just so happened to spot it when she had been shopping for her own dress (we had gotten special permission to invite Strife and Mir to the dance even though neither of them attended Chaos High).
Smiling to myself, I stepped out of the room and closed the door, eager for some “fresh air”. I went downstairs and found the guys in the kitchen. Sonic waved at me a little. They were already dressed in their tuxes, and they all looked very dashing. My eyes watered when I saw my little brother all dressed up.
I hugged him hard. “Look at you!”
“Robyn!” Tails groaned.
Everyone but Shadow snickered. The black hedgehog rolled his eyes. I saw this and grinned mischievously. I walked over and grabbed him in a hug as well, ruffling his quills. “Shadow, you look so grown up!”
If looks could kill, I would’ve been a pile of ash on the floor. He pried me off with a grunt. “You’re lucky I tolerate you.”
I made a face at him. “You love me and you know it.”
He scoffed. The others were laughing, Tails now included. Silver pretended to wipe a tear from his eye. “You two are too much.”
“Your face is too much,” Alustriel said bluntly as she walked in.
There was a collective “Ooooooohhhhh!” from everyone else. Silver pouted. “Ace, you’re so mean.”
“Take it as it is, Silv. At least she’s in a good mood,” Zoey said, appearing by the door.
“Zoey!!” the guys cheered (Shadow excluded).
My sister sweatdropped as she was surrounded and hugged. “Uh… hi?”
“Your face has been missed,” Xavier said as he petted her face.
Zoey blinked. “… Okay…?”
I giggled. “Guys, ease up.”
They all backed off, giving Zoey some space. She shook her head at them before looking at me. “Why aren’t you ready?”
“I just wanted some air. There’s quite a few girls in that room,” I said.
“Well you need to get moving. We’ll be leaving soon,” Alustriel said.
“Okay, okay…” I looked at the guys. “Don’t kill each other.”
I went back upstairs and knocked on the door. “It’s me.”
“You may pass,” Blaze’s voice rang out.
I chuckled at her choice of words as I opened the door. “Been re-reading Lord of the Rings, Blaze?”
“Maybe,” she smiled.
To my surprise, they were all ready (To see the girls’ Winter Dance dresses, check out this folder in my deviantART gallery: www.deviantart.com/symphonic-l…)
. I blinked in wonder at them. “Wow. You guys look incredible!”
“The only one left is you,” Cosmo smiled as she handed me my red dress.
I got changed carefully, trying not to wrinkle the fabric too much. Amy helped me with a light bit of makeup since she was really good at it. Finally I spritzed myself with a new vanilla cookie perfume Zoey had lent me, and twirled for the others. “Well?”
“Daaaaaamn,” Rouge said with a whistle.
The others ooh’d and ahh’d as well. I giggled. “Thanks, ladies.”
“Are we ready now?” Rouge asked.
“Waaaaaaaait! Group selfie!” Kelly exclaimed.
She grabbed her phone and the selfie stick she had gotten for her birthday. We huddled around her and posed for the camera. She took several pictures before lowering the stick and taking her phone off it. Scrolling through the photos, she beamed. “Okay! Let’s go!”
Doing our best to not knock each other over, we made our way downstairs. My sisters were gathered in the front entrance, as well as the guys. We each got some appreciative looks and encouraging smiles. Each of us had basically “paired up” with somebody so that Strife, Mir, Sonic and I wouldn’t be the only “couples” going together. Knuckles was paired with Rouge, Tails was with Cosmo, Silver with Blaze, Amy with Shadow, and Kelly with Xavier.
Despite how happy I was to be with my friends, my heart ached a little at the fact that Chaos wasn’t there. He had decided not to go to the dance at all for some reason. We’d tried to beg and plead with him, but he hadn’t budged. Shadow was the only one who knew why Chaos wasn’t going, but even he wasn’t talking. He’d simply told us to respect his brother’s wishes. The silver lining was that he would see us afterward when we came back to my place to hang out. I prayed that he would explain then.
Xavier’s eyes were a little wide as Kelly shyly walked over to him. “Kels… I… you look… wow.”
The blue echidna giggled. “Thanks, X.”
I nudged Strife excitedly and gestured towards the two. The hedgehog smirked at me, giving me a thumbs up. Zoey began to gather each “couple” so she could take some pictures, starting with Tails and Cosmo. As she did so, Sonic tapped my shoulder. He smiled at me. “You look beautiful.”
I blushed. “Thanks, Sonic.”
“You excited for this?” he asked as we watched Silver and Blaze go up next.
“I am. I just… I wish Chaos was going with us,” I murmured.
He nodded a little. “Maybe he felt awkward that he wasn’t going to have a partner. With our current group number, he’d be the odd man out.”
“I highly doubt it… he’s never let that stop him before. Besides, he usually ends up with a ton of girls to dance with when we get there,” I said.
Rouge and Knuckles went next. Sonic didn’t look convinced. “You also have to think about how each person was paired up. It’s obvious that most of the ‘couples’ here like each other in some way... Tails likes Cosmo, Silver likes Blaze, Knuckles and Rouge like each other, etc.… again, that leaves Chaos with no one particularly special to go with. Especially since you’re going with me.”
I gawked at him. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
Strife and Mir stepped up. Sonic sighed and ran a hand through his quills. “Robyn, it’s really obvious that Chaos likes you. Even I can see that. He would’ve gone with you if I hadn’t asked you first.”
I rolled my eyes. “I’m getting really tired of hearing that he supposedly likes me. It’s not true.”Are you sure about that?
a nagging voice whispered in the back of my head.
I shook my head, ignoring it, as Sonic and I were next to pose for the camera.-xXxXx-
The gym had been transformed for the dance. Winter-colored banners and balloons were everywhere, along with a bunch of glitter and confetti. There were a few tables in the back that had Winter-themed snacks and drinks. The DJ was blasting music through huge speakers and there were a bunch of people on the dance floor. Knuckles and Rouge made a beeline for the dance floor, as they were determined to dance until they dropped (they had some kind of bet to see who would stop first). The shyer couples- Silver, Blaze, Tails, Cosmo, Xavier, and Kelly- decided to grab some snacks before dancing. Strife and Mir snuck off to one of the other rooms where they had a bunch of games, which left Shadow, Amy, Sonic and me.
“What do you guys feel like doing first?” I shouted over the music.
“I dunno about you, but I’m thirsty. I’m gonna join the others at the snack table real quick,” Amy replied before walking off.
Sonic turned to me. “Do you want anything?”
“No thanks, I’m good,” I replied.
He nodded and went to follow Amy. Now it was just Shadow and I. I looked at him and smiled awkwardly. “So… you look thrilled to be here.”
He rolled his eyes and held his hand out to me. The DJ had put on a kind-of slow Christmas song. “Shall we?”
“O-Oh. Okay,” I said as I took his hand.
We joined Knuckles and Rouge on the dance floor. They were already in a close embrace as they swayed to the music, with Rouge whispering things in Knuckles’ ear. I could only imagine what kind of things they were judging by the redness of the echidna’s face. Shadow placed his hands on my waist while I put mine on his shoulders. We looked at each other for a few seconds in silence.
“So… is Chaos gonna tell us why he decided to back out?” I asked.
Shadow sighed. “I overheard your conversation with Faker earlier. As much as I don’t want to say this, he kind of has a point. You may not have noticed it, but my brother has changed… he spends less and less time with random girls.”
I looked away from him. “You really think he wanted to go with someone?”
“A certain someone, yes,” Shadow said.
The music started to pick up a bit. Shadow twirled me around and pulled me in again. After a few moments, Sonic, Amy, Xavier, and Kelly came to join us. Sonic raised an eyebrow at Shadow. “Mind if I steal my date back?”
The black hedgehog didn’t say anything, but let go of me so he could take Amy’s arm. The two of them moved away into the crowd. The four of us started dancing together, with Sonic and I trying to encourage Xavier to bust out some moves while Kelly laughed. Eventually the whole group managed to meet up in the center, dancing for quite a while.
Then Kelly gasped.
We all turned to her. She was staring towards the gym entrance. Each of us turned to see what she was staring at…
… and saw a familiar hedgehog standing in the doorway.
“Chaos…?” I whispered.
His blue eyes locked on me. For a moment, he didn’t make any movement towards us. Then he glanced behind him and held his hand out to someone. A delicate hand was placed in his, and he finally started walking towards us. A few others started whispering and murmuring to each other, but I couldn’t focus on what they were saying.
I hadn’t realized I’d been holding in a breath until it occurred to me that I needed to breathe. He looked… good. He was wearing a tux similar to the others, but in dark grey adorned with wintery-blue trim. His eyes scanned me head to toe and then he raised an eyebrow and smirked as Sonic placed a hand on my shoulder.
Then I noticed the beautiful auburn lynx beside Chaos. My eyes widened and my heart felt like it would stop.
He’d brought Elythia, the waitress from Divine Cuisine.
And she looked gorgeous, also dressed in dark grey and sparkles… holding his hand.