It was the start of a new school year. The students groaned as they made their way inside the building. Summer vacation was great, why did it have to end so quickly? Their only consolation is that their friends would be having classes with them.
As per usual, Amy was clinging on to Sonic’s arm. He seemed indifferent now that their relationship was very slowly growing. At least he wasn’t pushing her away anymore.
Sonic was a senior at the school this year while Amy was a sophmore. Their friends were in various levels depending on their age. While Rouge was a senior, Silver was a sophmore like Amy. Blaze was in junior and Knuckles and Shade were both seniors. Tails, Cream and Charmy were still in elementary school.
Every student headed for their home room classes for the morning. This would be where they would acquire their class schedules for the semester. Amy was bummed out as Sonic had a seperate home room from her but maybe they would have some classes together. She took a seat at one of the desks and watched everyone walking in to the room to see if any of her friends would be sharing home room with her.
First person she recognized that walked in was Shadow. Amy wasn’t exactly friends with him. She respected him but everyone always had a hard time getting close to him. It was like he built a wall around himself to keep everyone out. Amy didn’t like how the dark one would get into fights with her Sonic all the time. Whenever that would happen, the both of them would get pretty beat up. Come to think of it, Shadow would get into fights with other students quite a lot. Thankfully, Sonic is tough enough to handle him. Most other students weren’t so lucky. At least Shadow tended to not go after any of the girls, they were considered pretty safe around him. Amy huffed softly, must be that male dominance thing…
Shadow took a seat at one of the desks and proceeded to exhibit his disinterested facial expression. No surprise there, Amy closed her eyes half way.
A few more students came in but Amy didn’t recognize any of them. It wasn’t until the last student came in did Amy finally see someone else she knew. Maria. Amy perked up and waved to her, “Hey, Maria!”
Maria smiled and walked over to Amy, “Good morning, Amy.”
Shadow turned around a little in his seat, looking in the direction of the two girls. Though it was just one he was interested in. He spent all of last year watching her from afar, thinking about her. He had known her since elementary school. He always thought of her as a very sweet girl as he observed her kindness to others. Never had he ever seen her yell at someone or use swear words.
Shadow watched Maria as she sat down next to Amy and the girls started chatting. He began to regret never getting the courage to go to Maria’s house during the summer. He knew where she lived but he would always back out at the last moment. What if she rejected him? Frankly he didn’t know what she thought of him. Surely she had heard of him getting detentions frequently for fighting in school. Some girls liked boys that fought frequently and others didn’t. Which one was Maria?
Maria is only fifteen years old but she excels in her classes so much that she got bumped up a year ahead. She was a junior this year, a year behind Shadow. This would be Shadow’s last year in school.
He bumped his fist down on his desk with determination. It wasn’t loud enough to attract any attention. Looking down at his desk, Shadow mentally decided that he must approach Maria. She wasn’t going to stay single forever. He just had to get her to be his girlfriend before some other guy would snatch her up.
Shadow tried to be discreet in looking at Maria again. He couldn’t blame other guys for wanting Maria. He thought she was a very cute girl. Shadow would humour himself with the thought that perhaps this blonde has casted a spell on him as he was so enamoured with her.
He looked down at his desk again. Yes, this was going to be his last chance…
The bell rang.
The teacher proceeded to hand out papers to each student. The paper contianed the class schedule and also locker information. When the two girls got their papers, they compared their schedules. Amy and Maria find that they have a couple classes together and also the same lunch period. Amy squealed with delight that she will have lunch with at leats one friend. Maria was delighted as well. She bore a sweet smile.
That was another thing Shadow liked about her. Her smile. He couldn’t help but have a small smile of his own at seeing her smile.
His thoughts were interrupted when the teacher dropped the paper on his desk. Shadow’s smile instantly disappeared. He sighed quietly and picked the paper up to check his own schedule. He was too far away to see what Maria’s schedule was so he isn’t sure of how his compared. The best he could hope for was for them to have the same lunch period.
After all of the papers were distributed out, the teacher stood in front of the class and began talking of some things. Things that Shadow didn’t pay attention to as his mind was elsewhere.
The bell rang again and all of the students were released to check out their lockers and go to their first class. Amy and Maria were thrilled to see their lockers were almost right next to each other. Amy grabbed Maria’s hands and bounced with glee and let out a girly squeal, “Oh my gosh this is great! We’re so close together! Only one locker between us!”
Maria was less animated but felt equally excited. She had a large smile as she watched her friend jump up and down, “I bet this is going to be a great year!”
Amy released Maria’s hands and began to work the combination on her locker. She let out a victorious “ah ha!” when the locker easily popped open. Maria smiled and turned to her locker to begin working on the combination.
Shadow’s own locker was a ways away from the girls but he didn’t bother going to it. He figured he would deal with it later. Instead he trailed behind the girls and his mind raced with trying to figure out what he could say to Maria to break the ice. He lifted his head up when he heard Maria grunting.
Maria was sure she put the combination in correctly but for some reason the locker would not open. She tried putting in extra force in to sliding the latch up but that wasn’t working either. Maria stopped, looking at her locker in defeat, “Oh no…I can’t open it…”
Suddenly Shadow’s fist pounded on the locker door a couple of times and voila! The locker door swung open. At first Maria looked at the locker with surprise. Then she turned to Shadow who was standing beside her.
Throughout the years she had known him, Maria always thought of Shadow as a pretty cute boy. His red eyes were quite unique and she always liked his black hair with red streaks. His asian skin colour was unusual in the area, too. The style of clothing he wore seemed to match his personality, too. Rarely has she heard him speak but when he did, his deep voice was always nice to listen to. He did have a reputation of always getting into fights though…
Maria shyly reached her hand up and moved some of her golden blonde hair from her face. Her blue eyes looked right up to his red eyes and she gave him a gentle smile. But this wasn’t the same kind of smile she was seen giving everyone else. This one was different. Shadow hadn’t seen Maria give anyone this kind of smile before. Very sweetly, Maria said, “Thank you, Shadow.”
He couldn’t really explain it but Shadow did love hearing Maria say his name. In response, he gave her a cool smile and a quick wink, “Sometimes you just need to use a little force.”
Maria smiled sweetly at Shadow again.
Amy decided to join in the conversation, “Hey Shadow, which lunch period do you have?”
Shadow pulled up his paper to look at it, “Lunch B.”
Amy smiled cheerfully, “What a small world! Me and Maria have Lunch B, too!”
It was at this time that Amy’s other friends were approaching. Blaze, Silver and Sonic came over to Amy and Maria, eager to compare schedules. While they were all occupied with that, Shadow snuck a peek at Maria’s schedule over her shoulder, though he tried to make it appear he was being disinterested. It looked like that in addition to the same lunch period there were two classes that Shadow would have with Maria.
He quickly turned his head as everyone started moving around again. It was time to move on to the first class of the day.