Saying Sorry Should be Easy
Shadow had to go to work early that morning, and he was surprised when Sonic got up with him but learned he was opening the store that day. They got in the shower together to save water and Streaks stayed in bed. Really Shadow didn't like leaving him home alone all the time but there was little he could do. Hopefully he would stay home.
Getting to work Sonic had to say he was very bored opening. Even Rotor wasn't in when he got there. At least that meant he got to go home early but still this was more annoying. As he was looking over a few things on the computer, slacking just a little he heard something and looked up to see Zonic there with coffee. “Hey...” He mumbled a bit, handing Sonic his coffee.
Blink. Sonic wasn't expecting his brother to be there, especially so early in the morning. "Hey. How'd you know I was opening today?" He said while hesitantly taking the coffee but he didn't drink any. At least not yet.
“I didn't... just got up early and saw that you were in so I grabbed you coffee.” Sighing he's ears were down a bit, still feeling bad about everything. He didn't know too much on how for them to make things up to his bother but Scourge seemed to have a few ideas on how to make things up. He was happy that his boyfriend was willing to help him with this. “I have to work early today too... jealous that Scourge gets to sleep in today.” Smiling a bit nervously he was trying to break the ice.
"Me too." The two hedgehogs chuckled awkwardly before Sonic looked down at his coffee. Suddenly he didn't feel much like drinking it anymore. In fact he hadn't felt like drinking coffee since this whole fight started. "You know...Zonic..." The cop had noticed that Sonic wasn't even calling him by his nickname like he usually did anymore. "You don't have to get me coffee, y'know. I mean, I 'preciate the gesture but it just hasn't tasted to good to me lately. So I'm tryin' to get off the stuff."
“Oh... I didn't know that.” When did that start? Now he felt horrible that he bought that for his brother. “Sonic... yesterday was fun. I'd like to get to know more about Shadow. W-we should get together and talk about everything.”
"S'okay," Sonic replied with a small and sad smile to his brother. "I just wanted to let you know before you wasted more money on me." Then he looked away. He hated this walking on eggshells feeling. But he had no idea what was going on through his brother's head anymore. One false move and Zonic could be pissed at him again. That was the last thing he wanted. "Yeah. It was fun. But...if you want to get to know Shadow better then wouldn't it be best to talk to him? I mean he seems to like you. Kept saying how charming you were and everything. I'm glad you two hit it off."
“Yeah... maybe I'll get with him some time and talk to him.” Looking down a bit his ears were still down. “But I would like to see my brother again.” Scourge told Zonic he needed to be more forward with Sonic so now he would try to do that. Though he too felt like he was walking on eggshells with Sonic. Both of them were hating this so why couldn't it just end?
Because neither of them was used to a fight like this. They had gotten into fights when they were younger but nothing like this before. Both of them screwed up. They knew this. Sonic knew that he'd screwed up more than his brother. He was the whole reason it started in the first place. Zonic had every right to be angry...even if he had lied.
"Really?" But Zonic's offer for them to get together sometime caught him by surprise. "I mean, I'd love to, but...I don't think it's such a great idea..." The last time they had gotten together Sonic had screwed things up even more.
Sighing Zonic looked rather depressed about that answer. “Alright. Maybe I'll see you later then... or not.” With that he turned and left to start his rounds. And he started to chug his coffee which Sonic knew was a sign that Zonic was upset. Ever since they were little if Zonic was upset he would chug a drink even if it upset his stomach.
But Sonic knew he couldn't let this go on. Even if Monkey Khan was watching him about to leave his post, he couldn't care less. He had to catch up to his brother. "Zonic wait!" He called and the cop would feel a small gust of wind inside (?) before Sonic grabbed his arm. "Wait a second. I just meant...look. Like I said, I'd love to. I just don't wanna...I don't wanna fight with you anymore. I'm just afraid I might screw something up again."
Not looking to his brother Zonic felt a bit uneasy about how quickly Sonic got to him. He was fast but never that fast. “I don't want to fight either Sonic... but you don't seem to want anything to do with me anymore.” Looking over he could see Sonic's boss watching them. “You should get back to work.”
Sonic's look just hardened. No longer did he look uncertain. Now he knew exactly what he wanted. "No Zee. That ain't it at all. Of course I want you in my life. You're my twin. I'm just...sorry I let things get this bad. If you wanna talk then let's talk, alright? I'll try not to screw up again."
Nodding a bit Zonic still really wouldn't look at him. “Okay... text me later. But you really better get back to work before you get fired.” With that he left to go back to work himself not wanting to be fired himself for slacking on the job.
When Sonic looked back he saw his boss glaring at him. What the hell was his problem? All he was doing was talking with family and it wasn't like people were going to his counter this early in the morning! Giving Zonic a little wave, he walked back inside. "Sorry," he said to Khan. "Family business. You know how it goes..."
Crossing his arms it was clear that the monkey wasn't happy with that answer. “You can deal with family business when you aren't on company time Hedgehog. If you feel that isn't worth your time then maybe you should find some place that will welcome your slacking.”
He was not in the mood for Monkey Khan's bad attitude today. Growling Sonic clenched his fists. "Hey! That's not it at all! It was urgent, alright?"
“Seemed more like drama then urgent. Save that for home not in my store. Your brother should know better then to come here and distract you. If not I suggest you inform him.”
"Leave him outta this. He wasn't trying to start anything. He was just saying hey. I'm the one who started anything. If you wanna be mad at someone, be mad at me."
Giving Sonic a look Khan took out his clip board. “Talking back to your superior, that is a write up. Do you want me to dock your pay? Then keep it up.”
"I wasn't talking-!" That was it. That was the last straw. "You know what, screw you! I've put up with your crap for way too long! You've always had a problem with me! It's cause of Sally, isn't it? You're so fucking petty! I quit!" Without thinking Sonic rushed off. There was no need to stay there anymore.
Blinking there was no time for Sonic's boss to react to this. Sonic was gone. Within minutes he was home and panting in frustration. He hated working there, and even though he was free he wanted to hit something. Going into his and Shadow's room he settled for punching the bed. But just doing this after a while and the bed gave out and broke.
And Sonic paused in shock. Did he really just do that? He wasn't punching that hard, was he? It certainly didn't feel like he did.
He sat there, stunned for a while, before he remembered all of the stuff under the bed. Namely his guitars. When he checked to see if they were alright he sighed in relief. All of the boxes under there had held up the bed enough so his guitars hadn't gotten crushed. "Now how the hell am I going to explain this to Shadow...?"
As soon as Shadow got home Sonic had to move to talk to him about the bed. The dark hedgehog sighed, hearing Streaks was working on something in his room when Sonic walked up to him. “I am glad to see you.” He smiled tired before grabbing the hedgehog's hand and kissing his cheek. “Today has been... well... annoying.”
"You can say that again." Sonic sighed and suddenly clung to Shadow. He was feeling needy and a little scared. "You wanna tell me about it?"
Wrapping his arms around Sonic the dark hedgehog could tell that already that his boyfriend didn't have much of a better day. “Nothing really, I can't tell you about the work and... I had to deal with Mike during a break... what about you? What's bothering you?”
Sonic tensed, now feeling protective of his boyfriend. "You ran into that jerkwad? What'd he do?" For now ignoring Shadow's question.
“What he usually does which is childish. Tries to just get under my skin.” He didn't want to tell Sonic that his ex was trying to threaten him. It would just worry him. And it wasn't worth it and really the threats were empty. Putting a finger under Sonic's chin Shadow made him look up to him. “Now what is bothering you Sonic? I can feel that you are not happy about something.”
Blue wanted to continue talking about what happened between Shadow and his ex but now he was being questioned again. Ears lowering, Sonic looked away. "I...um...I quit my job... I was getting so sick of my boss... And then I, uh..." Here comes the worst part. "I kind of...broke the bed..."
Raising his brow to that Shadow looked a bit annoyed. He really didn't want to go out to buy a new bed but it was looking like he would have to do that. “You broke the bed? How in Chaos did you do that?”
"I don't know..." Shadow was angry. That much was obvious. "I was just so angry at Khan and I just wanted to vent some frustration. Punching my pillow usually helps. But I guess I punched too hard..."
Just by punching a pillow? That was a little unsettling. “Maybe we'll get you a bag to punch from now on so you don't break the bed again.” Pushing his glasses up onto his face more Shadow turned to go and look at new beds but he knew that tonight they were going to have to sleep on the couch.
"Erm...I dunno if that's gonna work Shadow..." If he could break a bed and he wasn't even in werehog form then a punching back was probably not going to cut it.
“It would be better then breaking beds.” Looking back he sighed. “Are you staying home or coming with me?”
Blink. "Where are you going?"
“To look at beds. Will have to order one but still need a new frame and more likely a mattress as well.”
"Oh..." Sonic's ears lowered. "Yeah, I'll come with you. And I'll pay for it too."
“No, I will be paying for it.”
"What?" That didn't make much sense to Sonic. "But I'm the one that broke it. I should be the one to pay for it too."
“You are also now unemployed. Meaning what money you have you should keep. I have plenty to spear. If you want to buy something you can buy us new covers. I'm sick of the ones that we have now.” Walking to his car Shadow got in first not opening the door for Sonic this time, showing he is rather annoyed.
Then perhaps it was better if Sonic didn't go with him. Why was Shadow so annoyed? It wasn't like he meant to break the bed. He couldn't control his own strength! "Alright...what size bed are you getting?"
“Maybe we'll get a king. More room for the both of us.” Looking over to Sonic he had to lean over and give him a peck on the cheek. So he was annoyed but he was now showing that it wasn't him he was annoyed about. After being around Shadow all the time he learned how to read his body language. Being that was how Shadow said most things he needed to know how he spoke. “Get something in a dark color of course.” Pulling out of the garage he started heading for a store that specialized in bedroom attire.
"Yeah yeah..." This day just went to shit. Sonic's legs were twitching, like he needed to run again. It was strange. He loved running but it had never been his thing to do when he was upset. Nowadays though, it just felt like something he should do.
Getting to the store Shadow looked over what he needed to while Sonic looked at sheets. He found some maroon colored sheets, smooth to the touch with black covers. Checking with Shadow if that would work the dark hedgehog looked them over. “Perfect actually.” He said as they headed to cheek out. Shadow liked the color red, though it wasn't his favorite color. “We can test them on the couch tonight. We won't have a new bed till three days from now.”
"Three days?" Did it really take that long to get a bed? Well Sonic supposed he shouldn't complain. He deserved it but he felt bad dragging Shadow along for it as well. "The couch doesn't need sheets..."
“No, even when it folds out it doesn't. But I do enjoy wrapping up in a comforter on a bed or not. Don't you?” Getting into the car they tossed the bed sheet into the back.
"Yeah I guess..." He'd never really thought about it and right now wasn't in the mood to. "Hey Shads? I'm gonna...gonna go run for a bit. I'll be back later."
Looking to him Shadow had to raise an eyebrow to him. “Is that wise?” He didn't really trust Sonic's body right now with how it had been acting. And really he just wanted them both to go home.
"Sure it is." It was just running right? What was the big deal? "I won't be gone long. Promise. I just wanna get out and move. After today I just...need to."
Sighing Shadow nodded before grabbing his hand. “Don't be gone for more the two hours... I need you right now you know.”
Sonic briefly wondered what happened to Shadow's day but shrugged it off for now. "Okay." Then quickly bolted off.
Again he sighed before heading for home. Steaks had texted him that he was going over to a friend's house. A boy that he worked with in theater. He was very thankful that he finally had a friend. But that meant that he would be home alone and right now he didn't want to be alone. Getting there he set up the couch for the night. Not feeling up to cooking he went to the take out menus to start trying to figure out what they would eat.
It was a little over two hours but Sonic did get there pretty close to the mark. That had made him feel a little better. "Shadow?" He called out, taking his shoes off. "I'm back."
Shadow was sitting on the folded out couch, wrapped up with a salad. “You're late.” He pointed out wrapping himself up a little more. There was something on TV but it looked like nothing that Shadow would really pay attention to.
"Just by a few minutes..." But he was starving. That salad even looked apetizing at this stage. "Gonna cook myself something..."
“There are chili dogs for you in the microwave.” Shadow stated as Sonic headed for the kitchen. “I tried to wait for you but not knowing if you would come back I started to eat... I haven't eaten anything else all day.”
Sonic paused. Then he poked his head out of the kitchen. "Why? Not hungry or what?"
Nodding a bit Shadow sighed. “Yes, I lost my apatite so I didn't eat... it happens sometimes.” Ears folding back a little Shadow put what was left of his salad aside. Tonight he was in one of his moods where he just felt alone. It happened now and then to him. When it did most times he went to his brother for comfort but now he was looking to Sonic for that. Sometimes it lasted for days and he didn't eat much when it came. This time though he knew it was what his ex said that triggered it.
A few minutes passed before Sonic came out and sat next to him. "What happened? Is that really normal?"
Shrugging a bit Shadow looked to his feet. He hated when he got like this more then anything. He felt pathetic and weak. “Streaks would tell you it is. Now and then I just... it's hard to explain but I just feel lonely and don't want to do anything, including eating. The feeling just came to me at work today is all...”
"What happened at work?" Sonic asked as he bit into his chili dog.
Sighing Shadow held himself a bit more, though it was hard to tell being he was wrapped up in a blanket. “I might not be with him anymore but Michael still knows how to get under my skin. If he sees a way to do so he'll try and drag me down... maybe he thinks one of these days I'll be desperate enough to get back with him or he does it to just boost his ego I don't know... I hate that he can get to me so easily.” Growling a bit at the thought Shadow squeezed his arms hard.
The ex again. Sonic's looks hardened. He didn't like this topic and neither did Shadow but for some reason they just kept coming back to it. "Hey, don't worry. You want me to kick his butt for you?" Maybe he could use this freakish strength for something good for a change.
That got Shadow to chuckle and lean on him. “Don't give him a reason to have you hunted down... besides, Rouge beat you to that.” Pecking Sonic on the cheek he moved to put him under the blanket with him, but not so much that he wouldn't be able to eat. “I'm sorry that I am... feeling down.”
"Aw man..." Here he wanted to be a good boyfriend but it looked like Rouge had already done it. Too bad. "Oh well. At least you're alright."
Nodding a bit the dark hedgehog sighed. “I wish one of us could have at least had a good day. But in a way maybe it is good that you don't work right now. With what is happening to you some time off will be good.”
"That's what I was thinking too... The only problem is that I'm not gonna have much money coming in now. I gotta find another job. Science project or not, I gotta pay bills."
“You let me worry about that.” Shadow sighed a bit nuzzling the side of Sonic's head. “With how you've been affected now in your normal state I really don't want to risk you going some place and someone getting suspicious of you.”
"Yeah, but...I need money. What am I gonna do about that? I can't have you taking care of me..." He grinned jokingly. "I have a reputation to uphold!"
Leaning back a little he gave him a look. “Sure you can. It won't be forever.” Looking to the TV he sighed before starting to channel surf to find something of interest.
"Aw Shads..." The blue hedgehog nuzzled up against his boyfriend, purring and suddenly in a much better mood. "You spoil me. Careful, I might get used to it."
That just got Shadow to chuckle. “I'll be sure to make sure you don't. For example you can clean the place when I'm at work.”
"Whaaaat?" Sonic puffed out his cheek. "Come on! Seriously?"
“We all live here and I do get tired of being the only person that seems to care to clean. Maybe you should help around the house.”
A sigh. Well he had nothing better to do... "Fine fine... I'll try to remember."
“Good.” Shadow sighed as he saw Sonic was done eating. So he sat up and pulled Sonic down to lay with him. He did wish that they could sleep in their bed and not on the couch but not much that could be done about that now. Three days and then they would have a better bed anyways.
For a while they sat in silence, trying to find a decent channel to watch. Absolutely nothing was on. "Hey Shadow?" Sonic asked, looking up at his mate.
“Yes?” Looking down to Sonic it was clear Shadow was a bit bored with the TV. He just didn't now what to watch and it didn't help there seemed to be nothing good on.
"...Could we go away for a while? Like a vacation?"
Stopping for a moment in the TV Shadow was a bit surprised by the suggestion. “What brought this up?”
"Well...I don't know. I just don't have to work right now and I haven't had a vacation in so long and I bet you haven't had a vacation for even longer." Sonic smiled nervously. "And uh, maybe getting away is just what I need to learn more about these powers of mine."
Blinking at that Shadow had to look back to the TV. “I will have to look into it. But that would be nice to get away from everything.”
"Y-yeah. Yeah! That's what I was thinking too. We could go camping! I haven't gone camping in ages.."
“Camping?” That got Shadow's attention. “I'll have to think about that one. Could be fun though.” The rest of the night was rather quiet, somewhat dull. They both fell asleep some time after Streaks got back home.
The next few days Sonic had to get use to unemployment. So Zonic didn't get too upset with him he texted him what was going on. They weren't fighting anymore or at least didn't want to so he did want to make an effort to let his brother know that he was still there. Zonic remarked that he was too good for that job anyways and that if he was looking for new lines of work where Scourge was they always were looking for new hands. But he knew that right now Shadow wanted him to stay home so he just said he would relax for now.
When their new bed came in Shadow was thankful. Sleeping on the couch to him was annoying with his little brother living with them. If he even wanted to kiss Sonic and Streaks saw he would make a big deal out of it. Sonic was testing the new bed, rubbing his face into one of the new pillows that Shadow got. Sitting next to him the dark hedgehog purred a bit. “I take it you like it.”
"It's so comfy!" Sonic exclaimed. He never wanted to leave this bed ever again. "I've never been on anything so comfy before." Reaching over, he pushed his hand into the mattress and watched as the shape of his hand stayed there even when he pulled it away. "You got that memory foam stuff?"
Nodding Shadow smiled. “I thought that an upgrade might be good.” Laying down with Sonic he had to get close and start nipping at his ear a bit. “I also got some days off next week, during the new moon too.”
"Really?" Sonic perked up even more at that. "That's great! I can check out my powers then too."
“Yes. We will be going camping. I actually asked your friend to keep an eye on Streaks. He seemed pleased at the idea. We will be far away, just you and me.” Wrapping his arms around him he had to purr a bit. “Four days. That's all I could get right now sadly. But it will be worth it.”
Only four? Well it was good enough. Better than nothing! "Sounds good to me. I'm gonna run run and run. You should come with me!"
“Running with you? Maybe.” Nuzzling him a little Shadow had to purr some more. “I do want to clock you. Take notes on your strength, etc etc.” Giving Sonic a kiss he moaned softly. They would pack in a few days, Sonic would have to bring his stretching clothes. Thankfully Shadow also knew the perfect place for them to go.