"Did you get that box of stuff?"
A 15 year old blue hedgehog grins as he runs into the living room of his and his female friend's apartment. He puts the box down on the floor before walking over to his buddy.
"Sure did! Is it ok if I leave it here?"
"Of course, Blue-Muffin."
The young male blushes and puts a hand behind his head, chuckling softly.
"Kira, don't call me that... it's embarrassing."
His female friend named Kirana put down a balloon and smirks. She stands up and puts her hands on her hips. She shrugs and shakes her head.
"Fine... but its what I always used to call you. Habits are hard to break, ya know... Blue-Muffin~"
Sonic rolls his eyes and tuts, still embarrassed from his unfortunate nickname. Kira giggles as she ties a balloon to the piece of string on the floor which has a weight attached.
"You get embarrassed so easily, Sonic..."
"No I don't..."
"Then why is your muzzle red~?"
Sonic paused and looks away from her, blushing a pale shade of pink. Kira giggles at his blushing muzzle and continues to tie another balloon onto a piece of string.
Soon the two hedgehogs' ears twitch as they turn their heads towards the door. At the door stands a male figure who can be seen leaning against the wall as well as an older looking female, smiling and waving at them.
"Knux! How ya doing, pal?"
"Hmm, can't complain."
"How about you, Maia?"
"I'm good, thanks... me and Knuckles were just checking on the emerald earlier... seems that its still recovering from the encounter with Biolizard."
"Biolizard? But that was two years ago..."
Knuckles walks towards them and points at Angel Island from the window.
"Yeah, but its best to keep her safe...speaking of which, I better get back and check on Rouge. She promised to take care of the Master Emerald. That's why I just wanted to come by and say hi."
Sonic and Kira both look at him with a confused expression.
"Rouge? But she--"
"--are you sure she's not gonna steal it?"
"Well we had a deal... hopefully she hasn't broken it, that's why I better head back."
Sonic and Kira look at each other before shrugging. Maia walks over to him and leans against the windowsill.
"Do you <i>have</i> to go, Knuckles?"
Maia says with an upset expression.
Knuckles closes his eyes and nods his head.
"I'm sorry Maia, but yes I do. I might come around later though if that's ok with you guys..."
"Sure Knuckles, that's fine by us!"
"Thanks, see you guys later."
Both hedgehogs smile before saying their goodbyes to Knuckles and carrying on with their duties.
The young female echidna bids her farewell and smiles as she looks around the room. She notices that there are plenty of balloons, some floating and some waiting to be inflated.
"Whose birthday is it? I'm pretty sure that no-one has a birthday today..."
Sonic smiles as he stands up on the sofa and hangs up a bunting.
"Not a 'birthday' as such... more of a 'creation day'."
"Shadow? But... isn't he still recovering from when Eggman awakened him? I mean, his memories are getting better but they're not exactly... intact."
Kira lowers her ears and head, sighing sadly.
"I know... that's why I wanted to organise this party... I was hoping that he would be able to remember something from it. From what Yami and Rouge told me, it seems that the last party he celebrated was with Maria all those years ago."
Maia walks over to Kira and kneels down beside her, helping her tie up some of the balloons onto strings.
"I understand. It's a really nice thought... and if it's for Shadow then we should make it extra memorable!"
Kira smiles as she looks up at her echidna friend.
"You're right... and with your help it'll be extra special! The more help the better, right Sonic?"
Sonic turns to them and winks, giving his signature thumbs up.
"You bet! Now that you mention it... where is everyone else?"
"Well if you remember, we invited everyone else over. Yami was gonna come over with Shadow once we're done and Tails and Myla will be around later to help out with the technical things..."
Sonic smirks and looks up at her whilst grabbing more decorations from the box he had placed on the floor earlier.
"Technical... 'things'? I think the word you're looking for is 'technology'."
Kira blushes a little and crosses her arms.
"Hmph... I know what I meant."
Maia giggles and smirks at them both.
"Now now you two, you both sound like an old married couple..."
Sonic and Kira blush and look away from each other whilst Maia giggles.
"M-married couple? B-but we're not together..."
Maia smirks as she looks at the two hedgehogs' blushing muzzles before standing up and walking towards the door.
"Well you never know. But it seems that you lovehogs both have very red muzzles so I think I had better leave you alone~"
The young hedgehogs continue to blush and both watch as Maia leaves. They both look back at each other and smile nervously. Kira starts giggling as Sonic looks at her with a confused expression.
"'Old married couple'... boy, Maia sure seems to think of us as a couple lately... I wish that she would snap out of it."
Sonic sighs and lowers his ears, feeling disappointed that Kira took it as a joke. He looks over to her as she continues to tie the balloons and smiles a little.