Post by Charmi Bëe³ on Feb 23, 2008 10:53:02 GMT -5
Something knocked hard on SparkDust's head, and he opened an eye. DawnStar, his little sister, happened to be frowning at him. Dusty abruptly realized he was still in the tree with Ashaes sleeping on his shoulder. "You're not allowed a girlfriend, SparkDust," Dawn said coolly. "Yeah? Well you're not allowed to be here," he responded. "And another thing, Dawn, you're snoopy. So now go away, and " (Dawn opened her mouth) "don't you dare scream." Dawn shut her mouth reluctantly and pouted.
In a whisper, Dusty warned her that Ashaes was still sleeping and he didn't want her waking up just yet. He also told her that being 18 meant free will, and he had it. Which meant he was allowed to have a girlfriend, and that Ash was exactly that right now. He shooed her away but she didn't budge.
"I'm telling mooooooom," Dawn whined. Dusty just sighed. If she told their mom, he'd be in for it. So all the more reason to ask Ash out before he wasn't allowed to see her again.
Gently shaking Ashaes, and making sure Dawn stayed at the base of the tree, Dusty twitched his ear anxiously. "Ash, Ashaes, I have a question for you."
Ash woke slowly, stretchingher arms out, then realized that she was leaning against someone. Her eyes shot open, and she looked into the most gorgeous pair of mismatched eyes she had ever seen on a face that promised gentleness and love, and so she was content to simply stay there. "Yeah, Dusty? What is it?" She snuggled in closer, trying to steal his warmth. For some reason, she was cold.
As a general rule, she was never cold because of her power, but recently, she had been needing a jacket more often than not, and these times were normally when she thought of Dusty, which was, again, more often than not. Here, up in a tree with him, she was just about freezing. Her arms clasped around herself and she shivered a bit. "S'cold..."
Post by Charmi Bëe³ on Feb 23, 2008 16:41:03 GMT -5
Like a father to his daughter, Dusty took his jacket off and placed it over Ash. "I, uh, I was wondering.." he stuttered. "I.. Yeah. I was wondering if uh, you'd you-know, like to ... Uh, come to Sparkle Park with me?" The last time they'd tried that, Ishmael had pretty much destroyed the place, but Dusty was sure it'd be repaired by now.
Dawn, who was still waiting, saw Dusty take his jacket off. Her bottom jaw dropped. He never, ever took his jacket off in front of girls. Come to think of it, she'd never seen him without it. She frowned at this thought, clamping her mouth shut. She crossed her arms and marched off into the house. She was jealous of Ashaes. She was the one Dusty was supposed to treat well. She was the one he took care of. Even though he never did all that to her, now Ash got all the attention.
And Dawn got an idea. She headed to the basement, where their mom was. She was going to tell their mom that there was a criminal in the backyard and that Dusty was kissing her.
Ash huddled into the jacket. "Thanks. Sure thing, you've got yourself a date. Date and time is all I need to know, babe." Her mind flashed through the things she had seen there before Sammael made a mess of the outing. Ironically, she did not know that Dusty was falling in love with her there. The girl's mind floated through bumpercars, roller coasters, and there was a tunnel of love, too. She smiled just thinking about that, and felt another wave of cold. "Seriously, is it, like, Christmas in July, or what? It seemed so warm out an hour ago...."
Then Ashaes became aware that she couldn't feel her toes, and gave a startled squeak as she looked down at her feet, which were covered in ice. "Holy crap, how did that happen?" She instinctively reached inside her for the power to make the ice vanish... and, at that moment, she was so confused she forgot about Dusty. The ice dissapeared, and she no longer felt cold. "Hmmmm.... That's wierd."
Post by Charmi Bëe³ on Feb 23, 2008 17:52:43 GMT -5
At that exact moment, the back door of Dusty's house flung open, and out came a pointing DawnStar. Dusty's eyes widened and he hurried Ash down the tree, indicating the back gate with his ear. He followed her down and sprinted, luckily the gate was hidden by the leaves of the oak they were in.
Reaching the gate, Dusty opened it, shoved Ash out and followed. He crouched down, signaling Ashaes to do the same and crept along the fence. He heard their mom get mad at Dawn for lying, and telling her to stop trying to get him into trouble.
Ash's breath caught as she hid with Dusty, wondering what precisely was going on. "Dusty," she whispered, "Why were we running and why is your sister in trouble?" It never occurred to her that she could be the source of the trouble. She was instead thinking that maybe DawnStar had told the mother about the flower, and has said that she herself made it, rather than her big brother's girlfriend.
But then reality hit, and she realized that getting Dusty into trouble would take more than him hiding a girlfriend. "Oh, crud, she knows who I am? Does your mom know?"
Ash shuddered. "Yeah. I'm just not looking forward to when she finds out...." A frown appeared on her face, then she shook her head. "No, think about the now." Then she smiled, taking off Dusty's jacket and holding it out to him. "Shall we, Prince Charming?"
She held her hand out daintily for Dusty to take, allowing him to lead her. "I don't know the way from here." That was true enough. She probably couldn't find her way out of a cardboard box right about then. Everything was scrambled for her. She was still a bit worried about her feet freezing over, which was keeping her from thinking all romantic for the moment.
Post by Charmi Bëe³ on Feb 23, 2008 20:48:22 GMT -5
Dusty took her hand and headed forward. "It'll only take us an hour or so to get there," he said with a chuckle. Of course, he was kidding, but he thought Ash needed a bit of humor at the moment. He stopped and sighed, turning to Ashaes. "You know, I don't care what other people think of you." He took her other hand and held it as tight as the other one. "No matter what they think, I'll always love you. No matter what happens, I'll always love you. No matter what they do to you, I'll always love you. No matter what they do to me, I'll always love you. And especially, no matter what they do both of us, I'll love you forever. You can count on it."
He let go of one of her hands and put his free one around her hip, landing a peck on her head. Turning forward again, he led on to the theme park.
Ash turned a slight pink at the first, deep red at the second, and the other three made her squirm. She simply did not nkow what to say, and so she simply leaned her head on his shoulder, thinking about how lucky she was that he had decided to sit down on that particular bench. If she hadn't met him, she'd still be cowering in fear of Ishamael and chasing after Sonic.
But, as far as Ashaes was concerned, Sonic could sit on a twig. She had her hero right here, one who couldn't hope to accomplish as much but dared to try. He had brought her out of a darkness she never realized she was wallowing in, and never expected a word of thanks. He never pressured her about anything, and he was always a gentleman, polite to the point of refusing to ask her not to smoke.
"I love you too." These were words she never thought she would say, but they seemed as though they were not enough. The teenage hedgehog slipped her arm around Dusty's waist as well, hugging him close. She tried to look for more to say, but she couldn't even begin to find words to express how much he meant to her.
Post by Charmi Bëe³ on Feb 24, 2008 22:19:33 GMT -5
((XD! Aaaaaawww, so cute.))
Something in Dusty's heart told himhe made right choice by loving Ash. He didn't know what it was, but he felt it. He also felt that she felt the same, but he couldn't decide what she felt. If he could, he would've made her love him a long time ago.
A few blocks later they arrived to a main drag leading to Sparkle Park. "Almost there," Dusty said silently, mostly to himself than Ash. He wondered if something bad would happen. Something similar to the Sammael attack. ((Hope I wrote his name right..))