© Beloved Doll
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Once again, as a reminder, do not make any editing or corrections to this, do not point to me of any mistakes. I will not make corrections. I`m leaving this mostly as is of what it was when Tojo and I rped this out. We both have different rp styles so expect there to be some inconsistencies in things such as apostrophes and tenses.
Shadow in turn led her off, they took the elevator down through the lobby and into the city-streets. It was fastly approaching the later evening, it was getting dark now. Yet the stores opened late, and Shadow was happy to walk her over to the clothing store,"Anything you'd like.."
Opening the door for her, allowing her to step inside first.
Once in the clothes shop, Maria picks out a blue dress. It`s the same shade of blue as her old one but it`s style is more current to the times. But like her old dress, the length is not full, it stops just above her knees.
The clerk standing at the front-desk walked over to the two of them, soon speaking up,"Finding everything alright?"
Shadow just had his arms crossed while watching Maria, a look of contentment on his face. There were all sorts of clothes being offered, among other things.
Maria politely responds to the clerk,"I`m finding everything fine, thank you."
"Alright, if anything comes up or you have any questions, please let me know."
Formally nodding to them, he walked back to the desk. Shadow looked her over a few times,"Looks almost like your old dress."
Maria holds the dress against the front of her to sort of give Shadow a preview of what it would look like on her and smiles,"That`s what drew me to it."
Nodding a few times, smiling,"If there's anything else you want, go ahead and grab it..might be good to get a few sets of clothes, and a travel bag."
He pointed towards a medium-sized brown luggage bag, old fashioned in design,"We might travel around a lot."
Maria looks to the bag,"That would be a good idea."
Maria finds more clothes, mostly dresses, that appeal to her. Most of them are either blue or white in colour. She tries to keep the amount of clothes low; she would feel bad if Shadow spends all of his money on her. She piles everything onto the check-out counter. She finds a pack of white socks nearby and sets one of those with her chosen dresses and underwear.
The clerk looked over it all, and then looked to the both of them,"Cash or credit?"
"Cash.." Shadow replied, pulling up the luggage-case and adding it to the side of the pile.
"Well, that'll come to a hundred five dollars. Receipt in the bag?"
"Yes.." Shadow laid the money down, then began to wrap each set of clothing very carefully into the bag, with her approval, that is. Packing it all into one neat package, he lifted the pack up. Sealing it, he offered her his paw, ready to leave.
Maria takes Shadow`s hand and leaves the clothes store with him. She feels as though he is spoiling her.
They were walking on a path-way that over-looked the ocean now, back to the hotel. He smiled to her, now that they were alone,"The night's still young, I mean..we could go to Twinkle Park, the movie theatre, or even walk around the Casino."
Maria looks questioningly at Shadow,"What`s Twinkle Park?"
"It's one big amusement park, very bright and full of colors..I could drive you around in a little car and we can watch little shows and look around."
Looking on the shore-line, his eye caught a large purple cat, fishing. A frog was perched on his shoulder, in the same spot a person would place a parrot.
"..Big..." He said quietly, looking at him from a distance.
Maria turns her head and sees Big,"Oh. He -is- big."
"..No, that's really his name..Big."
Bigs ears twitched at hearing his name, looking around, then back to them,"Shadow!"
He didn't sound too bright, actually, suddenly pulling back on his line and reeling in, he started to lumber over towards the two.
"..Oh great, he saw us.." Shadow muttered under his breath, straightening up slightly.
Maria looks at Shadow,"Is there something wrong?"
Looking at Maria, he shook his head side-to-side,"Nothing's wrong, Maria."
Suddenly, the ground almost felt as if it were shaking as he lumbered over, suddenly stopping and hunching down a bit,"Hewwo, Shadow..who's yer friend? She looks pwetty.."
Smiling again, he didn't sound so bright. Shadow looked up, holding up his right hand,"Hello, Big.. Big, this is Maria. Maria, this is Big, the cat."
"Don't forget froggy.." He chimed in, pointing towards the green frog on his shoulder.
"..Wouldn't dream of it, Big."
"Nice to meet'cha, Mari-a."
A big paw pat her head a few times as he continued to lean down a bit. Shadow grimaced for a second, then looked off. Maria makes no judgment on the big guy. She accepts him like she has accepted everyone else that she has met,"Nice to meet you, too, Big."
"What're you two doin' here?" Panting a bit, he straightened out, stretching his neck.
"Just visiting friends..enjoying the scenery." Shadow replied, looking over towards Maria.
Maria smiles,"Yes, your world is so interesting, Big. It`s-"
She`s cut off by commotion over by the elevator to the Twinkle Park entrance. Maria looks over and sees Amy having Sonic by the arm, trying to drag him to the elevator.
Looking over his shoulder, he just shook his head, an apathetic look on his face,"What a surprise.."
"I'm fishin', always fishing..trying to catch the biggest fish ever. Sea-bass, red snappa, uhh..black-bar fish." Going on and on about fishing.
"Yew should fish sometime."
Maria`s attention is on Sonic and Amy. She points to the two of them,"That is your friend, Amy, right, Shadow?"
"Yeah, yeah, it is.."
Looking back at Big,"We should probably be going..Good bye, Big."
Big blinked a few times, then spoke up,"Oh-kay..Byeeeee Shadow, Mari-a."
Waving his gloved paw a few times, he started to lumber back to the shore-line.* "We can go follow them, or we can go to the inn room and..make plans."
Maria waves bye to Big and Froggy then turns to Shadow,"Who is that with her? They both look kind of distressed."
"..Amy's just overly excited, and Sonic is just..really, really wanting to pull away." Walking over, still lugging the luggage bag, other hand clasped around hers.
Their actual words become clear as Shadow and Maria draw closer. Amy pulls on Sonic with all her might,"Come on, Sonic! It`ll be lots of fun and really romantic!"
Sonic was looking as hesitant and unwilling as ever, letting out a long sigh,"Ughh...you said that about the Casino, Amy."
Shadow just looked on with a mixed look, pointing out Sonic to her,"That's Sonic..Amy's proclaimed lover."
Maria gives the two of them a wave,"Hello, Sonic. Hello again, Amy."
Amy looks over at Shadow and Maria with a smile,"Hi, guys. Hey! Wanna double-date with us to Twinkle Park?"
Sonic looks over at Shadow and Maria, a bemused expression on his face,"Huh-what? Shadow? And who are you?"
Shadow looked off, a little hesitant,"..It's been a long day, Maria and I were thinking of going back to the hot-"
Amy keeps one hand on Sonic`s arm while the other goes on her hip,"Aw come along, Shadow, it`ll be fun! You need to get out anyway and interact with people."
"..Maybe." Shadow spoke, looking over to Maria, as if to see her reaction on it,"And shouldn't Tails be with you all..?"
Sonic looked off,"I tried calling him, but he sounded shaken-up about something, saying he had to work on his new invention..so no."
Looking over at Amy,"Welp, elevators taking forever. Let's go."
Amy gives Sonic a wicked smile that`s half-threatening,"Don`t try and pull that stunt. We gotta actually go over to the elevator for it to activate."
Maria looks at Shadow,"Well, if you would like to go to Twinkle Park, Shadow, I`m willing to go."
"Ughhh.." Sonic groans as he rolls his eyes, walking over towards the elevator,"Might as well get it over with.."
Shadow though, looks towards Maria,"It's up to you, Maria.. Either way, I'm happy with what you want."
Amy happily walks to the elevator with Sonic, holding onto his arm like what you would see a girlfriend do with her boyfriend. Maria begins walking to the elevator and gently pulls Shadow with her still holding his hand. The elevator platform lowers down to let the passengers board it.
Shadow began to willingly walk onto the elevator with Maria, still hefting the luggage over a shoulder as he looked on, watching as the doors began to close. A rush of neon-lights began to glow and twinkle around them. Sonic looked a little bored,"..Sooo, how about those cars."
Amy starts girlishly moving about a little,"Ohhh, we`re going to do the cars, first? I get to ride with you, Sonic!"
Her hug on Sonic`s arm seems to tighten a little.
"Oh brother..yeah, yeah, alright Amy. We'll do the cars first..I'll drive." Sonic eventually spoke out, walking her into the twinkle-park track. Shadow looked over to Maria, then nodded, setting the luggage bag in a corner and walking into the track-garage, where the cars were parked,"I guess I'll drive you.."
Maria gives a sheepish smile,"I`m glad of that. I don`t know how to drive these."
"It'll be fun, trust me." Shadow grinned to her lightly when no one was looking, or so he hoped no one was looking. Sonic was looking back at them, while putting on his seat belt on,"Well there's something you don't see every day."
Amy is busy getting her seat belt set so she hasn`t noticed anything,"Hmm? See what?"
"Shadow actually smiled for once." He said, starting to get the car started,"Creepy."
Leading Maria into a nearby black car, he seated her first,"Comfortable?"
Maria puts her seat belt on. Then she turns to Shadow. She nods to him with a smile,"Yes, thank you."
Amy is looking over to them,"Yeah, it is creepy."
"You're welcome." Suddenly hopping in and fixing his seat-belt, he started the car and buzzed off; numerous "computer-robot" operated cars began to ride along-side them, followed by Sonic who seemed to be itching for a race.
"Show time..So who was that girl with Shadow?" Sonic asked, glancing over towards Amy.
Amy turns to Sonic,"That`s Maria, the one Shadow that sort of motivated Shadow in everything he did."
"Ohhhh..ouch. Wonder how she's kicking now." Making several rough turns.
Shadow didn't seemed keen on racing really, just drove at a steady-speed, probably to keep Maria comfortable,"What do you want to do after this, Maria?"
During a 90-degree turn, Maria quickly hugs Shadow as though she were worried she was going to fall. After the turn, though, she keeps her arms around him. She chuckles a bit and answers his question,"We could see the rest of Twinkle Park?"
Amy is used to Sonic`s need for speed and thus is having a load of fun. She raises her arms like she were on a roller coaster and cheers. Then she looks at Sonic,"She seems fine and really nice. Hard to imagine how someone so tough and unpredictable as Shadow spent so much time with such a quiet and sweet girl."
"Eh, I guess its the balance issue, something what's-his-face always went on about." Sonic replied to Amy, taking a few rough-turns, then going up the "light ramps".
A few seconds of weightless-ness here and there.
Shadow on the other hand tilted his head slightly, then hit the light-ramps. There were several seconds of weightlessness as they were jettisoned upwards to the next stretch of track; he seemed comforted that she hugged around him,"It's fine..we won't fall. And..I meant after we get through Twinkle Park."
After the third light ramp, Maria seems to settle down a bit more and feels a bit more secure with the car ride. She chuckles again,"We should go to the hotel afterwards then. It will be pretty late when we`re done here."
Amy looks over to check on Shadow and Maria,"I hope we`re not going overboard. I mean, it`s her first day alive after 52 years."
"How'd she even come back is what I'm asking? Did Shadow find some genie-in-a-lamp or something?" Taking a wide turn; in the distance was the actual amusement park.
"This is the city that never sleeps, Maria..we could do a lot more, unless..you're tired. We'll talk about it more later." Nodding to her reassuringly, turning a few times, then driving the long stretch of track towards the park in the distance; the space-like entity surrounding them gave the track an almost ethereal sci-fi feel.
Amy looks at Sonic again,"He said he used the chaos emeralds on her since she was cry...cry....cryno......frozen."
Maria looks to the track ahead of them. Her mouth opens a little being fascinated with how it looks. Her arms haven`t let go of Shadow the whole way through.
"Woah, he took all the chaos-emeralds? Are they all used up?" Looking back at Shadow for a short while, then back towards the upcoming garage; he ignored the turn to take the track again.
Shadow remained silent for a little while, that look of contentment returning; despite the scares and the anger he had shown earlier, he seemed to have mellowed out, especially with Marias help,"..We're going to have a lot of fun, trust me, Maria."
Amy shakes her head,"I`m not sure. I didn`t see any of the emeralds with him. Though he might just be hiding them somewhere."
Maria nuzzles her head into the side of Shadow`s, though avoiding his quills, she has a big smile on her face,"I`m already having a lot of fun!"
"Well, so long as he's not using them.. I guess it'll be okay."
Slowing down now, there was the carnival-amusement park like surroundings now that were all around them, especially the great castle. Shadow pointed towards the castle,"How about we drive through the castle?"
Maria looks up to the castle,"Sure!"
It was at this point that Shadow separated paths with Sonic and Amy, and suddenly sped off; Maria could see the ferris wheel and the roller-coasters surrounding them, not to mention the ramps and pathways that Shadow began to take leading up to the castle,"We should have eaten dinner here."
Maria looks at Shadow,"There`s always tomorrow."
Amy notices Shadow and Maria veering off,"Huh, where are they going?"
Sonic, having stopped, just followed the path-ways to see where they were going.
"Ohhhh..they're going to the castle."
Nodding a few times at hearing Maria, Shadow looked off to the path-way.