Amy woke to the sound of grunting near her bedside. Next to the bed was Shadow's cot, neatly made. Near the bathroom door he was doing push ups on one hand without his feet touching the ground. "254...255...256...257" He mumbled. The sweat beads dripped off his face onto the wooden floor. He was wearing a pair of sweat pants and an old tunic. Breakfast sat on the desk, his portion already gone.
Amy got up and went into the bathroom to change. When she came out, Shadow was already finished. Amy dressed into a dress that only her mother would have forced her into wearing; a dark pink dress with long sleeves and high heels. Even a large corset, which made things even harder for her.
She stumbled out of the bathroom, tripping over the long skirt. "Hey are you ready Shadow?" She asked, her feet feeling really painful. He nodded. "Yea." Then he noticed there was a slight limp to her walk as she stumbled as gracefully as she could to the door.
"Do you really want to wear that? It seems like you can't walk right." Shadow said, concern swept over his eyes. I can't breathe right either this corset is KILLING me. But having to act like a proper young princess she said, "I'm fine, really. Now why don't you get cleaned up before-" She stepped onto her long skirt again and this time fell over. A large ripping sound could be heard.
She shut her eyes tight, getting ready for the impact. Instead, she felt something warm around her back and legs. She opened her emerald orbs slowly, finding herself in the arms of a certain black hedgehog. Pink blush crept onto her cheeks. "Uhh..." She said. Uhh? Is the best thing you can say to the guy is UHH? Shadow helped her back onto her feet. Shadow blushed a bit."Maybe you should wear something else..."
Then she nodded, as she looked for another dress and shoes in the closet, Shadow turned bright red as he looked at her, then looked away covering his nose, blood trickled out in between his fingers. What's up with him? She thought as she walked into the bathroom. Then when she was in the bathroom and closed the door, the answer was clear. In the mirror, a big tear in the back of her dress could be seen, showing her pink legs and slight undergarments. Oh my god... This is horrible... he saw my underwear...
At first she was mega pissed, wondering why he didn't tell her. Then her temper cooled down a bit as she changed into her other dress. Opening the corset, she could finally breathe. Probably didn't want to embarrass me. She thought.
When she walked out, Shadow was sitting on his cot, stretching his arms. "Are you ready now Rose? Because Bernard said to be downstairs soon." He said. Amy nodded. She changed from her tight, uncomfortable pink dress to a nice forest green dress with little rose patterns cascading down the hem. She switched her heels to some nice old brown flats she hid in her suitcase when her mother wasn't looking.
The two hedgehogs walked through the corridors, as they reached the garden, Amy heard small voices in the bushes. They followed it to see Tails and Cream, hand in hand, talking. Cream had a daffodil in her other hand; blushing slightly as they talked. Shadow chuckled. Ah young love... He thought. Amy was giggling as she saw Cream peck Tails on the cheek as he gave her another beautiful flower. Shadow decided to give them som privacy so he grabbed Amy by the hand and led her away.
At the entrance to the stadium
The place was solid stone, held up by many pillars with leaves and vines trailing down them. Crowds were filling up the stands in a rush. In the center were hundreds of men training with fire in their eyes, determined to win. Bernard stood against one pillar, he held a big cloth bag next to him. Shadow and Amy walked up to the aging dog, they said their greeting to each other and walked to a more priivate space to talk.
They stood near the back entrance, not being noticed by anyone. Bernard opened a door to a small sitting room of some kind. It looked plain, a few chairs, a table, and some lights. There was a changing curtain near the wall. Bernard handed Shadow the bag. "You will be needed to wear those during the tournament. Try not to bang them up that badly." As Shadow changed into the armor, Bernard started to talk to Amy.
"Are you going to watch him your highness?" He asked. "Yes." "Do you hope he wins?" "Of course!" "Do you want him to choose you as his bride?" "Of cour-" Amy caught herself. She was blushing hard. Bernard chuckled. What its like to be young and in love... Shadow finally finished and walked out from behind the curtains. He had black armor on, no helmet though. White gauze wrapped around his hands for protection and a little pouch to keep his emerald in. "How do they feel?" Bernard asked. "Just fine."
A good few hours later
"LAAADDDIIEEEESS AAAANNDD GEEENTTLEEMEEEEN! WELCOME TO THE ANNUAL WYNDIE TOURNAMENT! HERE WE WILL DETERMINE WHO IS THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE ENTIRE KINGDOM!" Cheers rang through the stands. "NOW! LETS SEE WHAT THE FIRST GAME SHALL BE!" The announcer opened a parchment and screamed what it said. "FIRST OFF, THE CROSS-COUNTRY RACE!"