"Dan, Dan? Dan come on already!! I know you are awake in there don't pretend like you can't hear me, Let's get a move on already or we're gonna be late!" Called my little sister, Sora from outside my room, Knocking on my door rather loudly. Inside however I was laying in my bed all curled up nice and comfy in my sheets desperately trying to fall back to sleep while looking over towards my night stand at my clock radio which was flashing 10 : 49 p.m. "Nope, not gonna do it, aint gonna happen, don't care if I get fired, don't care if mom blows a gasket I don't care, I don't care, I am not getting out of bed." I muttered to myself. "Is he still asleep in there? Jeez your mom is gonna tear him a new one if he doesn't wake up soon." I heard my best friend and Sora's boyfriend Shun say from outside. "Not to mention Mr. Mucklehoney is gonna hit the roof." Added Lance. I rolled over in my bed and groaned up at the ceiling in irratation, what in the world did I do to deserve this, this, this torture? Having to go into work on Black Friday, the busiest damn shopping day of the whole freaking year and of all places a Toy store at that! "Gonna be crawling with little screaming crying demons wanting thier little Christmas presents as soon as they saw them or throwing snit fits..." I muttered. Not to mention I was currently battling a serious case of Indigestion from Dinner earlyer that day. It had been a great meal with my family and friends but I was seriously regretting that last slab of turkey which I just had to slather with extra gravy. "Drago, Tigrerra, do me a solid and go tell them I am sick and can't work." I said to my partners on my night stand. "Sorry Daniel, That's not gonna happen, besides if we tell them that we'll get in double the trouble from your mother, you know how she loves Black friday." Drago said. "I still cannot believe she is a fan of this hectic day, but then again so was Runo's mom." Tigrerra added. It was the same thing every year, Mom made dinner, we ate, then went to bed early so we had some fuel in us to get our asses up and help her start her Christmas shopping as soon as the Doors to the stores were open, Aria and Sora didn't mind it so much but Dad and I HATED it with a passion. Still we had to do it because if mama wasn't happy then no one was happy, Thankfully since the lot of us had our horrible jobs we got out of it in favor for a brand new form of torture, actually working shifts.
"Here let me try something." said a voice which sounded like an angel to me. Very slightly I watched the door open up and saw 2 shadows enter the room, one human shaped and one a bakugan floating next to it. As they made thier way towards me I could feel a warmth start to envelop me and a smile make its way over my face. The larger figure, now was slightly more visible in the dim light of the street lights that filtered in through my curtains. I could make out her long silky smooth navy blue hair and slim outline of her figure as she sat down on the edge of my bed, leaning over and down towards me I was soon gifted by the sweet gentle touch of her lips against my own it had become one of my favorite sensations as well as one of hers. I slowly rose up into a sitting position and wrapped my arms around her, rubbing her along her back as I did so I felt her do the same with me. I could feel my heart beating deep inside my chest and her as well. Every time I could hold her close to me like this I thanked my lucky stars, I thanked my sister and our friends for bringing us together for giving me a new love. Sadly our need for Air soon became too great and we had to break away from each other's mouths. "Heh, heh, heh. I never get tired of that I just love your Kisses." she said to me "I could say the same thing about yours, Fabs." I chuckled as I turned on the light and yawned discrietly. "This early morning stuff is killing me why in the heck can't my Mom just order her crap online?" I asked. "Who in thier right mind wants to go out at this time of night?" "Well look on the bright side." Fabia said, but stopping soon afterwards lost in thought. "Yeah, and what is the bright side?" I asked her. "Umm, well, uhh, I got nothing." she chuckled. All I could do was smile and shake my head. "Well we better get going the sooner we get through this hell the sooner it is over." I said grabbing up Drago and Tigrerra and some clean clothes. Opening my bed room door I wasn't too surprised to see Sora and the others come flopping over into my room once the door was gone. " Seriously guys, don't you have anything better to do?" I asked. "Well yeah but spying and evesdropping is so much fun though!" Aria chirped.
Down in the Kitchen I could hear Mom complaining about us losing time as well as Dad trying to keep her calm. I very rapidly did what I needed to in the shower and threw on my uniform before sliding down the banister into the living room. "Well its about time Daniel!!! For once can't you be ready to head out ahead of schedule like your sister?!" Mom said as she flipped through a mountain of newspaper coupons and catalogs she had been collecting since Halloween. "It's bad enough I only have your Father today to help me get stuff I can't afford to miss out on these deals, if I do my whole holiday shopping mojo will be thrown off." "And the whole universe will come to a screeching halt if that happens." I whispered to Drago and Tigrerra. The two of them chuckled softly as to not let Mom hear them. "SORA! GAYLE! ARIA! PANZER! GET YOUR ASSES DOWN HERE AND OUT TO THE DRIVE WAY PRONTO!!!!" Mom yelled. Both of them came rocketing into the living room followed closely by Shun, Lance and Fabia. After that we were rapidly shoved out the door into the freezing cold night air. You could see quite a few other people who were also making their way out into the chaos that was sure to be Black Friday all of them seeking the best deals they could on stuff that they could probably do with out and honestly didn't even need all to save a few bucks. "I never will understand these humans no matter how long I live amongst them." Gayle said. "They are a most unusual race of creatures. They complain about things such as lack of sleep and the cold for the most part. Yet they still go through with activities such as this which bring them into conflict with them." Hawktor added. "Well its not like Vestals, Neathians, or Gundalians make much more sense either." Aranaut said, Terraroid nodded in agreement. " Hey, you do realize that we're standing right here." Lance said. " Same could be said about you Bakugan really, your whole existance doesn't make much sense. You're huge giant monsters one minute then the next you are plastic marbles that fit into a teenager's pocket." Fabia smerked. "Plus the only real way you can battle is if you have a human or other sort of partner to do it with." I added as I fumbled around with my keys to open the lock to my Van. " Ok guys Pile in, and be quick about it freezing my tail off here." I called. The others each took thier seats as the engine revved to life. Fabia was up front with me while Lance and Aria took the middle, Sora and Shun were riding with mom and dad in thier car, sad to say but my little sister didn't exactly think I was the best driver in the world, but who was she to talk, she had failed her driver's ed test 10 times already! "Ok ladies and gentlemen, and Bakugans. Sit down, buckle up, and hold on to your butts cause here we Go!!!" I said, peeling out of the drive way and down the street. "Whoa! Wha!! Gah!! Dan, watch the road! Oh left turn! Right! left right right No your other right!!!" Drago growled from his place on the dash board watching as the headlights of other vehicles shone in on us. "Oh come on Buddy not afraid of a little traffic are ya?!" I joked. " The traffic no, you behind the wheel of a car, yes!" he said. Really I only did that to get a little rise out of the others, soon afterwards I smoothed out and got serious. " How in the heck did you ever get a driver's lisence ya drive like a maniac!!" Aria panted. " I think I just lost like 10 years of my life just now." Lance said. "Ahh man you guys are whimps." I said " Not like anyone got hurt just now." Fabia turned and looked my way with a slight glare, her hand on her chest trying to steady her heart some after the fright she had. "You ever do anything like that again Dan Kuso and I will personally drop kick you to Neathia and back again." she said. "Ahh no ya won't ya love me too much to do that." I said which made her sigh and roll her eyes. "You're lucky that you're right, ya crazy bastard." she thought to herself. Beforewe could head out to the mall and to our own personal nightmare, we had to pick up a few more of our friends. I blew on my horn as we pulled up to Jake's house. "Hey rise and shine sleeping beauties " Dan Kuso's super speedy shuttle service" is here!!" I called. The others started to laugh at my joke while the door opened. Jake and Coredem were the first ones out followed by Ren and Linehalt. then Marucho, Preyas, Elfin, and Akiwamos and Julie and Gorem brought up the rear. "Dan the man with a big red van!!" Jake called Happily, climbing up into the back and giving me and lance a few fist bumps as he did so. " Oh boy tight squeeze." Ren gasped "No one breath, Jake here wolfed down 3 bean burritos before you got here. Try not to hit any bumps Ok Dan." He added. Lance and Aria erupted into laughter while I sweat dropped, "Alright alright enough chatter will ya let's get this show on the road, I'm freezing here!" Julie growled " Missing out on 3 crutial hours of beauty sleep.. Mucklehoney better know I am putting in for overtime for today." "Alright alright we're going already."
By the time we got to the mall, the parking lot was all but filled to the brim with people and the doors weren't even open yet. I could hear them complaining about the wait and the cold, all the while I dreaded stepping through those sliding glass doors, all I wanted to do was get through my shift as soon as I could, get away from here, and curl up on the couch with Fabia by the Fire place. That was my idea of how to spend black friday, we eventually found a place to park on the 7th floor of the parking garage, right at the very top and the place where the wind was the coldest. " Yeeesh!! Who ordered the arctic blasts?!" I asked stepping out side and blowing on my hands, even through the gloves, the cold found its way through. Just as we were making our way towards the doors a pair of headlights caught us along with a siren. "FREEZE DIRTBAGS!!!" yelled a familier voice. " Baron come on its too cold and too early for this." Fabia said. The lights turned down and the duo shown to be driving the security cart was none other then Ace and Baron. The two of them had recently gotten fired from thier job at Grub bucket in the food court when Baron set the kitchen on fire and only recently gotten on with mall security. "What kind of screening process did they have for mall guards, if they gave Baron a badge it must not of been too hard. " Ren asked "Tell me about it." Lance said. "Heh I don't envy you guys, I heard Mucklehoney has quite the work load for his staff today." Ace grinned "Yeah but what about you? You gotta ride around with Brainless Baron here all day so it's not like you got the golden ticket either." I snipped back. Ace looked crest fallen, his gaze looking back at Baron who was clearly a little too enthusiastic about his new job. "Yeah I know it's like a never ending nightmare. Knew I should of gone to work for Keith with Mira." He said. "Hey Dan, by Any chance is your Mom still umm Mad at me for, ya know the Over flowing Toilet incident of yesterday?" Baron asked. I didn't even answer him, I just did my best to surpress the Memory and walked away while wishing Ace all the luck I could cause he was going to need it.
"Well, lets get this over with." I said clocking in and heading into the store. I could hear the sounds of customers outside in the dark, pounding on the glass and chanting for us to open up. I also spied Shun and Sora up ahead both of them looking pretty overwhelmed at the task ahead. "Look at them all. I don't think I've ever seen it this bad." Sora said. "Easy there Babe, I got cha covered." Shun said. Thankfully they were on the loading docks, un loading the trucks that must of come in earlyer that night. "Be strong Sis, we'll get through this. we may be trampled, we may be beaten up, heck we may even be bitten by a kid or 2 dozen but we will make it through." I said. "Oh Dan! Mucklehoney wants to see you in his Office right now!" called Aria walking past towards the front door. I didn't hesitate to get a move on, making a bee line for the wooden doors over to my right and threw them. "Umm you wanted to see me Sir?" I asked as I opened the door and walked inside. Behind his desk sorting through piles and piles of papers sat Mr. Mucklehoney, his bald head shone brightly against the flouresent lights, and his mouth clamped tightly around a cigarette. "Sit on down, David! I need to have a talk with you." He said "Umm It's Dan sir." I corrected him. "That's what I said Drew! What are ya repeating me for?! I got a very special assignment for you today." silently I was groaning, wondering what it could be and praying with all my might that it wasn't getting dressed up and having to dance around like a moron in the parking lot like Jake was right about now to draw in customers. " I got a new stocker starting today, and I want you to train her, considering you're one of the best I have, Derrek." Mr. Mucklehoney said, blowing out a puff of smoke at me. "A new stocker sir? Is that really a good idea, and on black Friday of all days?" I asked. "You telling me how to do my job Darius?! I have been in this game for over 25 years now and I know that more employees means my store will stay stocked better and I can stay open longer. Plus it means more people will want to come and spend thier money here instead of those other places around town! But if you would rather Devin, I can alway scrounge up another costume and put you out there with Jackson in the parking lot to draw customers in."
"You mean Jake sir, and no I I will do what ever you say. You want this person trained I will get her trained." "Good. The New girl is named Rachel, or Ruthy, or what ever. Just get to work already and get outta my office, time is Money, and if you're wasting time then you are wasting money!" I didn't say another word as I left Mucklehoney's office. "Grouchy old bastard, why the fuck can't he ever get our names right?!" I cursed. This day had just gone from bad to worse and little did I know it was only starting. " So, you're the one who is suppose to train me? Heh surprise, surprise." Said the voice of someone I honestly never ever expected to see again. Turning to my right I felt my jaw drop slightly. "Heh been a long time hasn't it Dan?" "R, R, Runo?"