For a minute there it was like my entire world just froze up, Everything around me was still but my mind was doing the exact opposite it was racing like a car at the Daytona speed way race track. As for words I was completely at a loss for them, Runo chuckled slightly as she walked over to me with her arms behind her back, "You look like you just saw a ghost or something, Dan everything alright?" she asked me. "Umm he's just not use to being up this early is all." I heard Drago reply. "I can understand that." I noticed that Runo's hair was a lot shorter then it had been since I saw her last, but then again people's looks did change quite a bit when you haven't seen them for 3 years. Eventually I could feel myself returning to normal, my ability to talk returning as well. "Ugh, we, we'd better get going, those doors are gonna open soon and when they do we'll need a place to stay outta the way of all these crazy shoppers." I muttered starting off to the back of the store rather quickly, not checking to see if she was following or not I wasn't really as ok as I was letting on before all I could really wonder was what in the hell was she doing here now after all this time?
"5,4,3,2,1. ALL RIGHT FOLKS THE DOORS ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN, MUCKLEHONEY TOYS INC WELCOMES YOU ALL TO OUR ANNUAL BLACK FRIDAY SUPERSALE!!!!!!!" Called Mr. Mucklehoney over a bull horn as the doors to his store opened, just like that the huge crowd was off like a pack of dogs after a stray cat. People almost immidately started grabbing carts and running down Aisles searching for the items on thier lists they were after, all around the mall other doors were doing the same, needless to say it was very quickly turning into a mad house. " Whoa, whoa, whoa, one at a time one at a time! There's enough to go around already!" Shun muttered as he struggled to maintain his balance while carrying a heavy load of boxes and making his way through a small but extremely rowdy and energized group of little kids, each and every one of them was pawing to get at the box he held. Sora wasn't fairing much better either, just keeping toys on the shelves was hard enough right now one minute they were there all neat and organized like they were suppose to be then the next minute totally ravaged, ransacked, and stripped bare down to the metal shelves they sat on. "Holy macaroni on Rye! Is it just me or is this an especially bad season?!?!" she called over to Shun. "Geh! There is such a thing as a good season? Let go of my foot ya little sugar crazed monster!!" he said shaking his leg. Sora did her best to get her box unloaded as fast as she could, then quickly grabbed Shun's left hand and pulled him and herself to a free safe spot. "Thought they were gonna tear my leg off there for a minute!" He said. "You two ok in there?" asked the black haired boy to his partners. Ingram and Hawktor were hidden down in his jacket pocket for safety. The way these kids were right now anything that looked brightly colored and shiny was a prime target to get snatched up. Sora had taken extra care as to keep Gayle safe, placing the green Ventus dragonoid in her inner coat pocket. "What in the heck were we thinking when we said we would be with you today?!?!" he asked. "I'm starting to think we shouldn't of brought you along either." She panted. "Let's just hope the others are doing better then we are about now." Shun said "Honestly I am more worried about what my Mom is doing out there in the mall." Sora groaned.
"Outta my way outta my way its mine I saw it first!!!" yelled Mrs. Kuso as she fought her way through the aisled of a home goods store tightly clutching a brand new coffee pot to her chest like it was a priceless gem she had found. "50% Off for this baby and like hell I am gonna let any of you screaming banshees get the last one!! Honey heads up coming at you from 3 :00 clock high!!!" she called, tossing the box over head of the mob and to her raggered looking husband who did his best not to drop it and place it in the cart. "Meet me over in the dinner wear section in 20 minutes I've gotta check out this deal on new throw pillows first!!" All Mr. Kuso could do was pant and give a weak thumbs up while gripping the handle of his cart. "Well this is my cardio for the day." he said the cart he held was carrying not only the new coffee pot but also a fondue set and a new juicer as well. Looking on at his wife battling her way through the mass of angry determined shoppers. He did have to admire that fiery spirit she had as she went for her goals. "You are definately Dan and Sora's mom. But seeing you this into it is still a little scary." he thought to himself. Not long after that Baron and Ace appeared this time riding along on Segways, Both Nemus and Percival riding on thier shoulders. " Ok people let's all just calm down a little bit shall we no need to go bananas is there?!" Ace said. " HEY!!! You heard the man simmer down or get outta here!!" Baron bellowed. Ace whipped his head around and shot him a quick glare. " You dumbass! I didn't say that you want them to go after us too?!" Baron puffed up his chest and adjusted his security guard badge before replying. " They gotta learn Ace my friend, you and I. We're the law around this mall and what we say goes." Ace rubbed his now aching head, this was the very thing that got them fired from Grub bucket, Baron going off and doing something stupid that would no doubt back fire and result in mass destruction or injury along the way. "Look dude, we're tight and all but if you think for one minute I am going in to that mad house of a store you have got another-" Ace never finished his sentence after that. Baron immidately whipped out his whistle and blasted it as loud as he could before rushing into the store. " Stop!! Stop in the name of an independantly funded and under manned mall security force!!" Baron then launched himself head first into the mass of people which resulted in him taking quite a beating from the shoppers there in. Ace sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose while trying to not act embaressed. "Why do you hang out with him Ace?" Percival asked. "I am starting to wonder that myself." Around this time Mrs. Kuso had fought her way free but sadly had missed out on both the Throw pillows and the new plates so she was a little pissed about that. " Ok let's go! We can still make it down to Gadget town and see about this new Blu rey player for 60% off and they also have a deal going. Buy 3 disks get 2 free!" she said announcing her game plan. "Gyahhh wah haa ha ha!!! Oof!!!" Baron grunted as he skid along the white tiled floor after being thrown out of the store Nemus panted on his shoulder where he hung from. "Oh, Hey Mrs. K, say by any chance are you still mad about yesterday, Ya know where I flooded your bathroom and instead of helping clean up I just took off?" Baron asked. " Hisssssss!!!!" Went the woman in anger. "Yep, I'd say she is still mad." Ace chuckled.
"Alrighty that is more or less all you have to do." I said briskly to Runo, I'm not going to lie being around her and having to train her was really really akward, I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure Fabia didn't see anything. Now cheating on her was the absolute last thing I would do. Runo and I were totally done with that part of our lives. Honestly I guess I was still a little resentful of her for what she did to me all those years ago. "Hemm really well this can't be that hard." she said opening a box of stuffed teddy bears and starting to place them on a shelf. I stood watching her and acting like I was working on a new Power ranger display beside me. " Heh, you still buying stuff like that?" she giggled. "Old habits die hard." I answered her quickly and rather dryly. "So, I take it you've moved back into town?" "Yeah, my Folks opened up another cafe in the area around here but I kind of hand a falling out with my dad so I got canned, and here I am." She said. We fell into a short silence after that not saying a word to each other, the only sounds coming from further out in the store. " Umm, You know I saw you coming inside with that new girl of yours around your arm this morning. What was her name again, Koria?" " Fabia, her partner is Aranaut, a haos like Tigrerra." I answered "Oh I I see. Well, Umm she's cute I can tell you care alot about her by the way you were holding her close to you." I nodded in achnoledgement not wanting to really talk about this subject. I was half expecting her to ask me to take her back, now only Drago knew that for a while I did want to get back together with her but that had long passed its time, Fabs and I had a really good thing going and I was not about to do anything that would hurt her. It was just being around her was stirring up all these old emotions and not just the connection we shared but the friend I had also lost. "Runo, I'll be back in a bit I need to get some coffee." with that I took my leave and headed for the front of the store. "Daniel, you know you can't run forever." Drago said un folding from his marble form infront of me. "What am I suppose to do Drago act like nothing happened?! You were there you saw how she stabbed me in the back and tossed me aside like a kid does with a broken toy. "Yes, yes, I know but the aura I sense around her now seems to be someone who just wants her friend back in her life." I wasn't so sure about that myself, Or if I could even do something like that Sure Fabia's love had done quite a bit to heal the hurt but Runo's coming back like this had just stirred up so much inside me. I was really trying my best to keep it all inside so as not to lash out or start something. Up Ahead I saw Fabia talking with Lance, Shun, Aria, and Sora outside the store, No doubt they had gotten word that Runo was back and working with us. Now I knew fully well that there was no way around this so I figured that the best thing to do... well I was still figuring out that part.
"Hey Bro, ya been attacked by any little ankle biters yet?" Sora asked me as she waved me and Drago over. "Me and Aria here were pinned up against a wave of them and angry moms in the bike racks." Lance said. "This day cannot end soon enough I'd much rather take my chances out here in the cold then back in there with those little demons." Aria said. " You and me both." Agreed Shun. I just nodded in agreement and walked over to Fabia. She smiled at me with that beautiful smile of hers and I did the same back at her. Taking a hold of her I kissed her quickly on the cheek, " Listen, I gotta talk to you in private for a minute do you mind?" I asked her. "No, Not at all." I walked her down away from the door and around back to the loading docks, it was a bit more sheltered here from the wind and easyer to see thanks to the light. " Everything ok Dan, you seem like something is bothering you." she asked. Seemed like she could instantly pick up on my mental state which really shouldn't surprise me too much, she did have a sharp mind. "Well... I suppose you've heard this by now but... umm, My old... ex girlfriend Runo..." I started, my thought were a jumble right now as I tryed to find the right words. " She started working here." Fabia nodded and folded her arms over her chest as she leaned against the metal railing that led up the stairs to the loading dock's door. "I already know, Julie said she saw you with her and that Mucklehoney wanted you to train her how to work here." she said. " Well Yeah." I could see right away some concerns in her face, her gaze drifted off to the side a bit a cold gust of wind then blew through the area, howling as it did so. "Do you miss her?" She asked. "Huh what was that?" "I asked if you missed her." Fabia asked again this time a bit louder. To that I wasn't fully sure, I knew not as a girlfriend but as a battle partner and regular friend yes while at the same time still no. "Fabia, you know that I love you right? I will admit I did want Runo back for a while but not anymore. Not after what she did to me." I told her. "I am not about to throw away everything I have with you or make you go through the same pain I did." I could see that she was still not too sure, in the corners of her eyes I think I saw a few tear drops starting to form and roll down her cheeks, and her crying was the last thing I ever wanted to see. "Fabs come on. I'm telling you the truth here." I said wrapping her in my arms and holding her close to me. "You know, that night we went out with the others, and we had our little moment in the park that was what made everything clear. I knew that you were the real one I was meant for. I don't care if you are a princess, an alien, human, or what ever else... What I care about is the person in here. Right in here, the Fabia Sheen who made it so I can love another person again. The girl who is also one of the best friends I have ever had or will have."
Fabia slowly turned her gaze back up to me and smiled, her tears still coming but not out of fear or sadness, her arms slowly found thier way around me and she let out a soft moan. "Dan. I don't really know what to say to that other then you have taken the place Jin left empty when he died. You saved my planet and entire race when the brawlers came to Nethia. You've been my shoulder to cry on too for so long, and I thank my lucky stars for that every day, When ever I have to head home to Nethia I miss you so much that it hurts. I never want to lose you, ever." "Don't worry. You never will." I said. "You won't." The two of us turned and saw Runo standing there nearby looking down at her boots on the pavement, "Dan, Fabia, I didn't come here to cause any trouble. Really I only came here to... Make things right. You read the note when I gave you Tigrerra as my gift before? I admitted that I wanted you back for a while but soon after that and again just now I realize I don't deserve you back Dan. Maybe I never deserved you at all." She said. "Runo," She held a hand up towards us asking for silence. "All I want now is to be a part of your lives, not as a girlfriend, or a rival but friend and fellow Brawler cause in this time I have missed our friendship, I missed it soo much." There were no lies in her words Both of us could tell. As the three of us slowly made our way towards one another Runo reached out her hand again and looked hopeful, "Please, can we just be friends?" Fabia looked at me with a small smile and nodded, signifying it was ok with her and I was starting to see that no real good came from holding grudges anymore. Very slowly I took hold of her hand and grinned. " Of course."
Suddenly a loud crash came from the parking lot right infront of the store followed by a loud blaring horn and car alarm going off. "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHUGHAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY CAR MY CAR YOU IMBECILES WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY BEAUTIFUL CAR?!?!?!?!?!?!!!" Yelled Mr. Mucklehoney. "Baron, remind me to kill you later!!!" Ace snapped. "Note to self, the emergency break is on the left side the gas pedal is on the right, and there is no traction on ice." The three of us broke into a laugh together, "Well let's go see what Baron has done this time." I said taking Fabia's hand again as she kissed me on the lips. All and all this Black friday hadn't been so bad. I had gotten one of my old friends back in my life and I had my lovely girlfriend still with me. Not too bad if I say so myself.