During the middle of the afternoon, Rouge was housing the master emerald in her house which she Shadow and Omega were living in. Rouge smirked at her acquired treasure but was more excited at seeing Knuckles' fury and how annoyed she could make him. Laying in the middle of the living room surrounded by several couches and tables, it started glowing a bright green.
Then it glowed even brighter as a lone figure came out of the large gem and fell to the floor. As the light settled, the figure turned into an orange girl echidna in tribal clothing from her past. It was Tikal the echidna. She shook her head in confusion as she looked around. It was not the kind of home she was used to. She stood up limping a little for she felt dizzy. "What is this place?", she asked in her head, "One minute I'm sealed in my dimension with Chaos and, a second later, I'm in some mansion". She then lost her balance and stumbled backwards. She ended up knocking a vase over on the coffee table. "Ahh", she gasped as she bent over looking at the shattered vase, "Oh no, I broke a treasure from this home". She knelled over and started picking up the pieces. She then heard footsteps behind her and a foot tapping. She looked behind her and saw a pair of white and red hoverboots tapping on the ground. She stared up and saw an ebony hedgehog with white chest fur and red highlights on his quills. "Who the hell are you and what are you doing in this house?", he asked with a cold emotionless face. "Uh", she shook a little as his red eyes stared into her blue eyes "I, um, I'm Tikal... I don't know how I got here".
He then stared at the master emerald that was randomly glowing. "Well, I'm Shadow. Oh, I see.... You're from that gem", Shadow said pointing to the Master Emerald making Tikal breathe a sigh of relief knowing he understood. He actually knew because Sonic told him in one of his adventures. "The big question is", Shadow said, "What are you doing now that you broke a vase that Rouge toiled to steal". "She stole this?", she asked holding the pieces of the vase, "That's wrong". "Tell her that", Shadow said as he grabbed her by the arm and pulled her up. He stared at her somewhat frightened eyes but felt a slight blush on his face seeing how cute she was. Rouge the bat then entered. Shadow explained the incident and Rouge decided on a way to punish her. A few minutes later, Tikal ended up in a maid's outfit. "Why am I dressed like this?!", she shouted in an infuriated tone. "I think it suits you", Rouge smirked, "What do you think, Shadow?" He didn't look; he was flushing with a scarlet blush across his muzzle.
For the rest of the night, Tikal worked on house work while Knuckles was arguing with Rouge over her taking the Master Emerald. Tikal then entered the living room sighing as she prepared for a last minute cleaning. Her eyes widened as she saw Shadow on the couch drinking some wine in a glass. "Uh, Mr. Shadow, why are you drinking that?", she asked. "I rarely drink this", Shadow said, "Plus it seems to taste very good after its been sealed away for so long". She flushed a little as he smirked at her. She admitted that he looked pretty handsome but she was a little shy of him. She then went over towards where he sat but felt him pull her towards the couch. She ended up falling on his lap wrapped in his arms. "He feels so warm", she immediately thought as she flushed with embarrassment. He then turned her cheek with one hand on her right cheek. "You're so cute", he chuckled placing a kiss on her cheek. She shivered with pleasure coursing through her veins as his warm hands rubbed against her skin. "Sh-shadow", she moaned as her face flushed with embarrassment. He placed a kiss on her lips then turned her body around so it rested against his. All those years encapsulated in the Master Emerald and she finally met someone who set her heart aflame.