Animal Crossing High School
By Elizabeth Prower
DISCLAIMER: All Animal Crossing characters copyrighted to Nintendo, all Sonic the Hedgehog characters (who will appear later) belong to SEGA, and all human characters copyrighted to themselves. Enjoy the story! 8D
It was a peaceful September day in the town of Rosebud, a tiny town right outside of the city. The sun was shining, its rays poking through the fluffy white clouds rolling by, while birds chirped as they flew past it. Sara Asyter, an ordinary resident of Rosebud, took advantage of the weather as she used this time to water her flower garden outside of her vast, red mansion. She had just finished watering her roses and was moving on to the pansies, when her best friend, Niki Harley came running up to her, nearly stepping on a patch of daisies in the process. The sound of her friend's footsteps startled Sara, causing her to almost drop her silver watering can.
"Ah!" Sara exclaimed, stumbling to avoid crushing her precious flowers, when she noticed Niki's presence. "Oh, hey Niki. What's up?"
"I need to tell you something," Niki replied. "Like, right now." Surprised, Sara hesitated, before nodding and inviting Niki inside her house.
Meanwhile, deep in the woods behind the city, was a small, dark, secluded building. The people of Rosebud assumed that this building was nothing more than a former resident's old house that was slowly decaying into oblivion. Then again, none of these residents dared to venture into the woods; otherwise they'd know that the building belonged to an evil scientist by the name of Dr. Eggman, who was plotting at the very moment. The overweight, furry mustached doctor's base was filled with robots and other various contraptions that were built for each of his previous plots for world domination.
"Alright, you two, here's the plan," Eggman said to his two minions, a black and red hedgehog and a dark haired human girl. "I have you both enrolled in Animon High, the elite private school in the city outside of this puny little town. Your job is to uncover everything about the education system, and then once you have enough information, I want you to try to hack it so that I can use it to turn these students into my minions to build the Eggman Empire! It's foolproof! Muahahahaha!"
"Going to school? Lame," the girl scoffed. "Besides, didn't you say that about the plan with the space colony ARK-?"
"Oh, don't be so negative!" Eggman responded briskly. "Anyway, I have your uniforms for you. I had one of my robots steal them from their school store." Eggman reached under his metal desk and chucked two packages at his subordinates, before returning to his work on the computer.
"Uh…what kind of uniforms are these?" the hedgehog asked, holding up a frilly white blouse with a satin red ribbon tied to the collar, a royal blue pleated skirt, white knee socks, and black ballerina flats. The human girl gave him a strange look as she extracted a plain white blouse, black trousers, a black tie, black socks, and black dress shoes.
"Switch them if I gave you the wrong ones," their boss said, with his back to them. "My bad." The two minions barely glance at each other as they quickly shove their packages into each other's arms.
"Ugh, not my taste," the girl commented, the frown clearly in her voice as she scrutinizes the outfit after switching with her partner.
"Now, get yourselves ready!" Eggman commanded, ignoring the girl's previous words. "You've got a lot of work ahead of you starting tomorrow! Get moving!"
"Tortimer wants us to go undercover as students?" Sara asked, staring at Niki in shock, as they sat at her modern table. "Why?"
"Did you hear? They just got a new superintendent, right after the old one quit for no reason," Niki answered. "He thinks that it's more than a coincidence and wants us to check it out, you know, to figure out what exactly the new superintendent is doing there. What if it's Tipper and Bob trying to take over Animon High?"
"Animon High?" Sara questioned, also referring to the two girls' arch enemies. "I don't think those two are smart enough to take over a prestigious school like Animon. Hasn't your mom been pushing you to go to that school for some time now?"
"Yeah," Niki replied. "Oh, come on, Sara! High school would be fun!"
"I don't know, Niki," Sara said thoughtfully. "I've heard some pretty scary stories about high school, and I like my homeschooling. Besides, we're not turning fourteen for another six months!"
"That won't matter," Niki reassured her. "We'll just be old enough to start out as freshmen. It's like we'll be skipping a grade."
"Well, if you say so, Niki, I guess," Sara said, after a moment of thinking. "It's a private school, so we have uniforms?"
"Yup!" Niki replied, handing her friend a white blouse with a red ribbon, a blue skirt, and white knee socks. "These don't look so bad, right? You can even bust out your new ballet flats with them."
"They could be better," Sara responded, tossing the uniform aside on her modern dresser. "But they'll do."
"Great! So it's settled then!" Niki exclaimed, when her pink flashy cell phone rang. "Hello?" As she said this last word, she quickly flipped her phone open and pressed the green "talk" button.
"Niki?" a barely high-pitched voice sounded from the other end.
"Kitty?" Niki answered, surprised to hear her and Sara's other friend on the phone. "What's up?"
"I heard you and Sara are starting at Animon High tomorrow," their friend, Kitty Kingsley, said from the other line. "Don't forget to get your school supplies together. I'll get you guys your books, schedules, and other things you'll need when you get there tomorrow. Meet me in the school foyer at seven-thirty in the morning."
"Uh, sure, okay," Niki replied, before mouthing to Sara Kitty's name, so she knew who it was. "Thanks Kitty."
"No problem! I'll see you two tomorrow morning!" Kitty said.
"Alright, we'll see you tomorrow. Bye Kitty," Niki said before they both hung up, when Niki turned back to Sara. "Well, Sara, my friend, it looks like our journey is starting…now."