Chapter Seven: Fear and love
Sonic was woken up by some shuffling, he had always been a light sleeper. He opened one eye slowly to feel a tail brush past his face, then hearing Blaze gasp, he pretended to be asleep untill she turned away and walked out of the room. Sonic paused for a moment to make sure she was gone and then sat up slowly, he rubbed his eyes and followed her quietly and slowly, making sure that he didn't wake up the others.
When he came out into the hall, Blaze had vanished from view, but he heard something from the next room. He opened the door slightly and peered through the crack, he saw Blaze, she was sat on a purple bed, but that was all he could make out.
As he opened the door, Blaze jumped up. "Hi... Sonic..." she attempted to say this casually, but failed miserabley. Sonic could see her watery eyes. He sat down and put his arm around her.
"What's wrong Blaze?" he asked, a caring and reassuring look on his face.
"I...I-I... Nothing." She turned away.
"Come on," Sonic smiled warmly, "I'll help."
"I...I'll tell you, but... this is a big thing for me..."
"I-I'm..." A single tear trickled down her face, seeing her like this was killing Sonic.
"I'm scared." She sniffed, "All of these years I've been... holding all of my emotions and now I just... I just can't."
Sonic pulled her down so she could lie on his chest, she sobbed into it, hugging Sonic as he rocked her slightly. He kissed her on her forehead, and pressed his mouth to her fur. "It's ok," he stroked her hair, which when let down looked even more beautiful to him, "I'm here. I'll always be here. I'll protect you." At the end of the sentence, he felt Blaze grasp him even tighter, still sobbing into his chest. He let her do so for a few minutes, hoping that she would finally get all of her cramped up emotions on the outside, she finished with a final sniff before looking up to him, they stared into each others eyes for a moment, and then she kissed him. It was even deeper and longer than thier first, uninterupted by Tails or Silver. Sonic felt Blaze's tear touch his face, and wiped it from her cheek with his ungloved hand. Even he was so overcome by this feeling he felt a tear come to his eye, he quickly shook it off, of course. After even longer than the first time they slowly parted, there was a few minutes of silence as they lost themselves in each other's gaze.
"We're gonna do this." Sonic smiled and said this quietly, but without the hushed tone of a whisper, "Me and you, Tails, Marine and Silver. We'll do it. We'll take down the Eggmans and anything that that rip in space time can throw at us. And then I'll stay here. With you."
"I wish I could believe that." Another tear formed in Blaze's eye but her expression didn't change. "My kingdom had an entire army, if they couldn't stop the Eggmans, how can five kids?"
Sonic looked at her for a moment, and then shrugged, making the "I dunno" sound with his mouth closed. "You seem to forget that you've got the world's fastest hedgehog on your side!" He pointed to himself, making Blaze laugh a little. One of the many things she loved about him was his boyish charm. "And for the record. I'm eighteen now, no kid." He added proudly. He took a look around. "Is this your bedroom?"
"Er, yes, it is."
"Wow!" Sonic took a look at her queen sized bed, "How come you're not sleeping in here?"
"It's lonely. Being on my own." Blaze said simply as she ran her fingers along the silky bed cover.
"I'll keep you company." Sonic said, giving her yet another kind smile.
"Sonic!" Blaze moved back slightly, "We've been "going out" what, ten hours!?"
Sonic had a blank look on his face. "Where did you think it'd go?"
Blaze pouted "Where do you think?"
Sonic paused for another few minutes, his eyes then flew wide open in realisation, "Oh no! No no, no...no." He laughed. "I just meant, go to bed with- no, sleep with- no! Erm." He looked to where Blaze had been to realise she was not there anymore, turning around, he saw her getting into bed, "Coming then?" Sonic laughed and got in with her, wrapping his arms around her stomach from behind her when they had both gotten comfortable. She held onto his hands as he came closer to her.
"You're really warm."
"Is that a bad thing?"
"No, it's nice." He snuggled up closer to her, digging his mouth into her furry shoulder, making her giggle. Both of them closed their eyes.
"Are you awake?"
Blaze turned her head around so she could see him, she was still in his arms of course. "Can I ask you something?"
"What are you afraid of?"
There was a short pause. Sonic sighed. "I suppose, I'm scared of my friends."
Blaze did a 180 to face him, "How's that?"
Sonic avoided her eyes, "Just, when they risk their lives, like when you let go of that tree branch the other day to try and help me. You could've died..."
"Wouldn't you have done the same?"
"Of course, bu-"
"Then why should you get to take stupid risks to save us?"
"Because!" Sonic looked at her. Teary eyed! He put his hands on her shoulders. "If I... lost any of you, and I could've done something to stop it...I'd...I'd..." Sonic was lost for words, he needed none, however, as Blaze gave him a peck on the lips.
"Carrying the entire world on your shoulders?"
"Have you said that before?" These words sounded familiar to him in some way.
"You did. When we first met. Remember?" Blaze smiled, (A/N - The short cutscene in the middle of the Sonic/Blaze Boss on Sonic Rush, look it up.). "If you let us fight with you. You wouldn't lose anyone."
All signs of Sonic's previous saddness had gone, "I guess so, Blaze." He kissed her on the forehead again and she turned back around, he then put his arms around her, only just realising she was in her underwear, a black tank top and short, black shorts. Sonic raised an eyebrow and wolf whistled quietly. "Oh shut up..." Blaze giggled quietly. Too bad the other three are in the room next door. Blaze giggled again at the fact that such a naughty thought could come to her mind.
"What are you laughing about?"
"Nothinng..." Blaze answered quickly, she leaned away and turned the bedside lamp off, and returned to Sonic's arms. "Good night Sonic, I love you."
"I love you too, Blaze..." Sonic blushed, thank goodness it was pitch black. "Good night."
Both closed thier eyes and were asleep within minutes.
Chapter Eight: Cunning and inconspicuous strategies
"Sonic! Blaze! Where are you!?" Tails' picked shout woke the hedgehog and cat up from the other room. Sonic rubbed his eyes as Marine bust through the door.
"Sonic! Bla-" The raccoon noticed them and stood glued to the spot, she slowly backed out of the room, "Er, Tails? Found 'em."
"Where are they?"
"In there. No! Don't go i-"
"Whoa!" Tails had pretty much the same reaction that Marine did.
Sonic turned to Blaze "I'll get your clothes," he left the room, being pestered by Tails on the way, "Sonic, you didn't did you?"
"No of course not," Sonic gave Tails an annoyed look that made him recoil slightly, "Look, I'm still wearing my underwear."
"I guess." Tails watched Sonic walk back into Blaze's room with their clothes, and decided to find Marine before the idea became stuck in her mind for life.
"Ok," Tails informed Sonic as he came into the room with Blaze, now fully dressed, "The Eggmans are located in the same area as the rip in time, we need to hurry, my guess is that they will try to open it even further."
"So where is it specifically?" Blaze joined Tails at the computer.
"It doesn't say." Tails sighed, "But, I've found this." He held up a machine about the size of a Gameboy Colour, "This detects electrical activity with great accuracy, it can lead us to the portal, the needles pointing North West, so lets try that way. You don't have a plane do you?"
"Nope." Blaze put her palm to her head, "Not one that isn't a passenger carrier."
"That'll do." Blaze stood back and raised an eyebrow as the kitsune said this. "Yeah, it's fast, and how hard can it be to fly?" He added. Blaze hesitated, then nodded as Tails walked away, "By the way." she added, making Tails swivel around, "You and Marine..." Tails blushed wildly, "Are you.. boyfriend and girlfriend?" Tails paused, then turned to look at Marine, who was talking to Silver a few metres away, then said; "I dunno, I mean, we kissed, but I'm not sure."
"Go check." Sonic added, he walked over after hearing the conversation.
"How can I do that without making an ass out of myself?" Tails turned to Sonic, and then back to Marine, she'd gotten really pretty in the last two years.
"Go up to her, put your arm around her, and kiss her on the cheek." Sonic said simply, "If she likes it, you're going out. If she freaks out, your not."
Tails sighed, Ah well, why the hell not? He slowed his breathing and walked over to her casually, "Hey Marine." He put his arm around her and gave her a peck on the cheek.
"Hiya cobber!" Marine put her arm around him too, and stood on her toes to kiss him back. Making Silver grunt.
"Am I the only guy in the world without a girl?" he pouted immaturely.
"If you consider you, Sonic and I to be the only guys in the world." Tails answered slightly mockingly. "Anyway, didn't you like Blaze?"
"Nah. We tried it for a month or two, but, were better as best friends." He smiled, looking over to the feline in Sonic's arms. "It's good to see her happy with someone." He added.
"I'm gonna go find Blaze's plane, coming with, Marine?" The raccoon smiled and nodded to the fox, walking away with him, Silver went to join Sonic and Blaze's conversation.
"We're going in that!?" Sonic's jaw dropped as he saw the giant plane, driven by Tails, Marine was at the door, shouting for everyone to come.
Silver leant in to Sonic, "Not the most inconspicuous thing is it?" he said out of the corner of his mouth, Sonic sniggered.
"I'll get us there," Blaze interrupted with her back to them as she followed Marine into the plane. The two hedgehogs looked at each other and shrugged in unison, they followed Blaze in hesitantly.
After a bicker about who gets to sit in the window seat, Blaze had gone to sit seperately from the immature hedgehogs, who were play fighting like kids, Sonic gave up when Silver used his telekinesis to tie him to a chair with the seat belts. The victor sat down proudly as Tails walked in from the cockpit, trying to ignore the blue hedgehog asking for help with his arms and legs bound to the chair, "We'll be setting off now, everyone put your seat belts on, this may be rough."
"Can I have some peanuts for the flight sir?" Silver asked the fox, Tails ingnored him but muttered a rude sounding word as he walked out.
A few seconds later, the plane jolted forward, running along the grass for a few seconds before rising into the air. Looking out of the window, Sonic saw the trees getting smaller, as the clouds eventually passed underneath them, the plane leveled out, and everyone undid their seatbelts, Sonic finally finding his way out of Silver's trap. Tails and Marine came back from the cockpit. "I doubt they'll expect us to come at them from this altitude. I think we'll be safe, so we've got about three hours 'till we get there." Tails said, recieving a groan from Sonic.
"What are we gonna do for three hours?" Sonic was never fond of passenger planes, or staying in the same place for more than ten minutes, for that matter.
Blaze found a drawer at the front of the plane, "I think there are a few board games up here..." Sonic sighed, this was going to be a long plane journey.
"What? Again!?" Silver pouted, glaring at his car-shaped counter as if it was that's fault.
"Yes, again." Tails grinned, "You landed on Mayfair, cough up."
"But I've got nothing left!" the hedgehog protested, Tails' grin was still slapped on his face, "Then you're out." Silver opened his mouth to retort, but closed it and went to sit with Marine, whom Tails had made bankrupt half an hour ago, she was reading a magazine about goodness knows what.
"Ok," Tails scooped up the dice, and shook them, looking at Blaze and Sonic, "Who's turn is it?"
"No one's," said Sonic, "You've cleaned us all out!" Tails peered onto the board to see only his ship counter, on Trafalgar Square, then next to him at the foot high stack of bank notes that were his, he was indeed quite the cunning strategist.
"Who's the idiot who wanted to play Monopoly anyway?" Blaze looked up from her book.
"Yours." Everyone said in unison. Blaze just grunted, and there were a few minutes of silence as everyone did their own thing. Tails at his watch, "I'm gonna see how near we are. Get your seat belts on." He walked into the cockpit, closely followed by Marine. Seconds passed, and the plane jolted forward as it lowered towards the earth. Tails ran in and looked at Blaze. "Is it ok if the landing destroys the plane?"
"Well I don't-"
"Great." He undid her seatbelt and shoved a parachute onto her, doing the same with the others. "You all get out now, me and Marine are gonna try and direct this into a lake, then we'll eject."
Sonic nodded, and jumped out Blaze and Silver. It was all a blur from there. The next thing Sonic remembered was hitting the grass, and seeing the plane completely disappear into the lake, before seing two figures jump out, his adrenaline was doing overtime as he lay on the grass for a few moments, regaining his consciousness. Blaze and Silver a few feet away were doing the same, he was the first to sit up. "You guys okay?" Sonic stood up and stretched his legs, the two nodded and stood up shakily.
It took about ten minutes to find Tails and Marine, and when they did, they began to make plans. "We're about twenty miles from the rip in space time, the attacks are going to get worse and worse." Tails informed everyone, "I don't think we've been spotted, and the plane is completely hidden-"
"Destroyed." Blaze corrected him, glaring.
"Er, yes, anyway," Tails pointed in the direction which the plane had been going, "we'll walk that way."
"What then?" Sonic asked.
"Whenever I make a plan, it messes up, so this time we'll play it by ear," Tails began to walk away, "work for you?"
"Not really a cunning strategy but, okay." Sonic linked Blaze and began to walk with her, Silver rolled his eyes, and Marine caught up to Tails and took his hand.
Chapter 9: Scourge of subspace
As our five heroes walked, the path and it's surroundings slowly became more desolate, green, flourishing trees soon became black, shrivelled stumps and the grass became a dark red sand. A massive, purple and black... portal, it could be described as, became visible in the distance, the group was walking for a few hours, and eventually made it to the anomaly. They paused in shock, untill Tails piped up; "There's no one around for miles, but I think that we could travel through it." he slowly put his hands towards it.
"Tails no!" Marine stopped him, wrapping her arms around him, "Don't risk it, please."
"Someone has to." Tails turned back around to face it.
"I'll do it, Silver stepped forward, there was another pause. "Oh no Silver, don't do it!" he said sarcastically, after a sigh, he shoved his arm into the portal. "Aah!" He screamed. His body shook around wildly.
"Silver!" The other four screamed in unison and pulled him out, he fell to the floor. Blaze knelt down and came close to his face, he wasn't moving, "Silver?"
"Boo!" Silver jumped up, almost giving the others heart attacks, and started laughing madly, Sonic was laughing soon after, but the others disapproved.
"Asshole," Tails muttered as he walked through to the other side, the rest following. The sky inside became strangely purple-black coloured, the floor became glass like, and there was a road that seemed to go on for miles, below it looked like there was an infinate drop (A/N: A lot like subspace in Super Smash Bros. Brawl). Tails looked around in awe, "This is... humbling." He was almost lost for words, "We're in subspace."
"Well, well, well!" A very cocky, very familiar voice came from behind them, Sonic turned around, and flinched, A green hedgehog stood before them, he was very similar to Sonic, apart from the black leather jacket, sunglasses and a scar across his chest which resembled the roman numeral II.
"Scourge! What do you want in all of this!?" Sonic spat.
Scourge grinned, "I've got a pretty sweet deal with the old guys." he stepped towards them, making the group step back, only Sonic stood his ground. Scourge's face was centimetres from Sonic's, "They're gonna give me South America when all this is done."
Sonic's expression didn't change, "Guys, go. I'll handle this."
"I'm not leaving you!" Blaze shouted.
"Go." Blaze hesitantly nodded and ran away. Scourge looked around Sonic and wolf whistled.
"Sex-ee." He grinned. Sonic grabbed him by his jacket, Scourge's grin became bigger. "Ready to fight, wimp?"
"Any time, punk!" Sonic raised his fist, but Scourge spun around, causing Sonic to smack into the floor, he was then kicked in the stomach, he yelped in pain, then grabbing Scourge's leg, bringing him to the floor and delivering a homing attack to his face.
Scourge stood up, and spat the blood from his mouth. "You can do better than that, can't you?" Sonic merely grunted, aiming a punch towards his face, Scourge grabbed his fist and bent it back, causing Sonic to drop to his knees, Scourge's knee then connected with Sonic's chin. Sonic stumbled backwards and grabbed Scourge's jacket, spinning around and launching him into the floor a few metres away. As Sonic ran to him, Scourge also ran, the two were alongside each other, and this became a running duel. Too many kicks to count were made and dodged by the speedy animals, and the speed reached greater hieghts as they curled into balls, spinning and smacking into each other as the road stretched infront of them, their speed reaching over 100mph. They soon blasted past the others, causing Blaze to lose her balance, she fell from the path.
"Blaze!" Sonic screamed as he turned around and then sighed as he saw Tails catch her, but he had lost his concentration. Scourge took the advantage, and kicked him in the stomach - very hard. He pushed Sonic to the ground and got his breath back, Sonic was still writhing on the floor.
"Get up blue boy!" The green hedgehog yelled, walking toward Sonic, "Get up!" he enjoyed watching him squirm and kicked him again, laughing, "Get up so I can knock you back down!"
Blaze was watching this in horror, Scourge kicked Sonic again, she had to do something, she ran up to Scourge, aiming a kick blindly. The hedgehog turned around, just in time to recieve a kick where the sun doesn't shine, he fell to the floor in a heap, gasping, Sonic was recovering, he coughed up a small amount of blood and wiped it from his mouth. Scourge slowly sat up, "Did you just kick me in the nuts!?" He shouted.
"Yeah!" Blaze retorted angrily.
"That - f*cking - hurt!!!" Scourge jumped up, grabbing a six inch pen knife from his pocket and putting it to Blaze's throat. Sonic quickly ignored his pain after seeing this, "One more move, and I swear I'll-"
"Please!" Sonic pleaded, he was on his knees, "I'll do anything!" tears were in his eyes.
"Not so tough now are you hedgehog?" Scourge laughed, he turned his back to him to look at the others, "And don't you try anything either you bunch of-"
Scourge's body fell limp to the floor, Sonic still held the gun that Tails had tossed to him as Scourge turned around in the same position. He was shaking.
"All these years..." he said, and paused, "So many plots I've foiled... and I've never..."
"Sonic," Tails put his hand on his big brother's shoulder, and took his gun back, "You had to." Sonic nodded, slowly and still shaking.
"We should carry on." he said and turned around, stumbling every few steps.
"Oh, Sonic," Blaze caught up, putting her arm around him and supporting some of his weight.
After they walked a few steps, the path ahead crumbled, in its place faded a similar path, but at the end of this one - only a few hundred feet away - was the jewelled scepter.
Chapter Ten: Trigger happy
Tails walked cautiously to the scepter, carefully eyeing it, looking for any obvious traps. He inspected for a few moments, before putting his hand toward it, he paused an inch before touching, and recoiled. "It's a trap." The fox whispered in disbelief. He turned to the others, "Its a trap!"
As Tails finished the sentence, the floor began to rumble, it felt like an earthquake. The surroundings began to fade away, turning into an almost apocalyptic scene, the four landed on a rock, this was surrounded by lava, the sky was dim and thick with dust. The next thing to catch Sonic's attention was a dim, flickering neon light. He stood up to see the others around him, and read the neon light.
The dust cleared as Sonic squinted, seeing what looked like an entrance, after walking towards it, he turned to Tails for approval. He nodded, so Sonic made his way through the door, it was open, to his suprise.
"Where are we na then?" Marine asked, catching up with Sonic.
"I think..." Tails looked around, walking past them both, "this is the future. They saw us coming."
"But how?" Blaze remained stood in the doorway, and after seeing Sonic put his arm out she came toward him. To her suprise, she felt a stone cave in under her foot, Tails hurriedly ran over to inspect it, but, it was too late. Hundreds of lights glowed red, highlighting them in the dark corrider as an ear splitting alarm roared.
"All robots! Intruder in section A1. Repeat, intruder in A1!" Eggman's voice boomed from a nearby speaker.
"Hurry!" Sonic shouted as he grabbed Blaze's arm, pulling her further into the building. The others followed with Tails looking questioningly, "You want to go further in!?" He screamed over the siren.
"Why not!?" Sonic did not decrease his speed as he said this.
"I can think of several reasons why- Wha-!?" Tails ducked and rolled as a laser skimmed the hair on his head, as he turned around, he saw the gang of Egg Pawns in the doorway, Ah, that's why, he thought.
To his horror, Tails saw Marine getting another near miss from the laser, it burned her hair and she stopped. "Sonic!" The golden kit didn't look at the hedgehog as he turned around and grabbed Marine, "I'll meet you at the centre of this place!" Picking Marine up, he flew into the air, through an incredibly conveniantley placed air vent above them, but, he wasn't complaining.
Sonic turned around, and sighed in relief to see the end of Tails' foot escape through the vent. As he dashed around the corner, Blaze pulled him into the nearest room, avoiding the fleet of robots. He waited for a few seconds, and then looked around the room. It looked like it had been abandoned, there were old computers and the room was full of dust. "Wait." Sonic double checked the room, "Where the hell is Silver?"
Blaze was about to speak, when there was a loud bang on the door. "They've found us!" She panicked.
"Guys!?" the two sighed in relief at Silver's voice, "Let me in!" Sonic quickly obeyed, it was a miracle that nothing had seen him. Blaze turned to Sonic; "I've seen you take down twice as many robots as that before!"
Sonic sighed and looked at her, a hint of annoyance in his face. He gestured to his stomach, which was housing a purple bruise the size of a dinner plate. "It doesn't hurt that much now, but if I curled into a ball for a spin dash or homing attack..." Blaze put her hand on his stomach and stroked it delacatley, and Sonic took her hand, "I'm fine." He smiled weakly and kissed her softly, meanwhile Silver was trying to stick his finger down his throat. "I just hope Tails and Marine are okay."
"You okay Marine?" Tails held his raccoon girlfriend, she was looking at the wall, her face was emotionless. The two were in a rather large air vent, it was pretty cold, but better than the heat of lasers. "Marine?"
"...Oi'm foine." She said quietly. Tails looked her up and down, she was shiverring slightly, but still not a bit less beautiful, despite the short side of her hair which had been vapourised. "Cheer up." Tails forced a smile, "I thought you liked to be the captian."
Marine refused to smile, "I'm twelve."
Tails raised an eyebrow, "And?"
"I don't want to die..." Tails paused, it was so unlike her to be like this.
"We'll be fine." He said quietly. Marine didn't answer. "We'll protect each other." He kissed her on the cheek and stood up, "You coming?"
Marine looked up slowly, her face was still blank, "..."
Tails thought, and came up with an idea; "I'll let you hold the gun..."
Marine couldn't help herself, she grinned, "Ma man knows me!" she snatched the gun and gave the kitsune a quick hug, before running ahead. "C'mon! Ya can't make yer captian wait!" Tails laughed, mostly in relief and took off after her.
The two walked along the vent, Tails had his energy detector out, and was heading towards the biggest source of power, which he assumed to be the power room. It was probably going to be heavily gaurded, he thought, but they'd manage, with his skills, also he imagined Marine as being pretty "trigger happy" and that would always be a plus. They would then meet Sonic and Blaze at the centre, which wasn't far from there.
"Are yer sure that's even possible?" Marine asked after Tails had told her this plan.
"It's a long shot, I'll give you that." Tails smirked.
Marine paused for a moment, wondering if she should really ask what she was thinking, she decided to; "Tails, how much have you been hanging around with Sonic over the past few years?"
"Quite a lot, why?" He replied simply.
"He's rubbed off on you."
At this remark, Tails turned around and raised an eyebrow, then he turned back around, rolling his eyes, Marine assumed that he'd been told this a few times before, and changed the subject. "Are we there yet?" She asked immaturely, resting her head on his shoulder as they walked. To her suprise, Tails said yes, and they stopped. After kicking the bottom of the vent a few times, it gave away, and the two dropped into a room, it was very big, and at the end of it there was what looked like a generator. Tails ran over it, and started to fiddle around with it.
"Why's there no security?" Marine asked as she looked around.
"Maybe they were all sent to capture Sonic, Blaze and Silver." replied Tails, he then saw the worried look on her face, "They'll be able to handle it... Right, almost....got it!" Tails hit enter and all of the lights turned off. "We did it Marine!" the kitsune hugged the raccoon as she laughed.
"Back up power initiated." A voice came from the computer as all of the lights came back on, and that all too familiar siren sounded.
"Oh what the hell?!" Tails punched the computer in rage and then stood to glare at it for a few seconds.
"Er, cobber?" Marine's voice came from behind him.
"What? Whoa!" Tails turned around and was frozen to where he stood by the fifty guns pointed at them, the head egg pawn spoke up.
"You are under arrest in the name of Doctor Eggman. Drop your weapons or be exterminated."
Chapter Eleven: Last sigh
Marine dropped the gun, and retreated behind Tails.
"You will be taken as a prisoner. Doctor Eggman will then decide what to do with you."
Tails sighed, keeping his arm around Marine. They followed the robots at gunpoint.
"Don't worry Marine, Sonic will get us outta this." Tails reassured Marine as they sat in a glass cage, their hands were tied behind their backs with handcuffs. They were then moved into a large room, which Tails deduced was the centre of Eggmanland, a large, black chair was infront of them, it swivelled around to reveal Doctor Eggman sat on it, Nega was on a similar chair next to him.
"Hohooo!" he roared in his usual, comical voice. "It's not quite Sonic, but it's still good." Nega nodded and laughed in agreement.
Tails took a hard look around the room. It was all typical Eggman style, a massive room with Egg Pawns littered around it. The walls were all made of metal and there was no obvious way out. Tails sighed, praying for the safety of Sonic.
"Not so fast, Egghead!" the brilliantly familiar, cocky voice sounded as a wall was blasted away, Silver folded his arms proudly, and Sonic took the spotlight as the fifty or so Egg Pawns charged towards him.
He left the first few to Silver and Blaze, jumping clean over them with ease, he ducked, rolled, and kicked off the legs of the nearest robot, then grabbing them, and throwing them into the head of another. He jumped up as two charged from opposite directions and they fell to the floor as they smacked into each other.
The next robot had a near miss with it's lance, but Sonic laughed. He stood on the lance, and then leap-frogged over the robot and kicked it in the back. He grabbed the lance that it had dropped, and used it to impale and slice countless others, working his way to Eggman, it wasn't long before he got there.
Eggman fell off his chair and rolled to the floor pathetically as Sonic stood over him.
"I'm like a bad itch Eggman. You're never getting rid o' me!" He grinned and turned to Tails and Marine, who were jumping and cheering, Eggman was muttering on the floor:
"Perfect..." He pulled a controller from nowhere and pushed a bright red button. Hard, plastic tubes then dropped over Sonic, then Blaze and Silver, trapping them. After a few attempts at breaking it, Eggman Nega gloated, "Don't bother trying. These things are indestructable."
"Nega, will you do the honours?" Eggman glared at Sonic, grinning as he revealed a black button on the controller, presenting it to Nega. They both grinned as he pushed it.
"AAAARGH!!!" Sonic screamed and fell to the floor as for a second, a jolt of electricity was blasted through his tube. He was left on the floor gasping for air, he slowly tried to get up.
"Look at me Sonic!" Eggman shouted, grinning, "Look at me while I kill you!"
Sonic shook as he stood up, unsure of how he was standing up at all. He looked around, Blaze was screaming, while Tails and Marine were crying and Silver was frozen to the spot.
"Look at me hedgehog!" Eggman walked to Sonic, and tapped on the tube, grinning, "I want to see the light leave your eyes!" He pressed the button again, this time holding it down.
"...Ah...YAAAARGH!!!" Sonic tried to resist screaming for the sake of his friends, failing, he let out a long, horrific scream. He felt his head hit the floor, still being able to hear Blaze shouting his name.
He felt as though he was falling asleep, despite trying to resist, it was as though he was being dragged into it. Pain still coursing through his body along with the electric current.
The cobalt hedgehog sighed his last breath as his heart stopped, his last thought being:
"Sonic!?" Blaze was screaming, banging on the tube, she couldn't get out without incinerating Silver, "SONIC!?" she stared at the lifless body as the tube slowly rose. Eggman slowly approached Sonic, nudging him with his foot. Blaze, meanwhile - the Sol Princess - had been reduced to a sobbing heap and Tails was shouting obscenites towards the Eggmans, who were laughing proudly.
"That's it!" Nega roared over Tails' screaming. "We've won. This universe is ours! With the Sol and Chaos emeralds that we have gathered in the vault there will be no stopping us!"
"No!" Tails shouted, "Sonic is still alive!" Eggman laughed as the kitsune went on; "He'll come back! He always comes back..."
"Not this time, child." Eggman kicked Sonic's body, making them all flinch as his body harmlessly rolled over, part of his body was burnt and his mouth was hanging open.
Nega laughed; "Sonic the Hedgehog no longer breathes. He is dead." He kicked the body as Eggman had done:
Chapter 12: Bad itch
The Eggman's maniacal laughs sounded like a fork on a plate to Blaze's ears, she was staring at Sonic's body, willing him to get up. He still lay, motionless, still with the numerous burns from the electric shock, and still with the bruise on his stomach from Scourge. Her stare was interrupted when Nega tapped on the glass.
"Wish all you want, girl, your hero's not coming back." He gave her a cold grin, she did not respond.
"Yes, yes, Nega. We will have time to torment the prisoners later on, our plans are close to completion." Eggman interrupted him as he walked to a vault in the corner of the room.
"Ah, but of course," Nega joined his double, "would you do the honours?"
Eggman punched in a long code on the vault, it opened swiftly, lighting the room with the glimmering shine of the seven Chaos Emeralds. Grabbing half of them each, the two mad men strolled proudly over to a machine in the middle of the room, it looked like a metallic chimney that reached up above the ceiling.
Upon inserting the emeralds into the machine, the insides roared as it powered up, Blaze glanced to Tails, who was still staring at Sonic's body in tears with Marine next to him. She glanced to Sonic one more time he still lay, lifeless. But wait. Something was different. Blaze took a careful look at the hedgehog, that's it! His bruise had dissapeared, in fact, there was no evidence of any damage what so ever!
The next thing she didn't expect, one of Sonic's eyes had opened, he winked at her! She rubbed her eyes and looked again, no she had really saw it, she had to keep herself from jumping around in laughter. The Eggmans, however, were unattentive, their eyes fixed on the chimney like machine, as were Tails' Marine's and Silver's.
What happened next all seemed to be in one movement, the Eggmans only had time to turn around before it was too late. Sonic dived up, and spin dashed nto the machine with the Chaos Emeralds, a blinding white light filled the room and everything went silent, apart from Eggman's and Nega's screaming.
As the light faded, the machine could be seen to be in ruins, the Eggmans were cowering behind a chair, and Super Sonic stood proudly on a large ple of rubble, unmarked, a yellow aura of energy surrounding him, making his gleaming red eyes stand out even more.
"SONIC!" The other four screamed in exact unison, Sonic looked around at his friends, sticking his thumb up. His attention was then directed to the Eggmans.
"It's like I said guys," he leaned cockily over the cowerring Eggmans, "I'm like a bad itch."
"Please! Sonic have mercy! We'll turn over a new leaf! Start anew!" Eggman pleaded.
Sonic rolled his eyes and grinned, "How many laps of this building d'ya think I can do before you notice I've gone?"
Eggman raised his eyebrow, yet discussed this with his colleage, he nervously looked up, "Er, calculating your speed in your super form...eight?"
"Twenty two." Sonic grinned as the entire building fell to pieces before them, making the two scream like children.
The tubes containing the others fell to pieces, and they joined Super Sonic at his side.
"It's a good thing I planned for this." Eggman quickly revealed a remote control, he flicked a switch and he and his accomplice disappeared in a flash of light.
"Ok, who honestly didn't see that coming?" Silver joked.
"Oi didn't!" Marine put her hands on her hips, glaring at the grey hedgehog, he ignored her though.
"Only one more thing to do." Sonic flew upwards untill he was out of sight, and soon returned with the Jewelled Scepter, he held either side, and snapped it with his knee. Not a second later, everything became dark.
Our now yellow hero felt his head hit grass, he stood up weakly, looking at the surroundings, the sky was blue, the grass was green, no evidence at all of Perfect Chaos' rampage could be seen. They'd done it!
Sonic turned around once more to see Blaze running towards him, opening his arms, he brought her into a kiss, as he noticed, Tails had done with Marine. Silver however, was left trying to stick his finger down his throat for the third time in two days.
Sonic then felt himself become drained, he returned from his super form as the Chaos Emeralds scattered over the horizon, his legs gave away and he lost concsiousness.
"Tails!" Blaze shouted as the fox ran over to Sonic.
"He's not breathing, I need something to measure his heart rate!" He looked around helplessly.
"'Ere ya bladdy fool." Marine tossed him his electrical sensor.
"What do I do with this!?" Tails stared at her blankly.
"Ugh. Hook it up to his chest and fine tune it. The heart gives off electrical frequencies yer drongo*!"
"Oh, ah!" Tails did as Marine said, the machine began to beep steadily.
To Blaze's horror, the beep began to lose it's pace, Tails began to perform CPR, but to no avail.
"He's, he's not." Blaze shook her head.
Tails was tearing up once again, "I suppose... I suppose that the emeralds brought him back to fulfil his... fulfil his final duty."
The beeping stopped, there was silence.
Silver and Marine finally convinced Blaze and Tails to leave Sonic's body, they hesitantley walked away, but from the distance, a sound was heard.
As the others rushed towards him, Sonic pulled the uncomfortable wire off his face, and after failing to get up, he saw his friends faces above him.
"...guys?" he said weakly.
"Tails..." Blaze said in awe, not taking her eyes off Sonic, "How is this possible?"
"It... it isn't..." Tails smiled and shrugged, helping his big brother to his feet.
It didn't take long for Sonic to recover, he talked to Tails on the way to Blaze's palace, Blaze was in his arms of course, "Tails, that was our future before, right? In Eggmanland."
"It was." Tails smiled, "Now the Jeweled Scepter is gone, it will be different. We shape our own futures."
"Sweet." Sonic looked over the orange horizon, the sun was setting over the trees. "How are we getting back home?"
"I'll build a machine once we get a Chaos Emerald, hey, there's no rush right?"
No rush. Two words that Sonic had never particularly agreed with, but being dead, twice, seemed to have somehow changed his view. No rush, he had all the time in the world.
"Where do you think we're gonna be in ten years?" Sonic asked the random question.
"Thats up to you, all of us." Tails had never looked so satified in his life, "Where do you think?"