By Mercenary X & Zeiram0034
Edited by Zeiram0034
Proofread by Jeff Greyhound1211 Phillips
Special thanks to Jamie Swiftrunner for Bunnie's accent
Chapter/Episode 1 Old Guard out, New Guard In part 5
Sally and Nicole's eyes widened with shock as they entered a large room, the whole area packed full with dozens of Sallies.
Most of whom were on makeshift beds and gurneys as various nurses and doctors ran back and forth tending to their patients to the best of their abilities.
The warrior Sally looked out towards at her wounded comrades, a hint of sadness in her eyes.
As you can see the battle hasn't been going well. We have been able to hold this position, but at this rate . . . she trailed off as she looked to the ground worryingly
Just then a slight cry let out as one of the Sallies lying propped up against the wall sobbed in pain.
It hurts . . . She whimpered as she clutched her chest where three huge gashes were raked across her armored torso.
Upon hearing the soldier's whimper, a Sally wearing all white knelled over to her, laying her hand gently upon the soldier's gaping wound.
It will be ok, sweetheart. She said in a serene and gentle voice as a soft blue glow emanated from her hand and slowly down to the soldier's chest.
Sally watched in amazement as the wound closed up, the once wounded Sally letting out a deep sigh of relief.
Thank you. She said meekly as the Sally in white smiled warmly at her.
Youre welcome, now why don't you rest for a little bit ok? She said as she placed her hand on the side of the soldier's face in a comforting manner, her voice soft and kind.
The soldier nodded as she closed her eyes as slowly drifted off to sleep, a peaceful smile on her face.
The Sally in white got off the ground as she looked down, her expression calm and loving, content in the fact that she helped ease her pain. It was then that she noticed Sally and Nicole staring at her.
Oh my, I apologize. I didn't notice you standing there. The Sally in white said timidly as she walked up to the two of them.
Upon initial observation this Sally was very different from the others in the room. One obvious thing was that her hair was done up in a ponytail, its length running past her shoulders down to her tail.
Her face, much like all the other Sallies, was identical to her own, though this one seemed to always have a gentle smile on her features. Her white dress came down to her knees and had the same geometric patterns that most objects had in the data field.
The only difference was that her dress had gold trimming rather then the usual blue and red Sally had been seeing as of late. She also wore a pair of boots similar to the sally's with the only real difference being that they were white and had flat soles more suited for simply walking then for combat missions.
The Sally in white bowed to the two politely.
It's a pleasure to meet you. She said softly.
Sally and Nicole stood still for a moment, still somewhat taken back by the gentle nature of this version of herself.
Well, thank you. Sally said as she helped Nicole over to one of the vacant beds in the room.
The Sally in white came over to Nicoles side, her face going from her usual smile to concerned frown.
Oh my, you poor thing. the compassionate Sally said as she layed her hand on Nicoles head, gently stroking her hair.
Nicole didnt know why, but something about this Sally, her gentle touch and her soothing voice, made her instantly feel safe, knowing now that she was in good hands.
A blue aura emanated from compassionate Sally's hands as she placed them gently on Nicole's abdomen.
This shouldn'tt hurt a bit. She said as a wave of energy passed though the lynx's body.
In a flash the blue glow disappeared, leaving Nicole completely bewildered as she sat up from the bed.
The pain, its completely gone. She said, her tone both grateful and a bit shocked.
Compassionate Sally simply smiled.
Im glad I was able to help. She said as she gently coaxed sally to take her place on the bed to begin treating her wounds.
Sally lied down on the same bed that Nicole had been previously using, still amazed by how fast she was able to treat her digital companion.
How are you able to heal people so quickly? Sally asked as her compassionate version who just smiled at her.
The power of healing comes from the heart that understands and cares for another. She said simply as her hands glowed once more as she treated sally's injuries, leaving Sally somewhat confused by her cryptic answer.
Sally got off of the table, feeling much better, as compassionate looked on.
There you go, good as new. She said with a soft chuckle.
Thank you for treating us. Both Sally and Nicole said in unison as they smiled, thankful to have been healed so quickly and thoroughly.
Compassionate Sally looked down her face blushing as she placed her hand to her face trying to hide her now red face. Oh theres no need to thank me. I was more then happy to help. She said, embarrassed by the both of their complements.
Both Sally and Nicole looked around the room, now able to take a look at the large number of injured soldiers being treated as more wounded poured in.
So, do you handle all these patients? Nicole asked Compassionate Sally, concern in her voice.
Compassionate Sally looked around towards the soldiers, a small but visible frown on her face. Not all of them, but as of late, most of the healers have been overwhelmed. Its a struggle just to keep everything up and running. She said sadly.
Im sorry to hear that. Sally said sadly.
Compassionate Sally shook her head. Theres no need to despair. Now that you have arrived, this whole dreadful affair will be over with soon. She said as she gently smiled.
Just then, a loud slam caught the three's attention as a soldier stumbled out of one of the entrances, her helmet missing, and her armor somewhat disorganized, her hair was particularly frazzled as well.
II think I have to report to the general. She stuttered as she tried to readjust her armor, her face red with embarrassment.
A seductive feminine voice echoed from the doorway. Already? Humph. Fine, run along then. The voice said in a bored, yet annoyed tone.
The soldier scrambled quickly as Sally and Nicole looked on, completely confused as to what was going on.
Now what? Sally thought to herself as she heard the echoing of footsteps coming from the doorway.
As if to answer her question, a lone female figure stepped out into the room. Again, she looked just like Sally, but this one was completely different from any of the ones the two had seen before. For one she wore no kind of clothing, save for a pair of black High heeled boots that had geometric blue lines running down the sides, and both of her ear's were pierced, gold rings adorning them. Her hair was a deeper red then the other sally's and was wild and loose as it flowed down past her tail. Her face though was the most distinguishing feature, for one she had a rather seductive look in her eyes and her red lips where curled into a confident smile as she watched the soldier run off.
Well, that was fun. She said as she turned to walk back though the doorway, but suddenly stopped dead in her tracks when she saw both Sally and Nicole, staring in shock at the rather promiscuous looking woman.
The seductive Sally was at first wide eyed with surprise but then smiled impishly at the pair, who felt somewhat unnerved as she slowly walked over to the two, her heels clicking across the hard stone floor.
And what do we have here? She said slowly as she came to a stop, a mere two feet in front of Sally and Nicole, placing her hands on her hips in a rather seductive pose.
Uncomfortable would have been the word to sum up how both Sally and Nicole were feeling at the moment as the seductive Sally stared at them like a predator about to pounce, while compassionate Sally gave a disproving frown at the provocative squirrel.
Well arent you a precious little thing. She said seductively to Nicole as she walked up to her and brushed aside a strain of hair from the lynx girl's face as she stared into her eyes.
Nicole was wide-eyed as she remained frozen with a mix of fear, apprehension, and embarrassment as the seductive Sally gently stroked the side of her face, giving her a playful wink.
What do you think your doing? Sally shouted, clearly not liking the way this version of herself was treating her companion. The seductive Sally simply looked over at her a wide eyed look on her face, but then suddenly gave Sally the same impish smile she gave to Nicole, which only made Sally feel all the more uncomfortable.
Oh, Im sorry, are you feeling jealous? She said with a playful smirk as she looked over at Sally.
Before Sally could say anything, the seductive Sally came up and embraced her in a hug, her hand rubbing against her back as she gently nuzzled against the side of her face, as the shocked princess froze up, blushing intensely.
In an instant, Sally pushed the provocative woman off of her, anger and embarrassment coursing though her.
What is wrong with you? She shouted as the seductive Sally looked at her with a rather annoyed look on her face as if insulted.
Well, excuse me for trying to show a little affection. She said in a huff as she crossed her arms, pouting slightly.
Sally looked at her with shock. "Affection? You where practically about to Just then the seductive Sally raised her finger waving it back and forth.
"Humph, don't flatter yourself. Youre not my type. Way to high strung. She said, a wiry smile on her face as Sally glared at her.
It was then that Sally's compassionate side decided to speak up.
Can't you see your making them feel uncomfortable She said meekly.
Her seductive self turned her attention from Sally and to her compassionate side.
Well it's not my fault that she's so straight laced. She said while rolling her eyes.
Compassionate Sally simply shook her head as she let out a small sigh.
Not everyone appreciates your kind of affection. She said as she looked at her counterpart disapprovingly.
The lustful Sally gave a seductive smirk.
Including you? She said as she walked over to the timid woman, wrapping her arm around her back, stroking it softly.
Compassionate Sally looked down at the ground, blushing furiously as she fiddled with her fingers. Well . . . She said hesitantly as Sally and Nicole looked on, mouths agape.
Just what are you? Nicole said, clearly surprised that such a lustful, provocative person would be a part of sally's mind.
Lustful Sally just looked at the program with a small smirk.
Im the part of your friend that she rarely lets loose, unfortunately. She said as she snuggled up against her compassionate counterpart, who only gave an embarrassed smile.
Sally looked over at her compassionate self.
Your actually enjoying that? She said, shock evident in her voice.
Compassionate Sally looked up at the princess, a vibrant blush still on her face.
Lust just has a different way of showing you she cares. She's really quite a sweetheart. She said as lustful Sally looked at Both Sally and Nicole, her smirk growing into a grin.
Just then a voice called out across the room as all four turned their attention to the doorway.
Are you quite done? Because, if you don't mind, we have more pressing matters to attend to.
In the doorway stood another Sally nearly identical to herself, but like the other three she had met previously, this one also was quite different in both looks and mannerisms.
For one, she wore a type of dress suit that was a deep grey blue overlapped by a white lab coat, while dark, blue shoes completed the ensemble.
Her hair was cut short very similar to Sally's current style, though something about seemed a bit more professional. Her face had a very serious look, further enhanced by a pair of glasses that she pushed up the brim of her nose as she walked over to them.
Lustful Sally gave the approaching Sally a wily smile.
Hello, egghead, come to crash our little party? She said to her in a condescending tone.
The Sally in question only glared at the seductive woman as she shifted her gaze at compassionate sally.
Are they both healed? She said, quick and straight to the point.
Compassionate sally nodded timidly.
Uh huh, good as new. She said with a smile.
The rather strict looking Sally looked at both Sally and Nicole, her expression never changing since she entered the room.
You two are to follow me.
As she started to leave the room, the strict-looking Sally noticed the other two just staring at her in wonder. She sighed and put forefinger and thumb on the bridge of her nose after pulling her glasses off with her other hand.
I can just as well leave you here with lust to give a tour of the castle before she takes you to the war room if you wish?. She said calmly.
Oh, would you egghead? Lustful Sally said with a hint of excitement, the kind of excitement that made both girls jump and quickly to the strict one's side.
Lustfull sally gave a devious smile, amused at Sally and Nicole's reaction.
Oh well, I guess it is just you and me for a bit.
Compassionate Sally leaned into Lustful Sally's body and touched her, while Sally and Nicole left the room, both only turning to look back and commenting.
I did not know you had such a wild side to you Sally. Nicole said commenting on the scene going before their retreating eyes.
Neither did I. Sally said to her digital companion as they continued to follow the intellectually dressed, strict Sally.
As the three of them walked though the hall way, a familiar voice spoke up.
Finally. Hey, you two. Rotor spoke up.
Sally in response said, Where were you guys?
Chuck took over at this point. We just got the audio back up. What was that back there with two versions of you hugging?
Sally at this point stopped dead in her tracks and her eyes bugged out and her face almost went totally red.
Uh, how much did you guys see and hear? She asked, as both Nicole and the better dressed Sally stopped to look and listen to the conversation.
Not much, we saw the two versions of you in that hug, but couldn't hear much until the one you are with right now showed up and we only now got back the ability to talk to you. Chuck said to answer Sally's question.
The well dressed Sally interjected.
Hmm, must have been a delay reaction of some kind. I guess Compassion might have underestimated the damage done to the both of you or was distracted from finishing the job. Because of this, your comments with the others in the outside world were probably delayed in repairs.
Well, even so, we're just lucky we where still able to monitor both your vitals as it where. We had a hard time trying to keep even that. I don't want to say just how much we had to do to get the picture back. Rotor spoke up, but then there was a scuffling sound and some comments that where barely heard but you could tell there was some yelling of some kind.
Yeah, Sonic said, speaking up,. One item was opening up my arms and plugging a ton of cables into me for some reason.
They could hear Rotor yell, give me that back! and then a shuffle of the mic.
Sorry about that. He said. We needed the extra CPU power at that point, anyways what's going on?
All will be explained at the war room. The strict Sally said.
We don't have much time and it would be much easier if it is done with as little interruption as possible.
And with that the strict Sally got behind Sally and Nicole and started to push them in the desired direction.
A few minutes later.
Sally and Nicole could only marvel at the sights before them. There were several versions of Sallies standing around a round table. From Sally's Warrior spirit, who was the leader of the armed forces out in the city, to her Intelligence, taken the form of a professor-like version complete with glasses and dress, all the way to the twins, Sally's compassion and Lust, the latter by the way who was right now sticking uncomfortably close to Nicole and giving very telling looks.
Nicole was trying to keep her distance and stick close to her own Sally.
So . . . Sally started. Anyone care to give an explanation?
Yeah, Rotor spoke over the com, which had been fixed after Sally had been looked at compassionate sally as she was treating other Sallies wounded in the field, This is really confusing everyone here on our end too.
To put it simply for you and the others watching Rotor, The Sally in the professor outfit said.
We are all fragmented aspects of Sally's mind. We each represent a piece of Sally. And to counter your argument, in this format we are more then bits of memory and data. That however is beyond the point of this meeting.
Yes, The leader Sally said from her position at the table.
As you all may have seen, there is an inner war going on for control over your own body Sally, yes everything here you see is representative of that is actually happening.
The Warrior Sally then nodded to the Intelligence Sally who then waved her hand over the table.
Suddenly, a large, holographic replica of the city in real time was showing areas being taken and lost to the Slave, as well as the opposing forces gaining ground.
As you can see, we've been able to put a halt to the advancement of the SLAVE engine's troops, but for each amount of territory we can control, we end up losing another to the enemy forces.
As if to highlight this, one area lights up while another goes dark.
Then the Intelligence Sally waved her hand over the table and the scene changed to that of a dark tower that looked much Robotnik's command center though much bigger, with thorn-like pylons coming out of the sides with a massive spire tower like structure at the top.
Even with the measures we have in place all we are doing is delaying the inevitable of it regaining control of the main body. Which is why we had a plan that until now could not be fully implemented, however with you here we can bring that plan to fruition.
The Leadership/Warrior Sally took over at this point to help explain the plan.
It is with your help that we can take the attack to the head of the snake, the master SLAVE, instead of fighting its body which isn't doing us much good what with what resources we can hold.
The only major issue at this time however is our inability to locate the SLAVE engine. All attempts at capturing any subroutines for their codes have met with failure since the programs will not allow themselves to be captured when a damage threshold has been met, thus making all attempts futile. The Intelligence Sally said while she pushed her glasses closer to her eyes.
Whoa, this is so not good. Rotor spoke over the com, then Chuck came in with his own comments.
There has to be some way, can't we on the outside help support your fight?
Regrettably not. Said Intelligence Sally. As appreciated as it would be, the situation is far more complicated then would allow or warrant.
At that moment Sally remembered.
Doggie! Nicole, the data you copied from Doggie!
Nicole then fully understood what she meant and nodded. The A.I. then held out her right hand palm up and a glow of numbers and data turned into a copy of the subroutine that the two had encountered earlier.
Is that . . . Intelligence Sally started to ask, a hint of surprise in her voice.
Yes, Responded Nicole. It is a fully functional Slave subroutine, albeit configured differently in that it is no longer hostile, it still has the core data needed for the task you want it to do.
Intelligence Sally then came around the table rather quickly to examine the data first hand. Looking at, she then turned to the leader. We can use this, it is the only thing we need to get these two past the first few layers of security and fool the perimeter defenses
Good, do it. Come with me everyone.
The leader then started to lead everyone out of the room when suddenly Sally felt her arm pulled, turning she saw lustful Sally holding on to her.
You guys go on ahead. She'll meet up with you in a bit. She said as the others looked.
Don't worry it's not that, I just need to talk to her.
The Warrior Sally looked on them both.
Make it quick. She said as she led Nicole along to their destination.
Hey, what are you doing? Sally asked her lustful aspect.
We need to talk, and this is a private conversation. Sorry boys and girls, but you'll get her back after we're done. She said as she then put her right hand behind Sally's head and snapped her fingers.
Back in Rotor's lab Sally's Point of view suddenly went to static. The others where just baffled by this, unable to say anything, and just had to wait until whatever conversation was done.
Back in the hallway, lustful Sally looked Sally full on, a very serious look on her face.
What are you doing? What did you just do to me? Sally demanded as she felt disconnected from the others again.
Don't worry, it's only temporary. At least until you meet back up with Nicole. Now we have something that needs to be taken care of. She said standing back arms crossed in a serious manner, unlike the way she held them before under her chest trying to enhance her already noticeable assets.
What do you want this time? Are you going to berate me or something? Sally asked, rather annoyed by this side of her taking control of the situation.
Is it a crime just to have a little chat? Lustful Sally said as she placed her hands on her hips.
Sally rolled her eyes. From what I've seen you probably have a lot more in mind She said giving her lustful side a glare.
Her lustful side glared back. Humph. Well, then I guess I have you to thank for that. She said in an annoyed tone.
Sally raised an eyebrow at the woman's statement. And what's that suppose to mean?
Lustful Sally let out a deep sigh.
You had me bottled up for so long, that this is the first time I've had any kind of freedom, especially with Sonic that night.
How do you Lustful sally just interrupts the embarrassed and very red Sally's response suddenly.
We're both the same person remember? And besides, when this is all over we'll be all one person, not fragmented like we all are right now, and I'll be you again and when that happens I'm going to be more directed to Sonic like before. It's just in here there's not much I can do beyond keeping moral for some of the troops up as I possibly can.
Sally just looks at her, confusion etched across her face. Uh, I suppose that sort of made sense."
Yeah, well, thinking like egghead back there isn't my strong suit, but I do what I have to.
She then smiled at Sally and placed her hand on Sally's shoulder before continuing.
Look, you're dedicated and you're passionate. You care about everyone, but you do so at the expense of yourself. Last night was the one time you let yourself be selfish. But that isn't a bad thing. If anything, it's good for your emotional health. I say this not because it's something you want to hear, but you need to understand. You're not alone out there, you have your friends and they are pretty much your family.
Sally was taken back by the speech given to her by this side of herself, the wisdom felt a bit wrong, but yet it was the right thing for her to say to Sally.
Okay, I'll do what I have to. She said as she turned to meet with Nicole outside.
Just then Lustful sally grabbed her hand, causing sally to pause for a moment. Her usual smirk now replace with a small frown, her eyes showing concern.
Sally, just be careful, alright? She said as she pulled her into a hug, not a playful, seductive one, but a genuine, loving one.
Sally returned her embrace. I promise I'll make it though this, so that we can both be with Sonic again. She whispered.
Her lustful side looked up to Sally, her eyes glistening.
That would sure be nice. She said as she gave Sally a gentle kiss on her cheek.
Lustful Sally then broke off the embrace, wiping a tear from her eye.
She then gave a playful smirk
Now you got me all teary eyed. How am I gonna keep up my reputation now? She said with a chuckle.
Sally simply smiled back. Her lustful side gave her a wink as she turned and walked off into the castle.
Just then Sally she heard a shout back in the castle.
Sally! Her lustful side called back.
Yeah? She replied
You better win out there or I'm never going to be able to see Sonic's cute tush ever again! She yelled back as she blew Sally a kiss which only made the princess smirk and roll her eyes.
Outside Castle Acorn
Few moments later
So, in closing, that is why logically your argument about our existence is flawed when you didn't take into account the nature of the brain's psychological make up and defenses. Intelligence Sally said to Nicole.
I see. I understand now where Sally gets her intelligence from, you being her Intelligence aspect."
Quite. Responded the ID to Nicole.
Just then, Sally was walking out of the hallway that led to the war room, the bright sun highlighting all the aspects of the courtyard and the fact of how clean Mobotrolious was when she remembered it. The ivory and cloud white walls and marble, it all brought back memories of the past in full force. However, right now she had to focus on other things.
Finally, Chuck said over the com link, we got your single back Sally, you okay?
I'm fine, nothing to worry about. Sally said.
Good, because we've got much to say and very little time to say it in. The Warrior Sally said before she walked up to her and pulled out a sword still in a sheath.
She then held it before her, presenting it to Sally.
As your Warrior Spirit, I have to know, are you ready for this mission you face? Are you ready to take this fight to its end for those you love?
Sally looked at the sword for a second, then to Nicole, then back to the sword and her Warrior Spirit. Sally's only response was to take the sword in hand while her Warrior Spirit held firm on the sheath.
Yes. Sally finally spoke, and the warrior spirit let go of the sword and let Sally claim it, Sally then unsheathed the sword. It held a golden glow that seemed to be more intense the light around coming from the virtual sun above them.
Good, now remember what I have to say about the sword: Only you are able to wield this sword, anyone else will only be harmed by it.
Sally nodded as she sheathed the sword and tied the belt on it around her waist.
Now as for the plan, we have found a possible way into the tower thanks in part to the data you gave us. The Intelligence Sally said to both Nicole and Sally."
There is however a catch to it.
What is it? Sally asked.
Sewer ways to basement level entrance of S.L.A.V.E. Engine's HQ
The sound of laser fire and explosions echoed over head as Sally and Nicole traversed the dank tunnels, a slight rubble here and there as the battle above intensified.
Sound like it's started. Sally said to Nicole as they plodded though the knee-deep water towards the central tunnel lines.
Nicole pinched her nose shut as the pungent odor of sewage intensified as they traveled deeper.
This is one time I wish I was incapable of smelling. She groaned.
Sally nodded to her digital companion.
Tell me about it. She sighed as she too tried her best to ignore the stench.
Hopefully the service tunnel that my warrior spirit spoke of isnt to far away. She said as the two continued forward.
About a few minutes later the two came to the end of the tunnel which emptied into a massive network of various pipelines and aqueducts.
Both Sally and Nicole looked around the maze like system of pipes and tunnels.
The main service tunnel should be here somewhere. Sally said as Nicole began to scan the area.
This Network of tunnels matches the data provided by you intelligence ID, however I'm having trouble pinpointing which one will lead to the S.L.A.V.E's stronghold. Nicole said as she continued with the scan.
It was then that one of the tunnels in front of them became illuminated with red lights as the sound of heavy foot steps echoed from the opening.
Something's coming. Sally whispered to Nicole as the two took cover behind a massive pipe running length wise across one of the walls, hoping that whatever was approaching would not notice them.
It was then that two biped subroutines emerged from the pipe, their glowing red eyes bathed the room with an eerie glow as they scanned the room. Their scans went on for a few more seconds. Figuring it was clear, the two programs left continuing on they way.
Once it looked like the two where out of range, Sally and Nicole both edged out of their hiding spot.
Looks clear, that patrol thankfully didn't spot us. Nicole said.
The A.I. then turned to the pipe that the subroutines came from.
This way will most likely us lead to the entrance.
Sally nodded and followed, all the while helping to keep an eye out.
To be continued...