By Mercenary X & Zeiram0034
Edited by Zeiram0034
Proofread by Jeff Greyhound1211 Phillips
Special thanks to Jamie Swiftrunner for Bunnie's accent
Chapter/Episode 2 Shattered Freedom part 2
The central hall was buzzing with activity as the knothole's residents assembled, all chatting with each other, wondering what was so important that the entire village had to be informed.
"Hey marcus, do ya have any idea whats going on?" a male raccoon said to a German Sheppard across from him.
"beats me" macrus shrugged.
"Maybe it has something to do with robotropilis."
"But isnt it safe to go back to the city now that robotnik's gone?" a female cat spoke up to the two.
Various chatter continued throughout the hall until rotor walked in followed by bunnie and antoine, the room turning silent as the three freedom fighters made their way to the front of the crowd.
"*ahem* Um.. I know a lot of you are probably wondering why we have called you all down here" rotor said as the crowd listened, though some where rather confused as to why rotor, the village mechanic was addressing them rather then princess sally.
"We feel that it is important to inform you all of the events that transpired last night during a recon mission to robotropilis" rotor said, as both Antoine an Bunnie looked on, a anxious look on their faces as they watched the crowd's reactions. It was then that the three began to be bombarded by questions from various people from the group.
" Is it safe to go back to the city?", "is robotnik really dead?", "why isn't princess sally here informing us about this?" were just a small number of various questions being addressed to the group of freedom fighters.
Rotor steeled himself as he continued to address the crowd.
" To answer a few of you questions, No robotropolis is not safe, and from what we can tell Snively has taken control of the city in robotnik's place" he said as the crowd gave a collective gasp.
"Didnt you say that this war would be over once robotnik was beaten?", Marcus said to the group, anger rising in his voice.
"And now your telling me we have to deal with another tyrant!?"
Various people in the crowd also began to address their displeasure at the situation as they began to yell at the three mobians in front of them.
Rotor began to speak up again
"It isn't that simple, you see we..." but before he could finish, Marcus interrupted.
"And where is the princess?, why isn't she here to tell us about this, to ashamed to speak to her people face to face?" Marcus said, his tone filled with contempt.
"Thats crossin the line, an't nobody gonna bad mouth sally girl, ya hear me?" Bunnie shouted back to Marcus her own anger rising in her voice at the Shepard's comment.
"Calm yourself mademoiselle" Antoine said, while taking hold of Bunnie's robotic arm, just in case she did something rash.
"Humph. I'm just saying what most of us are thinking right now" Marcus said as he crossed his arms, a annoyed look forming on his face as he glared at the three of them.
"Listen Marcus" rotor interjected.
"The reason sally isn't here because....she...she's been..." Marcus's eyes widened as rotor looked down, as if he was trying to find the right words to say.
"Been what?" Marcus asked, suddenly feeling a ping of guilt for his earlier outburst.
"Is she dead?"he asked, slightly hesitating on that last word. Rotor looked up at Marcus, the crowd behind him was now muttering amongst themselves over the fate of their leader.
"No." he said apprehensively as most of the crowd to a collective sigh of relief, but where still puzzled at the walrus's hesitating manner, Marcus in particular.
" Then what?" Marcus demanded, looking into rotor's eyes.
"She's been robotized." a voice shouted out from behind the crowd.
Everyone turned around to see none other then professor Charles standing near the doorway of the alcove.
"And that's not all" he said as he walked through the crowd, thier faces etched with shock as the elderly robian made his way to the front of the room.
"My nephew, sonic has also been partially robotized, buy a new form of the robotizer that's more terrifying then anything any of us has encountered.
"So she's snively's slave then?" Marcus addressed the robian, his face held a look of slight disbelief.
Before Charles could answer him, rotor spoke up "Uncle chuck what are you...". The robian raised his hand up to silence rotor.
"This was sally's idea, figured she get this over with now rather then prolong it any further." he said.
"I couldn't agree more." another voice called back from behind the crowd near the alcove entrance.
Everyone turn once again to see sonic the hedgehog standing by the doorway, his metallic limbs gleaming in the sunlight.
"Sonic" rotor said, as the crowd looked at the now partially robotized hedgehog, collective mutterings emitting from them.
Sonic said nothing as he turned his head away from the crowd and looked to his side, his expression changing from one of confidence to concern.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" sonic said, as he continued to look towards the side of the doorway, the crowd becoming quite confused as to who he was talking to.
"I'm sure" a voice emitted near the doorway, the feminine voice sounded familiar yet somehow slightly distorted by a metal echo.
The villagers gave a collective gasp as Sally walked into the alcove with sonic right at her side, a supportive hand resting on her shoulder as they made their way towards the front of the crowd.
15 minutes prior
"Sal, Sonic complained. You can't be serious about this.
"Sonic, people are going to want me to step down from leadership. Sally said with a sigh.
"Don't say that sal, you've lead us through some really tough times, I can't see anyone else leading except you." sonic said his voice filled with concern.
Sally looked down towards the ground, a pained expression formed on her face.
"Sonic, none of them are going to want a robot for a leader, it just that simple" she said sadly.
"But uncle chuck's a robian, and everyone gets along fine with him" sonic said, trying to argue his case.
"And how long did it take for everyone in the village to trust him sonic?"
The azure hedgehog didn't respond at first as he just looked away from Sally, a thoughtful yet pained expression on his face as he sighed.
"Alright, but who's going to take over after you? Sonic asked her.
"I've had a bit of time to think it over. She said quietly.
The room was silent save for a few whispers, as Sally stood before the crowd,
"I know alot of you are probably thinking about my appearance, but let me state that I am not a danger to any of you" She said, hoping to quell the concerns of the crowd as they continued
to gawk at the metal princess.
Marcus frowned at Sally's statement
."And how do we know this isn't some kind of trick to let our guard down." marcus said bitterly as he sneered at the robian.
Charles stepped in between him and sally.
"We've already made sure that she's absolutely cleared of any kind of programing that would endanger any of the residents Marcus" he said, hoping to subside the shepard's suspicions.
"humph, and how do we know your not in on it? After all we all know how trusting you kind is" Marcus hissed, as he glared at the robian.
It was then sonic stepped forward, anger in his eyes.
" Cool it Marcus! You of all people should know how many times uncle chuck has helped us out" he said as he glared at Marcus.
The Shepard sneered at the blue hedgehog.
" Figures you would try to cover for him, seeing as your the nephew of a scrap pile" he said as he crossed his arms.
"WHY YOU!..." sonic yelled as he tried to rush marcus, only to have chuck and Bunnie hold him back.
"It ain't worth it sugah hog." Bunnie said as she held onto his arm from behind as he raised his fist.
Chuck stood in front of sonic attempting to push him back.
"She's right sonny, Marcus is just trying to get a rise out of you." he said as he tried to reason with his now furious nephew.
Both Marcus and sonic exchanged in some rather colorful language as chaos began to erupt within the alcove as people from the crowd beginning to yell and shout as the whole scene threatened to boil over into violence.
"ENOUGH,ALL OF YOU!" sally shouted, her metallic echo enhancing her voice, as the crowd suddenly grew deathly silent.
"Please stop, none of this is going to help with dealing with the threat at hand. Right now snively is building an army of robian soldiers and here we are arguing over such nonsense." she said solemnly as both sonic and Marcus calmed down a bit.
Marcus stepped forward from the crowd, his lips curling into a sneer as he pointed his finger at the robian princess.
"On the contrary princess, the nonsense your talking about is pretty important to the majority of us, namely the fact that none of us here are going to be lead around by some machine." he
said harshly as several people in the crowd agreed .
A pained expression formed on sally's face, that last comment had stung a lot harder then she thought it would.
Didn't they realized that she was still the same person she had been before her robotization?
"You got a big mouth Marcus, maybe I should plug it up with my fist" sonic hissed, as he began to approach the dog, but was stopped by sally as she raised her arm in front of him.
Sally shook her head, a saddened expression on her face.
"please sonic, just stop"she said quietly.
"But Sal, he.." sonic was about to voice his anger, but sally cut him off.
"just drop it sonic." she said in a more forceful tone. Sonic stepped back, glaring at Marcus.
Sally took a deep breath, a look of defeat on her face.
"Marcus makes a valid point, which is why, at this moment I now resign my position as leader of the knothole freedom fighters" she said sadly as her closest friends along with the crowd
gave a collective gasp.
After the announcement
Sally and Sonic walked down one of the many pathways though the village, watching as several passer-bye's bowed before their princess and smiled saying good morning, but as they walked back to Rotor's lab they started to get one or two hateful glares from a few others..
These people, Sally could forgive for their reactions to her and Sonic, she felt responsibility for not being able to keep her promise to the others that she would get their home back.
"I still can't believe you named me as the leader. Sonic said walking along side Sally.
"It was the only thing I could do, as I said before, I'm compromised. If I tried to continue my leadership, the council would have overridden me, and who knows who they would put in my place. Sally spoke to Sonic.
"At least you are able to keep your seat on the council. Sonic said in an effort to comfort her.
"Only because I'm the only one of the Royal blood line left here, and you have to take my seat as the leader of our Freedom Fighter forces. Sally countered.
Sonic could only groan at the news.
"Don't remind me. I don't know how I'm going to handle staying in one place like that for so long. He complained.
"It's the price we all have to pay, we just have to do our best with this situation. She said, then added.
I just wish Antone didn't take it as hard as he did.
"I thought he took it pretty well, Sonic said nonchalantly.
The azure hedgehog remembered the reactions of some of the others when Sally gave her leadership to him, and Antone's response was beyond priceless.
It took Sally ordering him to calm down and come back after the meeting to discuss it in more detail later.
Besides you both have to help teach me about the tactics, at least he was gracious enough to accept the position.
"Yeah, Sally also remembered.
That's probably the only other reason the council is being so compromising. But what surprised me the most was Marcus' willingness to agree to this.
"I don't like it. Sonic's weariness of the situation evident in his voice.
He's up to something, I can feel it, and it's not the numbness of my hands and feet that I'm talking about.
"No point in worrying about it now, we're here. Sally pointed out to Rotor's home and lab.
there was more sounds coming from inside as a familiar hum and whine of a robotisizer.
As they walked inside, Sally and Sonic could hear some argument between Lupe, Ari, and Charles.
"How can you be building this monstrosity? Lupe said to Charles.
"It's simple logic, unfortunately. Ari said coming to Charles's defense.
I don't like it either Lupe, but in this case I can see why we're are going to go though with this.
"And what could possibly justify its' use? Lupe asked rather harshly.
"As I said before to Sally, we may be able to use it. Not to derobotisize, at least not yet, however we can try and use it to free some of the robians that are under Snively's control. Charles said to the pack leader.
It was then a small beeping noise caught the attention of both Lupe and Charles as they looked over towards one of the various consoles that had been set up within the lab.
"Sir Charles, simulation number 3 complete, all results pass inspection and all systems are green. Nicole said from a computer she was hooked up into.
"Thank you Nicole. Charles said to the computer, then turning back to the wolf..
Look, I don't like this any better then you, in fact I hate this more then anyone else here, but given what happened back in that city, we can't ignore or pass up on any advantage we can get.
"I take it things are not all sunshine. Sonic commented on the argument.
"Not in the least. Ari replied back.
I just wish things didn't come to this, we had finally rid our selves of Robotnik and end up with someone that is potentially worse. Just how could this have happened?
"We underestimated Snively, Lupe said. he went from being the hunter's apprentice, to out doing his master.
"What's done is done, Sally said. What I want to know is what we are all going to do? And where did Griff go to?
"He went to deal with his group, Lupe said, which is something I should be doing, but I need to talk to you Sally.
"I'd like to ask you all to stay with me on this one. Charles said as he addressed everyone in the room.
Rotor, how are things are on your end?
The walrus popped his head up from behind a large metal console as he pulled off his welding goggles.
We're good to go, are you sure you want to do this? he asked hesitantly.
"It needs to be fully tested Rotor. Charles said as he went over to the computer Nicole was hooked into and started to input some commands.
"What's going on? Sonic asked everyone.
"He's going to re-robotisize him self. Lupe said with a bit of disgust.
I still think it is a very bad idea.
"Bad as it is, Charles said walking to the robotisizer platform.
it will be the first step to figuring out how to reverse the process." he finished as he noded to rotor.
The walrus closed up the panel he was working on and pushed a button, giving a thumbs up.
I really hope you know what you are doing. he said.
"Uncle Chuck! Don't this this! Sonic came up to him, remembering the two times he was witnessed his uncle being turned into a robot, not wanting to have to go through it a third time.
He walked off the platform and then grabbed his nephew's shoulders
"I'm sorry Sonic but please Listen.
The hedgehog nodded slightly as he looked at the elderly robian
I know you don't like this, but I promise you, this is something that will help not just you or Sally, but the rest of mobius as a whole if I can perfect this device.
"But what about the risk? Sonic asked him.
"This time, I'm taking the risk he said solemnly as he looked at both sonic and sally.
"I just can't stand seeing anyone else be hurt for my mistakes.
"This is wrong. We shouldn't be crossing this line. Lupe said as Charles walked back on the platform.
"Lupe. We are at a point where we need to cross some kind of line. Charles said to her.
And right now it's better we cross this line versus something later on we will all regret. Because as bad as this is, we may be forced to rely on it if we want to help free the others under snivel's control."
Lupe gave up and just turned her head away from Charles with a look that spoke 'stubborn old fool,' but she held her tongue and just watched the events unfold.
Okay Rotor, Nicole. Start it.
With that, the machine began to warm up for a few seconds, and everyone braced themselves even if it was only Charles in it.
The event brought back bad memories for both Sonic and Sally.
Charles him self wasn't any better as remembering everything up to and after his robotisiztion.
Then it started. The metal of the elderly robian hedgehog's body started to both change color and look. His feet became something closer to Sonic's, his legs and arms also taking on a more refined look versus what it was before.
His original body coloring for his fur took over for the drab and dull shades of gray that was all over himself for near a full decade. His body also grew a few inches because of the changes, and finally his face became much closer to what it once was.
When it was all done, everyone held a collective breath, hoping beyond hope that uncle Chuck was still there.
The elderly robian opens his eyes and looked at himself.
Well, that didn't hurt at all, not like the first time. How do I look?
Everyone breathed a sigh of relief, thankful that Charles seemed to still possess his free will.
Charles's body had gained back it's Sky Cloudy Blue color, his belly, arms, and mouth area had also gained back it's tan color.
However, his hands where still white from the the integration of his gloves into them, his feet had his old red with gold strip shoes made into their platform like form. Charles's mustache and eye brows had went from a solid piece of metal into the the same steel fiber like state similar to Sally's hair.
His form was more boxy in some areas, he was wearing a belt like pouch item around his waist, and on his back looked like it held some kind of pack that was attached to his shoulders.
Rotor at this point just whistled at elder robian hedgehog's new look.
Wow. Looks like it worked better then expected. he said, clearly impressed by the machine's successful test run.
While everyone else was congratulating Charles, Lupe on the other hand was more focused on informing sally.
The wolf let out a frustrated growl as she walked over to the robian.
Sally, I need to speak to you right now.she said as she grabbed Sally's arm and pulled her outside, once the door was closed she turned to the princess and looked her stright in the eyes.
What's this all about Lupe?" concerned by the wolf girl's agitated state.
Sally, I need to leave soon.
What? Why? Sally asked with a surprised look on her metal face.
I've been talking this over with both my pack and with some of the others in the village council, and we've come to the agreement that after what that little worm did to you we're are not safe spread out like we are. Lupe said.
But why are you leaving and with your pack, we will need all the able bodies we can get in this. Sally pointed out.
That's the point Sally, we're not going to go and not come back. We've decided to pool our resources, consolidate everything and everyone, there are still more Freedom Fighters out there that will need to know what's going on, And other hidden villages like knothole that will need to be warned.
Lupe saw the sadness in Sally's eyes as she said this.
Lupe knew her friend needed all the allies in her time of need, but right now the situation has changed and not for the better.
Look Sally, we'll be back in a weeks time, we just need to get word out to the others and get our base in the canyon packed up and moved here. After what happened with Robotnik and now with Snively in power, it's only a matter of time before he moves on us all.
Sally only nodded in response.
Okay, but what about Griff? Snively must know by now about Lower Mobius, we can ill afford to let Snively capture anyone or the location.
He told me that he's already gotten people in the remote tunnels outside the city with people extending them into the forest to evacuate them to Knothole and from there to set up a secondary base, possibly on Nimbus Island. Lupe said.
Okay, Sally said. Just promises me you'll be careful and you'll come back to us, and if anything goes wrong don't hesitate to call for help.
I will. Lupe answered.
Knothole's supply hut.
In one of the underground storage rooms that connected to the supply hut, there was a meeting taking place. A meeting between about 35 mobians was starting in secret, the topic on hand, the robotisized princess Sally.
Is this all of us? Marcus asked as he looked over the crowd, I thought there would be more.
A pig next to him spoke to him.
This is short notice, yes, but we do have a few more getting things ready and 'convincing' others to our view in the matter.
Marcus didn't like the way the pig said it, but he wouldn't say anything at this point about it since he wanted to make sure he had the support of numbers, but still, on with the show.
I gather you all know why you are here? the dog asked his fellow Mobians, they all nodded and Marcus continued. Good, as you may know, the trip into Robotropolis failed....
"Yeah? tell us something we don't know."A rabbit from the group said sarcastically
Marcus glared at the rabbit.
" Well if you let me finish I'll get to that." he said as he cleared his throat.
"I'm sure most of you are aware of the current state of affairs in knothole, what with the council electing a new leader for the Freedom fighters."
"Which brings me to my next topic.Princess Sally Acorn. "As long as she's here she's a threat to the entire village." he finished, a hint of distan in his voice.
A skunk spoke out from the group.
"Maybe but what can we do about it?, you heard what the council said she's been given amnesty like the other tin head" he said angrily.
It was then the pig that Marcus was conversing with earlier spoke up
" You can leave that to me and Marcus here, I have a few people from Griff's band to help with that, even as we speak I got a few of my guys spreading the word around the village." he said with a smirk on his face.
Marcus frowned " you do realize Greggory that we need get the village to agree willingly, and not though intimidation" he said, suspicious of the pig's methods.
Greggory looked at Marcus a relaxed smile on his face
" Marcus, come on it's like ya said, as long as that walking scrap pile is still in the village none of us are safe, heck maybe we can get rid of the other metal head and maybe those two half-bots while were at it." he said.
Marcus glared at the pig
"Get this straight Greggory, we can't start parading around like some blood crazed mob, the point is to get the people to side with us so we can drive that metal freak out of our village, the others are to be left alone." he said angrily.
To be Continued...