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 3
WHOA! Sonic shouted in his seat as his left foot rocketed for a second, the afterburner on the back of his robotized leg going off as Chuck was working with his new tools from a his belt and his arm as a few panels opened with readouts and data.
Sorry Sonic. Still getting used to this all. Chuck said as his left hand caught Sonic's foot as it came back down.
You're not the only one uncle Chuck. Sonic Complained having to deal with the fact that he had to sit there and let his uncle mess with his robotic limbs because he needed to make sure Sonic's limbs were working properly.
His uncle wanted to, in his words, 'Calibrate everything to insure safety' and sonic could certainly understand the need for that.
Well, both my fears where confirmed and my suspicions have been validated on what you got. Chuck said.
Well? Don't keep me hanging here. Sonic tapping his other foot.
Well, as I said before last night, Chuck said as he pushed a button on his wrist and the panels without cables started to close, the rest following suit as Chuck pulled the wires out.
It seems that I was not only right about the Booster system, but you have some kind of Magnetic system that seems powerful enough to let you walk, on any type of metallic surface.
" I also found a kind of hover system, from what I can guess it lets you float a few inches off the ground, probably powerful enough to let you slow yourself down from a fall even."
Charles picked up a data pad on one of the near by benches, typing away as he reviewed various other bits of data.
There's also a kind of weapons and slot system in there for some kind of item use possibly. he said in a intrigued tone.
Sonic listened to what his uncle was telling him about his new parts and was both excited and scared, because now he had an array of new abilities to use against Snively's forces,but was also afraid of what the overlander could have done if he and Sally where in his control.
Still, Sonic decided not to dwell on the negative and lean more to the positive about this..
Whoa, way past cool, anything else? He asked excited a bit.
Yes, from what I can guess of the power output of this systems, you might be able to run as fast if not faster without the use of a Power Ring, with one I can't say, it scares me to think you might be going so fast you might go faster then your body can handle, which is where this comes in. Chuck said as he grabbed Sonic's hand and opened up a side panel and inserted a tool that retracted out of his figure, suddenly the top of the hedgehog's forearm poped open.
Seems you have your self a pretty nasty weapons system, but because you are not fully robotized, you can only fire a few shots and let it recharge, which can take a while or you might be able to use a Power Ring, that is where the capacitors comes in.
Chuck then frowned as if he was looking at something wrong, Sonic picked up on it right away.
Is something the matter? Sonic asked.
Yes, it would seem that it's inactive, and I can't bring it online. Might be due to insufficient programing, namely a form of control software or lack of a proper power source, and it looks pretty complicated. Chuck sighed. Better not to mess with it right now, anyways, you seem to have some kinds of capacitors that if I'm right, let's your store energy from a Power Ring for long periods of time for later use. Beyond that I'm sure there's still more surprises left to be discovered, one thing I know for sure is that it seems your systems are waterproof.
At least this will give us an edge over Snively. Sonic said.
If only you could have brought a book or something about the events of the coup and had come a few days if not weeks earlier when you came back in time all those years ago. Chuck said pulling his tool from the plug slot in Sonic's arm and the laser in his arm closed back up.
You still remember that? Sonic said.
It's kind of hard to forget, and I especially couldn't forget you trying to bring me out of Robotnik's control then. Chuck sighed after his response.
If we could only have, makes me wish I did do as Sally said when we came back. Sonic said as his face went from excited to saddened.
Hey, I thought we had settled this before about that. Chuck said as he picked up tools and such.
I kind of remember the talk we had when we destroyed that huge diamond from the dig site that Robotnik was using.
What? Sonic asked confused.
You know, our talk? Don't tell me you forgot. Chuck chuckled,
You're reacting just like then when I tried to warn you about your trip to the past but the programing reasserted it's self into me before I could say anything useful to tell you.
Sonic was confused, what talk was he talking about? It didn't make sense to Sonic as he was thinking back to that mission, recalling nearly everything said to him by his uncle the first time he was able to rescue him if only for a short while.
Seriously, I don't know what you are talking about, I remember that day and we didn't have any kind of conversation about Sal and me going into the past with you. Sonic confirmed his response.
Sonic, now what are you talking about? It was one of the few things we where able to talk about when we where alone for a few minutes when we did that mission. Chuck quickly countered.
Uncle Chuck, we didn't, I should know. I remembered everything about that day and we never talked about that, we just talked about what we where suppose to do to get you out of there, that's it. Sonic said as he stood firm on his side of the events that took place.
Chuck on the other hand puzzled face only deepened as he thought it though, then something clicked in his head.
Sonic, when you went back to stop the coup, did anything change or happen differently then you remembered when you came back? He asked Sonic.
No, nothing...wait, there was one thing. Rosie. Sonic responded.
Rosie? What do you mean?
It was when we got back. Sonic said remembering the event.
Sally had told Rosie not to leave Knothole ever. Because back about 4 or 5 years ago, she went to get medicine for one of us kids who got sick, but before she could get back Robotnik got her on the spot and we found her already robotized on a mission. At the time he had some kind of Robotisization gun then, kind of makes me wonder why he didn't use that instead of the Doomsday now that I think about it.
This bit of information left the elder robian silent and deep in though.
Sonic saw his uncle with a concerned look.
Hey unc, you okay? Hello? Mobius to Uncle Chuck?. Sonic said as he waved his hand in front of his uncle's face.
Wha, oh, sorry, you got me thinking of one of Robotnik's old projects that I had the misfortune of being part of. I remembered something just now, it's about the same time, but Robotnik had taken a force into the Great Forest. He was combing the area for a test subject, me and some others where being made to put the gun together, but no one showed. However it begs the question, what else changed because of what you and Sally did.
But before Chuck could finish or add anything else, Sally came in with Lupe behind her.
Hey Sal, everything okay?he asked as Sally came in, a serious look. on her face.
Yes, everything's fine.
I need to finalize everything with Ari. I'll talk to you later tonight about everything else. Lupe finished up with Sally and went over to the Ram who was pointing out something to Rotor.
What's that about? Chuck asked.
She's taking her pack with her and leaving Knothole for a few weeks. Sally said.
Oh yeah, I heard from Ari about that, about time we put up a united front, Lord knows we're going to need it now. Chuck said as he put the last of his tools away.
Anyways Sonic, you're good to go, but take it slow for now, plus we need to finish our conversation later. There's few more details we'll need to look at.
And with that he went back to work on the Robotizer.
Chuck, do you still need Nicole? Sally asked her elder robain.
Yes, unfortunately. We're still going over the data of my test run and comparing it to the simulations. It might be later tonight I'll be able to give her back to you. he said reassuringly.
Okay, come on Sonic, we need to check on someone. she said while facing the partiality robotized hedgehog.
Who? he asked, a quizzical expression on his face.
" Tails. she said solemnly.
Tails sat silently as he stared out of the window, a thoughtful, yet pained expression on his face.
It was then that the sound of the hut's front door creaking open snapped him out of his daze, as Bunnie walked in.
The Rabbit girl looked over at the young fox, a small smile forming on her face.
"Hey Tails, how are ya feeling today?" she said gently as she sat next to the him.
Tails turned to face her "A little better then yesterday " he said quietly as he offered her a small, but sad smile.
Bunnie's expression soften.
" That's good to hear, so are ya hungry? I could whip up something for ya if ya like." she said in a cheerful tone.
Tails turned his head back to the window.
" No thanks Aunt Bunnie, I'm not really that hungry right now" he said solemnly.
Bunnie let out a small sigh, as she looked at tails.
"Are you sure your feelin better?" she said quietly.
Tails looked down as he turned to face her.
"I....I just wish things could go back to the way things where" He said sadly.
A pained look formed on Bunnie's face as she looked down at the poor boy, the sorrowful events from last night still effecting him even now.
Bunnie knelled down and hugged him gently.
"I know tails, I know" she whispered, as the young fox returned her embrace.
Suddenly a knock came at the door,both Bunnie and tails broke off their embrace as she got up to answer the door.
"Hey yall' Bunnie said pleasantly, as tails walked up next to her, curious as to who she was talking to.
The door opened wider as Sonic walked in, his robotized limbs caused the floor to creek slightly from the added weight.
"Sonic!" tails said excitedly as he rushed the blue hedgehog, who could only smile as the young fox hugged him
"Hey little bro." sonic said happily as he frazzled the young fox's hair.
"I'm glad your ok sonic" he said as he looked up at his hero, who gave him a soft smile as he placed the young fox back down on the floor.
It was then that sonic noticed tails was now staring at his metallic limbs, a small hint of shock etched on his face.
The blue hedgehog gave tails a reassuring smile.
" Don't worry little guy, ya don't need to worry about these" he said as he flexed his fingers.
"Are you sure you ok, I..I mean now that you have metal parts like aunt Bunnie?" he asked hesitantly.
"Well it's taken some getting use to, but your aunt Bunnie has been giving me some practice lessons." he said as he looked towards Bunnie.
The rabbit girl gave him a playful smile.
" And Ol sugah hog here is a fast learner, but he's still got a ways to go" she said, referring to their early morning session.
" So that's why you where gone this morning aunt Bunnie?" he asked curiously.
Bunnie smiled as she nodded to the fox.
" yep, sorry bout that, would have been back sooner but lets just say sugah hog isn't exactly the most patient person to work with." she said as she gave a small smirk the the hedgehog.
"When has he ever?" tails giggled, as Bunnie also started to laugh a little.
Sonic looked at the two with a level expression, but then started to snicker a little.
" Yeah, yeah laugh it up you too" he said with a smirk.
From the edge of the doorway sally looked on at the playful scene in front of her, a small yet sad smile on her face.
Sonic turned his head towards the door, curious as to why sally had not followed him in.
"Hold on one sec." he said as he walked back to the doorway, while tails looked on curiously.
Sonic walked out to see sally still out on the porch of Bunnie's hut, a small look of fear and anxiety on her face.
"What wrong Sal, I thought you wanted to see how tails was doing?" Sonic whispered
Sally looked up at the him. her eyes trembling slightly.
"I know...but....but what if he.." sally didn't finish as she looked back down towards the ground.
Sonic placed both of his hands on her shoulders.
" don't worry Sal, deep down he knows your still you, ok?" he said reassuringly.
Sally nodded lightly as both sonic and her walked to the door.
Sonic was the first to walk back into the hut, a small smile on his face.
"Ok tails, I want you to promise me that you won't get scared ok?" he said softly as the young fox raised an eyebrow.
"Um ok." he said hesitantly as he looked up at Bunnie who gave him a reasuring smile of her own, a small fear lingering in her mind as to how the young boy was going to react to
what was about to happen.
Sonic gave a simple nod as he stood away from the doorway
"It's ok Sal, come on." he said quietly.
Tail's eyes lit up at the mentioning of her name.
"Aunt sally's here? She's ok?" he asked as he walked towards the doorway.
"Aunt Sally your....."
It was then that sally walked in, a hopeful look on her face as she looked down at the young fox who had now stopped dead in his tracks.
Tails eyes widen in fear, memories from the mission flashing in his mind.
The glowing red eyes, the evil sneer that was etched on it's face as it began to strangle him, It's voice ringing in
his sub Consciousness.
" I'LL CRUSH THE LIFE OUT OF YOU!"
It echoed over and over as it glared at him with hate filled eyes.
Sally watched the young fox as he hesitantly started to step away from her, a sorrowful look forming in her eyes
Tails hid behind Bunnie.
" That's not aunt sally." he said fearfully, as Bunnie gently comforted him.
Sonic first looked at the trembling boy, and then towards the robian princess, the absolute devastation, and heartache was evident on her face, as he frowned sadly.
"Tails, this is sally" he said solemnly as tails looked away.
"He right darlin, remember what I was tellin ya last night?" Bunnie said quietly, hoping the young fox would understand.
"That can't be her, Aunt sally would have never tried to hurt any of us!" he shouted as he looked at sally, a mix of anger and fear in his voice.
Sally's eyes went wide with shock as tail's words cut though her like a razor blade, but then her features softened as she looked pleadingly at the young fox.
The robian princess took one step forward.
"Tails it's really me, you know I would never.."
But Sally never got the chance to finish, as the terrified child ran from her, frantically diving under Bunnie's bed.
She simply stood there for a moment, her face almost unreadable, as sonic and Bunnie looked on, both of them feeling heartache for the scene that had just unfolded.
"Sally" sonic said sadly as Bunnie walked into her room, hoping to coax the frightened child out from under the bed.
The robian lowered her head, a look of absolute rejection oh her face as her body trembled slightly.
"I.....Im so sorry tails" she barely whispered,on the verge of tears as she turned and nearly ran out of the hut.
Sonic followed after her, only stopping to take a quick glace at Bunnie, who looked at him as if to say "Go on sugah hog, she needs you" as she knelled down beside her bed while
trying to comfort tails.
Ugh, what have I done to him? What kind of monstrosity- But Sonic cut her off.
Don't go there Sal, I though we covered this already, it wasn't you. It was that Slave thing and you know it. You just got to give the poor kid time and for me, Bunnie, or Uncle Chuck to get him to understand that.
Sally looked to her friend, a pained expression etched on her face.
I know, but it still hurts.
She then looked at her open palms as if they where stained with blood.
It was all I could do to not let that thing kill him, I don't know what I would do if-
NO! Don't even think it, it didn't happen, got that? As you said back when you gave me leadership, we need to focus on the tasks at hand, and right now that's getting a handle on our situations and kicking Serdly's kesiter.
You're right Sonic, I just wish it didn't hurt like this.
You're not the only one hurting right now Sal.
The rest of the way was just silence as they made their way to their next destination.
The knock on the door came to the attention of the elderly mobian as she got up from her seat fixing a sweater.
I'm coming, hold your horses. She said as she came up to the door. Yes, what can I...Oh MY.
Came the surprise from Rosie's voice as her eye's fell on both Sally and Sonic.
Hi Rosie, both said in somber voices to the elder as they held their heads down.
Oh dear. I heard what happened from some of the others, but I didn't believe a word of it. She said in near disbelief.
Well, as you can see, it's true. Sonic responded to her.
Sonic can you wait out here? I need to have a talk with Rosie, if that's okay with you. She said to Rosie after addressing Sonic.
Yes, yes. Come in, Sit down.
Rosie stood aside as Sonic only nodded to the robian chipmunk, and Sally walked in to the hut.
As the door closed Sonic leaned on the frame, arms crossed as he waited.
Good luck. He said solemnly.
Sally did her best to watch her step as she came into the hut, taking care to find the strongest points where the crossbeams or posts that made the foundation of the home so as not to
have her weight accidentally brake though the wooden floor.
Goodness me, are you alright Sally?she said gently as she and sally sat down on her couch.
The princess only nodded at first as she stared at the floor, her face turned away from Rosie as if trying to hide from the elderly chipmunk.
Rosie frowned at this.
" Sally....you don't need to be ashamed around me" she said gently as she placed her hand on the side of Sally's shoulder.
The young robian, hesitantly raised her head slightly as she looked over at Rosie, a comforting smile graced the old woman's features.
"Rosie...... I....I'm" Sally stuttered out as her composure started to fail her as she lowered her head again.
Rosie brought her hand to sally's face, the robian reeling back slightly as if afraid of her touch.
"It's okay sally,I just want to look at you" the elderly chipmunk whispered as she brushed
aside one of her metallic bangs as she looked into sally's glowing blue eyes.
"I'm so scared Rosie" she whimpered, her eyes reflected the fear and pain that was ripping at the poor girl.
It's okay, it is going to be okay. Rosie said as she started to hug the Robian princess, Sally didn't even try to hug back fearing her new strength would harm the elder.
Is it? she said quietly.
Yes it will dear. You have to stay strong sally. This isn't the same girl I have seen grow up before my eyes and become the young woman I know. Rosie said holding Sally's shoulders at arms length.
Sally closed her eyes, fear and pain coursing though her.
"You right Rosie, I'm not the same, how can I be after what's happened to me?!"
Rosie's eyes widen at the sudden outburst, but then looked on sadly as sally turned her head away from her.
Oh Rosie. I don't know what to do,I feel so helpless, I just had to give up leadership of the Freedom Fighters, but...I...I just don't know if it was for the best."
"Sally." the elderly chipmunk said softly as the robian continued to pour her heart out to her.
I can see it in their eyes Rosie, they all think I'm a monster" she said as she looked at her metallic hands.
"And maybe their right." she choked out as she clenched her hands, tail's terrified look flashed in her mind as tears began to form in the corners of her eyes.
The elderly chipmunk looked on sorrowfully as sally collapsed to her knees, her hands covered her face as tears began streaming down her cheeks.
Rosie then cupped her hands around Sally's face making the princess look at her elder who for the last 10 years has been the closest thing to a mother, the smile in her face warmed Sally's robotized heart, the look of hope coming from her eyes.
Sally you're still the princess, the heir to the throne of Acorn, you still have your freewill and your freedom still. When all is said and done, at the end of the day you have to be strong, so when you beat Snively that is when you're leadership will be needed once again.
The robian looked back down towards the floor.
"And enough of this whole monster nonsense, your nothing of the sort dear, weather your flesh or metal it's what's inside that defines you and that's what important." Rosie said softly,
hoping to snap sally out of the depressive slump she was in.
Sally sniffed out of reaction to her emotions, using her fingers to wipe the tears from her face as she got up off her knees.
Thank you Rosie, I....I.. needed that. Sally said looking back and smiling at the elder Mobian.
You're right, I can't let this get to me. Besides, someone's got to keep an eye on Sonic now that he's got leadership, who knows what kind of trouble he will cause.
Rosie just smiled and shook her head amused. Now that's the girl I remembered from 10 years ago, even if you are robotized now.
What? Sally asked, but before she could continue her question, both of them started to hear something coming from outside.
Sonic was playing with a rock at the moment, tossing it up and then catching it to test his dexterity with his new hands. It seemed he was a fast learner, faster then even he expected as he was able to pull off the delicate moves with his hands. He still was having trouble catching the rock when it went high up, higher then he though he could thanks to the extra power that his new appendages provided.
In the moment he then gripped the rock after misjudging its incoming path, he then gripped the rock and cause it to crack a little more,
I still have to get this down, what did Bunnie say about holding back?he thought to himself as he looked down at the near pulverized rock
It was then that he heard the sound of a several dozen footsteps approaching and saw a large group of villagers walking down the path towards his direction.
Oh this can't be good. he said to himself as the crowd drew closer.
Both Rosie and Sally turned their heads as they heard distant shouting.
"My goodness, whats all the commotion?" Rosie said as she looked out the window.
The elderly chipmunk let out a small gasp as Sally came up next to her.
"Rosie, whats wrong?" she asked, worryingly.
It was then that she saw it, dozens of villagers were standing in front of the hut with sonic the only thing standing in between them and Rosie's doorstep.
Sonic stood his ground as did the crowd, both were completely silent for the moment as they stared each other down.
A hint of nervousness was building within the hedgehog as he eyed the group, most of them were armed with clubs, pipes, and other forms of blunt instruments.
"Is there a problem guys?" he said
No one in the crowd answered, but it was then that sonic noticed that some in the back where moving out of the way as a single figure made their way through the crowd.
Sonic glared as lone mobian came to the front, his teeth grinding as his brow furrowed.
"Marcus. figured it was you who was behind this little get together" he said with disdain, as the Shepard glared back at him.
"Nice to see you too sonic" Marcus replied flatly.
"Cut the crap Marcus, whats the deal here with all of these villagers?" he growled as he pointed at the mobian.
"Just stand aside sonic, there's no need for you to get hurt, we're only here for the robian." Marcus said in a dangerously calm tone as several of the villagers behind him began to approach.
Sonic readied himself into a battle stance.
"Whats your problem Marcus? Sally's gone through enough already, and she doesn't need any more from you guys. So why don't you just call off this whole thing?"
Marcus raised an eyebrow, pondering whether the hedgehog's devotion to the princess was admirable or just plain stupid.
"Are you that inclined to protect that thing sonic?" Marcus growled as he bared his teeth.
He then pointed his finger to the hut as the villagers came closer and closer, brandishing their makeshift weapons
" As far as we're concerned, that machine is a threat to everyone in this village, and if you don't step aside, things are gonna get a bit ugly."
Inside the hut, both Rosie and sally looked on in horror.
"He's going to get himself killed if he tries to take on such a large group, why doesn't he make a run for it?" sally said, near panic was beginning to rise in her voice.
Without a word, Rosie took the robian princess by the hand and lead her to a small trap door within the center of her hut.
"He's trying to protect you dear, which is exactly what im going to do as well, now escape though here, and use the forest for cover" she said as she opened the door quietly.
Sally shook her head.
" No, there is no way I'm leaving you or sonic at the mercy of that mob, I can't just run away while.."
Rosie grabbed sally firmly by her shoulders.
"Listen to me sally, Sonic will be fine and so will I, now do as I say and escape while you can." she said firmly.
The robian gave the elderly chipmunk a saddened look, as she nodded timidly.
"I'll warn the council about this, just don't do anything rash okay?" she said as she walked towards the trap doorway.
Rosie gave here a smile.
"No need to worry about me dear, I may be old but I can take care of myself."
Sally then gave her a quick hug before she made her way down the trapdoor, sparing a quick glance upward as Rosie shut it behind her.
Another villager was thrown to the ground as a huge gust of wind blew him back, the others struggled to maintain their footing as the azure hedgehog in front of them continued to
spin dash in place.
The miniature cyclone, died out as sonic came out of his spin, a determined look in his eyes as the villagers made another attempt.
"I could keep this up all day guys so if ya know what's good for ya, just give it up" her growled.
Meanwhile, near the rear of the mob stood Marcus, his patience wearing thin.
" At this rate someone could alert the council of what was going on" he thought to himself as another gust of wind knocked down several more irate villagers.
Greggory looked over at Marcus, a frustrated expression formed on the hog's face.
"This is getting us nowhere, for all we know the metal head might have slipped out the back" he said angrily.
Marcus glared at the pig, grinding his teeth.
"Don't you think I know that?!" he growled at Greggory as several more gusts of wind blew at their direction.
It was then that a blinding light shined in the corner of Marcus's peripheral vision, forcing him to squint a bit as he looked towards the direction of the light.
"What is it?" Greggory asked as he saw Marcus turn his head.
The Shepard scanned the area where the light had come from. "I'm not sure I thought I........."
Marcus stopped in mid sentence as he saw movement between the trees, squinting his eyes to get a better look.
It was then that his eyes widened as he saw the shimmering light reflex off a metallic figure.
"No doubt about it." he thought to himself as a small smirk formed on his face.
"OVER HERE!" he shouted as the crowd stopped in their tracks, all of them turning their heads towards the Shepard.
Panic began to rise within sally as she heard Marcus's shout.
"They spotted me" she thought to herself as she started to sprint, hoping to outrun the mob as the began to pursue her.
Sally's mind raced frantically as she attempted to lose her pursuers, having trouble maintaining her speed due to the uneven terrain.
"If I can just reach the alcove, I'll be able to.."
The robian let out a yelp as a rock flung by one of the rioters slammed into the side of her head with an audible metallic clang, her vision becoming scrabbled and distorted as she began to lose her balance.
Sonic looked on in horror as sally collapsed in mid sprint, her body slamming into the ground with a thud.
"SALLY!" he shouted as the crowd began to encircle the downed robian.
Sally let out a small groan as she came to her senses, her distorted vision returning to normal as she stumbled to her feet, only to realize that she was surrounded buy
dozens of irate villagers, all of them brandishing their weapons menacingly.
Sally looked in all directions, she was completely surrounded, a look of horror etched on her face as the crowd began to move in.
"Marcus none of this is going to help the people of knothole, you don't need to do this!" she said, panic rising in her voice as the crowd came closer and closer.
Marcus stepped forward, glaring at the robian princess.
"That's where you and I disagree machine, you see I'm in fact protecting the people of knothole, protecting them from monsters like you." he hissed as sally's eyes widened, her body trembling with fear.
"TEAR IT APART!" Greggory shouted as the crowd joined in, raising their weapons.
Terror was coursing though Sally as the crowd advanced further still, now within a few feet of her.
"Sonic" she whimpered, as she closed her eyes tightly expecting the end to come.
As if to answer her plea, A blue blur plowed though the crowd, dozens of villagers where thrown several feet in the air as others where knocked down on their backs.
Sally hesitantly opened her eyes, shocked when she saw Sonic standing in front of her, a hateful glare etched on his face as he looked towards the crowd.
"If even one of you so much as lays a hand on Sally, I swear I'll make you regret it" the hedgehog said, his voice dangerously low as he balled up his metallic fists in anger.
To Be continued...