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
Morning broke over knothole as the sunlight filtered though the tree tops. A light fog lingering in the air as song birds chirped softy. The moist dew that had gathered on the leaves caught the light and made it dance with a kaleidoscope of colors.
All this was contrasted by small amounts of ash from fireworks that happen to have came from a party the night before.
A party whose lingering evidence was the empty bottles strewn around and the blanket of confetti that made each room feel like a horse stall.
Along with that is the occasional party-goer, passed out on the floor and happy to spend the night there. It seemed the massive celebrations were everywhere that night.
However, in a small area above in the trees where a lookout that was also used for planning thanks to all the maps and papers about, called the planning room, lay two figures, both on a couch as they slept peacefully.
The sunlight started to bleed though one of the windows and began to shine down upon the dozing couple. The blue hedgehog turned his head away from the source of his annoyance as he continued to snore.
The second figure, a chipmunk/squirrel female hybrid, just kept her head on the chest of the hedgehog, sleeping soundly, her head rising and falling with the breathing of her companion.
Then the sound of metal feet slowly started to get closer. In walked a robotic hedgehog with a metal mustache carrying backpacks in each hand.
He looked in to see the two on the couch and stopped in the doorway.
Ah, to be young again. he mused to himself as a small smile formed upon his metallic face.
He then walked to the table in the middle of the room and took some papers from a stand and unfolded them, he then turned back to the dozing teens.
Rise and shine you two, we've got work to do! The elder Sir Charles, or uncle Chuck as those closest so fondly called him, spoke loudly to the couple.
The shout startled them and caused both to wake up and then suddenly fall from the couch onto the floor this time with the blue hedgehog on top of his companion.
The two looked at each other and then just as quickly got up as a soft blush formed on their cheeks.
As they got to their feet, they turned and looked to the one that woke them both up. The look, if it could have, would have melted Uncle Chucks body to slag.
Now don't go giving me that look, you two. We've got so much to do in the coming hours. he said as he continued looking though the various stacks of papers as if trying to find something.
Nice to see you too, Uncle Chuck. The blue hedgehog spoke in a slightly annoyed tone.
Why the sudden wake up call?
Well, Sonic, we've got to scout out the city. Now that Robotnik is finally gone, we can go in and start to assess the damage and figure out where to go from there.
He turned back to the paper he was looking and put it aside before opening another rolled up paper.
But won't the SWATbots in the city try and capture or kill us on sight? Sonic spoke looking at his uncle as if he grew a new head.
Robotnik took most of his SWATbots with him for the Doomsday machine. Right now the city is running on a skeleton crew who will be too busy dealing with maintenance and keeping an eye on the robotized worker bots to pay us any head.
At this point Sally Acorn decided to jump in.
Hes right, Sonic, with Robotnik and his forces all but completely destroyed, we'll have free reign of the city.
And I for one want to get started now while everything is running on minimal what with all the power that was diverted effectively killing all the security and while we can get in to the command central controls and shut down the city with very little issue.
Oh, I see. Sonic said competently forgetting the rude awaking from before and replacing his annoyance with excitement.
The fat cat is away and we get to play, so what's the plan then?
Well, for starters, I need to gather some plans of the city's power grid and communication lines. Im going to have to tap into that to get in the central tower. Even with the city pretty powerless, the central tower has its own power supply and we're going to have to figure something out to open it up. Uncle Chuck said getting another group of papers and sorting though them.
Sonic, Said Sally, Get Rotor up and ask him to get a survey team together. Then get Bunnie, Antoine, and yourself ready.
In a Sonic second. he saluted to Sally and in a flash, sped out the door creating a massive gust of wind causing the papers in the room to fly around then die back in place. Sally just shook her head as uncle Chuck gave a soft chuckle.
She then turned to the Robian.
We're going to have a talk later about your bedside manners Mister.
With that she walked out of the room with a playful smirk on her face, a fact that Chuck didn't miss.
Ten minutes later
Sonic was waiting by the very well hidden entrance of Knothole's only path out into the 'Great forest' outside of the use of the hidden tree stump slide. He keeps taping his foot on the ground checking his watch every so often.
What's taking them so long? He spoke as he started to pace.
The blue hedgehog turned to the voice that shouted his name and saw the two tailed fox Miles Powers, or Tails as he was more commonly known as, come flying in the air to him by using his two tails as impromptu helicopter blades.
SONIC! Wait up! The small yellow and white child yelled as he came in for a landing in front of his hero.
I heard about the trip into Robotropolis. I want to come too.
Hey, little guy, I'd love to have you along, but you know that something like that is up to Sally. Sonic pointed out while he rubbed Tails' head with his palm.
Ah, why not, Robotnik is gone and the city is doesn't have any power. Tails gave his best puppy dog look hoping it would help guilt Sonic into letting him go.
Where did you hear that?
I heard Rotor talking about it to NICOLE as he was packing up
Well, tell you what Tails, let's see if we can't okay it with Sally.
Okay what Sonic? Sally said as she, Antoine, Bunnie, and Rotor, came into view of the two. But before Sonic could say anything, Tails beat him to the punch.
I heard you are going into the city, Aunt Sally, and I wanted to come and help as well. Please, Please, Please can I come? The two tailed fox spoke each 'please' with a bounce.
I don't know, Tails, Sally spoke looking into his eyes.
Ah have a heart, Sally girl, it's not like there's anything to worry about this time around. Ole Robotnik went and bought the worm farm in the sky. Bunnie spoke as she readjusted her backpack.
Yeah, Rotor spoke up, It's not like it can hurt, and it will give me a chance to test out some new inventions. I could use Tails' flying to help a great deal. Plus it would free up Bunnie.
At the insistence of the other two, Sally relaxed a bit. Alright, you can come Tails.
At that the fox started to jump up and down in excitement, Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!
BUT! I want you to be on your best behavior and to be with one of us at all times, you understand? We don't know if Robotnik left anything behind.
Yes, Aunt Sally. The little fox said and gave a salute. At this point Chuck and three other Mobians came into view each with a backpack and Chuck with an extra backpack in his left hand as well as a duffel bag in his right.
I see that we're all ready then? Chuck asked the group.
Yes, Sally answered. Let's get going.
Hey, Uncle Chuck, let me carry that backpack for you. Tails walked up to the Robian.
Oh, well isn't that big of you? Sure thing. Here you go, sport. Chuck said as he gave Tails the extra backpack.
With that the group then started making their way out of Knothole and into the Great Forest towards their ultimate destination, Robotopolis.
Central Command Center
Main Robotization room
Just a bit more. A whiny nasalize voice spoke, Snively, with his upper body inside what looked like the back of a chair and his bottom half sticking in the air while standing on his tip toes worked on a his machine, in actuality it was a device belonging to his uncle the 'late' Dr. Julian Robotnik.
Blast it all! Why did the fat guy have to go and die on me and not leave his notes anywhere that I can find it? It's taken me all night to figure out how to get this together again. He growled in frustration.
A sudden beeping alerted him that one of the drones was at the door, most likely to give him the report he asked for.
Enter! He yelled from inside the machine, the door opened and a SWATbot walked in with a data pad in his hands. The machine approached the diminutive overlander and stopped once he was but a few feet away.
Report. He said when he didn't hear the stomp of the metal feet.
The SWATbot then lifted the data pad and in its monotone voice spoke up. As per your orders sir, all codes have been changed and all administrative privileges in the tower have been reassigned to you. It will take some time before the changes will be integrated into the rest of the city. Maintenance and Worker bots are right now unhooking the underground energy line to the Doomsday machine's main feed.
Good. Once that idiocy of a plan has been disconnected from the main power grid, I can rid my self of that power leech and finally get a much needed system up and running instead of being forced to work with only auxiliary power. How is the search for any hidden back doors into the system or pass codes that are not in the main system index? Knowing Robotnik, he must have some kind of override in place that he never told me about. I surely don't need that coming back to bite me.
So far only 23% of the main systems have been searched. Only 3.289% of all city wide systems are able to be checked due to power loss. Data mining drones are sifting though what they can here in Central Control. Of that 89.9% have been checked out and at least 1394 different codes fall under the search criteria. They are isolating these data strings and confirming if there are back doors.
Excellent. Also make sure to do a comparison of hard copy blueprints to all hardware systems as well for key areas; just to be sure once we have power up and also make sure that the same goes for any and all assembly lines. I want to make sure all systems are clean of any access that Robotnik might try to get into.
Yes sir, the robot spoke typing in these new orders into the data pad. Your order to recall all robotized mobain worker units is under way, but until full power has been restored, conservative estimates without unforeseen issues place completion of orders at 6 months, with power restored in at least 2 weeks.
Good, all the more reason to get power restored to the city. OUCH! He yelled as he received a nasty shock of electricity from the device he had been working on.
Ugh, that blasted **** Julian! Why does he always insist on these designs? What is the point of these if all it does is just make the Robian into another upgraded worker-bot?"
"You! Snively yelled as he pointed toward the robot behind him.
Hand me that new circuit board, the blue one with the green stripes and gold lettering. Yes, that one, bring it here.
The Robot responded by picking up a circuit board via its static safety handle from a tray table and passed it to Snively's waiting hand. The Overlander then continued to fiddle with the machine, while putting the new board in its place.
At least with this new setup it will far surpass the original designs and intentions of Robotnik's Combat Robotizier. Honestly, why he didn't want to use this is beyond me; and to try and force only one design on them was just asking for trouble." he said as he continued to work
"He should have taken my idea of making them varied enough to counter many situations. But, no, he gets the idea of the Doomsday machine and doesn't listen to logic. At least he wasn't dumb enough to dispose of it like so many other good ideas, or great ones by me. he muttered under his breath.
Do you wish to hear the rest of the reports, sir? The robot asked.
Ever since Snively upgraded the SWATbot with its new A.I. software upgrade, it felt almost as if it was making sarcastic remarks.
The new software upgrade hasn't had all the bugs worked out of it, but at least it was smart enough and it was more loyal and not prone to being tricked like its lesser brethren, plus the added use of the questioning helped reminded him of tasks, should he go off topic.
Yes, what else is there?
Just one last item: all material, research, blueprints, and data on the Robotizier are being taken off the network as priority one, once power has been restored. All copies, and hard copies are being redirected to the vault, and all Robotizier are being taken offline to be re-purposed into the new CR units once completion and testing of a successful prototype CR unit has been established.
Good. While youre at it, make sure to have any and all patrols pulled and have all available online to go into standby mode and have the auxiliary units up and running, but on standby inside this tower. And if possible, add more units to Station 7.
Yes sir. The bot finished and turned around to leave.
Snively grumbled a bit more as he continued to work on the machine. As logical as it would have been to keep patrolling the city, his forces where too thinly spread as he was just trying to rebuild and recoup the losses that the Doomsday machine had incurred.
He had given his concern over the operational success, only to be given the speech about how it was perfect and nothing will stop it. He was so eternally grateful that Robotnik gave him total control over the first building of the machine.
The escape bunker was something he put in knowing that if the whole thing failed, and an epic failure it was, that the escape pod would be worthless because of the Void's gravitational pull would suck just about anything in it. And chances are nothing would survive if sucked to it via this uncontrollable method.
He was also absolutely unbelievably glad that Robotnik saw fit not to continue using the Robotized Mobians, and send them into the city to monitor and maintain the power supplies to the Doomsday machine. The few that where still there at the time got away and made it back to Robotopolis, but now he had to order them to reconfigure the power supply in a attempt to get the city back up and running.
At least he had the Hydro-Electric Dam supplementing the power to the central tower. The Combat Robotizier wouldn't have enough power to work and even with the Capacitors' charged to full, it wouldn't be enough with just the tower's back ups. At least with 'all' the worker bots accounted for, he could go though with this plan.
Suddenly the lights on the chair and the base that it was on turned on and started to blink. Pulling himself out, Snively could be seen covered with sweat, dust and grim, a head lamp on his forehead, and a soldering iron in one hand. Looking at the chair, he then dropped the iron on a table and went to the main computer in the room. After entering some commands and waiting a few seconds, a message reading 100% functionality: No Errors came up.
YES! Now to finish up the final touches and I can run simulations! However, it would be better to have a live subject first before I try it on any Worker Robians. Still, chances are good that might happen soon if the Freedom Fighters are smart and come in to try and get a hold of the city, thinking that he might be sharing the same fate as his uncle, either in the zone or dead. He said with a sinister chuckle.
He then went back to the machine and went about to finish up his work and get it ready for it's first run though.
A few minutes later - Outside an abandon restaurant near the inner square leading to Castle Acorn, Robotopolis
After a long walk into the city, the group of ten Mobians were looking at a holographic map of the area projected by Sally's Portable Super Computer NICOLE.
Sally typed away on the computer's keyboards as the hologram highlighted key areas that flashed a bright red.
Okay, from what we can see, power is out everywhere but two places. The central command tower,and the hydro power plant. all the other facilities are still directing power to the Doomsday weapon; but it looks like some kind of automated instructions were in place in case Robotnik's plan failed. We don't have much time before the power will be rerouted back into the city.
She then pushed a button on Nicole and about 7 points on the map become highlighted.
While we still have time, I have a plan to buy us more time. At these points around the central tower are control power nodes. If we disrupt these, we'll not only cut power to the main distribution node, but we'll also prevent any more power being directed to the tower, forcing it to keep it on minimal power and Security systems deactivated.
Which is why we're going to be working in teams to save time. Uncle Chuck said as he started to give out ear pieces attached to mics.
We are to stay in contact at all times. We don't know if Robotnik left behind anything in place and I for one don't want anyone getting lost or hurt out there.
Right, Sally continued, while that's going on, me and Sonic will be heading to the tower and we'll try to get access to the main controls or the Robotizier and at least get what ever we can from it.
What about me Aunt Sally? Tails spoke up in a excited tone.
Rotor then pulled off his backpack and opened it.
Well you can help me with this, were going to need eyes in the sky, and for that I have this.
The walrus mechanic pulled out a belt with pouches and what looked like a hat with camera attached and what looked like a glasses with some wires attached to them, Rotor then offered them to Tails.
I'll need you to wear this and fly up high above the area for as long as you can and give us a bird's eye view. Because these cameras will show us everything you see, it will be a very big help to us.
Cool! The fox child said excitedly as Rotor helped him put on the equipment.
Okay, I'll do my best. He saluted everyone, and started to rotate his tails like helicopter blades and began to climb above the buildings. Before long, he was going higher and higher until he was but a pebble in the sky.
Okay Tails, that's high enough. Rotor spoke into his head set.
Now start circle around us. Stop and land and take a rest if you get tired.
Okay, Rotor! Everyone heard over the radio; and with that, Tails began to fly around and peer down towards the ground.
That should keep him out of trouble and give us more coverage in case there's anything on the ground that might come up and bite us. I'll be able to see anything he sees with this. Rotor took out what looked like another version of NICOLE and hooked up an eye patch-like headset to the other side of his head. The clear, see-through glass then lit up with bright blue and yellow colors. Seconds later, letters, numbers, phrases and finally a diagram could be seen through the glass on the other side, except in reverse, of course.
That's quite clever there, Rotor. But I want him down on the ground with someone else, should any air patrols show up. Sally said to Rotor. And take NICOLE with you. You'll need her to get past the security systems in the stations.
The Walrus nodded and took the mini supercomputer from her hands. He then started down a street to his destination. One of the three other Mobians followed him.
I'll take the others with me, Chuck spoke to Sally and Sonic. We'll check in every five minutes.
Bunnie and Antoine, also leaving together in a third direction, away from the others.
Now y'all better be careful now. Bunnie said as she waved back.
And with that, Sonic and Sally are alone, leaving them to go to the central command center. Sonic turned towards the command center and slowly gazed up at the tall building.
Come one, Sonic,
Sonic grasps Sallys hands and slowly brings them up into the air. He then smiled and turned towards her with a confident smirk.
Seconds later, he called out, Let's do it to it.
Sonic swept Sally off her feet, holding her across his chest as if she were a bride. He then bolted towards the building, making a straight bee line towards the forward entrance.
Central Control Tower
Well, here we are. Sonic said as he came to a stop in front of the door.
So how do we get in? It's not like we can just go and ring the door bell.
Sonic placed down Sally onto her feet and began to look about. Sally looked all over the front of the entrance. It was then that she noticed a vent about a foot above the door to the left that was open.
There, the vent. With the power as low as it is, not all the systems, but only the most vital ones, will be working. Help boost me up.
Sonic then made a cupped both his hands together as Sally stepped into it. Then, with all his might, he launched Sally up. She then was able to catch the lip of the vent and pull herself up. A few seconds later a rope came out from the vent and lowered to Sonic's level. Grabbing the rope, Sonic climbed up and into the vent where Sally had held on with her feet braced at a juncture.
Okay, let's go, first stop is the Robotizer. She said pulling the rope back and putting it back into her pack.
Hey Sally, don't you need NICOLE for this kind of thing? He asked as they started to go down the vent on their hands and knees to their destination.
We're not in a hurry, and Uncle Chuck gave me the codes for the computers so I can access all the data and have it downloaded to a data chip for NICOLE and Rotor to look at it later. Come on. If things haven't changed since last time, it should be this way.
Central Control Center
Watching from the control room, a monitor showed the entrance of Sonic and Sally, one of a few that where currently active since the power drain prevented full operational capability of the city.
A devious smile formed on Snively's face as he drummed his gloved fingers together.
"Ah, Princess, you and your blue friend never fail to amuse me." he said as he let out a dark chuckle.
He then turned away from the monitor and faced the swatbot typing away at one of the command consoles.
" Unit 87483!"
The swatbot's visor gave off a crimson glow as it looked up at it's master.
Have the fire suppression systems put out some knockout gas in the sections that those two are most likely to enter in. Then have all blast doors on standby and have two teams of SWATbots meet me in level 5. I won't be taking any chances like Robotnik ever did.
Yes sir. The robot went back to continually pressing buttons and entering commands in conjunction to its current monitoring duty.
Just you watch, Julian, I'm going to out surpass you and your wildest dreams. He called out to his late uncle.
A cruel smirk formed on the overlander's face as he let out a maniacal laugh that echoed throughout the command room.
Power Unit 56-S
There! Shouted Bunnie as she pulled the last handle to the power sub-station. Thatll be the last one. How are they reading, Antoine?
The Coyote pushed a button he was instructed to earlier, and lines indicating power reading dropped for the area. It zeys that they are going down.
Good. Now that that sall done, it's time to check in with the others. She said, switching on her com-unit. This is Bunnie, we're done with number 4, how is your work going there?
This is Sir Charles here, I'm done here with station number 3.
This is Rotor, I'm done with numbers 2 though 1 and the other team checked in saying they already got 5 and 6 and are heading back to the Rally point. That just leaves station 7.
Just then Tails cut into the conversation, Hey guys, I'm by station 7 right now and well, you have to see this.
What is it Tails? Rotor asked over the com.
There's SWATbots out here, lots of them! Check out what I'm seeing!
Roof near Sub-Station 7
Tails couldn't believe just how many robots were here. The number of bots wouldn't be an issue; it was the fact that they looked armed for all out war and had a number of air supports nearby, putting a light over any square inch of land that was exposed.
Tails, turn on the camera. Let me see what you are seeing. Tails then pushed a button on the side of the camera on the hat. A little light on the side lit up and it hummed as it warmed up for a second time that day by fault of a requirement to stop transmission to save battery life when he wasn't flying around as their eyes in the sky.
Holy crap! Tails, get out of there now and get to the rally point! They've got stealth units there and it's a miracle so far that you haven't been spotted yet. This scared Tails, who backed up and bumped into a piece of debris, that began it to roll, rolling into a pipe that then hit another pipe and another and so on. Soon, it was making one huge racket. And if that wasn't enough, one pipe would hit a section of the roof and make an edge fall off onto the ground.
This had the effect of attracting the attention of the SWATbots. Almost immediately two Stealth Air units shined their lights in Tails' direction, swinging in to inspect the sudden disturbance. Lights shined over the roof and were getting close to the fox child's location. Creeping closer and closer, the air units then noticed movement near the pipes that fell. Priming their weapons and coming in closer to the area spooked something out.
That something would be a robotized rat, which would scurry out and sit on its hind legs, its eyes looking directly into the lights. Seconds later it scurried away and back into the pipes, with a line of rat pups, all robotized, following its six. Once it was determined that there was no threat, the air units returned to their holding pattern above the station.
All the while Tails had hidden himself over the edge of the building, on the side hidden from view of the station, in an open window. Breathing a sigh of relief, Tails then could pay attention to the screaming voice of Rotor in his ear.
Tails! Are you there? Answer me!
I'm here, Rotor, the robots are gone. Making an audible sigh of relief himself, Rotor calmed himself down and spoke in more normal tone.
Thank goodness, Tails. I've got to inform Sonic and Sally about this. Everyone meet up at the rally point. And, Tails, good job staying hidden out there. Now get over here!
Okay, Rotor. And with that, Tails began to rotate his tails in their helicopter style and made a dash into the air, but staying well below the roof tops to keep out of sight.
Rotor, on the other hand, was heading there in a hurry, but all the while trying to get in touch with Sonic and Sally.
Sally, Sonic, are you there? Come on you two, pick up. Do you read me?
Level 4: Robotization & Detention level.
The Hall way was completely silent, empty and deserted. The emergency lights flickered on and off due to powerfluxuations within the massive room , suddenly a grate vent fell off from the side of the wall. A red/white shoe with a blue leg protruding from the top stuck out. After forcing out the vent out onto the floor, the leg pulled itself back into the vent and a blue hedgehog stuck his head out, peering down the hallway in both directions, looking for any kind of trouble.
It's clear, Sally. Sonic said as he jumped out the vent on to the floor. Sally, sitting on the edge of the vent, then slid off and landed in Sonic's waiting arms. Putting her down, Sonic then began to turn around, searching the hallway again. Which way, Sal?
This way. She pointed down the hallway. The main room with the master controls for all the robotiziers are nearby.
Wow, Sal, it is dead in here. Ive never seen this place so quite before." Sonic wondered aloud.
I guess chuck was right about robotnik taking his whole army with him during doomsday. It would explain the lack of security. she said as the two continued down the massive hallway
Yeah, but you think old buttnik would have left something behind. I'd figure he'd have something around to keep us out just in case.
I know, Sonic. Maybe we just got lucky?
I don't know, Sal, it feels a bit too easy.
It was then that garbled and static noises started to come though the headsets.
....*static*.....al, do you re.....*static*....I say again. Are you two there?
Rotor? Sally spoke up, I can hear you, what's going on?
Oh thank goodness! Sally, Tails just saw Sub-Station 7, it covered with
.*static*..... SWATbots. Something's wrong here Sally, very wrong.
What? Is Tails okay?
Yes, yes, he's fine. He didn't get caught. But if all those bots are in the station, then someone is here and ordering them.
Okay, Rotor, are the others with you? She asked with some concern in her voice.
Yeah, we're at the rally point. What do you want us to do Sally?
At this point Sonic was looking at Sally with a very worried look. Looking back and forth down the hallway, he noticed it was still quiet, but he was getting that feeling in the pit of his stomach like he just ate a bad chilly dog. I knew something was up.
Wait up for us, we'll- Sally began, but was suddenly interrupted as a blast door slammed down between Sonic and Sally. Sonic!
She ran up to the blast door, and started to slam her hands on it. Sonic, are you okay?
I'm fine He said also slamming his fists on the door. Sally, I'm going to try and find a way around to you- Another door slammed with a muffled sound. Ah, crap! I'm trapped Sally, get out of here.
I'm not going without you hold on, I'll find the controls.
Sally, 'cough', I'm being gassed! Get out! 'Cough', 'gasp'! Sonic hit the ground, grabbing as his neck and choked, all the while not knowing the others where able to hear what was happening.
Sally! What's going on? Are you to okay? Rotor yelled into his headset. He could hear what was going on, but couldn't tell what was happening. Guys, we have to help them!
Lead the way, son. Chuck said as everyone agreed knowing the risk by nodding.
Let's go! He said and they all took off running to rescue, hoping it's not too late.
Sally, cough, cough, Get out of here already.
I'm not going without you, Sonic! I can get you out of there. Sally yelled as she franticly kept looking for the controls for the blast doors, hoping to get to the hedgehog before . . . no! She wasn't going to think like that, there was still time.
Sal, cough, go . . . save your . . . self.*thud*
Sonic? Sonic! Answer me now, you twit!
She was on the verge of tears, looking all over the wall, taking her in the other direction trying to find the controls.
It was then that she heard the sounds of heavy footsteps coming down the hallway.
Then she saw it: two SWATbots started to come up to her, pointing their wrist blasters at her.
You are under arrest, surrender and prepare to be robotized. The SWATbot spoke in perfect tone to each other.
Sally didn't even think. Years of training into her mind took hold and she made a dash in between the two bots, all the while they started to shoot at her.
Thanks to the sudden charge she was able to avoid the blasts and caused both bots to shoot themselves, causing both to slump back on the wall opposite of one another.
Sally knew at this point there was no way she could get to Sonic without getting caught. Her best bet was to regroup and try to mount an ad-hoc rescue. No way was she going to lose anyone, not when they where this close to getting the city back; and especially not Sonic, not after what she admitted to him that night they where celebrating Robotnik's demise.
They could tell if the people surrounding her were yelling for them to stop, or to continue, but she didnt care. Sally held Sonic tight as he held her back. Holding the kiss, it felt amazing, even better then when they used the power stones, but, then again, the residue from the stones did help. It felt like she was on fire. It felt like heaven opened up and took her away.
It was when they broke the kiss that they both realized something, something that words failed to tell, all words where meaningless. No, there was one word for it, it was 'love' and she was in love with Sonic.
Come on Sal. Those green eyes, his green eyes. They where enchanting, she didn't know how to explain the magic they held over her. She felt no other thing then to follow him, the party, the others, every sound around them disappeared.
They left the others behind, not caring about anything else. She didn't know where in Knothole they where going to. She just went wherever he took her. She'd follow him into the Robotizier if it meant they could still be together. It was all she cared about at that moment. The struggle, the pain and loss, the joy of defeating their hated enemy, all of it was meaningless to this moment.
She didn't know how long they had been and she gotten to the great oak tree and went into the command and planning center, no one was inside, he took her to one of the couches, there he held her face in his hands. She leaned into his embrace as he cupped her at the small of her back with one hand and wrapped the other behind to her head.
She put her arms around him, they kissed again, and it was just as electric as before, maybe more so, she couldn't tell nor did she care. All that mattered to her was this one moment, the one moment in her heart that she wish could last forever, but that night wouldn't end here for them.
Robotization & Detention level
Sally shook her head to focus on the task on hand: escape and rescue. It would be Sonic's only hope at this point and she needed to get to the others or else. Turning the corner at an intersection, she ran into two more SWATbots. She squealed to a stop and, turning, she ran in the opposite trying to get away.
It was then that she felt herself lifted from the ground. The SWATbot had gotten hold of her by her vest. Struggling as hard as she could, she slipped out of her vest and left it behind in the grip of the bot. Sally continued her mad dash for escape. She cursed losing that vest, but better to lose it then her freedom or life.
Sally! Rotor's voice came over the head set, We're almost to the Central Tower. Are you okay?
I'm okay, Rotor, but Sonic's been captured! I'm trying to get out of here to meet up with you. But I'm being chased by SWATbots.
Hang on, Sally, we're on our way in. Rotor responded as she started to turn another corner.
I read- Sally didn't get to finish her words when all of a sudden she felt something smack into her face just before the force threw her into the wall hard enough that it knocked the wind out of here and hit the back of her head on the wall.
Sally's vision was horribly blurred, she blinked her eyes, trying to see what was going on.
In front of her she saw a pale/peach colored blob that was getting bigger.
Hello, Princess, it's time we finished this little game of ours.
The voice was familiar, but it wasn't Robotnik's. Trying to think was getting harder and harder, the darkness pulling her into her own mind.
I promise though, I'll make it quick.
Who . . . are . . . She tried to say, but Sally slumped over, completely out cold .
Snively came up to her, and pulled her headset off before anyone on the other end could figure out what happened.
Sally? Sally are you there? Snively didn't even hesitate to drop the device and smash it under his foot.
Take her to the Prototype Robotizer and strap her in. You, He pointed to the other robot,
come with me to retrieve the other one.
Sally? Sally, are you there? But all that greeted Rotor's ears, as with everyone's, was the sound of feedback, then static, then nothing. The line's dead. He said with dread.
All the others looked at Rotor in horror.
B-b-but what are we going to do asked Tails looking in fear to what was happening.
We go in and get them, Chuck spoke up.
But ve don't know what iz going on, Antoine spoke up, echoing fears that all the others felt.
Which is why I put transponders in each of our communicators, just in case of a situation like this. Sally's may be down, but I have a fix on Sonic's. Chuck said as he pushed a few buttons on NICOLE. NICOLE, Display the transponders and overlay it on the tower's blueprints.
Acessing. The computer responded, after a second or two. A 3D hologram of the building's internal hallways, vents, and rooms was displayed with a blinking of lights clustered outside to the side represented them, but there was one on the fourth floor.
They're on the detention level with all the Robotizers. We'll have to hurry. We can get in from this vent here; Bunnie, Rotor, Tails, you are with me. The rest of you, Antoine, I'm going to ask you to cut the power at this juncture in this vent. Take the others with you. We'll meet up at the---
Suddenly Sonic's transponder signal began to move.
Lets hurry! They are moving him now. Everyone just nods and makes a dead run for the vent. Once they get there, Bunnie grabs two at a time up to the open vent with her telescopic legs, doing this with everyone, save Tails. With Tails in, she then grabs hold of the sides then retracts her legs and follows everyone in, everyone hustling in and crawling as fast as they can.
1 minute prior
Hallway with Sonic
Snively couldn't believe just how easy this was. In one fell swoop he had done what in ten years Robotnik couldn't: the capture and robotization of Princess Sally Acorn and Sonic the Hedgehog. It was easy. The use of good old tactics and waiting for the prey to walk right into the trap. It's a wonder he didn't try it before. One thing he wondered was why didn't Robotnik ever try and play it more tactfully? It could have been the man's unbelievably huge ego and his need to prove himself to somebody.
No matter, it was a moot point. Right now all that mattered was the prize; and what a sweet prize it is. In fact his whole body felt like it was shaking, undoubtedly giddy with anticipation. So much so that he almost forgot about the gas in between the blast doors.
Donning the gas mask and insuring that it was fully in place, he waved the SWATbot forward. The bot then walked up to the blast door and pushed a button on its wrist. The door shuttered at first, but then smoothly rose up, only this end opened up, the gas that filled the room spilled out onto the floor, being heavier then air. The bot then pushed another button on its wrist and pointed its arm at Sonic. A beam of light went over the hedgehog twice, a beep from the robot indicated it was done with the scan.
Biometric scan complete. Priority one hedgehog has been neutralized. Results indicate target is still active, but unconscious. Proceed with Robotization process?
Speaking over the communication unit in the mask, Yes, put him in the restraint chair next to the Princess in the prototype room.
Snively then turned and started to walk back, the SWATbot just went and picked up the Mobain and held Sonic under its arm following Snively back to the lab.
Sonic . . . Help me!
Sonic shook his head as he began to open his eyes.
"That voice, where have I heard that voice before? I know it, but I can't put a face with it." he thought to himself as he looked around only to discover nothing but darkness around him.
Sonic, help, I need your help. the voice called out again.
The voice just felt like it was coming from everywhere at once. Its echoing felt so surreal, so ghost like. If felt so far off, yet like it was right next to him as he looked around.
Sonic let out a grunt as a sharp pain throbbed in his head.
Please help me! it said again.
It was that voice again, it sounded like, it sounded. Oh, I can't think straighter than a circle. I try and open my eyes. However it just seems like there is nothing but darkness. Endless and oppressing darkness, that's when I see it, a tree.
"What's a tree doing here?" He thought to himself
he then noticed another, and another, and another. Soon the darkness was replaced by the Great Forest.
That voice, it was calling for him again, but he couldn't tell where it's coming from as it seemed to be echoing off of everything.
It was then that a sudden movement within the trees caught his eye.
"What was that?" he said to himself as a shadowy figure ran into the woods leading to the north elevator basket.
He caught sight of it again as he ran in persuit, however he felt slower, as if some thing was weiging him down. as he followed the shadow.
By the time sonic had caught up with the mysterious figure, the elevator has already taken off with the shadow. he can see someone in it, but was unable to make out who or what it was.
As sonic looked up, another splitting headache tore at him, the sharp caused him to drop to his knee as his vision began to blur.
"Why does it hurt so much?" he groaned as the pain intesified
Sonic's vision began to blur as he placed his hands to his head, trying to mantain his focus thourgh the pain.
Help! Agggghhhhh!" the voice screamed out.
"Got.....to......hurry" he stuttered as he tried to get back to his feet, only to lose his balance and collapse onto the ground, his eyes closing shut as he drifted in and out of constiousness.
The voice continued to cry out his name as the pain began to dull.
Sonic slowly opened his eyes to find that he was no longer in the great forest but now in robotropolis's landfill area near Uncle Chuck's hideout.
"What am I doing here? I thought I was in the forest?" he thought to himself as he looked around the landfill.
Sonic, hurry, please"
He could hear it more clearly now, the voice definately belonged to a girl but still, it seemed so distant and yet so familiar.
"What on mobius is going on here?" he thought to himself as confusion began to take hold of him.
I can't think. It hurts too badly to think! I have to go, I have to follow her. But, why? What's so important about her?
Sonic, move it.
Sonic began to run through the maze like landfill as the voice echoed in his mind, guiding him closer and closer to the city itself.
"Strange, it's almost like I can't help but follow her voice" he thought to himself as he entered downtown robotropolis.
Sonic came to a sceeching halt as he looked around.
"This can't be right, this is robotropolis, but why is it so...so clean?" he said out loud as he stared at city skyline.
The once noxtious haze of pollution that hung over the city was completely gone, allowing the sun's rays to shine down upon the pristene white buildings.
"It's almost like mobotropolis before the coup, yet at the same time it fells so alien, so out of place." the hedgehog thought to himself.
Just then sonic noticed that there where people walking around him, dozens of them talking and going about their buisness as if nothing was wrong
They were worker bots. Robians as some had come to call them were all around, but unlike the mindless bots that he had come to know, they where infact taking to each other, smiling, and going about daily activites much like mobotropolis's citezens did before the robotnik took over.
Ok this is getting really weird" he said to himself, a small hint of panic in his voice.
As he hesitantly walked down the crowded streets he noticed his reflection in the window of a house.
Sonic got closer and noticed that Inside he can see a family of robians at a table eating, talking and having a good time. He looks at them, but they don't seem to notice him.
Why are they all so happy? don't they realize that thier robotized, just what is going one here?" he thought to himself as he watched them.
He then noticed his reflection some more, his hands, his body, it's robotic.
"That's not possible!" he shouted as he looked at himself. but calmed down when he noticed he was still normal, but still slightly shaken as he backed away from the window.
Over here Sonic, hurry.
"There she is again! I know this voice! I know who it belongs to, but why can't I think of the name?"he thought as he looked around, trying to pinpoint it's source though out the crowd.
"It's so close, I just need to...."
Sonic fell flat on his back letting out a low groan as he looked skyward
"What did I just hit?" he thought to himself.
"Are you ok mister?" a young voice called out
He look up from the floor to see a boy, a robotized fox boy with two tails.
Sorry, sir, he says politely, as he offered his metalic hand to the hedgehog,
Sonic took his hand as the robian pulled him off the ground effortlessly.
Are you okay, sir?
Yeah, I'm fine, did you see . . . ugh . . .did? What was I saying? It's getting fuzzy again, the images are blurry all of a sudden, it's like.
There you are, sugah. A voice called out as a robian rabbit girl walked up to the two of them.
For a moment sonic thought she seemed familiar somehow.
You know you're not supposed to run off like that. You could have been hurt or worse. she said, her voice held a hint of worry.
I'm sorry, but I needed to help him. The kid pointed to the blue hedgehog.
The Robian girl looks at Sonic with a bit of sudden shock, but then her face shifted into one of genuine kindness.
Oh, I see. Are you okay, sir? She asks him in a gentle voice.
Uh, yeah, uh . . . you wouldn't have happened to see a--- he asked but before he could finish, the robian simply raised her metalic hand.
She's over there, She pointed towards Robotnik's main tower.
If you hurry, you might get to her in time.
Thanks, I owe you one. he said gratefully, all the while noticing something odd about her smile and the boy's . . . something was off about them; not bad off, but at the same time not normal.
He couldnt tell,but for some reason they had a calm, almost soothing affect oh him.
No need. she said, you better hurry, she's waiting for you.
Okay, thanks again.
He wave to them as he began to sprint away towards the tower, only then does he hear the voices of the two robians begin to converse amongst themselves.
Do you think he'll remember any of this? he heard the boy ask.
Maybe, she said. Something may stay behind.
Think we'll see him again? He asked her.
Sonic paused for a moment as he listened, every other noise was completely drowned out except the voices of the two.
That I'm sure of, sooner then any of us, though. I just hope he can make it though this and is ready when the time comes. She said.
Confusion formed on the azure hedgehog's face.
Hey, what are you two talking . . . about . . .? he began to ask.
But as he swung around, he saw that they're gone, as if dissapearing into thin air.
Huh? Where'd they go? he said to himself.
Suddenly a shout in the distance caught his attention.
Sonic, please hurry, their going to robotize me!
It was then that that sonic finally remembered how the voice had belonged to as his memory became clear.
"Sally? that was sally's voice' he thought to himself
Sal! Hang on Sally, I'm on the way. he shouted.
He ran full speed towards the tower, his eyes widening as he saw her struggling against the grip of a pair of swatbots as she was pulled into the closing doors of the citedal.
"I'm not going to lose her." He thought to himself as he put everything he had into his sprint as he rushed the door.
He just barely make it though in time as the heavy steel doors slammed shut behind him.
The door barely clips the tip of the heel of Sonic's shoe, causing him to trip and fall face first into the floor.
That's when he felt the hands of two SWATbots grab him and lift me up in the air. They held him by the arms and pulled
A paralizing pain shoots thourgh the hedgehog as he let out a scream of agony .
Welcome, rodent! a cold harsh voice called out from the shadows as sonic's face went pale.
"No, it couldn't be."
As if to respond to his thoughts, the bloated tyrant stepped forward, his hate filled eyes glowing red as he glared at the wide eyed hedgehog.
Robuttnik! he spoke, the hate and venom evident in his voice.
How can you be alive?
Don't you know? You can't kill me. You'll never be rid of me!" the overlander sneered.
Where's Sally? He demanded, only to have the two bots tighten their vice like grip on his arms.
Ah, you don't know just how much your screams are music to my ears. I've waited so long to hear it.
"I'ii bet, you lousy good for nothing piece of lard" he thought to himself as he glared at the overlander
But as for your dear Princess . . . why don't you have a look.
Suddenly a light illuminates the room, there was Sally, and in the worst spot possible, in the middle of a Robotizer.
No! He shouted as he struggled, his teeth clenched as he tried to break free of the bots painfully increasing grip
Sonic! Help me! she yelled out to him as she banged on the glass.
Now, let's get started, shall we? Hmm? He said and pushed a button, causing the machine to hum to life as energy started to build up within it.
Sonic! Help! Get me out of here! Sally cried out, fear and desperation in her voice.
Try as I might, He could'nt get loose or even get a bit of leverage.
Then it happened. It started slow at first as the wave of energy passed over her feet.
Sally let out a agonizing cry as her flesh was slowly being replaced by metal.
Sonic could only look on in horror as metal made it's way past her waist, up her shoulders and then finally her head.
The princess gave one last look at the azure hedgehog, tears rolling down her cheeks.
"SONIC!" she sceamed as the wave passed over her face.
The hedgehog simply stared out into space his heart completely shattered as Sally's last cry echoed in his mind.
"No." he choked out as he went completely limp in the bots grip, absolute sorrow overwhelming him as he began to sob.
Robotnik looked on at the pitiful sight before him, a victorious smirk formed across his face as the robotizer began to power down, huge plooms of steam emitting from the machine.
Ah, isn't she beautiful? A work of art if I do say so myself. He gloated as the glass opened up and out walked Sally, now completely robotized, her red eyes cased a errie glow as she stepped forward.
Robotnik! he shouted, Tears streaming down his face.
I'll make you pay! I don't know how or even when, but I will make you pay with your life!
A torrent of hate and anger raged within sonic as he growled at the overlander.
Robotnik smiled fiendishly, savoring the pain he was causing to his nemesis.
I think not, rodent. Since you'll be my slave for the rest of your existence, I doubt youll have even the thought of taking my life.
Sally then walked next to stand next to bloated tyrant, his lips curing into a sadistic smile as he pointed towards the azure hedgehog.
Now, if you would be a dear, my lovely princess, and show him to his place?
She came up to him, her glowing red eyes looking empty and lifeless but then her face slowly began to change.
He didn't know why, but for a moment he could see the pain and sorrow within her as a tear began to role down her cheek.
Sonic, I'm sorry. Her voice had a bit of a metallic reverberation to it.
In a flash Sally punched him directly in the stomach, knocking the air out of him as the hedgehog's eyes went wide with shock.
The bots holding him up released him as he collapsed onto the floor, curled up in a fetal position as he gasped for air.
Sally then picked Sonic up by his neck as he weakly grabbed her arm with his hands.
Sal, he said hoarsely, his voice dry and weak.
She walked him over to the Robotizer, and threw him into the chamber, it's doors sealing shut as sonic looked up at her.
She then placed her hand on the glass as she stared at him, pain and sorrow in her red glowing eyes.
Please forgive me, Sonic.
The hedgehog placed his hand on the glass were her's was, a grief striken look in his eyes.
I do, and I love you.
I love you too. She said to him.
How sweet, young love. Robotnik made a show with his hands and gave fluttering eyes, before they shifted into a cold, hateful glare.
It makes me sick.
And with that he pushed the button as the robotizer hummed with energy.
Bolts of energy coursed through him as Sonic let out a scream.
Robotnik cackled maniacally as sally stood in front of him, pain and shame in her eyes as she looked away from the screaming hedgehog.
His entire body was set ablaze with seering pain as the metal covered his body.
After several agonizing moments, the robotizer's glass tube opened up as sonic stumbled out of the tube, trembling with pain as Robonik walked over to the him.
It was then that Sonic noticed the tyrant was holding a person sized mirror.
I must say, you are rather dashing, don't you think?
Then he saw it,he was fully robotized, his blue metallic skin shining brightly in the mirror's reflection.
In horror, Sonic dropped to his knees as he raised his hands to his face,All the while Robotniks laughter grew louder and louder.
Suddenly the room began to dim, as if all the light itself was slowly dying as a massive, twisted shadow crept across the room towards the robotized hedgehog.
Sonic didn't have time to think as the shadow grew darker and started to consume everything in it's path.
Once the room was done, it came for him, the darkness washing over him.
He closed his eyes tightly as the blackness enveloped him, all the while the cackling laughter echoed all around him.
Pain and madness finally overtook him as Sonic let out a loud, agonized scream as the darkness covered him completely.
Robotization & Detention Level
Ah! Sonic jolted awake,
what a nightmare.
Oh, trust me, your nightmare has just only begin, A nasually high pitched voice spoke up.
Sonic's eyes snapped open, a look of dread on his face.
Sonic! Sally shouted to him, looking around, he noticed where he was and then a sudden realization sunk in.
No. Sonic said to himself.
To be continued....