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 4
Various moans and groans could be heard from the the downed villagers, the remaining ones still standing hesitantly stepped back from sonic.
Marcus and Greggory got off the ground, both of them glaring at the cyborg hedgehog.
"I doesn't have to be like this sonic, if you keep this up, we'll have no choice but to take care of you as well." Marcus said as some of the villagers began to encircle the two.
Greggory sneered at sonic, disdain in his face.
"That's right half-bot, if you hand over the scrap pile, then we won't have to smash you up as well." he said as he brandished a pipe.
Sonic glared at them, his teeth clenching as they continued to verbally assault the two of them.
Sally watched from behind sonic as the crowd began to throw rocks and various other objects at them, her friend doing his best to dodge out of the way of the incoming debris while still protecting her.
"This is all my fault, if it wasn't for me, he would be here risking himself to protect me." she thought as the sadness in her eyes grew.
Just then one of the rocks came streaking towards her head, but just before it made contact, sonic jumped in the way as it struck him.
"SONIC!" sally shouted as the hedgehog dropped to one knee, grabbing the side of his face.
Sonic let out a grunt of pain as sally knelled to his side, the crowd coming dangerously close to the pair.
"It's getting pretty ugly here Sal, ya need to get out of here, I'll try to hold them off." he said as he got back to his feet, a noticeable bruise forming on his face.
Sally shook her head, refusing to leave his side.
"This is insane! I won't let you get hurt because of me."
Sonic turned towards her, his eyes meeting hers.
"Sal, for once just listen to me, you have to get out of here, I couldn't live with myself if.... if.. you..." he didn't finish as he looked back at the crowd, determined to keep the robian princess safe.
"Sonic" she whispered, as tears began to form in her eyes.
Without another word, Sally bolted in between an opening in the crowd, as sonic created another whirlwind, knocking down any possible attackers as she ran into the forest.
"IT'S GETTING AWAY" Greggory shouted as he and a few rioters attempted to pursue her, only to have sonic dash in front of them, a determined look in his eyes.
"The only way your going to get to her is though me" her growled as the crowd began to encircle the azure hedgehog.
Tails walked along the pathway, towards Rosie's hut, a look of doubt and aprehenstion on his face.
The vision of the Slave controlled sally still lingered in his mind as his fear began to return, but at the same time, his heart was wrapped with guilt when he saw how he had made her cry.
He continued down the dirt trail, his thoughts focusing back to what bunnie had told him after sonic and sally had left the hut.
30 minutes prior
Tails honey, Bunnie said trying to calm the fox child.
Y'all have to stop this. Your breakin your Aunt Sally's heart.
Tails only sniffed as a few more tears rolled down his cheeks before he looked to Bunnie.
But that thing, it wants to hurt me-
Now listen here! Bunnie interrupted him.
Tails suddenly stiffened up by the Rabbit's sudden outburst, but shook his head, too scared right now say anything.
"Ah know your scared darlin, but ah want ya to understand that what attacked you last night was not sally."
The real Sally was fight that program that ol needle nose put in her, she fought to the point that she nearly killed her self."
Tails remembered watching as sally slammed her head over and over into the floor, the metallic screams emitting from her still sent a chill down his spine.
"She was doing everything she could ta keep that monster from hurtin ya." she said softly.
Tails took on a thoughtful look as he let this information set in place.
Aunt Sally almost....almost.....she did that for me?
Bunnie simply nodded as tails looked down at the floor, a look of contemplation on his face.
"She's feelin terrible about this whole mess, specially for what that thing almost made her do to ya, and right now she needs to know that will all be here for her."
His mind flashed back to when the robian had first entered the hut, the pleading look on her metallic face, hoping that he would understand.
He then remembered what he had said to her, the devastating pain of his words evident in her glowing blue eyes.
Tails eyes widened in realization, and then his face shifted into a look of absolute guilt.
"Those things I said to her..I....I" tails choked out as he buried his face into his hands.
Bunnie gently placed her hand on the young fox's back, a pained look in her eyes.
"Oh darlin don't go feelin that way" she said sadly.
Tails lifted his head slightly.
"Maybe it's not to late." he thought to himself.
With out warning Tails jumped to his feet and bolted to the doorway, his pained expression replaced by one of urgency.
"Tails! where ya goin?" bunnie said, surprised by the fox's sudden action.
"I need to find Aunt sally so I can apologize!" he yelled back as he ran out the door.
As tails came around the corner of the trail he was shocked by the sight before him.
Both Sonic and Sally where surrounded by a large group of villagers, all of them casting angry and hateful glares at the two as they pelted them with rocks and other objects.
Tails let out a small gasp as sonic was struck in the side of his face as sally came to his side, both of them saying something to each other but tails was to far away to know what exactly.
And a few moments later sonic let out a gust of wind as he rolled into a spindash, knocking a few of the villagers to the ground as Sally ran through the opening he had created and dashed into the forest.
With out a second thought tails revved up his twin tails and began to pursue her through the thick forest, keeping distance between himself and her as he silently followed.
outskirts of Knothole
A gentle wind blew across the meadow, the long grass swayed to and fro. Nestled, near a small stream, the secluded spot was a small but vibrate area that was littered with grass and plants of all kinds, surrounded by massive trees all around. It was a peaceful quite place, devoid of any people, all accept for a single robot siting on a tree stump.
Sally had to get away. Away from knothole, away from the angry shouts, the hateful stares and fearful cries.
For ten years of her life she had steeled herself to fight against a tyrant to liberate her home and her people, took part in dangerous and life treating missions, and risked life and limb for her friends and fellow mobians.
But nothing could have prepared her for the fear and hate that had been directed at her, the shock of how quickly the people who had once been so supportive and understanding could
be so cruel.
."I can't go back, for their sake I can't." She whimpered.
She couldn't risk putting her friends in danger, fearing that they would be hurt trying to protect her from the angry villagers.
"Sonic.." she choked out as she began to cry, her tears flowing down her face, as fear and sorrow gripped her aching heart.
It was then that the sound of a snapping branch interrupted her sobbing.
Had the villagers manged to follow her? Was it sonic perhaps?
"Whos there?" she asked, readying herself to flee if necessary.
It was then that an orange-yellow colored form step out from behind the trees, two tails poking from behind it.
"Tails?" she said with a hint of shock in her voice.
"What are you doing here?" she said softly, hoping not to scare the young fox with her metallic voice.
Tails didn't respond at first, he simply looked down at the ground, his face showing a mix of sadness and shame.
"Aunt Sally?" he said hesitantly as if trying to find something to say.
"are you really going to leave?"
"Tails..." she said with sorrow in her voice.
What could she say to the poor child?
But before she could try and explain, tails spoke up once more.
" Aunt Bunnie told me about what happened to you, that it wasn't you who tried to hurt me" he said as he looked up at her, a single tear began to flow down his cheek.
"And what all those people said about you...those horrible things" he continued as his voice began to crack.
Sally could see it in his eyes, the pain he must have been feeling, a pain she knew all to well.
"I don't care if your made of metal now.your still aunt Sally to me, and we, need you...I need you." he whimpered as he began to cry softly
She stood there briefly, her heart aching at the sight before her.
Slowly, she walked over to the sobbing young fox and knelled down, gently placing her hand on his shoulder.
Tails looked up at the robian, her glowing blue eyes reflexing the sorrow she felt for him.
"As long as I stay in the village, it will only cause more pain for everyone I care about, including you tails" she said sadly
The young fox shook his head, unwilling to accept such an answer.
"But it's not fair! you didn't do anything wrong!" he said, anger rising in his voice as he thought of how the villagers had attacked her.
She saw it in his eyes, the burning anger that was growing within him as he trembled slightly.
Sally gently placed her hand on the side of his face as the fox looked her in the eyes.
"you can't be angry with them tails, their scared just like you were. Their only doing what they think is right." she said softly.
"But what they said back there was a lie, you wernt hurting anyone and yet they attacked you, how is that right?!" the fox yelled out, his anger rising.
Sally shifted her gaze downward.
"It isn't tails, but as long as I'm here I'll only be endangering those that are dear to me." she thought to herself.
Please aunt Sally, don't go.
I don't have a choice Tails. please try and understand that this is for the best. she said pleadingly
Then a determined look fell over the child's eyes.
Then I'll go too.
I am going with you. If you won't stay, then I won't. either.
Oh Tails, what are you thinking. Sally thought as she held the child.
Tails, you can't come with me, it isn't safe for you out here.
Then what about you? Won't people in other places try to hurt you if I'm not around?
Tails, I can't let you do this.
No aunt Sally, Tails sudden forcefulness took her by surprise, it was then she started to notice his face scrunching up as tears began to well up in his eyes.
if you leave where will you go? What if you get hurt or.....or...." the young fox was unable to finish as he looked down to the ground.
Sally watched as the young fox's tears where starting to build up stronger and began to fall from his cheeks, he then threw himself onto her body and put his face on her middrift letting his tears fall full force.
Sally gently looked down at the young boy, nearly on the verge of crying herself.
Oh Tails. she whimpered
What am I to do? I can't go because he'll follow me, and I can't stay because of Marcus' group."she thought sorrowfully
Pl...please aunt Sally, don't go without me. he choked out in between his sobs.
Sally hugged the young fox back as a tear rolled down her metallic cheek.
Okay, I'll stay. she said softly.
Looking up to the robian, Tails gave her a curious look.
You will? he said with a sniffle.
Yes, I can't very well let you go with me and I know you won't take no for an answer. she said, as a soft smile crept on her face.
Tails smile grew, a look of relief in his eyes.
"I hope I'm not making a mistake here." she thought to herself as she and tails began to make their way back to knothole.
Back in Knothole
The confrontation between Sonic,and the rather unruly mob was really becoming ugly.
Marcus at this point was in a rather heated debate with Sonic over Sally's place in the village and was starting to become more agitated by the second, as he tried to egg Sonic into a confrontation, hoping to get support from the council to have the Hedgehog removed and appoint someone else because of how unstable he was. Or so he thought.
Sonic on the other hand was doing his best not to lose his cool, after running interference on the crowd long enough to get their attentions away from Sally, he was being uncharacteristically more tactical in the way he was handling the mob.
It would still work in his favor as others began to arrive on the scene thanks to Rosie informing the council.
Bunnie, Antonie, and the others that still supported Sally had come to Sonic's aid, but even so the numbers were hopelessly uneven, with the mob outnumbering the group by four to one.
Marcus stood before the crowd, the rioters seemed to hang behind him like a ravenous pack, waiting for the dog to give the word to attack.
Give it up Sonic! We are willing to have Sir Charles stay here, but Sally has got to GO! She is a threat above all else to the Village, and I will not let it stand!
As if agreeing the crowd gave a collective shout as they cursed the small group that stood before them.
Marcus, what are you doing? This is insane, your really going to go against the council's orders? Sonic countered.
They will see things my way once they hear from voices of all those concerned for their families and friends!
The situation was starting to spiral out of control, even with Lupe, Griff and Ari there as support things were looking bleak.
Suddenly, a shout rang out from one of the villagers as the two groups looked over to the source of the distraction.
The crowd saw Rotor holding what looked like one of the fireworks cannon launchers, smoke emitting from it as if ready to fire.
behind him was the village Council along with Uncle chuck and a the few others that hasn't taken a side, everyone of them wide eyed with shock at the spectacle going on in front of them.
Emerging from the group of council members was an elderly female Cat with calico patters over her fur, wearing only a shoulder scarf and shoes with a walking stick in hand.
Her older appearance belied her fiery temper,infamous for being one of the more aggressive village council members within.
WHAT THE !@## ARE YOU DOING!?
The mob's momentum died out completely, stunned by the elderly woman's outburst.
The crowd remained deafly silent as she walked up in a very strong stride, barely using the walking stick as she instead used the aforementioned stick to point it into Marcus' face, the tip touching the mobian's nose.
Well? I'm waiting, what is your excuse for 'defying' our ruling?! she said, her tone one of barely controlled rage.
Marcus didn't even blink once to the elderly mobian as he gently pushed the cat's stick away from his snout.
Im only trying to ensure the safety of the village. your decision about the robot wrong. he said firmly.
The elderly feline narrowed her eyes at the dog.
That 'robot' is still the princess and she still has her free will I might add, I though we where clear about that fact, she was to be given amnesty.
She then sighed in frustration as she rubbed her forehead.
. I can see why she stepped down from her leadership role if she foresaw this coming. she said in an exasperated tone.
Marcus was about to respond to the elderly cat when one of the villagers pointed towards the forest.
"Over there!, look!"
Both crowds turned to find both Sally and tails emerging out from the forest.
The young fox and robian princess froze in their tracks when they laid their eyes upon the two crowds in front of them.
Sally eyes scanned the groups, noticing that even the council had shown up thanks the the massive ruckus caused by Marcus and his supporters.
"Maybe coming back wasn't such a good idea after all." she thought to herself.
Just then a few of Marcus's followers began to approach the two, a cautious look on their faces as they brandished their blunt weapons.
The robian princess was about to tell tails to get away when suddenly the young fox stood in front of her, arms stretched out in a defensive manner.
"Go away, leave Aunt Sally alone!" he shouted to the two villagers.
Sonic looked on as tails stood between sally and the rioters, both relieved that sally had returned, and shocked that tails was now caught in the middle of the madness that was unfolding.
"Oh mah stars, What's tails doing here?" Bunnie shouted, panic rising in her voice.
"This is so way past not cool" Sonic thought to himself as he and the others watched, afraid to step in due to the risk of causing another fight to break out.
Tails stood his ground as more villagers began to approach him and sally, the young fox's determination holding strong.
"Kid what the heck are you doing next to that thing?" one of the rioters said to him.
"It's dangerous to be near that machine, get away from it" another one shouted to tails, all while trying to coax him away from the robian.
Tails brow furrowed, his anger growing as the villagers kept calling Sally a machine.
"No, Your the one's that are dangerous, now just stay away from her!"
Tails, get away from that thing,don't let it sweet talk you! Marcus said in an almost pleading manner, trying to get the young fox away from Sally.
But all the while this was happening, no one noticed Greggory pick up a rather sizable rock in his meaty hands, no one accept for Tails.
"Lets see ya dodge this ya walking scrap pile." the pig muttered under his breath.
Time seemed to slow down as Greggory hurled the rock at Sally,the robian barely had any time to see a red warning flash go off within her vision as it speed towards her.
Tails eyes went wide with urgency.
AUNT SALLY LOOK OUT! he shouted.
The young fox's twin tails spun so fast that it kicked up a small dust storm in their wake.
Sally fell to the ground, her vision scrabbling a bit as she tired to see though the screen of dust that the young fox had created.
"Wha.... what happened?" she said as her vision began to clear.
She then noticed Tail's limp body resting on her chest, a small trickle of blood ran across his face from the wound on his head.
Sally's eyes widen, Transfixed on the young boy's still form.
TAILS! Sally screamed, horror and panic coursing though her as she feared the worst.
She gently laid the child on the ground,checking him to see if he was alright as her visual diagnostics kicked in.
The young fox's vitals were displayed within the corner of her eye, showing that the strike had not been fatal, but if not treated right away, the child would be in serious danger.
But at this point Sally noticed that Marcus' group was slowly approaching her, a shocked look in their eyes.
"Look!, she attacked the boy!" one of the rioters shouted.
"It is a killer! just like Marcus said!"
Sally glared at the on coming crowd of rioters, the accumulated anger she felt growing to the breaking point.
Deep inside her something snapped, the pain and rage came to a head as she looked down at the hurt child before her, wanting to make them pay for what they had done.
"STAY AWAY!" she screamed,the anger in her eyes was so intense that it caused the approaching villagers to freeze in their tracks.
In one subconscious movement she raised her hand into the air as a unseen panel in her forearm opened up, reveling what appeared to be a large built-in blaster.
The crowd's eyes went wide with shock and fear as the barrel of the weapon began to glow a bright blue.
Sally herself gasped in surprise as she gawked at her arm, staring at the cobalt steel blaster, unaware she even had such a weapon.
Her surprise was however brief as she looked forward, the crowd finding renewed courage as they began to advance again.
"It is a monster, destroy it before it has a chance to fire!" one rioter shouted.
With out a thought she then pointed it above the crowd.
The rioters let out a collective gasp as they saw the barrel of the weapon begin to glow brighter then before.
The energy blast laced upward, striking a hanging branch, severing it from the tree with ease.
The branch then fell behind the advancing crowd with a resounding crash, the area where it had been blasted still glowing hot red as streams of smoke rose from the felled branch.
The combined sound of the blast followed by the falling branch stopped the advancing crowd dead in his tracks as the wild birds and other strange flying forest creatures in the village treetops flew off from the robian's energy blast.
The first one that takes a step further towards me or Tails' will regret it." she said, her voice dangerously low as she glared at the now terrified rioters.
Sally lowered her arm slowly, the blaster retracting back into it's hidden slot.
"I'm taking him to the medical hut, and as for you Marcus, we are not done here. She said, her voice filled with malice and venom for what just happened to the poor child.
A nervous look was etched on the dog's face, fearful of the potentially deadly power the robian possessed.
She slowly moved to the young fox and was about to gently pick him up when suddenly, she felt increasingly weak.
Her Vision began to become distorted, and her body felt sluggish as all her motor functions began to shutdown.
Suddenly her optics began to fade to black, as a warning began to flash in her peripheral vision.
'POWER FAILURE. IMMEDIATE SYSTEM SHUTDOWN' it said in bright red glowing letters that flashed over and over.
No! not now. Have....to...get...tails....to. Were her final thoughts as she fell over and landed next to Tail's unconscious form.
SAL! Sonic yelled as he saw the crowd advancing, but out of no where a massive shadow loomed in between the crowd and the robian.
Dulcy the dragon came in for a rather hard, but otherwise perfect landing.
The dust she kicked up in her wake, temporarily blinded the rioters as she struck a rather fearsome pose, her wings flaring out
A small puff of smoke emitted from her nostrils as she narrowed her eyes at the crowd, bearing her teeth slightly.
I think Sally said you won't get off as lucky as that branch, and guess who will be giving it out. She said as more of a statement, as she pounded her fist into her palm as she stood up to her full height.
The crowd at this point wouldn't dare face off against the angered dragon as they started to back away slowly.
Dulcy turned toward Sally and picked her up with ease, then turned to Sonic.
Sonic! I got Sally, you get tails to the Doctor.
Sonic, looked up suddenly at the dragon, slightly bewildered by what had just transpired.
He would muse later on about this being Dulcy's second perfect landing, but right now he simply nodded as he ran up to Tails and gently picked him up and sped off, causing a hurricane force wind in his wake as he rushed to get the young fox the urgent medical attention he needed.
Dulcy Flapped her wings as she took to the sky with Sally slung over her shoulder, flying overhead as the stunned group looked on.
It was then that the old cat woman turned to Marcus and his crowd, her glare sending shivers down the spines of the more cowardly members of the mob.
Everyone, please take this group into custody and take their weapons, NOW!
None of the rioters argued as they began to hand over their pipes, clubs and various other instruments.
The elder then glanced at Marcus, the dog in question froze from her stare as a bead of sweat rolled down his brow.
"As for you Marcus, you and I are going to have a little talk.
It was then that she noticed Greggory as he slowly tried to slip away from the scene.
"You and your co conspirator." she hissed as the pig stopped dead in his tracks, a nervous look forming on his face.
Marcus lowered his head, total defeat evident in his eyes.
Yes ma'am. he muttered.
To be continued...