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 final part
For the second time since last night, Sally came out from her fainting spell, her scrambled vision coming back online as she lazily opened her eyes.
"uhhhgh my head" she groaned as she put her hand to her forehead.
It was then that she began to remember what had happened before she blacked out again.
"Tails?" she said, panic rising in her voice as she looked around for the young fox.
"Easy there Sally, don't over do it." an elderly voice called out.
Sally turned her head to see uncle chuck sitting on a chair with a device connected into her arm.
"where's tails?" she asked, fearing the worst for the child.
The elderly robian gave her a supportive smile as he placed his metallic hand on her's.
"He's over in the medical hut being treated as we speak." he said softly, hoping to alleviate her worry.
Is he alright? she said hesitantly.
Just a mild concussion, he should be good in a day or two according to Dr. Quack. Chuck responded, pushing a button on the device.
You on the other hand are a different story, you're energy levels were dangerously low.
Sally then recognized the device that was connected to her.
Isn't that your recharge unit? She said groggily.
Yes, and you need it more then me right now. I've still got a few more hours before I need to use it.
Sally slowly began to raise herself to a sitting position on the bed she was on, having difficulty doing so as an icon indicating her energy levels flashed in the corner of her vision, but she also felt as if she was hungry in a way.
Nothing like when she was a flesh and blood mobian, but it was recognizable none the less.
But doesn't it only have enough to keep you going as is? She asked the elder robian.
The device in question had been very hard to build and find parts for, Not to mention the power source itself was just as difficult to adapt to the water wheel generator, making it the only device of its kind in the whole of not only knothole, but in the Great Forest in general.
The device was primarily used to keep Uncle Chuck going when he was away from his hideout in robotropolis.
"Yes, I can spare some of it since I still have a few more hours before my next recharge, but we're going to have to find a way to keep your body charged up."
"With what? It was nearly impossible to get the needed parts, and we almost lost two people getting the key components last time." Sally pointed out to Chuck.
"Unless you have a better idea then sharing the unit or finding parts for a new one, we're very limited in what we can do."
It was then that a digitized female voice interrupted the two robians.
"Indeed Sir Charles"
Sally's ears perked up at the sound of Nicole's voice.
Nicole? is that you? she asked as she began to look around the room.
Right here Sally. Said the computer companion as Sally looked for her, the computer it would turn out was next to the device hooked into Sally, it too was also linked into Nicole.
And I have bad news for you and Sir Charles, it would seem that the recharging unit is not able to fully replenish your systems without overclocking the regulator CPU.
Oh no. Chuck said, a horrified look on his face.
Nicole, how long can the regulator be left on like that before it blows itself or one of the capacitors?
Calculating Sir Charles.
And with that Nicole went over the numbers, noise from her on board CPU went off to indicate her processing.
Results of simulation, optimistic outcome is at least four more uses before critical failure, convertive estimates put it at two or less.
This is bad. He said as he turned off the machine and unplugged both Sally and Nicole.
I think we may have shot ourselves in the foot here.
Sally looked back at Charles, her worry evident in her eyes
You mean to say that you and I are going to shut down for good unless we get some kind of power source?
The fear in her voice brought back the slight metallic echo which seems to be coming and going as she spoke at times.
This being one such time as fear seemed to have triggered it this time around.
It was then that Nicole interrupted the two robians.
Sally, reinsert me into your boot holster, I need to run diagnostics to see if I can deduce a possible alternative power source.
Okay Nicole. Sally said as Chuck grabbed the portable computer and folded her up.
Sally bent her right knee to get her leg closer without having to use to much effort since she still felt weak even with the limited recharge.
Once the slot opened up Chuck handed Nicole over to Sally and she inserted the computer into her boot.
Again like earlier today, she felt a shiver of cool and exciting energy go up her robotic spine.
Sally saw the data stream within her view before Nicole showed up again in a window in her HUD.
Alright Sally, give me a few moments, I need to confirm several things.
Nicole looked in the window as if she was reading something off screen, her eyes darting from side to side.
She would occasionally move her hand across the screen as if she was moving something on a touchscreen of some kind. Finally after much waiting Nicole spoke up.
Okay Sally, Nicole said as the HUD window disappeared and the holographic window opened up with Nicole standing in full view showing off her mobian form for all to see.
I've checked and re-checked your systems and I've found something interesting, it would seem that if nearly all your body parts have been robotisized.
Nicole brought up a side by side comparison of both her biological body as well as her robian one showing off a cut out with her each side highlighted with each one's twin components or body part to indicate what each one was. It was then that Sally noticed something.
Nicole, why are there dark areas in the robotic side?
Nicole looked to the blacken areas and then pointed out with her hand as she zoomed in on the regions in question.
That is because these are your organic components, namely your Spine and brain are still organic. Sir Charles may have had these from the very start of his time as a robian, this however is what I want to bring to your attentions. The abdomen area.
The image highlighted Sally's abdominal region in both her former organic form and her current metal form, both showing a stomach of their own, showing it's familiar shape.
As you can see there's another feature, I've have been combing the Slave engine data and comparing what I can see. It would seem that Snively also took into account the possibility that should the CR troops be away from any kind of recharging unit, it is equipped with some kind of fusion unit that acts as a artificial stomach if you will.
"Stomach?" sally said as Nicole brought up another diagnostic showing the so called fusion unit in greater detail.
"According to the data here the unit is called a bio converter and if I have reviewed the data properly, it should allow you to consume organic matter, which in turn would be converted into energy to recharge your systems.
Sally blinked a few times as she processed what Nicole was suggesting.
"You mean I have to eat something?" she said hesitantly.
"Affirmative"the computer said in a matter of fact tone.
"Nicole I don't even have a working digestive system anymore, how can you be sure if what your saying is one hundred percent certain?" the robian said, not entirely convinced by her A.I companion's suggestion.
" It couldn't hurt to try" uncle chuck suggested to the younger robian as he began to walk out of the room.
"Where are you going?" sally said worryingly
Chuck looked back just as he went out the doorway, a hopeful smile on his face.
" To get you a little snack"
Moments later Chuck came back with a plate full of assorted fruits, a few apples some grapes and an orange.
" I figured it was best to use a variety to see which one would be best to recharge your energy reserves" he said as he placed the plate onto a small table next to Sally.
"If this even works at all." she said with skepticism as she picked up an apple.
"But if It does, this will definitely solve out energy problem indefinitely." Uncle chuck said as sally nod in agreement.
Hesitantly, Sally took a bite of the apple, her automated systems already activating and going though the processes as she began chewing.
"This is to weird" she thought to herself as she swallowed, the bits traveling down her metallic throat and down into her 'stomach'.
A subtle vibration in sally's abdominal region signaled that the bio converter was now active and currently going though the process of 'digesting'.
Almost immediately a small window opened in the corner of her vision showing a energy gauge as it slowly began to fill, all while flashing in bold green letters "SYSTEM RECHARGING".
"As predicted, your systems are already recharging due to the organic matter you just ingested" Nicole stated confidently.
Sally took another bite of the apple and swallowed.
" The strange thing is I can actually feel it working" she said as the energy bar in her HUD continued to fill up.
Sally herself even felt more awake now due to the much needed boost in her systems, as she took a third bite.
Sonic walked out of the medical hut, a relived look on his face.
"Talk about cuttin it close" he said to himself,
It was then his face shifted to worry as he began to think about sally.
"Hope she's ok", he said mentally as he thought about the first time the princess had passed out in his arms.
It was then he heard the sound of rather large footsteps coming towards him.
"Hey sonic." Dulcy said as she stopped in front of him, her towering size easily dwarfing the hedgehog. How are you doing?
Sonic was always amazed at times by just how joyful and sincerely optimistic the dragon was at times, then there was here bits of wisdom at times that got to him when she'd suddenly shoot off random things like the time with the time stones after the failed mission to blow Robotnik's main power plant, resulting in the capture and Robotisization of two of their fellow freedom fighters.
As best as I can be I guess. he said as he slightly rubbed the bruise on his face
You guess? she said curiously
Yeah, Tails hurt and all. I'm only glad I got him here in time. Speaking of time, where have you been since yesterday? I didn't see you since the night of the celebration. The hedgehog pointed out.
I was busy helping with the clean up, you know how my times I had to fly back and fourth and crash each time with a load of trash for the landfill hole in the ground?
Esssh, that would explain the knee pads. Sonic said looking at the very worn out looking pads, even though they where made of nearly the same thing as his shoes where made of before the robotisization of his limbs. They where made to withstand the huge frictions and stress he would put on them, something his uncle Chuck made for him and planed out with a numbers of Sizes for later in his life.
Yeah, It wasn't fun, let me tell you.
But what about back there with the crowd? You just pulled off what might be your second perfect landing ever, and one that I know you never want to try.
Dulcy only looked on with confusion at first to Sonic's comment about her landing almost from a complete vertical drop to the ground and shrugging it off as if it was nothing.
The dragon just shrugged her shoulders and said, I wasn't thinking about landing at all really, I just was coming back from my last dump. I was basically at this point was just flying to and back trying to save what was left of my pads, didn't both to land when I picked up the bags or when I opened them up above the hole. Just wanted to land once and not again and again.
Sonic could see the logic in that, she would just fly in and scoop up the bags as they where being piled up for her rather then landing and helping put them in because of the possibilities running though his head and the idea that she might have crashed into some bags when landing.
It's just when I saw that mob coming at Sally and Tails, I don't know, like I said before, I wasn't thinking about the landing. I was just thinking about what was going to happen to the two of them if I didn't get there in time.
I think I'm starting to see a pattern here, but you're taking the fact that Sally's a robian now and that I'm sporting this new look. He said as he held up both his hands for the dragon to see.
Yeah, some of the guys that came back to help with the loading was talking about the meeting, didn't believe it at first, thought they where rumors started by Marcus after all.
The blue hedgehog frowned at the name, but didn't want to dwell on it anymore then he had to.
He then sighed as he looked back in the direction of the door to the medical hut and then to Rotor's lab.
At this point I'd take rumors started by that guy, it's almost better then the reality. he said solemnly as he looked at his metallic hand, his thoughts going back to that fateful night.
A few Hours later
Tails let out a small groan as he began to regain consciousness, the light from the medical hut's ceiling lamp blinded him as he opened his eyes.
"W.. wha.... what happened?" he said groggily, trying to lift himself up from the medical bed as Dr quack came to his bedside to check on him.
"Easy there kiddo ya took quite a nasty hit to the head, so best not to move to much" he said cautiously as the young fox nodded and slowly rested his head back on the pillow.
"How did I end up here?" tails asked as he took in his new surroundings.
Dr Quack, looked down at the fox a calm expression on his face.
" Sonic brought you here after you where knocked unconscious" he said as he checked one of the monitoring devices next to tail's bed.
"Sonic?" he asked slowly, as doctor quack nodded in response to his question.
"Yep, and it was a good thing he got you here when he did, otherwise you would have been in some serious trouble."
he said as he wrote down a few readings from the machine onto the clipboard in his hand.
Tails simply nodded as he processed what was being told to him, but then a thought came to him.
"Is aunt sally ok?" he said, a look of worry on his face as he looked up at Dr quack.
The doctor gave a small smile " she's just fine, she's out in the waiting area" he said softly.
"Is it ok if I can see her?" he said pleadingly.
Normally Dr quack would have forbid such an action for a patient who had just awoken, demanding that they rest first, but one look into the young boy's eyes told him that perhaps in this case he could make an exception.
The duck gave a small smile.
"Sure, I'll go get her, but in the mean time just relax abit ok?" he said, calmly.
Tails nodded as he eased back against the pillow as Dr quack left the room.
Outside in the waiting area, both sonic and sally where sitting in the various chairs in the room, a look of anxiety and worry was etched on the robian's face as her hedgehog companion placed his metal hand on her back, doing his best to comfort her.
It was then that Dr quack walked up to the two as they looked up at him, both of them readying themselves for any kind of news on tail's condition.
Dr quack let out a small cough to clear his throat.
" He's awake, and from what I can tell he should make a quick recovery in a few days" he said as both Sonic and Sally let out a sigh of relief.
"So he'll be ok then right? Sally asked, a small hint of worry still in her voice.
The duck physician nodded.
" positive. In fact he asked me if he could talk to you." he said with a smile on his face.
Sally looked towards sonic, who only gave her a nod.
" go on Sal, no sense keeping him waiting" he said as he gave her one of his trademark smiles.
A few moments later Sally came up near the door to tail's room, letting out a anxious sigh as she readied herself.
A small knock came to the side of the doorway.
" Tails?" she said softly as the young fox looked up to the robian.
Tails gave her a small smile.
" Hey aunt sally" he said quietly as she walked over and pulled up a chair next to the side of his bed.
"Hey" she said gently.
" How are you feeling?" concern creeping into her voice as she carefully placed her hand on his.
Tails then offered her a bigger smile
" A little dizzy but ok I guess" he said with a small laugh.
"Thank goodness, I was so worried." she said as she breathed a sigh of relief.
Tails looked up at her, a hint of concern now appeared on his face.
" Those people didn't hurt you did they?" he asked.
Sally looked back at the child, surprised and touched by his concern for her safety rather then his own.
She shook her head as she gave him a loving smile.
"No, I'm fine" she said reassuringly, alleviating the fox boy's worry.
"Does that mean your going to stay then?" He asked as he looked into her eyes.
In response she nodded softly as she gently placed her hand on the side of his cheek.
An excited smile formed on tail's face as he rose from his bed slightly and gave her a big hug.
Sally was totally taken off guard.
"T..tails, you shouldn't be moving around so much" she said worryingly.
"I'm so sorry for the way I was acting aunt sally, I was just so scared that I....I " he didn't finish as he held onto her.
A shocked look appeared on Sally's metallic face.
"Tails...why are you apologizing? I should be the one to..."
But before she could finish, tails cut her off.
"Aunt sally, you don't need to apologize, I know that you would never hurt me, and right now I'm just glad your not leaving" he said happily as he continued to hug her..
Sally blinked a few times as tears began to form in her eyes, the pain and heartache surging though her from before slowly washed away as she gently hugged the young fox back.
Tails heard the sound of sniffling, he then looked up an noticed that sally was crying.
"Aunt sally? whats wrong?" he said worryingly.
She looked down at him, a loving smile graced her features.
" Nothing tails, absolutely nothing" she whispered gently as she continued to hug him.
Though slightly confused, Tails simply returned her embrace as he closed his eyes..
"I love you Aunt sally" he said gently, a relaxed smile forming on his face.
"I love you too Tails" she whispered as the young fox and robian held their embrace as sonic looked on from the doorway, a calm smile on his face.
Awe inspiring would have been the words in Snively's mind as he stared with sinister glee at his new troops.
"I would certainly love to see the the freedom fighters try to enter my city with these patrolling the streets" he said as he walked in between the single file ranks of combat robian troops, with Hal right behind him typing away at a data pad
."As per your orders we have had all available units equipped with all necessary armaments and combat gear." the swatbot said calmly as he handed his master the data pad showing the tech specs of the CR armor and weapons"
Snively snatched the pad from the bot's hand.
" Hmmm, it seems we might be a little behind schedule, I see here that we only have 150 CRs fully equipped and ready for combat" Snively said annoyingly as he tossed the pad back to hal"
The swatbot stumbled slightly, caught of guard by the data pad tossed in his direction.
"Sir with stations 2 and 4 still down we dare not risk taxing the system, the energy required to maintain the output for the Combat robotizer stations have been very demanding." Hal said apologetically.
Snively stopped in his tracks and turned to face the Swatbot.
"I don't' want excuses Hal, I want results." he said darkly as he glared into Hal's visor.
The Bot raised his hands defensively as if expecting to be struck
" I can pull a few more swatbots from the security stations and replace them with the new CR troops, that way we'll be able to have the remaining stations running again soon, plus it will give the CRs a necessary trial run should any freedom fighters enter the city" Hal said, his voice trembling slightly.
Snively looked the bot dead in the face, his eyes squinting slightly,but then he looked down to the ground as if in thought.
He then looked back up at Hal,a smirk on his face.
"That's what I like about you Hal, always quick to find a solution to a problem" the overlander said as he looked up at one of the many CR troops
."Thank you sir" he said wearily as he took his side next to his master as he watched him inspect the trooper in front of them.
The trooper in question had at one time been a wolf, now completely re-robotized and dawned in heavy set jet black armor that covered him from head to toe, the symbol of Snively's new regime painted into the shoulder pad, a stylized S taken from the overlander alphabet.
Underneath the armor was a Kevlar coated fabric that covered any exposed joints of the CR,both allowing movement and protection.In it's armored gloved hands was a rather large caliber energy rifle, the GX-14-A to be exact, a heavily modified variant of a weapon that was once used during the great war by the old overlander army.
On its head was a heavily armored helmet combined with a faceplate that did well to not only protect, but also enhanced its fearsome appearance as the robian's blood read eyes glowed brightly.
"Magnificent isn't it" snively said as he stared in awe at the imposing killing machine before him.
Hal looked at the Trooper, it's glowing pupils staring back at him menacingly.
"indeed sir" he said, a hint of fear in his voice.
Snively gave a snap of his fingers which immediately made the trooper turn and snap to attention.
"Sir." it bellowed in a booming metallic voice as it raised it's hand to it's head in a salute.
"Trooper, what are your primary directives?" Snively asked as he stared into the CR's crimson eyes.
"Priority one. capture and or destroy any and all threats to master Snively.Priority two.Ensure the stability and order of all activities within or through out all territories under the control of master Snively. 3.To perform any and all orders given to master Snively and to carry out said orders by any means necessary" the Trooper shouted out, it's tone strong and fierce.
Snively grinned evilly as he nodded in approval.
"Excellent" he said as he turned away from the trooper, Hal following behind.
Highest point in the Great forest,
Sonic leaned against the railing as he looked outward towards robotropilis.
The pollution spewing metropolis was more active then before as smoke billowed from it's various factories and production plants as Snively's race to get the city back in working order continued on.
"Probably churning out bots by the hour., And that spells mondo bad news for us." he thought bitterly as he stared out towards the distance.
It was then that the sound of heavy set boots stirred him from his night watch duties as he turned to see Sally stepping off the ladder onto the platform, a backpack in her hand.
"Hey Sal," he said pleasantly, not quite sure what she was doing up on the lookout, but on the other hand certainly didn't mind the company, especially if it was sally.
The robian gave the hedgehog a smile as she set down the backpack on the the platform's wood plank floor while unzipping it.
"Thought you might get hungry on watch duty." she said as she pulled out two apples from the backpack, tossing one to sonic who caught it expertly without so much as bruising it.
Sonic gave a small smirk as sally looked on, impressed.
"You learn pretty fast" she said as she walked up and leaned onto the railing next to sonic.
"Well what can I say Ive always been a fast learner, but then again Bunnie's a pretty good teacher too." he said with a smirk as he looked down at the apple in the palm of his metallic hand.
"Hmm.....think I would have preferred a chili dog instead " he groaned as he took a bite of the apple.
Sally looked on at her friend.
"or should I say boyfriend." she thought to herself, a small flash of red coming to her cheeks as she looked out towards the city, taking a bite out of the apple in her hand.
About a minute or two sally noticed that sonic was staring at her, his eyebrow raised in a quizzical manner as if something was wrong.
At first she wasn't quite sure what he was staring at her for, but the realized it as she looked at her partially eaten apple.
Sally swallowed what was in her mouth.
"Oh your probably wondering about this right? she said as she raised the fruit to add emphasis.
"Umm a little bit" he said in a questioning tone.
"Long story short. It seems this body of mine requires organic matter to recharge my systems" she said plainly as she took another bite of her apple.
"Hmmm guess that beats having to find an outlet to plug yourself in eh?" the hedgehog said jokingly as he grinned widely.
Sally at first gave sonic a sideways glare, causing the hedgehog's smile to drop instantly, but then surprised him with a smile of her own as she gave a soft chuckle.
"Yeah I suppose so." she giggled as she leaned closer to sonic, who in turn wrapped his arm around her as they both looked out towards the starlit sky.
Sonic let out a deep sigh.
"Been one heck of a day hasn't it? First, I'm taking a crash course in body control, Made leader of the freedom fighters, and helped quelled a riot all in one afternoon" he said in an exasperated tone.
Sally nodded as she cuddled up next to the now blushing hedgehog.
" With the way you handled that situation, I have no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision in making you leader." she said softly.
Sonic gave her a suspicious look as he raised an eyebrow "No doubt huh?"
"Well.....maybe a little" she said hesitantly as sonic gave her a deadpan look, which in turn caused the robian princess to giggle a bit.
"Just kidding" she said playfully as she nudged him with her elbow.
Sonic gave her a grin of his own as he looked into her eyes.
" Sounds like your feeling a lot better since this morning" he said, noting how Sally didn't seem to be in the depressive slump she had been in since last night.
"Lets just say I've finally come to terms with my situation" she said softly.
" I tried to convince everyone around me to simply move on and not dwell on what happened to us, but It seemed that the one who had the most trouble moving on was me" she sighed as she closed her eyes.
Sonic looked at her, a contemplative expression on his face.
"So what changed?" he asked.
"It was only after talking with Rosie and tails that I realized, despite what's happened I'm still me and that's what should matter and not weather I'm metal."
The Azure hedgehog nodded in agreement as a soft smile formed on his face.
Sonic pulled her closer till the two where now face to face, looking lovingly into each others eyes.
" Isn't that what I've been telling ya since the night at the lake? " sonic said as he gave her a playful smirk.
Sally looked into the blue hedgehog's vibrant green eyes, a small blush forming on her metallic face.
" I know, but I guess It took me a while to believe it myself." she said gently as she wrapped her arms around his neck.
Sonic said nothing as he leaned in closer and gave sally a gentle kiss.
The princess closed her eyes as she returned it.
After a good solid minute the two young lovers broke off their display of affection, both of them blushing brightly as they held each other close.
"Glad to have ya back Sal." he whispered as the they looked out towards the moonlit night , a content smile gracing both of their faces.
To be continued in chapter 3/episode3 Hunting Discoveries