Yeah, I've had this idea rolling around in my head as long as I've been working on Family Affair (which will still be updated now that I'm re-motivated), but just got to fine-tuning and really planning out recently. As a result of my thought process, it has 3 different versions: Hero version (Has the most moral fiber, no character deaths and is overall like most Sonic games), Evil version (Has heavy character death and even rape. I can tell this is gonna be a harder story to write), and neutral version (A couple of characters die -probably only ones I find annoying-, there's a lot of theft and survivalist thinking, but it's got some moral fiber to it). I'm currently working on the neutral version, so that's the one I'll be uploading. If all goes well, I expect to have one chapter uploaded per week. Hope someone's around to read it.
Guess who's back!?!
Chapter 0- This chapter is shared by all storylines and is where they start to divulge... Well more like break out running as fast as hell in 3 different directions, but you get the point. Also, it's extra long. Like, it's the longest chapter I've had thus far
“Mwahahahahaha!!” Rings the maniacal laughter throughout the laboratory. “I have done it! I have replicated the power of a Chaos Emerald and created my own, stronger Emerald!” The mad scientist brags to no one in particular. “But not without it's own special...additions. With this, I will finally defeat Sonic the Hedgehog! And I won't have to lift a finger to do it!! Mwahahaahahahaaha!!!!!”
The Next Day
Sonic is running through the city as usual, just chilling when he hears a plane fly above head. He looks up to see the ol' Tornado and its two-tailed pilot waving down at him.
“Hey, Sonic!!” Tails shouts as he pulls along side him.
“What's up, Tails?” Sonic asks, not slowing down one bit.
“It's Eggman!” Sonic sighs as he thinks of taking on the mad scientist Dr. Eggman AGAIN for the 1000th time.
“What is it this time?”
“You know that Chaos Emerald that was stolen from Amy not too long ago?”
“The one I had just let her borrow earlier that day? Yeah, what about it?”
“Well...you may wanna just look at this.” Tails holds an envelope out of the Tornado that Sonic snatches out of his hand before he can blink again. He tears open the envelope and reads the short, simple message inside.
“Watch any TV at 11 AM Saturday for information on your precious Chaos Emerald.
-Signed Dr. Robotnik”
“Huh, simple enough.” Sonic throws the paper to the wind.
“Sonic, it's 10:58 now!” Tails says.
“Plenty of time!” Sonic grins and takes off to the center of the city where the big screen lays. “Now how am I gonna kill 2 minutes?” He thinks. As soon as he does, the News on the screen begins flickering and the voice of the anchorman becomes distorted.
“It's a little early, don't 'cha think?” the sexy voice comments. From the sky, Rouge appears.
“Suits me just fine. I didn't wanna wait anyways.”
“Don't start, don't start!!” a gruff voice shouts. Knuckles comes rushing out of nowhere, looking ragged.
“Hey, Knucklehead. What took ya?”
“Why you...!” Knuckles cocks his fist.
“OK, that's enough, boys. Break it up.” Rouge steps between them and forces Knuckles' fist down.
“What's SHE doing here?!”
“Didn't ya know? I'm fragile, so she's my emotional support.” Sonic cracks.
“I bet she's here for the same reason we all are.” Tails says, running up to Sonic.
“The Chaos Emerald.” says a voice that shocks everyone.
“Shadow! When'd you get here!?” Rouge cries, tryin' to recover her breath from the scare.
“It's starting.” He says instead.
“Greetings, Sonic the Hedgehog and friends. I have the Chaos Emerald you have been looking for! I've put it in this location.” A map with a red star in town briefly replaces Eggman's face.
“Sonic, that's the old bus yard.” Tails whispers.
“First one to reach it can have it. Good luck!”
On that note, the broadcast ends.
“Outta my way!!” Knuckles shouts, racing off not even a full second after the broadcast is gone.
“Later!” Sonic says as he takes off. “Bus yard, bus yard. That's a little bit southeast from here, isn't it?” No sooner than the thought is done does Eggman's humanoid robots start falling in. “If I didn't know then, I do now.” He spin dashes through a line of them in his way before jumping up, catching a pole and swinging off of it. “Wahoooo!!” He shouts as he falls. His feet touch the floor and he's off again. “Now that's something I haven't seen in a while.” He thinks at the bee robots flying at him right now. He jumps up and homing attacks them in the blink of an eye and keeps going. “It can't be far now.” He almost runs into a bus, but slides under it just in time. “Owowowowowow friction burns!!!” The Chaos Emerald is shining brightly in front of him now. “Heh, mine!” He reaches out to grab it when he's hit from behind.
“I think you're mistaken, Sonic the Hedgehog.” Shadow says, picking himself up after the homing attack. “That Chaos Emerald is mine.” He snatches it out off the ground.
“No way, it's mine!” Sonic dives and grabs the Emerald in Shadow's hands. Next second, all thoughts are gone.
“Uh man, mom's gonna kill me for spendin' all that time just gettin' milk and butter.” I think as I run at full speed trying to get home. My mom sent me out for this stuff damn near an hour ago and she knows it's only a 10 minute walk to the store and another 10 to come back. Now she's gonna be askin' what the hell I did with the extra 40 minutes cause she knows I'm a “go in, grab my shit, get out” kinda shopper. To be honest, I was chattin' with my girl. The conversion got a lil'...heavy, and I didn't notice the time. Now she's probably had a lil' girl with the voice of 2 kids screaming about her breakfast for the past half hour, so she's not in the best of moods. Oh well, no use dwelling.
“Hey! If I cut through this useless bus yard, I can at least cut down on my time a little.” I jump the fence and keep running. All a sudden, I can hear grunts and flesh fiercely hittin' flesh. “What the hell?” I can't past this up. I'm already in trouble, what's a little more? I prop the groceries up behind a bus wheel and take off towards the fight. When I get there, it's like a blue blur flies right by me. And into the bus next to me. Lying in the hole in the bus, lies a blue hedgehog. “Hey, ain't that Sonic the Hedgehog?”
“Hey man, what's goin' on?” I say to him. He picks himself out of the crater and flies right back into it. “Pft, nice meetin' you too, bastard.” I grunt. I look at the dude he's fighting and my brain just stops working. “OK, the News says Sonic and Shadow don't always see eye-to-eye, but I don't think they have a reason to be beating each other's brains out!” I think. But there it is in front of me, flying quills, spilling blood, remorseless attacking with their bare hands. In both their hands lie a gem, an emerald I think. “Wait a sec, they're not seriously fighting over a Chaos Emerald, are they?” Yep, they are. Both of them got death grips on that thing and it doesn't look like they'll be lettin' go anytime soon. Which means I'm gonna have ta break this up. I run straight at them and grab the Emerald.
“Alright, guys, this ain't that serious.” They both glare at me. The world starts dancin' for a sec, but I just shake it off. “Seriously, guys, knock it off.” Next thing I know, it feels like I've got electricity flowing through me and I'm flying back. I crash into something and the world goes dark.
“Ugh, what happened?” Shadow asks.
“You tell me.” Sonic groans. “I remember diving for...something, I can't remember, and the world throwin' the off switch on me.”
“I remember knocking you to the ground for something and that's it.”
“Sonic!” Tails shouts, hovering over with his tails. “What happened!?”
“We don't know. Something happened and the next thing we know, we're sitting here bruised and bloody.”
“Are you OK?”
“What about the Chaos Emerald!?” Knuckles shouts, plowing through a bus.
“It must've been a trap by Dr. Eggman. It's not here.” Shadow says.
“Let's go get you patched up, Sonic.” Tails says. “Knuckles, would you mind helping out with Shadow?”
“I'm fine.” Shadow interjects. “See ya.” He skates away before anyone can stop him. Tails sighs
“What are we gonna do with him?” he says while shaking his head. “At the very least, let's get Sonic out of here.”
“I'm fine, Tails.” Sonic says. “Never better.”
“SONIC!!” A girl's voice cries.
“OK, nevermind! Get me outta here NOW!” Sonic says, running to the Tornado. Tails climbs in right after him and flies away. Amy arrives in the bus yard not even 10 seconds after they've left.
“Oh darn! Just missed him.” She keeps running along. Knuckles just walks away, all the while no one noticed the unconscious boy buried under a load of garbage and bus parts.
3 hours later
“Ugh. My head.” I groan, picking myself up out of all that crap. “Man that's gonna smart tomorrow.” I can feel the Emerald in my hand. “Well, as long as I've got this, they won't fight over it anymore.” I think. I stash it in my pocket and make my way back to my groceries. They're warm, but not as warm as they would've been had they been in the sunlight. “I must've been out for a while. Mom's really gonna kill me now. She's not gonna believe I got knocked out stoppin' a fight between 2 famous hedgehogs!” I groan again. “Well, let's get this over with.” I pick up the bag and start running. And almost crash immediately. “Woah, where did the sudden speed burst come from?!” I say. I shrug it off and start runnin' again. Next thing I know, I'm home. “Seriously, what's wrong with me? It's not like this is a MMORPG I can lag badly in.” I grab my keys and unlock the door.
“Look, before you start yellin' at me, I can explain.” I shout as soon as the door's open. I can literally hear my mom round the corner.
“You better have a damn good...” Suddenly she freezes, mid-sentence, mid-motion, hell, maybe even mid-thought.
“What? I still got some crap on me from the bus yard?” I walk by and put the milk and butter in the fridge.
“Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya.” She stutters.
“Yeah?” I start brushing myself over. Hold the phone, something feels off. I put my hand to my hair. It's fleshy. I look down at my torso. I'm not wearing any clothes and I'm black. I'm also bleeding out my chest. “Woah!” I go to the bathroom to get some gauze for that 'cause it doesn't look like a bandage is gonna cut it. I go under the sink and grab the gauze, some alcohol, and some peroxide and look in... the...mirror. That can't be me in the mirror. I'm a tan color with short red hair, brown eyes and an average built. The thing in the mirror is a black hedgehog with purple tipped quills, green eyes and skinny armed and legged. Yet, it moves its arm the way I move my arm, it raises its leg when I do, hell, it even slaps itself when I do. And it's bleeding from the chest.
“AAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!” I scream. I trip over myself and scramble backwards. I'm... a hedgehog.
“Konosuke, why are you screaming?” I can hear my 7 year old sister, Yikio, call out. I can hear her footsteps grow nearer and nearer, but I'm still too panicked to do anything like, oh, close the door, though the thought did occur to me. “Ko...no...” Her expression starts to degrade fast and she starts screaming uncontrollably. That makes me stop panicking.
“Yikio, calm down. It's me!” I don't think I'm loud enough, cause she didn't hear me. “Oh yeah, she's really scared of blood, so maybe if I clean myself up a bit, she'll turn down the volume.” I grab my bath towel and wipe off the blood. Now that that's off, I can see the bleeding's actually stopped, though I do have a pretty impressive X-shaped scar on my chest now. The vibrant red of it kinda makes it stand out against all the black. “Better?” Apparently not 'cause she's still screaming. I slide by her to get to mom.
“Mom, can you get Yikio to stop screaming her lungs out?” I ask.
“Get AWAY!!” She shouts. She grabs the broom and starts trying to spear me on it.
“Woah, Mom, calm down!” I shout, dancing around the strikes.
“STOP CALLIN' ME MOM! I DIDN'T RAISE NO GIANT ANIMALS!!” I feel a bit hollow. Like a gaping hope just appeared in the place I used to put family in.
“What will you do now?” A female voice asks. Great, now I'm insane too. “Kid, trust me when I say you're not crazy. I'll explain later, for now, you may wanna get outta here before your mom gets something a little more fatal.” The voice made sense, so I ran out the door. Still doing that super speed thing. I ended up back in the bus yard.
“OK, you said you'd explain?” I tell the voice. “Cause I could really use a good explanation right now. Like who are you for one?”
“Take out the Emerald in your pocket.” How the hell I have a pocket when I've got no clothes, I dunno, but I do, so I take out the Emerald. “Hello.” The Emerald glows while the voice talks. Well, that's that. “Hm, I was expecting a little more, I dunno, surprise that an Emerald is talking to you in your head.”
“Meh, whatever. So what now?” Before we can delve any further into that, the wind starts seriously pickin' up and I look up to find the source. It's just a little pod-like thing with a dude with a long ass mustache in it.
Montage the Hybrid
Guess who's back!?!
Montage the Hybrid: Neutral Story
“I don't think it's a good idea for you to stick around here.” The Emerald tells me. And I think she's right. I'm out of there before the craft can come any closer to the ground. The only problem is I have no idea where I am now. I'm pretty sure I can find out pretty easily though. I step out of the alley and see a giant screen in the middle of a giant building. I'm pretty sure I'm downtown now.
“So we got out of there all right. What now?” I ask the Emerald. To be honest, I'm completely out of my element here. I've got no family to go to any more, I don't wanna chance my friends having the same reaction, and I don't know where Sonic and his people are to ask about anything.
“Well... I don't know.”
“That's REALLY not what I wanted to hear.”
“Hey, what can I tell ya? I've been in a lab up until now. I don't know anything about the outside world at all.”
“Well, I guess I can get that. For now, let's grab me something to eat. I'm starved.” Hey, anyone would if they'd done as much running as I've done this morning without any sort of breakfast. Hold it, is it still morning? I look up at the big screen. The News says it's 1:38, so I guess I've missed breakfast.
“So where would we go to get food for you?”
“Maybe a McDonald's or something...Shit.” I just realized I don't have my wallet on me. When I went out this morning, I only had the money Mom had given me for the groceries. Dammit. How am I supposed to eat without money!?
“Why do you need money? You can just as easily take what you need.”
“Say what? You mean STEAL?”
“Yes.” Wow. Short and sweet, huh?
“Ya see, most places kinda have these things called cameras, so if I go waltzing into a store and grab something and haul ass, they'll kinda catch me.” I said all this as sarcastically as I could. Man, this Emerald's got a lot to learn if she's suggesting crap like this.
“Um, ya see, you're sorta not normal now, so if you go waltzing into a store and grab something and haul ass, they won't even know you were there.” Well, she's got sarcasm down already. But she does bring up a good point.
“Alright, let's go grab something to eat.”
“While we're at it, you may wanna work on your speed control. You were lucky no one was in your path before, but if you run into someone while you're running, you're going to go through them like wet tissue.”
“If you've been in a lab all your life, how would you know phases like 'run through them like wet tissue'?”
“I'm assimilating information from you right now to catch up. The longer we're together, the more I'll know.”
“OK then.” I put one foot in front of the other as slowly as possible, then the other. Repeat 'til I was comfortable, then pick up the pace a little. It doesn't take long til I'm walking like any other person. Everyone has been staring at me, but I'm walking like them. “Sweet, a Wal-Mart.” I say. Hold up, problem. “You just got through saying I'll tear through people like wet tissue if I go full sprint, right?”
“Yes, that's why you'll be using my energy to slow down time instead.” Sounded kinda cool.
“How's it work?”
“Hold me in your right hand and say 'Berserker Shift'. Simple as that, I'll do the rest.”
“Why can't you do it automatically?”
“As an intelligence unit, I'm probably a little smarter than you on all things except the outside world, but as an energy source, think of me as a child. I have to be given instruction.” Makes sense. “Now can we please hurry up? I think people are starting to stare at you for reasons other than you being a hedgehog right now.” Oh right, I HAVE been talking to her out loud all this time, haven't I?
I throw out my right hand and say, “Berserker Shift!”. Next thing I know, it's like the people around me are going in slow mo. It's weird.
“Hurry. Like I said, I'm a child energy source, so I don't have much energy to give right now.” I fast walk into the store, grab a couple loaves of bread, some peanut butter, some jelly, a bag of plastic spoons, and a box of Pepsi. I'm about to walk out when I get a tug.
“Get something more loaded in calories. Using me and running at full speed will burn energy like you wouldn't believe.” The assimilation seems to be going well. She's using more of my vocab now. Anyways, I put the bread and stuff in a couple of bags, leave them in the front and go back for more. Calories, huh? There's always junk food. I grab a couple of boxes of Swiss Cake Rolls, some Star Crunch, and a cake. It's a big cake too, I think someone may have special ordered this. Oh well, hope they didn't already pay for it.
“This should last for now.” I bag the Cake Rolls and the Crunch, grab the sandwich materials and sodas, and walk out the door and into an alley. Then the world returns to normal.
“Phew. That was close. Almost lost it for a second.”
“Give me a little warning when you feel like that.” I say as I make myself and sandwich. “The way I see it, you're my only partner right now. Can't have my partner passin' out on me, can I?”
“Well that is one way to see it, yes.” She sounds almost shocked at my way of thinking.
“What, you didn't think I considered this a master and tool relation, did ya?”
“You don't HAVE to lead me your power and I don't have to use it. It's a mutual relationship, Emmy.” To be honest, I made that name up on the spot. My sandwich was good to go, so I grabbed a Pepsi and a Swiss Cake Roll and prepared to eat.
“You don't have a name, do you? No? Thought not.” It was a rhetorical question anyways. Giving her time to answer would've been a waste of time. “So I need something to call you. You're an Emerald, so Emmy will do quite nicely.”
“Whatever. Upon assimilating more of the outside world from you, I believe it's proper manner to introduce oneself.” I take a bite outta my sandwich.
“You're in my head, you should know me by now.” I say while I chew.
“I am restricting myself to outside world knowledge only. It'd be, what you call, an invasion of privacy to do otherwise.”
“So you DID have hope that it'd be a mutual relationship after all.” the sandwich is gone and I'm guzzling down the Pepsi. Not too quick though, don't want to burn my throat. “OK then, I'm Hichigura Konosuke. Nice to meet 'cha.”
“I am known as Emmy the Berserker Emerald. Also a pleasure to meet you.”
“Berserker Emerald?” I ask, shoving the last of the Swiss Cake Roll into my mouth.
“Well...” Just then, a giant robot bust into the alley.
“I guess this'll have to wait 'til later.”
I can see someone in the cockpit of the robot. Judging from the fact he's got a radio to his mouth, he's either about to talk to me or is reporting to a superior officer. I'm not sure which one I want him to be doin' more.
“Attention, hedgehog!” Well, I guess he's talkin' to me. “Don't move. This is the Hot Shot Mark II and I have orders to take you in for questioning and/or experimentation.”
“And you honestly expect me to sit still after hearing you'd turn me into a lab rat?” I bark.
“Then G.U.N. has issued me orders to take you in by force.”
“Do you know what you're doing?” Emmy asks.
“To be honest, no, but I'll figure something out. If worse comes to worse, I can probably outmaneuver him and escape.”
“Not in this narrow alley you won't.” She has a point. I turn around and take off away from the Hot Shot. I hear missiles go off behind me. Damn! I pick up the pace as I run down the alley. I look back and see the missiles are pretty much beelining for me. I look forward and see a box about to block my way out. Good. I pick up the box and toss it at the missiles and keep running. That's gonna be one nasty shockwave and I'd rather not be a ground zero. Thank goodness I did, it just ended up blowing me out of the alley. Woah! World, stop spinning for a sec, would ya? Damn.
“Konosuke, get on guard!” I shake it off a look down the alley for Hot Shot. I don't see it though. Where'd it... I hear machine gun fire. I dive to the side as it passes right by me. And right through the concrete walls. And emerges unscathed. OK, so my strength won't destroy it. Not even close. Any other courses of action? “Look at the cockpit.” It's got a little crack in it. Not much, but it's proof that it's destructible. So aim at the cockpit. Since it's still sorta stuck on the ground, I jump onto the cockpit and start punching at it. All I get in return is a sharp pain in my right hand. I need something stronger, but what? I don't think I can throw the concrete hard enough to dent it and there's no loose metals around. Dammit, it's in the air again.
It charges straight for me, firing the machine gun down on me. It's easy to just dive to the side. Still doesn't solve my damage problem. It lands and starts firing off missiles again, so I run around til they finally hit the floor. Then it seems like something takes over. I jump into the air, spin, and dash into the cockpit. I can hear the cockpit crack under the attack.
“What the hell was that?” I ask.
“Instinct maybe?” Whatever it is, it's given me the answer I need. It takes off again and charges for me, so I run towards the alley way. When I hit the alley, I up off the wall, and dash into the cockpit again. It shouldn't be able to take much more. Sure enough, it starts retreating. Easy. “Don't drop your guard!” Emmy shouts at me. Uh oh. Itsa chargin' its laser. I see a red line stream from the laser's center.
“Somethin' tells me I DON'T want that on me when it fires.” I mutter and I run. I can still see the red dot, but it's nowhere near me. Hot Shot doesn't seem to want to waste his shot though, so how can I get him? Wait a sec...duh. I run at Hot Shot and climb up it's leg. It can't really fire if I'm on it , can it? I stand right in front of the cockpit and wave to the pilot. He gives me the finger. Rude sonuvabitch! I jump a little in front of it and slam into the cockpit once more. The glass shatters, leaving the rude pilot and his controls wide open. I land on top of the Hot Shot, climb down to the cockpit and start hittin' random buttons.
“Stop it! Don't press that!!” My finger was hovering over a little yellow button when he said it. A mischievous grin spread around my face.
“Aw, now I have to.” I slam my finger into the button and the Hot Shot starts blowing up.
“We have questions we need answered!” Emmy snaps. I guess that means I have to save the pilot. I grab the gruff of his shirt and toss him out of the thing and jump after him. Hot Shot has hit the ground now and is still blowing up.
“If Mark II was this weak, I wonder how bad the original was.” I say, stretching my arms out. “Now, Mr. Pilot, I've got some questions for ya, and if you don't wanna end up in the middle of the smoking hunk of junk behind us, you'll answer to the best of your ability. Got it?” He shakily nods his head. “Good. First question, just what the hell is G.U.N.?”
“It's the Guardian Units of Nation. It acts as the national military of the United Federation.”
“Good. Next question, what the hell do they want with me?”
“We got an anonymous tip concerning the appearance of a new hedgehog. That's all the information I was given other than the other to bring you in.”
“How did you find me?”
“The tip said you'd be in the city, but one of our agents felt a time distortion in this area.”
“So you didn't know exactly where I was? Does that mean there are more Hot Shots out there looking for me?”
“No, I was the only Hot Shot deployed. We let our agent look everywhere else?”
“Who is this agent you keep mentioning?”
“That would be me.” I hear a voice from above me say. Something in me reacted, I dunno. It felt like I would've known the person even if he had hidden for a longer period of time. Like I said, I dunno. I look up and see Shadow the Hedgehog staring down at me.
“Was it the smoking pile that gave me away?” I ask since I know he wasn't there before the fight started. Matter of fact, I know he wasn't there until very recently. Don't ask me how though. He doesn't look like he's gonna answer though.
“So we have another faker running around.” he says instead.
“Looks like you do. I'm...”
“Is it really a good idea to give your name to the enemy? After all, they're a national military, it's not hard to track down your family.” She's got a very good point. Good thing I've got her around or else this could've gone way worse.
“My name isn't important. What IS important is I'm goin' nowhere with you.”
“Really?” He pulls out a white Chaos Emerald and holds it in front of him.
“Konosuke, he's charging for something. Get ready to use the Berserker Shift.” I pull Emmy out of my pocket and hold her out.
“Huh?” Shadow looks a little disoriented right now. Oh right, he was fighting Sonic over Emmy, wasn't he?
“Why were you and Sonic fighting over this anyways?”
“Fighting? I didn't fight Sonic recently.”
“Yeah you did. Earlier today in fact. You tryin' to say you don't remember?”
“I remember grabbing that red Chaos Emerald you have in your hand, then I remember coming to bruised and bloody. So you're saying you know what happened in the blank period in between?” He lowers his Emerald and I do the same.
“Not entirely. I arrived near the end of the fight when I grabbed the Emerald from you two. When I woke up next, I was a hedgehog.”
“I guess it's time to explain myself, huh?”
“Hold up, Shadow, the Emerald may have some intel for us.”
“Yes. She has a consciousness of her own. And she seems to know what's going on.”
“Allow me to speak through you for a second.” Emmy says.
“Put me to your head. I should be able to handle it from there.” I did as she commanded. Suddenly my head felt funny, but I couldn't stumble around with the dizziness. It was like spinning around and around in a chair for a couple of minutes and the world not spinning around you. My hand fell, but Emmy was still in the center of my forehead.
“I am known as Emmy, the Berserker Emerald.” she says. Through my mouth. It's weird having a girl's voice come through my mouth.
“Berserker Emerald?” Shadow says. I wanted to say that I had already heard that much, but I couldn't say.
“Yes, that is the designation Dr. Robotnik gave me when he created me by copying the power of the Chaos Emeralds.”
“Eggman, huh. Why am I not surprised?”
“I was designed to kill Sonic the hedgehog on contact. The Chaos energy within me was corrupted so that anyone who touched me would go berserk and use up their life force at an accelerated rate. The corruption, however, went further than the doctor had planned. It also gave me my own consciousness so I can communicate with this hedgehog you see before you.”
“If you were designed to cause the user to go berserk, why isn't the faker you're with affected?”
“That is partially your and Sonic's fault.”
“Me and Sonic?”
“You and Sonic made contact with me approximately the same time, so you both fell under the influence of my power. This boy happened to come across you two fighting and tried to stop you by taking me. This caused your and Sonic's DNA to crash into him, converting him into a hedgehog, and since I was the catalyst to the reaction, he's basically in a permanent state of what I like to call partial berserk. With your DNA added to his partial berserk state, he can use my power much like you would use a Chaos Emerald and still retain his consciousness.”
“So he's a mutant hybrid of a human and Sonic's DNA and my own, huh? With that information, my mission is complete.” He pulls his Emerald out again, shouts, “Chaos Control!”, and is gone before I can blink again.
“I'm giving you back control of the body now.” Emmy says. Next thing I know, she's falling off my head and I hurry to catch her.
“So this is all Eggman's fault, huh?”
“That's what I said. How do you feel about all this?”
“Well, I wasn't hurt, Sonic and Shadow didn't beat each other to a pulp, and G.U.N shouldn't mess with me for a little, but my family doesn't really like me and I just lost my food to Hot Shot. Right now the positives outweigh the negatives.” I swear if Emmy had eyes, they'd be bulging out of her head right now.
“That's how you think?”
“Yep. I like to think I'm pretty optimistic.” I stretch my arms and look back at the Hot Shot pilot. “You're free to go, ya know. I don't have anything else to ask.” He scrambles away so fast he almost trips on himself at least three times. I laugh. Can't help it, it's too damn funny. “I guess we've gotta replace that food Hot Shot destroyed, don't we?”
“That's the next logical thing to do. Then maybe find somewhere to spent the night.”
“Yeah, good idea.” I walk back down the alley. You know, just in hope that there's something left I can eat. Well, the cake seems to be in good condition. A little crushed at the right edge where the Hot Shot probably took a step and partially landed on it, but otherwise unharmed. I can't say the same for anything else though. “At the very least, I can still get quick energy.
“Find somewhere else to steal from this time. One incident of stuff disappearing can be discounted as miscounts and employee errors. Two is a warning sign.” I step out and onto a shard of glass. How did I go all this time without noticing that I had no shoes on!? Man, hedgehogs have big feet. And now that I think about it, when did people get so tall? I used to be 5'11'', so I'd at least see eye level to people. Now I can only look children in the eye. Man that sucks! So, where am I gonna get food next. Well, I was craving some McDonald's... never mind, if a customer's food disappears off their plate as they're paying for it all a sudden, that's gonna raise hell. Let's go to another grocery store. I start running at a human speed down the street.
“If it's in the middle of the road, you should be able to crank up the speed.” True. After all, I could probably outrace any car out here. I turn it up and start dodging through cars.
“Whoooo!!” I cry as I run. I can't believe how fun this is! And Sonic gets to do stuff like this everyday? I might just become a nomad myself. Before I know it, I'm clear on the other side of the city. I think this is far enough from the Wal-Mart I already hit, let's look for something else to hit. That Publix seems to be pretty well stocked. I pull Emmy out, say, “Berserker Shift”, put the cake down in front of the entrance, and jog in. I grab 8 bags right from the start and go the same sandwich materials and put them in one bag and the Pepsi into another bag, but then I go get some hoagie bread and some ham, turkey, cheese, some sandwich oil, some mayo, and some pickles. All that takes up a bag and a half. I say a half cause I can still shove stuff into the hoagie bag, but it's gotta be light enough not to crush the bread. I grab some pop tarts, some Honey Nut Scooters (Honey nut Cheerios, but in a bigger bag and for less), milk, and a blue plastic bowl, some Oreos, some more Swiss Cake Rolls, and Oatmeal Cream Pies.
“Can you hurry this up? I've got maybe 5 seconds left to me.” This should last me for a while. I'll just grab some of that Publix chicken and be on my way. I run out, pick up the cake box, and full sprint back to the other side of town before cutting off the Berserker Shift by putting Emmy away.
“I'm eating good tonight!” I whisper-shout and even add a little chuckle to that.
“Now that you have food, let's worry about finding somewhere to sleep. Preferably somewhere no one will try to steal me.” That would be a problem, wouldn't it? Don't need a berserk human to deal with. Maybe I could steal a hotel room? Yeah, that'd work, use Berserker Shift to steal a room key and get to the room before anyone notices.
“You got enough energy for that, Emmy?”
“If it's the last thing I'll do tonight, I can muster up a little more energy.” OK then, I run around until I spot a Holiday Inn, Berserker Shift in, steal room #214, and run up to it before putting Emmy away. I unlock the door and step in. I'm sleepin' good tonight! It's a room meant for two, but oh well. That just makes it a little more roomy. I throw Emmy onto one of the beds, I put the food down on the table in the middle of the room, and look out the window. Can't be too late, the sun's still in the sky. The clock says it's 7:43, still too early to turn in in my book, but Emmy's wiped, so I guess I'll just kill time here. I grab some chicken and start eating, washing it down with a couple of cans of Pepsi and eat a chunk of cake for dessert. That should at least replace the calories I used fighting Hot Shot earlier.
Since I've got nothing better to do, I guess I can just meditate on my day. All I've really learned is I've got a lot to learn. I still don't know all the abilities Emmy's hiding, only the Berserker Shift, and that wears her out too fast. I don't even know what that jump dash move I used against Hot Shot was. When will G.U.N come at me again, and with what next time? Man, I've got too many problems to deal with right now and no way to solve any of them. Hopefully tomorrow will turn out better than today. Actually, I don't think it can get worse than today. After all, I got turned into a hedgehog and my family turned against me. Well, live day by day for now. I yawn. Meditation seems to be a pretty good way to cool down at the end of the day. I'll have to do it more often.
Guess who's back!?!