Everything (A Sonic Fanfic)

After his latest defeat at the hands of Sonic, the evil Dr. Eggman sets his newest plan into motion - one that involves a girl from the distant past. When Kay wakes up and learns of her role in his newest scheme, she bravely defies him. Luckliy, Sonic comes to her rescue...but what would he say if he found out who she was?
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16. Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Fifteen

 

“Citizens of New Mobotropolis!”

Kay heard the shout before she saw the source. She was still trying to remember where the event had taken place in her comics. Now, using the voice as a guide, she guessed it was the Civic Center.

“After considering all the volunteers (all two of them), I present your defenders of freedom at home…Team Freedom!”

Kay hurried around the corner and saw that a crowd had gathered outside of the Civic Center, looking somewhat unsure, but optimistic. Kay realized the source of the voice must have been Rotor, who stood with his arm outstretched proudly, introducing the four other members behind him.

“Hello, everyone!” A sweet voice called. Kay glanced into the air behind Rotor and saw Cream floating happily above him and a huge cat. “We’ll do our best!”

Kay moved in to get a closer look. She was scanning the crowd for Cream’s mother, who unknowingly held the Tails Doll in her arms. After a few moments Kay found her…and the cause of destruction to come. She decided to simply stand aside and watch the scene unfold, acting like just another citizen passing through.

Just then some people in the crowd were pushed aside and the hulking figure of Ixis Naugus, the impostor king, appeared with a smirk.

“So…” he said, scanning the small band of volunteers. “…these will be our defenders, should the doctor attack with unyielding steel and uncaring fire?” He paused to take another look and scowled. “You’d defend us with badniks? Two who have attacked you in the past?”

“Just as you fought us before?” Rotor countered. Heavy and Bomb rebelled against the doctor first. Tails and I recovered their primary cores and rebuilt them.”

Naugus moved in closer, growling. “The rest of the citizens believe I am enough to protect them! Those who don’t are – what? – this child and this simpleton?” He stared at them disdainfully. The large cat introduced himself, having no clue he’d just been insulted, but Naugus just laughed. “Tell these well-meaning, misguided few they are unneeded. My people, your king is all you need!”

Rotor crossed his arms and glared. “We are sanctioned by the Council and are here to help! One man can’t protect all of New Mobotropolis.” He looked at the crowd. “He couldn’t stop the Battle Bird Armada from blowing a hole through the heart of the city! And it’s thanks to Nicole’s nanites that we have our homes back at all!”

“Your words border on treason, walrus,” Naugus glowered.

Kay glanced to her left and realized that the doll was making its move even as the two of them bickered. The bulb on top of its head was glowing bright red, sending out waves of energy. Suddenly a section of the Civic Center vanished, and the entire building began losing stability. Kay stared at the doll. Its bulb was going dim once more. People began to panic and run away from the center.

“Shut up! Shut up!” Naugus grumbled, shaking his head. “Let me work! We’ll all be crushed!”

“Heavy! Big! Catch the Civic Center!” Rotor started shouting commands as his suit began to encase him. The two strongmen immediately did so.

The Mobians were all rushing past Kay, but she stayed put. She knew how this would end, and she wanted a front-row seat to the action.

Rotor lifted into the air. “Cream! Start air-lifting people to safety! I’ll join you in a minute!”

“Right away, sir!” Cream replied, already getting a stray passerby out of the way.

Kay thought she heard someone from the crowd call out to her, but she ignored it and continued to watch.

“Cheese, throw Bomb towards the collapsing roof. Bomb, I need a blast to reduce the rubble and blow it back, got it?” Both members acknowledged Rotor’s request. “Good! On my mark: three…two…one…”

The explosion sent Kay stumbling backwards. She fell over and stared as smoke began to rise into the sky. The Civic Center was going to need some major repair after this. The crowd started to cheer and chant the tame “Team Freedom” over and over. Rotor lowered himself to the ground.

“Great work, guys! Hold it steady and I’ll see what I can do about the nanites.”

“Now do you see what you’ve done? You’ve ruined everything!” Naugus grumbled, turning his back to Rotor, who frowned.

“Excuse me?”

“Nothing! Just…talking to myselves.” Naugus shook his head. “Myself!” Then he thrust out his staff and declared, “Behold! Nicole’s nanites betray us again!”

“Nicole’s not here!” Rotor snapped, punching some buttons on his suit. “If anything, she would’ve prevented this glitch before it happened! I can direct the nanites to rebuild from my suit, but it would be faster and more efficient if she was still with us!”

That’s right, Kay remembered as she stood up. Nicole was banished today. Rotor gave up his seat on the Council to protest.

“Then I will investigate the earth beneath, made treacherous by the Armada’s assault!” Naugus declared, already walking away. Kay frowned. She knew that he was indeed going underground, but it was only to set up yet another trap for the citizens.

I hope the Secret Freedom Fighters will be all right, Kay thought, remembering the Master Emerald’s vision of the former king and the wolf twins falling down the pit. With another glance at the broken Civic Center and Team Freedom, Kay decided she’d seen enough and turned to leave.

 

A short while later Kay opened the door to Freedom HQ and immediately went for the staircase to the lower level. She saw that Vector and Espio had traveled down there as well, for they were sitting on the couch just beyond the foot of the stairs.

“That was fast,” Vector commented upon seeing her.

“Did you see what you needed to?” Espio asked. Kay nodded, still thinking about everything she’d seen in the city. There was never a dull moment in the life of a Mobian. Espio watched her carefully. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.” Kay nodded again. She hadn’t really heard what he said.

“Well, Nicole did say she detected an energy signature coming from the city. Maybe that was it,” Vector joked. That caught Kay’s attention.

“Wait, I thought Nicole was—” She stopped herself. “I…heard rumors that Naugus banished her from the city today.” At least that was true. She’d heard Rotor mention it.

Espio frowned, turning his head to stare at the floor in front of him, and muttered, “He did.”

“Then where is she now?” Kay couldn’t remember where Nicole had been sent. Espio pointed to the ceiling.

“Topside.”

Kay paused. “How is she doing?”

“As well as can be expected,” Espio replied with a shrug. “She still hides behind text, though.”

“It breaks his heart, too, because he’s in love with her,” Vector said with a smirk.

“I am not!” Espio protested. “We’re friends. Nothing more.”

“Uh-huh.” Vector nodded, unconvinced. “Espio and Nicole, sitting in a—”

“Shut up, Vector,” Espio snapped, rising from his seat and brushing past Kay to walk up the stairs. Kay watched him go and then turned to Vector, who looked hurt.

“I guess I went too far,” he muttered. “I was only messin’.”

Kay recalled wondering if Espio liked Nicole after reading the issue where Mina performed for the city. He’d seen her run crying from the concert and had gone after her. He was also there immediately after she was exiled. The way he acted around her hinted that he saw her as more than just a computer, and now Vector’s teasing strengthened that theory.

Suddenly her head hurt, and Kay figured it was about time for her rest. She still hadn’t eaten any more than breakfast that morning.

“Where ya going?” Vector asked her as she started for Amy’s room.

“I need to lie down. My head hurts.”

“Right. I’m sure you’ve had a long day. Sleep well.”

“Thanks,” Kay muttered as she opened the door to her temporary bedroom. Behind her, Vector stood, rubbing the back of his neck.

“I should probably apologize to Espio,” he said quietly. Kay paused to look back at him before closing the door, sealing out the rest of the world. For now, anyway.

So the comics didn’t sugarcoat it, she thought to herself as she recalled her visit to the city. I guess Tails Doll isn’t as scary as everyone is making him out to be. She then thought about Espio and Nicole, Antoine, and the Secret Freedom Fighters. It was all happening so fast. Post-Genesis drama really was draining. No wonder Sonic almost gave up.

Well, if I know the Freedom Fighters, they’ll find a way to get Elias back on the throne where he belongs. Kay nodded to herself as she lay down on Amy’s pink bed. They’ll find a way to make things work. They’ll rescue Sally and the teams will rejoin. Everything will be fine. Right?

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