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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11. Chapter Ten

Chapter Ten

 

Once again, Kay heard Knuckles before she saw him, and when he appeared the first thing she noticed was his grim expression.

“Well, the good news is that Elias and his family got away safely. The bad news is…” Knuckles sighed and crossed his arms. “Antoine is in the hospital.”

Kay closed her eyes at the same time that Vector exclaimed, “No way!”

“What happened?” Espio asked.

Knuckles shrugged. “Apparently he was trying to keep a Metal Sonic away from Elias…and it blew up in his face.”

“Oh, man! How’s Bunnie?” Vector asked.

“She’s…not taking it well. Neither is Sonic. Or Amy or Tails or anyone else I know.”

The crocodile sighed. “Man, I’m sick and tired of losing people. Ever since that weird reboot thing all over Mobius we’ve had nothing but bad luck. First the princess, now this…”

“Are you all right, Kay?” Espio asked, making Kay focus on reality. “You’re awfully quiet.”

“I…I just…” Kay stammered. “I’m just worried about Antoine is all.”

“I’m worried about everyone,” Knuckles muttered. “Especially my people. I keep getting reports of Death Egg sightings from all over Angel Island.” He paused, looking at the ground. “That’s why I’m going back.”

“What?” Vector exclaimed, voicing Kay’s thoughts. “Knuckles, you can’t leave. The Freedom Fighters will need all the help they can get.”

Knuckles shrugged. “I’m sorry, Vector, but my first duty is to my island and the Master Emerald. I have to go.”

Vector sighed in frustration and leaned back in his seat. “Suit yourself.”

Knuckles glanced at Kay, who sat on one end of the couch staring at the floor. She had been very quiet during the entire conversation, which made him wonder if she had known Antoine longer than she was letting on. He went to her side and knelt on the floor, trying to look into her eyes. “Are you going to be okay?”

It took a moment for Kay to register what he’d said. When she had, her reply was quiet. “Eventually.”

“I’m sorry I have to leave so suddenly,” Knuckles said. “Any further discussion we have will have to be through Nicole.”

“Okay.”

“Hey.” Knuckles took her hand. “It’ll be all right. You’ll see.”

“I know,” Kay muttered, her mind still occupied with thoughts of Antoine being caught in that explosion while she just stood by and watched it happen. You could have stopped it, a voice inside kept insisting. You could have saved everyone a lot of pain. She sighed. “I just can’t help but worry.”

“I understand.” He gave her hand a squeeze and lowered his voice. “We’ll talk later. Okay?”

Kay nodded, still lost in thought. Knuckles gave her an encouraging smile and stood, patting her shoulder. He then pulled out a warp ring, said goodbye to the guys, and stepped through. After his departure Freedom HQ was eerily quiet. Kay didn’t really notice, however. Those voices were still bugging her. You could have saved Antoine. You could have saved him…

Espio sat beside her quietly. The sudden movement of the couch jolted Kay back to her senses at the same time that he said, “Antoine isn’t the only thing on your mind, is it?”

She looked at him in surprise. “How can you tell?”

“I’ve got skills,” he replied with a smirk. Kay gave him a small smile. “Do you want to talk about it?”

“Yes!” Kay exclaimed before she could stop herself. She blushed a little and sighed, adding, “But now isn’t the right time.”

“If you wish to keep it confidential I will respect that,” Espio told her. She smiled.

“Thanks, but…it still isn’t a good time. I need to wait until things have settled down a bit first.”

“Good luck with that.”

“I know…” Kay sighed and stood up. “I need to go get some fresh air or something to help me clear my mind. I think I’ll take a walk.”

“Do you know your way around?” Espio asked.

“Mostly.”

“What about Eggman?”

“He won’t be coming back today.” Kay bit her lip and scolded herself mentally for letting that slip. She noticed Espio look at her a bit oddly.

“How do you know?” he asked.

Kay turned to look at him, staring into his golden eyes and remembering how Knuckles had asked her the same question earlier. She tried to use her quick-witted skills to come up with a convincing response, but all she could say was, “I…I guess I don’t.”

Espio didn’t look convinced. He cocked his head slightly and gave her a confused look, but he simply replied, “Be careful.”

“You know it.” Kay smirked as she headed for the staircase. Once she was definitely out of sight she sighed in relief.

I’ve got to stop doing that, she decided as she walked out of the base towards the city.

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