The Albion Prophecy (A Sonic Fanfic)

*SEQUEL* With Eggman hot on her trail and her powerful destiny ahead of her, Kay is forced to relocate to the United Federation’s capitol, Station Square, in order to train under the safe wing of G.U.N. During her instruction she learns more and more about what it truly means to be the Emerald’s Chosen…and just how hard it is to be the center of attention. Will she survive the vigorous training? And why does Shadow the Hedgehog seem to have it out for her?

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9. Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight

 

The Death Egg hovered into view of the city, blocking out the afternoon sun. In the schoolhouse, a young echidna boy peered out the window and alerted his classmates to the threat that was now invading their peaceful city.

Soon the laser blaster at the bottom of the massive craft warmed up and began to fire, mindlessly destroying the ancient city and its relics, unconcerned for the people below. After the lasers faded away, robotic troops fell from the craft and began their rampage as Lien-Da, Eggman’s echidna grandmaster, led her invasion and took the leaders of the city captive.

The Death Egg recalled its troops and then floated away as if it had merely stopped to squash an ant for a moment on its trek towards the North. Behind it lay the ruins of the most ancient echidna city on Mobius – destroyed beyond repair.

Kay watched all of this with growing concern and sympathy for the echidnas. Soon the scene changed and she was inside the hall where Lien-Da now kept the city leaders.

The evil echidna woman was bragging about the Empire’s victory when a white light from down the hall caught everyone’s attention. A large, bulky figure was silhouetted against the beam, and the faint rim of a warp ring could be seen behind it. Before anyone knew what was happening, the echidnas – good and evil – were scrambling around in an attempt to escape from whoever this newcomer was…

“Kay?” Rouge asked cautiously, bringing Kay out of her vision and back into the harsh reality around her. She briefly recalled Eggman’s recent attack and again felt a pang of guilt. If she hadn’t been here, none of the G.U.N. soldiers would have gotten hurt; Shadow wouldn’t have had thousands of glass shards raining upon him as he tried to protect her. Kay shook her head to rid herself of those thoughts and looked up at Rouge, who said, “Commander Tower wants to talk to you.”

Here we go, she thought as she stood and followed Rouge through the maze of G.U.N. once more. As they walked she couldn’t stop thinking about what she had seen via Emerald in the past few minutes. And the more she thought about it, the more decided that she was beginning to hate Eggman like most everyone else on Mobius. She also thought about how she had been able to control her visions on the battlefield, if only for a second or two. Is it possible for me to do that all the time? Kay wondered. She kind of hoped so.

Finally the two girls reached a set of double doors and Rouge knocked twice, briefly. Moments later a voice from the other side told them to enter, and so they did.

He wasn’t as tall as she’d imagined him, Kay realized as she finally laid eyes on the famous Commander Tower. Of course he was taller than her, but he wasn’t as tall as Eggman and he was showing signs of being much older, too. His white hair was combed back in a professional military manner and he stood erect, his grey uniform showing off his status. Kay was surprised to find Hope Kintobor by his side.

Tower looked down his nose at Kay for a bit, obviously waiting for her to introduce herself. She bowed at the waist quickly but did not offer her name – her mind was far too occupied with other things.

“Why are you so special, I wonder?” Tower said in a booming, authoritative voice that surprised Kay. She looked up at him, suddenly unable to tear her gaze from his eyes, which were each a different color. “Why would Eggman want you?”

Kay took a deep breath, stood up a little straighter, and decided to take responsibility for what had happened here today. “I am the Emerald’s Chosen, sir.”

“Is that supposed to mean something?” Tower snapped.

“It means I’m going to save Mobius.”

All of Mobius?” The commander sounded skeptical. “From what?”

Kay paused, realizing how nonsensical her next words would sound. “I don’t know, sir.”

Tower nodded slowly, disbelief flooding his eyes. “You don’t know.”

Rouge spoke up then, defending Kay by saying, “I know it sounds ridiculous, sir, but…” She glanced briefly at her and then continued, “Look into her eyes.”

Tower frowned. “Excuse me?”

“Look into her eyes, sir,” Rouge repeated. “You’ll see what I mean.”

Commander Tower looked confused, but he obviously trusted her judgment because soon he was kneeling directly before Kay, his hard stare making her heart pound nervously as they locked eyes. Again Kay felt the rush of information fill her mind, and again she noticed the look of surprise that crossed the man’s face. When it was over, however, he simply shook his head and stood up, facing his employee. “That doesn’t prove anything, Agent Rouge.”

“I think it does, sir,” she countered firmly. “No normal Mobian can change their eye color, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that her eyes turn green. Emerald green, sir.”

Tower fixed his multicolored eyes on Kay once again, observing her in a different way this time. Finally, after a lengthy pause, he asked, “Have my agents agreed to train you?”

“Yes, sir,” Kay replied.

“Both of them?”

Kay faltered for a moment, turning to look at Rouge, who was there to rescue her again. “I have agreed to train her, Commander. Shadow has yet to decide.”

Tower kept his eyes on Kay, and he spoke to her when he said, “If he does not consent, you will not be permitted to stay here. Understood?”

Kay nodded. “Yes, commander.”

Tower nodded once, turned his back, and waved his hand. “Dismissed.”

Kay stole one more glance at Hope, realizing just how much she looked like Maria, before turning around and walking out of the room with Rouge at her side.

Once they were back in the hallway and they were no longer under the scrutinizing gaze of Commander Tower, they slowed their pace and Rouge let out a sigh. “Well, I think that went well, under the circumstances.” When Kay didn’t answer, she looked at her and realized the girl’s eyes were far away and that she probably hadn’t heard a word she’d just said. Rouge stopped walking and took hold of Kay’s arm, waving her hand in front of the newcomer’s deep blue eyes to get her attention. When Kay blinked and looked at her, she noted, “You seem distracted. Everything all right?”

Kay frowned and lowered her eyes, remembering her swift conversation with the evil Doctor on the battlefield. “Something Eggman said has been bothering me.”

Rouge crossed her arms thoughtfully. “What’s that?”

Kay waited a moment, debating whether to tell her new trainer the startling news. She realized that Rouge would find out sooner or later, so she replied softly, “Albion has been destroyed.”

The bat’s eyes widened in alarm. “What? That’s the oldest city in the world! It can’t be gone.”

“It is. I’ve seen it.”

“You’ve seen it?” Rouge frowned in confusion.

Kay shrugged helplessly, not really in a mood to explain things in detail. Instead she clarified simply, “The Master Emerald allows me to see certain things.”

“Ah.” Rouge was obviously lost, but she noticed the tired look in Kay’s eyes and decided to let it go for now. Instead she asked, “What do you want to do about it?”

What can I do about it? Kay wanted to ask. Sure, I’m the Emerald’s Chosen, but what does that mean? I have no power beyond seeing everything at once, and I have no clue about what I’m supposed to be doing. She sighed in frustration. I really wish the Emerald had given me more information about my position.

“I don’t know” was all that Kay was able to come up with for an answer.

“Hey, Shadow,” Rouge said suddenly, taking Kay by surprise. She turned around and sure enough, the dark hedgehog was power-walking towards them, his red eyes set on his destination. He didn’t acknowledge them in the least as he neared them, so Rouge began again. “You look like a man on a—”

“I can’t talk now, Rouge,” Shadow told her curtly as he breezed past. “Commander Tower called for me.” With that said, he went through the double doors that the girls had just emerged from and disappeared.

Rouge looked at Kay again. “Probably to talk about training you.”

Well, the way he’s been acting, Kay decided, indicates that there’s no way the Ultimate Life-Form would waste his time training me. I’ll be gone by tomorrow

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