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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10. Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine

 

Kay’s hand ran gently along the walls of G.U.N.’s headquarters as she walked in blind silence down the ongoing hall. It was her only connection to the real world. Her mind, as always, was elsewhere.

It seemed wrong to be having visions of another world while she was on Mobius, yet here she was, seeing in grayscale what would have happened if she had not arrived to alter the timeline. Sonic would have met Mega-Man, the Blue Bomber. The two worlds would have collided and merged for a short time. In her mind Kay saw the two blue heroes fight each other, then agree to work together. She met many new people without ever leaving the hall: Roll, Proto-Man, Dr. Wily...all of them characters that would now never meet the Mobians. Because of her.

The sudden burst of sunlight both startled and blinded her. Once again Kay was shoved back into the real world around her, and she took a step back, blinking away the dots in her vision. She squinted to allow her eyes to adjust to the strong beam of light in front of her, its warmth inviting her to take a look.

At first she was confused. Where on Mobius was she? How had she gotten here? The last place she remembered seeing was the hall just outside of Commander Tower’s office. Had she walked all the way here from there? Why hadn’t she noticed?

Kay stepped back into the sunlight and peered through the crack it was seeping through. There was nothing but dark hallway and offices around her; there seemed to be no door to the outside, so where was this light coming from? She squeezed herself through the fracture and was surprised by what lay on the other side.

It was a natural balcony that stuck out from the mountainside she now stood on. It was not very large – only big enough for two or three Mobian-sized people, but the view was spectacular. She could see the entire city of Station Square below her, and beyond that she could see the wilderness and the glint of more human settlements scattered across the horizon. On a clear day you can see all the way to Soleanna, Kay remembered Hope saying.

This base must be enormous, Kay thought to herself as she carefully sat on the edge of the balcony and gazed down at the landscape before her. And I must have been walking for a long time. I’m so high up now...how many flights of stairs did I climb? Kay focused on her legs for a moment. They didn’t feel sore from walking or climbing, but she knew that could just be because she was still half-stuck in the world the Master Emerald was constantly showing her.

As she settled into her new position high on the mountainside, Kay’s thoughts drifted to her past life, before Mobius. She was a small-town girl, so she had never really seen large cities like Station Square or even Soleanna. The fact that she had finally achieved one of her goals reminded her too much of before, and she shook her head to clear her mind of it.

A light breeze picked up, cool and relaxing, and she let her eyes close and her mind wander again to the Mobius that would have been. At the same time she saw Espio and the Chaotix getting settled for the night in the kingdom of Mercia, already deep in their search for Mighty and Ray. A third image showed the Death Egg, which had already caused so much devastation, slinking away across the arctic to refuel itself. Sonic and Team Fighters were investigating Albion at the moment.

Only a swim away, Kay recalled Eggman’s words. Right now, Sonic was only a swim away. Part of her longed to see him again, but she knew now that they would be unlikely to cross paths again anytime soon. He had his job and she had hers...

“How did you get up here?”

The voice called her attention from her visions and, though she felt a little dizzy and was a bit disoriented, she knew that Shadow stood behind her. She tried to steady her spinning mind somewhat before she replied honestly, “I have no idea.”

Silence became the center of attention after that for about a minute or so. Kay knew Shadow was half-glaring at her, still trying to determine whether he trusted her in his territory. Finally his steady footsteps approached her and stopped directly at her back. He’s going to tell me to go back to New Mobotropolis, she thought to herself. Then, I’ll save him the trouble. “I suppose I should get ready to leave.”

Shadow scoffed loudly in reply and said in his petulant voice, “You’re not going anywhere until I’m finished with you.”

His answer took Kay by surprise, but she refused to turn and look at him. Instead she asked, “You’ll train me?”

“I’ll give you a chance, nothing more,” Shadow answered curtly.

I actually didn’t see that coming, Kay noticed. For once the Master Emerald didn’t show me something ahead of time. She smiled to herself for a moment before remembering who stood behind her. Then she calmed herself again and acknowledged his statement with a simple, “Okay.”

There was another moment of silence as Shadow stared down at her curiously. Kay could feel his confusion probing at her, trying to figure her out without speaking. Eventually he gave up and moved to sit beside her, albeit a good distance away.

“What made you so special?” he asked, repeating Commander Tower’s question in his own dark, untrusting way. He stared hard at her, his red eyes scanning her face intently for any sign of faltering. She gave him none and instead turned to look at him as well, her expression calm and stoic. Shadow continued, “Why would the Master Emerald choose you, of all creatures?”

Creatures. It’s nice to know he thinks so highly of me. Kay shrugged and gazed back out at the city with a sigh. “I don’t know. I’m just a girl from...” She stopped, scolded herself again, and finished with, “Well, just a girl.”

Shadow squinted at her. “Where are you from?”

“It doesn’t matter,” she answered quickly. Dang it, Kay, she chided. You have got to stop doing that!

He was getting more and more suspicious, and she knew it. He started to ask, “Are you hiding something?” but stopped mid-sentence when she began to sway a little, clamping her eyes shut and holding her head with one hand. Shadow sat and watched her with growing bewilderment. It seemed there was always something going on with this girl.

Kay, meanwhile, was overwhelmed with images of the future that had officially been erased as of this moment. Instead of reactivating the Genesis Wave as he would have done originally, Eggman was more focused on how to retrieve her now, which tore his thoughts from Dr. Wily, which in turn altered the timeline permanently. Grayscale images of things that were now never to be flashed by so fast and so many voices spoke at once that Kay nearly fell off of the balcony. Shadow noticed her dangerous swaying and caught her arm just before she plunged to the rocky mountain base, holding her tightly as the deceased future passed on and finally left her at a momentary peace.

When it was all over and Kay had opened her eyes once more, Shadow cautiously let go of her arm and then sat back, utterly devoid of speech other than: “What is wrong with you?” Kay didn’t reply; her eyes were focused on a point far out beyond the horizon, seeing nothing for the moment. The future now depended on her. There was nothing to be seen...yet.

Shadow arched an eyebrow and watched her closely, noticing for the first time how drained and besieged she appeared. He sighed, realizing that he would not get answers from her now, and resigned himself to showing compassion for what this newcomer must be going through if she really was the Emerald’s Chosen as she claimed to be. He voiced his observations in a slightly softer tone: “You’re tired.”

“Yes, I am,” came the instant reply. Shadow sighed inwardly and turned his head from her.

“You should rest. We begin early tomorrow.”

“My room was destroyed this morning.”

He turned to look at her again, wondering for a moment if the Master Emerald had taken over her common sense. “We have other rooms.”

She paused for a moment, considering, and then averted her eyes as she muttered, “I don’t know how to get back.”

This girl was hopeless. Shadow scoffed again and stood up. “Come on.”

She slowly followed his lead. Once she was on her feet he made his way to the fracture in the mountainside, assuming she would be right behind him. Just before he could squeeze himself through, however, she asked, “Why did you do it?”

He stopped where he was and turned back to look at her. She still stood on the edge of the balcony; if she were to have another dizzy spell she could easily fall off. “Do what?”

Kay looked him in the eye, her whole mind focused on this moment without any distractions or visions to occupy her. She wanted to know his reason for taking her on, and she wasn’t going to let the Emerald stand in her way.

Shadow looked at her. He didn’t want to make eye contact, for he knew what would happen if he did. Yes, she’d already learned everything about him, but her eyes were blue. That particular shade of blue bothered him for reasons he refused to admit even to himself. He also refused to admit why he had decided to train her. That was for him to know and no one else on Mobius to find out. Instead he frowned and turned away from her.

“Just follow me,” was the only answer he gave. 

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