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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13. Chapter Twelve

Chapter Twelve

 

Oh, great, Kay thought as she sat up in bed bright and early the next morning. I get to tell Shadow and Rouge what happened last night. She stood up slowly and smoothed down her quills somewhat (though she knew she didn’t have to), making her way to the door. I feel terrible already. Rouge is the only one who has actually been teaching me; Shadow has just been testing the skills I’ve learned. How on Mobius am I going to explain this to her?

As always, she ventured down into the G.U.N. cafeteria for a light breakfast. She’d learned quickly that eating heavy before a training session was not a good idea. The other agents had all stared at her at first, as if they’d never seen a Mobian in their HQ before. Within a couple of days their eyes found something else to look at, though, and Kay was left alone. She did her best to stay away from the humans. Even Hope, who had tried to talk to her a few times since her arrival.

I’m stalling, Kay thought to herself as she finished up and practically crawled her way to the never-ending maze of hallways that would lead her to the training room. She always liked to practice what she would say in situations like this beforehand, that way she could clear her mind and plant herself firmly in her decision before making contact with anyone. Only this time she couldn’t seem to focus on anything. The Master Emerald was still showing her everything.

She was slowly learning to control what and how much she saw at once. It took some doing on her part, and she usually ended up with a headache afterwards, but she could focus on one particular event and watch it unfold in real time without any other images distracting her. She didn’t prefer doing so, however. She had tried that once before to see what Espio and the Chaotix were doing, and she was so dizzy she couldn’t do anything but lie down for three hours after that. Therefore she had decided only to focus on one thing if the situation was dire.

The good news was that she could dampen the Emerald’s strength to a certain degree without any painful consequences. Kay had slowly begun to limit her visions only to what was necessary. She didn’t watch Mobians she didn’t know or know of – that was an invasion of privacy besides being just plain awkward. Instead she watched Team Freedom, Team Fighters, Team Chaotix, and the few villains she had met during her stay. This kept her from being too overwhelmed and also alerted her to incoming dangers much faster. And as a bonus, there were no headaches to accompany her concentration in this manner.

Every once in a while the Emerald would still show her an image outside of her limits when it was important. Right now, for example, Kay noticed that Silver the Hedgehog had recently joined Team Fighters on their rescue mission. Sparks flew between him and Sonic at first, but after a brief talk they settled on a truce and got back to work.

She was standing right outside of the training room now. She had stopped just before the open doorway to try and focus on what she was going to say and do within the next few minutes. After a short while of standing there and not coming up with any solutions, she shrugged helplessly and turned the corner.

“There you are,” Rouge said almost instantly. Kay glanced up and saw that she and Shadow were standing in a corner near the weights. The bat was already walking towards her and Shadow, as usual, remained where he was, half-glaring at her. “We were beginning to wonder if you were coming today.”

Here goes nothing. Kay took a deep breath, her heart pounding with nervous energy, and said, “I need to talk to you guys.”

“Well, here we are,” Rouge said with a half smile, putting her hands on her hips. “What’s up?”

“I...I received a vision from the Master Emerald last night,” Kay muttered, still racking her brain for what to say. When nothing came up (again), she sighed. Aurora help me. “I want you to know that I am very grateful for your taking the time to teach me...but—”

“You’re giving up, aren’t you?” Shadow asked gruffly, almost making it sound like a statement. Kay felt a flash of anger and frowned at him.

“I most certainly am not,” she replied firmly. He crossed his arms and watched her, waiting expectantly for her to continue. She decided to just relay what Athair had told her to her trainers and hope for the best. “Hand-to-hand combat skills are useless against the enemy I will face. I realize now that what I really need is someone to teach me to control Chaos.”

Shadow’s eyebrows shot up, surprising Kay more than she had apparently surprised him. The dark hedgehog exchanged glances with Rouge before settling back into his standard scowl and turning a cold gaze on his student. “You’re kidding, right?”

Kay looked him in the eye and answered, “No, I’m not.”

Shadow frowned and walked forward to stand beside his partner. “Who do you think you are?” He demanded. “You can’t expect me to fall for that. Chaos Control isn’t something people can just learn. It’s something that has to be given.” To Rouge he said, “Could you imagine if all Mobians could tap into the Chaos Force?” He shifted his glare back to Kay. “The entire world would be a battlefield!”

Kay was confused. “It’s given?”

“Of course it is.”

She remembered her conversation with Athair. Why hadn’t he told her about this? “Then...that means I already have it...?”

Shadow crossed his arms again. “Maybe.”

“But...I don’t know how to use it.”

“Which is why you need a teacher.”

Kay looked at him. “Which is why I’m coming to you.”

Shadow scoffed, smirking a little. “Don’t bet on it.” Then he turned his back to her.

“Shadow.” Rouge finally spoke up after having observed the scene in silent contemplation. She titled her head to look into her partner’s eyes as she spoke. He inclined his own to show that he was listening as she said, “If she really is the Emerald’s Chosen, then based off  of what you’ve told me she’s going to need help to do her job.”

Now Kay was really confused. “You’ve heard of the Albion prophecy?”

Shadow held Rouge’s gaze for a few moments longer before rotating himself around to look back at her once again. “Yes,” he replied curtly, “but I don’t believe that you are the Emerald’s Chosen. Why would the Master Emerald choose someone who has never set foot on a battlefield?”

“Well, obviously she’s learning,” Rouge offered in Kay’s defense, “and it seems she already has the power she needs. She just requires some assistance in knowing how to use it.”

Shadow regarded Kay quietly, his eyes betraying nothing. A long stretch of silence passed over the trio. Finally, Kay sighed and averted her eyes as she spoke again. “I know you think I’m not worth your time, but this is Mobius we’re talking about. It’s not just a city or even a few people. It’s the entire world.”

The black hedgehog said nothing, continuing to observe her in stony silence. After another period of tense waiting, he gave his reply when he scoffed and turned his back to her a second time.

What do I do? Kay wondered, her heart going crazy. I need his help. He’s the ultimate life-form – the best candidate for the job – and he’s the only Chaos controller within a hundred miles right now. She bit her lip and said quietly, “Please, Shadow. I need your help. Everyone’s fate could depend on you.”

Shadow the Hedgehog whirled around so fast and with such intensity that both Kay and Rouge took a startled step back. He stared at her with wide – almost fearful – eyes, which worried Kay to the point where she was certain her heart would pound its way out of her chest.

“What?” she asked nervously. Shadow tore his gaze from her, his eyes darting all over the room in an almost panicked manner. Now Kay was scared. “What?!”

At long last he seemed to calm down, and his frightened expression was quickly erased as if it had never been. What replaced it this time was pure, red-hot anger. He jerked his head back towards her, glaring daggers, and strode in her direction with such speed that Kay didn’t have time to think. Within moments she had backed into something hard, truly terrified of the black hedgehog for the first time. He stopped right in front of her, pinning her against the wall, and bared his teeth in an furious snarl.

I refuse,” he growled. Then suddenly he was gone, a blast of wind following in his wake.

Kay was so scared she was actually trembling. Her knees felt as though they would give out at any moment. She glanced at Rouge, who stood paralyzed, her eyes wide in both fear and confusion. Kay could barely find the voice to ask, “What did I say?”

Rouge shook her head in response, just as perplexed as her student.

Kay frowned and glanced out into the hallway, confusion overruling her fright. What did I say? 

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