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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21. Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty

 

Knuckles led Kay on a walk across the island in silence, his words sinking in and making her wonder about what awaited her in the future. The constant images flashing inside of her mind and the occasional waves of nausea that accompanied them was bad enough – what more was there? Would she lose her power when it was all over? That didn’t worry her so much...but then she wondered if she would be sent back home once her job was finished.

She decided she didn’t want to think about it.

Finally Knuckles stopped on the edge of the island, turning his head to look at her. “Shall we?”

Kay frowned in confusion. “Where are we going?”

“I’m taking you to the library in Albion.”

“Albion? But...” Kay trailed off for a moment, choosing her next words carefully so as not to hurt him any more than he already was. “I thought Eggman destroyed it all.”

Knuckles was silent for a long moment before he said quietly, “Everything that was on the surface.”

She blinked. “Oh.”

He lifted himself from the ground effortlessly, floating a few inches above the surface of the island. “Let’s go.”

“Uh...” Kay was surprised by his words. “I can’t glide like you can, Knuckles.”

Knuckles just looked at her. “Your connection to the Master Emerald is even stronger than mine. You can glide.”

“Well...I don’t know how to, I guess,” she muttered, feeling silly about it. She had learned how to block out the excess images on her own; shouldn’t she be able to learn how to glide on her own as well?

“Then consider this your first lesson,” he said, holding out his hand to her.

Kay slowly placed her hand in his, then glanced down at the long drop between the island and the surface of Mobius. “What do I do?”

“Just step off the edge. The Emerald will take care of the rest.” When she hesitated, he added, “Trust me, Kay.”

She did trust him, and so with her heart pounding nervously in her chest, she clutched his hand and walked off the edge of Angel Island.

She didn’t fall. Instead she felt a large power surge flow through her, not unlike the one that had occurred before she broke the roboticizer back on the Death Egg II. Kay gasped in shock, never letting go of Knuckles’ firm grip on her. When it finally dawned on her that she was actually floating in midair, she breathed, “Whoa.” With a glance back at the island, she shook her head in amazement. “This is crazy...I almost don’t believe it.”

“Ready to try it on your own?” he asked her, loosening his hold slightly. Kay took a deep breath in and gradually let her hand slide from his.

She immediately began falling.

Before she could react, though, she felt herself collide into something and was surprised to find herself suddenly in Knuckles’ arms. He was smirking at her, trying to hold back a laugh. “Well, you do have to concentrate a little bit.” Kay let out a nervous chuckle, looking up to see how far she had fallen and realizing it hadn’t been that far. He must have moved fast. “Maybe I should help you out this time.”

Kay nodded her consent. Knuckles eased her from his arms and took her hand again as he had before, giving it a small tug and encouraging her to follow. She did so more or less without effort. The Master Emerald really was taking care of most of the work, and now that Knuckles had a hold on her again, she didn’t have to worry so much about falling to her death.

As the two of them slowly glided down away from the island and towards the ruins of Albion, Kay glanced out at the quiet night sky and took it all in with wonder. There was no view like this back home. All she could see here was the black sky filled with glittering stars and a sliver of the moon. Below her the dark shape of the land rose and fell on one side of her, and the ocean glittered on the other. It was beautiful.

A few minutes later Kay noticed that they were getting closer and closer to their destination. Even in the pitch black of the night she could make out the ruins of the great city once known as Albion. Her heart ached for Knuckles, feeling his sadness and anger.

Once they were within a few feet of the ground she took her hand from his, concentrating harder this time so she didn’t plummet to the earth. He landed gracefully, always keeping an eye on her in case he was needed. He didn’t speak, however, and simply let her attempt the landing on her own. She did pretty well, all things considered – except for the moment her feet hit the ground after having been floating uselessly in the air for so long. Kay was so focused on gliding without falling that she forgot she had to transfer her thoughts to keeping her balance once she landed. She stumbled into Knuckles, who caught her once again.

“You all right?” he asked. Kay straightened herself and nodded. “Come on. The library is this way.” That being said, he turned and began leading her away.

They stepped over several fallen beams and climbed heaps of rubble with almost every step they took. In her mind Kay envisioned this place as it once was, standing tall and proud in the sun, with echidnas everywhere you looked, going about their daily lives without fear. She sighed wistfully, wishing she could have seen it before.

Finally they reached the library entrance. Knuckles grabbed onto a large slab of mostly flat rock, heaving it to the side with his exceptional strength. Then he muttered a phrase under his breath, and an emerald green light appeared, illuminating the path in front of them for a few paces. Knuckles waved his hand at her, motioning for them to enter, and they did so silently.

Once inside Knuckles pushed his right hand forward, causing the light to spread and illuminate the entire room. It wasn’t very bright, but even in the dim glow she could see shelves of books everywhere, as far as the eye could see. Kay gasped and stared, turning in a full circle to get a glimpse of all there was to set eyes on. It was a fantastic sight.

“That is a lot of books,” she said, still gaping at the new environment.

“I thank Aurora all of the important ones are still intact,” Knuckles replied, taking a book from one of the first shelves and leading her to a nearby table. He set the book down and motioned for her to sit next to him. She did so as he began to speak. “This is a book of every Albion prophecy ever recorded.” He opened the front cover and then began to sift through the pages. Eventually he stopped at a page that showed three echidnas with the Master Emerald, meditating in its presence. “Apparently the ancient Albions looked into the far future and saw a terrible darkness threaten to consume our world. But they also saw a bright light rise up to meet and overthrow this darkness. They prophesized that the Master Emerald would choose its warrior and give that individual the skills they needed to protect Mobius from...” He paused, hesitating. “From the approaching evil. Now, hundreds of years later...” Knuckles turned the page. “The Master Emerald has chosen you.”

Kay gasped. This page contained a picture of her; everything from her copper quills to her purple top and blue pants was accounted for. It was incredible, and it took her completely by surprise. “How on earth did they know...?”

“They didn’t,” Knuckles told her quickly. “The ancients left this page for the Guardians, so when the Chosen came, we could place them in our history. I drew this picture of you, Kay.” She took a moment to look it over again, admiring the detail that had gone into it. In the picture she was looking out at the reader with calm eyes and a small smile. Kay was impressed that he had managed to capture her personality as well as her physical features. After a few moments Knuckles continued, “The ancients said the Chosen would be unique. I just didn’t realize this meant ‘not echidna.’”

Kay frowned, wondering if he was upset that a hedgehog had been chosen instead of an echidna, or if he was simply stating a fact. Then suddenly she remembered why they were down here in the first place and turned to look at him, searching his eyes for any clues. “So...the part I’m not going to like?”

His expression darkened. “Your opponent.”

He turned the page one more time.

Kay felt her heart stop, then suddenly beat so fast she was sure she would pass out. She panicked. There was no way. There was just no way. She opened her mouth to speak, but for several moments nothing came out. At last she managed to exclaim, “It’s...it’s...!”

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