Last time, on Elemental Chaos, Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the others confronted Mephiles and Squash in a pyramid at the Sandopolis Zone, following the signal of Tails' and Dr. Robotnik's emerald detectors. Just as Mephiles was about to point out Scorch's location, the others quickly interrupted, blocking Squash's path in the process. Afterwards, they all tried convincing the Stone Goddess that she was being deceived by Mephiles all along, and that he was only using her to do his evil bidding for him. Mephiles watched in amusement as their words fell on deaf ears, and as he did, it was revealed (while thinking to himself) that he "hired" Nack the Weasel/Fang the Sniper and Bean the Dynamite to collect the remaining Chaos Emeralds. Shortly afterwards, Mephiles left the room, leaving the heroes to continue squabbling with the Stone Goddess. After a while, however, they did manage to get through to her, and decided to prove that she's been lied to all along, by taking her back into the past to learn about Mephiles' true origin and motives.
Elsewhere, at Dr. Robotnik's Mystic Ruins base, the doctor revealed that he planned on taking advantage of the current situation. While Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes are dealing with Mephiles at the pyramid, Robotnik intends to plant one of his high-tech explosive devices without their knowledge, and killing them all before they have the chance to "know what hit them". Slush then pointed out that it would not only destroy Knuckles and company, but the Scepter of Darkness as well, causing Mephiles to be freed from his imprisonment once again. Robotnik then assured her that this wouldn't happen, since he informed Shock and Storm about the plan, and told them to use their speed to get themselves, as well as the Scepter of Darkness, out of the pyramid before it explodes.
After that, Dr. Nega, who's recently escaped from the mental institution, showed up at Robotnik's base, apologizing for his previous actions and offering a truce. He then formed another partnership with his ancestor, determined to be rid of his enemies once and for all. Despite the apparent remorse that he seems to have for his actions against them in the past, his apology fell on deaf ears with Scorch and Slush, as the two Goddesses still felt that he couldn't be trusted.
Now, the questions still remain: Do Knuckles and the others have what it takes to foil Mephiles' plans for universal destruction once again, for a fourth time? Even if they do, they still have Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Nega to contend with afterwards. Will they be able to muster the energy to defeat the two maniacal doctors? Find out on this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
Robotnik: Just to refresh my memory, you said that the Egg Galaxia, in addition to having two control panels, is also equipped with a second escape pod in case of an emergency, correct?
Nega Robotnik: That's right.
Scorch: Pffft. Knowing him, he probably only installed one. One for himself, that is. *Shifty eyes*
Slush: You said it.
Nega Robotnik: I would do no such thing!
Robotnik: Oh, really? Prove it.
Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee… What's this? You don't trust me either?
Robotnik: Well, Nega, like I said before, I'm keeping an eye on you. We may be partners again for the time being, but that doesn't mean I trust you; at least not entirely.
Nega Robotnik: *Reaches into his coat pocket and takes out a folded piece of paper* These are the original blueprints that I used to create the Egg Galaxia. See for yourself. *Hands it to Robotnik*
Robotnik: *Examines them* Ah, I see! Very good! Alright, let's head over to the Sandopolis Zone to execute our plan!
Scorch: Dr. Robotnik, wait!
Robotnik: Hmm? What is it now, Scorch?
Scorch: There's a chance that Nega may still be lying! Sure, the extra escape pod may have been included in the blueprints, but that doesn't mean he actually bothered to install it in the actual machine!
Slush: You know, that's a good point…
Scorch: Please, Dr Robotnik... Don't go...
Nega Robotnik: Oh, for Pete's sake! *Walks over to the Egg Galaxia, presses a button, and opens the cockpit, showing two escape pods* As you can plainly see, there are TWO escape pods, just as designed it in the blueprints! Satisfied!?
Robotnik: Well, I guess that settles it! Off we go now!
Nega Robotnik: Ugh, NOW what is it!?
Scorch: Well, I, uh…
Scorch: Come back safely okay, Dr. Robotnik?
Robotnik: Of course I will. I may have been beaten in the past, but I never go down that easily! No matter what! *Hops into the Egg Galaxia*
Nega Robotnik: *Same*
After hopping into the Egg Galaxia, the two doctors closed the cockpit, activated the machine's jet boosters, and took off.
Slush: …! *Gasps*
*Cue flashback (from Episode 1, Part 14
You know, I wonder…
Amy: This might sound strange, and by that, I mean VERY strange, but… Does anyone else think that she might have…feelings for Robotnik?
*They all stare at her with blank "WTF?" expressions on their faces*
Amy: Why's everyone looking at me like that?
*A handful of people burst out laughing*
Amy: What's so funny!?
Heavy: HAHAHAHAHAHA… That has to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! Actually, no… Mephiles' bogus "peace and prosperity" claim holds that title, but this one's certainly a worthy contender!
Amy: Oh, come on! Surely, I'm not the ONLY one who saw Scorch blushing after Robotnik gave her that compliment about her looks!?
Ray: No, you're not the only one. I saw it, too.
Amy: Thank you, Ray.
Tiara: …As much as I'd hate to admit it, I think Amy's right about this one. I saw it with my own two eyes.
Amy: You see? Even Boobowski agrees with me!
Slush: (Oh, no… Could Amy, Ray, and that Boobowski girl have been right after all? Could it be that Scorch truly DOES have feelings for Dr. Robotnik!? No, just… NO! That can't be! If so, then what could she possibly SEE in him!? Alright, I'll admit… Even though I've gone behind his back quite a few times, he has kind of grown on me over the weeks, but not to THAT extent! Or maybe that teapot thing was right, and I'm just looking too much into this? If not, then Scorch is only opening herself up to get played for a fool again. It might have been by Dr. Nega the first time, but if my suspicions turn out to be correct, and if Dr. Robotnik discovers this, he may use it to his advantage…)
Scorch: Uhhh, are you okay, Slush? You look almost as if you've seen a ghost or something…
Slush: I'm fine, but tell me honestly, big sis… You don't ACTUALLY have feelings for Robotnik, do you?
Scorch: What, this again!? Of course not! Like I said before, I was trapped for thousands of years, and since Dr. Robotnik was kind enough to release me, I work alongside him as an act of gratitude! Why is that so hard for people to grasp!?
Slush: Alright, if you say so.
Scorch: …You don't believe me, do you?
Slush: Whether I do or not, that isn't important right now. I have some unfinished business to attend to. *Starts walking away*
Scorch: Where are you going?
Slush: I'm going to the Sandopolis Zone to take part in the battle against Mephiles.
Scorch: Really? Are you sure you'll be able to withstand that kind of heat? Sure, you were at the volcano earlier, but only for a few minutes. Fighting against Mephiles will definitely take a lot more time than that. If you're over there for too long, you might end up melting!
Slush: That's a risk I'm willing to take.
Scorch: Why don't I go in your place? Being the Goddess of Fire, I could withstand warm temperatures a lot better.
Slush: I appreciate your concern, but my mind's made up. I can't just sit around and do nothing while everyone else, including Splash, are risking their lives against Mephiles. Also, I don't trust Dr. Nega.
Scorch: Now that you put it that way, I guess you're right. I'll go with you. After all, I have something I owe Mephiles for telling Squash that lie to get me killed!
Slush: Alright then, let's go. You go on ahead, I'll catch up.
Scorch: *Gets a running start, and flies away*
Slush: *Sighs* I certainly hope Scorch is telling the truth about not having feelings for Robotnik… Especially since several of her actions have indicated that it's far more than just an act of gratitude. Ugh, I… I think I'm going to be sick, but I can't worry about that right now. First, I need to get in touch with the Chaotix, and then I need to head over to the Sandopolis Zone. *Takes out her communicator and tries using it* Ah! Oh, no! The battery's dead! I guess I have no choice but to tell them everything in person! But wait… What if the Robotniks end up catching me? I guess that's another risk that I'm going to have to take!
Unable to contact that Chaotix because of her communicator's battery's being dead, Slush wasted no more time and took off, bound for the Sandopolis Zone to assist her friends in battling Mephiles, as well as warning them about the sinister plot that the two doctors have in store for them afterwards. Meanwhile, at the Sandopolis Zone's pyramid, everyone had just got finished returning to their present timeline after showing Squash the truth about Mephiles.
Shadow: So there you have it. We showed you the incidents that took place eleven years ago and last year, as well as last month's, when Iblis was sealed again by Scorch. Now do you understand? When Mephiles sent you to kill her, he wasn't trying to help you create a better future. He was only trying to further his own goal of making all timeframes collapse into nothingness!
Squash: Yes… I understand everything now. It's all clear as day. *Clenches her fist* You guys…were right all along! Everything you've been saying about him was true! Mephiles really HAS been using me all this time! How…how could I've been so blind!? How could I've been so… STUPID!?
Seedra: Now, now… There's no need to start putting yourself down…
Squash: AUUUUGGGHH! *Angrily pounds the ground and smashes through it*
Squash: I'LL KILL HIM! I'LL KILL HIIIIIIIIIIIIIM!!!
Fueled and blinded by rage, Squash started using her powers to cause an earthquake. As a result of the earthquake, the pyramid began to vibrate, and the ceiling began to collapse, with broken pieces of rubble raining down, which Silver caught with his telekinesis.
Sonic: Whoa, Squash! Chill!
Espio: Yes, before you bring down this whole building!
Vector: The buildin'? The entire PLANET is more like it! At least she will at 'DIS rate!
Cream: Please calm down, Miss Squash!
Cheese: Chao, Chao…
Amy: Cream is right! This isn't gonna solve anything!
*Everyone else says something similar*
Squash: HOW CAN YOU PEOPLE POSSIBLY EXPECT ME TO BE CALM AFTER WHAT HE DID!?
Tikal: We understand how you feel, and you have every right to be angry, but taking your anger out on those around you isn't the right way to handle it!
Mighty: Tikal is right. Why don't you save all that for Mephiles?
Wechnia: Now, that only brings us to the question… Exactly where did he go, anyway?
Squash: MEPHILES! WHERE ARE YOU!? COME OUT AND FIGHT ME!
Vector: Good grief! Are ya tryin' ta make our eardrums explode, 'or what!?
Espio: As loud as you often have your music playing, you ought to be used to this by now.
Charmy: Hee hee, "ought to bee used to this". Get it? *Snickers*
Marine: Heh heh! Nice one, mate!
Splash: Yes, very nice, but this isn't the time.
Squash: MEPHILES, DID YOU HEAR ME!? I SAID GET OUT HERE SO I COULD KICK YOUR ASS!!!
*Suddenly, a piercing energy beam is seen flying towards Squash*
Shadow: *Notices it* …! GET DOWN! *Tackles her, and the beam flies pass them and everyone else*
Squash: Shadow… You saved me, but why?
Shadow: It was no special reason. I'm just simply doing what needed to be done. Anyway, Mephiles, where are you!? Go ahead and show yourself!
*A dark mist suddenly appears in front of them, and forms into Mephiles*
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Here I am! Satisfied?
Squash: *Angrily marches up to Mephiles and punches him*
Mephiles: Uhhhhhh! *Stumbles backwards*
Before Mephiles had the chance to regain his composure, Squash continuously and relentlessly started pummeling him with a punching combo, and sent him crashing through the wall after the last hit, burying him under a pile of rubble.
Sonic: Nice one!
*Other people say something similar*
Tiara: Yeah, that's for sure! He definitely deserved that.
Amy: I think even THAT was too good for him.
Splash: I couldn't have put it any better myself. Our trip back into the past certainly told me a lot about Mephiles, as well, which I didn't know before. Sure, I helped deal with him and Iblis last month, but I had no idea what his true personality was like, since he was in that deranged mindstate. Honestly, people like him just make me SICK! After all HE'S done, he doesn't even DESERVE to live! I'm no fan of Dr. Robotnik, but he's FAR less despicable than Mephiles is!
Tikal: That's the same thing I said before.
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHA… *Slowly stands up again* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Vector: …Am I missin' somethin', here? What're ya laughin' about!? You just got the crap kick out've ya!
Charmy: He did the same thing last year, after Knuckles and Rouge sent him flying from the altar!
Tails: He must be some kind of sick masochist, then.
Bomb: A masochist is someone who enjoys having pain inflicted on them.
Charmy: Whoa, he really IS crazy!
Heavy: Really? What was your first clue?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHA! To answer the question, I would just like to point out how amusing I think this is…
Squash: What's amusing, me pounding your face?
Mephiles: I'm talking about the sheer irony of this situation. *Turns to Splash* Do you honestly think that Scorch is any better than me?
Splash: What do you mean!?
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What, don't tell me you didn't know? Thousands of years ago, she, too, attempted to destroy this world!
Mephiles: But don't just take MY word for it… I'm sure SHE could tell you all about it. *Points to Tikal*
Tikal: That may be true, but Scorch has changed a lot since then. You, on the other hand, haven't changed one bit! You're still the same cruel, heartless monster you've always been!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHA… Yes, she's "changed" so much that she's been hatching world domination schemes alongside that scientist.
Squash: Oh, shut up! I've heard enough! Your mind games aren't going to work anymore, Mephiles! I don't want to hear ANYTHING else you have to say! Just stop talking and fight already!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Then so be it! I'm not in the least bit bothered by the fact that they've turned you against me, and do you know why? It's because you're expendable. Not only am I perfectly capable of ending Scorch's pathetic life myself, but I already have two others on the lookout for the remaining Chaos Emeralds. So, in short, Squash, the Goddess of Stone, you are no longer of any use to me! *Powers up a blue energy ball* Prepare yourself for a one-way ticket to oblivion!
Squash: We'll see about that! *Runs toward Mephiles, raising her fist* HAAAAAAAAH!
Mephiles: DIE! *Blasts her*
Squash: Uhhhhhhhhh! *Falls backwards*
Seedra: Squash! Are you okay?
Squash: I'm fine… *Gets back up* Everyone, stay back and leave him to me! I owe Mephiles for what he did, and I'm going to pay him back in full!
Shadow: Sorry, but we can't do that. We have a few things we owe him as well.
Squash: But you don't understand… I'M the one responsible for freeing him in the first place, so it's up to ME to stop him again!
Sonic: I understand where you're coming form, but around here, things don't work out that way. We're all in on this together! Now, let's show that creep the REAL superpower of teamwork!
Squash: …Fine. Just don't get in my way.
Mephiles: DROWN IN DARKNESS!
After shouting those words, Mephiles once again used his powers to transform the floor everyone was standing on into a pool of dark liquid. Shortly afterwards, two large, shadowy hands grabbed everyone, constricting them of any movement.
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! At last, I finally have you bothersome insects right where I want you! You can't move now, can you? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! How convenient for me! Now that you are unable to dodge my attacks, killing you will be much easier!
Espio: Ihhh…! You coward!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHA! As simple as it would be to kill you right here and now, I have something a little more…satisfying in mind. Considering the fact that I've known a majority of you for at least a year now, and you've gotten in my way at each in every turn, I personally think a quick death is too good for you. Especially you, Shadow the Hedgehog, my nemesis of eleven years!
*The hands start squeezing them*
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHA… HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Once again, it looks like the heroes have gotten themselves in another tight situation. Will they ever be able to break loose from grasp of the dark, liquefied creature that Mephiles summoned? If so, will they be able to muster the strength to defeat their deadly adversary once and for all? Even if they do, will they be prepared for the two Robotniks, who are on their way? Speaking of a which, will Slush be able to warn the heroes in time before the doctors' plan is put into effect…without blowing her cover? Find out next time on Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
To "bee" continued…