|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #2|
December 17, 2012
Previously, on the second Christmas Special, Metal Sonic Version 3.0 suddenly came crashing through the window of Cream and Vanilla's house as they and many others were in the process of having a Christmas gathering. Oddly, for some reason, Three-Point Zero began targeting Vanilla, of all people, apparently with the intention of taking her life! However, he then went on to claim that the "Vanilla" he was after was none other than an impostor. Not very long afterwards, he ended up getting into a fight with Vector the Crocodile, who was determined to protect her from Metal Sonic 3.0. After a short battle, he ended up sending Three-Point Zero flying.
Shortly before the battle began, the Fire Goddess, Scorch ended up catching a glimpse of a rather sinister-looking smirk on Vanilla's face, which caused her to have second thoughts about Metal Sonic 3.0's claim. After realizing this, she, along with Syndra, Cream, Cheese, and Chocola, decided to go after Three-Point Zero to get some answers. After they found him, he then explained his side of story, and went on to say that he knew the true identity of the one who's impersonating Vanilla.
A little while after Metal Sonic 3.0 flew off to take care of his "unfinished business", Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, E-123 Omega, EG-001/Squash, the Goddess of Stone, and the original Metal Sonic showed up. Scorch then informed the five of them of the situation, and the group of (anti-)heroes began heading for Vanilla's house at all due speed, determined to expose "Vanilla" as the fraud they truly believe "her" to be.
Now, the questions remain… If what Metal Sonic 3.0 says is true, what is the true identity of the impostor? For what reason has he or she began impersonating Vanilla? What has become of the real one? Find out in this exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #2!
Here, we begin this part of the story at the house, with everyone sitting at a table, enjoying the feast that "Vanilla" (has somehow) cooked and prepared for them.
Splash: I don't know whether or not I've ever told you this before, but you're a very good cook!
Charmy: Yeah, your food is always really, REALLY good, Vanilla!
Vector: Yep, it's some o' the best I've evah tasted!
*The others compliment "her" cooking, too*
"Vanilla": Why, thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it!
Splash: You're most welcome.
"Vanilla": (Yes, do enjoy this meal while you can, for it will be your last…)
Honey: Is something the matter, Espio?
Espio: Yes, it's about Metal Sonic 3.0 showing up here earlier... *Looks toward "Vanilla"* Are you certain that you have absolutely no idea why he's after you?
"Vanilla": No, I sure don't. I've been wondering the same thing ever since that happened! Why do you ask?
Espio: I'm merely curious, that's all. I just find it odd that he'd start targeting you all of a sudden, when his target is normally the original Metal Sonic…
Storm: Strangely enough, he did claim that the "Vanilla" we see before us is an imposter, but I have yet to see any evidence of that so far.
"Vanilla": I don't see where he could have possibly gotten that idea, either! I mean, really, now… If that were to happen, what could he or she possibly hope to gain by pretending to be little old me?
Knuckles: I don't know, but something tells me that he's definitely gonna be back, there's no question about that.
Vector: Well, whenevah he does decide to show 'is face again, I'd be happy to give 'em some more! There's no way I'm lettin' him do any harm to ya, Vanilla!
"Vanilla": Why, thank you, Vector. That truly does mean a lot.
Vector: A-Anytime! I-It's nothin', really! ^^;;
Charmy: *Whispers to Marine* He always acts really funny around her, don't you think so, Marine? *Snickers*
Marine: Yep, sure do! *Snickers, too*
Vector: *Glares at them*
Charmy: We weren't saying anything!
Marine: That's right! Nothin' to see here, mate!
*They stick their tongues at Heavy*
Heavy: Ooh. You sure showed me.
Bomb: Hey, Heavy. Just now, I got this wild and crazy idea! How about NOT being a dick for a change?
Splash: You took the words right out of my mouth.
Heavy: Pffft. Whatever.
Later on that evening…
*Shadow and company burst through the door*
"Vanilla": Hmm? *Turns around* Why, hello there! It IS customary to knock before entering one's house, you know, but still... I'm so glad you were all able to make it! There's plenty of food that we have prepared at the table, so please, do help yourselves to whatever you'd like.
*They glare at "her"*
"Vanilla": …Is something the matter?
Shadow: Don't bother trying to deceive us! We know exactly who you truly are!
Sonic: Geez, Shadow…you, too?
Vector: Fa cryin' out loud, what's the deal wit' everybody sayin' she's an impostor!? There hasn't been even the slightest indication of it so far!
Mighty: Yeah, you guys, seriously. I swear, this is like me getting mistaken for Sonic all over again!
Silver: …You just HAD to bring THAT up again, didn't you?
Mighty: I don't mean just you. The same goes for Vector, too.
Vector: Oh, for cryin' out loud! It ain't like I was the only one! Knuckles, Charmy, 'n' Espio were in on that, too!
Espio: Yes, but as I recall, that entire thing was YOUR idea.
Knuckles: Yes, and what a complete waste of time that turned out to be.
Vector: Geez, ya guys, why not just give it a rest, already? That was a long freakin' time ago!
Porkenstein: So, anyway, back to the matter at hand… *Looks toward Shadow and company* That Three-Point Zero wanker came here earlier, making that exact same accusation about Vanilla. Now, keep in mind, I'm not outright calling you liars or anything of the sort, but I'm merely curious as to whether or not you have any proof regarding this.
Rouge: You're saying that you'd like to see some proof, Professor? Well, here it is. *Points her thumb towards the entrance as Scorch, Syndra, and Cream come in with the real Vanilla*
Charmy: Wow, now there're two Vanillas!
Metal Sonic: Now, with that out of the way, you can cease the charade. Reveal your true self… Four-Point Zero!
"Vanilla": Hmm hmm hmm hmm! Alright, very well, then. You are absolutely correct. I'm not Vanilla.
*A poof of smoke appears as "Vanilla" changes back into his true form, which is a green and black clone of Metal Sonic*
Metal Sonic 4.0: I am indeed Metal Sonic Version 4.0!
Woodra: Whoa! All this time, it was right there, before our very eyes, but we didn't even realize!
Metal Sonic 4.0: Hmph. *Looks toward Team Dark, Scorch, Syndra, and Cream* So, you pests have managed to see through my clever disguise. Not only that, but you've also manage to find where the real Vanilla was hidden. Very impressive! Unfortunately for you, absolutely none of that matters in the least anymore.
Vector: Whadda ya mean, huh!?
*The others ask something similar*
Vanilla: Yes, and would you mind telling me how I got wrapped up in all of this, and why you felt the need to kidnap and impersonate me!?
Metal Sonic 4.0: Very well. I will explain everything. It all started with a brand new copy chip that Doctor Nega invented, which not only allows the user to imitate one's appearance and abilities, but their memories, as well! After my humiliating loss at the hands of those two obsolete pests all those months ago, I was no longer in possession of the data that I once had. So, I opted to not only get back what I've lost, but to also obtain additional data.
A week ago, after using the Doctor's dimensional camera to make my way into this dimension, I found myself in a random location, which just so happened to be the outside of this house. I peeked through the window in order to find someone to morph into as a means of testing the new chip. As you've most likely perceived already, Vanilla was the first one that I laid eyes upon, and I decided to shapeshift into her. After doing so, I ended up gaining her thoughts and memories, and from there, I acquired the knowledge of a Christmas gathering that was held a year prior to this one.
That's when the idea came to me… That was the way to obtain the data I desired! By impersonating Vanilla, I would be able to host a "gathering" of my own as a means of deceiving everyone, and luring them into the same spot, and it worked! So, I've decided to send out invitations to everyone, forging her name in the process. Then, when the day finally came, that's when I decided to strike, and have Vanilla captured, so that my plan would go exactly as I imagined it! Pure genius, wasn't it? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…
*Everyone glares at him*
Metal Sonic 4.0: With that out of the way, I'm free to proceed with my plan, and take it into the next step! By that, I mean conquering this planet, of course! Not only this one, but all others throughout the galaxy! With all this data at my disposal, ranging from what I originally lost, plus the abilities of both sets of Elemental Goddesses and many others, I stand alone as the ultimate, unrivaled power in the universe! Not even the "Double-Oh-Fives" have what it takes to contend with me!
Silvra: Would you like to place a wager on that!? *Fire surrounds her fist as she clenches it*
Sonic: You won't get away with this, faker!
*The others say something in agreement with that*
Metal Sonic 4.0: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, but that's where you're mistaken, my friends… I already have! Now, before we proceed, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your valiant contributions. You've all served your purpose, and you've served it well…
Tornada: Huh!? We've "served [our] purpose", you say!? What are you getting at!?
Metal Sonic 4.0: I'm getting at the fact that I have everything that I need from you, and as of this moment, you are no longer of any use or value to me! As such, I see no further reason for you to live! *Starts to glow, briefly transforms into something similar to the "Neo" form that Metal Sonic had in Heroes, teleports outside, and then starts undergoing another transformation*
*An earthquake starts to occur*
Off in the distance…
Metal Blaze: Can you sense that power reading, Brother?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Yes, Metal Sonic 4.0 must have already revealed his true identity to those cretins. If we act now, we should be able to get there in time! *Fires up his jet booster and speeds up*
Metal Blaze: *Does the same*
Bean: Ghhhh…! *Climbing out of the hole*
*They feel the force of the earthquake, and end up losing their grip*
Bean: W-Whoa! WHOOOOOOAAAAAAH! *Falls*
Nack: NODDA 'GAAAAAAAIIIINNNN! *Falls, too*
*They hit the ground with a loud thump again*
Bean: OH, COME ON!
Meanwhile, in a mountainous region…
Goldra: *Purple binary digits appear in the place of her pupils* Hmm? What's…what's this I'm sensing? This power reading… It's off the scale! Who or where could this possibly be coming from!? I haven't detected anything like this since Silvra somehow ended up getting that power boost during our first battle! But…it couldn't possibly be her, could it…? Something tells me I should check this out… *Gets a running start, leaps off the mountain, and flies off*
Just as Goldra was hurrying over to the outside of Vanilla's house, Metal Sonic 4.0 has finished undergoing his monstrous "Overlord" transformation.
Metal Overlord 4.0: HAHAHAHAHAHA… Behold the unfathomable power I possess!
Heavy: …Another of this kind of transformation? Ooh, now THERE goes something that's brimming with originality!
Bomb: Uh, I think that's the LEAST of our worries right now, Heavy…
Metal Overlord 4.0: As of tonight, no longer shall I, Metal Sonic Version 4.0, be nothing more than a lowly servant of the Doctor's! When this battle concludes, I shall become the supreme ruler of the universe! Now, shall we get started? I have all I need now…to begin the creation of my glorious, galactic empire!
So then, the battle began. Metal Sonic 4.0 started things off by firing a beam of psychic energy at the group, which they've managed to spread out and dodge. Shortly afterwards, they all charged towards and attacked him, but unfortunately for the heroes, it had no affect on Four-Point Zero.
Metal Overlord 4.0: *Swings his large iron tail, and bashes them with it*
Metal Overlord 4.0: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What, is that all the power you possess? Pathetic!
Metal Sonic: *Czzzzt!* You can stay as overconfident as you wish; you'll only wind up the same as Three-Point Zero has multiple times already.
Sonic: Don't forget to add yourself to the list!
Metal Sonic: Silence, faker.
Sonic: What? YOU'RE the faker!
Metal Sonic: I'm the original! YOU'RE an organic copy!
*They argue back and forth, while everyone (including Four-Point Zero) sweatdrops*
Blaze: Listen, you two! It doesn't matter which of you is the original or which of you is the copy! The only thing that matters right now is putting a stop to HIM! *Points to Four-Point Zero*
Metal Sonic: …
Silver: Blaze is right, you guys! If we don't do something about him, this world will be destroyed!
Sonic: Yeah, I guess you're right.
Charmy: Oh, no! Our attacks still aren't working, you guys! What're we gonna do!?
Mighty: Blaze, did you bring the Sol Emeralds, like you did last year?
Blaze: Unfortunately, I didn't this time…
Knuckles: Well, how about the Lunar Emeralds? *Looks toward Luna*
Luna: Sorry, but no. I didn't have any way of knowing something like this was going to happen…
Metal Overlord 4.0: Aww, now isn't that a shame? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! With or without them, so what? It wouldn't have made even the slightest bit of difference, because you are still going to perish! *Starts charging up a large beam of energy* HAHAHAHAHAHA! This is it! Prepare to meet your end, fools!
*Metal Sonic 4.0 is suddenly frozen in time*
Shadow: What just happened? Was that…Chaos Control?
*Metal Sonic 3.0 and Metal Blaze walk up to the group*
Scorch: Three-Point Zero, you finally made it back here! I'll take it that finding her was the "unfinished business" you had to take care of?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Not exactly. I just happened to run into her again on the way. THIS is the "unfinished business" I spoke of. *Holds out three of the Chaos Emeralds*
Metal Blaze: *Holds out the next three* Unfortunately, we were unable to find the seventh…
Shadow: You mean this one? *Holds out the green emerald*
Knuckles: Alright! That's all seven of them!
Charmy: Yay! Now we could go super!
Sonic: Alright! Let's show that creep the REAL super power of teamwork!
Well, it would appear as if Metal Sonic 3.0 and Metal Blaze have shown up right on time! Even with the power of the Chaos Emeralds, will our heroes be able to stand a chance against Metal Sonic Version 4.0 and his monstrous, overwhelming power? Find out on the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #2!
To "bee" continued…