|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #3|
December 12, 2013
On the previous Elements of Power Christmas Special, Cream the Rabbit, Vanilla, and their Chao, Cheese, and Chocola opted to have a second Christmas gathering, inviting many of their friends over once again. As always, these “friends” consisted of the Chaotix team, along with Sonic the Hedgehog and several others, including newcomers like the Parallel Goddesses, the Ringstar Island guardian, Luna the Porchidna, and Scorch’s distant descendant, Syndra, the Goddess of Lava. For the most part, everyone was enjoying themselves, and things seemed perfectly normal. That is, until Dr. Nega’s Metal Sonic copy, Metal Sonic Version 3.0 made an unexpected, dramatic appearance. The moment he entered the house, he suddenly began targeting Vanilla, of all people!
Utterly lost for an explanation, everyone began questioning Metal Sonic 3.0, wanting to know what his reasons and motives were for going after Vanilla. Unfortunately for them, Metal Sonic 3.0 did not feel as if he was at liberty to explain himself to “vermin” such as the heroes. Despite this, however, he ended up answering their question by accusing Vanilla of being an impostor. Although she claimed to have no idea what he was talking about, Vanilla’s words ended up falling on deaf ears. As such, Vector the Crocodile, who was determined to protect Vanilla, ended up engaging Three-Point Zero in battle, with the former emerging victorious.
Shortly before the aforementioned battle took place, Scorch ended up noticing a rather sinister-looking expression on Vanilla’s face, which ultimately caused her to have second thoughts about Metal Sonic 3.0’s claim. Figuring that he wouldn’t mind explaining anything to her (since she’s one of the few people that are considered “respectable” in Three-Point Zero’s eyes), Scorch (followed by Cream, Cheese, and Syndra) decided to go follow him in order to get the answers they needed. When they caught up to him, Metal Sonic 3.0 then explained to the four of them that “Vanilla” was not who she appeared to be, and that he knew the identity of her impersonator.
After revealing that information to them, Metal Sonic 3.0 quickly took off to take care of some “unfinished business” of his. Shortly after his departure, Team Dark, which consists of Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, and E-123 Omega, plus EG-001/Squash, the Goddess of Stone and the original Metal Sonic, ended up walking by. Scorch then informed them about everything that’s been going on, including the information that Three-Point Zero just relayed to her. Wasting no time, the group of anti-heroes began heading to the house right away in order to expose “Vanilla” as the fraud they believed “her” to be.
When they got to the house, the group managed to rescue the real Vanilla on the way, and showed her to everyone as proof that Metal Sonic 3.0’s claim was correct. No longer seeing a point to continuing the charade, the impostor revealed himself to everyone as Dr. Nega’s second Metal Sonic copy, Metal Sonic Version 4.0. From there, he elaborated on his plan, stating that he originally impersonated Vanilla as a means of testing the new control chip that Dr. Nega created. According to Metal Sonic 4.0, that chip not only copies one’s appearance and abilities, but their memories, as well. From there, he ended up gaining knowledge of the first Christmas gathering that they had a year prior, and figured that the best way to obtain the data he desired was to host one of his own. After realizing this, Four-Point Zero began sending out invitations, inviting as many people as possible in hopes of stealing their data to further his own powers. When the day finally came, Metal Sonic 4.0 waited until Vanilla was alone to capture her, so that his plan would go exactly as he imagined it.
When Metal Sonic 4.0 was finished explaining his story to the heroes, he then went on to say that he was taking his plan into the next step, which was not only conquering their planet, but the entire universe, as well (since he was no longer content with being a “lowly servant” of Dr. Nega’s). After thanking the heroes for their “valiant contributions”, Metal Sonic 4.0 told them that they’ve “served [their] purpose” and were no longer of any use to him. As such, he did not think they had any further reason to live, and opted to dispose of them accordingly. Using the data he’s obtained, Metal Sonic 4.0 underwent a monstrous “Overlord” transformation and engaged the heroes in battle. Unfortunately for them, Four-Point Zero ended up gaining the upper hand, and was impervious to their attacks.
Just when it seemed as if all hope was lost, Metal Sonic 3.0 and his “sister”, Metal Blaze showed up with six of the Chaos Emeralds, and had 4.0 frozen in time. Shadow then united his emerald with the other six, allowing himself and the rest of the heroes to undergo “super” transformations, which gave them the power they needed to go toe-to-toe with the monstrous machine. With further assistance from the Multi-Elemental Goddess, PG-005/Goldra, as well as all those who helped gather rings to sustain the super forms, the heroes were able to triumph in the end, sending Metal Sonic 4.0 plummeting to his (supposed) doom.
After a brief moment of celebrating, it was soon revealed that Metal Sonic 4.0 was still alive, albeit heavily damaged. Although he was on the verge of power failure, Four-Point Zero declared that he was not going to die alone, and that the heroes were going to go with him. Using the data he’s copied from Silver, Metal Sonic 4.0 caught everyone in a telekinetic grip and activated the high-tech explosive device within his body, which was comprised of radioactive energy.
Although the explosion was rapidly spreading, and just when it seemed as if everyone was staring death right in the face, Shadow used the power of the seven Chaos Emeralds to Chaos Control himself and everyone else away from the explosion, causing Four-Point Zero to die alone, thus putting an end to him and his nefarious scheme once and for all. With Metal Sonic Version 4.0 out of the picture, the real Vanilla invited everyone back to the house for a real Christmas gathering; in celebration of both the holiday season and their hard-earned victory.
So far, one year has passed since this incident, and yet another Christmas gathering was being held. As always, Amy Rose, Big the Cat, and EG-005/Silvra were the first ones over, helping out with the decorations.
Cream: *Places a star on top of the tree* There, all done!
Vanilla: I’d say that about does it for the decorations, wouldn’t you say?
Vanilla: Once again, I thank you all for your help. I truly appreciate it.
Big: Mm hmm.
Amy: You’re most welcome.
Silvra: Yeah, Vanilla. It was our pleasure.
Wait a sec, you ARE Vanilla, aren’t you?
Vanilla: Why, of course I am.
Silvra: I’m just making sure, that’s all. You know, because of that incident last year, with Metal Sonic 4.0 impersonating you?
Vanilla: I really do appreciate your concern, but I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. After all, that Four-Point Zero monster is long gone. Plus, he said so himself that he turned against Dr. Nega, so I highly doubt that he’d go through the trouble of rebuilding him.
Silvra: Good point.
*A knock is heard at the door*
Cream: I wonder who that could be?
Amy: It’s probably my Sonic, I could almost guarantee it! *Rushes over to the door and opens it* (I guess it’s not him after all…) Scorch, Syndra! It’s nice to see you!
Scorch: It’s nice to see you, too, Amy. How’ve you been?
Amy: I’m doing pretty well, and yourselves?
Syndra: Just peachy, as always.
*They come in*
Amy: So, any sign of Sonic anywhere?
Silvra: Wherever they are, I’m sure they’re on the way.
Elsewhere, off in the distance…
Vector: Well, boys, looks like it’s that time again!
Charmy: Hee hee, yep! I could tell this one’s gonna be fun! Really, REALLY fun!
Get it, “bee fun”? *Snickers*
Heavy: Yes, we get it. As I’ve told you the last thousand other times you’ve done that, they just aren’t funny.
Heavy: Maybe, but last time I checked, they weren’t around.
Vector: Y’know, speakin’ o’ Splash, do ya have any idea where she went, Charmy?
Charmy: I dunno. The last time I saw her, she just said she was gonna meet us at the party with that new friend of hers. You know, the guy with the red armor and that really, really cool sword? What was his name again? I think it was Kwah-tour or something like that?
Vector: Oh, that guy? Come to think’ve it, Splash sure has been spendin’ a lot o’ time around ‘im lately…
Charmy: Hee hee, I think I might know why that is! *Snickers*
Vector: C’mon, Charmy. Don’t even start.
Charmy: Why not? I’m only saying what’s true!
Espio: That’s kind of an assumption on your end, because you don’t know that for certain.
Mighty: Yeah. Plus, it’s possible for a guy and a girl to just be friends, you know.
Ray: *Blushes* H-Hey, leave me out of this!
Vector: Or Marine ‘n’ Charmy!
Wechnia: Hmm hmm hmm hmm….
Charmy: Ewwww, no way!
*Suddenly, a gust of wind, a lightning bolt, and a blazing trail of fire are seen zooming by*
Charmy: Whoa, what was that!?
Mighty: Yeah, most likely. What do you say we take things up a notch, too? As always, I’ll see you guys there! *Runs off*
Ray: Hey, wait for us! *Follows*
*The rest of them do the same*
A short while later, at the porch…
Shock: Looks like we tied…again.
Sonic: Yeah, but that was still pretty fun.
Zippo: *Nods in agreement*
*The Chaotix arrive shortly afterwards*
Charmy: So, it really was them, after all!
Sonic: Well, yeah, of course. There’s hardly anyone around that even comes close to being as fast as we are.
Zippo: *Rings the doorbell*
Vanilla: *Answers* Why, hello there, everyone! I’m so glad you were able to make it! Please, come right on in.
*They enter the house*
Vanilla: So, how are you?
Vector: I, uh… W-We’re doin’ perfectly fine, thanks! ^^;;
Vector: Whadda ya laughin’ at NOW?
Charmy: Hee hee, sorry. It’s just that you always act really, REALLY funny whenever you’re talking to Vanilla! *Snickers again*
Vector: I ain’t gotta clue what you’re talkin’ about! I don’t act any different around her than I do around any o’ YOU guys!
Charmy: Suuuuuurrrreee you don’t!
Amy: Sonic! *Rushes over to him and hugs him*
Sonic: Ahhhh! N-Not so tight!
Amy: *Looks around* That hussy, Electra didn’t come with you guys, did she?
Shock: No. If that were the case, she would have been here by now, as fast as she is.
Sonic: Y-yeah, what she said, now can you let go of me?
Amy: *Releases him*
Sonic: *Gasps for air*
Amy: If Electra does happen to show up, she’d better stay away from MY Sonic if she knows what’s good for her!
Shock: …I’m guessing you’ll bash her upside the head if she doesn’t?
Amy: You got THAT right! I’m sure you’d do the same thing if she were to come onto Big. Am I right?
*They both start to blush*
Shock: U-Uh, well, I, uh…
Amy: Hee hee, I guess I’ll take that as a “yes”. There’s no need to worry, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, believe me! Love changes everything! It makes you feel as if every little moment in your life is huge!
Amy: *Looks around and notices that the room’s empty* What!? Oh, come ON! Why is everyone always doing that!? That is SO rude!
Meanwhile, at Julia’s Workshop in the Lunar Dimension…
Luna: …And that’s seven. *Places the Lunar Emerald on the machine*
Julia: Alright, looks like we’re all set! *Activates the machine and generates a portal*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Enters*
Julia: Hmm? *Looks* Oh, hey, Zero! How nice of you to drop by! We’re about to use my portal device to cross into your world for the Christmas party! Will you be coming along?
Metal Sonic 3.0: I will go through the portal with you, but as far as me attending the party? I’ll pass. I’ve got better things to do, such as settling a score with someone…
Volcana: Let me guess… Metal Blaze?
Metal Sonic 3.0: No.
Luna: Wait a minute… Don’t tell me that Metal Sonic 4.0 is still alive!
Woodra: Yeah, I thought we defeated him for sure! Has he really come back for more!?
Metal Sonic 3.0: That’s not who I’m referring to, either. I mean the original Metal Sonic; as in, the blue one. This time, that piece of outdated trash isn’t going to know what hit him! Once he’s finally been disposed of, he will know for certain that I am the strongest! *Turns on his jet booster and jumps through the portal*
Luna: …I guess some things never change.
Stonia: Yeah. Not even Goldra is THAT obsessive when it comes to Silvra!
Oceana: Speaking of which, where is she, anyway?
Frostina: I’m not really sure, but I’m sure she’ll show up when she’s ready.
Electra: Now that we’ve got that established, I’m gonna go on ahead. I don’t want to keep Sonic waiting. He IS head-over-hills for me, after all.
Stonia: Uh huh. Sure he is.
Electra: Believe what you want, but he was definitely playing hard to get. Plus, there was also the fact that those two idiots, Amy and what’s-her-name kept butting in, but not this time, though. I’m gonna make sure of it. *Jumps through the portal*
Luna: Oh, and by the way, Julie… Since I’ll be attending the party, and the Lunar Emeralds have to be left behind in order for the portal to generate, then who’s going to be watching them?
Julia: There’s no need to worry. The entrance to this workshop is locked and password-protected, remember? So there’s no way anybody will be able to get in here and steal them while we’re away.
Luna: Ah, right, of course. In any case, you guys go on ahead. I’ll meet you there when I come back with the Celestial Emerald.
Oceana: Okay. We’ll see you there.
*Luna exits the Workshop, while everyone else goes through the portal*
Meanwhile, not very far from Vanilla’s house…
Splash: Here we are, you two. Vanilla’s house is right ahead from us. *Points*
Quattuor: Ah, I see. Thanks for inviting us, by the way. I really appreciate it.
Splash: You’re most welcome. That’s what friends are for, right?
*A portal opens up nearby*
*The Parallel Goddesses and Julia come through*
Quattuor: More sisters of yours, I take it?
Splash: Yes, something like that. They’re from another dimension.
Quattuor: Makes sense.
Electra: I’m Electra, the Goddess of Thunder. It’s nice to meet you, handsome. *Rubs his face*
Quattuor: U-Uh, y-yeah. L-Likewise… *Starts to back away*
Electra: Aw, what’s the matter, sugar? I don’t bite…
Stonia: *Grabs her by the ear*
Electra: Owww! Hey, what’re you doing?
Stonia: Are you really THAT fickle? Not too long ago, you were JUST talking about winning Sonic over!
Stonia: Sorry about her. My sister has this…nasty habit of flirting with just about any guy that she sees.
Electra: You’re totally exaggerating, here!
Stonia: I’m the Earth Goddess, Stonia, by the way.
Woodra: Woodra, the Goddess of Flora is the name, controlling plants is my game!
Tornada: I’m Tornada, the Goddess of Air.
Julia: My name’s Julia. It’s nice to meet you.
Volcana: Volcana, the Goddess of Flames.
Oceana: Oceana, the Goddess of Waves.
Frostina: Frostina, the Goddess of Snow. Freeze to meet you.
Quattuor: I'm Quattuor, and this is my little brother, Prickles. It’s nice to meet you all, too.
Oceana: *Shivers* It’s freezing out here, don’t you think? Since the house isn’t too far from here, why don’t we go inside, now that we're finished introducing ourselves?
Volcana: Sounds good to me.
*They head to the house and ring the doorbell*
Vanilla: *Opens* Hello there! Please, come right on in.
Vanilla: Hmm, I see we have some new faces this time around.
Quattuor: Yeah, Splash invited me and Prickles here, Miss. She tells me these parties are usually pretty fun. I’m Quattuor, by the way, or “Quat” for short. It’s nice to meet you.
Vanilla: The pleasure’s all mine. *Politely bows*
Silvra: *Walks over to Prickles* Hey there. Remember me?
Prickles: *Looks up at her* Sil-vruh!
Silvra: That’s right, little guy. *Pats him on the head*
Oceana: By the way, uh… Quattuor, was it? Is your brother a hybrid of some sort?
Quattuor: Yeah. He’s half hedgehog, half echidna. He’s also the only one of my brothers who happens to be organic.
Charmy: Hee hee, “bee organic”. *Snickers*
Splash: *Giggles* Even now, those puns just never get old to me!
Quattuor: Why do you ask?
Oceana: I was just curious, that’s all. He reminded me a lot of a close friend of ours named Luna, who happens to be a cross between an echidna and a porcupine.
Oceana: Speaking of which, I wonder what’s keeping her? I thought she would’ve been here by now…
Elsewhere, just as Luna was on her way back to the Workshop…
???: Eee hee hee hee hee!
Luna: Huh!? *Comes to a screeching halt* Who’s there!? (That laugh… I’ve heard it somewhere before, but I can’t put my finger on it…) *Looks around and spots the Egg –O- Matic Hovercraft* Dr. Nega!
Nega Robotnik: *Hovers down* It’s been quite a while, my dear Luna!
Luna: What do YOU want, you scumbag? If you’ve come for the Celestial Emerald, then you’d best turn back now. Or would you like me to give you a knuckle sandwich? *Clenches her fist*
Nega Robotnik: Easy, now! Easy! I come in peace! As a matter of fact, I’ve turned over a new leaf!
Luna: …You have?
Nega Robotnik: Yes, you heard that correctly. Have you ever stopped to wonder why you haven’t seen me in so long? It’s because I no longer wish to pursue a dream of world domination. I’ve been shown the error of my ways, and I’m an entirely different person now than I was the last time we met.
Suddenly, out of the clear blue sky, Dr. Nega makes an unexpected appearance! Additionally, he claims to have given up on his evil ways! Is he actually being truthful for once, or could this possibly be part of some new, elaborate scheme that he’s cooked up? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #3!
To “bee” continued…