When we last left off on the third Christmas Special, Cream the Rabbit and her mother, Vanilla once again held another Christmas gathering, inviting many of their friends in the process, including Sonic the Hedgehog, the Chaotix team, Elemental Goddesses, and many others. Although EG-005/Silvra was somewhat skeptical about it due to last year’s incident, Vanilla quickly reminded her that Metal Sonic 4.0 had been dealt with, and since he had betrayed Doctor Nega to pursue his own dark desires, there was little to no chance of him ever getting rebuilt.
Speaking of Dr. Nega, the Ringstar Island guardian, Luna ended up running into him as she was on her way back from the Celestial Emerald’s shrine to attend to Christmas party. Due to her past experience with the deranged doctor, Luna automatically assumed off the bat that Nega was after the Celestial Emerald, but he assured her that it was not the case. Additionally, he also claims to have “turned over a new leaf”, claiming to have given up his evil ways for good.
Now, the question remains… Could there really be some truth to Dr. Nega’s claim? Or could this perhaps be a ruse to cover up whatever nefarious scheme he may have conjured up? Find out as the saga continues in Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #3!
Meanwhile, in the Mystic Ruins…
Squash: What the…!?
Rouge: Look out!
Omega: Who’s there? Identify yourself now!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Hovers down in front of them*
Metal Sonic: Oh, it’s YOU…
Shadow: …Why does this NOT surprise me one bit?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Metal Sonic! The time has come for us to even our score at last!
Metal Sonic: Ugh… You are truly starting to irritate me, do you know that? Why not just die and stay dead for a change?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Pffft. Don’t make me laugh. In the slim chance a powerful robot, such as I was to perish, then it certainly wouldn’t be at the hands of wretched, obsolete scum such as yourself!
*Everyone rolls their eyes*
Rouge: You took the words right out of my mouth.
Metal Sonic: First of all, you’ve already perished by my hand more times than anyone could possibly count. Secondly, as I’ve stated before, you’ve become “obsolete” yourself once Version 4.0 was created, so you’re no longer in the position to use that worn-out, repetitive insult.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Yes, I am still in the position to use it, and do you know why? That’s because Four-Point Zero has already ceased to exist, as will you! You may have gotten lucky during our previous battles, but as of this moment, your luck has officially run out! This time, I shall be victorious!
*They turn on their boosters, jet toward one another, and start fighting*
Squash: …Honestly, should we even bother watching this? It’s not as if we don’t already know the outcome.
Shadow: Exactly, which is precisely why watching this battle would be an utter waste of time.
Omega: Very well, let us proceed onward to the Christmas gathering.
Elsewhere, at the party…
Scorch: Uh, well…
Amy: Come to think of it, exactly what does he look like, anyway?
Scorch: Well, since he and Quattuor look similar enough to be brothers, just picture him with longer hair, purple armor, and a pair of shades.
(Wait a minute… That sounds a lot like Denomi! She wouldn't REALLY consider inviting HIM over here, would she!?)
Splash: Quattuor, are you okay? You look as if you’ve seen a ghost…
Quattuor: (Then again, maybe they’re talking about someone else, and I’m overthinking things a bit). Yeah, Splash. I’m fine.
Splash: Alright, if you say so.
Scorch: Anyway, you wanted to know whether or not I invited him over? Well, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t.
Amy: Why not?
Scorch: He and I have worked together a few times, but we haven’t necessarily stayed in contact afterwards. After we were finished with our work, we pretty much went our separate ways…for the time being.
Amy: Oh, I get it! I see what’s going on now!
Amy: It’s a long-distance love, isn’t it? Awww, that’s SO cyuuuuute!
Heavy: …How is it that you always manage to interpret that out of just about any given situation?
Amy: Like I always say, I happen to have a sixth sense about this sort of thing, and it rarely steers me wrong!
Heavy: …Yeah, uh huh. Right.
Scorch: Back to what I was saying before… Along with not staying in contact with one another, he doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who’d be interested in Christmas gatherings like these, anyway.
Amy: Aw, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. After all, there was no harm in Goldra getting invited last year.
*The doorbell rings again*
Cream: Could that be Miss Goldra?
Silvra: That would be a pretty weird coincidence if it was.
Charmy: Hee hee, “bee a weird coincidence”. *Snickers*
Heavy: Ooh, wow, that’s SO hilarious! I never realized how funny the same pun could be after the millionth time it’s been said!
Splash: Did you hear that, Charmy? “How funny the same pun could bee”. *Giggles*
Charmy: Hee hee hee hee!
Heavy: *Anime fall*
Tornada: Uh, I don’t get it?
*Just about everyone else anime falls shortly after Heavy*
Quattuor: It’s not just you. I didn’t get that joke, either at one point.
Quattuor: …Is that bad?
Splash: Uh, no. Not at all.
Blaze: Hello, Cream. It’s been a while.
Marine: How’ve ya been?
Cream: We’re doing pretty well, and you?
Blaze: Same, but I’ve taken the liberty of bringing the Sol Emeralds along, just in case there ends up being another…incident like there was in the last two parties.
*They come in*
Oceana: Hey, it’s nice to see you. Did any of you happen to spot Luna on the way here?
Blaze: We haven’t seen her at all, I’m afraid.
Silver: Where was the last place you’ve seen her?
Oceana: Shortly before we crossed into this dimension, she told us that she was going back to get the Celestial Emerald, and said she’d be right back, but that was quite a while ago…
Blaze: I see. Wherever she is, I’m sure she’ll turn up; unless, of course, there’s someone or something hindering her…
Meanwhile, at the Lunar Dimension…
Luna: Alright, so let me get this straight. You’re saying that you no longer have any intention of conquering the world or anything crazy like that?
Nega Robotnik: Correct.
Luna: I don’t believe you. You’ve already lied to me once before, so why should I trust you this time around?
Nega Robotnik: …
Perhaps it’s time I’ve shared some of my past with you. As you’re probably well aware at this point, I’ve descended from a long line of brilliant scientists, starting with Professor Gerald Robotnik, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, and so forth. When I first got into the field of science, I merely wanted my work to be recognized, just as any other scientist would. Unfortunately, that would never come to pass, because my family name ended up getting disgraced by Ivo and his constant failures. It was because of this that I ended up getting looked down upon by society; even to the point where I became a laughing stalk. I tolerated it to the best of my ability, but eventually, it ended up getting to the point where I was unable to stand it any longer. So then, I decided that I was going to do something to get the world to acknowledge my pure genius.
Luna: That “something” was taking over the world, right?
Nega Robotnik: Yes. I originally started off by trying to get recognition for my work, but somewhere along the way, I ended up going insane, doing many unspeakable things in the process, which I’m not very proud of. I’m sure you’re quite aware of what these “unspeakable things” are, so I won’t bore you with all the details.
Nega Robotnik: So, after my previous defeat, I ended up doing a lot of thinking… I thought long and hard about everything that had transpired during all my world domination attempts, and realized that being a power-crazed madman was never what I truly wanted in life. Especially since my ambitions have also caused me to gradually grow further apart from my “daughters”…
Nega Robotnik: *Ahem* I know you’re in a hurry, so I’ll wrap this up as quickly as I can. To reiterate, I’ve seen the error of my ways. I realize now that I did not have to go as far as I did to gain recognition, and I sincerely apologize for the pain I may have caused you and everyone else I’ve wronged. Now that I’m no longer in the world domination business, I’ll be turning my efforts toward benefiting mankind, as I originally intended from the start.
I have to say… That’s pretty decent of you, Doc. If what you say is true, then your apology is accepted on my part. Oh, and about what you said about growing apart from your “daughters”… Stonia, Woodra, Electra, and Tornada specifically told me at one point that they bear no grudge against you.
Nega Robotnik: Is that so? Thank you, my dear Luna. You’re too kind.
Luna: No problem. So, exactly what is your plan to “benefit mankind”, exactly?
Nega Robotnik: I’m glad you asked. The Celestial Emerald you hold in your hand… I’ve been conducting thorough research on it as of late, and I’ve made an important discovery.
Luna: A discovery?
Nega Robotnik: I don’t know whether or not you’re already aware of this, but deep inside the Celestial Emerald lays an ancient, evil being who once threw the world into the depths of terror, nearly turning Ringstar Island and everywhere else throughout the Lunar Dimension into a frozen wasteland!
Luna: Ah, yes, of course! I’m familiar with this story! My ancestors were the ones responsible for imprisoning it after it went on its rampage!
Nega Robotnik: Correct. Speaking of which, have you noticed anything strange about the Celestial Emerald as of late?
Luna: There are times where it would sometimes start to glow out of nowhere, even while it wasn’t reacting to the power of the Lunar Emeralds.
Nega Robotnik: Just as I suspected. The sealing power that your ancestors used to trap the creature must be weakening even now, as we speak!
Nega Robotnik: Not to worry, though. Not to worry! While I’ve been researching this subject, I’ve devised a perfect solution to the problem by inventing… The “Scepter of Ice”! Using it, we can effectively transfer the creature from the Celestial Emerald into the scepter before the sealing power wears off entirely!
Luna: Sounds good! Where can we find that scepter, exactly?
Nega Robotnik: It’s right there, at my fortress. Hurry along now, we can’t afford to miss such a golden opportunity!
Luna: *Nods* Right! *Takes off*
Nega Robotnik: *Follows shortly after letting out a snicker*
Again, at the Mystic Ruins…
Storm: Looks like those two are at it again…
Mecha Amy: Yep…
Metal Sonic: *Punches 3.0 a few times*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Czzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic: *Spins his hand around like a drill* It’s time to finish this! *Attempts to jam it through 3.0’s chest*
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Quickly grabs his wrist, swings him by the arm for a brief moment, and slams him onto the ground*
Metal Sonic: Uhhhhhhh! *Czzzzzzt!*
Mecha Amy: Oh, no! Metal Sonic!
Storm: There’s no need to worry. If any of their past battles are any indication, we already know which of them is gonna turn out the victor in the end.
Mecha Amy: Yeah, I guess you’re right. That Three-Point Zero jerk doesn’t stand a chance against my Metal Sonic!
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Hovers into the air* Die, you piece of outdated trash! *Flies downward, attempting to stomp him* Die!
Metal Sonic: *Rolls out of the way, trips him with a leg sweep, and gets back up*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Uhhhhh! *Falls, making a loud metal-clanking sound*
Metal Sonic: Are you ready to surrender?
Metal Sonic 3.0: You… *Sits up* This isn’t over yet! *Gets up* As I’ve told you during one of your last lucky victorious, I’d sooner fight and die than walk away with the shame of having been defeated by a weakling like you! *Charges toward Metal Sonic and tackles him*
*Shortly afterward, a smoke cloud appears around them as they continue fighting*
Storm: You know, since it’s already been established that the outcome’s going to be the same as always, there’s hardly much of a point to watching the rest of this now, is it?
Mecha Amy: Yeah, I guess you’re right, Storm. Come on, let’s go find the teleporter so we can get to the party.
An hour later…
*Both Metal Sonics have taken roughly the same amount of damage, with some of their circuits and wires showing*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Hmph… *Czzzzzzt!* Not bad for an outdated model, but as of now, this is where it ends! *Surrounds himself with a golden aura*
Metal Sonic: *Surrounds himself with a purple one*
Metal Sonic 3.0: This time, there’s no way you’re going to defeat me! I shall prove once and for all that I am the strongest among all robots!
Metal Sonic: As always, you’re sounding like a broken record. Stop talking and fight.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Very well! Prepare to die!
*They get ready to boost into one another, until they spot a familiar green and black-colored robot flying by*
Metal Sonic 3.0: WHAT!? Was that Version 4.0!? Impossible! He’s supposed to be dead!
Metal Sonic: As many times as you’ve risen from the dead yourself, are you truly that surprised? Still, I find it quite odd that he didn’t pay the two of us any mind. What do you suppose he’s up to this time?
Metal Sonic 3.0: I haven’t the slightest idea, but he appears to be heading towards Dr. Robotnik’s base for some reason. As much as the idea sickens me, we’re going to have to postpone this battle and join forces once again…at least until Four-Point Zero’s been disposed of.
Metal Sonic: Believe me; working alongside the likes of you is no picnic for me, either. Your presence alone sickening enough to me as it is, and I’d very much prefer to never have to so much as look at you again.
Metal Sonic 3.0: I’m pleased to know the feeling’s mutual.
Metal Sonic: Still, as irritating as you and Sonic are, 4.0 is even worse, and if forming another temporary alliance with you means getting him out of the picture, then I’m more than willing to accept this offer.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Then it’s settled.
*They turn on their jet boosters and fly off in the direction that Metal Sonic 4.0 went*
Elsewhere, at the party…
Vector: I’ve said it before, ‘n’ I’ll say it again… Your food is definitely some o’ the best I’ve evah tasted!
Vanilla: Why, thank you.
Charmy: *Whispers* Hee hee, of course HE would be the one to say that. *Snickers*
Marine: *Snickers, too*
Vector: *Glares* I heard that.
Charmy: Heard what? I didn’t say anything!
Marine: Yep! You’re just hearin’ things, mate!
Heavy: *Mumbles* Morons.
Vanilla: What about the rest of you? Enjoying the food okay?
Quattuor: Yeah. Splash definitely wasn’t kidding about it!
*Just about everyone else says something similar*
Quattuor: How about you, Prickles?
Prickles: Uh huh!
Frostina: Are you okay, Shannah?
Oceana: I guess so. I’m just…not all that hungry, that’s all.
Electra: Still worried about Luna, I take it?
Oceana: Yeah. *Gets out of her chair* I think it’s about time I’ve gone to check things out… *Starts heading out the door*
It appears that for some reason, Luna seems to have gone missing! Could it be that things did not go as planned when she was trying to transfer the creature from the Celestial Emerald to the Ice Scepter, meaning that the monster had something to do with her disappearance? Or could this possibly be the work of the recently-revived Metal Sonic Version 4.0, or the allegedly-reformed Dr. Nega? Find out on the next exciting chapter of the third Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!
To “bee” continued…