|Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special #3|
January 5, 2014
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Previously, on the third Elements of Power Christmas Special, the ice creature, Cryos managed to escape from its imprisonment, due to the sealing power of the Celestial Emerald weakening over time. Upon shattering the gigantic jewel, Cryos absorbed all of its fragments, gaining its immense power in the process. From there, Cryos began to undergo a monstrous transformation, causing Dr. Nega’s fortress to cave in. Seeing no other option, the heroes, as well as Dr. Nega, decided to make a run for it. On the way, Nega ended up spotting the Ice Scepter, which, according to himself, he created with the intention of sealing Cryos if he was unable to control it. Before he could grab it, however, Luna pulled him away from it, which seemingly resulted in the Ice Scepter getting destroyed on the way out.
When Cryos’ transformation was finished, he became a giant dragon/serpent-like creature. After using the power of the Lunar Emeralds to morph into their super forms, the heroes engaged the creature in battle. Just when they thought Cryos had been defeated, it was revealed that he had the ability to regenerate. Additionally, he was also capable of changing forms at will, as he went from the aforementioned dragon/serpent-like form into that of a pterodactyl. From there, the battle resumed, and after another close round, Cryos ended up getting shattered to pieces once again.
Now, the question remains… Have they truly defeated Cryos this time around? Or is he bound to regenerate himself, as he did once before? Find out in this exciting final chapter of the third Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!
Charmy: So, uh… Do you think he might be dead this time?
Knuckles: I doubt it. He was able to put himself back together the first time, so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if he were to do it again.
Luna: True, but Cryos is liquefied this time, instead of being shattered to pieces.
Nega Robotnik: *Walks up to the group* You know, it just occurred to me… Even without the Ice Scepter, there’s still a way for Cryos to be resealed!
Shadow: Is that so? Alright, then let’s hear it. Exactly what do you have in mind?
Slush: Ah, yeah, you’re right!
Frostina: I don’t know why we didn’t think of that sooner!
*The liquid is seen moving*
Marine: Strewth! He’s still alive!
Silver: HAAAAA! *Uses telekinesis to hold him down*
Silver: I’ve used up a lot of energy during the battle, so I don’t know how much longer I could keep this up. Go ahead and seal him before it’s too late!
Luna: Hold on a second! *Quickly grabs the Celestial Emerald shards* Alright, go ahead!
*Slush and Frostina each take the Ice Gems off their tiaras*
Frostina: It’s okay, I’ll handle this.
Slush: Are you sure?
Frostina: It’s better this way. Cryos originated from this dimension, so it would be best that he stays put. If he is to be released again somehow, then we’d only run the risk of putting another world in danger.
Slush: Alright, if you insist. *Puts her gem back*
Frostina: Here goes nothing…! *Releases the gem into the air, which begins sucking Cryos up like a vacuum*
*Seconds later, Cryos gets sucked in*
Frostina: There… *Catches the gem as it falls* Let’s just hope that we won’t be seeing him again anytime soon. *Places it back in her tiara*
Luna: Or ever, for that matter.
Mighty: Are you alright, Tikal?
Tikal: I’m fine. It’s just that Cryos reminded me of Chaos…
Knuckles: Come to think of it, you’re right! The two of them definitely do seem similar enough for them to have been dimensional counterparts of one another, but what are you getting at, exactly?
Tikal: I’m getting at the fact that Cryos may not have been as bad as he seemed. If he truly is Chaos’ counterpart, then there’s a good chance that he wasn’t always the rampaging monster he is today. There must have been someone or something that changed him, such as losing someone he cared about…
Sonic: Oh, yeah. I remember that. If there was anything to learn from that incident, then sealing Cryos if he returns again isn’t gonna cut it, since his anger would never vanish, and dealing with his rampages would be a never-ending cycle. Chaos changed from getting “neutralized” with the power of the emeralds, so I’m sure the same could happen with Cryos.
Frostina: So… Are you saying that we should free him?
Sonic: No, no! That’s only if he somehow manages to break free.
Frostina: Ah, okay. I guess having him sealed will have to do for now.
Sonic: You know, speaking of which, Nega… I wasn’t expecting you, of all people, to lend us a hand after another of your plans went outta control. You’re becoming more like your ancestor every day!
Nega Robotnik: Bah! Don’t compare me to him! He’s a disgrace! It’s because of all his failures that my family name was tarnished in the first place!
Denomi: Why condemn the Doctor for something that you, yourself, have yet to achieve?
Nega Robotnik: There have been a few minor…oversights on my end, but it doesn’t matter! Just you wait! Just you wait! Next time, I shall be victorious, and there will be nothing that you fools could do to stop me! You know, speaking of which… Now that this little “alliance” of ours has come to a close, I might as well pick up where we left off! Eee hee hee! *Reaches into his pocket* You’ll make a fine addition to my-… Hey, wait a minute! W-What happened to my camera!?
Luna: What, you mean this one? *Holds it up and crunches it at the palm of her hand*
Nega Robotnik: WHAT!? NO! MY CAMERA!
Luna: Since you’ve brought it to my attention, I still have a bone to pick with you! *Cracks her knuckles*
Metal Sonic: As do I.
Metal Sonic 3.0: Me, as well.
Nega Robotnik: *Starts backing away*
???: HAHAHAHAHA! Going somewhere, Nega? What’s the rush?
*Robotnik approaches the group with his Badniks*
Nega Robotnik: CURSES! *Runs off*
*Luna, the Metal Sonics, and Badniks chase after him, while just about everyone else laughs*
Nega Robotnik: *From the distance* METAL BLAZE! A little help here, please!?
Metal Blaze: *Turns on her jet booster and flies off in their direction*
Nega Robotnik: GAH! OW, OW, OWWWWW!
*An explosion is heard seconds later*
Nega Robotnik: GAAAAAAAAH! YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF MEEEEEEEEE!!!
*Nega gets sent flying over the horizon, with Metal Blaze flying after him*
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! I couldn’t possibly ask for better entertainment!
Amy: Serves him right!
*A few others say something similar*
Tornada: I feel bad for him, to be honest…
Goldra: I don’t. The sounds of his screams were music to my ears. It’s quite a shame they didn’t kill him. The only thing that would have been more satisfying is to see him bleed…gallons. *Smirks*
*Everyone looks at her funny*
Heavy: Spoken like a true lunatic, as always.
Goldra: Oh, shut up. Why don’t YOU try having someone use a device to control your every move like some damned puppet, and see how well you’d take it! I’m pretty sure you would have liked to see that person die a slow, agonizing death also!
Mecha Amy: She’s got a point there. *Glares at Robotnik from the corner of her eye*
Robotnik: *Ahem* Yes, so anyway… That’s Nega’s dimensional camera, correct? *Points to its remains* Now that it’s been destroyed, exactly how do you intend to return our own world, exactly?
Julia: I happen to have a dimensional teleporter of my own, at my workshop in the Astral Ruins.
Robotnik: Ah, I see. (I suppose that would explain how they were able to return after I left them stranded in this dimension some time ago…)
*Luna, Metal Sonic, 3.0, and the Badniks return*
Robotnik: Looks like we’re all set! Let’s head back then, shall we?
Shadow: Chaos Control! *Warps everyone to the workshop*
A few minutes later, at Tails’ Workshop…
Nack: Yep, just as I thought! All seven o’ ‘dem emeralds ‘r’ right here, plus anuddah set of ‘em!
Bean: Heh heh heh! Yeah, and not only that, but they left this place unlocked, and everything!
Nack: HAHAHAHA! Whadda buncha morons! ‘Dey made ‘dis all too easy for us!
Bean: True, now why don’t we go ahead and grab these emeralds before they get back?
Nack: As always, you ‘r’ definitely speakin’ my language, bruddah!
*Suddenly, a portal appears just as they’re about to grab the emeralds*
Bean: W-WHAT THE…!?
Nack: Ah, crap! AH, CRAAAAAAP! C’mon, let’s bus’ outta ‘dis joint!
*They run out of the workshop just in time before everyone comes through the portal*
Knuckles: Did anyone else hear that? I could’ve sworn I heard Nack and Bean’s voices just now…
Tails: Yeah, I think I heard it, too!
Rouge: Hmph, it figures that those would have tried stealing the emeralds while we were gone. They probably wouldn’t have failed so miserably this time around if they hadn’t waited so late.
Vector: HAHAHAHA! Man, whatta coupla morons!
Rouge: I’ll bet those two are still around here somewhere, waiting for us to leave again so they could take them. They think they’re SO clever!
Denomi: *Radar-like symbols appear in his visor* Yes, I can definitely confirm that the two of them are still lurking nearby.
Rouge: Perfect. *Takes out her cellphone and dials 9-1-1*
Charmy: You’re calling the cops on them again?
Charmy: Hee hee hee! It’s always really, REALLY funny whenever they get arrested!
Meanwhile, at the police station…
Spangle: *Picks up* Yeah? How can we help ya? Hmm, what’s that? Fang and Bean are at the Mystic Ruins? Okay, gotcha. We’ll be right there. By the way, what’re ya wearin’?
*A dial tone is heard immediately afterwards*
Spike: We worked pretty hard to get where we are, Spangle. Now that we’re finally being taken seriously, saying things like that isn’t making us look good…
Spangle: Ah, lighten up. It was a joke, okay? Besides, I have a girlfriend already.
Spangle: You don’t believe me, do you?
Spike: No, not really.
Spangle: I’m dead serious!
Spike: Uh huh.
Spangle: Believe whatcha want, buddy, but it’s the truth!
Spike: …If you say so.
Spangle: Anyway, we’d better go ahead ‘n’ get goin’ before those two dirtbags escape!
*They rush out the door*
Again, at the Mystic Ruins…
Amy: *Whispers to Scorch* You know, you should totally invite him back to the party with us!
Amy: Aww, come on! There’s no need to be shy! It’s not as if you’re asking him on a date, or anything!
Scorch: …Fine. (Ugh, I know for a fact that I’m gonna regret this later…) Hey, Denomi. Would you…like to come back to the Christmas party with us?
Quattuor: *Shocked expression* (WHAT!?) But…!
Amy: (Yes, she did it! Now all that’s left is for him to say “yes”, and I’ll be able to get those two together, like I did for Ray and Seedra last year!)
Denomi: Sorry, but I’m going to have to decline. I appreciate the offer, but I already have a prior engagement.
Amy: (Gee, well there goes my plan…)
Quattuor: (Whew! Prickles wouldn’t have liked that one bit, that’s for sure!)
Scorch: Okay, sure. That’s fine. It was nice seeing you again, though.
Denomi: Likewise. I’ll see you again, Scorch. You, too, Doctor.
Robotnik: Alright, take care and farewell.
*Denomi warps away*
Scorch: (Good, now Amy won’t try putting me under the mistletoe with him. I’m almost certain that’s why she’s so bent on getting Denomi to come…)
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Faces Metal Sonic* You. The time has come for the two of us to resume our battle. Let’s pick up where we left off.
Metal Sonic: Gladly.
*Everyone spreads out*
Julia: Zero… Do you have to do this now?
Metal Sonic 3.0: Of course I do. I specifically told him that our alliance would last until our mutual enemies have been dealt with, and now that time has arrived! He is an obstacle that stands in the way of my goal, my purpose, and my very reason for having been created… That is, of course, to become the strongest among all robots! None of you could possibly comprehend what it’s like to live with the embarrassment of having been toppled by some lowly, piece of obsolete filth! All because he happened to get lucky!
Heavy: …Can you believe this idiot?
Many minutes later…
Metal Sonic 3.0: …Well, no more! Tonight, I shall relieve myself of that humiliation! Never again will he achieve another lucky victory against me! I will never be satisfied as long as he is still functioning! Every “breath” he takes is an assault to my honor! This time for certain, I shall crush him underneath my heel! I will show him and everyone that I am the-…! *Looks around* What’s this!? They’ve left…all of them! Bah, whatever. Who needs those vermin, anyway? Now then! Metal Sonic, let’s pick up where we-… What the…!?
Metal Sonic: Zzzzzz…
Metal Sonic 3.0: What!? He’s asleep!? Unbelievable… Is this his way of making a mockery out of me!? *Groans in annoyance, clenching his fist in anger* How dare you!? You’ll pay! Do you hear me, you obsolete scum!? You’ll pay dearly for this blatant insult!!! *Eyes lasers him*
Metal Sonic: UHHHHHHH! *Czzzzzzt!* *Falls across the ground*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Are you awake now? Then get up! I’m not through with you yet!
Metal Sonic: Good, so you are ready to fight after all. I was wondering how long I would have to listen to your ridiculous babble. *Gets up* Let’s get this over with. I have better things to do than to spend the remainder of this night dealing with the likes of you.
Metal Sonic 3.0: You needn’t worry about that, because you aren’t going to live to see the rest of the night! Not when I’m through with you!
Meanwhile, at Vanilla’s house…
*A flash of light occurs*
Vanilla: Hmm? What’s this?
Prickles: *Covers his eyes*
*The heroes appear*
Vanilla: Hello, everyone! Welcome back!
Prickles: *Uncovers his eyes* Kwaht! *Runs to him*
Quattuor: Prickles! *Picks him up* How’ve you been, little buddy?
Quattuor: Thanks again for watching him while I was away.
Vanilla: You’re most welcome. It was no trouble at all.
Later on that night…
Silvra: *Holding Prickles* Aww, you are just the cutest little thing! Yes, you are! Yes, you are!
Amy: Wow, Silvra. You sure are pretty good with kids, aren’t you?
Silvra: I guess you could say that.
Amy: I could see why, though. Prickles definitely is an adorable little guy! Speaking of which, do you want to know what else is adorable? *Points to Splash and Quattuor in the other room*
Cream: Wait a minute, are you trying to imply-
Amy: Yep, that’s right! Those two are madly in love!
Silvra: How do you know that for sure? Oh, wait nevermind… It’s because of your “sixth sense”, right?
Amy: You got it!
Cream: If you say so…
Meanwhile, in the other room…
Splash: You know, Quattuor? I’ve been wondering about something…
Quattuor: Hmm? Yeah? What is it?
Splash: I hope you don’t mind me asking this, but… Exactly what happened between you and Denomi in the past?
Quattuor: …Like I said before, it’s a long story. I don’t want to talk about it, but I’ll tell you that I’ll never forgive him for it.
Splash: But you’re brothers, aren’t you?
Quattuor: …Not as far as I’m concerned.
Splash: That’s kind of harsh, isn’t it? I mean, sure, I didn’t agree with Scorch’s alignment with Dr. Robotnik when he was still trying to take over the world, but I didn’t hate her for it…
Quattuor: Yeah, but this is different. Denomi is different.
Splash: How so? He seems like a decent person from what I’ve seen…
Quattuor: I don’t trust him. There’s a lot more to him than he’s letting on.
Splash: So, basically, what you’re saying, is that all the politeness he’s shown so far was just an act?
Quattuor: Pretty much. The things he made Prickles and I go through… What he did was the reason I had to cut him down for good…or so I thought. Somehow, he’s managed to survive, and I’ve been uneasy about it ever since…
Splash: Couldn’t you have just worked things out?
Quattuor: If I didn’t stop him, I would’ve died! And the consequences of my failure would’ve been… I don’t want to think about what would have happened. I’m sorry I can’t give you a better answer, but it’s all I feel comfortable saying right now.
Splash: Fair enough. (Hmm… Maybe I should ask Scorch about this. I don’t mean to pry, but if Quattuor’s answer is any indication, she could be working with someone dangerous…)
Quattuor: I shouldn’t be dwelling on it, though, because everything’s fine. I now have a place to put my skills to use and I’m here with Prickles. Maybe it doesn’t seem like much, but that’s all that matters to me.
Splash: I understand.
Amy: *Creeps up on them while invisible*
Splash: By the way, Quattuor, there’s something I’d like to give you. I’ll be right back. *Walks away*
Amy: (You know, maybe my mistletoe plan won’t go to waste after all! I’ll just use it on these two instead!) *Walks away*
Little ways from there…
Sonic: …! *Backs away from Electra, who’s holding a mistletoe between them*
Electra: Aw, come on, sugar. There’s no need to resist. You know you want it… *Winks*
Sonic: N-No, really! Just…just cut it out!
Tiara: *Marches up to Electra, pointing the jeweled staff up to her head* You’ll get away from him if you know what’s good for you!
Electra: *Groans in annoyance* …You and Amy are REALLY starting to piss me off, you know that? I’ll have you know that I’m one of the LAST people whose bad side you wanna get on.
Tiara: Ooh, just watch as I freeze in fear.
Electra: Go ahead, be a smartass if you want. I’d be more than happy to show you what happens when you provoke the wrath of a Thunder Goddess! *A ball of lightning appears at the palm of her hand*
Tiara: Bring it! Goddess or not, I can take you!
Sonic: Whoa, whoa! Chill, you two! I don’t think Cream and Vanilla would like it if you were to-
*They start fighting, with a cartoon-like smoke cloud surrounding them*
Sonic: …Fight in the house.
Amy: *Comes in* Yeah, that’s right! Get her, Boobowski! Show that hussy who’s boss!
Amy: *Notices the mistletoe that Electra dropped* (While they’re doing that, I guess I’ll go ahead and help myself to this!) *Picks it up and exits*
Sonic: (Yeah, I think I’d better bail, too…) *Sneaks away*
Meanwhile, in the other room…
Splash: *Comes back in with a gift-wrapped box*
Quattuor: Is that for me?
Splash: That’s right. Here you go. *Hands it to him*
Quattuor: Wow, Splash. I really don’t know what to say. Thanks!
Splash: You’re welcome. *Smiles*
Amy: *Sneaks in again while invisible* (Alright, it’s now or never!) *Puts the mistletoe between them*
Splash: H-Huh!? Oh, great…
Quattuor: What is that? Some sort of plant?
Splash: W-Well, yeah, but… It’s not just any plant. It’s um, a special kind of plant that’s…part of the Christmas tradition. It’s for, um, well… *Starts to turn red because of the awkwardness of the situation* I guess this is best explained with an example… *Kisses him*
Amy: (Yes, I did it! Things went just as well with them as it did for Ray and Seedra last year! Awwww! They’re SO cyuuuuute!)
Elsewhere, at the battle scene in the Mystic Ruins…
Metal Sonic 3.0: *Kneels down, holding his arm* Ghhhh…! Damn you, Metal Sonic! DAMN YOU! *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic: Hmph. Looks like my work here is done. *Turns his back and starts walking away*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Wait! I’m…not through with you yet! *Czzzzzzt!*
Metal Sonic: Really? Well, I’m through you. *Turns on his jet booster* Farewell. *Flies away*
Metal Sonic 3.0: Go ahead and run then, coward! *Czzzzzt!* Enjoy this temporary victory while you still can… *Czzzzzzt!* …For you will NOT be so lucky next time! *Czzzzzzt!* I WILL crush you! Like the lowly, piece of outdated garbage you are! *Turns on his jet booster and flies off in the opposite direction*
*Nack and Bean come from the bushes*
Bean: It’s about time! Sheesh, I thought they’d never leave!
Nack: Yeah, ya got ‘DAT right! Now ‘dat all ‘dose chumps ‘re gone, let’s go ahead ‘n’ help ourselves ta ‘dem emeralds!
Bean: Sounds good to me!
*They walk over to the entrance to Tails’ Workshop*
Bean: *Turns the knob* Yep, it’s still unlocked! Those emeralds are ours for the taking!
Nack: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Poifect! I’d really like ta see ‘da look on ‘deir faces once ‘dey come back ‘n’ see ‘dat ‘da emeralds ‘r’ gone ‘n’ whatnot!
Nack: W-What ‘da…!? ‘Da emeralds… Where ‘dey at!? I coulda sworn ‘dey was right ‘dere!
Bean: Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of those losers obviously took the emeralds with them, duh.
Nack: Yeah, I was JUST thinkin’ ‘dat, wise-guy! Ugh, all ‘dat waitin’ fa nothin’…
Bean: I guess we’ll just have to try again next time.
*Just as they leave the shop, a bunch of police cars are seen pulling up*
Bean: WHAT!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? Who could’ve called them!?
Nack: I’ll beddit was ‘dat skank bat, since she was part o’ the group! She’s ALWAYS ‘da one dimin’ us out, but enough o’ about ‘dat! C’mon, let’s scram!
*They run off
Thanks to everyone’s heroic efforts, Cryos’ rampage was put to a freezing halt before it began, thus spoiling Dr. Nega’s plans once again. With both of them out of the picture for the time being, everyone was free to enjoy the rest of the party to their hearts’ content. Speaking of Cryos, could there truly be more to his backstory than the historical documents revealed, as Tikal has begun to theorize? Find out as the saga continues on Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power!
The End? Or…the beginning?