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Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 3: The Goddess of Destruction
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June 20, 2012
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On the previous chapter of Elements of Power, Cream the Rabbit and the rest of the group have managed to pass the previous room where they were battling Metal Sonic Version 3.0, and decided to press onward and move on to their final confrontation with Dr. Robotnik, so that they could seek and destroy the mind-control device that was used to turn the Multi-Elemental Goddess, EG-005/Silvra against the heroes. In addition to the doctor, they also ran into a squadron of Badniks that he decided to sic on the group, claiming that he'll meet everyone in the next room should they manage to defeat his robots. After laying them to waste (as expected), the group proceeded to the next room, where they found Robotnik on top of a floating platform. Thinking that they had him cornered, Shock, Storm, and Mecha Amy made a suggestion for the doctor to surrender, but he then retorted that he had another weapon to use in addition to Silvra. Unfortunately for Mecha Amy, she was the very "weapon" that he spoke of, and she ended up succumbing to Robotnik's mind-control, just as Silvra did.

However, even though the device was designed to be able to control both Mecha Amy and Silvra, it was only capable of controlling one of them at a time, and as a result, the latter ended up returning back into her original self while she was in the middle of her battle with the Chaotix team and company. Assuming that the others managed to destroy the switch, they decided to leave the Moon Zone and meet up with everyone again down at Robotnik's Sand Ocean base. Shortly after arriving via Chaos Control, Silvra, while using her scanners, informed everyone that a battle was still going on, and they decided to proceed through the base until they got to where the others were.

On the way, they ended up running into Nack the Weasel/Fang the Sniper, and Bean the Dynamite, who had just got finished escaping from Scorch after stealing from Robotnik's treasure vault. The recently-recovered Tiara, who was bent on getting back at Fang for what he did to her before, decided to stay behind to take him on, while the Chaotix and company moves on to confront Robotnik. Bean, on the other hand, decided to take the stolen loot (as Nack suggested) to make a break for their hideout. Due to the fact that the Marvelous Queen has not been repaired after Honey destroyed it in the previous episode, Bean decided to steal another of Dr. Robotnik's Egg –O- Matic Hovercrafts in order to make his getaway. Meanwhile, Scorch returned to the control room in order to pinpoint their location. Since Nack no longer had the stolen money on him, and feeling that Tiara deserves her vengeance, she decided to leave him to her and take Bean on instead. Wasting no time, she decided to hurry to the scene to prevent him from escaping.

Elsewhere, up at the Space Colony, ARK, the two Metal Sonics were in the middle of an intense one-on-one battle. They fought a close, evenly-matched battle, and decided to have a brief intermission. After it was over, Metal Sonic 3.0 decided to morph into his "Overlord" transformation; this time, without the aid of the Chaos Rings. According to himself, he was able to pull this off because of an advanced copy chip that he's been equipped with, where it was able to "remember" the last time he did so. When that was all said and done, the two Metal Sonics decided to resume their battle.

Now, the questions still remain… Which of the two machines will walk away the victor? Will Tiara actually manage to defeat Nack in battle this time? Will Scorch be able to prevent Bean from escaping with the money that he and Nack stole from Robotnik? Will Knuckles, the Chaotix, and company be able to stop Robotnik, destroy the controller, and permanently free both Silvra and Mecha Amy from ever being mind-controlled again? Find out in this exciting final chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 3: The Goddess of Destruction!

Meanwhile, at Tails' Workshop…

Music Cue*

*Orbot and Cubot are in the middle of a card game, as they patiently wait for Tails and the others to return*

Cubot: Got aneh threes, pard?

Orbot: …That's "Go Fish" you're thinking of, Cubot. This is Poker, remember?

Cubot: Oh, right.

Any queens?

Orbot: *Anime fall*

Cubot: Well, howda ya play this doggone game, anyway!?

Orbot: …Nevermind. Why don't we play something simpler?

Cubot: Like Go Fish?

Orbot: Fine, I guess that'll do.

*Orbot reshuffles the cards and deals them out*

Cubot: So, when da ya think Tails, Heavy, 'n' Bomb 'r' comin' back? Do ya think they managed to stop 'dat 'dere Doubla-Five chick, 'r wudever?

Orbot: Maybe. We won't know for sure until they get back. To answer the first question, I don't know. To be honest, I don't care if Heavy ever comes back. Bomb, I don't mind, but Heavy, on the other hand, I cannot stand. He's a complete and total prick, and could go rot in a junkyard for all I care.

Cubot: Yer darn tootin'. Couldn't've said it aneh bedder m'self. Now, wit' that said, ya got aneh threes?

Orbot: Go Fish.

Cubot: Doggone it!

Meanwhile, up at the Space Colony, ARK…

*Music Cue*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Continuously hammers down his fists in an attempt to squash Metal Sonic*

Metal Sonic: *Dodges them*

Metal Overlord 3.0: You worthless piece of scrap metal! I'm going to rip you apart, piece-by-piece!

Failing to squish Metal Sonic with his fists, Three-Point Zero decided to swing his large iron tail at him again. This time, rather than simply jumping over it, Metal Sonic decided to jump on top of his tail, grinded on it like a rail, and Homing Attacked the glowing core on Three-Point Zero's chest, dealing damage to him in the process.

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Monstrous growl* *Czzzzzt!*

Metal Sonic: *Attacks it repeatedly*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Czzzzzt!* Growls again, and then swats him away with the back of his hand*

Metal Sonic: UHHHHH! *Czzzzzt!* *Falls down, and slams onto the speedway*

Metal Overlord 3.0: Burn, like the obsolete trash you are! *Blows fire at him*

Metal Sonic: *Rolls out of the way*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Continues to blow fire at him*

Metal Sonic: *Quickly turns on his booster, and jets into the air to avoid it*

*The two Metal Sonics dash toward one another*

Elsewhere, while the two Metal Sonics were in the middle of their showdown, the switch-hunting group is currently in the middle of a battle with Mecha Amy, who's under Dr. Robotnik's mind control.

*Music Cue*

Shock: Mecha Amy, it's us! We're your-

Mecha Amy: *Uses her metallic hammer to launch a missile at her before she finishes the sentence*

Storm: There's no use in trying to talk to her, Shock. As much as it pains me to do this, we're going to have to fight. There's just no other option at this point, until we could figure out a way to bust through Dr. Robotnik's barrier.

Robotnik: Yes, and I'd say that the chances of that are slim-to-none! HAHAHAHAHAHA…

Shock: Wanna bet!? *Aims up at the Power Platform, and fires an electric blast*

*The forcefield protects it*

Omega: Remember, it's the platform itself you must attack in order to prevent it from generating a barrier to protect it!

Shock: Oh, right!

Marine: S-Strewth! Don't look now, but I think Mecha Amy's 'bout to attack again!

Mecha Amy: *Aims her finger at the group again, getting ready to fire another laser*

Seedra: Not if I can help it! *Lashes her vines out at Mecha Amy, and gets her tangled in them*

Mecha Amy: What are you doing!? Let go of me! *Jerks away*

Seedra: I'll keep her busy by holding her down, while the rest of you focus on getting rid of that barrier!

Shock: Sure thing, big sis.

Gamma: Commencing open fire!

*They start shooting at Robotnik again*

Robotnik: WAAAH! *Stumbles from the vibration*

Marine: It's workin', mates! It's workin'!

Robotnik: ARGH! You little pests! You're going to REGRET this, I assure you!

Mecha Amy: *Opens up the palm of her hand, revealing a small red circular device*

Heavy: *Notices* Oh, geez…!

Bomb: Seedra, look out!

Seedra: W-What!?

Mecha Amy: *Grabs her*

Seedra: Ghhh…!

Just in time before Seedra had a chance to react, Mecha Amy, using the device on her hands, began to drain some of the Leaf Goddess's bio-energy, making her feel tired and weak, and thus causing her vines to lose their grip on Mecha Amy.

Seedra: W-What…just…? *Collapses to the floor*

Robotnik: (Hmm, so THAT'S what her bio-energy absorbing capabilities are like. Although I'm the one who's designed her and equipped her with that ability, and almost witnessed it first-hand, this is the first time I've actually seen it successfully performed on an opponent…)

Ray: Oh, no! Seedra!

*Cue flashback from Part 8*

Ray: Hey, there it is! *Points to the Elemental Chaos Ring*

Seedra: Adding to the one that Knuckles and Wechnia have found at the volcano, that's two down, and five more to go!

Ray: *Walks over to the Chaos Ring and picks it up*

*Suddenly, a large energy beam was seen flying in his direction*

Seedra: *Notices it* LOOK OUT!!! *Knocks Ray out of the way and gets blasted instead* UHHHHHHHHHH!!!

*An explosion occurs*

Ray: SEEDRA!

Seedra: *Holds her arm as it bleeds*

Ray: Are…are you alright!?

Seedra: D-Don't worry, I'm…okay… *Collapses to the floor*

*End flashback*

*Cue next flashback from Part 9*

Ray: Are you sure you're gonna be alright? Your arm still looks pretty bad…

Seedra: Yes, I'll be fine…

Ray: I really appreciate what you've done for me, by the way… But you didn't have to, you know…

Seedra: Ah, it was no sweat…

Ray: Yeah, but still, I definitely owe you one.

*End flashback*

Ray: (Seedra… She risked her life for me when we were up against Three-Point Zero at Casinopolis… I told her when we got on the train that I owed her one, so I guess now it's my turn to do the same for her!)

Mecha Amy: *Aims her finger down at Seedra, and starts charging up a laser*

Seedra: (Ghhhh…first my arm, and now this!?)

Ray: *Quickly rushes between them, blocking Seedra from Mecha Amy*

Seedra: H-Huh?

Ray: Don't worry, Seedra. I won't let anything else happen to you. *Looks toward Mecha Amy* If you want her, you're going to have to get through me!

Mecha Amy: Well, fine. I guess I'll just kill two birds with one stone! Hee hee hee! *Aims at them*

Ray: Give it your best shot!

Mecha Amy: Alright, you asked for it!

Suddenly, just as Mecha Amy was about to fire at them, Amy suddenly grabbed her from behind, in a full nelson.

*Music Cue*

Mecha Amy: What do you think you're doing!? Let go of me! *Jerks away*

Amy: Ray, I've got her! Now's your chance to get Seedra to safety!

Ray: *Nods* Right!

Heeding Amy's advice, Ray quickly picked Seedra up, carried her away from the battle scene, and gently sat her against the wall.

*Music Cue*

Seedra: T-Thank you, Ray… I really appreciate it…

Ray: Hey, no problem. That's what friends are for, right?

Seedra: Yeah… I can't tell you how lucky I am to have a friend like you…

Ray: Same to you, Seedra. Plus, you took that blow for me when we were up against Three-Point Zero, so it was the least I could do. Now, you just stay here and rest, alright? Hopefully, by the time we're finished stopping Robotnik, you'll be able to get your energy back…

Seedra: I hope so, too…

Ray: I'll see you then! *Rushes back to the battlefield*

Seedra: …

(Wow… Up until now, no guy has ever held me before…) *Blushes a little*

Amy: *Was watching that and holding down Mecha Amy at the same time* (Um, wow. What they said before about them having their eyes on other people… Are they sure about that? If that is the case, then it's kind of a shame. Those two would be SO cu-)

Mecha Amy: *Manages to break free from Amy's grasp and knocks her backwards before she finishes her sentence*

Amy: Uhhhhhhh!

Mecha Amy: *Raises her metallic hammer, getting ready to slam it down on her*

Shock: HAAAA! *Holds out the palm of her hand, blasts Mecha Amy, and electrically immobilizes her*

Mecha Amy: Ghhhhh…! *Bzzzzzt!* Why, you…!

Amy: Whew, that was close! Thanks, Shock!

Shock: Don't mention it. *Looks toward Seedra* You doing okay over there, Big Sis?

Seedra: Yeah, I'm okay…

Storm: That's good to hear.

Shock: Sorry to have to do this, Mecha Amy, but it's the only choice we have until we could bring you back to your old self.

Honey: Exactly how long does that last?

Shock: For about ten minutes, at the most.

Rouge: Here's hoping we'll be able to bust through that barrier before it wears off!

Charmy: *At the entrance* Hee hee! Did someone say "bee able"?

*The Chaotix and everyone else enter as well*

*Music Cue*

Robotnik: Bah, it's Sonic…and those Chaotix fools!

Sonic: That's right, Ro-butt-nik! We're here to stop you again!

Robotnik: Hmph, I beg to differ!

Silvra: Cream, Cheese, Chocola… It's nice to see you again!

*About half of the group, including Robotnik, has confused expressions on their faces*

Cream: Oh! Miss Silvra! You remember us!? So, does that mean you're back to normal now!?

Silvra: Yes, it does.

Robotnik: WHAT!? No way! I can't BELIEVE this! What's going on!? How did this happen!? I had the controller with me the entire time, and no one, other than I, has even managed to lay a finger on it! Wait, unless….

Yes, that's it! Silvra's brainwashing must have worn off the moment I took control of Mecha Amy! I forgot to set it so that it's possible to control them both at the same time! ARGH! CURSES!

Vector: Heh, well that's too bad! Sucks ta be you!

Charmy: Yeah, sucks to BEE you! Get it? *Snickers*

Splash: *Giggles*

Seedra: Heh…heh…heh…

Marine: Rippa as always, mate!

Heavy: More like, unfunny as always.

Charmy: You're only saying that, because you don't have a sense of humor!

Bomb: You got that right.

Heavy: Pffft. Whatever.

Shadow: By the way, what's this about the Doctor bringing Mecha Amy under his control? I thought they were already on the same side?

Rouge: Well, you see… *Explains*

Shadow: I see.

Squash: Come to think of it, I DO seem to remember her not wanting to take Ivo's orders until he threatened to shut her down earlier

Shadow: So do I, but at the time, I thought it was simply because she was too focused on Metal Sonic…

Knuckles: So, basically, all we have to do is destroy that platform Robotnik's standing on, so he won't be able to generate another barrier?

Tikal: That's right.

Robotnik: Hmph, try all you'd like. I'll just avoid each and every attack, like I've been doing from the start!

Silver: Not if I have anything to say about it! *Holds out the palm of his hand, and gets both Robotnik and the Power Platform caught in a telekinetic grip*

Robotnik: GAH! You little… YOU LITTLE!

Blaze: Good thinking, Silver! Alright, everyone! Now's our chance to attack!

Sonic: Alright! Once again, let's show him the-

Shadow: Yes, yes, the "super power of teamwork". We get it. I've already lost count of how many times you've reiterated that irritating catchphrase.

Knuckles: Yeah, no offense, Sonic, but I'm gonna have to agree with Shadow on this one.

Sonic: Oh, like you guys could come up with a better one!

Omega: Less arguing, more destroying!

As Silver held Robotnik down via telekinesis, everyone then took the opportunity to strike down the Power Platform, using either their special attacks or whatever weapons they happened to have on them at the time, effectively causing it to explode, with the doctor plummeting towards the ground.

Robotnik: UHHHHHHHH! *Hits the ground, while blackened up from the explosion, and with his clothes torn up a bit*

Amy: THAT outta teach you!

Sonic: Heh, looks like it's game over for you!

Robotnik: How…how can this be!? I was supposed to beat you this time!

Sonic: Sorry, didn't get the memo on that one, Ro-butt-nik. We beat you EVERY time!

Robotnik: This isn't over yet, fools! Mecha Amy's immobilization effects are bound to wear off at any given second, and she'll finish you off for sure! It's either that, or I could bring Silvra back under my control, since the switch is still intact!

Silvra: *Stretches out her vines, snatches it from him, changes Mecha Amy back to normal, and crushes it at the palm of her hand* Not anymore, it isn't.

*Mecha Amy returns back to her original self, around the same time the immobilization effects wear off*

Mecha Amy: Huh? *Looks at her hands* I'm…back to normal?

Shock: Yep. Welcome back!

Mecha Amy: *Looks around the room and notices Seedra* What happened to her?

Storm: While you were being mind-controlled, you drained her energy.

Mecha Amy: Ahhh! Oh, no! What have I done!? *Quickly runs toward Seedra* I'm so, so sorry! Here, I'll give you your energy back… *Places her hand on Seedra and transfers the energy back to her*

Seedra: *Stands up* Ah, I feel much better now! Thanks!

Mecha Amy: No problem. Again, I'm very sorry. *Politely bows*

Seedra: It wasn't your fault, so don't worry about it.

Silvra: While we're on the subject… Cream, tell me honestly. When I was being mind-controlled by Robotnik… I didn't…hurt you, did I…?

Cream: Well, um…kind of. You did slap me once, but other than that, I'm okay.

Silvra: *Glares at Robotnik, who's sneaking away* Just where do you think YOU'RE going!?

Robotnik: *Gets ready to run off*

Just as Robotnik was getting ready to take off, Silvra lashed her vines out again, tangled him up, and tossed him into the wall, making a slight crack in it.

Robotnik: AUUUUGGGH! *Holds his back*

Mecha Amy: Hey, save some for me, will you? I've been waiting for this moment for a LONG time! *Picks up her metallic hammer and starts walking towards him*

Robotnik: Ghhhh…! You traitors! I created the both of you, and THIS is how you repay me!?

Mecha Amy: You may have given me life, but you did nothing but push me around every chance you got, and this is where it ends! Doctor Ivo Robotnik, I now declare independence from you, once and for all! *Raises her hammer, getting ready to slam it down on him*

Robotnik: Y-You forget, Mecha Amy… Robots aren't supposed to harm humans! It's the first and foremost important rule of robotics!

Mecha Amy: …

I am…more than a robot! Die, Robotnik!!! *Prepares to swing it again*

Robotnik: …!

*Music Cue*

Slush: *Quickly rushes between them and blocks Robotnik from Mecha Amy* Sorry, but I can't let you do that!

Mecha Amy: Huh!? What're you doing!? Don't tell me you're defending him!

Slush: As you pointed out earlier, Scorch isn't here, so someone had to do it.

Everyone: …

Mecha Amy: You've really lost it, haven't you!?

Slush: Look, I have my reasons, okay!?

Mecha Amy: And these "reasons" are…?

Slush: …

Before Slush had the chance to answer Mecha Amy's question, Egg-Robo sudden burst through the wall, while piloting Robotnik's "Big Arms" mech.

Mecha Amy: Egg-Robo!

Knuckles: You again, huh!? You just never know when to give up, do you!?

Egg-Robo: Hmph, I would be more than happy to even our score, but now's not the time. *Uses the grabber-claws and picks Robotnik up* I'm afraid we're going to have to do a tactical retreat for now, but before then, here's a little "going away" present! *Tosses bomb at them, with Robotnik's insignia on it* Until we meet again…or should I say, IF we meet again, assuming you aren't blown to pieces by then! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *Flies away*

Vector: Uh oh! This ain't good! We'd beddah go ahead 'n' scram, boys…'n' girls!

Silver: Don't worry, that won't be necessary. I've got a better idea! *Uses telekinesis to pick up the bomb, and steps outside through the crack in the wall* HOW 'BOUT THIS!? *Tosses the bomb at the Big Arms as it's flying away*

Meanwhile, off in the distance…

Robotnik: Whew…that was a close call! If it hadn't been for you, Egg-Robo, as well as Slush, ironically, I probably would have been finished off for sure!

Egg-Robo: Anytime, Doctor.

Robotnik: Oh, how I absolutely DESPISE those idiots! They're ALWAYS getting in my way and ruining EACH and EVERY one of my plans! They'd better enjoy this moment of triumph while they still can, because they haven't seen the last of me! Next time, I WILL be victorious, and this world WILL be mine!

Egg-Robo: Technically, Dr. Robotnik, they already HAVE seen the last of you a few moments ago! The bomb has most likely exploded already, and began spreading around the base! Knuckles and the rest of cretins were probably blown to pieces before they even had the chance to escape! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, you're probably right! I don't recall them having the Chaos Emeralds on them at the time, so I think it's definitely a safe bet to say that they're history! HAHAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Egg-Robo: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Just as the two of them were in the middle of their maniacal laughter, Robotnik suddenly noticed the bomb flying towards them. Unfortunately for them, however, it was far too late to react, and it ended up colliding with the Big Arms, triggering a huge explosion that blew it to pieces and sent the two of them flying over the horizon.

Robotnik: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!

Egg-Robo: GAAAAAAAAAAH!!! *Czzzzzzt!*

Bomb: HAHAHAHA! Now THAT'S what I call a kaboom!

Charmy: Look! I can see their parachutes! They're okay…

Espio: …You just couldn't resist quoting that line again, could you?

Charmy: Hee hee, nope! I sure couldn't, and that's because it's really, REALLY funny!

Mecha Amy: *Looks toward Slush* By the way, are you ready to explain what those "reasons" were for defending Robotnik?

Slush: …

It's because I owed him a favor. I'd rather not get into any more detail than that. Why not just be happy that you finally got the freedom you've been fighting for? Silvra destroyed the switch. *Points to its broken remains*

Mecha Amy: *Looks* Hey, you're right! That's definitely the same switch, no doubt about it! I'm… I'm free! I'm finally free! WHOO HOO! *Happily jumps around the room* I'M FREE, I'M FREE, I'M FREEEEEE! YESSSSSSS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *Jumps and punches the air*

Everyone: …

Shock: Heh… I don't think I've ever seen her so happy before.

Storm: Neither have I, actually.

Heavy: Um… Not to, you know, rain on your parade or anything, Mecha Amy, but Robotnik could easily construct another of those switches if he still has the original blueprints.

Bomb: Yeah. Perhaps that's something to take into consideration? The same applies to you, Silvra.

Silvra: …

Mecha Amy: Oh, yeah. I guess you're right.

Slush: The blueprints to that device are most likely in the production room, over at his Mystic Ruins base.

Mecha Amy: Alright, well let's go!

With that said, the group left the room and went back into the hallway with tons of doors, bound for Dr. Robotnik's base in the Mystic Ruins. As they were on their way out, they ended up hearing some sounds from the surveillance room.

Mighty: Did anybody else hear that, or was it just me?

Shock: It's not just you. Those sounds came from the surveillance room. I'm guessing that somebody left the monitors on.

Mecha Amy: That reminds me… I wonder if Metal Sonic's fight with Three-Point Zero is being recorded? If so, then that's something I don't wanna miss! I can't wait to see that pompous jerk get what's coming to him!

Storm: I doubt it. Robotnik may have cameras installed all around this base, but that doesn't mean that he has them elsewhere. The fight between the Metal Sonics is taking place up at the Space Colony, ARK, remember?

Mecha Amy: Oh, yeah.

Shadow: Actually, I'm certain that he has at least one installed up there. I remember witnessing that first-hand, when he found out about the fake Chaos Emerald that Tails created.

Tails: Wait, so THAT'S how he knew about it?

Shadow: Precisely.

*They enter the surveillance room and find one monitor displaying Metal Sonic's battle against Three-Point Zero, and the other displaying Tiara's rematch with Nack*

Porkenstein: *Notices Metal Overlord 3.0 on the monitor* Oh, bloody hell! The devil IS that thing!? Some kind of extraterrestrial!?

Shadow: That "extraterrestrial" is Metal Sonic 3.0, if I'm not mistaken.

Silver: THAT'S Three-Point Zero!? No way!

Blaze: How could he have possibly changed his appearance THIS much!?

Omega: Metal Sonic Version 3.0 has achieved this transformation from all of the data he has managed to obtain, similar to the metamorphosis that the original Metal Sonic has undergone in the past.

Shock: Whoa… That's pretty freaky-looking, if you ask me! By that, I mean Iblis freaky! Even moreso than Squash's laugh!

Squash: Hardy har har.

Amy: *Looks at the other monitor and gasps* …!

Cream: What's the matter?

Amy: Is that…Boobowski!? *Points*

Porkenstein: *Looks* I do say! Yes, that's her alright! Not that I'm complaining or anything, but how did she manage to make such a miraculous recovery!? The last time I saw her, she was in critical condition!

Shadow: I cured her of those wounds by using one of Professor Gerald's healing devices on her.

Porkenstein: Professor Gerald? As in, Professor Gerald Robotnik, the same person who tried to destroy this planet by sending that space station on a collision course with it?

Shadow: Yes, that's him.

Silver: Wow… Is there anyone in that family who ISN'T insane? At first, I thought Dr. Nega only picked it up from Robotnik, but now I could see that it goes much, MUCH deeper than that.

Shadow: Hey, hey! For your information, Professor Gerald was a great man who once dedicated his life to making people happy through the power of science. It wasn't until the untimely death of his granddaughter, Maria, that he was driven to the brink of insanity. If it hadn't been for him inventing the Eclipse Cannon, then Black Doom and his army would have taken over this planet, as well as the entire universe! Don't even THINK of lumping him OR Maria with the likes of Nega!

Silver: Alright, already! There's no need to bite my head off over it!

Porkenstein: All that aside, I've definitely got to hand it to the old chap for inventing whatever type of healing device it was that you used on Tiara. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that it hasn't put hospitals out of business by now.

Shadow: That probably would have happened already, if it weren't for the fact that the supply of healing capsules is limited.

Porkenstein: I see. If that were to happen, that would be quite unfortunate for Natalie…

Charmy: Who's Natalie?

Porkenstein: She's my younger sister, who works in the medical field.

Charmy: You mean that she's a doctor, right?

Porkenstein: Exactly.

Mecha Amy: *Has her eyes glued to the monitor that's displaying the battle between the two Metal Sonics*

Meanwhile, up at the ARK Runway…

*Music Cue*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Firing tons of projectiles at Metal Sonic*

Metal Sonic: *Dodges them as he continues to jet towards 3.0*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Uses telekinesis to lift more objects, unintentionally in the pattern of a Homing Attack chain* Now… Perish, you obsolete scum! PERISH!

Before Three-Point Zero had a chance to toss the objects at Metal Sonic, he latter quickly started Homing Attacking the objects, and eventually elevated high enough to attack the glowing core again*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Growls, and loses his telekinetic grip on the objects* *Czzzzt!*

Metal Sonic: *Gets ready to attack it again*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Catches him in a telekinetic grip, and then wraps his iron tail around him*

Metal Sonic: What!?

Metal Overlord 3.0: HAHAHAHAHAHA… *Starts squeezing him*

Metal Sonic: Uhhhhhh! *Czzzzzt!*

Metal Overlord 3.0: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *Squeezes him even harder*

Metal Sonic: UHHHHHHHH!!! *Czzzzzt!*

Metal Overlord 3.0: Yes, that's right! Writhe in agony, like the worthless trash you are!

*He continues to squeeze Metal Sonic even harder*

At the Sand Ocean base…

Mecha Amy: NOOOOOO!!! METAL SONIC!!! *Gets ready to rush out the door*

Honey: Where are you going?

Mecha Amy: To help him, of course!

Espio: Fair enough, but just to give you a warning… He's not going to be very happy if you do, believe me.

Marine: Yeah, ya should've SEEN the way he acted when we tried to help 'im the LAST time somethin' like this happened! The bloke went all crazy on us 'n' everything!

Mecha Amy: I don't care! Whether he wants my help or not, my Metal Sonic needs me! I won't let anyone talk me out of it! *Gets ready to run off again*

Shock: Alright, but shouldn't you take the Chaos Rings before you go? *Points to the Chaos Rings on the floor, which are now colorless after being used on Silvra*

Mecha Amy: … *Stops and walks over to them* Ah, right, I completely forgot about these! *Picks them up* Are you sure they still have their power, though? It certainly doesn't look like it…

Amy: It may not look like it, but they definitely still have their power. Trust me, as long as you have the power of love and friendship on your side, the Chaos Rings will never truly lose their power!

Mecha Amy: *Nods* Thank you, I'll keep that in mind. *Rushes out of the room*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Faces the camera* I'm going to assume that you meddlesome twits from before are watching this battle? Before you get any foolish ideas about helping him, why not give this a listen? *Opens his wrist, and presses a button*

*Cue Recording*

Metal Overlord 3.0: This time, for certain, I shall crush you at the palm of my hand! Especially since your friends aren't around to save you this time!

Metal Sonic: Friends? I don't have any. Not now, not ever. If you're referring to Amy Rose and all those other meddlers, then they are no friends of mine! Each and every one of them are insignificant, and mean nothing to me! I never asked for their assistance in the first place!

*End Recording*

Everyone: …

Sonic: I guess some things never change, do they?

Amy: Ooooh…! *Clenches her fist in anger* How could he say something like that after all the trouble we went through to help him!? And that was DESPITE the kidnapping incident on the Tiny Planet a while back!

Squash: …Oh, well, whatever. It's his loss, not ours.

Amy: Well, fine! Three-Point Zero can just squeeze the life out of him, then! See if we care!

Silvra: Now, now, there's no need to get so riled up. Deep down inside, I doubt he actually meant what he said. For all we know, that may have just been his pride talking.

Amy: Maybe you're right, Silvra.

Again, at the ARK Runway…

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Still has Metal Sonic in the grip of his large iron tail*

Metal Sonic: Ghhhh…! *Czzzzzt!* *Tries to cut himself loose*

Metal Overlord 3.0: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You can struggle as much as you wish; the outcome will still be the same! This time, for certain, I have you beaten! I've suffered the shame and humiliation of being defeated by an outdated model for the LAST time! Now, it's your turn! *Runs electricity through his tail (due to copying data from Shock)*

Metal Sonic: UHHHHHHHH!!! *Bzzzzzzt!*

Metal Overlord 3.0: At this point, I'm certain that Dr. Robotnik, as well as those "insignificant" comrades of yours, couldn't care less what happens to you, but I would be more than happy to do the honors of disposing of the obsolete for them! HAHAHAHAHAHA…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Just as Three-Point Zero was in the middle of his maniacal laughter, a large, metallic hammer was suddenly thrown upside his head.

Metal Overlord 3.0: AUUUUUGGGHH! *Holds his head* What was that!? WHO did that!? *Looks around*

*Music Cue*

Mecha Amy: Over here!

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Faces her, and then groans in annoyance* You…

Metal Sonic: Mecha…Amy…

Mecha Amy: You put him down, right now! Or else I'm REALLY gonna get angry!

Metal Overlord 3.0: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, how I quiver with fear! The absolute LAST thing I'd ever want is to incur the wrath of a weakling!

Mecha Amy: I SAID PUT HIM DOWN!

Metal Overlord 3.0: You aren't in the position to demand anything of me, fool. You'd best stand down, unless you would like to end up just like him.

Mecha Amy: I'll be doing no such thing!

Metal Overlord 3.0: So, you wish to die alongside your precious Metal Sonic? Who am I to disappoint? *Fires a beam of psychic energy at her*

Mecha Amy: *Absorbs it through the circular device on her hand*

Metal Overlord 3.0: WHAT!?

Mecha Amy: Metal Sonic! These are for you! *Tosses the seven Chaos Rings at him*

Metal Sonic: …!

Shortly afterwards, the seven Chaos Rings began to encircle Metal Sonic and regain their color. After their color returned, they began to glow and transfer their powers over to Metal Sonic, effectively healing his wounds and triggering a super transformation, which gave him the power he needed to effortlessly break free from Metal Sonic 3.0's grasp.

*Music Cue*

Metal Overlord 3.0: WHAT!? What's going on!? How can this be!? How is it possible that the Chaos Rings still had their power!? I was there to witness them getting drained of it after they were used on Project EG-005!

Mecha Amy: As the original Amy told me… As long as one has the power of love and friendship on their side, the rings will never truly lose their power! But of course, I'd never expect someone like YOU to understand that…

Metal Overlord 3.0: Such drivel. Love and friendship are nothing more than delusions for the weak! *Looks toward Metal Sonic* Now, are you ready to finish this?

Super Metal Sonic: I'm ready. *Starts flying toward Three-Point Zero at light speed*

Metal Overlord 3.0: *Grabs a bunch of asteroids via telekinesis and tosses them at him*

Super Metal Sonic: *Crashes right through them, shattering them into pieces*

Metal Overlord 3.0: WHAT!?

Mecha Amy: Alright! Gooooo, Metal Sonic! Whoo hoo!

Super Metal Sonic: Three-Point Zero, this is the end for you!

Metal Overlord 3.0: I don't think so, you worthless piece of obsolete-

Before Three-Point Zero had the chance to finish his sentence, Metal Sonic, while flying at light speed, crashed right through his energy core, and entered the inside of his body, where all his circuits and wires are.

Metal Overlord 3.0: AUGH! *Czzzzt!* Why, you…! What…what have you done!?

Super Metal Sonic: Nothing yet. *Starts attacking him from the inside*

Metal Overlord 3.0: AUUUUUUGGGGGHHH! *Czzzzzt!* I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL YOOOOOOUUUUU! *Czzzzt!*

Super Metal Sonic: *Spots the copy chip, yanks it out, and exits his body through the core again*

Metal Overlord 3.0: W-WHAT!? IM…IMPOSSIBLE! NOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

No longer in possession of Dr. Nega's copy chip, Metal Sonic Version 3.0 ended up getting reduced back to his original form; only this time, without any of the powers that he's obtained from copying other peoples' data.

Mecha Amy: HA! In your face, Three-Point Zero!

Super Metal Sonic: *Crushes the chip at the palm of his hand, breaking it into pieces*

Metal Sonic 3.0: You're…going to pay for this…! *Czzzzt!* You'll pay for it with your LIFE, you obsolete scum!

Super Metal Sonic: What can you do now? As far as I'm concerned, you're powerless against me now. *Powers down, and changes back into his regular form as well*

Mecha Amy: Exactly, so you might as well just give up already!

Metal Sonic 3.0: This isn't the end! With or without that copy chip, I still possess enough power to destroy you with my default abilities!

*Music Cue*

*They engage in old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat, and Mecha Amy continues to cheer Metal Sonic on*

Ten minutes later…

Metal Sonic 3.0: *Surrounds himself with a golden boost aura*

Metal Sonic: *Surrounds himself with a purple one*

Metal Sonic 3.0: It's time to end this!

*Both Metal Sonics dash toward one another and get into an aura struggle, trying to knock each other off the runway*

Mecha Amy: Yeah, that's right! Show that meanie who's boss! You can do it, Metal Sonic! I believe in you…

Metal Sonic 3.0: I won't lose to outdated trash like you! Not THIS time!

Metal Sonic: You sound like a broken record.

*They continue boosting against one another*

After a while of boosting against one another non-stop, the original Metal Sonic ended up emerging victorious, as Three-Point Zero was pushed towards the edge and knocked off the platform, seemingly falling to his doom.

*Music Cue*

Metal Sonic 3.0: Uggggh…! Im…Impossible! *Czzzzzt!* How…could this have happened…!? *Czzzzt!* To think that I, of all people, would suffer defeat at the hands…of an outdated model! *Czzzzt!* Not once, not twice, but FIVE TIMES! *Czzzzzt!* I am…Metal Sonic Version 3.0, the ultimate combat robot! There are no…improvements…to be made…to this design…! *Czzzzt!* ARRRRRGGGHHHH!!! *Czzzzzt!* *Starts to explode as he falls*

Metal Sonic: Hmph. Good riddance.

Mecha Amy: I couldn't have said it any better myself. I haven't known him for that long, but I've always hated that guy. He's such a rude, egotistical jerk. That aside, wow! You were really amazing, Metal Sonic!

Metal Sonic: Um, thank you. *Czzzzt!* *Kneels down and holds his arm, because of the damage he's taken throughout the battle*

Mecha Amy: Are…are you alright? *Rushes toward Metal Sonic and kneels beside him*

Metal Sonic: I'm just fine. *Czzzzt!* *Stands up again* By the way, I don't recall asking for your help during that battle.

Mecha Amy: Well, excuuuuuuuse me for caring about you! *Gets up, crosses her arms and turns her back from him*

Metal Sonic: You didn't let me finish.

Mecha Amy: Hmm? *Turns around to face him again*

Metal Sonic: As I was saying, even though I didn't ask for your assistance…and as much as it wounds my pride to say this, I'm…glad that you did. *Places his hand on her shoulder*

Mecha Amy: Wow, really!? You're… You're actually thanking me!?

Metal Sonic: …Yes. Why are you making such an issue out of it?

Mecha Amy: Because I was told that you'd normally flip out on anybody who'd step in to help during your battles against Three-Point Zero.

Metal Sonic: What are you getting at?

Mecha Amy: *Giggles* I'm getting at the fact that you must be madly and passionately in love with me!

Metal Sonic: *Turns his back from her* Don't be absurd.

Mecha Amy: *Moves in front of him* You are, aren't you? Just admit it! I could see it in your eyes!

Metal Sonic: *Turns away from her again*

*He continues to turn away from her when she gets in front of him*

Mecha Amy: Come on, admit it already!

Metal Sonic: *Turns on his jet booster and takes off*

Mecha Amy: Ohhhh, I see! Playing hard to get, are we? You won't get away from me THAT easily! *Goes after him*

Shortly after they leave…

*Music Cue*

Metal Sonic 3.0: *Climbs back onto the platform, heavily damaged* M-Metal Sonic, you obsolete scum…! *Czzzzzt!* You…haven't seen the last…of me! *Czzzzzt!* As soon…as I get my wounds healed, and the moment… *Czzzzt!* I obtain a new copy chip and gather all the… *Czzzzt!* …data that's been lost, I shall…have…my revenge…! *Czzzzt!* When that time comes… *Czzzzt!* I'm going to…make you suffer…beyond…imagination! *Czzzzt!* Once and for all… *Czzzzt!* I shall prove…which of us…is TRULY the superior model…! *Czzzzt!* So, enjoy this…victory while you still can, as temporary as it may be, because the next time we meet… Your destruction…is a hundred percent…guaranteed…! *Czzzzt!* *Collapses to the ground and shuts off*

To "bee" continued on the next page...

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