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Volume Two, Season Three

Episode Six

I'm Not Me

By Cole Bezotte

See the other version at Super Sonic Squad, Season Four, Episode Ten

"This can't be happening!" Ratchet exclaimed as he looked down at himself. "I'm now the fastest thing that ever lived!"

"But you can't go on like this forever!" Pupuru replied, leaning up against a tree at Knothole Village. "Sonic no longer has his speed, so you can't stay that way for long. We'll need him back so we can switch you back to normal."

"How do you know Sonic has my body now?"

"My magic does not lie; I suddenly realized the situation when I heard the tone in your voice. I know you're still the heroic ranger that I've fought side-by-side with."

"Thanks, Pupuru… But we'll have to find a cure for this somehow…"

Ratchet began to run throughout the Great Forest, testing the speed of the hedgehog which was now his new form. He found his speed as very difficult to handle, concerning the fact that he merely used his Omniwrench as his main weapon. Sonic, on the other hand, used a different approach when it came to combat, using his speed as a very strong weapon.

Ratchet finally stopped right when it seemed like he was about to bump Pupuru and knock her down. Though his feet felt perfectly fine, his head was dizzy from all the running and crashing into the trees he did not see ahead. "How does he do it?" he muttered. "Was he born with this stuff?"

"I guess the speed was a permanent part of him," Pupuru replied. "But you'll have to put it to the test if you want to use it wisely."

"It looks like my chance has already come… I see that castle burning…!"

Pupuru turned and saw the castle of Mobotropolis burning violently with a giant blazing fire. "This doesn't look good!" she thought. "It looks like Sonic, uh, I mean Ratchet, will get his chance!"

Ratchet grabbed Pupuru by the arm and speedily ran towards the courtyard of Mobotropolis. There, he found a young turtle crawling desperately away from the battle that raged behind him. Ratchet saw this as the perfect chance to jump right in and give all he had into saving this one's life. With a special spin-dash he snatched the turtle away from the chaos that engulfed the center of the area. To many watchful eyes, the feat seemed more like a simple blue blur moving from one spot to the next.

"I should have known this from the start!" Ratchet thought as he escorted the turtle to safety. "Needles must have switched my brain with Sonic's! Well, my worst enemy, it's time that you experience payback!"

It was in the courtyard that Needles, with his magical powers, battled against his villainous rival Dr. Eggman and his scientific weapons. They each had their motives of domination, other than both villains being very different from each other. This caused a burning hatred between each other, as it seemed that nothing would break their new rivalry.

"We failed the past few times because your precious technology failed us!" Needles shouted at him as he pushed his way to the throne room. "It's time that I do all the dirty work myself!"

"Not today, pal!" Eggman taunted in reply. "You're still the same as ever, while I have improved myself!"

Needles swiftly made it to the throne of King Maximilian Acorn, in which the lordly one rose and held his scepter, created by Ixis Naugus himself. "You dare invade our beloved realm again!" the king exclaimed. "I'll make sure you don't kill another helpless victim!" With one raise of the scepter, Max attempted to shoot a large cosmic bolt at the enemy, only to be met by a super villain still standing alive.

"You still have a lot to learn about the one you face!" Needles said to him. "I have stolen your wizard's power, which increased my many abilities a thousandfold! I can now absorb anything you shoot at me! I'm loaded with cosmic energy now!

"Then it's true!" the king exclaimed as he watched Needles glow very brightly with power. "My very rule is being threatened!"

"All that counts is power—and I got it to spare! Now that I soaked up the force you hit me with, I'll give it right back at you! Let's see how YOU can take it!" The villain returned the raging force back at the brave king who fired it at him.

But even King Max could not be threatened with his own power. His imperial Scepter of Supremacy swallowed the cosmic fury and contained it safely within it.

"Hold it you!" said a voice from behind. Eggman rushed in to stop Needles before he could gain the throne he wanted. "Your time has come, Maximilian! You have ruled long enough! It is time you took your rest. Only the STRONGEST may possess the supreme scepter. Let it now be mine!"

But Dr. Eggman spoke too soon; Sonic and Ratchet met up right at that time and came just in time to stop the villainous plan that was soon over. "We know you did this to us!" Ratchet spoke up to Needles. "We wish to have us back to normal!"

"Hold your tongue!" the king snapped at him. "I have no wish to see my kingdom destroyed. Both Julian and Needles have always lusted for my throne. Let it be there's!"

"WHAT?!" Needles and Eggman both shouted. "We have to SHARE it?!"

In an act of distraction, Max tossed the scepter in the air, seeing which one of the villains would be the first to catch it. He knew that they would desperately reach out and grab it both at the same time.

"The scepter shall never be torn from my grasp!" Needles shouted as he tugged at it with all his strength.

"Bunk!" Eggman replied. "Nothing's going to make me let go of it!"

"There is much truth in what you say," Max teased. "For neither of you can relinquish your hold."

"He's right!" Eggman thought. "He found a way to make us stick to the blamed thing! I can't pry my fingers open!"

Neither of them could let go of the scepter; they felt the power of Ixis Naugus returning to haunt them. Ixis had indeed returned from his captivity, well enough to retrieve his stolen power from Needles. Then, for the final act, he motioned Tails to open a new warp zone. Ixis used his power to throw the two fiends through the warp and into the endless reaches of outer space, where they would be stranded for a very long time.

"The scepter does not matter to show the sign of kingship," Ixis said as he moved his left claw-hand. "It's not only the crown that shows it, but the pool of gold and silver. They were fools to forget the ritual!"

(Note: The Sonic the Hedgehog comics explain it all. But all stories from issues 0-200 are now officially non-canon. I wish I knew why.)

A powerful bolt came from Ixis' hand and completely engulfed Ratchet and Sonic in an act to switch their brains back to their rightful bodies. The deed was complete, bringing them back to their normal selves.

"Now I have my speed back!" Sonic exclaimed excitedly as he ran around the throne room. "I'm ready to be back in action again!"

"I hope nothing freaky happened while you were at Los Angeles," Ratchet replied. "The League of Heroes will always be at the universe's service."

"And the same goes for my Freedom Fighters. I'll see you around some other time, pal!"

After saying their last goodbyes, the heroes gladly went back to their proper places in Earth and Mobius. They were grateful for the big help they received. But they were left wondering when a new adventure would begin… But only if a NEW danger would come…

I GUESS I'M NOT EXACTLY WRITING THE WAY I USED TO. I USED TO MAKE THESE STORIES WAY LONGER THAN THEY ARE TODAY. IT'S ALMOST LIKE STAN LEE; HE USED TO MAKE EACH COMIC ISSUE ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE PAGES LONG. OVER THE YEARS, THEY SHORTENED DOWN TO ONLY ABOUT FIFTEEN TO EIGHTEEN PAGES. BUT EITHER AWAY, AT LEAST A GOOD STORY IS INVOLVED.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING, AND HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

GOD BLESS YOU!