To Feel

By Unit 03 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Chapter 1: The last time

Metal chunks fly everywhere in this city of steel. Explosions left and right. The beauty and terror of a fierce battle rages on through one of Eggman's outlying cities. Two blue blurs are seen smashing through everything around them.

"That's enough Metal. You've taken too much damage. We will retreat at once." The familiar blue robot stares at his rival with blood red eyes. The instincts built into him build his fury to destroy that one adversary. All he thinks, all he knows is how to destroy. Completely unaware of what the battle has done to his body. His chest scratched down to the circuits; the better part of his left quill torn halfway off; his right arm cut clean bellow the elbow; his legs sparking; his back half melted from overheating his booster; an open tear across his face; not one square inch was without a dent. No matter how close he came to his own destruction, he wouldn't stop.

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"No Metal. Retreat with me at once!" With his only hand held in a resentful fist, Metal Sonic turned around and followed his master. Eggman flew away in his Hover Egg as fast as the reserve power would allow. Metal Sonic, with his mind still fixated on his one objective, landed on the left wing. "Can't you think what would have happened if I hadn't brought you out? You were too reckless out there. You can't continue to fight this way or next time you might be so lucky." Metal Sonic tilted his head forward in thought.

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"Let me tell you this first, just because you don't feel the pain doesn't mean you aren't taking heavy damage. This is the last time this is happening." Metal Sonic still didn't understand.

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"Oh, don't worry about that Metal. I'll take care of it." Metal Sonic couldn't even wonder what would be in store for him. He simply stood there with his damaged arms crossed.

It was a tranquil ride back to the main fort. A colossal structure in grey and red. Yet, even the 12 story high monolith was just the tip of the iceberg as the fort extended half a mile into the earth. Eggman moved in as the hanger gate opened. Already waiting for him was a squad of repair drones.

"Quickly, get him to a repair station." Eggman signaled the drones toward the near totaled Metal Sonic. Metal on the other hand wasn't happy about this, giving the drones a threatening glare. Eggman only pressed a few buttons on his console and Metal Sonic was out like a light.

*unknown time laps*

Metal Sonic woke up, laid down inside a capsule. Several cables connected to his body. He was repaired and restored right down to his fingertips. Even within Eggman base, he felt disoriented. "01010111 01101000 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01100001 01101101 00100000 01001001 00111111 00100000 01010111 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101000 01100001 01110000 01110000 01100101 01101110 01100101 01100100 00111111" Eggman walked in a few seconds after, stepping to the capsule. "Ah, good, you're awake." With the press of a button the glass on top parted at the middle and slid to the sides. Metal sat up as the cables detached and retracted away. He looked at his hands first, examining them. He looked back to his creator, puzzled. "01000100 01101111 01100011 01110100 01101111 01110010 00101100 00100000 01110011 01101111 01101101 01100101 01110100 01101000 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01100100 01101001 01100110 01100110 01100101 01110010 01100101 01101110 01110100 00101110"
"Yes, yes." Eggman took a few paces, looking down. He took a deep breath and turned to his prized robot. "I made one large modification. The first time I ever try something similar." Metal Sonic tilted his head as he listened. "You see, for you to take more care and not get yourself destroyed, you have to feel the pain of damage. Your outer armor has a new layer that will transmit tactile perception to you CPU. It's almost like you have skin." Metal Sonic looked back at his hands. Nothing looked different, but something wasn't the same. "You'll know what to do, so don't worry about a thing." Metal stepped out of the capsule. As he stood on his feet, something was strange. There seemed to be a weight on him, but nothing was on him. As he took a few steps, he stopped noticing. Things seemed a bit back to normal for the moment. "Go outside for now. I've got plans to draw up. I'll call if I need you."

Metal Sonic walked over to the only exit door. As he continued to walk towards the hangar, he looked back at his hands. Slowly, he brought his hands together; his fingers slowly rubbing past each other.

"01010111 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01110011 00111111" Metal Sonic was baffled at the sensation. "01001001 01110011 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01110111 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101001 01110011 00111111" He was sure what this would mean for the future. All he could be certain of is that everything he knew was about to change.


AN: That ends chapter one. Hope you enjoy the story as it progresses.