Whew…. Terribly sorry for the wait. Between finals and this horrid cold…. When I actually had time to write, I was feeling too miserable to write anything good. Sooooorrry... Eheh…. ON TO THE SHADOUGEY GOODNESS! Oh, and to all my reviewers…. LOVE YA!

Chapter 8

An Escape

"Ahah!" This exclamation was made by a certain white bat as she finally managed to pick the crude lock on the cell door. 'Honestly, what was that man thinking? You'd think he'd know by now that he should put me in something stronger than a decrepit old jail cell like that. Unless… he wanted me to get out. Better be on my guard.' With that thought, Rouge headed off down the hall the way she had come, keeping her eyes and ears open.

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Shadow was getting frustrated. Very frustrated. This was the seventh passageway he'd been down that lead to a dead end, and he had yet to find any robots to take out his frustration on. He turned to go but stopped short when he nearly ran into a wall that hadn't been there before. "What the…!" After collecting his wits, Shadow turned to find that another passageway had opened up. 'I see…. The walls in this place move. I wonder where the good doctor is leading me…. I guess I have no choice but to find out.' Looking up, the black hedgehog spotted a camera up near the ceiling, pointing his direction. He smirked at it, not intimidated by the fact that Eggman was watching his every move. "If you can hear me doctor…. I'm ready for anything you can dish out." That said, he jumped up and homing attacked the camera, destroying it.

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Eggman watched the screen in front of him with a slight, evil grin. He'd expected that of Shadow. He gave an evil little chuckle. "Things are falling into place perfectly…." His gaze shifted to another screen, where a certain white bat was making her way down a metal passageway.

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"I'm going in circles!" Rouge growled. By now she had realized that there was no need for caution; this place was dead empty. She would have kicked the wall to vent her frustration, but she had already learned that that was a bad idea. Suddenly another path opened up to her left. "Finally!" She immediately ran down it, throwing caution to the wind. She regretted this very, very quickly.

The white bat skidded to a stop just in time to avoid falling into a deep, dark pit. She had turned the corner and nearly fallen in. It seemed to be another dead end. After peering down into the darkness for a few moments, she turned to leave, only to find that the way she had come had been blocked off. "Great."

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Sonic was having similar trouble. "Where does this stupid thing lead!" He, being much less patient than the other two, had vented his frustration on the wall multiple times, and had received a painful throbbing in his toes as a reward. "Another dead end! What is Eggman trying to do, make us all go insane!" He turned to go back, only to find himself trapped by another wall moving in front of him. "Wonderful."

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"Doctor!" Eggman turned to see Shadow standing in the doorway. "I knew you were behind this. Let us out, or-"

"Or you'll what, Shadow?" Shadow had a strong urge to rip that smug look right off of Eggman's face.

"CHAOS BL-"

"Ah ah ah, Shadow." Eggman pointed up to a large screen in front of him. For a few seconds it was blank, but then an image flashed onto the screen that made Shadow stop short.

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Rouge sighed for the tenth time in five minutes as she sat on the little platform she had walked out onto. She was considering flying down into the pit to see just how far it went when her sensitive ears picked up a distant sound. Curious, she carefully advanced to the edge of the pit and looked down.

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"What are you going to do with her?" Shadow was understandably angry. Eggman simply chuckled.

"You'll see in just a moment." Shadow watched the screen with a feeling of dread overwhelming him.

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Normally, I wouldn't end it this short. BUT! CLIFFHANGER! SUUUUFFFFEEEEER! XD Have fun suffering while I brainstorm about the next chapter. Oh yes, and I've got a little Valentine's Day Shadouge one-shot in the works…. Still in the planning stages. I hope to get it done it time for Valentine's Day. Wish me luck. XD