Chapter 17

The now gray Chaos Emeralds lay in a dull color as the newly transformed Shadow hovered over them. The entire group was watching with wide eyes.

"How could he have bypassed the Hyper Form?" Sonic murmured.

Shadow laid his icy gaze upon the blue hedgehog.

"I am the ultimate life form!"

Sonic looked up at him and smirked.

"I guess so…"

Another high-pitched scream entered the stormy air as Shadow's ears perked up.

"Amber."

In a flash of blue light, the hedgehog disappeared leaving only thunder and lighting.

With Amber

The female hedgehog could hear her own bones crack as the monstrous Eclipse continued to squeeze her in his tail's grasp.

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

Eclipse laughed evilly.

"HAHAHAH! DID YOU REALLY THINK SHADOW WAS GOING TO SAVE YOU? YOU ARE MORE PATHETIC THAN"-

"Let her go!" A deep, icy voice cut off.

Eclipse shifted his massive head to the right to be met with the sight of an icy blue hedgehog with light red stripes. The monster's eyes widened.

"NO! THAT ENERGY BURST! IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN YOU!"

Shadow continued to stare as he tightened his fists, sending blue energy sparks dancing around them.

"I said let her go. Now!"

The moment the last word left his lips, the icy blue energy burst dark blue before subsiding.

"HUMPH, YOU THINK THIS NEW FORM OF YOURS SCARES ME?"

Shadow smirked.

"You should be scared. I have this new power and can totally control it, unlike you!"

Eclipse's face twisted in rage as his tail loosened on Amber. She quicklydarted out of the loosened grip and flew towards the ground, where she collapsed to her knees, her super form fading.

"YOU INSIGNIFICANT LITTLE INSECT! I CAN CONTROL THIS POWER!"

Shadow's smirk grew bigger.

"Then why don't you prove it?"

And with that last word, Shadow charged for Eclipse. Shadow pulled his hand back as blue energy crackled in it.

"Chaos Spear!"

The attack flew ahead of Shadow and towards Eclipse who pulled one of his giant hands back.

"CHAOS SWORD!"

But instead of a giant attack, a blast half the size of Shadow's came forth which was easily knocked out of the way by Shadow's. Eclipse had no time to react and was hit with the attack. It sizzled into his stomach and left a giant burn mark.

Shadow continued to advance and elbowed Eclipse in the stomach, sending the monster reeling over in pain. Shadow took this opportunity and delivered a hard uppercut to Eclipse's chin.

The hedgehog bent backwards from the impact. Shadow, once again without hesitation, delivered a straight kick to his stomach, knocking the monster away. Eclipse regained composure and swung his tail at Shadow, who had his head bowed down.

Without looking up, the hedgehog caught the attack. Shadow looked up at Eclipse's wide eyes as he began to spin his body around. Eclipse was taken full force by the swings and went round and round.

Once gaining enough momentum, Shadow released Eclipse, sending the beasthigher into the sky. Eclipse flapped his mighty wings and to stop himself and growled.

'HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING? THE CHAOS FORM IS THE STRONGEST OF THEM ALL!'

Shadow charged up towards Eclipse who chaos controlled out of the way before impact. His giant body reappeared behind Shadow as he swung one massive arm at him. Shadow, with lighting speed, ducked under the swing.

With Amber

'Wow! Eclipse totally out powered me and here comes Shadow, not even breaking a sweat.'

She smiled.

'That's my brother.' Of course, they were not biologically related but treated each other as siblings.

"Amber!"

Amber whirled out of her thought as she spotted Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Rouge running towards her. They were carrying the Chaos Emeralds. She smiled.

"What's up?"

The group stopped in front of her and laid the Chaos Emeralds on the ground. Rouge looked towards the sky.

"So the fight has started?"

"Yes."

"How's Shadow doing?" Tails asked.

"Better than any of us."

With Shadow

Shadow quickly darted out of the way of another swing by Eclipse.

"You're getting slow Eclipse." Shadow mocked.

Eclipse growled and delivered a round house kick. Shadow simply ducked and the leg swung harmlessly above him. Eclipse retreated his leg. Shadow tightened his fists as blue energy orbs surrounded them. He put his hands up boxing style.

"Chaos Fury!"

Shadow darted forward and began pounding his fists mercilessly against Eclipse. Eclipse was too slow to react and was hit head on. Each impact made the monster scoot back a little as Shadow continued to advance.

Shadow stopped advancing and floated back a little, the orbs still surrounding his fists. Eclipse had bloody dents from the hits all over his body. His chest was most heavily hit and was bleeding severely. Shadow was not done however as he shot both the orbs from his hands. The orbs made impact and created a smoke cloud around Eclipse.

The wind quickly cleared it and two massive holes were left in Eclipse's chest. The hedgehog glowed silver before regenerating. Although he looked fine now, he was panting and sweating heavily.

'IT'S NOT FAIR! I TRULY CANNOT CONTROL THIS POWER YET. I ONLY HAVE ONE CHOICE ALTHOUGH THIS GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING I BELIEVE IN.'

Eclipse's wing beating sped up as he took higher to the sky. Shadow followed. They kept going through the rainy and dark sky until they were above the clouds and stopped. The bright yellow sun shined on them as thunder roared from below.

"SHADOW, I TRULY UNDERSTAND THAT I CANNOT YET CONTROL THIS POWER. THAT IS WHY I WILL DEPART."

"And what makes you think I'll just let you go?"

"YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE IN THE MATTER. I CAN DAMAGE YOU MORE THAN PYSHICALLY. FOR INSTANCE, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PUTTING THE WHITE BAT IN DANGER?"

Shadow winced at the statement but kept his composure.

"What makes you think I care?"

Eclipse smirked.

"WELL, LET US JUST SEE!"

In a flash of dark light, he was gone.

With The Group

The group was startled by a bright light. Rouge's heart leaped as she thought it was Shadow. This was disproved however when a colossal Eclipse appeared. He looked straight at Rouge and smirked.

"YOU!"

In a flash, Eclipse grabbed the bat and chaos controlled away.

With Shadow

A bright light appeared as Eclipse reappeared holding a frightened Rouge in his claws.

"NOW SHADOW! ARE YOU STILL WITHOUT CARE?"

"You scumbag, leave her out of this!"

"NOW WHY WOULD I DO THAT? THINK ABOUT IT SHADOW. IF YOU DON'T LET ME GO I WILL KILL HER RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!"

Rouge's eyes widened.

"W-What?"

"SILENCE!"

Eclipse squeezed his fist andRouge gave a sharp gasp of pain. Shadow winced once again. A dull white energy started surrounding him.

"Let her go!" He hissed.

"ONLY IF YOU LET ME GO!"

Shadow brooded in silence. The only sounds heard were the far away thunder and the steady beats of Eclipse's wings.After a while he answered.

"Fine."

Eclipse smirked.

"VERY GOOD. NOW, WE SHALL CONTINUE OUR BATTLE EXACTLY ONE WEEK FROM THIS HOUR. DONOT WORRY ABOOUT SEAKING ME OUT. WHEN THE TIME COMES I WILL FIND YOU!"

Shadow nodded. Eclipse smirked and tossed Rouge over to Shadow, who caught her with his arms, holding her bridal style. The dull white energy around him disappeared.

Eclipse laughed darkly and disappeared. Rouge faced Shadow sadly.

"I'm sorry Shadow."

Shadow looked at her.

"For what?"

"For causing so much trouble, if you didn't have to worry about my safety you could have destroyed him already."

Shadow smiled

"It's not your fault."

Rouge smiled back at him. She nuzzled against his chest fur.

"Thanks Shady."

Shadow looked back to the sky and spoke.

"And don't worry about Eclipse. I will handle him soon enough."

Rouge nuzzled deeper in his chest and Shadow looked back at her.

"Chaos Control!"

And in a blue flash of light, the two disappeared.

All hail Shadow,

Heroes rise again!

Obliterating everything that's not your friend!

Nothing can stop you now,

No ghosts to bring you down!

When there's nothing left to lose, you win.

All hail Shadow

All hail Shadow

Suffer long and it will set you free.

Only through trial do we, find the strength we need!

It's never over, just another day...

Of hope and tragedies, and everything that comes our way.

Determination of the strong...

Found the meaning that you searched for so long!

All hail Shadow,

Heroes rise again!

Obliterating everything that's not your friend!

Nothing can stop you now,

No ghosts to bring you down!

When there's nothing left to lose, you win.

All hail Shadow

All hail Shadow

Somewhere in chaos we all find ourselves.

This destruction is the only tale we tell.

White is black and black is white,

Right is wrong and wrong is right.

Nothing ever fills this hole inside your heart!

Determination of the strong...

Found the meaning that you searched for so long!

All hail Shadow,

Heroes rise again!

Obliterating everything that's not your friend!

Nothing can stop you now,

No ghosts to bring you down!

When there's nothing left to lose, you win.

All hail Shadow

All hail Shadow

All hail Shadow,

Heroes rise again!

Obliterating everything that's not your friend!

Nothing can stop you now,

No ghosts to bring you down!

When there's nothing left to lose, you win.

All hail Shadow

All hail Shadow

By Magni-Fi