SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG: MEPHILES

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Chapter Nine: Mephiles' Final Temptation

Shadow was standing at the northern entrance of the town of Soleanna and stared out into the barren wasteland known as Dusty Desert. But Shadow wasn't alone. Standing next to him was a stranger covered by a dirty brown cloak that said he held information on Mephiles' current whereabouts. "Where did you say he was again?" Shadow asked. "In the temple ruins located in the middle of the desert. That is where you will find Mephiles." The stranger answered. Shadow had a very hard time trusting this person. Then again, after what Kumori told him, Shadow didn't trust anyone anymore. As Shadow looked at the cloaked stranger and noticed a faint blue aura of chaos energy. Shadow could tell this guy was powerful.

"But why would Mephiles be here?" Shadow asked. "Might I take a guess?" Rouge's voice came from behind. Shadow quickly turned around and found that the cloaked stranger was gone and Rouge and a depressed Kumori were standing at the entrance. "What are you doing here?" Shadow questioned. "Mephiles appears to be headed for those ruins. He's probably looking for the chaos emerald that's supposed to be there." Rouge said. "That make's sense. His movement shows that he's seeking the seven chaos emeralds. Supposedly, he needs them to join with Iblis again." Shadow concluded. "Then I will seal him before he does." Kumori said, replacing her depression with determination.

Shadow turned to the two females and glared at them, which greatly scared the two. "You will do no such thing!" Shadow said in venomously manner. "But Shadow..." Rouge was cut off. "No buts! I want you two to stay as far away from this battle as possible!" Shadow shouted. "All we want to do is help!" Rouge shouted back. "Like I'm supposed to believe that." Shadow said calmly before he ran off into the desert. "Ugh, that little..." Rouge shouted in anger. After hearing what Shadow had said, Kumori returned to her depressive state and started walking back to town. "Hey! Where are you going?" Rouge asked, taking notice to Kumori's imminent departure. "Shadow doesn't want us. So there's no point in staying here." Kumori said sadly. Unexpectedly, Rouge stomped towards Kumori and slapped her across the face. "How can you say that?! He needs us!" Rouge exclaimed. "But...you heard what Shadow said." Kumori said. "Kumori...Do you love Shadow?" Rouge asked. "Of course." Kumori said like it was the easiest answer in the world. "Then prove it." Rouge challenged.

After trekking through ten miles of sand, Shadow had reached the temple ruins, but couldn't find a way inside. "There must be a switch or something around here." Shadow said as he started to feel around the wall for any secret entrances. But while Shadow was searching, a black worm slowly wiggled its head out of the sand to spot its prey. In one swift motion, the dark worm jumped out and charged at Shadow. During his search, Shadow noticed a shadow on the wall and knew it wasn't his because Mephiles was his shadow. Shadow quickly jumped to the side before the dark worm hit the ground and burrowed under again. "Mephiles is defiantly here." Shadow said. The dark worm jumped out from behind him, but Shadow quickly countered by using a chaos spear towards the dark worm's throat. The dark worm dropped dead from the attack.

"This one seemed much weaker then the others. Either Mephiles is growing weaker or he is just stalling for time." Shadow assumed. Just then, another dark worm popped out of the ground in front of Shadow. "It's defiantly the second one. But Mephiles is gonna need a lot more then that to stop me." Shadow said with a smirk. As he said that, over a hundred dark birds, dark tigers, dark worms, and dark giants popped out of the ground. "That should do it." Shadow said nervously. As the dark monster army advanced forward, a single dark tiger secretly snuck up behind Shadow. The tiger lunged at Shadow, ready to kill. Just then, Shadow heard a feral screech from behind him and looked back to find the dark tiger pinned to the ground with a razor blade through its head. "Looks like you could use a hand." Just then, Erazor Djinn appeared in a puff of black smoke to defend Shadow. "What are you doing here?" Shadow questioned. "No time for that. Mephiles is getting closer to the chaos emerald. I will help you get inside." Erazor said as he snapped his fingers. Shadow suddenly turned into a cloud of smoke and entered the temple through the cracks. Erazor pulled his razor blade from the dead monsters skull and turned back to the rest, saying "Who's first?"


The cloud of smoke passed threw the cracks in the wall and reformed together to create Shadow's body. "So that's how genies feel when they turn to smoke, huh? It's actually kind of pleasant." Shadow said. Shadow scanned his surroundings and found himself in a room filled with sand and several stone platforms scattered around it. Even from this room, Shadow could feel Mephiles' cold, spine chilling presences just up ahead. "This time, you won't get away, Mephiles. Shadow stated before he jumped off to land in the sand. Unfortunately, when Shadow landed in the sand, he instantly activated the temple's defenses. The sand started shifting around and soon turned into a series of sand waves similar to water ones.

The waves came crashing down on Shadow, but he was just lucky enough to avoid them in time. But the waves just kept coming. To make matters worse, a dark giant and two dark birds dropped down from the ceiling and seemed to be able to resist the sand waves. "As if this couldn't get any worse." Shadow said. Shadow quickly jumped to the side to avoid an incoming sand wave, only to be hit in the back by a dark energy ball. A dark giant threw a spiky rock ball at Shadow, who avoided it, only to be hit by a sand wave. "I have had enough of this!" Shadow shouted in anger. Shadow's body began to gather red chaos energy until he released it. "CHOAS BLAST!" The chaos explosion not only destroyed the dark monsters, but it also seemed to deactivate the temple's defense system. "Now to find Mephiles" Shadow said as he ran through the door into another part of the temple.

Shadow stopped as he found himself in a large circular room with a shrine at the end. Shadow looked up the shrine to find Mephiles holding the yellow chaos emerald. "Mephiles!" Shadow called out. "I was expecting you sooner. As you must know, you are already too late. But there's still time for you to change your mind. Join me, Shadow. Let us teach this world a lesson and rewrite the future." Mephiles offered once again. "Don't try to deceive me." Shadow said. "What?" Mephiles questioned. "You have no desire for revenge. You were only created for destruction. You're only lust is to fuel Iblis until there is nothing left of time itself." Shadow said. "You say that I was created for destruction. That makes one more thing we have in common." Mephiles said. "What?" Shadow questioned. "We were not born, we were created. And we were created for one purpose: destruction. So why deny it? You have nothing left to lose. Humanity will hate you; your friends will betray you. So why bother protecting them any longer." Mephiles tempted him. Shadow though about this and figured...he was right. "Join me, Shadow." Mephiles offered for a final time. Shadow was about to accept until. "STOP!!!"

Shadow and Mephiles looked over and saw Kumori and Rouge stop in front of Shadow. "What are you doing here?!" Shadow questioned in anger. "Stopping you from making a big mistake." Rouge said. "The only mistake I made was denying my reason for existing. Now if you'll excuse me." Shadow said as he started to turn back to Mephiles. Suddenly, Kumori grabbed Shadow by his arm and forced him to turn around before punching across the face. Kumori's action had caught everyone by surprise. Shadow fell to the ground and tried to get up, but couldn't because Kumori had pinned him to the ground. "Get off!" Shadow shouted as he tried to pry free from Kumori's head. Suddenly, Shadow felt a small drop of water land on his forehead. Shadow looked up and saw Kumori crying. "I won't let you go, Shadow." Kumori said through the tears. "I already lost you once to Mephiles. I won't let that happen again. I love you too much to let that happen." Kumori said. Shadow felt Kumori's grip loosen and quickly jumped to his feet with Kumori. Instead of pushing her away like Mephiles expected, Shadow was actually hugging her, which quickly calmed her down.

"What is this?!" Mephiles shouted in confusion. What was Shadow doing? She I supposed to be his enemy. "You won't lose me, Kumori. Remember that promise I made to you 50 years ago?" Shadow whispered to her. "You promised you would always be there for me." Kumori said. "And I have no intention of breaking it now." Shadow said as they separated. "So, what is your decision, Shadow?" Mephiles asked. "Your offer sounds tempting, but I have decided to turn it down." Shadow answered. "It's a pity, Shadow the Hedgehog." Mephiles said as the chaos emerald started to float above his head. "Truly a shame that you wish to go against me!" Mephiles exclaimed. The chaos emerald then shot out a pulse of energy that knocked the group back a few feet. The chaos energy transformed the floor below them into an arena of black ooze. "This will be your last battle. Prepare to suffer along with your friends." Mephiles said.

"Drown in darkness, you fools!" Mephiles yelled before he jumped into the pool of ooze. "That can't be good." Rouge said. The group clumped together to a triangle formation to make sure nothing would catch them off guard. Just then, a large hand of ooze formed quickly and swatted the group away a few feet. Another hand was formed from the ooze and caught Kumori in midair, squeezing the life out of her. "This is your fault. Suffer, you filthy rat!" Mephiles shouted as the hands grip grew tighter. Thinking fast, Rouge reached into her pouch and threw a series of bombs that reduced the hand back into ooze. Shadow quickly Kumori as she began to fall and helped her regain consciousness. "Are you ok?" Shadow asked. "I'm fine. A little disgusted, but fine." Kumori answered. This time, a gigantic monster formed in front of the group, with the upper half of Mephiles' body sticking out of its forehead. "Don't you fools understand? You can not defeat someone that can not die." Mephiles said arrogantly. "We'll just see about that." Shadow replied.

The trio charged at the gigantic monster. Kumori used her homing attack to slice the monsters arms off, but they only grew back a minute later. Rouge threw her bombs at the monsters chest, but all that did was create a small hole that was regenerated in seconds. Shadow used his chaos spear on the monsters head, but the monster countered by opening its mouth and sucking them up. "Hahaha. My turn." Mephiles said amusingly. The monster then opened its mouth and shot out a gigantic laser aimed for Shadow. "Only one chance." Shadow said as he reaches for an object behind his back. When the laser hit, the only thing seen was a large cloud of smoke. When the smoke cleared, Shadow was no longer there. "Shadow!" Kumori yelled. "I knew he didn't stand a chance." Mephiles said with a chuckle. "Wanna bet?" a voice was heard above Mephiles. Mephiles looked up and saw Shadow with a large yellow arrow in his hands. "CHOAS LANCE!" the attack completely blew Mephiles away, which also destroyed the monster and returned the temple to its original design.

Mephiles tried his best to stand, but he was too weak. "But...how?" Mephiles asked. Shadow only answered by revealing the green chaos emerald in his hand. Too weak to stay in a solid form, Mephiles reverted into a puddle of ooze. "Now to end this." Shadow said as he pulled out the scepter replica and walked up to Mephiles. Using the power of the chaos emerald, the scepter floated above Shadow's head and began to seal Mephiles like before. The sealing was complete, but something was wrong. Suddenly, the scepter replica began to crack until it exploded. "It's destroyed!" Rouge shouted in shock. Mephiles' dark ooze began spiraling in the air, slowly reforming. "The "I" of now absorbed your powers through your shadow in the past." Mephiles said. Mephiles' solid body was now completely reformed. "What may have worked ten years ago, No longer does!" Mephiles exclaimed as he shot out a wave of pulsating of energy at the group.

Shadow and the others tried to resist Mephiles' power, but it was too much and were thrown halfway across the room. Mephiles landed firmly on the ground and now held both chaos emeralds in his hands. "What?" Shadow questioned as he looked in his hand to notice the emerald was gone. Mephiles most likely stole it during his attack. The chaos emerald formed an infinite sign above Mephiles' head, which created a thousand more copies of himself to surround the group. "You must realize now, that you cannot hope to stop me with your limited power." Mephiles said. "So you say." Shadow said with a sinister smirk on his face. "It's futile. The world will betray you. Why fight at all? Why risk your life for those who will persecute you later?" Mephiles continually questioned. "The world can become my enemy if it wants. But as long as I have my friends by my side, I will fight like I always have." Shadow proclaimed. Shadow then released both his power rings and looked to Kumori, who also released her power rings. The trio clutched their hands together with smirks on their faces as they decided finish the battle with one final attack.

"CHAOS BURST!!!"


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

Bow your heads low!
All hail Shadow!

Bow your heads low!
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've 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

Bow your heads low!
All hail Shadow!

Bow your heads low!
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've 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

Bow your heads low!
All hail Shadow!

Bow your heads low!
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

Bow your heads low!
All hail Shadow!

Bow your heads low!
All hail Shadow!


Part 2 of 3 is now complete. Don't miss the final conclusion, Sonic the Hedgehog: Solaris. Please, read and review.