Skulker

Magnatron

We're back! And you're listening to the Sonic Phantom radio show! I've got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, I'm sorry to report that work on this project has yet to take full swing, but we're getting there. And the good news is I'm not going to say anything about geicco. Okay seriously the good news is that we have in our hands an exclusive sneak peak at the highly anticipated fic 'Speedster Eliminators' by one of fanfiction's greatest authors C.S. Bernard.

"Highly anticipated." Skulker muttered under his breath.

"What are you talking about?" I asked

"I'm just saying that I've actually checked out this fic, and so far you're the only one to review." Skulker answered.

So?

"So," Robo Knux said, finishing for Skulker, "We find that as evidence that your opinion of C.S. Bernard to be highly overated."

"Infidels!!"

Pardon me folks I have to go squash Robo Knux, and Skulker.

"Chaaaarrrrrrge!"

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Tails

Me and Sonic watched as Magnatron chased Robo Knux, and Skulker around the room. Robo Knux and Skulker actually looked worried. Just goes to show that you should upset someone with author\host\producer powers.

"So Sonic." I said getting tired of the show, "What do you think of C.S. Bernard's work?"

"Oh I like it." Sonic said. "The dude really seems to understand me."

"I like it as well." Eggman said, walking up to us.

"Really?" I asked, "I thought that you wouldn't considering how he writes you."

"It is true he is rather merciless in his portrayals of me." Eggman answered, "But he explores avenues of my personality that most people tend to ignore and I find it to be a breath of fresh air compared most of the people who tend to think of me as the fourth stooge.

"I don't know." Sonic said, "He actually had you sing that one time, and who can forget the time he had you put up search lights as 'stealth' accessories."

Eggman sighed, and said. "It appears we can't agree on anything, even when we agree."

"Sure we can." Sonic said, taking out the green Emerald, "What color is this green Chaos Emerald?"

"Blue." Eggman said defiantly.

"Wow, I'm starting to believe that you took the name Eggman in one-upmanship more and more." Sonic stated.

"It had nothing to do with that." Eggman fired back, "I took the name to emphasize my hard boiled nature, which is about to boil over."

I shook my head; some thing just never change.

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Metal Sonic

Personal log #2,459

Date: 5-9-04

Time: 13:17.43

Location: Egg-underground base #54

Status: 100

Mission: Prepare base for Robo Knux's betrayal, wait for Robo Knux to explain himself, and apprehend upon master's orders, or when the safety of master has been jeopardized.

This was absolutely illogical. It just 'did' 'not' 'compute'.

Robo Knux had abandoned his mission objective, revealed his existence, to an unknown invisible entity, 'made contact', and negotiated a meeting between this entity, and our master. And all of this was still feasible. No, what didn't compute was the fact that amidst all these breaches of our protocol programming, Robo Knux seemed to have done something right.

The invisible entity had identified himself as Vlad Plasmius, a human who had been infused with ghost powers, from another dimension; furthermore he had offered my master a partnership in achieving some of our goals, in exchange for our help in achieving some of his goals.

My master and this Vlad, were now in another room, going over some of the finer details, but before that my master had commended Robo Knux. Robo Knux had been 'commended'.

Again I say that this was absolutely illogical.

After they had gone in the other room, Robo Knux caught me glaring at him, and said some nonsense about thinking outside the box.

Realizing that I hadn't yet updated my system for new orders, I did so now.

Personal log #2,460

Date: 5-9-04

Time: 13:21.49

Location: Egg-underground base #54

Status: 100

Mission: Try to manipulate dimensional portal exit node, so that it is moved from Station Square alley, to a secure Egg-underground base #54 location.

Trying to ignore my feelings about Robo Knux, I started checking our equipment, to see if we had anything capable of carrying out this task.

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Skulker

Personal log # 12,254,400

Date: 5-9-04

Time: 1:20 pm

Location: Vlad Masters' Mansion

Status: 100

Mission: Guard inter dimensional portal until given further instructions.

"I am Technus! Master of technology! Lord of all gadgetry! Wizard of all things electronic and beeping!" Technus hollered.

"Master of long winded speeches." I said, as I rolled my eyes.

"Hey that's not bad." Technus exclaimed. "Can I use it?"

I turned to glare at him and asked. "Why are you even saying that, anyway? I already know who you are."

"Ah, that is because we will soon be going to another dimension. And nobody there knows who I am, so 'I' am going to have to tell 'them all!'" Technus hollered.

I groaned.

Just then the security alarm went off, and Plasmius's holographic interface, which looked and sounded just like the ghost child's mother, appeared and said to me. "Intruder alert. Intruder identified as Danny Phantom, sweetness."

Needless to say my eyes almost popped out of my head when she said than last part.

Technus laughed so hard he fell over, pointing at me.

"I'm nobody's sweetness, you overrated projector!" I barked.

The hologram nodded and said. "Whatever you say, bumpkins."

"I hope Technus chokes on all that laughter." I thought.

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Vlad Plasmius

"And here's my list of services that you can do for me." I said, as I handed the list to Dr. Eggman.

I'd had my doubts about this Eggman, but upon seeing two of his robots, his base, and his enemies in action, my doubts had been put to rest. I would be able to get much use out of this mad scientist, before I turned on him. But for now I needed to help him, if I expected to get anything in return.

"And here's my list." Eggman said, as he pushed a button, and a piece of paper shot of a slot in the wall, faster than any printer I had ever seen.

With an enemy like Sonic, the Eggman Empire obviously took speed seriously.

I skimmed the list. It was short. I could probably help him with most of it. Then I noticed something on it about Chaos Emeralds. Now was my chance to find out about those mysterious things.

"Excuse me, but there aren't any Chaos Emeralds in my dimension. Could you give me a few details about them?" I asked.

"Yes, the Chaos Emeralds." Eggman said, as he fingered his mustache. "The Chaos Emeralds are seven, different colored, powerful stones, bigger than a man's fist. By itself each stone contains amazing amounts of energy, and when brought together, the energy is beyond measure, however not limitless."

"How would you know, if the energy is beyond measure?" I asked.

"Because the Master Emerald is more powerful." Eggman said. "The Master Emerald is almost as big as my Eggmobile, and by far the most powerful thing in this dimension."

I looked back at my list, and saw that the Master Emerald was also there.

"Very well, Dr. Eggman I accept your terms." I said.

"And I yours." Eggman agreed.

"Then what is our next step?" I asked.

"I'll have Robo Knux, or Metal Sonic supply you with some data logs with more details on the Emeralds, and our opponents, and then you and I will go get one, while they begin working on some of our 'secondary' objectives." Eggman said.

"Excellent." I said. "Then to the doom of Sonic the hedgehog and Danny Phantom."

"To the doom of Sonic the hedgehog and Danny Phantom." Eggman agreed.

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Danny

I was flying through Vlad's house, invisible, intangible, and carrying Sam and Tucker, which I would not recommend by the way. Using four of my ghost powers and transferring two of them to two other people is not easy.

Anyway we were breaking into our not so wonderful mayor's house, because when Tucker had managed to hack Skulker's system yesterday he stumbled on Skulker's orders. Apparently the attack yesterday had simply been a ploy to divert me from finding out what Vlad was up to.

It looked like it was time for our rematch.

I set Sam and Tucker down in a large closet, so that I wouldn't drain all of my strength, and said. "Wait here. I'm gonna go see what's going on in Vlad's lab."

I passed through a soundproof wall on my way down, and then heard the sound of an alarm. Either I had already been discovered, or else something had gone horribly wrong in the lab. I was hoping for the latter. It'd be nice if one of Vlad's schemes just blew up in his face without any help from me.

I stuck my intangible head, which was still invisible, through the ceiling, and looked around the lab. The alarm was still going, complete with a spinning flashing red light, and… Technus was on the floor laughing like some nut.

"Uh oh." I thought. "Please, please, please don't let this be some ghost who's going to take over the world with laughter or something."

Skulker was also in the lab, he was yelling at one of Vlad's holograms of my mom. "I am Skulker! The greatest hunter the ghost zone has ever known!"

"Why is Skulker talking like Technus?" I wondered.

"And I'm no one's sugar booger either! You great big fat excuse for," Skulker continued, but was interrupted.

"What?!" The hologram yelled.

A large gun, which had been pointed at the ghost zone portal, swung around pointing itself at Skulker, and fired, sending him flying across the room.

"I'm not fat." The hologram said.

Chuckling to myself I went back to go get Tucker and Sam.

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Sonic

This was the life. I'd run, and Tails would follow. Buildings would go by so fast you couldn't read their ten foot name plates. Then before we knew it we were in the suburbs. But there was no stopping here. Onward and faster we went, completely out of the city, and into the country side. Trees, bushes, a random car, all these were left behind in a blur.

"Sonic!" Tails called out.

"Yo little bro." I responded, without slowing down.

"I just received a message from my computer at home." Tails went on. "It looks like Eggman is on the move again."

"Which zone is he headed for this time?" I asked

"The forest hill zone." Tails answered.

I adjusted my course, and we were off.

This really was the life.

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Sam

"You'd think he'd turn on the light, before leaving us in Vlad's closet." I said.

"Yeah." Tucker said. "Is it just me or is he starting to treat us like sidekicks again?"

"Well don't say anything to him." I said. "Last time he way overcompensated."

"Yeah, that was downright embarrassing."

Tucker pulled out his palm pilot, the screen of which gave us some light.

Tucker directed the light towards the clothes. "Lets see. Clone tuxedo, clone tuxedo, clone tuxedo. Does this guy have 'any' casual wear, or at least a different tuxedo?"

"That's Vlad for ya." I said.

Danny appeared next to us, and said. "Hey guys, Skulker's gotten into a fight with Vlad's hologram of my mom."

"Oh man." Tucker said, then proceeded to pull out a digital camcorder. "I gotta see this."

Danny grabbed us, pulled us through the floor, and said. "Sorry Tuck, but I'm gonna need you to hack Vlad's computer to try and see what he's been up to."

We came down into the lab, and I could feel Danny making us tangible, although not visible.

Skulker pointed his weapons and Technus and yelled. "Take that back!" But beyond them I saw the ghost portal, or at least it used to be the ghost portal. Vlad had done something to it, and now it was two swirling shades of blue, instead of green.

"If I can connect my palm pilot into that console, without being noticed," Tucker whispered. "I should be able to figure out Vlad's been up to.

I looked at Danny to see if he had noticed the portal, but he hadn't.

"Boys." I thought. "They always have to do things the hard way."

"How about we just go through the modified ghost portal?" I asked.

"How do you?? Oh." Danny started to ask, then noticed the portal's change in color. "Yeah we could do that instead."

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Technus

Hi mom!

"I thought we cut out that part, Decoe."

I am Technus!

"Sssshhh, Magnatron we're live."

Master of technology!

"Oops."

Lord of all gadgetry! Master all things electronic and beeping!

For your listening pleasure, I have provided my data file on Skulker.

Let's see, it's in here somewhere. (Mutter) Ah ha! Here it is.

Profile log number: 56

Name: Skulker the ghost zone's greatest hunter.

Species: Ghost, but the type of ghost is unknown; he appears to be one of a kind. Most people in the know refer to him as the green ecto orange, with half of the above adding, with arms and legs.

Gender: Male

Age: I asked him once, he hit me.

Appearance: Human sized, black and grey, mechanical suit, with visible green ghost energy running through it, green eyes, and green fire hair.

Threat level: Moderate

Abilities: Intangibility, invisibility, can make powerful battle suites, with many bombs, guns, and things that go zappity.

Personality: Moody, in I am the ghost zone's greatest hunter kind of way.

Weaknesses: Can't program worth a high definition, 40 horse power radio.

Friends: He's only friends with other green ecto oranges, oh yeah, there aren't any.

Notes: It is not commonly known that Skulker has a rival for the title of greatest ghost hunter, in the ghost of Bone Crusher, Skulker doesn't feel threatened by his actions, or bad jokes though.

I'll bet you didn't know that part about Bone Crusher, did yah? That's because it's not commonly known!

Anyway Skulker was mad at me again, when Plasmius's very high tech hologram appeared to me, and said. "Pardon me, sugar dumpling, but Danny Phantom and his friends are making their way towards the portal."

"Where?!" I yelled as I began looking frantically for the ghost child. "I can't see him!"

I couldn't see him.

"Load! load, load, load!!" Skulker yelled. Apparently he needed something to load.

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Robo Knux

Personal log #854

Date: 5-9-04

Time: 13:28.54

Status: 100

Mission: Guard Egg-underground base #54, and begin processing procedure on secondary objectives # 1, # 2, and # 4.

I'm mad.

I had done what I was supposed to do; exceeded all expectations. So why was I managing these stupid secondary objectives?

Metal Sonic could handle these mundane tasks himself; the stupid little by the book perfectionist.

There was no need for thinking outside the box; therefore there was no need for me. I should have gone with Eggman, Plasmius, and their attack force of M-17s, and M-18s to retrieve the Chaos Emerald; not stay here, and…

Intruder alert. My interface silently informed me.

That was probably the best news that I had heard all day.

Initiating battle mode.

Intruders located in room B-G-17, Eggpawn squad #1234 moving to intercept.

"That's was the room that Metal Sonic was supposed to have moved the portal's exit node." I thought to myself, as I began making my way towards room B-G-17. "I guess some more people from Plasmius's dimension have arrived. This should be fun."

Eggpawn #3577 offline.

Eggpawn #3571 offline.

Eggpawn #3572 offline.

Number of intruders identified, as three.

Eggpawn 3576 offline.

Terminate unit status updates, on all units below tier level 3. I commanded my interface. I didn't need to be reminded how easy it was to destroy a robot with the word pawn in its name.

Status updates on tier level units four, and below, terminated.

Intruders in motion, current location is room B-K-11.

That didn't make any sense. There weren't any doors, air ducts, or anything else, for that matter, that our intruders could have used to get from room B-G-17 to B-K-11.

That's when I remembered how Plasmius had managed to go through my bullets earlier. "Our intruders must be ghosts." I thought to myself. This just kept getting better, and better.

I checked my map to see which rooms were in any way connected to room B-K-11, and planned my approach, so as to have access to the maximum number of options.

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Magnatron

We'll be right back after this rocking awesome message!

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C.S. Bernard

"Okay, here we go."

As I sat in my personal sound booth in the studio, I realized two crucial things: one, I was glad to have my own personal sound booth. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the "zany" folk that were in the studio; some of them I knew from my childhood, some from my late teens. But, in all honesty, I could and would never try to get between Sonic and Eggman if they got into one of their famous little… "tiffs."

My second realization had been that I was thoroughly unprepared for a radio show. When the "On Air" sign came up, I suddenly felt like a hedgehog, thanks to my neck hairs as they bristled. Yikes! I would have used snippets from the story, but they were set-up more like a movie theater preview. With a radio show… that just doesn't work.

Oh well. I crossed my fingers in hopes that Magnatron would buy "the sudden change in plans" excuse and took a big sip of water from a well-appreciated glass. I leaned into the microphone. Hopefully, I wouldn't go over more than a page.

…Make that two pages; tops.

"Hello, hello, hello to all those readers out there! Through the incredible courtesy of a die-hard supporter, you have none other than little old me, C.S. Bernard, coming across to you on the Net. Glad to see you!

"Now, you're probably already aware of it, but Magnatron's been promoting my story, Speedster Eliminators, pretty heavily. But, what is it about you might wonder? Are there thrills? Are there chills? Is there action? You bet!

"Like some of you, I've been a Sonic the Hedgehog fan for many years, but only started writing fan fictions in the past five or six. Maybe you've read some of them?

"However, in recent years, I've slowly branched out my interests into other areas. To date, comic books; mostly I'd say Batman and The Flash. The latter of which inspired me to create Speedster Eliminators.

"Now, more than anything, I wanted to headline some of Flash's villains simply because, even though they're not all that well-known, I still find them to be a highly interesting clique of ne'er-do-wells. Sure, Superman has Lex Luthor, Metallo and Bizarro; while Batman has Joker, Scarecrow and Mad Hatter. But, come on folks: Captain Cold, Trickster and Mirror Master have their own "blue-collar" charm. You know what I mean; the kind of villains that can rob banks, kidnap the mayor and steal entire buildings; get beat; then go off to some seedy, back-alley dive and plot their revenge over a cup of coffee.

"That's why I felt the time was ripe to launch a Sonic the Hedgehog and Flash crossover story that pitted one of the youngest speedsters on the market against some of the most established "speedster eliminators" that have been around for decades; simply because both the "blue blur" and the "scarlet speedster" have so much in common. Not only that, but it seemed like a good way for Sonic to test his mettle against some of the most experienced criminals out there, while giving the Flash a little bit of a weekend off."

I had to admit, I chuckled at that one. Though, I did make sure to do that away from the microphone.

"All in all, the story is nothing but good old-fashioned 'superhero vs. super-villain' action. Eggman, desperate to beat Sonic, somehow, calls upon the premier super-criminals of Central and Keystone Cities: the Rogues. What the 'not-so-good' Doctor sets in motion is a conspiracy of super-villains to topple Sonic, and even some of his friends, once and for all.

"You've got Captain Cold, 'the Man Who Master Absolute Zero,' and his infamous twin cold guns; both of which have Sonic in the cross hairs.

"Then, there's Trickster, once a former circus performer, now a super-criminal that's plagued the Flash for years. He lives up to his name as he throws Sonic some truly 'dirty tricks.'"

I grimaced. I hated puns. But, what was I going to do? I was ad-libbing after all.

"And of course, Mirror Master, whose self-proclaimed control over all mirrors and reflective surfaces makes him both powerful and highly dangerous. One glance at him, and it could be Sonic's last.

"Toss in Eggman and his hordes of destructive robots and you've got a more than interesting story of good versus evil. Watch out, Sonic!"

Okay, now I was getting too into the spiel.

"Remember! That's Speedster Eliminators! You can find the story in Magnatron's favorites list. It's wholesome fun that's easy to follow: just the thing to unwind from a long day."

The second I stopped, the "On Air" light blinked out. Thank goodness! A page and a half of me gassing on about my own story; cripes! Who was I kidding? At least I kept to my "below two pages" pledge. Again, I hoped that Magnatron would be pleased with the "made-up-on-the-spot" advertisement and that it wouldn't bother him that I did go pretty far with the words to explain it. All in all I felt good, though.

It was then that I noticed the window to the sound booth had fogged over.

"Huh?"

I went over and tried to wipe it clear, but only managed to get a little "peep-hole." It was more than enough.

"Augh!"

The glass was shattered by a laser-bolt. I had managed to duck just in time. The window was demolished in an instant. Immediately after the glass went everywhere, none other than Sonic the Hedgehog leaped through the window frame, stood stock still, looked over his shoulder and stuck his tongue out with one eye shut to someone outside the sound booth. Now that's "cheeky."

"Get him! Get him! Eggman said Station Square's entire financial district was ours for the taking if we could get that blue rodent," one man roared.

"I got him, I got him," another shouted, just as Sonic ducked what looked to be juggling balls that flew through the air. The juggling balls exploded and took out the wall behind Sonic. I flinched and covered my face to block out the light, smoke, and debris that went everywhere.

Sonic jeered again at these unseen assailants through the smoke and dust and dashed out the gaping hole in the wall. Seconds later, a man in a colorful costume and cape high-hurdled and bounded through the window, just as Sonic had done; not bad since he was wearing roller-skates with small rocket-boosters on them. He was soon gone as well.

A laser bolt and a beam of ice shot through the window next.

"Careful, Mirror Master! You'll hit Trickster!"

"Don't mind me, Cold, just hit the Hedgehog!"

That was it, I was out of there. But, not before I snatched another drink of water; mild panics always made thirsty.

The entire glass was instantly frozen solid, water, glass, and all. It wasn't intentional, as nobody had paid any attention to me in the least. That was made even clearer when a man in orange and green leaned through the window frame and fired off a laser pistol; while another in a blue parka with white trim put his leg up in the windowpane, grabbed the upper part of it with one hand and fired off an ice-gun with the other hand.

Never mind it… I can get a drink at home. I was definitely out of there…

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Magnatron

Awesome! Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome.

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Bocoe

Sorry about that folks, but your regular announcer is a bit,

"Hyperactive!" Skulker interjected.

Please just sit back, enjoy your can of oil, and make sure your seat is in its upright and locked position,

"That's a plane." Robo Knux was the one to interject this time.

"What's with you two? Are you the official commentators of everything?" I asked

"Hey we each narrate more than any other two characters combined." Skulker said.

"Despite chasing us around everywhere earlier, Magnatron must really like us. Robo Knux put in.

"We have personality." Skulker finished.

I just rolled my optical circuits.

Well anyway folks sit back and enjoy yourselves as we take you back to our feature presentation.

"Theater." Both Skulker and Robo Knux said together.

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Vlad Plasmius

Me, Dr. Eggman, and his attack force were on our way to the location of the first Chaos Emerald in what Eggman had called the forest hill zone.

My latest pawn/partner in crime had provided me with some reading material on a small computer reminiscent of those P.D.A. things young Daniel's friend was always carrying around.

There was one problem though… I didn't know how to use these infernal things! I was billionaire who had stolen my entire fortune; I paid others to set up my computers for me, with simple to use voice commands, and a hologram of my one true love, that would talk back to me sweetly. Unfortunately Skulker, and Technus were never around when you needed them. So that left me to figure this stupid computer thing out myself, or I'd look like a fool in front of my new 'ally'.

So there I was, flying along, cursing Buck Fence, as I tried to figure out which button I was supposed to push. But I wasn't getting anywhere. I shook the stupid thing violently in my frustration and a piece of it went flying off towards the ground.

I quickly dispatched a duplicate to retrieve the falling piece. My duplicate brought it back to me, and I got a good look at it. It looked like some sort of fragile toy pen. What was I supposed to do with this thing? I looked around the P.D.A. and found the little slot that it had come out of, but the slot seemed to hold no purpose other than to hold the pen's dead weight. I experimented, putting the pen back in the P.D.A. and then taking it out again, several times, but it didn't seem to have any effect on the screen.

I almost snapped the piece of fragile plastic and threw it away. This was maddening!

That's when I vaguely remembered Daniel's friend apparently drawing on his handheld computer on several occasions. I had never paid too much attention to Daniel's friends, particularly that one, but right now he was the only link I had to figuring this thing out.

Taking the skinny piece of plastic, I started poking, and drawing lines on the screen, experimentally. That got the computers attention alright. Messages with nonsensical information would pop up, and disappear when I applied the pen elsewhere. After about I minute I started getting the hang of opening and closing files, so I started searching for the information on the Chaos Emeralds. I found it without too much fuss, but when I went to 'draw' on the file I accidently drew on the one next too it.

"No, no. I want Chaos Emeralds, not Eggman Empire robot types." I thought to myself.

I brought the pen down on the screen in frustration, and the file came up. I almost closed the program down, when I noticed the picture; it was of the exact same robot that Eggman had chosen for the attack force. Curiosity overcame my annoyance, and I began to read.

Data File #1001

File's Author: Username Robo Knux

Name: M-17

Type: High speed combat unit

Appearance: Humanoid with a round, plate like head, Y shaped feet, and a gun for a right arm.

Threat level: Moderate

Features: Machine gun, mark I Metal Sonic jet engine, hive mind network with other M-17s, and M-18s

Weaknesses: Lack of firepower

Dr. Eggman's notes: Utilizing technology that was once reserved for Metal Sonic only, I expect the G-17s to give Sonic a 'run' for his money, Bwa ha ha ha!

Personal notes: Bah! The M series, I hate them. The M series are symbol of everything that's wrong with Metal Sonic's plan to destroy Sonic. His plan to actually take weapons away from combat units! What a moron. I was working closely with Dr. Eggman on the next line of E series robots, which were going to have more weapons and armor than ever before, when Metal Sonic proposed this line tin toys instead. Now the Eggman Empire has ceased all production on the E series. Curse you! Metal Sonic, curse you!

I smiled as I finished reading; Robo Knux could be so dramatic but the file had made me curious about the G-18s, so I decided to look them up. I was starting to get the hang of this computer thing, and got to the G-18s file without out too much fuss, but I must have accidentally done something different, because this file was written by Metal Sonic instead.

Data File #1002

File's Author: Username Metal Sonic

Name: M-18

Type: High speed combat unit

Appearance: Humanoid with a round, plate like head, Y shaped feet, and a gun for a right arm.

Threat level: Moderately high

Features: Mark II egglaser, mark I Metal Sonic jet engine, hive mind network with other M-18s, and M-17s

Weaknesses: Lack of firepower

Dr. Eggman's notes: Utilizing technology that was once reserved for Metal Sonic only, I expect the G-18s to give Sonic a 'run' for his money, Bwa ha ha, oh bah, it's just not as much fun the second time.

Personal notes: I spent months analyzing the hedgehog before I suggested this line of robots to my master. He and Robo Knux were continuing to follow the plan of bigger with more weapons, which I believe has lead us to defeat time and again in the past. I had originally only intended for there to be the M-17 for the launch of this series, but my brother put up such a fuss over the loss in firepower that our master decided to make a second with a laser. I was leery at this, because the greater weight of the laser means a loss in speed, but then again a laser reaches its target hundreds of thousands of milliseconds before a bullet does, so it may turn out to be a fair trade off.

Hmm, Metal Sonic seemed far more focused than Robo Knux. But he had less personality.

Having satisfied my curiosity, I went back to looking up information on the Chaos Emeralds. I got to the file in record time, got it opened and was about to read when a warning popped up on the screen.

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be terminated.

OK

What?? I reread the message several times before determining that I had somehow accidentally shut down the security and now the local police were on our trail.

It didn't matter, as both me, and Eggman could handle whatever feeble forces this dimensions law enforcement brought to bear on us, ourselves, but I took the battery out of the P.D.A. then put it back in, more out of impulse than anything else really.

I may not use computers directly all that much, but I did know that they tended to take a while to load, not so with an Eggman Empire model. Maybe I wouldn't betray him after all. The convenience of this feature alone made for strong motivation to try to form a more permanent partnership than I had originally planned.

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Tucker

Going through the modified ghost portal had been weirder than going through the regular ghost portal, and that was saying something.

And when we came out the other side, what did we find? My joy of joy, machines. Big machines, small machines, machines that walked, machines that talked, and a couple of machines that shot at us; the latter was a drag, but we got shot at, haunted, and worse, chased by snakes, all the time. Well, the snake thing didn't happen all the time, thank goodness, but we certainly got shot at more often than any other fourteen year olds, I checked the internet.

Anyway, despite my protests to stop and take a look at some of this awesome stuff, Danny kept dragging us through the walls, blasting anything that moved.

"Come on guys." I said, getting desperate. "Have you ever seen such amazing technology?"

"Yes." Both Danny and Sam said together, as Danny took us through another wall.

"Where?" I asked

"Clockwork's castle, Vlad's secret lab, the Fentonworks." Sam listed them off, holding up a finger as she mentioned each location.

"Those places have nothing on the stuff I see here." I countered.

"Less talking more shooting." Danny interrupted, as he fired two ecto energy blasts at the nearest roundly built robot.

I sighed and added my wrist ecto energy canon's fire, built by Danny's dad, to Danny's, and Sam's.

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Vlad Plasmius

Data File # 78

Files Author: Metal Sonic

Name: Chaos Emeralds

Appearance: Each Chaos Emerald is in the form of a diamond; there are seven different Emeralds each a different color. The green Chaos Emerald is highly stable, while the red is highly unstable, with the rest of the emeralds falling somewhere in-between. The seven colors are, green, violet, dark blue, light blue, yellow, white, and red.

Features: An individual Chaos Emerald gives off more energy than any other substance on this planet. A Chaos Emerald's power is increased ten fold for ever additional Chaos Emerald brought within a few feet of the first. When all seven are brought together they have the power to bestow flight, invulnerability, and amazing strength on certain individuals. Before his recent death, Shadow displayed the ability to use a Chaos Emerald's energy to teleport himself, apparently limitless distances, and fire a Chaos energy based projectile, these features came as a surprise to Sonic's friends, as well as the Eggman Empire.

Dr. Eggman's notes: Once we manage to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds, and hang on to them for more than a few days, our victory will be assured.

Personal notes: Although the Chaos Emeralds are very powerful, I doubt that we will just suddenly find ourselves victorious upon collection of the complete set.

Hmmm. The Chaos Emeralds were indeed powerful. I would have to think about,

"Vlad Plasmius," Eggman called, "I think you'll want to see this."

I flew over to the Doctor's quaint, but due to his size quite necessary, hover craft, and saw that he was pointing at one of the crafts monitors.

"The M series have engaged Sonic." Eggman said, with almost child like glee.

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Sonic

Eggman certainly never disappointed when he threw a party.

The three of us were moving at break neck speed, me, Tails, and Eggman's newest edition to his badnik. This particular bot was keeping up with me at my cruising speed, I didn't carry a speedometer, I used descriptive words to describe how fast I was going, there was the my light jog, which most people had to sprint in order to keep up with, regular jog with which I kept cars company, cruising speed, which is what I was doing now, first place sprint, which what I normally used to win races, and the sonic boom. Anyway before today whenever I cruised only Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Metal Sonic were able keep pace with me.

This was going to be fun.

The badnik opened fire, machine gun bullets raced for me and Tails. We dodged by running all zig-zag. Well I was running, Tails was doing his flying thing.

Straight ahead, well sort, was the clone of our friend behind us, with another a bit farther off to the left, both coming at us in the most direct method possible, that's machines for yah.

A second later the two new bots opened fire. I had expected them to open fire on me, when the shots didn't come close my heart skipped a beat, and I threw a glance in Tails direction, but he was skill coming along strong, dodging deadly flying lead like a pro. That's when I noticed that I had less running room, to dodge the first bots shots. Rather than fire everything where I was these guys were trying to corral me in by firing in my projected path. I grew excited, before today that was a feature that only Eggman's personal mechs had displayed; Eggman was upgrading.

As we came upon the bot dead ahead I sped up, jumped up, and spin-dashed the thing in the chest. I went right through it with easy, and we left it behind in a matter of seconds.

The bot that had been coming from the left joined his friend behind us, and the chase was on.

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Danny

Tucker had finally stopped complaining, and now I was just trying to figure out how to get out of this place. Some more of those rotund robots with their stupid smiling faces charged in the room, and were quickly dispatched by our ecto energy blasts.

Where was the blasted exit?

An animus laughed echoed throughout the halls, and I grew a little uneasy, despite myself. It's not like whoever it was could be worse than Vlad, right?

"I've got a baaaaad feeling about this." Tucker said.

Sam just stayed sharp.

A wall, which I hadn't realized could open, opened up like a big garage door, and in flew the source of the laughter; another red robot, but despite being smaller, he looked a lot more menacing.

"I've got a bad feeling too." I thought to myself. Out loud I said, "What say we ditch the snappy banter and get right to the part where I,"

"Now where would be the fun in that?" The robot cut me off.

I fired my twin ecto energy blasts, besides me Sam and Tucker opened fire as well.

The robot flipped in the air, reorienting himself until he was upside down, and facing the other direction, then rocketed toward the floor, reorienting himself back up on his way down, too fast for the eye to follow. I only know that was what he did, because he landed, quite hard, right side up, with his knees bent, and both hands on the ground, crouched like a predator about to spring.

"You have no idea who you're dealing with ghost boy." The robot taunted, pointing two very sharp looking blades, that were attached to his fist, at my face.

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Vlad Plasmius

I watched as different colored dots moved hither and thither on Eggman's monitor. The leader, a blue dot, symbolized Sonic, with Tails, an orange dot, coming in not to far behind, and a number of red dots, even farther back, moving along in a triangle formation, symbolized the M-series.

I was just thinking that the red dots reminded me of so many lined up bowling pins when the blue dot decided to play the part of the bowling ball. Most of the red dots winked out in an instant, and I could imagine the mess that Sonic had made when he went through, but he had left a tuff spare, two robots on the far corners.

The orange dot was quick on the uptake and took care of Sonic's spare for him.

Eggman muttered under his breath and began issuing orders to have more of his robots break off the search for the Chaos Emerald to engage the blue rodent.

"Have your robots continue searching." I told the doctor, "I will deal with Sonic myself."

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Sonic

That had been fun. Me and Tails had dispatched Eggman's new toys and were now looking for the Chaos Emerald; Eggman only ever came to the forest hill zone to look for Chaos Emeralds.

We ran along eyes peeled for glowing rocks, and robots, when we stopped at the sound of laughter.

Looking around we spotted the source a caped figure, with one awful hairdo, was descending from the clouds, laughing a typical evil villain laugh.

"Greetings Sonic." The figure called out, sounding rather cultured, "I am Vlad Plasmius. I hail from the ghost zone, and have come to destroy you."

I couldn't have helped chuckling at that if I'd wanted to. I casually leaned myself on a nearby rock waiting to see what would come next, ready for anything.

"Looks to me like Eggman's putting more personality into his holograms." Tails commented.

You remember when I said that I was ready for anything? Well that wasn't to say that I was ready for the rock I was leaning on to suddenly disappear, which it did, kaput, gone, vanished without a trace, and I, suddenly finding myself leaning on nothing, suddenly found myself falling.

"Okay, how did Eggman pull 'that' one off?" I wondered, as I picked myself up off the ground.

Up in the air the Vlad hologram laughed, and then he disappeared too, although the laughter didn't stop.

I looked at Tails, who seemed to be equally confused, when I suddenly felt someone, or something, hit me in the back of the head, sending me tumbling forward, into the rock that had disappeared, which had now, just as suddenly reappeared in my path.

"ow." I whispered.

"You're out of your league Sonic." I heard a voice whisper; that I could have sworn was inches from my face.

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Magnatron

Awesome! Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome.

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Bocoe

"What do we do?" I asked Decoe, "Magnatron is still going nuts over Bernard's commercial."

"Well, we'll just have to say some announcer like things since he's not around to." Decoe answered.

"Like what?" I asked.

"Like, I just flew in from the New Detroit, and boy are my arms tired." Decoe said.

That sounded kind of weird to me.

"Are you sure that's how announcers talk?" I queried.

"Sure." Decoe answered confidently, "I saw one do it on TV."

"Well okay." I said. "Anything else?"

"Yeah, we're supposed to say something about NetRaptor." Decoe said

"Okay," I said. "I just flew in from New, new, new Chicago, and boy is NetRaptor's arms tired."

"Good enough." Decoe said, as Robo Knux, and Skulker laughed their heads off in the background. "Let's get out of here before they say anything." Decoe suggested.

"Good idea." I agreed.