Finally, I've decided to get off my lazy butt (well, technically, get ON my lazy butt) and write the last chapter. Sorry about the slow update! I've been having a little trouble deciding how to write this. Anyway, enjoy!

XX

Sonic and Knuckles ran up the stairs to the strange shrine-like core. Knuckles pulled out a large green emerald, laid it gently on the ground, and placed his palm on it. He closed his eyes as he began to recite some sort of speech. "The servers are the seven Chaos," he recited. "Chaos is power; power is enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the Chaos. The Master Emerald began spinning and glowing brightly. "Only you can do it. Stop the Chaos Emeralds!" There was a brilliant flash of light that spread throughout the entire core. Suddenly, the Biolizard grabbed me with its tail, flailed its head about, bellowed, and disappeared in a flash of light. The next thing I knew, I was staring at an infinite black void studded with stars. The Biolizard grasped me tightly. It made its way to a large structure suspended in space, the ARK, and started accelerating toward it.

"WE'RE GOING TO CRASH!!" I yelled with no avail. I shut my eyes just as the Biolizard made contact with the ARK, but there was no crash, no shaking, and no loud noises. Professor Gerald's voice echoed through space.

"The prototype is still alive!" he declared. "And he's controlling the space colony as it's falling to Earth! He's become one with the colony, and is determined to keep it on its collision course!" I opened my eyes to find myself staring down at the blue planet Earth. I looked up at the Biolizard, which now held me in one of its arms.

"Stop this!" I yelled at him. "What do you hope to achieve by doing this anyway?!" Suddenly, two golden hedgehogs flew up to the space colony. I recognized the solid gold one as Sonic and the red striped one as Shadow.

"Hang on, Keiko!" they yelled to me simultaneously. I quickly nodded and looked up at the Biolizard and noticed a patch of skin lumpier and denser than the rest.

"Sonic, Shadow!" I yelled. Both hedgehogs turned their attention toward me. "Aim for that lumpy spot!" Sonic cocked a golden eyebrow in confusion.

"What lumpy spot?"

"I see it!" Shadow announced as he rammed right into the spot I was referring to. The Biolizard bellowed in pain, but failed to loosen its firm grip on me.

"I get it…" Sonic muttered as he copied Shadow, thus causing the Biolizard to bellow in pain and slightly loosen its grip on me. It shot a purple beam at Shadow.

"WATCH OUT!" Shadow looked at me in alarm, only to see the purple beam headed his way. He flew out of the way right in the nick of time and pummeled the lumpy spot. Sonic once again copied Shadow, avoiding the purple beam at all costs. I looked down at the Earth, which seemed closer than before. My eyes widened in shock. We were going to hit it!

"Sonic, we're in danger," I heard Knuckles say to Sonic through a walkie-talkie.



"YOU THINK?!" I yelled just as Sonic flew near me.

"The colony will enter the atmosphere in about four minutes!"

"I KNOW!!" Shadow pummeled the lumpy spot again. The Biolizard started firing two purple beams simultaneously. Shadow circled around one to the lumpy spot, but the other hit him in the stomach. "SHADOW!" Sonic took advantage of the moment and pummeled the lumpy spot himself. By now, Shadow had picked himself up and was attempting another blow to the Biolizard's weak spot. Familiar pink bubbles formed around the Biolizard.

"Hey Shadow," Sonic called to him. "Your power's getting weaker!" Oh no… "Are you ok?" Shadow nodded in quick response as he pummeled the lumpy spot for the last time. The Biolizard bellowed in pain as it finally dropped me, sending me flying. I screamed at the top of my lungs, only to be caught by Shadow.

"Maria…" he mumbled. "Watch me! I will fulfill your wish!" Shadow then turned his attention toward me. "Keiko, get on the ARK!" I frantically shook my head.

"No way! I'm not just going sit and watch helplessly from the sidelines like I've been doing for the whole battle!"

"It's too dangerous!"

"Look who's talking… that's exactly what I told you!" Shadow sighed let me go. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"

"Hang onto my legs… you'll be fine…" I sighed as I grabbed onto his legs. Sonic flew up to the ARK, Shadow right behind him.

"HURRY!" I yelled, looking down at the planet that was coming closer and closer.

"No way that's getting through!" Sonic declared confidently. He looked down at Shadow. "Now Shadow! CHAOS CONTROL!" There was a bright flash of white light. I soon felt myself falling, only to be caught by a strong arm. I looked down to see Shadow with his Super form gone, falling.

"No!" I grabbed his arm. Tears started falling from my eyes. "Don't go!" Shadow's eyes fluttered as he opened them and stared at me.

"Keiko…" he mumbled. His arm started slipping from mine.

"Shadow, hang on!" I called to him. I was sobbing now. "There has to be a way to…" Shadow smiled.

"I'll be fine, Keiko… I always am…"

"Keiko!" Sonic called to me. I looked up at Sonic. Shadow's arm slipped out of my grasp. I grabbed onto his bracelet to keep him from falling.

"No!" The space colony disappeared into a familiar black void. The only thing I was holding now was Shadow's bracelet. "SHADOW!!" Sonic stared at the floor in sadness as I started to bawl. He lifted his head slightly.



"Come, Keiko…" Sonic took my hand and started walking. I jerked it away angrily.

"No! We have to save Shadow!"

"He's gone, Keiko… there's nothing we can do… I'm sorry…" Sonic grabbed my hand again and started walking. I sniffed in an effort to control my tears. A door opened, revealing Knuckles, Tails, Rouge, Amy, and Doctor Eggman. They all looked up in shock and joy to see us.

"Where's Shadow?" Rouge automatically asked. I pulled out a golden bracelet and handed it to Rouge. Sonic walked over to Rouge and me. Suddenly, a shapeless blob of green light appeared in front of me. I glanced at Dr. Eggman for an explanation.

"I think that will take you back to your world…" he suggested.

"Maybe…" Tails mumbled. "Is the game over?" I nodded sadly. "Then yes. It will take you back to your world." I nodded and stepped toward the portal. I looked back at Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Rouge, and Dr. Eggman, and felt guilty for leaving like this.

"I'm sorry I have to leave like this…"

"No problem," Sonic said cheerfully. "You'll come back and visit, right?" I smiled and nodded.

"That's if my Game Cube console is still retarded." Sonic gave me a thumbs-up sign. I sighed and waved to everyone. "Bye everyone!"

"Bye Keiko!" Tails said, waving. "Thanks for all your help!"

"Try not to get into any more near-death experiences in your world!" Knuckles said as he waved too.

"Don't jump out of moving cars!" Rouge suggested, forcing me to laugh. Eggman smirked.

"Try to be a little more patient," he suggested. I smiled in response.

"Good luck with your brother!" Amy chirped, I laughed and took a step closer toward the green light. Then, I looked out the window into the starry sky.

"Sayonara… Shadow the hedgehog…" And with that, I stepped into the green light. I was transported to a black void… the same one I was transported to during Chaos Control… I soon felt myself falling, only to fall on soft carpet. I took a look at my surroundings, finding myself back in my room. Was it all a dream? I thought. No… it couldn't be… I could remember everything in perfect detail… The purple controller was lying on the floor and the puny figure of Shadow the hedgehog was falling into a black void.

"ARGH!" he cursed. I rushed toward the television screen.

"No…" I reached toward it, only to see Shadow standing at a yellow gate. I sighed in relief, remembering that it was just a game.

"Out of practice, Keiko?" I whirled around, only to see Haru standing at the doorway. I had never been happier to see him in my life.

"Haru! Um… yeah… I guess I am…" Haru shrugged.



"Ok… can I try?" I jerked the controller away from him stubbornly.

"No… let me finish this level…" Haru sighed and shook his head. I smiled as I remembered Shadow do the same thing.

"Suit yourself." I had another go at Radical Highway. I don't know why, but I kept dying on purpose, blaming it on being out of practice. I guess it was because I knew that, no matter how many times Shadow fell, he would always pick himself up and somehow make it back to the last checkpoint.

XX

IT'S OVER!! I'm thinking of expanding this into a series with Keiko getting sucked into Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, MAYBE Sonic Riders, and MAYBE Sonic the Hedgehog. That is, depending on the kind of reviews I get. THANKS FOR READING!!