I was hoping to get this chapter done in time for 1000 views...close enough though huh ...Oh...If anyone is confused by Sonic's weapon of choice...its referring to the upcoming Sonic and the Black Knight. Thanks for the support I have received for both story collections I have written...It is very encouraging. But enough from me! You want to hear a story correct? ...Then let me tell you a story...but first of all...just what motivates you...? ...And just what motivates these legendary figures...?

Rush

Featuring Sonic and Falco Lombardi

An anthropomorphic bird with blue feathers and military style garb entered the house. The house had clearly been bombed recently, there was burn marks everywhere...the bird's name was Falco Lombardi. He was a member of the mercenary group known as Star Fox.

But not here he wasn't. That meant nothing here...Fox couldn't help him now...

He ran up the stairs until he reached a room on the top floor and ignored the family photo that cracked beneath his feet. He knelt down against the wall...just next to the window...he firmly held his blaster in his grasp...he cautiously looked out of the window...taking care to show as little of his head as possible...

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"Falco...?" the call came from an anthropomorphic hedgehog with blue hair. His name was Sonic...he gripped a golden sword with his gauntleted hand...prepared to strike down whatever enemy may approach. It didn't look as though somebody would approach though...the streets were deserted...all that could be heard was the wind howling...Sonic half-expected to see some tumbleweed roll past...

For once he was defying his energetic nature and was moving at a slow and cautious pace...he raised his sword in front of him...

There was still somebody here...and that person would go through any lengths to eliminate him...

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Falco flinched somewhat at hearing Sonic's voice but chose not to reveal himself...that would alert his opponent...and he would rather not get into a direct confrontation with his enemy...the enemy had already incapacitated Diddy Kong...although Diddy had almost evened the score by defeating the enemy's teammate...

Falco shifted uncomfortably...he would have to find a way to defeat the enemy before the enemy got anywhere near him...he wouldn't accept defeat...

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Sonic leaped around the corner...and was greeted by a district just as deserted as the one before. Sonic steadily walked down the road...eyes darting from side to side. He then recognized that he was in the same area as were Diddy Kong met his defeat...the jetpack he was using was still there, but Sonic knew that using it would make him an easy target as the enemy had accurate firearms...no matter how good his reflexes were Sonic could not accept the risk of taking to the skies.

He wondered again as to where Falco was...he knew that Falco was still active...he would have known if he was defeated...but right here and now...he needed to find him.

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Falco's breathing was soon at a minimal...he had put down his blaster and set up a sniper rifle at the window. He returned the blaster to its holster and gripped the rifle with both hands...he stared though the scope...watching for the slightest movement...

His eye darted to the left as a piece of discarded newspaper flew across the wind...he almost pressed the trigger instinctively...he carefully decreased the pressure he was applying to the trigger and attempted to calm himself.

The tension...the excitement of it all...he couldn't let it cloud his thoughts...it was risky to stick his weapon out of the window in the first place...if he was to fire blindly...then he would lose his stealth advantage for sure...

...And Sonic was down in the streets somewhere...Falco knew that...he wondered how the hedgehog was going to defended himself...

Forget it. He told himself. You can worry about that later...right now that enemy needs to be naturalized...at all costs...

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Sonic fidgeted slightly...he wasn't used to going for long periods of time without action...many times he had only narrowly resisted the urge to simply run though the entire town and hope to just run into his opponent...but he would remind himself again and again that his enemy was dangerous...he would simply take Sonic by surprise in the brief moment that he would run past...

He shook his head...he knew that he had very few methods of drawing the enemy out without putting himself in a dangerous situation...his only option was to simply wait until the enemy run out of patience and begun making mistakes on impulse...

But Sonic was running out of patience himself...

Don't do it! He reminded himself. It's not worth it! You'll get defeated!

He gritted his teeth and moved onwards...taking care to remain in the shadows...

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Falco could wait all day...his enemy was dangerous...but he was also Falco's prey...

"Where are you...?" Whispered Falco...he was allowing himself a faint smile...

His enemy would pay for attempting to do combat with Falco Lombardi...

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Sonic steadied his pace...he was almost at full running speed.

He had finally given in to his instinct to run around the town...although he still had the common sense to try and stay behind cover...

His heart skipped every time he ran around a corner...fearing what he may find...

His pulse begun to quicken...he gave a little laugh to calm himself...

No problem...I'm Sonic right? Sonic the Hedgehog...if anyone can defeat that guy...it's me...

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Falco had given up trying to search for the enemy...instead he closed his eyes...

Wind...wind...wind...footsteps...wind...footsteps!

His eyes snapped open...he ceased breathing in fear that the faint sound of such a thing would cover up the sound of--

It's him...

Falcon readjusted the aim on his rifle...looked through the scope again...

Click...click...click...the clicking of his shoes against the cobblestones...click...click...footsteps are increasing in speed...click...click..click, click, click!

He could just see him...he flashed past his scope in a second...

That was all he needed.

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Sonic continued his patrol...surveying the town left to right with his eyes...

Nothing there...nothing there...nothing there...wait...what's that shine...?

Sonic slowed down slightly as some light shined into his eye...something was reflecting it...

A mirror...? ...Or...?

Another light appeared...

"Whoa!"

Sonic skidded to a halt.

The laser hit the floor in front of him with enough speed to break the sound barrier...dust scattered into the air and the buzzing noise from the laser's discharge could be heard half a second after.

What the hell!? He knows where I am!? How long has he been watching me!?

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What!?

Falco swore to himself as Sonic narrowly avoided having his neck pierced by the laser...it would have been a sure kill if it had hit...

That was too close Sonic...I could have killed you if that was a second earlier...or if you had not noticed the light reflecting from the scope...

Falco quickly slid the bolt to his weapon and looked though the scope again...

...But it won't save you this time...

He fired again.

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Sonic's thoughts were racing.

Left! Right! No! Back!

Sonic performed a back-flip...the ground erupted with dust beneath him as another laser hit impacted against the earth...

He landed on one of his hands...suspended himself on it for a moment and pushed his palm against the floor with enough force to launch him though the air backwards again...just as the next laser missed him by inches.

CrapCrapCrapCrapCrapCrapCrap...Crap!!

He landed on his feet...with his knees bent...crouching down...but ready to react...

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"C'mon little hedgehog..." Laughed Falco under his breath... "Dance for me..."

He continued to fire...with both instinct and precision...his reactions and aim as one...the rifle was like an extension to his body...

The scope was his own eye...with it he could see his prey...

...But I can't let you stay...got to finish this quickly...Diddy underestimated your reflexes and I'm not willing to make the same mistake...

...This ends now.

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Sonic leaped directly upwards...the ground once again exploded with dust...

He twisted in the air...the next beam flew under his arm by inches...

He allowed himself a grin...

"You're too slow..." He whispered mockingly...

He landed on the ground in his crouched position once more...a second later he was no longer there...by the time the laser hit the ground again he was running for the convenience store in front of him...

He leaped for the window...performing a roll in mid-air as he let the next laser shatter the glass in front of him...he smoothly flew though as the shower of glass was still descending and lightly hit the floor in landing position once again.

He has an advantage in distance and height...I need to reach his level...get this fight personal...

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Can't escape the sight of a hunter hedgehog...I'm experienced in such things...you're just some punk who wants to play hero...

It became clear however that Sonic was getting out of sight...perhaps another waiting game would occur...

If that's the case...he would need to find a fresh vantage point...he could wait for days but no matter how patient a sniper is...a good sniper would never willingly have their position known to their prey...

He packed up the sniper rifle and armed himself with a machine gun that he had found...it was in a cupboard...as though the civilians had it prepared in order to defend themselves from the horror...

As if there were some civilians...

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Sonic found a fire exit in the room behind the counter...he wasted no time in escaping to behind the store...

He stood in the alleyway...pondering on his position.

Surely he can't see me...not when he was firing from that direction...unless...was he high enough to see over the store...?

Sonic looked up...there was indeed very little cover...

But if he could... Sonic shivered. I would be long gone by now...

Sonic leaped at the wall as high as he could and embedded his sword into it...he hung suspended from it...

I've got to get to his level...

Using the sword for support, Sonic somersaulted onto a roof...pulling the sword out of the wall as he did so, he wouldn't lose it that way...

Resting the sword on one shoulder, Sonic surveyed the area from the spot...

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The machine gun also fired lasers...just like those in the Lylat system did...it gave Falco a nice familiar feel...

Above all...I really need to focus here...

Knowing that hiding would be a difficult task Falco climbed to the roof of the abandoned home...Sonic didn't have any ranged weaponry on him...he made a point at not getting caught with a gun...

Oh well...suit yourself Sonic...

Falco stood atop the rooftop...Sonic would soon come into view again...this excited Falco...

C'mon Sonic...show me what you're made of...

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Sonic turned back into the general direction of Falco's sniper position...he looked up...

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A bird of prey...his gaze met Sonic's...

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An adventurer...

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A mercenary...

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Sonic laughed...he slammed the sword into the ground despite being in clear view of his marksmen foe...he waggled his finger challengly...

He grinned...

You ready for this Falco?

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Falco returned Sonic's smile...he cocked his head and gave Sonic a less than polite gesture with his own finger...

"You've been asking for this...punk!"

Ready when you are Sonic...

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Sonic gripped the handle of the blade...

Falco didn't speak that loudly...but Sonic knew what he was saying...

"I know..." He replied...his grin widened. "Don't disappoint me..." He warned...

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Falco positioned his machine gun...holding the scope to his eye as he did with the sniper...

"Don't worry..." He replied assuringly "I won't."

Just so long as you don't disappoint me...

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Go!!

Sonic bolted forwards...ripping the sword from the rooftop as he did so...

The funs only just begun!!

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Go!!

Falco opened fire...

Let's see how far you can get...

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Sonic leaped from the rooftop and landed down onto the streets in front of him...

The home that Falco was using was on the other side of the street...and it was taller than the store he was standing on top a moment ago...

No problem!!

Sonic ran at full speed towards the building...shifted to the left and to the right accordingly...

Bullet time!! For the win!!

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Falco smirked as Sonic evaded the first barrage...but he did not relent...

Sonic always was a bundle of energy...youthful energy...even at a time like this...

Optimism won't get you your victory!!

Falco continued to fire...constantly adjusting his position to get a better shot...

Yeah pal!? Try it!!

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Faster! Faster!!

Sonic reached the building in no time...but he didn't stop running...nor did he change direction...

He was inches away from the building...he pressed his foot against it...and continued running...

Sonic the Hedgehog run upwards...

Step it up already!!

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Impressive...

Falco walked straight to the edge of the building...keeping himself from falling by balance alone...

He aimed his machine gun downwards and straight at Sonic...

Maneuvering to the side while running up a building can't be easy...

Dodge this!!

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Bolts of energy rained down on Sonic...

Can't stop!!

The projectiles were going to hit him any moment now...

He could feel the adrenaline rush through his body...

The rush...

Sonic lived for that rush...

He swung out his blade...a single bolt of energy was knocked off course...

He swung the blade once more...twice more...thrice more...the blade hit its mark each time...

Sonic's heart beat furiously...

Can't stop!! Won't stop!! Don't stop!!

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The hedgehog advanced...

That's more like it!!

Falco let his machine gun drop rather casually down at Sonic...

He wondered what Sonic was going to do next...

The rush...

Falco's life was made worthwhile by the excitement of such things...

He drew a blaster which each hand...leaned forwards and dived...

He noticed the force of the fall attack him furiously...he could hear the wind tear across...

He was a bird...he was flying downwards...he would snatch his prey as he reached the ground...

Go on!! What you going to do punk? Surprise me!!

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The machine gun was sliced into two before it could even reach Sonic...by the time those pieces hit the ground Sonic had already outrun it...

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Falco aimed both of his blasters in front of him...down towards Sonic...

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Sonic frowned with concentration and reared his sword up...waiting for Falco to come close enough...

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Falco fired both of his blasters...

You're dead!

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Damn!

Sonic was forced to swing his sword again to defend himself...

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Hehehe...

Falco continued to descend...

He was now behind Sonic...both blasters aimed...

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Gravity may pull you down...

Within a flash Sonic embedded his sword into the wall and suspended himself against it...

But I can outmaneuver any force nature has to offer against me!

He kicked off the wall...he was flying towards Falco with his sword in both hands...

Eat this!!

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Oh nuts...

Falco leaned back and allowed his body to drop...he was in a nosedive and dropping faster than before...

He heard the air slice were his neck had once been...

Close one...

He aimed his dual blasters into the air and fired at the hedgehog once again...

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Is he mental!!?

Sonic realized that due to being in the middle of the air...there was absolutely no surface to distance himself from Falco's projectiles...

Bummer...

Sonic held his sword overhead and swung down...

If it works for Ike...then why not?

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What!?

Falco's eyes widened at the sheer arrogance at Sonic's action...

Surely not even he would...

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The lasers tore at Sonic's body...but he continued to descend...

Looks like I'm in the hands of gravity now...can't stop even if I wanted too...

Sonic ignored his injuries and loss of blood...

The knockback was insufficient in knocking him off course...

He continued to gravitate relentlessly...increasing in momentum until his blade begun to heat...

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No!!

At this rate he'll slice me in half!!

But Falco neglected to notice the ground race towards him...not until it was upon him...

Damn!!

He impacted against the pavement...

He heard a loud crack...

Aaaagggghhh!!

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Sonic had almost reached the ground too...

He smirked...

Sorry Falco old buddy...you lose!

His blade continued to roar down...

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A massive explosion of dirt formed itself at the sheer force of Sonic's attack...

Silence.

The dust begun to settle...

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Sonic panted.

His arms and knees shook and threatened to give in...

Did I...win...?

"Better luck next time..."

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The dust cleared from the crater that had just formed in the zone of impact...

There was no body...

"Couldn't agree more."

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"What!?" Sonic screamed in alarm. "How did you--"

He found the barrel of Falco's blaster pressed against the side of his body...

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Falco grinned evilly.

He had rolled out of the way just in time.

"Dodge this one speedy!"

He fired.

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Sonic's body lurched back at the blow that was delivered to him...

It went clean through...

It was apparent that the laser had pierced his lung...

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Falco laughed in triumph...

"See that you little freak!?" He taunted. "Game over!"

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Sonic's smile flexed around his face...

His body begun to lose balance...he was about to drop...

He flipped the sword around in his hand and held it in a backhand position.

"Couldn't agree more..." He jeered...

As his body fell backwards...it twisted around...his sword swung in sync...

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Falco swore.

"I don't believe you..."

The blade cleanly sliced at his neck...

His body crumpled to the floor...

It was unmoving...

It showed no signs of life...

Falco had lost.

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"Yes!!" Sonic screamed in celebration. "In your face you damn pigeon!!"

Sonic was soon dancing around in triumph...performing fist pumps constantly.

He had won.

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Falco rolled his eyes and furiously began to strangle Sonic with the Wii-remote and Nunchuk.

"Shut up already!" He roared. "We know you won already!! Give it a rest!!"

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"Gack!!" Sonic choked. "Ga...Gah ha...ha...heh..."

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Upon hearing Sonic laugh at him, Falco tightened his hold.

"Come again?" he asked calmly and mockingly.

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"Gack!!" Sonic spluttered violently.

He performed a slashing motion with his hand across his throat...

I give! I give!

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Falco smiled with satisfaction and let Sonic go.

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Sonic spluttered and rubbed his throat.

He continued to do so until he finally stated "Geez! You could have really done some damage! It's only a game already!!"

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Falco shrugged.

"I know. Doesn't make you any less irritating." He told him simply. "Besides, I don't believe that bull about game controllers being dangerous."

He looked around.

"Where's Diddy get to?" he asked as he slipped the safety strap off and tossed the controller onto the chair.

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Sonic paused in thought before replying.

"I think he ran away when you started yelling for at Red for that frag he did..." He replied.

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Falco crossed his arms and shook his head.

"He deserved it!" Falco snapped defensively. "That trick with the landmines was downright dirty!"

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"Y'know…the same could be said about that stunt you pulled with rocket launcher…" Sonic reminded him.

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"Yeah…well…it's there to be used…" Falco replied…still fuming…

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Sonic smiled and walked over to Falco…deliberately offering him his hand in such an obvious patronizing way.

"Good game pal." He complimented cheerfully.

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"Whatever." Falco muttered…turning to leave. "Where did Red go?"

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"I think he ran away too…" Sonic grinned. "Got pretty tense huh?"

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"It's just a game." Falco commented with finality.

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"But I won!" Sonic pointed out…indicating the winner with his thumb. "And you lost!"

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Falco was prepared to give Sonic an obscene physical gesture with his hand but then paused…

He smirked back…

"I bet…" He began… "You wouldn't be saying the same thing if we got into a real fight…"

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"Zat so…?"

Sonic's grin widened.

"Willing to put your money where your mouth is?" He asked.

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Falco sniggered…

He spun around in the blink of an eye and pressed his blaster against Sonic's forehead.

"You were saying?" He asked sweetly…

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Sonic sniggered back…

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Falco glanced down with the corner of his eye…he found that in the time it took for him to make his move…Sonic's fist was already against his stomach…

"Well then…this is interesting…" He commented…smile continuing to spread…

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Sonic rolled his head to the side to achieve a cracking noise.

"Ready to rumble…pigeon?" He challenged.

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"Bring it on…" He replied…

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Both of them were going to enjoy this…and they were going to especially enjoy the rush it provided them…