A/N: So you people have been waiting a long time for-
Pen: About a week is a long time?
For them it is. Now, this is the sequel to "Sonic the...Thief?" Its the "March of the Eggmans!" Sword?
Pen: She's off getting some candy.
Well then would you mind?
Pen: Yes, but you'll make me do it regardless. The author only owns Gauge. All other characters are owned by Sega.
And now, the first chapter!
Chapter 1- Well This Seems New
"Curse that hedgehog!" Eggman roared from inside his base. He smashed a console in front of him, causing it to spark and shut down.
Eggman grumbled as he leaned back in his chair. "Just when I was about to destroy Sonic, that other accursed hedgehog has to save them." He roared again, knocking aside a smaller droid on a nearby computer. Eggman gripped the arms of his seat and seethed in quiet rage as he watched his robots operating the equipment in the base.
"Doctor!" a droid called as it came up to him.
"What is it?" Eggman growled. He turned around in his seat to face the robot. "It had better be good or you'll go in the trash compactor."
"We are picking up massive energy signatures from different areas of the globe."
Eggman leaned forward. "Is it the chaos emeralds?"
"Negative. The signatures are as strong as the chaos emeralds, but the pattern is different."
Eggman leaned back, stroking his chin. "If it's not the chaos emeralds, then..."he trailed off and pondered for a few moments. "Prepare my ship. Set its course to the nearest signature!"
The droid saluted followed by a "Yes Doctor!" and ran off, leaving Eggman alone with his thoughts.
"Maybe things are beginning to turn around," he chortled to himself.
Darkness. That's all that he saw.
He felt light. Lighter than ever before. There was no pain, just dull throbs that must have been endorphins or some other chemical blocking all the pain.
There was also a tingling sensation, as if he was constantly being zapped by someone who had shuffled across carpet and then touched him. But instead of shocking the nerves, it seemed wonderful to him. Almost peaceful and relaxing, as if it were a part of his body.
Off in the distance, there was a soft and steady beeping. He counted it, trying to make out its pattern, but would lose it at around forty.
How long have I been like this? was his first question. He knew that sleep had taken him over at some point, but for how long. He debated for the longest time of whether or not to open his eyes. Despite the long sleep, his body fought to keep the eyes shut. In the end, he convinced it to let them open.
Bright light filled his entire vision. He groaned as he blinked rapidly, trying to get used to it. He tried to raise his hand to shield his eyes, but he found it was heavy and laden with wires and other medical equipment.
That's when he heard the soft beeping. Turning his head with some difficulty, his eyes rested on an EKG machine, monitoring his steady heartrate. So that's what the beeping had been.
"Gauge?" a voice asked tentatively.
He turned in the direction of the voice to see an orange, two-tailed fox watching him carefully. He smiled at the fox. "Hey Tails." He moaned and laid back on his pillow. "Is everyone okay?"
Gauge couldn't see Tails nod. "Yeah, everyone's safe."
"Good," Gauge breathed heavily. "Good." He grunted as he tried to sit up, causing Tails to rush over to him.
"You probably shouldn't do that. The doctor said you were in bad shape."
Gauge nodded. "Yeah. I've even got this tingling feeling throughout my body. Maybe its because of that." He laid back down. "How long was I out?"
"A while," Tails replied, pulling a chair out and sitting next at Gauge's bedside. "Close to three weeks."
Gauge eyes widened in surprise. "Three weeks?" he choked. "Man, I thought it was just a couple of days."
Tails shook his head then immediately stood up. "Oh! I should tell everyone else you're awake!" He dashed out of the room. "Everyone will want to see you!"
Gauge shook his head and focused on what Tails had said. Three weeks. He wondered what had happened while he had been asleep. And why was that tingling sensation getting stronger than before?
"Damn, there's nothing here," a soldier in G.U.N. armor muttered. He looked over to his companion clad in a similar outfit. "Find anything?"
His companion shook his head. "Not a thing. Eggman's bomb pretty much destroyed everything on this island. We've been searching for nearly three weeks. There's nothing here." He gave a glance around. "Well let's head back to HQ."
The other nodded. They packed up what equipment they had and proceeded to their helicopter parked on the edge of the island.
"Waste of our damn time," the first one remarked as he tossed his equipment in haphardzly and climbed into the passenger's seat. "Eggman is long gone. And whatever those nerds in the labs are saying about 'powerful reading that could be chaos emeralds', I still think they're full of shit. We haven't found anything."
"I hear ya," his friend replied as he seated himself in the pilot's seat and started up the engines. "Hey after we report in, let's swing by the diner and get a burger."
After the two of them had left, the ground in the area they had been surveying began to shake slightly. Small rocks tumbled about while what little plant life swayed around.
A white portal opened up as if an invisible hand pulled an unseen zipper in mid-air and caused it to open. Two figures fell out of it.
The first one to pick themself up was a lilac colored cat, wearing a purple dress. She had an air of authority about her, which seemed to be emphasized by the jewel in the middle of her head. She dusted herself off and turned to her companion and nudged him with her foot. "Wake up Silver."
The one called Silver had fur that matched his name. He spines stood up widely as they made a sort of arc across his head. He shook himself. "Ugh. What was that Blaze?"
Blaze sighed. "I don't know." She let her eyes wander around, taking in their new surroundings. "But we aren't home anymore."
Silver stood up and looked around as well. He picked up a nearby pebble with his telekinesis and studied it for a second before throwing it to the side. He turned to Blaze. "Well this seems new."
A/N: And that's the end of chapter 1. The next chapter may not be up for a while as I'm working on a collab and another one-shot, but I will try and get it up as soon as possible.
Sword: So please read!
Pen:...Review. You forgot the 'and review' part.