The forest was bleak, dark. The minimum light shone and dappled through the trees were block colours; green and brown. No different shades. Green and brown. The colour seemed to smudge from the lines of the trees, giving the look that they were painted by a six year old. The bark was knarred into shape, a million and one ghostly faces peeking out, seething with poison. I wasn't sure how we had arrived at this place. My teammates, friends, siblings, pick your word, and I.
The being that stood in front of us was no taller than Rouge, most likely the same height as I and he truly was the most gruesome being I seen. Coloured many shades of black and blue, the contrast of red blood that the light seemed to shine on his fur constantly was shocking. Although, from a distant he may even look… Normal. With the average body and head shape of a hedgehog, in any kind of shadow… Maybe. But even in this light I could see he was far from it. If it even was a he.
He stood with a powerful stance, although constantly seeming in pain and slightly hunched. His body was that of a hedgehog, although his legs seemed overly-muscled, especially compared with the long arms that dangled from his broad shoulders. At the end of these, the hands changed dramatically, almost squared off with metallic-looking claws that could slash a being in half with one strike. His legs, as previously mentioned, were overly-muscled, while being slim at the same time. His feet also seemed square, with the same long, powerful claws protruding from the toes. His tail looked sharp, angled. Large bat wings spawned from his back, shadowing the being even more. The face… He had the quills of a hedgehog, although sharper, shorter and more defined. Two large bat ears protruded from his head. His muzzle was spotted with red, almost bloody. His eyes… Those soulless eyes. One an almost glowing red with the other an iced blue. They were glazed over, almost robotic and his overall fur seemed metallic, his movements jerky. Each part of his body was squared off, each contour sharply rounded, each corner pointed. The smile on his face was nothing but sadistic.
"Who are you? What are you?"
Her voice echoed through the empty trees. We, as a G.U.N unit and close friends, had been asked to hunt down this being. It was believed he was linked to the mysterious disappearances of the Sonic Team. The whole Sonic Team.
He laughed, sounding purely happy yet fearsome.
"Why, Rouge, what makes you ask that? Isn't it obvious? I am you. Each of you. Or more, the hidden parts of you. The bad parts. Everyone has that part, right? I am every thought each of you has ever had. Every feeling. Every cuss word, every phrase screamed it anger or pain. I am every sadistic thought, every blood lust, every fruitless hope, wish, dream. I am every want, every need for another being. Every hidden love, every pain felt, all the secrets, the truth, the betrayal, the pure hatred, the unfulfilled desires. I am all of you. And I would like to play a game."
His voice was a deep, gravely male tone that seemed to growl at every sentence. At the same time, it sounded robotic as well as beastly and, surprisingly, there was a recognisable female undertone to it too. He (For surely, that was what he was. Two parts male although still one part female and cryogenically, he looked male) held out one hand, dull light gleaming from the end of his claws. A screen appeared, showing my worst fears. The room was bleak, grey and made purely of stone. The missing persons were lying on the floor, thin and weak, with unkempt fur and dull eyes.
HEDGEHOGS, 3. SONIC THE, AMY ROSE, SILVER THE.
ECHIDNA, 1. KNUCKLES THE.
FOX, 1. MILES PROWER, ALSO KNOWN AS TAILS.
RABBIT,1. CREAM THE.
CHAO, 1. CHEESE.
BEE, 1. CHARMY.
CROCODILE, 1. VECTOR THE.
CHAMELEON, 1. ESPIO THE.
CAT, 2. BIG THE, BLAZE THE.
My stomach churned; Omega had confirmed our worst fears.
I heard Rouge gasp and I had to pull myself back from doing the same. He was sick, bringing children into whatever sadistic little game he was playing. Sonic quivered before shakily pulling himself to his knees.
"….Shadow? …..Rouge? …..Omega? …. Oh…. Hey Guys….." A weak, forced smile covered his muzzle. His voice was strained and weak. Slowly but surely, one by one the rest stirred before feebly climbing into a sitting position. Each pair of eyes, be they green, yellow, blue or purple, echoed the same fear as confusion and realisation spread through the Mobians.
"Sonic… Where are we? I'm scared…"
"Miss Blaze? Miss Amy? Mr Sonic? I'm scared…."
"ARGH! LET ME OUTTA HERE NOW OR YOUR GONNA PAY!"
"Vector, I wanna go home!"
"This situation looks bleak…"
"Don't cry kid, It'll be okay, I promise!"
"B-Blaze? Where are we? I can't remember anything…"
"IF YOU DON'T LET US GO NOW I SWEAR I-"
"SILENCE BEINGS. Now, let me explain the rules of this game. I want you to come and find me. Fun, right? I will teleport you to computer room, where you can access maps and such. You must come to this castle and find me. When this happens, your friends will be released. Easy right? Soon, I will be in the same room as these… Beings. Every half an hour I will contact you through your wrist communicators, and this screen will appear. I will have two of your friends here. You will have thirty seconds in which you must choose which one will be shot and killed. The other will go back to the pile and you will have thirty more minutes to advance forwards. The longer you take, the more die. Are we clear?"
I couldn't speak. The words wouldn't form in my mouth. I could feel my best friend shaking beside me, also rendered speechless. Omega spoke for the both of us.
"AFFIRMATIVE. SITUATION UNDERSTOOD."
"Lovely. Oh, and remember I am you. I know each of your feelings for each of these people. Which ones you hate and which ones you love. Which ones you wouldn't care too much if they died, and which ones would tear you to pieces. Which ones you've argued with and which ones you have those oh-so secret feelings for you can't shake off. You have half an hour. Good luck, friends."
He smiled, almost seductively before he and us were gone in a flash of light, the three of us reappearing in a room that was taken up by a super-computer. Hearing a cold, hard beeping sound I looked at my own communicator to see a countdown timer, the seconds quickly ticking away. 29.55, 29.54, 29.53, 29.53, 29.52…
"W-what just happened?" Her voice rasped through the silence, sounding shaky and weak and mirroring the emotions that I was trying my best to keep locked inside of me.
"I don't know…"
"SUGGESTIVE THAT COMPUTER HACKING IS STARTED IMMEDIATELY."
Quickly, she stepped forwards, fingers sliding gracefully over the keys. There was no time to loose…
Oooh, death fic. I randomly had the idea a while ago and finally got around to writing it. It'll probably be five chapters at the most. Oh, and just to clear it up, the people speaking in sequence were (In order): Amy, Cream, Knuckles, Charmy, Big, Espio, Vector, Silver and Knuckles again. Hope you enjoyed the first chapter, I promise more stuff will happen in the later ones :).