A/N- So here we go again. For those of you who don't know, this story is connected to one of my other ones The Blue Blur Slows Down. The good thing is that you don't have to read that one to enjoy this story. In fact, it's kinda better if you haven't because if you have you already know some things that will happen. Anyway, I hope everyone new and old will enjoy this story.

The Ultimate Lifeform Slows Down Chapter 1

Shadow POV

Why didn't I put air holes in this box? Good thing I don't need good air quality to survive. It's Maria's 18th birthday and I have a big surprise for her. The only light in here is coming from sparse light reflecting off five rings. Four are on my body, one is in a small black box I have in my hand. I've changed so much in the last 14 months since I saved Maria. You probably want to know how I did that. Well, me, Sonic, Amy, Silver, and Blaze were fighting a being from the future who called himself Mephiles. His whole thing was that he had a Chaos Emerald that could cause time travel. After Blaze had sealed him in a vessel, Silver created a time portal and she threw it in. After that I saw my chance.

"Can you send me to a specific time?" I asked Silver.

"I don't know, probably. Why?"

"Because I want you to send me to June 19th, 1951 aboard the space colony ARK." That was the day she died. Silver's face contorted in concentration.

"Okay, it's set." He said. I took a few steps forward before Sonic stopped me.

"Are you sure about this?" I could tell he was genuinely concerned.

"No," I answered truthfully, "but wouldn't you do it if it was Amy?" I knew that was a low blow, but I also knew it would work. Sonic let me go and I prepared to jump into the portal.

"Well, whatever you do, do it quick. I don't know how long I can hold this thing open." Silver said starting to sweat. I had taken this into consideration and replied calmly.

"Don't worry if I don't come back." And with that I jumped head first into the portal. Inside was surreal. I saw pictures of things that must have happened in the past. I was even in some of them. I was floating towards a picture that looked like a room on the ARK. I went through it and landed on the floor on my stomach. Looking around I knew exactly where I was. I knew the escape pods were a few rooms down so I went to the metal door and punched in the code I still remembered. The first thing I saw surprised me. I saw my younger self running with Maria right behind. Looks like I was just in time as always. Since I knew who was following them I stood at the ready to take down the G.U.N. soldiers.

"Look, there it is! Open fire!" One of them called out. After that I Chaos Controlled all around them knocking heads together, throwing punches, and dodging bullets. After a minute all ten of them were down and I headed to the escape pod bay. I cracked the door open and looked inside. My younger self was in the escape pod and Maria was about to pull the lever. Now since I slightly changed the past she said something slightly different than before.

"Don't worry Shadow, I'll be right behind you. But if don't make it, promise me you'll help the people down there to live happy lives to the best of your ability. Can you do that for me?"

"I promise Maria." My younger self said. She pulled the lever and he shot out into space. That's when I ran into the room. Obviously Maria was confused.

"What? Shadow, I just sent you out into space!"

"There's no time to explain, I'm here to save you. Do you trust me?" I asked.

"Of course I do Shadow." She answered.

"Then grab my hand." She did so and I Chaos Controlled us back to the room with the portal.

"What is that?!" Maria asked.

"A portal to the future. We won't be chased anymore there and we'll be on the planet."

"Okay, I trust you Shadow. Let's do it." So I wrapped my right arm around her and we both jumped in. We were speechless as we floated towards the end. Once again we landed on our stomachs, but we were back on Mobius. I stood up and stuck out my hand for Maria to take. I didn't take a good look at her until Sonic spoke up.

"I thought you said Maria was a human." He said cocking his head to the side a bit. I looked over to my right to see a blond spined hedgehog that was wearing Maria's outfit. I was, I guess regretful would be close enough, when I spoke to her.

"I'm sorry Maria, I don't know what happened." What she did next surprised me.

"Sorry?" She asked excitedly. "This is great! I've always wanted to be a hedgehog like you." She bent down and hugged me around the neck, smiling the same smile I enjoyed so much on the ARK.

"I think I can explain what happened." Blaze said breaking the scene up. "The Chaos Emeralds are said to grant people's deepest desires. Maria said she wanted to be a hedgehog, and now she is."

"I'm just happy she's alive." I said not caring about an explanation. After that Blaze went back to Silver and Sonic to Amy, leaving us alone.

"Shadow?" Maria asked.


"Was I going to die on the ARK?" She asked simply.

"Yes you were. I've been waiting over 60 years to find a way to save you."

"60 years!" She exclaimed.

"Well, 50 were in a stasis tank." I said trying to calm her.

"What happened?"

"It's a long story, but I'll have time to tell you later." I was feeling good about myself. "And since you obviously don't have anywhere to stay, I was thinking you could stay with me."

"Yay!" She said jumping up and clapping.

"But we're going to the hospital for a checkup since your body has changed so much." She looked older that she did before for some reason.

"Yeah, that's a good idea. Hey, here's another one. How about you tell me what happened as we walk to your house."

"Fine. It all started when I woke up to see a bald fat man with a huge mustache."

A/N- Don't worry, most of the chapters of this story will have original content in them. Just know I had to work around some of the parts of the other story and there will be parts where dialogue will be the same as The Blue Blur Slows Down. As a disclaimer, any discrepancies or differences between dialogues in this story and the other will be accounted to the fact that each person remembered the same events differently.