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Sonic looked on as his words sunk into the walrus, with the latter not moving at all for the past few minutes since the former had explained it to him.
"You're joking…heh…hahaha, man Sonic you sure are a kidder, now come on, let's get out of here…" as he wheeled around to head for the door, his arm was caught by the hedgehog.
"You really think I'd be kidding about something like this?"
Sonic spun him around to look him in the eye, and was slightly surprised that Boomer was smiling.
"Boomer…your brother-" a sharp laugh emanated from the walrus before Sonic could finish explaining again.
Boomer proceeded to pat him on the shoulder. "Oh mercy, stop with the jokes already man, seriously, right now isn't exactly the time to be lifting up my spirits if that's what yo-"
He was cut off by Sonic forcefully grabbing him by both shoulders. "Boomer! Listen to me, your brother is-"
"STOP! SHUT UP! JUST SHUT UP! DON'T SAY IT! DON'T YOU DARE SAY IT! DON'T-DON'T-DON'T-DON'T-DON'T…don't-don't…please…" he trailed off before falling to his knees, unable to fight back the tears as he broke down and cried.
Sonic could only watch as his friend wailed in grief. "I can't do that anymore...been there too many times already." Remembering that they were running out of time, Sonic knelt down and gently laid a hand on Boomer's shoulder. "Boom…we have to go."
Boomer continued to cry, blind to the world around him as he barely heard a word, prompting the hedgehog to repeat himself, "Boomer, we have to go now!"
"Y-you go…and take Bunnie with you."
"I can't do that."
"Just leave me here dammit! I mean-what good will it do? If I leave it won't make any difference, it won't bring Skeeter back, it won't bring mom...or dad back…I have nothing." Burying his face in his hands again, Boomer cringed even lower.
Fighting back the urge to hit him, Sonic instead grabbed the distraught scientist by his collar, hoisting him up just high enough for him to make eye contact. "Listen Boomer, either you snap out of it right now or we'll all be done for. You said it won't make much of a difference even if you leave, well let me break it to you pal, it makes all the difference. Just think of all the good you'll do as a Freedom Fighter, with your help we might even bring the bastard down and find a way to free all of the Robians."
For a moment, it seemed that Boomer didn't even hear him; his eyes bloodshot and wet with tears, he slowly looked away from Sonic and glanced at Bunnie, who looked on with deep concern.
Looking down, he gently removed Sonic's hands from his collar and wiped away the remaining tears away. "O-okay…just let me…put…myself back…together…"
As Boomer picked up his briefcase from the ground, the alarm unexpectedly went off. "That doesn't sound good!" Sonic said as he guarded the door.
Rubbing his nose, Boomer motioned for Bunnie to come closer. "It-It must be your friends, Snively must have gotten sick of waiting."
Just as the overlander was mentioned, his voice suddenly resounded from the intercom. "Attention all available SWATbots, report to concentration camp designation number 3 at once, there are intruders, Freedom Fighters! Capture them all immediately and bring them to the roboticizer!"
"Guess that's our cue!" Taking out the key card from his bag, Sonic ran it through the scanner next to the door for it to open.
Carefully looking outside for any sign of bots, he signaled for Boomer and Bunnie to follow him. Hand in hand, the two trailed behind the hedgehog closely as they made their way through the hallway, which was illuminated by the red light of the alarm.
Even though Boomer was still somewhat disheveled by the revelation that he probably would no longer see his brother the same way again, he helped direct Sonic on where to lead them; with a few minor close calls.
"The exit should be around here Boom, you sure we're going the right way?" Sonic asked as he glanced back, with the walrus still looking a bit worse for wear.
"It's been a while since I left this place, I practically live here as a prisoner myself."
"Then we have to hurry, if we don't get out in time the mission could be done for and we'll all be screwed." Seeing a narrow hallway up ahead, Sonic beckoned for the two to quicken their pacing, only to stop midway as heavy footsteps could be heard from around the corner. "Crap, hide!"
The group quickly found and hid behind a large crate inside a nearby narrow corner, while Boomer raised a finger to his lips to quiet Bunnie down. "We have to get the hell out of here now, Elaine and the gang'll be swarmed with bots if we don't hurry," Sonic whispered to them.
As the footsteps got closer, Sonic held his breath, ready to attack in case they were ever seen. Not long after, a Shadowbot appeared, but luckily he ran passed the corner they were hiding in.
Heaving a sigh of relief, he took out the detonator from his back pack. "Boom my friend, I think now would be the right time for me to activate the magplas." Crossing his fingers, his thumb felt heavy as he pressed the button.
Snively was busy typing away at his computer, having just put away the intercom, he wasted no time in deploying a small battalion of bots to where the intruders were. "Looks like I've got a bet to win, and a few Freedom Fighters to play with," he grinned evilly as he activated the monitor screen to Boomer's lab.
"Doctor Boomer is Project Rab-bot ready?" Standing by for the walrus to respond, he repeated his question when none came. "Doctor Boomer, are you there? Don't test me!" Still nothing.
Rubbing his chin, Snively adjusted the camera angle of the computer and surveyed the room. "What in the world?" Right as he was about to direct security towards the lab, two small explosions snapped him out of focus.
"The hell?" Followed shortly by another one, and another. Jumping off his seat to investigate, his concern grew as heavy grating noises began to resound throughout the room. Running towards the source, he was shocked to discover that the conveyor belts had stopped working and the gears of the refinery had clogged to a halt.
Seeing this, he took out his communicator from his pocket. "Repair bots, report to my position immediately, three of the main engines and the refinery are in need of maintenance." Walking closer, he spied something peculiar that was spread wide against the end of one of the belts.
Not minding the sparks that were flaring from the machine, he pinched the mysterious compound to examine it, only to be surprised by how sticky it was. "Oh great…" with his fingers stuck, he tugged lightly at it to test how strongly he was adhering, before being startled by another explosion above him, this time it was a malfunction.
More irritated than scared, Snively pulled even harder. Not long after, five small probes flew in and surrounded him. He then motioned for one of them to help him with its laser. With precise aim and another drastic pull, Snively was liberated from his bind, causing him to fall hard on his back.
After a moment of regaining his senses, he stood up and breathed in frustration before realizing that it was sabotage. He activated his holowatch. "Doctor Robotnik? Doctor Robotnik sir, are you there?"
"What is it Snively?" Robotnik's voice could be heard from the screen, but his image was obscured by the lack of light.
"Sir, the Shadowbot factory has been sabotaged; all of the machines have been backed up by a highly strong and adhesive substance."
"Hm, no doubt one of those Freedom Fighters, are the repair bots working on it?"
"Yes, but I'm afraid that if they were to remove all of it away they might end up doing more damage than necessary. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before and the lasers barely seem to be having any effect on it."
There was another explosion, causing Snively to duck and back away from the machines. "Sir, I think it would be wise to call for an evacuation."
"Very well, just make sure to have Rab-bot in for transport."
"I'm afraid that there's another slight problem to that request sir."
"What Snively? I hope you're not implying that something went wrong with my bodyguard…are you?"
Swallowing a hard lump in his throat, Snively tugged on the collar of his shirt. "I-It would seem that Doctor Boomer has vacated his laboratory and Project Rab-bot is…nowhere to be seen," his voice trailed off in a high shrill, waiting for the inevitable.
"Yes, D-Doctor Robotnik sir?"
"If you somehow manage to sort out your little dilemma over there report to my chamber immediately after…where we're going to have our usual discussions, are we clear?"
"(Ulp)…yes sir." Cutting off the feed, Snively went back to attending to the repair bots. By then, a creeping thought came to him, "I wonder…"
Back to our heroes…
The three were now nearing the exit, with Sonic close ahead and still on the watch. "Boomer, Bunnie, hurry up, we're almost there." Seeing the door up ahead, Sonic readied the key card in his hand, only to stop dead in his tracks as a Shadowbot appeared from the corner to intercepted him. "Halt! Surrender mobian!"
Fearing for their lives, Sonic pushed the other two out of the way as the bot fired a warning shot with its arm cannon. "I will not ask again after this hedgehog, surrender and I will show mercy."
"Mercy? Is she hot?" Dodging another one, he then delivered a spin dash attack at the bot's torso, but barely even managed to dent it.
"That mobibendum shell is a real pain!" Evading a few more blasts, Sonic countered with a flurry of kicks to its head, managing to shatter its visor.
Dazed, the bot backed away to stabilize its vision, before firing a random shot, which ricocheted a few times until. "Bunnie look ou-argh!"
"Boomer!" Sonic wheeled around and ran up next to the walrus, who had pushed the rabbit out of the laser's path just in time, but at the consequence of being hit.
"M-My leg!" Boomer choked in pain.
Sonic bent down to examine the injury on Boomer's left leg, which gave off a little smoke as it burned from the intense heat. "Boomer! Are you alright!? Stay with me man! We're almost out of here."
Boomer struggled with the pain. "N-No, just leave me here, it's…too late!"
"There's no way I'm leavin' ya! After everything you've been through you can't give up!" Looking up at the still standing bot, Sonic shoved his friend away towards Bunnie's direction, who was still on the floor, in shock from the sight of her father figure cringing in pain.
Slowly, she looked up and turned to the one responsible, who was struggling to block Sonic's attacks as the hedgehog pushed him back furiously for hurting his friend.
"Y-You!" Bunnie whispered, her voice trailing with rage as she stood up.
As if by instinct, she raised her arm forward and it instantly morphed into a small hand cannon. It had a vertically narrow muzzle at the end and seemed to take up most of her lower arm, only ending until her elbow. Carefully aiming it, she set her sights on the bot's head before firing a compressed ball of blue light at it.
Once it made contact, something unexpected happened, it cracked. The mobibendum; considered to be the strongest metal alloy on Mobius, actually cracked from that simple attack.
"What the!?" Sonic looked on in amazement as that one single blast did what he or any of the other Freedom Fighters had barely succeeded in doing, even the Shadowbot was surprised as the side of its face started to crumble.
"This is inconceivable, my armor is made out of the finest mobibendum alloy, and you managed this much damage with just one attack?"
Facing the cyborg, the Shadowbot proceeded to scan her and realized who she was. "You are supposed to be Doctor Robotnik's bodyguard, why are you helping these organics escape?" But Bunnie didn't listen, her anger outweighing her sense of reason at that moment.
Aiming for it again, the bot was forced to defend itself as it fired another blast, which the rabbit evaded with surprising agility. She then retaliated with her own, hitting it right at the stomach. "You have damaged my central power core, activating emergency backup!"
"Oh no you don't!"
Seeing an opportunity as the armor started to crumble, Sonic gave it one final spin dash. "Ac-Activa-ting…em-m-m-mer-p-p-p-power-" Giving it everything he had, Sonic increased the velocity of his spin as he went through various wires and circuitry, pushing the bot to fall on its back as its stomach was being torn apart bit by bit, with the friction causing sparks to fly.
Another moment went by before the Shadowbot finally went offline, as Sonic was able to reach its spare power core located just above the main and destroy it, along with some of its other components. Jumping out of the hole that he made, he fell down in exhaustion, breathing heavily as Bunnie went near him.
Taking her hand, Sonic smiled in gratitude as she helped him up. "That was some save Buns, I owe you one!"
The rabbit smiled in response, before her attention quickly shifted back to Boomer, who was still on the ground trying to endure the pain he was in. Running up next to him, Sonic motioned for Bunnie to cradle him up on her thighs so he could apply first aid.
He quickly took his kit out of his backpack; which he had set aside for his brief skirmish, Sonic then applied some anti-inflammatory ointment on the burn, which seemed to be about third degree, but was otherwise not that severe.
After bandaging it, he motioned for Bunnie to help sit him up. "There you go Boom, do you think you can still stand?"
"I-I think so…still hurts like hell though." He inhaled sharply while grasping the now bandaged leg, before Sonic lifted him up by his arm over his shoulder.
"Man! You think you could cut down a notch Boom?" Sonic said, gasping from the weight.
"Comes with being a walrus, hedgehog," Boomer said with a thin smile, before turning his attention to Bunnie, who still looked worried. His smile widening a bit, he cupped her cheek gently in his free hand to reassure her, which she returned by holding it with both of hers.
Moments like these however, are almost too good to last. "What a very touching scene."
Recognizing who it was, Sonic didn't even bother to turn around, save for a glance at Boomer, whose short lived relief had been replaced with fear.
Snively was clapping slowly, a smug smile on his face with two Shadowbots by his sides; arm cannons at the ready.
"I hope you don't mind a brief intermission Sonic, no? Then why don't we head straight to act two!"
Thank you for all of the support and stay tuned for more Ultimate Sonic, I promise the adventure is just gonna get way past cooler!