His red sneakers glinted in the sunlight as he strolled down the park's sidewalk, surveying the area for anything out of the ordinary. He came to a bench, sat down, and crossed his long legs. It was then he noticed a wooden cane leaning on the side of the bench. Curious, he picked it up, half expecting something to happen, but nothing did. He stood up, twirling it around one finger, then tossed in the air and caught it behind his back. After giving it one more look over, he set it back in its original place and loped off. However, the cane did an odd thing; it shuddered (though there was no wind) and then toppled over, making a loud clunking noise as it did.
The hedgehog paused mid-step and slowly turned around. Nobody was around to have caused the cane to fall, but there it was, on the ground, and he had heard it
A inconspicuously small crease appeared o n the hedgehog's forehead, then he turned back around and went on his way again. Meanwhile, the wretched cane slid a few inches on the sidewalk, then began floating in the air altogether. Sonic glanced back nervously, then, with a gasp, turned and saw that the cane was no longer there. He looked around furtively and saw people a good distance away, doing their own things, surely not being able to grab a cane and run away without him seeing them
He felt a strong breeze. Looking up, he saw the sky darkening with ominous-looking rain clouds. Once again a breeze swept him, this one more powerful --it made him slide forward a good few inches. Once again he looked around, this time seeing no one, them having left because of the coming storm. The hedgehog backed up slowly, feeling more strong winds push his body from all directions. He was getting the distinct impression that someone or something was following him
He began walking, a bit faster, towards the exit of the park.
Sonic froze, then did a 360. Not a person in sight, but he'd definitely just heard a voice.
He turned and was on the move again... until--
The hedgehog whirled and looked around frantically, but still saw no one.
Breathing hard, he took several steps backward. His name had been called, he was sure of it
yet he saw nobody
so what did that mean?
Sonic swallowed hard, still trying to identify who was following him. He heard a distant rumble of thunder in the background, then rain began pouring down. The hedgehog hated the prospect of being wet when he didn't have too, so he turned--
--and came face-to-face with the cane, which was now floating upright on the ground.
With a yelp, the hedgehog leaped backwards, scared out of his wits.
The cane advanced on him, the it spoke: "Hello there, Mr. Sonic. I heard from a friend of mine that you're very keen on
" It leaned forward, several inches from Sonic's face. "
Sonic's emerald-green eyes widened, then he retreated a few feet; however, the wooden stick followed him closely, and now began circling him.
"Whatever is the matter? I find nothing wrong with that. In fact, it amuses me so
to bad it's gone to your head, or rather, your stomach
heh heh heh."
Sonic's mouth opened a bit from surprise, and he asked, "Who
are you? And how do you know
"My identity is none of your concern as of now, however, you will soon find out
sadly. Now, then
It stopped in front of him. "I've got connections, boy, that's how I know so much. I was there. I watched the entire thing
in so saying
my next connection
is going to be with your HEAD!" It moved with surprising agility, and brought itself down on the hedgehog's skull. Sonic staggered back, holding his head. The cane drew back and hit Sonic right across his belly, sending him flying about 5 feet. He sat up, wincing.
"Don't fight the truth. I saw how you convinced him to come to your house,"
It hit him across the face--
"How you hunted him down in the dark,"
It whacked him across the back--
"How you devoured him and enjoyed it
The cane pressed its end on Sonic's throat.
Sonic gulped, trembling nervously.
The cane laughed, enjoying the hedgehog's fear. "Thaaat's right. Imagine how that boy felt right before you ate him
now you know firsthand." It pressed itself down harder on Sonic's trachea, making him gasp for breath.
"I oughta shove the hook on the other end of me down your throat, hedgehog. But no, we're only getting started
your nightmare has officially begun today
" it floated of off the hedgehog's windpipe. Sonic cautiously jumped up, massaging his neck and watching the cane closely.
"You'll be seeing a lot of me, hedgehog. Until you've learned your lesson
I'll make your life a living hell."
With that, it flew up in the air a rocketed away. Sonic stared after it, getting an odd, foreboding feeling.
"Sonic. You can't keep doing this."
"I know I can't. I just
can't help myself."
Tails turned to face his friend. "But see where it got you! You've got otherwise inanimate objects threatening to kill you, all because you'd eaten one person. One person makes a difference, it seems. But we've got to get you out of this habit of eating human beings!"
it's just that when
I see one of them defenseless, or extremely
clingy, like HE was
I guess my internal instincts kick in."
Tails gave him a quizzical look. "In that case, I'm surprised you hadn't trying to eat me in these past few minutes."
Sonic gave Tails a simpering look. "You're my best friend."
Tails laughed. "I know, I was just pulling your leg. So, a cane beat you up and said he was pretty much going to make you life miserable from here on out? Weird
and nobody else was around?"
Sonic shook his head. "Not a soul in sight."
There was a booming noise of thunder outside, and then the lights flickered and shut off.
Then a harsh voice echoed throughout the room.
"Not a soul in sight, eh? Well, you're wrong about that, Sonic!"
Sonic and Tails both looked at each other in the dark, horror on their faces.
"S-S-S-Son-n-n-ic, wuh-wuh-was th-that y-y-you?" Tails whimpered.
Sonic pulled him closer. "No, little buddy."
Distinctive cackling could be heard across the room. Sonic gritted his teeth. "All right, whatever you are
I don't care what you do to me
just don't hurt my friends
He cracked his knuckles. "Or else I might have to get rough."
The voice laughed again. "You can't attack me. Well
but I must say, it'll be a chore for you
The lights flickered.
Sonic's left eye twitched. "Try me. If you're the one who attacked in the park, I'll admit you got the best of me. You caught me off guard. Things are going to be different now."
"You're so very right, my friend. Things WILL be different from here on out
Behind Sonic and Tails, a dark shadow was forming, and a small figure began emerging from it, out of the ground.
Of course, due to the lack of luminosity, they didn't notice. Sonic, however, felt this new presence, and began looking around, a bit more frantically.
why is it getting cold all of a sudden?" Tails asked, shivering and moving closer to the hedgehog.
Sonic did not answer, getting the feeling that someone watching them. Then--
"BEHIND YOU, SONIC!" Tails cried suddenly.
Sonic spun on the spot instantly--
--then came face to face with a pair of red, glowing eyes...
Not daring to recoil like he had once before, the hedgehog struck out at the intruder. His fist connected with something solid, and he felt it fly backwards. It caught itself in the air.
"You fool!" It screeched. "You cannot defeat me. Haven't I told you before?"
Frustrated now, Sonic followed the faint outline of the small figure around the room, throwing punches and kicks at it, making direct contact with it many times, but the creature always seemed to come back stronger, never phasing under Sonic's barrage of attacks. Meanwhile, the fox had taken refuge behind his couch, watching with wide and worrying eyes.
"What exactly is this thing? I can hear--and kinda see--him scoring huge blows on it, but despite its
uh, apparently small size, it just keeps coming and coming
He watched the 'fight' continue for a few minutes.
"It doesn't seem to be a robot, it'd be scrap metal by now
Outside, lightning flashed, casting the two fighter's shadows on the wall.
The hedgehog finally paused in his frenzy of attacks. Panting, he drew back, staring as hard as he could at the creature that stood before him.
"Now that you've finally settled down, we can get down to business." The creature said.
"What business." The hedgehog demanded wearily. "And why are you following me?!"
"You and I both know. I'm here to avenge my friend who you so simply removed from this earth. Besides, if you ask me, what's better than to have revenge on someone who's taken your friend away? I see your best friend's over there. How would you like it if I killed him?"
Tails gasped and hunkered down lower behind the couch.
Sonic's teeth glinted in the little light that came in through the window. "You wouldn't DARE!" He snarled.
"I was just speaking hypothetically. I never harm those who don't deserve it. You, on the other hand
Sonic glared at the floating creature, all the while inching backwards towards Tails, who sat trembling behind the couch.
"Now, now, I already told you I would hurt him. You should be worried about your well being."
The creature floated towards Sonic, who stood his ground.
"I ask of only one thing."
"What is that?" Sonic demanded.
"You will find out. Soon enough."
Then, in the blink of an eye, Sonic's world went black.
where am I?"
Sonic's vision was blurry; he tried shaking his head, but it only made him feel even more disoriented, not to mention ill. He pushed himself up into a sitting position, grasping his head in pain. He looked around.
where is this?" He cried.
He was in some sort of weird, gray, distorted area. His feet seemed to be on solid footing, though it didn't appear that way because this strange place was constantly shifting and moving. Sonic cautiously took a step forward, unsure if he would be able to keep his footing on the invisible ground.
"What in the world
that stalker thing must've sent me here. Talk about my everyday situation, ugh
guess I should find a way to make a plot change
He continued walking on, into the seemingly endless void for the next few minutes. It was then he heard a voice: "I trusted you."
Sonic's forehead crinkled up."Huh? Anybody there? Who's there?!"
"I trusted you, and you turned that against me."
The hedgehog, for the hundredth time that day, began breathing hard out of nervousness. "Who
"You tricked me. I thought I turn to you with my problems. I had no other excitement in my life, and the one person I go to for it betrays me."
Sonic began trembling. "N-No. It's not you
It can't be
He took a few steps backwards. "I-I didn't mean
"What are you saying, you didn't mean?! You're implying that you didn't mean to set me up and then eat me? Like I was some sort of scapegoat? Was I truly the only person that you could take your inner instincts out on? I thought I was your friend!"
Sonic's eyes were glistening. He couldn't find words to say, to defend himself because he knew when it boiled right down to it, that he was ultimately responsible for his actions, instincts or not.
"I knew it. You don't have anything to say for yourself, do you?"
Sonic lowered his head, faced with the injustice of his actions.
"That's right. You can see what you've done, what you can fix and what you can't
Sonic remained silent.
"I can't come back. You know that. That's impossible to change. But you can change your inability to cease from eating human beings, it seems. My friend will see to that. I believe you've already met him? I was the one who sent him after you. I leave everything to him now. Once I decide you've learned your lesson, I'll call him back. But until then..."
Suddenly, something yellow materialized in front of Sonic, who looked up. He recognized the creature now that it was clearly visible.
"You, aren't you the Tails Doll?" Sonic asked, shocked.
"Yes I am. I'm also the one that will change the errors of your ways
by turning them against you!"
Sonic suddenly became aware that his legs weren't moving, no matter how hard he tried. The Tails Doll surged towards him. Sonic grabbed it around its waist when it got near, it being only one fifth of his size.
"Uh-uh. I don't think so." The doll said, and its red eyes twinkled once. Sonic's arms released the doll, seemingly against their own will.
"Whu-what? Why? My arms..." Sonic strained, feeling his them pin themselves to his sides. The doll smiled.
"Uh-huh. Now that you can't stop me
"What are you going to do?!" Sonic asked, still straining against his invisible holds.
"Don't you pay attention? I just said what I was going to do. Now, open up wide
Sonic's eyes widened to their fullest extent. "Uh, excuse me? What do you mean 'open up'?"
"Your mouth, simpleton."
The doll glared at him. "Don't make me do it for you."
He pressed his small doll hands on the hedgehog's mouth and tried wrenching it open, but Sonic kept it shut tight.
"Wretched hedgehog! Take THIS!" The Doll flew up and chomped down on one of the most sensitive parts of Sonic's body, his ears.
"YOWCH!" Sonic hollered. The Doll swung down and stuffed itself into the hedgehog's screaming mouth.
"Mmfph!" Sonic grunted. He could feel the doll squirming around in his mouth, working its way to the back. Sonic gagged, then the doll threw itself into his throat, making him swallow it. Gasping for breath, he realized he could move his limbs again. He felt the doll come to a rest in his stomach.
are you nuts? Get out of me, right now!" Sonic cried.
"I don't think so, Sonic. I said I was going to turn the errors of your ways on you, and this is what I mean. This is only the beginning." The doll's voice came from around Sonic's naval.
"So you're saying things are going to be shoving themselves down my throat whenever they want to?" Sonic asked sarcastically. "Gee, a bit on the compulsive side, aren't you?"
"I hear sarcasm in your voice, but that's exactly what's going to happen. We might need to fix that smart attitude of yours while we're at it. Who knows what'll be wanting to jump down your throat? Normal food, an inanimate object, something mechanical, one of your friends
"Now that we're seeing eye-to-eye, I think we should return to your world and see what happens there."
Sonic covered his eyes as a blinding white light obscured his vision
"Sonic! Sonic, wake up!"
Sonic bolted upright in bed. "Huh?!"
Tails' worried face loomed before his. "Are you alright?! You collapsed suddenly when you were fighting that
thing in the living room! You're not hurt?"
Sonic shook his head. "No, I'm fine. I just had this weird dream though."
"Really? What was it like?" Tails asked, a bit more calmer now that he knew Sonic was alright.
I'm trying to remember it all right now." Sonic lied. He didn't want to tell Tails everything that just happened--at that moment. He still needed to think things through.
"Okay then! I'll leave out so you can have some peace and quiet." Tails chirped. He stood up and left out. "I've got to go fix my lights downstairs anyway
He shut the door. Sonic sighed. Then he heard indistinctive mumbling coming from underneath the covers. He pushed them off of him. "What." He snapped.
"I'm guessing you're not going to tell him what happened a few seconds ago?" The Tails Doll repeated.
"No! Why would I tell him I just got cursed and have a doll living in my gut? Especially when he thinks I've been asleep the entire time?"
The Tails doll chuckled. "Well I surmised as much. After all, you wouldn't want to make it look like you've gone crazy?"
Sonic growled a reply that was nearly impossible to make out; however, the Tails Doll got the gist of it.
"I get you're angry, but must you use such language?"
Ignoring him, Sonic looked across the room and spotted a Chaos Emerald on the dresser. He realized that it was the seventh one, the only one he didn't have in his possession.
I wonder when Tails found that. I hope he'll give it to me
Sonic thought, drumming his fingers silently on his crossed arms.
"You want that emerald?" The doll asked, startling the hedgehog out of his thoughts.
Sonic looked down, alarmed. "You
read my mind?"
"I can do a lot of things." The doll teased. "Now, if you want that emerald so badly, why don't you go get it? Or rather, it come to YOU?"
Sonic froze. "You can't be serious. You better not make me
The emerald shook on the table, then dropped to the ground, where it levitated and began floating slowly to the hedgehog, who eased backwards. "No, no!"
The emerald hurtled at Sonic and flew straight down his throat, forcing him to gulp it down. He hiccupped, putting his hands over his mouth. "N-No way
what am I gonna tell him
The doll shrieked with laughter from within the hedgehog's belly. "Oh this is ever so amusing! Ha ha ha! We're gonna have fun
Sonic was now officially PO'ed. "This isn't some joke, you know! You have a bad sense of humor!"
He looked around furiously, the spotted a pitcher next to the bed. He seized it and began gulping down large amounts of water, much to the Doll's annoyance.
"Hey hey hey, what're you doing?! You're flooding the place!" The doll cried. Sonic ignored him and continued drinking until the entire pitcher was empty. He set it down, careful not to move too much. His belly was bulging from all the water. Sonic hiccupped once again, then rubbed his stomach.
"Ughh. Oh, my aching
that should shut him up for awhile." Sonic muttered. He leaned back and sighed.
Suddenly, his body was overwhelmed by a bout of electricity that seemingly came out of no where; Sonic screwed his eyes shut in pain, and even though the current attacked him for 5 seconds, to him it felt like an eternity. When it was finally over, he slumped backwards, stunned.
"I told you, I can't be destroyed by normal circumstances. Like drowning, for example." The Doll's voice gurgled up from the hedgehog's stomach.
Sonic's body crackled with electricity, and he winced. He grinned. "Under normal circumstances, you say? That gives me an idea
" He climbed out of bed, then opened the window and jumped out. He nearly landed on Tails, who was coming back from his workshop next door.
"Ah, Sonic, you're not supposed to be out of bed!" Tails scolded. He pushed the hedgehog in his back, towards the door. "In you go, mister."
"Uh, Tails, I hafta go retrieve some things from my house, uh, it's really important
"Sonic babbled. Before Tails could do anything, Sonic sidestepped him and dashed off. The fox caught up to him in the air and flanked him from his right.
"What could be so important that you have to get out of bed for?" Tails demanded, keeping pace with Sonic.
"The Chaos Emeralds." Sonic told him truthfully. "I have to go get the other 6, they're at my house."
Tails looked confused. "But what do you need them for? Nothing bad is happening, is it?"
" Sonic muttered.
"Well, what is it?" Tails asked, facing forward in the air and stretching out his arms for balance.
Sonic took a deep breath. "Well
there's a doll inside me." He told his friend, getting to the point.
For a second, Tails' face had a look of confusion and worry on it, but he shook it off.
"Not the strangest news I ever heard," the fox said slowly. "But nonetheless weird. How'd it happen?"
" I don't know, I think I had some sort of dream when I was in your house. That's when he uh, you know, forced himself inside me. I woke up, he was still down there." Sonic replied, relieved that Tails hadn't freaked out.
"Hmm, and what do you think the Chaos Emeralds will do?"
"I don't know for sure what they'll do, but I have a hunch they'll get him out of me. All that positive energy can definitely repel him
"Sonic! I forbid you to go near those emeralds!" A voice called out from around Sonic's midsection.
Tails' eyes widened, having heard the doll. Sonic shook his head. "That was him, Tails. No need to worry. But I have to wonder
He stopped, Tails doing the same. Tilting his head down, Sonic asked, "Hey, doll, how come you don't want me to have the Chaos Emeralds? And why do you sound so scared?"
Sonic and Tails looked at each other, comprehension dawning on their faces. "Let's go Tails."
They both took off. Minutes later, they crashed through Sonic's front door.
"Where are they?" Tails asked, looking around frantically.
"I keep 'em under my couch!" Sonic said, running into the living room.
"Sonic! I'm warning you--" The Tails Doll said as Sonic reached under his couch and pulled out the other six Chaos Emeralds from under his couch.
"What are you gonna do? Make me eat these, too? It won't work; they'll be inside of me, with the other one, so I'll still go super, no matter what." Sonic said.
Tails landed next to him. " What do you 'they'll be inside of you'? And why do I see six emeralds?"
"Because." Sonic turned his head to look at Tails. "This jerk made me swallow the Chaos Emerald you had in your bedroom."
Tails' mouth dropped open. "WHAT?! HOW?!"
Sonic shook his head. "I don't know. He claims he can make me eat anything he wishes me to. But now--"
He closed his eyes. "
that's coming to an end."
"NO!" The Tails Doll cried.
Sonic's blue fur flashed briefly then turned golden. His quills now pointed straight up, from all the Chaos energy in them. His emerald green eyes turned blood-red, reminiscent to those of Shadow's, and a yellow aura surrounded his body in the next second as he lifted powerfully up into the air.
Tails shielded his eyes as Sonic landed in front of him, floating several inches above the ground.
how do you feel?" Tails asked his friend cautiously.
"Hmm. I don't know, I couldn't actually feel him in me, I only knew he was there because of his voice." Super Sonic answered.
"Well, maybe he was destroyed by all that Chaos energy--SONIC! WHAT'S THE MATTER?" Tails screamed as the golden hedgehog doubled over, groaning in pain.
"Fool! I told you that I am not to be overpowered easily!" The Tails Doll cried.
Sonic grit his teeth. "Oh, yeah? I'll show you!"
He straightened up, then a wave of golden light emanated from around his gut; simultaneously, the Tails Doll cried, "NOOOO! THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING!"
His screams got weaker and weaker, until they vanished completely, signifying his expulsion from the hedgehog's body.
Sonic clenched his fists. "All right, he's gone! I can tell now--woah!" He wobbled a bit in the air, then he reverted back to his normal form and landed on the ground.
Tails rushed to him. "Are you okay?!"
Sonic looked at him. "Never better. Now that he's not in my gut anymore
Tails looked relieved. "That's great Sonic! It's a good thing you thought to use the Chaos Emeralds."
"Yeah, things would've been bad if I hadn't
so, want to go get something to eat? I'm starved." Sonic said casually, then he got up and walked towards the door. Not knowing whether to laugh or be relieved, Tails followed him.
"Oh, geez. Couldn't you have just gone to a restaurant if you were going to eat this much?" Amy asked, hands on her hips.
"Well, we did go to the Burger Shop after we left his house," Tails told her, staring at Sonic. "Then we came here. I don't know why he's eating so much, he ate like this at the restaurant
they had to kick us out."
Sonic had completely run through everything in Amy's refrigerator, and was now gobbling up giant pizza that she had ordered him. He didn't seem to be chewing at all; shoving the slices into his mouth one after another, only stopping now and again to breathe.
"Sonic! Come on, stop being such a hog!" Amy shouted at him.
Sonic turned and looked at her as he swallowed the last slice of pizza. "Sorry, what? I couldn't hear you." His body jerked for a moment, and he put a fist to his chest. "Oh, hang on
He belched, a long drawn out one. Amy looked at him in disgust, while Tails clapped out of respect. "Nice one!" He said.
Sonic sighed and rubbed his full stomach. "Amy, from the look you're giving me, I could say you feel the complete opposite of Tails?"
"Yes!" Amy told him. "And it's even ruder that you came in here, in my house and ate everything--you're not pregnant again, are you?"
Sonic froze. "Uh, no I hope not. Unless that wacky doll from earlier did something
" He yawned. "But I'm still hungry."
Amy and Tails looked depressed.
"Man, I could go for, like, a foot long chili dog right now
maybe about two
a hundred." As soon as the words left his mouth, he looked shocked. He met the gaze of both of his friends.
I don't think I can stop eating..."