M O B I U S
[There is a long moment of silence between everybody... Until Derrick finally decides to take initiative.]
Derrick: Listen, I know this is slightly a traumatic moment for you Tails, and I realize that confusion has risen throughout our group, but we still have a priority here. We must protect the Chaos Emeralds and the Master Emerald...
Knuckles: What? [Approaches Derrick.] Are you saying that I'm not enough? I'll ask you to stay out of my business.
Tails: So the news hasn't reached you yet, Knuckles?
Knuckles: News? What news?
Tails: The reason Sonic and I are like this! The reason for these new faces to you Knuckles!
Knuckles: [Having his attention caught, he places his fists on his hips.] ...I'm listening...
Tails: An evil, merciless person known as Mewtwo has come to this world from another to steal the power this world possesses.,, He's unlike anyone we've ever faced before... He... beat Sonic... And he turned us into these creatures, known as Pokemon.
Knuckles: So, what you're saying is that some bad guy has come here from another world to turn everyone into creatures and steal the power of the world?
Tails: [Sorrowful.] ...There's a skeptical tone in your voice... Knuckles, I'm telling the truth!
Knuckles: ...[Closes his eyes.] ...
Derrick: He truly is...
[Mew, who has been a bystander for a short time, decides to join the effort to persuade Knuckles.]
Mew: Everything Tails says is true... I know for a fact because I, too, am from the world of Pokemon, just as Mewtwo is.
Knuckles: [Opens his eyes, glancing at Mew.] ... Tails...?
Knuckles: Did you said the name "Chris" a moment ago...?
Tails: [Nods.] Uh-huh... Oh... Knuckles, I forgot. You are the only other one who knows Chris...
Knuckles: Chris brought some sort of wordly collision here... Whatever's going on now must mean he's here.
Tails: He is... He's right here. [Turns to Celebi.]
Knuckles: [Looks at Chris.] I guess this Mewtwo changed him also?
Celebi: [Still standing next to Uhalo.] (Did... did Naught erase my memory of that name? I... I can't remember who Chris is anymore... Whenever I hear the name, it's like I'm hearing a foreign word...)
Uhalo: I thought you were Celebi. Aren't you?
Celebi: Yeah... Tails, what're you talking about?
Tails: Urk... Nevermind. It's too much trouble.
Knuckles: So he and Sonic both lost their memories of being themselves.
Mew: It would seem...
Celebi: Hold up... I remember everything clearly. I just don't get this whole portion about this Chris guy.
[Suddenly, out of nowhere, a shadowy figure appears... It is a Nightmare with bright yellow eyes. It appears right behind Knuckles.]
Derrick: Hm?! Knuckles, behind you!!
Knuckles: [Spins around, and looks up.] What!?! [The Nightmare has conjured the same axe in its hands from earlier. Just as it swings, Knuckles leaps back, barely avoiding the swing. The axe crashes to the ground.] What is that!?
Celebi: A Nightmare! Everyone, look out!
Tails: This one's eyes are yellow... [Hopping back with the others.]
[The Nightmare approaches Uhalo.]
Uhalo: [Afraid, unthinking.] Huh?! Wh-what? Where do I go!?
Tails: Son--erm, Uhalo!! Look out!
Uhalo: Waahhh!!! [Covers his face just as the Nightmare readies another swing.]
Tails: [Gains a spark of confidence. He charges the Nightmare.]
Tails: Stay away from him!! Hiyyaaa! [Runs full speed, electricity sparking around him. He tackles the Nightmare in an explosion of yellow lightning, which completely obliterates the shady demon...]
Uhalo: [...Still covering his face... He decides to peek out through his arms.] Huh...?
Knuckles: ...When did...? [Turns to Derrick.] How did he...?
Derrick: I've never... known...
Celebi: (Tails being the hero for Sonic... It's a twist... This world's already been altered...)
Uhalo: You... You saved me...? [Stares at Tails.]
Tails: [Sighs in relief... He turns to Uhalo.] Yep. Nothing to worry about anymore!
[Uhalo remains silent for a seemingly long moment as if something were going on in his head.]
Uhalo: [Outloud, in his own words.] ...Thank you, Tails.
Tails: Sur--wait!! You remember me now?
Uhalo: Of course. I could never forget my best friend who always stuck by my side. Tails, I couldn't forget you no matter what happened.
Tails: [Smiles, nearly emotional.] ...S...Sonic...
Uhalo: But... Really, who is S-Sonic?
Tails: [Laughs a bit.] I guess it'll take some time.
Celebi: (A Nightmare... up here...? That must mean that Mewtwo's near... Or Eggman... Someone knows where we are, and where one is, more are bound to appear... Yes... I can feel it... Someone's near.) Guys, there's something wrong...
Derrick: What is it?
Celebi: That lone Nightmare... we faced one like it at Green Hill... It can't just be a coincidence Naught would send a Nightmare completely vulnerable to us, no matter where we are. The first time, it told us that Mewtwo was near... Now this time...
???: [From somewhat of a distance.] Oh-hohoho!
Knuckles: Huh? Grr, I know that laugh anywhere... [Searches for the source of the laughter. He locates Dr. Eggman in a small aircraft designed for speed. The Egg Hornet.] Eggman... What're you doing here!?
Dr. Eggman: [Chuckling with his words.] It looks like there are some new faces, and some pesky old ones. [Notices Uhalo, staring back at him.] Mua-hahaha! Mewtwo was right! That hedgehog has been taken care of now! Awww, what's wrong? You don't look so confident now!
Tails: [Whispering.] No... [Outloud.] You planned this all along!!
Dr. Eggman: Well, you catch on fast, my furry friend.
Knuckles: I don't know what you're up to now, but if you don't leave within the next seven seconds, there'll be trouble for you! [Shakes his fist at Eggman.]
Derrick: [Points his wristwatch at Eggman. A small lazer gun rises from within it.] You're outnumbered, and outmatched Dr..
Stream: 'Think you should just haul your sorry 'stache back the way you came!
Mew: We will stop you here!
Celebi: Dr. Eggman...
Dr. Eggman: [Notices Celebi.] Ah... How conveniant. Maybe it's time to see if Naught was right about you... Celebi...
Celebi: Likewise... Naught chose you for a reason. You must have some trait he is looking for...
Dr. Eggman: I can't say for sure what he wants from me, or Mewtwo, but I know, oh yes, I know what he wants from you...
Celebi: He has told me also... Many things, in fact... And with those facts in mind... We may be working for the same master, but that does not change the fact that we are enemies.
Dr. Eggman: Agreed entirely. I will see to it that you and your "friends" are what Naught says...
Dr. Eggman: Tails, you have been hiding a secret for far too long... Now that I know it, I will take advantage... I know about you as well, Mew...
Tails: Naught... told you?
Mew: This is bad, Tails! They know of our positions as Eclipses!
Celebi: (Even though I managed to give us means of transportation, Eggman still got here fast... ) ...Where's Mewtwo...?
Dr. Eggman: Hoho, that's something I cannot tell you! I'm sorry my friends, but this has been delayed for too long now! The Chaos Emeralds are mine! [Snaps his fingers.]
Knuckles: Not if I can help it! [Rushes to the top of the shrine, where Eggman's craft is hovering... However, just before he can reach his destination, a force field of Darkness repels him all the way off the shrine, landing flat on his back.] Agh!!
Mew: [Turns to Tails and nods.]
[The two of them rush up to the shrine, stopping at the force field.]
Tails & Mew: Light, come to me! Awaken the power within my being!
Celebi: (Two Eclipses... working together... They've unleashed their inner power... So they must sense true Darkness here, in order to use this ability... Should I do something...?
[The two Eclipses, with their power, begin penitrating the shield. Nightmares inside have swiped the emeralds already and are preparing to leave.]
Tails: [Forcing himself against the force-field.] No!! We have to hurry!
Mew: [Doing the same.] Must... not quit!!
[The force-field breaks! But the Nightmares have vanished, and so have the Chaos Emeralds... The massive Master Emerald remains.]
Tails: No... We're too late!
[Eggman is still hovering above.]
Dr. Eggman: You didn't think I was finished did you?! That Master Emerald will belong to us!!
Knuckles: Never!!! [Leaps back into action. He dashes up the shrine.] Come what may to the Chaos Emeralds, I will never let anyone take the Master Emerald!!
Tails: You can't take it from us!! Not in our state of power!
Dr. Eggman: ...Then... The moment I have been waiting for... We fight for it!
Knuckles: Give it up!! You can't defeat us!!
Dr. Eggman: Oh, is that so? Mua-hahaha! ....................[Silent.]
Mew: What is he...?
Celebi: (He's... He's contacting Naught... The Dr. knows how to contact Naught... Must be the same for Mewtwo...) [Looks back at everyone else.] (No one else is willing to fight... They're scared... I can feel it... This is now a new evil... This isn't the same old Eggman... This is true Darkness... Knuckles is scared too, but he has enough courage to fight for something he has sworn to guard with his life.)
Tails: What are you up to, Dr....?
[Suddenly, a lone, wolf figure appears just behind the master emerald... His appearance is familiar to Chris...]
Stream: Who is that!? Is that Sengoku?!
Derrick: No, it's not possible...
Celebi: (I've seen this figure before... No way... It can't be...)
Ginsengaar: [Grinning.] Yes... Finally... The pandemonium is spreading to us... My first mission... in a while. [Looks up.] So, you're Dr. Eggman huh? And you want this puny gem?
Dr. Eggman: That's right.
Ginsengaar: Heh... This thing's got some power, I'll admit... Alright, it could be useful I guess. Lord Naught needs all of the power he can get. [Peeks around the Master Emerald. He raises an eyebrow.] Eclipses, eh? Two of 'em, from different worlds?
Tails: Who're you!?
Mew: How do you know about us?!
Celebi: ...(That's Ginsengaar! I have to warn them! With recent happenings, there's no way they can face up to him!) Guys!! Wait!!
[The two Eclipses turn around. This also catches Ginsengaar's attention.]
Ginsengaar: Hmm? [Peers up and sees Celebi.] You... Yes. [Jumps on top of the Master Emerald and uses it as an aerial boost to leap off of, and into the night sky, performing a front flip just before he lands. He reaches the ground right in front of Celebi, who is hovering near Derrick, Stream, and Uhalo.]
Celebi: Waah! [Jolts back, but before he can go any further, Ginsengaar grabs him by the arm.] Ahh! Let me go Ginsengaar!
Ginsengaar: [Holding Celebi tightly.] You aren't getting away from me... Lord Naught has ordered me to challenge you with ordeals, and that is what I'm going to do. [Uses his free hand to snap, and a force-field of dark energy surrounds the entire area in the moment of merely a few seconds. It has isolated Celebi from Derrick, Stream, and Uhalo. Mew, Tails, and Knuckles are inside. The radius of the barrier spans around the entire shrine. It is in the shape of a dome.]
Celebi: Let me go!!
Tails: Chris!! We have to help him!
Knuckles: You two, save him! I'll guard the Master Emerald!
Knuckles: Hurry, go! I'll be fine!
Mew: Tails, let's make haste! Chris is in trouble!
[Tails nods, and the two rush to the aid of Celebi.]
Knuckles: [Faces the sky.] You won't get the Master Emerald!!
Dr. Eggman: Oh-hoho! If only you knew the forces you were dealing with... [A small lazer cannon appears out of the bottom of the Egg Hornet. It's design is unique from the ship's, as if it were a last minute adjustment...] Time to put Mewtwo's energy to use!!
Knuckles: I'll tear you to pieces!! Hraa! [Leaps into the air after Eggman's aircraft. However, before he can reach the ship, it fires a dark beam of strange energy that pierces through Knuckles faster than a tenth of a split second.] Aghh!!! [He falls back to the ground with a strange light radiating from him.]
Dr. Eggman: Muahaha! What's the matter Knuckles? Not feeling like yourself! Oh-hohohohoho-hoohoo!
Knuckles: [Writhing in pain, covering the hit spot with his hand.] Erg, shut up... Eggman... Urk... Can't... move...
[A crane descends from the Egg Hornet, latching on to the Master Emerald and securing it for transportation.]
Tails: [Looks back.] Knuckles!! There's no way... [He is forced to stop at this.]
Mew: [Stops.] What!? Oh no!!
Ginsengaar: Ah-hahaha! You call that resistance!? ...Well, I guess it's time to test your power now... Think fast!! [Suddenly warps with Chris, and reappears in the air. He hurls Celebi to the ground, followed up with a rain of shuriken.]
Celebi: Ahh!!! [Concentrates back into a more submissive state. He regains his balance and flies out of harm's way. The shuriken pierce into the soft soil.] Phew...
Ginsengaar: [Lands back on the ground.] Quick, aren't you? Still not match for me!! [Unsheathes his two kunai, and dashes at Celebi, ready to strike.]
Celebi: Ahhh!!! [Shields his face.]
[It seems like the moment is fatal... Then, all of a sudden.]
Celebi: Stop!! [A flash of light... Then everything is still. No one is able to move. Time has frozen.] ...[Celebi unsheilds himself, noticing what has happened.] Huh...? Did I... Did I do this...? [Scans Ginsengaar, stopped right in front of him.] No way! I stopped time!... But... Naught said that I could travel through time, not stop it... (Maybe... I'm not traveling through time... I'm doing the opposite... Wait... Am I...? Am I even doing this...? I feel no concentration on anything.) What's going on...? [He looks around. Everyone is frozen in time...]
Celebi: Wha!! That voice!! Mewtwo!!
Mewtwo: Correct... It is I, Mewtwo... How do you like my new ability?
Celebi: You did this!? How could you possibly...?
Mewtwo: The power of the Time Gear... It has allowed me to freeze time... You were able to resist that however, because of your "unique abilities" ... I have overlooked this, and saved you...
Celebi: ...Something tells me that you didn't overlook it... You knew, and you saved me anyway...
Mewtwo: Hmhmhmm... You seem clever... [Suddenly appears right in front of the two Eclipses. Celebi turns around.] Ginsengaar... Naught has informed me about him... Maybe I am intruding, or maybe I am assisting, I'll let these two decide from themselves... [The Time Gear, still floating beside Mewtwo, flashes a blinding light. Dr. Eggman and Ginsengaar resume in time. Ginsengaar manages to hit Celebi, but the blow has been altered, and Ginsengaar's fist has only hit Celebi. Nonetheless, Celebi is sent flying toward the force-field and makes a rough impact.]
Celebi: Ack!! [He falls to the ground, unable to fly.]
[It is at this moment that Eggman has begun to lift the Master Emerald.]
Ginsengaar: [Notices Mewtwo.] Where'd you come from...?
Mewtwo: The Darkness.
Ginsengaar: Hm, understood... Maybe this will even the odds...
Mewtwo: Are you certain? Is he really this strong?
Ginsengaar: In that current form, only Naught or Hideaki could know... But it doesn't matter if he's strong or not, he's... He's a diehard...
Celebi: [Shakes off the pain like it's nothing.] Grrr... Cheap tricks... Lucario was right...
Mewtwo: Let's see if Naught was... [Extends his arm, and a ball of dark energy is sent flying at Celebi.]
Celebi: [Evades with ease, performing and aerial somersault. Just after that energy ball, a multitude of others are shot at Celebi. He jolts around them, almost hit by few from time to time.]
Ginsengaar: [Vanishes, and reappears as doubles from each of Celebi. Both shout simultaneously.] Earth Glaive!! [They stomp their feet in unison, and a tremor begins. Large, jagged spikes of the earth burst upward from the ground like some sort of backwards dominoes. They close in on Celebi.]
[The earth has collapsed over Celebi...]
Ginsengaar: [His clone on one side vanishes.] Hm... Eggman!!
Dr. Eggman: [Having claimed the Master Emerald and observed the events below, he knows what he must do. The lazer cannon charges a destructive version of Mewtwo's energy. It fires a purple beam, exploding as it hits the collapsed earth...]
[A large cloud of dust covers the result.]
Celebi: ...(Erg... No... This shouldn't be how it happens... I will not fall behind!!) [Disappears in a flash.]
[Celebi reappears in the moment the two Ginsengaars used the Earth Glaive ability. Instead of staying put, Celebi rushes toward the frozen Mew and Tails at top speed, barely avoiding the combo of earth and energy spheres on the way. The two are right near the shrine's stairs.]
Celebi: Guys... If I can still move, you can... [Closes his eyes, letting some of his aura energy into the two. It circles them, and they are insantly reawaken from the timeless sleep.]
Tails: Wh...What happened?
Mew: [Shaking the feeling off.] Hmm?
Celebi: Guys! Are you alright?
Mew: You're alright!
Celebi: (Why do they keep calling me that...?) You two have to help! Eggman, Mewtwo, and Ginsengaar are all fighting against us!
Celebi: We have to fight now! As a team!! [Turns around.] There's no turning back!
Tails: This battle will have to decide the fate of our planet.
Mew: And as Eclipses, we cannot lose...
Celebi: ...(I... I won't stand for this innocence in the heat of a battle... I feel the power rushing through me now... It expects more... More energy to be consumed.) [The energy around him begins to show, circling around him like air.] Now it is time... to Overcome... and Achieve!!
To Be Continued...
...Well, that makes everything a little more necessary for a To Be Continued...
Seriously though, I was planning for Equinox to show up through this episode and play hero for a bit, but I thought the idea of a showdown would be better.
Kinda gives you a final battle feeling... It's nowhere near the final battle, trust me. All that crap may happen in late '09. xD
But the only problem now is... How the heck do Shadow and Cream become Pokemon, and members of Al and Adam's exploration team? I have Knuckles down, but Shadow and Cream? Sometimes, not even I know how things will turn out, unless I plan. Don't get wrong, I do plan most of this stuff, until I come up with better ideas at the last second.
Anyway, stick around for the next part.