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The Second Cross:
The Glimmering Hope

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[Lea and her new slave, Harmony, have picked up Topher from fallen debris. Now with the ability to fly correctly with the usage of wings, Topher follows the lead of his two feministic friends...]
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(L e a -- T o p h e r)
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--With the addition of Harmony--
-Phantomfall Hills (High).-

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Lea: Ohoho, what a mystifying gust~[She stops in midair, Topher and Harmony beside each other behind her. Holding her staff with one paw, she looks in a southerly direction; a slight change of course.]~And such a gust I trust. Why, could it be?~A Sphere, for me? Ohohoho!
Harmony: Mistress, do you think this would explain the lack of Lightspawn?
Lea: Only clearly~My Harmony. We must make you think more like Darkness~and less like a dimmed--though lovely--lady, yes!
Harmony: Yes, Mistress. [She nods.]
Topher: Huh? Darkness? You said... Darkness, didn't you?
Lea: [She turns around, facing Topher with a dark grin.] Mmm? Yes, Little Blue~Is that a problem with you?
Topher: Uh-Uhm... [He notices Harmony facing him suspiciously...] ...I-I...
Lea: Well, Sweetie Pie?~Do you have to die~? [Two Nightmares take shape out of small, swirling spheres of blackness behind Lea. They are imps.]
Topher: [Shakes his head.] N-no! Please! I don't have any position in this, I-I'm... I'm neutral; I'm just sort of a--...I'm...[Shudders a bit.]
Lea: Oh? Ohoho, neutral, is it?~Well, I'll change you as I see fit... Hmhmhmhm~. [She smiles darkly at Topher.]
Topher: [He backs away in midair slowly until he finds himself locked in place, devilish hands holding his small arms. The Nightmares are holding him in place.] Wha--what are you going to do to me?! I didn't know you were Darkness, I'm sorry! I'll do what you want... Just please don't kill me...
Lea: Kill you? Ohoho, honestly~Look at Harmony. [Points her staff at Topher. The crystal glitters...] Watch closely, former Lightspawn~Most freewill will be gone... Oh, and let's not forget something important as well~I'll send your masculinity straight to Hell!
Topher: What?! [Bobs his head back in shock.] You can do that?! ...Wait, why?
Lea: Don't question me~little sweetie. Ohohoho, this was unavoidable no matter how you look at it...
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[A pale pink beam--almost laser-like--is fired at Topher...]
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"Wh-what...?"
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"Ohohoho, what an interesting case~!"
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"I do quite enjoy this new face..."
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"And so will you~"
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"Little Blue."
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[Meanwhile, at St. K. Campus...]
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Pat: [She is standing in the corner of the warped classroom with Emelina.] Hey, have you noticed that something is up with Bongo?
Emelina: Bongo? When isn't something wrong with him? Besides, Pat... [She faces Cruce.] I'm still stuck on that. [Points at him.] I'm... stuck on a lot of things.
Pat: Mhmm, but... [She looks at Bongo, who has been eying Equinox's Chaos Emerald...] The way he's just watching that girl... It's kinda creeping me out.
Emelina: You've known Bongo for a lot longer than I have, and for something he does to creep you out... That's a problem, yeah?
Pat: I think so, but... I don't really know.
Emelina: I'd figure this whole craziness is making people a little more insane than usual.
Pat: But... why hasn't it already driven us mad? This isn't like a dream or anything. There are real consequences! And we're all handling it surprisingly well.
Emelina: ...Gosh, you kind of have a point.
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Bongo: [Standing at the door to the 8th grade classroom. He is leaning against the wall, watching Equinox.] ...(Does she use the Chaos Emeralds like Shadow does? She's just some little girl. Shadow's way cooler... So where is he?) ... [He shakes his head.]
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Cruce: ...[He sighs. He is sitting in one of the remaining desks, simply watching the shining Sphere. Equinox is sitting on the ground nearby, her legs crossed.]
Equinox: [She looks up at Cruce.] Something troubling you, Cruce?
Cruce: I... can't just sit here... Topher's in trouble, something's telling me that. I'm just stuck on it... I want to go see if he's alright--at least look for him or something.
Equinox: [She nods.] I understand how it feels to long for someone... This Topher person must be very special to you.
Cruce: [He sighs again, looking away from Equinox for a few moments before returning his attention to her.] He's my cousin. He's a bit on the strange side, but I love the guy. I feel I have to protect him from just about everything... Everything but myself... I always end up doing the wrong thing around him. He thinks I'm reckless... and I am...
Equinox: Well, recklessness got you into this crisis, hm? Maybe it can get you out.
Cruce: What do you mean? Should I go search for him?
Equinox: If you want a Phaze Guardian's advice... probably not. But I don't know anything about this world, or your power, or what's going to happen regarding Darkness... I do know you and the Chaos Emeralds share some sort of bond I can't understand... [She looks at her Emerald and shakes her head.] ...But if you really care for him that much, maybe it's time to be a little reckless.
Cruce: Hmm... [He thinks to himself for a moment, staring off into the warped out wall.] (I know Topher is powerful... As for everything else, I know completely nothing again. What if Darkness is different this time around? It most likely will be. Different puzzles and stuff. Different themes--I remember the last one had to do with time--which make things nice and unpredictable... Well, 'guess I'm going to look for a f**.) Yeah, I really have no idea what I'm in for... [He stands from the desk, Equinox moving near him. He attracts a bit of attention from the Circle.]
Pat: [Turns to Cruce.] Hm?
Cruce: [Approaches Emelina and Pat with Equinox close behind him.] Hey girls.
Emelina: Hi Foxxy!
Cruce: ...[Looks down at Equinox.] ... [Looks at his tails.] Are you... talking about me or... Uh, never mind. Listen, I'm gonna check out.
[Bongo approaches...]
Pat: Where are you going? Are you gonna fight some of those... dark cool looking things?
Cruce: Inevitably! I'm gonna see if I can find Topher.
Bongo: You know where he is?
Cruce: Nah, not entirely. Doesn't hurt to try though... Well, it might, but... [Shrugs.]
Bongo: Where you gonna go...? It's crazy out there... I don't even know how to explain it.
Cruce: Trust me, I know...
[At this moment, a tremor shakes the ground beneath. It is violent, more so than any previous quakes. A few of the students stumble and fall. Equinox trips amidst the quake, losing grip of her Emerald. It falls. At the same time, Bongo falls backwards, though raises his arms as he does so. In the blink of an eye, his hand grips something...]
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[The tremor ends...]
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[The students are, quite literally, shaken and frightened by the tremendous force of this quake. It has flipped a few warped desks, let alone knocked over things from the shelves.]
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Bongo: [He feels a bit smaller and as though his backside is heavier... He is laying on his back.]
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Emelina: [Having fallen forward and closer to the center of the room, she is laying prone with the sensation of being constricted into a tight, soft blanket. A pinkish glow illuminates the air beside her.]
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[Students are recovering from the tremor...]
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Cruce: [He has fallen to his bottom. Equinox has fallen over his lap, her arms outstretched forward.] ...Whoa... Um... [He holds a paw to his forehead, sitting up completely.] Did I hit my head on something...? Ouch... [He looks down at Equinox.] Equinox, you alright?
Equinox: [She opens her eyes, looking for her Emerald in her paws... It is no longer there.] M-My Chaos Emerald! Where's my...?! [She pushes herself up quickly, scanning around for her sacred gem.]
Cruce: [Sensing the urgency, he searches for it as well.] ... [He spots it...] Oh, um... Equinox... [He points at the Mobian laying on his back.]
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~Mobius Bongo~
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Cruce: Oh, crap. [He rises, helping Equinox up as he does so.]
[A few of the Circle members rush to help the others. Nic approaches Cruce.]
Cruce: Dude...?
Nic: You and her both alright?
Equinox: I'm okay. [She nods.] But... [Staring at Bongo, who seems to be a dark teal wolf Mobian.] What happened here...? He has my Emerald...
Nic: [Lowers himself to Bongo's level.] ... [He takes the Emerald, feeling a strange impulse...] ...
Cruce: Wait, that's Bongo... is it? I don't see him anywhere. [Searching around the room once again.] And you're holding the Chaos Emerald? After it did that?
Nic: Looks like it only affected Bongo. Or maybe he's a special case. Or maybe I am. Lot of possibilities. [He holds the Emerald out for Equinox, who takes it back gratefully.]
Equinox: Thank you... [She observes the Emerald.] ...Did you do this to Cruce's friend...?
Cruce: [Still searching the room, he spots a new anomaly that the students have gathered around, which he loses sight of when the crowd becomes a bit thicker.]
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Student: What happened?
Student: Who is she? What is she? She's tiny...
Student: [Notices the glow.] She landed on the orb thing?
Pat: [She kneels to the creature's level.]
Mrs. Heren: Be careful, Pat...
Pat: ...Um... I think this is Emelina... [She touches the dark purple butterfly hair clip and takes notice of the hairstyle. It is Emelina's.] ...
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~Soren Emelina~
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Shaun: Yeah, it's got her pink hair in the front. What happened?
Cruce: Guys, it happened over here also! Is--... Is that Emelina over there? [Waves the crowd over to his spot.] Bongo got changed into somethin'! A Mobian!
[About half of the crowd leaves to witness Bongo's new form.]
Cruce: Nic, watch Bongo for me. Equinox, c'mon. [He rushes over to Pat and crouches beside her, Equinox watching above.] Whooooa...
[Stream enters the room at this moment.]
Pat: Yeah, look... It has the butterfly clip, the same hair...
Equinox: Is that a chao...? If so, what kind is that?
Cruce: [He gulps, a haunting chill running down his spine.] ...(That's no chao... It's... close... But...) Oh man, that's... Pat, you know what these things are! The little floating X above their heads? The wings? Small?
Pat: Oh, she looks like... what Kutzu is.
Equinox: ..A Sorenian... The Phaze Guardian Rush is a Sorenian. She's told me a lot about them. I guess whatever is going on here must involve them in some way too... I might get to meet Rush in person.
Cruce: [He gulps again.] Ohhhh God... (Another one of my creations... First Safans, now Sorenians. This is craaaazy. And Rush? SHE?! Did I get ALL of their sexes wrong? Am I SEXUALLY challenged?! If I live with Topher for much longer, I will be.) ...
Equinox: How do you know about Sorenians, guys?
Pat: Cruce made them! He draws them in his notebooks.
Cruce; [Scratches the back of his head nervously.] I-I didn't make them if they're real, Zazoo! ..Either way, how did this happen to her?
Emelina: [Her round ears flick back a bit.] ...Mmf...
Pat: Emelina...? [Watches her closely. She grabs hold of her sides gently before lifting her up.] Are you with us, Emi?
Stream: Whoa, nelly... [Walking through the room, he glances around at the damage.] Glad I came back while I did... Yo! [Calling out to one of the Circle members around Bongo.]
Al: [Turns to Stream.] Oh, dang. I can't get used to all of these... Erm... Whassup?
Stream: ...What's the occasion? What're we crowding around here?
Al: Another one of you. Check it... [He moves to let Stream into the crowd.]
Stream: Hm... 'Scuse me folks! Mr. Mobian coming through! [He manages to push his way through the crowd. He comes to Bongo.] Whooaaakay, I am checking it, alright...
Bongo: Ahh... Ahhh, ow... [He sits up, a few students reacting with murmurs.] ...
Stream: Wow, you alright man? You look bashed.
Bongo: [Raises his head.] You're... Stream... [He scans his surroundings, noticing the many students staring down at him.] ...What's all this about?
Stream: Shoot, if we had a mirror that wasn't shattered... Let's get you to your feet. C'mon, easy now... [He holds Bongo's arms, helping him stand.] Slowly... Not my style, but good enough for now...
Bongo: [Taking Stream's help, he stands, although notices he is much shorter. He is about Stream's height. He takes notice of his new features, such as fur, a wolf tail, and powerful senses relating to sound and smell.] Am I a... wh-...what am I...?
Stream: Well, you're a Mobian, buddy. Not sure what happened, but...
Bongo: A Mobian...? Me? How did I--...?
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Cruce: (These transformations are happening sooner than I expected. They're happening like Al's! He changed into a Mudkip when he touched the Time Gear. Bongo must've caught that Emerald, and it looks like Emelina fell on the sphere or something. Still haven't figured anything out...)
Emelina: [She is sitting up in Pat's lap, thoroughly confused.] ... [She keeps her head low and rubs her back at the point she fell on the sphere.]
Pat: Emelina...?
Emelina: [She tilts her head back all the way so that she is looking straight up at Pat, her long nose almost touching Pat's.] ...Pat...?
Pat: [Smiles a little.] Heh, hey there. You're kind of cute looking...
[At this time, Stream carefully brings Bongo over to the curious group...]
Emelina: I'm... cute? Why is everyone so big?
Bongo: [Struggling a bit.] Heh... l-look at that... Lesbian love again... [Watching Pat hold Emelina.]
Pat: BONG--oh... [Her eyes go wide at the sight of Bongo's strange new form.]
Emelina: Bongo...? [She, too, takes notice of it...] ...What's... going on...? Guys?
[Another tremor strikes, though much less powerful than the previous. The students desperately grip onto something...]
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Stream: ...With all of this quake action goin', it feels like I'm missing something exciting out there.
Cruce: And I can't help but think Topher's in even more danger... I'm going to look for him. [He makes a beeline for the door. He places a paw on the knob, but before he can leave, Mrs. Heren objects...]
Mrs. Heren: No! Cruce, you cannot leave! Stay here with the rest of us!
Cruce: Sorry... This is the one time I can't follow instructions. [He opens the door. The others watch in silence.]
Mrs. Heren: Cruce, if you don't do as I say--
Cruce: [Suddenly, he turns around.] What? What are you going to do, Mrs. Heren...?
Mrs. Heren: ...[She observes her surroundings and opens her mouth to speak... She closes it before she can speak.]
Cruce: Look, you're my teacher and I know I have to "be a good boy" in class and all, but this isn't the same place anymore. The rules are different... if there are any. [He faces outside, scanning for the effects of the quakes. It seems the parking lot ground has been lifted a bit, though not risen into the sky as the mountains and other landmasses have. The wind is strong.] You have to be sure enough of your power to even consider stepping foot out here. I'm not sure what I'm up against, but I have the resolve to find Topher. That alone is enough.
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[Bongo walks to the door. Students eye him carefully.]
Bongo: You also didn't get here alone. You had Equinox's help.
Cruce: [Looks back at Bongo.] What, you wanna come with me?
Bongo: Well, now I feel awesome and ready for anything.
Emelina: [She steps off of Pat's lap.] I wanna... come too...
Cruce: Are you guys out of your mind?
Bongo: You said it yourself: no rules. We're like you, Cruce. Maybe we're as powerful and you just don't know it!
Emelina: [She walks to Bongo.] Cruce, Topher and I are good friends too. I may be crazy going out there like this... I can't even get physically used to walking, but what if Bongo's right? What if we have some hidden power now?
Nic: Are you two relying on this wild card...?
Equinox: The Chaos Emerald did react to him... And that sphere did something to her. Maybe they're right.
Cruce: ... [He sighs...] ...[He speaks under his breath.] This isn't some game... This is real... [Speaking loudly.] Alright! Anyone else want to enter the reckless train? We're leaving soon. Al? Nic? Ivan? Pat?
Ivan: I think I'm gonna be smart about this one and stay behind.
Al: Are you kidding? Out there?
Nic: ...[Crosses his arms.]
Pat: I wish I could come... Emelina, be careful...
Emelina: I will, Pat. I can't wait to try and use these pretty wings... This is so cool!
Stream: Hey now. You fellers get to go on a little adventure and not me? Well, whatever. At least I can still fight some Nightmares. Equinox, be ready to help your old buddy Stream out, a'ight?
Equinox: [She nods.] Yes.
Stream: And come on back to us when you found the guy! Or if you've found more Mobians kinda like us! Tell them Stream and Equinox are here too!
Cruce: (Others? Well I don't doubt it.) Will do. Let's go, guys. I don't think everyone appreciates this cyclone we're kinda letting into the classroom. [He exits the building with Emelina and Bongo behind him...]
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"Dude, where the heck are we?"
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"Oho, as if I know..."
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"Let's ask this guy. Maybe he knows somethin'."
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"No, wait, he has a gun!! Oh shoooot..."
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Sorry about the delay!