New Mobotropolis - Ivy Town
In a large white house in friendly little Ivy Town, a familiar heroic girl was fast asleep. LR the Hedgehog, Hero of Mobius, had moved to Ivy Town shortly after her final battle with Dark Sonic over a year ago. Since her family seemed to keep getting bigger, she felt it was time to move out.
From her brothers BR and TR, to her Anti-brothers and partner, to herself and her chao, it was getting pretty crowded. She'd left the house to the Anti's and now she, BR, TR, and her chao Soul lived pretty peacefully in Ivy Town.
LR woke up to her alarm clock. She opened her gold eyes and sat up with a yawn. She smiled, "Finally, its day we leave!" She got out of bed, changed, and left her bedroom.
She walked into the kitchen, where TR and Soul were watching TV and eating breakfast. TR smiled, "Morning, LR!"
LR smiled, "Good morning, TR! Morning, Soul!"
Soul smiled, "Chao chao!"
LR poured a glass of orange juice as TR smiled, "Isn't today the day you're going out to Empire City with Prince Xpio and Princess Melody?"
LR nodded, "Yep! A few others are coming too, like BR and SonicRanger!"
TR smiled, "And you're going to be staying at a Xpio's uncle's hotel?"
LR finished her juice, "Yeah! It's a five star hotel! I can't wait! And everyone says Empire City is amazing!" She turned to him, "Are you sure you don't wanna come, TR?"
He stood up with a smile, "No thanks. I've got stuff planned here."
LR smiled at him, "Well, Zir and AR said they'd watch you for me while I'm gone. If you need help for anything, you can go see one of them or call me on my cell. Ok?"
TR laughed, "You act like I'm a child! I may be younger than you guys, but I'm not helpless. I'll be fine! I've lived in a zone full of danger, so I think I can manage here." He looked out the window, "It definately nothing like the zone I'm from."
LR knew about the zone TR came from. The Harmony Zone, though it was everything but after Dark Sonic destroyed everything there before returning to the Prime Zone. TR was built to help fight Dark Sonic during the time he was in the Harmony Zone and then sent to the Prime Zone to help fight him there. Now TR was sealed in the Prime Zone by the Zone Veil, which was what seperated all the zones from one another. Only the Professor that built LR and later TR, Professor Kyro, knew how to get through the veil, but he was in the Harmony Zone.
LR smiled, "I'm sure the Professor will help the Harmony Zone back to the way it should be."
TR smiled, "Yeah, I believe so too."
Then the clock rang for ten o'clock. LR sighed, "Don't tell me BR's still asleep! I told him we have to leave at ten!"
She went upstairs to the large livingroom with a large flatscreen, several gaming consols, and funiture. LR knocked on the blue door with a sign saying Do Not Enter, "BR, wake up! We're going to be late!" No answer. LR groaned, "BR, get up or I'm leaving you! Soul and I can go enjoy the trip without you!"
BR opened the door with a grin, "Yeah, yeah, I'm up! I was just finishing!" He had a backpack slung over his shoulder. He smirked, "And there's no way you'd be able to enjoy Empire City without me! I'm the most fun a little girl like you will ever find!" He headed downstairs.
LR sighed, "Sometimes I wish he were still the Buddy Robot."
She headed downstairs and grabbed her bag and a chao bag for Soul, which was like a dog bag, but cuter and not so closed up. She picked up Soul and sat him in it and grabbed her bag. BR took the large bag from her, "I'll take that."
LR smiled, "Thank you, BR." He sat it in the trunk of her car outside.
LR gave TR a hug, "I'll see you in a week, ok?"
He smiled, "Sure! See you in a week!"
BR climbed in, "Didn't you say we were gonna be late? The others are probably waiting at the plane."
LR sighed, "Oh relax, BR! They won't leave us!" She kissed TR's cheek then hurried to the car, "See ya!"
TR smiled and waved as they drove off. A week. That wasn't so long.
New Mobotropolis - Private Air Hanger
Olive groaned, "Where are they?"
She was waiting with several others. They were Shadowess the Hedgehog, MasterMind the Dark Sorcerer (called by his real name James by Shadowess), Devon the Hedgehog, and Skip the Echidna with his older brother Shift the Echidna. They were waiting outside a very high class black and blue jet with the name "Nathen Rab" along the side.
Shift sighed, "Do I really have to be here?"
Skip smiled, "Yes! I'll be fun! Besides, Shadow said you had to be with me at all times, and since I'm going too, you have to come!"
Shift groaned, "Fine."
Shadowess sighed, "Maybe LR forgot it was today. Maybe someone should call them."
Devon pushed a button on his earpiece, "I'll call BR."
There was a ringing, then Devon could hear BR's voice, "Can't you wait five minutes? We're almost there."
Devon smirked, "We were worried you two forgot."
BR laughed, "Ha! My memory ain't that bad! You all wouldn't stop talking about this trip since Xpio offered it a month ago!"
Devon smiled at the others, "They're on their way."
BR sighed, "Is everyone else there?"
Devon looked around, "Not everyone. SonicRanger isn't here yet. Said she had to pick up a friend she was bringing."
BR groaned, "I hope she ain't bringing those crazy sisters of hers!"
Devon grinned, "You know she probably will."
BR groaned loudly, "But they're so annoying!"
Devon laughed, "Oh please! You just don't wanna get your butt kicked like last time you picked a fight with them! Even the big, bad Battle Robot must bow to the power of insane sisters!"
Skip laughed, "Is BR scared he's gonna have competition with SR's sisters again?" Devon nodded.
BR groaned, "I heard that, and I know you nodded, Devon!"
Devon laughed, "You just hurry up and get here." He hung up, "Shouldn't be too long now."
Olive groaned again, "This sucks! I hate waiting!"
Shift smirked, "So we've noticed."
Olive gave him a threatening fist, "Shut up, dork!"
Then Ice came out of the jet, "LR and BR still ain't here?"
Devon smiled, "They're on their way!"
A second person popped out. Ice's best friend and owner of the jet, Nathen Rab the Rabbit, grinned, "Still missing a few passengers?"
Ice sighed, "SR and LR haven't shown up yet. SR already said she'd be a little late."
Nathen smiled, "No prob! I'm sure Xpio and them will wait!"
Then LR and BR hurried over. LR sighed, "Sorry we're late, guys!"
Olive smiled, "Hey, LR!"
BR hi-fived Devon, "Sup, man!"
Devon smirked, "Took you long enough. Sleep in, tough guy?"
BR laughed, "No way!"
Shadowess smiled, "Now we just have to wait for..." Then they heard a motercycle.
SR pulled up with another guy, "Sorry I'm late!" She hopped off, "Traffic was terrible!"
The hedgehog with her climbed off, "Yeah, it was my fault. That's what I get for living all the way on the other side of the city."
SR smiled, "Guys, meet my boyfriend, Adrian!"
Nathen looked bummed to hear that, but smiled, "Nice to meet you, Adrian."
Then a black, white, violet, and blue convertable drove up. SR smiled, "You guys remember my sisters, right?"
BR groaned as Sector B and RoboPika climbed out of the car. RoboPika smiled, "Hey, guys!"
Sector B smirked at BR, "You came too, huh?" BR hmphed and turned from her.
Shadowess pet Soul, who still sat in LR's bag, "Coming along for the ride, huh, Soul?"
Soul smiled, "Chao!"
Devon smiled, "Well, everyone's here, so lets go."
Ice smiled, "Everybody on board!"
BR hesitated as everyone started climbing in. LR noticed, "What are you waiting for, BR?"
BR cleared his throat, "Um, I'm sorta waiting for someone."
Devon's head popped out the door past Ice, "Who did you invite?"
BR scratched behind his head, "Uh, it's, well..."
Devon knew his friend only too well, "Oh no. BR, you didn't."
BR shrugged, "I thought it would be a good chance for everyone to get better aquainted with her!"
Devon groaned, "BR, I know you like her, but I do not trust her."
BR sighed, "Don't you trust me at least?"
Devon crossed his arms, "It has nothing to do with you as my friend, BR. You know that."
Ice tried to ease things, "Now everyone just calm down. If BR wants to invite her, he can. I'll simply make a point that we will be keeping an eye on her."
Shadowess smirked, "Its not like she's the only ex-criminal coming on this trip."
Shift smiled sarcasticly, "How nice to be remembered."
Skip grinned, "She's right though." Shift rolled his eyes and climbed in the jet.
Then a tan bat girl with a fox tail flew down beside BR, "Hey, cutie."
BR smiled, "Awesome, you made it! Welcome to the party, babe!"
She kissed him, "Thanks for inviting me. I was worried you didn't trust me around your friends."
BR laughed, "No way! I want you to get better aquainted with them!"
She turned to the others and gave a bow, "I promise I will not be any trouble. You all have my word."
LR smiled, "Well, we're glad to have you. Veronica, right?"
She nodded, "Yeah."
BR took her hand, "Come on. Let's go." She smiled and climbed in with him. They walked down the aisle and sat together in the fifth left row of three seats.
Devon sighed and sat beside them. BR noticed and smiled. Devon fastened his seat belt, "I do not trust her, but you're my friend. I will not have her get in the middle of that."
BR grinned, "Wouldn't dream of it."
Veronica smiled to see them still close friends. Especially after their continued disagreement on her. She didn't want to be the one to break their friendship.
LR sat beside Shadowess and Olive, while Skip, Shift, and MasterMind sat across from them. Of course, MasterMind sat on the one side, while Shift was by the window. MasterMind didn't hold anything against Shift, but Shift still felt guilty for trying to kill him.
Skip sighed. BR wasn't the only one who wanted to make some better relationships for someone he cared about. After all, Veronica wasn't the only ex-criminal on this trip. Skip hoped Shift could work out his feelings with the others while they were in Empire City.
Shift watched out the window, deep in thought. Skip had a feeling he wanted things to work out too. He didn't want to be remembered as the criminal who helped almost destory Mobius. Shadow may have dropped the past criminal charges, but that didn't drop the shame he felt or the looks people gave him when he'd pass by. Skip just hopped things would work out.
Though, things weren't that bad. Shift seemed to have made friends with LR and Olive so far. After Rex was gone, LR visited Skip a lot, both getting used to not having him around. During that time, LR got to better know Shift. Olive was usually with LR when she visited and came to enjoy a few duels with Shift, just to make up for not getting in a good fight last time they tangled.
Nathen spoke through the monitors, since he was going to be the one flying the jet, "Ladies and gents, please buckle up! We're about to take off for the Dynasty Kingdom, then it's off to Empire City!"
Olive grinned, "Aw yeah! Can't wait! They say they got the coolest, well, everything there!"
Shadowess chuckled, "I simply look forward to a little fun with my best friends."
LR smiled, "Me too!"
Olive nodded, "Of course!"
Then the jet started moving. LR looked at everyone in the jet with her and smiled. This was going to be a fun trip!
Dynasty Kingdom - Castle
Xpio closed his bag, "There. That should do it!"
Melody walked over, "This is so exciting! A trip all the way to Empire City! I've always dreamed of going there!"
Xpio smiled, "I know. That's why I called my uncle Vector and set up a week stay at his hotel! I knew it would mean a lot to you."
She smiled, hugging him, "And to invite some of our friends to go with us! It'll be unforgettable!"
Xpio smiled, "Good. A girl as wonderful as you deserves everything wonderful this world has to offer."
She smiled at him, "You are everything wonderful this world has to offer. I couldn't be more happy and honored to be your future wife."
Xpio grabbed their bags, "I love you."
She took one bag and held his hand, "And I love you."
They walked out into town, where nearly everyone waved farewell to their prince and princess. Xpio liked to see how well the kingdom had taken to him. After fifty years without a king, everyone looked forward to it, especially since he would be replacing their past tyrant queen.
They were halfway through town when they heard someone call them. They stopped and turned to see Eric run over. He stopped, panting, "Sorry... I'm late... phew..."
Xpio chuckled, "You're not late. They haven't gotten in yet."
Eric sighed, "Really? And I ran all this way. Oh well."
Melody smiled, "I'm glad you made it! Where's Arial?"
Eric smiled, "Afraid she's not feeling well. I offered to stay with her, but she wanted me to come have fun for the both of us and to bring some suveniers and pictures."
Xpio smiled, "We'll make sure to have things to bring back for her."
They headed to a Security Station with it's own runway at the edge of town. Espio was already there. He smiled as he saw them, "There you are. Good day, King Eric."
Eric smiled, "Greetings, Espio."
Espio smiled, "You all ready to go?"
Xpio smiled, "Yep! Thanks for keeping an eye on things while we're gone, dad."
He ruffled Xpio's bangs, "Sure, kiddo. Just have fun, and say Hi to Vector for me."
Melody smiled, "You bet, dad!" She giggled, "It fun to say that. Dad. I've never really had one, so it's really neat. Even if you're really my father-in-law."
Espio smiled, "Well, I'm glad to now have such a lovely daughter, daughter-in-law or otherwise. You make Xpio happier than I've ever seen him."
She smiled, hugging Xpio's arm, "And he makes me happier than I've ever been!" Xpio blushed with a smile.
Then they heard the sound of a jet. Espio looked to see the jet landing, "Looks like they're here. A little late though."
Xpio smiled, "Well, see you in a week."
Espio smiled, "Have fun." With that, Xpio, Melody, and Eric headed to the jet.
They climbed in and smiled, "Hey, everyone."
LR smiled, "Hi, you guys!"
Ice smiled from where he sat next to Nathen, "Take a seat wherever you like!"
Though he couldn't fly, he was Nathen's second pair of eyes and it was Ice's job to make sure Nathen stayed focused and didn't make any mistakes. That was the law to young flyers; they must have a trustworthy second-hand.
Nathen smiled as he got ready to take off again, "Everyone get ready! We're off to Empire City!"
Xpio and Melody sat in the fourth row with Eric. LR smiled, "Hi, Eric! Arial couldn't make it?"
Eric shook his head, "No, she's ill. She simply asks we bring something back for her and enjoy the trip."
Xpio smiled, "Well, I'm sure she knew you needed the break."
Eric rubbed his forehead, "Then she was right to think so. Things have been an absolute mess as of late."
Shadowess was curious, "What's wrong?"
He sighed, "There have been some... problems with the people. Once again, the rebels are getting edgey. This happens every year near the anniversary of the king. The rebels try to plan something to overthrow the king on their anniversary. Next month will be my second anniversary as king. My soldiers have been doubled, my food is always checked twice, there are gaurds at every window and door. It's been a complete lockdown. Same thing happened last year. So far they haven't managed to do anything." Then the jet took off.
LR felt for Eric, "That's a shame. I thought your people were happy to have you as king. You'd be the first actual king over the Cresent Kingdom, not a tyrant like all your ancestors."
Eric nodded, "They are, but the rebels aren't considered 'my people'. They hate our rule and wish to do what their own ancestors wanted for the last hundred years; to remove my family from royalty."
Olive scoffed, "Well that sucks."
Eric chuckled, "Tell me about it. I'm grateful Xpio here invited me to this little get away. Even my father agreed this was wise. Who knew what tricks the rebels would try all the while I was there. Now they'll just sit quietly until I return. I'm just glad they'll leave Arial alone since she's one of the people. They refuse to hurt any of their own, I suppose."
MasterMind sighed, "That's well, I suppose. At least you're wife doesn't get hurt in the nonsense."
Eric nodded, "Those were my thoughts exactly. As long as they don't harm her, I'll put up with their foolishness."
Shift smirked, "Foolishness, indeed." Skip nodded.
Devon sighed, "They no longer have a tyrant over them, yet they still complain. That is..."
Suddenly, BR and Veronica started laughing. Devon glanced at them. BR noticed and grinned, "Don't mind us! Pretend we're not here!"
Eric smiled, "Who is your friend, BR? I don't believe we've met."
BR smiled, "This is my girl, Veronica. She's here to get better aquainted with everybody!"
Eric smiled, "Well, it's very nice to meet you, Veronica."
Veronica smiled back, "Same to you, King Eric."
Eric chuckled, "So you know who I am."
She scratched her ear, "Uh, yeah. Sorta came up in my... well, my past line of work."
Eric smiled, "And what was that?"
Veronica stared at her knees, "Uh... well, it's not one worth bringing up."
Eric understood with a kind smile, "Fair enough. It's still nice to meet you. I didn't think BR would ever fall for anyone."
Olive smirked, "You wouldn't be the first."
BR sighed, "Ok, seriously, what's with you people? Everybody keeps saying that! Who all thought I would never find love? Honestly?" Everyone raised their hand. BR groaned, "You all suck." Everyone laughed.