Sonic Future 100
Chapter 11 - Here Comes the Boom
Inside G.U.N. HQ a few minutes after the heroes leave
Shade snuck silently through HQ, careful not to run into his dad, or anyone else for that matter. He spotted his dad in his office with Ash. Shade pulled out a small keyboard and screen device with the username "Umbra". He sent a message to someone with the username "Cinder", "It's me."
Ash pulled out his cellphone and read what was on the screen while Shaderon spoke with some agents. He texted back a message that appeared on Shade's screen, "Please tell me you're home." Ash looked up from the phone and noticed Shade for a second, then started texting again, "You're going to get yourself into so much trouble, Umbra."
Shade sent back, "I have to. I just realized something important I forgot when my dad told me I was off the mission. Not that I was ever actually on it as far as he's concerned.
Ash sighed and sent back, "What do you want me to do?
Shade smiled, "I need you to keep my dad busy. I need about five minutes. I'll send back once I finish."
He waited until the next message came up, "You got three." At that moment, he saw Ash speak up to Commander Shaderon, which made him turn his back to the door. Shade smiled and hurried by towards a door that said "Authorized Personnel Only" and slipped inside.
He turned around once the door was shut quietly and gasped in fright. He groaned when he saw it was Zane, "You almost gave me a heart attack!"
Zane smirked, "You did say to wait for you in here."
Shade groaned, "I said in the interrogation room, not right at the door!" He sighed, "Forget it. Not important. Ash can only buy us a couple more minutes, so let's not waste them." He hurried ahead and Zane followed.
Zane spoke, "You realize I'm going to be in just as much trouble as you when your dad finds out I'm helping you, right? This will ruin my reputation as a hitter."
Shade smirked, "Not if he doesn't find out you're helping me. I won't tell him if you won't. I can take the punishment alone."
Zane sighed, "You said there was something important you forgot to mention earlier. Must be awfully important to go to such risks. What was it you forgot exactly?"
Shade explained, "It was a question we all had yet to ask ourselves." He glanced back at Zane as he stopped in front of a door, "How did the Dark Stars know we knew about those bases and how did they know who to set traps for where? There's no way they would know Don's team was heading for that specific base so they could set that trap, or even how you were coming to rescue me so they could have a trap for you too, unless..."
Zane was shocked, "..unless someone told them. You think we have a rat."
Shade grabbed the door knob, "Not a rat." He opened the door, "More like three handy inside guys." The Dark Stars Zane had caught before were in there, talking on a small device that with a camera screen that showed inside the Commander's office. They gasped when Shade and Zane walked in on them.
Zane snatched the device from them and smashed it in his hand, "Great, so the Dark Stars know everything we've been doing." He gasped, "Including that the others are on there way right now."
Shade nodded, "Yep, which is why we need to get going now before we're too late. You coming or what?" With that, they both hurried off, locking the Dark Stars in the room.
With Lark's team
Lark, Blade, and Jacob slipped quietly into the base about thirty minutes after leaving G.U.N. The building was really well hidden with a cloaking field, but Jacob was able to see right through it. Though, he simply told Lark and Blade that he had a good eye for things usually hidden after all his traveling.
Jacob was silent as they snuck through the empty base halls. He was sure they were in the right place, which was only confirmed by the vampire scent he knew belonged to Ramses. Ramses was sure to be waiting for him, ready to finish what they started a long time ago. Jacob only hopped he could take Ramses on this time.
Jacob spoke up, "Maybe we should split up. We'll find the families faster that way. We don't want to waste too much time, right?"
Lark nodded, "Yeah, that's probably a good idea."
Blade sighed, "You two just be careful, alright?" With that, they went different ways. Jacob was glad they played along, because he could sense exactly where Ramses was now. He could only hope Lark and Blade would be alright on their own.
Jacob opened the door to a large, empty room. It was dead silent as he walked in and changed into Reggie. He was then met by a dark chuckle that echoed around the room, "Finally showed up, huh? I've been waiting."
Ramses then fell from above about a yard in front of Reggie. Reggie glared at him, "Ramses."
Ramses grinned coldly, "Ready to finish what we started all those years ago?"
Reggie faced him, ready to fight, "Might as well, especially when I heard you threatened to go after my friend Darkar."
Ramses laughed, "You and those stupid friends of yours. Its what will get you killed one of these days, Reggie. Its your greatest weakness."
Reggie's eyes became steely, "We'll see about that." With that, they charged at each other.
With Sash's team
BR grinned, "See? I found it!"
Devon grabbed BR, covering his mouth and whispering harshly, "Please, be quiet, BR." BR nodded.
Sash watched the large volcano, "Isn't this the same place Dark Sonic found the Black Emerald years ago? When my dad became the good Battle Robot?"
Devon nodded, letting go of BR, "Yeah, this is the place."
BR looked confused, "I don't see any funny gas."
Extreme sighed, "And I don't see any evil bases. Could he have gotten it W-R-O-N-G?" BR continued to smile, not understanding.
Devon shook his head, "I doubt it. Why else would he bring us here? As the Buddy Robot, he doesn't even remember this place or its significance to him."
BR grinned, "You use big words." Devon pat his head with a smile, making BR's tail wag.
Sash sighed, "I hope we can fix dad soon." He looked away, "He's not the same like that."
Sly smiled, understanding his cousin's feelings, "We'll find a way, Sash. Promise! He'll be back to old Uncle BR in no time!" Sash looked a bit reassured.
Devon sighed, "Well, if the Dark Stars really are inside somewhere, we need to find them before they can find us. You know how they always seem to get one step ahead of us."
Sash nodded, "You're right. Let's get in there and find that power source."
Extreme spoke up, "And the machine! We have to destroy that too, remember?"
Darkar looked confused, "How will we know of this machine? I have seen many machines since I was fre..."
Sash cut in, "Arrived from the country! Yeah, its ok, Darkar, we'll know it when we see it. You can help keep those creeps off us, ok?"
Darkar nodded, "Very well. I will be wherever you need me."
Devon glanced at Extreme, "Why do I have this feeling you guys are keeping something about Darkar to yourselves?"
Extreme grinned, "I have no idea what you're talking about!"
Devon smirked, "I thought not. Well, if you are, let's say hypothetically, hiding something about Darkar's true origins, I would assume it would only be for his or others' safety."
Sash smiled, "Hypothetically speaking, of course we would. That would be our main priority."
Devon smiled, "Then if that were the case, I suppose it would be wrong of me to question it. Hypothetically, of course." He ruffled Extreme's bangs, "I trust you guys, and that is not hypothetical." Extreme smiled at his dad as he fixed his bangs.
Nat spoke up, "We should go."
Sash nodded, "Yeah, let's go. We want to take them by surprise as much as possible. It may be the only thing we've got at this point. Find the power source and the machine, and destroy them both."
Sly sighed, "Are you sure we should destroy the power source? I'm sure Commander Shaderon would like to have it in his possession at G.U.N. Maybe he can make it into a useful tool for the good guys."
Extreme scoffed, "When has having a powerful tool ever worked entirely in the favor of the heroes?" Everyone knew the answer to that.
Sash sighed, "Now let's go. Sly and I will take Devon and my dad and go in from the left, Extreme can go with Nat and Darkar in the right. That should save us time finding the power source and the machine, and they can keep the Dark Stars from grabbing you, Extreme. Ready?" They all nodded and headed off.
Sly sighed, "I hope spliting up doesn't end up biting us in the butt later."
With Lark and Blade
Lark slipped into a room and smiled, "Mom! Dad!"
LR saw him and smiled, "Lark!"
Shadowess glanced at her daughter, "You see? We told you they would show up."
Shara scoffed, "I never said Lark wouldn't find us at some point, I said my dorky brother wouldn't."
"I resent that remark, sis." Blade hurried in through another door. He smiled up at his family, "Glad to see you're all in one piece."
James gasped when he saw Blade, "Blade, what happened to you chest?"
It was only then Blade even remembered he had the mark from the curse those two warlocks had put on him. He smiled, "It's ok, dad, I'm fine. King Black said it'd go away on its own." James still seemed concerned.
Lark looked around at them all, "Dang, more of those stupid bubble-thingies." He scratched his head, "There's no way I'll be able to drain all these. I barely managed to drain the one holding Uncle Soul and the others, and it was, like, a fourth the size of these ones and I just barely managed a hole big enough for their small little bodies."
Rex shook his head, "And I wouldn't risk it. These ones were from the perfected energy the Dark Stars have been creating. There's no way to break it."
Blade nodded, "Yeah, we figured as much. We know all about the power source and the machine they plan to use to spread the energy's power across the globe."
Shadow spoke, "I knew this was going to come back to bite me. Even Shade knew it."
LR sighed, "I know what you mean. When BR came by my house telling me there was a chance the Tri-Star was possibly planning a final attack against us, I thought he was overreacting." She turned to his son, "How is your uncle anyways? I heard Sash found him."
Lark sighed, "Yeah, he found both his parents, but they're totally loopy."
Blade spoke up, "Though, the others are using BR's connection to the new energy after being tested on with it to help them find the main Dark Stars base while we come rescue you guys."
Zir spoke, "Then we need to hurry so you can go help them. We can't waste time."
Lark sighed, "But how? We can't get these things open." He rubbed his chin, "I wonder if Shade would have known something before he got sent home. Would have been a big help if he'd have come with us."
Then something came to him, "Hey, I just realized Jacob isn't here yet." He turned to Blade, "I'm so used to doing this stuff with just you, I actually forgot about poor Jacob. You went in the opposite direction of me, yet you got here second. Jacob should have been back this way by now."
Blade was concerned, "You don't think he ran into trouble, do you?"
Lark became determined, "I haven't got a doubt in my mind. We'd better go find him. Maybe he found something we missed that could help open these things." He hurried off the way he came in, "Come on!"
Zir spoke up, "Wait, Lark!"
Lark stopped and turned to him, "Yeah?"
Zir looked thoughtful, "Uh, would you happen to know if Zane is ok? I'm sure you probably wouldn't know him if you saw him, but..."
Lark smiled, "Actually, we do know him. He just saved Shade a while ago."
Zir looked a little worried, "Is he ok? Nothing wrong with him?"
Lark scratched his head, "Well, he seemed fine to me when we left him at G.U.N. HQ." Zir sighed with relief while X gave him an 'I-told-you-so' grin.
Lark smiled, "We'll be back, guys!" With that, the two ran off to find Jacob.
At that same time, Reggie was being tossed around and beaten into the ground. There were several dents in the metal walls and floors from Reggie and Ramses's fight. Even scorch marks could be seen.
Reggie was thrown painfully into a wall, creating yet another dent, before collapsing to the floor. He slowly got to his feet, looking pretty roughed up. He ducked out of the way as a ball of fire was thrown at him.
Suddenly, Ramses was behind him using his vampire speed. Reggie spun around and was low kicked to the floor. Before he could get up, Ramses was on top of him. He gasped as Ramses got a hold of his neck and squeezed tightly.
Ramses grinned at Reggie's struggles, "You know, I'm severely disappointed. After all that magic I used to put that "Sea's Wrath" curse on you, it didn't do me any good! Even when I left you to drown at the one base, I was sure you'd at least drown before the freak reached you. But nooooo, you always manage to find a way. Nothing anyone ever does manages to get rid of you!" He chuckled coldly as Reggie grew visibly weaker, "Not this time though. No, this time you're all on your own. None of those stupid buddies of yours to save you now."
Reggie managed a weak grin and opened one eye to look up at Ramses, "Y-you... sure... ab..about... that..?" Ramses was confused as Reggie changed into Jacob.
Suddenly, a beam of magic shot Ramses off of him. Jacob rolled over, gasping for air, as Lark and Blade ran in. Lark hurried to Jacob's side, "Are you ok, Jacob?"
Jacob nodded, "Yeah, I'm... I'm ok." He turned to see Ramses getting back to his feet.
Ramses was furious, "I can't believe you're still counting on those stupid mortals for help! You weakling! How can you even be called the great vampire Reggie?!"
Blade glanced at Jacob, who Lark helped to his feet, "Vampire Reggie?"
Jacob sighed, speaking from behind the back of his hand so Ramses's wouldn't read his lips, "He thinks I'm that vampire guy, and he's got one major grudge against him. He's the reason the Dark Stars think I'm that "vampire" named Reggie. The guy's a total loon. He's been at me for a while now."
Lark faced Ramses, "Look, man, just lay off and we won't have to fight you."
Ramses laughed, looking a bit insane after all, "You really think a couple idiot mortals are gonna defeat me? The all-powerful Ramses?! Not on your life!"
Blade got ready to fight, "Then I guess there's only one way this can go, huh?"
Ramses made a large claymore greatsword appear, "I'm gonna rip you little rats to pieces!"
Lark let Jacob stand on his own and faced Ramses, "Then bring it on!"
With Extreme's team
Extreme, Darkar, and Nat walked quietly through the large white base. Darkar spoke, "This is much like a place I and the Demon Lord once visited. Though, it was a castle of stone, not metal."
Extreme smiled, "Don't worry, you'll get used to it, pal."
Suddenly, a large clamp caught Extreme around his waist and lifted him into the air. Smaller clamps caught Nat's wrists and lifted him into the air too. Nat groaned, "Not again."
They heard a chuckle as Claudius stepped out of the shadows, "Welcome again, boys. I see you've walked into yet another trap."
Extreme sighed, "We're really not very good at this, are we?" Nat only groaned, still annoyed he got caught again.
Darkar's eyes became demonic as he faced Claudius, "Release my comrades immediately!"
Claudius smirked, "You're in no position to make demands here, demon." Darkar was a bit surprised Claudius knew he was a demon.
To Darkar's utter horror, Claudius brought out a black statue of a dragon. Darkar backed away, "Where... how... how did you..?"
Claudius grinned at Darkar's fear, "Ramses told me how much of a problem you were for him, and I certainly can't have that. When he explained your appearence and abilities, I knew you could only be a dragon demon. So, after a quick museum raid, we found this little beauty just for you." He laughed as Darkar backed into a wall.
Extreme understood, "Darkar, get out of here! Run!" Darkar didn't get a chance.
Claudius spoke strange words, making the statue start to glow brightly. Darkar looked terrified as the light grew too bright for any of them to see. Extreme and Nat had to look away.
Once the light was gone, Extreme gasped, "Darkar!" Darkar was gone.
Claudius chuckled, "Don't worry, he's quite safe." His grin was evil, "For the next five hundred years." He laughed cruelly. He sat the statue on a nearby desk and walked over to Extreme, "Now, unless you'd rather I killed you, I suggest you play along for the other Dark Stars." Extreme didn't say anything.
Claudius rolled his eyes, "Oh, you heroes are so irritating." Extreme gasped as Claudius pulled out a long, sharp knife and pressed its tip against Nat's cheek, "If I must kill you, I'll start with your little friend here." The tip made Nat's cheek bleed.
Extreme spoke up, "Ok, ok, you win. I'll play along, ok?" Nat was about to protest, but Extreme spoke first, "Just promise you won't hurt my friends."
Claudius sighed with a smile, "Very well. I promise not to kill anyone, or torture them mercilessly." He glanced at Nat, "Good thing, because I was already thinking of the things I would do with you while Don was away." Nat glared at him.
Claudius turned to the men in black who walked in at that moment, "Take Don to get cleaned up. Can't very well have him looking like this when he sits at the head of the Dark Stars, now can we? Take the rabbit to the holding cell. He can watch as the world is returned to its proper, perfect way." Extreme glared at him, knowing that wasn't what he was really after.
A couple men let Extreme down and led him away while a few others bound Nat and took him a different way. Claudius watched with a dark chuckle, "And so it finally begins."
With Lark's team
Lark, Blade, and Jacob were panting as they faced Ramses's, who looked worse than they did. Lark sighed, "Just give up, Ramses."
Ramses scoffed, "No way! I'll finish you all if its the last thing I do!" He started chanting a spell.
Jacob gasped and shoved Blade and Lark to the floor, "Get down!"
Suddenly, Ramses shot a ball of black power that just missed them and hit the wall, creating a large black vortex that started sucking everything in. Blade stayed on the floor with Lark and Jacob, "What is that thing!?"
Ramses yelled over the noise of the vortex, "Its a portal to the Dark Realm, where you belong, Reggie! You all will get a first class trip!"
Lark yelled, "What the heck is a Dark Realm?"
Jacob sighed, "Nothing pleasant, I promise you!"
Ramses laughed triumphantly, "You lose, Reggie! Victory is finally mine!"
Blade looked to Jacob, "What do we do now?"
Jacob looked back at the portal, "There are only two ways I know of for closing a portal like that. One, the person who created it has to close it. Or two, something has to fall inside, that would close it automatically."
Lark groaned, "But there's no way he'll close it and we sure don't want to be sucked in!"
Jacob looked at Ramses, still laughing, "Actually, I think we'll do both." He created a long black whip in his hand, "I hope my aim is still good." He whipped over Lark and Blade's head and caught Ramses's ankle. Ramses was surprised, "What the!?"
Jacob pulled, causing Ramses to trip and be pulled towards the vortex. As he passed over the heroes' heads, he managed to grab Jacob's leg. Jacob gasped as he was pulled off too.
Before he could get far, Lark grabbed his hand. Using the power he absorbed from back at G.U.N before he left, he created a magnetic force in his other hand to hold him to the metal floor so they wouldn't be pulled in.
Ramses lost hold of Jacob and cried out in rage as he was pulled into the portal. The portal immediately closed, and the pull stopped, dropping them. It looked as if the portal was never there.
Lark sighed, "Well, that's over."
Jacob sat up, "I really thought he'd at least be smart enough to close the portal before getting sucked in." He shrugged, "I guess he never really was very smart."
Blade stood up, "At least now we can focus on getting everyone out."
Lark got to his feet and helped Jacob up, "Yeah, only we still have no clue how to free them."
Jacob smiled, "I think I have something." He pulled out a white glowing shard, as if it had been broken from something bigger.
Blade was surprised, "Where did you get that?"
Jacob grinned, "Off Ramses while I was fighting him." That was technically true. Reggie had fought with Ramses once in the past for it. At a point during the fight, Ramses managed to get it from Reggie, but Reggie stole it back off of him. He'd had it ever since.
Jacob smiled, "I think I can use it to free your folks. Let's go." They hurried off back to the room where their families were.
LR smiled, "Oh thank goodness, you're all ok."
Shift spoke, "We heard a lot of noise and figured it as quite a fight."
Olive grinned, "You boys certainly look like it was quite a fight."
Lark smiled, "Yeah, but its taken care of now. Thanks to Jacob, we may have a way to free you guys!"
Jacob held the shard out and touched the bubble with it. The bubble turned from violet to white, then popped, freeing LR's family and Robo-Ann. Jacob smiled, "See? Told ya it would work!"
LR and Rex hugged Lark while Jacob freed everyone else, "We're so glad you're ok, Lark."
Rex ruffled Lark's hair, "You sure know how to make us proud, kid."
Lark smiled up at him, "Thanks, dad." He high-fived his little sister.
Blade got a hug from his mom, "I'm ok, mom."
Shadowess smiled, "I know. I just like hugging my little man." Blade blushed, but didn't push his mom away.
Xpio looked at his wife, "Speaking of sons, I hope Lex is alright. He's probably worried sick about us."
Lark sighed, "Actually, he knows you're both caught by the Dark Stars. He and Adam were..."
Blade cut him off, "Are safely waiting for you back at G.U.N. HQ." He glanced at Lark, who understood. There was no need to panic them by telling them that Lex had been attacked.
Though, Xpio could still easily tell and knew what it meant, but smiled since they were being kind, "Thank you, boys." They smiled back.
Jacob cleared his throat once he finished, "Not to ruin the moment, but we really need to get going. The others are sure to be at the base by now and I'm sure they could use our help."
Lark gasped, "Hey, I just thought of something!" He turned to Jacob, "Jacob, you said that Ramses guy was after you for a while now, mistaking you for someone he really hates, right?"
Jacob nodded, "Yeah, why?"
Blade caught on though, "Isn't it a bit strange Ramses just happened to be here to fight you? I mean, how could the Dark Stars have known we were coming here, the three of us specifically, unless..."
Lark smaked his forehead, "Aw man! That's how the Dark Stars are always one step ahead of us! They must have some way to hear inside G.U.N. HQ! That's how Ramses knew Jacob would be here!"
Blade gasped, "And it would explain how Extreme's team was caught in a trap at their base location too! The Dark Stars knew they specifically were going to be there!"
Jacob sighed, "And it explains the trap Darkar and I was caught by at ours too. Even Ramses was there to have at me. Its thanks to Darkar he didn't drown me, again."
Lark smirked, "Wait, Ramses isn't the same guy who handcuffed you at the bottom of that first base, was he?"
Jacob grinned, "My life sucks sometimes."
Blade turned to them, "Guys, we have to get to Sash and the others! They could be in trouble! The Dark Stars are sure to know they're coming now!"
Lark nodded, "Yeah, but how? We can't just leave everyone here."
LR smiled, "Don't you boys worry about us. We can find our way back to G.U.N. from here ourselves."
Shadow nodded, "We'll be fine. You three need to warn the others."
James sighed, "Some of us would go with you, but those fields took a lot of energy out of us. We'd only be a liability."
Blade smiled, "It's ok, dad. It'd probably be best not to take anyone else with us anyways. We already have Sash and the guys at the base, so it would probably make things a bit too difficult if we had anymore."
Lark looked at his friend, "Though, how will we get there in time. Fastest way is by flying. Can you manage to carry both me and Jacob to the base?"
Blade sighed, "Not by myself." He smiled, "But we both know someone who can!" Lark cocked his head curiously.
With Sash's team
Sash peeked around the corner before walking out while the others followed, "Come on. Coast is clear."
BR sighed, "Are we there yet?"
Devon groaned, "No, BR, we are not there yet. Please stop asking."
BR was silent, then sighed, "Are we there yet?" Devon was so annoyed, he didn't even bother to answer.
Sash looked back at his dad, "Dad, please be quiet." BR nodded and pretended to zip his lips, then gave them a little smile.
Sly chuckled, "Its pretty neat how well your dad listens to you, Sash. Maybe, as messed up as his brain is, he still loves you as his son."
Sash shrugged, "Maybe. I'd like to think my real dad is in there somewhere."
Devon smiled, "I'm sure he is, Sash. Once this is over, we'll see if that power source can be reversed, ok?" Sash nodded, but he didn't seem confident.
Suddenly, there was a loud bang nearby. Sash stopped, "What was that?" Another bang.
Sly stepped back, "I don't know, but I don't like it." A louder bang.
Devon wasn't too fond of it either, "And its getting closer."
Suddenly, the wall ahead was burst through, creating a cloud of dust. When the dust cleared, Sash gasped, holding his chest. Sly caught him as he lost his footing, "Sash, what's wrong?"
Sash looked at what had come through the wall, "Dark energy."
It was a large robot wolf with five long tentacle tails that swung around. It growled and roared at them. BR smiled, "Ooh, big doggy!"
Then the robot pounced at them. Devon gasped, "Look out!" They all jumped out of the way to miss it, though Sly had to help Sash and Devon had to move BR.
Sly saw another way, "Come on, this way!" Devon grabbed BR and hurried after them. The wolf gave chase.
Sash looked weak as Sly had to do most of the work getting they both away. Sash spoke, "I'm s-sorry, S-Sly."
Sly kept running as he panted, "Its ok, cuz. We're a team, and family! We have to look out for each other!" They hurried out onto a long rock ledge with a railing to keep anyone from falling into the lava below. They were shocked as they saw the large contraption reaching high above the lava. Sly groaned, "Please don't tell me that's the machine." Sash was shocked.
Suddenly, the wolf shot something from one of its tails, hitting the ground in front of Sly and Sash. The shot exploded on impact, knocking them both back painfully. Devon hurried over to them, "Sly! Sash!"
Sash laid weakly on his back, looking pale and clearly getting weaker every second. Sly managed to get to his feet and to his cousin's side, "Just hang in there, Sash!"
Another shot was fired at the ground near them, knocking them back again. This time, Sly hit his head off a rock and was knocked unconscious. Sash saw and tried to get to his feet, "S-Sly!" He got to his feet and faced the wolf as it prepared to pounce at BR and Devon.
BR stood behind Devon, who looked worried, "I don't think I like the doggy anymore, Devon."
Just as the wolf was about to pounce, Sash yelled, "Hey you!" The wolf looked in his direction.
Sash, though he could barely keep his balance, glared at the robot wolf, "Stay away from them! You want a fight, then fight me!" The wolf growled and started towards Sash.
Sash felt even dizzier as it came closer, which proved the dark energy was inside it. Though, Sash managed to stay on his feet and face the robot. The wolf pounced at him, but Sash managed to jumped out of the way. The wolf stopped, spun, around and pounced again, but still missed.
Sash gave a mean smirk, "Come on! You can do better than that, can't you? I'm completely off my game and I'm still better than you, mutt." The wolf continued to try to pounce on him, but he was much faster.
Sash stopped, "Come on, don't disappoint me!" He was standing right in front of the railing.
To Sash's surprise, the wolf spit something from its mouth. It was some violet goo that stuck to Sash's foot, sticking it to the ground. Sash was immediately effected by the dark energy in it, making him fall to one knee. The wolf pounced at him, knowing he couldn't get away this time.
Devon gasped, "Sash!"
Suddenly, someone slammed into the wolf from the side, knocking into the other railing and breaking it, though the wolf managed to stay on the ledge. Sash was surprised by who had saved him, "Zane!"
Zane cracked his knuckles, "Never send a kid to do a hitter's job." The wolf growled at him before pouncing. Zane reared his fist and threw it, smashing into the wolf's snout. The wolf tumbled across the ground, its snout almost broken off. It faced him and roared at him.
Zane smirked, "Want more, pup?"
As Zane continued to fight the wolf, Sash struggled to get the goo off his foot, but he was so dizzy, he couldn't control his hands to do it and his vision kept doubling.
To his surprise, someone else started pulling the goo off for him. He looked up to see Sly, a large red bump on his head and he hurried to free Sash. Sash smiled as Sly got him loose and helped him up, "Thanks, Sly." Sly smiled back, though hitting his head clearly took it out of him.
Zane smirked as he knocked the wolf aside again, though he wasn't expecting one of the tails to catch his arm and tossed him into a wall. As Zane got his head together, the wolf turned of Sly and Sash. Sly gasped as it pounced at them. Sly jumped out of the way with Sash, but it swiped its paw at them, knocking them over by the broken railing. Sly gasped as they fell over to the side. Devon and Zane gasped.
Sly felt worried as he held tightly with one hand to a hanging part of the railing while also holding a now unconscious Sash in the other. Sly felt his grip getting weaker, "Why me?"
As he hand started to slip, another hand grabbed his. He smiled, "Shade!"
Shade grabbed his hand with his two hands, clearly having a hard time holding them both himself, "Don't get happy just yet."
Sly felt Sash hand slipping from him, "I'm losing a hold on Sash!" He could barely hold Sash much longer, "Sash! Sash, wake up!" He gasped as he lost hold, "Sash!!"
Something in BR snapped, "Sash?" He suddenly shot off with his rockets, "Hang on, kid!" He flew down into the volcano and caught Sash just before he could hit the lava. BR looked at his son, "Sash! Answer me, kid!"
Sash groaned and opened his eyes, "Dad?"
BR sighed with relief, "Geez, don't ever scare me like that, kid. I nearly had a heart attack."
Sash was amazed and smiled, "You're back to normal!" He noticed how his dad's eyes were now bi-colored, one being their usual red, and the other being gold like when he became "buddy-robot BR".
BR shrugged, "Kinda, I guess. I still can't quite get the song "Old McDonald Had a Farm" out of my head, but I'm in my right mind, so that's an improvement." He groaned, "I remember why I hated being trapped as the Buddy Robot though. I hope I never go through this again."
Sash chuckled, "You and me both."
BR landed on the ledge as Devon and Shade pulled Sly back up to safety and Zane finished ripping out the vital cords of the robot wolf, leaving it in a nice, broken mess. Sly smiled, "Uncle BR!"
BR sighed, "Yeah, its me."
Devon smiled, "I have never been so glad to see you back to being the Battle Robot." He noticed BR's eyes, "Though, maybe you're not entirely fixed yet."
BR waved it off, "I'm fine, I'm fine. My kid is fine, so I'm fine. That's all that matters to me." Sash smiled as his dad let him down.
Sly turned to Shade, "Wait, what are you two doing here anyway? Didn't your dad..."
Shade cut him off, "I do believe I just saved your life. You're the last person to be judging me, hedgehog."
Sash spoke, "He's not judging you, Shade. Not everyone is out to give people a hard time, you know. He's just asking if maybe your dad changed his mind after all."
Shade scoffed, crossing his arms, "Of course not. I just decided someone needed to make sure you all didn't get yourselves killed."
Zane sighed, "Shade never got the chance to warn you that the Dark Stars had been spying on G.U.N. HQ this whole time." He looked away, "Though, that was kinda my fault, seeing as I was the one who caught them and kept them in G.U.N."
Sash sighed, "Its fine. At least you guys showed up."
Sly smiled at Shade, "So thanks, Shade."
Shade turned away, "I only did it to beat Claudius. I could care less about you two." Sash rolled his eyes, but smiled.
Zane looked around, "Where are your other friends?"
Sly gasped, "Uh oh! If the Dark Stars were expecting us, they could be after Extreme again!"
Devon paled, "We have to find them!"
Shade smirked, "No need. He's being held by Claudius's men. He'll be fine. After all, he is their new future master. The person we need to find is your friend Nat. He's being held in the prisons, though I can't be sure how much longer." He shrugged, "Let's face it, the only use Nat serves is as a source of powerful dark energy to help create more of their new power source. I highly doubt Claudius will waste time keeping him alive."
Sash, fully back to himself now that the wolf was destroyed, nodded, "Then let's go find him and Darkar!"
Devon was still worried, "But what about Don? What if Claudius just tries to hurt him again?"
Sly tried to be comforting, "I doubt he would. Extreme is sure to have surrendered to keep Nat and Darkar safe, so he'll play along until we get to him. Don't worry, Devon. Ex will be ok."
Devon sighed and nodded, "Ok. Let's go. The sooner we find Nat and Darkar, the sooner we can get my son back." With that, they hurried off.
Shade didn't follow and he looked up at the machine. Zane noticed, "What is it now?"
Shade noticed something at the very top and grinned, "I just had a deviously good idea." He glanced at Zane, "Afraid of heights?" Zane found that an odd question.