Last time, on Elements of Power, Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, and E-123 Omega arrived at G.U.N. Headquarters, only to find that the Scepter of Darkness was broken. From there, they saw that Mephiles had once again been freed from his imprisonment, and quickly came to the realization that Squash was the one behind it. Shortly afterwards, Team Dark stopped by Dr. Robotnik’s Mystic Ruins base in order to get the Scepter of Darkness repaired again, so that Mephiles can be resealed. Knowing that he couldn’t proceed with his plans as long as Mephiles was freed, Robotnik agreed to repair the scepter and said that he would have it ready within the next hour.
Due to the fact that Iblis had gotten sealed within the Fire Element Gem in the previous story, Shadow knew that Scorch would eventually become Mephiles’ next target, and as soon as Slush heard this, she quickly rushed out of the base to warn her sister about Mephiles’ sinister plan. Additionally, she also tried getting in touch with the Chaotix team, but due to the fact that they were in another time period, she was unable to reach them.
Elsewhere, Knuckles and company found themselves 200 year into the future, thanks to Mephiles’ ability to control time and space. While they were there, they ran into Amy and Cream, along with Silver, Blaze, and Marine. After explaining the situation to them, they all began hurrying to Dr. Nega’s base, so that they could use his time machine to travel back to the past and stop Mephiles before his plan is set in motion.
Meanwhile, back in the past, Squash had already gotten ahold of a Chaos Emerald and delivered it to Mephiles, who promised that he would tell her specifically what she can do to change the outcome of her future, in which he did. Mephiles explained to the Stone Goddess that she had gotten persecuted and severely punished in the future for a crime that she’s never committed. According to Mephiles, it was, in fact, none other than Scorch, who was responsible for the carnage. Mephiles convinced Squash that if he were to kill Scorch, then it would change history and prevent her bleak future from transpiring. Conveniently, Scorch was seen flying by at high speed, and as soon as she was spotted, Squash began pursuing her.
As soon as she left, Mephiles decided that he needed a quick and easy way to track down the remaining six emeralds. Remembering Splash’s words, he quickly came to the realization that Knuckles and company were in possession of an emerald detector, and opened another portal to the future, so that he could confiscate the device and kill heroes. With that said, these questions still remain: With Mephiles heading their way, will Knuckles and the Chaotix be able to hold him off until Robotnik’s finished repairing the Scepter of Darkness? Will Squash ever learn the truth about him? All of these questions will be answered right here, on this exciting chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 2: Elemental Chaos!
Meanwhile, 200 years into the future, at Dr. Nega’s base…
Blaze: Well, here it is, everyone. This is Dr. Nega’s base.
Charmy: Wow! This place is really, REALLY cool!
Vector: Yeah, I’ll say! In fact, it looks even beddah than Robotnik’s!
Blaze: I guess that’s to be expected, since this fortress I equipped with technological advancements that are decades ahead of his.
Splash: “To bee expected”. Did you hear that, Charmy? *Giggles*
*Everyone else anime falls (except for Charmy, Seedra, and Marine, who thought it was funny)*
Knuckles: Honestly, Splash, you’ve heard those stupid puns enough times for them to have gotten old by now. Do you really think they’re funny, or are you just trying to be nice?
Splash: Well, like I always say, they just never get old to me; no matter how many times I hear them.
Marine: Heh heh! Hey, did ‘ja guys notice that he said “bee nice”? *Snickers*
*Everyone else (except Charmy, Splash, and Seedra) anime falls again*
Marine: Sorry, mates! I couldn’t resist!
Charmy: There’s no need to be, it was funny!
Seedra: Yeah, what he said. There was “no need to bee”. *Giggles*
Knuckles: Oh, for crying out loud! Are you finished with those puns yet!? We don’t have time for this, alright!? In case you guys have forgotten… MEPHILES IS ON THE LOOSE AGAIN!
Seedra: Alright, alright! Relax!
Marine: Yeah, take a chill-pill, mate!
Splash: Well, excuuuuuuuse me!
Blaze: He’s right; this isn’t the time to be fooling around. Mephiles must be stopped as soon as possible!
Mighty: Yeah. Why don’t we go ahead and move on?
Blaze: Before we go, take this as a warning; although Dr. Nega’s locked up in a mental institution, he still has plenty of Badniks around here to cope with. So, getting to that time machine won’t be that easy.
Vector: Ah, I’m sure we could take ‘em! There ain’t nothin’ Robotnik or Nega could dish out that WE can’t handle! Once we start a job, we finish the job! That’s our policy! We’re Team Chaotix!
Charmy: You always say that.
Vector: Not nearly as many times you do ‘dose stupid puns. Now, whadda ya say we get movin’?
Wasting no more time, the heroes proceeded through Dr. Nega’s base in search of the time machine. As they moved further into the base, they found a bunch of broken robot parts.
Honey: It looks to me as if someone’s already been here. Could this have been Silver’s work?
Blaze: Huh? Silver was here?
Honey: Well, yeah. He left shortly before you arrived, and headed straight to this base.
Blaze: I see.
(Hold on a second…)
Blaze: Well, Cream and Marine, whoever it is you were trying to introduce me to, that’s going to have to wait for now. Speaking of a which, where is he, anyway?
Amy: Well…something urgent has come up, and he said he had to go, but he promised that he’d be back later.
Blaze: (So, that’s it… Silver must have been the one they were trying to set me up with! I can’t think of anything more “urgent” than Mephiles’ revival, and since he’s been here recently, as well as the fact that Amy and Cream keep suggesting that we have feelings for one another, that has to be the case! There’s no mistake about it! Those two, I swear… They’re so persistent in trying to get Silver and I together, and they’ve even dragged Marine into this. From here on out, I’ll just pretend like I don’t know, since they’re going through so much trouble and everything.)
Vector: Well, it looks like things’ve already been taken care of ovah here. Whadda ya say we head to the next room?
Blaze: Good idea.
*They move on to the next room, and find Silver fighting off more of Dr. Nega’s robots*
Silver: Hey, you guys. Now that you’re here, would you mind lending me a hand?
Blaze: Sure, Silver.
*They start destroying the robots*
Meanwhile, back in the past, at Red Mountain…
Tikal: Scorch, it’s not too late, you know. You can still abandon Robotnik before he turns on you.
Scorch: Enough about that! Robotnik ISN’T using me, okay!?
Tikal: Like I said before, I’m only trying to-
Scorch: Yeah, yeah. I know. You’re trying to help me, right? I told you before; I don’t need, nor do I WANT any help from you!
Tikal: I know you’re still angry about the incident from all those years ago, but please hear me out! I know we haven’t gotten along very well in the past, but still… I just don’t want to see you get hurt!
Scorch: Why do YOU care, anyway?
Tikal: Because… When we first met, you were bad to the core. As I said before, you were hardly any better than Iblis or Mephiles, but now…you’re different. I could see that you’ve changed a lot since then. I know that deep down inside, you’re a good person. And besides, I saw how heartbroken you were while you were under the impression that the real Robotnik had used and betrayed you. I just don’t want you to have to feel that same sadness all over again. I’m pretty sure Splash doesn’t want that, either.
Tikal: It’s quite a shame that things have to be this way between us, Scorch. To tell you the truth, I really wish that you didn’t hate me, because I don’t hold a grudge against you. I never have, in fact.
Tikal: […] does this mean we can put the past behind us and let bygones be bygones?
Scorch: Ugh! Why…why can’t I get this off my mind!? WHY!?
All of a sudden, a sharp stone pillar was seen flying towards Scorch, which she narrowly managed to dodge, causing it to crash into the wall behind her and break into pieces.
Scorch: Okay, who’s there!? Whoever you are, go ahead and show yourself!
Squash: *Comes in* AH-HA-AH-AH-AH! Why, hello there! It’s nice to finally meet you, my dear sister!
Scorch: Huh? Who are y-
Wait a minute… You’re EG-001, aren’t you?
Squash: Yeah. I’m Squash, the Goddess of Stone.
Scorch: So, you’ve finally decided to show up, eh? Dr. Robotnik and I have been looking for you for quite some time now. You’re quite the elusive one, aren’t you?
Squash: Really, now? What a coincidence, because I’ve been looking for you, too.
Scorch: You have?
Squash: That’s right.
Scorch: What for?
Squash: Well, you see, Scorch… The thing is that I’ve got a bone to pick with you. Right here and now, I’m going to destroy you once and for all and change the outcome of my future!
I don’t have a CLUE what it is that you’re babbling about, but since you obviously came here for a fight, I’ll be more than happy to give you one!
So then, the battle began. Squash started by pounding the ground with her fist, creating a massive shockwave that almost caused Scorch to fall over, until she levitated into the air. While airborne, Scorch started launching fireballs at her younger sister, only for her to either dodge or swat away.
Scorch: Damn it!
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH! Is that all you’ve got? If it is, then you might as well quit!
Scorch: Oh, I’m just getting “warmed up”!
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! It never ceases to amaze me, the kind of stories people make up when they find themselves backed into a corner! AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH!
Scorch: Ooh, that laugh is REALLY starting to irritate me!
While Squash was busy laughing, Scorch morphed into a fireball, shot towards her at the speed of a comet, and crashed her, knocking her over.
Squash: Uhhhhhhh! *Falls backwards and slides across the ground*
Scorch: *Starts launching more fireballs at her*
Squash: *Starts rolling away from them and gets back up*
After Squash stood up again, she began running towards Scorch, dodging her fireballs in the process. When Squash got close enough, she rolled into a boulder and crashed into Scorch, causing her to fall backwards, right into the pool of lava that was behind her.
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! Well, that certainly didn’t take very long now, did it? And she has the nerve to call herself a “Goddess”… Pathetic! She was hardly a challenge!
Scorch: *Quickly bursts out of the lava, with a fiery aura around her*
Squash: WHAT THE…!?
Scorch: Well, well… Not the brightest tool in the shed, are you, little sis? I’m called the “Goddess of Fire” for a reason, you know. Did you seriously think knocking me into the lava was going to faze me? Talk about a lack of common sense!
Squash: GRRR… I’ll show you!
Squash used her powers to make another sharp stone pillar rise from the ground and launched at it Scorch. Once again, Scorch manage to dodge it, and then took the opportunity to fire a flame blast at her younger sister. Squash tried deflecting it as she did to some of the others, but ended up getting caught in it, instead.
Squash: UHHHHHHHH! *An explosion occurs, and she breaks into pieces*
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What, is that all? I can’t believe Dr. Robotnik was worried about her all this time! She was hardly worth the effort! *Notices the Stone Element Gem floating into the air, flashing* Huh? Don’t tell me she’s-
Before Scorch had the change to finish her sentence, the Stone Element Gem ended up causing the broken pieces of rubble to form back together, fully regenerating Squash’s body.
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! Nice try, but not good enough, I’m afraid! As you can see, I’m still here!
Scorch: I should have figured…
Squash: I’ll tell you what I told Shadow: The Stone Element Gem has the ability to repair all kinds of damage that’s done to my body, and even if I’m to get broken into pieces, I’ll still turn out good as new! Now, are you ready to continue? Or do you want to play it smart and quit while you’re ahead?
Scorch: No way. I won’t stop until only one of us left standing!
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH! Alright, then so be it! Ready or not, here I come! *Runs toward Scorch, and starts throwing punches at her*
Scorch: *Dodges them, ducks under the last punch, and tackles Squash*
*They roll around the ground, fighting with a smoke cloud over them*
Squash: *Pins Scorch to the ground*
Squash: *Starts choking Scorch*
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH! I have to admit, you fought well! Far better than I expected, but now it’s all over!
While Squash was using one of her hands to choke Scorch, she used the other one to make a large stone chunk float into the air. When the Stone Element Gem in her tiara flashed, the stone chunk “magically” ended up getting carved into a sword.
Squash: *Catches it* This is it, Scorch! Prepare to die! *Gets ready to stab her*
Scorch: *A fiery glow surrounds her* HUUUUUUUHHHHH! *Knocks Squash away with a surge of energy*
Squash: W-WHAT!? This…can’t be! AAAAAAAAHHHHH! *Gets blown backwards, and crashes into the wall*
Scorch: *Stands up again* (Whew… That was close!)
Squash: This…isn’t over yet![
With her Stone Sword in hand, Squash quickly charged toward Scorch and started swinging it at her. Scorch managed to dodge quite a few swings, but eventually, the sword ended up scraping across her left arm, which Robotnik stabbed her in for the blood sample that he needed to create the EG experiments.
Scorch: Ghhhh…! *Kneels down in pain*
Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! I’ve got you now! It’s time I’ve finally put an end to this! With you out of the picture, my once-bleak future is finally going to take a turn for the better! Prepare to die, Scorch, the Goddess of Fire! *Raises her sword*
Before Squash had the chance to use her sword again, she was abruptly interrupted by Slush, who was on her way to the volcano to warn Scorch about Mephiles.
Slush: *Steps in between them*
Squash: What!? Who are you!?
Slush: I am Slush, the Goddess of Ice. You must be the Stone Goddess, EG-001/Squash. Am I right?
Squash: Yeah, that’s me. Out of my way!
Slush: I don’t think so. If you want to get to Scorch, then you’re going to have to go through me first.
(You know, something tells me that trying to fight the two of them at the same time would be unwise. If the two of them were to combine their powers, I’d find myself soaking wet again, which is the last thing I need right now.) Bah, round one goes to you, Scorch, but I’ll be back! You won’t be so lucky next time, I guarantee it! *Runs off*
Slush: *Turns to Scorch* Are you alright, sis?
Scorch: Yeah, I guess so… If only my arm were in better condition, I would have beaten her for sure… Anyway, thanks, Slush.
Slush: No problem. It was the least I could do, since you bailed me out of the “Scorching” hot room that Dr. Nega trapped me in before.
Scorch: So, exactly how did you know I was in trouble?
Slush: Actually, I had no idea. I was on my way here to warn you about Mephiles, but then I saw you fighting Squash, and decided to lend you a hand.
Scorch: I see.
Wait, did you say Mephiles!? Don’t tell me that someone let him out of that dark scepter thing…
Slush: That’s right, and that “someone” was Squash. Apparently, the two of them are on the same side.
Scorch: WHAAAAAT!? You’ve got to be kidding me!
Slush: I kid you not, sis. In fact, it was most likely because of him, that Squash came here to attack you in the first place.
Scorch: Huh!? What do you mean!?
Slush: According to Shadow, Mephiles is trying to get his hands on the Fire Element Gem, so he could release that “Iblis” creature and merge with it again. Shadow also told us that Mephiles has a history of deceiving and using other people to do his dirty work for him, and he seems to be doing just that with Squash.
Scorch: Now THAT explains everything! Well, sort of. I still don’t have a clue what Squash meant by “changing [her] future”, but it must have had something to do with a lie that Mephiles told her!
Slush: Yeah, most likely. Anyway, I think it’s about time for me to go. As you’re well aware, I can’t stay out of the cold for too long, especially in a place like this. I’m heading back to the Ice Cap Zone to recuperate.
Scorch: Alright then. I’ll see you later.
Scorch: As for me, I’m heading back to Dr. Robotnik’s base. *Takes off*
Meanwhile, in the future…
Silver: Here it is, you guys; Dr. Nega’s time machine.
Vector: Sweet. Now, howda ya work this thing?
Blaze: It’s quite simple. You just use the arrow keys to set your time travel destination to wherever you’d like to go, and then press the red button to activate a portal. From there, all you have to do it jump through it, and we’ll be back in the past.
Wechnia: Hmm, that sounds simple enough.
*They activate the machine and generate a portal*
Charmy: Wow! That’s really, REALLY cool!
Marine: Yep! That Nega bloke’s crazy, but he’s got some bonza gadgets ‘n stuff! They’re totally ace!
Knuckles: Alright, now that we’ve got the machine working, let’s head back to our own time period.
After activating the machine, the heroes jumped through the portal, warped back to the past, and found themselves at Tails’ Workshop.
Sonic: *Eating a chili dog* Hey. Welcome back, you guys.
Seedra: T-Thanks. ^^;;
Charmy: *Snickers* Hey, Sonic, guess what! Did you know that Seedra has a-
*A handful of people quickly cover his mouth*
Vector: Charmy, are ya CRAZY!? Did ‘ja forget ‘dat Amy is RIGHT THERE!?
Amy: Huh? I don’t get it. Exactly what are you guys trying to keep secret from me, anyway?
Heavy: Charmy’s just being his usual idiot self, as always. Nothing to see here.
Charmy: PBBBTTTHHH! *Sticks his tongue at Heavy*
Bomb: Heavy’s just being an anus, as always. Nothing to see here.
Splash: I couldn’t agree more.
Tails: Yeah, that’s normal for him. *Takes a bite of his chili dog*
Sonic: So, Silver, Blaze, and Marine… What brings you back to this time period? Are you just visiting, or has Nega Ro-butt-nik escaped from the institution?
Blaze: Far worse than that, I’m afraid. Someone’s “escaped” alright, but it wasn’t Dr. Nega. It was Mephiles!
Ray: Well, that’s just great…
Cubot: Arrr… Mephiles… ‘Dat be the scallywag that looks like Shadow, right?
Orbot: Yes, I believe so.
Sonic: *Looks around* Hey, wasn’t Knuckles with you guys at first?
Mighty: *Looks around, too* Whoa, what happened to him? I could have sworn he right there with us before we went through the warphole!
Tikal: Do you think there’s a chance he’s still in the future?
Blaze: Maybe. If so, then what could he possibly be doing?
Meanwhile, in the future…
Knuckles: *Looks back at the dark mist as it forms into Mephiles’ black echidna form*
Mephiles: So, decided to void your return ticket, have you?
Knuckles: What’re you doing here!?
Mephiles: Recently, it has come to my attention that you’re in possession of a radar device. I’m here to claim it, so that I could use it find the other six Chaos Emeralds.
Knuckles: I know exactly where this is going. You’re here to try stealing it from me, right? You’re the third person to try that today! Well, Mephiles, you’re out of luck, because number one, it’s not in my possession right now. Number two, even if it was, you’re one of the LAST people I’d EVER hand it over to!
Mephiles: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Very well, then so be it. I suppose this means I’ll have to take it from you!
Knuckles: I’m glad you’ve decided to show your face. It certainly saved me the trouble of having to hunt you down! Alright, let’s do this! I’m taking you down! One way or another! *Fighting stance*
Mephiles: It is a pity, Knuckles the Echidna… A pity that you are in such a rush to die! Prepare yourself for a one-way ticket to oblivion! *Morphs into his crystalline echidna form*
Apparently, Knuckles has chosen to stay behind to battle Mephiles! Which side will emerge victorious? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power!
To “bee” continued…