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Medal of Acorn

By Tuấn Anh Nguyễn Đức

Action / Adventure

Chapter 1: The Blacklist

Chapter 1: The Blacklist

New Mobotropolis, Day 1, 10AM

It was just another day, like any other days in New Mobotropolis, the skies were blue, the streets were spotlessly clean, not even one spec of litter was found on the side walks or roads. The citizens went about their daily concerns and interests, not one of them care about anything else in life. But that was all about to change, at the city's new mall, the "Grrrrooooove", a white gleaming truck drove down into the parking lot of the mall, supposedly it was going to bring some supplies to one of the shops above, but this cargo, will not be for sale to Mobian. Above the parking garage, the various Mobians were going to the mall for their shopping mania, today there were coupons and sales off on large scale, giving shopaholics a chance to not just save their monies but also to grab the best product at the cheapest price possible. On the escalator down to the main entrance of the mall, were a female lynx in purple blouse and a black robotic hedgehog with green eyes, he also had a green emerald shard on his chest. His left hand is a canon, but can also change into various tools for him to use.

Yes, they were Nicole Lynx and Shard the Metal Sonic, on their first time together in public places. They have just done their shopping spree at a fashion shop call "D'coolette de cool", Nicole bought herself a new pink evening prom dress, with sparkles on them to make her look fabulous at a ball should she ever attend one. Her boyfriend, Shard the Metal Sonic of course will have to carry the dress for her and some electronics parts and equipment for sir Charles Hedgehog, the uncle of the fastest thing alive. "So Nicole, how d'ya like your new dress?" Shard asked his girlfriend, Nicole turn to him with a smile, "Oh, it's wonderful Shard. I didn't know that you could be such a fashion specialist. A pink dress with sparkles on it, the best present a girl can ever asked for." Nicole gave Shard a kiss on his cheek, the robotic hedgehog couldn't do anything else but to blush at his girlfriend surprise present. When the two got down the escalator, they were right in front of the entrance, Shard pull from behind him a small cubic box, he kneel down in front of Nicole and opens the box. Inside was a diamond ring, it was clear what he wanted to do on this very day.

"Nicole, will you marry me?" He asked the best question to a girl, the girl he loves to be precise. Nicole blushed at Shard's sudden request, she smiles at her boyfriend and gave him her answer. "Sh...Shard, i do." But before they can ever kiss each other and went to prepare the marriage, a sound of terror erupts from the beneath, the truck that was parking in the garage exploded, with so many car surrounds it, the blast was amplified by the tight spaces of the garage, causing a tremendous explosion and shock force that brought down the ceiling and everything above it. On the ground floor, Shard and Nicole saw the the escalators, the walkways and the shops on high floors were falling down into a huge hole, the ground was coming in to them very fast. So Shard grab Nicole and fly out of the mall through the entrance as fast as he can, but another explosion sprung up, it knocks the two through the front gate with debris and dust everywhere. Recovering from the sudden shock, Nicole desperately calls for Shard. "Shard! Shard! Where are you? Please answer me!" She soon hear a moaning sound in the cloud of dust, it sounds metallic, computerized, static, it was like a broken voice chip. She knew that it was Shard, she ran to source of the sound and found her now fiance, lying on the ground completely unconscious. She screams out loud calling for an ambulance, "Somebody call 911 quick!".

4 hours later

In New Mobotropolis Tommy Turtle Memorial Hospital, Shard slowly reboot his visions, at first it was all a blur, then his image receptors kicks back online, helping him see the place where he was with high definition. He found himself lying on a bed, with Nicole rushing in to see him. "Nicole? You're alright. What happened? Where am i?" He reach his right hand out to the lynx's cheek, Nicole hold his hand with hers, "It was a bomb attack, you were lucky enough that the ambulance was able to pick you up in time. You were unconscious for two hours." Nicole reassured her fiance with a smile, then, from behind her, there were other visitors come in to see him. They were old friends of Shard, Elias Acorn, Larry Lynx, Leeta and Lyco Wolf, Silver the hedgehog, Harvey Who, and finally his creator, sir Charles "Chuck" Hedgehog. They were all glad to see their good friend was still alive, the good news for Shard that in a matter of hours, he will be able to walk again, but the bad news is, Shard and his friends will have to be on the front line of cover warfare once again.

"Shard, you're alright. We got some bad news for you. Look." Elias turn on the TV to channel News 11. The hottest and most view scoop of the day is the attack that has just occurred at the mall. "I am Sasha Cat with breaking news from the Groove, few hours ago there has been terrifying terrorist attack against the innocent populace of the city. In addition to the incident, the perpetrators behind this attack has release a video on MobyTube, please beware that the following footages contains graphical violents." News 11 then broadcast a video showing the a recent terrorist attack on the same day as the mall attack occurred, at a top secret military base, Fort Acorn, the terrorists in military uniform for disguise, attacks the server room of the base with suppressed weapons, they gunned down the base commander, general Armand D'Coolette. And then they hack into the military control network, shutting down all base securities along with communication line to the outside world. Once that's done, they blew up the armory and ammo depot of the base, and finish with a grand finale, a barrage of Katyusha rocket batteries bringing most of the base's infrastructure into smithereens.

The leader of the group, whose face was obscure for obvious reason speaks his demand to every viewers. "Citizens of the Kingdom of Acorn, you've seen the demonstration of our power. We...are the Consortium. We have a demand, if your king Ixis Naugus doesn't set his political enemies free from his prison camps, then we will begins the Blacklist. We will hit one major symbol of your king's pride and glory every 7 days. Starting with Acorn's Consumption. You have been warned. Allahu Akbar." The threat of the so called "Consortium" was clear and they prove to be a very skilled professional group to attack two targets simultaneously. one look and everyone knew clear that there was no way to negotiate a peace treaty with them. There's only one way to counter this threat, is to neutralized it. "We have to go, we have to take them, or else there'll be more innocent people get killed. That mall and Fort Acorn alone has took the lives of 89 citizens and soldiers, 34 of the dead were children. We have to do it. Because no on else will." Elias gave Shard a brotherly hand shake, Harvey Who, the old owls told Shard that he must stay with Nicole and Elias as soon as he was able to leave the hospital.

Tomorrow, they will all meet at King Frederick airport. An important meeting for an assignment that can not wait. Shard nod his head, telling Harvey that he is ready to go as ever, so long as it involved protecting Nicole. And so the next day came, Elias, Shard, Silver, Leeta, Lyco and Larry took the cabs to the airport and meet up with sir Charles, "You're here right on time, follow me everyone, stay close and don't get lost. This is going to blow you away." Sir Charles led the group to the runway, where a huge jumbo jet was warming up for take off. The wings of the aircraft were swept wings, on each are 2 twin jet engines, on the back of the plane, the cargo door was open, inside the first bay was an airlock cargo bay for aerial deployment, the next section was an command and control center with computers, high tech mission and data screens on four sides of the. Nicole was working on a table, but it was actually a computer with a very large screen work entirely on touch screen. The next section was an nursery for recovering from wounds and injuries. On the second floor of the plane was Charles's work shop and the armory. And finally the final section on the back of the plane is a detention center for captives high value prisoners. "Welcome to the Knothole Force." Harvey Who greeted his agents with a warm welcome.


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