Beginning Flames

The Creature Returns

Heading outside, I saw about a dozen or two of robots swarming around the area! I hid behind a building to avoid not being seen by either robots or detectives.

That's a whole crapload of robots! Whoever made these had too much free time on his hands.

"WUAAAH! Don't let him get me!" Charmy cried, trying to escape from the robots chasing him.

"Charmy, we're supposed to be professional! Stay focused!" Vector yelled, taking out two robots at once by bashing their heads in.

"We've seen the minions... now we wait for their master," Espio said coolly, throwing a few shurikens into the horde, making them explode.

Their master... I wonder who-

Just then, the sound of maniacal laughter came from the air. "Well well, if it isn't the loser detectives. How quaint for you to show up." I looked up and saw a fat human man with a big nose, balding head, and orange bushy mustache flying inside a little aircraft, and a little blue robot sidekick hovering by his side.

"Alright, Eggman, what's your game?" Vector questioned the man.

Eggman...?

"If you must know, alligator," the man called Eggman replied, "a couple of nights ago, there was some strong energy signals in the forest, and-"

"I am NOT an alligator!"

"LET ME FINISH, YOU THICK-HEADED BRUTE!"

"YEAH! LET 'IM FINISH!" the robot yelled.

Geez, the fat man's got a temper. And that robot's no better.

Eggman cleared his throat. "Anyways, before I was so rudely interrupted, there were strong energy signals in the forest on that night, and I intended to find and use it for my Eggman Empire! But when I got there the next morning, it was gone. But I've been able to track it down here, so it can't be too far. I know you three have something to do with it, so confess now, and maybe I'll let you live."

"We don't know what you're talking about, Egghead!" Charmy yelled.

"Don't lie to me, you little brat. Or I shall destroy you and your teammates where you stand!"

"Doctor, Doctor!" the little robot exclaimed. "According to the tracker, the energy source is right over there behind that building!" He pointed to the building I was at. I looked around me, trying to see if he was pointing at something.

Oh, boy... He better mean that it's behind me...

"Excellent, Bokkun!" Eggman happily said. "This is why you're my favorite henchbot."

Crap crap crap crap CRAP!

Out of the blue, two robots appeared behind me, dragging me out into the open. I tried to struggle free to no avail. "Let me go!" I shouted. "Let me go!"

"Well well, look what we have here," Eggman said as he flew closer to me. "A little spy. And a human one at that. How rare."

"Leave her alone!" Vector shouted. "The Kid's just a rookie! She doesn't know a thing!"

"Oh, I'm sure she doesn't." The evil man looked at me from top to bottom, a smirk planted on his face. "Tell me, my dear, do you know anything about a strange power flux that, oh I don't know, has made a major disturbance on the environment? A change in weather, anything like that at all?"

"I... I don't know..." I stuttered, "anything, I just-"

"So what you're saying is that you didn't come across the supernatural forces that make up the entirety of the world, because it seems to me, my dear..." He chuckled for a moment. "It seems that the energy signature I was searching for is inside you."

"M-M-M-Me?!"

"Her?!" the Chaotix exclaimed in surprise.

The mad man turned to the detectives. "Yes her!"

"Kid, did you know about it?" Vector asked me.

"Why are you asking me?!" I shouted. "I barely understand what's going on!"

"Does this mean you're gonna kill her, Doctor?" the robot called Bokkun asked.

KILL?!

"Are you crazy?!" Eggman yelled. "She'll be the power source for the future Eggman Empire, so she must be kept alive."

"You are a psychopath!" I shouted. "You would kill off everyone else to create this 'Eggman Empire' and destroy the society that everyone else has built, yet you want me alive just so I could suffer at your hands?! You're nothing more than a lowlife with a really bad mustache!"

"WHAT?! How dare you! I keep my mustache nice and trim!"

"No split ends, either!" Bokkun said with a smile. "It's that perfect!"

"You are such a narcissistic egomaniac!" I continued. "And you have too much free time making these robots to have them do their dirty work for you! Shoddy work at best!"

"Silence, you brat! Insulting my mustache is one thing, but my creations are flawless!"

"A flawless hunk of junk!" Charmy shouted, then stung Eggman's hand.

"YOW!"

Vector came from the side, crushing the robots with his large teeth, the robots' servos releasing me. Those jaws had got to have been made of iron and steel if they can crush mechanical menaces such as those.

"These pearly whites ain't just for show, ya know," the croc said.

"I can tell," I said.

"And I thought I told ya to stay inside!"

"You also said that I should 'take notes!'"

"Whatever, Kid, just don't get in the way." He ran back into the fray of battle, helping out his teammates, and I stood there alone once more.

I don't get it. He wanted me to observe how the business worked, and yet I get yelled at. What is his problem, anyway?

I stood in the background as the detectives fought off the robot horde. As they were fighting, little Bokkun flew up to me.

"Your friends are gonna die," he said. "So why bother watching anyway?"

That little robot is seriously annoying, more so than Eggman. "You seem like a little suck-up to me," I blankly said.

"Wh-What...?" His robotic eyes widened.

"Not only is it your primary directive to do anything your creator tells you, but you also suck up to him just to make him like you. But it seems he's always pushing you away, and no matter what you say or do, he just doesn't listen or ignores you completely. Overall, your sucking up... it's just not working for you at all."

His lips quivered as if he was about to start crying. "Shut up! You don't know anything! Dr. Eggman really likes me and I know he would never dismantle me for spare parts!"

I raised an eyebrow curiously at him. He honestly believes that Eggman wouldn't scrap him the first chance he gets. I'm not sure whether to be sorry and apologize or smack him out of his delusional fantasy.

"BOKKUN! RETREAT!" Eggman yelled.

"Coming, Doctor!" Bokkun called, then turned to me. "Later, loser!" He laughed as he took to the sky, following his creator.


"Are you sure you're okay, Cheyenne?" Ms. Vanilla asked. "We were really worried about you."

"I'm fine," I said. "I wasn't scared, really. It was more of a surprise if anything." We had returned to inside Ms. Vanilla's house, sitting around the living room.

"You shouldn't have gone out there in the first place," Vector said. "You could've gotten hurt!"

"She was worried that you guys were the ones who were gonna get hurt," Zephyr said.

"Huh?" everyone asked, looking at Zephyr.

"What do you mean?" Espio asked.

"It's like this," Zephyr said, then looked over at me. "Cheyenne, right? Being a new member of the team, your leader gave you a direct order. What were you thinking at the time?"

"Well..." I started. "At first, I stayed because Vector's my leader and I was supposed to follow his instruction. That was just one part of me saying to stay and hope for their safety."

"Anything else?"

"The other part of me wasn't quite as... rational. It said to make sure that my... new teammates didn't get hurt, or worse. That was when I went outside."

Zephyr looked at Vector. "Makes sense, doesn't it?"

"What makes sense?" Vector asked. "She disobeyed an order from her leader. How is that supposed to make sense?"

"She acted on her own intuition rather than follow instruction."

How the hell did he know that?! Unless he did read my mind...!

"What does that mean?" Charmy asked, sitting atop of my head.

"It means that she was doing what she thought was right," Espio explained.

"Exactly," Zephyr said.

"Well, Kid, is that true?" Vector asked me.

Oh, yeah, no pressure or anything... I took a deep breath. "It's true," I said. "I just felt that something was wrong, and I... I guess you could say I wasn't in complete control." I nervously laughed a little.

"It seems you found someone with a good heart, Detective," Ms. Vanilla said to the croc. "A very good heart."

"It would seem so," Vector said with a fake smile on his face.

He's mad. Really mad.

The four of us thanked Ms. Vanilla for the lunch, apologized for the sudden robot swarm and started back for the agency. The sun had started to set as we traveled through the forest. As we walked, I looked at the ground, watching my feet move across the still earth.

My first day as a detective, and I screwed it up. If it wasn't for that Eggman guy, things would have gone a whole lot better. I just hope tomorrow will be better than today.

"Today was pretty interesting, wasn't it, boys?" Vector spoke.

"Yeah," Charmy said. "Why did Eggman come out of nowhere like that?"

"I don't know, but he seemed interested in the Kid for some odd reason."

"Don't blame me and my 'strong energy signatures,'" I said. "I didn't know what exactly was going on."

"Eggman had to have been planning something if he was following us," Espio theorized. "Of course, whenever it comes to Eggman, things are never good."

"Does that guy build robots as a hobby, or does he have so much free time on his hands that he thought one day, 'I know what I'll do with my pathetic life! I'll use my crummy creations to try to take over the world, no matter how many times I'll miserably fail!'" I said in a mock Eggman voice.

Charmy laughed, Vector chuckled a bit and Espio smiled.

"That's a good one, Kid," Vector said. "But comedy can only get ya so far. It takes gumption, guts, and skills to work in the detective business. And it just so happens that I have all three."

"I thought the only skill you have was trying to sing but failing at it," Charmy said.

"SHUT UP, CHARMY! WHO ASKED YOU?!"

"You don't have to yell, Vector," Espio said. "We don't need any more unwanted attention."

"Relax, Espio. You worry too much."

"Yeah, you worry too much," Charmy spoke, agreeing with his boss.

"I worry the right amount," Espio countered.

"Besides Espio, there's nothin' else that could go wrong," Vector said.

The chameleon face-palmed. "You really shouldn't have said that."

The three contrast each other so much. I'm not sure I want to laugh or send them all to a psychiatrist to get them help.

The air suddenly turned cold, making me shiver. "It turned chilly quickly," I said, rubbing my arms.

"What the hell are ya talkin' about?" Vector asked.

"Aren't you cold?"

"No, but you're really shivering."

"It could be shock from earlier," Espio guessed.

I shook my head. "No, I really mean that it's cold out here. Don't you guys feel the chill in the air?"

"What chill?" Vector asked. "Are you running a fever?"

Just then, a familiar roar echoed through the forest. I was instantly paralyzed with fear.

"What was that?" Charmy asked.

"Probably just a wolverine," Vector said.

"That was no wolverine," I said slowly, eyes wide with fear.

"Then what was-"

The roar drew closer, louder. My heart started to beat so fast that it was like a hummingbird flying inside my chest.

"Let's just keep going," I quickly said, walking past the guys.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa," Vector said, grabbing my arm. "What's gotten into ya, Kid?"

"Let's just go, NOW!"

Espio, who had been quietly observing me, turned to his boss and said, "Whatever that was, she's obviously afraid. We should head back to the office ASAP."

"Ugh, fine," Vector groaned, "but if we're about to be eaten a pack of wild dogs, I don't wanna hear it."

We continued walking but at a slightly faster pace. I looked around, trying to hear where the roar was coming from.

That monster is here! I know it is! Espio will have to believe me!

Just then, the ground began to quake, causing Vector, Espio and I to fall to the ground.

"What's going on?!" Espio asked.

"Look! Over there!" Charmy pointed to the horizon.

There was a blot in the sky that covered the sun and then, landing in front of us was the giant monster! I let out a scream - a big mistake. It looked right at me, recognized me, and its eyes glowed that terrible yellow.

"What the hell is that thing?!" Vector yelled.

The monster let out a roar, forcing everyone to cover their ears.

"It's gonna kill us!" Charmy yelled.

I stood back up and took off in a run, leaving the Chaotix. As I ran, I looked behind me, the creature running after me. I suddenly tripped, falling to the ground. I scooted away as I gazed at the creature in fear. The eyes of the creature had a blood lust that could not be contained a moment longer as I saw my life flash before my eyes.

This is the end...

Suddenly, Zephyr fell from above, standing between me and the monster.

"I thought I told you to leave this place," he said to the creature. "You wouldn't want another lesson to be taught like last time, do ya?"

What is he doing?! That thing's gonna eat him!

The creature let out a small roar as its response, but took a few steps back and took off into the sky. Zephyr turned back to me.

"Are you alright?" he asked concerned, holding out a hand to help me up.

I nodded, taking his hand. "I am, thanks. But why did you help me?" I quietly asked. "I barely know you."

He was about to respond when Vector's voice called out for me. We turned and saw the Chaotix running toward us.

"You alright, Kid?" Vector asked.

I nodded. "Zephyr saved me," I said. "That monster seemed to be afraid of him."

"That monster was afraid of Zephyr?" Charmy asked. "That just makes Zephyr even more awesome!"

"It seems you were right about that creature, Cheyenne," Espio said, then bowed. "Forgive me for being ignorant."

"It's okay," I said. "Really."

"I still don't know what that... thing was," Vector said.

"I know what he was," Zephyr said.

"He?" we all asked.

"That creature we all saw... was an Immortal."

"You mean, like, a god?" I asked.

"That's right. His name is Kyurem, the Unknown God, Dragon of Ice. It's said that his dragon form is nothing but a remaining shell of his so-called true form."

Kyurem? Reshiram? Zekrom? Everything he's saying isn't making any sort of sense to me. And yet...

"How do you know all this?" Espio asked Zephyr.

"I've read a lot of books on Mythology and Mobian folklore," Zephyr replied. "And it seems Kyurem's making himself acquainted with one of us." He glanced over at me.

"I don't get it," Vector spoke. "What's so special about the Kid?"

"There's nothing special about me," I said. "That thing, Kyurem, was trying to kill me because I'm his prey."

"Impossible," Zephyr countered. "Immortals would never go after mortal people as prey. That goes against their code of law. There has to be something special about you, Cheyenne, if Kyurem's taken a shine to you."

I tried to think, but nothing came to mind. I tried to speak, but not a single word could form.

"Until we learn otherwise, everyone would have to take precautions in case Kyurem makes another comeback." He turned to me. "Just try and be careful, okay, Cheyenne?"

I honestly have no idea what's going on... "Alright," I said. "I'll be careful."


Later that evening, I stared up at the ceiling, trying to take in what Zephyr had just said.

So let's see if I have this straight: the monster that attacked me that first night was a god named Kyurem and Zephyr seems to know everything there is about Gods, or Immortals as he called them. The weirdest part about the whole endeavor is Kyurem going after me because I'm something special. But what could be special about me? I'm just an average girl who ended up on a strange alien planet for some oddball reason. Wait a minute... I'm from Earth, and Kyurem somehow seemed to know that I wasn't a native to Mobius. I'll talk to Zephyr tomorrow and we can find the reason why I was brought here, why Kyurem was going after me and only me.

"There has got to be a reason for everything that's happened to me so far," I quietly said to myself, sitting upright, "why these events have been happening. Tomorrow, I'll find everything I need to know."


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