Beginning Flames

I Blew My Secret

The shopping day ended with Zephyr buying me some warm clothing - it was getting colder as each day passed - and some other cute clothes too. But Miss Conspicuous was still lingering in my mind. Deep down inside, I knew someone who was that happy was hiding some kind of deep, dark secret. I couldn't shake the weird feeling that kept poking at me. But in the end, I assumed that I wouldn't see her again.

The next day, I decided to take up Ninjitsu, which made Espio happy. I think. I couldn't quite tell. The first day of ninja training wasn't all too bad. Of course, by the end of it all, I was exhausted. I wanted to lie on that couch and never move again.

Early the next morning, I quietly got up and headed out. I glanced up at the trees. Little to no leaves were present on the branches, most of them already on the ground. The snow hadn't fallen yet, but by feeling the coldness of the air, it was just about ready to. Funny thing was, the air was cold, but I was not. It must be some kind of quirk that makes Immortals immune to the cold, I thought. Or perhaps it was a quirk meant just for Reshiram. I knew I had to ask when I reached the Temple of Hajime - in record time, I might mention.

I became more familiar with the forest every day. Kyurem hadn't tried to kill me ever since I started my training either, so that made it a double plus. No one else was around in the training area, so I waited a little bit, sitting cross-legged against the wall of the temple, eyes closed, slowly breathing, starting to meditate.

It's so peaceful out here. All quiet, no noise, nobody else around, surrounded by nature. I'm practically at peace even as I speak. Espio did say that meditation is very important. It wires up the other senses, makes them prepared for the unexpected.

I heard the sound of footsteps approaching, the leaves crunching beneath someone's feet. They were slow at first, but then they sped up quickly, followed by a small battle cry. Opening my eyes, I looked ahead, seeing Marine in mid-air, coming right for me. I quickly moved out of the way in time and Marine ended up hitting the wall face first.

"Crikey," the little raccoon groaned as she rubbed her nose. "That was unexpected."

"Are you alright?" I asked.

"Oh, I'm fine, Sheila. No blood, no foul."

"That's good." I looked at her clothes. She was wearing what she always wore, not appropriate attire for the current weather. "Hey, Marine, maybe you should change into something warmer."

"No worries. The cold doesn't bother me."

"Didn't you tell me that you grew up in a warmer climate?"

"Yeah, but it rarely snows, and when it does snow, it melts within an hour."

"Ah, I see." I found myself getting hot. I was wearing a light gray sweater, which was more than weather-appropriate, but I had to take it off. After taking it off, I felt like I could breathe again. Instead of wearing that plain outfit that I usually wore when I first came to Mobius, I now wore a form-fitting, comfortable, breathable black T-shirt with cute boot cut blue jeans. I kept the plain white tennis shoes, but I never had any complaints about them.

"You're here already?" I heard Silver ask as he and Blaze approached. The hedgehog wore a cyan and white striped scarf around his neck. "That means we can get started early." He paused, looking confusedly at me. "Aren't you cold without your sweater on?"

"No, but I was broiling in it before you two came here," I answered pausing a brief moment. "Hey Silver, Blaze, there's something I gotta tell you two about."

"What is it?" Blaze asked.

"Well, yesterday, I started training in Ninjitsu with Espio, and I was kinda wondering if we could work out some kind of schedule."

Silver and Blaze looked at each other a moment.

"Cheyenne, you haven't told-" Silver started.

"NO! No, I kept my mouth shut. But I think suspicions are getting tossed around."

"We can't risk it," Blaze said. "Besides, ninja training can get in the way of your current training."

"But it can increase my physical status by leaps and bounds! Espio can see some sort of potential in me, and he wants me to take a hold of it. I'm gonna train in Ninjitsu whether you like it or not, Kitty-Cat." I crossed my arms in finality, getting my point across.

"Oh, no..." Silver muttered with a face-palm. "You shouldn't have said that."

"Like all Immortals," Blaze started, "you care only for yourself."

My eyes widened, but then I gave a nasty glare. "Excuse me?" I questioned. "You wanna run that by me again?"

"Immortals are beings that care only about themselves. Never really there for any of the mortals they keep vigil over. They only thing they do is sit back, watch us suffer, and play with us like we're their little toys. And it seems that you're just like them."

That's not true at all! I'm nothing like that! "I'm not taking this crap from you! I am DONE!" I swung my arm and without realizing it, threw a fireball and it hit her, sending her back a few feet. I clutched my hand in shock as Blaze steadied herself back on her feet. "Blaze, I... I'm sorry. It was an accident. I didn't mean... I... I..." I started to hyperventilate, took a few steps back and then quickly took off into the forest. I didn't care where I was going, just so long as I didn't cause any more harm.

I wandered around aimlessly in the woods for a while until I came across a large, hollowed-out oak tree. I thought that it would be a good little place to hide out for a while, so I went into it. It was a little cramped, but I didn't care. I put my sweater back on, I finally started getting cold. I didn't know how long I was in the tree, but it had started snowing after a little while. I watched the little white flakes fall from the sky like feathers in a still breeze, and as I watched, it felt like the crystallized rain drops were hiding some sort of secret that only they knew of.

I must have blanked out or something because by the time I finally got out of the tree, a white blanket of snow-covered everything I saw and it was already dark.

Well, damn. I gotta get back otherwise the guys are gonna go out on a search party. I started walking, but without a dirt path, it was a little difficult traversing through the trees. Why did snow always have to make things difficult for everyone?

"Well, well, well. Aren't we all alone."

That voice... I turned around and there was Eggman in his little carrier like always. "What do you want, Eggman?" I asked. "I'm not in the mood to deal with you right now." I continued my way, the egghead floating a few feet behind me.

"Oh, come now, my dear. You can trust me. You and I are the same, you know."

"HA! How are we the same? You're evil, I'm good."

"But we're both humans. And as humans, we shall rise together against the pathetic creatures that dwell on this pitiful planet."

I took a deep breath. "We're both humans, that's true, but our intentions, purposes, and goals are more than different." I looked behind me, looking at Eggman. "And I don't intend on working with a maniacal egomaniac such as you, you ignorant, pompous fool." I looked back ahead.

The scientist chuckled. "When we first met you barely uttered a single word, and when you did, it was all criticisms and insults. I never realized how articulate you really are."

"Cut to the chase, Egghead. Why are you following me?"

"No reason," he said nonchalantly.

"Bullcrap. Answer my question."

He growled. "In case you've forgotten, little missy, you were emitting strong energy signals - and you still are, by the way. What secret could you be possibly hiding?"

"That's for me to know, and you to never find out."

"I thought you might say something like that."

I stopped to look at him, raising a confused eyebrow. "What are you-"

Before I could finish, an explosion went off underneath my feet, sending me into the air. But before I could go past the tree line, a giant robotic hand grabbed me. I tried to squirm free to no avail. The robot stood at least 16 feet tall and somewhat looked like a combination of King Kong and Donkey Kong, the King Kong part with the muscular arms and legs, the Donkey Kong part with the face and hairstyle.

"Like my new creation?" he asked as he flew up next to the robot. "I call it KD-207. Now, you tell me the secret to your high energy signatures, and I'll let you live in the new Eggman Empire. If not, then it's going to be a very unpleasant death."

On one hand, I tell, and I'll live as a slave. On the other hand, I don't tell, and I'll die a horrible, painful death. Neither one of those sound good!

"The only way to get me to squeal is if I were dead."

"Fair enough. KD-207, crush her!"

The robot started tightening its grip on me. It felt like every bone in my body was about to snap in half like toothpicks the harder he crushed me. I let out a pained scream, thinking that it was the end.

"Hey, Egghead! Take this!"

A rock went flying at Eggman's head, bonking him. "WHO THREW THAT?!"

"Over here!"

Both of us glanced down and saw the Chaotix. They had come to my rescue!

"Guys!" I happily called.

"Ya know, Eggman," Vector said, "this is not the way to treat a young lady."

"Yeah! You're rotten!" Charmy yelled.

"Now you shall feel our wrath," Espio said.

"Actually, you'll feel mine," Eggman said with a malicious smirk. "KD-207, engage attack mode!"

The robot threw me high up into the air, and I was screaming my head off the higher I went. When I started falling back down the earth, Charmy buzzed to my side as fast as his little wings could take him and grabbed onto my hands, holding me in the air.

"You're really heavy," Charmy said.

"Never mind that!" I yelled. "Just get me back on the ground, please!"

"Oh, right!" He quickly flew us back down. When I was close enough, I let go of his hands, landing in a snowbank. I popped my head out from the top of the bank, seeing the guys trying to fight off the giant excuse of a Donkey/King Kong mash-up rip-off. Eventually, the trio got tired and were covered in bruises and bumps, as well as cut up and bled a little.

"Kiss your lives goodbye, detectives," Eggman said. "KD-207... Eliminate them."

NO! The robot lifted its foot above the detectives, ready to squash them like little insects. I'm not standing in the sidelines anymore! I got out of the snowbank and stood where the detectives had lain fallen, arms spread out in protection.

"What the hell are ya doin', Kid?" Vector asked in a strained voice.

"I'm not standing back anymore," I said. "I'm gonna prove myself, one way or another, that I'm gonna be something great. If I were to die to become great, then so be it."

The croc weakly laughed. "What you're doin' is completely stupid."

"I don't care, croc! I just don't care!" White, flaming energy started furiously emanating around me. I didn't know why that was, but I didn't care in the slightest. I was just done.

"What in the world?!" Eggman exclaimed. "KD-207, KILL THEM ALL!" The robot had dropped its foot, but then it suddenly blew up, completely detached. "What is happening?!"

"Hey, Eggman!" He looked down at me. "You wanna know why my energy levels are incredibly high? Here's why!" The white energy swirled around me faster and faster until it seemed to have taken a malformed presence of its own. I never noticed and looked up at the scared mad man of a scientist. "Say goodbye to your precious robot!" Holding my hand out, the energy creature flew straight through the robot as if it were nothing but flypaper, making it explode. The explosion sent Eggman away, and the detectives and I were protected underneath a type of bubble.

When the smoke cleared, the dragon of energy vanished. Some of the trees within a 20-foot radius were blown to smithereens. The bubble protecting us had also vanished. I couldn't move for I had collapsed to the ground, my body heavier than anything I could imagine.

My eyes slowly opened as I let out a little groan. When my vision straightened, I found myself back in the detective office, a cool washcloth on my forehead. I glanced around the dark room, seeing that I was upstairs in the one bed by the window. I heard voices talking downstairs. My curiosity piqued, I got up and quietly walked down a few steps so that I could listen in.

"I just hoped she couldn't do too much damage until after her training was complete."

That's Silver. What's he doing here?

"Ya know," I heard Vector said, "I always figured something was up whenever she would go out for a walk every day."

"When have you thought that?" Espio asked.

"I've had my suspicions, Espio, so don't doubt me."

"No, you haven't," I muttered. "You're as dumb as a post." I must have been cold or something because I let out a sneeze.

"It seems we have a spy," Espio amusedly said.

"Busted!" Charmy sang.

"Come on down, Kid, we know you're there," Vector said.

Damn you, Karma... I went down the rest of the stairs, seeing the Chaotix and Silver - and surprisingly Blaze as well. "What are you doing here?" I asked the hedgehog.

"Well," he started, "it's because you sort of, uh..."

"You freaked out and destroyed Eggman's gorilla bot," Vector finished for him.

"With FIRE!" Charmy exclaimed. "And a giant white, uh... THINGY!"

"And you were able to protect us with a kind of force field," Espio said.

At first, I was confused by what they were saying, but it all came back to me. I sat down on the couch, covering my face. "Oh, no...!" I said. "I can't believe I did that! I'm such a freaking moron!"

"Aw, c'mon, you're not a moron," Vector said. "You were smart enough not to tell us about this whole god training thing when ya did."

"Immortal training," I corrected.

"Potato, po-tah-to."

"Wait..." I looked at Silver. "You told them? Why, Silver?"

"I had to tell them," he said. "They had no idea what happened."

Such a hypocrite. Then again, I'm sure he had his reason.

"Anyway, I hope you three can understand the current situation," he told the Chaotix.

"It's no problem at all," Vector said. "We'll send her over in a couple of days when she's ready to go."

"We'll see ya later, Cheyenne." He and Blaze went out, Blaze never saying a word.

She must be peeved at me. I said I was sorry! What more could I do to apologize?

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