There was a device surrounded by a high, security wall of the temporary HQ nearby, a bank of windows through Robotnik standing, hands clasped behind him, gazing admiringly out at the machine, with Snively at his side.

"An object of beauty, don't you agree, Snively?" Robotnik asked.

"Very lovely. Sir," Snively said.

"Within twenty-four hours, I will control every inch of this planet." Robotnik said and chuckled. "Every inch!" he said and held up a remote and pointed it at the Machine. "The dream begins." he said and pushed a button.

Then a red light blinked on and Snively chuckled himself.

Night engines roared to life in sequence, smoke billowing from exhaust vents. The ground shook from their power. Robotnik smiled as the entire building atop which he stood shaking violently. Then he inhaled deeply before letting out a contented sigh and smiled.

"Now that, is beautiful music, Snively." he said.

"Beautiful, sir."

From the base, the machine engine shot out in all directions and tubes telescoped from the machine, striking the ground and boring straight down.

Back in Knothole, Sonic was with Rotor in his workshop, as Rotor was working on his latest invention for the Freedom Fighters.

"How much longer, Rote?" Sonic asked.

"Nearly done, Sonic." Rotor said and Sonic paced impatiently. "Ready!" he said and presented what appeared to be nothing more than a water balloon to Sonic.

"What's the target?" Sonic asked.

"That pile of scrap metal."

"I'll give it the old fastball!" Sonic said and grunted.

Then he fired the balloon at the scrap metal. When it burst, it released a cloud of dust. When it cleared, the scrap metal was completely dissolved by the solution that was in the balloon.

"Whoa!" Rotor said.

"Man...Way cool, Rote! How many of those balloons can you make?" Sonic said.

"About twenty-five."

"Rote, I guarantee that they're going to do some serious damage to Robuttnik's Doomsday Machine." Sonic said checking his watch. "Ooh, I'm going to check the lookouts. Later, Rote!" he said and sped off as Rotor returned to his work.

A full moon gave the forest an eerie glow and backlights the lookout post high in a tree where Antoine yawned and "bobbed", fighting sleep, when Sonic roared up and found him having dozed off, much to Sonic's annoyance when he found him.

"Ah, Princess Sally I love you." he said snoring and yawning.

"Oh, man...if brains had hair, he'd be a cue ball." Sonic said tapping his foot impatiently. "Yo, Ante!" he said leaning.

"Ahhhhhhhhh!" Antoine said and jumped straight up, banging his head on the branch above, before plummeting to the ground, screaming.

Sonic managed to race down and catch him before he hit the ground. Antoine was still whimpering and covering his eyes.

"Ante!" Sonic said.

Antoine uncovered his eyes and sighed with relief

"My goodness...are you the angels?" he said.

"Oh, man..." Sonic said and dropped Antoine.

"I am living?" he said brushing himself off and checked to see if he's dead.

"Unfortunately..."

'Be easier if you failed that test years ago.' he thought.

"Oui! Oui! I am not squished like a rug." Antoine said and laughed then sighed. "Thank goodness to me."

The ground beneath them cracked open. Sonic grabbed Antoine as he continued to kiss himself and struck away as a huge tube thrusted up out of the ground and a Doomsday Pod emerged. Sonic skid up nearby and they stared at the pod.

"Whoa! What's up with this?!" Sonic said as the ground split open.

"What is this terrible thing?!" Antoine asked.

"A Doomsday Pod. Robuttnik suckered us!"

It sat quietly for a minute, then suddenly beamed shoot out, withering the grass around it. As the ground trembled and actually glowed, it blackened, then the ground slowly dissolved into a toxic cesspool. The warning bell glinted in the moonlight. Sonic skid to a stop with a trembling Antoine clung behind him.

"Sound the alarm, Ante." Sonic said.

"Oui, Oui." Antoine said.

Sonic blasted off as Antoine started ringing the bell. Rotor was at his workshop while it rang and hustled out, rubbing his eyes as Sonic skid.

"Sonic, what's..." Rotor started but was cut off.

"The Doomsday Pod's in the meadow, wasting the whole place!" Sonic said breathless.

"But the report said next week-"

"Rote, I need a metal-eatin' balloon mondo pronto!" Sonic said interrupting him.

Then they ran inside. The Doomsday Pod moved in nearby and unleashed its lasers all over in the area next to Rotor's workshop, scorching a swath of destruction straight for the huts, an enormous tree in its path. The base of three light beams traveled beneath the tree, engulfing its roots. The soil churned as the roots vaporize. A loud creaking sound came as the tree started to fall.

"Oh, man!" Sonic said and reacted to the creaking sound as Rotor pulled a crate off a shelf.

Then he blast to the door, reacted, then struck back as Rotor removed three of the metal-eating balloons from straw packing.

"Rote! Let's jam!" Sonic said then grabbed Rotor and they blast for the door.

"But Sonic...!" Rotor said.

They roared out the door just as the tree smashed the workshop flat. Rotor looked back, wide-eyed at the loss of his workshop and all his equipment.

"Oh no! My workshop!" he said.

"Gimme one of those balloons!" Sonic said and grabbed one of the three balloons Rotor was able to save and went to confront the Doomsday Pod.

The pod surged forward, headed for the huts, leaving a wide path of glowing destruction behind it. Sonic skid up in front of the pod, and cocked his arm.

"Adios, pod-breath!" he said and hurled the balloon and it directly hit the pod.

Then it vaporized in a cloud of green smoke.

"Yes!"

Later Sonic was with Sally at her hut, after what happened with the Doomsday Pod and advised her on what happened.

"...the other Freedom Fighter groups have been on alert for weeks." Sally said and inserted a message in a tiny compartment on one of two Jet Doves sitting on the table while Sonic paced nearby. "It won't take long for them to get here..." she said and hit a button on a remote.

The Jet Doves' tiny jets ignited and they stroke off. Sonic stopped pacing, stopped beside Sally as they looked after the doves.

"Won't take long for those Pods to wipe everything out, either." he said and paused. "Any idea how many pods Robuttnik can launch, Sal?"

Sally pulled Nicole from her vest.

"Nicole, show us the Doomsday Machine." she said.

"Accessing, Sally." Nicole said and a hologram of the doomsday machine appeared above her.

"Internal schematic. Pod launch area, please, Nicole." Sally said and the hologram changed to line drawing of the pod launching area. "Capabilities, please, Nicole." she said line drawing animates, showing pods being released. "I checked the schematics we took from Robotnik, and the best I can calculate... ...the Doomsday Machine can release hundreds of pods..."

"Hundreds?!" he said interrupting her.

"Every hour. The tunnels reach all over the planet." Sally said.

"Oh, man. So there's already hundreds out there?"

"At least."

"We gotta move...fast."

Later there was a meeting of the Freedom Fighter leaders watching a hologram of the doomsday site. Ari, Lupe, Sally and Sonic.

Sonic was standing there thinking.

"If most of our forces strike here...oh, they're here." Sally said.

Sonic and Sally met up with Polo and Dirk.

"Sonic, this is Polo and Dirk, leaders of the Southern and Eastern Freedom Fighters." Sally said.

"What's up, guys?" Sonic asked.

Then Dulcy walked up with the photographs of the Doomsday Machine.

"Sally! Sonic! We got the photos! It looks pretty bad..." she said panting.

"Thanks, Dulcy." Sally said and Sonic and Ari looked them over from behind her shoulders.

"Definitely not cool." Sonic said.

There was a solid line of Swat-Bots and Hover-Units arrayed around the perimeter of the Doomsday Site. More Hover-Units on patrol above.

"A straight assault won't work, Princess. We'd never get past the security." Ari said.

Sally flipped a switch on Nicole and the hologram disappeared. Then she looked at the others, determined.

"Hmm, you're right, Ari. Let's switch to plan "B"." she said.

Later above the Doomsday Site Dulcy flew through heavy cloud cover. Ari and Lupe, were both wearing parachute packs, ride on her back along with a stack of costumed dummies.

"Are we close, Dulcy?" Ari yelled over the wind.

"We should be." Dulcy yelled back then exhaled and blew a small hole in the clouds, revealing they're coming up on the Doomsday Site. "There it is. Going down!"

The Freedom Fighters captured Hover-Unit with Pollo and Dirk visible in the cockpit. Ari looked behind him and pointed down. Polo and Dirk gave him a "thumbs up". A fuel convoy pulled into the fueling depot near the Doomsday Machine. Swat-Bots patrol the area for any signs of trouble. A hose clamped onto lead tanker and drained its fuel. The tanker hatched creaks open and Sonic dropped into shadows beneath it. He looked around. The Doomsday security wall was 50 yards away across open ground, criss-crossed with moving spotlights. He looked up at hatch and signaled. Sally and Bunnie jumped down, followed by Antoine, who stumbled and fell on his rear. Antoine's yelp was quickly muffled as Bunnie clamped a hand over his mouth. Sally looked at her watch.

"Fifteen seconds...Fourteen...Thirteen...Twelve seconds..." Sally whispered.

"We're on schedule, Ari. Ten seconds...Nine...Eight..." Lope said while he checked his watch.

Polo and Dirk signaled from the Hover Unit that they are ready. Ari and Lupe tossed dummies overboard from Dulcy. The dummies parachuted pop open and floated down, disappearing into the clouds. The hovercraft hatched open and Dirk tossed more parachute-equipped dummies overboard. On the ground, Sonic, Sally, Bunnie, and Antoine watched as the decoys parachute down all around the Doomsday Machine.

"Let's do it to it." Sonic said quietly beneath the fuel tanked.

At Robotnik's temp. command center Robotnik watched monitors filled with par shooting figures. He chuckled malevolently as he pushed a button.

"I see our guests have arrived..." Robotnik said as a monitor zoomed in on a hovering Swat-Bot as it plucked a dummy from the air. "How very appropriate...a dummy diversion. We'll let them get in. We can't make it look too easy, Snively. Alert the ground forces."

The Freedom Fighters got close to the security wall near the Doomsday machine. A searchlight beam swept past, then Sonic zipped over the wall with Antoine in tow, rolled down the opposite side and skid to a stop beside Sally and Bunnie waiting in the shallows of the Doomsday Machine. Sally looked at a small hologram projected by Nicole. The hologram fade as Sally pointed toward the Doomsday Machine.

"That's the spot, Sonic." she said.

Sonic pulled a metal-eating balloon from his backpack.

"Okay, get ready to jam!" he said and grunted.

Then he heaved the balloon against the machine and a green cloud of smoke instantly formed. It quickly cleared, revealing a hole in the wall. The Freedom Fighters ran inside as Antoine whimpered nervously.

Robotnik watched Sonic, Sally, Antoine, and Bunnie as they made their way into the Doomsday Machine, chucking evilly.

"Sir? Sir! They're inside the machine! Shall I alert the forces?" Snively asked.

Robotnik sat nearby in a smaller version of his 'chair' then formed a peak with his fingers and smiled.

"Oh, no, no, no, Snively. Let them explore. Perhaps they'll find my...little surprise." he said and Snivelyturned away with a disgusted look.

"Your stupidity will ruin everything, you ugly boil." Snively muttered.

Robotnik leaned forward, eyes narrowing.

"What was that, Snively?!"

Snively turned with a nervous smile.

"Oh, I said, the Doomsday Machine's going to need more oil...Sir."

About half-way up the machine is a rounded ledge with windows looking into the intricate machinery inside Ari and Lupe landed on the ledge. They popped loose from their chutes and started to climb upward when they're suddenly caught in a searchlight beam from a Hover-Unit.

"Freeze, intruders. Hands behind your heads." a Swat-Bot said and they surrender and do as they are told.

Back inside the Doomsday Machine, two Tech-bots work a control panel when Sonic zipped past behind them. One of the Tech-bots momentarily stepped away to look around for any sign of what they heard, but found nothing, so returned to its post. Sonic then met up with Sally and the others.

"Anything?" Sally asked whispering.

"Couple Tech-Bots. No prob." Sonic whispered then, pointedly. "Long as Ante doesn't trip over anything."

"Like his feet." Bunnie said.

"What is being wrong with my fee... Mmmpff!" Antoine said to loud so Bunnie clamped a hand over his mouth.

"Put a sock in it, Antoine. Shhh."

Antoine held his own hand over his mouth so they ran up the stairs, reached a doorway at the top. Beyond was a long, empty passageway. Sonic motioned the others to stay.

"Wait. I'll check it out." he whispered.

Then Antoine bumped into Bunnie when they stopped.

"Watch it, Ante." she said.

Sonic stepped inside the passageway. There was nothing so he zipped forward a little. There still was nothing. He turned back to others.

"No prob! Let's..." he started then froze as the lights suddenly dim, then came back up and heard Robotnik laughing. "What's with the balls?"

Then two large energy balls appeared in the middle of the passageway, pulsing with electricity. Deep humming sound came from them. The balls were about 15 feet away. Sonic took a tentative step forward, then both balls struck straight toward him as Robotnik cackling again. Sonic blast to the side as the balls narrowly miss him, one singed him. He jumped, grabbing his butt.

"Whoa..." he said and gasped. "Huh?" he said and grunted. "Ow!" he said and pointed. "Man! Now your ticking me off."

As he struck up the passageway, the balls, crackling with electricity, turned and followed. He zig zagged, but the balls doggedly pursued. Sally watched anxiously with Bunnie and Antoine behind her.

"Sonic! They're sensing your motion!" she said as he blast toward far end of passageway.

Both balls instantly followed. He slowed until the balls were right on his butt. Tiny lightning crackled out, zapping his bottom.

"Ow! You already got me there! Motion, eh? I'll give them motion. Juice time." he said and raced straight toward the wall, barely keeping ahead of the balls.

At the last second, he accelerated and ran straight up wall and onto the ceiling. Both balls slammed into the wall and disappeared in a flash of light that filled shot. Light faded, revealing Sonic, frizzed out, vibrating, glowing slightly. Sally ran to his aide.

"Sonic, are you all right?!" she asked.

"Man, now I know how a bug zapper feels." he said and Sally laughed.

Meanwhile Dirk and Polo were atop the Doomsday Machine, parachuting down to land outside the glass dome of the command center with a grunt. Suddenly, they were caught in the glare of bright spotlights. Two Hover-Units train their searchlights on the hapless Freedom Fighters from above as a Swat-Bot converged on them.

"Freeze, intruders. You are surrounded." the Swat-Bot said.

At Doomsday Machine's pod launch area. A dark, forbidding area, eerily-lit by the glow of a giant vat of bubbling liquid. A giant automated claw held a pod shell and lowered it into the liquid. Then it raised, revealing a completed Doomsday Pod. The claw as it moved pod to a conveyor-ramp and released it. Claw moved back out of shot. Followed by pod as ramp activated and pod was transported into a tunnel opening. A door slammed shut, sealing the tunnel. A big, muffled explosion occurs. Then the door swung open and the pod was gone. Another pod was transported into tunnel opening. As the door slammed shut, Sonic and the others watched.

"We gotta stop this." Sonic said and Sally whipped Nicole out of her vest.

"Switch to comm mode, Nicole." she said.

"Comm mode active. Scrambled channel open." Nicole said.

So she held Nicole like a radio, pushed a button.

"Squad two, report." she said.

They waited, listening but got no answer. Sally tried again.

"Squad three, report!" she said.

At the temporary command center Swat-Bots lead Polo and Dirk, both bound, into the Command Center. Sonic, Bunnie and Antoine watched Sally.

"No response, Sally." Nicole said.

"This sure doesn't look good..." Bunnie said.

"Perhaps they have been captivated." Antoine said.

"I think you're right, Antoine. We're on our own." Sally said.

Sonic shook his head.

"Wrong, Sal. I'm on my own." he said.

"Sonic, you're not-"

"C'mon, Sal. The plan's blown. You gotta get outta here. And you know I passed my test first shot at nine." he said interrupting her.

Meanwhile Robotnik at command center standing beside Snively, watching the Freedom Fighters on monitor. Snively was curious as to what they are hearing.

"Hmm..." he said.

"And what will you do?" Sally asked.

"What I do best: Wing it. You guys take a Pod out." Sonic said.

Snively looked at Robotnik.

"Sir, shall I seal the launch tunnel door?" he asked.

"No, Snively. Let them go. I only want the hedgehog." Robotnik said.

"But, but, but, Sir, I don't understand. The hedgehog..."

Then Robotnik grabbed Snively in anger at questioning his decision.

"What?! Are you implying that the hedgehog is a match for me, Snively?!"

"Oh, perish the thought, Sir." Snively said struggling to say it as he's being squeezed. "Oh, perish the thought, Sir."

"There are many things you know nothing about, you little twit!" Robotnik said pressing a hidden button on the middle of his suit. "Now open the skylight, Snively."

"Yes, Sir!" Snively said and rushed off to do as he's told as the button Robotnik pressed activating the rockets in his boots and he prepared to take off.

"Five..." computer said.

"I really hate that hedgehog." Robotnik said and Snively opened the skylight and he took off through it, snickering evilly.

"Four... Three... Two... One... Zero..."

"I have a bad feeling about this..." Snively said.

Meanwhile Sonic and Sally ran alongside a pod, moving down a conveyor ramp. Bunnie and Antoine were already on the pod. Sally leapt up as Bunnie opened the hatch. Then she and Antoine jumped inside. Sally looked down at Sonic, still running alongside.

"Sonic, I want to help." she said.

"This is power time, Sal. You'll slow me down." he said.

Bunnie nodded.

"He's right. Sally-girl. C'mon."

So Sally very somber, handed Nicole down to Sonic.

"Here. You'll need Nicole. Good luck, Sonic." she said and flashed him a "thumbs-up."

"Later." he said.

Then the pod entered a tunnel. Sally pulled the pod hatch down and the enormous door slammed.

Sonic held Nicole up.

"You and me, babe. Show me some pictures." he said.

"No prob, Blue Streak, my man." Nicole said and generated a hologram of the Doomsday Machine.

It was a maze of lined and curved. Sonic looked at it bewildered.

"Man, that's no help. Where are we?" he said when a flashing arrow appeared, pointing at one of the pod launch areas.

"You are here, my main hedgehog."

"Cool. Now show me the main control room."

"You got it."

At the perimeter of the circular, the sky lighted room had hi-tech equipment with flashing lights and bubbling tubes interwoven into the equipment. Then there was a huge pulsating brain encased in a thick Plexiglas casing in the center of room. The metal door slammed open, revealing stairway as Sonic skid in, looked around suspiciously.

"Man, this isn't cool. Round Guy's messing with me again. Gotta go for it." he said and shrugged off his backpack, pulled out flat heat charged with flashing red lights coming from various angles. "Light-up time."

Then he blasted around the room, slapping the heat charged onto equipment and the Plexiglas, sticking to where he put them. Then he zipped out the door, down the stairs and stopped.

"Phew. Do it to it, Nicole." he said.

"Heat's on, Sonic." Nicole said.

A red glare came from the doorway so Sonic shielded his eyes.

"Yeah, yeah! Hot stuff." he said.

Inside "Brain Room", the heat charged glow bright red. The Plexiglas surrounding the brain turned bright red. In the stairway, Sonic was still shielding his eyes against the glare and it faded. Then quiet.

"Adios, Doomsday Machine." Sonic said and blasted up the stairway and back into the room, only to see the Plexiglas surrounding it was unscathed and the brain still throbbed. "Whoa...Not cool."

There was hissing as Sonic reacted. A floor-hatch inside the Plexiglas enclosure hissed open and Robotnik flew up, holding a remote.

"So, Hedgehog. How do you like my new diamond-glass dome?" Robotnik echoed.

Sonic glowered.

"It stinks, Robutt-nik." he said.

Robotnik smiled.

"Does it indeed? Well then...perhaps we need some ventilation!" he said and triggered the remote.

Then a vacuum appeared from a trap door that opened behind Sonic, sucking him up.

"Hey!" Sonic said and found himself trapped in a Roboticizer elsewhere in the Doomsday Machine. "Oh, bad news!"

Robotnik descended from a skylight into the room and took his place at the control panel.

Robotnik chuckled maliciously.

"I'm afraid you can't escape, Hedgehog. Oh, I'm almost sorry that it's over. If nothing else, you have been a most worthy adversary. But, in every game, there are winners and there are losers. And as you know, in this game...losers...get Roboticized!" he said and activated the Roboticizer, and Sonic watched helplessly.

"NOOO!" he yelled and Robotnik watched with glee as his arch-enemy was about to become a Robian.

"Oh, my...Yessss..."

Sonic whipped out a Power Ring and attempted to fight off the Roboticization ray.

Robotnik laughed.

"A Power Ring won't help, Hedgehog! Poor boy...You see I designed this Roboticizer just for you." he said and pressed a button on the console to increase the ray's power.

He watched with satisfaction as it moved closer to Sonic as he struggled in vain to repel it.

"Yes! Yes! YES!"

Thinking quickly, Sonic grabbed two more Power Rings from his backpack and used them with the first one to fight back against the ray with more effort this time. This time, he's able to push the ray back and force it back into where it was coming from.

"This is unbelievable...This can't be happening!" Robotnik said.

Sonic was fighting off the beam effortlessly now. Robotnik gasped in disbelief and started to become furious.

"HEDGEHOG!" he yelled and mashed the button over and over, but Sonic soon managed to topple the container over and soar out of the Doomsday Machine and back to safety.

"Outta here!" Sonic said.

'That was close. Now I have to think of something else.' he thought while he ran.

"Snively!" Robotnik yelled and retreated down another skylight with his hover boots as Snively had seen everything on the monitor from the command center, and was frustrated with Robotnik not listening to him.

"The fool should have listened to me, but nooooooo." Snively said.

At lava pools from "Drood Henge". Chuck and Tails were there waiting with the other Freedom Fighters. Sally and Dulcy kept watch through binoculars for any sign of Sonic. Chuck and Tails paced worriedly for Sonic.

'Come on Sonny boy, you can do it.' Chuck thought worried.

"Here he comes!" Sally said.

Sonic skid to the Freedom Fighters, trailing a cloud of debris and dust. They gathered around him.

"Yeah!" he said.

"Sonic! Sonic, did you do it?" Tails asked.

"You are making the big boom-boom?" Antoine asked.

"Did you, Sonic? Did you?"

Sonic shook his head.

"Sorry, guys." he said and Sally gasped. "Didn't happen."

Everyone was upset and Antoine fainted.

"Oh, no! We are doom-ed!" he said.

Sally hugged Sonic.

"You did your best, Sonic." she said.

"Now what do we do?" Tails asked.

"Don't know, T-2. I'm clueless." Sonic said.

Chuck rubbed his head, pacing.

"One thing's for sure, we can't give up. There must be a way."

"Don't know about that either. Control room's covered with something called "Diamond Glass". Tough stuff." Sonic said.

Uncle Chuck stopped, looked at the others with an idea.]

"There is still one possibility." he said.

"What, Uncle Chuck?" Tails asked.

"The Deep Power Stones."

Sonic looked surprised.

"No-go, Unc. We only have one. Robuttnik's got the other." he said.

Chuck smiled, put his hands on Sonic's shoulders.

"Not after you take it from him." he said.

A few minutes later Sonic was at Robotropolis. It's quiet, Deserted. He skid to a stop just outside of HQ and looked around. Wind blew some paper across the street.

"Cool. They're all at Doomsday." he said and sped straight up the side of Robotnik's HQ.

He made it inside of Robotnik's war room. It was empty. Monitors off, no indicator lights flashing.

"Can we pick up the pace, Nicole?" he asked and tapped his foot, drumming his fingers as he held Nicole in front of Robotnik's safe.

Blue light beams shot out from Nicole, scanning the electronic lock. Sonic's fidgeting made the beam unsteady.

"Just chill, Sonic. You're stressing me." she said and he stopped tapping, drumming.

Then he heard beeps and clicks from Nicole. The electronic lock numbers started to change with answering beeps until all four displays read "0000" making a loud click.

"Open sesame." she said.

Sonic reacted as safe swings open.

"Way past, Nicole!" he said and rifled through the safe, flinging papers and disked until the safe is empty. "Nothing."

'Where could it be?' he wondered.

"We keep looking, right?"

"Right." he said and zipped away.

Robotnik's desk was near the door. The Deep Power Stone was holding down papers. Sonic struck past the desk, ruffling the papers. Then he skid backwards and grinned.

"Sonic, stop!" Nicole said.

"Say what?!" Sonic asked.

"Back it up."

"Way cool, Nicole!" he said then grabbed it and roared off.

Back at lava pools of the Great Unknown. Uncle Chuck and Sally huddled over a laptop-electronic tablet which filled with glowing line drawings showing various angles and equations.

"The Pod took a steep drop at first...maybe 300 meters." Sally said.

Chuck sighed.

"That could be a problem." he said.

Then they heard Sonic's approaching whoosh and turned as he skid to a stop carrying the Deep Power Stone. His slipstream blew their hair back.

"Got it." he said and whipped the Stone out of his backpack, held it up.

Chuck grinned as he saw the Stone and Sally took it from Sonic.

'He's grown so much in so little time. One minute he's at the castle playing with Sally, Bunnie, Rotor and Antoine and now he's created an team to defeat Robotnik and trying to defeat him for good. He's childhood ended to soon.' he thought.

"Sonic... we have a plan." she said.

The Doomsday Site loomed in far in the background as Sonic and Sally stroke towards it.

"Chill here. Sonic." Nicole said so he skid to a stop and she beeped "You're right above it."

"Huh?" Sonic said.

Sally released her grip on him.

"Supply check. Metal-eating balloon." she said and Sonic pulled the last metal-eating balloon out of his backpack and handed it to her.

"Check."

"Deep Power Stones."

Sonic pulled both Deep Power Stones out.

"Check."

Sally took one of them, put it in her pack and handed the balloon back to Sonic.

"Okay, now remember, once we connect the stones, we have..." she said and he nodded.

"Thirty seconds. Check." he said and realized. "Whoa, Sal. What's this "we" stuff?"

Sally leaned close, determined look.

"Because I'm going with you." she said.

"No way, Sal... You-" he started but Sally put a hand over his mouth.

"We're in this together, Sonic Hedgehog, however it ends. Check?" she said and released her hand.

"Check." he said then paused. "Except this one time." he said and super-spun into the ground.

'I'm doing the last part by myself. I'm not letting anything happen to her.' he thought.

At the Doomsday Tunnel. It's dark with metal ribbed sides. Sonic's super-spin was approaching, then Sonic and Sally spun through the tunnel's metal roof and dropped to floor. Sally switched on a flashlight, played it on the sides.

"Okay, now, we-" Sally said but broke off. "Oh my gosh! A Pod!"

Sonic took out the last metal-eating balloon just as the Pod beard down on them, filling the tunnel. Then he heaved it and the Pod vaporized in a cloud of green smoke that rolled over them. Sally had her flashlight through the smoke with them coughing.

"One minute before the next one." she said.

"Piece of cake. Hang on!" he said and they struck up the tunnel.

At the Brain Room. The place was trashed, floor irregular from melting. Laser projectors now metal lumps, but the brain still pulsed with life. Sonic and Sally emerged from the shadows, each holding a Deep Power Stone. Sally shook her head.

"But we have no idea how big the explosion will be. What if it destroys more than Doomsday?" she said.

"Like what?" he asked.

"Like the whole planet."

Sonic paced.

"Not cool. What else can we do?" he said then snapped his fingers. "Got it! What if we put 'em together the other way?"

"Incredible power... Yes! It could work!"

There was a Spy Sphere as it silently moved into place behind them, the lens glowing red.

"Nicole, analysis please..." Sally started.

At Command Center Snively was checking monitors as Sonic and Sally appeared.

"Sir! Sir! The Hedgehog is back!" he said.

Robotnik swirled around in his chair, glared up at the monitor.

"What?! How did they ever..." he started then noticed the Deep Power Stones. "The Power Stones!" he said and leapt to his feet, slapped a button on the console. "All Swat-Bots! Deploy to the Brain Room! I want those Stones!"

Back at the Brain Room Sonic and Sally were listening to Nicole.

"...the power is identical to that of Power Rings, but greatly amplified." Nicole said.

"Greatly amplified? How much?" Sally asked.

"Ten thousand times."

"Isn't that dangerous?"

"The possibility for danger does exist, Sally."

"Hey, this whole place is dangerous." Sonic said.

"You're right, Sonic. You have to try." Sally said and he held out his hand for their "handshake", but she quickly hugged him instead. "Be careful Sonic."

"I'll do the best I can." he said smiling.

"Hedgehog Alert! Hedgehog Alert!" Swat-Bot said and they swarm through the skylight and through the door. "Turn over the Power Stones."

Sonic held up them together.

"Come and get 'em, Swat-Butts!" he said and the Swat-Bots surround him.

"Freeze, intruders! Turn over the Power Stones! Freeze, intruders! Turn over the Power Stones! Turn over the Power Stones!"

Sonic pressed the wavy edges of the two stones together. White light pulsed from the stones and the joining edges disappear. A glow of white light filled shot. It quickly cleared and he was bottom-lit in white light, vibrating.

"Whoa..." he said then made a lightning-fast pass around the room, his white light streaming behind like a comet's tail.

The Swat-Bots flew apart and he raced out door.

"Priority, Hedgehog. Surrender. Turn over the Power Stones." it said.

Outside of the Doomsday Machine twin streaks of light streaked in and out at incredible speed. The Doomsday Machine started to glow. The ground rumbled and shook. Swat-Bots and other robots ran for their lives. Then they saw Sonic tearing the inside of the Doomsday Machine apart. The Temp. Command Center room shook and Robotnik spun around in his chair, scared stiff and yelling incoherently. Snively stared, transfixed at a monitor. When his chair stopped spinning, Robotnik raced to a wall and slapped a panel. The wall slid back, revealing Robotnik's personal Hover Unit parked inside. He opened the door and climbed in. Just before he closed it, Snively ran up to him.

"Uh, Sir...?" Snively said.

"Shut up, Snively! Aah! Hedgehog...!" Robotnik said.

"B-b-but, Sir, wait for..."

"Only room for one, Snively." he said and the door hissed shut and the Hover Unit launched up and out.

Snively glared after him.

"You don't give me enough credit...Julian!" he said and hit a switch.

A hole irised open in the floor, revealing a small elevator. Snively descended and the hole irises shut behind him.

"Let's go. Let's go!" Dirk said.

Outside of the Doomsday Machine twin streaks of light continued to crisscross inside the doomsday machine. At the foot of it, there was mass confusion as everyone inside evacuated and ran for their lives. It glowed brighter and brighter as Robotnik's escape pod streaking upwards. Inside the brain room, the white glow grew brighter. A blast of white light shot up through the brain, vaporizing it. The white light shot straight up from brain room reaching high into sky. Robotnik saw the light from his pod and screamed. Two white streaked emerge from Doomsday Machine seconds before it vaporized. The streaks entered the command center. The light leaked from all windows. They streak back out. On the command center, Lupe, Ari, Polio and Dirk ran out, jump into a Hover-Unit and blast off.

"I really hate that hedgehog. I hate him! I hate him! Hate him! Hate! Hate! Hate! HAAAAAAATE!" Robotnik yelled.

As the command center vaporized just as the Hover-Unit blasts off, white streaks crisscross entire site. White light glowed like a dome as all structures vaporize. The glowing streaks race to nearby hillside and stop. We see two glowing figures. Sonic glow brightly as he watched the glow fade from the Doomsday Site, leaving the place flat and barren. his spikes were glowing like fiber optics.

"All right! Way past cool! Robuttnik's gone!" he said then jumped creating an explosion of white light. "Outta here." he said and streaked away.

Then he struck after one another. In the distance, he finally merged into a huge white like that illuminated the Great Unknown.

Later in Knothole, Sonic was back to normal watching from the Meeting Place as below, all the Freedom Fighters celebrated, laughing and shouting with Sally next to him.

"No more Robuttnik. Too bad." Sonic said looking depressed.

"What? Too bad?" Sally said amazed.

"Hey, without a villain, what are heroes gonna do?"

Sally had tears in her eyes and managed a smile and put her head on Sonic's shoulder.

"You'll always be my hero, Sonic Hedgehog." she said softly.

Then Sonic put his arm around her.

"Freedom! Freedom!" Freedom Fighters said.

Chuck had tears of his own proud of him.

The youngest member, leader and creator of the Freedom Fighters had ended the war that had been going on since he was five years old. Eleven long years.

He had passed the test at only nine years old and had lead them all as if he had done it before.

His childhood stopped the day the war began. When he was only five years old.

Back at Doomsday Site small rubbles and Swat-Bot parts were all around. A pile of rubble moved as a hole irises open and Snively climbed up. He put his hands on his hips and looked around.

"YE-E-E-ES!" he said and laughed. "The big round guy, finally let Sonic defeat him. Well, don't celebrate too soon, hedgehog! Now, it's my turn!" he said and laughed then winked. "Ah. And I'm NOT ALONE!"

As he walked away, Naugus' eyes peered out from the darkness, his raspy laughter emanating from the pod.