A Chaotic Day
The Mysterious Liquid Life Form, Chaos

Chris, Chuck, Shadow, Knuckles, and Big were gathered up in Chuck's lab, drinking coffee.

"Shouldn't we be out trying to stop Eggman instead of taking a coffee break?" Shadow asked.

"I'm hoping that we could put our heads together and unravel the mystery of Eggman's Chaos creature." Chuck said.

"It's the most powerful thing I've ever seen. We watched it gulp down two Chaos Emeralds like they were candy." Knuckles said.

"They made that thing even stronger!" Sonic said.

"It sounds like it's going to be a real challenge to defeat this creature." Chuck said.

"It will. I knew it would be trouble when I saw it on Angel Island." Knuckles said.

In a flashback, Knuckles was sleeping through a storm at the base at the base of the Master Emerald shrine.

"After Chaos Control happened, Angel Island was transported into this world. That's where the Master Emerald was, and I guarded it around the clock. One night, a huge bolt of lightning woke me up. But this wasn't an ordinary thunderstorm. Something very strange was happening at the summit. I knew the Master Emerald was in danger, but it was too late. And that's when I saw it." he narrated.

Then he woke up to see Chaos, in its normal form, standing at the top of the shrine.

"If the Master Emerald's on Angel Island, why aren't you there now protecting it?" Chris asked.

"Because it's too late. The Chaos creature made sure of that." he said and continued.

"Hey! Who are you?" Knuckles asked and saw the Master Emerald had been shattered.

"What happened to the Master Emerald? Are you the one who destroyed it?" Knuckles asked and punched Chaos, but no damage was done, and Chaos in return smacked him with its head, sending him back a few steps.

Chaos then dissolved into a puddle.

"Wait!" he said but Chaos evaporated. "Blast! Where did that thing go?"

Suddenly there was an earthquake.

"Now what?" he said and Angel Island started to fall into the ocean. "The Master Emerald keeps this island hovering in the air, but it can't if it's shattered!"

After the memory Knuckles was silent.

"You shouldn't blame yourself for what that creature did, Knuckles." Chuck said.

"Big, when you were looking for Froggy in the forest, didn't you see something that looked like Chaos?" Chris asked.

In a forest Chaos, in its puddle form, flowed out of the rocks and forced itself inside Froggy.

"Hey, you find another one, Froggy?" Big said then Froggy grew a tail. "Hey, am I seein' things? You're growing a tail!"

Froggy turned around to face Big, and leapt toward him as the flashback ended.

"I tried to catch Froggy, but he was faster than me, and he hopped away with something I found in the forest." Big said.

"What was that?" Chris asked.

"It was a big purple rock. It looked awful pretty when it was glowing." Big said.

Chris stood up.

"That sounds like it could have been a Chaos Emerald!" he said.

"If that's the case, then we'd better find that little frog quick or it won't survive long." Chuck said.

"Why, Grandpa?"

"Because Dr. Eggman is determined to do anything to seize an Emerald. The more Emeralds he feeds that Chaos creature, the easier it will be to take over this world." he said remembering what happened.

At Station Square Chaos emerged from the manhole and approached the police officers.

"What is it?" officer 1 asked.

"Run!" officer 2 said.

Then the liquid struck the hoods of two police cars, then turned back to the officers.

"It's vital we find those Emeralds before Eggman uses their power to conquer us all." Chuck said.

Shadow stood up.

"No sweat. I'll find 'em." he said.

"You have a plan, Shadow?" Chris asked.

"You know I prefer to think on my feet."

"I'll go and look for the broken pieces of the Master Emerald." Knuckles said.

"I guess Big and I can go try to look for Froggy together." Chris said.

"Hm... That's a good idea." Big said.

A few minutes later Ella, Cream, and Cheese were outside watching the others go. Chuck and Shadow were in one group, Chris and Big were in another, and Knuckles went alone.

At Mystic Ruins Tails was in his workshop working on the X-Tornado.

"Tails!" someone said and he turned around to see Shadow standing in the doorway. "Hey."

"Hiya, Shadow." he said.

Soon, Shadow explained the situation to Tails.

"So we have to track down the Chaos Emeralds all over again." Tails said.

"If we fail, Eggman will win. You think you're up to the challenge?" Shadow said smirking already knowing the answer.

Tails laughed.

"I already started collecting 'em!" he said surprising Shadow. "T"-daa!" he said and opened the X-Tornado's side door, revealing the green Chaos Emerald. "I just found this Emerald yesterday. We can use it to pinpoint where all the other Emeralds are, and it'll make tracking 'em down a lot easier."

Shadow whistled.

"Now you're starting to think like me!"

Soon, Shadow and Tails board the X-Tornado and pullout onto the runway.

"Hang on. Ready for takeoff." Tails said and they took off into the overcast sky.

At Station Square police officers were blocking off a damaged casino when Knuckles arrived.

"What happened, officer?" Knuckles asked.

"Hey, it's Knuckles." officer 1 said.

"Whoa! Think you and me could get a picture taken to show the guys back at the station?" Officer 2 said.

"Maybe later. Do you guys have any idea what smashed into that building?" Knuckles asked.

"Well, sort of. Witnesses say it was a glowing object that fell from the sky." officer 2 said and Knuckles grabbed the officer.

"A what? You're sure?!"

"Well, I..."

The officers took Knuckles into the casino. There is a Master Emerald shard embedded in the ground.

"A piece of the Master Emerald..." Knuckles said and bent down, and the shard levitated into the air and landed in his hand, shocking the officers.

Then the crystal glowed, and Knuckles had a vision.

Knuckles was now at the Master Emerald shrine.

"This place seems like Mystic Ruin, but the buildings should be ancient. Why do they look brand new?" Knuckles said.

As he advanced toward the shrine, he caught sight of his ancestors, Tikal the Echidna and her father, Chief Pachacamac.

"We must stop the invasion, Father." Tanaka said.

"Tikal, you know I must seize those Emeralds for the good of our tribe. When we have them, we will be strong." Pachacamac said.

"But this plan of yours is foolish! It will bring nothing but grief to our land and cause needless pain and suffering to our neighbors! There must be another way. We should not try to help our own kind by bringing harm to someone else. It's wrong."

Then the vision ended and he was back at the casino.

"You feeling okay, pal?" an officer asked and Knuckles nodded. "Since there wasn't a crime, we won't need that rock as evidence, will we?"

"No. Knuckles can keep it." officer 2 said.

"If you find any more Emeralds like this, let me know." Knuckles said and left the shard. "I couldn't protect the Master Emerald, but I will gather what's left of it." he said to himself.

At Mystic Ruins the X-Tornado ran into turbulence.

"The Chaos Emerald's detected something!" Tails said.

There was a distinct glow among the plateaus in the distance.

"Down there." Shadow said.

After landing, Tails held out his Chaos Emerald to search for the other one. However, a strong gust of wind nearly blew Tails away.

"Gotcha!" Shadow said and caught him. "Are you okay?"

"I'm fine. The wind caught me by surprise." Tails said and they resumed the search.

Then Tails' Chaos Emerald started to glow.

"This must be the spot." he said so they stopped at the place that the other Chaos Emerald was glowing.

"We'll see." Shadow said and used a Power Ring-powered spin to burrow through the ground.

The blue Chaos Emerald surfaced.

"Another Emerald." Tails said.

"Haha, yeah!" Shadow said and surfaced.

"I sure hope the other ones are this easy to track down."

"Yeah, me too."

Then there was another gust of wind.

"The wind's getting worse!"

"Oh, great." Shadow said and they looked up to see a laughing Eggman in his Egg Hornet.

Then he flew over Shadow and Tails, and the resulting gust of air caused Tails to drop his Emeralds. A claw extended from the Egg Hornet and collected both of them. He laughed again.

"My scheme worked like a charm. You get all the groundwork, and I get all the glory, not to mention the Chaos Emeralds!" he said.

"Shadow, he followed us here!" Tails said.

"I'll see you next time, boys! Next time you find a Chaos Emerald, that is!" he said and started to fly away.

"Hold it!" Shadow said and jumped onto the wing of the Egg Hornet.

"Oh, great..."

Shadow repeatedly punched the Egg Hornet's windshield.

Twin drills extended out of the front of the Egg Hornet, and he embedded them into the ground, shaking Shadow off.

"Here!" Tails said and tossed him a Power Ring who caught it.

Eggman tried to drill into Shadow, but Shadow spun place. Upon collision with one of the drills, the drill was sliced off.

"How dare you!" Eggman said.

Then Shadow spin-dashed at the Egg Hornet, destroying it. The Eggmobile ejected from it as both Chaos Emeralds fell into a nearby lake.

"We'll have to fish 'em out!" Tails said.

However, Eggman laughed.

"You can come on out now, Chaos 4!" he said and a heavily evolved Chaos rose from the lake.

"What do we do now?" Tails asked.

Then Chaos emits strong shock wave that blasted them backwards. Shadow landed on his feet, but Tails landed on his back.

"You stay here; I'll handle it!" Shadow said and leapt onto a lily pad, but a giant water geyser created by Chaos forced him onto another lily pad.

Then he leapt from pad to pad before stomping on Chaos, turning him into many bubbles, and reaching dry ground.

"Oh yeah!" Tails said.

The bubbles that were Chaos reform themselves into Chaos 4. He sent another shock wave at Shadow, but this time he was prepared. He leapt over it and onto Chaos. Both went under the water.

"Ah! Shadow!" Tails yelled.

"Now keep dunking Sonic 'til he's totally washed up!" Eggman said.

Shadow held onto Chaos as he leapt out of the water a few times. Then he felt the wind.

"All right, the wind!" he said and let go of Chaos as the latter landed back in the water.

Then he spun in midair.

"Watch out, Chaos 4!" Eggman said and attacked Chaos' brain, causing it to dissolve again.

"That finished it of for sure!" Tails said.

Shadow landed next to him.

"Well, Eggman, Chaos had a meltdown!" he said to Eggman.

"It's not over!" Eggman said and used the Eggmobile's tractor beam to abduct Chaos. "This round you got a lucky break, but next time you'll just get broken! Count on it, Shadow!" he said and the Eggmobile flew away.

Shadow raised a fist to Eggman.

"Dream on, Eggman!" he said and Eggman stopped as he and Tails witnessed the Egg Carrier flying overhead.

"Thanks again for the Chaos Emeralds! Keep up the good work! Hahahahaha!" he said and flew inside as the Egg Carrier left.

"Dr. Eggman will be more powerful now because I dropped those Emeralds. I'm real sorry, Shadow." Tails said.

"Forget it. We'll get those Emeralds back." Shadow said.

At Station Square Amy was walking alone through the city. Suddenly the sky darkened.

"That's funny... The sky's getting dark, but there wasn't anything in the forecast about a storm." she said and looked up, as do the other citizens, to see the Egg Carrier flying over the city. The X-Tornado was on its tail. "The X-Tornado."

The skies above Station Square.

"Stay on him, Tails!" Shadow said as the X-Tornado and Egg Carrier exchanged laser fire.

On the he Egg Carrier.

"They're closing in. Now I can't miss!" Eggman said and pulled a lever.

Outside a new laser turret appeared and blasted the X-Tornado.

"I'll have to knock that thing out!" Tails said and targeting computer's cross haired align with the laser turret. "Missiles away!" he said and X-Tornado fired several missiles at the turret, destroying it.

Back at Station Square.

"Something just fell out of Eggman's ship. Wonder what?" Amy said.

Suddenly a Flicky fell on her head, sending her sprawling. Notably, the Flicky was wearing a collar of some sort.

"You poor little thing! Are you hurt?" Amy said and the Flicky replied.

At the skies above Station Square.

"Let's finish him!" Shadow said.

"Ready when you are, Shadow!" Tails said.

On the Egg Carrier.

"Prepare to fire Eggman Cannon! I want them knocked out of the sky!" Eggman said.

"Affirmative, Doctor. Charging sequence proceeding." Decoe said.

"Barrier shield activated. Anti-shock systems are online." Bocoe said.

"Let's blow the X-Tornado away!" Eggman said.

Outside the Eggman Cannon fired a massive beam that broke off part of one of the X-Tornado wings and otherwise damage the craft.

"He hit our wing!" Tails said and the X-Tornado plummeted.

At Station Square.

"Shadow!" Amy said and raced in the direction the X-Tornado was flying in.

The skies above Station Square.

Eggman laughed as the Egg Carrier flew away.

Tails was walking alone, looking for Shadow.

"Shadow! Shadow!" Tails said.

Suddenly a robot appeared and started chasing Tails. Shadow showed up in the X-Tornado and blasted the robot, destroying it.

"Shadow!"

Shadow swept down, allowing Tails to climb aboard.

"You take over." Shadow said and Tails took over the controls.

"Where are you going?" he said.

Shadow stood at the front of the plane.

"It's more fun up here!" Shadow said.

They saw an army of robots below them.

"Shadow, what do we do now?" Tails asked.

"Dive right at 'em!"

"Okay..." Tails said. "When I'm with Sonic, I feel like I can do anything!" he said to himself.

In the Manor living room Tails woke up to find himself wearing bandages and lying on the couch.

"Huh? Shadow! We did it! We stopped the robots!" he said and looked around. "Huh? A dream?" he said. "But where am I?" he said and noticed Chuck standing nearby.

"Hey, how are you feeling?" Chuck asked.

"My head hurts... Where's Shadow?"

"He's fine. Your piloting skills saved you both from serious injury or worse."

Shadow was watching the news. The Egg Carrier was firing its lasers. Then the picture cut to the citizens below. They were talking about the Egg Carrier.

"The skies in Station Square erupted in turmoil earlier this afternoon as Dr. Eggman battled the X-Tornado." a news reporter said.

"Oh, no way! Eggman's come to take over Station Square again!" people said.

"Unfortunately, Eggman got away in his ship." Chuck said and Tails looked down sadly. "I'm afraid the X-Tornado's sustained heavy damage."

"But we're not giving up, are we, Shadow? We're going to get those Emeralds back somehow!"

"You bet we are!" Shadow said.

"Yeah!" Tails said.

"Amy and Cream went out shopping. I hope they make it back without any trouble." Chuck said.

"It looks like that Eggman's ship is going away!" people on T.V. said.

"I'll check on 'em." Shadow said and left.

At Station Square Amy, Cream, and Cheese were carrying groceries home. The Flicky was flying alongside them.

"Shadow and Tails were pretty banged up, but they'll feel a lot better after they eat the gourmet meal we cook for them!" Amy said.

"Yeah. Now I can try out all the fancy recipes that Ella taught me." Cream said.

"Right, Cream. It'll be the best meal ever!"

Cheese struggled under the weight of the two bags he was carrying.

"Chao chao!" he said.

"And Cheese. We'll need your help cooking too." Amy said.

"Chao chao!"

"You recovered from your fall pretty fast, little bird." she said to the Flicky.

"I wonder where it came from, and if it has a name?" Cream said and the Flicky responded.

"We can't understand you." Amy said.

"We don't speak bird."

"Hey, maybe we should give you a name." Amy said and thought of a name. "I know! What if we call you Lily?"

The Flicky responded happily.

"It likes that name, Amy." Cream said.

"Huh. Then Lily it is. Wherever you come from, Lily, I promise I'm gonna get you back home." Amy said and looked up to see one of Eggman's robots approaching her.

It was ZERO.

"Subject identified." ZERO said.

"What's that thing?"

Meanwhile, Shadow heard Amy scream.

"Amy!" Shadow said and arrived to bags of spilled food, and ZERO escaping with Amy and Lily.

"Let me goooooo!" Amy said.

"Please, somebody help her!" Cream said.

"Chao chao!" Cheese said.

"Hold on, Amy!" Shadow said and ran past them.

"Shadow!" Amy said.

"Mission accomplished." ZERO said and took off into the sky.

"Amy!" Shadow said only watching as Amy was flown out of sight.