"Sonic, wake up already!" Tails shouted from the kitchen.
Sonic groaned. They had gotten home late last night, and he was still pretty tired.
"I have breakfast!" That got him up. He zoomed out of his room and into the kitchen.
"So, what's the plan for today?" He asked.
"Well, Knuckles called while you were asleep. He said it was important," Tails answered.
"Did he say anything else?"
"Only that Shadow was coming too."
"Shadow? What's he got to do with…oh, wait, you don't think this has something to do with the Master Emerald, do you?" As soon as Sonic asked, Tail's expression told him that he thought so too.
Now Sonic was nervous. For one thing, if someone stole the Master Emerald, Angel Island would fall into who knows where. Another problem would be dealing with whoever stole it, although it would probably be Eggman again. He just doesn't give up, does he?
"Eggman needs to come up with something more original. What is this, like, the fourth or fifth time he's attempted to steal it?" Sonic asked.
"Pretty much. Let's go. I want to see what this is all about," Tails said.
Knuckles was standing nervously on the steps of the small pyramid. He saw the Tornado, and immediately walked down to greet Sonic and Tails. "Hey! Glad you guys made it. Shadow just got here too."
Sonic cut to the chase. "So, what's wrong this time, Knux? Eggman stealing your Master Emerald again?"
"Not exactly," Knuckles replied. "It was stolen, but by who I have no idea. I never even left these steps. I just sat here with my back facing the Master Emerald. I just happened to check on it when I saw a flash. Then, it was gone. That's it."
"Hmmm…curious," Tails said. "And there was absolutely no trace of it?"
Shadow walked up. "Hey there, faker. What's up?"
"Oh, not much. Just helping to save the day again," Sonic joked.
"Yeah, well, I think we've hit a dead end. I just don't see how someone could've taken the Master Emerald the way Knuckles described."
"Uh, guys?" Tails was kneeling by the emerald's empty pedestal. "The Master Emerald wasn't stolen."
They were all confused. "What? How?" Knuckles asked. "I don't see what you're getting at."
Tails laughed. "No wonder! The emerald's right here! It's just invisible. Come here, you can feel it."
So, of course, they all felt it. Shadow voiced an idea he had about the situation. "I bet it was Eggman. He probably turned the Master Emerald invisible to make it seem like it was gone. Then, when Knuckles would go to look for it, Eggman could snatch it without any problems," He concluded.
"Gee, talkative much?" Sonic muttered.
"No, no. He's right. That's exactly what I would've done. Good thing I decided to call you guys up first," Knuckles said.
They were quiet for a moment, all of them thinking the same questions, none of them voicing them. Finally, Sonic broke the silence. "Okay, we know that Eggman wants the Master Emerald again. The question is, what does he need it for?"
"And how do we make the emerald visible again?" He continued.
"I can talk to Tikal. She might have a suggestion," Knuckles stated.
"I guess we're going to find out," Tails said.