(I think I’m gonna put my character speech in bold as it makes it easier to identify.)
Josh and Larry Lynx, Near the coast of the Emerald Sea
“...And then he came running right towards me, I honestly thought he was gonna trip and fall the way he ran!”
Laughed Larry. They had been talking almost the whole way to their usual fishing spot on the Emerald Sea, they both usually didn’t get to see each other until the end of the day so it was a good way for them to catch up on the missed time. With the path to there thick with lush greens and tall trees, most sound you could hear was from all the fauna.
“Now about Hector, you said that you guys have been talking lately? Asked Josh. “Yes.” Replied Larry. “I know he and I kinda got off at the wrong foot the first day at lunch, but really he and I just misunderstood each other. He told me that...” Larry cut off his sentence. They both slow down to a halt as they see lots of fell trees and damage to the flora.
Josh takes a moment, “Woah, no way this was damage from a storm.” Trees had fallen in the same direction, scars were on the ground, even the wildlife was nowhere to be found. Usually there’d be a Flicky or two always tweeting.
“D-do you think this was one of the meteors?” Stuttered Larry. “I may never have been to a crash site of one before, but I doubt this is what it’d look like. See over there? That was chopped down, too clean of a cut to be from a crashing rock.” Examined Josh. “Hey! That looks like a Flicky egg! We can’t just leave it here.” Exclaimed Larry. “I wonder if it’s parents are near here.”
Dropping his fishing gear, Larry approached the egg when a loud thud not too far from them was heard. Spooking them, sounds of rapid buzzing and small motors were approaching. “No time to find out, save it and let’s get out of here!” Yelled Josh, dropping his own gear. Larry picks up the blue egg and then they start running the way they came.
They come to a branching path, both ways covered up by bushes. “Larry, in through this way. I’m gonna try to send them the other way.” Planned Josh.
As Larry carefully went through the bush, Josh went to the other one and tore some branches off it, making it seem like they went that way. “I hope this works.”
Hiding in the bush, they try their hardest to remain silent. They see the mysterious metal creatures stop at the crossroads for a moment. Noticing the damage to the other bush, most of them go in that direction. A couple of the wheeled creatures remained between the bushes, almost as if they were waiting for new instructions. A tall metallic figure then walks next to the creatures. It looks at the bush, then looks at the other. It makes a motion to go towards the bush Josh and Larry were in. Keeping themselves as concealed as possible, they hide as the wheels jump over the bush, going down the path. The figure then walks back the way it came.
”W-what do we do now?” Whispered a worried Larry. “Wait a little bit longer, then I guess we can try taking the long way home. I think it’d be safer that way.” Replied Josh. Extremely concerned for Larry’s safety, Josh starts planning a way back.
Elias, outside the Casino Night Zone.
Sneaking out of town was no problem, especially for someone used to doing so. Starting on his way over to the crash site, he recalls his visit to Doug’s place before he left.
“Doug, I suggest you keep your head down for a week or two, if Valentino finds out I was here, he’ll be out for you too.”
“Relax bud, I has a safe place me and the family can chill for a while. If ya gots the time, why not join us for a good ‘ol dinner. Da kids love “Uncle Elias” ya know.”
“I’m sorry, I have to leave as soon as possible. Val’s got his guys on me and I can’t risk your endangerment any longer.”
“Aight, aight. Do ya even know where to look for da goods?”
(Flashback over )
“Should be right past Breakneck Ridge.”
Long hikes were no issue for him either, he’d gotten used to it from his ‘glory days’. When he got to the top of the ridge, he looks down at the site only to find not just a crater, but a metal pod, and lots of robots!
Quickly taking cover he thinks to himself: ”What in the world?! Robots?” He glances back at one of them. “But... they don’t look alien? They actually look like... ladybugs and wasps?” Thinking he was starting to loose his mind, he was about to get a closer look when a Motobug charged right at him.
Caught off guard, he jumps to the side, narrowly avoiding the hit. The Motobug, now with reinforcements, charges again. This time Elias was ready as he unsheathes his katars and slices at the robots wheels. Taking out two this way, he then gets rammed over by one from the back. As he gets up, he stabs right through it. As it explodes, a little Flicky flies out of it.
“What the-?” Caught off guard again but this time by the Flicky, he gets rammed again by another Motobug.
As he attempts to get up, a figure approaches him. Metal and without emotion, it grasps Elias’ shirt. With a deep robotic voice it proclaims:
“All Mobians must be processed. You will serve Doctor Robotnik.”
Struggling to get free, he realizes this thing was actually one of Val’s henchmen talking from yesterday. Horrified, he tries even harder to break free. As the now robotic henchman starts bringing him to the pod, he gets his knife out and stabs it right in the neck. Dropping him, it falls to the ground, twitching as it’s cables were severed. He starts running back to CNZ, as he glances back at the pod, the other robots start chasing him.
Chuck’s home, Mercia
Chuck was with his radio listening to the Morse Code message he heard before Josh and Larry left. He grabbed a paper and pen and jotted down what he heard.
-- . . - .. -. --. / .. -. / -.. --- .-- -. ..- -. -.. .- / - --- / .. -.. . -. - .. ..-. -.-- / ... - .-. .- -. --. . / .--. .... . -. --- -- . -. .- / .- .-. --- ..- -. -.. / - .... . / .-- --- .-. .-.. -.. .-.-.- / .- -. -.-- --- -. . / .-- .. .-.. .-.. .. -. --. / - --- / -- .- -.- . / .- / -.-. .... .- -. --. . / .--. .-.. . .- ... . / -.-. --- -- . .-.-.-
The message then repeats itself on a loop. Reading back what he wrote, he thinks for a moment.
“If someone knows what all this could be, maybe it’s time I got back in action...”
Contemplating what he should do, he starts packing a suitcase.
“I know I’ve got projects to finish, but if I could be helping access the situation... Heh, if Ian found me like this he’d probably give me a hard time for ‘not making business’ for him. He’d probably say “Hey old coot, break anything other than old ladies hearts lately?”.”
He knew though that leaving out of the blue probably wouldn’t sit well with the people he knew in town, but the thought of him sitting around while he could be helping someone ate at him. He was indecisive, when knocking was heard at his door. Thinking it was probably a delivery of more parts, he shouted:
“You can leave the parts on the doorstep, I’ll get to it in a moment!”
Unknowingly to Chuck, it wasn’t a delivery...
Josh and Larry, near Mercia
Treading carefully back home after their run in with the strange metal creatures, they both were tired from running. Thinking they might be safe, they stopped to catch their breath.
“That was awful. I hope they don’t come to town.” Larry said to Josh. “That was not an experience I want to go through again. Although it felt like we were in a movie.” Replied Josh. “We need to tell Uncle Chuck, or maybe Mr. St. John, or- or-“ stopping Larry mid sentence, Josh tries calming him down. “Relax, it’s over now. We’ll get home and we’ll let the adults take care of it. I’ll make sure to protect you.”
Saying that helped calm Josh down too, although he suspected that if this “meteor” had things like that around it, what might be happening around the world? Letting out one last sigh, he and Larry got up and started on their way.
Suddenly, there was one of the wheeled bugs in front of them, with claws on its flanks and an angry expression on the front. It charged at them with full force. Josh then pushed Larry to the side to safety and grabbed a broken branch.
He then jumped to the side dodging its charge. As he landed he swung the branch at the metal bug, knocking off one of its clawed arms but breaking the branch at the same time. Glancing at his now broken weapon, he grabs it’s removed arm and readies himself. It charges again, identical to before. Ready this time, Josh jumps over it as it neared him, then proceeds to thrust the claws into it. Slashing it in half, it explodes lightly but leaves a small crater in the ground.
Out its smoke flew out a Flicky, tweeting with happiness. It then flies up to Larry, who was holding the egg from before. ”Woah, this Flicky was trapped in it? But how? And why?” Asked a confused Larry. As he then started making a quick little nest for the Flicky and the egg, Josh simply shrugged and let out a sigh of relief. He then realized that his self taught training paid off defending Larry and himself. Finished with the nest, he then placed it on a tree branch, with the Flicky tweeting a “thank you” then setting itself on the egg.
”At least we saved this Flicky and this egg from trouble. What now Josh?” “Now we go back and warn Mercia of what happened by the Emerald Sea. There’s no way this was by accident. I think someone is capturing animals.” Josh pondered that last thought. Capturing animals? Who would do such a thing? And why? All that would have to wait as they started back on track, with hopes this time they’d avoid trouble.