-Amy Rose, Vanilla the Rabbit and Cream the Rabbit, Vanilla's house, Southeastern coast of Acorn, 07:46 hours MST
The momentum of the crashing waves was stronger than usual. Over the cliffs that stood before the raging sea, a house could be seen. A beautiful house with a spacious courtyard. Bushes and small trees guarded the humble but well-decorated build. Inside, a mature rabbit looked though the window, assimilating what she has just heard.
But the crashing waves did not calm her. Instead, they made her more and more nervous.
"I-it will be better for Cream not to go to school today..." Vanilla said, clearly worried after Amy's prediction, while the pink hedgehog put away her tarot deck and cleaned the table.
"Maybe the cards were wrong... I... I hope they were... Perhaps "the darkness" refered to rain clouds, or a electrical blackout, a-and "the danger ahead" is no more than... I don't know... something not really concerning?" Amy responded, trying not to worry Vanilla, who was almost shivering.
"Even knowing you have total control and know what you're doing, I still don't like these rituals of yours, Amy. And this time, it sounds more than concerning... I-it was terrifying! What if something happens to Cream?" Vanilla asked, turning her head to Amy. The young hedgehog could not stand that saddening stare. "Those noises and the earth trembling... do you think they had something to do with your prediction?"
"It could be..." Amy replied, unsure about her words. She felt ironic that, being able to foretell the future, she now had no clue what was about to happen. Her cards today have told her that the world would fall into shadows, and dangers were ahead... but how many things could these statements mean? What dangers could they face?
Vanilla sighed, and aproached Amy. "For now, Cream shouldn't know that--"
"GOOD MORNING!!" Cream exclaimed, abruptly interrumpting Vanilla. The cute young rabbit jumped into her mother's arms, ignoring the conversation she and Amy have just had.
-Tekno the Canary, Tekno's Lab, Casino Night Zone, 01:06 hours MST
Among test tubes, bizarre plants of different colours and shapes, complex machinery and boxes with hardly pronounceable words, a green canary wearing a medical coat over her clothes struggled for maintaining the most rewarding virtue a scientist should always have: patience.
All the frogs that should be on the table were now jumping like crazy after the earthquake, and constantly making "ribbit" sounds that echoed the room. She couldn't grab any of the frogs because of them jumping over her head like nothing.
This situation drove Tekno mad.
"Not again, not again, NOT AGAIN! COME ON! Stay still for once! It was just a rumble, nothing more... stupid frogs..."
Tekno's frustration levels were beyond the charts. She needed to find the way to perfect her serum, but the most advanced test subject escaped long ago, without she even knowing. How could a frog escape that easily from an underground lab? The mere fact that she was outsmarted by an irrational creature infuriated her... And now she was forced to use the other three frogs she could gather.
Tekno sighed, and took a seat, while the frogs kept jumping ridiculous distances that a normal specimen could not. "Why am I even trying to reason with you? You won't understand a single thing I'm saying, and the Megatal serum has to be messing with your underdeveloped brains..." the canary said. Then she took a voice recorder, and proceeded to register the lastest experiment:
"Project Kermitfuse, Entry 32X: The addition of Never Lake's herbs has been unsuccessful to stop the mental breakdown, but it... helps to... jump higher? This... this is a... err..."
Suddenly, Tekno left the recorder, and got up. Her attention went into one of the frogs, that stopped jumping. Surprised, she took it into her hands, and saw the amphibious severely weakened.
"Oh, no... no..." Tekno whispered. "I'm running out of time..."
-Sonic the Hedgehog, South Island in Acorn Archipelago, 00:12 hours MST
Step by step. Red strides that lasted less than the naked eye could see. A blue blur crossed the green hills of the island like a lightning crosses the sky when a storm rises. The grass and flowers moved when he got past them, making the ilussion that they were greeting him... in less than a second. The tiny animals that populated the hills noticed the boom the speedster involunarily caused when he accelerated, and they felt the wind moving like never before.
The red shoes of the fast creature abruptly stopped before making him fall into the ocean. He looked to the sky, and saw the bizarre meteors falling into the surface of the planet. Like a child, the hedgehog felt the urgency to see those artifacts with his own eyes... and make sure no one was hurt wherever they landed on.
And so, the blue hedgehog resumed his run, this time, towards the meteor shower, provoking yet another sonic boom.
"Okay, so this is happening..."