Zzzzzz.... Are there still zombies? There are.. oh... *goes back to sleep*
Sorry, I've been keeping abreast of what's happening. But the whole zombot thing is just so off-putting for me. And, tbh, the worst things get in story, the lower the stakes become to me. Because the more likely it is that the final cure will be a complete reset button with utterly ZERO lasting effects.
This is like when Shadow died in the Archie crossover. It didn't raise the stakes. It signalled 'NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER!'
Storm's eyes looked around, resting on the trainers who were fawning over their new pokemon. With a smile, he stepped inside and away from the doors quietly, not wanting to disturb the precious moment between trainer and pokemon. His eyes met the surprised ones of the Professor, but Storm just gave a small smile and a nod.
The Professor turned back from the door, shaking his head at his assistants blunt yell. Meanwhile, nurse Joy headed over towards Amber. The young girl had given another cry as her egg had started to crack.
At first, the young vulpine’s eyes narrowed somewhat at the Hedgehogs comment. But then his face broke into a proud grin as his work was praised.
“Thanks, it’s the first time I’ve been allowed to do work,” he blurted out without thinking. He quickly continued, hoping the Hedgehog didn’t notice what he’d said. “Uh… you said you needed help? What’s your name?” Tails asked, his namesakes wagging nervously behind him.
Robotnik, Wing Fortress Repair Bay
Robotnik looked down at where Gamma’s arm had clamped to his own.
“At least your damaged memory banks remember who is in change,” he muttered slightly irritated. “Now Gamma, listen carefully. I don’t know what happened down there, but you lost one of the biggest prizes this world has to offer. Fail me again, and you’re on the scrapheap, understand?”
He turned away from the robot as Zero arrived. Out of the corner of his eye, Robotnik noticed the service robots rearming Beta. “Well Zero, what is it?”
“You wanted reports of any Mobians displaying unusual abilities. We have detected one in Casino Night Zone,” Zero reported, handing over a tablet to the rotund Doctor.
“We have?” exclaimed the Doctor with a twisted grin. He watched the video playback, watching the green Canary tear one of the prison pods apart with her bare hands. He shifted to the current video feeds, seeing the canary still there, with a group of other Mobians.
“New orders Zero. Instruct all forces in Casino Night Zone that capturing that Canary is now Priority One. And those with her as Secondary Objectives.”
Casino Night Zone
Across the city, the robots disengaged from their current tasks as they turned and headed towards the city centre, intent on capturing Tekno and those with her.
Skye, Feral Forest
“I’m NOT a kid!” Skye shot back a little angrily as they ran. “You… really have no idea what’s going on, do you?” The wolf was quiet for a moment as she caught her breath. “That pod… it turns people and creatures into robots like the ones we fought. And they fell all over the world last night.” She took another gasp, running hard. “Mobotropolis, that’s where they’re heading. It will be safe there. Unless…. Unless that is where HE is heading…”
Sleet and Dingo, Mobotropolis
Two guards rushed down the hall towards the throne room. The seemed surprised to find Johnny in the corridor. One headed past, the other walked right up to the rabbit and confronted him. “You! What are you doing here? Civilians are not allowed in this area of the palace. Leave now!” he demanded.
The other guard almost slammed open the doors to the throne room.
“Sire, the radio reports,” he gasped, his fear overwhelming the usual decorum. “We received one message from Feral Forest saying it was under attack, we’ve lost all contact with Casino Night Zone itself. And… our agents outside the city… they manged to get one message through…” The guard gasped for breath. “The city is under attack. A massive ship from the sky, and armoured soldiers, twice the size of any Mobian. They were trying to capture as many Mobians as they could.”
“War is indeed coming,” said King Acorn grimly. “If they have stuck Casino Night Zone, we will undoubtedly be next.” Seemingly calm, he turned to the Captain of the Guard. “Alert every solider. And begin preparations for an evacuation. But do not warn the civilians yet. Do not create a panic if there is no need.” The Guard bowed and headed out.
“As for you two,” the King continued, turning to Sleet and Dingo. “Your ship, how potent is it?” Sleet considered for a moment.
“It is the match of anything in the skies, and can outfly any biplane. However, against the behemoths this Robotnik has, I suspect it would be as much use as a balloon.”
“You are saying these large… airships are too powerful to stand against?” the King asked.