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Mystical Ninja:
In any case anyone's wondering, I'm still working on The Goddess of Destruction; this just happens to be a little side project of mine. This story takes place somewhere between the events of the third and (upcoming) fourth Elements of Power episode. Unlike the mainstream EoP series, this one's only going to be a few chapters long.
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Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power

Christmas Special

Part 1

Previously in the Elements of Power series, Doctor Ivo Robotnik unleashed his latest creation, Silvra, the Goddess of All Elements (codenamed “EG-005”), and attempted to use her powers to aid him in his quest for world domination. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Chaotix and company, the doctor’s plans were foiled yet again, and peace was restored once more. So far, six months have passed since then, and it is now the month of December, where the Christmas season has begun.

This story begins on a cold, wintery evening at the Green Hill Zone, where Cream the Rabbit and her mother, Vanilla, as well as their two Chao, Cheese and Chocola reside. During this time, they were having a Christmas gathering, and decided to invite many of their friends over. Among these “friends” are the Chaotix team, which consists of Knuckles the Echidna, Mighty the Armadillo, Espio the Chameleon, Charmy Bee, Vector the Crocodile, the robo-mechanics, Heavy and Bomb, as well as the “White Echidna Project”, Wechnia, who were currently on their way over.

Vector: BRRR… Man, it’s freakin’ freezin’ out here, don’t ‘cha think?

Charmy: Yeah. It’s really, REALLY cold!

Bomb: It’s times like this that make me glad I’m not organic. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure I’d be in the same boat as you guys.

Charmy: Hee hee, “bee in the same boat”. Get it? *Snickers*

Heavy: Hey, Charmy. Have you ever noticed how no one ever laughs at your jokes but you? Shouldn’t that alone tell you that they just aren’t funny?

Charmy: Nah uh, that’s not true. Splash likes them, and Marine does, too.

Heavy: They don’t count.

Charmy: Why not?

Heavy: Because they laugh at EVERYTHING, that’s why. Seriously, those two would laugh if someone knocked them upside the head with a baseball bat.

Knuckles: I’m gonna have to agree with Heavy on this one. No offense to the two of them.

Charmy: Nah, I doubt they’d laugh at something like THAT, because it would really, REALLY hurt!

Heavy: That was just a figure of speech, in case you didn’t notice.

Charmy: Oh. By the way, Vector…

Vector: Yeah, what is it?

Charmy: While we’re at the party, are you gonna tell Cream’s mom that you like her? *Snickers*

Vector: *Blushes* H-Huh!? Where’s ‘dis comin’ from!? I ain’t gotta CLUE what you’re talkin’ about!

Charmy: Yeah, suuuuuurrree you don’t!

Vector: I’m bein’ serious, here!

Charmy: Then how come you’re blushing? Hmmmmm?

Vector: Like I said, I ain’t gotta clue what you’re talkin’ about! You’re just seein’ things, that’s all!

Espio: Not to be rude or anything, but can we hurry up and move on? I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to remain out here in the cold. The same applies to you also, Vector.

Vector: You’re right, Espio. Vanilla’s house ain’t too far from here. Whadda ya say we go ahead ‘n’ get movin’?

Wechnia: I have no problem with that.

Mighty: Neither do I. *Speeds off in that direction* I’ll see you guys there!

*The others begin sprinting in that direction, as well*

Charmy: Do try to keep up, Heavy! Make sure you don’t let any snails pass you!

Bomb: HAHAHAHAHA! Good one, Charmy!

Heavy: Hardy har har. That was SO funny, I forgot to laugh.

Bomb: Maybe, but I sure didn’t forget!

Heavy: Oh, you know what I mean! It’s just a figure if speech!

Bomb: Ah, lighten up for once, will you? You’re always so serious.

Meanwhile, inside of the house…

Cream: *Puts a star on top of the tree* There, that should do it!

G-Mel: *Nods in agreement*

Vanilla: Yep, I’d say that’s about all the decorations we need. They turned out rather nicely, if I do say so myself. *Looks toward Amy, Big, and Silvra* Thank you for taking the time to help us out with all this. We really appreciate it.

Big: Mm hmm.

Amy: It was no problem. We were happy to help.

Silvra: Yeah. It was our pleasure.

*The doorbell rings*

Vanilla: I’ll get it. *Walks over to the door and opens it* Why, hello there, everyone! We’re so glad you could make it! Please, do come in.

*The Chaotix enter the house*

Vanilla: So, how are you?

Vector: O-Oh, uhh… W-We’re, uh…doin’ pretty good! ^^;;

Charmy: *Snickers*

Vector: *Glares at Charmy* What’re YOU laughin’ at?

Charmy: Ohhhh, you know! *Snickers again*

Vector: No, I don’t.

Charmy: Hee hee hee! Hey, Vanilla! Did you know that Vector has a-

Vector: *Quickly covers his mouth* Whadda ya doin’!? Be quiet!

Vanilla: Hmm? He has a what, now?

Vector: Oh, uh… Nothin’! Nothin’ at all! Don’t even worry about it!

Vanilla: Well, alright, if you say so.

Vector: *Whispers to Charmy* Say it, ‘n’ I’ll knock yer freakin’ block off!

Charmy: Hee hee, sorry. I couldn’t resist. I won’t say anything else (for now).

Amy: It’s great to you see you guys. By the way, did any of you happen to run into Sonic, by any chance?

Heavy: No, we haven’t, but chances are, he’s avoiding you like the plague, as always.

Amy: Oh, be quiet! Who asked you!?

Heavy: That’s funny. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t you specifically say “any of you”?

Bomb: He’s got a point, Amy.

Amy: Whatever. Anyway, the reason I was asking, is because there’s a special gift I’d like to give him.

Everyone: …

Heavy: Um, yeah. Hasn’t that already been established?

Vector: HAHAHAHA! Good one, Heavy! I was thinkin’ ‘bout sayin’ somethin’ like that, too, but ‘cha beat me to it!

Amy: *Turns completely red* Oh, get your minds out of the gutter, will you!? I meant a Christmas gift! You know; the kind that’s gift-wrapped in a box, and everything? Sheesh!

Vector: Relax; we’re just messin’ with ya.

Cream: Don’t worry, Amy. I’m sure Mr. Sonic will be here soon.

Mighty: Yeah. It isn’t normally like him to be late for anything, especially something like this. Unless something’s holding him up, like that one other time…

Charmy: Are you talking about the time when Vector thought you were Sonic in disguise?

Mighty: Exactly.

Vector: Ah, gimme a break! It ain’t like I was the only one! You, Knuckles, ‘n' Espio were all in on that, too! So don’t go tryin’ to put all ‘da blame on me!

Charmy: Maybe, but it was all YOUR idea, though!

Vector: Even so, we were still on ‘da same page! ‘N’ besides, Silver later on ended up makin’ ‘dat same accusation about ‘im!

*They go back and forth*

Meanwhile, outside, off in the distance somewhere, Sonic and the Lightning Goddess, Shock were on their way to the party, racing and speeding through the Green Hill Zone in the process.

Sonic: Alright! Let’s do this!

Shock: This time, for sure, we’ll definitely determine which of us is truly the fastest!

Sonic: *Speeds up*

Shock: *Does the same*

*They blast through the stage, collecting rings, going through loops, corkscrews, etc., until they cross the “finish line”, which happens to be Vanilla and Cream’s house*

Sonic: Well…looks like it ended in a tie again.

Shock: Yeah, but on the bright side, at least we had fun. It’s always nice being able to race with someone of the same skill level.

Sonic: I guess you’re right.

*They ring the doorbell, and Vanilla lets them in*

Amy: Ah, Sonic, you’re here! *Rushes toward him and hugs him*

Sonic: Ihhhh…! N-Not so tight! *Jerks away*

Shock: Yeah, you’re gonna mess around and suffocate the guy!

Amy: *Releases him, and then looks at Shock with shifty eyes*

Sonic: *Gasps for air*

Shock: …Is something the matter?

Amy: Is it me, or have you two been spending an awful lot of time together?

Knuckles: Oh, boy. Here we go…

Shock: What are you trying to imply?

Amy: Are you sure you aren’t interested in Sonic?

Shock: What, this again? I thought we’ve already made it perfectly clear that we’re only racing rivals!

Amy: Or so you say, but you can’t fool me! As I always say, I happen to have a sixth sense about this sort of thing, and it’s never steered me wrong before!

Cream: Um, but weren’t you wrong about Mr. Ray and Miss Seedra being on a date that one time?

Big: That’s what I was about to say.

Amy: Oh, right… I forgot all about that. Well, my sixth sense has ALMOST never steered wrong, I should say. I’m pretty sure I’m right this time, though. And do you know why? Because I remember hearing that there was another girl besides Boobowski who’s planning to steal Sonic from me, and just now, it finally clicked! Things finally make sense! YOU’RE that other girl! Well, I’ve got news for you, missy: I’M Sonic’s girlfriend! I’M his one and only true love! Not you, Boobowski, Elise, or anyone else! You stay AWAY from him! You hear me!?

Vector: Uh oh… Looks like things ’re startin’ ta get intense! *Takes out his camcorder*

Shock: …

First of all, Sonic isn’t even my type. Secondly, he isn’t interested in me, either, or even being in a romantic relationship for that matter. Thirdly, even if something actually WAS happening between us, so what? What business is it of YOURS? Quite frankly, the two of you aren’t even together, so STOP acting like it!

Sonic: THANK YOU!

Heavy: You took the words right out of my mouth. It’s about TIME someone said it! Well, someone besides me, that is.

Amy: *Stands there, boiling with anger, with steam coming out of her head* You… *Takes out her hammer and raises it* HOW DARE YOU!? *Gets ready to swing it at Shock*

*People start holding her back*

Amy: HEY! LET GO OF ME! *Jerks away*

Sonic: Whoa, Amy! Chill!

Cream: Yes, please calm down!

Cheese & Chocola: Chao, Chao!

Amy: I WON’T “CHILL” UNTIL AFTER I’VE BASHED HER SKULL IN! *Continues jerking away*

Shock: *Facepalms, shaking her head in disgust*

*That goes on for a while, until she eventually calms down*

Sometime later, many other guests arrived, including Tails, Silver, Blaze, Marine, Shadow, Rouge, Omega, Tiara, Ray, Honey, Tikal, Chaos, the rest of the Elemental Goddesses, and many others, including…

Everyone: DR. ROBOTNIK!?

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… That’s right! The one and only Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, scientific genius extraordinaire with an undisputed IQ of 300!

Vector: Is…is this a joke!? Who invited him!?

Mecha Amy: That’s what I’D like to know!

Sonic: Vanilla, you didn’t… Tell me you didn’t truly invite Ro-butt-nik to this party?

Vanilla: Well…

Heavy: Ooh, brilliant idea! Let’s go ahead and invite Nega, too! While we’re at it, let’s give good ol’ Mephiles a ring!

Vanilla: Look, I never explicitly said that I invited him, okay?

Silver: Then what’s going on?

Blaze: Is he intruding? If so, then we’d be more than happy to show him the door!

Scorch: On the invitations that were sent out, they specifically said that we’re allowed to bring any of our friends along, and I did just that by bringing Dr. Robotnik.

Robotnik: Precisely. Plus, I bear you no ill will at all. I come in peace! In fact, there’s a special announcement I’d like to make that I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear.

Tails: And what “announcement” would THAT be, huh?

Robotnik: As of today, I, the great Dr. Robotnik, have decided to turn over a new leaf. Yes, you heard that correctly. I’ve decided to relinquish my plans for world conquest. As of this moment, I am officially retired.

Everyone: …

Well, now isn’t this a surprise? In a shocking turn of events, Dr. Robotnik has showed up at the Christmas gathering as a party guest! Even more surprising than that, he claims to have changed his wicked ways by abandoning his plans for world domination! Is he actually telling the truth? Or is this just a clever ruse to earn the heroes’ trust to lure them off guard, and strike again when they least expect it? Find out as the saga continues on the Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!

To “bee” continued…

Mystical Ninja:
Part 2

When we last left off on the Elements of Power Christmas Special, six months have passed since the incident with the Elemental Chaos Rings, and it was the month of December. During this time, Cream the Rabbit and her mother, Vanilla were having a Christmas gathering at their house in the Green Hill Zone, inviting many of their friends in the process. Among these “friends”, of course, was the Chaotix team, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog and many others.

For the most part, everyone was getting along and having fun (not counting the heated argument that took place between Amy Rose and Shock, the Goddess of Lightning), but then, Dr. Robotnik, of all people, showed up at the gathering…as a party guest! Not only that, but he made a shocking announcement, stating that he’ retired and given up on his world domination plans completely. The question remains… Is Robotnik telling the truth? Or is this, perhaps, a clever ruse to lure into a trap and/or a state of comfort so that he’ll be able to strike again in the future when they least expect it? Find out as the saga continues on this exciting chapter of the Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!

*Awkward silence*

Robotnik: Hmm? What’s the matter? I thought for sure that you would have been delighted to hear this…

Sonic: …

Okay, just what’re you up to THIS time, Ro-butt-nik?

Robotnik: What are you talking about? Didn’t I just get finished saying that I’ve given up on my evil ways?

Sonic: Gee, now where have I heard THAT one before? Oh, yeah, I remember! It was the time you built that Interstellar Amusement Park!

Knuckles: Yes, and how about the time we faced the Nocturnus Clan? You made the exact same claim back then, as well!

Vector: Yep, so in otha words, we ain’t buyin’ it!

Charmy: Yeah!

*Many other people say something similar*

Robotnik: No, really, I’m serious! I may have faked it during those last two incidents, but this time around, I truly mean it! In addition to relinquishing my plans for world conquest, I’ve decided to go back and finish getting my teaching degree.

Everyone: …

*Tons of people burst out laughing*

Robotnik: *Groans in annoyance*

Scorch: Hey, wait a minute, now! What’s so funny about that!?

Sonic: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, wow! Good one, Ro-butt-nik! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Vector: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I mean, c’mon! Seriously, now! Just who do you think you’re foolin’ here, buddy!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Heavy: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Honestly, that has GOT to be the biggest load of BS I’ve heard since Mephiles’ “peace and prosperity” claim from a while ago!

Bomb: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, and that’s saying a LOT, I’m afraid!

*They continue laughing*

Robotnik: SILENCE!

*They ignore him and keep laughing*

Tikal: I don’t know… What if he’s actually telling the truth?

Mighty: Yeah, who knows? He might actually mean it this time.

Vector: HA! Yeah, right! If HE’S tellin’ the truth about somethin’ like this, then pigs’re gonna start flyin’!

Robotnik: AUGH! You know what!? I don’t have to take this! I have better things to do than to stand here and be made a mockery of! Now, with that said, I think it’s time I’ve made my leave.

Squash: AH-HA-AH-AH! Yes, you do that! Thanks for the laugh, Ivo! I really needed it!

Robotnik: No, I’d say that’s the absolute LAST thing that YOU need, considering how unbearably irritating it is!

Scorch: Dr. Robotnik, wait…

Robotnik: I’m sorry, Scorch, but I cannot stay here any longer. It was generous of you to invite me, but to be honest; I was against it from the start, since I knew something like THIS was bound to happen. Being mocked and ridiculed by Sonic is already one thing, but to be made a mockery of by my own creations is another.  I’m clearly not welcomed here, so it’s best that I get going. *Opens the door*

Vanilla: Hold on a second, Doctor…

Robotnik: Hmm? *Looks back*

Vanilla: I insist that you stay. Assuming what you say is true, I think it’s wonderful that you’ve decided to turn your life around and pursue a teaching career.

Robotnik: …

Scorch: Yes, I agree. I think you’d make a great teacher, Dr. Robotnik.

Espio: …

So, you’re actually letting him stay, Vanilla?

Vanilla: I don’t see why not.

Vector: Wait a second… Correct me ‘f I’m wrong, but didn’t ‘e kidnap ya sometime ago? How can ya just allow ‘im ta be in your house like ‘dis, as if it nevah happened?

Vanilla: …

Yes, that’s true, but that was a long time ago. As he just got finished saying, he’s retired and given up on his evil ways. Since he’s willing to change, I have no reason to hold anything else against him.

Silvra: Are you sure he’s telling the truth, though?

Vanilla: Whether he is or not, I can’t say for sure, but as long as he isn’t causing any trouble, then he’s more than welcome to stay.

Robotnik: Thank you, my dear Vanilla. You’re too kind. And I do humbly apologize for the kidnapping incident.

Vanilla: Apology accepted. *Turns to everyone else* His presence at this party isn’t going to be too much of a problem, is it?

Seedra: Well, it’s just as you said; as long as he isn’t causing any trouble, then I don’t mind him being around, either.

Charmy: Hee hee, “beeing around”. Get it? *Snickers*

Splash: *Giggles* Like I always say, I could just never get enough of those! They crack me up everytime!

Seedra: Same here, actually!

Marine: Me, too! That was bonza!

Heavy: Ugh.

Mighty: Um, yeah. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, I’m in agreement with Seedra and Vanilla. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have Robotnik over if he isn’t doing anything wrong.

Splash: I agree with them, as well. Since we were able to put our differences aside a few other times to combat people like Mephiles and Dr. Nega, I guess we could the same at this party. Especially if Dr. Robotnik truly has changed, like he claims.

*Many others same something similar*

Sonic: …

I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t believe for one second that he’s changed. Sure, it may seem that way right now, but just give him another month or two, and he’ll back RIGHT back to his old ways!

Blaze: Yes, I’ll be keeping my eye on him, as well.

Silver: That goes double for me.

Robotnik: Still as skeptical as ever, I see, but rest assured, I’m an entirely different person now!

Sonic: Whatever you say.

Robotnik: If I was still as evil as you say, would I have bothered spending tons of money on all these Christmas gifts?

Sonic: …

Say what?

Robotnik: *Snaps his finger*

Immediately after Robotnik snapped his fingers, tons of Egg Pawns and other Badniks entered the house, carrying tons of gift-wrapped Christmas presents.

Charmy: Whoa!

Marine: Strewth!

Robotnik: You see? I could have easily used that money for the resources I would need to build a weapon of mass destruction, but to reiterate, I’ve retired, and being the generous person I truly am, I decided to use it for a more…noble cause.

Wechnia: …

Well, this is certainly quite surprising…

Knuckles: Yeah, I have to admit… I didn’t see this one coming at all!

Vector: Neitha did I, but howda we know fa sure that ‘cha didn’t put bombs in ‘em, ‘r somethin’?

Robotnik: Now why would I do that? Who do you think I am? Bean the Dynamite?

Bomb: You can’t deny the fact that you’re capable of designing them, though. I’m living proof of that.

Scorch: Hey, I was with him when he brought those gifts, and he did no such thing. They’re perfectly legit.

Mecha Amy: Oh, now THAT’S reassuring, coming from someone who blindly follows him, and kisses up every chance she gets. *Shifty eyes*

Scorch: What did you say!? You’re certainly a lot of talk without that control switch, aren’t you?

Mecha Amy: With or without it, I was never scared of YOU to begin with!

*They “anime lightning glare” at one another*

Splash: *Gets between them* Oh, come on. Let’s not fight, you two. Can’t we all just make peace and get along?

*They both cross their arms and turn their backs, giving each other a unanimous “Hmph!”*

Splash: I guess not…

Slush: Don’t worry, Scorch, I trust you. Like you said, you were with Robotnik when he picked out the gifts, and if you say they’re harmless, then that’s good enough for me.

Scorch: Thanks, Sis. I appreciate it.

Slush: Don’t mention it. *Walks over to one of the gifts* Alright, here goes… *Opens one of them*

Cream: Are they safe, Miss Slush?

Slush: AAAAAA! IT’S A BOMB!

Robotnik: WHAT!?

*Everyone starts panicking*

Slush: Relax, people! I was only kidding!

Silver: Whew… THAT’S a relief!

Blaze: That’s for sure!

Rouge: Yes, you definitely had us worried for a second there!

Robotnik: You see? I told you it wasn’t a trick, didn’t I? Well, now that you’re aware that they’re safe, help yourselves!

*Everyone else starts opening the presents*

Shock: Thanks for the presents, Doc. We appreciate it.

Robotnik: It was my pleasure.

Storm: So, what brought about this sudden change of heart, if you don’t mind us asking?

Porkenstein: Yes, I do say we’d all like to know.

Robotnik: ...

Well, it all began after my most recent setback; and by “recent”, I mean six months ago, during that incident with the Elemental Chaos Rings and EG-005.

Silvra: …

Robotnik: After my plans were foiled that time, I kept pondering about the situation, wondering where I went wrong. From there, I constantly wondered how and why my plans would end up in failure, despite my pure genius and intellect. I soon fell into a state of depression, and for the past six months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I thought all the way back to when I first got into the field of science, robotics and mechanical engineering, and…I remembered my original objectives, and they weren’t anything like this. I just simply wanted to be a brilliant scientist, like my grandfather once was.

Seedra: Okay, so what was it that led up to you trying to take over the world?

Robotnik: …

Well, like all other scientists, I only wanted my work to be recognized, but…the exact opposite ended up happening. For some reason, all of my efforts and contributions were often ignored in favor of everyone else’s. Hardly anyone ever appreciated anything I did…so one day, I decided that I was going to make everyone acknowledge my brilliance. But somewhere along the way, I became corrupt…and from there, I ended up doing many horrible things, which, up to this day, I’m not very proud of. I’m sure you all know what those “horrible things” are, so I won’t get into detail with them. So, anyway, to wrap this up, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking for the past six months ever since my last defeat, and realized that this wasn’t what I actually wanted in life. This may be hard for many of you to believe, but I truly have seen the error of my ways, and as a result, I’ve decided not to pursue my plans to create the “Robotnik Empire” any longer.

Everyone: …

Splash: Well, I guess that makes sense. If what you say is true, then I’m happy for you. I wish you the best of luck in getting that teaching degree.

Robotnik: Thank you. Now, I’d say that’s enough about me, don’t you think? Why not carry on with the party?

*The party continues*

Later on that night…

*An explosion occurs, creating a hole in the wall*

Vanilla: HUH!?

Cream: AAAAAH!

Vector: HOLY FREAKIN’…! What was THAT!?

Shadow: There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to wait until the smoke clears.

Storm: That won’t be necessary. HAAAAH! *Uses her wind powers*

By using her wind powers, Storm was able to blow away the smoke that was caused by the explosion. To their surprise, the explosion was caused by none other than…

Everyone: …METAL SONIC!?

Knuckles: *Looks toward Robotnik* YOU’RE the one behind this, aren’t you!?

Robotnik: …

Sonic: I KNEW it! I knew you were faking all this time when you claimed to have “changed [your] evil ways”!

Amy: You reprogrammed him again, didn’t you!?

Robotnik: What’re you talking about!? I had absolutely NOTHING to do with this!

Heavy: …You actually expect us to believe that?

Robotnik: Whether you believe me or not, it’s the truth!

Wechnia: If you aren’t the one responsible, then who is?

Robotnik: How should I know!?

Just when everyone was really beginning to enjoy themselves at the Christmas gathering, and just when it seemed as if Dr. Robotnik’s “reformation” claim was legit, a reprogrammed Metal Sonic ends up making an unexpected, dramatic appearance! However, the doctor has assured everyone that this was not his doing. As Wechnia said, if he wasn’t the one responsible, then who’s really behind it? Find out on the next exciting chapter of the Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!

To “bee” continued…

Mystical Ninja:
Part 3

Previously, on the Elements of Power Christmas Special, Dr. Robotnik showed up at the Christmas gathering with a startling claim, stating that he’s changed his wicked ways and put his plans for world conquest on indefinite hold. However, due to the fact that he’s made at least two other claims like that one in the past, hardly anyone believed him, and they went so far as to laugh in his face (much like they did to Mephiles the Dark sometime ago). Feeling humiliated, the doctor was about to leave, but to everyone’s surprise, Vanilla told him that he was welcome to stay, as long as he isn’t causing any trouble.

During Robotnik’s stay at the party, he even went so far as to bring Christmas gifts for his (supposedly former) enemies as proof of his “reformation”. When he was asked about his “sudden change of heart” by the Wind Goddess, Storm, he went into detail, stating that being a power-hungry madman was never what he truly wanted in life. According to himself, he simply wanted his work to be recognized like any other scientist would, and began to show remorse for all the “horrible things” he’s done up until that point.

Later on, however, just when the doctor was beginning to earn peoples’ trust, a newly-reprogrammed Metal Sonic arrived on the scene and disrupted the party. Knuckles and a few others began to accuse Robotnik of being behind it, but he then assured everyone that he had nothing to do with it. Is Robotnik actually telling the truth? If what he says is true, then who’s truly behind it? Find out as the saga continues in this second-to-last chapter of the Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!

Mecha Amy: Oh, Metal Sonic! I’m so glad you made it! *Rushes towards Metal Sonic in order to hug him* Honestly, up until now, I didn’t think you’d-

Metal Sonic: *Backhand slaps her*

Mecha Amy: Uhhhhh! *Falls over*

Sonic: Oh, geez…!

Shock: Hey, hey! What’s your problem, pal!?

Mecha Amy: I…don’t understand. *Holds her face* There’ve been many other times where you’ve avoided me, but up until now, you’ve…never hit me before…

Metal Sonic: …

Silvra: Just keep in mind, he isn’t himself right now, and that’s because SOMEONE did something to him. *Glares at Robotnik*

Robotnik: I already told you, I didn’t have ANYTHING to do with this!

Sonic: Oh, yeah, right, Ro-butt-nik!

Tiara: Yeah. At this point, you might as well go ahead and come clean, because you aren’t fooling anyone!

Robotnik: Come clean about WHAT!? How could I have done this!? Up until now, I hadn’t seen Metal Sonic in months!

Mecha Amy: You probably used a control switch, like you did to me and Silvra before!

Robotnik: Scorch, you’ve been with me the entire time, haven’t you? Well, would you be so kind as to clear this up for me?

Scorch: Sure thing. Dr. Robotnik is telling the truth; he truly DIDN’T have anything to do with this!

Tails: Well, someone or something must have caused it… After the way Heavy, Bomb, and I reprogrammed him some time ago, I highly doubt he would have gone haywire like this on his own…

Vector: I guess ‘dat means ‘da question remains… If it wasn’t Robotnik, ‘den who was it?

???: Eee hee hee! Oh, I’d be MORE than happy to answer THAT one for you!

Everyone: …!

Silver: That voice…!

Blaze: That laugh…!

Slush: No, it couldn’t be!

Silver: It’s Dr. Nega!

Nega Robotnik: *Steps in* Eee hee hee! You know me too well, don’t you? You are absolutely correct! It is I, none other than the one and only gentlemen genius, Dr. Eggman Nega, A.K.A. “Nega Robotnik”, or just simply “Dr. Nega”, if you prefer.

Scorch: So, YOU’RE behind this, huh!? I should’ve known…

Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! That I am, my dear Scorch! That I am!

Robotnik: You see, everyone? I TOLD you I didn’t have anything to do with this, didn’t I? Anyway, correct me if I’m wrong, Nega, but didn’t you get taken back to that mental asylum sometime ago?

Nega Robotnik: Yes, but as you can plainly see, I’ve escaped. I’ve been out of there for months, actually, formulating my next brilliant scheme and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike!

Vanilla: Why did you need to “strike” HERE, of all places!? We were in the middle of a Christmas gathering!

Nega Robotnik: Oh, really? Eee hee hee! I’m awfully sorry… That was terribly rude of me, wasn’t it? Oh, but don’t you worry! Far be it for me to be a hindrance… Far, far be it! You’re free to carry on with this little “Christmas gathering” of yours, and I’ll be leaving in just a moment. But before then, however, there’s something that I require…

Vector: Wudevah it is ‘dat ‘cha “require”, ya might as well save ya breath, ‘cause we ain’t givin’ you nothin’! Now go ahead ‘n’ scram!

Charmy: Yeah! Scram!

*Others say something similar*

Mecha Amy: By the way, what have you done to my Metal Sonic!?

Nega Robotnik: Oh, that? I merely used him as a test subject for the virus program I’ve developed, which I like to call the “Nega Virus”! Once it enters a robot’s central processing unit, they completely fall under my control! Allow me to demonstrate! *Takes out a small laptop and punches in a few keys*

Using his laptop, Dr. Nega once again began to spread the Nega Virus. This time around, however, it entered the CPU of all the Badniks that came to the Christmas gathering with Robotnik and Scorch. As a result, they all began to go haywire.

Robotnik: WHAT THE…!? Nega, what have you done!?

Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! It’s just as I said, my dear ancestor, I’m merely demonstrating the effects of the Nega Virus, and how I’ve managed to bring Metal Sonic under my control! It was actually quite convenient that your other robots happened to be around at the time, so now I have THEM under my control, as well! Eee hee hee hee hee!

Robotnik: I’ll make you pay for this!

Nega Robotnik: How, may I ask, are you going to do that? I’ve already turned your Badniks against you, so I’d say that’s entirely out of the question! Wouldn’t you agree?

Robotnik: …

Scorch: Hey, that’s not true. He still has ME by his side, in case you haven’t noticed!

Blaze: And not to mention the rest of us!

Silver: We don’t know exactly what it is that you’re up to, Nega, but whatever it is, we’re going to put a stop to it! Right here and now!

Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! We’ll just have to see about that now, won’t we?

Squash: Ugh… God, that laugh is annoying!

Heavy: Yes, you’re one to talk, aren’t you?

Squash: Oh, shut up.

Sonic: You ready, everybody? Let’s show Nega Ro-butt-nik the REAL super power of teamwork!

Charmy: Alright! Let’s do it!

Nega Robotnik: BADNIKS, ATTA-

Vanilla: WAIT!

Nega Robotnik: Hmm?

Vanilla: Can you PLEASE not fight in the house!? You’ve done enough damage already!

Nega Robotnik: …

I suppose so.  After all, it’s a lot more spacious out there than it is in here.

*They go outside*

Immediately after going outside, Dr. Nega commanded his ancestor’s virus-infected Badniks to attack the heroes. Before anything else could be said or done, Slush was able to quickly dismiss them by using her ice powers to have them frozen.

Slush: Too easy.

Nega Robotnik: Gah! Curses!

Shadow: You know, I think it’s time you’ve given an explanation as to why you’ve come here.

Nega Robotnik: Very well. Now, how should I put this? Do you remember when I said that there was something that I “required”? Well, this “something” that I speak of, is merely food that could be used to fuel a certain…”pet” of mine. Chao food, that is! And by that, I mean the Chao themselves, of course! Eee hee hee hee!

Espio: Wait a minute… Your so-called “pet”…you wouldn’t happen to mean the Ifrit, by any chance, would you?

Nega Robotnik: That would be correct!

Silver: The Ifrit’s still alive!? No way! That’s impossible! I know for SURE that we destroyed that thing a while ago!

Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Or so you thought, but even to my surprise, it was still alive!

Shock: Am I the only one who’s lost as to what this “Ifrit” thing is?

Robotnik: The Ifrit is a fiery, demonic creature from another dimension, which was once sealed away behind an interdimensional door at the Mystic Haunt Zone, due to its dangerous and destructive power. According to the documents that my grandfather, Professor Gerald left behind, it needs to consume Chao in order to further its powers.

Silver: Yeah. Basically, the Ifrit is just as dangerous as Iblis!

Elise: As dangerous…as Iblis?

Nega Robotnik: Once again, you are correct! The last time I intended to unleash the Ifrit, someone conveniently removed the Chao that I had stored away, and as a result, I was unable to unlock its full potential. Rest assured, though, that won’t happen again.

Tails: Wait a minute… You’re saying that YOU were the one behind that Chao-napping incident from a while ago!?

Sonic: Yeah, I mean, I thought for sure that it was Robotnik!

Nega Robotnik: So, you’ve finally figured it out. Yes, it was me. Guilty as charged! *Looks toward Cheese and Chocola* Eee hee hee hee hee! Ah, so THESE must have been the Chao I’ve been detecting on radar all this time! *Psychotic grin*

Silvra: Wait a minute, you wouldn’t!

Cream: *Protectively hugs them* No, NO! I’ll NEVER let you take Cheese and Chocola from me!

Tikal: How could you!? You ought to be ashamed of yourself, using poor, defenseless Chao to fuel a monster like that!

Splash: You creep!

*Other people say something similar*

Nega Robotnik: Oh, spare me the sentimentality.

Shadow: If you think we’re just going to stand by and allow you to use those two Chao as a sacrifice to the Ifrit, then you’re sadly mistaken!

Vector:  You got ‘DAT right! If you want them, you’re gonna have to get through US first!

Nega Robotnik: Very well then. Metal Sonic, take care of them for me, would you?

Metal Sonic: *Nods*

Mecha Amy: Wait a minute, now! Metal Sonic, you’re being controlled…you have to fight it!

Omega: As long as he is under the influence of the Nega Virus, there is no use in trying to reason with him. We have little choice other than to fight.

Mecha Amy: But, but… *Sighs* I guess you’re right…

*The battle begins*

Metal Sonic: *Rolls into a spinball and dashes toward everyone*

*The heroes spread out and dodge the attack*

Nega Robotnik: (Eee hee hee… Perfect! While those fools are keeping themselves busy by battling Metal Sonic, this will buy me the time I need to nab those two Chao and quietly sneak away!)

Shortly after taking out his dimensional camera, Dr. Nega aimed it straight at Cheese and Chocola, and pressed the button, effectively turning the two Chao into cards.

Cream: CHEESE! CHOCOLA!

Nega Robotnik: Success! Now, all that’s left is the Ifrit’s awakening! *Runs off*

Rouge: Oh, no, you don’t!

*They begin chasing after him, but Metal Sonic blocks their path*

Knuckles: What are you doing!? Get out of the way!

Silver: Don’t worry, I’ve got this! *Uses telekinesis to hold him down*

Amy: *Gets behind Metal Sonic and switches him off, like before*

Metal Sonic: *The red glow in his eyes disappears*

Robotnik: I’m going to see what I could do about removing the virus within Metal Sonic’s, as well as the rest of my robots' programming, while the rest of you catch up to Nega!

Sonic: Sure thing, Ro-butt… I mean, Robotnik. Come on, let’s blast through with sonic speed!

*They go after Dr. Nega*

A few minutes later…

Blaze: Dr. Nega! Stop it right there!

Marine: Yeah, ya crazy, chunky ol’ bloke!

*They corner Nega and have him surrounded*

Nega Robotnik: Fair enough. I’m certain that this is more than a sufficient amount of space to unleash the Ifrit!

Mighty: Wait a minute, what? Wasn’t that thing supposed to have been sealed behind a door, which could only be opened with the Chaos Emeralds?

Nega Robotnik: Under normal circumstances, yes. However, I, being the brilliant scientific genius that I am, have been doing research on dimensional travel, and discovered a way to gain access to that dimension without the use of the Chaos Emeralds!

Silver: Liar! You’re bluffing!

Nega Robotnik: A liar, am I? Eee hee hee hee! Watch and learn, fools!

Once again, Dr. Nega used his dimensional camera; this time, however, for an entirely different purpose. As he aimed it up into the sky, a force of energy was released from the camera, which caused a rip in the dimensional fabric. The rip was so large, that the Ifrit was able to fit through and cross into their dimension.

Ifrit: *Loud growl*

Marine: STREWTH! T-T-That’s… That’s one creepy monsta right there!

Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! It worked! After adding those dimension-ripping capabilities to my camera recently, I didn’t have the opportunity to test it until now, but to my surprise, it was a complete success! It was absolutely flawless! I’m such a genius, I even amaze myself sometimes! Now then… Let’s get down to business, shall we? *Turns to the Ifrit* These are for you, my friend! *Tosses Cheese and Chocola’s card into the air, aims his camera, and changes them back to normal so that the Ifrit can eat them*

Ifrit: *Opens its mouth*

Cream: NOOOOO!!! CHEESE!!! CHOCOLA!!!

Suddenly, just in time before the Ifrit was able to gobble them up, someone or something suddenly swiped the Chao from the air at light speed.

Nega Robotnik: Huh!? What the…!? What’s going on!? *Looks around*

*Everyone else looks around, too*

Big: Hey, look! It’s that black and gold Metal Sonic clone from before! *Points*

Nega Robotnik: Metal Sonic Version 3.0!? So, you truly ARE alive after all! All this time, I was under the impression that had gotten destroyed in your previous battle against Metal Sonic!

Metal Sonic 3.0: Of course I’m still alive. I never die that easily. *Drops Cheese and Chocola in front of Cream*

Amy: Wow, I never thought that YOU, of all people, would be coming to lend us a hand, Three-Point Zero. Not that I’m complaining, though.

Metal Sonic 3.0: Hmph. Quit deluding yourself, fool. I didn’t come here to help any of you. I had my own reasons for doing what I did.

Nega Robotnik: Well, would you care to elaborate on what these “reasons” are for delaying the Ifrit’s feeding time?

Metal Sonic 3.0: …

Cream: I don’t know why you did it, but thank you, Mr. Three-Point Zero!

Cheese & Chocola: Chao, Chao!

Metal Sonic 3.0: Save your thanks. The only reason I did that is because I needed to copy their data. Otherwise, I couldn’t have cared less what happened to them. They, along with just about every one of you, can go die in the Ifrit’s fire for all I care. Now, if you would excuse me, I have more important matters to attend to. *Turns on his jet booster and flies away*

Mecha Amy: …

Some things never change. Even after all these months, that guy is STILL a jerk.

Amy: I don’t know about anyone else, but it didn’t look like he was doing any “data copying” at all. This may sound strange, but it seemed to me as he was truly concerned about Cheese and Chocola’s safety, and he was just putting on a tough-guy act to cover it up.

Mecha Amy: You sure have an interesting way of looking at things.

Ifrit: *Sets its sights on Cheese and Chocola*

Blaze: Cream, it’s not safe for those two to be here! You have to get them away from here as quickly as possible!

Cream: Right! *Grabs Cheese and Chocola, and then takes off*

Nega Robotnik: Eee hee hee! Oh, no you don’t! *Aims the camera at them*

Silvra: *Holds out the palm of her hand and blasts it with a hydro attack, causing it to malfunction*

Nega Robotnik: NOOOO! MY DIMENSIONAL CAMERA! IT’S ALL RUINED!

Silvra: Serves you right! You’re lucky I didn’t do more than that!

Nega Robotnik: I’ll make you pay dearly for this! Pay with your LIFE, that is! Ifrit, I command you! Destroy these fools!

Ifrit: *Blows fire at the heroes*

*They dodge the attack*

Charmy: Aww, man! How are we supposed to stop a monster like THAT if we don’t have the Chaos Emeralds!?

Blaze: Not to worry. We might not have the Chaos Emeralds at the moment, but I did bring the Sol Emeralds with me.

Knuckles: Ah, good! I guess that changes a thing or two, doesn’t it? Okay then! Let’s get powered up!

After Blaze took them out, the Sol Emeralds began to encircle the heroes, glowing multi-colored lights. Shortly afterwards, a bright flash of light occurred, and their transformations were finished.

Super Sonic: Alright! Now, let’s show this creep the REAL super power of teamwork!

*They fly into the air to begin the battle*

At last, the time has come for the Chaotix and company to do battle with the Ifrit once again. Even with the power of the Sol Emeralds, will they have what it takes to defeat this deadly, destructive creature, and foil Dr. Nega’s sinister plan? Find out next time, on the Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special conclusion!

To “bee” continued…

Mystical Ninja:
Part 4

Last time, on the Elements of Power Christmas Special, Metal Sonic suddenly busted into Cream and Vanilla’s house while they were in the middle of a Christmas gathering. Since Metal Sonic had been programmed to be on the heroes’ side sometime ago, everyone assumed that Dr. Robotnik (who claimed to have changed) was behind it, but even after he assured everyone that he had nothing to do with it, they still didn’t believe him. That is, until Dr. Nega, his crazed descendant from the future, arrived on the scene and revealed that he was the true mastermind. As it turns out, the “reprogramming” was due to a virus program that Dr. Nega developed, which he decided to use Metal Sonic as a test subject for.

In order to demonstrate the effects of the Nega Virus, he decided to infect the Badniks that Dr. Robotnik brought to the party, as well, which Slush managed to dismiss by freezing them. Using Metal Sonic as a distraction, Dr. Nega used his dimensional camera to turn Cheese and Chocola into cards, and fled the scene. After dealing with Metal Sonic, the heroes quickly chased after Nega and had him cornered. Shortly afterwards, he decided to use the other function of his camera to open a dimensional gateway between their world and the Ifrit’s, allowing the fiery creature to pass through seamlessly. The moment it appeared, Dr. Nega changed Cheese and Chocola back to their original state, and tried feeding them to the Ifrit, but before it had the chance to eat them, Metal Sonic Version 3.0, of all people, in a surprising turn of events, decided to rescue them! However, according to himself, he had his own reasons for doing so, which was to copy their data his programming.

As soon as the Ifrit began to set its sights on Cheese and Chocola again, Blaze urged Cream to escape and get the two Chao as far from that area as possible. Just when Nega was about to use his camera to stop her, Silvra used a hydro attack to make it malfunction. Enraged over Silvra ruining his dimensional camera, Dr. Nega ordered the Ifrit to destroy her, as well as the rest of the heroes. Shortly after Charmy expressed concern that they wouldn’t be able to defeat the Ifrit without the Chaos Emeralds, Blaze reassured him by saying that she had the Sol Emeralds with her. With that said, they all decided to use them to turn into their “super” forms, so they could stop the Ifrit.

Even with the power of the seven Sol Emeralds, will they have what it takes to put a stop to the Ifrit, and prevent it from destroying their dimension? Find out as the story concludes on the Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power Christmas Special!

Scorch: Well, once again, I guess it’s time to fight fire with fire.

Squash: That reminds me… Shouldn’t you have let someone hold on to the Fire Element Gem for you, so that we don’t end up running the risk of releasing you-know-who again?

Wechnia: She’s right. Since we’re going directly into battle with the Ifrit, it’s going to be nearly impossible for the gem to be able to avoid direct contact with its flames.

Scorch: That won’t be necessary. Iblis isn’t trapped inside of it anymore.

Super Silver He isn’t!?

Burning Blaze: What!? You mean to tell us that that creature is somewhere running rampant right now!?

Scorch: No, I’m saying that it’s trapped elsewhere. A few months ago, Dr. Robotnik created a “Scepter of Flames”, using the same material that the Scepter of Darkness was built with. From there, I transferred Iblis from the Fire Element Gem into the scepter.

Super Silver: Whew… THAT’s a relief!

Burning Blaze: That’s for sure!

Super Espio: Okay, so now that we have that cleared up, why don’t we turn our focus back to taking down the Ifrit?

Ifrit: *Insert loud growl here*

Super Sonic: Heh! You think you could intimidate us with just a few growls? Come on! Let’s see what you could do!

Ifrit: *Blows fire at them*

*They dodge, and start flying towards the Ifrit*

Ifrit: *Flaps its wings and starts blowing them back with gusts of wind*

Storm: Oh, please. Do you truly think you could effectively use something like that on ME, a Wind Goddess? Here, let me show you how it’s done! Aero Star Pow-

Before Storm had the chance to finish her sentence, she suddenly found herself getting smacked away by the Ifrit’s tail.

Storm: Uhhhhhh!

Shock: Storm!

Storm: *Stops herself in mid-air* Don’t worry, I’m fine.

Super Charmy: Hey, do you think we should try attacking it all at the same time, like we did to Solaris those other times?

Super Knuckles: It’s worth a shot. Come on, let’s do it!

*They fly towards the Ifrit again*

Ifrit: *Opens its mouth and spits a flaming ball of charcoal at them*

Super Tails: Uh oh! That can’t be good!

Super Charmy: Hee hee, “that can’t bee good”. Get it?

Splash: *Holds in a laugh* Charmy, please. Save it for after the Ifrit’s beaten, okay?

Super Charmy: Okay.

Super Knuckles: *Punches through the charcoal* Nice try, but not good enough!

After shattering the charcoal ball into pieces, everyone quickly charged their Sol Emerald power, flew towards the Ifrit at high speed, and used the Team Blast technique (from Sonic Heroes), constantly crashing into the creature and dealing a significant amount of damage.

Ifrit: *Growls in pain*

Super Mighty: Looks like it’s working!

Super Vector: Heh heh, yep! Now we’re in business, boys…’n’ girls.

Seedra: Yeah. I guess that means we should keep this up.

*They fly towards the Ifrit again*

Just as the heroes were in the process of flying toward the Ifrit, getting ready to use the Team Blast again, the fiery creature opened its mouth and blew fire again, but rather than it being a regular flame blast this time around, it was a fire tornado, which they all ended up getting caught in.

Everyone: AAAAAHHH!

Nega Robotnik: *From below* EEE HEE HEE HEE HEE! Yes, that’s right! Keep it up, Ifrit! Crush those insolent fools! Make them suffer! Burn them to ashes! Kick them to the outer limits of-

Ifrit: *Sets its sight on Nega, and spits a flaming ball of charcoal at him before he finishes his sentence*

Nega Robotnik: GAH! *Dodges* Wait a minute, what are you doing!? I’m the one who freed you and brought you back to this dimension, you know! I’M not your enemy, they are! Attack THEM, not me, you ungrateful fool!

*Suddenly, the fire tornado disappears*

Nega Robotnik: WHAT!?

Scorch: *Places the Fire Element Gem back in her tiara* I knew that would do the trick!

Slush: Good thinking, Scorch.

Ifrit: *Charges toward them*

Super Charmy: Uh oh, it’s heading right for us!

Super Sonic: Why don’t we use our special attacks this time? SONIC WIND!

Burning Blaze: FIRESOUL ATTACK!

Super Silver: PSYCHIC CONTROL!

Super Shadow: CHAOS…SPEAR!

Super Knuckles: THUNDER ARROW!

Super Mighty: COSMIC CRUSHER!

Scorch: NOVA STAR POWERRRR!

Splash: AQUA STAR POWERRRR!

Slush: ARCTIC STAR POWERRRR!

Squash: GEO STAR POWERRRR!

Seedra: SOLAR STAR POWERRRR!

Shock: ELECTRO STAR POWERRRR!

Storm: AERO STAR POWERRRR!

Silvra: MULTI-STAR POWERRRR!

Ifrit: *Insert loud growl here as it gets caught in the explosion*

Super Charmy: Alright! I think we did it, you guys!

Super Shadow: Although we’ve done a significant amount of damage to the Ifrit, I don’t think that was enough to destroy it, so we shouldn’t let our guards down just yet.

Wechnia: I could still feel its lifeforce, so the Ifrit’s definitely still alive, no doubt about it.

Super Espio: Our ring energy is on the verge of depletion… Why don’t we use the remaining time we have to get ourselves some more?

Shock: Yeah, you do what. We’ll hold him off until you guys get back.

Super Sonic: Okay. Let’s blast through with sonic speed!

Ray: *From below* We’re way ahead o’ ya! We’ve already collected some rings for you guys.

Cream: Yep, they’re right down here!

Marine: Help yourselves, mates!

*Everyone (except for the Elemental Goddesses) hovers down to get the rings*

Super Sonic: Thanks, guys. We appreciate it.

Tiara: Sure. Anything for you, Sonic. *Winks at him*

Amy: *Looks at Tiara with shifty eyes*

Super Shadow: Alright, now that we’ve been re-energized, let’s finish taking down the Ifrit!

*They fly back into the sky and re-join the Goddesses in battle*

Nega Robotnik: HA! Even without the Chao, the Ifrit’s might is STILL more than enough to destroy them!

Amy: That’s what YOU think you mustached monkey!

Robotnik: *Walks by, with Metal Sonic* “Mustached monkey”!? I am the world’s greatest-… No, wait, you were talking about Nega, weren’t you?

Mecha Amy: Wow, you fixed Metal Sonic already?

Robotnik: Yes, I did, thanks to the Nega Virus cure that Metal Sonic 3.0 dropped off.

Mecha Amy: Huh? HE went out of his way to help Metal Sonic? What for?

Robotnik: He said that his reason for doing so, is because he wouldn’t get any satisfaction out of defeating Metal Sonic in an inactive state, nor while he’s under mind control. He says that it would be best if Metal Sonic were to “have recollection of his defeat”.

Mecha Amy: Oh. I guess THAT explains it.

Nega Robotnik: Bah, whatever. Now that the Ifrit has been reawakened, I have no further use for Metal Sonic anyhow! After it’s finished disposing of the rest of these fools, I’ll be free to proceed with my plans! With the Ifrit’s power at my disposal, the world shall be my plaything! I shall bring about an age of fear and chaos! And it shall be glorious! Eee hee hee hee hee!

Metal Sonic: *Glares at Dr. Nega*

Robotnik: By the way, Nega… I think it’s fair that I warn you that Metal Sonic isn’t very happy with you, since you decided to use him as a test subject for the Nega Virus against his will. So, if I were you, I’d be running right about now.

Nega Robotnik: That won’t be necessary. Why run when I could just do THIS? *Takes out his laptop again*

Metal Sonic: *Blasts it with an eyes laser*

Nega Robotnik: NOOOO! MY COMPUTER!

Metal Sonic: Considering what I have in store for you, that computer should be the least of your worries…

*The virus-purged Badniks arrive on the scene shortly afterwards*

Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA… How do you like THAT, Nega? Not only does Metal Sonic have a bone to pick with you, but so do they!

Nega Robotnik: This isn’t good… *Starts backing away, and then runs off*

Metal Sonic: GET HIM! *Dashes after him*

*The Badniks do the same*

Nega Robotnik: GAH! CURSES!

*Everyone laughs as they chase Nega off*

*Seconds later, off in the distance, an explosion is heard, and Nega is seen flying over the horizon*

Nega Robotnik: AAAAAAAAHHHH!!! YOU’LL REGRET THIS!!!

Heavy: HAHAHAHAHAHA… Priceless!

Bomb: Yep!

Amy: Serves him right!

Ray: That’s for sure!

Tikal: I couldn’t agree more! I can’t believe he’d so such a thing, using poor, innocent Chao as a sacrifice!

Chaos: *Nods in agreement*

Honey: Yeah, that’s pretty low, even for him.

*Metal Sonic and the Badniks come back*

Robotnik: Well done, Metal Sonic. I suppose this means you’re free to settle things with Metal Sonic 3.0?

Metal Sonic: That pathetic excuse for an imitation could wait. For the time being, I’m going to join the others in taking down the Ifrit. However, Three-Point Zero is next on my agenda after I’m through with it.

Amy: Well, alright. Good luck!

*He absorbs the power of the Sol Emeralds, turns super, and joins the battle*

So then, the battle against the Ifrit continued. With each second that passed, it began to get more and more intense, with both the heroes and the Ifrit fighting each other face-to-face, matching each other blow-for-blow. After a while…

Super Charmy: Man… This thing is really, REALLY strong!

Super Mighty: I agree. No matter what we throw at it, it just keeps coming back for more!

Super Vector: Yeah, ‘n’ it didn’t even get the chance to eat any o’ the Chao!

Ifrit: *Opens its mouth, and starts charging up a fire attack*

Super Vector: Uh oh… It’s ‘bout ta attack again! Brace yaselves, everybody!

After the Ifrit was finishing charging its attack, it “fired” a large blast at the heroes, which was a combination of both fire and lava. However, before it had the chance to hit them, Splash and Slush countered it with their water and snow-based attacks, effectively dousing it in the process.

Splash: Take this! *Fires another hydro blast, this time at the Ifrit*

Slush: HAAAAAH! *Fires an ice blast*

Ifrit: *Insert loud growling here*

Storm: *Joins in, using a wind-based attack*

Silvra: *Uses a combination of all three abilities*

Wechnia: Yes, it’s working! I could feel its lifeforce rapidly decreasing!

Super Knuckles: Alright, then I guess that means it’s time to deliver the finishing blow!

Super Sonic: Alright! Let’s show that thing the REAL super power of teamwork!

With that said, all of the heroes charged their Sol Emerald power once again, and charged toward the weakened Ifrit at high speed, using the Team Blast attack once again. This time, however, they didn’t just crash into the creature; this time, they crashed through it, effectively putting a large hole through it stomach.

Ifrit: RAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHH!!! *Falls from the sky*

Rouge: *Notices it* …! LOOK OUT!

Omega: Affirmative! Everyone, evacuate immediately!

*They run off as the Ifrit falls to its doom, and a huge explosion occurs*

Amy: SOOONNNIIIC! *Starts rushing over there to go hug him*

Tiara: *Sticks out the handle of her jeweled staff, causing Amy to trip over it*

Amy: Oooof! *Falls flat on her face*

Tiara: I’M going to be the one to hug him first! *Runs off*

Amy: *Sits up* Oooh…! Why, you! *Takes out her hammer and tosses it at Tiara’s head*

Tiara: Uhhhhhh! *Gets hit in the back of the head and falls over*

Amy: *Pulls down her eyelid and sticks her tongue at Tiara*

*Soon, a fight breaks out between them, and they fight in a smoke cloud (like in cartoons)*

*Everyone sweatdrops*

Blaze: Pathetic.

Silver: You could say THAT again…

Heavy: All of this over someone who wants nothing to do with either of them… I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: How long is it going to take for them to get the message already?

Bomb: *Shrugs* At this rate, it doesn’t look like they ever will, unless Sonic decides to tell them off.

Sonic: ...You know, I’ve actually considered doing that several times, but never got around to it. You just don’t know HOW close I am to doing it.

Porkenstein: So, umm… Anyway, it would appear as if that savage beast is finally out of the picture, and that madman’s ambitions were never realized. Well done, everyone!

Tails: Thanks, Professor.

Espio: Hopefully this time, we’ve seen the last of the Ifrit.

Shadow: Yes, indeed. This time, I’m certain that it’s been destroyed. There doesn’t seem to be a shred a left of it.

Charmy: Hee hee, “bee a shred left of it”. Get it? *Snickers*

Marine: Heh heh! Good one, mate!

Splash: Yes, I agree! *Giggles*

Seedra: Um, yeah. Real nice.

Vanilla: *Arrives with Cheese and Chocola*

Cream: Mother, guess what! The monster that Dr. Nega brought over here… It’s been beaten! Cheese and Chocola are safe now!

Vanilla: Yes, I saw. I was watching that fight the entire time, and you guys were truly amazing!

Vector: Y-Ya really think so? ^^;;

Vanilla: Why, yes, of course.

Vector: G-Gee, t-thanks. ^^;;

Vanilla: You’re welcome.

Charmy: *Snickers*

Marine: *Same*

Vector: *Glares at them* What’re YOU two laughin’ at?

Charmy: I’m sorry, but this HAS to be said! Vanilla, Vector has a cru-

Vector: *Covers his mouth*

Charmy: Mmmph!

Vanilla: Hmm? Come again?

Marine: He’s tryin’ to tell ya that he’s got the hots for ya!

Vector: GAH! Why, you li’l…!

Vanilla: …

Wow, I…really don’t know what to say. Is…is this true, Vector?

Vector: *Blushes* U-Uh, w-well, you see, I, um…

Charmy: It is, it is! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Marine: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Vector: Okay, now ‘dat does it! Earlia today, I SAID I’d knock yer freakin’ block off if ya opened your yap about that, didn’t I!? Well, now I’m ‘bout to do JUST that!

Charmy: GOTTA GO! *Flies off*

Marine: Hey! Wait for me!

Vector: GET BACK ‘ERE! *Chases after them*

*He chases them around, and people laugh about it*

Knuckles: Heh heh heh! Some things just never change, do they?

Rouge: You got that right. Those two just never learn.

Mighty: This makes like, what, the eighth time that’s happened so far?

Espio: Yes, that’s exactly how many times it was. First, it was Knuckles who chased Charmy around, then it was Rouge, then the next two times, it was both of them, then Vector, then Silver and Blaze, then Seedra, and this time around, it’s back to Vector.

Honey: Wow, I had no idea it happened THAT many times!

Knuckles: It wouldn’t have if Charmy didn’t have such a hard time keeping his mouth shut about that sort of thing.

Blaze: Yes. The same thing applies to Marine.

Silver: A while ago, when you said that the two of them would end up becoming best friends if they ever met, I wasn’t even a little bit surprised to see that it actually happened.

Blaze: Neither was I.

And so, thanks to the heroic efforts of Knuckles, the Chaotix, and the rest of the heroes, the Ifrit was defeated, and Dr. Nega’s plans were thwarted once again. With him out of the picture for the time being, and with the Ifrit permanently laid to rest, they were all free to continue enjoying themselves at Cream and Vanilla’s Christmas gathering; not only to celebrate the holiday season, but their hard-earned victory over the forces of evil. At long last, the world is at peace once more…for now. What other adventures and conflicts await our heroes in the future? Find out as the saga continues in the next story, Knuckles’ Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 4: Dimensional Chaos!

The End.

Mystical Ninja:
Man, I never thought I'd be using this thread again, especially since I swore I'd never do another Christmas Special, but as you can see, I ended up deciding against that. The more I pondered about the possibilities of a second one, the harder it became to resist doing another. Now, since this story not only takes place after the first Christmas Special, but the fourth and fifth episodes along with it (the latter of which I haven't started yet, for obvious reasons), I'm not sure whether or not this is canon to the main story, but I still try to maintain consistencies anyway. Also, this marks the first appearance of Syndra, who was originally supposed to debut in the fifth episode.
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Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power

Christmas Special #2

Part 1

On the previous Christmas Special, Cream the Rabbit and her mother, Vanilla, along with their two Chao, Cheese and Chocola decided to have a Christmas gathering over at their house, inviting many of their friends in the process. Among these “friends” was the Chaotix team, along with various others. That wasn’t all, however… In a surprising turn of events, Dr. Robotnik, of all people, showed up at the festivities- as a party guest! Even more surprising than that, he claimed to have changed, and given up on his plans for world domination entirely. Although many people were skeptical about it at first, Vanilla willingly allowed the Doctor to stay, as long as he wasn’t causing any trouble.

Much later on, Dr. Robotnik’s deranged descendant, Dr. Nega also showed up at the gathering, but for an entirely different reason. Apparently, he discovered that the Ifrit was still alive and well, and decided that he was going to continue one of his previous plans, which was to fuel the fiery creature, and use its powers to destroy the world. The “fuel” that the Ifrit needed was Chao, and as such, Nega kidnapped Cheese and Chocola in order to feed them to the Ifrit, but not before using Metal Sonic (who was infected by the “Nega Virus”) as a decoy, so that he could make his escape.

After having Metal Sonic shut off so that he (as well as Robotnik’s other robots) could be purged of the effects of the virus, the Chaotix and company began to chase Nega down, and eventually had the deranged doctor cornered. With nowhere to escape to, Dr. Nega took out his dimensional camera, and used its newfound dimension-ripping ability to tear a hole into the dimension, effectively allowing the Ifrit to pass through, into their world. Just as Nega was about to feed Cheese and Chocola to it, Metal Sonic Version 3.0, of all people, ended up coming to their rescue! According to himself, however, he only did that as a means of obtaining their data, and otherwise couldn’t have cared less what happened to them. Shortly afterwards, he left to go deliver the Nega Virus cure to Metal Sonic (who he wouldn’t be satisfied with destroying while he’s under mind control), as well as the other Badniks.

Not very long afterwards, the heroes used the power of the Sol Emeralds (which Blaze brought to the party with her) to enable their “super” transformations, and engaged the Ifrit in an epic showdown. After a long, tough battle, they eventually defeated it, sending the fiery creature plummeting to its doom. Dr. Nega, on the other hand, ended up getting chased off by Metal Sonic and the Badniks, and as an act of revenge for infecting them with the virus, they ended up sending the deranged doctor flying, effectively foiling his plans once again.

So far, one year has passed since this incident, and Cream, Vanilla, Cheese, Chocola, and Gemel were in the process of preparing for yet another Christmas gathering. Just like before, Amy Rose, Big the Cat, the Multi-Elemental Goddess, EG-005/Silvra, were the first ones over, and decided to help with the decorations.

*Music Cue*

Cream: There. *Places a star on top of the tree* Once again, that should do it!

Gemel: *Gives her a “thumbs up”*

Vanilla: *Looks around* Something tells me we may have gone a bit overboard on the decorations this time around, but they still turned out rather nicely, if I do say so myself. *Looks toward Amy, Big, and Silvra* Thank you very much. As always, we appreciate the help.

Big: Mm hmm.

Froggy: *Croaks*

Amy: Anytime.

Silvra: Yeah, we were happy to help.

Vanilla: By the way, Amy, I’ve been meaning to ask…

Amy: Hmm?

Vanilla: When Shock gets here, are you going to be able to control yourself this time? I’d rather not have there be a repeat of what happened last year…

Amy: Oh, there’s no need to worry. I no longer have anything against Shock. As it turns out, she’s actually seeing someone right now. At first, I thought she was faking it, so I was a bit skeptical about it at first, but she was actually for real! Electra’s another story, though, so I can’t guarantee anything if she shows up.

Vanilla: Electra?

Amy: Yeah, Dr. Nega’s clone of Shock.

Vanilla: Pardon me if this seems rude, but are you sure you aren't jumping to conclusions, like you did with Shock?

Amy: Oh, I'm not jumping to conclusions. Boobowski and I were both right there when she came onto Sonic. I swear, that hussy will flirt with any, and I mean ANY guy that she sees! She’s even worse than Rouge!

Vanilla: I see…

Amy: If she tries that again, then I’ve got a Piko Piko Hammer with her name written all over it! *Tightly grips her hammer in anger*

Cream: Maybe you shouldn’t have brought this up, Mother…

Big: I agree.

Silvra: Someone needs to get her some anger management classes…

Amy: Oh, come on, Silvra. I’m pretty sure you’d act the same way if Electra or some other girl were to come onto Wechnia!

Silvra: W-What…? *Blushes* I don’t know what you’re- That’s ridiculous!

Amy: Are you sure? I remember you saying that you thought he was super cute sometime ago!

Silvra: You’re exaggerating! I said he was “kind of” cute! It was just a compliment, that’s all… It doesn’t necessarily mean that I like him, or anything!

Amy: Giving a compliment and flirting are two different things. You were definitely flirting with him! You're totally glowing and everything!

Silvra: Um, uh… Can we change the subject?

Amy: Oh, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, believe me! Love changes everything! It makes you feel like every little moment in your life is huge!

Big: Uh oh, here we go with that speech again…

Cream: Yep. Once Amy gets on the “love” subject, there’s just no stopping her…

Ten minutes later…

Amy: …Yep, so basically, in a nutshell, love conquers all! *Looks around, and notices that no one’s in the room anymore* Huh!? Ooh…! Why are people always doing that!?

Meanwhile, ways from there, Knuckles and the Chaotix, after receiving party invitations, were on their way over to Vanilla’s house to attend the gathering.

Vector: *Listening to his music player* TEAM CHAOTIX! They’re detectives you want on your siiiiide!

*Everyone starts covering their ears*

Vector: Their directives, trackin’ down your criiiiime! Come along fa ‘da ride! Truth can run, but not hiiiiiide! Fa long the game is on NOOOOOW!

Knuckles: Oh, for crying out loud, Vector! Cut it out!

Charmy: Yeah! Your bad singing is really, REALLY hurting my ears!

Vector: Whadda ya mean “bad singin’”!? There ain’t nothin’ wrong wit’ the way I sing!

Heavy: Really, now? Sure could’ve fooled me.

Bomb: Yeah. Don’t take this personally, but you couldn’t sing if your life depended on it.

Espio: I think Bomb has summed it up rather nicely.

Mighty: Yeah. No offense, Vector, but you really can’t.

Vector: Oh, gimme a freakin’ break! I’ve sung in front o’ Vanilla quite a few times, ‘n’ she thought I sounded just fine!

Charmy: Hee hee, yeah, of course SHE would say that!

Vector: What’s THAT ‘sposed ta mean!?

Charmy: Ohhhh, you know! That’s because she’s your giiiiiirlfriend! *Snickers*

Heavy: Yes, so in other words, she’s most likely just trying to be nice. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if she started holding her ears in agony the moment you weren’t looking.

Vector: That ain’t true, ‘n’ you know it!

Heavy: You just go ahead and keep telling yourself that.

Vector: Why, you li’l…! Shut ‘cher stinkin’ trap!

Charmy: Hee hee, “trying to bee nice” and “bee the least bit surprised”. *Snickers again*

Vector: *Looks toward Ray and Wechnia* Whadda ‘bout you two? Do you like my singin’?

Wechnia: I’m afraid not.

Ray: Yeah, sorry.

Vector: Bah, wudevah! You people wouldn’t know good singin’ if it bit ‘cha in the behind!

*Everyone sweatdrops*

Mighty: Yeah, so anyway, I’m going on ahead. I’ll see you guys there! *Takes off*

*The others do the same*

With that said, the nine of them began sprinting ahead, bound for Cream and Vanilla’s house in the Green Hill Zone. Unknown to them, however, they were being watched from a distance. The two notorious criminals, Nack the Weasel/Fang the Sniper and Bean the Dynamite, who were apparently expecting their arrival, had just got finished setting up a trap for group.

Nack: *Comes from the bushes* What ‘da…!? ‘Ey, wayda minute! How come it ain’t woikin’!? *Walks over to the covered trench*

Bean: Beats me. *Starts walking over to it* I’m guessing they must’ve skipped it! Ugh, all that work for-

Before Bean had the chance to finish his sentence, he ended up stepping onto the covered trench, effectively adding enough weight to activate the trap and send the two crooks plummeting down the hole they dug.

Nack: AH, CRAAAAAAAP!!!

Bean: AAAAAAHHHH!!!

*A loud thumb is heard*

Meanwhile, with the Chaotix…

Ray: …Did anybody else hear that?

Mighty: I didn’t hear anything. Did you, Espio?

Espio: Not at all. Vector?

Vector: Nope, didn't hear nothin’.

*Everyone else says something similar, and they keep moving afterwards*

With Nack and Bean again…

Bean: *Holding the huge lump on his head* Do you see where another of your BRILLIANT ideas has gotten us?

Nack: Ah, shaddap! *Holds the lump on his head*

Elsewhere, Sonic and Shock, along with Zippo the Rabbit, were currently in the middle of a race, in order to see which of them could get to Cream and Vanilla’s house the fastest.

Sonic: Not bad, not bad! I’d say that’s about it for the warm-up. What do you say we take things up a notch?

Shock: Sounds good to me.

Zippo: *Smirks, and then nods*

Sonic: Alright then! Let’s blast through with sonic speed!

*They speed up and take off*

Much later, after the arrival of Sonic, Shock, Zippo, and the Chaotix, many other guests showed up to the gathering, ranging from Tails, Silver, Blaze, Marine, Tiara, Honey, Tikal, Luna, the Elemental and Parallel Goddesses (including Scorch’s descendant, Syndra, and minus Silvra’s “other half”, PG-005/Goldra), and many others.

Tikal: Hello, Syndra. How are you?

Syndra: *In a dry-sounding tone* Just peachy, thanks. *Walks off*

Mighty: … 

Um, wow. What’s with her?

Tikal: She’s always this way…at least towards me. As far as I can tell, she’s hated me ever since we first met, and even now, I still don’t understand why…

Electra: *Walks over to Sonic* Why, hello there, handsome. Long time no see. *Winks*

Sonic: Oh, uh… Hey, Electra! What’s up?

Electra: This is. *Holds up a mistletoe*

Sonic: ...! *Starts backing away from her*

*Amy and Tiara come stampeding over there, and stand between them, glaring at Electra*

Electra: Oh, not you two again… Don’t you have anything better to do?

Amy: Listen up, you little hussy! If you think I’m just gonna stand by and let YOU get a kiss from MY Sonic, then you’re sadly mistaken!

Tiara: Oh, get real! He’s not YOUR Sonic, he’s MINE!

*A heated argument breaks out between them (as always), and people start holding them back*

Vector: *Takes out his camcorder* Like I always say, these NEVAH get old!

Charmy: Hee hee, yep! Their arguments are always really, REALLY funny!

Amy: I’LL BASH YOUR SKULL IN, BOOBOWSKI! YOU, TOO, ELECTRA!

Tiara: JUST TRY IT!

*Suddenly, the sound of a shattering window is heard, and they all look in that direction*

*Music Cue*

Everyone: Metal Sonic 3.0!?

Heavy: Hey, Three-Point Zero. There’s a new invention called the “door”. Ever heard of it?

Metal Sonic 3.0: Hmph.

Vanilla: Oh, hello there! I remember you! You’re that nice robot who saved Cheese and Chocola at last year’s party! Thank you very much for that, by the way.

Metal Sonic 3.0: *His eyes start to glow as he glares at her*

Vanilla: Is…something the matter?

Vector: Uh oh! This ain’t good! *Runs toward Vanilla* LOOK OUT! *Dives and knocks her out of the way as 3.0 fires an eye laser*

*Everyone else ducks from it, as well, and it blasts right through the wall*

Vanilla: Whew, that was a close one! Thank you, Vector.

Vector: D-Don’t mention it! ^^;; *Stands up and glares at 3.0* You! Whadda ya think you’re doin’!? What’s your problem, huh!?

Cream: Mr. 3.0, why are you trying to hurt my mother!?

Metal Sonic 3.0: …

Scorch: Yeah, Three-Point Zero. What’s gotten into you all of a sudden? Did you get reprogrammed, or something?

Metal Sonic 3.0: I could assure you, that’s not the case.

Amy: Then why ARE you doing this!?

*Other people ask something similar*

Metal Sonic 3.0: I don’t have to explain myself to any of you, but don’t worry. You’ll know the answer soon enough. Now get out of my way.

Vector: Ain’t gonna happen, pal!

Charmy: Yeah!

Metal Sonic 3.0: Very well. Then you will also be destroyed!

Sonic: Just try it, faker!

Out of the clear blue sky, Metal Sonic Version 3.0 has made an unexpected, dramatic appearance! Oddly, he seems to be targeting Vanilla. Why is he after her, exactly Could there be a method to his madness? Or could he have truly gotten corrupted somehow, as Scorch has begun to suspect? Find out on the next exciting chapter of the second Elements of Power Christmas Special!

To “bee” continued…

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