Unsuspected Heroes Chapter 53

“Why did I agree to this?!”

“Knuckles you can’t be afraid of heights, you lived on a floating island!” Rogue teased.

“I’m not afraid of heights, unless the fall leads to being burned alive!” He yelled.

“I wouldn’t drop you, Knuxs,” she said, plainly.

“You better not,” he grumbled.

“Plus, it’s my turn to save you from falling to a fiery death,” she smirked. Knuckles smiled. He attention was suddenly turned to something below them.

“What the heck is-oh chaos-Rogue, up, up, up!” He panicked.


“Just do it!” He ordered.

“Knuckles what’s going on?”

“Go up and I’ll tell you!” So Rouge flapped her wings faster as to gain height. She looked down at him, waiting for an explanation; “Mephiles,” he sighed. He saw Rouges expression change into a fearful one.

“Mephiles…or Winter?” She whispered.

“I donno, hopefully the first.”  She nodded, know looking ahead.


Unsuspected Heroes Chapter 52

“Chaos,” she whispered. She was alone in the blazing forest. She didn’t know where the others were, she didn’t even know if they were alive or not, but that wasn’t going to stop her, the fate of this world was upon her, and she wasn’t planning on failing.

She began to put out the fire around her, she wondered if Power was doing the same thing. “If he is, we should meet eventually.”

As she continued to walked something caught her attention, “Omega?!” She exclaimed. She ran over to the fallen robot.

“Bl-blaze the Cat, ally,” he stated.

“Omega, what happened?” She asked.

“I-kitzzz-Mephiles…Blaze-kitzzzzzzz-,” and with that his robot body became lifeless.

“Omega!”  She looked at the dead robot. “I promise you Omega, I will make sure you didn’t die in vain.” With this she ran off, putting out the fire as she went.

Unsuspected Heroes Chapter 51

“What is this, the never ending woods?!” Edward screamed.

“Calm down, panicking won’t solve anything,” Topaz ordered.

“There has to be another way,” Power stated. He turned at faced the scientists, and engineers. “You guys are smart, you built a bridge to another dimension, and a weapon with the capability to destroy the world-”

“Which we agreed was bad,” Peach pointed out.

“Ok yeah, but now you can use your smarts for good, think of something!”

“You’re running out of power aren’t you?” DJ whispered.

“Maybe a little,” Power answered, looking at his fire rings which was glowing dimly.

“He controls fire, and he controls plants.”

“What an observation!” Ant said sarcastically.

“Wait, if the fire had nothing to consume it would die out,” Mario stated.

“We all know that, but we can’t suck all the air out of this forest!” Peach replied.

“I never said air, Peach, I said things to consume, like wood,” he answered.

“What are you getting at?” Edward asked.

Mario sighed before continuing, “He controls plants. Hey, DJ, right?” DJ nodded. “DJ, can you kill plants?”

“In theory, yes, but I’ve never tried,” he informed.

“Well no time like the present,” Peach urged.

DJ concentrated really hard.

“It’s not working!” Edward hissed.

“DJ, just make the plant grow in reverse,” Mario advised.

So DJ tried again, the tree turned back into a sapling, and continued to regress, until, it was nothing but a seed in the ground, something the fire couldn’t consume.

“Ok, good job, but that’s just one tree, what about the rest?” Topaz asked. Suddenly many of the trees around them regressed back into seeds. “Ok…that’ll work.” She answered her own question.

“This is perfect, when all the plants are gone, we’ll be able to find the others!” Polo exclaimed.

“…But so will Mephiles,” Power stated.

“That’s a risk we’ll have to take,” DJ answered, as he continued to un-grow the plants in his range.

Unsuspected Heroes Chapter 50

He was running as fast as he could, but his body ached.

‘Of course he chases me.’

Winter was still unconscious, and with all this heat, there was no way she’d regain it.

“Did you really think you were going to get out of this alive?”  

Shadow feel forward, he turned around, facing Mephiles clutching Winter. “Stay away, or I swear to Chaos I’ll kill you!” Shadow growled.

“You are not in the position to make demands, Ultimate Lifeform,” he answered. “Project Chaos is mine, we have something in common…I can give her something you can never give her, peace. You must understand, I want what is best for her, I want her to stop suffering.”

“You just want to kill her, and I won’t let you, I am not going to lose anyone else!” He growled, charging up a Chaos Nightmare attack.

“You’re being selfish, do you know what she goes through every day, fighting her true self, the agony?” He began to charge up an attack. He smiled wickedly. “Ready to die…Ultimate Lifeform?”

Shadow fired his ball of concentrated Chaos Energy in vain, it never even reached Mephiles, it vaporized seconds after being fired.

Everything happened so fast, when Shadow finally opened his eyes he saw Omega standing in front of him.

“Omega!” He yelled.

“Go…Shadow…I will hold him off,” Omega ordered.

“No, no, I’m not leaving you here!”

“I am asking you as a…friend, go…and promise me you’ll tell Winter she has my 100% respect,” Omega asked.

“You’re going to tell that to her yourself,” Shadow replied.

“You and I both now the chances of me surviving are low, now GO!” Omega ordered, firing at Mephiles.

Shadow ran, he did look back, and that was the last time he saw Omega.

Everything around him was on fire, he didn’t know where the others were, and he had an unconscious hedgehog in his arms. He could feel Winter’s body getting limper, the heat was getting to her, she needed shelter.

“Chaos damn it,” he yelled in frustration.

He suddenly felt a gust of surprisingly cool wind brush against his side. “What the hell…?” He wondered aloud. He looked to his left, and saw a cave. Now, Shadow never did believe in the idea of there being a being of higher power…someone or something watching everyone and letting everything happen, but at that second he was closer to believe it then ever.

He entered the cave and set Winter down on the ground gently. He sat down not too far from her. He sighed as his back slide against the wall as he sank to the ground. He finally began to process everything that had get happened.

He looked at his hand, Winter did this to him. He couldn’t believe THAT was what Winter was fighting, every second of every day, she, she really was a monster. “That wasn’t her!” He hissed. He looked at her, she was now completely normal looking.

He knew that when she woke up, she’d never forgive herself. ‘But, what…what if she doesn’t…wake up.’ He thought. He inhaled sharply, “No, she’s going to wake up…she has too.”

“Sh-Shadow,” a voice whispered. He turned to face her, and without even thinking he hugged her. He didn’t care how awkward this was, he was to…happy. He had felt her body tense when he hugged her. “Shadow?” She sounded confused, and surprised.

He sighed, “Winter, there’s something you need to know…” he lifted up his injured hand reluctantly, so she could see.

“I…I did that,” she gasped. She got up and took serval steps back. “Oh-oh Chaos, I…I…I went Dark.”

“Winter…” he began walking towards her.

“No, Sh-shadow, I, I didn’t mean what I said, I,” she was starting to cry.


“N-No, st-stay away from me,” she nearly yelled.

“No! No Winter, I can’t do that!” He raised his voice in reply.

“I was going to kill you!”

“But you didn’t, Winter, you didn’t kill me,” he answered.

“B-but, I, I was enjoying it, I wanted to kill you, I’m a monster, I-?!”

She didn’t get to finish her sentence because Shadow had kissed her on the lips. It wasn’t a long kiss, it only lasted about a second. Winter just looked at him, amazed. “Wh-why did you do that?!”

“Because I…love you, and nothing you say or do can change that,” he answered. “You’re not a monster Winter, you’re a hero, even if the world, and you yourself can’t see that. You’d protect anyone, even those who hunt you, a monster wouldn’t do that.”

She smiled a little, as she wiped the tears from her eyes.

“How are we going to get out of here?” She asked him, voice still a little uneven.

“I don’t know, everything out there is on fire, you wouldn’t make it,” he answered.

“There is one way,” she stated.

“No, no way, I barely snapped you out of it back there, I’m not taking that risk,” he refused.

“Look, I don’t like it any more than you do, but we have to do what we have to do, all of Mobius is at stake here!”

“No, it’s too risky!” He yelled. “I know what you really want, you want revenge because Mephiles used you, I know the feeling, trust me, I’ve been there, but you can’t let it control you.”

“I’m not doing this for revenge, like I said, MOBIUS is at stake here Shadow, we have to take risks, that’s how life works!” She yelled back.

“We still have to be rational!!”

“I am being rational, that’s all I know how to do, I have limited emotions remember!!!” She yelled. “Besides that, the life of one person doesn’t outweigh the world!”

“Your life does!” He shouted. He sighed, his voice now came out like a whisper, “Winter… you are my world, no one understands me the way you do, you’re the only person I’ve really ever opened up to since Maria, I-I can’t lose you too…”

She wished her emotion weren’t shallow, she wished she could feel compassion and empathy, she wished she knew what to say as reply to what he has just told he, but she didn’t. There was a silence between the two, neither of them knowing what to say next regarding this topic of…love.

“That can’t be the only way,” Shadow stated.

“Shadow, trust me on this, I wouldn’t suggest it if it wasn’t,” she answered.

“Fine…on one condition, if anything, and Winter, I mean ANYTHING, you stop, got it?”

“Got it,” she answered, clearly annoyed.

“Let’s go,” he said, picking her up bridal style, running out the cave and into the fiery furnace.



Unsuspected Heroes Chapter 48, 49

“We lost the others!” Tails yelled.

Sonic looked back, he could only see Silver and Tails, “We have to go look for them!”

“Sonic, we can’t!” Silver called. “We have to keep going!”

“No, we can’t leave them behind!” He answered. “Knuckles! Rogue! ANYONE!”

“Sonic, they won’t be able to hear you!”

“We have to find them!” He continued. “I…I can’t lose anyone else…!”

A gust fiery wind howled towards them. Silver blocked it using his telekinesis. “It’s getting stronger; I don’t know how much longer I do this! We have to…go!”

“Sonic, have faith. I’m sure they’re all fine, we have to go, please, Sonic,” Tails begged, grabbing Sonic’s arm.

“A-alright, on three we run-”

“Wait! I don’t have super speed,” Silver panicked.

“If I grab you will the shield disappear?” Sonic asked.

“No, as long as I concentrate on it, it should last….”

“Great-one, two, THREE!”

Faster than Silver could realize Sonic had grabbed him and was dragging him through the burning forest. He suddenly started to worry about the others, he wasn’t too worried about Blaze and Power, they could control fire, but everyone else could be roasting alive, or worse, Mephiles might have them…. Winter…she, what happened to her, what was that Dark Energy stuff Tails referred too, was she ok, was Shadow ok?

‘Silver, stop it, they’re fine, he’s the Ultimate Lifeform, and she’s the Ultimate Living Weapon, have some…faith.’

[Chapter 49]

“Think we’ll make it?” Rogue asked.

“I donno,” Knuckles replied, still running.

“Just in case,” she said, as she turned him around and kissed him on the check. Knuckles looked at her, blushing. “Well, c’mon, let’s go.” She started to run again.

“W-what just happened?” He asked himself.