Today's mission for the Resistance seemed pretty regular. Eggman returns with another giant mech to try and reclaim his domination, and the local residents start panicking out of control. Eggman was nearly one mile away from the nearest town at the moment, and if he were to arrive, he could cause catastrophic damage to the town.
Even with all of the chaos undergoing, it’s been always apparent that no matter how dire a situation is, Sonic the hedgehog will always get the upper hand eventually, and find a way to save the day.
Sonic hadn’t arrived yet, so Knuckles and Shadow had to go handle the mech themselves and try to hold it back as long as they could. It was harder than it looked as its armor was too hard and thick to dent it, and it’s raw power gave them a run for their money.
“Where is he?” Knuckles asked impatiently. “I thought he was gonna be there by now.”
“Don’t worry about Sonic right now,” Shadow replied. “Besides, we can still handle him ourselves.”
Eggman then suddenly butted in their conversation unexpectedly. “NOT SO FAST VERMIN!” he shouted. “You all already had your paradise for long enough. It’s about time I’ve got my hands on the goodies.”
Eggman kept getting closer to the town by the minute so they couldn't waste any time. They had to hold it back as long as they could, and also take it down if possible. They were just about to attack when Knuckles could finally spot Sonic and Tails on the corner of his eye riding on the tornado towards the mech. He heard him talking to Tails before they came closer to the mech.
“Okay Buddy,” Sonic said to Tails. “I need you to help Amy, and the Chaotix guard the town, and keep a sharp lookout for any danger as well. And I will head down to make sure that egg is scrambled once again.”
“You got it Sonic,” Tails replied optimistically.
Tails swan dived the tornado closer to Eggman's mech, so Sonic could jump off and make his entrance, before going back up and soaring away.
“Sorry I was late guys, but I came as fast as I can,” Sonic said.
“Well, your fastest wasn’t fast enough,” replied Knuckles.
“Oh, and how fast did it take you to defeat Eggman?”
Knuckles was too exhausted to argue with Sonic, but still looked at him with an irritated glare.
“Oh my, now what do we have here? It looks like I now have three pests that I can exterminate,” called Eggman.
“I’d watch what you say, Egghead. Anything could happen by now.”
“How about we give that statement a little test, shall we.”
The three of them soon start duking it out. They attempt to hit on the most practical spots, but it was incredibly difficult getting anything done. All of their attacks would be countered. Without the aid of the chaos emeralds, there was not much they could do.
Eggman could be heard laughing and gloating to himself from inside the mech as he beats up the three heroes. Sonic wasn't willing to give up though, as he was still willing to fight with an optimistic attitude.
Knuckles attempts to attack from the back of the mech. He looks up to notice that a small piece of shrapnel that managed to get torn off. He believed that if he could tear apart the metal from the area, then he could tear a hole big enough to easily destroy the inside.
He managed to get up and grab a good grip of the mech and started bearing his claws into the metal. The metal was extremely tough and sharp. It was sharp enough to cut through his gloves, and pierce his skin, and the constant movement of the mech wasn’t helping either. Even with his hands in pain, he still manages to tear the metal apart and with Sonic, and Shadow’s fighting, it caused enough of a distraction for Eggman not to notice Knuckles.
He soon tears enough of the metal to create an opening that was larger than his fist, before calling out for Sonic. Without hesitation, Sonic quickly flew towards Knuckles, only briefly saying to him “Nice job Knux,” before drilling into the opening heading towards Eggman’s pod.
It didn’t take long before Eggman to realize what was happening, and when he found out that Sonic was just standing behind him, he was in utter shock.
“What! This shouldn’t be happening.”
“You know Eggman, I have noticed how persistent you can be, you always find a way to challenge, and overtake me. But it also means that I will always find a way to defeat you.”
The structure around them was starting to fall apart and became unstable, but Sonic didn’t move. Instead, he gestured his hand towards Eggman.
“We don’t have to keep doing this. Let me rescue you, and maybe we can try and make a compromise. Maybe make things better for the both of us.”
Eggman looked at Sonic cautiously and backed up towards the control panel, and put his hands on the sides of it. All he said in response was “Sorry, but your offer has expired.”
From outside Knuckles and Shadow could hear the mech explode from the inside out. They tried to run off, but they realized that Sonic was still inside.
“NO!” Knuckles yelled in shock.
Shadow stood practically speechless, also with a look of shock, and trauma. “I don’t know what I should do,” he then said.
All they could do at this time was turn around and try to avoid getting caught in the explosion.
Once things had settled down, they immediately went out to search if sonic was still around. After a couple minutes of searching, they were almost about to give up when Knuckles felt someone go up and touch him on his shoulder.
Knuckles jumped up in fear only to turn around to find Sonic. He was badly wounded, but still miraculously survived. He looked paler than usual and stood with an almost emotionless look on his face.
“I- I thought you were de-”
“No, I managed to escape in time,” Sonic said.
“Well, are you doing okay? You don’t look so good.”
“No, I don’t think I am.”
Sonic paused for a moment before responding, “Eggman is dead.”