Later on that night
Sonic was running down the streets to pass the time. There had been tons of news going around about the people disappearing all of a sudden over the past two months. Even though he knew about it, he still wanted to have a relaxing run before he turned in for the night. The cool wind whipped through his fur as he continued on, speeding up. Once he was satisfied, he slowed down to a brisk jog and then he stopped running altogether. He turned a corner and started for home when he heard the sound of shattering glass and loud annoying alarms sounded from within the city museum.
Sonic's ears perked up immediately at the sound and he turned swiftly to face the building to have two figures jump from a glass window and land almost exactly in front of him. His mouth was agape as he stared at the two figures dressed in complete black. These two, two hedgehogs exactly, were openly stealing from the museum and not even caring about all the mess they had caused. The green hedgehog, named Manic, smirked at Sonic. The wail of police sirens sounded from all around soon after. Sonic snapped back to reality and was ready for a fight. The girl, known as Sonia, glared and got a tighter grip on the stolen object as she took a fighting stance as well.
Sonic got a glimpse at what she was holding. His eyes widened with surprise. A Chaos Emerald!!
"Hey! That's a-" he was cut off by the girl turning swiftly to her partner.
"Come on, Manic! We have to move!" she yelled ready to run as the other hedgehog nodded.
Sonic gritted his teeth and with a quick, "Oh, no you don't!" He pounced on her quickly grabbing the emerald from her grasp. Sonia came back just as fast. Then in a magenta blur, she turned and shoved her feet firmly in the blue hedgehog's stomach and sent him flying. The emerald was flung into the air. He hit the wall with a thud and his vision blurred for a second.
'Damn, that girl can kick!!!' he mentally swore.
Sonic regained his composure and stared darkly at the other hedgehog. "You've got to be kidding me!" he said under his breath, when he saw the guy named Manic had it in his grasp.
He jumped up and once again tried his luck with a tackle to the ground. But, Manic saw it coming. Right before Sonic glomped him, he yelled, "Sonia, go long!!" He flung the emerald as hard as he could before he made contact with the ground. Sonia rocketed off after the gem, leaving a magenta streak. Sonic actually stopped for a minute, baffled.
"What the hell?" he asked with his mouth agape, right before he snapped back to reality and stormed after her. Manic had quickly got up and sped off after them, leaving his own streak just as the authorities arrived at the crime scene.
Sonic was coming up on Sonia hard and fast, who had caught the Chaos Emerald already, and was making a mad dash for home. The gem was held firm in her hand as her arms were flung behind her from the force of the wind, making her more aerodynamic. Right when he was within grabbing range, she looked over her shoulder and Sonic could've sworn he saw her eyes glow for a split second, right before she winked at him and shot off, leaving a sonic boom in her wake. If he wasn't already running, he would've stopped in his tracks and let his mouth drop again, but he was distracted when he heard another sonic boom from behind him. He didn't even have time to look before Manic zoomed past him, letting out a dark laugh at the baffled hedgehog. And as if in slow motion, Sonic could see that he was also holding something.
"They have two Chaos Emeralds!?!?" he screamed, right before he plowed off after them, creating a boom equal to their own.
Sonic followed the two mysterious hedgehogs far, far away from the city. Soon, they all were out on the plains of some distant land. The half moon shone eerily in the night sky. Sonic didn't recognize anything despite having traveled some of everywhere in his countless runs. They then entered a thick forest, the night sky making the area look like something out of a horror movie. Even the branches of the trees looked like they wanted to reach out and grab him. Yet, still he ran, trying his best to pursue the two criminals. He had them both in sight but they were just out of reach as he copied Sonia and Manic who all zigzagged in and out of the tall trees looking like magenta, green, and blue pinballs.
Then all of a sudden, they came upon the base of a cliff; a dead end. The two shot off in different directions, Sonia breaking left and Manic breaking right. Sonic had to act and fast. He decided he'd deal with Manic later and went after Sonia. What Sonic didn't know was that he was being watched. But, this time, it was more than three pair of eyes.
Sonic rounded a corner expecting to find Sonia in a fighting position or something. But, to his surprise, he found not only her, but Manic as well! They were just standing there, doing nothing. Well, Sonia was standing, actually, with one hand on her hip while the other held the green Chaos emerald, smirking with lust-filled eyes, looking creepily like Rouge at the moment. Manic, on the other hand, was sitting on a ledge not too far up from Sonia, smirking down at Sonic, blatantly showing off the blue gem that he held.
"Looking for me, handsome?" she purred.
"Actually, I'm here for the Chaos Emeralds," he answered. "You know, the two that you stole!?"
"What these?" Manic said, looking at the gems with a slight hint of disinterest. "We didn't steal them. We borrowed them."
Sonia and Manic burst into laughter.
"Sonia, Manic, that's enough!!" a voice said. They instantly shut up.
Sonic's ears perked at the sudden voice. "Who's there!?" Sonic yelled, taking on a fighting position.
"No need to yell. We're right here." The voice said again.
"We?" Sonic repeated, letting a chill run down his spine.
"Yes, we," the voice darkly laughed, coming from a green hedgehog with a black jacket and scars across his chest known as Scourge who sat crouched high up in a tree. Then, he leapt from his perch, landing on his two feet with ease as at least 30 others came out of the darkness. When Scourge grinned, Sonic paled and froze in his tracks.
"Oh...my...God. Y-you're a
a," he stammered, scared out of his mind.
"Vampire?" Sonia suddenly said from behind him, nearly making Sonic jump out of his fur, as she breathed down his neck.
"What gave us away?" Manic chuckled. Both he and Sonia walked past him to join the others, handing Scourge the two Chaos Emeralds. He held the gems in his hands as he briefly examined them while the others all began to circle around Sonic. The blue hero managed to regain his composure and took on a fighting stance; although he knew his chance of getting out alive was very, very slim.
"Well done," he said to the two, "I see you managed to bring him here after all."
"Bring me here?" he asked astonished. "What do you want with me!?" Sonic finally asked growling.
"It's not what I want," Scourge replied, right before he tucked the gems away in his head quills. "It's what the Alpha Vampire wants, actually. And right now, he requests your presence. He is waiting for you and expects you to comply."
"Like hell I am! I'm not going anywhere!" he growled again.
"If you fail to accept his Majesty's invitation, we'll be forced to take drastic measures," Scourge responded, his face cold and hard like stone.
"In other words," Sonia piped in, stepping in front of Scourge with her hands on her hips. "If you don't do what he says, there will be blood. Lots and lots of blood".
He took one good, long look around and saw that he was completely surrounded. The other vampires all licked their lips, awaiting his response, their bloodlust eyes practically screaming with hunger. There was no way out. He looked back over to Scourge, Sonia, and Manic, who'd, all crossed their arms and were waiting rather impatiently as well. Manic even tapped his foot, a characteristic commonly used by Sonic himself.
"Well!?" Manic said after a while.
Sonic took a deep breath and made the decision that would change his life forever.
"Alright, I'll go."