Mysterious new enemy! Project Colin?Part I
“You know Sonic, you really are a piece of work, you know that?” Knuckles the Echidna smirked as he was facing off against his friendly rival. Sonic and Knuckles have been friends ever since they worked together to defeat Dr. Eggman about 6 years ago with his massive Death Egg weapon. It was the first time Sonic and Knuckles met each other as well. Knuckles had been fooled by the sly evil genius into believing that Sonic was after the master emerald…but that was all in the past. Nowadays, Sonic and his friends were constantly waiting for Eggman to make his next move…however, things have been oddly quiet over the past few weeks. Sonic was expecially getting itchy…itchy for a battle. He was bored! He needed someone to let fight against so he wouldn’t lose any of his skills…and a perfect hothead was just the guy to give him what he wanted. All what it took to get Knuckles to fight him was a couple of simple phrases…and the fact that he had been nearly beaten by Rouge a few times.
Just as they were about to face off, Miles (Tails) Prower (yeah, that’s his real name
) came bursting in. Knuckles landed a punch to Sonic’s face just when Sonic was distracted. The blue hedgehog wiped his cheek. “Hey no fair Knuckles!”
“All is fair in a fighting match Sonic.” The red echidna smirked and looked smug with himself. Still, what was the deal with the yellow fox disrupting their battle?
“Guys, Dr. Eggman has sent us a message. Thankfully Bokkun didn’t deliver this…”
Both Sonic and Knuckles backed away from the message on the computer screen. Dr. Eggman always sent his messages via computer instead of mail letters. The doctor’s bald head with his huge brown mustache appeared on the screen. He looked incredibly nervous and there was a loud banging noise in the background.
“Listen Sonic, there was something that went horribly wrong with my creation. I found a unique material identical to the power of chaos…but something went wrong. My robot malfunctioned, and now it appears…” A huge bang and a loud mechanical shriek temporarily cut off the message until Dr. Eggman was back on…except his head wasn’t facing the screen. His voice sounded incredibly…off, almost like he was congested…but Sonic and his friends brushed it off. Dr. Eggman never
got sick, not once for the whole time they had known him.
“Don’t come here. It isn’t safe. The machine is loose, and I’ve locked down every security door in every part of my facility. I must contain this monster…even now it threatens to try and escape. I’d love to see you get crushed Sonic…but not like this…”
As he turned around and faced the screen, the message got cut off. Sonic treated it like a movie.
“Come on!!! That was suppose to be the best part…sigh. That’s no good!” He did his famous taunting wave finger, but Knuckles had other ideas than just mocking.
“This is our chance Sonic! We can beat Dr. Eggman and never have to worry about him again! He’s lied and tricked me so many times…” Knuckles hotheadedness made him look even redder than he was already…and Sonic agreed. It was no secret where Eggman’s base was…he wasn’t the kind of guy that went into hiding unless the whole government called GUN was after him. Since he felt confident that his robots could counterattack any attempt made by GUN, he had made a big base right along the shoreline. Sonic started to run, and when he got running, there was no stopping him. He made up his mind to agree to what Knuckles purposed…this seemed like the best time to stop Dr. Eggman once and for all.
Knuckles started to run to the airplane Tails had made. It was called ‘The Tornado” and it moved almost as fast as Sonic. Tails however, was the only one that knew how to fly it. Tails hadn’t made a move. He was looking at something on his hands…the computer/TV that the message had played on was somehow…sticky. Tails was beginning to think about what Dr. Eggman was trying to warn them about…and then Knuckles grabbed him by his sticky hand and started to run while holding on to the lighter, younger fox. “Come on Tails, what are you waiting for. Let’s get there before Sonic already defeats him! I want a piece of that traitorous Eggman…”
Knuckles ignored the stickiness on his hands, let go of Tails, and rubbed his nose. The plane was outside and a cool breeze had tickled the echidna’s nose just enough for him to rub it to relieve the tickle. Tails, knowing it was impossible to convince Knuckles to think about this some more, jumped into the plane and opened the cockpit for Knuckles to join him. Luckily for Tails, there was hand wipes he had brought into the plane, but Knuckles refused to use any. “Tails, we’re going to get our hands dirty anyway. What’s the point of using them if we are just going to have to use them again later? Besides, I didn’t touch anything dirty yet.”
Tails thought better to not tell him about his hands, so he cleaned his own hands with a few wipes, got the controls ready, and then made ‘the Tornado’ take off. They were on their way to Eggman’s base!
Meanwhile, because of Tail’s hesitation, Sonic had gotten way ahead of them and was only a minute away from Eggman’s base with his incredible speed. Sonic laughed, loving the thrill he got every time he ran like this, but suddenly he stopped. The animals around him were running away from where he was headed, which wasn’t unusual…no animal wanted to be near Eggman’s base, but for animals to be running away this far from his base? Either Eggman had sent a robot to attack this area, or the animals must’ve been really terrified of what was happening at the base!
Confirming his suspicions, a giant drill tank was coming into his view…well, within his line of hearing anyway. This thing was dreadfully loud…but as Sonic ran to destroy it, he noticed something was very wrong with this machine. It was sparking for one thing, nearly overloading itself, and the other thing that puzzled Sonic was that there was a black liquid oozing out of it…and whatever it was, it wasn’t oil. This stuff didn’t reek like oil did…actually, it didn’t have a smell at all. The 15 foot tall robot was dripping this oozing liquid, and even the drill as it spun around had this liquid flying off of it. Before Sonic even got close to it, the whole thing exploded, the explosion sprayed this liquid all around the area.
Sonic ran full sprint to avoid getting sprayed. Shrugging, Sonic instead continued to run on ahead to Eggman’s base…who cared if his robots were malfunctioning? As he ran out of sight, the liquid started to come together, the individual drops clumping into a small, 3-foot tall black mechanical liquid form. “Analyzing…searching for new host…targeting…”
It may have only been 3 feet tall, but it had visible features to it. Its head was very familiar…if Sonic stopped to look at it, he would’ve realized that the machine’s liquid head was the exact shape as Dr. Eggman’s head, almost a perfect replica. Huge nose, even bigger ‘mustache’, and gleaming silver eyes that were in sharp contrast to its black body. The body was weird, almost looking like…a large model of a virus…
The black machine looked at the blue streaking hedgehog that was by now 5 miles away already. It was computing how long it would take to catch up to Sonic…and decided that it wasn’t worth its time. Its scanner built inside it was confirming the fact that every animal within 2 miles of it was running away from him…but one possible target…2 possible targets were coming in fast…and they were coming from the sky.
Knuckles was complaining loudly to Tails because both of them had seen Sonic’s blue streak storm across the landscape ahead of them. He was also complaining because the fox was concerned about a pillar of smoke that was coming from the forest below them, so the plane began to descend. “Are you crazy Tails? Sonic is going to beat Eggman all by himself, and this is NOT helping me calm down!”
Tails ignored his friend and landed the plane about 15 feet from where the destroyed driller robot was. Both of them got out of the plane and found…nothing. There were the usual small robot parts everywhere, but nothing unusual…Tails nervously put a hand behind his head and was starting to apologize to Knuckles when a small metal piece of the destroyed robot slammed into his stomach, knocking him unconscious.
Knuckles dodged a metal piece that was flying right for him, and masterfully dodged 5 more incoming pieces of metal. Finally seeing the direction where the pieces were coming from, Knuckles grabbed the last piece of metal and flung it right back to where it came from…a swishing sound was heard. Knuckles looked to where he flung the metal at and was stunned. A small black robot? It was pathetic! All what was there was ½ of a spiky ball shaped thing…then its top half started to be regenerated. The familiar sight of Dr. Eggman’s head appeared on top of the spiky ball and a mechanical voice came from it. “Perfection…new host found. Begin infestation.”
Knuckle’s jaw opened as far as it would go as the machine…self-destructed? Black liquid spewed in every direction, but nothing was left of the black robot. Knuckles brushed himself off as best as he could…he was covered the black slimy stuff, but then it disappeared. What Knuckles didn’t realize was it wasn’t disappearing or going away…it was going inside of him…
As Knuckles laughed and wiped his nose, which suddenly had a pretty strong annoying tickle, he picked up Tails and put him in the plane. No need to go after Eggman now…Sonic probably already kicked his butt pretty badly. All what the echidna could do now was wait for Tails to wake up and fly him back to Angel Island so he could go back to guarding the master emerald.
Meanwhile, Sonic did indeed reach Eggman’s base with surprising ease. No missiles, no traps…nothing! This wasn’t like Eggman at all…normally he would’ve fired at least every weapon he could throw at Sonic by now. As Sonic did his spinning roll and broke through the walls of the base, he too was stunned…all of the lights were off. It was like the whole base had shut down…well, not all of it.
Sonic saw a lone light that was on, one light that was on at the far end of the hallway…and Sonic realized that that was where Eggman probably was. Running down the hallway in no time at all, he stopped and saw Eggman’s big long legs spread out from the chair he was sitting in. Sonic’s face then looked at the doctor’s face and Sonic couldn’t help but step back.
“Nice to see that you came…Sonic…” Dr. Eggman’s voice was so badly congested Sonic only heard his name clearly in all that mess. Eggman looked…absolutely dreadful. He had huge bags under what would’ve been his eyes had they not always be covered, but it was his nose that made Sonic shudder. His nose was running, and it wasn’t stopping. His entire mustache was covered in dripping mucus, and soaked tissues had covered the floor around him
“Eggman…what happened to you?” Sonic stepped back as Eggman gave a massive wet sneeze.
“HuHASHTSKCHOo!!” Sniffling wetly, Sonic saw 2 huge lines of snot fly from Eggman’s nose, followed by 5 more smaller lines of snot.
“uhhhg…you have no idea how good that feels.” Eggman’s voice sounded clearer, just enough so that Sonic could barely understand what he was saying. Eggman’s huge pink nose was now entirely red, having been rubbed and irritated by countless tissues. “Listen Sonic…it escaped. Project Colin has escaped, and now it threatens us a…all…HuHSSSKCHO!” another massively wet sneeze exploded from the doctor.
“uhhhgh…at least I can breath through one nostril now…sniff…listen carefully. Project Colin is a dangerous prototype. I infused chaos’s energy with a unique substance I found…I had no idea that substance was the influenza virus. It threw off my detection robots because not only was the virus a black color, it had scientific properties that would ruin your brain if I explained them to you…put simply, the properties were a common cold. Project Colin’s only purpose I programmed into his circuitry is one thing: gather data. This programming was morphed by his influenza and common cold propert…ti…tiEH…HEKSTSSHO! Sniff…guhh…into gathering data from the cellular level.”
“What I failed to realize is that Project Colin also has a major flaw…he can’t survive in this world. I made it so his substance was multiplied into something that could create a mechanical body, but in doing so I made it so he couldn’t function…what is a virus without a host?” The doctor attempted to laugh, but a deep hacking cough ensued instead. “guhhh…that mechanical screech you heard was Colin slowly going mad with pain…without a host, his virus coding was destroying itself. He was frantic and strong enough to break through my security doors…all of them. He infected me during the first break of my message I sent to you…Bokkun was sending it, but Colin had cast his virus all over the computer box, making it infect him. Colin’s mechanical self along with his virus makes him capable of infecting machine and organic alike…too bad for most machines, they don’t have the natural defenses that we…we…organ…ic…hah…haah…HAAKSSSCHO! Have…like sneezing…well, Bokkun luckily does…he’s somewhere in the base sneezing his circuits off…”
Dr. Eggman slumped in his chair farther. “If I try to move, my legs collapse under me. Also, my nose runs even faster than it does now…trust me, I’ve tried to get out of this room. Colin has infected my entire base’s mainframe, making it short-circuit. All of my security bots have been exploding with being infected by him, the power is out all except for this room that I control manually, and Colin is out…Sonic, you must stop him. If he infects enough organics, he will be able to figure out all the weaknesses of cells so his virus isn’t treatable…sniff…and that isn’t good. Imagine a world where thousands of animals and humans are incapable of moving without having their noses torture them…I sneeze uncontrollably every time I try to move out of this chair. It’s a living nightmare. Colin is capable of regeneration in an exponential state…I have no idea how to stop him. Antibiotics, medicines, vaccines, nothing works against the virus inside Colin’s mechanical body. As far as I know…it isn’t fatal, but it has no known timetable. I could be sick for the next few years for all I know! I can’t live like this for that long!!! I’m…an e…evil…genius…hah…haaaaah….HAKSSSSCHO!”
Sniffling, Dr. Eggman stopped talking, his nose running uncontrollably. What he said next was this…even though Sonic couldn’t understand a word he said through all that congestion and messiness. “My guess is that within the next few hours Colin’s gathering of data of cells will be able to cause him to evolve, making his virus into an incurable disease…I wasn’t exaggerating with the illness lasting a few years. It could very well be a possibility. Go now Sonic…I need…rest…”
With that, Dr. Eggman started to snore. Sonic was tempted to kick Eggman’s butt right here…but he was too sick right now to do it. Sonic wanted no part of this illness…but he was unaware that Colin’s virus had already evolved while inside Dr. Eggman…it was now an airborne carrying disease…
Sonic spin rolled to the wall and caused even more damage to the base…if he didn’t take out Eggman, at least he caused even more damage to the base. Eggman’s eyes slowly opened and he laughed. “Hehhehheh…Sonic, if it’s one thing I know how to do, it’s using a betrayal as an advantage…Colin betrayed me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t use him to my purposes…if I get sick, I want you to suffer like I a…ah…am…haah…HESSSCHO! Sniff…I wish that hedgehog got me a tissue box…this is disgusting…sniff…