Chapter 50: Shier Madness ; The Massacre
The once green horizon began to fade as the four proceeded further with great haste, the lush green was replaced with a swarm of figures on a vicious attack. Sarah stared in shock.
..It cant be! It was all fine not too long ago! Sarah quivered.
We have to help! Sonic set her down, taking out the chaos emerald hed collected from Lukes Shoppe.
Stay close to me, lets go, Sonic got Sarah up on his back and darted off. Artemus and Tails exchanged a worried glance then going to help.
The whole place was bestowed with the paint from a pallet suited for a devils demise, the residents of the clan scurrying mice in the cats ever changing game of slaughter. Sarah could only watch as the clashing silver reflected against her emerald eyes as she traveled through the mess atop Sonics back. He held her carefully, he was unusually tense.
Tails and Artemus dashed through side by side.
You saw this coming too eh? Tails huffed, looking around him at flares of burning fire attacks, silver clashing blades, and spatters of deep red among cries as beings fell one by one.
.too bad I didnt get the vision sooner
.like you did
.you have some purpose behind you kid
.I know it
., Artemus gripped his staff tighter. Tails forced a smile through the effort to run, he hopped up and started using his tails to fly instead, Artemus gliding along a trail of mystics from his staff. The two had to stop as a large horse raised its hoofs trying to kick at them, Tails landing back on the ground unsteady as they backed up. When the horse lowered itself thunking the ground firmly, the red-orange hedgehog atop it glared through a Sir-Dragons Battle Helmet.
Stay behind me! Artemus stood up gripping his staff tighter.
Just do it! The elder commanded. The Hedgehog atop drew a sword and went to swing it at the purple fox, Tails wanted to shut his eyes but had to watch. The sword hit the staff but didnt go through, catching tails off guard.
Oh! A Tough one eh!? the helmeted hedgehog said. Artemus rammed his staffs end into the hedgehogs gut knocking him off his horse, the helmets cover lifting up. The hedgehog glared at Artemus wide eyed.
How dare you! I will not have such pure blood here! he got up to attack. Artemus jabbed Ethans horse in its soft spot and then jerked Tails out of the way dashing off.
Start flying! he huffed. Back behind them the horse was going mad, nearly stomping on his master who had been on the ground still. Tails complied and flew while Artemus ran.
Who was that!? he asked.
Im not entirely sure I want to know, but that should stall us enough time to get far enough away
he looks like the Sir dragon of this pack judging by the old helmet, Artemus tried to explain.
Where should we go now!? Tails asked.
We need to find the palace and meet Sonic and Sarah there! Kill any heated blades on the way or at least keep them at bay for a bit! Artemus suggested.
As far as the rest
.Im afraid theres not much to be done except let the battle run its course
, Artemus said quieter.
Sarah held onto Sonic tightly as he warded off as many Heated blade soldiers as he could , feeling the emeralds energy pulse through him in aid to his effort.
We need to work our way into the palace and get to Lance , Mikomi and their father! Sonic said. Sarah gave a nod. The Trump of strong stallions were heard riding nearby, riders swiped their blades into the flesh of the innocent getting closer.
GUESS WHO FREAK GIRL! from behind a stallion rode up to them.
, Sarah tried to hide herself from the wolf as best she could. He was dressed in Heated Blade Armor, a generals helmet upon his head, a golden crest atop the scarlet sash he wore across his chest. Sonic leapt up and socked his face to knock him off his horse. He continued on his route to the palace. Sarah shook lightly, then her grip on him slipped and she fell onto the ground around fighting masses which drew closer.
SONIC! she yelled out in panic.
SARAH!? Sonic said, trying to dig in the crowd. He tried to get his hand out to her, she grabbed it but it was a tight squeeze, she slipped from his grip through the masses.
Meet me in the palace!!!! he shouted before behind forced away by the crowds.
Sarahs heart sunk and pounded faster. A body fell near her, she screamed and covered her eyes. She shook herself a few times trying to get some nerve. Quickly she tugged the sword from the dead bodys limp hand and clutched it tightly, knowing shed need it. Standing up she headed through the masses still shaking. Most were already fighting someone, though a few slashed at her, narrowly missing her, a few ramming into her from the side now and again, her arms black and blue here and there from it. Her heart raced as she ran with the sword in her hands, at least Stephan had trained her somewhat. She managed to hope the gate that lead to the palace continuing onto the marble structure.
Gripping the emerald in his hand he attacked those he needed to in order to get further in the palace out side walkway Making his way around to find the back entrance. He needed to find Sarah before something bad happened to her! As larger warriors attacked someone leapt into view knocking a few out, shooting a fluster of flames.
Sonic! That you!?
Lance!? Yeah its me! he shouted back hearing the young princes voice through the thick of their enemies.
What are you doing here!? he asked flipping over a few enemies to get to Sonic. The two talked fighting back to back.
To help and find where Sarah went, she fell off my back on the way here!! Sonic said.
Well, then what are we standing around for!? the two hurried in through the back entrance when theyd taken care of the current attackers.
Sarah hurried down the halls of the palace now, they were all empty
.yet this was anything but a relief to her. Everything had tensed. The marble pathways had light spatters of blood now as she continued on, it felt
.as if someone was near, someone unfortunately
familiar. She approached a turn in the hallway following the blood on the floor, muffled sounds came from across a hall, a door at the end cracked open. She swallowed, the sounds were of screams and moans
; taking a breath she started down the hallway, then opening it. She could smell the blood
lots of it as she rushed down the stairs nervously, still clutching the sword. The staircase was made of stone, the light almost non-existent beyond the steps ahead. Taking another breath she kept going. With each step the sounds drew louder, and clearer. The Sound of a laugh started to echo among the cries. It couldnt be
.could it? She kept walking till she approached a dungeon-like area.
A familiar figure stood before her, a bloody sight she nearly gagged over. She clamped a hand over her mouth to hold back bile and the urge to scream as she stumbled backward. A group of innocents lay barely alive on the floor, before him.
., she breathed in a fearful whisper. Breathing quite raspily as he laughed he turned to face her , eyes alit with deep crimson glowing in the darkness of the dreadful place. Sarah stood as his laugh echoed, blood dripping from his jaws freshly, not of his own veins but of those on the floor before him. She gripped the sword tightly. Aran lunged forward at her extending a sharp pair of claws at her. She thrust the sword at him best she could, but she was anything but winning the fight, fear fresh atop her chest, weakening her. She managed one good hit but the sword was soon struck from her hands, the blade severed in half from its handle.
YOURE STILL USELESS! he laughed loudly slashing fiercely across her middle.
GAH! Sarah staggered back. Aran took many other deep slashes at her, cutting into her until the lacerations grew into many among black and blue skin. Sarah tried her best to dodge them, but each stung as she grew weaker, barely having enough strength to scream. She whimpered feeling warm blood pour out her wounds, her pounding heart only making her bleed faster. Arans laughter filled the dungeon,
YOU SEE WHAT IM DOING ISAAC!? DO YOU!? he shouted hysterically, his demonic laughing growing. Sarah was barely able to stand as Aran lifted her by the shirt, she shook lightly one hand gripping her wounded middle. The red eyes narrowed glaring at her hatefully, slamming her against the wall. He gripped her by the hands with one hand, digging his claws deep into her skin. Sarah screamed her own eyes narrowing then dilating panicked-like, his grip the only thing keeping her up as her limbs lost feeling from the pain. Everything hurt intensely, finally he gave a punch to her face letting her fall to the ground. There she curled up bleeding, shutting her eyes hoping shed pass out, so that laughing would just stop.
Sonic and lance heard the screams sooner since she left the door open, they both sped up Sonic going ahead downstairs. Stopping amid the darkness of the place he looked around trying to make out anything familiar. A figure stepped from the darkness of the morbid place, blood dripping from his fur as he revealed a bloody grin. Still subtly chuckling as his eyes flashed red once more. Sonic resisted the urge to gag and fall over, this was it
this was the vision!
He glanced to his left to spot something that made his heart stop. The hedgecat was still lying on the floor, her wounds dripping still from her limp body.
SARAH! he stared in horror as he looked around the others in the dungeon.
., his fists curled and shook. s-
., he froze, his fur darkening and bristling. Aran was still laughing. He stood slowly, taller now, his tone having a more dark demeanor.
..you like to laugh huh?
Dont ya!? he grinned a dark aura over taking him.
Like to see you
l-laugh when Im done with you! he felt his darker form seep through as he gripped the emerald. He launched forward with incredible speed ramming his fists into Arans chest, many quick attacks following after. At hyper speed he sent his fists at Arans face when he tried to get back on his feet. He tried to fight back but found his throat tightly grabbed. Sonic flew him out and up into the sky where it was bright, his dark aura standing out immensely among the pale sky. Glaring at him he gave a final blow sending him into the skies. He didnt care where he landed. Then, dashing back down, he faded back to normal, falling to his knees. He made his way over to the hedgecat, small tears forcing their way out as he lifted her ever so slightly. He heard her gasp in pain, her eyes barely fluttering open.
.., she tried to murmur.
.., he whispered, a lump in his throat. She tried to hold his hand , but soon passed out in his arms, which tightened around her as his tears fell. His only hope was to be able to gaze into the emerald stars again, with a heart beat behind them.