Ears rang and my head spun. After a few seconds of subsiding, I opened my eyes. I was in a dim, barely lit room, surrounded by metal. There was nothing but a platform that could barely qualify as a bed, and a door with a small window. I kept up and ran to the window and peered outside. The hallway was brighter than the cell I was in. However, it was empty. I could see other rooms lining the walls. I had no way of telling if any of them were inhabited. I backed up and raised my head to the ceiling. Sure enough there was a security camera zeroed in on me, with a red light on. I glared.
“Where am I? Where’s Sonic?” I demanded.
Of course, there was no response, but I still waited.
“I know you can hear me!” I shouted, “Where is he!?”
Just then, I heard a rattling at the door. My eyes darted back to the door and I reversed a little further and sat down. An elderly man in a lab coat came in. He had soft eyes, and an empathetic expression when he looked at me.
“Hello, Luana” he greeted.
“Where am I? Where’s Sonic?” I asked again.
“It’s alright dear, settle down,” said the man, “You’re in the S.E.W.D. primary research facility, in an undisclosed location. I’m Doctor Beaumont, I’m one of the scientists that works here.”
I said nothing. I just stared at him. I know he was avoiding the most important question.
Dr. Beaumont sighed heavily.
“He shouldn’t have mixed you up in this” he stated.
That piqued my curiosity a little.
He looked at me.
“I was a colleague of your great-grandfather. We were close friends before he retired.”
He glanced down at the floor.
“He was always fascinated by the legend of South Island, and when we discovered…him…, your grandfather grew very fond of him.”
“You sent those drones to my house last Summer, didn’t you?” I asked, “Why didn’t you pursue us?”
“That was Commander Stone,” Dr. Beaumont corrected, “When the attempt failed, he had every intention of repeating it. I persuaded him to wait, and simply watch you.
When he left you, it was a more safe opportunity to apprehend him. That attempt failed as well. The Blue Blur proved to be stronger than last we saw him.
By the third time, Commander Stone had grown irritated. I tried to persuade him not to, but he didn’t listen this time.”
“His name is Sonic,” I corrected, “And you’re still avoiding my question, Dr. Beaumont! Where. Is. He?”
Dr. Beaumont frowned. He glanced at the camera, then back to me.
“Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to say,” he finally answered, “All I can tell you, is that he is unharmed.”
I bit my lip.
“I regret to inform you that you will be staying here for an extended period of time.”
Dr. Beaumont handed me an outfit: white pants and white shirt, with S.E.W.D.’s symbol on the left side. I stared at them for a moment. An uneasiness washed over me.
“What are they gonna do with me?”
Dr. Beaumont didn’t respond. Instead, he turned to leave. He unlocked the door and stepped out.
“I’m deeply sorry, Luana,” he spoke, “I wish it didn’t have to be this way.”
And with that, the door was shut, and I was left in silence.
The first thing I noticed was how badly my arms ached. Then I realized my feet were floating. Finally, I opened my eyes. My arms were firmly clasped to a platform, and my legs dangled, but had cuffs clasped to them as well, attached to multi-colored wires. I had to blink a few times to focus, but I couldn’t deny Commander Stone’s smug face below me.
“Good morning, Blue Blur. Comfortable?” Commander Stone asked.
“Good. If you can prove yourself a good boy, we can lighten the restraints.”
“Where’s Luana?” I demanded.
“Alive and well” Stone replied, “Her time here will be productive, I assure you.”
“Let her go!”
“That won’t be possible. Doctor Dockinson involved her too deeply in our classified work. If we let her go, she’ll go blathering; and no one likes a snitch.”
I remembered something.
“Those drones…and those robots…They were of Eggman’s design, weren’t they?”
“Ahh, Doctor Robotnik,” Cdr. Stone sighed, “He was a good man. The most intelligent man I have ever met.”
He looked up.
“I was assigned to be his right-hand man. I was only an agent back then. I’m not certain what he saw in me, but he… ‘took me under his wing’ if you will. He taught me everything I know. He gave me the motivation I needed to work up the ranks to become ‘Commander’. I will always credit him for my accomplishments.”
“Hmph, bet he would’ve blown a gasket if you didn’t” I commented.
“Ahh yes, I forgot you two had a rivalry of sorts back in the day,” said Stone, “Well, not to worry. He’s been gone for a long time. But I assure you, his legacy lives on.”
A soldier came into the room and whispered into Cdr. Stone’s ear.
“Ahh, thank you Corporal” he said.
He turned to me.
“My apologies, you wanted to know where your girlfriend was, didn’t you?”
The door opened. I sat up. Three soldiers came into my room.
“Come with us.”
I raised an eyebrow. I slowly stood up.
“Why?” I asked.
Two of the soldiers came behind me and started to grab my arms. I aggressively flicked them off.
“Hey, I can walk by myself, thank you!” I snapped.
The soldiers relented, and I reluctantly followed them out the room.
We walked down two long hallways, and into an elevator. I was growing nervous, and increasingly uncomfortable as they closed in around me. I wondered what they were taking me. Was Sonic somewhere nearby? Finally, after one last hallway, the lead soldier swiped a card on a door-reader. It beeped and unlocked.
I was horrified by what I saw. There were three scientists in heavy-duty radioactive suits on. They were all surrounding an operating table with restraints. I took a step back, fearfully, running into the soldier behind me. The others grabbed my arms. I began to push back.
“What is this!? What are you gonna do to me?”
No one responded. I was no match against the soldiers, who were far stronger than I, but I fought anyway. Finally, they slammed me onto the table and quickly tied down my arms and legs. My heart began to race. My head spun from distress. Then, one of the scientists came towards me. There was a needle in his hand, filled with a large dosage of almost shiny golden liquid. I struggled against my restraints.
“Get away from me!” I cried, “Don’t you dare touch me!”
Cdr. Stones pressed a button on his wrist. A holographic image pulled up. My eyes widened. There was Luana, restrained to a table. A scientist in a radioactive suit with a needle slowly stuck Luana in the arm and gold liquid lowered. She was breathing rapidly and squeezed her eyes tight.
“What are you doing!? Stop!” I cried, struggling against my bonds, “Leave her alone!”
Cdr. Stone said nothing. Luana began to squirm, but not because she was trying to escape. Something appeared on her arms, glowing bright blue and traveling down her limbs. She squeezed her eyes tighter. Then, she began to scream. But I didn’t hear it. It was horrifyingly silent.
“What was that!? What’re you doing to her!?” I demanded.
“There is much you don’t know about Blue Blur,” said Cdr. Stone, “She is about to take part in something that will save all of mankind.”
“SHE DID NOT NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS!” I shouted.
“On the contrary, her fate was sealed the moment Dr. Dockinson put you in his basement.”
I didn’t respond. My eyes were glued onto Luana. I ground my teeth and tightened my fists, shortness of breath and shaking. I watched as she continued to yell, slightly beating her head against the table. Then, she started to slow. I heard her mouth something. Then, she passed out.