"So you're telling me this gem is called a Chaos Emerald. And that it is one of seven? And that there's a Master Emerald?" Chrysalis asked the little changeling. The changeling nodded, answering her question.
"And you say this gem turns our thoughts into power, granting the desires and wishes of our hearts?" she asked. Once again the changeling nodded. She began to smile more and more.
"Not that way" the changeling said before Chrysalis frowned.
"Awwww man…" she said disappointed. "But still, if this thing is as powerful as you claim. Then I've got nothing to worry about" she said as she continued to gaze at the gem.
Shadow was on the balcony, what had happened just an hour ago still sticking to his mind. He couldn't sleep, so he decided to look at the stars. Twilight couldn't sleep either, she was worried about Shadow. She tried to sleep, oh lord knows she tried, but she just couldn't. Giving up she got out of bed and walked to the balcony.
"Hey" she said, shaking Shadow out of his thoughts. He turned to her before looking back to the sky.
"You okay?" she asked, worried. Standing beside him.
"Yes" he said simply.
"If anything is bothering you, you can tell me" she said.
"Nothing is bothering me" he said. /other than the fact he so easily brushed me aside and laid a hand on you/ he thought to himself.
"Come on…I know better." She said. Shadow still didn't remove his eyes from the sky. "Shadow…please. Don't you trust me?" she asked, seemingly out of the blue. Shadow immediately turned to her. His expression neutral as he just looked into her eyes before turning to the bedroom.
"Let's get some sleep" he said before heading back in to sleep. Twilight watched him before sighing sadly and going to her bed. She laid down and covered up. Her mind was racing at this point.
/did I say something wrong? Did I anger him?/ she thought over and over before sleep finally took her.
Fluttershy was having trouble getting to sleep. Due to the fact that Stargazer had managed to not only get within 3 feet of her, but also stroked her mane. It was unsettling to the canary colored Pegasus. Tails was there with her, both of them in bed and unable to sleep. Tails couldn't because he was so worried about Fluttershy. He heard her sigh before she turned over and draped her foreleg over him as she snuggled closer. Tails blushed at that but wrapped an arm around her. Holding her as he felt her tension slowly leave. A soft smile on her face as she drifted off to sleep.
"sweet dreams Fluttershy" Tails said softly to her before falling asleep as well.
The Next Day
Metal was tracking a signal from two emeralds, flying closer to where the signal was emanating. Gilda right behind him. They were flying toward a huge mountain in the distance, both determined to make those emeralds theirs.
"Wakey wakey" Stargazer said before jabbing the statue and pulling Discord out of the stone. Discord was completely shocked when life finally returned to his body.
"What the?" he asked before looking around and noticing the one who freed him.
"Stargazer. Long time no see" he said with a smug look. Stargazer dropped him before tossing a blue gem. Discord caught it and looked at it curiously.
"What the heck is this?" he asked
"A Chaos Emerald. Named after the god that protected them from greedy hands. That will prolong your stay" he said.
"What do you mean, prolong my stay?" he asked.
"You'll return to stone, the elements were far stronger than I anticipated this time around. That emerald will just make the petrification process take longer." He said before smiling.
"I have a job for you Discord" he said before tossing the elements of harmony at him. Discord caught them before looking at Stargazer.
"Thank the power of Gemini for that. Amazing what you can produce when you simply touch someone with Gemini active" he said. Discord smiled at the duplicate elements.
"This will take me some time. But I promise what I make with these will be a doozy" Discord said with a confident smirk.
"Glad to hear it" Stargazer said before laughing. He then stopped before smiling wickedly.
"Be right back, got to take care of some pests" he said before vanishing.
Gilda and Metal were getting closer and closer until something appeared in front of them. They stopped, looking at Stargazer as he floated there.
"Where do you two think you're going?" he asked. Metal's radar detected an emerald on Stargazer.
"He has an emerald" Metal said. Gilda smiled.
"Alright then. Spare yourself the humiliation and hand over that emerald" Gilda demanded. Stargazer took out the emerald and held it out in front of them.
"This Emerald? Try and take it from me. Though I doubt a bird brain and gearhead could possibly fathom such a task" he taunted.
Gilda growled before flying straight at him at high speed. Stargazer dodged her charge before dodging a swipe of Metal Sonic's arm. Gilda charged at him from behind, as soon as she was about to hit him he vanished. Causing her to plow into Metal since she was unable to stop in time. Stargazer appeared beside them and held out his arms as if he were stringing a bow. Pulling his right arm back causing a bright light to appear in his right hand.
"Sagittarius Shot" he said firing the arrow and hitting them both. Metal and Gilda began to fall to the ground from that attack. Though they managed to regain their balance. Metal fired a laser from his hand, hitting Stargazer as Gilda flew at him. Swiping her claws and missing. Stargazer kicked her in the face before a missile that Metal fired hit him in the back, jarring the emerald from Stargazer. Gilda acted fast and grabbed it. Stargazer grabbed her by the arm and pulled her into a knee to the gut. Getting the emerald that fell from her claws, and smirking confidently. Metal flew up behind him before he could notice and blasted him before swiping the emerald and kicking him away. Metal flew to Gilda and grabbed her.
"Chaos Control!" Metal said before they were teleported away from Stargazer.
Stargazer looked at where they once were before smiling. "Not to worry. Soon I will have all seven emeralds in my grasp" he said before returning to his base.
Somewhere outside Ponyville
Sonic was relaxing as he leaned against a tree. Smiling as the wind gently blew around him, his eyes closed as he felt total relaxation. Dash was looking at him from a cloud, grinning as she plotted to swoop down and try to startle him. She started to get ready, and just as she was about to take off.
"Heya Dash" Sonic said before hearing an "aw man!" come from her. She flew down and landed beside him.
"How did you know?" she asked.
"Simple. I thought about what I would do in that situation. So I knew you were there" he said with a confident smile. She just rolled her eyes before smiling at him.
"Say, how come that Amy girl is always chasing you, spouting all that romantic stuff?" she asked.
Sonic opened one eye and looked at Dash before patting the ground next to him. She nodded and sat down there.
"It was about 4 years ago. I was eleven and she was 8." He began, telling her about the Little Planet, his first encounter with Metal Sonic and how he used the Time Stones to save the planet from Eggman. Dash was so into the story that she didn't notice she had started to lean on Sonic, her head resting on his shoulder. He noticed but didn't bother to say anything and continued with the story.
"Wow. So ever since you saved her and that planet from certain doom she's been so grateful that it seems to have become obsession?" she asked, amazed at the tale.
"Don't get me wrong, her heart is in the right place. But sometimes she does go overboard, but she still is one of my best friends. And I'm happy that she's around, she's returned the favor by saving me once or twice" he said.
"Wow." Dash said with a smile.
"By the way, is there something fascinating about leaning on my shoulder?" he teased lightly. Dash began to blush when she realized she had her head on his shoulder before she sat straight up. The blush slowly getting brighter. Sonic laughed at the sight of that.
"Not funny" she said before playfully punching his arm. He faked being hurt, rubbing his arm.
"That hurt" he said
"Sissy" Dash said before they both shared a laugh at the whole thing.
Espio was meditating in the bedroom that the chaotix shared with Pinkie, since it was the only other room. Vector even named her an official Chaotix member, seeing her potential as a detective and a fighter should the moment call for it. Pinkie smiled at Espio before going over to him and sitting beside him before going into a meditative pose, mimicking him.
"This is boring!" she exclaimed no less than 1 minute after she started. Espio was jarred out of his trance and rubbed at his ears. Looking at Pinkie with a disdainful look.
"Did you have to say that so loudly?" he asked. She just laughed. Espio just sighed before resuming his meditation.
"How can you possibly do this every day?" she asked.
"Because it helps me think and stay calm in situations that would cause any other fighter to freeze up. Not to mention it helps me to be able to focus on demanding tasks." He said. Pinkie just smiled and giggled before bouncing out of the room.
Amy and Creams room was across the hall but they were out shopping for some groceries. Pinkie happily bounced down the stairs and over to Vector.
"Heya Vector!" she said happily before Vector turned to her and smiled.
"Hey Pinkie. What's up?" he asked
"The sky. Duh!" Pinkie said with a laugh before bouncing out of the door and into Ponyville.
"That kid sure is random" Vector said as he watched her leave.
Trixie was finally up and walking around, though it was a bit difficult since she's been bedridden for the past week and a half. She walked to the courtyard for some fresh air. She saw the sun shining on the courtyard as the air filled her lungs. With a content sigh she began to walk around the courtyard, stopping when she saw Silver seeming to concentrate on a pile of rocks. She watched in confusion before seeing them lift up into the air. The marks on Silver's hands glowing as the rocks were moved to a different spot.
"hello Silver" Trixie said as she walked up to him. He turned to her.
"hey Trixie, glad to see you up and about." He said with a smile. She smiled back.
"it's good to be up." She said. "I never knew you could use magic" she said.
Silver laughed, "it's not magic. Well not like yours. It's Psychokinesis. The ability to manipulate the physical world with my mind" he said.
"technically a unicorn's magic is the same thing" she said.
"I can use my power to teleport, make blades, fly, and lift and throw objects" he said.
"as stated previously. A unicorn can do those too. We use our mind to conjure the magic and our horn releases the spell allowing us to manipulate the physical world." She said. Silver just laughed nervously at that.
"well where I come from it's not magic. It's just my mind being able to produce a force on an object and move it" he said.
"alright, they may be similar, but your power does seem a little different" she put emphasis on the word little.
"this Stargazer dude has got me nervous" Silver said. Trixie just nodded.
"we must do what we can to stop him for good" she said. Silver just grinned.
"couldn't agree more" he said.