Chapter 7: The 4th Crazy Night of Hanukkah
Dateline: December 24, 2000, C.E.
The Classic Sonic had left the building and did not return along with the Classic Tails and Classic Knuckles as well as Sally, Rooter, and anyone who had been in the original Archie sonic series before it turned into Sonic X. The Sonic X variants remained. The note the Classic Sonic characters left behind read, "As much as we enjoyed the `Hanukkah' party eight nights of this is way too long, especially when it falls on Christmas. Feel free to send the rest of our gifts by mail if you insist on giving us any."
Adam read the note and said, "well, not a big loss there as I still got the rest of you but... I only ever knew those variants, so it is still heartbreaking. If the rest of you wish to do whatever is traditional for you this time of year, don?t let me stop you I am glad I at least had you people for three of the nights." Much to his amazement, no one else left the castle. After waiting to see if they would for a time
Adam spoke again. "Well, you people are very kind to stay for this. I mean, I don?t blame some for being traditional or impatient, but yeah...it is still nice that at least some would stick it out even if only for this year." The others discussed it amongst each other, and the one who stepped forward to speak for them all was Vanilla.
"Well, Adam, if that?s your name, we discussed it with the people who are still here. It would seem we all agree that it is rude to leave a party, even if it?s for a conflicting holiday before it can end. Secondly, this is the most fun anyone?s had in years. We decided that since this custom is new to us, we want to see how it is supposed to go. Next year we?ll decide if we want to do it again or go back to our traditions."
Shadow added, "Indeed, it wouldn?t exactly be fair to make a decision without first getting the full experience. I must admit I am seldom ever happy but, these last three days were okay. I have been through worse than this. Also, I know this may be a lot for you to swallow, given you are used to being hated, but please be a man and don?t cry, it would be embarrassing."
Adam asked, "Wait! Who told all of you people about this?" Adam said, ``The only ones who knew about this were Sonic, Tails, Cream, Cheese, and Vanilla."
Vanilla said, "I told them you?d been possessed by an evil book that forced you to do things you didn?t want to do, and so we wanted to help you feel welcome since we can only imagine how beside yourself you must feel. The others weren?t planning on leaving to begin with, but especially not now after hearing your tale." Adam replied, "Well, thanks but, you really don?t have to break tradition because you are worried about my feelings. I?d feel bad if I forced you, people, to do that."
Sonic laughed a little and said, "Well, in fairness, if I?d stuck to tradition, people would ask me to bring up their lights because I am so fast on my feet. It is kind of a pain to do that, given all the things that can go wrong with a set of those. Plus, where would we find a tree since they always sell out so fast? I mean, sure we could chop down one of the ones in this forest you built your base in, but then we?d be robbing the other creatures of a home."
Tails said while hugging Adam, "These gadgets your cat boy inventor friend provided have really been a big help around the lab. I?d never even known such minerals that could be used to upgrade my machines existed because they could go where organic life forms cannot."
Amy added, "Not only that, but I am finally with my Sonic at last in the same building. He?d never come to my house for any holiday."
Sonic replied, "Well about that, if she?d just give me my space once in a while and stop chasing me everywhere, maybe I?d give her love a chance."
Adam nodded and said, "Alright, then with that out of the way, let?s resume the festivities."
This time Vanilla was the lady of the house and Kindled the Menorah for the 4th night; there are now 4 candles lit plus the shamus. The present of the night was a hovercar for each person complete with a robot driver in case the receiver was under the driving age or wasn?t good at driving. That night people had hovercar races.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik approached Adam while he was watching the races.
Dr. Ivo Robotnik said, "Hey, kitty kid got a minute?"
Adam nodded and followed him.
Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik continued, "Well, I just wanted to say I was planning to do something conniving tonight. However, I thought about how nice you and the others from the other side were to me. I may be, at times, evil and whatnot, but I am not without a heart. You see, I had a cousin her name was Maria. Her grandfather who was also my grandfather, `Gerald Robotnik,' agreed to work with G.U.N. in hopes of saving her from a terminal illness. He created the Ark and Project Shadow A.K.A. Shadow the Hedgehog, to name a couple. After Maria was killed by G.U.N. agents, he fell into madness and wanted revenge. He got the kind of hate you got back in your world. I know how you feel. You?ve been so lovely to me, and this is the first time anyone has invited me to anything fun. Because of all that, I won?t let you regret it by crashing the party. However, after the next four days, things should go back to normal between Sonic and me. Don?t take it personally if you get caught in the middle of it after."
Adam nodded clearly understanding and said, "Thank you for being uncharacteristically nice just this one time. There is not a chance in the world anyone would be able to make an unbiased choice if you were to ruin the only "Hanukkah" party they?ve ever had. Also, if you leave my base out of your fight with him, I won?t stand in your way. If either of you so much as launch a single attack on my castle, I?ll be having a fat man and hedgehog stew."
Vanilla walked to Adam, having heard everything.
Vanilla said, "Um... Adam, please don?t be mad, but when I saw your castle and couldn?t figure out how to get in, I used a wrecking ball to take the door down. I couldn?t see the doorbell; it was so dark outside. Look, I don?t know how much the cost of the door is, but maybe this will help?" She offered him a sum of 1000 Rings.
Adam shook his head and said, "Don?t worry about it, either Neko or I can fix them later. I only said that because I just don?t want my base to be under attack. Under normal circumstances, I assume someone is trying to kill me when that happens."
Robotnik nodded and said, "I will endeavor to remember and remind Sonic not to bother you. I mean, what?s a single patch of land in the grander scheme of my plans, right? I could just build my empire around your castle wouldn?t be that hard if Sonic would just butt out of my plans."