Minutes had passed as Sonic stood, with a blank mind. Elisa had begun to push heavy pieces off of her legs and other arm, wincing from the jolts of pain countering every bit of her effort to free herself. The she-cat began to free herself, as well, but stopped once she realized there was a problem. She then quickly looked around for something temporarily useful.
"How did this happen...?" He murmured. Unable to process the recent occurrence of events.
Elisa grudgingly stood up, wounds covering every inch of her body. Limping over to Sonic, who stared blankly at the ground. The she-cat looked over towards a singed lab coat and grabbed it. Buttoning up the top to cover her torso, she heaved the roof tile up quickly and forced herself out from under before she let go. Sighing with relief, she quickly buttoned up the rest of the coat and stood, grunting with every bit of effort to stay standing. It was large enough to cover herself, but blood began staining the clothe from her gashed wounds formed by sharp material that cut into her skin.
A deep, throaty groan alerted the three, hinting they weren't alone. The sound of a shoved roof tile was heard as Eggman unburied himself from the mess. Loud clanking metal rang in their ears, astonished to hear surviving robots, approaching the room to investigate. Luckily for the three, the fallen debris acted as a thick barrier to block the arsenal of robots a while longer. Now in a rush, Sonic looked around for an easy escape through clouds of smoke from the small fires.
During this, Elisa turned to see Sonic digging through the mess for about a minute when he quickly located the emerald. The lavender hedgehog's quills seemed to spike out, her eyes fixed onto the emerald. The cat seemed more fond of it than scared, her eyes giving away her curiosity. Sonic walked over to help guide the two young she-animals out. When sudden realization hit, Sonic sighed, he discovered this would take a longer trip than need be to his planned destination.
Hours passed, the Sun was slowly descending, a cool breeze welcoming the cool evening. The three were traveling in an unsteady pace. Mostly caused by Sonic's low patience, often dragging or carrying them to their destination, receiving agonizing protests from the two. By the time they arrived at what looked like a workshop and house built into one big building, the Sun was only a quarter way before setting for the day. Sonic walked up to the door and knocked, no one replied. He knocked once again, waited. No answer. The blue hedgehog grumbled, seeming annoyed. Sonic banged his fist loudly against the door. A sudden loud crash of what sounded like thudding metal falling, followed by a thud and shout of panic. The mint green cat jumped in surprise, with fur bristling and her ears pricked towards the door. Footsteps were heard. Frantic footsteps.
"I'm coming, I'm coming!" The door swung in to reveal a fox. This fox had brilliant golden yellow colored fur, his stomach and muzzle both a soft snowy white color. His eyes were sky blue, possibly rain blue. He wore goggles the top of his head, and a satchel that strapped around his waist and over his shoulder. His gloves and shoes were covered in sports tape, probably for better gripping. The only thing that made him stand out from ordinary foxes, was that he's two-tailed.
"Sonic? I should have guessed it was you!" His voice sounded young, he was possibly a teenager, or young adult at most.
"Honestly Tails, do you know anyone else as impatient as me?" Sonic teased the young kitsune in a playful tone, smirking.
"I suppose not, but you could've at least given me a heads up to know when you're coming ov-" Tails stopped in mid sentence and his gaze shot towards two girls who were standing behind him. "Um, hey...!" Tails spoke sheepishly, realizing Sonic had company.
Sonic, looking at Tails' whose gaze was on the two girls behind him, remembered his original mission he'd made. "I'll fill you in, just help us out with their wounds."
"So these two are the same person?! That's incredible!" Tails exclaimed after Sonic finished explaining his mini adventure. "Well, I don't know for sure exactly... But I'll tell ya, there was no one else there except us two, Egg-head and his robots."
Tails just sighed, "It makes me wonder why Eggman decides to pick on those who don't know what's going on." Tails replied with a tone of annoyance and sympathy as he finished bandaging their guests.
"It wasn't the first..." Elisa mumbled, not realizing she voiced aloud her thought. "So... you've encountered him before?" Tails questioned, Elisa nodded. "We, well... I met him before what seemed like weeks I've been here... Why would he experiment on me? I'm not an animal!" Noticing their confused expressions, she added, "I mean, yeah sure I came here as a hedgehog, but that doesn't mean for you to trap me and suddenly assume I'm a commoner!" Sonic & Tails looked at each other with concern. Tails broke the silence, "Do you two mind if I can make a quick little experiment? It's not anything serious, just some questions and a small blood sample from you both." "Um, I guess..." Elisa answered with an uneasy shiver, still not fond of needles.
As Tails took a droplet of their blood, he placed the petri dishes under a scanning device. Luckily it only took a good 5 to 10 minutes and revealed a pattern in their blood. Curious, he began asking questions as he studied their DNA chains. "So, what did you mean you're not a commoner?" "Look, I know it may be hard to believe, but I'm here because..." Elisa sighed, "The thing is, I or... we're human. I had a tragic accident back home, and this was the only solution for me." "Not to be rude," the cat interrupted their conversation. "I am part of this mess too, it's not just my "other half"! Just take a good look at our blood samples, you'll notice that we're containing human and animal blood."
Tails and Sonic looked at the results, and it had been confirmed. "So it is true. The only difference here in the DNA is the animal DNA. Along with large traces of human DNA in the strand." "So that means that they're human, but animals?" Sonic questioned, confused. "Yes, that's exactly it." Tails confirmed, knowing Sonic would've had a hard time following so much information. "But, there are gaps in the DNA that have been filled with a sort of serum that I'm guessing is from Eggman when he was experimenting you on that day. That's what I believe caused this DNA to split you two apart. It's just a temporary theory for the moment being." Tails looked more deeply into the strands of their DNA to find something more peculiar and suspicious. "Did he by any chance say what this serum could do?" Elisa shook her head. "No." "I see...well...I may have found something intriguing in my opinion, but it seems the serum he used gave you some abilities, in which I didn't know could be given directly by force."
"Now we know why Eggman is so determined in getting her back. There's never been a mixed breed here." Sonic commented, quickly realizing a flaw in his statement. "I mean, yes there are mixed breeds here but not like-" Tails cleared his throat, interrupting Sonic. "Yes well now we know how these two came apart, and so far, they aren't affected by the chaos emerald anymore so we assume." Tails informed. "But we don't know if that'll happen again, so it's best we find that out now while we're on the topic."
"Wait though..." the mint green cat spoke, who seemed focused on the samples. Averting her eyes away, she let her gaze travel across the pairs of eyes staring at her. "You said I was separated from Elisa due to the chaos emerald, correct?" Tails nodded. "But we know Elisa was in her werehog form during this separation. So if the chaos emerald was reacting the way it was, we can safely say it was trying to protect her from the serum. This serum isn't any ordinary serum from what I've been hearing, it knew exactly what it was up against and refused to be suppressed by this "pure energy" radiating from the emerald." Sonic stood, confused. "But what does that have to do with-?" "I got it!" Tails exclaimed to himself. "She's saying now that they're separated, any "abilities" they once had are now completely separate and they now differ from the opposite."
"But Elisa will be blind of whatever happens at night." The she-cat stated. "Since the dark serum is now able to take hold of her completely, she's oblivious to her surroundings. Eggman can use that as an advantage."
"Separating the right from the wrong. Making Elisa easy to manipulate." Tails added. "He doesn't know that yet, and I'm sure there are plenty more things we have yet to discover. But for right now, we need to figure out what's Eggman's plans for the future, how to get you two back together, & figure out what you two can do now that you're powers differ!"
"Something tells me things will only get worse as we proceed through..." Sonic mumbled, but barely audible. While still heard, everyone silently agreed. Nothing would return to normal, even if they did succeed. How are they to help two separated lives when they've never come across this before?