When we last left off, Knuckles squared off against the Fire Goddess, Scorch at the Lava Reef Zone, after Dr. Robotnik pitted the two of them against one another. The two of them fought a close, evenly-matched battle, but due to Scorch's rage and control over the fire element, she ended up causing a volcanic eruption by mistake. As a result, she, Knuckles, and Robotnik had no choice but to make their escape.
Just as Robotnik and Scorch were on their way out, they ran into Orbot and Cubot, who were lying on the ground, damaged after their brief battle against Knuckles. The two of them pleaded for help, but unfortunately for them, their words fell on deaf ears with Robotnik, who was fed up with their incompetence. As such, he decided to leave without them. Scorch, however, began to feel sympathy for them, and considered helping them, but decided to leave it to Knuckles instead. After carrying the two of them out of the volcano, Knuckles decided to take the two of them to Tails' Workshop so they could be repaired.''
Meanwhile, Dr. Robotnik and Scorch, after escaping from the volcano, were on their way to a Chao Garden located within the Mystic Ruins, which just-so-happens to be the location of the Water Element Gem. Additionally, that happens to be the favorite hangout of Tikal, a long-time enemy of Scorch's, whom she plans to seek revenge on. Will Tikal, or anyone else, be able to stop the two of them when they arrive? Find out as you read on!
Robotnik: *Stops the Egg Carrier III in midair* HAHAHAHAHA… Well, Scorch, we're here! It's time for us to execute our plan!
Just as the two of them were on their way out, Scorch and Robotnik were abruptly stopped by a certain thieving weasel, which happened to pointing a fully-loaded pistol at them.
???: Hold it right 'dere, Robotnik!
Robotnik: N-Nack! Bean! It's you! When did you get here!? Better yet, HOW did you get here!?
Nack: Heh heh heh! Bean 'n' I decided ta hitch a ride on 'dis airship while you 'n' 'dose two robots were at 'da volcano! We was waitin' for you ta come back, so we could surprise ya when 'da time came!
Bean: That's right. I'll bet you weren't expecting that now, were you?
Scorch: *Quickly gets in front of Robotnik* Look, you two. I don't know who you think you are, but whatever problem it is that you have with Dr. Robotnik, you're going to have to take it up with me now!
Nack: Outta 'da way, toots! 'Dis ain't none 'o ya business, y'hear!?
Bean: What's this? You're having girls fight your battles for you now, Robotnik? HAHAHAHAHA... You're an even bigger coward than I thought!
Robotnik: WHAT!? I'm no coward, you insolent fool!
Nack: Heh heh heh! Well, ya sure coulda fooled me, doc!
Robotnik: Actually, you know what, Scorch? I'll handle this.
Scorch: Are you sure? Well, okay then.
Bean: Now THAT'S more like it!
Robotnik: *Walks toward them* Now then… Why are you here? What is it that the two of you want, anyway?
Nack: What, ya really don't remember? A'ight 'den, leddus refresh ya memory! Remembuh 'dat $1,000,000,000 reward 'ju promised us a while back fa gatherin' 'dos Master Emerald pieces for ya? Well, you still owe us 'dat money, 'n' we ain't leavin' 'til you pay up!
Bean: You've got two choices here, Robotnik. Choice number one: You could pay us the money that you owe us, and we'll leave without any trouble. Choice number two: Nack will pump your guts full of lead, while I blow you to smithereens, and still take the money anyway.
Nack: Yeah, so what's it gonna be, 'doc? *Clicks the gun*
Scorch: Dr. Robotnik… It isn't too late to change your mind, you know. Like I said before, I'm eternally grateful for what you've done for me, and I'll do anything to repay the favor. These peons won't pose much of a challenge for me.
Robotnik: No, Scorch! I said I'LL handle it!
Scorch: Alright. Suit yourself then.
Robotnik: There is ONE thing you could do for me, however... *Whispers in her ear*
Scorch: *Grins* Alright, got it.
Nack: Well, Robotnik, you've got ten more seconds ta make your decision, or we'll make it for ya! Goddit!?
Very well. You win.
Bean: Heh heh heh! Smart choice. I knew you'd see things our way.
Nack: Yep, now you're speakin' our language, doc! Now, where's 'da cash?
Robotnik: The safe that I used to contain my riches is right this way. Follow me.
Nack: A'ight, cool. 'N' ya beddah not try nutin' funny 'dis time, 'cause I'll bussa cap in ya right now, on 'da spot! 'N' keep your hands where we could see 'em!
While being held at gunpoint, Robotnik began to slowly lead the two thieves to the cargo area, where his safe is contained.
Robotnik: (HAHAHAHAHA… Yes, perfect! They're taking the bait! Now, if I could just lead them onto that circular area, I'll be able to put this into effect…)
Nack: 'Ey! Walk fastah, y'hear!? We ain't got all day, ya know! *Clicks the gun again*
As Nack and Bean waited, Robotnik went into the cargo area, and brought out a large black safe with his insignia on it.
Bean: Heh heh heh! Sweet!
Nack: Good, good!
Robotnik: Just out of curiosity, how do I know for sure that you won't try shooting me anyway, even after I've handed you the money?
Nack: Aftah 'da way you've set us up in 'da past, you're lucky we don't kill ya where ya stand! Now go ahead 'n' open it! Now! *Clicks the gun again*
Robotnik: As you wish. (HAHAHAHA… Yes, yes! I've got them RIGHT where I want them now! Just you wait, fools… You'll get your "reward", alright! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…)
Upon Nack's command, Robotnik turned the knob, entered the safe's combination, and unlocked it, revealing a plethora of bundled dollar bills.
Robotnik: As you can plainly see, gentlemen, I have all of the money that I owe you for your services, plus extra!
Nack: HAHAHAHAHAHA! It's nice ta see 'dat 'cha've finally come ta your senses, doc!
Robotnik: Indeed, I have! Here, it's all yours! Take it!
Overjoyed about the amount of cash that Robotnik had to offer, Nack and Bean quickly ran over to the safe to claim the prize they felt they truly deserved, unknowingly playing right into the evil doctor's hand.
Robotnik: *Notices that they're heading towards the circular area* Now, Scorch! The red button! Quickly!
Scorch nodded, and quickly pressed the red button on the Egg Carrier III's control panel, opening a trapdoor underneath the two unfortunate thieves, sending them plummeting towards the ground.
Nack: W-WHAT 'DA…!? AH, CRAP! AH, CRAAAAAAAAAAAP!!!
Bean: WHOA, WHOOOOOOOAAAAAHHHH!!!
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHAHA! So long, weasel boy! I hope you and your feathered friend have a nice fall!
Nack and Bean continued to fall, until they eventually hit the ground, getting knocked unconscious and making a crater in the process.
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! That was pure genius, wasn't it? I'm so brilliant, that I even amaze myself sometimes! Now, let's go ahead and take care of business, shall we, Scorch? You know, before we were rudely interrupted?
Scorch: Gladly. I can't WAIT to even the score!
Meanwhile, in an area not too far from there…
Tikal: *Comes from the Chao Garden entrance, looking around*
Mighty: *Follows her* Is there something wrong, Tikal?
Tikal: Yes. I thought I heard something, but as it turns out, there's nothing there. Perhaps I was just hearing things…
Mighty: Oh, I see. Should we go back to the Chao Garden?
Tikal: Sure, but there's one…other thing I'd like to do while we're alone out here, if you know what I mean. *Winks*
Mighty: Eh heh heh heh! S-Sure! ;
Just as the two of them leaned in to kiss, a fiery explosion occurs nearby.
Mighty: What's going on!?
Robotnik: *Hovers down in his Egg –O- Matic Hovercraft, and jumps out of it* Oh, I'm sorry. I'm not interrupting anything, am I? HAHAHAHAHA…
Tikal: Dr. Robotnik!
Mighty: What are YOU doing here!? You've come to capture these poor, defenseless Chao and turn them into robots, haven't you!?
Tikal: You monster! How could you do such a thing!? You should be ashamed of yourself!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's an interesting idea, but no. You see, I'm seeking the three Elemental Gems, and according to my radar, one of them is located within that Chao Garden. Oh, and by the way, Tikal, I've run into an old friend of yours that's just dying to see you again!
Tikal: An old friend, you say?
Robotnik: See for yourself! *Points to Scorch as she slowly hovers down*
Scorch: Why, hello there, Tikal! It's been too long!
Tikal: …! *Gasps*
Scorch: HAHAHAHAHAHA! What's the matter? You look as if you've seen a ghost!
Mighty: Tikal, you've met this woman before? Where do you know her from, exactly?
Tikal: That's Scorch, one of the three Elemental Goddesses spoken of in the legend. She once threw the world into the depths of terror thousands of years ago. The two of us had a showdown, and I ended the battle by having her sealed within the gem. Up until now, she hasn't been seen or heard from ever since.
Scorch: Yes, you might have gotten lucky back then, but that's NOT going to happen this time! For what you've done to me, I'm going to pay you back in full!
Robotnik: HAHAHAHAHA… It's such a tearful reunion, isn't it? While the two of you catch up, I'll just help myself to that Water Element Gem. *Starts walking toward the Chao Garden*
Mighty: Oh, no you don't! *Steps in front of him* Judging from how anxious you are to obtain that gem, you're most likely trying to use it for yet another of your world domination plans, and I won't allow it! If you want to enter that Chao Garden, then you're going to have to go through me!
Robotnik quickly jumped back into his Egg-O- Matic Hovercraft, pressed a button, and transformed it into the Egg Walker (from Sonic Adventure 2).
Robotnik: I'm going to have to go through you, you say? Then so be it. It's quite a shame that Knuckles and the rest of those Chaotix fools aren't around right now, to witness the moment of your destruction! It's time you've witnessed the TRUE power of a REAL evil genius!
It looks as if things are really heating up! After managing to outsmart Nack and Bean, Dr. Robotnik and Scorch have finally made their way to the Mystic Ruins Chao Garden. Unexpectedly, Mighty the Armadillo happened to be there, and is determined to make sure that Robotnik's plans don't go any further than they already have. So far, not one, but two epic battles will be taking place; Mighty against Robotnik, and Tikal's rematch against Scorch. Which side will come out the victor? Which of them will end up releasing the legendary Water Goddess? Find out in the next exciting chapter of Knuckles' Chaotix: Elements of Power, Episode 1: Legend of the Elemental Gems!
To "bee" continued…