Akieko walked with Anox, her eyes looking at every ruin that they walked by. Many were still in good condition, but it was ghost town, and she couldn't believe that Anox had actually said that this was a tourist attraction. And Anox himself was a strange character. He smiled at her as if they had been friends for a while, when they had just met, but that didn't matter.

As they made there way to the monorail a warm wind blew against Akieko and she stopped looking back at the Mystic Ruins. She felt somethng flowing into her, strong, as if she were meant to be here, or this was once her home. She smiled. "Hey, something wrong Akieko?" she asked.

"No, everything is all right. I just wanted to take one last look at this place. Hey Anox will your bring me back her later?"

"You want me to bring you back here? I mean why me?" Anox asked, as she stepped aside and let her enter the monorail. he followed in after her, before they took a seat. The cart was completely empty and made Akieko feel as if the whole world had died.

"Well, I guess...it's because I trust you. I mean your not a bad person I can tell,"

"Really, and how can you tell?" Anox asked, looking at her with a raised eyebrow.

"I can just feel it. Your different. I can feel it. Your strong, yet gentle and have a caring heart," she said.

"Really....Akieko no offense but your a bit strange,"

"I see," she said, hanging her head.

"I didn't mean it in a bad way. I just meant that your interesting is all. Look I'll bring you back here I promise,"

"Ok," Akieko said raising her head and then looking over at Anox, a smile on her face. He smiled back at her. His smile was contagious and with every second she looked at him, the more she just wanted to smile back, or laugh. It was a natural feeling.

"So, what were you doing out there? And are you from the Nocturnous Clan?" Anox asked.

"Huh?" Akieko asked, raising an eyebrow.

"Nocturnous...a clan of echidna's unless your from Knuckles clan,"

"Knuckles? No, I don't think I'm from any clan really. I mean I really don't remember. I just woke up and there I was," she said, looking out the window, "But now that I think about it, I do remember falling,"

"Then where did you come from?" he asked.

"Out there somewhere," Akieko said, looking back at Anox.

"I'm guessing you don't remember much huh?"

"No," Akieko said. That's when she heard Anox chuckle for a moment, she raised an eyebrow looking at him, "What's so funny?" she asked.

"You sound like someone I know, sorry. It's just I've kind of gone through this before. Maybe after I take you by GUN we'll pay a visit to Knuckles and Shade, they could proably clear somethings up,"

"OK,sounds like a plan," Akieko said as she removed her cloak, revealing a black vest that stopped before her stomach and orange shirt with a white star on it. Black slightly baggy pants hung off her waist and orange and white shoes decorated her feet. She then unbound apart of the clock and pulled out a orange headband, placing it on her head just behind her bangs.

"Wow..."

"I guess a beautiful woman like myself is hard to come by right?" Akieko asked, looking at his face. Anox blushed before looking away, shaking his head. Suddenly there was a loud beep and a voice came from no where.

"Anox, come in this is Hyde,"

"I read you Hyde, what's up?" Anox asked.

"The Commander wants a report what did you find,"

"I think you mean who did I find?"

"Huh? Your confusing me Anox,"

"I went to sight Hyde, and when I got there I found Akieko, she's an echidna," Anox said.

"So, you found this Akieko person in the crater?" Hyde asked.

"Didn't he just say that?" Akieko said, talkng to Hyde as well.

"Oh, is that her?" Hyde asked.

"Yes, it is me," Akieko said a slight grin on her face. Akieko messed with her gloves, looking at Anox who was shaking his head as Hyde egan to talk and try to woo Akieko.

"Ok, Hyde that's enough. Tell the Commander that I am returning to base, and to have a room ready for Akieko. I want to make sure that everything is all right with her,"

"You got it boss. Over and out," he said.

Akieko watched as Anox hit a button on his watch and then looked at him. He was shaking his head yet again. "Forgive Hyde, whenever he hears about a girl he goes a little gaga over them. I'll make sure to avoid him when we get to Base,"

"I'd apperciate that," Akieko said with a chuckle, "So what does GUN do exactly?"

"It protects the world, basically. We're like the special ops for the milatry. We deal with alot of anomalies and that happens more than just on occasion,"

"Anomalies?"

"Yeah, lately the whole planet seems to be shifting around. The tetonic plates and everything. The world is experincing earthqukes and volcanoes are exploding. We're trying to figure out why this is happening. Also a few months ago, a strange new moon appeared. We now have two..."

"Two moons?" Akieko asked.

"Yeah, odd right? But there doesn't seem to be any life on the second moon. Many have suggested that it may be a huge asteroid and were going to die. People are just eing pessimistic," Anox said with a shake of his head.

"You can't really blame them though. There afraid and they immediately choose to think that something horrble is going to happen. That's what fear does to you," Akieko began, "Will you show me the second moon?"

"I'll try my best. But the Commander keeps me pretty busy so it might take me a while. I know the perfect spot that we can see it from," he said.

Akieko nodded as the monorail came to a stop and Anox rose to his feet and escorted her out the train. They were now in the bustling streets of Town Square, and Anox was quickly leading her away from the crowd and traffic and down a side street. Akieko looked at the large buildings before her eyes landed on the largest building in the whole city.

"Anox, that's where you work isnt it?"

"Yep, that's the GUN base, pretty fancy right?"

"Very, but it also looks very...well destructive,"

"It has the power to do that, but I wouldn't worry about to much," Anox said as he radioed Hyde once again, "Is the room ready?" Anox asked.

"Yep, but before she goes off, the Commander wants to see her. By the way Rouge and Shadow came back,"

"Ok, why are you telling me this?" Anox asked, as he entered the building.

"She was looking for you," Hyde said.

"She's all ways looking for me. Tell her I'll talk to her later all right?"

"You got it," Hyde said.

"All right, just follow me," Anox said leading her over to an elevator. He hit the top most floor and together they rose ascending th floors at incredible speeds. The doors slid open and they entered a large room. A man dressed in a blue uniform, turned around and looked at Akieko, along white female bat and a black and red Hedgehog.

"Welcome back Anox. So is this the girl?"

"My names Akieko," she said, looking at the Commander.

"Well aren't you spunky. Anox all ways did like spunky girls," the white bat said.

"Shut it Rouge,"

"All right, start talking, do you know anything about that second moon?" he asked.

"No, I just heard bout it from Anox," she said.

"Where did you come from?" the Commander asked.

"Somewhere..." Akieko said looking away, "Look I just remember falling,"

"I see," the Commander said, before he looked over at Anox, "Were Eggman's robots there?"

"Yeah, but we took care of them,"

"We?" the black hedgehog asked.

"Akieko helped," Anox said, looking over at him.

"You seem to have a lot of trust in her. I mean you guys did just meet," the black hedgehog said once again.

"Shadow, she's not evil," Anox said.

"Shadow..." Akieko repeated looking him over, before she looked at the white bat, who was smiling as Shadow and Anox began to bicker.

"And it begins again. Those two are all ways bickering. By the wauy I'm Rouge," she said.

"Nice to meet you," Akieko said, with a nod of her head.

"Ok, listen up. Anox, I want you to protect and watch over this girl. That is your new mission. Whatever she wants you get it for her. Now take her to the infirmary," the Commander said. Anox nodded and told Akieko to follow him, leaving the room. The Commander then turned to Rouge and Shadow.

"Trail them. I want to know everything about that girl. Something's not right and I bet she has something to do about it,"

"Commander, she's just a girl..."

"When do Echidna's fall from the sky?" Shadow asked.

"Well...never...unless Angel Island is falling,"

"Wow, was that a joke Rouge?" Shadow asked witha slight grin.

"Look, shut it Shadow. We'll do it Commander, trust me, the dirt on that girl is as good as ours,"

"Good, your dismissed," the Commander said.
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