Mermaids: The Body FoundNow, you have probably heard of or watched this docufiction. However, it may be that this may be more than fiction. I hate to sound childish on the one hand, but on the other, it may be arrogant of us to think ourselves the sole intelligence in the universe, even on our own home planet. I sincerely believe in the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, and there is plenty of evidence to support it, just look at our own bodies.
1. Hairless - Hair creates drag in water
2. Flexible Spine - A common trait in aquatic mammals
3. Vestigial Webbing Between the Fingers and Toes - A trait that may have led to proper webbing, a trait shared by amphibious creatures
4. Thick Layer of Sub-dermal Fat - A common trait in aquatic mammals
5. Breath Control - We humans can control our breathing, and the record for a human holding its breath underwater is 20 minutes, around the same amount of time a dolphin can dive
6. Instinctive Holding of Breath - Human infants instinctively hold their breath underwater, and instincti
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 3Chapter 3: Waterlogged for the daySonic the Newborn Ch. 34 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Amy tried to get me to take a bath, the one thing I hated as a baby, since I hate water! She picked me up out of my crib, but I started kicking and flailing so that I wouldn't be taken out of my red baby suit. Amy knew that I was too young and not strong enough to take a spanking, so she decided to try and bribe me
Amy: Sonikku, if you be a good boy for me and take a bath, I'll get you a chili dog for dinner tonight.
Sonic: *shakes head like mad*
Amy: Sonic, if you don't take a bath, then you can just forget about being a baby anymore, mister!
That's the one thing I hoped she wouldn't threaten me with, and so I just started to cry because of it. Thankfully for Amy, I just hang my arms to my sides when I cry, most of the time, same with my legs. She got me out of my baby suit and my diaper, and gave me a bath. She was gentle on me, because I was just a baby at the moment, and afterwards she placed me on the sink, after drying me
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 1Chapter 1: Sweet Baby SonikkuSonic the Newborn Ch. 14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Here's the down-low of it Me and Amy got into an argument about having a baby, and I got thrown out of the house as a result Basically, I went over to Tails' house, and he used some kind of weirdo age-ray to turn me into a week-old baby Why only a week old, I have no clue But when Tails placed me on the front step and rang the doorbell, and ran away, Amy answered the door and found me on the front step. She took me in, dried me off because it was rainy that night, and tried to feed me a bottle. She couldn't, so she figured she'd do it the other way, I'm not going into depth with it
In the present, it was 5:30. Amy gave me a bath, which I hated, and fed me. There I was, in my crib, hugging my teddy bear, sucking on my thumb like a, well, baby But then, I heard Amy shouting, and I heard Tails' voice. It has been a few years, so everyone's a little more mature than when we were kids Well, I'm back to being
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 2Chapter 2: An accident can go bad real fastSonic the Newborn Ch. 24 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I woke up, and saw Amy holding me. It was clear that I wasn't going anywhere fast. Gee, I thought I wouldn't be the one slower than everyone else. I just sighed, and looked around, my eyes slightly drooping. I held onto my teddy tightly, and snuggled up to Amy. When she woke up, the first thing she looked at was me and I to her. She giggled, and picked me up. She sat up, and placed me in a sitting position on her knee. My stomach growled, and Amy sighed.
After Amy fed me, she placed me on the couch. There I was, laying down, and just looking around at just random objects. My eye was then caught by a chaos emerald, a blue one, in a glass case, on the coffee table. I reached for it, rolled over, and I tried to push the case until I accidentally dropped it on the other side. It didn't break, thank goodness, but when I reached for the emerald, oh, I grabbed it alright, but it gave me a bad electric shock when I touched it. I star
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 6Chapter 6: 2 years and countingSonic the Newborn Ch. 64 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It's been two days since Eggman reappeared, and Sonic was still crying from his trauma over those two days. I fed him, changed him, gave him baths, but not a thing seemed to calm him down from his trauma at all. He was in his crib, he had cried himself to sleep, and I decided to take a bit of a snooze myself, so I got into my bed and went to sleep. Chaos Emerald had started up again, without my knowing, and zapped into the nursery, hitting Sonic and waking him up. And, since babies do not like being woken up, Sonic started crying again, and when I heard him, I got up and ran into his room. I was shocked to see that Sonic was bigger than when I put him to sleep; I figured that he was now about 2 years old.
Sonic: *sniffling* Mommy *sniff*
Sonic spoke! He called me "Mommy!" I picked him up, but he was heavier than last time, so I decided to get some toddler-sized clothes for him. I got him into a blue t-shirt and white pants, aside fro
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 1A Sonouge Story RemadeA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 14 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chapter 1 Caught in a Blizzard
In the dead of winter on Mobius, in Mobotropolis, there was a horrible blizzard warning. Sonic was speeding along, but was starting to go cold in the winter air. He was on his way to see Rouge, because she had a chaos emerald that she was keeping. Sonic, in exchange, has a bunch of diamonds he bought with the money Mobotropolis gave him for his heroic services. Sonic walks up to Rouge's house, cold, shivering, and teeth chattering. He knocks on the door, and Rouge answers, opening the door and seeing a bluer-than-usual hedgehog, shivering his tail off.
Rouge: Goodness, Sonic, don't you even think to wear clothes?
Sonic, shivering his tail off, speaks through his chattering teeth.
Sonic: I never thought of it, really
Rouge: Here, stand by the fireplace, you need to warm up!
Sonic just sat down by the fire, basking in its warmth and radiance, and Sonic wonders if if Rouge really has a chaos emerald!
Rouge comes in w
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 4Chapter 4: The Worst Dream in my Life!Sonic the Newborn Ch. 44 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I was asleep, snuggled up to Amy that night. However, I then had a nightmare, perhaps the worst I ever had! I was in a cage, hanging over a tank of water, and I head Eggman's laughter echoing through the room. Eggman then just outright cackled like a madman, and pulled a lever on his dashboard. I was being lowered into the tank of water below, to see that there were mechanical sharks waiting for me I tried to climb up the bars of the cage, only to find that I was slipping back down every time I scooted up. I started to whimper, I didn't know what to do! I was sniffling halfway down, and heard Eggman's cackling just echo through the room. I was tearing up when I was about a foot over the tank, where the sharks were just waiting for me. I started crying when I hit the water, but the sharks just dragged me under with no mercy!
I woke up, crying, kicking, and flailing. Amy was still next to me, so she heard my lamenting, and she picke
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 4Chapter 4: The Big Fat Royal Wedding Part 2A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 44 years ago in Romance More Like This
On the way to St. Mobius' Cathedral in the outskirts of Mobotropolis, Rouge had been curious as to the royal way of life, so she asked some questions.
Rouge: So, your Majesty-
King Sonic: Please, Rouge, call me Dad.
Rouge: Okay Dad, how long have you been the King?
King Sonic: Ever since I beat down Eggman's old man back in '76. He tried to capture some small planetoid, and he tried to use Metal Sonic Mk 1 to do it, and on top of that, he kidnapped Aleena. She called herself Rosy in those days, just because of her rosy fur that she had at the time.
Aleena: I was young and naïve, thinking that he was my boyfriend. But over time, he warmed up to me.
King Sonic: Guilty as charged, and when she finally caught me in 1980, I knew then and there that I had to go back to the royal lifestyle. I asked her to join me, and ten years later, I asked her to marry me. Of course, she got overexcited and glomped me saying "Yes, oh yes, Sonic, of cou
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 3Chapter 3 The Big Fat Royal Wedding Part 1A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 34 years ago in Romance More Like This
Sonic was in a lavishing room, wearing a sky blue dress uniform with gold epaulettes and two medals. He was also wearing navy blue dress pants, black knee-high cuffed boots, and black elbow-length cuffed gloves. On his head was a white service cap with a black visor and gold decoration. On his left hip was a saber, and on his right hip was a revolver pistol in its holster.
A male hedgehog came into the room, who looked exactly like Sonic, only older and he had a tuft of brown hair on his head. His muzzle was rougher and seemed almost hairy. He was wearing a similar outfit to how Sonic was now, except he has more medals and he had a 2nd Lieutenant insignia on his uniform's left arm. He also had a navy blue capelet. This was none other than Sonic's father, King Sonic Maurice Hedgehog the Third of Ogilvy, King of the Kingdom of Mobius.
Behind King Sonic was a purple female hedgehog with eggplant hair, wearing a white dress gown and a gold
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 6Chapter 6: Life of LuxuryA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 64 years ago in Romance More Like This
The Palace was a beautiful place, and why not? It was the Palace of Ogilvy, for crying out loud! At every door was one of the Grenadiers of the Guard, for the sake of the defense of the royal family, ready within a minute's notice, and that's how they got the nickname "the Minutemen." Rouge was looking around, quite in wonderment at how big the place was on the inside. She saw her father-in-law looking at a painting of a hedgehog dressed in a navy blue uniform with gold epaulettes and similarly-colored pants, wearing black boots and gloves and wearing a red service cap.
Rouge: Is that Sonic the First?
King Sonic: Yessir, that's Grandpa, alright.
Rouge: Sheesh, don't you Big Blues ever change?
King Sonic: No, not really. You should take a look at my Great-Grandpa, Jules the Hedgehog, the only differences between us and him is that he had brown eyes.
Just then, Sonic walked up to Rouge, and she could tell he had just finished a chili dog, because he had the smel
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 8Chapter 8: A Victory and a LossA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 84 years ago in Romance More Like This
The two Sonics crashed through a whole battalion of SWAT Bots on the border of Mercia. They ran up the sides of Castle Rose, and landed on the balcony on the southwest side, where they met up with none other than Doctor Eggman himself. Said Overlander smirked, and saw both Sonics. He took off his sunglasses, revealing red irises and darker-shaded pupils.
Eggman: I'm seeing double Sonics!
King Sonic: You sure that this is Doctor Eggman? He doesn't look like himself if he is
Sonic: Yeah, I managed to destroy his base, and the explosion killed him, only to have him clone himself behind my back!
Eggman: And actually, I look good for once!
King Sonic: Enough of this! Time to put on some royal pain, Sonny!
Sonic: I'm with you, Dad!
Eggman: No wonder you look so much alike. Oh well
He brought out a mechanized battle suit, armed with lasers, missiles, grenade launchers, and chainsaws. You know the usual The two Sonics ran circles around the hug
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 7Chapter 7: Trouble in family affairsA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 74 years ago in Romance More Like This
In Mercia, in Castle Rose, there stood a human-looking man standing over a red male hedgehog with mahogany hair and a pink female hedgehog with long red hair. The man over them was wearing a red combat uniform with gold buttons, black camouflage pants, combat boots, and gray gloves. He also wore blue-tinted sunglasses with a pair of goggles over them. His hair was red and tied back into a ponytail. He wasn't heavy-set, but muscular and well-toned. On either side of him were jet black human-like robots with red plexiglass eyes and armed with laser rifles mounted on their arms.
The red hedgehog, who happened to be King Robert, spoke up.
King Robert: Eggman, what do you want with us?
Eggman: Simple, you royal fools! I want your kingdom, and your title as Ruler of Mercia, as well as despot of the Eggman Empire!
King Robert: Amelia, get the others out of here! Don't go after her, Eggman, it's me you want, not my wife, not my daughter, not her cousin or h
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 2Chapter 2 Breaking it to AmyA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 24 years ago in Romance More Like This
A couple of weeks had passed since that day, and Sonic actually took up full residence in Rouge's house. Sonic, being the rambunctious individual that he was, gave Rouge a run for her money. However, for the past couple of days, she didn't feel all that well. She was throwing up frequently, and she had really strange cravings, like she was having chocolate at seven in the morning, and having breakfast at night as opposed to the morning. After one more week, Sonic was getting very suspicious One day, he met up with Rouge in the hall
Sonic: Rouge, are you feeling alright? You haven't been yourself the past week.
Rouge: Sonic, I don't know what's going on with me I feel like garbage, I have been throwing up 24/7, I have these weird cravings! I don't know what's wrong!
Sonic: We need to see Tails; he might have an answer
Sonic picked up Rouge and sped off with her towards Angel Island, and once they got to Tails' workshop, but whe
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 5Chapter 5: The Big Fat Royal Wedding Part 3A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 54 years ago in Romance More Like This
In the Cathedral, all of Sonic's relatives were in attendance. To the right were his relatives on Angel Island, his 1st cousin once removed, Knuckles the Echidna of Edmund the Second, better known as Uncle Locke, and then there was Knuckles, which as it so turned out, was Sonic's 2nd cousin. Knuckles the First had married Princess Sonia after her fiancé was killed in the 2nd Robotnik War.
To Sonic's left were his relatives on his 3rd Great Uncle Charles' side and among them were King Robert Rose and Queen Amelia, Amy's parents Who knew? Then there was Amy, and her cousin Rob'O the Hedge and his wife, Mari-An, and Son Jon. All of them represented the Kingdom of Mercia.
Shadow was also in attendance, since he was technically a Great Uncle due to being a clone of Sonic the Second. Then was Tikal, who had married to Knuckles since Knuckles and Rouge broke up a few years back. To Shadow's right was a gold-haired female hedgehog-human hy
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 9Chapter 9: ParentsA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 94 years ago in Romance More Like This
Note: I'm not going to cover King Robert's funeral, but I'm going to tell right now that it was beautiful for what it was worth. We skip ahead to when Rouge was heavily pregnant, about 9 months so.
Baby Jon was staring in wonderment as his Aunt Rouge's gut was huge, and Sonic was fondling it, trying to talk to the little life inside. King Sonic walked in with Amy, who was dressed in black, not her common attire, but she's been wearing it ever since her father passed away. In the back yard of the Palace, there was erected a statue of Robert, immortalized in copper.
Sonic and Rouge were expecting their baby any day now. Later that night, everything was at ease, not a sound was resounding through the palace. However, the peace was shattered by a certain pregnant bat's screaming. Sonic woke up in a flash, and saw that Rouge was breathing heavily. He had called Tails over a few days ago. When he heard Rouge scream, he knew it was time.
Tails ran into the couple's bedroom
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 11Chapter 11: Waving a White FlagA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 114 years ago in Romance More Like This
It has been a few weeks short a year since Eggman's occupation of Mercia and the death of King Robert. Sonic and Rouge were spending some quality time with their little baby boy, who was giggling and gurgling out of joy every time something looked intriguing to him. On the path less traveled, however, they saw a young-looking human with his hair tied back into a ponytail. He was knocked out cold. Sonic walked up to him and turned him over, only to see that it was Eggman, knocked unconscious by some unknown entity.
Rouge: Eggman? What's he doing here?
Sonic: That's what I'd like to know. We better take him to the palace and see what's going on here
After taking them to the palace, Eggman started waking up about half an hour later. All around him were Hedgehogs, nearly the whole royal family and kin.
Eggman: GAH! How did I get here, what did- OW! My head!
Aleena: At ease, Doctor, you've had a bad head injury.
Eggman: I remember Metal Sonic turn
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 13Chapter 13: Thunda in DownundaA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 134 years ago in Romance More Like This
Eggman: Oh, this is quite a troublesome sight
Sonic: What, Eggman?
Eggman: Apparently, the Iron Legion has been spotted in Downunda, and the Iron Queen is getting ready to invade the capital, Sid.
Rouge: So you want us to go down there to help the Downunda Freedom Fighter cell out and beat back the Iron Legion?
So Sonic and Rouge were off to Downunda. They were both wearing their extreme gear attire, since it was warmer in Downunda than back in the Kingdom of Mobius. One of the Downunda Freedom Fighters, apparently the leader of the cell, met with Sonic and Rouge.
Downunda Leader: G'day, mates, the name's Blake, Blake the Wallaby that is.
Sonic: Cool to meet you, Blake. I'm-
Blake: I know who you two are. Crown Prince Sonic and Crown Princess Rouge, Duke and Duchess of Knothole, right?
Sonic: How did you know?
Blake: Royal Weddings ain't exactly a private thing, Mate. I wouldn't doubt it if you were seen worldwide.
Rouge: We were
Sonic the Newborn ch. 8Chapter 8: A Cloud with a Silver liningSonic the Newborn ch. 84 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Amy was talking on the phone with Blaze. From what Amy was saying, something was wrong, but I better stay out of the conversation so I don't look like I'm butting into any private business. However, as the conversation went poorly, I decided to butt in. I tugged on Amy's dress.
Amy: What is it, Sonic?
Sonic: Can I talk to Blaze?
Amy: Okay, honey *gives him the phone*
Sonic: Blaze? Is everything okay?
Blaze: *on the phone* Well, not exactly
Sonic: What's wrong? Can I talk to Silver?
Blaze: No, you can't.
Sonic: Why not?
Blaze: Because He's inside me
Sonic: YOU ATE HIM?!?!
Blaze: No! Certainly not! I mean, I'm pregnant, and he's inside me
I was shocked! I heard of being pregnant with your lover, but this is ridiculous! I gave the phone back to Amy and toddled back into the nursery, but instead of going back to my regular business, I started to sniffle. As Amy hung up, I was tearing up in my eyes. Amy came in, and
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 10Chapter 10: Nothing like a Crying HedgieA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 104 years ago in Romance More Like This
The next morning, King Sonic and Aleena were seen sitting next to Silver's crib, with Aleena holding the sleeping baby hedgie on her shoulder. Baby Jon had been sitting on King Sonic's knee, and staring in wonderment at the little baby that was in Aleena's hold. Sonic had woken up and saw the sight, until Silver started getting fussy again. He started tearing up. Sonic took the baby hedgie and tried rocking him, until he started crying. Rouge groaned, and turned in her sleep.
Rouge: Sonic, I think he's hungry again.
Sonic, nodding, walked back over to the bed, and offered Silver to Rouge, who was still sleepy from her labor in the night. She just unbuttoned her shirt again and let Silver feed off of her. She was asleep, so she didn't care if Silver was feeding or not. The baby hedgie then went back to sleep, his tummy full. Sonic picked him back up, and redid Rouge's buttons again.
Sonic: Boy, little bud. You're one fast eater, just like me.
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 5Chapter 5:Sonic the Newborn Ch. 54 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
About a couple of days after we figured out that Shadow and Silver had been turned into babies, it had been the same for some time, I would wake up, cry for breakfast, go in my diaper, get changed, take a nap, cry for lunch, get changed, take another nap, cry for dinner, get changed, playtime before bed, and then get placed in my crib to go to sleep. This has been the usual routine, but then Amy decided to change it up some, since I had gotten bored of the same old routine. I was just sitting on the couch, in my red baby suit with a pair of red booties for my feet. Amy was thinking hard on what to do, until it hit her! A play date for me and the guys, but where to go? She then picked up her phone, called Blaze and Tikal, and told them to meet us in the Emerald Hill Zone.
When all of us got there, Amy, Blaze, and Tikal put each of us down to play in the warm grass. However, those plans would go astray as someone very familiar came in a massive airship. The man was
A Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 12Chapter 12: A night outA Sonouge Story Remade Chapter 124 years ago in Romance More Like This
Nearly a week had passed since Eggman joined the palace's "family." He now served as the chief strategist, learning a thing or two from his father, Ivo Senior. Sonic and Rouge were getting bored. Sure, baby on board was fun and all, but they needed to get away from that for a short while. Silver was crawling better than he was the week before, and was relatively fast, much like Sonic, but he would have other abilities in the future. Silver crawled up to Sonic, and lifted up his arms, resulting in Sonic picking up the little hedgie.
Sonic: Hey, little bud. Y'know, you're going to be more than a handful later on in life, you know that?
Silver tilted his head, wondering what his father was talking about. Rouge gave out a small giggle, and petted the little hedgie's head, getting a coo out of the little one.
Rouge: Daddy's just talking nonsense, Silvy. You'll understand when you're older.
Silver just sighed, and reached for his mother. She hugged him, holding him to
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 7Chapter 7: Mister grumpy diaperSonic the Newborn Ch. 74 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
After I got back home, Sonic started crying again, I figured it was because of a dirty diaper again. But when I got into the nursery, Sonic seemed to be more frustrated than upset, and I picked him up, trying to settle him down.
Sonic: Amy, what happened and where am I?
Amy: Don't you remember anything, Sonic? You turned yourself into a baby just for me!
Sonic: Oh I remember now *sniff* But, now I'm two years old, right?
Amy: Yes, you are! You're my baby Sonikku
Sonic: *sniff, tears up* I don't wanna be a baby anymore! *cries*
Amy: Oh boy There's a problem with that
Sonic: What? *said while still crying*
Amy: Tails is off on vacation with his parents, and he tends to lock up his workshop while he's away.
Sonic: Well, when will he be back?
Amy: I'd say about a month.
Sonic started to cry again, really loudly! I patted his back, and he let out a little burp, and his crying died down to whimpering. He hugged me,
Sonic's ValentinesSonic's Valentines10 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It was that time of year again, and Sonic the Hedgehog was more nervous then ever before.
Sonic was lying down on the couch and he turned on the television and stared mindlessly watching it, until finally he said.
Sonic: God I hate Valentines Day!
Tails had over heard this and flew to the right of the couch, hovering beside it.
Tails: Well I love Valentines, it's full of love and thought and care a--
Sonic glanced quickly at Tails and then he turned back to the TV.
Sonic: Ok Tails...we get the point.
Tails: Yeah well....just be glad that A--
Right when Tails was about to finish, Amy appeared and was running towards the couch as fast as she could.
Sonic: Oh jeez! Tails! I was never here!!
Sonic jumped off of the couch and zoomed off at top speed towards the exit to his house. A few seconds later, Amy finally got to the couch, only to see Tails watching TV.
Amy: Tails? ...where is Sonic?
Tails: I 'unno
Tails shrugged, looking at the
Sonic the Newborn Ch. 9Chapter 9: Sneeze and then a CoughSonic the Newborn Ch. 94 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
After Blaze and Tikal took Silver and Shadow home, Amy placed me into my crib for an afternoon nap. About an hour or two later, I felt really hot on my head and I was shaking like a tree, shivering if you can call it that. I then sneezed, and whined weakly. I climbed out of my crib, but instead of playing with my toys, I walked out to the kitchen, and saw Amy washing some dishes. I sneezed again, and for no reason whatsoever, started coughing, and then crying loudly. Amy turned around, and saw that something was wrong with me. She came over to me, kneeled down, placed her hand on my head, and then picked me up by my underarms.
Sonic: *sniffle* A-Amy What's wrong with me?
Amy: You seem to be catching a cold. I need to take your temperature
Sonic: You're not going to stick it up my butt like you did when you first took me in, are you?
Amy: No, you're a little old for that kind of temperature check.
Sonic: That's a relief
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Rouge: Well…uhh…you know what, forget you ever saw me ok?!
Rouge ran off into a forest of trees as fast as she possible could.
Sonic: ROUGE! WAIT UP!
Sonic ran off into the trees, in pursuit of the mysterious bat.
Sonic: HOLD ON! DON'T LEAVE!
Sonic stopped running, and he slowed down to a walk, looking around every couple of moments.
Sonic: Where could she be? ...and what did she want to ask?
Rouge stopped running once she was deep into the forest, and she sat down on a tree stump.
Rouge: I …I don't have the strength to tell him how I feel…
Rouge stuffed her face in her hands, and began to shed tears. Sonic heard her cries of depression and sadness from a distance, and he listened closely.
Sonic: That sounds like bat girl…
Sonic took off in the direction that he heard the cries, only to find Rouge on the tree stump… Sonic immediately sat next to her. Rouge heard something and she looked to her right to see Sonic right next to her, she became shocked.