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Two fighters! Sixty seconds! No research!
Contrary to popular belief, while Station Square did get destroyed by Perfect Chaos, it was rebuilt. It took a lot of money and time, but thanks to everyone’s support (especially from the side of Sonic and his fans), they managed to do it. In fact, it was not only going back to normal, but having new events.
Like this strange yet addictive sport called the Lethal League, where two people hit metallic balls towards each other and literally lightning-fast speeds. The tournament went on for a bit, but it had finally finished and a winner was crowned.
Said winner proudly walked down the streets with several people stopping what they were doing to look at him. The winner was an anthro green-scaled crocodile. He wore an attire that looked futuristic and modern along with a set of headphones. His most noticeable feature was his metallic tail.
“Um, excuse me, mister?”
The crocodile raised a non-existent eyebrow before turning their heads to see a cat child walking up to him and holding up a book.
“Could you sign my autograph book, please?” The cat asked, holding up said book with a pencil.
The crocodile smirked at this. “Sure, kid.”
With that, he accepted the autograph book and started to write down his name with the cat child bouncing up and down excitedly. He then gave it back to the boy to which the latter excitedly read it.
The cat paused. “...Latch?”
The crocodile’s smirk vanished. “Um, yeah, Latch.”
“Oh, right, I forget! That is your Lethal League name!” The cat realized while scratching the back of his head. “Sorry about that.”
Latch’s eyes widened at this. “W-What, no, my name IS…”
“Well, thank you for the autograph, Mr. Vector!” The cat smiled.
With that, he happily skipped off before Latch could correct the boy. He then let out an exasperated sigh while slumping his arms before turning around and sulking off. This had been happening to him all day. People kept mistaking him for this guy called Vector and he constantly has to keep telling everyone that he wasn’t that guy. At first, it was amusing, but now it was getting annoying and ridiculous.
“Vector the Crocodile?” A voice spoke from behind him.
Latch’s eye twitched before turning around, looking annoyed. “For the last time, I am NOT…”
However, he froze who were in front of him. Four brightly-coloured anthros. The first one was a purple-scaled chameleon with a cool disposition. The second one was a flying hyperactive honey bee. The third one was a blue-furred hedgehog and unlike with the rest, Latch actually recognised him. However, it was the last and front and center one that took his attention. A green-scaled crocodile with headphone just like him. The main difference besides the lack of clothes was a gold chain necklace. He crossed his arms, NOT looking pleased.
“Um, are you Vector the Crocodile?” Latch answered, not liking where this was going.
“Darn straight!” The other crocodile confirmed before pointing a finger. “And YOU have a lot of explaining to do, you faker!”
The hedgehog blinked twice. “Woah, so this is what it is like to be a witness to a scene like this…”
Latch stepped back while holding up his hands in defense. “Now, hold on! I could explain!”
“Explain!? How do you explain taking MY identity and entering a sporting tournament to win the money in MY name!?” Vector countered. He then winced before looking to the side while clenching his fist. “With all of the bills we have to deal, this is literally the biggest slap to the face you could do to me right now!”
“Now hold on! I wasn’t trying to steal your identity!” Latch retorted.
Vector looked up and down and scoffed. “Yeah, anyone with eyes could see that.”
Latch didn’t not like the tone of that comment. “What was that?”
“You heard me! You try WAY too hard to be cool!” Vector pointed out. “You are more than a faker! You are a poser!”
“Um, EXCUSE me? What about that gold chain necklace around your neck?” Latch challenged. “What are you trying to be? Gangsta?”
“Hey, maybe I LIKE the old trends!” Vector shot back. “Unlike you trying too hard to fit in the future trends!”
“There is a reason why the old trends are just that. Old!” Latch roared. “Because they deserve to be dead and buried.”
The chameleon looked back and forth between the crocodile. “N-Now hold on. If we all take a deep breath and…”
“Quiet!” Vector and Latch roared at the chameleon at the same time.
“Oh, wow! Maybe this guy is as good as posing as Vector than we thought!” The bee smirked.
Vector and Latch growled at the bee before turning their attention towards each other.
“Okay, you know what? You want to be a hipster, fine!” Vector scoffed before cracking his knuckles. “But don’t do it OR claim money in MY name!”
“BUT I WASN’T…” Latch shouted at the top of his lungs before hanging his head. “...Why do I even bother?”
With that, he looked around for something. Then, he saw a manhole in the middle of the sidewalk. Acting quickly, he ran over to it and slammed his metallic tail on it, sending the cover flying off. With the mismatched four jumping, Latch then leapt into the manhole.
“He’s trying to escape!” Vector exclaimed before narrowing his eyes. “After him!”
“Oh, goody! A chase!” The bee cheered before flying off after Vector as the two leapt into the manhole.
“Ack! Vector! Charmy! Wait!” The chameleon called out holding out his hand.
The hedgehog shook his head. “Don’t fight it, Espio. This was inevitable!”
Espio paused before looking at said hedgehog. “Um, yes, Sonic, don’t take this the wrong way, but why are you so intent in helping Vector?”
“Well, I am not intent of helping Vector with his faker if THAT is what you are asking!” The hedgehog shot back. “No, I am more focused on the aftermath!”
With that, he ran forward towards the manhole with Espio blinking twice, wondering what was going on. The latter then shook his head before he ran towards the manhole as well.
Meanwhile, Vector stood at the bottom of the ladder leading into the sewer while angrily glaring at Latch.
“Don’t even think of trying to escape!” Vector taunted.
“Wasn’t trying to!” Latch insisted.
With that, he pulled out a metallic ball. At first, Vector was confused, but he soon recognised it as the official ball from the Lethal League matches.
“You seemed to be convinced that I don’t deserve the prize money because I am a “faker”.” Latch pointed out. “Well, let me tell you this. My SKILLS are not fake. Are you following?”
Vector sternly nodded his head.
“Let’s have a Lethal League last-man standing match. If you win, I will give you the prize money for winning the tournament.” Latch offered.
“And if you win, I will walk away as if nothing happened.” Vector added.
Meanwhile, Sonic and Espio had finally joined Vector and Charmy in the sewer.
“Vector, don’t be reckless!” Espio scolded.
“Oh, don’t worry! This is far from the first time I did a challenge like this!” The detective reassured. “Right, Sonic.”
The hedgehog nodded his head remembering that particular tennis match against Vector. With that, he, Espio and Charmy ran to find a place to hide. Vector got into a defensive stance as if he was a soccer goalie while Latch just threw the metallic ball to himself a couple of times.
WHICH ONE WILL BE SHEDDING REAL CROCODILE TEARS!?
Latch threw the metal ball by in the air before jumping up and swinging his metal tail at it, sending it flying towards Vector. The detective’s eyes widened before raising his arms to block said projectile. The guard was a success, but not only did it made Vector stagger back, but the metal ball bounced towards the nearest wall before rebounding towards Latch’s direction where he jumped up and swung his tail into it, sending a fast bullet straight into Vector’s stomach, knocking him down.
Latch smirked as he watched Vector weakly get up. “Hey, no shame in giving up.”
Vector growled while still holding his stomach with his free hand. He then threw up the ball up into the air before leaping up after it before spiking it as if it was a volleyball. However, his aim was a bit off as the ball bounced off the walls, going around erratically. But, Latch wasn’t fazed by this. Instead, he just narrowed his eyes and got into a defensive stance, waiting patiently.
When the ball finally reached him, Latch quickly spun around and managed to strike the ball. This had gone the ball ricocheting from left to right on the wall towards Vector. The detective’s eyes bugged out before throwing him to the ground while holding his head. However, Vector soon realized that the ricocheting wasn’t stopping anything soon. Looking up, he saw that the ball wasn’t stopping.
“What the…?” Vector asked in surprise.
“Holy cow, are you dense! A Lethal League ball never stops losing its speed until it hit a player!” Latch scolded. “Aren’t you supposed to be a detective? And people mistake me for YOU!?”
Vector growled before getting up to his feet and glaring at Latch. The former then ran towards the ball and punched it as hard as he could, sending it towards Latch. However, the genius just scoffed before jumping up and swinging his tail, sending the ball back at Vector. However, the detective just narrowed his eyes before leaping forward. ...And rolling into a ball, striking the metallic ball.
This sent the ball ricocheting up and down off of the walls towards Latch. While initially surprised that Vector was able to give a quick return, the genius just scoffed before waiting patiently before hitting the ball with his tail again. However, Vector was anticipating this by spinning into a ball and constantly jumping up and down in while in said ball. This was a wise move as the metal ball ricocheted back at Vector and hit him while still in ball form.
This had actually sent the ball soaring towards Latch in a downward angle. The genius’ eyes bugged out before leaping to the side. However, while the ball had bounced off of it and struck Latch in the back, sending him forward and onto his stomach. He groaned before weakly looking up. To see Vector smugly crossing his arms while giving a “Bring It” gesture. Latch growled before turning around and grabbing the ball.
Latch then got up to his feet and threw the ball up into the air and swung it at Vector. The detective just got into a defensive stance at the ball flew straight towards him. Vector then did an uppercut, sending the ball ricocheting up and down the walls back towards Latch. The genius just waited patiently before hitting the ball back. This went on to a fast volley between the two crocodiles.
As they did this, the ball continued to go faster and faster. At one point, when Latch hit the ball back, Vector had to roll into a ball out of lack of confidence in him hitting the ball back. The tactic was a success as he managed to hit the ball which sent the ball ricocheting all of the place. Latch gave a toothy smirk before crouching down and concentrating. Meanwhile, Vector was still rolling in place to protect himself.
...Only to not hear the ball anymore. Raising a non-existent eyebrow, he stopped spinning to look up to see Latch, but no ball. He was about to ask where it gone before Latch answered for him. By spitting out the ball, sending it flying into Vector’s stomach at a supersonic speed and sending him flying straight into the wall which he peeled off of it painfully with Espio, Charmy and Sonic wincing in pain.
“H-How…” Vector spoke, weakly.
“That is the beauty of the Lethal League!” Latch smirked while crossing his arms. “ANYTHING could be a weapon.”
Vector narrowed his eyes. “...Oh, is that so?”
Vector then slowly got up and walked forward while Latch got into a defensive stance. Vector then threw the ball into the air. However, instead of hitting towards Latch, Vector just stood understood the ball before blowing a large purple bubble of gum. Latch looked bewildered as Vector bounced the ball off of the bubble as it went faster and faster. Soon, Vector jumped back as the ball ricocheted up and down at a lightning-fast speed.
Vector then did a shoulder-charge towards the ball, sending it straight towards Latch. Acting quickly, Latch raised his tail in front of him to guard against the attack. Not only was the block was a success, but it sent the ball ricocheting all over the place. However, Vector was anticipating as he stepped back and sang a note, making a loud (and horrible) sound wave that acting as a makeshift barrier, making the ball ricocheting forward.
Latch gritted his teeth before running to the side, narrowly avoid being hit by the ball. Acting quickly, he spun around and swung his tail downwards onto the ball, sending it bouncing up and down. Latch then opened his jaws went before swallowing the ball. Vector’s eyes widened in horror before looking around. It was then he saw that there were a bunch of pipes on top of the ceiling.
Just as Latch spat the ball forward, Vector thought quickly jumping towards the wall before leaping off of it before climbing onto the pipes and hiding onto them, managing for them to act as a cover as the ricocheting ball went all over. Latch growled as he watched Vector bide his time carefully, trying to look for some kind of rhythm. Due to his enthusiasm with music, he saw one.
Leaping off of the pipes, he put his fists over him and fell down in a double-handed axe chop, managing to strike the ball dead-on. However, the moment he did so, it resulted in a large boom with the entire sewer turning inverted as time stopped for a moment. Before it continued before the ball continued to ricochet around the walls. Latch growled before rushing forward. Only to be struck in the side, causing him to be skidding to the side.
Vector blinked twice. “...Um, why did you just to run straight in?”
“A necessary sacrifice.” Latch groaned while getting up, holding his side and making his way towards the ball. “I had to make sure you don’t just hide away next time.”
Vector’s eyes widened before Latch picked up the ball before throwing it up into the air before swinging it with his tail. Vector just scoffed as it bounced off of the wall and towards him. The crocodile then punched it back at the wall. The two crocodiles then took turns hitting the ball as it got faster. However, when it was approaching absurd speeds, Vector punched the ball before trying to wall jump back onto the pipes.
However, Latch saw this coming and jumped up, managing to not only hit the ball, but also send it into Vector’s back and sent him sliding onto his back. Vector groaned before propping himself on his hands and knees. He then growled before glaring at Latch who just smirked. He then got up and picked up the ball before throwing a few times to himself.
However, instead of hitting the ball, Vector started to sing. Badly… Latch winced in pain before holding his non-existent ears. Vector then threw the ball into the air before hitting it towards the wall. Latch just scoffed before leaping up and hitting with his tail. However, the ball had bounced off of the wall and bounced back at Vector who just easily punched it back.
At first, Latch looked confused, but just hit the ball in a different direction. However, after hitting the wall, the ball just bounced off of it and straight towards Vector who just punched it in time. Latch’s jaw dropped, but didn’t had time to think before hitting the ball back. For the third time, the ball bounced off the wall and back towards Vector. Because of the high speed, Latch was unable to notice a pink aura around the ball.
Instead of hitting the ball back, Vector had managed to catch the ball in his JAWS as well. Latch’s eyes widened at this and his pupils shrank as Vector ran towards him. The former then turned tail and ran off, but Vector was hot on his heels and despite having a metallic ball in his jaws, he was still able to be faster. Vector then managed to grab Latch by the metallic tail and threw him into the air before spitting the ball at him.
However, Latch had recovered in time before spinning in midair before striking the ball. This had sent the ball ricocheting all over the place as normal. Vector’s eyes bugged out before quickly blowing a bubble, managing for it to strike the side before it sent flying to the side and ricocheting around. Latch then crouched down and leapt up before catching the ball in his jaws.
Latch then gracefully landed on the ground before turning to Vector to get ready to aim it at him. Vector stepped back a few feet before narrowing his eyes before getting ready.
Latch then spat the ball forward.
However, Vector spun around while breathing out fire, much to Latch’s horror.
The flames had touched the ball which sent it ricocheting all over the place while engulfed in flames.
Latch got into a crouching, defensive position, getting ready to counter.
However, the ball had struck him in the stomach, sending him flying back until he had crashed backfirst against the wall where he slid off and laid unmoving.
Vector panted heavily. Then, he proudly flexed his arm in triumph. “What do I tell you? Fakers never win!”
“Technically, he DID win the Lethal League tournament fair and square.”
Vector growled before turning to see Espio, Charmy and Sonic make their way towards him.
“Oi! It was all fine until he started to use MY identity!” Vector roared.
“But I am pretty sure…” Espio started, but Sonic cut him off.
“Don’t even bother.” The hedgehog muttered. He then brightened up. “S-So, now what are you going to do now?”
“That’s easy!” Vector reassured before crouching down and searching through Latch’s body. “Get the money won in MY name!”
“He may had won in “your” name, but it was won with HIS skills!” Espio retorted.
Vector glared at Espio. “Get off my back, Espio! He said that he was willingly going to give me the money if I beat him in a Lethal League match and I just did that, didn’t I!?”
The ninja rolled his eyes before Vector had finally found his money. He then smirked before pocketing it (somehow).
“The sad thing is it is still the biggest payday we ever had.” Charmy spoke with a smirk.
“Never have an off button, do you. Well, come on! Let’s get this guy and get out of this place!” Vector grinned.
“Hold it right there!”
The four jumped before looking in the direction of the voice to see a couple of police officers.
“Hoo boy…” Sonic started.
“Which one of you is Vector the Crocodile?” The first police officer asked.
“Um, I am.” The detective frowned before stepping forward.
“Good, that is all I need.” The first police officer reassured.
With that, he walked over to Vector before making his way around him… And handcuffing his hands together.
“You are under arrest for identity theft!” He announced.
Vector, Espio and Charmy’s pupils shrank.
“Ehh???” Vector asked.
Sonic just breathed out in exasperation.
“You heard him!” The second police officer piped up. “You entered the Lethal League tournament underneath a false name and won money illegally!”
“But… But… I AM Vector the Crocodile!” Vector insisted.
“Yeah, sure, bud, remain defiant to the end!” The first police officer scoffed.
“Officer, please, that IS the real Vector!” Espio insisted, holding out his hand.
“Yeah! We even have the… imposter right…” Charmy started.
“Quiet or we will have to arrest you three for associating with a criminal!” The second police officer snapped, pointing a finger out.
Espio and Charmy jumped at this. Sonic just rolled his eyes.
“B-But officer…” Espio insisted.
Suddenly, Sonic ran in his path. “Come on, guys! If that is what the law wants, that is what the law gets!”
“B-But…” Espio started.
“Don’t worry… I’ve seen it happen before…” Sonic spoke, softly.
Team Chaotix’s eyes bugged out in realization before Sonic turned to Vector with a stern look.
“Vector, you just have to go with the cops.” Sonic instructed. “I promise that things will get better for you.”
The crocodile blinked twice before weakly nodding. “Okay…”
“Heh, like you have a choice!” The first police officer scoffed.
“Come with us, criminal!” The second police officer added.
With that, they had dragged Vector with the latter looking back in sadness and Espio and Charmy looking upset. Sonic on the other hand, crossed his arms.
“Okay, first, we have to team up with Tails to form a prison break.” Sonic spoke, sternly.
Espio’s eyes widened. “You can’t expect us to break out Vector and things will go back to normal!”
“Why not?” Sonic shrugged. “Things gone back to normal after the ARK incident. The same incident where I was a fugitive.”
Espio and Charmy blinked twice.
“Look, wait until this guy wakes up and sneak him back to your agency.” Sonic instructed. “I will go to get Tails and meet you there to discuss a prison break.”
With that, he ran towards the exit and sped up, leaving Espio and Charmy staring in disbelief with the unconscious Latch.
“Um, Espio… Have you got the feeling...?” Charmy started.
“...That most of the world are morons?” Espio sighed.
“Yeah, pretty much…”
This melee’s winner is…
VECTOR THE CROCODILE