(DISCLAIMER: This story takes place in an ALTERNATE UNIVERSE. It is in no way canon to the Nightmare Saga in any manner whatsoever.)
“Katharine! You’ve gotta see this!”
Katharine yawned and rubbed her eyes. It had been a long time since anything new happened with the Highests, and all she wanted was a break from the stress that happened.
She looked at a girl who was a little older than her with short, light-brown hair, and what looked like a burgundy-red sleeveless overcoat over her light yellow shirt. A teal-blue ribbon was tied in her hair.
“What is it, Lu?” Lulu was Katharine’s best friend/girlfriend, and she was a self-proclaimed Highest hunter (she once confided to her that she and her family almost killed one of the Higher One’s best soldiers).
“I found a forbidden dimension,” Lulu said, holding a stack of papers in her arms.
“A forbidden dimension?” Katharine asked, confused. “I thought we could go anywhere we wanted.”
“Almost anywhere. Apparently, there are some dimensions that the Highests are absolutely forbidden from entering.” She headed towards the giant screen in the room and fed the paper into an opening below it.
“OPENING DIMENSION FILES,” the text on the screen flickered. After a few minutes, some more text appeared. “Please enter your authorization code.”
Lulu entered in the alphanumeric passcode she remembered by heart, and the screen quickly changed to reveal over 1,000 files related to a dimension titled...
“Dimension CWC?” Katharine read the screen.
“It’s the most known of the Forbidden Dimensions, and is commonly referred to as the ‘Sonichu Dimension’. My mom made me promise not to tell anyone about them when I was young, but she allowed me to research them as much as I want to. Now that I’m older, I can tell nearly anybody about this, and perhaps even do a little exploring.” Lulu tapped the first file on-screen, and it took them to a brief description of the dimension.
In Dimension CWC, there is a small town called CWCville. Christian Weston Chandler, the city’s namesake, is the mayor. After he inherited the office from his father, Robert Chandler, he made himself supreme ruler of the city, which defeats the whole purpose of a mayor in general. The loopholes he devised in the so-called Anchuent Prophecy gave himself complete control over his citizens’ lives from their finances and entertainment, to their religion and sexual orientation, and even what they eat and drink. Women aren’t even allowed to vote.
But his most infamous creation yet are the Electric Hedgehog Pokemon more commonly known as Sonichus (or Rosechus, if female). In their so-called pre-evolutions, they are known as Sonees (or Roseys, if female). They were just a mere curiosity of Chandler that quickly became an obsession. Being a parasitic species by nature, they slowly drove out the human residents of the town and lived happily and tax-free, of course.
The currency system in CWC-ville is normally outrageous at best, consisting of C-quarters and W-quarters (10 C-quarters equal one W-quarter). But even then, the fines are levied in U.S. dollars, which makes even less sense. The taxes that Chandler proposed to his human residents were all to fund his obsession with the Sonichu species (last time Lulu checked, about ninety percent of the city’s taxpayer dollars went to Electric Hedgehog Pokemon-related events).
And all that is nothing compared to the caste system. Chandler himself is at the top of the chain, of course. Below him are the first Sonichu and Rosechu for obvious reasons. Below them is the Chaotic Combo: a group of five electric hedgehog pokemon that acted as Chandler’s advisory council. The group consisted of Magi-Chan Sonichu: the telepath, Wild Sonichu: the survivalist and former leader, Angelica Rosechu: the devout Christian, Punchy Sonichu: the token minority, and Bubbles Rosechu: the dumb one. Below the Chaotic Combo were the Electric Hedgehog Police Force (EHPF). Below the EHPF was a whole army of Loyalists: human mercenaries that supported Chandler and his causes. And below all these were the homeless people in the Soup Hotels scattered around the city.
Punishments in CWCville are usually unproportional to the crimes commited. One of those “crimes” included the use of tobacco and alcohol (nicknamed “tobacky” and “reeb” respectfully by Chandler, it usually lands the offender with a fine of up to USD$200,000 and a 20-year prison sentence). But that is barely scratching the surface. Protesters end up being electrocuted by the EHPF. Dozens of men and women were sent to “straight camps” for the “crime” of being LGBTQ (the number of people in the camps and Chandler’s anti-gay efforts had since almost tripled because of Magi-Chan’s mind-reading ability). Angelica Rosechu had her own way of dealing with the many “sinners” who went against her reform for CWC-ville’s state religion. Public executions were not uncommon, whether they be carried by the Chaotic Combo, or one of the Loyalists. But there is more to it than the “law”. Whole families were starving because of feral Electric Hedgehog Pokemon infestations.
Because of this and other atrocities, an underground resistance group has been known to exist known only as the-
Exetior came into the room and saw what they were researching. His eyes widened. “Oh, dear god...” he muttered.
Lulu was astonished. “Exetior... you know about this?”
“Yes. I know more about this than what your research can contain.” He facepalmed and shook his head. “If you truly value your sanity, Lulu, do not go there.”
Lulu begged, “I’ve never seen a forbidden dimension before with my own eyes.”
“And I think it’s best if you didn’t.” He warned her.
“Come on, please? We’ll be in disguise.” Lulu said and tied her hair up in a small ponytail. She then rolled down her socks and took off her clip-on earrings. Exetior finally sighed and nodded. ‘You can go,’ his expression told her.
“You really think that’s gonna work, Lulu?” Katharine said.
“Please, call me Spencer,” Lulu said, in a raspy, somewhat deep voice.
“Huh. Neat disguise!” Katharine said, and proceeded to transform herself as well. When the light faded, she looked completely different. Her hair was now shorter and a lighter shade of brown. Her demonized eyes were replaced by those that were dark brown. Her rosette hairclip was now a red heart hairclip. She wore a purple top over a pink, sleeveless dress, blue denim knee-high leggings, and white mary-janes. The only parts that remained unchanged were her choker and bracelets.
“Just call me Katya,” Katharine said, in an accent that sounded like either Russian or Greek.
Lulu’s jaw dropped. “Katharine, how were you able to- who the hell taught you that! That’s so freakin’ awesome!”
Katharine shrugged her shoulders, but looked slightly at Exetior and Kexetor, who had just come in the room, and winked at them.
Word quickly leaked out of Dimension CWC, and before long, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Cream, and Sally jumped on the bandwagon. Hypnotexer and Pervision seemed interested as well, and Thalia, Kexetor’s apprentice, conviced her sister Makaria and their friend Ionia to come with her.
“You’ve gotta be joking, Thalia. The Sonichu Dimension? Seriously?” Ionia said and rolled her eyes.
“Ionia’s right, sis,” Makaria added. “It’s one of the forbidden dimensions! You could get us all killed!”
“Oh, nonsense,” Thalia scoffed. “That ‘forbidden’ shit? That’s for the Highests. Plus, even if they were to scan it, which I know they won’t, we’ll be in disguise.”
Thalia snapped her fingers, and a blinding light flashed around all three girls. When the sparks faded, the girls looked at each other and at themselves with astonishment. They still kept their hairstyles and general color scheme, but each girl was different in one way or another.
Makaria herself had on a warm grey headband decorated with silver stars and crescents, as well as a blue, sleeveless dress that matched her eyes. Around her waist, there was a gray belt sewn into the dress, along with grat accents. She wore a blue pendant surrounded by a band of almost pure silver. On her feet were blue sandals with silver and blue straps. On her wrists were glittering silver bracelets that shone in the light.
Ionia’s outfit reflected her hardened demeanor with a dark purple jacket over a bright red crop top and dark-red shorts. Around the belt loop was a fiery-orange belt with a golden-yellow buckle. On her legs were knee-high leggings the same color as her jacket, along with orange and gold combat boots. She also sported dark-orange fingerless gloves.
Thalia herself looked stunning, to herself at least. She had the same headband as Makaria, though it was bright yellow and shone. She also had a similar necklace, but the gem was amethyst surrounded with yellow gold. She wore a dark indigo denim jacket, a bright purple dress with golden accents, gray shorts, and a brown leather belt aound her waist. On her feet were purple and yellow running shoes.
All three girls lost their demon-like eyes, instead opting for a nornal look: whhite sclera, colored iris, black pupils.
“All set, girls?” Thalia said, stretching her arms.
“Yeah,” Makaria said while Ionia shifted her weight from foot to foot. “But what about Kexetor and Hypno-“
“Don’t worry about it,” Thalia chuckled and pulled out two pairs of sunglasses from her pockets. “I got them covered.”
Soon, nearly everyone showed up that were willing to embark on the journey. All of them were in disguise; most had changed their appearance and voice at will (including Pervision’s dog-thing, Boddys, which had miraculously shrunk down to the size of a Rottweiler with his appearance matching), but as for the rest of them, including Amy, Cream, Sally, Kexetor, and Hypnotexer, they were wearing special sunglasses that they could see out of, but others couldn’t see their eyes behind the glasses. For Thalia, Makaria, and Ionia, they took it one step further and changed their names to go along with their disguise.
Exetior shifted uneasily after seeing exactly how many people were going to the trip. “I hope you know what you’re doing, Lulu...” He said as he mounted a hidden microphone and camera into her shirt.
“Oh, don’t worry about it,” Lulu reassured him as he did the same to Katharine. Boddys also had his own mic and camera fitted around his neck.
She motioned for the others to follow her into a room. This led to Eggman’s lab, Fatal Iron. She stood in front of the computer and spoke into the mic, “Activate warp ring to Dimension CWC. Authorization code: Knightley-echo-charlie-six-zero-one.”
There was a flash of golden light as a warp ring came into view.
“Access granted: Welcome, Lulu Ashley Knightley.” The automated voice replied as the warp ring finally materialized.
Lulu was the first to jump in. Soon, everyone apart from Exetior had jumped in.
He sighed and shook his head. “Forgive me, Negagen...” he said as he finally entered the ring.
END PART ONE