The man with a short mustache and large glasses is again at work at the computer console in his research facility. But this time, next to the console sits some sort of large pod, filled with a green fluid.
After working for a while, he suddenly gets up and walks over to the pod. He tugs at his mustache in deep contemplation. Then he turns around and sits back down, not to work, but to think.
He gets up again, but passes the pod entirely this time. He continues into another, more darkly-lit room. He looks around him, as if to make sure no one is watching. Then he quickly enters a code into a pad on the wall, causing the entire wall panel to slide to the side, and revealing the seven Chaos Emeralds inside. Their rainbow of color illuminates his face.
He closes the wall panel and returns to the pod. He stares into the glass case, the green fluid beneath, and the life form he knows lies inside.
Suddenly, he slams down on a button on the front of the pod, and the fluid inside begins to drain.
The lid of the pod pops open, releasing a torrent of steam. But slowly, the steam begins to clear, revealing the form of a hedgehog, one which might be mistaken for Shadow. But as the light that shines upon him clears, it becomes clear that he is definitely not Shadow. His fur is primarily a silvery white, with streaks of green in his spikes. His gloves are turquoise-blue, and his socks and the cuffs of his gloves are red. His shoes, appearing similar to Shadow’s, are purple on the top, with a dark blue trim. One who has seen into the future might know him as Blacklight.
Slowly, he opens his yellow eyes. He begins to look back and forth, a curious look on his face. The man looks on with excitement.
Finally, the hedgehog begins to speak. “… … …This feels weird.”
The man lets out with a smile, “Hello, Sunlight. I’m so glad to finally meet you.”
“Sunlight…that is me?” The man nods. The hedgehog begins to pat around on his chest and arms. When he finishes with that, he starts rubbing his hand all over his face. He looks back to the man, more curious than ever. “Sunlight is made of photons. But I am solid. I don’t understand.”
The man begins to laugh, all the while keeping a bright smile on his face. “No, you see, Sunlight is your name, not what you are made of.”
“My name? So…it’s meaningless, then?”
“Meaningless? Not at all. Your name is how people identify who you are. It’s how people understand you.”
“Understand…I want to understand more. Tell me more.” Without waiting for an answer, the hedgehog now called Sunlight steps out of the pod and begins to look around more.
“Then let’s start with me. My name is Alfred. I am your f–…your creator.”
“Creator…so you made me exist. Why?”
“Well, that’s…quite a long story, perhaps another–”
“Alfred. I don’t know what Alfred is. That does not help me understand you at all. You should have a different name. I like your mustache. Your name should be Mustache.”
The man, Alfred, clears his throat. “I’m afraid it doesn’t quite work that way. Perhaps you–”
“What’s in this room?” Sunlight begins to walk towards the room that Alfred had just come out of, the one that contains the Chaos Emeralds. “It feels nice.”
Alfred quickly runs to cut him off. “Hold on, let’s not go in that room just yet.”
Sunlight glares at him oddly. Then he shrugs, and walks off in a different direction.