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An Alternate Universe fanfic, written by Rae Logan, branching off from the infamous Sonic '06. Starting immediately after the ending of Shadow's story, Mephiles makes a last ditch effort to survive... and fuses with Shadow.This one action sets off a chain reaction that eventually leads to Mephiles becoming a separate consciousness from his dark half, and him, Shadow and Rouge having adventures of their own. This dark half (appropriately, named Dark the Shade) plagues the trio until the end of the fourth installment.Yes. Installment. Teaching Darkness is a whopping six-story series, with a seventh series on the way! They are as follows:
Teaching Darkness: Following the events in Shadow's Story in Next Gen, Mephiles takes a last ditch effort move that fuses him to Shadow. Now with two minds, Can Rouge and Omega save Shadow before Mephiles takes over completely?
Teaching Darkness- Visions: Mephiles now lives with Rouge and Shadow, and has enjoyed his new lease on life. But when he starts losing sleep over what he thought were just nightmares, he's even more horrified to find them to be coming true...
Teaching Darkness- Job Quest: Mephiles has been personality flopped, beaten up, kidnapped, electrocuted, possessed, drowned, and "dead" for six minutes... Now he must face his toughest challenge yet... getting a job...
Teaching Darkness- Relapse: Is it true? Is Mephiles starting to lose his mind again? He claimed to have seen him, one from his past... but no one really believes him. Is he telling the truth?
Teaching Darkness- Memories: Mephiles has gained a new ability... and he wishes more than anything that he didn't have it... Even worse, Dark has come back... but he's asking for Mephiles' help to defeat someone more powerful than himself...
Teaching Darkness- Flux: Something is wrong with Dark. Since the Earth was split into seven parts by Eggman, Dark, as well as other members of the populace, have been acting strangely at night. Meant to cross over with Sonic Unleashed.
Teaching Darkness contains examples of:
Afraid of Blood: Mephiles throughout the entire series. Dark to a lesser extend in the later series.
Brick Joke: Chapter 13 of "Flux" has Mephy notice that Shadow is using Super Glue to repair his model motorcycle, at the start of the chapter, and wonders why it's called "Super". Dark manages to get a towel spotted with it stuck to his arm at the end of the chapter, which leds to this gem from Mephy as it's ripped off just as Rouge returns from the store: "Oh, THAT'S why it's called 'Super Glue'!"
Back in the 17th chapter of "Relapse" (written in 2008), a Sonic sent a box in the mail to Shadow that happens to trip him just as he tries to keep Mephiles from running out the open door in a panic. In the second chapter of "Rift" (just released this year, 2013), the box was referenced in the form of Tails asking Mephiles, for Sonic, if Shadow ever opened the box he left, and alludes to it being part of a joke.
Cower Power: Mephiles. It even wins a battle against Dark once!
Curse Cut Short: A common occurence for Dark, either in-universe or by the third-person narrator.
Cute Little Fangs: Within the artwork and stories, Mephy is shown to have these (usually only one is shown), as does Dark, who's are more prominent and visible when he doesn't have his mouth shut. Iblis also has a variation, but more attention is drawn to his missing tooth instead. Also, Shadow, like his game counterpart, has this straight as well.
Hates Being Touched: Unless you're Mephiles, an innocent pet, or Iblis post-side change, then expect this from Dark on a regular basis. Partially justified, as Dark is paranoid, and believes that anyone outside that small circle would never be interested in him enough other than to hurt him. Also, due to a decade of total isolation, save for Mephiles, Dark is not accustomed to such gestures and immediately goes into panic mode. Sometimes, he might even panic if the one doing so is in fact that small circle. He warns about the possibility often.
Must Have Caffeine: Mephiles, but not in a typical sense. It tends to calm him down, as his body processes it differently. It's common for him to seek a cup after a nerve wracking experience, or while particularly hyper.