First meetingsTick. Tock. Tick. Tock...First meetings3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Alister bit his lip, nervously pacing in his friends living room. He had been waiting for an hour. It felt like forever.
Pace, pace, pace, turn, pace, pace, pace...
Periodically, a scream or moan would drift from downstairs, and he would wince. He hated this feeling of uselessness, of utter helplessness. His memory turned, unbidden, to earlier that evening, when Kaden had rushed up to him, face grey with panic under his fur, and begged Alister to run for the midwife. Leaden horror had filled Alister. Mala hadn't been due for a month...
Now he waited, pacing endlessly as he listened to the cries of his friends bondmate.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock...
Pace, pace, pace, pace, turn, pace, pace, pace...
Alister froze in his tracks momentarily as a piercing shriek echoed from upstairs. He resumed pacing, heart thudding painfully in his chest. Everything he knew about the birth process could be written on a postage stamp, and he wasn't sure whet
Chapter 25: loose ends and new startsSelene opened her eyes. She blinked a few times, then waved a hand in front of her face. It was dark, so dark she could barely tell if her eyes were open or closed. Darkness held her, pulled her forward. She wasn't scared. It was comforting, being held in a warm dark cradle, away from the noise and discord of the world. She felt safe here...Chapter 25: loose ends and new starts4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Then there was something solid beneath her feet. There was still darkness around her, but now it had an expectant air, like something was about to happen.
Selene breathed out and smiled .She knew what this was, and she welcomed it.She was tired. She wanted to rest...
The she wasn't alone. With the suddenness of a heartbeat, a grey shape was next to her. It writhed, switching between shapes, mere outlines with no depth or detail. Markazians, Terachnoids, Novalians, even the bulky shape of a Cragmite.
Then it settled, and took the form of a Lombax, the only detail the black eyes that contrasted starkly against the grey shape.
The Kaos Entity.
Chapter 27: Return.Ratchet slowly slid into conciousness. As he rose up out of the black, sound began to filter through, distant, muffled voices growing clearer.Chapter 27: Return.4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"At least he is looking better these days."
"Oh yes, the state he was in at the start, my word...He's lucky to be alive!"
"Why has he not woken up then?"
"Recovery is a slow process, Clank. His body is probably just gathering it's strength...Hello, some things happening..."
He slowly opened his eyes. For a moment, all he could see was a cracked white ceiling, before his vision was eclipsed by the face of...
"Clank?" His voice sounded strange, thin and distant in his ears. His chest ached with a steady, dull throbbing.
"Hello, Ratchet." Clank said, smiling. "We have been very worried about you. How are you feeling?"
"Kinda sore. Kinda tired. But OK, otherwise."
He struggled into a sitting position, wincing at the sting as he accidentally tugged at the IV line in his wrist.
"Where am I?"
"Fastoon hospital." This voice was one he didn't kn
Chapter 26: Honour betrayedJasmine let out a scream of anguish as she saw Ratchet crumpled on the ground. Still numb with shock, she turned to the portal, gripping her wrench tightly as the shooter stepped out, shreds of the strange energy clinging to him.Chapter 26: Honour betrayed4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hey there, hot stuff. Sorry 'bout Goldy there. Itchy trigger finger, you know!"
The word she spat was unfamiliar to the listeners, with the exception of the Zenithi, a number of whom had spent some time of Fastoon before Tachyon's attack. One quickly covered Shona's ears with her wings.
"Easy there, sweet heart." said Fenris. "Words hurt, you know..."
Ignoring the drama, Clank and Mia hurried to Ratchets side. He was pale under his fur, breath coming in shallow gasps as he struggled for air. One hand clutched a nasty wound on his chest. Mia was quite good at healing and first aid, and she could clearly see he was losing a lot of blood....
Jasmine snarled at Fenris. Rage, fear and grief filled her. Instinct called
Birth of a kingKreeli Comet. Star date: 3702, Standard Polaris time.Birth of a king3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Bitter winds howled through the mine shaft. Ice and sleet built up on the mining equipment, froze fingers, and nipped at ears. For the Lombaxes who made a living hacking Trillium from the freezing rocks, it was a harsh, desperate existance. Damon Exos rubbed the spot where his ear had been ruefully as he hefted his pickaxe. Frostbite had taken it long ago, and even now, it still pained him. Especially in weather like this. Sighing, he turned back to the face of rock in front of him. He tapped it, and turned to his co-worker, Lyezza, a muscular female with a robotic arm, the original having been lost in a rock fall.
"Whaddaya reckon? Tapped out?"
"Not much in there, I'd say. Probably a little left, but not really enough to be worth it."
Damon scratched his chin thoughtfully.
"I dunno...I'd like to have another go at it. Maybe there's a vein in there we missed..."
Lyezza shrugged her scarred shoulders.
"Whatever. I gott
Chapter 14 pt 2: trappedA few hours passed. In the shade of a large boulder, the three heroes quietly passed the time. Ratchet was entertaining Jasmine with some rather exaggerated stories from his past, while Clank kept careful watch, occasionally butting in to correct Ratchet when he "accidentally" got his facts wrong. Clank was starting to feel nervous. There were Blargs on this planet. He had seen them, it was likely they had released the banshee. So where were they? His optic sensors picked up a flash of green, and before he had time to call out, Drake was by his side.Chapter 14 pt 2: trapped4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I've located a good sized crystal 3 kilometres due south"
Jasmine sprang to her feet, grinning from ear to ear.
"However, we have a small problem..."
The problem turned out to be Blargs. Lots of them. The small valley containing the crystal was packed with them, all armed to the teeth. Jasmines hackles raised as she spotted Miles, swaggering around with a retinue of bodyguards. Much to their relief, Kaos was no-where to be seen.
BeginningsVeldin. Kyzil Plateau.Beginnings4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Bright stars twinkled coldly in the night sky. It was chilly, a cold wind blowing over the Veldin wasteland. The Veldinite sitting huddled on a rock ignored it.
Ada was grieving.
After her husband had died, she had been alone, apart from her baby son. He had been all she had, her only company. Until a moments inattention...
She began to sob, burying her face in her hands as she remembered. A seconds distraction, that had been all, and her son had been taken, dragged off by horny toads, shrieking for his mother.
That had been this morning. Now, she waited in the desert to die. The elements, or horny toads, she didn't care which. There was nothing left for her...
And a roar split the silence. Despite her grief, she looked up, as a bright meteor streaked across the sky.
Or was it a meteor?
It was too large, too loud. The roar was the roar of an engine. Ada watched, stunned, as it grew closer to the ground. She hit the deck as it landed, the shock wave rippling her b
Chapter 20: into the fireSargasso 0400 hours. Days to reality failure: 1Chapter 20: into the fire4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Steel crept along the dark corridors of the stronghold. It was past midnight, yet the dark was still thick enough to tax even his powerful night vision. It wouldn't have mattered even if he was totally blinded, however. He had memorised the route he needed to take, knew by heart every step to his destination.
As he passed a window, moonlight flashed off the sharp knife in his hand. Steel had always preferred a leading role...
He reached the door, cautiously trying the handle. It was unlocked, the door opening a fraction. He slowly, very slowly, pushed it open, slipping inside as gently as a shadow. A grin spread across his face as he saw the velvet hangings at the other end of the room.
Steel was good at this. Many who had crossed him had gone to sleep and never woken up again, his blade between their ribs. He made no sound crossing the room, knife held loosely by his side. When he reached the curtains surrounding her b
Chapter 10: Kaos"Hey! Keep your hands where I can see 'em mister!"Chapter 10: Kaos4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ratchet scowled, but grudgingly obeyed. The four heroes knelt on the floor of a transport vehicle, hands on heads. Armed Blargs surrounded them, rifles trained on their hearts. Jasmine shifted uncomfortably. The carrier smelled to much like Ishkhan for her liking. A nasty suspicion flared. Maybe the Ishkhan hadn't been on Kreeli comet by accident...
Clank gently nudged Ratchet with his foot.
"Ratchet? Do you notice something strange about our captors?"
Ratchet looked. Now he thought about it, some of the Blargs were acting rather funny. Around half were acting as expected, shoving, laughing nastily and leering at Jasmine. (But only leering. A Blarg with wandering hands had come down with a nasty case of pain, and the others were keeping a careful distance from her) But others...
Ratchet was reminded of the ancient automatons he had seen in museums. Their movements were stiff, their eyes stared blankly ahead. They looked like z