Love that soundAs a robotic being, many things about Clank are heightened or improved compared to his organic counterparts. He could see farer, in light or darknessLove that sound2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
and perform delicate, complete scans of his environment via his optical sensors. He could think faster then most supercomputers and come to logical conclusions on his own. He could withstand a far greater degree of damage that would prove fatal to soft-skinned creatures. And while his selection of gadgets and weapons may not be as high in numbers as most other species, or indeed many robots, he could make the most out of what he had with remarkable results.
However, the one thing that he prided over all his other senses and functions was the one least known and least understood by his organic companions.
He had one of the most acute senses of hearing ever known amounts machines.
That is not to say that robots do not hear well, far from it, but Clank could hear extremely well.
No other machine had his level of hearing and for a long time t
Sam Dies at the End - 20.8 Capital GCocky got up. He seemed sore too, as if he had been through a brutal workout the day before. He walked to the wall on his left and pressed a panel on the wall. An invisible space popped out. “Oh, nice, I still have clothes here. Aaand there it is.”Sam Dies at the End - 20.8 Capital G2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Cocky pulled out something that looked more like a bazooka than a gun. It was black and slick and menacing, like an ugly bug in your bathtub. He sat down and caressed it in awe. Max looked on, definitely impressed, but not wanting to admit it.
“Look at this beautiful thing. All mine. Finally. All mine.”
“Try not to lick it, Cocky. It’s charged,” Desiree warned. She looked more worried about the ship than Cocky.
Cocky looked for the safety and made sure it was on. Max, feigning indifference, asked: “What’s so special about it?”
Cocky panted a little and smiled warmly, as if he was barely restraining himself from kissing everybody in the room and then, yes, licking the weapon.
Sam Dies at the End - 50. The War Room.The inside of the lab was bathed in its unnatural glow. The good thing about being a dilapidated building was that you almost didn’t notice the monster-made newly holes in the walls.Sam Dies at the End - 50. The War Room.1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Everybody was talking at the same time. The worst offenders were Papierwaite and Momma Bosco, occasionally punctuated by Sybil. The only one that was standing apart and somehow aloof was Cocky, who was not participating in the discussion for the moment being.
Max was sitting on a chair, feeling tired and unhappy and increasingly impatient. Watching Sam disappear into the water had not been the worst, but the feeling he couldn’t do anything about it was. Was he gone for good? Where was he now? WHO was he now?
“What I want to know is,” Momma Bosco said, “who is going to pay for the destruction of my lab?”
“It’s just some holes in the walls, woman,” Papierwaite pointed out. “Your monster insurance should cover it, no problem!”
Sam Dies at the End 60. Bottom of the barrel.In truth, it was not the cigarette smoke that woke Max up, but the searing light through his eyelids. He pawed around blindly for some kind of shield, preferably of the blanket kind, but there was nothing but air there. Then the light suddenly disappeared and Max barely opened his eyes. Flint Paper’s solid silhouette was blocking the sunlight.Sam Dies at the End 60. Bottom of the barrel.11 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Sorry about that,” Flint said, without ever dropping his cigarette. “But it smells like a damp crackhouse here.”
Max watched the dust dance in the sunlight for a couple of beats.
“You okay, chap? Honestly, I could figure out you probably needed to be alone. But Sybil’s recruited me to check on you. And you know, that dame can be hella pushy when she’s got her mind onto something.”
“Mmh,” Max shrugged. In truth, he didn’t know if he was okay or not. It was kind of like waking up to find you were missing a limb, but at the same time being so deep at the bottom of the bar
Hollow Hunters - All PaperworkHollow Hunters - All Paperwork5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Hollow Hunters All Paperwork
"I'm not entirely on board with this." Andrew complained bitterly.
August disregarded his discontent while she worked furiously on her laptop. Several piles of paperwork were neatly stacked around her. After she finished with inputting the latest one, she deposited the paper onto the appropriate pile before she retrieved the next one. The process had been repeating itself for the last hour, though remaining papers to be processed still towered up high from the desk.
"We got a certain synergy going here bringing in some more bodies just getting to mess things up." Andrew continued despite the lack of response. He lazily rest on his chair with one leg propped up on the desk, while he occasionally glance at the newspaper in hand.
"This is ignoring the messes that you currently produce?" August replied. Her gaze did not lift up from her work while she continued to process the applicants' paper.
"I prefer to consider it
Sam Dies at the End - 61. Climbing up.It was hard to admit, but Sam’s death was the best thing that ever happened to Max’s career. While it had not been easy at first (at least Flint Paper had helped a lot) Max had adapted to solo work. Sam’s particular skills and abilities were missed, but Max had eventually learned to work around his absence. Soon, the most unexpected thing happened: he started being wildly successful.Sam Dies at the End - 61. Climbing up.11 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Already a hero from having saved the city and the world, he got a lot of new clients and new cases to bury himself in. He was grateful for it. All he did for some time was work and sleep; sleep and work.
In the meantime, he solved cases with ruthless efficiency. All those years watching Sam do his thing had not been in vain. But Max had to admit it was all not that fun anymore. He would probably keep doing it, as there was nothing else he was good at, but it was honestly not the same without Sam.
Max kept telling himself at some point he would have to scratch Sam’s name off the door
Sam Dies at the End - 40. Want.Max barely caught the gun before it slipped from his lap. It was surprisingly light. Evidently not steel but an exotic alloy.Sam Dies at the End - 40. Want.2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Cocky looked like an explosion waiting to happen, or maybe already in the process of happening.
Max decided to proceed with caution. A part of him really wanted to get in a fight with Cocky again. To kick his ass and send him home. But another part considered it wasn’t really the proper place or situation. Besides, he felt so tired. It had been a long night. So he decided to try to play it cool.
Only Cocky wouldn’t let him.
“Okay, exactly what do you think you’re d-…”
“I DON’T KNOW!” Cocky yelled at his face, and Max recoiled out of pure instinct. “I have no idea what I’m doing! I just want to make it stop!”
“Calm the heck down. And don’t yell at me. I don’t take that crap from anyone, and even less you.”
“I AM NOT YELLING!”
There was a moment of hesitati
Sam Dies at the End - 54.1 Dark places.Cocky took a step back, breathless. He couldn’t quite process what had happened. He had peered for an eternal second into Max’s mind and it had been terrifying. A flawless mixture of genius and madness that had almost crushed him under its weight. But there was also a terrible darkness in there, although he wasn’t sure if it was Max’s or coming from some kind of cosmic horror. He looked at the small lagomorph, who seemed stunned. “You okay, bro? I don’t think that was one of our best decisions.”Sam Dies at the End - 54.1 Dark places.1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Max turned to face him, but it was as if he was looking through him.
“I looked inside you. For a second there.” Max exposed his teeth in an awful grin, and Cocky’s fur stood up in instant horror, as if someone had scratched a blackboard with some very long nails. “I got the answer to my question.”
Cocky felt as if he had suddenly been drenched in ice water. “What…?” He managed to stammer, but he wasn
Sam Dies at the End - 53.1 Popcorn.“Oof!” Max tumbled around Sam’s mouth while at the same time trying to avoid the razor-sharp, giant teeth. He quickly waddled towards the throat and rolled himself in a very small ball, hoping Sam would pass him like a pill. He felt himself pushed down by some tight, moving flesh walls. Finally, after a short freefall, Max hit a metal surface.Sam Dies at the End - 53.1 Popcorn.1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
The tiny lagomorph looked around. He was lying on the roof of a car. He had been lucky, as he had narrowly missed the windshield, which would have broken and probably injured him. But he soon realized his luck had been even bigger. The car seemed barely afloat a lake of acid, if his eyes and nose weren’t mistaken. Alarmed, Max looked around for a way to escape. There was enough debris for him to jump around to safety, but he’d have to be careful. If he slipped, it was bound to be unpleasant.
Max quickly reached the edge of the pool. Looking around, it seemed like Sam had been ingesting a whole buffet of vehicles and
Haunted Vista - 003Haunted Vista - 0036 years ago in Spiritual & Occult More Like This
Haunted Vistas: Hollow Hunters/ElaineXHyde "Ship of Fools"
Fog draped across the city's skyline swirling around the numerous towering buildings and skyscrapers. The thick rolls made it downright hard to even see your hand in front of you in the thicker patches with only the reflected lights of the city providing the barest illumination. High above the fogs the night sky was completely obscured. Yet the fog that now hanged over the city was of no earthly origin, but merely the symptom of something far more menacing hidden amidst the fog.
The dull music played out of the speakers while the elevator slowly went up while the number on the display rising with each floor passed. Inside the occupants were less then amuse by the selection of music or even each other company.
Andrew wondered how much longer it was going to be before they would reach their destination. He wasn't sure how much longer he could take this music or cramped confines. Glancing to his right at his partne
Sam Dies at the End - 50.7 Powder.“YOU’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE, YOU PIG!” Max yelled, and looked around for something to throw at Flint Paper. The rugged detective was less than impressed. “Will you get the Hell down from there, you chump? I’m not here to arrest you!”Sam Dies at the End - 50.7 Powder.1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Max looked at Flint Paper dubiously. He was perched up on top of some complicated-looking machinery. Flint lit up a cigarette.
“I’m assuming you never found Sam’s brain, or maybe you’re still looking. But it’s too late, kid. Ol’ Stripey kicked the bucket. I’m sorry.”
Max jumped down. “I did find his brain. And we put it inside the body of one of Sam’s clones.”
“Really? Well, that is pretty crazy, even for you. But it’s a relief. All Sam has to do is to show up at the police station, and you’re off the hook.”
“Aw, man,” Max sighed, disheartened.
“Unfortunately, Sam turned into a giant monster and went into a rampage
A Crack In Time Oneshots: 2A Crack In Time:A Crack In Time Oneshots: 25 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
A Night On Lumos
Ratchet was tired. Exhausted to use a better word. His limbs were aching and the treacherous journey through the Tetramite infested caves certainly hadn't helped him take his mind off his fatigue. And yet, here he was trying to keep up with General Azimuth as the older Lombax sprinted ahead to find the Obsidian Eye deep within the Zoni Temple that supposedly resided inside. Even with his Commando training from all the back in Bogon, Ratchet couldn't exactly feel energetic after stopping an Agorean invasion almost single-handedly and then having to deal with tiny little toothy creatures who could devour every single bit of him.
Annoyingly, they had also managed to rip off a bit of his fur at the end of his tail, so that wasn't helping either.
As he continued through the dark caves and dank caverns, Ratchet could hear small rustlings and growlings around him. The Tetramites were still here. It felt creepy, almost as if they were watching him. Good
The HeartSpoilers for Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time!The Heart5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The average male Lombaxian heart weighs approximately 230 to 260 grams. It beats an average of sixty-five times per minute in a state of rest and contains four chambers for pumping the average 4.9 liters of blood contained in the Lombaxian circulatory system. It sits beneath the costal cartilage, approximately six centimeters left from center and averaging eight centimeters below the surface of the skin.
Clank stopped briefly in his calculations to ponder their validity. The Lombax in question, while technically adult, was not entirely average. His body weight of 43.9 kilograms was 28.6% less than the average, and 31.2% less in terms of height at only 149.8 centimeters.
A "runt" as Captain Qwark would have said; though a confusing term, as Lombaxes do not reproduce in litters.
While he was aware that judgements of height were different for one who stood only 67 centimeters, Clank never saw Ratchet as a "runt." It was a dispar
Coukyo Bands and RolesCoukyo Bands and Roles10 months ago in Plot Outlines & Synopses More Like This
Coukyo Bands and Roles
★Common Band Information★
Interaction between different bands is very common. Almost inevitable in populated regions.
Bands without builders or those knowledgeable on construction usually live in nests. However coukyo are capable of building shacks, huts, and simple housing. Nothing too extravagant like a wood tiled house complete with heating and plumbing.
Bands can be created at any time. However a good foundation is needed, therefore it may be hard. Most commonly, new bands are formed by branching off of larger ones.
All coukyo are expected to stay loyal to the band they were born in. Those who leave for their own reaso
BeginningsVeldin. Kyzil Plateau.Beginnings3 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
Sam Dies at the End 6. Awakening.There was a slight knock on the door, and Flint Paper turned briefly to see Max’s recognizable silhouette on the frosted glass.Sam Dies at the End 6. Awakening.2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Come in, neighbor. There’s chocolate milk in the mini-fridge if you fancy some.”
Max opened the door but didn’t get in.
“Hey, Flint. Could you give me a hand with something?”
Flint Paper never even stopped punching the guy he was working over.
“I’m a little busy right now, boyo. I’m just getting into the Zone.”
Max sighed. “It’s okay. I’ll wait.”
“Don’t you want to contribute a punch or two? The more the merrier.”
“Not today,” Max said, and he leaned on the doorframe.
This struck Flint Paper as a very odd occurrence. So he turned around and looked at Max for the first time.
“I don’t mean to flatter, but I have scrapped things off my fenders that looked better than you.”
Max seemed about to say something but apparently he co
Sam Dies at the End - 65. One way trip.Max stared and stared while clouds of dust danced and settled in the damp basement. How could he forget about the time elevator? “You’re a massive idiot,” Cocky’s voice said in his mind. Admittedly, not a lot of people had called him an idiot and lived to tell the tale, but why was his voice the one Max heard now? It took him back to that night, where all he could ever pray for was time. Just a few more days. Just a few more hours. Just a couple of seconds. And bam, Sam was gone.Sam Dies at the End - 65. One way trip.11 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
And all this freaking time he had a time machine.
Max’s heart was pounding so hard it made his head swim. It was not just how fast he had ran to the office building after pushing Frankie through a sewer grate. But Max somehow had already known what Frankie had revealed: that it was the only time elevator card in existence. Sam had threw them out of the window so long ago it was a miracle even one had survived all this time. And although it looked like ordinary card stock, the elev
Sam Dies at the End - 30. Down“I’m here, big guy!” Max’s cheery voice echoed through the warehouse. He wasn’t running, but he was walking noticeably fast for someone who had been shot through the leg just a little while back. He was carrying the jar with Sam’s brain, and Cocky cringed as he saw, with the eye of his mind, the jar shattering in a million pieces as Max hurried along, limping, towards his fallen friend.Sam Dies at the End - 30. Down2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Cocky sighed and put on his broken, slanted helmet again as he walked behind Des and Brock. He noticed him doing it.
“Why are you putting that on? Isn’t it uncomfortable?”
“It’s not as deformed as you think,” Cocky lied.
“Yes it is,” Brock commented.
Cocky decided to ignore this. He lowered his voice.
“Listen. If something happens… anything. Don’t stay and fight. Run to the ship. Leave him to me. I’ll escape and you can pick me up with the light hook.”
“Why?” Brock looked sincer
Haunted Vista - 001Haunted Vista - 0016 years ago in Spiritual & Occult More Like This
Haunted Vista Kingdoms: Rebirth "A Campsite Visit"
The vast Yniol Forest of Aramon bordered the southern eastern side of the realm. It was perhaps one of the greatest forests in Darien excluding the wild jungles of Zhon. There are many things which roam the depths of this mysterious wood and even fewer have been able to discover its secrets. Few dared to venture into its depth leaving much of the forest uncharted. Those who do keep to armed escorts and spend as little time underneath the leafy canopy as possible. Especially none would ever think to spend the night in under these haunted branches.
Those who live near the woods have heard the strange noises which echoed out at night. Some have seen the strange rustling of leaves and branches by an unseen hand. Those who sought to prove their bravery by penetrating the forest at nights found the depths of their cowardice exposed or return not at all each one only further fueling the fear of the Yniol Forest
Sam Dies at the End - 30.8 Waste of time.A silence like a tombstone fell over Max’s last comment.Sam Dies at the End - 30.8 Waste of time.2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Huh,” Cocky said, finally. He tried to remain composed, but he was failing at it. “Yeah, I know you’re upset…”
“I’m not upset,” Max said, softly. “YOU are.”
Cocky went beet red. In that moment he was grateful for the dim lights in that place. He wished he had his helmet on, but his helmet was all bent out of shape. Besides, he had left it in the ship.
Max gave him a look that was so full of contempt Cocky started to actually get furious.
“Whatever you say, Cockwell. But try crying your little coward tears elsewhere. I’ve got 99 problems already.”
“I was going to say, I know you’re upset, but you don’t have any business calling me a coward. You really don’t know who I am or all I’ve been through. So yeah, better not go there. I’m trying to apologize, but that doesn’t mea
Blue Moon - New Year's EveBlue Moon - New Year's Eve5 years ago in Humor More Like This
New Year's Eve Celebration A Blue Moon
(August and Elaine come upon a stage and take their place before a podium. The audience before them is a mixed assembled of the assorted characters from across the many stories. Many of them are loudly muttering to one another. Some of them were eying the exits as purely a precautionary measure.)
[Elaine:] Greetings and welcome to the New Year's Eve celebration hosted for all the characters. I am sure many of you were expecting some more akin to a party
*August clears her throat*
[August:] Everyone should be well aware what happened last time.
(A low murmur of agreement went through the audience.)
*Elaine eyes August.*
[Elaine:] Don't act so superior. As I recall you were part of the trouble too.
[August:] And I recall you lost a wager there too.
(The two girls glare angrily at one another.)
[Chen:] At last something interesting.
[Leon:] Is this really what we need?
(The two girls turn the
Sam Dies at the End - 55.1 Descent.It was a nightmare run. Cocky fled in the dark, stumbling into walls, tripping and slipping. But also jumping over stuff, climbing like a cat, sliding down. Unfortunately he didn’t have a secret pocket like Max, and thus he only had one hand available.Sam Dies at the End - 55.1 Descent.1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Every time he looked back Max kept getting closer and closer. He was shouting things at the top of his lungs, and Cocky had a flashback to when he was hanging upside down and screaming every vile threat he knew. Cocky felt tempted to shout back something, but he saved his breath. It was like being chased by a tiny lethal animal that would just shred him to tears if he managed to catch him.
He reached the vine they have climbed and without thinking he jumped on it and started sliding down it. Cocky was just barely breathing above the surface of panic, but he knew he couldn’t afford to try and climb down in a safer way. Not only Max was breathing down his neck now; Sam was also moving around, making everything more difficult. I
Meiji School Girl MisaoMeiji School Girl Misao11 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"You did WHAT?!" Misao nearly dropped her bowl of rice.
Okina sipped his tea calmly, already expecting his young protege's outburst. Everyone at the table except Aoshi and Omasu glanced at Okina curiously. Aoshi continued eating his fish as if nothing happened and Omasu looked at Misao nervously. Kuro put down his bowl, and ventured to ask politely,
"You enrolled her into that Christian college, Okina-san?"
"How could you do that without asking me, Jiya!" Misao slammed her bowl onto the table, sending several grains of rice flying into the air.
"Precisely for that reason," Okina muttered, he cleared his throat as he spoke up louder. "It's high time you receive a formal education about how to conduct yourself as a lady. You need to continue your education as well. You've gone on for too long with just the basics. This school can provide you with more. The Doshisha college recently opened a women's higher education building next door to it's principle building, and is looking
Sam Dies at the End - 50.8 Plans.“We could have just parked the DeSoto outside of you guys’ office. It’s just a couple of blocks away,” Cocky said.Sam Dies at the End - 50.8 Plans.1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Ever heard of a getaway vehicle, or did they never teach you about them in Loser Academy?”
Cocky rolled his eyes and considered explaining Max that running away on foot was probably a lot better than getting stuck in traffic, all things considered. He decided against it. They were both tired and cranky and starting arguments was probably not a good idea.
“All I’m saying is, a huge DeSoto with your Freelance Police logo parked right in front of the building is not EXACTLY inconspicuous.”
“Don’t say ‘inconspicuous’.”
Cocky sighed. He jumped over the DeSoto’s door and checked the address. “Looks abandoned.”
“Hey man, I’m the detective here. I’ll be the one making the really smart deductions.”
Cocky looked at Max. “Are you going to be a jerk ever