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.
"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
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...
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 24: Final confrontationElysium. Temple crypts.
Yellow torchlight filled the huge cave, reflecting off mirrors of polished bronze and giving it an almost ripply quality, like golden water. The crypt was filled with stone slabs, each covered in flowers. And each bearing the body of a fallen Guardian or hero. There weren't just Zenithi. Here or there, a Feloisa or Yakunzu bird slept the eternal sleep, safe from the cold hand of decay in the timeless cave.
And, at the latest slab to be filled, Ratchet and Clank paid their final respects to a fallen friend.
Looking at Drake, Ratchet found it difficult to believe that the part of him that had made him...well...Drake...was gone. He looked as though he was just sleeping, that at any moment, he would wake up, and this would never have happened. Ratchet sighed.
"Hard to believe he's really gone, huh Clank?"
Clank had braved the temples disorientating effect on him to say goodbye.
"He died bravely, Ratchet. You would have been killed had it not been for him."