Ratchet and Alister:
Good VS Evil
I DO NOT OWN RATCHET AND CLANK, INSOMNIAC GAMES DOES! I OWN ANYTHING ELSE!
Chapter 29: Final Takeover
Emeralds appeared in the small dull room. They blinked a few times so his vision could clear up perfectly. Sitting up it was then he noticed he was in a square concrete-like cellar - no windows, no doors; there was, however, a couple of wooden chairs and an old movie projector - one that required a film wheel like in the older human days.
Ratchet was puzzled as to why that was there but his questions were soon answered as Hunter suddenly appeared out of thin air into the room, causing the yellow Lombax to jump from surprise and fright. His mouth opened to say something but he slowly closed it, knowing it wasn't wise to say anything in front of the evil one.
One of his hands raised over to the chairs, gesturing Ratchet to sit on one of the chairs without saying a word but he had a slight smirk on his face as if to say 'you're going to love this'.
He swallowed nervously as he slowly stood up onto his feet, not taking his eyes off the other as he gradually made this way over to the furniture, finally sitting down. He watched as Hunter sat down too in the chair next to him, making his big ears lower in fear as he hoped he wouldn't do anything. His eyes snapped over to the wall - where the film was being projected onto - when the film began rolling.
All he saw was blurred and fuzzy moving images but it all eventually became clear. It was Tachyon's attack onto Fastoon.
Shivers were sent down Ratchet's spine and throughout his body from having to sit through watching about every organ being ripped out of many multiple Lombaxes, making him gag in horror and disgust as blood and guts was everywhere around the towns and villages on Fastoon; although on the inside he was full of sorrow for all his race that were murdered brutally. Soon after it closed in on a very familiar Lombax. Kaden. Emerald eyes' grew wide but before he could do anything else, he witnessed the final blow that Tachyon made which killed his father; and Hunter just made it even better by modifying the tape so it replayed that specific scene again and again.
The malicious one was laughing hysterically while the other was just sitting there jaw-dropped with tears rolling down his cheeks. After sitting in a state of shock and tears, Ratchet finally managed to get back up onto his feet and grabbed hold of the projector, trembling in slight frustration.
Angrily, Hunter questioned why his good self interrupted his movie, however his question was quickly answered with the projector being smashed against his head; that resulted knocking him out cold and falling off the chair. Afterwards, Ratchet faded back into reality, now laying back on his bed.
Sweat ran down his face and body from the nightmare he had, he curled up onto his side, not being able to get rid of the thoughts of what happened to his father and the other Lombaxes. He started to sob dramatically; the sudden emotional trauma made him nauseous so he quickly rushed to the bathroom, throwing up last night's dinner into the toilet. Coughing while covering his mouth, he shakily flushed the toilet before slowly getting up, washing his mouth out to get rid of the horrible taste in his mouth from being sick moments ago.
Ratchet walked out of the room slowly, looking over at the general's room as he just wanted to have a hug from feeling so upset. After making his mind up, he went over to Alister's bedroom down the hallway, quietly opening the door and stepping in, then clicking the door shut behind himself. Climbing onto the bed, he laid down beside the elder and hugged him.
Amber eyes were gradually seen in the darkness from being disturbed from his sleep, he looked down and noticed that the younger had appeared by his side. His eyebrow raised. "R-Ratchet...?" A yawn - still tired it seemed, not surprising seeing as it was three in the morning.
Silence. More tears. Closer cuddles.
Sorrow and concern filled his eyes. "Ratchet, what's wrong? Did you have a bad dream?"
His head moved to nod, burying his face into the other's chest after.
"Oh, Ratchet..." Strong arms were wrapped around the yellow Lombax, stroking the back of his soft furred head to help him relax as he knew that helped as he felt Ratchet calming down and not being tense any more. "...Would you like to sleep in here tonight? Just encase you get scared again?"
He nodded again.
A blanket was brought out from under the bed and then put over the smaller one so he wouldn't get cold during the night. His eyes fluttered shut, hoping to have a good night's sleep now that he was with Alister as he knew it would be too risky for Hunter to do anything - even if Alister had seen wounds appear over his body. The warm blanket was wrapped around himself more, curling up more beside Alister.
A little sigh was let out. Letting Ratchet get comfortable and fall asleep first, he then closed his own heavy eyes and went back to sleep too.
The following morning.
The elder was already up and making breakfast for himself and Ratchet in the kitchen, making something simple so it was only pancakes and a fruit salad drizzled in yoghurt along with some fresh coffee. He left Ratchet in his room so he could sleep for a while longer, knowing he needed it so much and because Ratchet wasn't exactly a morning person. He was glad that Kaden's son had a good night's sleep since he came into his bedroom. Smiling as he hoped that Ratchet had gotten better at last - clinging onto hope that it was a sign to a good path to his condition.
"Ugh..." He was awake now but still in the older Lombax's room. He glanced at his surroundings before rubbing over his face with his hands as he still felt tired. He got out of bed and walked out of the room, going into his own bedroom to get dressed into some casual clothes.
Ratchet was going to try and have a good day to forget his nightmare from last night. But right now he headed downstairs and went into the kitchen where Alister still was, seeing that breakfast was ready, causing a smile to appear on his face. "Morning, Alister. Breakfast looks awesome."
He looked over at the other, smiling back; happy that Ratchet smiled truly for the first time in months. "Good morning, Ratchet. And thank you, I hope you enjoy it."
They both sat down at the table and didn't hesitate to begin to eat their food. He smiled more, enjoying his food as he swallowed what he had in his mouth after chewing it thoroughly. "Man, your cooking never gets boring." Half a pancake was shoved into his mouth as he chewed it with a big grin over his face.
Swallowing his chewed food, glancing at the other again. "I'm happy to hear that. Although I'm pretty sure you would prefer take-away."
"Why would you say that? You're a really good cook."
"That may be true but I remember you telling me that you always use to get fast food because you 'can't' cook. I was just wondering if you wanted a change from my cooking and get take-away tonight instead." He interrupted the Lombax from speaking. "Just think of it as a treat for you. I know you would like it."
"Heh... Guess you know me too well... I guess it won't hurt to have Chinese take-away." He grinned more, forgetting what fast food actually tasted like from not having it for just under a year -ever since his situation with Hunter occurred. He just wished that that good planned out time with Alister - and possibly Clank too if he wanted to join - went soothingly, without having his evil self ruining anything.
"Okay then. Guess that's the plan for tonight. Maybe we could all watch a movie too."
"So as long as its not a horror or a romance one then I'll agree to that." Ratchet grinned again.
Azimuth nodded. "I agree with that too. We'll pick out a movie before dinner so its there ready."
Later in the evening.
Sunlight disappeared across the sandy land of Torren IV while a light breeze swept through the air, taking back the heat slightly but it didn't matter as no one was out at this time of the day. Two certain Lombaxes just had their Chinese take-away delivered though so Azimuth was sorting out the food they had ordered. An action movie was already chosen to be watched after they had eaten their dinner and possibly dessert if they had room for more - or if Alister even had anything sweet to eat in the house.
The younger one was just in his room after having a quick shower because he didn't have one in the morning after waking up. A yawn was let out while pulling out some clean clothes to wear until he went to bed. After getting dressed into a simple pair of blue jeans and a white shirt, he was about to go downstairs to have dinner with Alister until someone grabbed him by the scruff of the neck from behind, throwing him onto the bed - to muffle the thud of the landing - soon after before he had the chance to turn around to see who it was - although he guessed it was a very certain person he had seen too many times before.
A very angry Hunter pinned Ratchet down tightly onto the bed, covering his mouth to stop him from screaming out for help or from just being scared. Fire was clear in his ruby eyes from what the other did to him last night in Ratchet's bad dream.
Terror filled big green eyes from the look over the evil Lombax's face, so he began to struggle under the other's grips, just wanting to have a good night for once but he knew that was ruined now. He was going to pay for fighting back against Hunter whether he liked it or not.
A knife was pulled out from Hunter's pocket but instead of his famous grin over his face, a frown was there. "It's about time you pay for what you fucking did!"
Before Ratchet could do anything, the blade was stabbed deeply into his arm, feeling it going all the way through his limb - just scraping past the bone. His teeth were gritted together from the agony, squirming more in Hunter's firm hold.
"Stop squirming! Take the fucking pain and shut the hell up! It's about time I get what I want!" He slashed the knife across Ratchet's chest many times, loving the sight of his blood going everywhere - over them both and the bed. He then grabbed the Lombax by the ears and dragged him off of the bed. "I WILL have your body!" A grin finally appeared across his face - ear to ear. "And it's the perfect time to do it now." Hunter flung Ratchet over the room like a rag doll, watching as he crashed into the wall, smashing the photo-frame of Ratchet, Clank and Alister after saving the robot from Nefarious and after the mistake at The Great Clock.
He fell on top of the chest of draws, collapsing onto the floor a few seconds after from the impact, breathing heavily from having some broken ribs when he was smashed against the wall. His damaged body was trembling to badly but he still managed to slowly and shakily stand back up onto his feet after a few attempts.
His evil doppelgänger stomped over to him and shoved the knife deeply into the stomach, making him tense up and freeze as his eyes grew wide, unsure what to do as he felt his blood drizzle down his body and dripping off his lips, soaking his shirt and the hem of his pants. He felt the blade being pulled out of his body and was let go, he couldn't do anything but fall to the floor on his knees and then collapsing onto his side, holding his stomach wound as he felt so weak from the blood loss, watching helplessly as Hunter vanished just before Clank came running into the room to obviously see what all of the noise was about.
Clank rushed over to his best friend, wondering what happened as he heard a lot of rack coming up in the room from downstairs in the kitchen, he wasn't surprised that Alister didn't hear it because he was outside getting rid of the rubbish from the packaging the Chinese take-away came in. His bright glowing eyes then noticed that the bedroom looked like a horror-murder scene from all of the fresh blood and broken objects - especially the glass.
"...C-Clank..." Blood was coughed up, trying to get his robotic friend's attention as he needed to tell him everything before his time was up.
He turned back to Ratchet with worry in his eyes even if he was a machine. "Yes... Ratchet...?" He was so worried about his organic friend so he searched for some nanotech from where he was standing with his eyes but he couldn't see any, and he knew if he went off to go and get some then it would probably be too late seeing as Ratchet had already lost a lot of blood.
"I... I need to... to t-tell you... s-s-something..." He coughed harshly a few more times, panting a bit too before finally being able to speak again. "E-Everything... that has b-b-been... been g-going on..." He weakly looked up at his friend, his eyes slowly going red because he was finally giving up against Hunter, knowing he didn't have long to tell Clank the truth so he had to cut it all short. "Wh... Why I... I-I've been acting... l-l-like... this. The Jolf venom... r-released my... my e-evil self... c-c-c... c-called... H-Hunter..." Another couple of coughs. "He... t-t-takes over my... b-body to... try and harm o-o... others... S-S-o p-p-please..." A blaster was pulled out and slid along the ground towards Clank, making sure he took hold of it. A few tears fall down his face as he was scared of what Hunter would do if he took over for good. "Y-You have to... to end th-this f-f-f-for me... You h-h-have t-to kill me... b-before he t-takes over..."
Clank's eyes 'grew' wide in shock. "But I do not wish to hurt you, Ratchet! You are my friend!"
"I-I know... and we always w-will be... but H-Hunter will hurt y-y-you... and our other f-friends... I'm s-s-s-sorry... but... t-th-this is the only w-way t-to s-s-stop him... P-Please, Clank... please, k-kill h-him before... b-before he..." He groaned in pain as he felt his evil self taking over for the last and final time. His teeth were gritted together as he then covered his mouth, muffling his screams while tears streamed down his cheeks in fear because he didn't want to die. All of his life flashed before his eyes - all of his adventures with Clank and his other friends, all of the good times he had with them, just everything. His eyes then clenched shut as he completely gave in to Hunter.
Golden fur grew darker. Sharp grey claws and teeth grew. The tips of the ears spilt. The tail grew all bushy like a wolf's. A long green snake-like but bigger tongue replaced the ordinary Lombax tongue. The Holoflux armour formed around and onto Ratchet's changing body but something was different about it. Red. The pads on the armour were glowing bright red, not light blue.
The blaster is lowered slightly. "Ratchet...?"
"YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED WHEN YOU HAD THE CHANCE!"
The robot lifted the weapon back up and went to shoot for the evil Lombax that replaced his good friend but the gun was smacked right out of his hand before he could of shot him. He was then grabbed up by the other and pinned high up against the wall. "Look how pathetic you are! Struggling is only going to make your consequences worse!"
He glared at Hunter while squirming in his tight grip. "What have you done with Ratchet?"
A grin formed over his lips as his pure red eyes looked up at the other. "Let's just say he's in a better place - in one where he won't be coming back for a long, long time..."
"You are a monster!"
His ears had heard that simple sentence many times from his good self so he was never bothered by it. "Aww, that wasn't nice." Hunter mocked. Keeping the robot up against the wall he picked up the blaster. "What should your punishment be?" The barrel of the gun was pointed at Clank's chest but just about when he was about to blow up the robot's system he was jabbed hard in the nose by a small mechanical hand, causing him to yelp out and drop Clank. He growled dangerously at the small robot as he took off running away from him. "YOU-! YOU RUSTY LITTLE TIN-CAN! YOU DIE FIRST!" The blaster was charged as he chased Clank around the room while shooting at him but missed every time.
Soon after Azimuth rushed into the room as he was more than convinced that something was going on upstairs when he heard shouting and loud noises when he was downstairs. "What's going-!?" He quickly ducked when a shot was coming his way. He then had Clank hiding behind one of his legs for protection a few seconds after standing back up.
Hunter turned to the elder Lombax, panting lightly from the running. "YOU!" His ears lower but a smirk appeared over his face again, aiming the gun at Alister's head. "I've been waiting a LONG time for THIS!"
His yellowish eyes grew wide at the sight of 'Ratchet'. "What the? No, it can't be- Ratchet, what's happened to you?"
"Ratchet isn't HERE anymore!" He fired a shot at Alister's head but missed - seemed like he wasn't brilliant at handling a gun yet.
"What are you talking about?! Why are you acting like this?!" He felt a tug on one of his pants' legs which caused him to glance down at the little robot beside him, wondering on what-on-Fastoon he needed to tell him at a time like this with 'Ratchet' trying to kill them.
"Alister, it is urgent that we leave away from here right now! I will explain everything as we make our escape!" If his sensors were correct then Azimuth was completely confused and worried about what was going on with Ratchet - well, now Hunter. Before he could think any more him and the elder both dodged a few more blaster shots coming from the younger, destructive Lombax.
"OH NO! NO ONE IS GOING ANYWHERE!" Hunter shot a lot of times at Azimuth who dodges them all by an inch. "I'm better with my knives, not this stupid gun!"
While the dark-furred Lombax was distracted with trying to handle a gun better, he glanced over to the door and then to Clank, grabbing the robot as he ran for the door, he rushed down the stairs as fast as possible with the other commanding them to get back to him. His feet bolted him over to the front door, he slammed the door shut and locked it behind them before dragging Clank behind the house toward his ship.
Soon a pissed off Lombax kicked the door down and glanced around with rage bubbling in his lithe but now-robust body. "Damn it! Where are they?" His big, triangular ears perked up from hearing engines whirring, he turned his body around to locate where the sound was coming from quickly to only see Alister's ship lifting into the sky. "AZIMUTH!"
Driving the ship through space, he was heading to Axiom City on Planet Terachnos to tell Dr. Jackson what had happened to Kaden's son. Being curious he turned his head to face Clank for a few seconds. "Clank, what's happened to Ratchet?"
"That's not Ratchet, that's-"
An invading aircraft appeared on Azimuth's dashboard's radar - causing lights to flash and blink brightly to warn the driver - which, of course, was Hunter flying Aphelion towards their ship while trying to shoot the engines out. "HAHAHAHAHAHA! So... you two really think you can escape me, huh? Well, you won't get away that easily." His voice sounded a little crackly through Aphelion's radio as he forced the contact through to the other's ship. Another launched attack was then fired at the elder's starship.
Sorrow filled his yellow and brown-red eyes. "Ratchet, why are you doing this? What's wrong with you?"
"Seriously, Clank hasn't told you yet? I'm hurt." Well if he didn't shoot them the first time the small robot would of had the chance to tell the organic, silly Lombax; he did not know that though. Yet again, another blast was shot but Azimuth seemed to avoid that one. "I told you once old man, Ratchet isn't here anymore. The name's Hunter and I'm gonna make sure you and everyone else who tried to stop me will never live to see another day!"
"What are you-!" The older one was cut off when a loud explosion hit the ship, causing the vessel to wobble from a blown-out engine. He tried to steer the ship as best as possible to stop them from tumbling around in space from getting shot so many times at the rear of the Lombax star-fighter; no matter how hard he tried, they ended up falling and rolling through space down into and through Terachnos' atmosphere. A few minutes later and the damaged ship crashed down onto Terachnos while parts of the machine went flying, quickly turning the area into a wreckage from just one thing being smashed by the impact of the 'landing'.
A white Lombax stumbled out of the completely demolished ship along with a little robot by his side - more like his feet really. The elder held his head from having a hammering headache, a few wounds and cuts glimmered with fresh blood but he could deal with the pain. His eyes glanced around their surroundings. "I-It's lucky we didn't crash far from Axiom City."
Before their luck could get any better it just got a whole lot worse as Aphelion landed near the crash sight, moments after a very familiar Lombax hopped out of the ship with a blaster in one hand and a knife in the other. "Oh, Azimuth!" He taunted.
"Come on!" Grabbing Clank again, he started to run through the outskirts of the city with Hunter hot on their heels, shooting at them with his gun. He made sure to dodge every blast as he didn't want to be slowed down, he didn't have time to be brought to mercy by an evil Ratchet.
"You can run, but you can't hide! You two can't dodge me forever!" They rushed into the blue-light filled city and covered about six miles before Alister and Clank reached the hospital; it was until then did Azimuth get hit in the back by one of Hunter's shots, the forced made him stumble into the doors which opened automatically after sensing his body heat.
Dr. Jackson was seen in the lobby of the hospital and he saw the Lombax and robot, wondering why they were there and made such an entrance into the building. He approached and helped the elder up. "Alister, are you alright? What happened?"
"It's Ratchet... He... He-"
"Well, well, well. Visiting the doc again, huh? I'll never forget how many times you kept me in this place!" The knife in his tight grip was raised in a threatening way. "I'm gonna ENJOY killing all of you!" Evil laughter filled the air around them all.
The Cazar turned his direction over to the female receptionist quickly, telling her to phone the Galactic Rangers for help, and then focusing back on Hunter. He watched at the dark-golden furred one pointed the blaster at the girl behind the desk, saying, "call them and you're dead."
He swallowed slightly nervously, trying to reason with the other - the one that use to be his patient. "Ratchet... you need to-"
"RATCHET'S NOT HERE! Honestly, how many times do I have to repeat that?!" His famous grin cracked across his face as he looked at the doctor, general, and Orvus' son. "Don't die too quickly, I want my fun to last." He stalked menacingly toward the other three. "Hmm, who should I start with first?" Again, the blade is pointed but at Clank that time. "Should it be you?" Then at Dr. Jackson. "Or what about you?" Spotting out of the corner of his eyes, he noticed the receptionist getting off of the phone, without hesitating he threw the dagger which impaled her right between the eyes, killing her instantly - horror filled screams by nurses, patients and visitors soon followed after. "I told you NOT to call anybody!"
Everyone in the silence all started with horror-struck faces from what just happened, only quiet whimpering from the innocent people in the lobby could be faintly heard.
A smirk appeared over his face from their reactions. "Now... where was I?"
"You need to stop right this instance!" They watched helplessly as Hunter advanced closer. "Stop! Now!" Sweat ran down his brown furred face as he didn't know what they could do but they had to buy time until the Rangers got here to arrest Hunter for all the damage and murder he had done.
The Lombax stopped in front of the three of them and spread his arms out as if he was tired of explaining everything about what he was doing and why. "Why should I? Hmm? You all deserve this for keeping me in... Now, who wants to die first?" His pure, ruby eyes flickered over at the older one, raising his gun at his chest. "Age before beauty, general."
A stray blast hit Hunter straight in the shoulder, causing him to collapse onto the ground backwards from the surprise action; Lyrica stepped forward with her own gun in hand, locating herself beside Dr. Mark Jackson. "What's going on in here?" She was just trying to go over her records and conversations with Ratchet to try and figure a way out how to help him with Hunter, doing all kinds of research about the Jolves but it was all a failure as she got no where from where she was at the beginning.
He grumbled a little, rubbing his shoulder as he stood back up, soon seeing the Markazian, making him grin in excitement. Green goo oozed out of his shot wound in his shoulder and covered it, slowly mending it over because of the Jolf infection pulsing in his body. "Oh, it's you. I was wondering when we'd meet again."
She gasped as her eyes grew wide in slight anxiety as well as disturbance. "H-Hunter?!"
His grin only grew wider. "Finally! It's about time somebody recognized me!"
Lyrica's handgun was only then pointed back at Hunter, narrowing her eyes. "You've taken over Ratchet's body?!" She knew it was a stupid question as Hunter looked more Jolf-like than before. Her teeth were uncovered in anger as she hated herself for failing Ratchet but she forced herself not to cry as she knew he wouldn't of wanted her to, she had to be tough if she was to fulfil Ratchet's promise to keep him safe from Hunter no matter how long it took her.
"I certainly have! And there isn't anything you can do about it! He's long gone!" Hunter cackled evilly. His spilt-ended ears twitched faintly when he picked up the sound of a threatening snarl coming from Azimuth. "Aww, what's the matter, general? Sad that you've lost your best friend and now the son of that friend?" Oh, how he did love to mock that foolish moron.
The safety trigger was pulled back on her pistol as she wouldn't allow that evil monster that hurt Ratchet to defeat anyone else in his path. "You bring Ratchet back this instant!"
His laughter just got louder as he was enjoying this so much. "You would like that, wouldn't you?" Seriousness suddenly crossed his face as a long frown fell down it, aiming his blaster at Lyrica now. "Read. My. Lips, woman. I'm in control now. I like being free. I can do whatever I want when I want with nothing holding me back now. I've waited too long to show my true colours to the universe and you think I'm just gonna give up my freedom now for that pathetic excuse for a weakling you call a hero? Please."
"You-! You monster!" Azimuth barked out.
"Ahh, now that wasn't very nice, was it, GENERAL? Hee hee! Don't you like what I've done to your deceased best friend's son?" He heard the other growl from the question, knowing he didn't have an answer to it or that he just didn't want to answer it. "My, my. You're quite the one to tease, aren't you? Maybe I should leave you for last." Another grin then stretched from ear-to-ear before he glimpsed over to Lyrica with the gun still pointing at her. "Actually... Maybe YOU should do first." He pulled the trigger but the blaster clicked again. "What the hell?" Checking the ammo count, he mumbled, "damn, not a good time to run out of ammo."
Clank then tackled Hunter's legs with all the strength he had, only just managing to literally cause the Lombax to fall to the ground after being distracted with checking his Constructo Pistol. "Everyone quickly! We must apprehend Hunter immediately!"
Quickly after a hand whacked the robot off him. "Get off of me, you walking pile of scrap!" His attention was snapped over to the armed female as she fired a couple more shots but he acted fast and rolled out the way, jumping to his feet. Azimuth then set his wrench to maximum power and launched an electric ball of energy however he ducked. "C'mon, you'll have to do better than that!"
Alister charged at Hunter, yelling in fury while swinging his wrench, blasting more electric balls at the annoying, little brat; unfortunately he dodged every attack with ease. "HA! You really think you can-!" Before he could finish his sentence his neck was caught between one of the elder's wrench head and his whole body was slammed into the wall with his feet high off the ground.
His hands gripped the wrench's head, noting that the scene was much like when his doppelgänger first met the white-furred use-to-commander but this time the Lombax was more full of rage. "Would you really kill me? You'd kill Ra-" He felt the wrench close in on his neck but still he managed to put a smirk on his face with a dangerous glint in his crimson eyes. "You wanna play?" One of his hands slipped off the wrench and reached into his pocket quickly, pulling out a knife. "I'll play!" His foot kicked Alister in the stomach hard, causing the elder to stumble backwards and release him.
Hunter moved with speed toward the other with his blade raised but Azimuth parried his swing with his trusty Praetorian wrench. The smaller, but equally strong, Lombax pulled back but then stride onward again with a powerful strike, battered his enemy back as their weapons clashed; they engaged in a brief sword flight-like combat before locking their weapons against each other, pushing back and forth in a domination of strength. The general got the upper hand at first and began to push Hunter back, sweat started to clot in his old sandy fur as he was tiring out. The other noticed, grinned, and booted him hard enough in the chest to knock the wind out of him.
"You're losing your touch, general." Hunter said, crossing his arms.
He heaved heavily as he held his chest from where he was hit, being sure it cracked a couple of his ribs at least. "I-I'm disappointed in y-you. How c-c-could you do something like this? If Kaden was alive, he'd be ashamed."
He glowered slightly, gradually strolling over to Alister with daggers in his eyes. "Well, you see, I'm not Ratchet. Therefore, that sorry excuse of a Lombax, Kaden, has nothing to do with me." Stepping in front of the other Lombax, he glared at him. "And neither do you." The knife was raised, readying for a striking finishing attack. "How about I give you a family reunion?" He swung down the dagger but Azimuth used his wrench to block the coming attack with the strength he had left.
"I'm not... giving you the p-pleasure, I'm afraid..." The elder snarled and bared his canines, not accepting defeat yet.
Ratchet's evil self only pushed down on his knife which led the wrench to lower over time, slowly but it was proceeding. "You can't keep this up. So, why don't you just give in? Don't you want to finally be with the Lombaxes... forever?" From being too concentrated on what he was doing, he didn't see Lyrica sneaking behind him, raising the butt of her blaster. "Look at you. A washed-up general laying on the floor in defeat. How can you possibly be disappointed in me when everything that happened in the past twenty years of your life was YOUR fault? Do I need to remind that it was YOU who betrayed the Lombaxes with your trust in Tachyon? YOU who gave away all the Lombax secrets so Tachyon can destroy them and cause Kaden to stay behind and get killed?" His eyes shined with rage. "You claimed he would be ashamed, but he wouldn't be ashamed of me, he'd be ashamed of YOU!"
His head bowed in guilt, soon letting Hunter's knife come closer and closer to his heart. He was only playing along as he did notice Miss. Anderson about to attack Hunter, but from what Hunter said he just knew all of that was true. Every single word he spoke spelled the truth, he hated himself for what he did to the Lombaxes, but he would never be told that in defeat. Not by Ratchet's evil self. Not when he knew Kaden's son was still in there somewhere.
"And now it's high time you paid the price..."