The yellow lombax named Gadget (no, not Ratchet) fell out of a hammock during what was a lovely dream. As to what that dream was, well, that's for another time and place where it's more appropriate to discuss. Gadget hit the cool, steel floor hard and immediately sat up from the icy temperature that the floor gave off.
"Oww...!" Gadget shook his head to try and rid of the dull pain. He cursed to himself, wondering why the floors couldn't be made out of carpet.
Gadget's ears twitched at the sound of someone clearing their throat and looked up to see his 'master'. He was a grey lombax named Klunk (again, no, this isn't Clank). Klunk had a more, shall we say, slightly built physique as oppose to the other grey lombax that is with the intergalactic superhero, and stunningly beautiful crimson red eyes. While Clank looked gentle and sweet, Klunk looked more cynical and mean. For those of you wondering, yes, like Klunk is a clone of Clank, Gadget is a clone of Ratchet. Dr. Nefarious designed Gadget to be Klunk's partner for any evil schemes. The first introduction between each other was rather interesting at the time, especially when Klunk was a robot like Clank. Long story short, Klunk made it clear to Gadget that the yellow lombax was nothing but a 'pet' to him, just like today. But regardless, Gadget remained loyal to his 'master' to this day. The yellow lombax looked back at his master with dazzling pretty violet eyes, nearly smiling like a dog. Sadly however, Klunk did not seem to care for this behavior as he rolled his eyes.
"You know this training isn't going to get complete itself when you keep sleeping in this damn bed-like contraption all day..." He nearly turned around to walk out of the other's room.
"I'm so sorry, master!!" Gadget bowed his head in embarrassment and grabbed Klunk's hand, "I-I'll make sure it never happens again! You have my word!" Pathetic, isn't he?
Klunk may or may not have had a tint of a blush due to a slight crush he'd never admit while his slave did this action but he shook it off and ripped his hand out of the other's grip, "Great. Whatever. Now grab your training crap, we're training in negative six minutes." He disappeared from the room before sticking his head back in again, "Oh and, since the training ground is a bit of a walk, grab your phone. I don't want you talking to me along the way." Klunk then disappeared again and within no time Gadget trailing behind while playing Candy Crush Soda. Klunk had to admit to himself that not only did he find the loyalty humorous but the fact that his 'slave' can be on his phone without looking up once and not run into anything at all is pretty impressive.
Dr. Nefarious, one of Ratchet and Clank's nemesis who happen to have been a lanky but tall robot/mad scientist yelled out for his butler. Not an unusual thing for the robot to do these days. A minute later, a plump and bored-to-death looking robotic butler came trailing behind.
"Yes, sir? You rang for me?"
"I asked for the plans to take down the Polaris Defense Force, not the poster of Courtney Gears from a decade ago!!" Nefarious yelled with annoyance, "How did this even get here!!?"
"Apologies, sir." Lawrence plainly said with a bored expression, "But maybe it would help if you were a bit more organized with your paperwork? So that you wouldn't have to waste your time staring at Miss Gears...?"
Nefarious grumbled in irritation at his butler's sassy attitude, but he heard a door open on another level and saw it was the two 'lombaxes'. Klunk and Gadget came walking by on the other sid elf the room, heading for the training grounds. Klunk noticed Nefarious and mentally cursed himself, he loathed<\i> having to suck up to the scientist and refer to him as a 'father-figure' as oppose to Gadget. Then again, Neferious DID create the two of them. So the grey lombax just flashed him a fake smile before proceeding.
"Good afternoon, father!" Klunk was such an actor, "You look very youthful today! Oh, love what did with the updates to the new guards back there!"
Nefarious called back with a smile, "Well, hi boys! Look at you two! Out of bed and dressed before 3 pm!"
Klunk gave a fake laugh and as the door shut behind the two, he went back into a full-on scowl, "Bloody, Fongoid sucking, bucket of bolts..."
"Who are you talking about, master?" Gadget looked up with an innocent look that could kill Klunk internally. Did it show? No.
"Oh, uh...some of the robot guards." Klunk lied, "Just being a nuisance..."
The two lombaxes made their way to the training grounds where a ProtoPet sat in the middle of the floor in a cage looking like sweet, fuzzy gumdrop. It didn't take long for Gadget to look up to see where this was going and turned right back around to leave. He was NOT having it, even if this is the tenth time he was told to fight the damn thing.
"No thanks! I choose liii-aaaiiiieeee!!" Gadget squeaked as he got yanked back hard by Klunk, and turned to him with fear in his eyes, " B-B-But master-!"
"Now, now Gadget..." How many times must it be stated that Klunk is a great actor, "I have complete faith in you this time. I know you can do this. Now, unfortunately, I can't be here to help you for I must tend to father's needs. But allow to reassure you again, and I promise you right here and now, you can and will defeat this....fuzzy thing." Klunk walked off with giving Gadget the chance to speak again. Gadget raised his hand skittishly to retort.
"Go get 'em, Gadget!" Klunk called back with a smile, "You're our little champ!"
Klunk shut the door, leaving his slave alone in the room. He turned to see Lawrence standing there, but Klunk wasn't worried. The grey lombax knew the butler never says these things to Nefarious.
"Do you really mean those words you said to Gadget?" Lawrence couldn't help but ask, even if he already knew the answer.
"Oh no, Lawrence. He sucks."
It took the grey lombax all day to provide assistance to Nefarious, and he was exhausted. Even if Klunk too was turned into a lombax, he stills had his brains. In fact, Klunk was possibly smarter than Nefarious. However, that didn't mean Klunk's patience never ran thin. It took what felt like years to Klunk for the scientist to figure out one simple thing. Needless to say, it was a long day. All Klunk wanted to do was go to bed. Hopefully Gadget had finally achieved something today.....and his hopes went down as he saw the ProtoPet unharmed and munching on a watermelon. Once again, Gadget failed, who was actually sitting on a crate playing on his phone again. That was it for Klunk. His patience had completely vanished. He quietly walked over to Gadget, and without warning, rips the phone out of the other's grasp and gave him the deadly glare. Gadget looked up and jumped a bit to see his master like this.
Gadget gulped, "H-Hello m-m-master...you're not...mad at me-?"
"Don't. Speak." Klunk gritted his teeth and growled, making Gadget cringe in fear, "Are you stupid? Did that idiot scientist forget to give you any common sense when he created you? Because I give the same task, over and over again, and you NEVER succeed or you ALWAYS SCREW UP!! You were created to serve me and you seem to have a tendency to accomplish NOTHING!! YOU'RE NOTHING BUT A PATHETIC PIECE OF TRASH!"
Gadget was beyond afraid and was about to cry, "...master...?"
"THAT'S ENOUGH!" Klunk screamed and had to walk away. He didn't want deal with this right now. But he did stop after taking a deep breath and said, "If you were created to be my evil sidekick, why did you have to be so useless? Ask yourself that."
Klunk left Gadget alone once again in the training area. Gadget didn't move at that spot for a while, he just stared at the floor and let his tears fall on the metal floor. If that's all he was to his master, then so be it.
Klunk woke up the next morning feeling kind of guilty for what he said, but he was certain Gadget would be fine. Sure there may be some pouting but nonetheless fine. Klunk opened the door to the bedroom and...saw no one inside. There wasn't a shower running, no sound...nothing. Klunk rolled his eyes and thought he was going to get 'spooked' by Gadget again. So he looked behind the doors and in the closet but there was no lombax. This was weird. Gadget is always in his room whenever the yellow lombax wasn't doing anything.
"....Gadget?" Klunk called out as he walked out of the room, "Where are you? I'd come out if I were you, I'm not playing this game again!" But he got no respond. Silence. Klunk asked some of the guard if they've seen them but they haven't. Now Klunk was getting a bit annoyed and tried the training room. "If it'll make you feel better, I'll be present for your training this time...?" He called out again, but again he received no response. When he walked into the training room, there was no one. Klunk looked through the lockers in the locker room, opened every door inside but they were all empty. He was now getting scared. His heart was racing. What if Gadget was hurt and lost somewhere or worse...?
"...I'm sorry for what I said earlier....?" Klunk called out but got no response. Without thinking, he went through the every inch of the ship searching every nook and cranny for Gadget all day. He even checked the same spot more than once! However, Gadget was nowhere in sight. Klunk was about to go insane. Finally, he raced to the docking area to hopefully find Gadget asking guards along the way if they've possibly seen his 'slave', calling out his name, but getting no luck. By the time Klunk got there his heart sank when he saw Gadget's ship missing! He tried to take deep breaths as he tried to get his phone out to try and contact Gadget. While he waited for the rings to stop, Klunk thought he was going to pass out when he heard ANOTHER ringtone go off and the hit him hard: HE had Gadget's phone from last night!! No...Gadget was missing with no way to contact him! Klunk was now, for the first time, scared out of his mind. Had what he said to Gadget affect the yellow lombax so harshly?? What if he never comes back? What if he's dead? Gadget meant no harm at all, it was just Klunk's anger and....now Klunk felt awful and sick, like he was going to throw up. He had to find Gadget! He ran to find Nefarious and his butler somewhere. He caught sight of the butler making a phone call...
"....yes....thank you." Lawrence answering the phone to who knows, "I'll be in town next week to attend for the interview. Let's hope the pay is more beneficial than here..." His conversation got cut short with...
"ASSHOLE!" Klunk was getting a bit crazy now, kind of like a worried momma bear, "TELL ME WHERE GADGET IS OR I'LL BLOW OFF YOUR ORVUS FORSAKEN HEAD!!"
Lawrence was not phased, "My my, aren't we acting a bit like a certain robot I know? Have you tried retracing your steps-?"
"RETRACE THIS!!" Klunk screamed as he stuck a combuster in Lawrence's face, milliseconds away from blowing off his head.
"Goodness, Klunk! Getting all worked up and having the will to kill for answers?" Nefarious came out of the other room, "And they say I need to go back to anger management..."
"He has a reason I suppose, sir." Lawrence piped in.
"Doctor..." Klunk got off of Lawrence with fear worry in his eyes, "....Gadget is missing."
Nefarious had a blank expression, "...what?"
"I searched every square foot of this ship!" Klunk exclaimed, "Every room, the exterior....he's nowhere on this ship!"
Nefarious felt his bad eye twitch, "GAAAAAADDDDD- Oh Janice...your body makes me want me to have you even more than before..." The other two just stared at Nefarious' paused body for a minute while 'inappropriate' actions occurred on. Then when things got weird, Lawrence motioned Klunk to give the doctor a good whack; the grey lombax earned it. And Klunk did just that with pleasure, "-GEEEETTTT!!! WE CANNOT HAVE OUR PRIZED CREATION OUT AND ABOUT ALONE!! Where would he have gone off to?!?"
"This is all my fault..." Klunk said to himself while Nefarious kept on screaming at the top of his lungs, "If only I hadn't been so crude to him last night he wouldn't have..." Oh god, he felt himself choke up. He REFUSED to have anyone see him so vulnerable. He left the the two robots alone and walked back to his room in a fast pace without looking. The only thing going through his mind was guilt. If Klunk hadn't lost his temper, Gadget would still be here tagging along like a cute little puppy. Why did he have to be cursed with such a horrid temper? He felt like a total-
"Daahhh!" Klunk didn't see where he was going and ran into something....more like someone. He looked up with annoyance to threaten whomever stood in his way, but stopped short and his eyes widen a bit. What he saw was a yellow lombax with eyes as violet and wonderful as the galaxy...and slightly surprise and confusion.
"Gadget....?" Klunk hesitated.
The other gulped, "...M-Master I-"
"GADGET!!" Before Gadget finished, he was tackled by Nefarious with a smoldering hug...with of course, Lawrence behind him with his usual bored face, "Oh my little cuties!! Daddy was SO worried about you! Where have you been? Are you hurt? Do you need medication? A flea bath?"
"N-No, father..." Gadget tried to crawl out for air, "I just needed a break from here....only to realize I got bored without my phone and came back."
"Well, I'm glad you did!" Nefarious stood up, "Because what you did was a naughty! Bad clones never do those things understand young man?" Gadget nodded, "Splendid! Now..." He looked at Lawrence, "where was I earlier?"
"Oh you mean before throwing yet another tantrum, sir?" Lawrence exclaimed, "if you must know, you were still working on your latest plan to take over the galaxy once again...sir."
"THAT'S RIGHT!! Those prototypes should be ready by now!" Nefarious shouted and ran off with Lawrence simply walking behind him. Now it was just the two lombaxes alone (bow chicka wow wow jk).
"Erm...the real story is that I tried to find a place to stay for a bit, but no one was willing to cause of me being with aquatinted with the doctor so...yeah..." Gadget scratched his cheek and looked away blushing. God, that was cute in Klunk's eyes, but Klunk said nothing. Instead, being who he is, Klunk smacks Gadget really hard upside the head without warning. "OWW! C'mon! Was that really-?" Gadget stopped when he saw something he thought he'd never see in a million years. Tears. Klunk was legit crying!
"You IDIOT!" Klunk couldn't hold it in now, "Do you have any idea how worried I was!!? You could've been....KILLED!! And you can't be replaced! You're all that I have! I need you, you...you....MORON!" Klunk clutched onto the other's hoodie and just cried.
"What?" Klunk looked up with his eyes redder than usual.
"....Does this mean I'm evil enough to be considered your sidekick?" Gadget smiled. Klunk was confused with that question...and then it hit him. "Gotcha."
The yellow lombax did this on purpose! Just to see if Klunk cared for him! Now, knowing Klunk he would've beat the living daylights out of anyone who dared to do that to him. But, to Gadget's and his surprise, Klunk started to laugh. He laughed for a bit until standing up straight.
"Gadget...I swear to Orvus," Klunk exclaimed as he wrapped an arm around Gadget, "I take everything I said to you last night, even if I didn't mean to say any of it. You really are an evil little devil!" Those were words Klunk meant for real. It made him feel even better about himself to see his other smile brightly at him for the compliment. He then remembered something and reached in his pocket. "Here," he placed Gadget's phone in the other's hand, "I think this belongs to you."
Gadget smiled at his phone but instead placed it in his pocket...and gave Klunk a peck on the cheek before running off and laughing, "Thanks, master!!"
Klunk froze for a second with a massive blush before growling with a smirk and chasing after Gadget. The yellow lombax was such a nuisance sometimes...but maybe that's why Klunk kind of liked him.