Volume Two, Season Three
The New Reaper
By Cole Bezotte
A full moonlight shone upon Greymoor Cemetery as it stood as silent as stone. It had been exactly one night since Mr. Grimm committed his purposed suicide. Now, here he lied among the dead, among those who were victims of deep tragedies.
But something was about to change; at exactly midnight, a black-cloaked figure came and walked among the tombstones of the dead. In his right hand, he held a long scythe, in which he would choose a soul to summon and come back to life.
Finally, after stopping at the tombstone of Mr. Grimm, the creature known as Death dug straight through the ground and brought out his coffin. He opened it to see that the corpse had not yet completely rotted, but his skull helmet was still the same as it was before.
Then, with one wave of his scythe, Death brought the soul of Mr. Grimm back to its rightful place. But—what's more—Grimm also entered the body of Death.
"What happened?" Mr. Grimm spoke as he looked at himself. He saw that he was now a complete skeleton in a black cloak, and he held the scythe in his hand. Magical green mist began to rise from his hands. "What's happened to me?"
"You are worthy of being given this position…" hissed the voice of Death in reply.
"The position of the Grim Reaper! You are now responsible for controlling the souls of the dead! You may deliver them, or you can make them do whatever bidding. But—be warned—do not be without many souls within you; you must be stronger…!"
"So I am now the Grim Reaper! I can take the souls of whomever I want! Perhaps this is a better way to live out my life! I shall take Ratchet's soul and take it as a TRUE meal!"
Mr. Grimm let out a very loud evil laughter. He was hoping that everyone could hear him roar, so that they can be very afraid.
It was not long that Mr. Grimm made his way to Los Angeles, not only terrorizing his next victims but also taking their souls as well. Before long, he became known as one of the deadliest criminals in not just the city but the entire WORLD! All nations, all countries, all unions already saw him as a big threat; perhaps he was stronger than Needles himself.
And what about Needles? He was still trapped behind the invisible barrier that William Sparks created.
(Note: We saw this happen in "The Key to Freedom". Hope you enjoyed the amazing crossover.)
"It looks like I've finally met my man!" Needles thought as he looked beyond the force field. "Mr. Grimm has now become a public enemy, spreading chaos and havoc among the world! It is HE who shall do my bidding to destroy Ratchet once and for all!
"After all this time, I finally found a way to break the barrier! I had stolen all the useful tools from my three other allies—both magical and mechanical. After combing all their powers together, including mine, the force field should be broken!"
Meanwhile, Ratchet and Pupuru saw what was happening throughout Los Angeles. Thought they did not know for sure what it was at first, it was very easy for them to draw conclusions.
"It could be what I feared," Pupuru said as they arrived at the scene. "The Ring of Souls must be causing all this!"
"I don't think it's the ring," Ratchet replied in objection. "It only happened in the dream. But this reminds me of someone in particular, but…"
"This should remind you of ME!" shouted a voice from behind. "I, Mr. Grimm, have come back to take on the job as the reaper of souls! I can already feel such pure power flowing through me! I have become far powerful, stronger, and deadlier than you can ever imagine!"
"I hope you haven't killed any of our friends!" Ratchet replied to him.
"Thanks for giving me the idea. But before I do so, I'll take on you first! I want your soul, Ratchet! And once I finish you, I shall be completely satisfied!"
Ratchet saw that Grimm's handheld scythe was coming down right upon him, so he acted quickly and drew out his Omniwrench to block the attack. Distracted, Mr. Grimm did not see Pupuru blast a burst of her magic at him. It frustrated him enough to summon his new powers and attempt to steal Pupuru's soul from her body.
"Pupuru…" Grimm taunted, "…a worthy hero…? You've got to be joking!"
Ratchet interrupted the villain in his deed by hitting him hard in the skull-head with his wrench. "Sorry, Ratchet…" Grimm teased in distraction as turned back around. "You'll have to take it easy on me; I am fragile, you know…"
"But so is she!" Ratchet replied as he attempted to attack again, soon to be blocked by Grimm's scythe.
"You'll have to try better than that, Lombax!" Grimm exclaimed as he swung his scythe again.
As the fight continued, Needles finally made his way to the city, where he caught the two combatants in their battle to the death.
"This is it!" he thought. "Mr. Grimm must kill that tortured animal for me! He'll take the soul while I take the VICTORY!"
Needles was counting on Grimm to completely finish Ratchet. But before he knew it, the skeleton suddenly faded away into nothingness. "What's going on here?!" Grimm exclaimed as he disappeared.
"I hope this isn't one of your dirty tricks!" Needles shouted at Ratchet angrily. "You have robbed me of my victory!"
"I didn't do ANYTHING!" Ratchet replied. "And I don't know how you escaped from that force field William trapped you in!"
"Never mind that! I'll see you suckers later once I find a new scheme!" With that, he turned away and ran off.
"You coward!" Ratchet shouted. "Why don't you fight me here and now?"
"I'm through taking on you alone!" Needles replied. "I'm closer to success when I am accompanied. I shall find the perfect fighter that should battle alongside me!"
After Needles had reached the suburbs, breathless in exhaustion, he suddenly heard something from right in front of him. A man in a brown suit and blue tie leaned up against the silent ferris wheel, his face covered by a white hockey mask and a hat that tipped downward.
"I couldn't help but overhear…" the man spoke up. "I heard you were looking for someone to help you take down those do-gooders. Pleased to meet you! My name is Frank McCutcheon. But while I was in the ring, I was nicknamed Frank 'The Tank'. Because I still know my boxing methods, even though I am blind, I can teach you to be a real hotshot fighter. You can humiliate all your enemies publicly by giving them the best walloping in the ring! You'll win not only the cash, but the victory you want as well! You got nothing to lose, mister!"
"You mean…" Needles replied, "…you'll teach me boxing? I never thought of beating my worst enemies in a public game before! Although I have competed against Ratchet in many tournaments of Twisted Metal, it does not count; nobody is there to watch at all. Mister, I think you've got yourself a fighter!"
With that, Needles shook hands with his new boss Frank "The Tank" McCutcheon, also known as the dreaded No-Face!
I COVERED FRANK'S MUTILATED FACE WITH A HOCKEY MASK SO THAT PEOPLE CAN'T SEE HIS SEWN EYES AND LIPS. HE THINKS OF WHAT HE SAYS, AND A SPECIAL SPEAKER COMES OUT OF HIS EAR FOR EVERYONE TO HEAR HIM. IT LOOKS LIKE PUPURU'S DREAM IS COMING TRUE AFTER ALL. WILL RATCHET ACCEPT THE BOXER'S CHALLENGE AND FIGHT IN THE RING? LET US HOPE THAT HE DOES NOT CHICKEN OUT.
AND BY THE WAY, MR. GRIMM DISAPPEARED FROM A POWERFUL SOURCE. WE WILL SEE HIM MAKE HIS OWN SPECIAL APPEARANCE IN THE NEXT "SUPER SONIC SQUAD" COMING SOON!