Ahh, here it is folks. The last chapter. Been a trip huh? Once again, I feel I must say a HUGE THANK YOU to all my reviewers, one-timers and those who have been with me from the beginning. Bear in mind with this ending that this story was supposed to be an explaination of why Riddick ended up on the Hunter Gratzner and why he was the ruthless animal we all know and love. I make referance to a scar that was in the book but I'm not sure whether or not it was in the deleted scenes of Pitch Black, just to avoid confusion on the issue. Without further ado...

Disclaimer: Nope, not gunna leave one this time. Everyone knows I don't own shit anyway.


Riddick was calm, collected, almost tranquil, as they shackled and bitted him and loaded him into the cryo locker. He pretended that the cryosleep needle had affected him. He closed his eyes behind the blindfold, went catatonic on the outside while his mind spun on the inside with all the calculating of a jungle cat. His mind had gone through the throes of grief, the torrents and chaos of an animal that had lost its one and only mate. He had lashed out at first, and Johns would have a deep, jagged and very permanent scar to the left of his spine, between the twelfth thoracic and fifth lumbar vertebrae. Riddick had gone for the sweet spot. In his rage he'd miscalculated; Johns would live to collect his bounty after all.

Riddick did not care now. He had tasted the sweetness of humanity. He'd softened the hard-bitten shell he'd built up over the years and in doing so opened the human side of him up for the slaughter.

He would never do it again.

Ophelia's death galvanized him inside, made him as cold and empty as her lifeless body. He was pure animal now, but he was a broken animal. He lacked the will to fight anymore. Like a beaten and starved circus lion he gave up and let them load him up in his crate to be shipped off back to slam. Back to his cage. Hunter-Gratzner he heard the cargo ship called.

They say most of your brain shuts down in cryosleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake…


Short, I know. But it's direct and to the point. REVIEW PLEASE and lemme know what you think. See ya on the flip! Batty