Welcome to my first ever fanfic. Please, wipe your feet, come in and have a seat. Let me get you a refreshing beverage while you read about the ground rules...

a) Ratchet, Clank, their entire universe and everything in it are copyright and trademark by Sony and Insomniac Games, Inc. and are used without permission in this story.

b) The term "manifestor" was coined by Hatoshi (a.k.a. Stephen Stryker). I have used the term, and the general concept behind the technology with his permission. Special thanks go out to him for his encouragement and feedback on this project - without him, this probably would never have been placed online and would have remained on my local drive and archives until the bits slowly faded into /dev/null.

c) In this fic, a manifestor is a specialized storage and inventory system based on an adaptation of teleportation technology. A short range teleportation field is used to scan an item, reduce it to an electronic pattern and store it in a data buffer indefinitely within a control crystal. This control crystal, typically worn on a character's glove, can be used to select any item in that inventory and "manifest" it in the character's hand. Most characters, including Ratchet, wear a control crystal on the sleeve of their glove just above the outer wrist. Clank has a manifestor built into his design, located just behind his front grill. Anyone who has seen the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, 'Relics' will recognize this concept. Although in my fic, no living creature has ever been stored in a manifestor, and items that cannot be scanned for whatever reason are rejected.

d) Any other characters, constructs, devices, snacks, plant life or metaphysical theories that are in this story that are not the property of Sony, Insomniac Games, Inc. or Hatoshi are my own constructs. Personally, I can't see why anyone would ever really want to reuse them, but if you do you really should ask first. It's polite.

e) This story begins at the conclusion of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. You should assume that if you read beyond this point, anything in any of the currently published and available Ratchet & Clank games may be used as reference or history, and you WILL be exposed to spoilers if you have not played them before. This includes Ratchet & Clank (R&C1), Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (R&C2), Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (R&C3), Ratchet: Deadlocked (R:DL), Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (R&C:SM), Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction (R&CF:ToD). At the time this story was written (27 May 2008 -> 15 Jun 2008), Secret Agent Clank had not yet been released.

f) If the spoiler issue means anything to you, then you should go out, buy, play and enjoy all of the games listed above. I highly recommended them! (Shameless plug for IG)

g) This is NOT how I think the next episode of Ratchet & Clank Future will play out, nor do I think there are any real game playing possibilities in this plotline.

h) This story is nowhere near the scale, scope or level of detail as Hatoshi's. It is also my first attempt at writing anything for a really long time. It is merely a minor amusement, a side story to while away the time... You are hereby warned.

i) Enjoy!!