"He's in there I'm sure of it!" Sketch exclaimed, pointing a thin finger towards an ominous looking door. The metal door was covered in lichen, it's hinges rusted to the point where it could simply be moved to the side. Otis sighed in exasperation.
"Whoever we meet in there, they sure know how to throw a party!" Pushing aside cobwebs and undergrowth, Otis lifted the door from its frame, motioning for sketch to enter first. Stepping inside, it took a moment for their eyes to adjust to the dimly lit tunnel. Running his hands along the wall shivering with every touch of the cold stone, sketch walked onward, casting out his senses in the hopes of feeling vlad's presence. Finally, a small spark interrupted his thinking and he turned in the direction from which it came, following the fluctuating energy until the tunnel opened into a cavernous room. The room was split into two, one side littered with a variety of dark and questionable stains, the other enclosed by rusty metal bars. At closer inspection, sketch and Otis cried out in relief to see vlad inside, but quickly sucked in their breath when they saw he was covered in blood, his arms hanging at odd angles. Otis motioned for sketch to go inside and release vlad from his prison while he kept watch, pointing in the direction of a set of keys hanging on the wall. Trying not to jingle the keys too much, sketch tip toed to the cell, inserting several keys before finally finding one that successfully opened the lock.
"Vlad! We're here for you!" Sketch whispered, unlocking the chains that kept vlad in his awkward position. Vlad simply groaned in response, his broken arms throbbing and his entire body on fire from loss of blood.
"We need to get him to the hospital" Otis exclaimed, leaving his post at the cell door to examine vlad.
" oh I'm afraid you won't be going anywhere time soon!" All three of them jumped at the sound of a menacing voice behind them. The cell door closed, the sound echoing steadily throughout the stone tunnels. "You won't get away with this!" Sketch hissed, gripping the bars until his knuckles turned white.
"Ah but you see, young lad, I already have! I knew you two bumbling morons would come for vlad, giving me the opportunity to capture you all! Now all that's left is for me to extract enough of vlad's DNA to create a Pravus army large enough to take over the world!" Otienos' malicious eyes glinted with pleasure, revealing a large syringe from behind his back. Easily phasing his way through the cell bars, he approached the trio, a grin forming on his face. Before otieno could come within five feet of vlad, Otis charged him, fists ablaze with fury. Otieno rolled his eyes and knocked him aside, inserting the needle into vlad's neck in one smooth motion.
"Noo!" Otis screamed, struggling to get up. Sketch was on the ground a few feet away, when he suddenly lifted his head, his eyes widening in terror. "Otis?" He whispered. "Where's..."
"Vlad's over there!" He cried, still attempting to stop otienos plan from working. Sketch looked confused.
"But...IM vlad!" With a hiss of pain, the vlad that had been grappling with otieno spoke in a barely audible whisper.
"I'm so sorry vlad. I had to do it. To save you and your uncle."
"Sketch please! It doesn't have to end like this!" Vlad pleaded, his eyes foggy with emotion. Sketch grinned.
"I will never forget you brother" and with that, sketch pushed aside pieces of rotting wood. Powerful rays of sun flooded the room, turning otieno to ash, and burning sketch beyond recognition.
"No!" Vlad cried, collapsing into a never ending darkness.
"I'm sorry about sketch" Henry whispered as vlad sat down in the chair next to him. " I know you looked at him as a brother, and it just sucks your life has to work out that way! If there was anything I could do to change it I would believe me" vlad placed a reassuring hand on Henry's shoulder. " thanks Henry, it means a lot." Grinning, Henry inquired, "want to come over and play some video games for old times sake?" Vlad shook his head.
"No I've got some things to do, gotta catch up with someone after school." Turning towards the window, vlad grinned as his eyes met a very familiar face.
"See you at home, sketch"
LE FIN! I hope I was able to bring you guys an awesome ending :) you truly deserve it for waiting so FRICKIN long! I LOVE YOU ALL! Each and every one of you! I may start a jak and daxter fanfic soon, so keep an eye out ! (Just don't hold me to it, I have to play through all the games first XD) THANKS AGAIN!
Signing off for the last time