"Crash Bandicoot. At last, I, the great Neo Cortex, have you right where I want you..." Dr. Neo Cortex declared menacingly. He waved his plasma gun and added, "And now for the final blow!"

Cortex ran up close to Crash, or rather Crash's dummy. He wasn't holding his plasma gun but a stick. He managed to knock over the dummy. It made him feel a little bit better but not by much. Uka-Uka was trying his hardest to get them out. N. Tropy, Cortex, and the evil mask had been trapped in the ancient times. They had been stuck there for the past decade.

N. Tropy hissed, "Hush, simpleton!"

Cortex rolled his eyes and pointed out the obvious, "It's just gonna fail again..."

N. Tropy glared, "At least Uka-Uka and I attempt to free us from this prison! I won't sit idly by and listen to your insane ramblings for another decade! And especially when you for being directly related to a good guy!"

Cortex was about to say something when they both heard a strange noise. Uka-Uka had opened a rift. Feeling exhausted, the evil mask fainted.

Cortex poked him with the stick and asked, "Is he... dead?"

N. Tropy snuffed, "Leave him. He served his purpose."

With an evil chuckle, the time master when through the rift. Cortex hesitated for a moment. He had a really bad feeling about the whole thing. But looking at his 'master', he sighed heavily. It was better than being stuck there.

"Home does sound good right now..." He said, mostly to himself.

So he stepped through the rift, following the time master. Though it wasn't much of a home that he was going back to.

...

Back in the present day, Crash was sound asleep on the sofa. He had no clue what was going on in the past. Luckily, Aku-Aku did. He could feel a strange surge of power. Worst than that, he felt his own powers diminishing. If this surge of power was his brother coming back, this was going to be a very bad thing.

"Crash!" The magical mask shouted. Crash woke up with a start, looking at Aku-Aku. He could sense that the magical mask was worried about something. "I sense something coming from N. Sanity Peak. Quickly, we must go!"

Crash rubbed his eyes and complained, "Aww can't it wait until after my mid-afternoon nap?" Aku-Aku shot him a look as he added, "Fine... we'll go."

Crash got to his feet, stretched, and followed the magical mask.

...

It didn't take Crash long to get to N. Sanity Peak. But what had surprised him was there another mask there. It was snoring? Which was weird to the bandicoot. He picked up the mask, which had woke it up. Just when Crash was about to introduce himself, the floor fell threw. Crash and the mask got to the bottom floor. The mask stared at him but then looked behind him, seeing a rather giant blue ghost. Both of them screamed in horror and started to run towards the exit. When they both got out, the ghost continued to chase them.

Crash looked down and then at the mask.

It started to tell him, "Ah ah ah no no no. No way in a million years..."

Crash grabbed him and jumped away from the ghost. When they got down to the ground, they had landed in the nearby pond. Coco and Aku-Aku were there. The magical mask was surprised to see the blue mask.

He breathed, "Lani-Loli? If the Quantum Masks have returned..."

Before he could finish that thought, the blue mask spoke up.

Lani-Loli saw a rift behind them and gasped, "Is that a Quantum Rift?!"

Coco, Crash, and Aku-Aku were all in awe. Coco analyzed it with her tablet.

She told the boys, "It appears to be a door between dimensions."

Lani-Loli frantically told, "Yes yes! The kind we keep shut! We have to go through, find my siblings, and fix this mess before some putz with a big evil plan and a bigger ego does something monumentally stupid!"

...

Back at the evil lair, Cortex yawned in boredom. Although it was nice to be back in the 21st century, he had to admit that being with N. Tropy made him cranky. Speaking of whom, he could tell the time master was already up to something.

He stated, "Uka-Uka unknowingly paved the way for our bright future. Once my Right Generator is complete, dominion over time and space will be within our grasp!"

Cortex was making some hand gestures, mocking N. Tropy behind his back. The time master looked back once but not in time to catch Cortex doing anything. The bald evil scientist had decided to some repair work. Around the same time, N. Gin and N. Brio came up to him. He had to admit, he did miss N. Gin. He was tempted to hug the rocket scientist but decided not to. He wasn't in the mood for the time master's lip.

He asked them, "N. Gin! N. Brio... You had some projects that you wanted to tell me about?"

N. Gin nodded proudly, "Oh yes my Master! My mechanical marvel will hypnotize you an army."

Cortex was about to correct him when N. Brio butted in.

The chemist rudely added, "And my potion will make me...uh...them unstoppable."

Cortex rolled his eyes and this time it was the time master that interrupted.

He commanded, "Hasten your steps! By my calculations, our enemies are already moving against us. And We. Will. Prevail." Just as the rocket scientist and the chemist left, the time master turned to Cortex. He added, "And I hope you realize that I will not hesitate like you do. And if I find out the truth, you will be attacked just like those mangy marsupials." He glared at Cortex and asked coldly, "Are we clear?"

Cortex gulped fearfully as he answered, "Uh crystal..."

The bald scientist quickly and quietly walked away from N. Tropy. He went to his room and closed the door. He locked the door and pulled out a picture. It was a picture of him and his sister on graduation day. He looked somberly at it. That was some day. A tear rolled down his cheek.

Oh what had he done...

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Wishmaker1028: Sorry guys about the delay. It has been a really long time since I had inspiration like this. I have been wanting to do a Crash 4 AU and now is the perfect time. Hope you all enjoyed! Please read and review! And always think outside of the box!