After another long flight, they were able to return to Meridian City. They landed within mission control, got out of the ship and went back to reunite with their friends. Talwyn: "Ratchet. Kim."
She rushed towards them and greeted them with another warm embrace. As she broke off from them, she looked directly at them with her hands on their shoulders. Talwyn: "I'm so glad you guys made it back." Clank: "Yes, it is good to be back." Cronk: "Outstanding work, you guys." Zephyr: "Yeah, you rookies are heroes." Talwyn: "He's right. What you guys did not only saved Praxis XII, but the entire system." Kim: "Oh, it was no trouble, really." Ratchet: "Hah! Yeah, it's always a pleasure to foil and chase away Drakken and Shego." Kim: "But we know that this is far from over." Talwyn: "You're right about that, unfortunately. Wade just found out something else and it doesn't look good. You guys…may need to see for yourselves."
They walked up to the holo-viewer within the center of the room. They looked up at the holo-screen displayed on it. Talwyn: "Wade did a wide-spread scan of the entire galaxy for any readings that originated from Earth and he was able to confirm positive indications of life forms and machinery from that planet. He also managed to identify who these life forms are."
Kim and Ratchet kept looking at the screen. Kim: "This looks like…a list of names." Talwyn: "Yes, these are the names of the humans that have been causing these strange activities within the galaxy. Are either of you familiar with any of them?"
They continued to look at the list. Kim: "Hm…Duff Killigan, Camille Leon, Sr. Senior Senior and Sr. Senior Junior…Oh, my gosh! Ratchet! These are…these are all villains that I have faced off against in the past!" Ratchet: "Professor Dementor, Monkey Fist, DNAmy, Adrena Lynn, Gemini? You're right! These ARE your old foes! But…what are they doing all the way out here?" Kim: "I don't know…Maybe…maybe they're all out for revenge…against me…" Clank: "Oh dear, this does not look good." Kim: "I know…these are my enemies…I…I never wanted to bring any of this into the galaxy. I…this…is really bad. Everyone will think that I'm…I'm responsible for this. I…can't…believe…this is…"
Kim stood by very distraught. Everyone looked towards her. They were worried about her. Ratchet seemed a lot more concerned for her. He placed his hand on her shoulder as he stood closer to her. Ratchet: "Kimberly…don't worry about this too much. Despite how this looks, despite your connections with all of this, this really isn't your fault. We will put a stop to all of this. I'll make sure of that."
Kim looked at him as she let out an emotional smile. He smiled back at her. Just then, Wade image appeared from the holo-viewer. Wade: "Hey, guys. Just want to let you know that I'm still looking into the data involving our situation. It might take a while, though." Ratchet: "Keep at it, Wade. We're really going to need your help now more than ever." Wade: "I'll do my best, as always. In the meantime, why don't you guys take a short break? You've earned it after foiling Drakken and Shego." Ratchet: "Uh, are you sure about that? I don't think that this is a good time for that." Kim: "I agree. We really shouldn't…" Wade: "I hear that there is a massive outlet mall that opened up within the downtown area of the city." Kim: "An outlet mall? Let's go over there now!" Ratchet: "Hold on a sec there, Kimberly. There is no way we're going over to some mall. We need to focus on the…"
Just then, he noticed her doing her infamous puppy dog pout. Ratchet: "Oh, no, not the puppy dog pout! Not again!"
She kept making that face, it took a while, but Ratchet eventually caved. Ratchet: "(grunt) Fine! You win. We'll…we'll head over to the mall…"
Kim screeched with excitement and rushed off. Ratchet was very annoyed. Wade: "Oh, by the way, I also heard that Grummelnet has set up a storefront at the mall." Ratchet: "What? Why didn't you just tell me that sooner!?" Wade: "I thought you would be all for checking out that mall; you do like to shop after all." Ratchet: "Uh, yeah, for important stuff like weapons and armor. Outlet malls usually consist of the mindless shopping that Kimberly enjoys, mostly because they contain those stupid trendy clothing stores, like Club Banana." Wade: "Oh, so you pretty much have a…very bitter outlook on malls." Ratchet: "Anything related to Club Banana is detestable to me, except for Smarty Mart; that store is very decent."
He made his way out of the room. Ratchet: "Yeah. Smarty Mart: where smart shoppers shop smart and anyone who thinks other wise is an idiot." Clank: "(giggle) Some things never change."
Clank walked off after them.
Soon enough, they arrived at the outlet mall. Upon their arrival, they stood beside each other for a brief moment. Ratchet: "Alright, guys, we don't have a lot of time so let's get on doing what we want to do here and then finish up quickly." Kim: "Yes, of course." Clank: "Understood."
They rushed out in different directions and went into the different stores. Kim, of course, went into a few clothing stores. Ratchet went to check out the Grummelnet store front. He seemed quite pleased with the selection of weapons that he saw there as well as the modifications for the weapons. He was able to find out that there were some mods that he could only do at the store front as opposed to the vendors placed all over the galaxy. Clank went on to do his own thing.
Awhile afterwards, Talwyn contacted them. Talwyn: "Guys, I need you back here pronto. Wade just found out a few things that you need to hear." Ratchet: "OK, we're on our way. Clank, Kimberly, let's head back now." Kim: "OK, I'm on my way back now." Clank: "I will be right there."
They left the mall and headed back to mission control almost immediately.
They were able to arrive back within a very short amount of time. Talwyn: "Oh, good. You guys made it back. Wade wants to brief us on what he just found out but only after you got back." Ratchet: "Alright, Wade, fill us in." Wade: "At the moment, I'm still looking into a few things but I did find out something that you guys urgently need to hear. I just picked up on a few readings similar to Earth on a planet named Proteus VII. Most of the planet's surface is covered in magma, with very little solid ground." Kim: "What exactly is so special about this planet?" Wade: "Well, our good friends of Grummelnet colonized the planet and are using its resource for multiple purposes. You know, business stuff. However, this is where those unusual readings come in: I just found out that the Bebes are on that planet right now." Ratchet: "What!? The Bebes!?" Kim: "No! You can't be serious!" Clank: "This…is terrible." Talwyn: "Another one of your old foes, huh? But who are they exactly?" Ratchet: "We'll brief you on the way there! We have to leave for Proteus VII now!" Kim: "Uh, yeah, there really is no time to stand around." Clank: "Yes, we must hurry over there."
They made their way toward the ship, then took off and left the planet immediately.