Deponia felt pretty empty to Rufus these days, he gazed at the sky just for a second as he walked down the junk road, off to get some food. With no real place to call home anymore he has resorted to scavenging daily to find what he needs. Sometimes he would give anything to be back in his home town, in his somewhat comfy bed, with food not too far from him.
Rufus sometimes wondered what life would be like if he never tried to leave that day, would Deponia have exploded? Is it selfish for him to wish that he was never anyone’s hero? There are days that he would give everything he had been through to be normal again; but then he remembers Goal, if he didn’t suffer through this whole ordeal, he would have never met her. The love of his life, the girl he would probably never see again.
This was the worst part of being alone; Rufus had no one to talk to but himself. Sure there were still others left on the junk planet, but no one he knew that understood his eccentric ways; no one that would accept him.
The first few months he had occupied himself with coming up with ways to get to Goal, but alas that was a short-lived endeavor. For once one of his crazy schemes wasn’t going to get him anywhere. At this post all he could do was wait and wish for the best, wish that Goal was working just as hard as he had.
“Well you see, this flying device has a 50/50 chance of working.
That’s why I-“
“I don’t care if it’s a one percent chance Doc,” Goal interjected Docs warning, “I will do anything to get back down there, absolutely anything! You do not know the ropes I would jump through for him… after all he has done for me… well he deserves to be saved if I can save him.”
“Goal if you’re really willing to sacrifice your life to get that guy back then I have no power to stop you, but-“
“Doc, with all due respect, I am not sacrificing my life to save him, I’m simply repaying him for sacrificing his in the first place.”
“Will ya please let me get my two cents in young lady!? What I’m trying ta tell you is that he might not be there.”
Goal didn’t have anything to say for this, she had tried to be so full of hope all this time. Of course she had considered that he might be gone, but she knew Rufus too well, he never truly gave up.
“I understand what you’re implying Doc, but I’m still going to take my chances. He would do the same for me.”
“Alright then, let’s get to work on this explanation.”
Outside of the lab Cletus was hiding behind a pillar, he had been listening the whole time. Goal was going to try and save Rufus, who was probably dead; but on the off side that he wasn’t, what would happen to him if Rufus was alive? Wouldn’t Goal bring Rufus back with her, but there was a problem with that scenario; Cletus was pretending to be Rufus right now. What would become of him if the real Rufus were to come back?
He had to stop this! There was no way he was going to let Goal replace him, Cletus was quite content with his life here. The question at had was, how would he stop her?
Cletus snuck away to his room as he began to plot.