I am one step away from stealing your things,
And two steps away from selling you out.
I am one step away from judging you,
And two steps away from killing you.
When you find out what I am,
You'll be very angry.
What am I?
I believe that you are
because you are
one step away from being a pirate (+p) who steals things
two steps away from being a rat (-ie) who ratted me out
one step away from a rate (-i) which could be good or bad
and two steps away from being nitrate (+nt) which is a deadly explosive