A five part story to end my Transformers Prime fan fiction series. Enjoy.
End Of The Line
It was a warm evening, the winds blew across the Nevada desert. The light of the moon shined upon the roof of a large metal building. A metal hand stretched up, the moons light streaming past her slender fingers, a smile coming to her delicate pale gray face. “It’s amazing. The moon is so low right now. It’s almost like I can touch it.”
Brightshine felt comforting arms around her shoulder plating. “The moon is beautiful, but not much as you my dear.” Hard-Wire said softly.
Brightshine grinned from pink side fin to pink side fin. “Oh you’re so cheesy.” She playfully hit him on the shoulder plating. Then she leaned close. “But that’s what I love about you.” Then the two young bots shared a kiss. Then they sat there, staring up at the large moon.
“You’re still here.” Brightshine and Hard-Wire turned to see Vector standing there with his arms crossed. “Daddy will be home from work soon.”
Brightshine stood up looking down at her little brother. “I know that. Daddy knows about Hard-Wire. And Momma does too. Shouldn’t you be asleep. Daddy will be upset if he finds out you stay up half the night.”
Vector stared at his sister. “I like to wait for him.” Then he took a gaming tablet from behind his back. “Daddy doesn’t mind.” Then he started playing.
Hard-Wire found himself smiling and realized it had been a while since he smiled. Hard-Wire stared at Vector as the boy laughed and realized how much he resembled Knockout. He knew Knockout did feel something inside for the child, but because of the war, whatever he felt was to be put away, deep at the back of his mind where many cybertronians put their emotions and feelings.
“Vector. Have you started studying Cybertronian history yet?” asked
Aboard the decepticon warship the dim lights of the main communications room were a strange site as Knockout strolled in. He knew with all the large monitors, the room was usually lit up like a disco. But this evening, the only light in the large room came from one small console in the center of the room, where he spotted none other then Soundwave silently working.
Knockout shook his head a moment. He knew the silent bridge officer barely took time for himself. Knockout always heard the rumors that Soundwave was not a “regular” cybertronian. But as the ships medical officer, he knew the theory to be untrue and that the silent communications officer was very much like the others. Knockout couldn’t understand however why he was so diligent in his work and so loyal to Megatron. He knew it couldn’t be for the same reason as everyone else--fear. For it was silently known that Soundwave was a capable warrior and stories of Soundwave and Megatrons once confrontation eons before slowly had made their way through the crew. So why so loyal? It was a mystery that none of the crew could figure out.
Knockout realized a few moments had passed and Soundwave did not acknowledge his presence. “It has been over 80 hours.” Knockout finally broke the silence in the large room. “Even Megatron has taken to his chambers. I suggest you do the same.” At this, Soundwave merely looked up from his console. “As the ships medical officer, it is my duty to insure the crew is not burning threw their reserves. Megatron cannot win a war if his officers are run to the ground.”
Soundwave simply stared at the Doctor. Knockout shrugged his shoulders. Then Soundwave stood straight after typing one last thing and slowly walked away from his console. Knockout was shocked as the communications expert actually bothered to comply with the Doctors advice.
Soundwave gave the doctor one last look before existing the room. Knockout stepped back, giving the officer plenty of space. Knockout breathed out in relief as he watched Soundwave walk down the hall. He shook his head again then made his way to the medical bay to tidy up before getting some rest himself. He had gone several days without rest. He could use it.
He went to check on Hard-Wire, and as usual found his recharge chamber empty. “That brat is going to get us killed.”
Vector straightened up and looked at him. “Not officially. But Mommy has been telling me stories of Cybertronians past. She told me about the great Crystal river and the huge Capital cities. She said on a clear Cybertronian morning, you can see straight across the sea into the neighboring cities. She said in the large cities, the buildings of iron towered over the streets, and the skyscrapers seemed like they could touch the sun. She said when she was a sparkling, the streets glistered like diamonds, and every young bot hoped to join the academy someday.”
“Yeah-” added Brightshine. “She also said the theaters were beautiful and laser nightclubs were the place to be if you wanted to meet somebody.” Then she blushed slightly. “I mean if other bots wanted to meet other bots.”
Hard-Wire smiled again putting a hand on her cheek. “Your mother sure paints a beautiful picture of Cybertron.”
Hard-Wire recognized the tablet Vector was using. “I had one of those when I first began functioning. The doctor gave it to me. It was fun.”
Brightshine turned to Hard-Wire. “That creepy red bot.”
“He’s really not that bad. He’s like a father to me. He helps me a lot. I owe my life to him.” Hard-Wire said calmly.
Vector’s attention was finally grabbed when he heard mention of the ‘red’ bot. “Red bot. I saw him once. When I snuck into Uncle Smokescreens cabin. He looks like somebody I know.”
Hard-Wire stared at Vector a moment. It was too soon. He couldn’t let the boy know that Knockout was his real father. “I don’t think so.” Then he turned to Brightshine. “The hour is late, I should get going before I’m missed. Goodnight my dear.” Then he smiled and pet Vector on the head. “Sleep tight Vector.”
Brightshine stepped aside as he transformed into a beetle. “Be well.” Then he took off into the night sky.
The two siblings waved at him. “Bye, be careful.”
Brightshine turned to her little brother. “Come on you little monster, let’s get you to bed.”
“But I want to wait for Daddy.”
Brightshine walked in the room to see her mother sitting on a stack of metal boxes. Wheeljack and Smokescreen were going on about how they kicked decepticon tailpipes while Bee just shock his head.
Just then Ratchet chimed in. “I’m getting a strange signal in the outer edge of Earths solar system. The signal is sporadic so I can’t seem to pinpoint it.”
“That’s, really close.” said Brightshine.
“Yeah-” said Bulkhead. “Somebody’s knocking on our door.”
“Autobot or Decpticon?” asked Wheekjack who finally took notice.
“I can’t tell. Whoever it is, their ship is severely damaged.” Ratchet said slowly. Suddenly Ratchets eyes went wide as saucers. He started typing quick as lightening and everyone looked at each other.
“What is it Ratchet?” asked Arcee. But he stayed quiet.
“We will check it out if you like. My ship is just about ready.” said Wheeljack.
“No. Since Optimus isn’t here at the moment, I cannot let you put yourselves at risk.” Ratchet said firmly.
“Come on, Optimus would send us out real quick.” Wheeljack pleaded.
“I was a signal on your screen.” came Smokescreen who spoke up finally.
“Very well. But I will go, Wheeljack is the pilot and Bee for back up. The rest of you stay here.”
“You never want to leave the base, unless you’re visiting June.” Arcee said with a smile.
Smokescreen and Bulkhead chuckled. Wheeljack didn’t know what was so funny. Ratchet shrugged off his slight awkwardness. “In this instance I know I have to.”
Hard-Wire landed on the deck of the decepticon war ship. He dodged Starscream who walked by and made his way to the med bay. Why was everyone rushing about again?
Just then he was snatched into the med bay and the doors shut quickly behind him.
“Are you trying to get us killed?!” Knockout stared at him. “These nightly disappearing acts of yours are not cute anymore. And Megatron has started to notice. I was stuck as to what to tell him. And now a new decepticon has made their way here and he is to be part of a big plan against the Autobots.”
“A new decepticon?”
Knockout bopped him on the head. “Have you not been paying attention to what’s been going on around here. Megatron is getting too close to his end game. We can’t afford to trip up. If we want to stay alive.”
“But Knockout, you know as well as I, we are not like Megatron and the others. I know you don’t want this war as much as I do.” Hard-Wire said.
Knockouts eyes went wide. He threw his hands over the bots mouth tugging him into the back area of the med bay. Hard-Wire was thrown off balance. “Dare not say such things. I do what I can to stay alive.”
“What is it to live, if we live like this?” Hard-Wire asked.
Knockout breathed out then pushed a button and a panel slid open on a console and a glass container with cables attached came up. “Do you know what this is?” he asked.
“A artificial spark chamber.” Hard-Wire answered slowly.
“Right. A sort of ‘incubator’ if you will. This is what I used to keep you alive when your mother didn’t want you.” Hard-Wire could see Knockouts face change. It was softer now. “I worked in secret, for days on end, desperately wanting to save you. Because I knew the deceptions, the Cybertronian race was slowly dieing. I risked not only my position here, but my life, to save yours. You can not throw that all away for a girl.”
“I will not. But I know you feel as I do. Especially when you see him.” and Hard-Wire displayed an image of Vector for the Doctor to see.
And with that the red doctor fell back against the console as if pushed. He could feel his spark aching. “I cannot feel this way, not now, not ever. I know he is safe, that’s all that matters.”
“For how long. We are all at risk. Even him. We have to do something.” Hard-Wire pleaded.
“What would that be. Stroll up to Megatron and say: hey I don’t think this war is a good idea. We’d die instantly.”
Hard-Wire thought about the doctors words. “I wasn’t going to say anything. But now I feel I should. The Autobots know of me, and care for me, as I care for them.”
Knockouts eyes widened. “You must not let anyone know of this, and especially do not log it in anywhere, or Soundwave will find it. The only place Soundwave cannot log into is our minds. You must keep all this to yourself if we are to stay alive.”
Knockout set his hands on the young bots shoulder plating. “Do you understand.” Knockouts look was stern but full of compassion.
“I understand.” Hard-Wire answered slowly. His red visor shining dimly.
“Now let’s make ourselves seen so we’re not thought of as missing. Let’s meet this new decepticon Megatron as favored.”
Vector sat at the window and stared up the sky. Just then he remembered a strange large red bot. Why did the red bot seem familiar? And why did there have to be Deceptions and Autobots if they are all the same people. He was trying to understand, but it was hard for him.
He put his head down. He missed his Daddy. And everyone always had somewhere to go while he stayed at the base, tucked away like an old toy. He knew something was happening but he didn’t know what.
Bee saw Ratchet fidgeting in his seat, as they headed towards the location of the signal.
Ratchet recalled his last conversation with June. He had opened up to her about his past that no one knew except Optimus. He knew in recent years he found her friendship valuable, like Rafael’s. But in a much different way. And he knew Bulkhead and Smokescreens chuckling was evidence of that. But he wasn’t going to deny he appreciated her friendship. It was June who helped him to come to the conclusion that Arcee was sparked the first time. For such forms of medical information were long lost in a war that lasted so long. Medical officers were trained to patch them up and ship them out, never really thinking of things like friendships, love and family. Such thoughts and hopes were lost on the winds that blew across a barren Cybertron.
“Hey Ratchet, what’s up with you. You look like you’ve seen a ghost?” called Wheeljack from the pilots seat.
“Wheeljacks right. You’ve been antsy ever since you discovered that signal. What’s going on?” Bee added.
“Nothing. Let’s just hurry up and get there.” Ratchet said quickly.
Ratchet remembered when he and June sat in her garage and spoke of times long past. When the war was still on Cybertron. And he was still learning about the medical field. When theory was now being forced into practice. And one female bot, lay her life on the line, to prove she was strong enough, and one bot regretted every moment.
But now Ratchets spark was filled with hope. Hope that he had not felt in a long time.
Bee stared at the old doctor. He knew Ratchet had a long hard life, as they all had. But he knew for Ratchet it was different. Much different.
“After the destruction of the human laboratory, Soundwave picked up on his signal miles to the east. He had traveled far and he will join us and be the Autobots destruction.”
Knockout slipped into the large room where all the ships crew were gathered to meet the newest addition to Megatrons ranks. “The humans thought they could create one like us. Only to find they were severely mistaken.”
“So what makes this bot so special, my Liege.” Starscream asked.
“They thought they could make one like me, but I showed them how wrong they were.” came an answer.
Just then, a red and black bot with a similar construction to the Autobot Bumblebee, walked in. A hush fell over the crowd. Knockout pulled back slightly, remembering that bot. His reputation on Cybertron was not to be forgotten. This bot shot first, and never asked questions. He ran on pure skill and instinct and cruelty ran through his veins. He was not plagued with mania as he knew Megatron was, but had only darkness in his spark. And that scared him.
Hard-Wire looked at Knockout. “Who is this bot?” he whispered.
“Someone not to be crossed.” The red doctor answered. It appears this war will be over sooner then I thought. And I am truly sorry my boy.”
Hard-Wire saw Starscream looking really annoyed.
“I’m so sorry.” Knockout added, shaking his head.
Feeling a bit lonely, Vector wandered the halls of the base. He went past a room where Bulkhead and Smokescreen were stacking and cataloging supplies. “Hi. Can I help?” he asked them.
“Sorry little buddy, you’re just not big enough for this work.”
Vector shrugged his shoulders. “Oh, ok.” He continued on his way. He saw Brightshine in the gym running a fighting program. He watched for a few minutes but he felt like there had to be something he was good for, something he could help with. He came to the main room where his mother was at the main computer since Ratchet was gone. And he didn’t see his Daddy anywhere. “Mommy, is Daddy home yet?”
“Not yet sweetheart.” She looked down at him a moment. “He’ll be home soon.” She looked back to the screen.
Vector saw his Mother continue working and he made his way towards the cargo area.
“Everyone is doing something to help, and I can not.” He felt angry and hit a box and it fell over spilling it’s contents. A pile of projectors and cables lay before him. Suddenly one of the projectors came to life and displayed images before his young optics. A bright shining city he had never seen. Bots of all sizes that walked with smiles on their faces.
He pressed a button and more images played. Suddenly he fell back as a red bot caught his attention. He was same one he saw Uncle Smokescreen and Uncle Bee fight with. More bots, more buildings. Female bots. Optimus Prime.
Why were these images kept put away?
Vector took a picture of the red bot. There was something about this bot that made him curious. Why did he feel like there was a giant puzzle that he had to put together. And the red bot was a big piece of it.
He put the projectors and cables back in the box and stood up. He would figure out this puzzle, and he would find his place.
“I have to.” He said bravely.
Under a rising sun, three bots walked along the brush, it was early dawn. Bee pushed aside leaves and branches. “According to my reading, the ship has landed but I can’t seem to pinpoint it.” Bee said as he watched Ratchet walking briskly trying to find what he was looking for.
“So we’ll have to use our optics like humans do.” Wheeljack said as he walked along. “For some reason, I miss Miko.”
“Ratchet are you sure the ship could have landed here. The original signal was pretty far off. Maybe they turned and headed in a different direction.” asked Bee.
“What if it was a decepticon ship? We could be risking our tailpipes.” added Wheeljack.
“No. It was definitely an Autobot signal and a distress call.” Just then, Ratchet stopped and stared.
Wheeljack stared after and saw what Ratchet saw. An Autobot medical ship escape pod. Sparks were flying everywhere. “Whoa. A crash landing.”
Ratchet ran to the ship.
“Ratchet, wait, this could be a trap.” Bee said.
Ratchet ran to the console of the pod, where a bot lay unconscious it seemed. Wheeljacks eyes widened when he saw that the bot was a femme and bore a Autobot insignia.
“I guess she’s an Autobot by her insignia, but who is she?” Wheeljack asked.
Ratchet picked her up in his arms and carried her away from the wreckage. “Let’s head back to the base.”
“But who is she?” Wheeljack asked again. Bee put a hand to Wheeljacks arm so as not to question Ratchet any further for the moment.
Ratchet carried the white and red femme back to Wheeljacks cruiser.
“She is an Autobot who needs our help.” Was all Ratchet said before they all piled in the cruiser.
She could hear voices talking. Male voices talking. She could hear the sound of heavy metal foot steps. The footfalls of Cybertronians it had to be. She hoped her ordeal with the Velocitrons was over. Though she suspected they meant no real harm. Then, more voices, a female voice and another male voice. This one too familiar. Her spark beat quickly. It couldn’t be possible.
“Ratchet, her spark is racing, is she ok?” Arcee looked at the screen.
Ratchet leaned over the female and scanned her vitals. Her optics fluttered open as the beeping stopped and went back a normal pattern. She saw the tall white and orange male leaning over her and when she saw his face she smiled and sat up quickly and hugged the bot tight. “Ratchet, you’re alive! I can’t believe you’re alive.”
Ratchet lost his composure as she held him; and for the moment, he held her back despite all in sight. Wheeljack had a grin from side fin to side fin.
“Should we leave you two alone.” He laughed. Bee squatted him on the arm. “What?”
Arcee smiled. It occurred to her the two of them indeed knew each other, and were very close.
“Oh Ratchet. I never thought I’d see you again.” She said weakly.
“And I thought I’d never see you again.” They stared at each lovingly and Arcee knew there was a story to be told.
Suddenly the female fell back down her optics closed. “What happened?” Arcee asked.
“She’s fainted from energon depletion and pure exhaustion.” Ratchet explained. “ But she seems to be stabilized for now. We’ll just let her rest. Optimus should be back soon and…”
Ratchet turned to see four pairs of optics on him. “What? Why are you all staring at me?”
“We want to know who the lady is Ratchet. Why she fancies you so much.”
Wheeljack finally spoke up.
Ratchet shook his head.
“I guess I should have told you. But I didn’t feel it was necessary given the circumstances we were all in.
A long time ago, during the early days of the war; I came to know her when she was transferred to my team. We didn’t know it first, but we came to care a great deal for each other. But I didn’t want her to go out into the field, though she was a great medical officer. Back then, most femmes were lab workers, entertainers or artists, teachers and scientists. None were really in harms way by not going out into the battle field. So when the war began to really heat up, I often told her not to go. But one night, she went anyway. I found her unit was attacked and she was gone. I thought she was dead. But now, here she is, laying on a medical bed just feet from me. And I’m still in shock.”
There were many questions but Ratchet could not answer.
Arcee pushed Bee and Wheeljack out of the main room. “We’ll just let her rest.”
Ratchet looked down at her sleeping peacefully. He put a hand to her cheek.
“I can’t believe you are alive. My dear, my beloved.”
“As you may already know, Soundwave has been steadily working on pin pointing the Autobots new base of operations.” Megatron announced.
“And after I destroyed that lab in New York I took to the open road.” Said the new bot, tall with red and black designs. After discovering a Decepticon signal and hearing everything Megatron has told me; I know I can be the one help finally put an end to all of this. We deceptions will rule all.”
Starscream turned from the new bot. “So high and mighty. I hope Megatron realizes who he’s dealing with. Even my squadron of seekers and I stood away from him if we could. He’s too volatile.”
Knockout ran off down the hall towards the med bay. “I have to figure something out, I can’t let this happen.” He ran into the med bay and saw Hard-Wire working on something.
Knockout grabbed the young beetle by the arm. “We have to go, now.”
“What are you talking about?” Hard-Wire asked.
Knockout and Hard-Wire made their way toward the cargo bay but they ran into the last bot they wanted to see. The tall red and black bot seemed to tower over them. “And where are you two off to?”
“Eh, no where. Just getting some air.” Knockout answered lightly.
The red and black bot was strange to Hard-Wire. He looked like an older, meaner version of Bumblebee. The older bot grabbed Hard-Wire and held him up against the wall. “You are not like those other Insecticons. Why?”
“He just is, a strange anomaly.” Knockout tried to help.
“You seem like you’re hiding something. Something important.”
“He’s not I assure you.” called Knockout.
Hard-Wire turned his head as he tried to stay as calm as possible despite being held against the wall. “Please. I don’t know anything. I’m just the ships medical officers assistant. I was told to use my intelligence in this manner and that is what I do. That is all.” Hard-Wire wanted to fight back, lash out at him, but he knew he couldn’t.
The red and black bot dropped him. Hard-Wire held his chest as Knockout came to his side.
“Pathetic. Why Megatron keeps such simple creatures aboard his ship I’ll never know. And doctor, I’d be careful if I were you. I’d hate for your reputation to be ruined. Not that you have much of a good one anyway. I heard you failed to protect a fellow shipmate. Breakdown I believe.”
Knockout gritted his teeth and attempted go after the large bot when his back was turned. Hard-Wire held him. “It’s not worth it.”
Knockout and Hard-Wire may not be able to leave as they planned. But he had to warn the Autobots somehow. “Hard-Wire, where is the Autobot base. We have to warn them. Stinger is probably worse then those predacons, we had to deal with. They only acted on pure instinct. Stinger is just born evil.”
“You don’t truly believe anyone comes out of the All Spark evil. It’s an impossibility. No bot is created evil.”
“Maybe not. But Stinger is as close as it comes. We have to warn them. I cannot let any harm come to my son.” Hard-Wire looked at him. “I have to protect him as I would you.”
Hard-Wire smiled and tried to hug the red doctor. “Ach! Enough of that. Really, you’re like a big bear who likes to hug.”
“We have to do something, or we’ll all go down in flames.” Said Knockout.
Knockout and Hard-Wire landed on a sandy mound. “What if they attack us?” asked Hard-Wire.
“Given the situation, I doubt they will.” Knockout answered. Suddenly a blast went over Knockouts head. He ducked for cover. “Then again, I could be wrong.” He saw Arcee, Bulkhead and Bumblebee come running over a hill.
Hard-Wire transformed and put his claws up. “Please we haven’t come to fight. But to warn you!”
Knockout stood up as he saw Acree draw her weapon back. “He’s right. We’ve come to warn you.”
Hard-Wire saw Brightshine come running in the distance. “Mom!” Brightshine came to her mothers side then saw Hard-Wire and the doctor. “Hard-Wire?”
“And how can we believe you.” asked Bumblebee.
Knockout looked at Arcee who withdrew her weapons completely. Brightshine looked at her mother.
“Weather you believe me or not, you must prepare yourselves. Megatrons new employee of the month is a Bumblebees clone on steroids.”
“Knockout is correct.” Hard-Wire spoke up. “Stinger is little more then a barbarian. He is fueled by anger and cruelty. Darkness has long clouded his spark.”
“Stinger?” Bee repeated. “He’s the one who blasted that science lab in New York years ago. He is like my clone. It’s weird.”
“He’s more then weird, he’s dangerous. And as long as he’s on the loose, you’re all in danger.”
Bumblebee looked at Arcee. “What do you think?”
“Mom, what’s going on?” Hard-Wire tried to make his way over to Brightshine but Knockout grabbed him by his back fin. Arcee pushed her daughter behind her for the moment.
Arcee stayed silent for a bit. She knew in her spark, in the deepest part of her mind that Knockout did not force himself on her, even though she was mostly unconscious when it happened. She knew Knockout was just not that sort of bot. Though he was a chatter box, she knew deep down he was not the type of bot to force his will on a female. She knew he was indeed trying to save her life. Why would he have spoken the way he did before she passed out. It had to be true, it was true. She could trust him.
And so it began, Knockout and Hard-Wire were taken in by the Autobots. They gave every piece of information they knew. Optimus and Jack were glad to have the team safe thanks to Knockout and Hard-Wire. But Jack still had reservations. And understandably so.
Knockout strolled down an empty hall when suddenly he was slammed against the wall by Bulkhead and a spiked mace was aimed at his face. “Ok you freak. Let me hear the truth from you. The real truth, or you’re gonna have one hell of a scratch on that pretty face of yours.”
Knockout was totally taken by surprise. He dangled in the air. “Please, I don’t know what you mean.”
Bulkheads optics burned into his. “Did you or did you not force yourself on Arcee the night of the ion storm. The truth.” the green bot hissed.
Knockout coughed. “I never thought of it, honest. I only wanted to save her life. It was for selfish reasons I assure you. I was only thinking of my own life. If she had died, her team would have killed me for it. So I had to save her. That’s all, by the All Spark it’s the truth.”
Bulkhead saw his sad eyes and realized for once in his life, Knockout actually was telling the truth. The green bot dropped him and knockout landed on the cement floor hard.
“Alright. At least I know you’re telling the truth.” He looked around. “Where’s that brat who was with you.”
“Please. Hard-Wire is a child. I saved him from oblivion. He’s done no wrong.” Knockout pleaded.
“Oh, I know that. I just wanted to tell him where the gym was.”
Knockout fell back, exhausted.
Soundwave pointed to the screen. Megatron smiled. “You’ve narrowed down their location.”
Stinger smiled as well. “Now the fun begins.”
Jack tried his best to concentrate but he was too distracted. At last, he could not take it any longer. The sound echoed in the empty office as he slammed his hands down on the desk. The holo projector in front of him shook. The phone rang and he snatched it off its cradle.
“Sorry. I’ll have it on your desk by tomorrow Lieutenant. Thank You Sir.”
Jack fell into his chair again and tugged at his hair. “He’d much rather be running across a battle field riffle in hand then sitting at his desk for days trying to finish an analysis report.
He thought of Arcee and Brightshine and little Vector. He had to do all he could to keep them safe.
Starscream readied his seekers per Megatrons orders. Decepticon troopers stood ready as well. Stinger talked out onto the flight deck of the ship tall and proud, confident nothing could stop him. Megatron came and stood in front of everyone. And Soundwave silently stood by him, the winds passing by his metal frame, the light of the moon gleaming off his mask.
“Today, my deceptions, the war will finally come to a glorious end, and the Decepticon name will be forever remembered as Cybertrons great hope.”
Megatron said aloud.
Soundwave raised his arm and displayed a virtual map for everyone to see.
“As you can see, the Autobots could not keep hidden for long.” A grin spread across Megatrons face. “As usual Soundwave, you never disappoint me.”
Starscream watched the satisfied looks on both Megatron and Stingers faces. He did not like Stinger one bit. Starscream knew the only one who should be by Megatrons side was himself. But Stinger was threatening his chances. Starscream fumed inside. He wouldn’t let a barbarian like Stinger take his place. Starscream silently calculated a plan of action.
“The Navada desert. The plateau. The desert winds were what was causing the interference.” Stinger grinned like a cat who caught the canary. “Like shooting fish in a barrel.”
Starscream and his seekers stood ready.
Back at the Autobot base, Vector was happy his family was all together, even Ratchet seemed happier. But he still felt something was missing. So the eight year old sparkling pulled a disappearing trick and snuck out of the base to explore the fields near by. He knew he could not go far or else he would get lost. But he was learning to use his basic mechanical functions more lately and one of them was his ability to project basic maps, but knowing how to read them was a different story. He knew the temperature outside, the wind speed, the how many miles away was the moon. Basic information was now something he was learning to understand.
Not far away, Soundwave picked up a tiny Autobot signature.
“It cannot be.” Megatron said surprised. “Sparklings have not been created since the early days of Cybertronian society. Why do the Autobots have one?”
“Who cares.” Stinger said. “That brat will be the Autobots destruction.”
Vector played in the grass under a bright moon.
Suddenly a blast hit the ground and Vector fell back scared. He saw a large red and black bot who came down and grabbed him. Vector struggled with the giant bot. “You will be our key to victory.”
“Let me go you weirdo. Help! Mommy, Daddy, Brightshine, help!”
Stinger took off with Vector and Knockout was genuinely frightened for the child. He had to do something. The red doctor snuck away during the commotion and managed to get aboard the ship again and ran into Starscream. “Where have you been?”
Knockout was relieved as he heard Vector crying. He knew the boy was alive. “My Liege, the child can’t simply be stuffed in a cage. He needs energon, he needs rest.”
“Who cares.” said Stinger. “He’s just a bargaining chip, nothing more.”
Knockout was very hurt, but he couldn’t let it show. “Knockout, you’re the ships doctor. Keep the brat quiet, while we destroy the Autobots for good. Then we’ll train him to work for us.”
Vector struggled against his chains. “You’re an evil bot. I’d never work for you. My Momma’s gonna kick your butt.”
Knockout carried Vector away. “No! Let go of me. We trusted you. My Momma trusted you.” Knockout put him down when they got to the med bay. “Shhh. I did not betray you. I’m trying to help you. I won’t let Megatron or that crazy Stinger hurt you or your family.”
“On my honor, or better still, my glossy finish.” Knockout tried to ease the tension.
Vector giggled at that. “You really like being shiny. But I guess it’s cool to be shiny.” Then Vector remembered his family. And started to cry. “You have to help my momma and daddy.”
“Shh, don’t worry, Hard-Wire is still there. We will figure this out.”
“Vector is gone!” Arcee shouted.
“The Decepticons must have him!” Jack said staring at Hard-Wire. “You planned this didn’t you!”
Brightshine ran to Hard-Wire standing between him and her father. “No Daddy, Hard-Wire would never do such a thing.”
Hard-Wire put his claws up. “I swear on the All Spark I know nothing.”
Suddenly the base shook as a blast came crashing down. Everyone was confused but soon got themselves together and mounted a defense.
Wheeljack formed a group with Bulkhead and Smokescreen. After checking the map, Optimus lead the other team of Bumblebee, Arcee and Ratchet and Jack suited up and ready.
“I’m going too.” Brightshine said, and before Arcee or Jack could say anything; Wheeljack tugged the girl near him. Glad to have you kid.”
Brightshine whipped out her pink arm canon. “Let’s beat those cons and get my brother back.”
The music played on the radio in a diner by the side of the road. After miles of nothing but open road, the old diner was a welcoming sight.
A shining black GT KR500 Mustang sat by the side of the road. Suddenly a beep sounded from his dash board. A virtual map appeared and Kitt knew something was happening. He analyzed the map a moment and his front visor flashed. “Oh no.”
“Have a nice day.” A young man in his mid twenties walked out of the diner towards the road side where the shining black GT KR 500 Mustang sat silently waiting.
“Hey Kitt, sorry I took so long. I would have brought you coffee but-” the young man said with a smile. But Kitt interrupted.
“Michael, I have to go.”
“Go?” the dark haired young man asked. “Go where?”
“I think they need my help. But you have to stay here. I can’t risk your safety.”
“Wait wait. Risk my what? Who needs help and why do you need to help them?” Michael sat up straight. “Besides, where ever you go, I go. We’re a team remember.”
Michael heard what sounded like a sigh from Kitt. “I guess I should explain.”
The air was filled with the sounds of laser fire as Optimus and Arcee fired back at the incoming barrage of blasts. Bumblebee joined them just avoiding a falling metal beam. Wheeljack and Bulkhead made their way across the field and attacked from the other side but the deceptions always had numbers on their side. Smokescreen looked up as heard a strange laughter. And a familiar look jet came in his direction. “Brightshine run for cover now.” Smokescreen jumped avoiding a blast and Brightshine remembered the strange jet. She ran off towards a pile of stones.
Arcee was glad her daughter knew when to take cover. Arcee and Jack gave everything they had but their seemed to be too many of them.
Inside the base, the female medical officer woke up and heard all the commotion. The war had definitely come to earth. She scanned herself and was functioning at 75 percent. But she could not stay there, she had to help her friends. She had to help Ratchet. She grabbed some medical tools and headed outside, a machine exploded and she jumped out of the way.
“I have to find Ratchet.”
Brightshine peeked out from atop the pile of stones. It seemed Starscreams seekers travel in a group like birds. She put a finger to her ear piece.
“Daddy, can you hear me?”
Jack blasted a purple jet and it fell to the ground. “Brightshine?”
“I have an idea how to slow down Starscreams seekers but I’ll need some extra fire power. Make your way to my location and we can do this together.”
Jack knew his daughter was a smart girl so he decided no to waste time questioning her. “I’m on my way.”
Hard-Wire this it, so he decided he could not stand around scared anymore. He knew what side he was on, and he would fight for it. He fired at an incoming group of jets and Megatron who was among them hissed with anger. “That Brat! How dare he. You’ll be the first to die.”
Hard-Wire jumped and avoided a blast but the next one hit him in the back. Arcee saw this and fought harder as she ran towards him. Hard-Wire stood up slowly and transformed into a beetle.
“They are my friends. And I will fight with them.” He said before shooting back.
Megatron only charged towards him, trying to knock him out of the air. But the young beetle was quick, ever with injury.
Starscream saw Stringer and Megatron surrounding the young beetle.
Hard-Wire realized he was surrounded by the too strongest bots he knew. He knew if he was to die, at least he would die doing what was right.
Jack made his way towards Brightshine and the two them knew how to take out Starscreams Seekers. They were all indeed connected to each other. And with two explosive charges, Starscreams Seekers all sparked, and explosions made all six of them fall to the ground. Brightshine jumped for joy.
“I knew it!”
Jack smiled. “I’m proud of you Sweetheart.”
Starscream was angry. “What happened!” he felt his circuits malfunctioning but he managed to stay air born. He saw the small gray and pink bot and the human. “You’ll pay for this. My Seekers will be avenged.”
“Not today Screamie.” came Bulkhead as he blasted an electrical net over the weakened jet.
Starscream wouldn’t let himself be captured. He managed to free himself and two purple jets came to side. “Leave me. I will destroy them myself.”
Hard-Wire knew he was surrounded, he knew his life was short, his only regret was that he never knew why his mother abandoned him, why was he not something she would cherish.
Stinger and Megatron charged him, but several blasts came from the ground, and Hard-Wire had time to get away. He saw Arcee, Wheeljack, Bumblee and Optimus all looking up at him. The boy knew he was cared about.
Bulkhead heard a beeping sound on his com link.
-I heard you could use some help. I’m on my way.-
Bulkhead smiled. “Alright reinforcements.”
The female red and white medical officers made her way towards Ratchet.
“What are you doing here?” he asked her over laser fire. “I won’t let what happened last happen again.
“Ratchet, I have to help.” she put a hand to his cheek. “It’s what I was made for. Then she kissed him a moment and ran off.
Ratchet breathed out. He realized he had to believe in her if she is to survive. Then he followed her.
Vector sat kicking his feet back and fourth as he watched the doctor work.
After a few moments, Knockout turned. “Will you cut that out, it’s distracting.”
Vector lowered his eyes. “I want to go home. I want my Mommy and Daddy.”
Knockout shrugged his shoulder plating and turned to the tiny bot.
“She takes good care of you?”
“My Momma, of course. And Daddy too.” Then the boy saw Knockouts strange expression. The boy started thinking. Knockout went back to his work. “Why do you look like me?”
Knockout jumped at the sudden question. He pretended not to hear and continued his work.
Vector jumped to his feet and pointed at the doctor. “Why do you look like me?” This time the boy raised his voice.
Knockout turned to see the boy staring at him. He was unsure of what to say. He couldn’t tell him the entire story, would he even understand. It was hard for the team to understand, let alone a child.
“Vector, please understand many bots can be similar in appearance.”
“No.” Vector crossed his arms. “I know we are the same. Why?”
Just then there was a commotion in the hall. Knockout saw Starscream and two vehicon troopers clambering by.
“I can’t believe my Seekers were destroyed by a little girl and a human.”
Vectors ears perked. “Brightshine, Daddy.”
Starscream saw the tiny reddish orange bot and sneered at him. “Knockout, why isn’t this thing chained up.”
Vector lowered his eyebrows at him. “I’m not a thing!” the boy kicked him, which didn’t do much good but it was enough to distract him enough for Vector to run off. Knockouts eyes widened.
“Knockout! Keep that little rat under control.” Starscream said annoyed.
Knockout ran after the boy.
Though the ship was large, Vector managed to find his way around. And because of his tiny size, he mostly went unnoticed by the few crew members that stayed aboard ship.
Vector ran and slid into a large room. His round eyes widened at all the monitors and display screens. He tiptoed in looking around. Why were decepticon ships so big?
Suddenly Vector walked right into a metal foot. He looked up and was frightened by the shining glass masked face looking down at him.
“You’re really creepy.” The boy ran in the other direction and Soundwave went after him. “Ahhhh, why is everybody so big.”
The Autobots fought as hard as they could and for now it seemed they were winning. But Stinger would not let them win.
“Have you forgotten something Autobots.” Stinger announced. “We have your sparkling. And he could be one of two things, a welcome addition to ours ranks or a terrible loss of War. It’s your call.”
Arcee, Brightshine and Jack looked up. “Give him back!” Arcee and Jack yelled as they blasted Stinger who avoided the blast.
“He’s pretty fast.” came a voice.
Bulkhead looked over and saw a black GT KR 500 mustang, its visor flashing. Then Kitt let out two chains that went in the air and hit the red and black flying sports car and let out a massive charge that temporarily stopped him. The car came crashing to the ground. But managed to recover.
“Hey Kitt, nice to see you. Wish it could be better timing.” Bulkhead said.
“Don’t worry, I’m glad to help.”
A blast just nikked Kitts side panel and the black mustang dodged a second blast. “Kitt, are you ok?” Michael asked.
Kitt drove up a hill to get better vantage. “I’m fine. Double reinforced plating remember. Just make you stay out of danger. I protected your father, and I will do the same for you. Besides, I’ll miss those waxes you give me.”
Michael smiled. “We’re in this together buddy.”
Vector ran as fast as his little metal legs could carry him. He knew Soundwave was right behind him. Vector came to the entrance to the cargo bay but Soundwave’s large hand with his long slender fingers scooped up the tiny bot.
“Hey, let me go!” the boy cried.
Knockout saw him. “Soundwave!”
Soundwave looked at the red doctor. He pointed to the boy then to Knouckout. The boy struggled in Soundwaves grip.
“Let him go Soundwave. He’s just a child, you know that.”
Soundwave heard Megatron call.
-Soundwave. Bring the sparkling to the flight deck.-
Knockout aimed a hand weapon at the head communications officer.
“Let him go.” The red doctor had never sounded more serious in his entire existence.
But Soundwave proceeded to do as Megatron instructed.
Just then, an usually high intensity blast came, hitting Soundwaves mask, shattering it to pieces. The boy covered his face from the shattered glass. Then his eyes widened as he saw the mysterious face that was hidden behind the glass.
Round red pupils framed with a thin white rim were set into dark eyes that were set in slanted sockets. Dark eyelashes swept over these eyes that stared in shock at the red docor. Thin dark lines ran down high cheeks and tapered at a slender chin. Soundwave stood in shock, for it had been many years since his eyes had seen regular light, lights unobstructed by his mask.
His curved upper lip moved as he spoke aloud for the first time in years.
“You betray us. For him.”
“I won’t let you harm my son.” Knockout stood firm.
Vectors eyes widened. The red doctor, Hard-Wires guardian was his father. He was so surprised he stopped struggling with the large bot that held him.
Soundwave looked around. For some reason it was hard for him to focus on what was around him. Everything was off, he could see but barely. It was true, over the centuries, Soundwave was going blind, and the mask was his only salvation. That is the reason he came to work beside Megatron. Their strength and intelligence were equal, but Soundwave had sustained injuries that slowly over time took their toll on him. The silent communications officers was going blind, but now his mask was shattered, as was his secret.
“Your mask is shattered Soundwave.” Knockout aimed at him. “And I can not fix it this time.”
Soundwave stood there. The mighty officer who struck fear in so many stood there. There were no calculations he could run, no measurements to scan, no way he could compute his way out of this one. He extended his cables but knockout avoided them, his electro rod shocking Soundwave instead. The shock caused Soundwave to drop Vector and Knockout grabbed the boy.
“Come on, let’s go.”
Vector stared at the red doctor that held him. This bot was his father. He looked over his shoulder at the communications officer who now seemed lost and not so scary.
Back on the ground, Optimus fought with Megatron while the rest of the team ganged up on Stinger.
“I’d say you’re out numbered.” came Wheeljack.
The female bot stood with Ratchet prepared for anything. She looked at her love. She was glad to be with him again. She put a hand to his cheek. “Ratchet. You know I love you. I always have.”
“Of course, as I love you. But we can talk later.”
Megatron landed on the deck of his warship. Starscream stood eager to help him in anyway he could. Then he saw Stinger not far behind. Starscream gritted his teeth. “Master, how do you know we can trust him. I have been by your side for years, I feel it necessary to protect you at all costs my Liege.”
“The Aubots have the upper hand for the moment, but this war will come to an end.” Megatron said walking past him. Starscream stared at him. “Soundwave. Where is the child.”
But Megatron was only met by Knockout who stood with the child behind him. “I cannot let you hurt him. My son deserves a future, a future without war.”
Starscream’s eyes widened. He never imagined the doctor could be so brave.
“It’s over Megatron!” came a powerful voice. And when the tall decepticon leader turned he was faced by many Autobots, a beetle, a small gray and pink female bot, and the human Jack among them.
Megatron knew the war had to end at some point, but when was the question everyone had.
“I will finish them.” Stinger called out but the female red and white bot stood forward.
“You are the one to be finished. And this war will end for good.”
Ratchet saw her, and feared for her. He didn’t want to lose her again.
And the end did come. Earth was safe, and Stinger was no more.
Starscream and Megatron argued as they were crammed in a cell together.
“Why did Stinger explode like that? I don’t understand it.” Megatron said.
Starscream narrowed his eyes. His little insurance plan had worked. The explosives he set in Stingers body as he recharged worked as he planned. All that was needed was for someone set them off. But he thought he’d rule Cybertron, not be shoved in a cell with Megatron. The once squadron leader sat there, a whining sound escaping him. Megatron shook his head. “Why did I not kill you years ago?”
“Because you love me?” Starscream tried to answer.
“Not in the slightest.” Megatron shook his head.
The rest of Megatrons crew surrendered easily. They were tired of fighting.
But Soundwave was no where to be found.
“You said you always wanted to be by his side. So you will be, in a maximum security prison on Cybertron.” Wheeljack smiled.
Vector saw his mother and Brightshine. He ran to them. Arcee held her baby close. “My baby boy. I was so worried.” Arcee saw Knockout standing there. She set Vector down, Jack and Brightshine held him.
“You protected him.” She said.
“I had to do what was right. For my son.”
Jack walked up to the tall red doctor. “Thank You, for protecting him.”
Brightshine saw Hard-Wire and ran to him. She jumped into his arms.
Hard-Wire held her close then kissed her. He smiled at her. “My mother and father may not have wanted me, but I know where I truly belong.” Brightshine’s eyes sparkled then she kissed him back, and Hard-Wire had found his true family.
Over the next few days, the Autobots were able to use Megatrons technology to get the space bridge up and running.
After a tearful good bye, Bulkhead, Wheeljack, and Smokescreen were the first to leave. Bulkhead told Kitt to pop in on Miko for him, to cheer her up.
Then Optimus, Ratchet and the female red and white bot were next. They had to make sure all reconstruction went smoothly.
Optimus looked at Arcee, Jack, Brightshine, Vector and Knockout who stood in a group by themselves.
“Momma, I’ve always wanted to see Cybertron but I can not leave Daddy.”
Arcee felt the same. All she wanted was to see her home bright and beautiful again. But She could not leave Jack either. Vector never saw Cybertron but hoped to see it someday.
“Optimus, we will stay here and make sure no deceptions attempt anything even if Megatron is gone.”
Jack put his hand on Arcees leg. “When I have lived my life through, Arcee will return to Cybertron, with Brightshine and Vector.”
Brightshine looked at her father. “Daddy, I won’t leave you.”
“After I’m gone, there’s no need for you to be here anymore. Either of you.” Held held Vector close. “Promise me. After my life has ended, you will go with your mother to Cybertron. You deserve to know that part of your life, your history.”
Jack stared into his children's optics. Brightshine felt her tears come. “We promise Daddy.”
“Good.” He stood up. “Until then, you can help rebuild earths defense force.” Arcee smiled. “I hear there are still deceptions out there.”
Ratchet looked at Arcee and the children. “Maybe I should stay, just to be safe.”
The red and white female stared at him. “If you stay, then I will.”
Knockout waved his hands. “Don’t worry, go home. I think I’ll hang around here for a bit longer. I’ve grown fond of Nascar racing. It would be a shame to leave it.”
Arcee smiled shaking her head, understanding what he was really saying. He would stay there to protect them.
“Then we can go.” Ratchet said as he stared lovingly at his spark mate. “After all these years, we can finally return home.”
Hard-Wire stood there and Brightshine tugged him close to her. “Hard-Wire can help us too. Right Mom.”
Arcee shook her head. But smiled. “Yes, he can.”
Brightshine, Hard-Wire,and little Vector jumped up and down.
Arcee looked Knockout. “That boy is your responsibility.”
“I know.” Knockout smiled. “Don’t worry, Hard-Wire’s a good kid.”
“I know.” Arcee replied then went to Jack who waited for her.
And so it was that Optimus left Earth, leaving a part of his team behind, to be reunited in the future, and at that time all of Cybetron will be fully restored, and beautiful to every eye that gazes upon it.
“Excuse me Optimus, Sir.” the tall leader turned to the see the red and white female beside Ratchet as they went through the space bridge. “My unit leader gave me a message to give to you.”
“She waits for you on the Eastern part of Cybertron.”
Optimus read the message, his eyes went wide and Ratchet looked at him.
Ratchet leaned closer to her. “Who sent that message?” he asked.
“Who else silly.” She smiled then kissed the old bot. “Come on. I can’t wait to dive into an oil bath.”
The sun rose and cast it’s warm light over Cybertron. The reconstruction would take time, but they were happy for they knew there world was once again safe. Communication between Cybertron and Earth kept everyone happy and Optimus smiled as he looked over his world.
He knew it was a long time coming. But as he saw bots diligently working, he knew it was well worth it. Then he felt a pair of slender arms slid around his waist and a head lean on his shoulder plating. “You never gave up did you. My ground forces alerted me to your return.”
“Two worlds needed me. I knew I had to save them. And to do so meant I would be able to return to this world, return to you.” The tall red and blue leader turned and looked at the pink and white female in front of him. “I’m sorry I took so long.”
“My love for you is beyond all measure of time Optimus. As long as I knew you were alive, I knew I would wait for you.” She smiled at him, her blue optics shining.
And as the sun cast its rays over Cybertron, Optimus and his love shared a kiss, and the hope for Cybertron shined ever brightly, a world long deserving of light, love and hope.
It's finally done. It's not great, but it's done. If anyone want's to give Ratchet's love a name let me know because I could not remember her name, I'm sure she has one, she's a helicopter but I could not remember her name. I hope everybody enjoys my little version of the Transformers Prime ending post Predacons remember.
And one thing I have to say, Soundwaves story breaks my heart but I think he'll be ok, he makes friends and returns to make a little trouble later.