From across the way, Ratchet could have sworn he heard Orion's spark racing inside his chassis, even more so than he himself was.

"Orion, are you nervous?" The medic asked.

"To be honest, just a little..." Orion confessed. "I've never been to the High Council before. I've never spoken to an official, ever.

"You don't have to do this if you don't want to." Ratchet responded, a little nervous for his friend.

"I have to." Orion replied, smiling. "I'll be fine."

"I know you will." The medic spoke, smiling back at the archivist.

Ratchet then took one of Orion's servos with his own and kissed it. This surprised Orion for a second, but when Ratchet soon lifted his head up to meet his gaze, Orion couldn't help but smile.

"Thank you, old friend."

Orion then reached out, taking Ratchet's servo in his own and giving it a gentle squeeze.