A/N: This is it. The end. Enjoy!
I don't own Transformers.
Twin Times the Fun
Sunny, Meet Maggie
It wasn't becoming any easier. In fact, it was the exact opposite. It was becoming more and more difficult to be in the same room as them, but that still didn't stop him from establishing an unhealthy habit of watching them from a distance—something that hadn't gone unnoticed by his brother.
Sunstreaker was sulking. It was the best adjective to describe what he was currently doing, in a corner, away from everyone, and quiet. Watching Sideswipe and Hannah, seeing them so perfectly content in each other's company, made him increasingly jealous. It wasn't something he could help and he couldn't keep himself from not dwelling on it. Once again, Sides knew this and despite his half-hearted attempts to include Sunny, because let's face it, even the happy-go-lucky twin didn't want to put up with the yellow twin's mood, Sunny wasn't biting. He knew very well that it would be better for everyone, including himself and especially Hannah, if he just stayed away. Being that close to Hannah and not…
Well, you get the point.
Right now, Hannah was sitting with Sides on a couch in the lounge area for the civilians on the base. Sides, of course, was in his hologram. Hannah was reading, but not very well because Sides kept on interrupting her. Hannah would pretend to be annoyed, but when she lifted her book to hide her face, Sunstreaker was able to see her sweet smile and red cheeks. Sideswipe noticed it too, which was why he continuously tried to distract her.
Sunstreaker, who was also in his hologram, watched Hannah. He had gone from wanting to kill her, to tolerating her, to downright loving her in a matter of a few months and now, a year later, his feelings have only grown. When they brought Hannah back to Nevada, after her mother's funeral, Sunstreaker went right back to avoiding her. He hated to see the hurt expression on her face every time he was cold towards her, but he had to remind himself that it was for the best. Hannah never seemed to give up on him though. And he didn't know whether to be grateful for that or frustrated. After all, she was only making things more difficult. He used to think that she'd give up eventually, but not anymore.
His spark shivered every time she entered the room, and he found it hard not to smile when she did. He wasn't usually a cold mech. War tended to harden people and years ago he was a lot like Sideswipe. But now, he had a reputation, and that reputation was what kept him safe and others away. Hannah was the only person in the universe, besides Sideswipe, he could ever let his guard down around, but as stated before, that could not and would not happen.
Hannah belonged with Sideswipe, and him with her. There was nothing he could do about it, and while it hurt, he wouldn't interfere, even though he probably could.
Sideswipe deserved happiness, no matter how brief it may be, considering that human life spans were a blink of an eye to them. Given Sunstreaker's cold, aloof attitude, many assumed that he had to endure many hardships during the War, and endured he had, but just as much as Sideswipe. His brother, more optimistic and seemingly carefree, had to suffer through the same trials as Sunstreaker. Sides just seemed to handle things better. Or was he sheltering himself with a peppy attitude? Sunstreaker felt that it could be a combination of both.
Sideswipe needed Hannah, maybe more than she needed in him in some ways. Everyone knew what kind of people pleaser Hannah was. If Hannah knew how Sunstreaker felt she would do anything she possibly could to help him. He wouldn't deny that they idea of sharing had come up in his processor, and despite Hannah refusing to be treated in such a way he knew she'd reconsider if it came up again, if only to make Sunny happy.
But there were two very good reasons why that would not be happening anytime soon. One; Sides would never allow it. He would fight his brother for Hannah, as proven before. When it came to 'matters of the spark', even to spark twins, who were virtually the same, sharing was not an option. And two; neither of them would want Hannah to go through that. As far as he knew, most humans were not into the idea of sharing in such a way. Perhaps in a sexual nature when a human prefers more then one partner at a time, but not in terms like these. Not too mention, Hannah would feel like she was being pulled into two different directions. Sure she cared about Sunstreaker and his happiness, but Sunny knew who she really wanted to be with, and it wasn't him.
Sunstreaker was just going to have to accept that. Hannah was with Sideswipe for the rest of her life. Period. The end.
Sunstreaker's fists tightened as he watched Sideswipe poke Hannah in the side. She was very ticklish there, but she was more ticklish behind her knees. If Sides really wanted to get her going, he should try there.
Damn. He was doing it again.
He shouldn't know Hannah's ticklish spots. That was Sideswipe's job. If knowing Hannah's tickle-spots could be considered a job.
Hannah finally put her book down and Sideswipe's face lit up like a puppy about to get a treat. Hannah addressed him in mock annoyance and a roll of her eyes, demanding to know what he wanted. All Sides wanted was her attention. He grabbed her by the hand and pulled her off the couch and towards the door. Sam and Mikaela, who were sitting at the table in the kitchenette, eating, asked where they were going. Hannah didn't get a chance before Sides pulled her out of the room, eager as a child on Christmas morning.
The small lounge room where the humans could eat, sit, watch TV, and do other things humans like to do was fairly large, and the Autobots could venture in as well, as long as they were in their hologram forms. Bumblebee was sitting at the counter, patiently waiting for Sam and Mikaela to finish their breakfast. A lot like Sideswipe, you would never find Bumblebee too far away from Sam, and therefore never too far away from Mikaela. It would seem that, in a way, he assumed guardianship over Sam's girlfriend as well. Some human relationships were fickle, but Sunstreaker had to hand it to the young couple. They seemed to be in it for the long haul.
Sunstreaker dropped the car magazine he had been pretending to skim through now that his brother had taken Hannah away again. Feeling a gaze on him, he looked towards Bumblebee. Bee had assumed the form of a teenage boy, not much older then his wards, with spiky blond hair and the infamous bright blue eyes, the only telltale sign that he wasn't human. He stuck true to his colors, with a black and yellow biker jacket, jeans and a black short sleeved T-shirt.
Sunstreaker narrowed his eyes on the younger mech, knowing damn well what he was thinking. Bumblebee's eyes were sympathetic. Sunstreaker couldn't stand it so he got up and left the room in a hurry, knowing that Bee was watching him the whole time.
Now on the outside, Sunny released a breath. He looked towards his real body, not something that he easily adjusted to, given the fact that he was on the outside looking in at it. Sideswipe was gone, both his hologram and his body. Sunny stared at the yellow Lamborghini that served as his disguise. Then he looked at his hands, his human hands.
Both he and his brother had been spending most of their time during the day in their holograms, Bumblebee as well. The other Autobots stuck to their true forms, but weren't against using their holograms in given situations. It made it easier to interact with humans without scaring the living daylights out of them.
The Autobots were ably to make their first trip to the movies in their holograms. Sam wanted to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and got all the Autobots to join in. It was a very human experience, and while the movie had been completely unrealistic, giant, alien robots from a human's point of view was even more unrealistic. Sunstreaker imagined what kind of movie their story would have made. No doubt it'd be a blockbuster hit.
But why did he need to spend so much time in his hologram? He didn't have a human ward. But he still found himself switching to it the moment he awoke from recharge. It was easy to power now that his systems had been completely repaired. Perhaps, while he still held a lot of distain for humans, living as one of them was easier. Besides, Hannah was human and if he could at least look human then maybe—
No! No, no, no, no!
Sunny sighed, rubbing his eyes like he had a headache, a very human gesture. He was suddenly very irritated with the body he was in. He dismissed it and felt the relief and comfort of being back in his own skin, so to speak. Transforming, he realized that the time was coming on 0900 and Optimus had ordered a meeting at that time. Whatever Sides was doing with Hannah would have to wait.
Sunny began to make his way over to the Autobot's conference room, or at least the hanger designated for it, but that would be lasting much longer. Not long after Hannah came back to Nevada, the Autobots and NEST were moved to Diego Garcia where NEST set up its new headquarters. And as per the terms of their alliance with the humans, the remaining fragment of the Cube that Optimus had pulled out of Megatron's chassis was also housed there under heavy human guard. The area was more secluded from unknowing humans, but it would be much more open where the Autobots wouldn't have to be as careful hiding themselves. Other then that, Sunny didn't really care too much about the details.
Sure enough, Optimus, Ironhide, Ratchet and Wheeljack were already there quietly discussing whatever old timers like to discuss. Sunny noticed Major William Lennox, one of the leading commanders in NEST, standing by Ironhide, holding his daughter, Annabelle, who was staring up at the Autobots in open mouth fascination. Sunstreaker didn't know where the child's mother was, but Lennox looked a little desperate.
Sunny's approach stole the child's attention and she smiled charmingly. Sunstreaker quickly learned that human babies were very entertaining, just not when they cried or needed their diapers changed. Annabelle was no exception. This was the time when humans were the most innocent. Anna didn't understand war or the fact that her father's truck was actually not a real truck at all. She was all smiles and laughter and a breath of fresh air for the Autobots, Sunny included, and a reminder of what they were trying to save.
Will sighed. "Yes, honey?"
Annabelle leaned heavily on her father's shoulder, looking as cute as possible. "Can I have my apple juice now, please?"
"Sweetheart, you have to wait for Hannah. She'll take you to get your apple juice."
A stern frown replaced the cute pout. She grabbed his chin and forced him to look at her, her bright green eyes daring. "I want my juice now, Dada."
"You said you didn't want it when we left," Will reminded her. "Now you have to wait for Hannah."
"I want it now, Dada!"
Will sighed again. "She's only like this because Ironhide spoils her."
The said gruff mech looked down scathingly. "I do not."
"You flip out if I so much as come near you with a cup of coffee and yet you let Anna eat her Cheerios in you. Most of them end up on the floor rather then in her mouth."
Ironhide mumbled something sounding like 'well unlike Cheerios, coffee stains.'
Annabelle didn't like being ignored. "DADA! I want JUICE!"
Will cringed from the high pitch of her voice.
Ironhide flinched a little too. "Demanding little thing, ain't she?"
Optimus chuckled and shook his head. Looking towards Sunstreaker, he nodded. "Sunstreaker," he greeted. "Where's your brother?"
"Here I am!"
Sideswipe came into the hanger, in his true form, Hannah on his shoulder. Gently, he lifted her off his shoulder and sat her on the ground. Hannah smiled and greeted everyone politely as she made her way over to Will and Annabelle. Sunny noticed how her eyes lingered on him longer then they should have had. Sunny quickly looked away, but he still managed to see her hurtful expression, but it didn't last because she now had her arms full of two-year-old.
"Let's got get your juice," Hannah suggested.
Annabelle's arms wrapped tightly around Hannah's neck as she moved to leave sending a stern glance to Sideswipe, a reminder that she could handle being on her own for more then five minutes. Sides still looked like he wanted to follow. As they left, Annabelle waved to everyone over Hannah's shoulder, her bright eyes locked on Ironhide.
Bumblebee was the last to arrive, pointedly avoiding Sunstreaker, knowing that the mech would not appreciate him standing so close. Neither Sam nor Mikaela were with him. Unfortunately for them, civilians were not allowed to attend these meetings.
"Alright," Optimus began, "now that we are all here I would like to start out with the incident in Shanghai."
Sunstreaker already knew where this was going. He hadn't been there when the defeated Decepticon uttered his final words about someone called the Fallen and how he would be returning and how the planet was doomed blah, blah, blah. The damages to Shanghai, however, had been catastrophic, not to mention the multiple human casualties, military as well as civilian. Needless to say, about a dozen US families were having their loved ones shipped home in a casket.
Sunny's attention was drawn back to Will again, who stood with his human team of fighters trained in how to kill Decepticons by Ironhide himself. There was a faraway look in his eyes, something akin to guilt, it would seem. Not surprising. Every time his people were killed he felt responsible given that he was the leader of the combat unit.
Sunny noticed that one of the main members of the team, Wade York, was not standing in his usual spot during their debriefings. Then he remembered. Wade had died in Shanghai.
"So what's all this about the Fallen?" Epps asked. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"One can only speculate," Optimus answered. "Out history is long and vast and it could mean any number of things."
Will shifted on his feet. "Well, I hope it isn't who I think it is."
Those who were present for the battle in Mission City silently thought back on it. Sam running through the city with the cube being chased by Megatron, Optimus getting is aft kicked trying to keep Megatron back as well as protect Sam, Jazz being torn in half, and, of course, Sam shoving the All Spark into Megatron chest, sufficiently killing him. Sunstreaker had to hand it to the kid, he hadn't been there to witness it, but that took guts.
"I don't see how the Decepticons could revive Megatron," Ratchet assured. "And we do not think that is what Demolisher means by the Fallen."
"Well, whatever it is, it can't be good," Sides said. "Did he say anything else?"
While Sunstreaker hadn't gone to Shanghai because of a previous injury he sustained while in Africa, Sideswipe had and while there managed to kill Sideways, but missed what the Demolisher had said before Optimus blew his faceplates apart.
"No," Optimus said. "That was all."
"How's damage control?" Sunny asked.
"Not well, I'm afraid," Prime said. "The United States government is not exactly thrilled about this. There will a national security advisor here later in the week. He will not be bearing good news, I'm sure."
"That's NSA for you," Graham muttered.
"There has also been a proposal of changing our location to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean," Optimus added.
"Wonder why they wanna do that," Ironhide mused sarcastically.
"Our presence is becoming increasingly difficult to hide and Sec Def thinks it would be best for us to move our headquarters out of the continental US," Optimus explained thoroughly. "And I agree with him."
"Boss, you can't be serious," Sides said.
Yes, it was no surprise that Sideswipe, Bumblebee, and Ironhide would be put off by this situation. All three mechs had wards they had to look after but as civilians, Optimus was unsure if the government would permit them to live at the base like the soldiers.
But it would be unfair to ask Sam to give up his dreams of college and Mikaela's father was just released from prison and she was trying to get him back on his feet. It was already hard enough on the young couple that Sam was heading over to the opposite side of the country to continue his schooling. Will wouldn't want to move his family out of the country and Ironhide wouldn't be able to stay with Sarah and Annabelle. Hannah seemed like the only civilian that may be able to make the move.
"I'm not leaving Sam," Bumblebee said.
The room fell into a tense silence in which Optimus stared at his youngest soldier calculatingly. He knew that this move didn't mean that Bumblebee would never see Sam again, but it would undoubtedly be difficult on both of them. Ironhide would adjust. Will was still under his protection and that would settle any uneasiness in his spark. That and knowing that Will's wife and child would be safer with them not there.
Finally, Optimus sighed. "I will talk to Mr. Keller."
Bumblebee looked a little more relieved, but not by much.
"But on a lighter note," Optimus started again. "We will be having two new additions to NEST in the cyber unit. Major Lennox?"
Will stepped up to the plate with the air of authority associated with a soldier such as himself. "Alright, their names are Glen Whitmann and Maggie Madsen. They should be arriving any minute now. Together, they determined the purpose of the sound that Blackout used to hack our military database almost two years ago and cracked the code, therefore learning all they needed to know about Project: Iceman, Sam's great grandfather, and Sector 7." Will grinned approvingly. "Both of them are good at what they do and I mean really good and not in the legal sense. It took a lot of convincing to get them to join us, but we are really going to benefit from their help."
And Sunstreaker was bored. He didn't need any middle aged computer geeks with no social lives coming in on this. Hell, as Sam and so delicately put it, the Autobots had 'ridiculously high tech super computers' for brains. But whatever. Optimus had already agreed so there wasn't anything he could do about that.
It wasn't long after the meeting was adjourned that they were alerted that their new additions had arrived.
Sunny hung back like he always did. Sarah and Hannah returned, Annabelle walking on her own, happily sucking back her apple juice out of her favorite Dora the Explorer sippy-cup. She smiled brightly when she saw them and rushed up to Ironhide in a wobbled stride, despite her mother telling her to slow down. Ironhide watched her carefully. Given that full grown humans were already much smaller then them, having a two year old at the feet of the Autobot was uneasy. Will quickly picked her up and she settled for being close to her favorite friend.
A black SUV rolled to a stop in front of them. The back door opened and two occupants hesitantly slipped out. One was a heavy set African American, wearing a jersey and jeans and tennis shoes, presumable Glen Whitmann. He had a nervous look in his eyes as he pulled at the lanyard around his neck. His openly scanned each other Autobots individually before he looked through the back of the car towards his companion.
Sunstreaker's optics moved from Glen to the woman, Maggie, as she climbed out the other side. She was tall in her high heels and her hair was sandy blond. She had large hazel eyes and tan skin. She wore a long sleeved jacket over her white shirt and shorts ending at her knees. She looked much more excited then her friend and Sunny got the feeling that it had been Maggie to convince Glen into this situation rather then the other way around. She was very attractive by human standards and the small stud in her nose, while taboo in government work, did nothing to hinder her looks.
These two humans were not what he had been expecting.
Sunny's optics remained on her longer then he would've liked.
Will passed his daughter over to her mother and walked over to the two computer geniuses. "Mr. Whitmann, Miss Madsen; welcome to NEST HQ."
Maggie tore her eyes away from the giants around her and smiled generously at Will as she shook his hand. "Thanks."
It was after introductions were made and pleasantries exchanged that Maggie and Glen were able to retire to their temporary rooms. They were well aware of the impending move out of the country. Glen was a little more reluctant then Maggie. After all, Glen had his grandmother to worry about. Sure his cousin was there, but out of the two, Glen was the more responsible one. Unfortunately, that wasn't saying much.
Maggie on the other hand had no family in the States. Her family remained in Australia and every once in a while she was able to fly home to see them. Moving out of the country was not that big of a deal.
Maggie didn't bother setting up her room. She kept everything in her suitcases. Instead she decided to explore a little. There weren't many limitations to her stay at the dam. She was pretty much allowed everywhere. A lot of it she remembered from her first visit two years ago when Megatron had busted loose. Oh, she remembered only too fondly on the four-on-one fight with Frenzy, the little, deranged mech giving them quite the problem as they tried to contact the Air Force. She shuddered in remembrance.
No one paid any attention to her as she wandered through the hangers. There were a lot of people, more than she was expecting given that this was supposed to be a secret operation. She noticed that most of the people seemed to be packing equipment and some rooms seemed a lot emptier then they should be.
She didn't know much about Diego Garcia other then that it was located in the Indian Ocean. She couldn't help but wonder what it would be like living on the base as a civilian. Technically, though she and Glen were apart of this whole shebang, they were still considered civilians like Sam and Mikaela and Hannah.
Maggie didn't know the Autobots very well, nor the human associated with them, but she wasn't blind. She noticed how close Bumblebee remained to Sam and Mikaela and she noticed the same for the one called Sideswipe when it came to Hannah. Maggie could only speculate what that meant. She remembered when Sam had demanded for his 'car' back when they had been forced to go to the Hoover Dam. She remembered how Sam behaved with Bumblebee, how the massive robot, as he held his cannon up on defense, would look down at him for some reassurance as Sam tried to calm him down.
Bumblebee and Sam were close and because Sam and Mikaela were together, Bumblebee was therefore close to her. It was probably the same for Sideswipe and Hannah and Maggie even noticed how Ironhide stayed close to Major Lennox's family and how his daughter looked at the huge mech with adoring eyes. Maggie had a lot of to learn of the Autobots.
But there was one mech that had caught her attention. Apparently, robots could have siblings, twins nonetheless. Sideswipe was the one to introduce his brother Sunstreaker, the lean yellow mech that stood in the back, farthest away. He had stood with his arms crossed, seeming uninterested with the whole situation, completely opposite from his brother.
He had glared at Glen first and then her. Then he stared. It made her feel kind of awkward and it wasn't until she tried to discretely duck behind Glen that the mech looked away and then left the hanger. She hadn't seen him of for the rest of the day. Sideswipe had sighed disappointedly and Hannah looked saddened, but no one said anything.
Besides Sunstreaker, however, Maggie was touched that the Autobots were so willing to accept her and Glen. Sure, Ironhide seemed to have some rough edges and he was undoubtedly intimidating, Annabelle seemed fine around him so she didn't see a problem.
Optimus was everything a strong, noble leader should be. She couldn't help but feel a little inspired by him. Ratchet was intimidating in his own way as well. He was the bluntest person she had ever met. He didn't keep anything to himself and had immediately started asking her about her nose piercing after only knowing him for ten minutes at the most. Poor Glen had gotten a lecture on his diet.
Wheeljack was next. He was kind of out there, always thinking, always mumbling to himself about possible tests he could run, inventions he had been working on. Maggie felt like he fit into the 'mad scientist' department. Sam made a point to warn her and Glen not to be alone with Wheeljack if he was in his designated hanger and if he ever asked for assistance, to say no because it could be days before he'd let you go. None of his experiments were harmful, but some times, his equipment malfunction, or he'd break it, and it usually resulted in a big boom.
Bumblebee was an obvious sweetheart and very charming. Sam had rolled his eyes and called his guardian a player. It was pretty clear that Bumblebee was the youngest, but that didn't mean he wasn't an experienced warrior. Bumblebee was a great deal older then he acted and she was sure that when it came to being serious about a tense situation Bumblebee would be right up there with the older Autobots.
Overall, Maggie was having a difficult time containing her excitement and trying to remain professional. She had always been the more adventurous type, confident and eager to try something new. Even after the incident with Frenzy, which despite the Decepticons less the menacing size unlike his comrades, had been a terrifying event.
Eventually, Maggie found herself outside, though still out of sight from the public eye. The sun was going down and everything was calm. Maggie inhaled deeply and relaxed. The relaxation was short lived by a deep condescending voice.
"If you haven't noticed, this spot is taken."
Maggie spun around to see a tall man with blond hair, leaning against a yellow Lamborghini, his arms crossed, his bright electric blue eyes narrowed irritably. Maggie immediately recognized him, even though he wasn't standing at his usual 25 plus feet and made out of metal.
Maggie frowned slightly, clearly picking up on how antisocial this particular mech seemed to be. But confident and not be deterred, Maggie got a little closer. Sunstreaker watched her closely, mixed between irritation as well as curiosity.
"What do you want?" he demanded.
"Well, since I'm going to be working here for a while with you and your friends I thought maybe we could talk," she said causally. "Just to get to know each other a little better."
Sunny unabashedly scoffed at her, his optics rolling. "Is that so?"
Maggie squared her shoulders, nodding firmly as she crossed her arms. "Yes."
He looked down at her, his gaze demeaning. "Well, hate to break it to you, Maggie, but I'm not interested in getting to know each other a little better."
Maggie tried not to look offended as she shrugged, turning away to leave. "Your loss."
Sunstreaker couldn't help but be a little surprised by her bold statement, watching her with wide optics as she sauntered away. "How is it my loss?"
Maggie turned around, walking backwards as she waved sweetly, completely ignoring his question as she rounded the corner.
Sunstreaker was left with his mouth hanging open and utterly confused. Who the hell did she think she was? First she invades his privacy then she just abruptly leaves with no explanation for her actions? Sure he pretty much told her to hit the road, but still. Who says something like that and just leaves?
Sunny growled irritably as he slouched against the wall. Stupid, infuriating female didn't know what she was talking about.
Sunstreaker was too distracted, pondering what had just happened to notice the approach of Optimus Prime. The taller mech was forced to clear his throat, a totally human behavior, but effective nonetheless to get the warrior's attention.
"What?" the yellow mech asked moodily.
Optimus brow furled at the attitude. "Is there a problem, Sunstreaker?"
Sunny resisted the urge to sigh and roll his eyes at the, in his opinion, stupid question as he got to his feet. "No, sir."
"Good," Optimus said curtly. "I have just discussed protection details of Mr. Whitmann and Ms. Madsen with Mr. Keller. We have decided that to ensure their protection we will be assigning Guardians."
And Sunny's spark clenched in agony, knowing where this was going.
"You will be assigned to Ms. Madsen."
Already, he could feel the protective instincts start to arise, drowning out Optimus's further orders. This was the last thing he wanted. He didn't want to be a guardian to anyone other than Hannah, despite that role being filled. He was vaguely aware that he should be happy about this situation. It meant that he wouldn't have to worry about Hannah anymore, that he would be free of her, but it did nothing but make him ache all the more.
This was getting out of control.
Sunny's head snapped up to address his leader. "Y-Yes, sir?"
Optimus frowned concernedly. "Is there something wrong with this arrangement?"
Say yes! Say yes! "No, sir."
"Alright. You are to begin your duties immediately. You are to be aware of Ms. Madsen's location at all times and—"
"I know what I need to do," Sunny said tiredly. "I know already."
Optimus ignored the interruption. "Good." Stepped forward, he placed a hand on Sunstreaker's shoulder. "I am doing this because I believe that you would make an excellent Guardian," he said. "That and I believe this will provide a good distraction for you. You have been…out of sorts as of the past months."
Sunny wanted nothing more then to throw Optimus off him, but refrained, opting to nod understandingly, hoping that Prime would leave him to his solitude.
"Ms. Madsen is a witty young woman," Optimus added with an amused tone. "I'm sure she'll be able to keep you on your toes."
At this, Sunny genuinely scoffed at the notion. "We'll see."
Optimus left him after that. Sunstreaker leaned heavily against the wall and took large intakes of air, circulating it threw his systems. If Hannah had been far out of reach before, she was even further now. His optics slid shut and an image of a smiling Hannah appeared in his processor.
Sunstreaker looked down at the fair haired woman with bright hazel eyes. Gone was her confidence, replaced with shy uncertainty. For a moment she resembled Hannah. Now she would have to answer for her earlier parting words. It looked like they were going to get to know each other very well now.
"I'm sure you know," Sunstreaker said.
"Uh, yeah. Came as a surprise, but yeah," she said awkwardly. "I don't know the details of this guardian thing, but Optimus said that you'd explain it to me."
Sunstreaker sighed. "Of course he did. Look," he said exasperatedly, "basically I'm supposed to protect you. Wherever you go, I go."
"Oh," Maggie said. "Well, I kind of figured that part out from the beginning. Optimus said that there was a little more to it that you'd tell me about."
Sunny felt a little betrayed by his leader at the moment. He didn't want to get into the complexity of guardianship, not when it was still so new.
"We'll talk about that later."
"So…what do we do now?" she asked.
"Well, I think you can explain what you meant by how not getting to know you was my loss," Sunstreaker challenged, watching in smug satisfaction as Maggie's face reddened.
"Nothing," she answered.
A metal brow rose skeptically. "Nothing?"
"It didn't sound like nothing."
"Well, it was."
"I'm your guardian. You can't lie to me."
"I'm not lying."
"I think you are."
"I'm not lying!"
Sunstreaker genuinely laughed at her outraged expression. "Can dish it out, but you can't take it, huh?"
Maggie confidence was renewed as she straightened up and crossed her arms. "I can take anything you dish out."
Sunny's grin was darkly arrogant as his mirrored her stance. "We'll just see about that, won't we?"
A/N: And now...prepare yourself...for a pretty dang long Author's Note.
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I'm sorry if I missed anyone! I can't thank any of you enough for taking the time to read my story and review it.
I'd really like to say thank you to ikldmrogers, DapperCrapper, Khalthar, DemonicSymphony, Alana Xavier1 who beta read for me once or twice or lots of times. I really appreciated all of your help!
To Meiza, it was a huge honor that you like the road trip idea from this story enough to write your own. I love you story, by the way, so if none of you have read it, go read it! It's awesome! It's called To Protect What's Precious.
To DapperCrapper, you've been a friend to me on this website and I always have fun talking to you and exchanging ideas! I hope you update Shape and Form soon. Seriously. Crossovers are hard and you're doing sooooo well! I can't wait to read more! I'm not gonna tell you to hurry up, because that would be hypocritical of me given that this story took more than a year to write…hehe…oops…
I would also like to thank KimTheKat for her awesome drawing. I was super excited when she told me that she drew for my story and after some technical difficulties I got to see it and it was awesome! You should really check it out!
Now, for a little business. There has been talk of a sequel. I've talked about it, you've talked about, we've all talked about it. I would LOVE to write a sequel, I really would, but the idea I had for one didn't work out at all. It was really, really bad. Yuck. I'll toy with some ideas and see what I can come up with, but please don't hate me if there ends up not being one. I have a lot of plans for The Ties that Bind Series with the main plot as well as my interviews with the Autobots and the one-shots I have so right now I really need to focus on that. If I do come up with a great idea for a sequel, trust me, you will be the first to know.
I really do appreciate all the support from everyone who read and/or reviewed, added my story to their favorites or their story alert. I see how many hits I've gotten on this and part of me really can't believe you like it so much. This story was a challenge to right, because it started off going one way but manifested into something I hadn't expected. Sometimes I really can't believe how well this did. I'm not gonna pull a Sally Field on you so don't worry lol. But really, thank you all so, so much!