The Fallen Warriors
I have now scrapped two more of my fics because a series of endless writers block gave me a headache. I'll repost them at a later time, but for now I'm limiting how many fics I have at once. I may scrap another one if I can't think of chapters for it.
School finally let out and Monday is now officially down the garbage shoot. The days were literally in countdown to the upcoming weekend. What teen doesn't count the days until the weekend. The only days of the week that allow them to eat, sleep, and be lazy without a single care. Unless they got Saturday school. Or weekend homework. Or were grounded due to grades on their report card. For once Miko didn't fit into this category. She was able to leave with Jack and Rafael on time for once. A good thing too. Optimus and the Autobot had an important matter to discuss.
"OF ALL THE IMBECILIC ACTIVITIES YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH YOUR WEEKEND YOU CHOOSE THIS!" Ratchet boomed. His foot stomped, shaking Jack and Miko's feet right from under them. He bore his aquamarine orbs into Rafael, making the small boy cower behind Bumblebee's leg. "Knowing she is our enemy, KNOWING she wishes to see us destroyed, YOU STILL ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE ALONE WITH HER!"
After Rafael and Selena chased one another around the apartment complex they ended up in the front yard just as Bumblebee and Arcee happened to drive by. It startled the Scout and Two-Wheeler to where they nearly crashed. Were they not afraid to start a fight they would have gone back to get him. So instead they returned to base and reported to Optimus. Though the Prime is perturbed by this news, he assured his team that Rafael and Selena's rendezvous bore no harm. Selena is agitated, but her honor keeps her grounded. She would never harm the children. Unfortunately not everyone felt the same way.
"What if she wormed our secrets out of you? What if she learned the location of our base? WHAT IF SHE STOLE YOUR CELL PHONE AGAIN?"
"Cool your engines, Ratchet!" Miko snarled. "Raf's fine! And his phone is in his pocket like always!" To prove it, Rafael took out his phone and opened it.
"NOT THE POINT!" Miko and Rafael flinched. Ever since the event at the himalayas
Bulkhead pulled Ratchet back by the shoulder, "Calm down, Ratchet! We understand the aggravation but Miko's got a point. Raf, Jack, and Miko are safe with Selena. Regardless if she hates us."
Ratchet scoffed and shook off his hand, "Selena may not present danger to them but the Decepticons do! Do you honestly think they aren't suspicious when she spends her time with these three?"
"I'm sure they are, Ratchet." Optimus agreed calmly, hoping Ratchet would follow his example. "Like us the Decepticons may very well worry Selena's relationship with these three poses a threat. And us in regards to their relationship with her." Rafael, Jack, and Miko slumped, glancing away from the Autobots regretfully. They never thought about it that way. What if they're getting Selena into trouble by hanging out with her? "But unlike the Decepticons we must give leniency." The trio's heads shot up. Hope beaming in their expressions. Team Prime ogled their leader perplexedly. "Before Autobot and Decepticon alliances were discovered, Selena and these three forged a bond with one another. And despite learning we befriended these three and Selena the Decepticons they all still strive for a friendship OUTSIDE our feud."
Bulkhead groaned shyly, scratching his cheek, "I guess you've got a point. Afterall we just sort POPPED UP in their lives."
"In truth Selena did too." Jack admitted unhesitantly. "For each one of us she just showed up. The rest is history after that."
"She's probably told the Con about that too!" Miko blurted. "And I bet she's laid anyone and everyone flat that questions it."
Rafael laughed, "I wouldn't put it past her."
"But I wonder what they're doing right now." Miko tapped her chin. "Do Cons take days off?"
"Highly unlikely." Ratchet scoffed. "Decepticons are capable of nothing but destruction, killing, and causing misery. They don't possess hobbies other than that."
"You mean to tell me you haven't finished it yet?" Breakdown scolded Knockout, bouncing on gravelly canyon ledge dunes. He and the red Con drove on either side of the canyon. Their scanners were trained on the deep pit and the outlying lands around them. "YOU'VE ONLY HAD A WEEK!"
"WHAT?" Knockout blurted. His wheels staggered on the protruding rocks. "Building a full scale model of Kaon is an art form! Like buffing. You've got to take your time and keep a steady hand or else…CATASTROPHE!"
A high pitch screech nearly ruptured their audio receptors as someone patched into their comlink feed. "Not that I do not find this conversation invigorating," Starscream droned sardonically, "But have you found anything?"
"Nothing!" Knockout reported, grunting at the ringing in his ears. "In fact I sincerely doubt what you're looking for is here. It may not even be on this planet."
"Of course it's on this planet! I witnessed Lord Megatron, PERSONALLY, send it here!" Starscream and Soundwave overlooked the canyon from a high point mound. They were able to make out the two Vehicons in the vast distance. The cloud of smoke trailing their tire treads was the only thing surfacing. "I'm certain it is here." He assured them confidently. "A mass amount of Energon may have been scattered throughout the cosmos, but I was with Megatron when he discovered which planets contained the greater quantities." He clarified, mentally patting himself on the back. "I was also present when he sent warriors to safeguard them. He hid them away in isolated locations. None are more isolated than a desert wasteland."
"Well no matter how you spin it, there's still nothing here." Knockout stated strongly, becoming irked at – what he considered – a wild goose chase.
"Yes…" Starscream agreed grudgingly, scanning the land, "This is rather strange." He glanced back to Soundwave who was also having a hard time locating whatever it was Starscream sought.
"Where's Selena? I thought she was helping." Breakdown fumed.
"She remained on the ship to help with repairs. But given the lack of results I'm sure she won't protest to a distraction."
"AND LIFT!" Selena commanded. Two Vehicons hoisted a plate of metal into place on the ceiling of the Training Hall. Selena ran two fingers along the ripped ridges, sealing them quickly and easily, and firmly welding the sheet of metal in place. "Good job boys!" She congratulated, marveling at the refurbished room. "Alright. You two go get some rest. I'll grab a couple of Eradicons and fix the landing strip."
"Yes sir!" The two saluted and took their leave.
Selena exhaled exhaustedly, wiping the sweat from her brow. The Training Hall appeared fixed. In all honesty it looked better. But it would require greater attention at a later time. More like a expedited patch job. But beggars can't be choosers. Repairs would be slow until the rest of personnel were healed and up for work. "Okay…" Selena reached around and pulled out a device similar to an Ipad. Only a little more advanced. She swept a finger across the screen. Images of the damage to landing strip made her stomach churn. "How do two Decepticons in the midst of an Alpha Male Struggle cause so much damage?" 'Knockout and I got into a heated discussion about a kiss he wished to procure from you with a gift! But I received it first!' A mad blush broke out on her cheeks. "GHEE! NO! NO! NO! NO!" She shook her head violently. "IT WAS A STUPID ACCIDENT!" She scrambled her hands through her hair, knotting it up, "IT MEANT NOTHING! NOTHING I TELL YOU!" 'And I'm on tonight You know my hips don't lie And I'm starting to feel it's right!' Selena's phone blared. "Oh, thank the gods, a distraction!" She flipped the phone open. Starscream was calling. "NOT GOOD! HE'LL JUST MAKE THIS WORSE!" She forgot she made Starscream's ringtone "Hips don't lie" by Shakira. "OKAY! Just keep calm...and answer the call." She flipped the phone open, pressed the call button, "I'M BUSY RIGHT NOW! CAN'T YOU CALL BACK LATER?"
"Pardon the interruption. But I require your services." Starscream replied impassively. "How does your Magnetic Dousing fair against solid rock?"
"Huh?" Her head tilted.
"More appropriately: how far into solid rock does it extend?"
Selena growled in the back of her throat. Barely two hours in and he's already hit a snag. "Alright…have Soundwave send a Ground Bridge Portal in two minutes."
"Your cooperation in this matter is much appreciated." With that said he hung up, leaving a buzzing tone in her ear.
"Grah…" Selena stuffed the phone into her pocket. "That jet is lucky I gassed up my bike otherwise he'd be S.O.L.!"
Knockout and Breakdown joined Soundwave and Starscream on their perch of operations. News of Selena's arrival warranted a well deserved break. Much to Knockout's exuberance. His paint job was coated in three pounds of dust. And he just finished buffing.
The two minute request reached its end. Soundwave activated his built in Ground Bridge Portal, directing it along the canyon ledge he and Starscream stood upon. Seconds later Selena came roaring out of the vortex. The wheels of her motorcycle bounced on the gravelly surface, then screeched as she came to a sideways halt. Her boots planted in the dirt, leveling her bike. Knockout and Breakdown applauded the entrance. It possessed a certain flare they relished. And the shine her bike modeled. OOH! Knockout nearly lost feeling in his kneecaps.
"Alright!" She wrenched the helmet from her head, savoring the fresh air. "What is SO important you can't-whoa!" The miles of open canyon were rather astonishing. Well at least in the sense it was unexpected. Yesterday they were over Barbados siphoning energon from the caves near the beaches. A necessary refueling. Now the Cons have dragged her…to a desert wasteland with a gorge deep enough to sink the Nemesis in. "Let me guess," She leaned on her handlebars, "You grew tired of The Nemesis and now you need a second opinion on some prime real-estate." She pat her handlebars.
"Wrong on both counts." Starscream happily answered. "I require your…" He rolled his sights over her critically, "Unrefined talents for a small matter." Knockout and Breakdown scoffed under their breath. Oohing impishly. Selena's brow bounced irritably. Unrefined? Starscream meandered past her, chuckling menacingly at her loss of face. "Come hither, young one, so you may be educated on very prudent history."
Selena snorted with insult, facing away from him, "If my skills are so unrefined then why should I be subjected to this lesson." She should have just stayed on the ship.
Starscream chuckled to the canyon he stood over. I do so enjoy it when she becomes flustered. "Because I am confident even you can detect a giant box encased in stone." He stated with a hint of mocking her. Selena snarled, rolling her eyes, mumbling under her breath. "Unless, of course," He shrugged with a menacing smirk, "You overestimate yourself. In which case you…AREN'T the best of the best and I am wasting my time keeping you as my second."
Breakdown's stifled chuckle grew louder into a cackle. Selena whipped around and threw something. Her helmet nailed him in the head, knocking him over. Knockout threw his head back in a fit of laughter. "First off," Selena swung herself from her bike, "I am the best of the best!" She stomped over toward him, "You would be wise to remember that." She folded her arms, standing on the ledge of the vast canyon, "And second – I'm 30 years shy of 300! I'm far from young!" She bared her teeth fumingly. In actuality Selena won't be middle aged for another...32 years in HER race's time. In human time that's 480 years. Old is...90. Times 15. Selena would be 1,350 years old. Wait...Selena thought for a moment. How old is OLD in Cybertronian years?
"I am afraid I hold a significant advantage in age over you. By several centuries, I might add." Starscream boosted. Selena glowered irritably. So he is older than the dirt of this planet. Selena scoffed under her breath, turning her head away from him. Then that just makes you obsolete. "Now," Starscream clapped, regaining her attention, "During the Great War for Cybertron much of the energon we - as in all Cybertronians - maintained was scattered to the winds. Hidden in deposits so the Autobots or Decepticons could retrieve it." The way he elucidated was similar to a war veteran reliving his glory days. Selena only knew a small portion of Cybertronian history. But, from what she could gather, the planet was once a land of splendor. Then this war came along…and now all who inhabited it – the great gladiators who once conserved that splendor – were reduced to nothing more than scavengers trying to get by…on planets which fall deathly short to meet their needs. "Much of the Energon was hidden here on this forsaken rock." Starscream continued. "So much so that our departed Master sent some of Cybertron's greatest warriors to guard it. True warriors who are lying in stasis, waiting to be reawakened. One such warrior..." He swept a hand over the dusty land, "Lies within the bedrock of this desert."
"Whoa…" Selena gaped in awe.
"Indeed…" Starscream purred.
"If that's the case why didn't he come here and get them?" Selena questioned the stupidity of Megatron's actions. Starscream glanced to her, brow raised. "You told me you and the other Cons were circling this planet for years. That Megs went so far as to traverse the Solana Galaxy for warriors. Why pass up those that are here?"
"That's the thing about war." Knockout interjected, kneeling beside her. "Sometimes it gets so hectic you fail to recall where you hide your keys, let alone copious warriors sent to distant planets to guard your stockholm." He prodded her head, "How many times have you misplaced…" He scooped her hat up with a single finger, "Your lovely chapeau because you were scatterbrained?"
Selena snatched it back. "Plenty." She answered with a half-smile. "And I see your point." She fixed the hat attentively. "Got a location for me?"
"A rough one." Starscream admitted. "Thanks to Soundwave," He gestured to the geographical radar on Soundwave's screen, "We know the warrior we seek is somewhere along this strip of canyon. What we do not know is exactly where or how far buried."
Selena raised a hand. "Say no more. I'm on it." She tapped her ear, summoning her scouter and mouth piece. "Soundwave, can you tune your sensors to my magnetic frequency." She asked hopefully. Soundwave nodded his head, and began the necessary preparations. Starscream, Knockout, and Breakdown were baffled. "You'll see." Soundwave ran a full body scan over Selena. She cast faint traces of her powers, allowing Soundwave to sync with them. The scan finished in a matter of seconds. Soundwave nodded firmly, she was given the green light to proceed with her task. "Alright." Activating her scouter she synced it with Soundwave's sensors, allowing her to see the sensory waves they were casting out in their web. "We're good." She announced. She summoned her helmet and slapped it on. Getting onto her bike Selena revved the engines a few times. The purr of the engine sending pleasing chills up her spine. She gazed out to the gorge before her. The adrenaline racing through every blood vessel in her body sent goose bumps trailing her neck. Selena let her wheels fly. A massive cloud of dust washed over the the three Decepticons. She popped a quick wheelie and took off, launching herself into the pit of the gorge. Starscream and Knockout ran to the ledge, gaping in shock as she descended into the gorge at an alarming speed.
The bike pointed downward in a sharp dive, Selena plummeted into the gorge. The feel of the fresh, albeit dusty, air gliding over her skin was strangely refreshing. The hum of her motorcycle echoed all around her, bringing calm to her once razed nerves. And here I was enjoying the rush. A shame she had work to do. Pulling upward, Selena aligned the wheels for the ground. Her eyes flickered. The bike slowed in its descent. A cloud of dust gusted under her. The wheels touched down and she beelined through the gorge. "How are things looking?"
Starscream and the others watched Soundwave's monitor. A purple Cybertronian symbol was gliding effortlessly amid the well detailed canyon walls. "They look well on our end." Starscream reported, tapping his chin pensively. Tiny squiggles – which he assumed was the search radius – slithered and rippled across the screen, feeding into the walls of the canyon as Selena went along. The radar antenna circled with her position. Sonar echoes beeped every so often. "It would seem Soundwave's sensors are performing much more impressively than expected." He boasted. "We are seeing far deeper into the walls of the rock filled wasteland than before." By Soundwave syncing his sensors to Selena's kinetic waves his sensors were carried by the magnetic particles contained in rock and allows him to see further into the solid rock.
"Hmph! So much for my talent's being 'unrefined!'" Selena snorted in reply. "And here you said you didn't need me."
Starscream scratched his head sardonically. "I don't recall every stating such a thing." Starscream feigned innocence. "Your old age must be affecting your hearing."
Selena's brow twitched. Old? He dares call me OLD? She growled inaudibly. He just called her young! Inexperienced! Now he-No! NO! In no way – shape or form – was she going to give that Jet the satisfaction of her reactions. If she could she would ignore him. It annoyed him greatly when she didn't speak to him. "Mind confirming your plan?" Starscream requested in an irked tone.
And there it is. "Not really." She remarked haughtily. A brazen smirk slithered across her cheeks. "Someone of your limited intelligence would be incapable of comprehending my plan."
Starscream growled in the back of his throat, clenching his talons with insult. "Pardon me?"
"So why don't you sit back, TRY to look pretty, and let Soundwave and I work?"
Starscream growled affrontingly. He's tired of Selena's constant defiance. Knockout and Breakdown laughed at his expense. Selena and Starscream's banters were bountiful with entertainment. Starscream whipped around, baring his teeth rabidly. Knockout and Breakdown choked on their own laughs and turned away, muttering nonchalantly to ease the awkward moment. Starscream fumed out of his nostrils, calming his outrage. Amidst the anger an idea came to mind. A small chuckle weaseled its way from his mouth. "My Dear Selena…" He purred over the comlink. Knockout and Breakdown stretched an ear. They knew that tone, "Perhaps you would be more inclined to cooperate if I were to mention incriminating visual proof of a certain…" A menacing, sly smile glided from ear to ear, "Incident involving you and a movie you call…Lion King?" Knockout and Breakdown arched confused brows.
Selena squeaked in horror. The motorcycle almost fell from under her. A large lump slithered down her throat roughly. She heard Starscream laugh at her over the ear piece. He heard her apprehension. "I even recall the scene." He continued to mock her. "The Alpha Male lion falls into the gorge…Released by his brother, I believe…the little lion goes to try and awaken him…sad music begins…"
"SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!" She howled shrilly. "WHOA!" A canyon wall was approaching fast. "AH!" Selena leaned hard to the right. The wheels of her bike grinded fervently on the dirt, sliding out of control as it Selena struggled. Selena, balancing on her handlebars, swung her body around and ran her feet over the wall. "I'LL TALK! I'LL TALK! JUST SHUT UP!" She begged, running rampantly. The bike regained its balance, returning to its track. Selena managed to run the bike to the straight path beyond the sharp turn. She swung her legs back around and rejoined the bike. A breath of relief escaped her beating heart. "I'll...talk…" She panted.
A triumphant chuckle rumbled from the arrogant jet. His talons hung by his mouth as he relished regaining the upper hand in their little game. "Excellent." Starscream chirped victoriously.
Breakdown nudged Knockout in the arm. "Do you have any idea what's going on?" He whispered.
Knockout folded his arms, scoffing disdainfully. "The commandant and his second are having yet another moment," He snarled resentfully. He dug his slender claw into his arm, ignoring the fact that he just ruined his paint job. "Round two is yours, Lord Starscream!" He muttered bitterly under his breath. Breakdown's eyes widened fretfully. He shuffled away, not wanting to get burned by the fumes emanating from the sport car's audio receptors.
"Care to divulge your plan?" Starscream requested with feigned innocence. "Or shall I continue with the movie?"
Selena growled grudgingly. She wondered if there was a punishment worse than extracting a spark from a Cybertronian's chest. "If I perform a dousing of the areas I drive past and Soundwave follows up by having his sensors traverse the waves, we should be able to find what you're looking for." She explained carefully. Starscream and Knockout understood the science. Breakdown was skeptical of how it would help. "If we can't find the signature of this hidden warrior, perhaps we can detect the mechanical makeup." She clarified. "With luck Soundwave should be able to find a faint signature as I pass by."
"Brilliant." Starscream hummed approvingly. "Our Cybertronian technology may vastly exceed the human's primitive device, but their planet does prove to be a hindrance." He admitted to himself, mentally cursing the forsaken rock he and his fellow Cons were forced to traverse. "What with copious varieties of minerals, components in the sediments, and the thick, consuming agriculture. So you do have you uses."
"Indeed. For example: look on your leg." Starscream arched a brow and looked down. "I left you something special." A circular device with a timer was attached to his shin. "I was going to deactivate it…until you upset me." The timer had begun to count down from five seconds. Four…three…Knockout, Soundwave, and Breakdown ducked for cover. "Ever heard of an EMP?"
A pain filled howl cut the communication feed. Selena smiled proudly. She switched the feed to Soundwave, patching into his microphone, "In case you're curious its a homemade EMP. Courtesy of an old friend's tutelage. Effects only last 30 seconds."
"I'll call you when I find something."
Starscream pushed up on his elbows, growling venomously, "SEL...EE...NAAA!" He extended a vengeful fist to the voice.
"Tootles!" She hung up.
"GRRR!" He slammed his fist into the dust. His face planted into the dust. Heavy pants gusted the loose pebbles. "THAT GIRL IS GOING TO PAY FOR THIS OUTRAGE!" Knockout and Breakdown howled in fits of laughter.
Selena sniggered behind her helmet. "Five to five with me pulling up. Lovin' it." She boasted. A thick pressure pressed on Selena's mind. "Hm!" Her brow knit. She glanced to the right canyon wall. It was...a familiar feeling. Each brand of metal possessed a certain air about it. Cybertronian metal in particular. Smooth yet jagged. Heavy and bendable. Rings out. The sensation was light. Soft. But heavy. Meaning there was still some distance. "Overdrive."
Knockout knelt beside him, smirking, "What is the tally in this little Lover's Tiff?"
Starscream snarled, "THERE IS NO LOVER'S TIFF BECAUSE WE ARE NOT LOVERS!" A menacing grin slithered to Knockout's lips. Starscream puffed his cheeks, growling as he turned his head away. "And...its...5 to 5. I led the tally with my earlier call. She equalized it now."
Knockout laughed aloud. "You both sure sound like a married couple." Starscream's fist suddenly struck him in the nose. "OW!"
"Oh good…" Starscream struggled to his feet, "The effects wore off." He dusted his armor off. Knockout groaned in pain. Energon leaked. "Soundwave! What is Selena's location?" Soundwave displayed the grid of the canyon. Selena was ten miles out. almost 11. "Thank you!" He marched for the ledge. "Now I can find her and give her a-" Soundwave beckoned his attention with echoing pings. "What?! Overdrive?" He rushed to Soundwave. Selena's signal was moving at a substantial speed. 70 miles over normal human vehicle speeds. "She must be on to something. Boost the sensors!" Soundwave increased his output.
Selena's scouter pinged on Soundwave's increased sensory rate. The signature grew heavier on Selena. She was close. "Scream? Wave? You see what I sense?"
Starscream narrowed his attention on Soundwave's grid. Something was definitely there. It's just not visible as of yet. "Wait…" Selena's signal rounded a V shaped turn. A beacom shaped like the Decepticon emblem appeared on the screen. It grew closer to Selena's position. "Yes...there…" He purred. "Selena! Halt at your current position." He and Soundwave went into jet mode and took off for her position, "We are en route."
"Listen, Optimus," Ratchet proceeded to plead his case against the children associating with Selena, "I'm not saying these children shouldn't have friends outside of us. Quite frankly I'd prefer it if someone kept these three out of the base for...ever" Miko snarled, rolling her eyes. Jack and Rafael moved her along, urging her to let it go. Ratchet never exactly hid his dislike for the children. "And I understand that Selena does seem to possess a certain...admiration for these three. She does not wish to see them harmed. But what I cannot condone is either one being alone with her without the other two or their guardians present! I mean...what if, one day, the Decepticons follow Selena and try to apprehend the children as hostages."
"I hear your concerns, Ratchet. And I completely agree." Ratchet bobbed his head. However her knew a but was on its way. "But there is hope if these three are able to spend quality time with her."
"What hope is that?" Arcee countered abruptly. "That these three get hurt trying to keep her distracted." Selena's a major threat to the Autobots. Her magnetic abilities put them at a great disadvantage. It's a wonder she hasn't killed any of them yet. She had the perfect opportunity with Ratchet
"That they can coax her out of the darkness…" Optimus faced the three children, hope in his eyes as he watched them fuss over their gaming device, "And into the light." Bumblebee and Bulkhead ogled their leader astonishingly. His faith in the hidden good in others continues to amaze them. But Arcee and Ratchet weren't as sold. Selena may show tenderness towards the kids, but her attitude changes faster than gears. She might, one day, turn on them.
The conversation was interrupted by the Autobot sensor's blaring alarm. Ratchet quickly brought up the feed of the source of the alarm and discovered an energy signature on the move. "Exposed energon!" He announced urgently. "And it's on the move."
"And since we ain't movin' it, guess who must be!" Bulkhead quizzed.
"Decepticons!" Arcee hissed.
"Without Megatron?" Miko questioned in surprise.
"Why not?" Jack interjected. "They've pulled off other jobs without Megatron. Why wouldn't they move energon without him?"
"But Megatron's like 'The Head Honcho.' Shouldn't the Cons be idling their engines without him?"
"Unfortunately Megatron's legacy will live on as others rise to take his place." Optimus informed the hyperactive girl forebodingly. "Though Starscream is not Megatron, I have no doubt he has done so."
"And with Selena on his shoulder," Arcee added ominously, "His new place of power is guaranteed."
"Regardless, our main concern in the Energon in transit." Optimus returned focus to the mission. "Bumblebee, let us see if we cannot intercept." Bumblebee's fingers curled into excited fists and nodded.
Selena's bike was parked on a high up ledge, out of the way in case something extreme took place. The thing's been destroyed once. It happens again and she's quitting. Starscream and Soundwave arrived only minutes after she was ordered to remain stationary. According to Soundwave's sensors they should be only a few yards from their intended target, and it was right on the edge of the gorge trail.
Knockout and Breakdown drove up right behind her. Coming out of vehicle mode, Knockout snarled and ranted about the dirt getting trapped in his undercarriage. And the dust staining his pristine finish. CRIMINAL! Breakdown, Starscream, and Selena were unable to resist scoffing lividly. If Knockout's so concerned about his paint job he should find a sanitization bubble and lock himself in it. But then Starscream would send him packing. Not a good note on the resume.
Soundwave was good at his job. The best in fact. But Selena was skeptical of Soundwave's sensors. All she could see was miles of rock in every direction. There wasn't the slightest hint of...hidden weapons…or disturbances in the rock. Not that there would be. The Great War for Cybertron was who knows how many years, decades, or centuries ago. The landscape of earth could have changed drastically in the allotted time. Earth's geography and weather patterns were random and strange. A temple might have been buried beneath their feet and Selena wouldn't know it.
"Here!" Starscream announced. Selena snapped out of her daze. Her expression shifted into awe. A gaping hole in the canyon wall revealed a monstrous Cybertronian Container imbedded deep within the bedrock. How many a time did a human wander by and not know what they stumbled upon? Human ignorance. Selena scoffed. The rock around it was smooth, seemingly undisturbed, like the wall folded as the container was pushed in. Selena flew over to inspect it. The edges of the container were melded with the rock. Centuries of stasis. The rock must have formed into it. Encasing the container in place.
"Impressive." Was all Selena could muster.
"Selena, such high level intelligence should produce a greater compliment." Starscream teased. Selena puffed her cheeks angrily. "Careful. Your face may stay that way."
"And it would still look better than yours!"
Starscream and Soundwave gripped the container by handles on its sides. Selena dug her feet firmly kinetically gripped the container as best she could. One the count of three nods the three pulled with all their might. Pieces of rock shaved off the surrounding rock. The edges of the container edged half an inch each tug. Soundwave and Starscream's heels dragged, losing traction. Selena felt her grip slip. The canyon wall trembled. Meaning it was giving way. Soundwave, Starscream, and Selena strengthened their grips and PULLED! Selena twisted her elbows in. Blows exhausted against the sides. The reverberations quaked the canyon. Selena wrenched her hands back. A moan grinds against the rock. The edges smoothed, shrank in. Soundwave and Starscream pulled again. The container slid out with ease. Selena slipped backwards. Her hat fell off her head.
"Woof…" She sat up, "That was a rush." She dusted off her hat and placed it back on. The container stopped halfway out. Probably didn't expend out any further. Suits Selena just fine. That thing was heavy.
"Excellent, Soundwave. Selena." Starscream commended. Selena dusted herself off and flew to Starscream's shoulder. Getting a second look at the container...it was huge. She shuddered to think what rested inside. Hopefully whatever it was likes taking orders from those who CLEARLY aren't Megatron. Seeing as the crew has reservations. "The cube." Starscream ordered. Soundwave opened an energon crate he brought along. Selena was baffled by the cube, but figured if the Con inside had been sleeping he'd need a little pick me up to get going.
Starscream gently set the cube inside a small slot. The cube was then sucked inside. The glow of the condensed energy grew brighter. A whirl of gathered energy hummed. "The energon infusion...it's WORKING!" Starscream cheered anxiously. Breakdown and Knockout stepped back. A glow filled the door. A blinding flash washed over the group. Selena ducked behind Starscream. She watched closely as the infused Energon dispersed throughout the container. The sophisticated locks and mechanisms unhinged. Double doors slowly parted ways.
"Awaken, warrior! Rise and serve your NEW MASTER!" Starscream summoned exaggeratedly. Knockout and Breakdown's attention trailed upward. The sunlight peered into the box. A towering figure shown. Selena gaped in utter amazement.
A green and grey armored Decepticon, height rivaling that of Megatron's, awoke at the beam of sun in his face. He tugged his arms and legs free of their resting place. Soundwave and Starscream backed away as the warrior tromped into the light. He stretched his arms over his head, feeling sensations return to his numbed circuits. Puffs of dirt wafted from his heavy steps. "Skyquake serves only ONE master." He declared to the overzealous Starscream.
Selena drifted back to Breakdown and Knockout, "Hard to beleive he served anyone." She mumbled. The two Cons bobbed their heads fervently.
"Excellent! Your loyalty and devotion will set a fine example for the troops." Starscream purred. His place atop the Decepticons shined brightly in his future. "No need to be timid, Skyquake. You may bow."
"You FAIL to grasp my meaning! I am here on a mission assigned to me by my ONE master. Megatron!" Skyquake proclaimed strongly. Selena knit her brow studiously. Megatron's very name summoned fear amongst the troops. His legacy and influence demanded loyalty and respect. Starscream dealt with a difficult enough task of commanding respect from foot soldiers. How would he fair commanding a warrior still loyal to Megatron centuries after falling into stasis?
"Yes. Him." Starscream is unable to put into word the disdain he harbors for the Decepticons' blind loyalty to an old relic. "Sadly...Lord Megatron...is no longer with us."
"Impossible! Skyquake breathed horrifically.
"WHY is this so DIFFICULT for everyone to accept?"
Knockout snorted, "Probably because no one expected to ever be taking orders from a gravelly voiced twig." Breakdown and Selena lurched forward, stifling hearty laughter behind a hand. "Like that one?" Selena drifted to her knees, laughing so hard she couldn't even stand. Breakdown leaned up against a boulder. He came close to hyperventilating. Starscream whipped around, growling animalistically.
"YAH!" Breakdown and Selena cowered behind Knockout. They poked their heads out, grinning apologetically.
Starscream shook his head angrily, and then returned to face the defiant Skyquake. "Skyquake!" He barked his name. "I located you! I set you free! THUS I, Lord Starscream, am NOW-YOUR-MASTER!"
"HEY!" Selena howled in outrage, shifting gestures between her, Soundwave, and the other two, "WE DID MOST OF THE WORK!"
Skyquake lunged forward, boring a dagger filled glare into the pretentious jet. A demonic growl reverberated Starscream's body. The self proclaimed lord staggered back, quaking in fear. Skyquake brought fists to his face. A jolt spiked Selena's head. She peeled from behind Knockout and charged. Skyquake held both fists over Starscream.
"NO! WAIT!" Starscream cowered behind his arms. The hulking fists came down. Selena shielded Starscream spread eagle. The fists slammed into an invisible wall. Kinetic waves rippling. Sparks of electricity flaring. Skyquake gasped in awe. Glowering crimson orbs peircing his spark defiantly. Starscream, whimpering pathetically, peered past his arms. "Oh. SELENA! WELL DONE-" A boot kicked his nose in. "GAH!" Selena retracted her leg. Never did her attention divert from Skyquake.
"Sorry, Skyquake," She droned, a malicious grin beaming hungrily, "Unfortunately for you I still need him around." Selena narrowed her brow. Transparent tentacles wriggled from the shield. The focused energy snaked up Skyquake's massive arms. The Decepticon struggled against the bindings. He pulled and fought. Selena's grin touched her ears. The bindings wouldn't falter. She crossed her arms. Skyquake's mimicked. Selena swept them above her head. Skyquake's whole body erected as his arms restrained over his head. "HA!" Selena executed a powerful round house kick directly into Skyquake's chest, sending the Con crashing into his confinement space. Boulders of rock toppled around him.
"Ooh…" Knockout winced. "I got off easy."
"No kidding." Breakdown agreed.
"Phew…" Starscream exhaled in relief. Confidence flood back to his weak knees. "Well timed, Selena." She smirked, pleased to be commended for something.
Skyquake wobbled dazedly out of the container. The kick left an impression in his armor. The force of the attack throbbed. He gazed at Selena in complete terror and amazement. A tiny creature - barely bigger than a Scraplet - outer mechanics not of metal or iron...wounded him. True her surface bore a semblence to a Decepticon. Down to the red optics. But to possess the strength of a Gladiator? Impossible. "What manner of being are you?" He questioned, demanding an ex
Selena removed her hat to scratch her sweaty head. "What I am is inconsequential. What's important now is whether or not I rip your spark right out of its chamber!" Skyquake was flabbergasted by the declaration. The girl is talented and strong. That is apparent. But there is no chance in Primus she possessed the power raw enough for such a feat. Is there? "While Starscream lacks the physical attributes to do so…" Selena allowed trickles of power to seep out, unnerving Skyquake and the Cons around, "Know that I will take you offline if you touch my boss."
"You presume too much, PROTOFORM!" Skyquake fortified his stance, "One fortunate blow does not grant victory!"
"Fine…" Selena snatched her badges and summoned the Chakrams, "Then why don't I just carve a few gears out and see where that gets me!" Skyquake roared monstrously to the heavens. The gorge around him quaked. Starscream, Breakdown, and Knockout backed away, whimpering. Soundwave remained stationary.
"Attacking Autobots is a highly expected outcome for you, Selena." Optimus sauntered confidently on site, "But eliminating an ally? That is far too callous."
She chuckled darkly, "Ally?! You've known me for over two months, Prime. Killing another Con is a misdemeanor on my part." She waved a hand indifferently, "Killing an Autobot doesn't even register on my moral compass. Speaking of which," She hugged the Chakrams to her hips, her demonic grin widening, "How's Ratchet?" Optimus's sight narrowed. His fingers curled slightly. The contemptuous tone - Selena was trying to illicit a rise out of him. A distraction. Mentally he prepared for an imminent attack. "Don't look so disturbed, Optimus. It's no surprise Ratchet's alive. After All, the great Prime saved him...didn't you?"
"This displeases you?" Optimus remarked monotonously.
Selena shrugged impassively, "Not particularly. If anything I'm overjoyed you saved Ratchet." She ran her tongue over her lips. "It means I get a chance to cleave him clean of his armor." That disturbing grin split wider. A sharp gleam filled her gaze. Her canines practically sharpened like fangs. "I was a little disappointed I wasn't able to stick around to watch the leeches nibble on him. So now thanks to you I'll be able to savor his cries as he begs for death."
Optimus sighed dismally, shaking his head, "So much rage and hatred has grappled its talons into your heart. But I hold on to the hope that there is a warmth somewhere that will melt the ice encasing you."
"Pfft!" Selena spat to the dirt scathingly. Optimus. He truly aggravated her. Such noble preaching...for a race that prides itself on senseless destruction. Preserving lives. What nonsense. Hypocrisy had to be one of her biggest pet peeves. Truly she despised the Prime. It made her shoulder throb. "Your senseless preaching makes my stomach curl! HEY YOU!" Skyquake glanced to her. The pulsating fear hidden well, but leaking through the quaking in his knees. This girl is terrifying. "You may not care for Starscream and don't want to listen to him," She narrowed her crimson orbs into slits, "So make yourself useful and do away with him," Her attention shifted to a curve, "And that little bug hiding behind the rock!" Optimus grunted.
Bumblebee stumbled at his mentioning. She knows I'm here!
"I've known you were there from the beginning, BUG! Optimus isn't so foolish to go anywhere alone."
"Your praise is appreciated." Optimus remarked.
"It's not praise, bot. It's common sense! Don't lump me with the three behind me."
"HEY! JUST WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?" Knockout and Breakdown roared.
"Silence!" Starscream commanded heatedly. Knockout and Breakdown growled at him. Then their anger subsided into surprise. Starscream's expression was serious. Grim. His grim expression never left Selena. After a second scrutiny, Knockout and Breakdown gaped in awe. "Do not take her words to heart." Selena's presence beamed malevolently. The razor gleam in her eye pierced the scarred armor of the prime. "Selena's demeanor changes drastically when in the presence of Autobots. You both should be very well aware of that." Knockout sneered. Selena's harsh words, Starscream defending her. A thin string tied the two. What universe did they immerse themselves in? And why am I not in it?
"GET YOUR ASS OUT HERE, BUG!" Selena growled rabidly. "Or do I need to drag you out?" Bumblebee swallowed nervously. Warily he appeared from around the boulder, joining Optimus's side. Selena smirked darkly, "Good to see you, bug." Bumblebee grimaced. He hated being called bug. "On second thought, Skyquake, let me have Bumblebee." She clapped the chakrams together at a pike. A long pole extended between them. "I haven't had a decent fight in weeks. My limbs are getting stiff. Not that Bee is much of a warm up." Bumblebee's beeps whirled in a disgruntled growl.
Skyquake shifted away from the overzealous child. His focus centered on Optimus. The very presence of the prime enticing his lust for spilt energon. "Do what you want! I have only one interest!" Optimus curled his hands into tight fists. A conflict was imminent. Something he hopes he can avoid.
Bumblebee beeped imploringly to Optimus, wanting his leader to consider calling for backup. Given they were outnumbered and out matched, having Arcee and Bulkhead backing them up wouldn't be such a bad idea. "I agree with you Bumblebee. Unfortunately…" Soundwave consumed Optimus's attention, his normally black display transmitting a strange frequency, "Our communications are being jammed. So we will have to fend for ourselves."
"True it has been a while, Prime," Skyquake spat his name, "But do not insult me. I do not require the aide of these fools to dispatch you!" Knockout and Breakdown felt the sting of the insults to their pride. Maybe they should have just stayed behind.
"The one thing we have in common." Selena's grin widened. She shifted attention back to Bumblebee. The scout stiffened to a fighting stance. His servos ready to switch to his stingers. "You heard him, BUG!" She twirled her staff, the pikes shuffling the air. "COME AT ME!" Selena rocketed forward. Dust wafted in her trail. Bumblebee stepped back in shock, throwing his arms up. Selena ducked under the raised arms and let loose a swift kick to Bumblebee's chin. The Scout's feet left the ground a small ways . Selena twirled and dealt another sharp kick to Bumblebee's chest. The muscle car went flying, skipping along the dusty terrain to a painful halt against a boulder. Selena puffed strands of hair from her face. "I swear this scout isn't any fun."
Bumblebee leaned up on his elbows. His hand massaged his throbbing processor. "^Note to self: she packs a powerful punch.^" Small girl with tons of strenght packed away. Bumblebee shuddered at the thought of Miko having this power. A shadow loomed over him. "^WHOA!^" Roaring barbarically Selena swiped her staff down. "^YAH!^" Bumblebee rolled out of the way just in time. The staff struck the ground. A giant cloud of dust exploded. Bumblebee shielded his optics. Tiny specks of dust coated by him. Little pebbles rebound. When the dust cleared, Bumblebee lowered his arm. His whole body sank in horror. Selena's staff...it was lodged halfway into the dirt. Had Bumblebee not reacted in time...woof. "^Two notes to self: Packs a punch and is insanely strong.^"
Selena grasped the staff with one hand. One sharp yank freed it from its sandy confinement. She swung it hard, flicking lingering sand free. Then she sighed tediously. "You know, Bee," She stabbed it into the ground, digging the pike, "Since you're not going to take me seriously I'm not going to waste my staff on you." She left the staff in the dirt as she sauntered toward Bumblebee. "But do not think you can't be killed. You of all people should know how dangerous my hands can be." Bumblebee fortified himself for the attack. The horrifying fact is Selena's right. If Bumblebee didn't get a grip soon, he'd be joining Vida and Cliffjumper.
Optimus and Skyquake ignored the commotion going on behind them. To allow a distraction to hinder their concentration meant death. As both warriors knew too well. "It has been a while, Skyquake."
"Indeed it has, Optimus Prime!" Optimus's name fell off his tongue like a bad taste. "I haven't seen you since the battle of Technar. MEGATRON sent me to annihilate you." Good times those were for Skyquake.
"THAT was a long time ago." Optimus stated pleadingly.
"That may be true, Prime. But my orders still stand!"
"Is this ancient war still worth fighting? When so many comrades have been lost? And WORLDS destroyed?" Magtora and Cyberton a case in point. Their home and Selena's home have been lost due to this conflict for power. It was time to end it. Before Earth joined the fray. "If you want to be a true leader, Starscream, then stray from Megatron's path and lead the Decepticons toward peace."
As Optimus pleaded his case, Selena crashed into a rocky wall. The wind robbed momentarily from her lungs. She cringed and jumped out of the way. Bumblebee's first pierced the rock surface. Selena countered with a punch. Bumblebee caught the punch with his free hand and sent her flying. Selena's body caught on a bush and flipped into a boulder. "Ow."
"I might be willing to consider a truce," Starscream continued, ignoring the fight between Bumblebee and Selena, "If you would be willing to bow before me, Optimus Prime."
"A-GAIN!" Skyquake scoffed in disgust. "BOW TO THIS!" He swung a fist into Starscream, smashing the jet into a wall of the gorge. Breakdown and Knockout gasped aloud. If he did that to Starscream, what would he do to them?
Before anyone could really move, Bumblebee came flying past Skyquake, crashing himself and Starscream into the wall. Skyquake gaped in awe. Optimus panicked and whipped around. Selena walked impassively towards them, dusting her hands off. She wrenched her staff out of the ground, and flashed a disgruntled glare to the Prime. "I'm getting really sick of this crap, Optimus." SHe announced irately. "Either your scout takes me seriously or I rip his circuits out. Flat and simple." A bone chilling energy poured right from the pores of her body. Her hair and the dust wafting in the terrifying power. "Raf can yell at me later."
"WAIT!" Starscream pleaded. Things were starting to get hectic. He shoved Bumblebee off and took off into the sky. "I LEAVE THE REST TO YOU!" He shouted to Selena. She scoffed under her breath. Not that she should be surprised. He so called retainer is, by nature, a coward. Breakdown, Knockout, and Soundwave followed Starscream's lead and peeled out of there. Only a fool would stand between Selena and her kill.
Bumblebee shook his head in disappointment. "^The Decepticons are doomed.^"
"Where you lookin', BUG?" Bumblebee was snapped back into the fight. Selena's deathly expression sending chills down his spine. "Scream isn't the one about to take you offline!" She gestured her staff , challenging the Scout.
"PLEASE! STOP!" Optimus drew all attention to him. His hands raised in surrender. Selena and Skyquake sneered. Bumblebee groaned in relief. He could catch his breath. "Skyquake! Selena! I understand you had orders. And I sympathize with your pain," He singled either one out, wanting to establish a basis for his plea, "But this is a New Era. A NEW WORLD! Side with the Autobots! Help me end this conflict forever!"
"I-WILL-NEVER-SIDE WITH A PRIME!" Skyquake boomed.
Selena erected her staff, "And I'd sooner rot in Hell than side with you bastards!" She glanced to Syquake, "You may not like or approve of me, but surely you and I can agree to snuff him from the face of this rock!"
"Unwaveringly!" Skyquake roared, charging for the Prime. Optimus readied himself. Skyquake dealt a powerful blow to optimus' chest, smashing him into a rocky wall. Bumblebee whirled angrily and aimed his stingers.
"NUH-UH!" A staff swatted his stingers off target and then the chakram hilt pinned him to the rocky wall, forcing his blue optics to meet Selena's malicious grin. The radiating madness in the crimson orbs sent chills down his spine. "You're still playing with me."
Seconds after Skyquake's defiance surfaced, Soundwave executed a tactical retreat and hid himself atop the ledge of the gorge. There he watched studiously, monitoring the success of Starscream's plan. As anticipated by himself and others, flaws sundered his genius like talons to sheet metal. Not that there was any room to complain at the moment. Skyquake has been freed. Starscream can't control him. Luckily Prime and his Scout arrived on scene. Selena should provide an excellent show as well.
Starscream joined Soundwave. The cliffside trembled as he meandered to the ledge. He marveled as Selena ground Bumblebee further into the wall. He swatted the staff out of her grasp, grabbed Selena and smashed her into the wall. Her back to the wall, Selena's feet stopped the hand and kicked out, sending Bumblebee into the opposite wall.
Breakdown and Knockout drove up right behind him. Knockout shuddered fretfully, "Almost forgot how terrifying Selena can be. The girl's wrath rivals that of Megatron's."
Starscream chuckled wolfishly, "Glorious…" Earning him a frightened stare from Breakdown and Knockout. The way Starscream admired the girl was similar to that of war monger savoring spilled energon of both enemy and ally. "What need have I for peace? With Selena and Skyquake in my thrall, none shall dare attempt to defy me." He purred hungrily. "And once it is known The Autobot Scout and Optimus Prime were eliminated under my command, all Decepticon's will graciously bow to me."
Skyquake and Optimus squared off to one another. Glares meeting glares as both gladiators waited in anticipation for the other to make their move. The rambunctious crashes of Bumblebee and Selena were deafened. A hollow wind moaned throughout the canyon around them.
Optimus drew first. Skyquake furrowed his perpetually scowling brow. Two shots rebound off the age worn metal. Not scratch or blemish - Skyquake charged, unfazed by the onslaught of rapid fire. The ground, and Optimus, quaked. Halting his fire, Optimus stayed himself. Feet squared he waited. Sky quake was nearly on top of him. He drew his fist back. Optimus put a foot to the canyon wall and kicked off. Skyquake's fist reduced a boulder to dust. Optimus shifted back to his firearm and attempted, once more, to subdue Skyquake He unholsterd a monstrous Gatling gun from his back. The jagged barrel whirled like a drill. Rapid fire pelted mercilessly. Drag impressions were dug as the heavy barrage drove Optimus back. The Prime held his ground. Fortified arms deflecting energon at marred rock.
Gnarled rock tapped Optimus's plated shoulders. "GRR!" He was trapped in a corner. Skyquake chuckled victoriously, pouring on the bullets. Charred nicks gradually chipped away the already scratched metal.
Bumblebee, fearing for his leader, leapt over a boulder and charged. His stingers were ready to go. "BUMBLEBEE! NO!" Optimus implored. Skyquake heard the scout coming,. twisted around, and aimed the machine gun.
"YOU HEARD HIM, BUG!" Selena rocketed head first into Bumblebee's chest, knocking the scout onto a pile of rocks. Skyquake gasped in awe of the attack. Selena pat her head, wincing when her fingers found a swelling lump. If she didn't have those powers, her head would have split open. "Let the adults have their fun. You and I can pick up where we left off at the museum." After Optimus practically impaled her shoulder with Knockout's staff.
"Hmph." Skyquake nodded in approval. "Unorthodox, but highly effective. I can see why the young Magneetian unnerves you so." He grinned hungrily at Optimus, "Her skills, intermediary to novice at best, pose a hazardous threat to anyone foolish enough go take her lightly. A dhae your scout is not as swift a study as I am." Optimus clenched a tight fist. He wished desperately to rush to his scout's aide. But Skyquake, surely, would never allow him to pass.
Bumblebee shook his body. The headbutt felt like an energon bullet. A small shadow over the indent chest. Selena dove, driving a chakram. Bumblebee rolled to safety. Selena retracted the punch on the landing and sprang off a small protruding rock, swiping a sharp kick to Bumblebee's ankle. A graze ripped the metal. Energon bled. Large splashes stained Selena's pant leg. Bumblebee howled in agony. Energon spilled uncontrollably from the wound.
Selena cackled at his pain, running her tongue over her lips. "I can't even begin to describe how much I've missed this." Bumblebee beeped angrily, thrashing about, directing a scolding appendage at her. "UGH! DAMMIT! HOLD ON!" Selena consulted with her scouter, locking onto Bumblebee. To be accurate, his speech function. "Alright. Go ahead."
"^How can you enjoy causing pain so much?^" The word translated onto her screen."^Aren't you afraid of what Raf will say?^"
Selena growled, gritting her teeth. Bumblebee took frightful steps back. Selena sharply arched her wrist. A weight crushed Bumblebee's head and shoulders, forcing him to a knee. With a deadpan face she moved the hand down. The pressure increased, driving Bumblebee's second knee to waver. Her fingers curled in, squeezing Bumblebee's inner circuitry.
"I was kind to Knockout. Unfortunately such mercy does not extend to you." Her voice was empty. The look in her eyes void. Bumblebee whirred in anguish, screaming as his spinal attachments bent to their breaking point but held. Gears and wires were on the verge of popping out of his armor. Futilely, but refusing to lie down, he tried to rise to rise to his feet. This only worsened his situation. Tension built in his processor. His vision started to blur. Any second his optics were going to burst. White hot pain cracked his ribs. Bumblebee cried out, cropping to a knee. "You tell me to leave the children out of our battles, yet you attempt to use them against me." A crimson glow consumed her eyes. She rose into the air, the dusty wind blowing her hat from her head. Bumblebee rose with her, legs swaying lifelessly. Selena spread her fingers. Bumblebee's arms and legs outstretched. The prongs connecting the limbs popped shrilly as the limbs were pulled nearly from the sockets. "I despise hypocrisy." Bumblebee mentally prepared for her next attack. He was ready. But no attack came. Selena simply moved to the side, watching intensely.
"^What-^" Optimus plowed into the scout, both skipping along the decimated rock, and coming to a painful crashing halt into the canyon wall. Exhausted groans escaped on dazed breaths.
"Ooh!" Knockout winced playfully. "That HAD to hurt. At least I hope it did!" He threw his head back, howling with laughter.
Breakdown was babying his ankle. "I felt that blow to Bumblebee. That must be killing him." He turned to Soundwave and Starscream, "You are tapping this, right?"
"But of course." Starscream purred. "Once added to the historical records, it will be the talk for eons how Selena and Skyquake vanquished not one, but two Autobots whilst under my command."
"This is suddenly becoming tedious." Selena declared with a yawn.
Skyquake trudged up alongside her, "You could have fooled me. What with how zealously you were toying with the young bot."
Selena scoffed, "The bug bore me some time after I scarred his leg. Now he's dead weight." She cast a hand. By the badges she levitated her hat back to her head. "Don't suppose you feel like trading dance partners?"
"That scout is not even worth my gaze. My wrath is strictly designated for one singular target!"Selena knit her brow. She could appreciate being fixated on a singular target. But she can't stand battling Bumblebee. At least not right now.
Optimus and Bumblebee rolled onto their hands and knees. Their daze replaced by a nauseating light processor feeling.
Selena's cheeks spread into a demonic smirk. "I don't suppose you're not opposed to team work." Skyquake scrunched his face at the proposition. Crumbles of rock caught his rankled attention.
Optimus, hand plastered to the wall, climbed shakily back onto his feet. The joints of his knees kindled. He braced himself with another hand to a rock. Bumblebee rested on his hands and knees. His blurred senses returning to normal. He tried to rise to his feet. A sting of pain jossled his memory. Selena wounded his ankle. Energon stopped bleeding, but the pain throbbed powerfully.
A grin snaked to Skyquake's lips. "Not at all." He jerked the stout rod of his machine gun, recharging the moderately spent energon. "Are you opposed to setting them up?"
Selena licked her lips. "Not at all."
"Bumblebee...are you well?" Optimus words a slurred groan. Bumblebee nodded dazedly, staggering to his feet. "Good. We must counter before-" Optimus was slammed to the wall, invisible bonds pinning his arms and legs spread eagle. Bumblebee, driven by insinct, aimed his stingers. The same bonds holding Optimus twisted Bumblebee's arm. A stray energon bullet dislodged a few rocks. Bumblebee was lifted off the ground and pinned right beside Optimus.
Selena hovered meditatively, a hand stretched to the bots. A relaxed, malicious smirk plastered on her dusty cheeks. Skyquake meandered dangerously close. That machine gun ready to blaze.
Optimus growled in the back of his throat. The well of Alsparks murmured his name. To beg for Bumblebee to be spared would fall on deaf ears. Closing his eyes, accepting his fate, Optimus released a jaded sigh. A little twitch tugged his ankle. Optimus raised a bewildered brow. The bonds to his wrist and ankles were weak. Intermediary to novice...
"Bumblebee, when I give the order..." He trailed off, turning his wheels. Bumblebee understood.
"TOO LATE!" Energon built in the barrel.
"NOW!" Optimus and Bumblebee, with all their might, wrenched their bodies free of the wall.
"GYAH!" A sharp pain split Selena's head wide open. The flail of her hands threw Skyquake's aim up. Stray bullets scaling the cliff. The free bots touched ground in vehicle mode and drove past Selena ad Skyquake, escaping into the gorge.
Skyquake roared rabidly, glaring at Optimus just before he disappeared around a corner. "Your skill is at novice! You truly are the most worthless of your of your species!" A ringing in Selena's ears deafened the jeers. She wriggled a finger, managing to clear her hearing in time to hear, "WELL GET AFTER THEM!"
"YOU GO AFTER 'EM!"
"I cannot give chase on foot!"
"I HAVE BEEN IN STASIS FOR EONS! I HAVE YET TO ACQUIRE A VEHICLE MODE!"
"PFFT! And you call me useless." She folded her arms, rising higher with an obstinate glare' "At least I can fly!" Before Skyquake could retort, Selena took off after the bots. Skyquake gave chase, mentally vowing to exact his wrath upon her.
Soundwave scoured the canyon thoroughly. The raging battle that reached a brief stalemate picked up in an instant, and then disappeared between the crevice. Even at his current position Soundwave was unable to locate Skyquake or Selena.
Knockout and Breakdown kept their optics peeled just in case someone attempted an escape. However, they were a little unnerved by the sudden silence. Did Selena and Skyquake kill each other? Were the Autobots eliminated?
DID SELENA TRADE UP DECEPTICONS? Knockout mentally panicked, nibbling at his fingertips. Breakdown asked him strangely.
"We've lost sight of them!" Starscream fumed. "Soundwave! What aren't you tracking them?" Sonar pings sounded in response to the aggravated question. "What? What is it?" Starscream asked anxiously. He was transfixed by Soundwave's detailed visual report. A rotating grid of the earth, coasting chunks of rock, and an energon signature all on the tiny screen. "A second Deception signal?" Starscream questioned dubiously. Knockout and Breakdown broke away from searching at the news. "But Skyquake was the only sleeper in this area." Soundwave zoomed in closer on the signal, revealing it was much farther. In space. "The sight of our...destroyed...Space Bridge..." It wasn't possible. Nothing remained in that sector but rock, dust, scattered chunks of the bridge, and...and... "You're not telling me...that life signal belongs to...Megatron."
Guess what? TO BE CONTINUED! MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HA.