Title: The Challenge of All Challenges

Author: Mademoiselle Juko

Rating: PG

Summary: A child is discovered in the ruins of Chicago. She was born without a voice box, and she is incapable of most sound. Optimus Prime, without an arm and virtually unable to transform, takes her in and raises her as his daughter.

Unknown to Optimus and the rest of the Autobots, Luvyna has a twin sister. And that twin was unfortunate enough to be taken in by a crafty Decepticon by the name of Ironclaw.

Content/Warnings: A healthy (or not so healthy) dose of OCs (about five or six in total), a left armed Optimus, a resurrected Starscream, and a kidnapping.

Feedback: Makes me happy and possibly better.

Spoilers: A few for Dark of the Moon.

Disclaimer: I do not and never will own Transformers. I only own my OCs. This was made purely for fun.

A/N: I KNOW that Mikaela was replaced by Carly in Dark of the Moon, but I hate Carly, so I'm keeping Mikaela in her place.

There was a long, shocked silence.

"You mean to tell me that this little sparkling survived? When so many others died?" Speedprowler finally asked, in a low voice.

"That's exactly what I'm saying." Mikaela looked up at Optimus. "We found her under a couple of slabs of concrete that made a kind of tent over her. It's a miracle, really. Her parents were dead just outside." He nodded slowly.

"And where is she now?" he asked.

"Sam took her to Ratchet. He and some NEST medics are caring for everyone's wounds. And speaking of wounds…" The young woman's blue eyes flicked briefly to Optimus' armless shoulder. The glance did not go unnoticed by the Autobot leader.

"It's nothing to worry about." He did not like to lie to his comrades, but he also did not want them to worry about him. "It could be worse."

"Yeah, you could be dead!" said Drifter. Technostrike elbowed her in the chest. Optimus chose to ignore that comment. He straightened up.

"I am going to see Ratchet. Sideswipe, take Bumblebee and see if there are any more survivors we may have missed. Drifter and Speedprowler, collect all the dead in one place so that we may remove them from the city. Technostrike and Mikaela, go to the survivors. See if there is anything you can do for them." He waited until they had all set off, then went to find Ratchet.

Elsewhere in the city...

Ironclaw stared down at the bundle. It was moving slightly, and a series of whimpering noises was issuing from it. Intrigued, he extended one long claw and moved the cloth aside.

"What the…" he muttered. His ruby optics examined the fleshling closely. "What is this thing?" He looked it up on the World Wide Web. "A baby, eh? I wonder…" He picked the child up. It began to cry; a loud, unpleasant, wailing sound that grated on his cochlea. It took all his self-control not to drop the thing and kill it on the spot. But, then again, he supposed that it couldn't all that comfortable to be held by a Decepticon.

Sorry it's so short. They'll probably short for a while, until I really get going. Please review; please be as constructive as possible. I hope you'll be back to read more.