My biggest fear with this story is that no one will read it since it's taking place in Armada, but I hope to be proven wrong. This story has been in development for the past year, mostly just fiddling around in my brain until I was able to finally woo it into creation. I really hope that you guys enjoy this first chapter, I know it's been years since I've uploaded a new story, so I'm thinking that it's about time that I did. Please, please, please feel free to give me any feedback at the end, whether it's good or bad, let me know. Anyways, I'll stop typing now so you can read.

Disclaimer: Transformers and all related characters belong to Hasbro and not me.


1.

The Trigger

She knew that she didn't deserve this.

Rae barely heard the crack of thunder as she grabbed her purse and car keys off the kitchen counter before storming out the door of her apartment, determined to leave everything behind forever.

"What are you doing?"

"Baby…what are you doing home so early?"

"Who is she?"

"Baby it's not what it looks like…baby, wait, hold on, you can't leave me!"

Rae slammed the car door shut and started the engine. She had enough. There were nothing but bad memories in that apartment; there was no need to look back…to come back. She shifted the car into reverse as she backed out of her parking space before she stopped momentarily and switched the car into drive. She turned onto the busy street, driving away from the pain, from the man who was determined to reduce her to nothing.

She watched as lightning lit up the sky before focusing her attention back on the road. She flicked her headlights on, though it was only late afternoon, it might as well have been night. The clouds were so thick it made the whole world seem like it was lost in darkness.

She could barely focus on the road around her, on the storm, anything. She was so angry, so bitter, so broken hearted she just wanted to smash something or burst into tears. Rae didn't know where she was going, she just knew she had to get out of town, to escape into the surrounding desert for a little while until she could collect her thoughts, regain her bearings, and figure out what to do.

Rae knew she couldn't go home; her parents lived a million miles away. She had moved to Lincoln, Nebraska a couple years ago for college, however, she had unwittingly fallen head over heels for a man she had met there. He wasn't one of the college students; in fact, he was a mechanic at a local garage that had stopped to help her when her car broke down on the side of the road one day. They exchanged numbers and exchanged hearts not too long afterwards, and after two years of bliss together, after moving in with him to save on costs of room and board at the college, things suddenly began to fall apart.

But Rae didn't want to think about the downfall. She didn't want to think about all the pain he put her through, all the pain she still had to go through, and the heart ache she would have to somehow overcome.

She blinked back a few tears, trying to convince herself that her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend was not worth a single one of her tears. She was snapped out of her thoughts when a big drop of rain suddenly landed on her windshield with a loud pop. A couple seconds went by and a few more fell when suddenly the heavens burst open and it began to pour. Rae groaned as she turned her windshield wipers to their highest setting, but even that wasn't enough. She squinted through the streaks her wipers left as she drove out of the town.

Traffic thinned out almost immediately, but the thunderstorm only seemed like it was getting worse. Rae contemplated pulling over until the rain let up a little bit, but her foot stayed glued to the gas pedal. She couldn't stop. She wanted to run until the pain was gone, until she collapsed from exhaustion, until she just couldn't go any further. Trying to relax and forget the pain for a bit, she switched on the radio, but every station seemed to be playing love songs, which sent tears burning to her eyes.

"Breathe," she told herself out loud, "You're a beautiful young woman; don't let one man cripple you like this. You're strong enough to be on your own."

But as hard as she tried to hold the tears back this time, Rae lost the fight. Tears fell from her eyes almost as hard as it was raining outside. The fight to see the road became even harder as the tears blurred her eyes. She desperately tried to wipe them away, but she couldn't stop them from coming.

All the memories, they'd never fade. All the feelings, they wouldn't die over night. She still loved him so much, despite all he had done to her. And no matter how much she tried to convince herself, she couldn't make herself believe she was so much better off without him.

Turn the car around…

God damn it, no!

You always turn the car around…

Not this time.

Her heart was in pieces, shattered inside her chest. She wondered how she was still alive; she wondered how her heart could still beat when every pulse was so painful. Rae whimpered involuntarily as she wiped her eyes again. As she stared back out the windshield, her eyes caught the gleam of something black. She slammed on the brakes in horror, but it was too late.

Rae couldn't brace for the impact as the airbags suddenly went off and the passenger side of her vehicle was suddenly crushed as if it were made of paper. She was so paralyzed with fear that she couldn't scream as the windows shattered and glass flew at her. The vehicle came to a stop by itself…and with shaking hands, Rae turned the car off. This horrible day was only turning into a nightmare.

She quickly got out of the car, cursing at herself in her head and thankful the rain hid her tears. She had to check and make sure the other driver was okay. As she walked around her car getting soaked by the rain the process, she was surprised to see that the car she had sideswiped hadn't sustained any damage at all. She noticed the black car had a red symbol on the hood that was scratched out and a purple one was beneath it. But she was even more shocked when she saw that the vehicle was empty, that there was no driver anywhere to be found.

Rae began to wonder if the car had been abandoned by its driver when suddenly she heard a growl, followed by a venomous voice snarling, "You better not have scratched my paint, flesh bag!"

She took a startled step back, trying to figure out where the voice came from. "Who...Who's there?" she asked.

"I am!" the car remarked before suddenly transforming into a giant robot. A giant angry robot.

Rae felt like fainting as she took a few steps back. She was so surprised that she didn't know what to say, nothing other than, "Oh my God!"

"You ruined the calculations I was in the process of doing…give me one good reason why I shouldn't end your miserable existence!"

Rae felt herself getting sick, she didn't want to die, even if meant ending the pain, she knew she had so much going for her. And she especially didn't want to die by the hands of some mechanical being she wasn't sure if she was imagining or not. "I didn't see you!" she protested, not knowing what else to do, "You should've had your blinkers on or something! And besides, it'd probably piss you off even more to have to clean human guts off the bottom of your foot."

"I don't have to squish you," he said aiming his gun at her.

Rae felt the sickness rising into her throat, "You totaled my car, isn't that enough?"

The robot seemed to ponder it. He knew that she could probably call somebody to come pick her up or tow the car away. But until that happened, she was left all alone in a forsaken desert, in the middle of a thunderstorm, helpless. He looked her over, her eyes were red and a bit puffy, but he didn't know why. He couldn't tell what emotions she was feeling, but he could guess she had a rough day. But being kind wasn't in his nature…

"Look, I don't know if this means anything to you, but I caught my boyfriend with another woman today, and in the process of leaving, I not only totaled my car, but ran into some giant robot that I had no idea existed but is now trying to kill me, you couldn't give me a break, could you? Even if it's against everything you believe in that mechanical mainframe of yours?"

"If you're afraid for your life," the robot said, "You shouldn't be speaking to me like that."

Rae watched with nervous eyes as his finger tightened around the trigger, but he didn't pull it. He was hesitating, trying to decide whether it was really worth it or not to end her existence. "I'm not trying to come off as rude," she said quickly, "It seems like you have done this before…I thought you would've recognized I was begging for my life."

He smirked, relaxing his grip on the gun, "Perhaps you would make a good hostage then. Unlike most humans, you seem pretty mature, and unlike the flesh bags that the Autobots entertain, old enough to hold your own."

"What are you…talking about?"

"I really hate having to explain myself; perhaps it would be easier to show you."

Rae wanted to run, to get into her car and drive, but she couldn't drive a broken car and she certainly couldn't outrun this mechanical monster on foot. She was stuck between an unfaithful boyfriend and a robotic being that couldn't decide whether he wanted to kill or imprison her.

There had to be a silver lining somewhere…

"You don't want me," she whimpered, almost pathetically. She took a few more steps back, tears burning in her eyes once again.

"I can't let you get away, you've seen too much."

"I won't tell anyone, I promise—

He studied his gun momentarily before aiming it back at her. "You're just wasting my time now. Consider yourself lucky, human. I actually thought about sparing you."

He squeezed the trigger.


Everything seemed to be too bright when Rae opened her eyes. She squinted and closed her eyes before allowing them to flutter open again, only to squeeze them shut once more. Between glimpses, she noticed a blurry white, red, black, and yellow figure looming above her. She blinked a few more times, waiting for her vision to clear. And when her vision finally did clear, she wasn't sure what she was staring at. Whatever it was, it seemed beautiful to her, it seemed peaceful, almost angelic. A sense of calmness went over her as she stared into the yellow orbs that she figured were the angel's eyes as she tried to figure out what was going on.

All she remembered was the ground exploding around her before she lost consciousness. She tried to guess where she was. Considering she was still alive, that giant black robot must have spared her, or completely missed his target. She heard machines humming and clicking around her…someone must have come along and spotted her on the side of the road. Perhaps it was the angel that was looking down upon her now. She guessed if she was alive, she was at the hospital, and if she was dead, then she was in heaven.

"Are you an angel?" she asked softly, and she swore she heard the thing smile.

"Well, I've never been asked that before," it replied.

It suddenly clicked in her brain that this being wasn't an angel. She felt like the blood had drained from her face as she realized she was staring at another giant robot. "Let me go!" she shouted, sitting up quickly, causing a sudden dizziness to cloud her eyes.

"Calm down," the robot said, "I'm not going to hurt you."

"Who…who are you?" she asked as she tried to back away from him.

"I'm Jetfire," he replied and then explained, "You had an encounter with the Decepticon, Wheeljack, earlier. You're lucky I detected his warp signature and decided to investigate. I was able to deflect his shot and rescue you in the nick of time."

"S-Save me?"

"Yes, I don't mean to scare you, but I promise, you're going to be totally fine."

"So…you're not going to kill me?"

He chuckled and shook his head, "No. Unlike the transformer you met earlier, there are some friendly ones out there fighting for peace in the universe. This here is Red Alert; he took care of your injuries." And he gestured to a red, blue, and white robot.

Rae felt dizzy as she looked over to another giant robot. "I don't understand…" she remarked, "What are you?"

"We're transformers from the planet Cybertron," Red Alert answered before going on to explain how there were three factions, Decepticons, Autobots, and Minicons. He clarified why they were on Earth, he explained the difference between the Autobots and Decepticons and the significance of the Minicons. And he explained how they were at war. "We never meant to get you involved," he said, "If you wish, you may walk away from this. We only ask that you promise not to tell anyone of our existence."

"Where am I?"

"Our base."

"What about my car?"

"I'm afraid it's damaged beyond repair," Red Alert replied before turning to Jetfire, "I'm going to go give a report to Optimus. Perhaps it's best you stay in here with her until she settles down."

"No problem Red."

The startled female watched as the Autobot medic left the med bay before turning her attention back to Jetfire. He looked her over for a moment before asking, "What's your name?"

"R-Rae," she answered.

"Are you feeling alright? Red Alert said you sustained a mild concussion."

"I-I'm fine," she managed to say, "I'm just trying to decide if I'm dreaming or not…I've had…I've had a really bad day and this kind of just…I don't know if it makes it worse or just completely strange."

Jetfire smiled, but his smile disappeared when he saw Rae was blinking back tears. But she managed to compose herself quickly, sighing heavily, "Sorry."

"If you don't mind me asking, is everything alright?"

"Um, no. But, it's not for you to worry about. You've already done more than enough for me when you didn't have to."

"Is there anybody that needs to be contacted to know where you are?"

"No."

"No parents?"

She shook her head, "I'm going to college here in Lincoln, Nebraska. The rest of my family is back in Pennsylvania. They won't know."

"What about friends?"

"They won't notice if I'm gone for a couple days…ugh my aching head," she remarked as she lay back down, shielding her eyes with a hand, "By the way…where is my car?"

"I brought it here to the base—

"Good because it has my stuff in it."

"I'll get your stuff for you in the morning; you should probably get some rest."

"Wait, I have one more question," she said.

"I'm listening."

"Why did you save me? I mean, you could've let me die, nobody would have known. You don't even know who I am."

"It's against my nature to allow Decepticons kill innocent people," Jetfire replied, "You may be just a human, but your species isn't that much different than ours."

Rae looked him over, trying to decide if his response was genuine or not. She couldn't tell though, his battle mask concealed most of his facial features and expressions. All of his emotion was in his optics.

The Autobot watched as she studied him. He knew his response sounded rehearsed, but as an Autobot it was his responsibility to protect others from harm inflicted by the Decepticons. Jetfire sensed that she was insecure and wanted to hear something more in order to know that she meant more than just a responsibility he had vowed to keep. He couldn't lie though; he had only just met her.

But, as she looked him over, he couldn't help but get lost in her eyes. There was something behind those hazel irises that almost frightened him, something that made him worry, something that gave him a feeling that something was absolutely and terribly wrong.

Finally, after some time, he said, "Go to sleep, Rae."

"Are you leaving?" she asked.

"Red Alert will be back here soon if you need anything. I'll come back in the morning to check on you."

"Okay, see you around Jetfire."

He nodded before standing and going over to the door. He gave a command for the lights to go off so that Rae could sleep better.

"Uh, Jetfire…can you leave one of the lights on? I'm…I'm afraid of the dark."

He smiled, "I thought humans grew out of that fear."

"Not all of them," she replied.

He did as she wished though before finally leaving the room. As he walked down the lonely corridor towards his quarters however, he couldn't forget Rae's eyes as she had looked him over. Though she was calm, her eyes seemed so full of sadness and pain, but he couldn't figure out why.

Perhaps it had been fate for them to meet.


Thank you to Mrs. Optimus Prime and MegatronLover217 for reading this over before I posted it. Please review and let me know what you think!