Memory Lane

"Starscream?" Bulkhead asked. "As in the traitorous, sadistic, Con who threatened me and Miko in the mine!"

Arcee scowled at him and asked snarkily, "How many 'Starscreams' do you know Bulk?"

"Just one, thankfully."

"The question is," Ratchet interjected, "what is he doing here?"

"What do mean here?" Bulkhead inquired, disbelief slathered on his face plates.

"Ratchet?" Optimus asked softly.

"Optimus, he's on the road that leads to our base."

A cacophony of voices erupted, asking tings like how he found them and where were the rest of the Cons?

"How did he pinpoint our base's location?" Optimus asked, his optics narrowed.

"I don't know, lets ask him." The old medic punched a balled fist to his flat palm.

"Arcee and Bulkhead will accompany me." The Prime commanded. " Autobots, roll out!"

Ratchet had activated the Ground Bridge, ready to send the bots through. However, in their haste, nobody noticed a teenage slip down and head towards the Bridge. Nobody except Raf.

"Jack, what are you doing? I thought sneaking out was Miko's job." Raf looked at him with big, brown eyes.

"Raf, Miko could be there. I need to make sure."

"Well hurry up! Ratchet could close the Ground Bridge at any minute!"

Jack turned around and raced towards the vortex of energy, and he felt the familiar sensation of vertigo pass through him.

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The huge robot loomed over Miko, a menacing look on his face. He launched into a speech as he straightened up.

"Oh my, won't the Autobots be distressed when they discover I have taken you prisoner. Oh yes. Megatron will be pleased that I have procured one of Prime's human charges. You won't believe how easy it was to find you. Your Autobots allies can't hide a comm link signal to save their sparks. To bad your friend Bulkhead isn't here to save you! Oh, what I wouldn't give to see the look on his face when he finds out!"

Despite his threatening tone, all that was going through Miko's mind was how cool it was! She felt a little scared, but that was probably because it had red eyes.

Seeing the look on her face, the robot straightened up and snapped, "What are you looking at!"

"Question. How do you know my name?" Miko inquired.

"Pardon?"

"What are you deaf? I asked how you knew my name. How does every fragging person know who I am except me!" She cried, her voice beginning to rise.

He stared at her in disbelief before incredulously huffing, "Why aren't you scared right now? I'm Starscream! You were terrified last time."

"Right, last time. Hate to break it to you 'Starscream', but I have no idea what your talking about. Besides, why would I be terrified of you. I mean, come on, you look like a girl!"

He glared at her in unmasked fury before saying icily, "You will fear me in a few moments, child. Believe me."

Adrenaline coursed through Miko's veins as her body asked the age-old question: fight or flight? Essentially, it was a no-brainer.

Miko started to back up, but a few seconds later she turned around and sprinted into the building she had welcomed as a safe haven mere minutes before. There were rickety stairs that she knew led to the roof, and she took them without a second thought.

Miko reached the roof in seconds, fear dominating her thoughts. She gasped for air as she hid behind a piece of rubble.

Two sounds shattered the night, one right after the other. The first came from the ground, and it sounded like nothing she had ever heard and something that she always heard. The second was Starscream bursting through the damaged roof.

"Up there!" A feminine voice shouted.

Miko looked down, staying hidden so the newcomers couldn't see her, and saw three giant robots. One was short and blue, another was tall, blue, and red, and the last was massive and green. Her pulse quickened when she laid eyes on a familiar black-haired boy.

"Scrap. Can't you Autobots mind your own business!" The silver robot sneered.

"I thought your business was getting your gears cleaned by Megatron!" The green one retorted in anger.

Everyone was too busy arguing to notice Jack running towards the building and bolting up the stairs. Miko eyes snapped up when she heard small footsteps going across the roof.

"You again!" She hissed in fury.

"Shh, Miko! Come with me, before Starscream notices!" He urged.

Once again, the young Japanese female thought she would get lost in those deep eyes.

"Please. I promise I won't let anything hurt you."

Miko still didn't know if she could trust him, crazy as that sounded.

"Ah, ah, ah! Not so fast!" Starscream chided. His fist smashed through the roof, knocking both children off balance.

The Seeker transformed as he jumped off the roof. All three bots followed him, unaware of the fact that Miko was hanging off the edge of the roof. The young girl cried out in fear as her left hand slipped off the edge, leaving her hanging on by only her right hand.

"Miko, hang on!" Jack yelled, panic underlying his tone.

He reached a hand out to her, and suddenly Miko wasn't in the desert anymore. She was in a cave and she felt like she was suffocating. Miko looked up, and he was right there. Hand outstretched, eyes pleading for her to take it. She didn't want to leave Bulkhead (Wait, what?), but she knew she could trust Jack. She looked into his gorgeous eyes, the eyes she trusted, loved, and got lost in. He was always there for her, always came when she was in trouble, always made her feel special. She reached out to the boy who could make her heart leap and her stomach twist by just being in the same room.

Miko gasped as she was uncharacteristically thrown back into the present. Just like in her memory, she reached for Jack's hand, and he pulled her up. Images flashed through her mind as her memories came flooding back to her.

Jack smiling at her, Miko's heart pounding as their eyes locked...

Miko sneaking through the Ground Bridge, Jack immediately following her...

Jack staring at Sierra like a lovestruck puppy, Miko wanting to heave her lunch up...

A glowing tentacle whipping them both around the room, Jack checking to make sure she was okay...

The train heading for the blown tracks, Jack stepping towards her almost like he was about to...

"Jack..." The young girl whimpered. "I'm sorry-"

"Shh, shh. It's alright, I got you." He gently cradled her trembling frame against his chest, cooing softly.

He brushed a stray bit of hair from her eyes and opened his mouth to speak, "Miko, I-"

"Miko! Jack!" Bulkhead cried happily. "Guys, I found them!"

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The next few hours were a blur as Miko was whisked through the Bridge. Everyone at base was overjoyed to see her, even Ratchet. Raf ran up and hugged around the middle.

"We're so glad you're safe, Miko!" He said happily.

After everyone settled down and Ratchet finished checking her vitals, Miko looked around. She didn't see Jack anywhere and she frowned. After they got back, she remembered him slipping out to the balcony.

She padded down the hall as quietly as she could. Almost everyone was in recharge, parents had been called and told their kids would be at a friend's house.

"Jack?" She called, barely louder than a whisper.

"Over here," he called to her left.

"What's wrong? You sound...upset."

"I'm fine," he said. Jack looked at her, his eyes filled with worry.

"Dude, seriously, what's the matter?"

His eyes narrowed and he growled, "Miko, sometimes you can be so stupid! What's wrong with you? How can you just stand there and pretend everything's fine!"

"Oh, now I'm stupid! If memory serves, I saved your life!" She retorted saucily.

"That's my point!" He roared. Miko took a step back, his tone frightening her. "What if someone had hurt you? What if we never found you? Did you even think about any of that?"

"What's your problem? I'm fine! You're fine! I did what I thought was necessary, and I don't have to explain myself to you or anyone! Besides, it's not like you care!" Miko shouted back.

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"Nothing. Just forget it!"

"No! How can you say that! I was out of my mind with worry!"

"I said forget it!"

"You can't just say something like that and expect me to drop it!" He yelled.

Miko shook with rage. "You never cared! You never have and you never will! I saved your life and all you can do is scold me because 'I didn't think of the consequences.' Well, you know what? I was thinking about what might happen, but I wasn't worried about me!"

Jack looked at her with frustration swirling through his head. "I would have been fine! You didn't need to put yourself in harms way!"

"If I hadn't reacted you'd be dead! I barely touched it, and your hand was completely on top of it!"

Jack screamed right back at her and said, "It wasn't your call to make! Don't you dare do that again!"

Miko sank to the ground in despair. There were tears in her eyes, and they threatened to come out.

"Just stop it, please! I can't keep fighting with you. You want to know the real reason I did it? I couldn't lose you! There, are you happy now?" Her voice was barely above a whisper, but it was dripping with anguish.

"What?" Jack breathed softly. He knelt down to look her in the eyes, but she turned away.

"You have the nerve to call me blind?" She asked in astonishment. "Didn't you think it was weird that seeing Starscream, a giant alien Decepticon, didn't trigger my memories, but you on the edge of the roof did? You stupid, stupid, stupid Darby!"

Jack remembered what Ratchet had said a little bit ago about getting her memories back. 'Most likely it will be something that was important to Miko.' Jack's mind put two and two together, but he was hesitant to say it out loud.

"You're in love with me," he blurted out, but froze when he saw the exposed look on her face.

"Maybe," she mumbled.

"Miko..." he said, his tone slightly exasperated.

"What! Like I said, it's not like you cared. I'm pretty sure everyone at base knew except for you! They probably thought you'd figure it out of your own, but I knew you never would! All you can think about Sierra this and Sierra that. Guess who talked to me at school today? Guess who I took for a ride today? Well guess what, I'm getting sick of it!" When she was done speaking, she stood up and retreated to the balcony edge.

Throughout her rant, Jack felt sick. He was blind. He had rubbed it in her face without even realizing it, and from the look on her face, he could tell he had hurt her. Badly.

He felt a rush of insight. Jack felt like he was an idiot. Miko was always there when he was sad. She always made her feel better after a bad day. If Sierra ever stood him up or Vince ever tried to bully him. She was at his side in a second, and she had taken a bullet for him. He knew why Miko had saved him, she loved him. Now, at least, he knew where his feelings were aimed.

He took a step forward, and Miko didn't move away. He went closer until they were mere inches apart.

"Miko, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to hurt I just didn't know. I promise, I will never let it happen again."

Miko gave him a lopsided grin and said, "I'm the one who hurt you."

His hand traveled up to his split lip, his face reddening as he remembered how he got it. A tingle went up his spine.

"I'm sorry about your lip," she said quietly.

"It's fine," he assured her, looking away.

"What did you say on the way to the hospital? Ratchet said you were whispering something, but he couldn't hear." The Doc-Bot had been surprisingly jubilant to see her, and went on about how worried everyone was. He mentioned that Jack held her hand and whispered to her the whole way there.

When he didn't answer, she hesitantly reached up and cupped his chin, her heart hammered in her chest. Slowly she turned him towards her. Standing up on her tiptoes, she gently kissed the cut on his lower lip. He gasped as they made contact, shuddering at her touch.

Something in Jack snapped. Barely keeping himself under control, he put his hands on her waist, and his left hand traced a path up her back.

"Jack! W-what are you mmph!" She was cut off by Jack connecting their mouths.

Miko's heart skipped a beat and she leaned into it. When she gasped, he slipped his tongue into her mouth and she welcomed it without a second thought. He pulled back, in shock.

"Oh my gosh! Miko, um, I'm sorry, uh, I just..." He stammered.

"You should be sorry," she hissed, "but only because you pulled back."

Jack smiled, and so did Miko. Jack cupped the back of her neck, and he kissed. It was gentle and loving. Miko had a hand on his back, and it curled against his spine. Her nails digging into it. They probably would have gone farther, but a small voice on the other side of the door caused them to disconnect.

"Guys? Are you alright? I heard yelling," Raf asked, a little scared.

Jack smiled as he said, "We're fine Raf, we were just talking."

"Talking? It sounded like you were killing each other!"

"Raf, we're fine. Go back to bed, it's late." Miko looked like she would start laughing.

"Okay..."

Jack turned back to Miko and asked, "Were we really that loud?"

"Well, you and your screechy voice were."

"Screechy?"

Miko laughed and wrapped her arms around him. She settled on his lap, sighing in contentment. She rested her head on his chest and fell asleep, feeling happier ever before.

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A/N

Well, that's the end of my first FanFic. Thanks to all of you who reviewed and added this story to your favorites! I plan on writing more JackxMiko stories, so keep a look out for them! Thanks.