Marinette couldn’t help grinning as her parents guided her
outside. She could hear the excited chatter from her friends. She had a feeling
that the thing her parents were guiding her too was a car, but she couldn’t be
“Are you’re eyes closed?” Asked her father, making Marinette
“Papa, you’re literally covering my eyes.” Teased Marinette,
provoking a laugh from her mother.
“Well, you remember that car you were so enamoured with?”
Asked her mother, making Marinette frown.
“You mean the red one that was bought by someone else the
day after I saw it?” Responded Marinette, it was a red, beat-up hatch-back that
had seen better days, but Marinette had loved it. Ever since she passed her
driving test, she’d looking at cars. Her parents had made it clear that they
thought her motorcycle wasn’t safe enough for them. Said bike had been totalled
after Kim took it for a joyride and was still being fixed.
“Well, we may have known more about it that you thought.”
Said her father, removing his hands, allowing to Marinette to see in front of
A red, beat-up hatch-back that had clearly seen better days.
It was the car Marinette had fallen in love with after seeing it, only it had
been cleaned, fixed up and given a fresh coat of paint. Marinette numbly
approached the car looked inside it. The interior was the same, dark grey
seats, with a matching carpet, the dashboard was the same colour. Marinette
suddenly grinned, before sprinting to her parents and hugging them.
“Thank you.” Said Marinette, her voice muffled by her
father’s shirt, before she took the key he held out for her.
“It looks tacky.” Came Chloe’s voice, scrolling on her
“Chloe, not everyone can afford the latest Lamborghini or
Ferrari.” Said Adrien, looking in the car, before gasping, “There are cup
Everyone looked at Adrien.
“I’m guessing that fancy sports car your dad got you doesn’t
have them.” Said Nino, frowning at Adrien.
“It did, but then he had them removed because he ‘didn’t
want me making a mess of myself or the car’.” Said Adrien, looking at the back
seats, “There are only two doors.”
Marinette gently pushed Adrien to the side and unlocked the
door, swinging it open, she leaned over the seat and pulled it forwards,
allowing access for someone to sit in the back seat.
“Oooh.” Said Adrien, leaning forwards.
“Yeah, ooh.” Said Alya, leaning against the bonnet, “I call
Adrien, Nino and Kim protested, but Alya just smirked and
sat in the passenger seat, waiting for Marinette to get in and start driving.
“Sorry.” Said Marinette, before getting in the car and
“Did my girlfriend just steal your girlfriend?” Asked Nino,
making Adrien shrug.
Marinette returned an hour later, grinning, with Alya
laughing about something. The rest of the day passed without incident, except
when Marinette’s car alarm went off, because a dog had taken a leak against it.
Marinette was curled up in her bed when she heard what
sounded like a car driving off, with a groan, she pulled a pillow over her head
and went back to sleep.
The next morning, when Marinette went downstairs, she found
a police officer sitting in the living room. Her parents looked nervous, while
the officer just looked tired.
“Good morning?” Said Marinette, looking around.
“Ms. Dupain-Cheng?” Asked the Officer, getting a nod from
Marinette, “I’m afraid we picked up a car thief last night, we found him
driving a red Honda Civic, we pursued him on foot, but when we went back for
the car, we found he’d placed an incendiary device in the vehicle.”
Marinette’s face fell, already dreading what the officer was
going to say.
“The car was deemed unsalvageable, but” Said the Officer,
making Marinette look up, “we managed to clear it with our superiors, and we’ll
be sending one of the cars confiscated from the thief’s parking lot.”
Marinette numbly nodded, before heading back to her room. She’d
sent a text, telling Alya about the incident and, after getting dressed,
decided to design some clothes until she felt better. Alya and some of
Marinette’s other classmates turned up, offering condolences over Marinette’s,
now destroyed, car.
Around three in the afternoon, Marinette heard a truck stop
outside the bakery. Kim looked out the window and did a double take.
“No way!” Gasped Kim, getting Marinette and some of the
other to go over to him, “Marinette, they brought a Dodge.”
Marinette looked out the window and nearly choked on her
drink, as the tow truck unhooked a red Dodge Challenger with a pair of, what
Marinette assumed were, buffalo horn on the end of the bonnet. Marinette rushed
downstairs, skidding to a stop when she reached the ground floor.
“Normally, we wouldn’t give her a muscle car, but it was the
only one that was, 1. Fit to be on the road and, 2. Didn’t have anything wrong
Her mother turned around and spotted her standing at the
bottom of the stairs, “Marinette, we were just about to call you.”
Marinette went to the window and looked at the car, “Is that
“Yeah, it’s the only one we can’t find a problem with.” Said
the Officer, holding the key out for Marinette to take.
Numbly, Marinette took the key and the officer left.
Marinette exited the bakery and looked at the car, there were a few dents in
it, but other than that, it looked to be in working order. Grinning, Marinette
got in the car and started up the engine, quickly putting on her seat belt,
Marinette drove off.
Chloe let out an inhuman screech at the sight of Marinette’s
new car, “Where’d you get that?”
“My car got stolen and wrecked, this was the only one that
didn’t have a problem with it.” Shrugged Marinette, locking her car up.
Adrien grinned at the car, as Chloe stormed off in a huff,
“Okay, I’ll admit it, your car is cooler than mine.”
Marinette looked at the dark grey Lamborghini that Adrien’s
father bought after he passed his driving test. For some reason, Marinette felt
something was off about the car.
“How long be-” Adrien was cut off by screaming.
“How does he work so fast?” Asked Marinette, as she and
Adrien ran off to find a place to transform.
Within minutes, Ladybug and Chat Noir had subdued the Akuma,
Chloe, and had purified the Akuma. Ladybug cast Miraculous Ladybug, as the
ladybugs flew across the city, a red muscle car suddenly was brought back
The car silently observed his surroundings, before a young
woman with pigtails approached him, “That’s got to be a new record.”
“What, five minutes?” Asked a blond-haired man, “I’m pretty
sure Mr. Pigeon was under a minute.”
“I still can’t believe she got akumatized over a car.” Said
the woman, unlocking the cars door.
“Marinette,” Said the blond-haired man, “You know Chloe,
she’ll get akumatized over anything.”
Marinette sighed, and slumped against the car, “Still,
Adrien, it’s starting to get old, either she should be sectioned or go to
“Knowing Chloe,” Said Adrien, as Marinette got into the car,
“She’ll probably get them to say she’s in perfect health.”
Marinette snorted, as she closed the car door.
A giant, white and orange robot grumbled at a monitor
“What is it, Ratchet?” Asked a bigger red and blue robot,
his voice a deep baritone.
“Optimus, Cliffjumpers’ signal has just come back online,”
Said Ratchet, glaring at the screen, “Again.”
“Once due to the presence of Dark Energon.” Said Optimus
narrowing his optics at the screen.
“Yes, but unlike last time,” Said Ratchet, staring at the
screen, “it’s not corrupted, if anything, it’s in perfect condition.”
“Where is it located?” Asked Optimus, looking down at
“Paris, France.” Said Ratchet, looking at the screen,
“Didn’t Agent Fowler say something about ‘superheroes’ there?”
Optimus was silent, just before he heard multiple engines
rolling into the base. A blue motorcycle, yellow muscle car and a green 4x4
drove into the main area of the base. With them were three humans, at the other
entrance to the main area, two more robots, one white and blue, the other
white, green and red walked in.
“’Jackie!” Yelled a giant green robot, after transforming
from the 4x4. The yellow muscle car and the motorcycle following suit, turning
into a yellow robot and a blue and silver female robot, respectively.
“Hey, Bulk.” Greeted the red, white and green robot, before
turning his attention to Ratchet, “The Doc just said something about a ‘bots
signal coming back online.”
“Cliffjumpers’ signal has come back online, again.” Huffed
Ratchet, checking the programs software, “However, unlike last time, it’s in
“Think it might be a ‘con trick?” Asked the female robot,
placing a hand on her hip.
“I doubt it, Arcee,” Said Ratchet, as the three human’s
stood close to his work station, “Since we last saw Cliffjumpers’ remains being
welded back together by MECH, it is possible they may have done what, frankly,
“We saw them using energon to power his t-cog,” Said a short
boy, with wild brown hair and glasses, “they could’ve transformed him.”
“And when they couldn’t control him,” Said a tall, young man
with black hair and blue/silver eyes, “They just pawned his vehicle mode off to
“Where’s the signal coming from?” Asked Arcee, her optics
“Paris, France.” Said Ratchet, making all the human go
“Wait,” Said a young woman, with gold/amber eyes and
pigtails and a braid, “you mean one of the cities with actual superheroes?”
The two males just stared at Ratchet in surprise.
“Yes, Miko,” Sighed Ratchet, focussing on the screen, “one
of the cities with actual ‘superheroes’.”
“Doesn’t Ladybug have a sort-of healing power?” Asked the
tall male, getting surprised looks from the bots.
“What was that Jack?” Asked Arcee, looking at her charge.
“Yeah, Ladybug can literally fix a destroyed city!”
Exclaimed Miko, slinging an arm around Jack’s shoulders, “There’s a video of
her fixing Paris after it was entirely flattened during an Akuma attack!”
The Autobots all stared at them.
“Rafael, translation if you please.” Said Ratchet, after a
couple of moments.
“There’s someone in Paris that can turn people into
monsters, by using their victims emotions.” Said the short boy, Raf, “The first
akuma was called Stoneheart and the heroes were thirteen when Hawkmoth first appeared.”
There was the tell-tale sign of the Autobot’s optics
flickering that showed they were using the internet. Arcee frowned and looked
“Yeah, each time they meet Hawkmoth in person,” Said Miko,
getting the bots attention, “they keep gaining ground on him and he always runs
“Then why haven’t they beaten him yet?” Asked Bulkhead,
getting a sigh from Miko.
“A few years back they had a team,” Said Miko, looking down,
“a pretty big team, until they were betrayed by one of the team members that
had outed their identity to the public.”
“After that, the Akumas got worse and, eventually,” Said
Jack, shrugging, “Ladybug and her partner build a new team, hand picking the
individuals, and if anyone of them pulled the same stunt as Bourgeois, instant
“Which made taking tests a whole lot harder.” Joked Miko,
getting a snort from Jack.
“So, this Ladybug can literally fix anything?” Asked
Ratchet, getting the humans’ attention.
“Yeah, as long as she knows enough about it and how much
need to be fixed.” Said Jack, as Ratchet had a thoughtful look on his face.
“No.” Said Optimus, before Ratchet could even voice his
opinion, “I’ve seen the footage of her restoring the city, if she were to do
the same with Cybertron, she would most certainly perish.”
Ratchet’s shoulders slumped.
“School has a trip to Paris planned next month,” Said Jack,
making the bots look at him, “We all signed up for it, if Cliffjumpers’ signal
is still there by then, we can all check it out.”
Optimus frowned, before nodding.
Miko and Jack shared a suffering look, the tour of the
Agreste fashion company was duller than when the principle giving a speech. The
woman showing them around had the same attitude as she was barely pointing
things out as they passed them.
“And if you look to your left, you’ll see all the models
posing naked to emulate ancient Greece.” Said the woman, Marinette.
Jack and Miko didn’t both looking, but the groan from Vince
told them it wasn’t what Marinette said it was.
“If any of you looked, you would now know that it just the
fabric dying department.” Said Marinette, looking back at them, “It also tells
me which ones of you should be observed.”
There was a louder groan from everyone else.
“Now, here’s the fun areas of the business,” Said Marinette,
as the tour group walked into a large open room, “This is where we model clothes,
cars and any other random crap that can be modelled.”
A blond-haired man, reclining on the bonnet of a sports car
immediately perked up, “Marinette!”
In a matter of seconds, the man had picked Marinette up,
kissed her, spun her around and stared at her as if she was the only thing in
“Adrien, working.” Said Marinette, getting the man to put
“That’s the Tsurugi LX-10 Model.” Said Jack, getting
everyone to look at him.
“You’re familiar?” Asked Adrien, looking at Jack.
“I know that they’re illegal in the States because of the
number of times previous models had to be recalled.” Said Jack, before
scowling, “Not to mention the number of people that died after their cars
crushed them against a wall.”
“Well, this model doesn’t have the self-driving gimmick,”
Said Adrien, frowning at the car, “but it does have a feature called incognito
“Which is?” Asked Marinette, as the car turned from silver
“That.” Said Adrien, folding his arms, “Madam Tsurugi had it
designed for the police, but then she put it on the common market and now,
they’re facing a metric fuck ton of lawsuits.”
“Then why are you modelling it?” Asked Miko, making Adrien
“I wasn’t,” Said Adrien, folding his arms, “I was taking a
A screwed-up ball of paper hit the back of Adrien’s head.
“Work now, flirt with your girlfriend later.” Yelled a
photographer, while a red-haired, dark skinned journalist laughed.
Adrien grinned, before charging at them, soon all three were
on the floor with Adrien squeezing them.
“Ms. Dupain-Cheng, what’s going on?” Asked a cold voice.
“Alya’s here for the interview, Adrien was catching up on
his sleep and I’m showing the tour group around.” Said Marinette, turning to
face a tall, white haired man.
The man looked at the car and then to Adrien greeting the
journalist and her camera man.
“And, no, nothing out of the ordinary happened.” Said
Marinette, as the man frowned.
“I believe I told Rossi to show them around.” Said the man,
looking at Marinette.
“She didn’t show this morning.” Said Marinette, pulling out
her phone, “She didn’t respond to any of the messages I sent her, either.”
“This is the fifth day running?” Asked the man, making
Marinette nod, “Notify the Police, she might’ve had another accident, seeing
how she became prone to them after the incident.”
Marinette nodded and put her phone away, “I contacted the
police after I was told she didn’t turn up, I also called Tsurugi Motors, told
them the car wouldn’t start and I’ve heard nothing since.”
“What wrong with it?” Asked Jack, getting a look from
Marinette and, presumably, her boss.
“It won’t start.” Said Marinette, as she walked over to the
“Does it make any strange noises when you try to start it?”
Asked Jack, following her.
“It clicks.” Said Marinette, before Jack frowned.
“Vince, come here.” Said Jack, leaning inside the car and
pulling the latch from the bonnet.
Vince came without question, lifting it up and looking
“Found the problem.” Said Vince, as Jack joined him,
“There’s no engine.”
Everyone looked inside the car and saw an empty compartment.
Jack then went to the back of the car, checking the rear end for an engine,
“It’s back here.”
“It looks like it’s been scooped out and dumped back here.”
Said Vince, as Jack rolled up his sleeves.
“Help me lift this out,” Said Jack, as Vince took the side
opposite to Jack, “on three. One. Two. Three.”
Carefully and with great effort, Jack and Vince lifted the
Engine out and placed it on the floor. As they were straightening up, both
froze at the sight of a small, blinking device.
“We should leave.” Said Jack, his tone leaving no room for
Marinette and her boss joined them and saw the bomb.
“Sound the alarm.” Said the boss, while Marinette went over
to the PA system, saying something about a ‘code silver’.
Half-an-hour later, the tour group and the employees were
standing on the other side of the park away from the building.
“Maybe it’s defective.” Said Raf, just as the building shook
and collapsed knocking everyone to the ground and producing a massive dust
cloud, “Or not.”
“It was delayed by 30 minutes.” coughed Jack, standing up
and looking at where the building had been, “If we hadn’t spotted it, then we
would’ve been near the top floors.”
Everyone sat on the sidewalk as Ambulances arrived, the ones
closest to the explosion were being treated, while masks to deal with the dust
and other debris were passed around.
“Still like explosions Miko?” Asked Jack, as Miko was having
a cut on her head examined.
The Japanese girl groaned in response to Jack’s question.
Jack felt a twinge of sympathy for her, before he saw Marinette approaching a
red car with bull horns on the hood. Jack watched as she sat in the drivers’
seat, before resting her head against the steering wheel.
“That, is a nice car.” Said Vince, staring at the car.
“It looks like a Dodge Challenger.” Said One of Vince’s
Marinette suddenly turned her head towards the teens, before
getting out of the car and walking towards them.
“I should’ve checked earlier, but are any of you hurt?”
Asked Marinette, just as a silver Aston Martin pulled up.
“Miko hit her head when we all fell.” Said Jack, as a young
Japanese woman got out of the Aston Martin and rushed towards them.
“Marinette,” Yelled the woman, as she came close to them, “I
heard there’d been an explosion.”
“Someone placed a bomb in the back of one of your mothers’
cars.” Said Marinette, turning to face the woman, “It was actually one of the
visiting students who discovered it.”
Marinette paused, before looking at Jack, “Speaking of, how
did you know what a bomb looks like?”
Jack suddenly felt uncomfortable, “Movies.”
Marinette frowned, but didn’t say anything, “Apparently, the
only one hurt was Miko.” Marinette pointed towards the Japanese teen, who still
had a paramedic looking at her head wound.
The woman looked at Miko, before turning back to face
Marinette, “The Police will probably be along shortly, I’ll see you later.”
Marinette nodded, before turning back to the students, “So,
how’re you finding Paris?”
After everyone had been collected and taken back to the
hotel and the employee sent home, Marinette opened the door to her shared
apartment, she could hear Kagami and Adrien talking in the kitchen.
“I can hardly smell the pesticides.” Said Marinette, in lieu
of announcing her presence.
“Yeah, and the rats are gone as well.” Said Adrien, poking
his head out, “How’d everything go?”
“If you mean by everything, having to deal with insulting
phone calls from the Tsurugi’s, as well as having to deal with the Police,”
Said Marinette, slipping her shoes off, “it went great.”
“What’s my mother threatened to do now?” Asked Kagami,
seasoning the food.
“She didn’t threaten to do anything,” Replied Marinette,
dropping onto the sofa, “She just used the entire call to hurl insults at me.”
Kagami blew air through her teeth.
“Yeah, my thoughts exactly.” Said Marinette, before the
sound of glass shattering made her look towards the window. She approached the
window and looked outside, just in time to see Adrien’s Lamborghini race down
“Adrien, your car’s jut been stolen.” Said Marinette,
looking out the window.
“I’ve been thinking of getting a new car anyway.” Said
Adrien, as he finished setting the table.
As if on cue, a motorcycle, 4x4 and two sports cars peeled
down the street.
“Fucking kids.” Said Marinette, closing the curtains.
Arcee drew close of Lockdown, half-transforming so she could
shoot at him without falling behind, Bumblebee and Smokescreen started to head
the bounty hunter off, before he transformed and dove through a billboard. The
Autobots all came to a stop, Arcee scowling at the hole left behind by
Arcee collapsed back into her vehicle mode and started to
head back to where they found Lockdown. A red Dodge Challenger with bull horns
sat waiting for them, Arcee considered kicking Cliffjumper, just to get a
reaction from him.
Cliffjumper prevented her from following through,
transforming and stretching his arms out, “You’ll not believe the month I’ve
Arcee transformed and glared at him.
“I suddenly feel like I’ve got a few seconds to live.” Said
Cliffjumper, before Arcee tackled him.
Arcee kept hitting him, until a torch shone on them, making
the Femme turn in the direction of the light.
Cliffjumper froze at the sight of Marinette, behind her were
her sparkmates, at least he thought they were her sparkmates, all three just
staring at the sight in front of him.
“Akuma?” Asked Adrien, cocking his head.
“Nope, they haven’t started yelling yet.” Said Marinette,
approaching them, “Where the fuck has my car gone?”
Cliffjumper pushed Arcee off him, before collapsing into the
familiar, red Dodge Challenger with bullhorns on the end of the hood, that
Marinette had been driving for the past month.
Marinette just let out a long-suffering sigh, “Just my
Ratchet watched as the Autobots all drove into base via the
ground bridge. Optimus frowned at the sight of Cliffjumper, then at the sight
of three humans climbing out of him. The red Autobot transformed and looked up
“There’s a really funny story here.” Said Cliffjumper,
before a purse hit his side.
Cliffjumper looked down at Marinette, before wincing and
looking back at Optimus. Optimus nodded and Cliffjumper crouched down and
looked in Marinette’s eye.
“Hey, kid.” Said Cliffjumper, as Marinette glared at him,
“You’re probably wanting an explanation.”
“Probably?” Groused Marinette, her glare intensifying, “I
just found out my car, which I got after someone stole and torched my actual
car, is some giant robot, gundam thing.”
Adrien brightened up.
“Actually, I’m not a gundamn thing,” Said Cliffjumper,
making Marinette frown, “I’m an Autobot, my name is Cliffjumper.”
“An Auto-what-now?” Asked Marinette, as the horned bot
“If I may,” Said Optimus, making Marinette look up at him,
“I believe proper introductions are in order. My name is Optimus Prime, we are
Autonomous Robotic Organisms from the Planet Cybertron.”
“Ah, aliens.” Said Marinette, folding her arms and frowning.
“This,” Said Optimus, gesturing to Ratchet, “is our medical
Officer, Ratchet,” he then gestured to the four Autobots behind Cliffjumper,
“You have already met Arcee, Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Smokescreen.”
Marinette looked at the four of them, before her eyes
widened, “Hold on, weren’t you the jokers that followed the guy that stole
“Actually,” Said Arcee, folding her arms, “that was another
one of our kind, his name’s Lockdown.”
“Lockdown?!” Gasped Ratchet, getting looks from the rest of
the team, “Here?!”
“Adrien’s car, was a robot?” Asked Marinette, folding her
arms and cocking an eyebrow.
“And not a good one.” Said Arcee, before spotting Tikki
poking her head out of Marinette’s pocket, “What’s that?”
Marinette withdrew Tikki from her pocket, making Optimus
“Honoured, Creator.” Greeted Optimus, making Marinette look
down at the Kwami.
“‘Honoured Creator’?” Asked Marinette, getting a sheepish
look from Tikki.
Marinette scowled at Cliffjumper’s dashboard, as the Autobot
played around with his radio. Marinette had taken the whole reveal of an alien
race hiding on Earth, what she didn’t take well was Cliffjumper outing her and
Adrien’s identities to the other Autobots, namely after Tikki had been spotted.
“Can you please stop that?” Asked Marinette, as Cliffjumper
jumped from a station playing classic rock to one playing Bulgarian shriek
“Sorry.” Apologised Cliffjumper, as Marinette got out.
“Don’t drive off anywhere, I won’t be able to explain to
anyone why my car is out driving itself.” Said Marinette, before closing the
Adrien looked at Marinette, before going back to watching
the Agreste legal team and Tsurugi legal team yelling at each other.
“Father’s trying to pin the bomb on the Tsurugi’s.” Said
Adrien, just as one legal aid picked up a chair and threw it, “I don’t know why
people watch wrestling, we’re seeing the same thing, but we didn’t pay for
“How’d your dad take your car being ‘stolen’?” Asked
Marinette, making Adrien wince.
“He thinks Madam Tsurugi’s behind it.” Replied Adrien,
“Kagami’s consented for her car to be searched, in case there’s anything that’s
been placed in it.”
“You know, I actually thought the person who’d have the
problem with our relationship would be your father.” Said Marinette, folding
“He did, until I said that your skill, and potential, would
be under the Agreste name.” Said Adrien, shrugging, “He became silent after
“I’m sure it had nothing to do with Nathalie falling
pregnant.” Said Marinette, making Adrien snort.
There was the sound of glass breaking, as one of the legal
aids was sent through the window. Marinette didn’t even blink as she pulled out
her phone and called the police, while Adrien looked at his phone, grinning
when he saw it was still recording.
Down in the car park, Cliffjumper watched as a silver Aston
Martin pulled up and Kagami step out. Giving Cliffjumper a subtle wave, Kagami
headed straight for the elevator, leaving the Autobot with the car. There was
the sound of grinding metal as Cliffjumper transformed and crouched down next
to the car.
“What are you?” Whispered Cliffjumper, changing the angle
for which he looked at the car.
Cliffjumper froze, there was an insignia that was hidden in
the front wheel arch. The winged Autobot symbol of the Elite Guard.
“Optimus.” Said Cliffjumper, contacting the Autobot Base.
“Optimus is otherwise occupied, Cliffjumper, what do you
need?” Came Ratchet’s voice.
“There’s a car here with Elite Guard Markings, are you
picking anything up on your scanners?” Relayed Cliffjumper, waiting for Ratchet
“I’m not detecting any- wait, I’ve just focused on your
immediate area, there’s one Autobot signal in the vicinity, there’s no name
associated to it, but it’s definitely there.” Said Ratchet, just as
Cliffjumper heard the lift ring. The red Autobot collapsed into his Dodge
Challenger alt, waiting for the person to leave.
A brunette with hair tails that resembled sausages stood in
front of Cliffjumper.
“So,” Said the girl, her voice oily and demanding, “You’re
the pile of crap that Dupain-Cheng got.”
Cliffjumper decided he didn’t like this girl, she reminded
him too much of Starscream. The girl rummaged around her bag, before pulling out
a can of spray paint.
“Let’s see how she likes this.” Smirked the girl, shaking
Cliffjumper immediately honked his horn and set off his
alarm, before revving his engine and advancing towards the girl. She dropped
the can and fell backward before scrambling away from the vehicle.
A security guard appeared from around the corner and spotted
the red Dodge Challenger blaring it’s alarm, with one of Gabriel Agreste’s
models, Lila something, screaming at it.
“What the hell is going on?” Demanded the security guard,
before asking Ms. Dupain-Cheng down to silence her car.
“I-I was walking past it and it started driving at me!”
Cried Lila, as the guard frowned.
Marinette arrived and silenced the car.
“Your car isn’t one of those self-driving types, is it?”
Asked the guard, getting a confused look from Marinette.
“Are you kidding?” Asked Marinette, frowning, “I got this
after my last car was totalled after some meth head stole it.”
“Ms. Rossi says it drove at her.” Said the Guard, as
Marinette took a step forwards and slipped on something.
“What the hell?” Said Marinette, picking up a can of black
spray paint, “I don’t suppose you were going to be painting anything, Lila?”
Lila stuttered out some excuse, while Marinette gave the can
to the guard and went back up to the design office.
“What happened?” Asked Adrien, his glasses rest on his head.
“Lila was scared by Cliff.” Said Marinette, frowning at one
of the designs.
Adrien nodded, before looking back at the computer, “What
was I thinking when I asked my father to teach me how to run a business?”
Marinette and Adrien climbed out of Cliffjumper, while
Kagami drove her car after them. Ratchet shooed them towards the seating area,
all three spotting three of the children that were on the field trip.
“You know, I’m not even surprised.” Said Marinette, dropping
into one of the chairs.
Miko rushed towards Ratchet and Cliffjumper, her eyes
zeroing on Cliffjumper.
“Who are you?” Asked Miko, as Wheeljack and Smokescreen
entered the main area.
“Name’s Cliffjumper, I heard a lot about you and your
friends from the others.” Said Cliffjumper, just as Ratchet jumped backwards
when the Autobot transformed. Everyone froze when his head rolled off.
“Oh no.” Said Raf, approaching from behind Miko.
“Oh no what?” Asked Cliffjumper, picking up the Autobot’s
“He’s dead, isn’t he?” Asked Jack, looking at the Autobots.
“Nah, this is Cogman,” Said Cliffjumper, gesturing to the
Autobot, “He’s a Headmaster, meaning his he can detach and transform into a
Cliffjumper held the head in place, as Ratchet started to
insert energon into Cogman’s body. There was silence, then Cogman lurched and
grabbed Ratchet and Cliffjumper and threw them into Bulkhead.
There was a grinding sound and Cogman dragged a broadsword
from his back, stumbling around the base.
“Wha, when, where am I?” Demanded Cogman, his optics
“You’re in our base, Cogman.” Said Optimus, advancing
towards the clearly wounded Headmaster, “My name is Optimus Prime.”
“Optimus, leader, commander,” Muttered Cogman, looking
around, “I, damaged, Lockdown, Lord Bur-, Hot Rod.”
With those final words, Cogman lost consciousness and
collapsed, his head rolling off once more.
The Autobots and humans all stared at the fallen
“I’ll prepare an energon feed.” Said Ratchet, just as the
proximity alarm went off.
“Really? Now?” Grumbled Ratchet, as the elevator opened.
“Prime, what’s this I hear about your ‘bots tearing up
Paris?” Demanded Fowler, before catching sight of Marinette, Adrien and Kagami,
Marinette stared at the man, before Cliffjumper coughed.
“You!” Yelled Fowler, “I thought you were dead!”
“It’s a long story.” Said Cliffjumper, as Bumblebee and
Bulkhead helped move Cogman.
Lockdown was seething, he’d spent months hunting down Cogman,
finding him in Stasis Lock in the possession of some human insect, then a dead
Autobot showed up, followed by Team Prime. Lockdown had made the deal with the
human, Agreste, in the hopes of rounding up the rest of the Knights, hiding as
Agreste’s son’s car, dealing with the humiliation of that boy driving him,
spilling liquids inside him. Megatron had instructed him to find something
called a Miraculous, and after seeing what it could do first hand, he could see
why. If such small objects could fix a destroyed city, restore hundreds, if not
thousands, of lives and bring back a dead Autobot, what could they do to
Lockdown transformed and stalked towards Agreste’s window,
breaking it and waking the human up.
“Your child has friends,” Snarled Lockdown, glaring at the
human, “of the Autobot variety.”
Hot Rod aimlessly drove around the dark streets of Paris,
Sir Edmund Burton had instructed him to come to the city before he was killed
by Lockdown. Hot Rod hadn’t seen Cogman since that day, but maintained radio
silence until he reappeared on his scanners.
A swirling green vortex opened up in front of him, making
the disguised Autobot skid to a halt. He recognised the sight of a space
bridge, despite the power levels being significantly lower that what was
required for interstellar travel.
A tall, red and blue figure walked out of the bridge. Hot
Rod transformed and stared up at Optimus.
“Prime?” Asked Hot Rod, not believing his optics.
“Hello, Hot Rod.” Said Optimus, turning back, gesturing the
bot to follow.
“H-how long have you been on the planet?” Asked Hot Rod, as
he followed Optimus through the bridge.
The ground bridge closed behind him, leaving a seething
Lockdown hidden in the shadows, Gabriel Agreste secured tightly in his seat.
Fowler watched as the French Autobot spoke with Bumblebee
and Arcee, while the British one was being checked over by Ratchet. Fowler’s
phone went off, making the agent turn away from the Bots.
“Fowler here.” Said Fowler, frowning.
“Bill,” Said General Bryce, his tone grave, “I
suggest you look at the French News.”
Fowler frowned, “Why?”
“You’ll understand when you see it.” Said Bryce,
before hanging up.
Fowler walked over to the TV, unplugged the game the kids
were playing, getting a protest from Miko, and turned it over to the French
And would’ve spat out his coffee if he’d remember to pick it
“Prime, you’re going to want to see this.” Called Fowler,
getting the Autobot leaders’ attention.
Optimus made his way over, his optics barely concealing the
shock he felt. Megatron and the Decepticons were attacking Paris. Optimus
didn’t bother to translate what the newscaster was saying, only frowned and
turned to Ratchet.
“Ratchet, activate the ground bridge.” Commanded Optimus,
before looking at his team, “Autobots, prepare to roll out.”
“Wait, wait, wait,” Said Jack, looking at the Autobot’s
Leader, “What happened to Robots in Disguise?”
“Take a look, Jack,” Said Arcee, gesturing to the screen,
“Megatron’s just blown that cover away for us.”
“No, what I mean is, what is Megatron hoping to gain?”
Reiterated Jack, looking around the team.
“There’s nothing in Paris that would interest them.” Said
Fowler, looking at the Autobots, before Marinette fiddled with her earrings.
“How much do you think Lockdown learned before his cover was
blown?” Asked Marinette, looking at the floor.
The Autobots froze, “He’s after the jewels.” Said Optimus,
“What those magical pieces of Jewellery?” Asked Fowler,
before scowling, “I can have what heroes we have to locate them, and their
owners or wielder or whatever.”
“That will not be necessary, Agent Fowler.” Said Optimus,
looking at the agent, “They are already safe.”
“How can you be sure?” Demanded Fowler, as Marinette removed
something from her pocket.
“Because they’re already here.” Said Marinette, removing the
earrings, making them return to their usual red and black spotted appearance.
Fowler froze, as Optimus and the Autobots prepared to
“If Megatron knows what they can do, he no doubts plans on
using them to restore Cybertron.” Said Optimus, getting a snort from Ratchet.
“And, no doubt, ridding himself of his Dark Energon
poisoning.” Snarked Ratchet, before revealing a scan of Megatron, “I took this
scan back when we were dealing with Unicron, Megatron had at most, three Earth
decades left before he becomes one of those mindless beasts he loves
Optimus stared at the scan, “Ratchet, if we were to wound
him enough, would Megatron become a ‘mindless beast’?”
“It’d have to be extensive, like,” Said Ratchet, frowning,
“the spark extractor or beating him into a pile scrap with the Forge of Solus
“What about Plagg?” Asked Adrien, as the small, black Kwami
snored in his hand.
The Autobots stared at the embodiment of destruction, as he
burped and grumbled about needing cheese.
“To get either of you close enough, would be too much of a
risk.” Said Optimus, as Tikki hummed.
“I could make them Cybertronian.” Said Tikki, making everyone
“You can do that?” Asked Marinette, cocking her head
“If I really wanted to, Marinette, I could turn you into a
squirrel.” Said Tikki, frowning, “However, the change would be permanent.”
Everyone was quiet, before Miko giggled, “I’ll do it!”
“No.” Was the unanimous response.
“The city’s burning, Prime,” Said Fowler, leaning against
the railing, “The casualty list is already in the thousands.”
The base was silent, until Marinette noticed how tense Jack
“You okay?” Asked Marinette, touching Jack’s shoulder.
“My mom’s attending a medical conference there.” Was Jack’s
“Jack, she could be hidden somewhere, somewhere safe.” Said
Miko, a small frown gracing her lips.
Marinette gave Miko a sideways look, before smirking. She’d
noticed the concern the Jack had for Miko had gone deeper than simple
friendship, or even family, she just didn’t notice that it went both ways.
“Paris is my home, if you’re going there, I’m coming with.”
Said Marinette, looking up at Optimus.
Optimus frowned, before Adrien and Kagami joined Marinette
and looked up at Optimus, their decision made.
“Ratchet, activate the ground bridge.” Said Optimus,
silently allowing the human to accompany them.
Jack watched the Autobots leave with Marinette, Adrien and Kagami,
before scowling and making a break for the ground bridge, Miko and Raf quickly
following after him.
He had to find his mom, she was the only family he had left,
he didn’t care that he was running into hell.
Marinette stared at the charred remains on the park and,
subsequently, her parent’s bakery. The Eiffel Tower was on its side, one of its
leg torn off, Decepticons were tearing the city apart.
“It’s here,” Came a gravelly, growling voice, “I know it.”
The group all froze when Jack shot past them, disappearing
into the smoke.
“Jack!” Yelled Miko, before she too disappeared.
Raf was a couple feet behind the girl, before he tripped and
fell over. The distant screams of the civilians filling the air, Optimus closed
his optics and sighed. He believed at least half of the city’s population had
been caught up in the crossfire.
“Autobots, evacuate the civilians.” Commanded Optimus, his
battle mask sliding into place, “You three, I suggest you find whatever you
need and guide them to the ground bridge, Bulkhead, Wheeljack and Smokescreen,
remain with me to guard the bridge.”
Arcee, Bumblebee, Hot Rod, Cliffjumper and Cogman, ran out
into the city, carefully instructing anyone they met towards the ground bridge,
killing any Decepticons stupid enough to charge at them. Arcee kept her optics
open for Jack and Miko, before spotting the two, Jack slumped over something in
front of the remains the hotel. Arcee’s spark froze, realising what Jack was
Miko was holding onto Jack as he cradled what remained of
his mother, her lower half had been vapourised, her eyes were glassy and
unseeing. Tears were falling onto her face and Jack sobbed.
“Jack.” Said Arcee, kneeling down next to him and Miko,
before she caught sight of June.
“She was all I had left.” Gasped Jack, looking down at his
“I’m sorry, Jack,” Said Arcee, hanging her head, “but we
need to go.”
Jack swallowed and closed his mother’s eyes. Jack got to his
feet, before the rubble in front of him and Miko exploded, sending shards of rock
and metal through the two humans.
“NO!” Screamed Arcee, as she saw blood appearing on the two.
Optimus and his portion of the team were fighting of the
Decepticons as Bumblebee ushered the humans through the ground bridge, some
were reluctant, while other jumped at the opportunity.
“Optimus, I’ve found Jack and Miko.” Came Arcee from
over the comm.
“Excellent work, Arcee, bring them back to our position and
send them through the ground bridge.” Commended Optimus, shooting the head of a
Vehicion and lobbing a sizeable statue at Dreadwing, knocking the seeker down.
“Optimus, they’re hurt, I, I think they’re going to die.”
Said Arcee, making Optimus pause.
“Locate Marinette and Tikki,” Said Optimus, unsheathing his
sword and gutting a decepticon, “if what the Creator said is true, she may be
our only hope to save Jack and Miko.”
“Change their species?! Optimus, don’t you remember what
she also said? That the change would be permanent?” Demanded Arcee, as
Bulkhead threw Knockout to Wheeljack, who punched the Decepticon medic.
“I am aware, Arcee,” Said Optimus, knocking an Insecticon’s
head off, “but we are past the point of debate, our base doesn’t have required
facilities to aid them in their recovery.”
“But if they were Cybertronian, Ratchet could patch them
up no problem.” Realised Arcee, went silent.
Arcee skidded to a halt in front of Marinette and Tikki. The
two gaped at the sight of Jack and Miko’s bloodied bodies.
“Optimus said you could save them.” Said Arcee, holding the
two humans out.
“I said I could change them and that the change would be
permanent.” Stressed Tikki, looking at the two.
“Optimus said that if you changed them, Ratchet could patch
them back up.” Said Arcee, as Tikki frowned.
“Okay, but you’re going to need help carrying them.” Said
Tikki, as the spots on her body glowed and her eyes went white.
A flash of light later, a male, silver, black and blue
coloured mech lied on the ground, another flash had a pink and black with gold
detailing femme lying next to the Mech.
“I can move Miko, no problem,” Said Arcee, before activating
her comm, “Bumblebee, I need your help with something.”
Ratchet watched as Agent Fowler did his best to calm the
humans down, he was monitoring the Autobot life signals, when two suddenly came
online. A few minutes later, Arcee and Bumblebee entered the base with the two
“Ratchet, these two need patching up.” Said Arcee, as she
clumsily sat the Femme down.
“I’m not even going to ask where you found a Triple-Changer.”
Said Ratchet, as he set to work, “Bumblebee, monitor the team while I work.”
Bumblebee nodded and took position at the monitor screen.
The wounds had pierced multiple important areas, but it wasn’t anything
couldn’t fix. The triple changer, roughly the size of Optimus muttered
“Mom…” Said the Triple-Changer, with Jack’s voice.
“I’m not picking up any human life signs, Optimus.” Said
Smokescreen, as Marinette, Adrien and Kagami re-joined them.
“Tikki’s not picking up anything either.” Said Marinette, as
“Autobots, fall back!” Commanded Optimus, as he, the
Autobots and humans retreated, leaving a city empty of living humans and full
Marinette looked through the crowd, her classmates were
safe, Alya had grilled her about the Autobots, she’d met Nadja and Manon,
bumped into Nathalie and Lianne and various other citizens of Paris that had to
be evacuated. Marinette stopped when she saw her parents, handing out food
they’d managed to save from the bakery.
General Bryce and Optimus were having a meeting with
government officials and high rank armed forces officer. All of them looked
confused, especially when Optimus had relayed, he’d chosen to save the
surviving citizens, over destroying Megatron.
Chloe was the only survivor from her family, having been
with Sabrina for the night. The same story was with Alix, but she’d been with
Kim and Max. Adrien’s father and Lila were nowhere to be found, with them
officially being declared dead.
Jack and Miko had been taken somewhere private, giving them
both time to readjust to their new bodies.
A Decepticon scout that had been captured had relayed that
Megatron wasn’t looking for the Miraculous, but rather, The All Spark,
believing it to be buried under the city.
“What exactly is this ‘All Spark’?” Asked General Bryce, as
“It is an ancient force from Cybertron, that allows new
sparks to be formed,” Said Optimus, “in essence, it could create worlds and
fill them, with life.”
“And that’s how your race began.” Said the head of the CIA,
“But why would it be under a city, who put it there.”
“Mr. Edmund, I doubt the All Spark was placed on earth, it
is more likely it was drifting through space and entered Earth’s atmosphere,
where it crashed down onto the planet with enough force to block out the sun.”
Said Optimus, before looking at the other human officials, “It is likely that
the All Spark was aboard a ship that no doubt was destroyed upon impact with
The Officials were silent.
“The secret’s out.” Said the President, “The whole world now
knows about you, amazingly, some terrorist groups are now claiming
responsibility for the attack, only to be attacked themselves.”
“There is also the issue of the two humans that had their
species changed.” Said Bryce, as Fowler coughed.
“Sir, they were both grievously injured in Paris,” Said
Fowler, “The only way to save them was to get them immediate medical
“Facilities that the Autobot base doesn’t possess.” Said
Bryce, glancing out at the sea of people, “And since you were evacuating
civilians, you couldn’t spare the bots or resources to get them to a hospital.”
“Had the change not taken place, they would’ve perish passing through the
Ground Bridge.” Said Optimus, as there was a cough from the entrance to the
Optimus, and the Human officials, turned and looked at the
source of the cough. Bulkhead stood in the entrance.
“Miko’s awake.” Said Bulkhead, as Optimus nodded.
“I’m afraid, Gentlemen,” Said Optimus, turning back to the
Officials, “that my presence is needed elsewhere.”
Optimus turned and walked out of the room, looking at
Bulkhead, “Has Jack shown any signs of regaining consciousness?”
Bulkhead shook his head, “Miko was demanding to seem him,
but, frankly, I’m not sure how he’d react if his woke up to his current state.”
Optimus frowned, “Has there been any response to our
“Jackie hasn’t received anything, but they might be
maintaining radio silence until they reach earth.” Replied Bulkhead, as he
opened a door and a wrench his Optimus in the chest.
“Whoa, Miko!” Yelled Bulkhead, getting in front of Optimus,
“Where’s Jack?!” Screamed Miko, picking up a barrel and
“Jack is still under observation, Miko,” Said Optimus,
internally groaning about his shattered wind screen, “he has yet to regain
consciousness and his emotional state will be greatly unstable.”
“Unstable?!” Screeched Miko, throwing a crate with circuit
boards at the two, “That’s a fucking understatement! He just saw his mother
Optimus couldn’t contain the wince, before the comm went
“Optimus, we have a problem.” Said Smokescreen.
“What is it, Smokescreen?” Asked Optimus, keeping an eye on
“Jack’s awake, and he’s kicking the scrap out of us.”
There was the sound of Smokescreen being hit, before there was silence.
“Smokescreen?!” Demanded Optimus, before heading out the
door, already knowing that Smokescreen was out of action.
Marinette saw Optimus, Bulkhead and Miko run across the
base, no doubt trying to reach Jack.
Megatron glared at the burning city from the throne that had
been made from the hideous structure that the humans dared to call ‘art’.
Lockdown had told him about these ‘miraculous’ but Megatron’s prize was
something far more powerful. Soundwave had detected the All-Spark underneath
the city, spurring Megatron to claim it as his new capital, with the power of
the All Spark, and his own scientists work, Megatron would be able to cyberform
this entire world and then move on to Cybertron, Primus and Unicron. Creation
and Destruction. Life and Death. Soon, Megatron would be taking his place
amongst the gods.
Megatron heard frantic pleading, spotting Dreadwing dragging
Starscream towards him. Shockwave had been returned to them, mostly thanks to
Soundwave who’s detected some unusual activity on Cybertron.
“Starscream.” Growled Megatron, getting to his feet, “What
feeble excuse do you have for us this time?”
“P-p-please, Master,” Whimpered Starcream, trying to pry
Dreadwing’s hand off his head, “I-I-I only came here to re-pledge my undying
loyalty to you!”
Megatron glared down at Starscream, before throwing is head
back and laughing, “You are many things, Starscream, but, frankly, I no longer
have any need of you.”
Starscream’s eyes widened, as Megatron levelled his fusion
cannon with the Seeker’s head. The last thing the treacherous Decepticon saw
was Megatron’s displeased snarl and the cannon discharging.
Starscream’s lifeless husk fell to the ground.
“Shockwave, I believe you have some experiments that
required… test subjects.” Said Megatron, as two Vehicon’s started dragging
Starscream’s body, as Megatron held his hand out to Soundwave. The Silent
Decepticon dropped a spark into his hand, “And someone find out where the real
Starscream is and bring him here.”
The Decepticons dispersed, leaving the warlord alone with
Optimus and Bulkhead pinned a squirming Jack to the ground,
while Ratchet tried to sedate him. One of Bumblebee’s door wings had been torn
off, while Smokescreen had lost an arm, Wheeljack, Arcee and Cliffjumper had
sported minor injuries. Wheeljack was working with Arcee to reattach
Smokescreen’s arm, fortunately it was a clean cut. Miko sat on the ground next
to Jack, doing her best to calm him down. After a few minutes of struggling,
Miko had calmed Jack down enough for Ratchet to give him the sedative.
“That went well.” Said Arcee, as Smokescreen rotated his arm
and Ratchet worked to reattaching Bumblebee’s missing door wing.
“Never would’ve thought it.” Groaned Smokescreen, jerking
his arm around.
“Is he going to be okay?” Asked Miko, making the Autobots
look at her.
“Jack was under a great deal of mental and emotional stress
when the change occurred,” Said Ratchet, looking at the monitor on his arm,
“I’m afraid that I can only help patch up his wounds, I don’t that the
necessary skills to help with his emotional wellbeing.”
“You, you said he was a triple changer,” Said Miko, her gold
optics looking up at Optimus, “What is that?”
“A triple changer, Miko,” Said Optimus, after a moment, “Is
a Cybertronian who had two alt modes, most of them joined the Decepticons, with
very few siding with the Autobots.”
Miko blinked a couple of times, before looking back down at
“Where’re Hot Rod and Cogman?” Asked Arcee, looking around
for the two Autobots.
“Cogman is on the roof of the base,” Said Ratchet, as he
pulled a piece of shrapnel out of Jack’s shoulder, “Hot Rod is seeking a new
Optimus frowned, before leaving the room and heading to the
roof. Cogman’s back was to Optimus.
“Seven Autobots have broken Earth’s atmosphere and heading
to the surrounding desert.” Said Cogman, looking up at the sky.
“Have you been able to discern their identities?” Asked
Optimus, stopping next to Cogman.
“Jazz, Prowl, Ironhide, Sideswipe, Mirage and Jetfire have
sent out identifying signals,” Said Cogman, not looking at the Prime, “The
seventh hasn’t responded and there are four more Autobot signals entering the
Optimus frowned, the six Cogman had listed would be
excellent additions to Team Prime, but he couldn’t help but worry that the
seventh signal was some Decepticon trap. Optimus was broken from his musings
when a ship appeared above them. Optimus squinted his optics, identifying the
ship at the Iron Will.
Cogman went to draw his weapons, “Stand down, Cogman, it’s
The Cybertronian Knight froze, before scowling. The ship
touched down beside the base, prompting Optimus to head back inside the base.
Marinette laughed as Kim finished his story. There was an
idle chatter amongst the Parisians, some were laughing, while others were
simply basking in the silence of their group. Arcee watched the humans.
“It’s crazy, isn’t it?” Asked Smokescreen, joining Arcee,
“They just lost everything and they’re acting as if nothing’s changed.”
“Smokescreen,” Said Arcee, after a moment, “they lost
objects and those who lost family found others who share their grief. At the
end of the day, they still have each other.”
Smokescreen looked at Arcee, “You sounded just like
“I’ve serving under his command for years, frag me.” Snarked
the motorcycle, as Optimus walked back into the base.
“I’m not sure I want to know.” Said Optimus, walking over to
the monitor station, “Seven new Autobots have arrived on this world, with
another four approaching.”
“Any idea who they are?” Asked Arcee, as Smokescreen
returned to watching the humans.
“Ultra Magnus has landed his ship outside,” Said Optimus,
observing the screen, “Cogman has identified the other signals of valued
allies, they will need picking up before Megatron comes for them.”
Arcee frowned, before the monitor beeped and an Autobot life
signal lit up the screen, “Wait, is that Ironhide?”
“Cogman identified Ironhide as one of the signals that
arrived,” Said Optimus, as he programmed the ground bridge, “Arcee, Smokescreen,
come with me.”
Ultra Magnus raised an eyebrow as he scanned the planet, he
heard one of his passengers snort at him.
“If you have something to say, soldier, now’s the time.”
Said Ultra Magnus, turning around.
The Autobot who snorted at him, Brawn, folded his arms, “You
just said we landed outside of Prime’s base, why don’t we just knock on the
Brawn was primarily green and yellow and resembled Bulkhead.
Behind Brawn, Springer, a green triple changer, coughed and Kup, a teal warrior
with a cigar in his mouth scowled.
“Whether we’re outside Optimus’s base or not, we cannot risk
being seen by the natives of this world.” Said a rose-and-white femme, Elita
One, looking around the mechs, “Optimus is concerned about someone.”
“Attention, Autobot Ship Iron Will,” Came Ratchet’s
voice through the comms, “The main entrance to the base is open, I’d like to
suggest you come in, before Ironhide destroys any more of my equipment.”
“I heard that, Doc.” Came Ironhide’s famous drawl.
The Autobots heard Ratchet sigh, before terminating the
“I think it’s safe to go in.” Said Brawn, standing up, “I
hate being in this tiny ship.”
The Autobots filed out of the ship and into the base, with
Ultra Magnus activating the cloak as soon as they were off the ship. Elita
smiled at the sight of Arcee, before freezing at the sight of two Cybertronians
she didn’t recognise. Arcee followed her sisters gaze and winced.
“It’s a long story.” Said Arcee, as Optimus re-entered the
base, followed by Jazz, Prowl and Jetfire.
“I think we’re going to need a bigger base.” Said
Smokescreen, looking around.
Springer was accosted by Ratchet and practically dragged to
the med bay, “Finally, someone who might be compatible with my patient.”
“What?” Asked Springer, as Ratchet forced him onto a berth.
The ground bridge opened again, as Bulkhead lead Sideswipe
and Mirage into the base.
“Wow, what a dump.” Said Sideswipe, as Arcee went back to
looking into the room she’d been looking in before Elita arrived.
Ultra Magnus approached Arcee, before catching sight of the
sea of humans.
“What are they doing in the base?” Asked Ultra Magnus,
making Arcee look up.
“Long story.” Came Arcee’s response, “Optimus will fill you
in once everyone’s here.”
“Optimus the four signal Cogman said were entering the
system that just broken the atmosphere.” Called Ratchet, squinting at the
screen, “It’s Hound, Crosshair, Drift and Warpath.”
Smokescreen let out a low whistle, “Is it me or are we
getting a ton of heavy hitters?”
Marinette looked at all the people getting ready to leave,
they were being taken back to France and were going to be placed in temporary
housing until Paris had been reclaimed. The Autobots had taken the news about
Jack and Miko with mixed results, Ultra Magnus and Kup didn’t believe it, until
they spoke with Miko, while Crosshairs thought it’d be funny to get a rise out
of Jack. Crosshairs still had trouble with his arm.
Ironhide, Springer and Jetfire had taken to training the
newly turned Cybertronians, while Optimus dealt with the press. The rest of
Team Prime had started ferrying the Parisians back to France. Cliffjumper
crouched next to Marinette, making her look up.
“We’re doing everything we can it make it like it was.” Said
Cliffjumper, looking over the sea of Humans.
“Optimus is going to try and take the city back, isn’t he?”
Asked Marinette, looking back at the crowd.
“Yeah,” Said Cliffjumper, as Elita One directed Mirage and
Sideswipe in their tasks, “I know it’s gonna seem a bit empty, but I promise,
we’ll do everything in our power for you to go home.”
“Thanks,” Responded Marinette, smiling slightly, “It means a
“Marinette!” Called Kagami, as she prepared to get on a
truck, “It’s time to go!”
Marinette nodded, before looking up at Cliffjumper, “I guess
this is goodbye.”
“I prefer a ‘see you soon’.” Said Cliffjumper, before
crouching lower, allowing Marinette to hug his head, “I’ll miss ya, kid.”
“I’m gonna miss you too.” Replied Marinette, before heading
away from the Autobot.
“There’s nothing you can do,” Said Hound, his cigar bouncing
as he spoke, “we’re gonna out live ‘em all anyway.”
The last of the trucks vanished through the ground bridge,
leaving the Autobots alone.
Cliffjumper looked at the crowd of humans, a task force
specially designed to fight the Decepticons, the Non-biological
Extra-terrestrial Species Treaty. Optimus frowned as Bumblebee and Jetfire
returned from their scouting missions.
“They are surrounding the city like a fortress, so that no
one can see what they’re up to on the inside.” Mused Optimus, frowning, “Our
only chance is through the element of surprise.”
“How are we supposed to retake it?” Asked Sideswipe,
scowling at the wreckages.
“Earth is our home now, Sideswipe, while we call it our
home, we must defend it.” Said Optimus, looking at the red Autobot, “I can only
ask you to follow me into battle.”
“Optimus, you don’t even need to ask.” Said Konton, Miko,
cracking her knuckles. Wheeljack had adopted her, to prevent her spark from
failing, with Optimus and Elita doing the same for Jack, who’d taken the name
Trion, in reference to his three forms.
“Then, today, in the name of freedom, we shall take the
battle to them.” Said Optimus, turning away from the group, “Autobots,
Transform and Roll Out!”