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    Chapter26: Megatron's Plot

    Swiftglide tries her best not to let Megatron see the fear in her eyes, as she slowly backs up. She glances over towards Knockout and Breakdown to see Knockout still patching up the wound on Breakdown's arm. Then take out her blaster again as she turns her attention to Megatron. The femme is about to shoot it when a laser blast hits her wrist. Her weapon clatters as it hits the floor and Ironhide runs over to her.

    "I'll help you fight him." He says, picking up her blaster and aiming it at Megatron.

    "How cute, but I'm afraid your little family bond won't help you." Megatron chuckles.

    "I will never fight for you Megatron." Swiftglie snap, clenching her wrist trying to stop the energon leaking from the hole in it.

    "You will join the Decepticons since your body has accepted the dark energon." Megatron states.

    "What makes you so sure my body has accepted it?" Swiftglide snarls.

    "You did attack Breakdown," Megatron answers.

    "I was only defending myself." Swiftglide snaps.

    Meanwhile, Cliffjumper activates his holoform as he reaches the end of the road leading to the base. He decides to drive around somewhere else besides Jasper. About ten miles down the road he drives past a sign that says "Now entering the city of Caseville - population 1,300". He pulls into a gas station to ask directions to a scrapyard to find some parts for Ratchet to help him locate the Nemesis. He parks next to a Blue Honda Odyssey. 'Clark' gets out of the vehicle and walks inside before he goes up to the register.

    "Hello, sir, I'm visiting from Jasper. Is there a scrapyard around here? My friend Ra... Ryan is working on a project for his robotics club." Cliffjumper asks.

    "Yes, the place is called "From Trash to Treasure," but it doesn't open up till nine o'clock. I'm afraid." The cashier answers.

    "Okay, thank you," Clark says.

    Cliffjumper turns around and walks back outside. A boy the same age as Brandon, his name is Nick quickly lets go of his father's hand. He runs up to Cliffjumper's alt mode and is about to climb onto the hood. His father, Brent, dashes over to him and grabs him before Nick puts his foot on the front bumper.

    Brent turns around and says, "I'm sorry young man, my son forgets his manners when he sees a cool car."

    "It's okay, sir, I learned that from a friend of mine who has a brother the same age as your son, acts the same way as him," Clark says.

    Nick looks over at Cliff and says, "Mister, can I take a picture of your car so I can show it to my friends at preschool, please?"

    Cliff nods and says, "Sure, kid, and you can call me Clark, not Mister."

    Brent puts Nick down on the hood next to the horns. Nick wraps his left hand around one of them. Then his father takes out his phone and takes the picture. Brent puts his phone away then Nick slides down off the hood. He goes over to Cliff.

    Nick gives him and a big hug and says, "Thank you, Clark! You are the coolest."

    "You're welcome, bud," Clark says.

    After they go inside, Cliff opens the driver's side door and gets into his alt mode before he closes the door and drives off.

    On the Nemesis, Ironhide and Swiftglide watch Megatron's hand turn into a blade. He runs up to them. Ironhide shoots his daughter's blaster several times in hopes it would keep him at bay. They begin to fear the worst as Megatron deflects all the blasts. When he is close enough, they scream out in pain as he slashes them across their chests. The Autobots struggle to keep themselves awake due to the massive amount of Energon streaming out of their wounds.

    Megatron looks down at them and chuckles.

    "Knockout after you patch up my handy work, use Dark Energon to replace the energon they've lost." He orders as he smirks.

    "Yes, Lord Megatron." Knockout says.

    Megatron, Breakdown, and Knockout wait patiently for Swiftglide and Ironhide to finally lose consciousness. Megatron nods to them before he leaves the room and Knockout fixed the twin injuries. Breakdown and Knockout picks them up and carries them over to the berths located in the room. Breakdown attaches small monitors to them to track their vitals while they leave to go to the storage room to get the dark energon. After the doors close, the Autobots get another message from Alpha Trion.

    "Swiftglide, Ironhide, you two need to escape now." Alpha Trion warns.

    "How can we do that?" Ironhide asks.

    "Yes, Megatron had almost sent us to the scrap yard," Swiftglide adds.

    "I'm aware of that. You two need to dig deep to find the inner strength needed. Remember, Swiftglide, I need you, your sister and Strikezone’s help to restore Cybertron." Alpha Trion says.

    Back in Jasper, Ratchet stops typing another equation to locate the warship as he hears the sound of Cliffjumper's engine as he enters the base and turns around. After Cliff transforms, a sad expression appears on his face as he lets out a long sigh. Ratchet walks over to him.

    "Cliffjumper, where did you go?" Ratchet asks.

    "I went to a city to find a scrap yard to get some parts to help us improve our equipment to locate the Nemesis." Cliffjumper answers.

    "I appreciate the thought," Ratchet says placing his hand on Cliff’s shoulder. "I will locate her even if I have to pull what the humans call 'an all-nighter.' I will bring her back." Ratchet continues.

    They hear some more footsteps and see Optimus and Elita walk in from the corner of their eye.

    "I don't approve of that idea old friend," Optimus says.

    "Yes, you're our medic and scientist, without you we'd be in trouble," Elita says. "Cliffjumper, how were you going to get the parts?" Elita continues.

    "I'm aware of that, Elita." Ratchet sighs. "Did you have a plan to get the parts Cliffjumper, you need what the humans call money to get them when the humans are around." Ratchet continues.

    "I can use my holoform, Ratchet. I probably could have come up with something to say to see if the owner could donate some parts." Cliffjumper says.

    Back on the Nemesis, Knockout and Breakdown walk into the storage room and pick up a stack of dark energon cubes. They turn around and start to leave when they get back to the medical bay. The cubes land in a big pile on the floor as the two drop them when they see that Swiftglide and Ironhide are gone.

    "Maybe we should have had one of the troopers stand guard after all," Breakdown says.

    "Let's get set up and go after Ironhide and his daughter. They couldn't have gotten too far in their condition." Knockout says, not wanting to face Megatron’s wrath if their master hears about this.

    The Autobots continue their stealthy escape from the ship. They reach the flight deck and walk to the edge.

    "Sire, did you happen to pick a vehicle that flies for your ALT Mode?" Swiftglide asks.

    “No, Sweetspark, I’m sorry the Military Base we snuck into didn't have any planes or other flying vehicles." Ironhide answers.

    "So, we are just going to jump to our doom. I don't think Alpha Trion would like this idea." Swiftglide says.

    "Lord Megatron, I've found the escapees shall I have the troopers open fire?" Starscream asks.

    "Yes but not enough to kill them, I need them. Keep Ironhide and Swiftglide on the ship." Megatron answers.

    The Autobots turn around to see Starscream along with an army of Troopers charging their blasters and taking aim at them. Ironhide grabs her daughter's wrist as he turns around then jumps off the ship as the 'Cons start shooting at them. Starscream runs over to the edge and shouts for the seekers to fly after them.

    A few moments later, at the base, everyone hears an incoming com signal beep. Ratchet dashes over to the computer, then the others came over as well. The medic can hardly believe that their systems could pick up this faint signal.

    "Autobots... Escaped... Ground bridge... my daughter and I... Attacked." The voice says.

    The Comm signal drops. Ratchet quickly traces the signal and locate two Autobot signals in free fall.

    "Who do you think Swiftglide found on Nemesis?'' Elita asks.

    "We'll have to ask her once I lock the ground bridge onto her coordinates," Ratchet says.

    Ratchet opens a portal, and they hear a thump, then turn around to see two unconscious Cybertronians on the floor. Optimus and Ratchet run over to them.

    He scans them and says, "Optimus, we need to get them to the medical bay now."

    Optimus and Ratchet picks them up and goes to the medical bay. They attach the electro pulse monitors and Ratchet looks down at Swiftglide. He sees her optics come back online.

    "Ratchet, thank you for saving my Sire and me," Swiftglide says weakly.

    "Save your strength, Sabrina, just power down for now," Ratchet says.

    "Okay, but the 'cons used dark energon on me, and I think they may have put some in Sire too," Swiftglide whispers before she powers down.
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      Chapter 27: A Decepticon Invasion

      Starscream gets a call from one of the seekers. It informs him that Ironhide and Swiftglide escaped through a ground bridge portal. He walks to the edge, transforms and flies off telling the seekers to run recon.

      'Since they are low on energon. The Autobots must be looking for Energon to help them. All I have to do is locate one of them and sneak into their base and bring them back.' Starscream thinks, not wanting to get another beating for failing Megatron again.

      In the brig, Breakdown and Knockout walk in. Megatron asks Soundwave to play back the audio recorded from the flight deck. The Decepticons hear Swiftglide mention Alpha Trion.

      "Why would one of the thirteen original Primes contact Swiftglide?" Knockout asks.

      "I'm not sure Knockout, but once you and Breakdown bring her and Seaglide back. We'll ask Swiftglide after the dark energon infusion is complete." Megatron answers.

      "Yes, Lord Megatron, we will go to the Autobot base." Knockout says.

      Optimus and Ratchet leave the medical bay to rejoin the others. The Medic thought Swiftglide was delirious due to lack of energon when she said that the Decepticons used Dark Energon on her and her Sire. He believes that she was too exhausted to change back to her human form when her Cybertronian side activated. Ratchet reviews her scan again to see that he overlooked the dark energon that is flowing through her body.

      "Ratchet, is Swiftglide going to be okay?" Elita asks.

      "They will be okay, but we don't have enough energon in our reserves to get them back on their feet," Ratchet says.

      "So did Megatron attack them while they were on the Nemesis?" Graham asks.

      "Yes, he did human." Knockout says.

      The Autobots turn around and see Knockout and Breakdown standing in front of the tunnel.

      "How did you not trigger our security system?" Arcee asks.

      "Elementary my dear, I just used my new cloaking device then waited for the right time to sneak in." Knockout answers.

      "How did you find this place?" Cliffjumper asks.

      "Let's just say using dark energon on the girl wasn't the only thing we did." Knockout answers with a smirk.

      "What did you do to her?" Cliffjumper snaps.

      "Are you aware of the cortical psychic patch?" Knockout answers with a sly grin.

      Knockout takes out his prod. He modified it for this mission. The Autobots watch him press a button, and several darts come flying at them. They jump out of the way, but unknown to them they have dark energon on the tips. One hits Graham in the skin as he rolled to his right to evade the three darts coming at him. He screams out in pain and Ratchet sprints over to him.

      "By the Allspark." Ratchet gasps.

      He sees Graham's Cybertronian side has activated. He has Elita's slim build and Optimus' signature colors. Ratchet helps the mech to his feet. Optimus runs over to them. Strikezone stumbles a bit when he sees his reflection in the windows on Optimus's chest. He puts his arm around Ratchet's shoulder so the mech can take a few seconds to wrap his mind around what just happened.

      "Ratchet, it looks like Knockout used dark energon in those darts," Optimus says.

      "It would appear so. Now we'll have to find enough energon to help Graham and Sabrina to get the dark energon out of their systems." Ratchet says.

      A few seconds later, they hear screams of pain coming from the medical bay. Strikezone quickly takes his arm off Ratchet's shoulder and run towards the sound. Ratchet and Optimus follow him. They arrive to see Knockout and Breakdown removing the pulse monitors and slinging Swiftglide and Ironhide over their shoulders. Strikezone mimics what he saw Optimus did to change his hand to his blaster.

      "Put them down Cons." Strikezone snaps as he aims his blaster at Knockout.

      They turn around, and a sly grin appears on Knockout's face.

      "You won't hurt me Graham or should I call you, Strikezone." He smirks.

      "Maybe we should call him mini Optimus." Breakdown adds.

      "Don't test me Knockout. I'll hit you right in your spark." Strikezone snaps.

      On board the Nemesis on the bridge, Megatron is sitting on his throne clenching his first in frustration wondering what is taking Knockout and Breakdown so long to bring back the two injured Cybertronians from the Autobot base. He hears the door slide open and looks up to see Starscream walk in.

      "Starscream, have you heard anything from Knockout and Breakdown?" He asks the seeker.

      "Nothing yet, Lord Megatron. Might I suggest to ensure that we can bring back those Autobots." Starscream says.

      "What is it?" Megatron asks.

      "We should capture the younger human brother of Swiftglide and the sibling of that other human called Graham," Starscream says.

      After receiving the suggestion, Megatron tells Starscream that Soundwave will help him. Soundwave figures out how to edit his holoform program to make a human form that would quickly get the preschoolers to trust him. Just in case, the communications and surveillance chief also called the school and posed as Brandon and Isabella's parents so Starscream or 'Steven' could pick them up after school today. Starscream chuckles evilly as he and Soundwave head to the flight deck.

      The Decepticons land in a safe spot where they can hide their Cybertronian forms so no humans could spot them to Starscream's dismay, he activates his holoform. He groans seeing his reflection on the side of his alt mode. Now he looks like a 5'8'' tall 23-year-old man with green eyes, short black hair, and goatee on his chin. He also doesn't care for the earth attire he is wearing a silver jacket, a gray t-shirt with the Decepticon logo on it, a pair of what the humans call jeans and a pair of boots with a small heel on them.

      'Hopefully, this form will fool those small humans long enough to lure them back here.' Starscream thinks.

      He gets to the Preschool in time to hear the school bell ring. He steps to the side to let the other parents walk past him with their kids. Mrs. Sampson walks out with Brandon and Isabella. The preschoolers are worried when they didn't see their parents or older siblings.

      "Mrs. Sampson, where are my mom and dad?" Brandon asks.

      "Yeah, where is Graham?" Isabella adds.

      "I got a call from your parents they said that their friend Steven would walk you two home today." Mrs. Sampson answers.

      The kids walk over to Steven then they walk down the sidewalk. When 'Steven' makes a right turn instead of going straight, they reach the end of the street.

      "Mr. Steven, we need to turn around," Brandon says.

      "Yes, our houses are the other way," Isabella adds.

      "Your teacher got confused. I'll be taking you to my house to wait for your parents." Starscream says.

      But the two turn around and try to run away. 'Steven' turns and quickly grabs them by the back of their collars. He continues to walk towards the location where he and Soundwave landed. Brandon and Isabella keep shouting stranger danger as well as kicking wildly in the hopes he will get annoyed enough to let them go. It doesn't work, and Starscream joins back up with Soundwave. The preschoolers stop screaming when their throats start to get sore. Soundwave transforms then releases Laserbeak. It flies over to them and hits them with the lowest power energon blast its cannons can produce. After they stopped moving, Laserbeak flies back to Soundwave, and he takes hold of them with his tentacles. Starscream deactivates his holoform then transforms as well.

      "Lord Megatron, we have them," Starscream says.

      "Good, now I'll have one of the troopers open a bridge in front of Autobot base. I'll join you as well; I want to see Optimus's reaction when he sees we have the two siblings of their human pets." Megatron says.
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        Chapter 28: Another Allie

        Outside on a cliff to the left of the Autobot base, another bot is watching the entrance waiting to see it opening up again. A femme, she is mostly blue but has a little of red on her knees, shoulders and the top plate on her hands. Both hands are holding their weapons in their left hands.

        "If my spark bond with the twins and my sparkmate led me here. It means they are inside." The femee says to herself. "I hope Swiftglide and Seaglide even remember me. Our family has been separated for 16 stellar cycles." The femme continues to herself.

        Then she sees the Autobots chase after Knockout and Breakdown. The femee jumps down after seeing the cons are carrying her daughter and her sparkmate over their shoulders. Their bodies are limp like they are low on energon. She starts to run towards them, but a ground portal opens a few clicks in front of her. She stops and gasps in horror seeing Soundwave walk out holding two unconscious young humans in his tentacles. Starscream walks out as well and aims his blaster at the little boy. After the portal closes, she glances over at Knockout and sees Swiftglide snap awake like something must have caused a sharp pain in her spark.

        'Could that boy be her Earth sibling?' The femee thinks.

        She watches her sparkling find the strength to kick Knockout. She takes out her blaster and aims it at Starscream.

        "What have you done to Brandon?" Swiftglide asks.

        Then another mech that looks like a smaller version of Optimus points his blaster at Starscream too then says, "You better not have hurt Isabella either!"

        "What are you going to do if we did? Shoot us?" Starscream asks.

        Swiftglide and the other mech start to lose their balance. They catch each other and lean on the other to try to keep themselves standing.

        Starscream chuckles, "I like to see you two try to snuff out my spark. Too bad you won't be able to, Soundwave."

        Soundwave flicks his tentacles, and she hears them shout "No" as the kids are sent flying towards the cliff. The children wake up and start to scream, and the femee quickly transforms and drives at high speed before changing back to her Cybertronian form and catches them right before they hit the cliff. She looks down at her hands. The preschoolers look up at her.

        "Thank you for saving me Miss. nice blue robot," Brandon says.

        "Yeah, thank you for saving my boyfriend and me," Isabella says as she hugs Brandon.

        "You're welcome." The femee says.

        She sets them down on the ground and looks back towards Swiftglide and the other mech, and they have a look of pure relief on their faces knowing that their children are safe. Starscream and Soundwave take advantage of the two being distracted and shoots them.

        "No!" The children shout.

        Soundwave snatches Swiftglide in midair and uses another tentacle to grab Ironhide away from Breakdown. Starscream shoots one of his missiles at her. She crouches down to protect the children. When the dust clears, she sees that Soundwave, as well as Ironhide and Swftglide, are gone. Optimus and the others are fighting Vehicon troopers as Ratchet does his best to get the young mech safely back inside the base. She goes to help the others and runs up to Cliffjumper and shoot down several troopers along the way.

        "Hey Cromia, thanks for the assist, but these 'Cons still need to learn what happens when you mess with the bull," Cliffjumper says.

        "I remember, but these troopers still haven't gotten the horns," Chormia says.

        "They are just about to get them," Cliffjumper smirks.

        In a few minutes, they defeat all the troopers, so Chromia looks back over towards the children. She sees that Bumblebee and Elita let Brandon and the little girl climb onto their hands. The Autobots regroup next to them.

        "Why did the Decepticons capture us?" Brandon asks.

        "Yeah, did we do something wrong?" The little girl adds.

        "No, Brandon, Isabella, the Decepticons just wanted to use the two of you as bait, so your siblings would let down their guard for you." Optimus answers.

        "You are going to rescue Sabrina, aren't you?" Brandon asks.

        "Of course we are, Brandon." Cliffjumper answers.

        "Why did Graham look like you Optimus?" Isabella, asks.

        "That's because Knockout hit him with a dart that activated his Cybertronian side." Optimus answers.

        They walk into the base. Optimus guides Chromia to the medical bay when they arrive the Autobots see Isabella jump off of Elita's hand. Before she can land on the mech's chest, Ratchet catches her in his left hand. Then he sets her down on the berth.

        "Isabella, I know you're worried about him, but you could have gotten hurt jumping from that height." He scolds her.

        "I'm sorry Ratchet," Isabella says. "If he is an alien now, how did he know that I needed his help?"

        "Your sibling bond is strong. He must have felt a twinge in his spark." Elita says.

        "Is that how Sabrina knew I needed her help?" Brandon asks.

        "Yes," Ratchet says.

        Isabella climbs onto Strikezone's chest and lies down on top of his spark chamber. The calming sound of the beating of his spark lulls her to sleep. Now that she is sleeping peacefully, Cliffjumper goes to pick her up. Chromia places her hand on his wrist, and he looks over at her. She shakes her head telling him not to even think about it. They leave the medical bay to let them rest.

        "Ratchet, will Strikezone be okay?" Elita asks.

        "Yes, all he needs is an Energon infusion," Ratchet says.

        "What about Sabrina?" Brandon asks.

        Swiftglide optics come back online. After her vision clears, she recognizes the pattern of the ceiling of the Decepticon warship's medical bay. She looks to her left to see Breakdown putting a dose of dark energon into her Sire's arm. The next thing she knows, Knockout walks up to her holding a Cybertronian sized needle filled with Dark Energon. After he sticks it in, a burning sensation flows through her arm.

        "You will be fighting for us soon." Knockout chuckles.

        His evil laughs echo in her audio receptors as everything goes black again. She isn't sure what is going on until she turns around and sees Alpha Tron in front of her. The young femme is a little worried because he warned Ironhide and her to get off the Nemesis. Now they're back on it and infused with dark energon.

        "I'm sorry we weren't able to stop Megatron from infusing us with the dark energon," Swiftglide says.

        "It's alright young one. This is just a minor setback. I know the two of you will escape again." Alpha Trion says.

        "Why are you here?" Swiftglide asks.

        "I have some important information concerning your Earth brother Brandon." Alpha Trion answers.

        "Alpha Trion he doesn't need to get any more involved in this than he already is. He is just a little kid." Swiftglide says.

        "I'm sorry Swiftglide, but Brandon isn't a human." Alpha Trion says. "He is half Cybertronian like you." Alpha Trion continues.

        "How is that possible?" Swiftglide gasps.

        "When his birth mother gave birth to him, he wasn't breathing, so I performed a miracle according to Earth science to bring him back to life with the aid of Primus." Alpha Trion says. "He let me disguise myself as a human doctor and performed what you humans call CPR to revive him." Alpha Trion continues.

        "You used energon on him to give his heart a small shock," Swiftglise says. "But what about the car accident that killed his mother. Why didn't you save her?" Swiftglide asks.

        "Correct after that the little amount of energon remained in his system." Alpha Trion says. "Primus and the others Primes tried too, but even we couldn't save her." Alpha Trion continues.

        "How am I supposed to do that when I'm still getting used to being part Cybertronian myself?" Swiftglide asks.

        "You'll figure something out." Alpha Trion says confidently.

        Then everything starts to fade away like a dream does when she starts to wake up. Her optics come back online, and she stares at the ceiling for a moment to wrap her mind around what Alpha Trion just said. The only thing that she wishes she could have asked him when Brandon's Cybertronian side will start to activate before she woke up.
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          Chapter 29: Finding A Vehicle Mode

          Swiftglide can't believe that Alpha Trion waited this long to tell her that Brandon is half Cybertronian like her. She is not sure that she'll be able to help Brandon deal with finding out he is half alien when she is still getting used to it herself. The next thing the femme feels someone shaking her and turns her head to see Ironhide standing next to her.

          "Welcome back to reality, Swiftglide. Did you get another message from Alpha Trion?" Ironhide asks.

          "Yes, he told me about, my human brother, Brandon, he said that Brandon is half cybertronian like me." Swiftglide replies.

          "Keep your voice down. You never know if Soundwave could be listening to us." Ironhide whispers.

          "Sorry Sire, but we need to get out of here." Swiftglide whispers.

          Ironhide helps her down and whispers his plan into her audio receptor. He'll ask Megatron to use their ground bridge to go to an impound lot so that she can pick out a vehicle mode. After she finds one, instead of contacting them to send for another bridge they'll drive to the Autobot base. Swiftglide's glad that her Sire's plan is less dangerous than the last time they escaped the ship. They leave the medical bay and go to the bridge.

          "Lord Megatron, we request to use the ground bridge to go somewhere so Swiftglide can find a vehicle mode," Ironhide says.

          "Very well; where would you like to go?" Megatron asks.

          "It's a place the humans call an impound lot." Ironhide answers.

          "Give Soundwave the coordinates so he can program them into the ground bridge," Megatron says.

          The two walk over to Soundwave before Ironhide tells him the information. Soundwave then turns on the ground bridge, so they walk through it. Swiftglide lets out a sigh of relief when she hears the portal close behind them.

          Meanwhile, the Autobots gather in around Ratchet in front of the computer. The medic starts typing to try to locate an energon deposit. His search is interrupted when the scanners pick up two dark energon signals.

          "Where are they coming from?" Optimus asks.

          "An impound lot." Ratchet answers.

          "Can we get a visual?" Cliffjumper asks.

          Ratchet hacks into the cameras, and they see the video on the screen of Ironhide and Swiftglide walking around the team gasps in disbelief.

          "What are they doing?" Bulkhead gasps.

          "They could blow our cover," Cliffjumper adds.

          "Swiftglide does need to find a vehicle mode," Chormia says.

          A few moments later, the video goes to black. Ratchet tries to get the signal back, but can't isolate it again.

          "What happened Ratchet?" Arcee asks.

          "I'm not sure." Ratchet answers.

          Back at the impound lot, Ironhide uses some of the equipment built he 'borrowed' from Soundwave to disengage the cameras in the lot so no humans could get any video of them. They start to walk around to find Swiftglide's vehicle mode. The first car is a Buick Rendezvous. She remembers doing some research on it, and it is not a safe car.

          "Sorry, Sire, but this isn't my style," Swiftglide says.

          "Okay, let's keep looking," Ironhide says.

          They walk into the new row of cars. The second car they find is a Blue 1970 Pontiac Firebird.

          "What do you think about this one?" Ironhide asks.

          "It looks cool, but this is one of those cars that all older humans would drive to make them feel young," Swiftglide says.

          "So, is that a yes or no?" Ironhide asks.

          "No." Swiftglide answers.

          The car at the end of this row is an Olive green 1993 Jaguar XJ6.

          "This one looks cooler than the last one," Ironhide says.

          "True, but this still isn't my style," Swiftglide says.

          Ironhide sighs in frustration, and they walk up and down two more rows of cars till Swiftglide finally find the right vehicle. It was Metallic Turquoise Audi A4 Sedan.

          "This is the one," Swiftglide says.

          "Finally." Ironhide sighs.

          He shows her how to scan it, and they walk over to the wall then climbs over it. After landing on the ground, they transform. They get far enough out of Jasper and are close to the base. Swiftglide transforms into her robot mode.

          "So, are we going to drive the rest of the way?" Ironhide asks.

          "No, I thought we could walk. You still need to show me how to change into my human form, remember?" Swiftglide

          "Right, so next lesson to concealing your alien side." Ironhide answers.

          "Okay, so how does this work?" Swiftglide

          "It's sort of like a more advanced version of the holoform program the others have," Ironhide explains.

          "So, I don't have another holoform program that I can activate while I'm driving around Jasper when I'm in my Cybertronian form?" Swiftglide asks.

          "While you were out, I was able to look at your medical records on Knockout's computer in the lab," Ironhide says. "I found out you do have one, but it has a layer of code with so much encryption that it can't be activated," Ironhide explains.

          "Okay, so how do I turn it on?" Swiftglide asks.

          Ironhide tells his daughter how to turn it on, and Swiftglide feels her body change into her human form. She feels lightheaded and begins to lose her balance. Ironhide catches her before she hits the ground.

          "Sorry, Sweetspark, I should have told you that you may feel dizzy the first time you change into your human form." Ironhide apologizes.

          "Will I feel dizzy again when I change back in my Cybertronian form?" Sabrina asks.

          "Yeah, it's only a temporary until your body adjusts to changing back and forth," Ironhide says.

          "How long did it take your body to adjust?" Sabrina asks.

          "Three days," Ironhide says.

          "Okay, so let's keep going towards the base," Sabrina says.

          Back at the Base, Ratchet manages to get the video again. The Autobots are happy to see that Swiftglide and Ironhide aren't in the impound lot.

          "Where did they go?" Bulkhead asks.

          "I'm not sure, but I should be able to track them," Ratchet answers.

          "While he does that, we should go out and find some energon," Elita says.

          "Good idea, we'll pair off. Com the others if you find anything." Optimus says.

          They walk to the tunnel, transform and drive off to find enough energon to help them fix the injured Strikezone and get a slight tactical advantage over the Decepticons. The Autobots activate their holoforms as well to keep their cover while they drive around Nevada. The team splits off when they get to the end of the road. Bulkhead and Bumblebee go north, Arcee and Cliffjumper head west, and Optimus and Elita head towards the forest. Optimus and Chromia go onto the highway to head to the state park. Meanwhile, Sabrina and Ironhide, stop to take a break. They sit down behind a big rock.

          "Sweetspark, I think it would be best if we drive the rest of the way," Ironhide says.

          "No, I don't want my friends Jack, Miko, and Raf to see me in my Cybertronian form," Sabrina says.

          "Why haven't you told them?" Ironhide asks.

          "Technically Miko has seen my Cybertronian form - well just my arm." Sabrina sighs. "I'm just worried about how the others will react that's all." Sabrina continues.

          "If they are your friends won't they be okay with keeping it a secret?" Ironhide says.

          "I don't think so, but I could put them in even more danger than they already are since Megatron does know about them," Sabrina says.

          "True, but if you keep this from them any longer, you would be hurting them instead of helping them," Ironhide says.

          A few moments later they hear footsteps, so Sabrina quickly changes back in her Cybertronian form.

          "Elita, the scanner is picking up the same dark energon signals that Ratchet picked up at the base," Optimus says.

          Elita and Optimus walk over to the rock before seeing Swiftglide and Ironhide.

          "How did you two escape the Nemesis?" Optimus asks.

          "And end up in that impound lot," Elita adds.

          "All I did was tell Megatron that Swiftglide needed to get a vehicle mode and that we needed to use the ground bridge," Ironhide says. "I was supposed to contact him again after Swiftglide found one, but I 'forgot' to do that." He adds.

          "So, Swiftglide's human forms just a holoform program?" Elita asks.

          "Yes and no, they are created using a holoform program. It is a special one that allows it to function the same way the human body does." Ironhide answers.

          Meanwhile, at the base, Ratchet hears the elevator open up. He looks away from the computer to see Agent Flower and Sabrina's parents. Brandon runs up the stairs and hugs his mom. She picks him up so Julian can hug him too.

          "Brandon, thank goodness you're okay," Elena says.

          "Your mother and I were worried sick young man," Julian adds.

          "Sorry Mom, Dad, but Sabrina and the Autobots saved me," Brandon says.

          Agent Fowler looks around and didn't see the others, and asks "Where is Optimus?"

          "He and the others are out scouting for energon." Ratchet answers.

          "Ratchet what exactly has happened in the past few hours?" Julian asks.

          Ratchet tells the agents about meeting Elita one, Sabrina first being kidnapped by the Decepticons, then how Megatron used Dark Energon on her to fully activating her Cybertronian form. Her reuniting with her twin sister Natasha. He also told them about Knockout showing up at the base and shooting them with the dark energon darts, which in turn activated Graham's Cybertronian form. Finally, he tells them about meeting Chromia.

          "So, where is Sabrina now?" Elena asks.

          "I'm am not sure. The Deceptions must have figured out that we can locate a dark energon signal, so they are blocking our scanners to keep us from locating them." Ratchet answers.

          "I told agent Burton and his wife about her kidnapping, but they didn't seem all that concerned about her well being at all." Agent Fowler says.

          "That is strange Agent Fowler, do you think they could be hiding something?" Elena asks.

          "They could. General Bryce has ordered me to take her into Federal Custody while he and the team do some investigating." Agent Fowler answers, "So, where is Isabella?"

          "She is safe, Agent Fowler. I'll take you to her." Ratchet answers.

          Ratchet leads Agent Fowler to the medical bay. Isabella is awake and sitting on top of Strikezone's spark chamber. She looks to her left and sees Agent Fowler and Ratchet walk in the room.

          "Hi, Ratchet, who is that man next to you?" Isabella asks.

          "I'm Special Agent William Fowler. I'll be taking you into Federal Custody." Agent Fowler answers.

          "Why can't I go home?" Isabella asks.

          "You're parents are refusing to come home and weren't even concerned when I told them about your kidnapping. So, General Bryce, my boss told me to take you to live with me." Agent Fowler answers.

          Isabella slides down off of Strikezone's chest when she hears him start to wake up. Ratchet walks over when he sees him struggling to sit up. He helps the mech sit up. Isabella walks over to his right arm and hugs it.

          "No, I'm staying here with my brother." Isabella pouts.
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            Chapter 30: Another Half Cybertronian

            Strikezone picks up Isabella and puts her on Ratchet's shoulder. His spark starts to ache when he sees tears begin to fall from her eyes. Deep down, he knows that she will miss him, but it's not safe for her to stay since the Decepticons can use her for bate again. He loves her so much and wants to make sure she is safe.

            "I'm sorry, Big Brother. It's my fault that this happened." Isabella says through her tears.

            "Isabella this wasn't your fault. I'm your big brother; I should have gone to pick you up instead of coming back to the base after school today." Strikezone says.

            "Strikezone, Isabella, neither of you should be blaming each other for what happened today. Optimus assigned me to be your guardian, and I failed you." Ratchet says.

            "I know today has been stressful for everyone." Agent Fowler begins saying. "But if the Decepticons figured out how to hack into the school's computer system, they easily could have figured out the Tucker's home address as well as the Burton's."

            "Agent Fowler is right," Strikezone says. "So, does that mean they'll have to move too?"

            "It seems like the best thing to do under the current circumstances." Agent Fowler says.

            "I don't want to say goodbye to all my friends." Isabella snaps as tears continue to fall from her eyes.

            "I don't like this plan either Isabella, but if something bad happened to you at the hands of Decepticons, I'd feel guilty. You're much safer if you go and stay with Agent Fowler." Strikezone says.

            "Will he let me come back to see you?" Isabella asks.

            "I'll ask General Bryce when we get back to headquarters." Agent Fowler answers.

            "Graham, we are still family... right?" Isabella asks.

            "Of course we are, Isabella," Strikezone says. "No matter where you are, that bond we share as brother and sister will never break." Strikezone continues.

            Strikezone carefully wipes her last few tears away with his finger again then starts to tickle her, causing Isabella to start giggling. A minute later, she begins to get upset and tells him to stop. He carefully moves his finger to fix her hair so as not to poke her in the eye.

            "I love you, Big Brother," Isabella says.

            "I love you, Isabella," Strikezone says.

            Five minutes later, Agent Fowler and Isabella are walking in the building and are about to head down the hall leading to General Bryce's office. Isabella's eyes light up seeing her father a few feet in front of them before she runs up to him. Isabella's father sets down the boxes in his hands before quickly pushing her away.

            "Stay away from me." Mr. Burton says.

            "But Daddy..." Isabella starts.

            "I'm not your father, little girl." Mr. Burton snaps. "My wife and I don't have any children." Mr. Burton adds just as cold before turning around and walking away.

            Tears stream down the preschooler's face as Isabella watches her father walking away from her. Agent Fowler picks her up before Isabella hugs him and cries.

            "Why did Daddy act like that?" Isabella asks through her tears.

            "I'm not sure, Sweetie, but I'm going to find out why." Agent Fowler comforts as he rubs her back.

            A minute later, General Bryce walks up to them.

            "Agent Fowler, why are these boxes in the hallway?" General Bryce asks.

            "Mr. Burton just showed up. He told Isabella that he and his wife don't have any children." Agent Fowler answers.

            Isabella turns her head wipes away a few of her tears and says, "Mister, my dad pushed me away too."

            General Bryce seems to look confused at Mr. Burton's actions before looking at the two.

            "I'll look into this." He informs them. "Until then, I assure you can take care of her, Fowler." He says.

            "Of course, Sir," Fowler says, looking to the preschooler in his arms.

            Meanwhile, Swiftglide and the others arrive back at the base through one of the other hidden entrances; they head to the command center. Swiftglide is distracted by Alpha Trion's last message about Brandon. All she can think about is how he is going to react when she tells him. It starts to play out in her head, but she doesn't get too far when she hears Ironhide shout her name. Then she sees her face is a few inches away from hitting the floor, but someone pulls her back to her feet. The femme turns around to see her sire standing in front of her.

            "Thank you, Sire, nice save by the way," Swiftglide says.

            "You're welcome, Sweetspark," Ironhide says.

            "Why are you so distracted?" Optimus asks.

            "While I was on the Nemesis I got another message from Alpha Trion," Swiftglide says.

            "So, what was the message about?" Elita asks.

            "It was about Brandon."Swiftglide replies.

            "Your Earth brother? Why would Alpha Trion need to message you about him?" Elita asks.

            "I still can't believe it myself, but what he said... Brandon and I are more similar than I thought." Swiftglide takes a deep breath and lets it out before she continues. " It turns out that both of us are half Cybertronian," Swiftglide says.

            "How is that possible?" Optimus asks.

            Swiftglide does her best to remember Alpha Trion's explanation word for word. She can't do it though, so she paraphrases it. She tells them that he spoke of when Brandon was born and that he wasn't breathing. Then Alpha Trion and the other Primes saw it before Primus let Alpha Trion disguise himself as a doctor. Finally about him using CPR to bring Brandon back to life.

            "Did he say anything else?" Elita asks.

            "Just that I need to help Brandon get through this confusing time in his life." Swiftglide answers, "I'd never want to disrespect an elder, and one of the original primes. How am I supposed to help him when I'm still learning how to control my Cybertronian side and adjusting to finding out that the past sixteen years of my life I've not been living with my birth parents. I'm starting to wish that we took a different way home that day, so we never got attacked by that Decepticon." Swiftglide sighs.

            To keep herself from crying, Swiftglide decides to change in her human form. Then she hears Optimus set down what he is carrying. She soon sees his holoform for the first time, a 6'1'' tall man in his middle thirties with short black hair and light brown eyes. His outfit is a leather jacket and matching shirt and jeans the same color as his robot form and tennis shoes. He walks over to her and places his hand on her shoulder.

            "Sabrina, I know that in the past few days your life has changed immensely," Optimus says. "But, you do have us to help you get through this confusing time." Optimus continues comforting her.

            "I know, but I just can't handle any more stress," Sabrina says wobbly. "I can't be a hero since all I've done is put my family in danger and gotten myself kidnapped twice." Sabrina continues.

            The teenager's emotions finally get the better of her. She starts to cry on the spot. Ironhide wants to comfort his daughter, but his holoform program needs to be fixed since for some reason he is unable to turn it on. His spark is breaking because he can't help her.

            After a few minutes, Sabrina finally calms down and dries her tears. She then begins to apologize for her emotional breakdown before they all continue on the command center.

            "Ironhide, my sparkmate, I'm so glad you're alright," Chromia says while running up to him.

            After Ironhide and Chromia finish having their moment, Ratchet informs the team that their scanners have picked up another energon signal a few miles away in the same forest where Cliff and Arcee already found some last week.

            "It could just be a bug Ratchet," Sabrina says.

            "Yeah, you've always been complaining about how bad Earth technology is," Natasha adds.

            "We should investigate just to be sure; we can't let the Decepticons get their hands on anymore energon," Cliff says.

            "I agree, so Elita, Cliffjumper, Arcee, and Chromia, prepare to roll out," Optimus says.

            "What about Sabrina and me? Why aren't we on the list?" Strikezone asks.

            "It's too risky, Strikezone, you and Sabrina have dark energon inside you so the Decepticons can easily track you," Optimus says.

            "I don't have dark energon inside me, so can I tag along? I'll be careful." Natasha says.

            "How are we supposed to get used to our Cybertronian form if we don't leave the base?" Strikezone says.

            "Fine, you three can come, but Strikezone, you and Sabrina are not going to engage any Decepticons if we get attacked," Optimus says.

            Sabrina changes back into her Cybertronian form. Strikezone quickly grabs Swiftglide by her waist and pulls her towards him as he sees her beginning to sway.

            "Are you okay?" Strikezone asks.

            "Yes, I'm fine," Swiftglide says. "Thanks for the save, you'll find out why I got dizzy when we get back. I'll teach you how to change back into your human form then too." Swiftglide continues.

            Chromia smiles at the two before her Sparkmate stands beside her.

            "What's got you happy, Sweetspark?" Ironhide asks Chromia, feeling her happiness over their special bond.

            "Those two make the perfect couple." She says, causing Ironhide to look at the two teenagers.

            He hums to himself, agreeing with his Sparkmate even though his instincts of a protective Sire would rather have him disagree. The two teenagers smile at each other when they look into each other's optics, subconsciously holding hands too. Chromia 'awes' a bit too loud, causing the teens to look at the older femme. Their faceplates heat up in embarrassment when they see Chromia and Ironhide watching them.

            "I agree with Chromia. You two are adorable together." Ironhide suddenly says, causing the two teens to become even more embarrassed while Chromia smiles at them.
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              Chapter 31: Elita's Ship Found

              The group heads out again, though Swiftglide is not so sure they will not find anything out here in the woods since Cliff and Arcee already found some a while ago. Optimus let Swiftglide carry the scanner for a while so she can learn how to use it. She turns it on before the screen starts to light up and the needle moves to the right.

              "Everyone, I think I found something," Swiftglide says.

              The others run up to her.

              "It looks like the scanner picked up the trace of energon from my ship's engine," Elita says, recognizing the energon signal.

              "Wait, you're saying a small trace of energon from your ship caused the scanner to go crazy?" Swiftglide says.

              "It looks that way," Elita says.

              "Elita, why haven't the Decepticons found your ship?" Natasha asks.

              "The cloaking technology I have on it must be failing now." Elita answers. "We need to get to it before the Decepticons do." Elita continues.

              "What is inside it besides energon?" Strikezone asks.

              "I'll show you when we get there," Elita says.

              When the team arrives at the ship, Swiftglide is getting annoyed with Strikezone as he begs her to teach him right now how to back into their human forms.

              "We're only going to be in our human forms while we explore the ship, okay?" Swiftglide sighs, "We are going to be in our Cybertronian form when we return to the base."

              Strikezone nods before Swiftglide looks around to make sure Soundwave or Laserbeak isn't around. Once she feels the coast is clear, she tells Strikezone how to turn on his holoform to change back into his human form. Everything starts to spin around the two before they fall backward. Optimus catches Graham while Cliffjumper catches Sabrina

              "Are you two alright?" Elita asks.

              "We're fine Elita. It's going to take time for our bodies adjust to switching back in forth between our two forms so we might get dizzy." Sabrina replies.

              Cliffjumper puts Sabrina on his shoulder as Optimus places Graham on his. The group begins to walk into the ship. The teenagers gasp in disbelief seeing how spacious the interior is considering the outside looks the same size as a typical transport ship.

              "So, you made renovation to give you more space I see, Sparkmate," Optimus says.

              "Yes, Optimus. You and I will head to where I stored some of the weapons that I took off of the few Decepticon I had fought while I was trying to locate the base and some energon I managed to find as well." Elita says.

              "Okay, should Graham, Natasha, and I check the computer for any files the Decepticons can use against us and delete them?" Sabrina asks.

              "Yes, good idea," Elita says.

              Optimus and Elita head to the storage room. Elita opens the door. She is happy to see all the lasers, plasma blasters and grenades still where she left them.

              "So, do you have any way for us to transport these back to the base other than carrying them in our hands?" Optimus asks.

              "I might have some containers around here somewhere." Elita answers.

              After a couple of minutes of searching, they find two big containers leaning up against the far wall.

              "It looks like we may need our son and Sabrina's assistance," Optimus says.

              "Yes, it would appear that way Optimus," Elita says. "I'll go get them. While I'm doing that, you can start putting the things we are going to take with us in a pile." Elita continues.

              Optimus nods before Elita leaves to get the two teens and Cliffjumper.

              Meanwhile, Chromia and Arcee are searching for any signs of energon or anything else that can come in use in the future. Once another room has been explored with no signs of anything useful, Arcee sighs.

              "What's wrong?" Chromia asks.

              "We've searched a few rooms with no sign of even an energon cube," Arcee says.

              "There's a lot of places things can be here, considering it's only been occupied by Elita for who how long, I'd be surprised if every room were being used," Chromia says.

              "Yeah, you're right," Arcee says.

              "How about we talk about something else while we keep looking?" Chromia suggests as they enter another room to search through.

              "What do you want to talk about?" Arcee asks, going to a storage container by the door.

              Chromia hums in thought as she goes to look on some of the shelves nearby.

              "Well, considering I haven't had any time to spend with just femmes in a while, how about we talk about why you are still single?" Chromia muses, turning to look to Arcee.

              "We're in a war Chromia. Sure you and Ironhide and Elita and Optimus are together, but I don't think I'd be able to do something like that." Arcee says, sighing as she doesn't see anything of use.

              "Is there at least someone you've thought of getting with?" Chromia asks, finishing with searching the cabinet she'd been searching with no luck. "Perhaps when the war is over?"

              After not getting a response, Chromia turns to her companion to see her colored faceplates.

              "So there is someone." Chromia smiles. "Who is it?"

              "I-It doesn't matter. He probably does not feel that way towards me anyway." Arcee says.

              After reaching the end of the corridor with one room left, the two head inside.

              "Is it one of the mechs back at base?" Chromia asks, not letting the conversation with Arcee go.

              After seeing Arcee's blush again, she knows it's one of four mechs at the base. After thinking on who, the most obvious one jumps out to her.

              "Cliffjumper?" Chromia asks before seeing Arcee's blush worsen.

              Chromia smiles at the blue femme who's trying to stop the conversation by moving farther away.

              "Arcee, just talk to the mech, I'm sure you'd be surprised by how he feels," Chromia says. "It would be better to know the other's feelings before it's too late." She adds.

              Arcee thinks on Chromia's words, finding truth in them before either of them say anything else, the two open a small storage container before finding more energon cubes for the Autobots.

              Cliffjumper is helping the teens access the computer. Since it is too hard to try to type on the keyboard even working together using their feet to press the keys, Sabrina decides to return to her Cybertronian form. The trio is surprised that the ship has enough juice to power up the computer when Swiftglide turns it on.

              The first few files are locations of energon deposits. Swiftglide hopes that she can remember the coordinates so that she can tell one of the others when they get back to the base. The next thing they find is Elita's log files of her life on Cybertron. Inside are some video files. The computer suddenly shuts off by itself before they have a chance to watch any of them. They turn around to see Elita walk in.

              "So, what did you find?" Elita asks.

              "Just the coordinates to an energon mine," Swiftglide says.

              "That's great," Elita says. "I'm glad you changed back into your Cybertronian form, Swiftglide. I'm going to need your help as well as Strikezone's to carry some of the weapons and a few supplies that I stored in my storage area back to base." Elita continues.

              After Graham changes into his other form, the teens and Elita head to the storage room, Elita asks Swiftglide and Strikezone if they can move a container that is up against the wall. They walk over to it and move it to the middle of the room. They then help Elita and Optimus fill it with weapons and about thirty energon cubes.

              "I'm sorry I don't have anymore energon stored here than the few cubes you found," Elita says.

              "It's okay. You needed it to survive. I'm sure that the others have found more." Swiftglide says.

              Swiftglide and Strikezone pick up the container again before they leave the ship.
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                Chapter 32: Brandon Learns the Truth

                Back at the base, Ratchet is in the lab making some more energon that Sabrina and Graham can drink while they are in school. Five minutes later, Agent Fowler, Isabella, and Brandon enter.

                "Ratchet, I'm going to take Isabella back to my house." Agent Fowler says.

                "Do you have any experience looking after four-year-old?" Ratchet asks.

                "Yes, I have a niece who's the same age as Isabella." Agent Fowler answers.

                "What about Brandon? Are you dropping him off at his house?" Ratchet asks.

                "I talked with Elena and Julian. They agreed that Brandon could stay until Sabrina returns. Cliffjumper will drive him home." Agent Fowler replies.

                Meanwhile, the group gets a few steps away from where the ground bridge portal first opens, everyone sees a ground bridge portal open in front of them. Strikezone and Swiftglide drop the container as their heads start to hurt. Optimus and Elita's optics widen in shock as they see Megatron and Soundwave walk out.

                "Ratchet, we need your help, Megatron is here along with Soundwave," Optimus says over the comm.

                "I'm on my way," Ratchet says.

                Ratchet walks over to the ground bridge controls and locks onto Optimus' signal. He turns it on and sees Brandon run towards the portal. The medic picks the boy up and puts him down next to the couch.

                "You need to stay here. It's not safe." Ratchet says.

                What the Autobot medic doesn't know is that right as the portal closes behind him, Brandon managed to run in too. Back in the forest, Optimus turns his hands into his blasters. Elita takes her morpher of her hip. Ratchet emerges from another ground bridge portal near them and readies himself for battle by changing his hands into blades. Swiftglide and Strikezone start to feel better, but their eyes begin to glow as Megatron gains control of them. They walk over to him and Soundwave.

                "Optimus, it looks like Swiftglide and Strikezone will be fighting for me now," Megatron smirks.

                "How did you do that Megatron?" Elita asks.

                "It's simple, as long as they have dark energon in their systems. I have complete control over them." Megatron answers as if it's no big deal.

                The Autobots hear crying coming from behind them. They turn around to find Brandon sitting on the ground holding his right arm. They see his human skin start to get covered with orange and red metal.

                "By the Allspark." Optimus gasps.

                "Brandon is half Cybertronian." Ratchet gasps.

                The next thing they see is one of Soundwave's tentacles grab him. Seeing her younger sibling being captured and hearing him in pain, Swiftglide manages to break free of Megatron's control long enough to kick Strikezone. He groans and passes out when he lands on the ground a few feet away from her.

                "I'm sorry, Strikezone," Swiftglide says.

                Swiftglide takes out her blaster and shoots it at Soundwave's tentacle that's holding onto her brother. She runs over to Brandon and catches him before he hits the ground. He looks up at her.

                "Sabrina, why does my arm hurt?" Brandon asks through his tears.

                "I promise to tell you everything once we get back to the base." Swiftglide answers, holding Brandon close to her spark chamber.

                She goes over to the Autobots while Ratchet is carrying the unconscious Strikezone in his arms. Elita contacts the base again and has Cliffjumper open another portal. Optimus shoots Megatron and Soundwave to give the others time to escape as the ground bridge appears behind them.

                "Optimus, hurry!" Elita shouts.

                Optimus jumps inside just as it closes.

                'Why did this have to happen so soon? What am I supposed to tell Brandon? I mean when Alpha Trion explained it to me, it was a little confusing, but I caught on quick to the basics since I'm much older than him. But the more complicated parts still go over my head, so how am I supposed to explain all of this to a four-year-old?' Swiftglide thinks.

                Swiftglide looks down at her little brother and sees fear along with confusion in his eyes. He stopped crying since his right arm finished changing. She puts her hand back up against her spark since he is still shaking because of an adrenaline rush that happened when he noticed his arm covered in metal. Swiftglide decides it will be easier to explain everything once he is calm before she heads to the medical bay. She then puts him down on a gurney so Ratchet can scan him.

                "Sabrina, if my arm turned metal does that mean I'm a half-alien just like you?" Brandon asks.

                "That's Cybertronian buddy, and yes you are," Swiftglide says.

                "How can I be Cybertronian?" Brandon asks.

                "I got a message from Alpha Trion, and he told me that you were." Swiftglide replies.

                "Who is Alpha Trion?" Brandon asks raising his eyebrow.

                "Alpha Trion was my mentor," Optimus says as he walks in.

                "He told me that when you were born, you weren't breathing. When he and the other Primes saw it, Alpha Trion disguised himself as a doctor. He used CPR to bring you back to life. So, you always had a little bit of energon inside you." Swiftglide says.

                "Does that mean I can't go to school anymore?" Brandon asks, not wanting to leave his friends.

                "You can still go to school, but I'll have to make you some energon just like I did for your sister that you have to drink to keep your energon levels normal so your Cybertronian side won't go crazy," Ratchet says.

                "So, do I have parents on Cybertron like you, Sabrina?" Brandon asks.

                "I don't think so, buddy," Swiftglide says sadly.

                "Do I get to stay at the base now too?" Brandon asks, voice full of excitement to stay with his sister.

                "It would be the best option for your safety," Optimus says.

                "So, we need to head home to gather your things and tell our parents what's going on," Swiftglide says.

                "Megatron knows Brandon is half Cybertronian. Shouldn't someone keep an eye on him when he is in school to be on the safe side?" Cliffjumper asks.

                "Cliffjumper is right. The Decepticons already figured out where the preschool is." Ratchet says.

                "So, whoever will go undercover will be working a teacher aid," Swiftglide says.

                "I'll do it," Elita says.

                "Elita, I appreciate it, but Earth jobs are hard to get. Most of them require having the applicant to have a specific amount of experience to get the job." Swiftglide says.

                "What about Miss Elita becoming a security guard instead?" Brandon suggests.

                "That's a good idea. Maybe tomorrow I'll force myself to get up early so we can go the preschool early and talk with Principal Wallace." Swiftglide says.

                "Shouldn't Miss Elita have a human name like Cliffjumper?" Brandon then asks.

                "Another good suggestion Brandon," Optimus says.

                "What is my human name going to be?" Elita asks.

                "The only names that pop into my head are Erin, Ellie, or Elisa," Swiftglide says.

                Meanwhile, Agent Fowler pulls into the driveway of his house and turns off the engine. They get out, and Isabella walks over to him.

                "Mr. Agent Fowler, why is your house smaller than mine?" Isabella asks.

                "I need to stay undercover as much as possible." Agent Fowler answers.

                They walk around to the trunk. Agent Fowler opens it, picks up the boxes and sets them down on the ground. He sees Isabella jump up to try to close the trunk. She manages to close it since he hears the clicking sound of the latch. Her shoes slide off the bumper as they barely make contact with it. Agent Fowler catches her right before she can hit the asphalt.

                "Isabella, I know you were trying to help. You need to be careful and ask for help next time okay?" Agent Fowler says, sitting her down on the trunk.

                "Yes, sir, I'm sorry, Mr. Agent Fowler," Isabella says.

                "While you're here you can call me William, okay?" Agent Fowler says.

                "Okay, Mr. William, can you help me down?" Isabella says.

                "Close enough, I'll call the Tuckers to see if Brandon was dropped off." Agent Fowler says.

                Back at the base, Swiftglide turns back into her human form. Optimus offers to help her again before they drive to her house. Brandon and Sabrina get out before Optimus' holoform walk around the front of the big rig. They walk up to the house and go to the kitchen. Sabrina sees her parents shocked faces as they see Optimus' holoform for the first time.

                'If they are this shocked seeing Optimus' holoform. How are they going to react when I tell them Brandon is half Cybertronian like me.' Sabrina thinks.

                Optimus tells Sabrina's parents that what they see his holoform and that the other Autobots have them as well. Brandon grabs his sister's wrist and pulls on it. She looks down at him and nods. He lets go of her hand and runs upstairs.

                "Mom, dad, I found out something about Brandon that you won't believe," Sabrina says.

                "What did you find?" Mrs. Tucker asks.

                "I found out that Brandon is half Cybertronian like me." Sabrina answers.

                "So, Brandon will be living at the base?" Mrs. Tucker asks.

                "Yes." Sabrina answers.

                "I can assure you that the other Autobots and I will make sure he'll be safe," Optimus says.

                "Thank you, Optimus. Though I was hoping that we'd have a long time until the house would be empty." Mrs. Tucker says.

                "I'll go help Brandon pack," Sabrina says as she leaves the room.

                "We were talking about having one of the Autobots go undercover at Brandon's preschool to keep an eye on him and keep him safe," Optimus says.

                "Okay, Sweetheart, I'll contact agent Fowler to tell him about the plan." Mr. Tucker says to his wife.

                Sabrina finds some boxes in a closet in the hallway before she brings them upstairs to Brandon's room. Walking inside and setting them on the bed, Brandon begins to hand her some of his toys so she can put them in the box. Ten minutes later, they finish packing and head downstairs. Optimus walks up to them, helping the two with the boxes. They go outside before Optimus opens the door to the trailer. They put the boxes inside before Sabrina closes the door. They then go back inside the house before the group smells an intoxicating aroma coming from the kitchen.

                "I am going to admit that I do wish. Ratchet programmed our holoforms so we can try your food. The food you two are going to eat smells amazing." Optimus says.

                "Thank you, Optimus." Mrs. Tucker says. "I made a new recipe tonight, and we're having Chicken Fajitas." Mrs. Tucker continues.

                After Sabrina and Brandon eat dinner, the group of Cybertronians goes back out to the truck. Sabrina helps Brandon inside after she opens the door. She then gets in and sits down. They buckle up before Optimus turns on his engine and drives away.
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