Transformers: Nemesis

Chapter 14: " Armageddon Now "

                                      

     Bastion leads the charge of the Horsemen as they engage the incoming Primes. Warfare unleashes his great battle ax and clashes with Nemesis Prime, who meets him with his great sword. Nemesis Prime quickly turns around and counters Endgame with his left arm, following up with a punch to his chest. Vector Prime meets Bastion and Legion head on as he swiftly parries their attacks with his own great sword. All six combatants engulf themselves with powerful energies as they clash with each other. The battle continues until the horsemen back off and regroup. Bastion speaks first,

" Hmmm... it appears we will have to settle this another way..."

    Bastion attempts to use the space around Vector Prime and crush him inwards. Vector Prime feeling the pressure teleports behind Bastion and blast him in the back with his arm cannon. Bastion flies forward, turning around and giving the order...

" Endgame !! Finish him !! "

    Endgame begins to siphon Vector Primes power until Nemesis grabs him from behind and sends him hurling upwards through space. Legion uses his power to slow time and attempt to destroy Nemesis Prime. As Legion runs by the unmoving Nemesis Prime, Legion is shocked to see Nemesis Prime turn his head and smile. Legion is blasted back by Nemesis Prime's gun. It appears he is not the only Herald to receive this power. Bastion grows more impatient and speaks once more...

" You two are beginning to annoy me... and I will have no more of it !! "

    Bastion opens his chest and removes the two matrixes within it. He holds them both up and attempts to open them, using the power inside to destroy the two primes...

" Open damn you !! ... '

    They do not open. Vector Prime speaks...

" The power of Primus cannot be wielded by one such as you. Clearly, you were not created by him... But that just begs a new question... Who created you? "

    Vector Prime blast the two matrixes free from Bastion's hands in his moment of frustration. He quickly teleports in to grab them before Bastion can do anything. Vector Prime speaks.

" I'll be taking these..."

    Bastion grows more frustrated than he ever has. Legion, Endgame, And Warfare stand behind him as he gives the order...

" Horsemen, enough. We don't need the matrix power... we will use our own power. A final gift if you will, bestowed upon us by Father. Horsemen... bring forth the power of Armageddon !!! "

    The Horsemen begin to emanate with golden energy. Suddenly, they rise up into the air as they begin to transform and link together. After the transformation is complete, the Horsemen are no more. Instead, a new mammoth dark giant stands in their place. He opens his eyes as Golden energy flows out from them. The dark giant speaks...

" Now... Armageddon comes for the both of you !!! "

    Armageddon shoots forward like a bullet train. Vector Prime grabs Nemesis Prime and teleports out of the way. They both reappear just yards away, but it is not enough as Armageddon turns around swiftly and swipes them both in the back with his giant arm. As the two Primes go flying, Armageddon unloads a barrage of powerful energy beams from his eyes. Vector Prime and Nemesis Prime try to dodge most of the blasts, but cannot escape some of them, taking damage to themselves. Vector Prime looks up to Nemesis Prime and speaks...

" Nemesis Prime !! Listen to me if you value your life... We are powerful, but that monstrosity is even more so. We can't beat Armageddon. There is only one way to stand against him. Follow me... we need to get to Earth. Trust me... it is the only choice we have..."

    Nemesis Prime looks back at the charging Armageddon and knows he has no choice. Nemesis Prime speaks.

" For now, we continue our alliance. Rest assured... after this is over, I will destroy you and your maker... "

    Vector Prime and Nemesis Prime begin their retreat. Armageddon is not to far behind them giving chase. He is almost upon them when the black hole opens up in front of the two Primes. Vector Prime unleashes a final attack on his pursuer as he blast away at Armageddon's eyes with a powerful blast of energy. It does nothing more than irritate him as stumbles back briefly before charging again. It is enough time for the two Primes as they disappear into the black hole. Armageddon flies frantically to reach them, but he is too late as the black hole seals up.

Armageddon screams aloud in anger. Then, he pauses and releases even more golden energy. Armageddon begins to come apart as the horsemen transform back into their individual selves. Bastion speaks...

" Conserve your energy brothers. We must not go back to our father without the matrixes... we must get them back or father will surely punish us for our failure..."

    Legion responds...

" No Bastion.. it is you who have failed. Was it not long ago you considered me a failure? It was you who let the son of Primus take them back so easily. If you had not hoarded both matrixes for yourself, perhaps one of us would have still had one to return with. Your greed has done this to us. Your lust for more power will be your downfall. I only pray that it does not do the rest of in as well... "

"  Do not patronize me Legion. We both know father made me more powerful than you... perhaps you would test me in battle? Perhaps then I will finally shut your talk..."

    Warfare intervenes...

" They are getting away as we argue. Stop this now and let us be on our way..."

    Bastion steps back and speaks.

" Very well. Legion, we will have words another time. For now, we know where they've gone. Their little escape only delays the inevitable. They have gained only mere moments, but it will not be enough. Horsemen... we go to Earth..."

    Another large black hole opens up as The Four Horsemen step through it and disappear...


Earth...


    Rodimus Prime looks down the barrel of Galvatron's cannon. They are outnumbered and encircled by the Decepticons. Rodimus looks around him and speaks...

" Autobots... this is not the end. Take them with everything we've got... If we go out, we go out fighting !!! "

    Springer looks to Arcee and speaks...

" Arcee, if this is it, I just need to tell you before this goes down..."

    Arcee listens to the rumbling above them and interrupts Springer.

" Hold that thought Springer, we have incoming !!! "

    Galvatron and the rest of the Decepticons look up as the incoming shuttle charges forth, firing upon the Decepticons. Megatron jumps back and sounds the orders...

" Starscream, get up there and intercept !!! "

    Starscream transforms and lifts off into the sky towards the shuttle. He gets close until the shuttle doors open up. Jetfire emerges and begins blasting away at Starscream. Jetfire speaks...

" Starscream !!! We have unfinished business..."

     Rodimus Prime uses the moment of opportunity to charge Galvatron and knock him over. As they engage in yet another battle, the shuttle lands on the bridge. Grimlock and the other Autobots emerge as Megatron sounds another order...

" Decepticons, get to the city. We fight them and use their weakness at the same time. Destroy all buildings and civilians as you go !!! "

    The Decepticon seeker jets transform and head towards the city, picking up their non-flying comrades. Bumble Bee speaks...

" Oh no they don't, not on my watch..."

    Bumble Bee and Jazz transform. Ultra Magnus and Springer do the same as they take off after the Decepticons. The Aerialbots follow suit with the Protectobots.  Arcee looks back at Rodimus Prime as he engages Galvatron. Then she transforms and heads off into the city...

    Rodimus gets on top of Galvatron and unleashes a barrage of punches with a rage he hasn't felt in quite some time. Galvatron barely manages to shove him off of him, as he shouts...

" Rodimus Prime.. such primal rage. This doesn't have anything to do with that lovely pink Autobot would it?! "

" Galvatron, this has everything to do with it !!! "

    Rodimus Prime transforms and charges Galvatron in his vehicle mode. Galvatron runs back and shouts...

" This isn't over Rodimus... don't forget that !!! "

    Rodimus is almost upon him as Galvatron jumps up and grabs onto the hands of Cyclonus. They fly off into the city ahead. Rodimus quickly turns and looks on, as he speaks...

" Not by a long shot..."

    Rodimus revs his engine and proceeds full throttle into the city of San Francisco...

    Above, Starscream and Jetfire continue their aerial combat through the skies. Starscream takes Jetfire through the bridge cables. He cannot shake him. They fly over the city as Starscream finally makes his move. Maneuvering around the side of a building, he catches a ledge and transforms at the same time, jumping up onto the roof. Jetfire flies right by, before noticing Starscream’s scheme. Starscream blast away at Jetfire as he turns back and flies towards Starscream. As Jetfire rams into Starscream, they go crashing off the side of the building, and into the building next to them.

    The debris of the building comes crashing down upon the civilians below. The streets are filled with the screaming and running, as people seek to avoid the rampaging giant robots. Megatron looks around him smiles. Megatron shouts...

" Menasor, Devastator... destroy these buildings !!! "

    The Stunticons and Constructicons transform and merge into their giant counterparts. After pounding and smashing their way into the side of a nearby building, they are met by the giant Autobots. Defensor and Superion are here. The four giants continue to battle as massive damage continues to occur around them. Superion is thrown by Menasor into a nearby gas station. The station erupts in flames as the gas lines explode. Bumble Bee domes in driving as fast as he can. He is on time, as he transforms in mid drive, jumping forward and picking up two nearby civilians close to the gas station... avoiding the eruption.

    Grimlock arrives and engages Shockwave, who is shooting all of the nearby vehicles. Grimlock shouts...

" Coward !!! Take on someone your own size... take on Grimlock !!! "

    Jazz drives right by Grimlock. He cannot help but wonder... Grimlock is starting to speak in the third person again. Is his intelligence draining? He does not get much more time to think as he is blasted from the sky by Dirge. Jazz lifts off of the ground and starts tumbling, finally crashing at the feet of Megatron. Jazz transforms into robot mode as Megatron looks over him...

" Well, Well... what do we have here? Jazz.. another of Optimus Primes favorites. Pity he isn't here to see me kill you, or I might have a sense of satisfaction now..."

    Megatron picks Jazz up into the air and holds a blaster to the side of his head. The injured Jazz tries to struggle free, but to no avail. Megatron gloats...

" Yes.. that's it. Struggle, it only makes it more fun..."

    Megatron may have had his wish, if not for the last incoming shuttle, blasting away at Megatron. Megatron drops Jazz and seeks cover, diving to the ground. The shuttle lands hard on the street below, but not before the pilot jumps out of the shuttle door and onto the ground nearby Megatron.

Optimus Prime is here.

    Optimus surveys the massive destruction around him. The innocent humans; victims of the Decepticon threat once more. As the Autobots and Decepticons wage their everlasting war here in the streets of San Francisco, one thing is clear to Optimus. This ends here, and now. Optimus Prime picks up Megatron and hurls him into the side of a nearby vehicle. Without giving Megatron the time to catch his guard, Optimus picks up Megatron and slams him into the ground; as he remains grabbing him, and peers into his eyes - face to face. Optimus speaks...

" Megatron... I have seen enough destruction for a lifetime. No longer will the humans or any other Autobot suffer your brutality. The war between us ends today. "

    Optimus comes close to ending Megatron for good, until one last final interruption occurs. Every combatant ceases their fight and looks up. People attempting to escape the robots in their vehicles come to a stop and exit their cars. Everyone looks up as the giant shadow envelops the sky and the city.

The Earth is not any safer... Unicron has arrived...

Chapter 15: " End of the Road "

                                       

Unicron hovers silently for only a brief moment. Then, no words need be spoken. He knows what he wants, and he will have it. Unicron's eyes glow red, and then explode in burst of energy. Red lasers shoot forth through the skies and begin to hit the streets and buildings of San Francisco. Optimus surveys even more chaos around him.

    People run, screaming everywhere. People get hit with the destructive beams. Building debris fall on their fragile bodies. Chaos is in the streets. The Cybertronian war has reached it's ultimate point, here on Earth. The Autobots enemies have come to Earth, and now prepare to lay waste to it. The Decepticons. Unicron. The bodies lay in the streets.. smoke and ash fill the air. The screams.. Optimus Prime cannot get the screams out of his head. For the first time ... Optimus Prime lets a stray thought slip past his mind..." This is the end of the road... we cannot win this fight.. Earth is doomed..."

The thought does not last long.

    Optimus picks Megatron up into the air as Soundwave comes running in from behind. Optimus Hurls Megatron directly into Soundwave, sending them backwards through the garbage truck behind them. Optimus does not hesitate to get back into the right frame of mind and give the orders...

" Aerialbots !! Take who you can, get inside Unicron and destroy him !!! "

    Superion emerges from the fires of the gas station he was thrown into. He is damaged, and engulfed in flames - but he will not let that get in the way of the mission. Superion leaves his battle with Menasor and jumps into the air, transforming back into the individual Aerialbots. Sky-Lynx swoops down and speaks...

" Autobots, I’ll take anyone that can get to me !!! "

    Jazz drags himself over to Sky-Lynx and speaks...

" I may be injured..uhn..but I still got some fight left in me dammit !!! "

    Ultra Magnus, Blur, Blaster, and Bumble Bee drive up and enter Sky-Lynx as well. Sky-Lynx lifts off and heads for the giant above.

    Meanwhile Soundwave emerges from behind the distracted Optimus Prime and bear hugs him from behind, leaving him vulnerable to Megatron's charging attack. Megatron punches Optimus in the chest repeatedly. Soundwave finally lets him go at Megatron’s request, as Megatron proceeds to kick Optimus into the air and against a burning vehicle.

    Megatron rips street sign from the ground and rams in forward... right through the right chest of Optimus Prime.

" AAARRGGHHHHH !!!!"

    Optimus Lets out a great and painful scream that is heard from everyone nearby. Megatron walks over to Optimus and rips out the pole, revealing sparks of Energon spewing from Optimus Chest. Megatron speaks.

" So Optimus Prime... this is how it ends. Look around you.. The chaos. The Death. You have failed to protect Cybertron as you have failed to protect Earth and it's inhabitants. You were never fit to lead as I was Optimus... If only you'd surrendered Cybertron to my leadership, perhaps it would still exist to this day. No doubt by now, Unicron has already destroyed it, as I will now destroy you !!! "

    Optimus raises his hand, but to no avail as Megatron simply kicks it away. Megatron raises his blaster. A blaster fires.. but it is not Megatron's. Megatron stumbles forward; smoke emanating from his back. He turns and faces his shooter, speaking...

" Who dares !? ...Ah... The mighty Grimlock..."

    Grimlock drops the defeated Shockwave from his fist. With his blaster in his other hand, he take his newly freed hand and draws his mighty Energon sword. Grimlock speaks...

" Get away Megatron. You want to fight? Fight Grimlock  !!! "

    Soundwave unleashes two of his cassette minions; Buzzsaw, and Ratbat. Grimlock charges forward and unleashes a mighty attack with his Energon sword, cutting the cassette warriors in half, and killing them. Soundwave yells out to them as Grimlock blast Soundwave aside to the ground. Megatron braces as Grimlock tackles him into the side of the nearby building.

Nearby, Galvatron arrives on the scene with Cyclonus and Scourge, as Arcee is seen assisting nearby injured civilians. Galvatron allows a smirk to come across his face as he transforms into a rocket cannon and unleashes a blast straight at her. Arcee turns as she comes face to face with impending doom. Arcee dodges the shot at the last moment, tumbling away and returning fire. Scourge and Cyclonus join in as they triple team Arcee, forcing her to take cover behind a burning vehicle. Galvatron speaks...

" Didn't I kill you Arcee? No matter, I'll make sure i finish the job today !!"

    Galvatron blast away the car that Arcee had been using for cover. Left out in the open, Galvatron takes the opportunity to take one last precise shot. Unable to get out of the way in time... Arcee is fortunate that help arrives in time.

" Arcee, look out !!! "

    Springer rushes in and takes the shot point blank for Arcee. Springer tumbles to the ground, smoke emanating from his chest area. Arcee runs to him as Springer struggles to look up at her. Arcee speaks.

" Springer, no !! Why ?! "

" Aw Arcee.. isn't it obvious? The way feel about you.. I thought you knew..."

    Springer reaches out for his blaster and takes a few well aimed shots at the three incoming Decepticons. Scourge takes two hits, falling back. Cyclonus blast away at the two Autobots as Springer once again takes a few more shots as he covers Arcee. Arcee shouts...

" No !! Dammit Springer, let me go !! Don't do this..."

" I'm sorry Arcee,,, but I’d rather die than let Galvatron get his hands on you again.. run.. go now !!! find...find Rodimus !!"

" No Springer.. I'm not leaving you here.."

    Arcee gets up from behind Springer and unleashes a barrage of blast fire. Cyclonus takes a great deal of hits as he stumbles back. Galvatron grabs Cyclonus and uses him as a shield. Galvatron speaks...

" Well done Cyclonus... you have always served me well..."

    Galvatron pushes forward until he is upon Arcee. Galvatron blast her gun out of her hand and strikes her down to the ground beside Springer, who shouts up at Galvatron...

" Leave her..a..alone..."

" Oh no Autobot.. I'm going to do a lot more than leave her alone... To bad you won't be around to see it..."

    Galvatron raises his gun and blast Springer one last time in the chest.

" Noooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

    The cry comes from behind Galvatron as Rodimus rushes in, driving right into Galvatron. Transforming back into robot mode, Rodimus uses his hands and unleashes his fury upon Galvatron. Galvatron doesn't has a moment to recover as he is beaten severely. Rodimus finally lifts a car up and smashes it into the ground on top of Galvatron, smashing in the side of his face. Rodimus raises the car up one last time... ready to deliver the killing blow. Rodimus looks down at the barley alive Galvatron. This is it. Rodimus Prime thinks of all the damage that Galvatron has done to him.. to his friends.

    Then, the stray thought comes across his mind. He remembers Optimus Prime in this same situation with Megatron, not long ago. Optimus gave Megatron the option of surrender before he would murder Megatron. Rodimus screams in rage one last time before dropping the car to the ground... yards away from Galvatron. Rodimus speaks...

" No Galvatron.. I'm not like you.. I'm not a murderer. Surrender Galvatron... it's over. Stay down..."

" I...I...dammit Rodimus Prime...G..Galvatron su..rrenders..."

    Galvatron's head falls to the ground. Rodimus turns his attention to Arcee, who holds Springer in her arms. He is badly injured. Rodimus runs to them as he looks up at Arcee. Arcee pulls her blaster and shouts...

" Rodimus down !!! "

    Rodimus jumps down as Arcee blast away with everything she’s got. Rodimus looks back and sees Galvatron take every hit, as he staggers back and falls to the ground ... for the last time. Galvatron's eyes dim as he utters his last words...

" N...No... The mighty Galvatron...done in.. by...by a fem..."

    Galvatron dies as Rodimus looks up to Arcee. He gets up and rushes to Springer’s side. Rodimus speaks...

" Hang in there buddy... stay with us..."

" .....No Rodimus..N..Not this time..."

" Don't talk like that buddy... Springer please..."

" It's o.k. Rodimus... I'd have done the same for you any day.. your my best friend.. both of ya. Heh, ill say hey to Kup for all of us eh? "

    Arcee speaks.

" Springer... thank you... please don't die..we..I need you..."

    Springer looks up and grabs her hand before responding... one last time.

" It's o.k. Arcee... no matter what happens this day... it's going to be o.k... as long as we have each other..."

    Springer moves Arcee's hand over to Rodimus hand and covers them together. Springer’s eyes dim as the rest of the Energon leaves his body. Springer's hand falls to the ground and he dies.

    Arcee falls into Rodimus embrace as they mourn the death of their best friend. Rodimus looks up and into the sky as his friends head into a collision course with the mad God above...



    The Aerialbots fly straight towards Unicron as he continues his onslaught of destruction. They dodge and evade his laser beams until he catches a glimpse of their incoming. Unicron turns all of his attention towards them and begins blasting them. Sky-Lynx enters the fray, as he is almost upon Unicron. Unicron turns and blast him with his laser beam. Sky-Lynx shudders as he takes a direct hit and clips the wing off his shuttle mode. He speaks...

" Autobots !!! This is it, get ready..."

    The Aerialbots see what is happening and First Aid speaks.

" Sky-Lynx !! We'll give you as much cover as possible !! Get to Unicron's mouth, hurry !! "

    The Aerialbots move in and blast away at Unicron, giving Sky-Lynx enough time to get into position above Unicron. The Aerialbots transform into Superion and attempt to land inside Unicron's mouth. Superion gets halfway inside before Unicron closes his mouth shut, clamping Superion in two with his teeth. Sky-Lynx hovers overhead as his shuttle doors open. Ultra Magnus and the Autobots emerge and drop down towards Unicron's mouth. Superion notices their incoming and uses the last of his reserves to pry apart Unicron’s teeth. It is just enough for Magnus and the others to get inside. Unicron bites down and crushes Superion once and for all. Sky-Lynx turns and attempts to fly away, but he is too close. Sky-Lynx is blasted to pieces as Unicron's wrath envelops him. Unicron shouts...

" I will kill you all, children of Primus... I cannot be stopped !!! "

    Ultra Magnus and crew charge inside, headed towards the mainframe network inside Unicron. Just up ahead, the doorway to their destination. Upon reaching it, they are met by surprise. The Sweeps come from the room, guns blazing. There are many of them. Ultra Magnus and crew take cover and return blaster fire. Magnus knows that they are almost to their goal... if only they can get past the Sweeps that guard the room...



    Finally, Optimus struggles to stand. Looking around, Defensor is barely holding his own against Menasor and Devastator. Through the skies above, Jetfire and Starscream continue their battle. Inside the building in front of him, Grimlock and Megatron engage in deadly combat. Optimus attempts to enter the hole in the wall to assist his friend, but falls once more. A hand reaches down and takes his, as the voice speaks...

" Easy there Optimus... I have you. "

    Optimus takes the hand of Rodimus Prime, and stands with his help. Rodimus takes his arm around his back and speaks...

" Galvatron is dead... but so is Springer. Optimus.. this battle doesn't look good. Arcee and I can help, but we need a way to get up there to Unicron.. he is the immediate threat..."

    They are interrupted by the sudden opening of a portal behind them. Stepping out come the two opposing heralds; Vector Prime and Nemesis Prime. Vector Prime looks to Optimus and speaks...

" Optimus... your hurt badly. Let me help you..."

    Vector Prime places his hands over Optimus Primes chest as his own life's energy flows through his hands... healing Optimus Prime. Vector Prime speaks.

" Every time I do that, I lose a portion of my own life’s energy... but you must survive if we are to weather the coming storm - You and Rodimus Prime both..."

    Rodimus steps forward and speaks.

" What are you talking about? Who are you? "

" I am Vector Prime, and together, along with Nemesis Prime here, we just might be able to stop them. Quickly, we don't have much time. Optimus, Rodimus.. take these..."

    Vector Prime opens up his chest and pulls out the two previously stolen matrixes. After returning them to both Primes, Vector Prime speaks again.

" Primus chose you two for a reason. Should the time come, you would be his chosen protectors. Only you two were given certain gifts of power. It is within your very spark to do what must be done... trust me when the time comes... "

    Vector Prime does not have time to finish his sentence. A second portal opens up and The Horsemen are among them once more. Bastion steps forward and speaks.

" You cannot escape us for long Herald of Primus. What did you hope to accomplish? "

    Vector Prime raises up his great sword and speaks.

" Everything !!! "

    The Four Primes stand in unison.

    The Four Horsemen do the same.

The fate of the Earth.. and perhaps the entire Universe is in their hands. After a brief stare down, the battle to decide those very fates... begins...

Chapter 16: " Legacy Fulfilled "

                                         

  It is dark now in the city. Only the flames that burn the debris light the cityscape. As the war ensues in the atmosphere above, many different battles still wage on the ground below. Only one wages privately, inside a battle ridden building.

    Megatron struggles before kicking Grimlock off of him. Megatron reaches for his blaster but Grimlock slashes away at it with his Energon sword. Grimlock speaks...

" I don't think so... Grimlock not let you do that..."

" Grimlock. Since when do you speak in the first and third person? You must finally be loosing all your wires !!! "

    Megatron reaches for a piece of concrete and hurls it at Grimlock. Grimlock dodges it and continues to stalk Megatron forward.

" Grimlock don't care what Megatron think.. I..I... Grimlock..no..."

    Grimlock struggles to maintain his thoughts. His worst fears come to haunt him now. The serum... it's effects have begun to wear off. The intelligence that he once knew is leaving him. Megatron uses this momentary lapse and tackles Grimlock down. Megatron quickly gets up and grabs Grimlock's Energon sword. Megatron speaks...

" Poor Grimlock... whatever it is that's bothering you... it couldn’t have come at a better time. You were once considered the greatest of the Autobot warriors. Pity your stupidity had to come along and ruin it all for you, or you might have become Prime yourself !!! "

    Megatron begins hacking away at Grimlock. Grimlock dodges most of the attacks before finally getting caught in the stomach. Grimlock falls, as he clutches his stomach, sparks flying outwards. Megatron stands over Grimlock, wielding his own Energon sword over his head. Megatron speaks...

" Grimlock... I count you as my oldest adversary. Our battles began way before Optimus Prime and I began our feud. I will take great pleasure in finally killing you..."

    Megatron brings the sword down upon Grimlock’s head but not before Grimlock sacrifices his arm to block the incoming blow. With the Energon sword stuck into Grimlock's arm, he uses his free arm and jams his fist into Megatron’s side...

" Uck !!! "

    Grimlock pulls Megatron closer to his face and speaks...

" Grimlock may not know much... but Grimlock know this... Megatron talk to much !!! "

    Grimlock pulls out his fist and reveals the gaping hole in Megatron's side. They both fall to the ground. Megatron struggles, but finds the strength to attack Grimlock with his last ounce of strength. Megatron speaks...

" Nooo !!! I will not be undone by the likes of you !!!

    Megatron takes the Energon sword in Grimlock's arm and shoves it down into the side of his back, impaling him. Grimlock lets out a primal scream of agony. Then he lowers his head, and remains motionless. Megatron speaks...

" Heh.. heheh.. You were a fool to think you could defeat me in battle Grimlock... what did you think would happen? "

    Grimlock suddenly looks up and grabs Megatron by the head, digging his right thumb into Megatron's eye socket and destroying it. Grimlock speaks...

" Grimlock may die tonight, but Grimlock not die without a fight...it not the Autobot way... it's the Dinobot way..."

    Megatron screams in rage as he rips out the Energon sword Grimlock was impaled on and swipes away at Grimlock, severing his legs. Finally, Megatron picks up his blaster and looks back at Grimlock. Grimlock uses his one good arm and drags himself to Megatron’s feet. Megatron points his blaster down at his head, and speaks.

" Look at you.. pathetic. Dragging yourself across the floor without your limbs to help you. I may be missing an eye Grimlock, but I can still function. Can you ? "

" ...Heh. Grimlock function perfectly......"

    Grimlock opens a compartment inside his chest and removes a sticky grenade. Megatron looks and speaks under his voice...

" No..."

"... Yes..."

    Megatron blast away as Grimlock plants the explosive on the side of Megatron's leg. Then the room fills with fire as the explosion rocks the entire first floor of the battle ravaged building. Then, through the smoke and ash, all is quiet...

    
Atop the city...



    Jetfire treads carefully atop the buildings roof tops, blaster in hand. He listens and watches for Starscream to pop out of his hiding place. Until then, he listens to Starscream's taunts...

" Jetfire old friend, come now. Surely, you don't have it in you to kill a former comrade? "

" The key word there is * Former * Starscream..."

    Starscream pops out and fires at Jetfire from afar before returning to his hiding place. Jetfire easily dodges before continuing to track him.

" Jetfire, after all of these years... I'd have expected you to join the Decepticon cause by now..."

" That's funny Starscream. By now, I'd have expected you to be dead. How did you manage to make it back from death's grip again? "

" Ah Ah... Now that would be telling..."

    Starscream pops out again, and takes two more shots at Jetfire. Before Starscream goes back into hiding, Jetfire catches a glimpse of him. Jetfire speaks...

" I have you now Starscream..."

    Jetfire blast away the roof top fire hatch that Starscream was hiding behind. Starscream jumps to the side, still firing away at Jetfire. Jetfire quickly transforms into Jet mode and rams Starscream through, continuing upwards into the night time sky. Starscream hangs onto the tip of Jetfire’s jet as he shouts over the engines roar...

" Damn you Jetfire, why won't you just die !!! "

" I can't... not till I know for sure you'll stay dead... "

    Jetfire heads into the upper atmosphere and looks into the sun. His engines begin to throttle as he gains his speed. Starscream looks back and knows what Jetfire is thinking. Starscream shouts...

" Throwing me into the sun eh? Not going to happen today Jetfire. I've been dead, and I don't plan on dying again anytime soon. That's the difference between us old friend. I'm not afraid of death... I've already beaten it !!! "

    They hurtle just past the moon as Starscream looks back once more and smiles. Jetfire speaks,

" What's so funny Starscream? "

" Try turning around and looking for yourself Jetfire... you'll have a blast !!! "

    Jetfire is suddenly shot up from behind. Releasing Starscream, he begins his descent towards the moon. Jetfire lands hard before transforming back into robot mode. As he looks up, four figures hover over him. Starscream hovers past Dirge, Thrust, and Ramjet, before speaking,

" Poor Jetfire.. Where are your Autobot friends now? That's the other difference between us... My friends have my back. Tell me Jetfire... who has yours ?..."

    A voice interrupts them before Jetfire responds...

" That's funny Starscream... Coming from you that is. The part about friends having each other’s backs? That part almost killed me - again..."

    Starscream and the others look behind them and come face to face with a ghost from their past. Starscream speaks...

" You?!? It can't be... you're... you're... dead? "

" Yes... no thanks to you my... friends. Come now Starscream, don't look so surprised... I heard you beat death not to long ago yourself..."

    Jetfire reaches for his blaster before having his left hand shot to pieces by the new arrival.

" Ah Ah Jetfire... Is that anyway to treat your new host? I am not the same as you once remembered me. Soon, you will all find out just how much I've changed... starting with you Starscream..."

    Starscream charges but is punched in the gut. The familiar face removes his fist as Starscream suddenly drops to the floor. The three seekers look on as the familiar face releases the internal mechanics of Starscream from his fist. Starscream speaks...

" Ack... ugh, no.. this is not happening... Dirge.. Thrust..Ramjet.. help me..."

    The seekers look down at Starscream and then to the familiar face once more.

" They will not help you Starscream. Perhaps it is because they are riddled with guilt over the fact that you all once left me for dead. Whatever the case, they will not come against me again. Now you know how it feels Starscream when your friends let you down..."

    Jetfire struggles to stand, holding his wounded lower arm. He speaks.

" What do you want? Don't play games with us... "

" Games? Oh no Jetfire... this is no game. All of you will soon realize just how serious this is. Now come, all of you.. there are others who would die - again; just to see you four. "

    Starscream holds his right side as sparks fly out from him. He yells...

" You just ripped my mechanics out from me... I need repairs..."

" Don't we all? I once followed your every command Starscream. Now you will follow mine. You will follow SUNSTORM !!! "


Meanwhile, the ground below...


    Scourge and Cyclonus awaken to the sight of their fallen leader, Galvatron. Cyclonus and Scourge pick up the body of Galvatron, and take to the skies, leaving the battle behind them and disappearing into space.

    Two blocks away, another battle is about to commence. Bastion shouts his orders as the four Primes look on...

" Horsemen !!! We finish this now... form Armageddon !!! "

    Vector Prime shouts to Optimus Prime...

" Optimus !!! Use the orb, use it now !!! "

    Optimus opens his chest and removes the orb. Optimus shouts back...

" What do I do with it ?! "

" It's an old gift from Primus himself, given to his first sons. My brothers and I once benefited from it. That was until they were destroyed by Unicron. Now it's up to you and Rodimus..."

" Rodimus and I? But we are not one of the first sons..."

" You don't know who you two are by now do you?... "

    Nemesis Prime looks up and shouts...

" Too late !!! Whatever you got planned Vector Prime, do it now.. Armageddon is upon us !!! "

    Armageddon swoops down and grabs Nemesis Prime as he blast away at the dark giant. Vector Prime shouts....

" More will be explained later if we survive.. do it now, Nemesis Prime and I will cover you !!! "

    Vector Prime launches himself upwards and goes to the aid of Nemesis Prime, as he blast away at Armageddon's giant hand, forcing him to relinquish his grip on Nemesis Prime. The two Heralds continue to buy time for the two Primes below. Rodimus stands beside Optimus and speaks...

" Optimus.. who is that, and what is he talking about? What is it that we are supposed to do?..."

" I..I don't know Rodimus. This orb, it..."

    Suddenly, the orb begins to glow brightly. Soon, both Primes are engulfed by the blue energy that emanates from the orb. Their chest open as the Matrix within each begins to pull apart, unleashing even more energy. Optimus feels the sudden rush of power and speaks...

" Rodimus... I think I understand...  do you hear their call? "

" Yes... I can hear them.. the Ancients within the Matrix...The first sons of Primus... Optimus, who is Primus and how do I know this ?"

" The first sons were destroyed.. but their sparks returned to Primus... our creator. I think... I think Primus placed the returning sparks into his new chosen's.. the Primes. That’s us Rodimus. Now... they're calling out to us, telling us what to do next... are you ready? "

" I..I hear them. I understand.. lets do this..."

    Rodimus Prime and Optimus Prime take into the air as energy fully engulfs them. A blinding light blast across the sky as Armageddon and the two Heralds stop and look back. Then, the light is gone, as only smoke fills the air. Emerging from the smoke in the skies is a blast of energy that comes shooting into the chest of Armageddon, sending him flying back. Armageddon looks up and speaks...

" Who dares !!?? "

" I do..."

    The voice comes from the smoke as two bright blue glowing eyes can be seen. Then, it clears, revealing a new giant in it's place. The new giant draws a great huge energy blade, and speaks.

" Armageddon, pick on somebody your own size... MAXIMUS PRIME comes for you !!! ..."