Transformers: Nemesis

Chapter 7: " Return of the King "

                                   

Cybertron...

    It has been days since the Four Horsemen of " Nemesis " came to Cybertron and laid waste to the Autobots. Bumble Bee was severely injured, and the Dinobots were slaughtered, leaving Grimlock behind to enter into a severe depression as he mourns his fallen brothers. Rodimus Prime was nearly defeated as well, had it not been for the intervention of his long time mentor Kup, who was also killed in action. Taking the Matrix of leadership from Rodimus Prime, the horsemen left the Autobots to recover and plan their next move; unknowing that there are now actually two Matrixes...

    Optimus Prime walks into the infirmary where First Aid has been with the injured Bumble Bee since the horsemen incident. To his surprise, he finds First Aid alone, by an empty hospital bed. Optimus Prime speaks...

" First Aid? Where's Bumble Bee? "

" Ah, hello Optimus. Bumble Bee has recovered nicely. Against my orders, he apparently up and left to go and show off his new digs. We had to do massive surgery to save him, but his spark is a stubborn one. The little guy stuck it through, and even requested a few ideas for his new body and formatting. I guess he’s showing it off now with the other Autobots..."

" First Aid.. I cannot thank you enough for saving Bumble Bee. Your finished work has not come at better time. Get the other Protectobots ready as well as yourself and meet me in the command center. Were going ahead with our initial plans, and were gonna need Defensor to be ready. "

" Were ready whenever you need us Optimus. The Protectobots have also taken the deaths of the Dinobots hard, and were ready to avenge them at a moments notice. Speaking of which... Grimlock. No one has heard from him in days. Were all worried about him. How’s the big lug holding up?

" Don't worry First Aid. I dispatched Ultra Magnus to find him as we speak. Well need Grimlock just as much if we are to succeed with the plans..."

    First Aid walks off to ready his comrades as Optimus Walks off to find another friend. Kup was an integral part of the Autobots. Mentor to many, nobody has taken his loss harder than Rodimus. Walking into his quarters, Optimus finds Rodimus and speaks to him...

" Rodimus...the meetings about to begin. Are you sure your up to this? I know how hard its been for you since Kup..."

    Rodimus cuts him off mid sentence...

" I'm fine Prime. Lets get this meeting started. I'm ready to move along with the plans we've laid out. About Kup... I know he'd want me to be strong.. continue what we started.. I'm ready Optimus. Kup is gone... but the cybertronians still need us..."

" Rodimus. It's good to know we can still count on you. Well need you especially. Matrix or not, you are still the Prime we all depend on, and we'll get it back eventually. It's not over... The Horsemen will be found..."


Meanwhile...


    Ultra Magnus has been searching for Grimlock throughout Cybertron. Of all the places he would be, he never thought of the science lab. It's there that he finds Grimlock; holding and empty vile. Magnus notices the inscription on the open locker, and speaks to Grimlock...

" Grimlock... is .. is that what i think it is? How, where did you get that? "

' Me..me.. ahem.... " I " had it stashed away in this locker.. just a little bit. I had to keep some of it. When Galvatron infused me with function-inverting anti-electrons, the super intelligence I inherited was an accident. When I lost it helping the Technobots, I always wondered if I'd ever need the intelligence again.. so I kept a bit for myself before the rest was destroyed. Knowing that soon we'll begin searching for the murderers, I needed to make sure I was at my best... I drank the rest of it... all of it. "

    Magnus stands there stunned at the words of Grimlock. His speech is different.. intelligent. The vile has already begun working in Grimlock. Magnus speaks...

" Grimlock... as interesting as it is to see you way... I came to get you for the command center briefing. Were proceeding with our plans. I also came to see how you were holding up... everybody is taking the recent deaths rough, but you... how are you old friend? "

    Grimlock puts the vile down, and closes the locker. He turns and speaks to Magnus.

" Grimlock is ready to destroy whoever is responsible for my friends deaths. Lead the way Magnus... no other words need be spoken..."

" O.k. friend . I'll respect your wishes if you don't want to talk about it. There’s just one thing... How do you know if the effects are permanent? What if you lose the intellect? "

" ... Just pray I find those murderers while it's still intact. There’s no telling what i'd do if I reverted back to my  mindless ways... pray for them..."
    

Autobot Command Center...


    They gather around, waiting to hear from Optimus and Rodimus Prime. Finally, they enter, and begin to lay out the plans. Optimus speaks first.

" Autobots... the time for mourning has come and gone. The second Matrix of leadership has been taken from us. We must prepare to take it back, but we cannot ignore the responsibilities we have here on Cybertron as well on Earth and the humans who inhabit it. Therefore, as stated at the ceremony, we will be splitting up our forces among the two planets. Doing so will help us not only accomplish our goals for the two planets, but  also cover more ground as the threat of the Decepticons still looms over both planets. The search for these horsemen is not over. We hope that clues to their whereabouts reveal themselves either here, or perhaps on Earth, as it has become the main source of our Energon. These beings will surely seek out Earth soon enough, and if they do, we need to be ready for them..."

    Rodimus speaks as Optimus finishes his sentence...

" Optimus and I have come up with the two teams. Initially Optimus was to go to Earth with his team, but things have changed. I will be leading the team there now. Arcee, Springer, Blur, you're with me. Ultra Magnus, ill need you too. Aerialbots... I'll be needing the power of Superion as well. You're with me also. "

    Optimus finishes up with his command team.

" While Rodimus and his team are on Earth, we will continue our work here, and begin our search for the horsemen. Hopefully, they will come back to us, and when they do, well be ready. Grimlock old friend, ill need you at my side. Jetfire, Jazz, and Blaster, you're also with me. Protectobots? I could use Defensor at my side should things get thick. Bumble Bee... you are of course, coming along for the ride. That will be it. Rodimus? Good luck on Earth..."

    Rodimus and his team board the transformer shuttle that is Sky-Lynx. After brief goodbyes, they are gone. Optimus begins to lay out further plans amongst his command officers when the alert sounds. Jetfire is the first to speak.

" Optimus !! The alert is coming from Cybertron’s core... it's Vector Sigma !!! We have intruders !!! "

    Optimus shouts his orders with intensity...

" Grimlock, take a team and head straight to Vector Sigma, hurry !! Jetfire, get outside. We need to get a visual of our adversaries... we don't know if its the horsemen or the Decepticons..."

    As Grimlock leaves with Bumble Bee and Jazz, the outer wall to the command tower is blasted open. Optimus and his fellow Autobots are hurled against the wall from the blast force. The dust settles, and the intruders reveal themselves to Optimus and his comrades. The familiar foe comes out of the opening in the outer wall with his companions in tow. The Decepticons are here, and they've brought a surprise. Optimus looks up and mutters below his voice in shock...

" No... It cant be... MEGATRON..."

    Megatron glances over Optimus Prime, and speaks...

" Hello Prime.. I've waited a long time for this...and I could only think of one phrase to say to you... One shall stand...one shall fall..."

    Megatron locks eyes with Optimus Prime, and the battle begins...

Chapter 8: " Enemies Among Us "

                                    

Optimus Prime stands before his long time foe, and pulls out his rifle, charging Megatron while shouting...

" I don’t know how you did it ... but I know one thing is for sure... It's you and me Megatron !!! "

    Optimus takes a few shots from Megatron’s gun before being tackled out the shattered wall, and falling down to the next level below. The rest of the Decepticons begin their assault on the rest of the Autobots. Soundwave has had his foe picked since leaving the moon base. Blaster ducks from Soundwave's blast fire and opens his chest to unleash his miniature warriors;

Grandslam, Raindance, Steeljaw, Ramhorn, Rewind and Eject.

     They lunge at Soundwave as he ejects his own set of miniature warriors;

 Ravage, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ratbat, Rumble, and Frenzy

    The cassette tape warriors lock into battle, as Soundwave and Blaster continue theirs. Starscream opens fire on his one time friend, Jetfire. Jetfire transforms, and takes to the skies above. Starscream transforms, and hurls himself through the skies after him, blasting away at his target. Dirge, Ramjet, and Thrust transform and follow suit; making the chances of Jetfire’s survival drastically minimal...

    This leaves behind two adversaries eager to finish off a long time feud. First Aid readies his fellow Protectobots, and speaks first...

" Constructicons...we've handled you before, and well gladly do it again... Protectobots, transform !!! "

    The Protectobots begin to transform, merging together to form the powerful Defensor. The Constructicons follow suit, transforming and joining together to become the mighty Devastator. The two behemoths lock into battle, crashing and destroying the rest of the command tower, and taking their fight to the ground below. They clash with blows that send tremors throughout the surrounding area. Denfensor and Devastator continue to battle as their leaders; Megatron and Optimus Prime continue their age old battle not to far from them...


Cybertron's Core...


    Meanwhile; oblivious to the battle raging above, Grimlock and his team arrive at the doors to Vector Sigma. The intruder was courageous enough to leave the door open. As Grimlock comes through, he raises his gun at the intruder; revealed to be the Decepticon Shockwave. Grimlock speaks.

" Shockwave.. step away from Vector Sigma. I don't know what you're doing here, but you won't be leaving here with anything..."

    Shockwave turns and speaks.

" Grimlock? Is that you? My, time does bring about change... Actually i believe i will be leaving... with this !! "

    Bumble Bee notices it first and speaks.

" Grimlock, he's got the Key to Vector Sigma !!! "

    Bumble Bee readies himself to charge Shockwave, but instead prepares to turn around and fire, as he can hear the enemies coming from behind him. Jazz Shouts...

" Bumble Bee, look out !! Insecticons behind you !!! "

    Jazz transforms into his vehicle, and charges the incoming Insecticons, running over 2 of them. He turns around for another pass before being overwhelmed by more Insecticons. Jazz shouts...

" Damn these Insecticons and their cloning abilities, there everywhere. We're being overrun !!! "

    Grimlock intervenes, grabbing a few Insecticons off from Jazz, and smashing them to the ground. Grimlock draws his Energon sword, and shouts his orders...

" Jazz, you and Bumble Bee, follow Shockwave and get that key !!! I'll handle these guys.. all of them..."

    Jazz and Bumble Bee don't argue, as they see the intensity in Grimlock’s eyes. They transform and follow pursuit of Shockwave. Jazz cannot help but notice Bumble Bee's new look, as he is no longer the bug he once was... but a new model Camaro instead. Jazz speaks to him.

" Damn Bee !!! Nice ride. Maybe I should get myself beat up, maybe turn into a Ferrari or something... heh "

    Bumble Bee and Jazz drive through the passageway until coming up to Shockwave. Surprisingly, Shockwave will not be a threat. Jazz and Bumble Bee transform back into robot mode, and come to stand over the fallen Shockwave, who lays on the ground before them. The Key is not there. Jazz speaks first...

" Shockwave !!?? What the hell happened here? Where the Key? "

    Suddenly, a chill runs up Jazz and Bumble Bee as they realize they are not alone. As a dark ghost appears behind them, they turn to the presence of the dark armored Horseman; " Endgame ".

Jazz pulls out his gun as Bumble Bee readies his. Jazz radios Optimus Prime, but gets no response.

" Prime, they're here, the horsemen are here  !!! "

    Endgame grabs jazz by the neck, and smashes him into the nearby wall. Bumble Bee opens fire and shouts.

" Get away from my friend !!! I still got a bone to pick with you and you're friends for what you did to me !!! "

    Bumble Bee charges valiantly, but to no avail. Endgame simply ducks his fire with accuracy, catching Bumble Bee by the neck as well. Endgame speaks with his deep low voice...

" You are as pitiful as the last time my brother defeated you. You should be dead, and yet you still live. I'll have to rectify this situation myself now..."

    Bumble Bee closes his eyes as he waits for a destruction... that does not come. Endgame is suddenly thrown off of Bumble Bee. One of the greatest Autobot warriors has come to his aid. Grimlock is here, and he is ready for battle. Grimlock raises his Energon sword, as he speaks to Endgame...

" You and your brothers have killed my Friends. You've killed my brothers. No more. Not another Autobot will be slain today... not by you. I am Grimlock... and I WILL make you pay...!!! "

    Grimlock charges Endgame with his Energon sword, as Endgame draws his own battle ax out. Their weapons clash, as Endgame begins to use the gift his creator bestowed upon him. Grimlock suddenly begins to feel the draining of his energy, as His sword begins to dim. The Energon is being sucked right out of him. Grimlock mutters...

" What.. what are you doing to me... "

    Grimlock falls, weakened by Endgame. Grimlock attempts to reach for his gun, but Endgame steps on his hand before speaking to him.

" You are a mighty warrior.. perhaps mightier than the rest. But you never stood a chance against a Horseman..."

    Endgame Raises his weapon, before being blindsided once again, this time by an unlikely ally. Shockwave reaches for the key as Endgame drops it. Finally, after grabbing the key to Vector Sigma, Shockwave speaks.

" You should have finished me off when you had the chance stranger. Shockwave does not fall so easily. "

    More Insecticons arrive, and attack Endgame, as Shockwave makes his escape up to the planet above. Endgame makes easy work of the annoying Insecticons, and pursues Shockwave, Jazz and Bumble Bee gather themselves, and help Grimlock to his feet. Jazz speaks.

" What the hell just happened? Why didn't Prime respond to the distress call? "

    Grimlock gathers himself together before responding.

" Isn't it obvious?  Shockwave most likely didn't show up alone. The Decepticons are here, and they're probably locked in combat with the Autobots as we speak. What they might not know is that we have a Horseman on the loose as well. C'mon... help me up there, I just need a little Energon refill..ugh... we gotta get up there and help them..."

Above...    

    Jetfire takes enough damage from the four seeker Decepticon team of Starscream, Dirge, Thrust, and Ramjet - before plummeting to the ground below. It takes all of his remaining efforts to make the best landing he can muster, barely clinging to life...

    Blaster and Soundwave continue their fight. Blaster has the upper edge, until Blaster is overcome by Soundwave’s Minions, as they have defeated Blasters cassette warriors...

    Devastator receives just enough damage to no longer stay in combined form. The Constructicons separate from each other, and continue to fight separately against the lingering Defensor. Soon, Defensor is forced to separate due to the lack of energy within, and the Protectobots separate, continuing to battle the Constructicons in their separated state...

    Optimus Prime and Megatron stay locked in deadly combat. Finally, Megatron catches Optimus with an accurate shot to the chest. Prime falls, and Megatron jumps on top of him, grabbing at his chest. Megatron shouts...

" Fall damn you, fall !!! Give me the matrix, or i'll rip it out of your chest with my bare hands !!! "

" N...Never..."

    Optimus reaches inwards with all the remaining Energon he can muster, and delivers a mighty blow similar to the one that destroyed Megatron not long ago. Megatron stumbles backwards in pain. He gropes his chest and arm. The two mighty leaders lock eyes once more before being covered by the great big shadow above them. They look up to the skies, as the darkness approaches. Soon, all the combatants come to a standstill as they peer into the coming blackness.

Unicron has arrived...