Chapter 17: Beautiful wondering.
I was on top of the hill where mother and I used to spend time together. It gave a good view of the base.
The main part of the base is two different heights. The human half was the hight of one of their homes; single level of course. Whereas the Autobot side of the base is much taller; got to allow Prime to walk around with ease.
Off to the left of the base is another building tall enough for the Autobots to move around freely. That's the Autobot training room. There is a 'hall' connecting it to the main part of the base, though certain part of the walls have sliding doors installed so the humans can move their machines around.
The clang of metal on metal or metal on concrete could be heard from within the training room, along with the occasional faint curse. I chuckled at that. SunStreaker and SideSwipe are sparing in there at the moment.
Behind the training room is the firing range (the humans have one on the right side of the base), which at the moment is being occupied by IronHide and Chormia getting in some target practice.
As for the others, well, Prime is in the computer room, in the main part of the base, with Prowl monitoring Teletran-1.
Elita-1 and Arcee is out on patrol in one half of the city, while RedAlert and HotRod patrol the other half.
Skidz and MudFlap are in the common room chilling out.
BumbleBee is with Sam and most likely Michaela as well.
Ratchet is in the med bay going over supplies. Though there is probably no need considering that the Cons haven't attacked since....well.... the day they off lined mother's pod....
I looked beyond the base, a few miles away where dusts clouds rose up. That's the track. The Autobots use it to hone their diving abilities on all sorts of different surfaces. I sighed, already knowing who was up there, most likely finishing their last lap; SkyWing. She spends most of her spare time up there these days ever since mother fled the base because of that Galloway person.
I looked to the sky. It's hard to believe that it has been six years already.
Even knowing I'm not old enough to start training just yet, I guess you could say I have made my own place amongst the Autobot ranks. A guard dog as the humans would say. Ever since mother left I spent most of my time wondering the base boundaries keeping a look out for mother for when she returns. Prime has taught me what to keep an eye for and what to alert him of.
I watch as Arcee, Elita-1, RedAlert, and HotRod return from their patrol and Chromia, SkyWing, Skidz and Mudflap take over. From what I have heard, it's a half an hour drive to the city from here doing the speed limit. So there is a whole hour where the city is left unguarded. Well, except the part where BumbleBee resides in most of the time, but he can't guard the whole city by himself.
At least Skidz and MudFlap remembered to go this time.
Aurora to Prime. I commed as I watch the four who just returned transform and stretch. Must be a pain to stay in ault form for a couple of hours.
This is Prime. Go ahead Aurora. Optimus replied.
Arcee, Elita-1, Hotrod and RedAlert have all returned from patrol. Chromia, SkyWing, Skidz and MudFlap have just left. As scheduled.
Skidz and MudFlap too? Optimus asked shocked.
I chuckle. Yes even them surprisingly.
I guess your message finally got through to them.
I turn to the forest behind me, marking one of the boundaries of the base as I reply. Only time will tell grampa-
I see something move in the foliage, I narrow my optics and zoom in but there's nothing there. What ever it was, was already gone. I sigh and allow my optic to go back to normal.
It couldn't have been.....could it?
Aurora? Is everything alright? Optimus asks.
I- I think I just saw......
saw what Aurora?
I think I just saw mother.
it's been six years since I woke up in that cave, which is now my den. When I had woken up I had claimed that cave and the land around that mountain as my own, expanding my territory little by little over the years.
It wasn't long before my territory had reached the outskirts of a human settlement, a city I believe. Don't ask me how I know the words 'human' and 'city', because even I don't know. Anyway, if I didn't wan to be discovered I had to expand in a different direction. Which soon lead me to another human settlement just this one was different. It wasn't a city. No, this place gave off the sense of war and secrets. I soon found out why.
Some of their vehicles weren't vehicles at all. They were robots, living machines, sentient beings from a different planet. When I first found out about this I had to suppress a roar. I had come across these being before, just those ones were more vicious looking and had red eyes. But just because these ones looked and acted different doesn't mean I was going to let my guard down. The last time I came across these being, the ones with the red eye, it got a bit hectic. I wouldn't have gotten away if they hadn't destroyed the collar around my neck. It was getting a bit tight anyway.
So I kept a closeeye on these robots but what shocked me the most was what appeared to be the youngest member. She (so I believed) was like me to a degree. A reptilian like body structure with the addition of wings.
Every time I have come near this place since I had first saw her, I have always found her on top of that hill, watching over the settlement as if guarding it. But I can sense another reason for her doing it, she seems to be waiting for something or someone.
She turned this way, I quickly turned invisible; a handy little trick I learnt and perfected over the years. Confident that she didn't see me I wondered back into the forest, making sure that I was deep enough before letting my invisibility drop. As I walked through the forest, heading back to my den, I wondered why that little one intrigue me so. Was it because she is the only other being that I have seen that is like me? Or is it because I feel like she is linked to my past somehow? To my life prior to these past six years?
I take to the sky when I deem it was safe to and head home, reaching it in not time. I land and walk in. Seeing a scorch mark on the floor I walk over to it, firing a fireball at it when close enough and laid down on the now warm stone, facing the entrance.
Perhaps I'll have a little chat with the youngling tomorrow.
With that thought in mind I fell asleep as the sun set beyond the horizon.
I was up on top of the hill yet again, watching as the afternoon patrol returned and the evening patrol take over.
The sunset tonight was beautiful. Bright orange lined the horizon before fading into pink, then purple, and finally navy blue where a few stars could be seen; and I briefly wondered what Cybertron was like back in the glory days. I deleted that thought from my processor. While I have the appearance of a Cybertronain, I was created here on Earth. Ok maybe not this Earth, but Earth nonetheless.
Aurora to Prime. I commed.
This is Prime. Go ahead Aurora. Optimus replied.
Afternoon patrol has retuned and Evening patrol has departed.
Thanks for letting me know Aurora. Are you going to be staying out there for a bit longer?
Yes. I think I might. There's a beautiful sunset tonight.
Alright Aurora. Just don't stay out too long, ok?
Good. Prime out.
Aurora out. I sighed as the conversation ended and looked to the sunset.
“Beautiful ain't it?” a voice spoke after a moment of silence. It was one of the newer recruits who had joined the military about a year ago.
“Yes it is.” I reply not looking away from the sunset.
Silence fell again as we continued to watch the sunset, comfortable in each other's presence.
“If you don't mind me asking, but what was your mother like?” she asked.
She had heard about my mother, just whenever we spoke about her we always referred to her as an Autobot and used her Autobot designation. And it wasn't long before she found out that StarKnight was my mother.
I was surprised by the question at first but soon sighed sadly. “Mama was a valued ally and member of this pod. She was kind, always looking out for everyone whether they be Human or Cybertronian. She might not have noticed but the others sure did, throughout her time here she had shown the qualities of a leader. From what I have heard, she was going to be promoted to second in command.”
My company was shocked. “No offence or anything, but why not SkyWing or any of the others?”
I shrugged. “I don't know. Anyway Mama has been through a lot of trials and she has the scars to prove it, both physical and non physical. She has a will that cannot be broken, the 'cons have tried. And she is very protective about the ones she love.”
My company looks at me a bit longer before looking back to the sunset a bit saddened. “From what you have said, she sounds a lot like an old friend of mine.”
“Is your friend the reason you're here?”
“Yeah, she is......” she trailed off sadly.
“Mind if I ask what happened to her?” I asked as I looked to her. She kept quiet, not once glancing at me as tears welled up in the corners of her eyes. “Sorry....” I whispered as I looked away.
“Don't be. It wasn't your fault.” with that she left.
I sighed yet again and looked over my shoulder to the forest that marked the boundary. Something moved within the shadows. Something long and purple with a white tip. My eyes widened; no, it couldn't have been. Could it? I don't know why but I ran after it, ignoring Prowls commands to come back; I'm in so much trouble when I get back.
I cautiously walked through the forest, the shadows making it feel eerie; a dark and dangerous place that no young sparkling, such as myself, should venture. I soon come to a small clearing with no signs of where to go next, no glimpses of purple and white, nothing. I sighed dejectedly and was about to head back to the base when.....
“Who are you?”
I paused in step, optics going wide. I would recognise that voice anywhere, even if it sound more mature. I looked around, happiness filled me, but once I realised that she was using her darkness abilities to stick to the shadows, not wishing to be seen, did her question set in and my happiness faded.
“My designation is Aurora.” I answered dejectedly.
I was surprised by the young one's sudden sadness, she was happy moment's ago. And as far as I know she had no reason to be sad.
But when she said her name, I hissed in pain and gritted my teeth as blurred images flashed before my closed eyes. An array of colours assaulted my vision, the little one being the only clear being in the images. I took a deep breath once the assault was over and looked back to the youngling, who was looking this way and that with concern in her eyes
“Are you ok?” she asked.
“I'm fine.” I answered. “But you, you're part of my past, aren't you?”
she smiled, her mood lightening, before nodding vigorously.
My mind was a whirlwind of questions. How was she part of my past? Do I know the others she lives with? If so, then who am I to her and the other? Did I trust them? Why did I trust them if I did? And many more questions came to mind, wizzing about and making me dizzy. Using my shadow abilities I retreated back further into the forest before appearing in a swirl of dark, almost black, purple mist and took to the sky, heading back to my den. As I flew a steady pull at the back of my subconscious grew. I didn't get to walk very far into my den before I could no longer resist the pull and fell to the floor. But that didn't mean I didn't try too. I tried very hard to resist but it was no use, my sight blurred and darkened, and soon I knew no more.
“What were you thinking Aurora?!?”
I flinched. Currently Optimus and I are in his quarters with said mech not very pleased that I had left the base grounds.
“The rules and regulation are there for a reason. What if a 'con had found you? Primus knows what they would have done to you!”
over the years every Autobot, Optimus and SkyWing especially, have taken it upon themselves to protect me and raise me in mothers place until the time she returns.
“I'm sorry grampa, really.” I apologised. “But I spoke with Mama.”
that made his optics widen. “You spoke with your mother?”
I nodded sadly. “She doesn't remember her past.....”
I shook my head to confirm it. “But I think that just talking to me may have triggered an old memory.” I said after a few moments. “It sounded like she remembered something towards the end.
Optimus sighed. “ Lets just hope you are right.”
I moaned as I came too. First thing I noticed was the sand all around me, the next thing I noticed was that it was night time, and the third thing I noticed was that I was human. I stood up, a little shakily to begin with, and looked around. I was in a desert, how the heck did I end up in the desert? I soon stopped questioning how I got here and how I became a human when I sensed that I wasn't alone. The wind picked up, blowing sand everywhere and I had to shield my face to stop it from getting into my eyes.
When the wind died down I lowered my arms, what I saw made me go shock still. For right there in front of me stood three pairs of huge metal feet and I could sense that there were more all around me; I was surrounded.
I wanted to run, to get out of there, but I frozen to the spot.
“Who are you?” I breathed, a little scared.
“You'll know who we are in a moment's time.” one of them answered.
“But for now, you must remember your past.” one off to my left spoke.
“You must remember who you are.” it was one to my right this time.
My attention was drawn to the one in front of me when he knelt down and, for something so huge, gently placed one of his long metal claw like fingers on my forehead.
All thoughts stopped and I went ridged, eyes widening as images flashed before my vision. It wasn't long before they began to hurt and I let out a soft whimper, but the images kept on coming. The being didn't remove his finger when I eventually fell to my knees, tears running down my cheeks. He didn't remove his finger until I had remembered everything.
I fell forwards onto my chest, eyes barely open as my sight began to darken.
“W-why....?” was all I could ask.
“The final battle approaches.” They said as one.
And everything went black.