Fifty brief muses regarding the Metaverse. Enjoy 1. Hope Hound wonders if Grimlock, twisted as he is, will ever have any chance of being accepted back into Cybertronian society. But then he sees the warrior indulging Bumblebee in a game of Tag with a joy in his red optics Hound has never seen before, and he decides that he still has hope after all. 2. Peace Just once, just once in his lifetime, Starscream wishes that Barricade will shut the frag up and get on with monitor duty already. 3. Duality Wheeljack feels content, tinkering in the lab. Wheeljack feels content, fighting a furious fight. And quite honestly, he's not sure which one makes him feel more content. 4. Monotone Soundwave speaks with the voice of a machine, but only a fool would miss the undertone of sarcasm. 5. Past Ratchet mourns the past as zealously as he mourns the loss of another soldier within the med-bay. 6. Present Slipstream rarely indulges in more casual activities with her comrades, but she is giggling as Barricade tries- and fails- to skim a stone across the lake, forgetting the War for a short time as he curses the pitiful rocks. 7. Future Every Cybertronian thought it, but Jazz again wonders if Cybertron will ever be beautiful again. He gazes at a flower nearby, bright yellow petals and healthy green stem, and hopes that same bright health will again bless his planet. 8. Colours Everyone has red optics aboard the Darksyde, except for Slipstream's green and Soundwave's yellow. Perhaps that was why only they could look at each other and truly share the same thought: Starscream's not going to be pleased when this plan fails. 9. Sky Before he came to Earth, Evac's alternate-form was a transport hauler. As he takes to the sky, rotors whipping the wind around him, he is lost in the brief pleasure that, among his comrades on Earth, he is unique. 10. Land Were he in robot form, Starscream would narrow his eyes with contempt as he observes a motorway beneath him, cars and lorries swarming black tarmac like the Earth ants. You'd never catch him stuck in a traffic jam 11. Sea Back on Cybertron, Hound would show Bumblebee holograms of distant worlds, engulfed in water and liquids, whether a calm ocean or a violent storm of rain. Bumblebee would stare in awe at the projections, before declaring he would be a boat when he grew up. 12. Tolerance Grindor acknowledges that Starscream is, hard as it is to say, a decent leader and a decent fighter. That doesn't mean he should have to put up with the egotist's daily speeches, though. 13. Fantasy Ratchet is droning on about how Grimlock should be more careful in battle, as he solders a wound on the theropod's leg. Grimlock ignores his prattling, preferring instead to dream of biting Ratchet's annoying head off. 14. Reality Barricade watches from the doorway as Slipstream lowers her head in defeat and murmurs her apology to the dead Seeker, and all he can think of is that she should know by now that War won't stop doing this to her. 15. Fun Hot Shot jumps around, shouting exclamations of how he's gonna have so much fun when they reach Earth, and Warpath stands around, declaring statements of how he's gonna have so much fun shooting Hot Shot to make him shut up. 16. Nervous He acknowledges that, put bluntly, he is a coward, but that doesn't stop Sideways from wishing he was a tad braver when he again jumps at Soundwave speaking to him. 17. Sun Wheeljack thinks the sun is too bright, Bumblebee thinks the sun isn't bright enough and Jazz simply states that the sun is too bright and not bright enough at the same time, which certainly causes serious contemplation in the other two. 18. Moon Blast-Off stands on the Moon sometimes, shifting the white dust under his feet as he admires the view of a green-and-blue planet adding colour to the blackness of space. 19. Arrogance Arcee is so much faster than anyone of her team, or the other team, and she makes note to display this talent as often as she can, which still probably isn't often enough to satisfy her ego. 20. Respect Everything Brawl does generally comes down to the wish of earning Onslaught's respect. So far, he has not quite grasped that he has always had it. 21. Regret As he watches Cybertron fade away into the darkness of space, the Zeta-1 leaving for a new planet, Ratchet wishes he had said goodbye to Optimus Prime before he abandoned his old friend to the war-torn shell of a once great planet. 22. Habits When Barricade is angry, angrier than usual, the first thing Slipstream does is sigh and prepare the med-bay for the aftermath of the inevitable scuffle that is sure to follow. With Barricade, old habits died hard. 23. Power Grimlock believes he is the strongest warrior of the Autobots, more powerful than any other, willing to battle any and all Decepticons. And yet, when Bumblebee softly asks him to stop shouting at Jazz, he is powerless to resist. 24. Cruelty Vortex knows that he is supposed to be productive when interrogating, but sometimes, he just wants to cut the victim for the fun, not the work. 25. Old Whenever Kup feels pressured by the exuberant annoyance of Hot Shot, or the self-absorbed arrogance of Arcee, or the boasting of new weapons by Warpath, he simply holds his Thunder Cannon and strokes the scratches upon the barrel. 26. New Grindor proudly displays his newest turret model, gleefully showcasing its abilities, design and programming. All Starscream wants to know is if he can leave now. 27. Life Before the War, Wheeljack once had to look after a friend's sparkling. He sat with the tiny thing, watching it coo and squeak as it played with his fingers, and wondered what life it would be grow up to lead. 28. Death Swindle finds death wasteful; there is no profit in a dead customer. So, as he contemplates the smoking corpse of his weapon's latest victim, he is sure to give a brief salute in memory of what could have been a good business deal. 29. Awesome Awesome is the only word Bumblebee can find to truly describe how he felt about Jazz singlehandedly saving him from two of Starscream's Seekers. 30. Hate From the first time he laid optics on him, Barricade knew he'd always hate Starscream. And now, as the jet demands a fresh cube of Energon, he knows his hate is well and truly justified. 31. Kindness With all the snide remarks about his age and obsolete values she makes, Arcee feels regretful about them as Kup pulls her out of the sinking sand pit, murmuring a soft thanks that he has remained kind despite her attitude. 32. Love Ever since she looked up it up on the Internet, Slipstream is intrigued by the human values of love and how they express it. Needless to say, Onslaught is rather perplexed when Blast-Off remarks that he recieved an odd pink card from the Darksyde. 33. Fire If there is one thing Grimlock and Warpath can agree on, it's that nothing is more satisfying than observing an enemy fleet go up in flames. 34. Water Vortex went to a beach once, you know. After the salt water left an itchy rust on his joints and the sand kept sticking to him and the seaweed got tangled up in his foot, he decided he hated it. 35. Earth Jazz grins at Evac as he rears back and throws the rock, neatly knocking off the pine-cone he had placed upon the top of a boulder, declaring himself the victor of Cone Shot. Evac's response is to pick up the boulder and express a desire to play Jazz Shot. 36. Air Starscream doesn't need to breath, but if there's one thing he loves, it's to cycle in a cool wave of air through his ventalation systems and feel satisfied at the refreshing sensation. 37. Hurt Hound winces as Wheeljack carries him; the movement is jolting his mangled leg, dripping Energon across the floor, and all he can do to distract himself from the pain is to find new ways to insult Barricade. 38. Pleasure Soundwave has no mouth, but he would be smirking as Grindor fumes and snarls under his fantastically snide comment regarding his competence. 39. Foolish In hindsight, Hot Shot figured, attempting to fight Bruticus by himself wasn't the best idea in the world. 40. Intelligent Starscream thinks it is very clever of him to have Waspinator spy on the Autobots. Sideways thinks it obvious to say it might be clever. Starscream smacks him for that. 41. Wish Evac asked him what he would wish for if he could. Kup muses on that for a moment, and then replies: "Happiness." 42. Domination Onslaught does not believe in domination. As his soldiers can attest, he believes in respect and understanding, that a leader must connect to their soldiers for maximum efficiency. And anyone who sees the mighty Bruticus in action may well agree with this mindset. 43. Culture Jazz and Hound sit for hours on end, simply talking about all of Earth's pleasures, weaknesses and oddities. Many scout for Energon, but these two scout for culture. 44. Drive Occasionally, Soundwave will leave the ship and drive through a town or a city. There's no real point to these drives; he just wants to feel the road under his wheels. 45. Lightning All Cybertronians are wary of electricity; too much can overload their circuits. But Wheeljack finds it fascinating nonetheless, that the sky itself may spit power upon all underneath. 46. Thunder A Thunder Cannon is one of the most powerful weapons developed on Cybertron. Swindle reminds himself that, the next chance he gets, he should make an effort to get one for Brawl. 47. Light Bumblebee and Grimlock watch the sun rise together. The scout muses on how a simple star may supply an entire planet with life! The warrior is simply content to be with the one being he truly calls friend. 48. Dark Truth be told, Slipstream is scared of the dark. It reminds her of a time, so long ago, that darkness had nearly enveloped her forever. 49. Ancient The Sea of Rust was once said to be an ancient civilisation, but now it is a titanic swathe of death and oxidation. And yet, Jazz thinks of this desolate place with absolute fondness; after all, it was the place where he would race the most challenging opponents, before the War ever turned his speed to battle. 50. Spark Sometimes, deep in Starscream's spark, he wonders if this War would ever solve any of the problems Megatron claimed it would. And somewhere even deeper in his spark, he's fairly sure he'll die long before that claim could even seem to be true.