Part 18 Starscream waited as Rumble carefully arranged the pieces of his brother into a pile. It seemed to Starscream that Rumble was taking more time with the process than was necessary. Rumble sensed Starscream's anxiousness but moved no faster. He wanted to be sure he got all of Frenzy's superstructure. Once he had assembled all the parts, he aimed his right index finger at the pile and emitted a strange green ray. The pile shrunk down to an impossibly small speck before disappearing all together. " There," Said Rumble. " It's done." "Good." Starscream said. " Now let's get to Megatron at once! We must alert him of this new enemy. We must warn him." " Oh yeah, right. " Replied Rumble. " I'm s'pposed to go to d Citadel. Boss man ordered us there a.s.a.p! We was on our ways, but old smokey wanted a little of d old face music." He made a pounding motion. " I got him good! Right in d audio wit a tectonic!" Rumble let out a sadistic giggle." POW!" He screamed violently and quickly transformed both of his hands to tectonic disrupters. He let out a howl and slammed the ground so hard that it caused an large portion of a wall standing in front of them to collapse. " I got him good, Screams!" " Yes you did. Excellent Lieutenant. I will see to it you are accommodated when we see Megatron." Starscream said. " Now we must go at once!" " Yeah, to the Citadel!" Rumble cheered as he opened his comm panel. He punched a few buttons and vanished into thin air. " Slag!" Cursed Starscream. " I positively must have a shortwarp unit installed! Sometimes I feel like the only 'Con without one." He transformed into his alt mode and took off toward Shockwave's Citadel. The Beta Seekers carried their prisoner deep into the ancient tunnel. A strange lack of environmental nanites caused it to be very dark and cold. Ramjet found it peculiar and creepy, something wasn't right. He motioned to his brothers to stop. " What? Have you three come to your senses and decided to end this madness?" Sixshot commented. " Quite!" Yelled Ramjet. Dirge placed his hand over Sixshot's audio." What do you hear?" He asked. " Nothing." Responded Ramjet. " I don't hear nothin. " " I'm surprised you can hear anything at all anymore" Said Thrust. " What's that supposed to mean, Thrust?" Asked Ramjet angrily. " You tell me armor head!" Thrust made a fist. " This is what I smash stuff with, not this." He indicated his head. " I need mine for thinking." Ramjet punched Thrust hard in his face. Thrust, unprepared, fell backwards. " I use both for smashing, drone." Gloated Ramjet. Thrust stood and readied his blasters. " No!" Dirge yelled. " Listen!" The four bots stood still and listened. They waited for several long seconds. " Bah!" Exclaimed Thrust. " You are a fool! I hear noth.." " There!" Yelled Dirge." Amplify quadrant breek zet!" Dirge amplified the sound coming from quadrant breek zet. It was the sound of a massive weapon discharging, followed by lots of static pulses. " What made that noise, Dirge?" Asked Ramjet. " How could a noise like that come from down there?" Dirge shrugged. " I dunno..." The three seekers glanced down the tunnel. They had been using infrared scanners due to the darkness and could plainly see the heat of their surroundings. Further down the tunnel it grew pitch black. " Dirge, there's no heat in there." Stated Ramjet. " What does this mean?" Asked Thrust. Dirge shrugged again. " Why you asking me? You're the smart one!" Thrust thought for a second. " I guess it means we should find out what is causing all this cold." Ramjet shook his head. " Well I ain't goin'!" "Well then what do you suppose we do?" Asked Thrust sarcastically. " You could start by letting your superior go. " Chimed Sixshot. " No way!" Said Ramjet. " I am not gonna be a traitor! " Sixshot laughed. " You fool! Don't you see? If you fail to continue down this corridor, you will never reach the core. Isn't that where Megatron ordered you to, what was it again? Oh yes, exile me to the Sharkitcons! Or was it the Terrorcons? So that I may wallow in my own fluids...." " Enough! " Shouted Ramjet. " Shut up! I'm in charge here!" Thrust chuckled. " Where to fearless leader?" Ramjet cast a long look down the dark corridor. He really didn't want to know what was going on down there. He knew it was not good though, that's for sure. But he also did not want to be exiled or worse for disobeying his boss. Ramjet sighed. " Carry on. We continue down the passage. The sooner we make it to the core, the sooner we can get back to base and the sooner we get back to the R-chambers." Dirge and Thrust secured Sixshot and the four continued into the chamber. Soon it grew so cold and void of energy that no one could see anything. Thrust spoke up. " Ramjet, maybe you were right. We can't see anything in any spectrum. It's so black in here. Maybe we shouldn't keep going." " No." Said Ramjet. " Megatron said take him to the core, so we go to the core!" Thrust looked at Dirge. Dirge shrugged. " Boss' orders." Said Dirge. " Idiots!" Said Sixshot. " Why do I have the feeling we venture to our demise?" " I told you to be silent!" Ramjet said to Sixshot. " As long as we have some energy signature, we can home in on the core. " " Oh really?" Said Sixshot. " This I just have to see demonstrated. " " You think I can't do it or something?" Asked Ramjet. " I know it's tricky, but I can do it. I done it plenty of times. Believe it! " He really had successfully tracked a residual energy signature before. It was a difficult task for any transformer, but Ramjet had a knack for it, some how. " By all means, proceed" Replied Sixshot. Ramjet sat on the ground and focused his perceptions. Soon he could perceive the cold ground and walls. Then he could recognize the brilliant red energy of his companions. He focused and concentrated harder. There in the base of the corridor was an unusual purple energy. He would have it overlooked normally, it not being purple or yellow or green, as those were the normal colors of Seibertronian entities. But the purple energy was so strong the image leapt to the front of his mind's eye. He focused on it until he got a good heading. " That way." Said Ramjet as he indicated the purple energy. " We go that way."