This is the chapter I previewed on my BMR thread awhile back. The universe is based on the Classics designs obviously. No legends, minicons, etc. Only the main line. Hope you guys enjoy =D Chapter 1#: Time Shifted Part 1# Time was a linear concept on Cybertron. For countless millennia, Cybertron has sat as a solid steel planet in the midst of space and endured countless battles that have scarred its surface. Indeed time is a linear concept, Cybertronians are born by the Allspark and when extinguished join with the Matrix. For a lucky and select few that made it through all these wars, time was something they had since conquered for they lived for the next opportunity to end their time in this universe. And for a specific Cybertronian, time was an irrelevant concept to him. In a way of speaking, he had all the time in the universe. Waspinator was sent hurling backward into the ground and tried to recover from the daze. He grabbed his blaster and fired at Optimus Primal whom flew dodging his shots. Optimus made a sharp turn to dodge a shot and lost some control. As Optimus regained control he turns around armed to find that both he and Waspinator whom was knocked down had their weapons targeted on each other. Waspinator quickly realized there had to be another way out of this situation, “Optimus, my friend. We’ve been impetuous. Surely we can work something out.” Wasting no time, Waspinator further evaluated the situation he glanced to his right with his optics and caught Blackarachnia climbing atop a nearby hill. She bore her weapon in her hand and aimed it at them. Reinforcement would be his ticket. “Blackarachnia! Destroy him, and we can still triumph! Together!” Blackarachnia smirked and took dead aim at the ground. “Are all your dreams in technicolour?” Waspinator glanced at the burst on the ground and optics widened as he realizes she was going to hit raw energon. Before he could react and stop her, Blackarachnia fires at the exposed energon. Optimus took the opportunity to evacuate as he activated his prime jets and flew off at maximum output. The explosion caused by the energon engulfed the area and left Waspinator moaning in pain feebly. “Waspinator have headache in whole body… Ohhhh…” Darkness swallowed the space around him. He spun violently to his dismal and rocketed upward at immense speeds from the explosion. As he spiraled further into darkness he swore to himself a vengeance he still sought today. It had been cycles, no megacycles, and perhaps even stellar cycles. Really who could tell? He continued drifting as he always had since that fateful encounter. He felt energy slowly surround him as he accelerated in speed. Energy built up faster and faster as he continued to accelerate. It was not long before he realized what was happening. “Heh… its happening again isn’t it. Let’s see what fate decides for me this time.” The ground rumbled as a large, white titan rushed into heavy laser fire. “Take this puny Autobot!” He transformed to train mode and crashed right into the hapless Autobot sending him flying. “Bumblebee! Are you alright?” shouted a voice as a warrior clad in red flames jumped into the fray blasting away as the titan brushed most of the blue lasers away. He gave his friend a hand and helped him up. “Thanks Rodimus, why I ought to show that overgrown Decepticon whose boss!” puffed Bumblebee clenching his fists. “Make way!” shouted a white semi truck as it ran off the cliff above and raced right into Astrotrain’s train nose denting it. He ricocheted from the recoil and transformed to gain footing on the ground. “Magnus… you’re mine!” shouted Ramjet as he flew down in vehicle mode blasting at the footing of Ultra Magnus. The unstable ground began to shake violently and Ultra Magnus began to fall. “Argh! Damned Decepticon!” Rodimus rushed towards the next comrade in danger as he tried to extend a hand to Ultra Magnus. But he was too late; the ground already broke up to the point where Ultra Magnus had fallen backward almost off the ledge of the cliff. Before Magnus could realize what happened a blue arm came down and pulled him back onto stable ground. “Magnus, close one there! Are you alright?” queried the racecar Autobot. “Thanks Primus you made it Mirage,” sighed Ultra Magnus as he tilted his head upward and eyed Ramjet whom was laughing at the Autobot’s misfortune. Magnus gestured for Mirage to deal with the annoying cone head. He turned his attention to the white titan. “Don’t think I’ve forgotten about you Astrotrain!” Astrotrain said not a word and rammed into Ultra Magnus. His gears creaked while the Autobot warrior pushed Astrotrain back with all his might. “You won’t be getting past me today Autobot!” Suddenly he felt something he hadn’t felt in a long time. Substance. He felt whole again, he opened his optics and took in awe as his optics had not seen light in eons. “Wah? What’s going on here?” Ramjet flew up towards him and smacked him on the arm, “Hey you idiot! Get your skid plate moving! We’re done here! You hear me Starscream?” Ramjet switched to vehicle mode and transferred coordinates to Starscream. “Let’s get going!” Starscream looked at his hands and examined the rest of his body. It was a familiar one, one that he had not seen in a long time. “What? Where or when am I?” Starscream caught sight of Ultra Magnus and the Autobots rushing towards him with lasers at full power. He too transformed and blasted off in the direction of Ramjet. Thousands of questions filled his processors as he flew. “Ramjet, where is Galvatron?” “Galvatron? Who’s that?” said replied Ramjet as Starscream caught up with him and Astrotrain. “Ah… you’ve finally arrived…” continued Ramjet as he checked his radar for a Decepticon unit that quickly approached their location. A violet jet zoomed upwards and met up with them. Starscream checked the signature, “Skywarp? What? What year is this?” “What’s wrong with you Starscream? First not participating in the battle today and now spitting utter nonsense? Its 2006! Get your logic arrays realigned!” exclaimed Astrotrain as the Decepticon group lowered altitude and landed in a heavily covered forest. He transformed as he led them behind a waterfall. “Sorry, I’ve been out of it lately…” replied Starscream trying to figure out what happened. For some reason the time period he had travelled to was one he was not familiar with, yet he was. “What of Unicron then?” “Unicron, who or what in the Pit is that?” cracked Skywarp as he unloaded a large amount of energon cubes into the lift of the hideout. He took a seat and switched on the monitor. “I think you need to cool your afterburners Starscream. All this stuff about overthrowing Megatron? Seriously who cares? The Autobots will be finished soon enough, as soon as Megatron sends us fresh reinforcements from Cybertron we’ll be done here.” “Yeah, no more stupid taunt fights with the Autobots. Seriously, this war has been a piece of cake! Talk about bad leading, the Autobots can’t even manage to defend this world,” agreed Astrotrain sending the lift up into storage. He threw his blaster into a corner and took a seat. Starscream was confused, “Wait… The Autobots are inadequate? But they have Optimus Prime! They’ve or they’re supposed to ruin our plans repeatedly!” “Wow… this you seriously need to clear out your mainframe Starscream. Get a scan, maybe you’ve got a virus. Optimus died before we awoke in 1984! Don’t you remember anything? We’ve had the Autobots on the run since, sure they’ve made a more adequate stand than we expected without Prime, but they’re nothing to us,” said Astrotrain as the monitor flickered online. Megatron’s face filled the screen. “Decepticons! I trust your mission was a success. Starscream, report the current status of the Autobots from the main force’s attacks.” Starscream was startled, main force. Weren’t they the main force? “Uhh… Megatron they were… uhh…” “Get to it Starscream! Don’t be a blundering fool! I need the information so that Soundwave can organize the main forces for the final sweep and finish off the Autobots. Say something useful before I have you demoted to scrap cleaning force!” shouted Megatron as his voice crackled due to bad reception. “They’re on the run sir. The Autobots will be no problem for Soundwave to finish off,” finished Starscream trying to think of something based on the information he received from his comrades. “Good. Good… It’s good to hear that. Then my plan is on schedule, before this stellar cycle is out, I will be the supreme Decepticon ruler of Cybertron and Earth!” laughed Megatron as the transmission ended. “Heh! Nice recovery over there Starscream, if you messed up we’d scrap you since Megatron would demote us to scrap clean up too,” replied Ramjet as Thrust and Dirge came down from the command centre above them. “What is going on here? Why aren’t we the main squad?” questioned Starscream in complete disarray. He was completely lost; he was the lieutenant commander of the Decepticon forces the last time he was surrounded by these fools. Not only that what was going on the timeline, chronologically in his memory; Starscream was supposed to have been killed by Galvatron in 2005. Megatron along with Skywarp were supposed to have been reformatted by Unicron and Optimus Prime was supposed to have lived up to the battle of Autobot City. It seemed to him right now, none of that ever happened. Not only had that he had a horrible rank! “Good question Starscream. Don’t you remember? We’re the incompetent fools Megatron wants out of his way. We’re the expendable ones, the ones that get in the way of his so called master plans,” complained Dirge, he pointed to the rest of the group, “You think any of us like the position we’re in? Get real Starscream, we’re the scrap Megatron wants to get out of the way.” “Yeah, only the bots deemed high and mighty by Megatron is in the main force. Bots like Soundwave, Devastator and Shockwave. If we were in the main force I’d show those Autobots whose boss!” said Astrotrain clenching his right fist. Starscream picked up one of the energon cubes not loaded onto the lift and held it up to his face. His optics reflected his desire of leadership while the energon cube sparked with energy. Starscream smirked as he pieced together what he had discovered in his last trip and began to plot.