Transformers: Moon Shadows

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  1. Rosakai

    Rosakai Artist in Disguise

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    I saw DOTM Wednesday, and I loved it. It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen a movie that made me actually want to cry when characters I loved died or were about to be killed. I couldn’t get this out of my head since, so I finally put it down on paper.

    Enjoy, we’re in for a ride.


    NOTE: DO NOT READ THIS FIC UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN DARK OF THE MOON!!! MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUND!

    Transformers: Moon Shadows
    Chapter One- Nothing


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    THE WORLD IS CRUMBLING AROUND BUMBLEBEE.

    They were safe. They had made it back to the NEST base; they had done their job. For a brief moment, everything had been fine.

    And then…

    “You have to understand. We were never going to win the war.”

    He didn’t understand. How could he?

    “For the sake of peace, a deal with Megatron had to be made.”

    He can do nothing. Nothing as Sentinel, the one they trusted, the one they had protected, the one they had taken here, the one who was supposed to help them, turns around and shoots Ironhide at point-blank range with his Cosmic Rust blaster.

    Nothing as Sentinel fires again.

    “What have you done?!”

    “I hereby discharge you from duty.”


    Nothing as yet another devastating blast tears through the fallen Ironhide, completely destroying any hope they had of treating his injuries.

    And Slag it all, he can do nothing as Sentinel turns to him, ready to do the same as was done to Ironhide.

    He can only watch helplessly as the closest thing he had to a father lies rusting into nothing. Ironhide is still alive, but barely, and Bumblebee is about to join him.

    And then, that nothing turns to something as a few shouted words reach him through his daze.

    “No, NO! BUMBLEBEE, LOOK OUT!”

    Sam.


    Bumblebee dodges the blast that is meant for him, and fires back. It is useless, he knows, even before he sees Sentinel dodge. Yet he fires again, and again, until a very weak communication rings through his processor.

    Run, kid…get away from here…

    Ironhide?

    Go!


    Bumblebee fires once more, again uselessly, then heeds Ironhide’s last order as he folds down into vehicular mode, zooming away from the base to join the already fleeing Sideswipe and Mirage. He feels like a coward for running. For leaving Ironhide, for leaving Sam. He hates himself for it.

    But there is nothing he can do.

    And as he drives away, a broken mechanical sob escapes his vocal capacitor.

    He will not see Ironhide again, he knows. His adoptive father is gone. Gone, forever.

    He can only hope that he will see Sam again, soon, and that when he does, the boy will be unharmed, alive. Safe.

    He lost his father. He would not be able to stand losing his brother.

    Bumblebee drives, but he will return for Sam.

    And when he returns, he will not let the treacherous nothing prevent him from protecting his family.

    Never again.
     
  2. Lock Cade

    Lock Cade Tarn Fangirl TFW2005 Supporter

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    Awwww, poor Bumblebee.

    Very beautifully written. I wished they had shown more emotion to Ironhide's death in the movie as you have shown Bumblebee's emotions in this fanfic.
     
  3. Rosakai

    Rosakai Artist in Disguise

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    This part of the movie really got to me. Even though I had already finished the novel before I saw the movie and knew that the Autobots weren’t really leaving, when I saw them drive up to the Xantium in vehicle form with the slow, sad version of “Arrival to Earth” playing, I got all choked up.

    Now, when I saw the movie, Optimus telling Bumblebee to make his goodbye to Sam quick seemed really cold to me. Then, I thought about it. Optimus was really stressed and upset at the time-his mentor has betrayed them, Ironhide is dead, the Autobots are being kicked off of the only home they have left, and what’s more, Optimus knows he can’t tell Sam what their plan really is because Sam is able to hint to him that unfriendly ears are listening in (Yes, Optimus knew about the Decepticon Bug, the novel proves this and I am at a loss as to why they don’t make that clear in the movie). In Optimus’s mind, keeping the truth from Sam is just as bad as what Sentinel did, and he can’t stand the knowledge of that, even if it is for the good of everyone that he doesn’t tell the truth. He doesn’t mean to sound so cold when he tells Bumblebee that; he just can’t help it.

    And Bumblebee was probably also feeling like he was betraying Sam by not telling him what was really going on.

    Now, the next chapter.

    NOTE: DO NOT READ THIS FIC UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN DARK OF THE MOON!!! MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUND!


    Transformers: Moon Shadows
    Chapter Two-Quick


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    BUMBLEBEE WATCHES AS OPTIMUS HEADS TOWARDS HIM, leaving Sam behind. He can see that Sam is very close to breaking down and crying.

    He feels exactly the same as his human friend.

    The young Autobot is despondently holding onto part of the launch pad the Xantium is connected to, optics on his leader as he walks up to him. Optimus glances at him for only a fleeting moment, but Bumblebee can see the sadness, disappointment, and pain in the Prime’s optics clearly. He can see them because he is feeling the same emotions himself.

    Optimus speaks to him then, his words short, clipped, emotionless.

    “Make it quick.”

    Bumblebee shutters his optics and lowers his head, but before he begins the walk to his friend, he gets a transmission in his internal comm from Optimus.

    Be careful of what you say, Bumblebee. What Sam told me lets me know one thing. We are being watched, and not by humans.


    Bumblebee looks back to Optimus in concern, but the Prime is already entering the ship. He will not get answers there. He refocuses his attention on Sam, and walks towards his friend.

    Towards his brother.

    Bumblebee kneels down so that he can be as close to eye level with Sam as he possibly can. He searches the radio waves for clips to say goodbye, but nothing he strings together will ever be good enough for this. He knows he cannot say what he wants to say. He knows he cannot tell Sam the truth. He knows that what he is doing, what he and the Autobots are doing, what they are not telling their closest allies, is just as much of a betrayal to their human friends as what Sentinel is doing to them is.

    And that knowledge hurts him even more than saying a goodbye ever would.

    More than anything at that moment, he wants to pick Sam up, hug him the best as he can, and use whatever clips he can find, or even his own broken, stuttering voice to let Sam know the truth-they are not really leaving, they will be back, and that they will help the humans defeat the Decepticons once and for all.

    But he cannot. Their plan relies on this.

    Bumblebee does not pick Sam up. He does not hug him. He does not let him know the truth.

    He simply stands and walks away.

    As he boards the Xantium with the other Autobots, he looks back to Sam.

    The human is kneeling, clutching the guardrail, sobbing.

    Bumblebee feels, hears, his spark break at the sight. But he does not go back to his friend. He cannot. Optimus said to be quick, and he was.

    He turns away from his friend, and tries as hard as he can to ignore to stinging feeling that floods through him, whispering a poison to him that only he can hear.

    I betrayed Sam. I did not tell him the truth. I hurt him.

    And even though he knows that they will return, as the ship readies for takeoff, Bumblebee wishes that he could cry.
     
  4. Rosakai

    Rosakai Artist in Disguise

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    Slightly longer chapter for this one. We never got to see the Autobots during the journey from the Xantium’s escape pod to Chicago, so I thought I’d show a little of it here.

    Also slightly less angst. There will be more in the next chapter, though. We won't stay cheerful for long in this story until close to the end.

    I added a little bit to Sam and Bee reuniting in Chicago. They should’ve done more besides just looking at each other, even though it was obvious Bee was smiling. Sam thought Bee was DEAD, he should have hugged him, at least!


    NOTE: DO NOT READ THIS FIC UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN DARK OF THE MOON!!! MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUND!

    Transformers: Moon Shadows
    Chapter Three-Return


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    BEING IN THE ESCAPE POD OF THE XANTIUM IS a terrifying experience for Bumblebee. It is like being in a freefall, and there is no way to see what the pod is falling towards. The Wreckers insist that it is safe; they are falling towards the ocean. They will land in it as planned, and from there, they will all make the journey to Chicago to help eradicate the Decepticon threat.

    Their confidence does not make Bumblebee feel any better. He hates not being able to see where he is. He hates being unable to know what is going on around him.

    It reminds him too much of being captured.

    In the absence of Ironhide, Ratchet has more or less taken charge of Bumblebee. He puts a hand on the younger Autobot's shoulder, trying to dispel some of the nervousness Bumblebee is feeling. Bumblebee appreciates it, but he still tenses as he waits for the impact that will soon come.

    When it comes, it is with a terrible shuddering jolt, and then the sense of falling resumes, but it is much slower. They are sinking in the ocean.

    Optimus stands and the other Autobots follow suit. The pod's doors open.

    Ocean water pours in, but it cannot harm them. One by one, they exit the ship into the ocean.

    The first part of the plan is complete.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    The drive to Chicago is long and quiet.

    There is too big of a risk that the Decepticons will be able to pick up their comm frequencies, so Optimus orders everyone to maintain silence for the duration of the trip. They are also not traveling together as that would arouse suspicion. They are all taking separate roads, alternate routes, but are traveling at a speed that will allow them all to arrive in the city at relatively the same time.

    The silence the lack of communication and traveling alone brings gives Bumblebee time to think.

    He has no doubt in his mind that Sam is in Chicago. He knows that Sam, even believing that the Autobots are gone, will not stand by and let the Decepticons win. That makes him proud to call the human his friend; proud to call him his brother.

    But…

    Will Sam be happy to see them after what happened? When he learns that they never left, that they had hidden the truth from him, would he want anything to do with them after that? Would he be angry at Bumblebee, just like he had been angry a scant few days ago because it had been so long since the Autobot had seen him?

    There is a huge difference between not visiting and not telling the truth when the resulting lie hurts your friend, Bumblebee knows. It was for the greater good, yes, but it still hurt Sam, and Bumblebee can never forgive himself for that.

    I'm sorry, Sam.

    Day turns to night and then back to day again, and eventually the skyline of Chicago comes into view.

    Bumblebee screeches to a halt, dread filling him at the sight that meets his optics.

    He has been to Chicago before. Once, on a trip with Sam.

    It looks nothing like what he remembers.

    Some buildings are still standing, yes. But many are toppled, or are in the process of collapsing. Smoke fills the air. The city is burning.

    Decepticon warships patrol the city's border. He sees a few human fighter jets make a brave attempt to rush the patrol, but they are shot down instantly. They never even get close.

    His spark clenches in pain and fear. If Sam is there, is he even still alive?

    Bumblebee notices that he is picking up Autobot signals. The others are here. He backs away from his position, still looking at the ruined city with sick dread.

    Sam, if you are in there, hold on, just a little longer. I'm coming.

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    It is the greatest feeling in the world when Bumblebee sees Sam standing there, alive, with Optimus, Epps, and some other humans that he does not know, while the Wreckers make short work of the Decepticon that had tried to kill the brave humans as they tried to enter the city.

    He does not hesitate. He drives up as fast as he can, Transforming into robot mode before he even reaches Sam, kneeling down to look at his friend at eye level, forming his faceplates into a smile as best as he can.

    Sam looks up at him, and to Bumblebee's relief, it is not anger that he sees in the human's eyes. It is happiness, love, and relief, and as Sam rushes forward and hugs him as well as a human can hug a giant robot, Bumblebee's spark no longer feels broken.

    And amid the ruins of a fallen city, despite the grueling battle that surely awaits them, he begins to hope, that maybe, just maybe, they will all come out of this okay.
     
  5. Rosakai

    Rosakai Artist in Disguise

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    The difficulty with writing a fanfic based on a movie that’s still only in theaters is that you can’t turn to the film whenever you need to reference something. I’ve only seen DOTM once, and I already know I got some dialogue wrong (Optimus told Bee to “Make it short” not “make it quick”) but I’m not gonna go back and change it. Unless…it really bothers anyone. But it doesn’t bother me, so I’m not touching it for now.

    This is it. The scene that made me go, “Oh, no. No, they’d better not!”

    The mission Wheeljack is talking about is one of the very first scenes in the very first episode of G1. Since DOTM is chock-full of G1 references anyway, I decided to add one more.

    Soundwave would be mad at Bumblebee for killing his pets.


    NOTE: DO NOT READ THIS FIC UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN DARK OF THE MOON!!! MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUND!

    Transformers: Moon Shadows
    Chapter Four-Trophy

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    IT IS AS IF TYGER PAX IS HAPPENING ALL OVER AGAIN.

    However, this is worse. Much worse. They are not being held for information. They are simply going to be executed. They have not been told that is what will happen to them, but they have a pretty god idea that it is what awaits them anyway.

    Bumblebee is terrified. He may be the youngest of the Autobots, but he is a trained soldier, he knows that he should be brave, but as he watches Ratchet struggle uselessly before being forced to the ground, watches as Wheeljack, Mirage, and Sideswipe are all forced to kneel at cannon point, as he himself is dragged roughly over to his friends and forced to put his hands on his head as he is shoved down beside Wheeljack, he cannot help it. He starts to shake, and a quiet, broken whimper of fear escapes his vocal capacitor before he can stop himself.

    Wheeljack is closest to him and the scientist tries to help ease Bumblebee's fear. "It'll be okay, Bumblebee. Remember when we outran those Decepticons back on Cybertron after gathering the fuel rods? We got out of that just fine, didn't we? It'll be the same here. You'll see."

    Before Bumblebee can answer, the Decepticon restraining Wheeljack leans in and snarls, "Stop talking." Then, the Decepticon turns to face Bumblebee, and with a wicked smirk, taunts him. "Hello, Bumblebee. Remember me?"

    Bumblebee remembers all too well.

    Barricade.

    "It's too bad I'm not going to be the one who finishes you," Barricade hisses so that only Bumblebee can hear him. "Soundwave requested you personally. Something about killing his pets. But it doesn't matter, because there are still four other Autobot prisoners that I can have fun with."

    Soundwave walks up then, chuckling sadistically at something the human Dylan had told him before storming off.

    "No prisoners," He corrects Barricade. "Only…trophies."

    Wheeljack's bravery falters at this, and he looks at Bumblebee. The younger Autobot now sees a glimmer of the same fear he feels in the inventor's optics.

    "Bumblebee…I think that they are going to kill us…"

    Bumblebee looks back at him, terrified, but before he or the inventor do anything else, Barricade shoves Wheeljack forward. "You-your time has come."

    Bumblebee doesn't want to watch. He doesn't want to hear. But he cannot shut it out. The sounds of Wheeljack begging for his life, the sounds of Barricade laughing as shoots him with his cannon-once, twice-and the sight of Wheeljack jerking with each hit before collapsing as his head rolls off are seared into his processor.

    It is too much.

    Bumblebee chokes out a cry of despair, clasping his head with his hands before shuttering his optics in overwhelming pain.

    He just wants it all to stop.

    Suddenly, Soundwave is grabbing him by the neck, claw like fingers digging in cruelly as the much larger Decepticon forces Bumblebee to his feet with a sadistic growl. "You're mine now."

    Bumblebee wants to scream. He wants to cry out at the pain Soundwave is inflicting by digging his claws into his neck. But as Soundwave shoves him close to Wheeljack's body, all thoughts of doing so fade, and he collapses, trying to see, hoping against hope that Wheeljack might still be alive, he holds onto his fallen friend's shoulders as he desperately tries to find any sign of life. But there isn't one.

    Soundwave is there again. He grabs the young Autobot by the arm this time, and Bumblebee finds himself shoved forward again, this time with snapped orders.

    "Keep moving! Turn around!"

    Bumblebee wants to object. He wants to resist, even though he knows it will do no good. He wants to face Soundwave as he dies instead of facing away like a coward, but a soft hissing sound that only reaches his audio receptors distracts him, and he turns despite his resolve not to.

    The hissing sound is originating from a charred car, flipped upside-down sometime during the siege of the city. Its windows are gone. And there, right there, is the object that made the noise. A boomstick, one of Wheeljack's inventions, is in the car. It has failed to ignite. But it is only who is holding the boomstick, the one who had tried to use it to save him, that Bumblebee sees, and the sight makes him want to collapse.

    Sam.

    Utter despair fills him. He does not want Sam to see this. He does not want Sam to see him die. He knows that Sam is desperate to save him, he can see it in the human's eyes, and knows that, if not for Carly holding him tightly by the arm to prevent him from leaping out of the car, he would race forward towards Soundwave, and he would be killed as well.

    Bumblebee does not want that. He tries to put that as a silent message in his optics, never once breaking contact with Sam's eyes. Don't. Stay there. I don't want you to die too. You have to live.

    And then Sam starts to cry as he realizes there is nothing he can do, and it is all Bumblebee can do to not break down himself.

    Don't cry, Sam.


    He does not want Sam to see him die, but he knows that Sam will not look away. So he will not look away either.

    A broken, distorted radio clip comes out of him, his goodbye to Sam that should not be happening.

    "We had a good run."

    Bumblebee feels Soundwave press the cannon against his helm, and he knows that it is over.

    I'm sorry, Sam.

    Suddenly, the cannon is pulled away from his head as a load crash is heard, followed by more and more. Bumblebee turns to see what is going on, and surprise fills him as he sees Decepticon fighters falling from the sky as the Battleship detaches them for no reason at all.

    Determination fires through Bumblebee.

    Wheeljack was right. There was a way out of this.

    Bumblebee flings himself at Soundwave, and as the Decepticon fighters continue to plummet down, he is aware that Ratchet, Mirage, and Sideswipe are now free and fighting their former captors as well.

    He aims his cannon at Soundwave.

    His earlier sentiment was right. It is over.

    But not for him.
     
  6. Jazzfan0217

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    this is great, love it. you put more emotion between characters and for the characters. good job.
     
  7. SavageThunder

    SavageThunder 11th Doctor's Huntress

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    that is quite some story-writing talent you got there! more if you can!
     

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