First part of the second episode. I enjoyed writing Broken, so I pumped this one out quickly but hopefully well for you all. Enjoy! Transformers: Prime - Fallen "Spare me of the pleasantries, mercenary." Megatron snarled as he extended his sword.* "With pleasure." Stampede began to walk over to Megatron, who immediately charged at him.* Megatron lifted his sword high above his head then brought it down on Stampede's. He smiled as he heard the satisfying clang of metal on metal. But the smile changed to a look of astonishment as he saw that Stampede had blocked the sword with his forearms, with no damage whatsoever. Stampede threw his arms up, disorientating Megatron, then slammed his fist into the Decepticon's gut. Megatron buckled over, but stayed standing. He threw a few punches at Stampede, who countered with his own. Megatron was able to land blows on Stampede, but they didn't faze him at all. Meanwhile Stampede's blows were tiring Megatron quicker than he would have thought possible. Megatron jumped and punched Stampede, but the mercenary blocked and swung his arm into Megatron's legs. He tumbled onto the earth and was pinned down by Stampede. Stampede threw blow after blow into Megatron's face. He stood and waited for Megatron to get back up.* "You are strong, certainly. But strength alone won't get you anywhere in this world." Stampede commented as Megatron got onto his feet.* Megatron roared and charged at Stampede, tackling him to the ground. He began to smash his fists into Stampede's face as he had just done to Megatron. Stampede ignored the blows and smashed his head into Megatron's. Megatron backed off, dazed, and Stampede threw a massive right hook into his side. Megatron collapsed and Stampede kicked him away.* "I expected more a challenge from the infamous gladiator!" Stampede said mockingly.* Megatron didn't reply with words, instead he got up and threw himself at Stampede. Stampede caught Megatron by the throat and slammed him into the ground. He smashed punch after punch into Megatron's face, until his head armour began to break. Megatron was helpless to do anything, the pain had completely overtaken him. Stampede stood back up and watched Megatron crawl across the ground.* "The mighty 'Lord Megatron', finally defeated. No, not defeated." Stampede corrected himself as he picked Megatron up. "Broken!" He ripped Megatron in two, his upper body and lower body separated like a ball joint. Megatron screamed in agony.* Stampede left Megatron writhing in pain on the earth and walked away. Megatron's last sight before the pain overtook him was of Stampede looking back at him, triumphant and terrifying. Then, all was black.* --------------------------------------- The Autobots had only been able to save a dozen humans from the wreckage of Jasper, the rest had either perished in the fires or had refused to leave their loved ones' bodies. The whole town was a wreck, all because of twelve Vehicons. But those were no ordinary Vehicons, they were too powerful and co-ordinated to be from Megatron's forces. Whomever had sent them was possibly an even greater threat than the Decepticons. Optimus tried to think of anyone who could have such strategy on the way back to base, but he was unable to think of anyone. Anyone that lived, at least.* Optimus was at the head of his Autobots on the highway leading out of Jasper. Everyone had picked up three or four human survivors, with the obvious exception of Arcee. So, being at the front meant that Optimus saw the base first. Or rather, what was left of it. The whole mountain had completely caved in, leaving a massive pile of rubble. This was the purpose of the attack on Jasper, Optimus realised with horror. Then he remembered that Ratchet had still been in the base.* "Optimus! What happened?" Bumblebee beeped urgently.* "I do not know, but Ratchet may still be in there." Optimus said angrily.* Arcee gasped and immediately sped up, Wheeljack close on her tail. They headed straight for the base and transformed, leaving the humans standing in confusion on the sand. The two Autobots ran at full speed for the base, screaming Ratchet's name. When they reached the rubble, they fiercely pulled it apart, but there was so much that it would take months, if not years to find the doctor. Wheeljack cursed and slammed his fist into one of the rocks in frustration. The rock split in two, causing the rocks above it to tumble down. Wheeljack dodged and bowed his head in defeat. Optimus placed a hand on the Wrecker's shoulder.* "We will find him Wheeljack." Optimus assured.* "How can you be so sure?" Wheeljack demanded.* "I am not." Optimus admitted sadly.* "Optimus!" Arcee called out from a few dozen metres away. "I've got him!" Optimus and Wheeljack rose and sprinted over to Arcee's position, where she was dragging Ratchet out of the debris that she had pulled out. Bumblebee was moving the rocks to give Ratchet more space. Optimus knelt down and cradled Ratchet once he was clear.* "I'm sorry...Optimus." Ratchet said, his voice barely a whisper. "It's...my fault. Decepticon...attack." "There was nothing you could do, doc. Don't blame yourself!" Wheeljack shouted.* "How many times have I said...don't call me doc.." Ratchet managed a slight smile. He looked back at Optimus. "He left me alive. But the pain...it will never stop...never..." Arcee wiped a tear from her eye and Optimus let one fall. "You will survive, my friend. We can stop it. We can." It sounded like Optimus was assuring himself more than his fellow.* "It would take too long, Optimus. There's only one way." Ratchet accepted. "Wheeljack...take care of everyone. Arcee...Bumblebee...I always admired your courage...even if I didn't show it. Optimus...I'm sorry..." Ratchet closed his eyes, and his spark stopped beating.* The other Autobots bowed their heads and stood in silence for several minutes. Optimus continued to hold Ratchet, gazing into the medic's unseeing eyes.* "He died trying to save us all." Wheeljack said, biting back tears. "If he hadn't tried so hard, he wouldn't have had to give in. We'll never get to thank him."