I decided to create a new thread for my story, as I had the words Chapter One in the thread title and I had posted more then that, so I felt a little stupid. Plus I don't think I did a really good job with introducing my main human character, Sennie. But fear not, faithful readers! My Bayformers story with a Pokemon twist is back and better the ever. If you liked the first edition and are reading this again, welcome back. If you are reading this for the first time, thank you. I really don't care if you post praises, but constuctive criticism is alway welcome. Preview: Sennie Zephyr was never liked by the other Pokémon trainers in Tranquility, but that was okay with her. Even though her best friend, Mikala Banes, was the hottest girl in town, Sennie never rose out of her friend’s shadow. It was much easier to keep being a nobody. But Sennie had a secret, and it will take an intergalactic war and a friendship with a transforming robot from outer space to help her see who she really is…and why she must save the world. Transformers: Wings of Fire When the shadows come… And it seems like the world is done… A hero will arise… And see through the lies… So let the night stars shine… And we will bide our time… Until the day the hero comes… And the day that all are one… Ancient poem found inscribed on a wall in the Ruins of Alph, Jhoto Region Chapter one: Almost summer In the northern part of the state of Nevada there is a town called Tranquility. It’s a small-ish town, with only three thousand inhabitants. It occupies a part of Humboldt County in the north, and is unusual because it is in a isolated mountain chain, and sits on the shore of a massive lake created when a huge meteor slammed into the Earth during the last ice age. In time a river found its way to the crater, filling it with water and soaking the surrounding desert landscape. A forest sprung up as pollen and seeds drifting on the wind reached the lake and the now fertile soil around it. Animals and Pokémon came to the forest, and soon mankind reached it. A town was built on the lake, and Tranquility was born. It is a strange place, where, away from the main part of town, time seems to stop. Today was May twenty third, a Thursday, and the weather was amazingly fine. School had just gotten out, and at Nightbird café three girls were talking about the upcoming summer. Well, two of them at least. One had her nose in a Nintendo DS which was emitting the signature Star Wars theme music. “Sennie, will you please put that game away while I’m talking? This is important.” Sixteen-year-old Sennie Zephyr reluctantly closed her DS. “Sorry, Karen,” she apologized to the blonde-hair girl sitting across from her. The fancy restaurant they had stopped at for a bite to eat after school was packed with people. Too many for Sennie’s taste. Karen Brown just shook her head. “I don’t know why you keep playing those stupid Star Wars games. Anyway, are you coming to my party on the third of June or not?” Sennie rolled her golden eyes upward in a gesture of annoyance. The party, always the party. It seemed to her that Karen had been talking about nothing but the get-together she had organized to mark the start of school vacation. “Yes, of course I’ll be there! I’ve told you a million times that I’m coming.” She reached down and gave her Vupix, Fire-shine, a pat on the head. The little fox-like Pokémon was underneath the table, chewing on a bone her Trainer had given her. Every now and then she would bark at the people passing by, and they would reach down and stroke her smooth red fur. “Just wanted to make sure, Frog-Eyes,” Karen replied, sitting back down and taking a bite of her salad, which was just lettuce and low-fat ranch dressing. “You have a history of saying that you’ll be somewhere and then not showing up.” “Oh leave her alone, Karen,” Mikala Banes, Sennie’s best friend and co-conspirator, said. “I remember you promising that you’d come to my tenth birthday party and then blowing it for a dentist appointment.” “I had a really bad cavity! Plus I had to go shopping with my mom afterwards.” Sennie listened to the two of them as an argument started. Well, she thought, here they go again, fighting about something trivial and stupid. She adjusted her motorcycle boots. Sennie had just gotten her license back on her birthday, May nineteenth. She had been practicing her driving skills for a long time, and she was good at handling muscle cars, but what Sennie really wanted was a motorcycle, and a fast one at that. Something like a Kawasaki or a Ducati. She would need it this summer. School was almost out for the summer of 2007, and for the high-school students of Tranquility, it meant a welcome respite from sitting in the hot classroom taking tests and watching educational videos about volcanoes. Plus the Pokémon training community was getting ready for the battles and contests that came along with summer. Sennie Zephyr was a Pokémon Trainer, like Karen. She was a wild one, though. Raised in the rough and dangerous Orre region by her grandfather, Sennie was used to Pokémon battles that were high-stake, and she was no stranger to fighting with guns and knives. In her life she had seriously wounded many men trying to take advantage of her. Of course, Sennie couldn’t blame them if the sight of her quickened men’s’ blood. She looked more like a supermodel then an outlaw, with her white and gold hair, her slim features, and her golden eyes. The fact that she preferred to wear shirts that barely covered her torso, low cut blue jeans, and had the mark of the Pokémon Hunters on her face didn’t help her a lot. At least the men here in America were civilized enough just to stare at her when she passed by. But once they found out what Sennie was really like they lost all interest. Mikala and Karen stopped arguing just then, and Karen, being the richest of the three, picked up the bill. “Wow, thirty bucks for a meal. I’m never coming here again,” she said, slipping her credit card to the waiter. “Then why did we stop here?” Mikala asked, fishing a stick of gum out of her purse. “Because they make the best salads ever, and I need to watch my weight. Not all of us have Sennie's metabolism. I can’t eat a double bacon cheeseburger and stay the same size.” “Okay, but it’s your money. Next time we go out to eat, however, I’m picking the restaurant. I can’t stand fancy-pants places like this.” The three of them got up and left the building. Sennie reached down and scooped Fire-Shine up, allowing the Fire-type to ride in her arms. “Hey, Karen!” someone shouted, and the three girls turned to see Karen’s boyfriend, Mark Jameson, pull up to the curb in his brand new black Ford Mustang. “Hey, baby, need a ride home? Maybe we could swing by the lake house on the way.” “Well, when you put it like that…” “I don’t know why you tolerate that,” Mikala said to Sennie, watching the Mustang as it roared down the road. “Karen stole your boyfriend and you don’t even bat an eyelash when they talk sweet like that.” “He’s was never a good fit, Mika,” Sennie replied, turning her back on the receding car. “I just think he dated me because he felt sorry for me. Well, he’s not my boyfriend anymore, so I can’t complain.” “That’s a good attitude to take. Well, no use dwelling on the past. The present is what we need to focus on at the moment.” The sun was shining down on them, and Sennie inhaled the fresh scent of the wildflowers that grew around the town. Summer was almost upon them, and she had a feeling that this one was going to be different than the others. A strange feeling was coming over her, a feeling that she was about to embark on a journey that would change her life. And if there was anything Sennie Zephyr wanted, it was for her life to change. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, it seems like Sennie had a boyfriend until Karen stole him. This plays a big part in who Sennie is. This is a nice edit, if I do say so myself. I think that it really describes the setting of the story. The town, which was never named in the movie but identified in the comic adaptation, really seems to be a magical place were anything can happen. But like many small towns these days, it has problems like drug use and gangs. We will see more of this as the story progresses.