Hey! This is my second fanfic with Transformers: Prime this time, but will be different in someways. Updates will come whenever. IMPORTANT NOTE: The hometown used in this will not be geographically correct to as it really is in real life! Dark Times Pt. 1 Section 1 On her way to a small town in South Dakota, an Autobot named Arcee was driving on her own, thinking about what had happened earlier that day to a close comrade, his last transmission to her echoing in her mind, "Arcee, about that back up." "I should've called for back up for him against his wishes, but now it's too late and there's no way to bring him back." Arcee told herself, then remembered what she had said before leaving for her drive, "If Cliff's gone, standing around sulking won't bring him back." Arcee pulled over to clear her head of the recent events so she could focus on her life-long mission, then continued on the road to the small town, unaware that two dark-purple cars were following her. After entering the town's city limit, Arcee noticed the cars in her side-view mirror saying, "Twins," then pulled into a strip mall and parked in the parking lot. The cars drove by, and Arcee made sure that the cars were gone before saying, "Take five, Sadie," then shut her holographic driver off and rested in the parking lot. While resting, Arcee was reminiscing some memories with a red Autobot, of how the two fought Decepticons together, how they got to Earth, and what they had to deal with before their fellow team mates helped them out. Arcee could remember those times easily, but soon found herself thinking of the last time she had heard from her comrade alive, and had no choice but to remember her last chat with Cliffjumper. "So there I am on the look out when these high beams light up my rear view, and then it hits me: I'm illegally parked!" Cliffjumper had said. "Another parking ticket?" Arcee had asked. "Better, the boot!" Cliffjumper said. "Big metal tire clamp, impossible to remove." Arcee said. "Bingo! So I let the local police do their thing, and I let them get all the way down the block, that's when I kick off my new shiny shoe and... BANG!" Cliffjumper said. "New York's finest soil themselves." Arcee said. "You know me, Arcee. You mess with Cliffjumper," Cliffjumper started, and Arcee ended, "And you get the horns," and she heard Cliffjumper laugh. "I'm not sure how that complies with Autobot rule number one: Keep a low profile?" Arcee told him. "What can I say? Patrolling for Energon out here in Dulls-ville gets a little lonesome. Almost makes me miss the Decepticons." Cliffjumper said. "Like South Dakota's a party? We're alone where ever we travel on this rock, Cliff." Arcee said, then she heard some beeping at Cliffjumper's end before being told, "I'm getting a signal." "Need back up?" Arcee asked. "Do I ever need back up?" Cliffjumper asked, then Arcee heard tires squealing to Cliffjumper turning, and heard Cliffjumper come to a stop before he said, "I just found a whole lot of Energon!" "Great job," Arcee thought, but then heard Cliffjumper transform and say, "Decepticons!" alarming her that the Decepticons had returned as gun fire and crashing echoed through the comm link, then heard Cliffjumper say, "Arcee, about that back up." "I'm on it!" Arcee told him, and contacted Optimus Prime. "Arcee to Optimus, the 'Cons are back. Cliffjumper could be neck deep in scrap." Arcee told the Autobot leader. "Understood," Optimus said, then contacted Ratchet. "Ratchet, do you have Cliffjumper's coordinates?" Optimus asked. "I'm locked on his signal, Optimus, but our team's scattered across time zones." Ratchet said. "Arcee, Bulkhead, Bumblebee, report back to base and prepare to Ground Bridge." Optimus said, and Arcee, Bulkhead, and Bumblebee headed for base, which was hidden under a former military recreation site in a restricted area. Optimus and Ratchet arrived shrotly after, and they all bridged to Cliffjumper's last known position, only to find the aftermath of the battle that had taken place. "An untapped Energon deposit." Optimus said. "What's left of it." Bulkhead said. "The first Decepticon activity we've had in three years." Ratchet said. "That we know of," Optimus noted, then looked at the smoking pit and said, "If they are scouting for Energon, they may be preparing for his return." The Autobot group started to look around for any sign of Cliffjumper, and Arcee found a horn stuck in the ground, recognizing it immediately and picking it up. "No," Arcee said, and showed Optimus and Ratchet. "Ratchet, can you track his position?" Optimus asked, and Ratchet pulled out his scanners, only for a life signal to disappear one minute after pulling them out. "No! Cliffjumper's life signal just went offline." Ratchet said with a low voice, and they knew that they were too late. Ratchet was able to reactivate the Ground Bridge to bridge them back to base, but Arcee took a minute to look into the sky and catch a glimpse of a black spot grow smaller and smaller. " 'Cons," Arcee said with anger and remorse, then ran through the Ground Bridge back to base. After getting back, the sun was just starting to set as the remaining Autobots mourned over their loss of Cliffjumper. "We mustn't let our anger over the loss of Cliffjumper to impair our judgement. As of today, only we five Autobots remain on this Earth. We owe it to ourselves, to the memory of Cybertron, to any Autobots in any galaxy seeking safe harbor, to human kind," Optimus said to his team, and Arcee brought and laid the horn on the ground before the group as Optimus ended, "and we owe it to our fallen comrade to survive." Arcee stood after laying the horn down, then turned and started walking away. "Arcee?" Optimus said, and all Arcee had to say was, "If Cliff's gone, standing around sulking won't bring him back. So unless anyone minds, I think I'll go back to protecting human kind," then transformed and drove off. Arcee snapped out of the memory when she heard two kids teasing another kid, who was sitting on the seat of her vehicle mode. "Leave me alone, my business is my business!" the kid sitting on Arcee said as the Autobot used her side-view mirror to look at the kid, who turned out to be a blonde-haired girl wearing a jean jacket that was a little worn out, then found the two dark-purple cars from earlier and said in a whisper, "Come on, kid, wrap it up." "Why should we?" one of the other kids asked. " 'Cause I'll pound your faces into your skulls if you don't!" the blonde kid said, then two sets of high beams lit up the area, and all the kids looked to see the dark-purple cars as they revved their engines dangerously. "Scrap!" Arcee said. The cars moved forward by a foot, scaring off the two kids who were bullying the blonde girl, then Arcee started up and started for the gap between the two cars, frightening the blonde girl into holding on for the ride as the child yelled, "Hey!" The kid then saw that they were heading for the cars and yelled out, "Whoa!"