Transformers: Asterisk Destiny Prologue "All agents and units, Control; projected minimum staff levels achieved. There will be some staff inside facility so be wary of what you allow them to see, otherwise rules of engagement as briefed. Units One through Three procede as planned." "Control, Unit One, security has not deviated from schedule." "Acknowledged Unit One. We are green at this time. Observe mission radio procedures from here. Godspeed." Verdana Chemicals P/L Indianapolis, Indiana Present Day Daniel McLean loved working security. Ever since he was a kid he had loved the night hours. His parents used to despair trying to put him down when he was small. As a teeneager he stayed out all hours, and he loved nothing better than driving to the local lookout point, even when he didn't have female company. Now in his late twenties, he didn't care so much that he did not earn enough to save for a future, he was happy enough just to walk the perimeter during the night hours. This year he had been working at a chemical plant, nothing particularly important, but some specific chemicals were made here that the military liked, so round the clock security was employed. McLean always applied for the nightshifts. Some thought he wanted the extra money, but he just prefered the working conditions. "McLean you there?" "Sure Hester, what can I do for you?" "Three vehicles just pulling up at the gates. Can you join Finn, Franti and Seymour and check them out?" "No probs Hester, be right on it." McLean started jogging towards the front of the plant. He liked to keep fit as well, not muscle-bulging fit, but nice fit. As he jogged underneath the pipework tunnel near the front of the plant where several iron pipes climbed up high overhead, creating an archway to allow the larger delivery trucks access to the site. Up ahead he could see what he though was a grey Scion van. There were some dancing red strobes, suggestion the presence of an emergency vehicle of some kind out of sight behind the Scion. He could see two of his three colleagues milling about around the Scion. An exceedingly bright soundless light lit off and the one security officer visible, Franti, McLean decided collapsed. McLean grabbed his radio but found it awash with static. The Scion raced suddenly into through the open gates, a white and black Subaru Impreza following, with the overhead lightbar. McLean's right hand raced for his revolver that he had never previously fired other than on the range. The Scion seemed a lighter shade suddenly, picking up the highlights of a third yellow vehicle beyond the Subaru before the light went white and stabbed outwards. When McLean awoke it was with not one but two splitting headaches and the Sun had risen into the mid morning sky. There was a splitting pain in the back of his head, presumably from where his head had slammed the bitumen driveway, and there was a painful ache behind his eyes. Stars wheeled around his vision and the world looked blanched and lacking in colour. "McLean's awake." There were rushing footsteps. "McLean?" This was the voice of Nick Hester, McLean's watch supervisor. "Easy son, you've had a bit of a tumble." McLean blinked against the light as he struggled to shift his head around, and realised he was tucked aboard a stretcher. "Dan McLean? Special Agent Hutchence, FBI. We need to know what you saw last night." For the moment McLean ignored the 'suit'. "Franti and Finn and..." "They'll be fine." Hester looked warily towards the G-Man. "Just answer the Special Agent's questions." "Mr. McLean?" "There was a gray Scion, that's where the light came from, and a Subaru WRX with a light bar." "A police light bar?" "No, more like a fire car, all red. There was a third car. It was yellow and might have been low slung, but I can't tell you more than that." "Anything else?" The Agent's voice was as blank as his outfit, he could have been interrogating a toaster. McLean however believed in his job and scoured his thought for any impressions and half remembered images. "Just an impression but I thought I saw a young hot chick in swimsuit..."