CHAPTER I "He's holed up in that ol' tin can there. I just know it." Prowl said from the bridge of the Equite. "Give me the word, Prime. I'll send a Cybernought boarding party to end it all." A small ship in terms of tonnage, but not length, the Equite was designed for pursuit, possessing the speed needed to chase after much larger ships while staying out of weapons range. In this case, its prey was the Nemesis, a battleship with a cyber-shark's silhouette named after a patron of the Decepticons. Limping home to Chaar from an unsuccessful attempt to break through the Autobot blockade, it was suspected her captain was Megatron. Upon receiving the intelligence reports stating as such, the Equite - a-one-of-a-kind ship - was quickly scrambled to chase down the Nemesis. "I'll allow it. But know this," Optimus, pacing back and forth, replied to Prowl. He turned to face the younger 'mech, his blue optics burning. For him, this was personal. "I will be leading the boarding party." Whipping around to face the ship's XO, Strongarm, he ordered. "Prepare the Apex Aegis and the associated relics." Strongarm left the bridge with a curt "yes, sir", leaving the two 'mechs alone. "This is a mistake." Prowl said in a downcast tone. "He wants this to happen." He elaborated. "He's a Prime-slayer. It's what he does. It's his reason for being." "Maybe so." Optimus conceded. "But he must be stopped, no matter the cost." Pointing a finger at Prowl, he intoned. "You, of all 'mechs, should know that." --- Within the Nemesis, something stirred. It was not quite the captain of the ship, no. Something else was there on the otherwise empty ship. Megatron was an important part of its being, yes. But it was older, far more powerful than he could ever dream of being. It had seen the end of all things, and the beginning, too. And it hated them with every fiber of its being. It was that which is, which was, and is yet to come. It could feel it in the air. Battle, decisive battle was at hand. Stomping off of the bridge, it prepared to meet the foe.