- Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
- Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
The deafening roar of car engines echoed around him as Smokescreen sped through the tunnel towards the Canadian side. He followed closely behind Bumblebee and only exceeded the posted speed limit when his minibot superior did so. Otherwise, he maintained a constant speed that would not attract any unwanted human attention. This was very hard for Smokey to do, especially after crawling along at a near standstill for hours. Right now, he wanted nothing more than to zoom at top speed down the highway, feeling the air passing over his sleek form and leaving all others in his dust.
Unfortunately, Smokescreen could not do that, not with Bumblebee around. Primus knows that his little yellow companion would probably inform Ironhide if Smokey got out of line and broke any traffic laws. Then the red and blue mech would end up in the brig for sure. I’ve got to ditch him somehow, Smokescreen thought, If only for a little while. I’ve got to run off some of this pent up energy.
Then the diversionary expert received the latest version of the map showing where Bumblebee wanted to set up the new equipment. There were almost a dozen locations spread evenly across the entire northern shoreline of Lake Erie. Each would only take approximately a half-cycle to properly set up and calibrate. Factoring in the time allotted to transverse the distance between locations, Smokey calculated that the job should take no more than ten cycles maximum. Of course, at the rate Smokey drives, he could have it done in half the time if only he was alone. Then the racing ‘bot thought for a moment, an idea generating in his processors. That’s it!
“Hey Bumblebee, I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we split up when deploying the sensors? We could cover more ground that way and get the job done in half the time.” Of course, Smokey really didn’t care about completing the mission faster. The longer he was outside the Ark the better. He just wanted some alone time so he could let loose and go for a real joyride. “If you want, you could take the western half of the northern shoreline while I drive ahead and handle the eastern half. We can start deploying the observation equipment at either end of the lake and then make our way towards one another until we meet somewhere in the middle. Then we can head on out to those islands you were talking about. Sound good?”
As the diversionary tactician finished his sentence, he exited the tunnel in Windsor, Ontario and took the first road that followed the Detroit River back to Lake Erie. Hopefully, his plan would work and Bumblebee would agree to let Smokescreen on his own for a short while.
Ark-19 - Hallways
Having just exited the labs, Trailbreaker strolled down the corridor examining the capping device he had just received from Wheeljack. I hope this thing works, the black mech thought to himself. He knew that Wheeljack didn’t always have success with his inventions and they more often than not tended to short out or even explode. Although, he didn’t foresee something like that happening with a simple device such as a fuel cap. At worst, it would simply stop working or burn out if overused. But, then again, you could never really tell with one of ‘jack’s gadgets.
Placing the device into subspace storage until it was needed, Trailbreaker headed for the ship’s Armory, where he had an important task to do. As the defensive strategist, one of ‘breaker’s duties was to take inventory of the Autobots’ weapons cache on a regular cycle to ensure that his comrades had enough firepower to protect themselves when out on a mission. It would do them no good if they ran out of ammunition in the heat of battle or if they didn’t have enough functioning weapons to adequately defend themselves.
Ark-19 - Armory
Entering the Armory, Trailbreaker pulled out a data pad and immediately began the slow process of taking a detailed inventory of every weapon, warhead and laser cartridge that was stored within. It was a tedious job to be sure, but a necessary duty that ‘breaker took very seriously.