- Weapon: Energo-Sword
Soundwave sent a simple acknowledgement back to Shockwave before turning his attention to his orders. It took only a few seconds to activate a unit of Vehicons. He dispatched four of the drones to the bounce chamber while another four were directed to join him on the bridge. They would assist with ship functions and security. It was standard procedure with the tightening of security on the vessel. At the same time he made sure all sensitive areas were locked down with command codes and updating those codes to make sure Starscream wouldn’t have any sort of access.
The Decepticon turned to face Darkwing and Dreadwind manning positions on the bridge. “Orders from Shockwave. You are to report to bounce chamber and assist in transfer of prisoner Starscream from the surface. Vehicon escorts have already been deployed and Shockwave will join you in short order.”
The two fliers were startled, first from Soundwave actually addressing them and then over what he had to say. Sure, neither of them really thought Starscream was going to come out on top of this power struggle, but they figured his fall would be a bit more dramatic. Being brought before Shockwave in chains was startling and maybe a bit disappointing.
Darkwing was the one to reply to Soundwave. “Sure, we’ll just meet him there. Come on Dreadwind.” The two Decepticons left their posts and filed off of the bridge.
Soundwave turned back to his console and moved to the next part of his orders.
>>”Message received Razorclaw. Permission to board the Thanatos granted. A security detail will meet you in the bounce chamber upon your arrival.”<<
>>”Thunderwing, Commander Shockwave requests a progress report on status of Earthbound Decepticon activities.”<<
With those duties completed he began studying the ship roster for suitable candidates to send down to the Ultrax. Most of the Decepticons on board were busy with other assignments now, several assisting Shockwave in his experiments in the lab. For now he simply compiled a list of Decepticons with the technical aptitude to assist with repairs. Once the current situation with Starscream’s arrival was resolved then these Decepticons could be dispatched to the surface.
It was a pity he could not be present himself to see the seeker chained and defeated. It was surely a sight he would relish and make sure would be permanently recorded to enjoy in the future. He was sure he would eventually see the seeker. His telepathic abilities would make him far too valuable in an interrogation not to. Still, he would like to enjoy the first moments in person. He would have to settle for the next best thing.
“Laserbeak: Eject. Operation: Observation.”
The cassette shot out of Soundwave’s chest and transformed. He hadn’t been back long, his mission observing some of the various Decepticons having ended with their being dispatched to various locations. He wasn’t particularly excited about going off to watch more Decepticons, but it wasn’t the worst assignment he had gotten. Besides, even he would be amused to see Starscream humbled. With a lone squawk the bird flew off of the bridge.
Darkwing and Dreadwind were quiet for a bit as they started their journey to the bounce chamber. Of course it was Darkwing who finally spoke up. “You know, I can’t believe they got Starscream. You figure with someone like him he could manage to weasel his way out of any situation. At the very least I figure he had to go down kicking and screaming.”
Dreadwind looked back at him. “You assume that that’s what really happened? Isn’t it obvious what really took place?” Darkwing shrugged his shoulders and Dreadwind sighed before continuing. “It’s a trap or trick of some sort, even Shockwave thinks it is. Why else send us in first? Starscream is going to bounce up her and open fire on the first Decepticons he sees, namely us. Its all part of his plan to take over.”
Darkwing rubbed his chin. “I don’t know, that sounds awfully elaborate, even for Screamer. I mean he’s got the guts and the sneakiness to try it sure, but could he actually pull it off?
“You said yourself that he always seems to weasel his way out of everything.”
Darkwing nodded. “Yeah, true, true.” He produced one of his rifles and looked it over. “Well I’m glad I’m fully locked and loaded then. I hope when I go down I can at least put a laser between Screamer’s optics.”
Dreadwind just shook his head as the two of them entered the bounce chamber, Laserbeak flying in just behind them,
Clutch frowned down at Knockout. It seemed the other Con was taking Shockwave’s comments in stride. Clutch simply wasn’t built that way, he took everything from command pretty seriously, especially from someone like Shockwave. He also had his doubts about how much he could learn from a little shaved off chunk of that special armor, but he’d just have to trust Knockout on that one. Doing that had mostly worked out ok for him in the past, mostly.
His attention snapped back into focus on Shockwave as the Decepticon gestured to him with his cannon arm. It was a bit unnerving to have the weapon so casually leveled at him, but he stood his ground. The orders surprised him a bit as he had been assisting Knockout. Of course that didn’t really involve much on his part and he wasn’t about to argue the point with him. "Yes sir!" he replied, saluting the commander as he left the room.
As he waited for Deathstinger to ingest the new fuel he looked down at Mal Practice. He hadn’t paid much attention to the Decetpicon as he was just another tech-head, and an annoying one at that. He already had to deal with one of those on a regular basis, he didn’t have any interest in adding another.
“We got assigned to the same mission a long time ago. We worked well together, lots of success and profit for the both of us so we stuck together.”