Divebomb’s back-mounted rocket thrusters allowed him to achieve maximum speed and transverse the distance between Polyhex and Iacon within only a few breems. It was important to arrive in Autobot territory quickly to ensure that nothing had happened to Shockwave, who had surely arrived at his destination by now. But, it was apparent from Razorclaw’s orders that the reason why the Military Operations Commander was in Iacon was of more importance than his safety. This led Divebomb to believe that perhaps his leader’s trust in Shockwave had been shaken in some way. Regardless, there was a mission to complete and the aerial Predacon intended not to fail this time.
Divebomb knew that the only real place he could observe undetected was in the skies high above Iacon. His enhanced optics had picked up the movement of autocannons near the perimeter of the Autobot capital as he approached at a distance. Thus flying in low would be pointless as he would surely come under fire, which would then alert the enemy that he was there. It was also a strong possibility that the Autobots’ overall sensor network was operational, at least in some part, and would quickly detect his low-level or ground level movements. No, the only place Divebomb could watch events unfold undetected was from miles above where the enemy’s sensors could not pick him up, but where his own optical enhancements and audio surveillance equipment would allow him to track everything going on down below.
The aerial Predacon ascended higher until he had achieved a height of over two miles at which point he leveled out and safely crossed the border into Iacon. With the dish receiver mounted underneath him and pointing downward, Divebomb set his unique optics on the look-out for a familiar purple Decepticon. It shouldn’t be too hard to find him. Shockers is pretty hard to miss.
Divebomb’s telescopic lens zoomed in near the Command Complex at the heart of Iacon. It didn’t take long to locate Shockwave
and a small team of ‘Bots that had greeted him outside. Amongst the Autobots present, the aerial Predacon could clearly see Hot Rod
and finally the traitor, Howlstrike. Divebomb found it amusing that Howl was sent along to accompany Shockwave. Perhaps it was to confuse and distract the logical Decepticon or even to agitate him, giving the enemy an advantage. Whatever the reason, it took all of Divebomb’s willpower to prevent himself from targeting the turncoat and blasting him into a pile of scrap.
Within astroseconds, the audio device began picking up sound from the ground. Divebomb had arrived right in the middle of Shockwave addressing his Autobot caretakers regarding why he was in Iacon. Perfect, just in time. Hopefully, I haven't missed much,
the Predacon flier thought as he adjusted the direction of the dish receiver in an attempt to make the audio clearer so that nothing of importance was missed. Unfortunately, there was still some static interference caused mostly from Cybertron's unstable atmosphere and thus some of the transmission was fragmented.
Interesting. I'm beginning to see why Razorclaw sent me out here. If he wasn't suspicious of Shockwave's motives before, he sure will be once he hears this,
“....established sensor networks within various territories around Cybertron. While these are primarily for our own defense, they have also been modified to monitor....energon regrowth occurring within the substrata. If we can discover such natural deposits, your Autobots would be able to take over the process of accelerating the growth. If this process is continued....we may be able to avoid the inevitable shutdown....when those in both our ranks with more hawkish ideologies once again turn their attention towards our home world.....Though some are clearly present already, Megatron’s attention....is elsewhere. That fact allows for a certain degree of autonomous operation.”
“Secondarily—in exchange for my unmolested return to Polyhex, I will directly assist Wheeljack....in the analysis of a newly discovered ore that....will not only alter the course of the war, but may eventually eliminate the need for it altogether. This war was not originally begun as a conflict over resources, but that is what it has become. In time, perhaps....our fight will....no longer be necessary. It is unlikely, but it is possible. I can assure you that there are few, if any, others within the Decepticon ranks that are giving such matters the same level of consider....”
Divebomb thought as he continued monitoring the situation from miles above Iacon.