- Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
- Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
Approaching Autobot Rendezvous Point
Smokescreen made his way slowly across the desert landscape towards the rendezvous point. He was still in race car mode, unable to achieve more than a meak hobble on his damaged legs, and that wouldn’t get him anywhere fast. He was already frustrated with the slow speed he was forced to go now in order to conserve what little energon he had left. The Autobot racer wanted to speed along the open road in front of him, but he couldn’t risk stasis lock, not while there were still Decepticons in the area that could pick him off at a moment’s notice.
As he continued forward, Smokescreen began thinking about doing a cosmetic upgrade on his appearance when he returned to base. He had been considering it for several cycles now, ever since his fight with the battle chargers. After seeing how fast they switched modes, Smokey was looking specifically to shorten his transformation process. He also wanted to streamline and improve the design of his overall frame, making himself faster and more efficient. He loved his 350z alt mode. It was a great little race car, and it had always surprised him that the humans could build such a cool vehicle. However, there was still room for improvement. The CR chamber could do the modifications he wanted, but it would need to be programed with the specifications beforehand.
Arriving at the rendezvous point, Smokescreen transformed to robot mode and sat back against a nearby rock. As he waited for the others, some of whom were already approaching, Smokey pulled out a datapad and quickly began working on his new body design.
Approaching Decepticon Rendezvous Point
Skywarp listened as Thundercracker spoke. In all fairness, his seeker friend made some good points. Skywarp was more than capable of out flying and overpowering the Autobot flyer. But ‘Warp had underestimated his opponent and had become too cocky during the battle. Worse yet, he hadn’t learned from his initial mistakes after he first crashed out in the desert canyon. ‘Warp continued to be careless and reckless. But he wasn’t about to admit any of that to Thundercracker.
“Ahh, Aftershot just got lucky, ‘Cracker,” Skywarp responded, a bit annoyed. “I hit him plenty of times. The fragger just kept on coming. Like you said, he’s resilient.” Warp paused a moment before continuing. “And besides, I’m a bit rusty you know. Haven’t been in a proper air fight in a while. Stuck inside too much. I’ll tell you one thing, though. The next time me and that Autobot flier meet, the battle will end very differently. I’ll be better prepared. It won’t be me that goes down. It’ll be him that ends up full of holes.”
Sludge didn’t understand Snarl’s sudden hostility towards their commander. Sure Grimlock was a tough mech to work for, but that’s what made him a strong leader. He expected you to pull your own weight, especially in battle, and he didn’t tolerate mistakes or weakness. Regardless, Grimlock was always dedicated to the other Dinobots even when he came off as arrogant or uncaring. Showing emotion was not something Grimlock excelled in, but that was also true for all the Dinobots.
“Hmmm, Snarl seems mad at you,” the Jungle Warrior said as he kept the Dinobot Commander from collapsing. “Him get over it.” It quickly became apparent that Grimlock would not be walking off this battlefield under his own power. He was far too weak and appeared to be on the verge of falling into stasis lock again. “You don’t look good, boss. I carry you from here.”
Having regained full motion in both arms, Sludge easily lifted Grimlock up and slung him over his shoulder. The Jungle Warrior slowly plodded forward. The extra weight made him slower than usual. After a few steps, Sludge stopped and looked around, puzzled. “Wait, which way we go?” The Dinobot said, as he caught sight of other Autobots heading off in one direction. “Hmm, I just follow them.”