- Motto: "Transform and smoke 'em!"
- Weapon: Twin Shoulder-Mounted Rocket Launchers
Peruvian Valley - Central Andes Mountains
Once Rewind was secured in the driver’s seat and ready to depart, the door of the Nissan GT-R police car slammed shut and Prowl revved his engines just as Bumblebee joined him, assuming his own Volkswagen Beetle alt mode. Without waiting any longer, the black and white sped forward along the dirt road with the yellow minibot by his side. The ride was a bumpy one as the military strategist’s vehicle mode was not intended for off road travel. However, it was nothing that the analyst could not handle nor would it be something he would complain about. More often than not, discomfort was something that had to be endured for the betterment of the Autobot war effort, even on smaller missions such as this one.
The cassettebot, however, might find the trip a bit jolting to his tiny systems which were likely not accustomed to rough conditions such as these. Prowl could be wrong, of course, but it was still a logical assumption under the circumstances. “How you doing, Rewind,” the black and white asked, not out of real concern but simply to appear more friendly towards his fellow Autobots. After all, Prowl was well aware of how he was perceived within the ranks. It was an outward perception he needed to change to better aid him in achieving his goals, both long and short term. Internally, he would still be the same logical mech he had always been, one where emotion came second to pure reason and cold, hard facts.
As they continued their trek south, Prowl’s sensors began picking up the same readings that Bumblebee had detected, and those readings were getting stronger by the astrosecond. There was definitely a mineral mine up ahead, one that was hopefully devoid of human activity. “Eight kliks, huh? Well, ‘Bee, I say we double time it then! Why take eight when we can get there in four?” The police car accelerated, but allowed Bumblebee to pull just ahead which enabled the mission commander to keep an optic on his small comrade. The black and white didn’t want the scout to go off half cocked or anything. The yellow minibot was very brave and a real asset to the Autobot cause. However, after the recent capture by the Decepticons and subsequent torture by Darkride before being rescued, Prowl had sensed a change in the diminutive ‘Bot. It was only slight, but it was there whether the scout realized it yet or not.
Bumblebee then offered to head into the mine once they had arrived in order to ascertain how secure the tunnels were. Prowl considered the request for a moment before responding. “Agreed. However, I want you to be careful, Bumblebee. If there is any sign of instability within the mine I want you out of there immediately. Is that clearly understood? I can’t afford to have you trapped in there or worse.” While Prowl did not want to see Bumblebee get hurt, he was more concerned with completing the mission with as few a problems and setbacks as possible. Having to mount a rescue in the middle of the jungle would only slow the proceedings down when there was still so much ground left the cover.
After another half breem, the mine finally came into view and Prowl immediately pulled ahead of Bumblebee in order to survey the scene first. The entrance, itself, was covered with wooden boards that were nailed into place, a sure sign that the mine was long abandoned. The military strategist’s scanners could only penetrate so far into the rocky hillside that now stood before the trio, but what he could detect seemed very promising. “I’m reading mineral deposits within the mine including gold, silver, copper and iron. I’m not picking up any signs of humans, but then again my scanners only go so deep. You’ll have to remove those boards first, which shouldn’t be an issue. Then head inside and do your thing. See if there are any larger mineral deposits deep within or even larger caverns that I could fit in without having to remain in my alt mode. Now, listen carefully, ‘Bee. I don’t want you in there for more than a breem or two. After that, you are to report back here immediately. Understood?”
Prowl then turned his attention to the small passenger behind the wheel of the analyst’s police alt mode. “Rewind, I want you to begin surveying the area outside of the mine if you haven’t done so already. Be as detailed as you can and leave no stone unturned. Once Bumblebee reports back, we’ll decide whether further exploration of the mine is warranted.” The black and white then opened his driver’s side door to allow the archivist to exit. “I will stand watch for any signs of human intrusion into the region as well as conduct my own scans. Now, let’s get to work, team!”