CHAPTER 1: Wave of Destruction
Above the Earth’s atmosphere, two large meteors approached. In a NEST control room, an officer was going through his daily duties, scanning satellite transmissions. "General, two unknown objects approaching! Possible alien proto-form signatures detected; confirmation unavailable... ETA off the Californian coast, 2 hours sir!” the officer reported.
General Morshower was surprised. There had not been any Decepticon sightings for a while. The only other meteoroid sighting happened many months ago and thankfully they were Autobots, arriving from deep space to reunite with their comrades. He could not hope for the best, for their job was to be the first and ultimate line of defense. “Assemble the intercept squad…” he issued the command.
Hours later, at a Naval Base, somewhere in the US west coast; the two meteors fell into the sea. Navy officers scrambled for cover from the after shock of the impact. Suddenly, there was silence. A few minutes later, a convoy of NEST vehicles; four Hummers, Ironhide, Ratchet, the twins and a HEMTT 8 wheeled tactical assault truck arrived. The vehicles stopped and soldiers poured out of the hummers. Major William Lennox and Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps stepped out of one of the Hummers. A navy officer approached Lennox.
"Major Lennox, we have secured the area. Those Decepticons are crazy if they think they can take on the Navy on our turf." The officer added, seemingly confident.
“No activity since the impact?” Lennox asked the officer, ignoring his last statement.
“Not a squeak sir.” The officer replied.
“Maybe they’re just meteors, normal stuff still happen you know,” Epps added.
“Never on our watch Epps, never on our watch… scan the area,” Lennox commanded. Not a minute after the team started to scan the area, a NEST officer ran towards Lennox with a device that was beeping madly.
"The readings are off the charts sir! We have never seen anything like this,” the officer said. Lennox grabbed the device off the officer’s hands and studied the signal. He looked worried and lifted his hands towards the Autobot vehicles.
“That’s the signal. Autobots transform!” The assault truck commanded. The Autobots started to transform. The twins, Ironhide, Ratchet... and finally the assault truck completed its transformation into a large impressive Autobot; Ultra Magnus.
“Ultra Magnus, we’ve never seen the device give out a signal this strong,” Lennox said.
"Roger that, Major. Get your men to scan every vessel they can. Ironhide you take ridge up there and cover us. Mudflap and Skids protect the humans. Ratchet, call for backup... I have a bad feeling about this," Ultra Magnus said as he moved towards the dock area.
"I hate it when that big chunk of scrap metal starts bossing everybody around," Mudflap told Skids as they both walked towards the NEST hummers. He hated it when he was assigned to this squad. He thought Ultra Magnus was too serious, always lecturing them about the importance of discipline. No fun to be had here.
"Well, Prime made him leader of this squad you dumb ass!" Skids replied.
"I know that! I was just bitchin, bitch!” Mudflap snapped as he kicked Skids on the shin and Skids hopped in pain.
"Enough! The two of you, get to your positions… NOW!" Ultra Magnus was in no mood to tolerate them. If it were up to him, he would have had those two fools on clean up duty back at base.
Ironhide scanned the area. Many ships were docked by the bay and he did not want to miss scanning any of them. Suddenly he caught a breeze from the sea, and smelt something in the air that triggered his olfactory sensors. ‘Hmmm... Something smells familiar,’ Ironhide wondered to himself as he made his way towards the ridge.
Epps was distracted by a mirror like reflection from a large warship just off the navy dock. Curious, he walked closer to the end of the dock towards the warship. “Hey! Anybody up there? You need to clear the area!” he hailed. He was greeted with silence. Epps noticed that there was no anchor docking the warship. ‘That’s strange…’ he thought to himself. He instinctively picked up a small pebble and threw it at the ship. As the pebble hit the ship it caused a strange ripple of energy. Epps was startled and reached for his radio transmitter. "Uh.... Guys I think you need to take a look at this..." Epps started to warn the team, but it was too late. Suddenly, the ship began to transform into a massive transformer. It was so large that as the giant transformer stood, it towered above the dock even with almost half of its legs immersed in the sea. Epps started to move backwards but his foot was caught on a loose rock and he fell flat on his back, facing the massive transformer. The giant transformer completed its transformation and exclaimed: "TIDAL WAVE!"
The transformer lifted up its arms and smashed into the sea creating a wave of water. The wave rapidly approached Epps, who was still on his back, staring at awe at the giant. He thought he had seen it all until today. Then he noticed a wall of water approaching him, building up 20 feet high. He screamed but was saved just in time by Ratchet, who grabbed Epps and used his own body to shield Epps from the wall of water.
"Fall back! Create a line of defense! Fire at its head! Maybe we can blind it somehow… Fire!" Ultra Magnus commanded as he quickly moved away from the dock. The NEST vehicles fired a volley of missiles at Tidal Wave. He seemed to stagger back at one point; but then he transformed one of his massive arms into a cannon and fired a pulsating wave which blew the NEST vehicles away like it was made out of paper. Mudflap and Skids scrambled for cover and managed to duck the wave. Mudflap then turned around and ran straight into Tidal Wave's direction, much to the surprise of his brother, who stood bewildered.
This was his opportunity to show Ultra Magnus what he was made of. ‘I am a warrior! I’ll show him!’ Mudflap convinced himself as he jumped on Tidal Wave's legs and started to climb. "I took on Devastator and now I'm going to kick your ass!" Mudflap roared as he continued to climb.
"Hey! I’m gettin’ in on some of that action too!" Skids shouted to his brother and followed suit. Skids and Mudflap started to climb and shoot at Tidal Wave's legs.
"No! Stick to the attack plan! We need to hold him off until backup arrives!" Ultra Magnus warned the twins, but to no avail.
Tidal Wave winced in pain from the twin’s attack but with a flick of his leg the twins tumbled to the ground. Annoyed, Tidal Wave exclaimed his name again ‘TIDAL WAVE!’ as he lifted his leg and crushed the Twins below.
"Nooo!!!" Ultra Magnus screamed. ‘This can’t be happening!’ Ultra Magnus told himself. Ultra Magnus was a great commander and a great warrior; only second to Optimus Prime himself. But after an incident on Cybertron where his team was ambushed by one of Megatron’s minions which left his entire unit dead and him buried under the planet’s core, he began to doubt himself. Memories of that incident began to flood his memory. He stood motionless, unable to move.
“Magnus, we’ve got to get to the twins!” Ironhide exclaimed as he jumped into view, transformed and raced towards Tidal Wave. Ultra Magnus snapped out of his stupor, transformed and followed suit. As they approached Tidal Wave, both Autobots transformed back into robot mode, Ultra Magnus fired a grappling hook at one of the giant's legs, Ironhide grabbed the other side of the chain and both Autobots pulled as hard as they could. Tidal Wave staggered back a few steps, the Twins were revealed underneath his foot, mangled on the ground.
“Oh no…” Magnus was shocked at the sight of the twins, “… get Ratchet! We need him now!”
“I’m here Magnus! Distract that thing and give me some room!” Ratchet said as he arrived on scene. Ultra Magnus nodded. He and Ironhide fired at Tidal Wave with all the firepower that they could muster, but the giant was barely scathed. Then suddenly a bolt of energy blasted Tidal Wave on his torso, slightly above his chest and tore apart a huge chunk of metal from the giant. Tidal Wave grabbed his chest and roared in pain. He looked around and saw the source of the blast; an experimental Navy rail-gun which was mounted on a large assault truck bed. It was a smaller version of the rail-gun which took out Devastator a year earlier, modified to be mounted on a truck bed.
“He’s hurt! Ratchet now’s your chance, get the twins!” Magnus shouted as they continued firing at Tidal Wave’s chest. Ratchet quickly dived in and grabbed the twins.
The Navy officers were charging up the rail-gun for another shot. But it was too late... “DESTROY!” Tidal Wave exclaimed as pair of blasters transformed above his shoulders. He fired a wave blast of plasma at the assault vehicle. The plasma wave melted the vehicle, the rail-gun and incinerated the Navy officers. Ultra Magnus and Ironhide continued firing at the giant while the other Navy and NEST officers scrambled for cover.
“I think we just pissed him off…” Lennox said as he reached for his radio transmitter. “Lennox to Big Buddha… you better get here soon, we’re getting our asses handed down to us here!”
Optimus Prime’s voice crackled over the radio, “We’re almost there Major, Optimus out…”
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