A/N: Alright-y guys! I'm back with a new story. I reread some of my others and I just want to shoot myself. So, all those are discontinued for a while as I work on this one. THIS IS A PILOT CHAPTER! TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK, PLEASE! Okay, now that that's done, enjoy the chapter!

Everything was still and quiet. Every house was dark, all its occupancies sleeping… except for mine. The living room light was on and my parents were, once again, having a screaming match.



These types of things were unfortunately very common occurrences in the Kirby house hold and they never ceased to put me on edge. And it scares my little brother, Danny.

"'Rider, can we go to Josh's?" Danny whispers into my shirt as he's sitting in my lap.

"Sure Dev'. We can watch the rest of Predacons Rising," I answered him softly, knowing that the promise of the movie and the use of the nickname would get him to calm down. And just like I hoped, he grinned and jumped off my lap and grabbed my keys, holding them out to me, forcing me to laugh.

Lucky for us, we managed to escape the house without our parents notice, not that it was that hard anyway, and we hit the rode in my dad Scion FR-S. I loved that thing to pieces and I stole it for joy rides with Danny as often as I could.

The streets were dark and quiet, making it easy to drive without paying too much attention, which was good because every few seconds I would glance at Danny or Deveron as he demands to be called. He absolutely loves anything to do with Transformers and the new Transformers: Prime series has got him hooked. His favorite character is Optimus Prime. He practically worships the titanium giant. He loves the Autobots and when I asked him about it, he said that the 'bots were like the family he wished he had.

I went to my room and cried at that.

"You okay Dev'?" I asked.

He glanced up at me from where he was hunkered down in the passenger seat. "… m'fine…"

"Come now, little sparklet. You can do better than that," I chided as I slipped into my alter ego Danny created for me. Nightrider, while my real name is Jean, he calls me 'Rider because it makes him comfortable.

Danny huffed and glared out the window mumbling under his breath.

"What was that?"

"I said that I'm not a sparkling! I'm a youngling, there's a difference!" He vented with all the attitude of an offended seven-year-old.

"Ooooh, yeah Dev'. Biiiiig difference between the two," I teased knowing that this was going to get him riled up beyond believe. He didn't disappoint.

"I'm not a sparkling! A sparkling is a baby!" He shouted as he bolted up in the seat.

Before he could go on in some bit tirade, I reached over and ruffled his unruly mane of black hair with a chuckle.

"I know kiddo. You're a youngling… A very young youngling…" I grinned as he huffed and started playing with the radio. I smiled and nodded my head along with the song called 'Hero' by Skillet.

I need a hero to save my life! (A hero's gonna save me just in time!)

"Optimus is a hero…," Danny said so quietly that I almost missed it. My gaze flicked from the road to him and back again.

"Yup, he sure is," I agreed softly. "Did you know that our uncle, Pat, is a hero too?"

His sky blue eyes lit up excitedly. "Just like Optimus?"

"Exactly like him," I said with a grin.

"So Optimus is our uncle, Ratchet is our grandpa, Bulkhead is like our cousin, Derik, um… Oh! Arcee is our big sister, Bee and Smokes are our brothers, and Wheeljack is like the cool uncle that visits every once in a while with awesome gifts!" He beamed up at me. My smile faltered slightly before I was able to force it in place.

"Yup, Uncle Oppy," I said with forced cheerfulness. That caused him to collapse into a fit of giggles so he didn't see the troubled look on my face. It's saddening that Danny sees fictional characters as a better family than his real one.

"Hey, 'Rider? What's that?" His voice breaks me from my thoughts.

"Hmm? What's what?"

"That!" He said pointing toward the woods on the side of the woods. "It looks like a Groundbridge!"

I pulled over to the side of the road so I could stare properly.

A bluish hue was coming out from the tree on the side of the road and looked to be fluctuating, getting bright and then dimming. If you strained your ears, you could hear a faint humming.

"Come on, 'Rider! Let's check it out!" Danny shouted over his shoulder as he disappeared into the trees.

How the fuck did he do that without me noticing? , was my first thought.

Holy shit, Danny! , was my panicking second one.

"DANNY!" I cried and got out of the car as fast as I could and bolted after him. "DANNY, WAIT!"

I followed the blue light; knowing that is where he had gone. I found him standing in a clearing with his mouth gapping and a look of awe in his eyes. He turned toward me as I skidded to a stop next to him.

"It is a Groundbridge...," he breathed out. I stared at was, for all intent and purpose, a Groundbridge.

It actually did look like one. It was mainly a bluish-white with a blinding white center and flashes with green and purple.

"Holy shit…"

"You said a bad word," Danny said with wide eyes. I ignored him and slowly approached the portal of light.

"Could we go through?!" Danny gushed excitedly. I opened my mouth to give an instant 'no' but paused. I gave him a sidelong look from the corner of my eye.

He caught my look. "What? It's not like we want to stay," he stated with a hand on his hip.

Is it sad that I know he's right?

"Come on, 'Rider!" He exclaimed with mild irritation.

"Dev," I hesitated. "We don't know what's going to be on the other side; we don't know what's going to happen-" I was cut off by Danny grabbing my hand and squeezing it.

"It'll be okay, 'Rider. Uncle will help us and teach us. He'll understand," his child's voice said with a quiet undertone that I know didn't belong to him.

"What have we got to lose?"

Each other…, I thought. Danny was already moving toward the bridge, tugging on my hand to follow. I resisted for a moment before following him.

And we walked, hand in hand, into the glowing vortex, leaving our world behind for good.

A/N: Please for the love of all that's holy, TELL ME WHAT YOU THNIK! So sorry for those who are following/faving my other stories.