Welcome, readers, to the sequel of Don't Lose Your Way!
This fic is courtesy of me and Sentinel Prime/StarscreamSkydancer and I only own my OCs.
Disclaimer: Transformers belongs to Hasbro/Michael Bay.
It has been over a year since Bailey first met the Autobots. During that time, Sector Seven had been renamed NEST, or Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty and the Autobots have kept Decepticon activity across the globe under control. Also, over the course of the year, the rest of the Autobots have learned of Bailey's relationship with Sentinel Prime; which surprised them, considering the species difference.
At the moment, Bailey was working on some concept designs as Sentinel just entered his living quarters while drinking from his energon cube, catching her attention.
"Hey, Sentinel," sang Bailey, "how are you doing?"
"I'm doing fine," replied Sentinel, "how is your portfolio coming along?"
"It's doing great," answered Bailey, "although I haven't found a gaming company I want to work for, yet."
"Despite the fact that you have a degree now?" objected Sentinel.
"Yeah," nodded Bailey, "but I'm getting there. I found someone who has an idea for a science fiction video game about a magical girl that fights alien invaders. I hope to help her make that idea a reality someday."
"Fascinating," mused Sentinel.
Sentinel finished his energon cube, so he sat down and picked up his data pad before beginning to read his latest eBook while Bailey continued to work on her designs. After a while…
"There," said Bailey, "now I'm done for a bit."
Bailey saved her progress and turned off her computer. She then turned on her PS4 and started playing Assassin's Creed 4. Sentinel groaned as the noise from the game began to annoy him.
"Bailey," reminded Sentinel, "could you put on your headphones?"
"Sorry!" blurted Bailey.
Bailey paused the game and plugged in the headphones before putting them on. She then continued the game with the headphones on, much to Sentinel's relief. After a short while, he heard a knock on the door.
"If it's Sideswipe or Sunstreaker," warned Sentinel, "I'll kick your aft later. Otherwise, come in."
The door opened, revealing Prowl.
"Thank Primus," sighed Sentinel, "it's not them. What can I do for you, Prowl?"
"Wheeljack has detected some Decepticon activity in Shanghai," reported Prowl, "Optimus and Lennox are gathering reinforcements as we speak."
"And you want me to come, too?" paused Sentinel, facepalming, "oh wait; you need the Pillars, don't you?"
"I could watch over Bailey for you while you're away," suggested Prowl.
"Just tell her where I am," advised Sentinel, "kicking Decepticon aft."
Bailey noticed Prowl's presence, so she paused her game and took her headphones off.
"You'll be ok," clarified Bailey, "right?"
"You bet your aft I will," assured Sentinel, "I'll bring you back a piece of scrapped Con for proof."
"Ok," smiled Bailey, "good luck."
Sentinel knelt down and kissed the top of Bailey's head.
"Since when do I need luck?" commented Sentinel.
Sentinel got back to his feet and stepped outside his living quarters after putting away his data pad.
"I don't mean to be offensive," asked Prowl, "I am merely curious. What do you see in Sentinel that has drawn you to him?"
"It's his kindness and his caring personality," admitted Bailey.
"He's a parent," replied Prowl, "it'll do that to you."
"Oh," clarified Bailey, "is it because he procreated Optimus and Megatron?"
"Yes," nodded Prowl.
Outside, Sentinel withdrew the Pillars from the vault and set them up while Optimus appeared with Arcee, Ironhide, Elita, Chromia, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker. At the same time, Lennox and Epps appeared with a few military trucks loaded with some soldiers.
"Who is it this time?" asked Sentinel.
"We're not sure yet," answered Lennox, "but we do know that we have four Decepticons terrorizing the city."
"Then let's move it," suggested Sentinel, "four afts need to be kicked."
"Yeah, so that way you can spend your sexy alone time with your human girlfriend when you get back," teased Sideswipe, "right?"
"Oh, yeah," agreed Sunstreaker, "that's what I've been thinking, too."
"Make that six afts," growled Sentinel, "or maybe I'll let Ironhide use you two for target practice."
"No," whined Sunstreaker, "not that!"
"Then show Sentinel some respect," reminded Ironhide.
Sentinel focused his optics on Ironhide.
"Thank you, Ironhide," praised Sentinel.
Sentinel turned to Sideswipe and Sunstreaker.
"You two are going to be helping Ironhide clean off his cannons after this," continued Sentinel, "maybe that'll remind you to respect your elders."
"And your Primes," added Ironhide.
"Yes," agreed Sentinel, "and your Primes."
Sentinel transferred the coordinates into the Control Pillar.
"Commencing transport!" announced Sentinel.
Sentinel pressed on the top of the Control Pillar, activating the space bridge.
"Sideswipe, Sunstreaker," called Sentinel, "make yourselves useful and let's go kick some skidplates!"
"Ok," sighed Sideswipe.
Sentinel, Optimus, Ironhide, Arcee, Chromia, Elita, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker led the soldiers through the space bridge, taking them to Shanghai.
"Come at me, Cons!" shouted Sentinel.
However, it turned out that there weren't any Decepticons in sight.
"What the frag?" paused Sentinel, "where are they?"
"They must be in hiding," assumed Optimus.
"All right," ordered Lennox, "start a search party! They could be scattered around the city."
"I think I can smell one here," added Ironhide.
"Where's it coming from?" asked Sentinel.
Ironhide didn't say anything, but he crept towards some debris. Suddenly, Demolishor leapt out of hiding, knocking Ironhide over. Sentinel began firing rapidly at the Decepticon with his new assault rifle. Demolishor began to flee the scene, catching Optimus's attention.
"Autobots," announced Optimus, "I'm in pursuit!"
Optimus was about to give chase, but Sentinel grabbed his arm.
"No," warned Sentinel, "now that you announced that, he knows to expect you. Besides, this one is right up my alley."
"Are you kidding?" protested Epps, "he's getting away!"
"No," grinned Sentinel, "he's doing exactly what I want him to."
The surprisingly agile old mech leapt up onto a rooftop, following the Decepticon, but somehow doing so without making a sound. Then, to everyone's surprise and amazement, including Demolishor's, Sentinel jumped down running a blade through the Decepticon's head. Demolishor had never even realized he'd been pursued, nor that he'd been attacked. He hadn't even had time to scream. Sentinel pulled his blade out of the dead Con and turned back to the others.
"Consider yourselves lucky," boasted Sentinel, "no one on Cybertron ever got to witness a Hunter in action."
"One down," remarked Ironhide, "three to go."
Ironhide, Optimus, Sentinel, the twins, Arcee, Chromia, Elita and the soldiers split up in search of the other Decepticons. Sideswipe and Sunstreaker managed to locate Sideways and they started chasing him.
"Yes," muttered Ironhide, "go annoy the Con, you two."
Ironhide, Arcee, Chromia and Elita One managed to locate Blackout and they began pursuing him.
Meanwhile, Sentinel and Optimus led the soldiers in the search for the last Decepticon.
"There's one more around here somewhere," muttered Sentinel.
Much to the elder Prime's luck, he and Optimus spotted Lugnut as the Decepticon tried to sneak away. Optimus jumped up onto a rooftop before pouncing on Lugnut. He stabbed his arm blade into the Decepticon's shoulder, causing him to shout in pain as he collapsed.
"Well done, ma t'sonyu," praised Sentinel, "well done."
Optimus jumped off of Lugnut as he stared into the Decepticon's optics.
"Any last words?" growled Optimus.
"This," croaked Lugnut, "isn't your planet to rule. The Fallen shall rise again."
Sentinel suddenly gave a startled look, as if he was frightened.
"That doesn't sound good," muttered Epps.
"Not today," glowered Optimus.
Optimus shot Lugnut in the head, killing the Decepticon.
"Who is this Fallen guy, anyway?" asked Lennox.
"He was once a great, powerful Prime," explained Sentinel, "but then he betrayed his fellow Primes and has been called Gorkonse, 'The Fallen' ever since."
"I guess we can tell General Morshower about this guy when we get back," sighed Lennox.
Meanwhile, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker managed to catch up to Sideways and they cornered him in an alleyway.
"What do you wanna do with this one, Sunny?" asked Sideswipe.
"How about we blow its head off?" suggested Sunstreaker.
"Ok," nodded Sideswipe.
Sideswipe and Sunstreaker shot off Sideway's head, causing the now Decepticon corpse to fall to the ground.
Meanwhile, Ironhide, Arcee, Chromia and Elita were still pursuing Blackout. In the midst of the chase, Arcee transformed and shot at the helicopter blades. This sent him crashing down onto the ground.
"Scrap!" yelled Blackout, "you'll pay for that, you little wretch!"
Furious, Blackout charged at Arcee, but Chromia, Ironhide and Elita transformed and aimed their cannons at the Decepticons.
"You touch her," warned Elita, "you'll wish you were dead, Con!"
Blackout pulled out his cannon, but Arcee quickly fired at his shoulder, causing him to shout in pain.
"Thanks," smiled Arcee.
Ironhide stepped towards Blackout, cannons aiming at the Decepticon.
"Punkass Decepticon!" snarled Ironhide.
Arcee, Chromia and Elita noticed that Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Sentinel, Optimus and the soldiers just arrived at the scene.
"I guess," sighed Sentinel, "as the resident old guy, it's my job to complain. So will you quit yapping and just fraggin shoot him already?"
Ironhide nodded in agreement before shooting Blackout in the head.
"I hope you're happy," remarked Ironhide.
"I'm just doing my job," replied Sentinel, "now let's get the frag out of here before the press shows up. I don't speak Mandalorian, or whatever it is here."
Sentinel pulled out the small control and activated the space bridge. He led the Autobots and the soldiers through the portal, which took them back to base.
"Say, Ironhide," reminded Sentinel, "I think you'll need a set of two helpers to get your cannons clean."
Sentinel glared at Sideswipe and Sunstreaker, which sent chills down their spines.
"All right, Terror Twins," ordered Ironhide, "come with me."
"Get going, you two," warned Sentinel, "I own a cane and I know how to use it!"
Sideswipe and Sunstreaker nervously followed Ironhide towards his living quarters as Sentinel put away the Pillars.
"That oughta teach them," grumbled Sentinel.
"Yes," nodded Optimus, "but I'm rather worried as much as you are about Lugnut's warning."
"I know," agreed Sentinel, "I pray to Primus he was just trying to scare us."
Sentinel returned to his living quarters, where Prowl was watching Bailey play her game.
"Prowl," called Sentinel, "I'm back."
Prowl focused his optics on Sentinel.
"Ah," said Prowl, "welcome back, Sentinel. Bailey has kept herself entertained with her…game."
"I'm aware of that, Prowl," replied Sentinel, "I have optics. You are relieved of duty and dismissed. Thank you."
"You're welcome, Sentinel," smiled Prowl.
Prowl stepped out of the living quarters and Bailey noticed Sentinel's presence, causing her to pause her game and remove her headphones.
"Hey, Sentinel," chirped Bailey, "how was the hunt?"
"We nailed them," answered Sentinel, "I took one out Hunter style. He never even saw me coming until my blade was through him."
Sentinel pulled Demolishor's severed hand out of his subspace compartment and placed it onto the ground.
"Oh," clarified Bailey, "so that's your souvenir?"
"I said I'd bring something back," nodded Sentinel, "and I'm a mech of my word."
Smiling, Bailey sprinted towards Sentinel and hugged his leg.
"Heh," chuckled Sentinel, "I guess me and food are the only things that can make you pause a game."
Sentinel knelt down and gently picked up Bailey, allowing her to hug his face while she stroked the smooth wires that made up his beard. She could hear him make a deep purring sound that caused his neck to vibrate.
"Now, move over," requested Sentinel, "I demand a Mario Kart rematch."
"Ok," nodded Bailey, "just let me save my game."
Nodding in agreement, Sentinel lowered Bailey to the ground, allowing her to save her game and turn off the PS4. She then switched to the Wii U and put in Mario Kart 8.
"Ok," called Bailey, "I'm set!"
"I call dibs on Mario," replied Sentinel, "I'm not being Princess Peach again."
"Ok then," agreed Bailey, "I'll just pick Luigi this time."
Sentinel activated his holoform as Bailey pulled out the controls.
"You're going down this time," warned Sentinel.
"We'll see about that," remarked Bailey.
Bailey and Sentinel spent the next moment selecting a level in Mario Kart 8. They soon decided on Dolphin Shoals.
"Prepare to eat my dust," muttered Sentinel.
Sentinel and Bailey started playing the race course. Bailey may have started ahead of the elder Prime, but over the course of the race, Sentinel managed to race past Bailey and stay ahead, while she occasionally managed to catch up to him. However, he used a red Koopa shell to knock her over the moment she went ahead of him.
"Hey!" exclaimed Bailey.
"That's for bumping me off at the start," remarked Sentinel.
After the last lap, Sentinel managed to win the race course.
"Finally," smirked Sentinel, "I won! I told you I'd beat you this time, Bailey."
"I guess you're getting good at this," laughed Bailey.
Before Bailey could select the next level, she felt her stomach grumble.
"Hey, Sentinel," requested Bailey, "can we wait until after lunch for the next rematch? I'm starting to get hungry."
"All right, then," answered Sentinel, "I'll wait for you until after you're done eating."
Smiling, Bailey sprinted out of Sentinel's living quarters and towards the hangar, where she began making her lunch.