A Pet Squishy- Chapter 1A Pet Squishy- Chapter 15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A Pet Squishy
Chapter 1 "I Want a Human Pet"
By Leah Wood
"Ewww! No. No way!" Skywarp pulled his head back, repulsed.
"What? I just think they're interesting little creatures." Thundercracker argued, indicating the cars zipping through the city far below.
Skywarp made a face, "Maybe but why would you want one?"
The blue Seeker shrugged his vented shoulders, still watching the tiny, wheeled machines.
"Come on, TC, why do you want a pet anyway?" Skywarp asked, swooping close to his wingman.
Thundercracker snorted, "When I was a Sparkling, I had a Tecteerian feline."
"You mean those fuzzy blue organics with the long fangs and poisonous tail tips?" Skywarp raised a plated brow, "How'd you get one of those? I thought the Cybertronian Government outlawed those pets on Cybertron."
"I found it on one of the nearby moons when my creators took me there. I caught it and smuggled it home. Then I hid it under my berth for a few stellar months before
Tinman: Chapter 1Tinman: Chapter 16 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Disclaimer: I do not own Transformers. They are property of Hasbro.
Chapter 1: Guardian
By Leah Wood
The sun glowed a deep yellow orange as it neared the horizon when Ironhide stopped in front of Will Lennoxs house. The young Captain pressed eagerly against the passenger door handle upon seeing his long missed home. Being away from his family for so long and facing the incredible battles of the past few days was more than any man could handle.
Ironhides gravelly voice rumbled through the air vents, This is where your family unit lives?
Will paused, cracking the door halfway, Yeah. Not a bad patch of Earth eh?
The black Autobot scanned the surrounding area, It has optimal visual range to spot any potential attack, but I see no outer defenses for your dwelling.
The man smirked, Yeah, well, a mans castle is not necessarily his fortress.
Ironhide scanned the internet quickly for such an unusu
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 3A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy- Chapter 35 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 3: "Bad Luck to Worse"
The enclosure shook and a loud bang startled Lana awake. Tumbling out of her hammock the young woman cursed and slapped the transparent floor as her one leg became entangled in the material. Stupid hammock! Stupid hard floor! Stupid giant robots!
Quite suddenly she caught sight of something outside her enclosure that made her jaw drop. There sitting on the work table were a pair of semi trailers with the big blue letters WALMART boldly plastered on their sides.
"No he didn't just " Lana's brain refused to process the trailers sitting there.
She was so stunned she didn't even register Thundercracker reaching in and lifting her out until she was on the counter next to the trailers.
"Well?" Thundercracker asked expectantly gesturing to the white metal rectangles.
Lana just stood there like she'd been struck dumb and mute.
Reaching over her, Thundercracker opened the large back door of the back trailer and pulled out the
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 2A Pet Squishy- Chapter 25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A Pet Squishy
Chapter 2: "Your Pet?!"
Back on the Nemesis
Lana was on the verge of having a nervous breakdown or some kind of cardiac arrest she was so scared. At first, the idea hiding in the dryer sounded like a sure-fire plan to fool the giant monsters that were after her. But instead it just made her easier to catch. After being shaken and banged up she heard nothing but the roar of jet engines and wind whistling through the vents of the dryer. In the metal dark she cried, hoping for some kind of miracle to save her from this nightmarish ordeal.
Abruptly the roaring engines died away and the whole dryer jerked, banging her against the unforgiving metal tumbler again. The small amount of clothes inside provided little cushioning. Hissing with pain, Lana tried to brace herself against the walls to prevent further bruising. Her cramped metal prison swayed rhythmically for several more minutes giving her the strange impression that she was being carried somewhere.
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 11A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy- Chapter 115 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 11: "Discovery"
Back on the Nemesis that same night
Thundercracker swooped into the massive landing bay of the Nemesis as it closed its violet metal "jaws" behind him and plunged back beneath the ocean surface. Lana watched his cockpit glass darken around her and felt him land on his feet. The sway of his walk halted after a moment.
A very mechanical voice spoke from outside, vibrating the cockpit glass with its harmonic resonance, "Report."
Thundercracker stopped upon bumping into Soundwave at the end of the landing bay. He knew the communications specialist was fritzing silently about his late arrival to the Nemesis. Promptness and punctuality were Soundwave's sole codes of ethics and he didn't like late arrivals.
"I already told you Soundwave, I was polishing my combat maneuvers. Didn't Starscream rant and rave when he came back about how much of screw-up I was today?"
"Affirmative." the communications specialist
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 13A Pet Squishy- Chapter 135 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A Pet Squishy
Chapter 13: "Dealing"
Lana watched the blue and orange flames of Thundercracker's thrusters wink out of sight and the great rumbling of his engines faded into lonely cricket chirps. He was gone. She was free. Slowly she brushed herself off and kept staring at the sky.
Now she knew what had been spoken-or at least she had a really good idea. Thundercracker had been ordered to get rid of her. For what reason she didn't know, but here she was on the outskirts of a city in the early evening, alone. The revelation of her freedom tried to seep into the concrete of her disbelief. Was she truly free or would he come storming back? She waited for several long moments but the sound of her master's engines never returned.
Still shell-shocked, Lana began walking toward the city just a mile or so away. She soon found a road and began following it. Her mind was so jumbled by the whole event. Every now and again she'd glance over her shoulder, expecting to see the towering form s
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 6A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy- Chapter 65 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 6: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Back in Thundercracker's quarters
Lana was stunned; literally. She had feeling in her body-mostly pain. Her eyes managed to wander up to the face of her "master" who was carrying her back to his quarters. Tears of pain and unbridled emotions wet her cheeks. She almost died-five times. Never in her life had she even come close to being placed in the hospital and now her life had been nearly snuffed out five times in probably less than five hours. It was just too much for her mind to deal with, so crying and shivering were the only instinctual reactions she could muster.
Thundercracker sidled into his work chair and grabbed a large pile of blankets from inside Lana's enclosure. He placed them on his work station and then gingerly placed Lana on the pile. She limply reclined on her side, still trembling.
The big blue Con's optics flicked back and forth as he scanned the human Internet for medical journ
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 7A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy- Chapter 75 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 7: "Mini Menaces"
Three days later
Lana was confused. Though she had no grasp of time she knew Thundercracker had been gone for much longer than usual-more than a couple days she guessed. He still hadn't returned. Not that she needed anything. She had plenty of food and water to sustain her for a year, but he'd never been away so long.
Before he left in such a hurry, he mentioned he was going into battle. The big question was with whom? Was he raiding more energy resources with the other Decepticons? If there was a battle was he destroyed or dead? Did robots really die or did they just shut off?
Lana scolded herself. "Why should I care if that giant metal jerk comes back or not?"
Her more logical side interjected, "Well if he DOESN'T come back you're going to be left in this stupid cage with no way to supply yourself if you run out."
"OR," her 'worst-case-scenario' side said, "That maniac Skywarp will come back and do Go
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 10A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy- Chapter 105 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 10: "Arguments of the Mind"
Later that night
Lana shivered as a crisp wind whipped over the ocean and made her skin texture with goose bumps. She hugged her knees as she sat in the sand, trying to keep herself warm. Her light pants, sneakers, and T-shirt were proving insufficient for warmth. The hiss of the sea rolled across the sand, threatening to make her even colder. She wisely sat closest to the center of the island away from water near the half-dead palm trees.
"Well? Are you happy now, Lana?" her mind asked sarcastically.
"I wasn't going back." she insisted.
"At least THERE you were warm and taken care of." her mind argued.
She cringed, "But I was nothing."
"And you were SOMETHING before?" it retorted. "Please! You were an object BEFORE Thundercracker took you. How was stripping and barely scraping by on those tips any better?"
"At least I had freedom."
She shivered as a fresh wind bit through the fabri
A Pet Squishy: Chapter 8A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy: Chapter 85 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 8: "Combat Maneuvers"
A couple days after the incident with Rumble and Frenzy, the mediocre drone of boredom set in again for Lana. Not that she wanted that kind of excitement ever again, but she certainly didn't care for the monotony of walking along the walls of her enclosure wishing for something meaningful to do.
There were times Lana questioned her sanity. Feeling pity for Thundercracker when he thought she was dead instead of trying to escape was at the forefront of her doubts. Was this captivity with no real mental stimulation whittling away her sanity? How long would it be before she went totally insane or at the very least fall into a deep state of depression? She hadn't seen another human for so long. Sure, Thundercracker talked to her and gave her "affection"; which was probably the only thing keeping her mind afloat as it was; but it wasn't the same.
Lana rested her forehead against the transparent wall of her bedroom, feeling like a gold
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 12A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy- Chapter 125 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 12: "Contraband"
Lana awoke unable to feel her legs. She stretched, feeling the painful tingling of blood resuming its circulation to her legs. Sleeping in Thundercracker's hand wasn't exactly the most comfortable bed. She looked up at him; he was still in recharge.
Sometime while she slept he'd propped up his feet on his work table creating a rather effective bridge to her enclosure. Her hammock was much more comfortable. Lana wriggled her body, squirming out from between his fingers until his was sitting on his thumb joint. She kicked her legs with a wince, trying to rid herself of the deadness.
Rising slowly, Lana traipsed over the ridges and ledges of Thundercracker's hand and then stepped down onto the edge of his hip plate. She looked down at his thigh below her, doubting whether she could jump down onto it and wondering if sliding would be a better means of getting down. With great caution she ducked down, sitting on the ledge of h
A Pet Squishy: Chapter 9A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy: Chapter 95 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 9: "MINE!"
A few hours later
Because of their earlier "bungling" Starscream extended the combat maneuvers in the hopes of teaching his subordinates a lesson about listening to his orders. They were all the best fliers in the Decepticon ranks but Starscream was by far the superior aerial combatant and he demanded perfection. After all, it's what prompted Megatron to name him his Second in Command-that and Megatron believed in the old adage of, "Keep your allies close, but your enemies closer".
At last, once he was satisfied, Starscream ordered them back to the Nemesis. However, Thundercracker insisted he continue flying some more.
Surprisingly the Air Commander waved him off, "Very well. You need the extra training anyway."
"Yeah " Thundercracker grudgingly admitted before speeding off.
He needed to find Lana and he hadn't intended to be away for so long. Calculating the approximate range the life raft could drift given the wind spee
A Pet Squishy: Chapter 5A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy: Chapter 55 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 5: "Toy Mouse"
In one of the corridors of the Nemesis
Thundercracker's shift ended at last and immediately he set off for the Rec Room to find his wingman or his pet, whichever he found first. He honestly hoped to find his pet first and get her back to the safety of her enclosure; his little "discussion" with Warp could be postponed.
Why did Skywarp always do this? Anytime he obtained something, the purple Seeker would find some way to exploit, damage, or destroy it. Why couldn't he ruin his OWN stuff? Why was it always HIS stuff?
Rumble and Frenzy had been no help in discovering the condition of his pet after the subsequent "prank" on Starscream and not knowing worried the Seeker. Had Starscream terminated her? Was she nothing more than squishy smear on the Nemesis deck plates?
Or perhaps she escaped and was running wild through the Nemesis corridors? That notion certainly didn't bode well for the tiny creature with so many giant fee
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 4A Pet SquishyA Pet Squishy- Chapter 45 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 4: "Nowhere to Go"
In the Con Rec Room
Lana ran for her life, dodging the huge merciless feet that were trying to snuff out her existence. She scurried under a two-story-tall metal table and desperately searched for someplace to hide. Without warning the entire table lifted off the floor and flew across the room with a mighty [BANG!]. Automatically her arms flew over her head to shield herself as she ran until she saw a large metal console nearby with a small space at its back. She made a B-line for the niche and dove behind it.
Successfully hidden, Lana collapsed in a heap wheezing for breath and suddenly felt the pain in her body. Over her terrified gasps she could hear the whole room roar with laughter as well as an angry screeching voice.
"WHERE IS IT?! WHERE DID IT GO?" Starscream demanded loudly, spinning around with his null cannons glowing ready to fire should he see any small form dart into his line of sight.
Tinman: Chapter 8Disclaimer: I don't own Transformers or any of their human character friends I only wish to pay tribute to their greatnessTinman: Chapter 85 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 8: Repairs and Reunions"
By Leah Wood
Direct continuation of Chapter 7
Compliantly, Ironhide's body hissed, opening his chest plate for examination. Optics periscoping out to get a better microscopic view, Ratchet set to work on the intricate tubing and wiring that made up the weapon's specialist. First he went over the old patchwork and fix up jobs he'd performed on the veteran over the past few centuries, which were numerous. Most seemed to be in good order, with a couple minor exceptions.
Ratchet murmured while he worked which seemed to irritate Ironhide, "Hmm. Looks like you need some fresh connections here and here. How's your hip alignment?"
"Fine." Ironhide said deeply.
Harshly the medic rapped the left hip in question which made Ironhide wince.
"My aft it's 'fine'. That tubing won't hold another year.
Tinman: Chapter 7Disclaimer: I don't own Transformers or any of their human character friends I only wish to pay tribute to their greatnessTinman: Chapter 75 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 7: No Heart"
By Leah Wood
Several months later
Eventually Annabelle's mispronunciation of Ironhide's name dissipated when she reached the age of two and a half, much to the Autobot's relief. But she certainly didn't slow down physically. The young girl was pure energy packaged in a fleshy shell. She ran everywhere and even tested her climbing skills. Her climbing unnerved Ironhide because most of the time he was the target and the thought of her falling Much to his relief his metal was too slick for her to get anywhere past the tops of his feet. But she kept trying to find a way higher up. This generally provoked the huge Autobot to pick her up and place her on the ground which she ardently loved.
For the longest time Ironhide avoided picking up Annabelle. Humans in general got very agitated when picked up. I
Tinman: Chapter 11TinmanTinman: Chapter 115 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 11: A Wash"
By Leah Wood
The next day
Ironhide pulled out of the Lennox's garage later than he usually did. Typically he was up around sunrise but this time he'd stayed in stasis well past 9:00. Chasing Ratchet had really drained the energy from his circuits. When he finally rolled out of the garage Will came out of the house, a pair of large white buckets brimming with bubbles clutched in each hand. Sara and Annabelle followed, wearing their swimming suits and carrying sponges. The Topkick froze a moment.
"What is this?" he demanded.
Will put the bucket on the concrete next to the truck and Annabelle chirped, "Bath time, Ironhide! Bath time!"
The truck made a noise reminiscent of an uncomfortable cough, "Uh. Hmm. You don't have to do that. I can perform my own cleaning maintenance."
Will smirked, dipping a car sponge into the soapy water, "Maybe. But I'll bet our little human hands can get mud out of those hard to reach places."
Tinman: Chapter 17TinmanTinman: Chapter 175 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 17: POWs"
By Leah Wood
An hour after the capture
Ironhide barreled down the country roads as fast as his engine could spin his tires. Panic, an often foreign sensation to the old Autobot, asserted itself violently into his mainframe. No matter how fast he plowed down the roads he couldn't seem to get to the Lennox farm soon enough. Something terrible had transpired; he could feel it in his cannons. It had to be Decepticons. No one else could've hacked into the Autobot communication channel and falsified Prime's voice but them. Somehow, deep in his Spark, hope tried to calm panic's stranglehold on him. Perhaps he wouldn't be too late? Maybe Sara and Annabelle were alright?
At last the farm was in sight and the black Topkick barely stopped before it exploded outward into Ironhide's bipedal form. The weapons specialist ran up to the house, cannons alive with blue and orange light. A jolt of electricity surged through his processors when he saw the broke
Tinman: Chapter 14TinmanTinman: Chapter 145 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 14: Talks in the Shade and Shadows"
By Leah Wood
A few weeks after the barn incident
On the Lennox farm all was quiet. Will was gone for his Drill Week and ordered Ironhide to stay and watch over the girls in lieu of driving him to the base. At first the guardian's natural reaction was to protest but the soldier's insistence convinced him it was the wiser course of action. So for the first few days Will was absent, Ironhide guarded the house with even more intensity than he usually did. He paced the farmyard like a caged beast, becoming instantly alert if the slightest thing seemed amiss.
In the late summer sun, Ironhide's inner cooling systems were working double-time against the oppressive heat.
Why in the name of Primus had he chosen a black paint job? It caught heat like a Cybertronian solar panel!
He passed the garage for the twentieth time that afternoon, stealing a downward glance at his two charges in the front yard. Sara was watering her flo
Tinman: Chapter 10Disclaimer: I don't own Transformers or any of their human character friends I only wish to pay tribute to their greatnessTinman: Chapter 105 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 10: Third Birthday"
By Leah Wood
Ironhide groaned quietly, coming out of his nightly rest stasis in the Lennox's garage. The little building wasn't too roomy for a truck or bot his size, but it kept him warm and dry at night when he went into recharge. As his sensors cleared and charged up he suddenly became aware of a vibrating patch of warmth on his hood.
"Why you little piece of " Ironhide muttered threateningly under his hood.
The tiny ball of patched black and white fur cracked its eyes open and then closed them again.
Slowly, Ironhide rolled out of the garage so as not to wake Sprinkles, "No respect, eh? I'll fix that "
Once outside in the driveway Ironhide made sure Sprinkles was very relaxed. Suddenly, in a veritable explosion of shifting and rotating parts Ironhide t
Tinman: Chapter 13TinmanTinman: Chapter 135 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 13: Trouble Brewing"
By Leah Wood
Several hundred miles away from the Lennox farm
It was hot again. The human cities always were with their endless miles of concrete, glass, and steel absorbing the sun's heat like sponges to water. Human cities, a clustered, filthy nest of the bustling, arrogant insects that dominated this planet. It disgusted Barricade to no end. However, it went without saying that the humans provided the Decepticon with endless entertainment possibilities. He was a hunter after all. Just watching his prey in plain sight thrilled his spark to no end. Parked near an alleyway the Saleen police car watched the humans meander by, only giving him and his holo-driver a brief glance.
"That's right you little bugs. Go about your meaningless lives." the cop car thought bitterly.
Normally, he loved hiding and then surprising his prey with a violent transformation. The sheer terror plastered on their fleshy faces accompanied by thei
Tinman: Chapter 9Disclaimer: I don't own Transformers or any of their human character friends I only wish to pay tribute to their greatnessTinman: Chapter 95 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chapter 9: Sprinkles"
By Leah Wood
Early Saturday afternoon in the nearby town
"Is this the place?" Ironhide asked Sara who was sitting in his driver's seat.
The woman nodded, "Yep. Just pull in here and I'll be right out."
Making a deep noise through his vents Ironhide replied, "I think our definitions of 'be right out' are drastically different Mrs. Lennox."
Sara shook her head laughing, "Men-No patience at all no matter what the species."
The Topkick was about to retort something about females but decided to stow it.
She tapped his steering wheel, "And please, just call me Sara. You're making me feel old."
Ironhide barked a quick laugh, "You're barely a blip of existence Sara."
After a moment the woman smiled, "I guess I'll take that as a compliment."
He shrugged internally. When he agreed to take Sara