Transformers: We Came in War
Setting: Sometime during the Bay films
Characters: Optimus Prime
We came to this planet because ours was gone.
The quest for power consumed our home. The need for domination destroyed us. Still we live, and yet there is a piece in each of us that has been decimated forever. We will never recover what we have lost.
I look down upon this planet, and I wonder why we try.
It is evident by now that we have lost the capacity for peace. War follows in our wake. We came to retrieve the AllSpark, which has long since been lost, and we are still here. All that came of attempting to revive our planet was the relocation of the war from our planet of death to this planet of life. There is so much life on this planet. All of it we have sworn to protect. This is the promise we have made to them. But the promise would not need to have been made if we had never come here.
I have seen these people come together to battle things far greater than themselves. I have seen them come together in the face of incredible hardship. I have seen them rebuild with the determination that only comes when things are at their worst. But that is not all I have seen.
I have seen what destruction those great battles leave behind. I have seen those trials break those who were once indestructible. I have seen those who are left forgotten once the foundations of the future have been laid. We may well end up destroying this world as we have done our own. And though I wish no further harm on these people, who have been kind enough to let us into their home, I regret that we must continue to stay. Departure is no longer an option. We have left our mark upon this planet, a mark that will never be erased or forgotten. And though we will uphold our promise, I cannot honestly say anything good will come of it. Our presence will only continue to bring ill fortune. It is a terrible thing to be both the sword and the shield.
There are those of us who know only devastation. Those of us who remember only devastation and suffering. I wish to end that for those of us that are left, so that we may all know peace and stability. I fear I will never bring it about, for each time it is within our grasp some new strife befalls us. It is at times like these where the burden I bear is heavy beyond all measure. These people have their own wars to win, and I have forced them into mine.
I cannot restore my planet. It is beyond saving. But this one is not.
As much as we are to blame for putting the humans in harm’s way, our presence here can also be seen as a light in the dark. We are a living example of what corruption can do to a society. We must show them that war solves nothing. Peace is neither glorious nor profitable. It is a long and sometimes arduous endeavour. But for all the time that peace takes, it leaves behind what war ravages. Structures made with damaged foundations fall, as do peoples brought under sway by violence. Unrest dominates governments forged of iron fists. Progress is best made slowly and steadily.
We must teach them to fight only as necessary. To never crumble when things are at their most desolate. We must teach them the lesson we failed to learn before it was too late. I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to anyone who, as I have, falters in their resolve against the dark. Know that your goal is noble, and worth fighting for.
I’m sorry if this sucks. I haven’t watched Transformers in a really long time.
So yup saw the RAoK contest and said whoo let’s do this bro and now she’s done and wow is stuff outside my fandom hard to write.
"Why don't you two just go and get married," Jet teased, making a kissy face while he watched the two of us run through the trees. Smellerbee glared, she was clearly annoyed with both of us. It must be hard being the only girl. Finally giving up on trying to reach the sweet bun, she pounced and did the sweeping kick Jet had shown her, instead; knocking me off my feet.
"Victory is mine!" she cheered as she took the bun from me before I had time to react. With a grin she bit into the bun and danced out of my reach.
"I'm bigger than you; I could have beaten you up if I wanted!" I cried as I rolled over and got up, making a swipe at her feet. I would still talk sometimes then and I always said the same thing when she annoyed me, but I never acted upon it. The way she looked at me I knew she looked up to me, in more ways than one.
"Come on you two, finish up and let's get practicing," Jet said, rolling his eyes at us. "We have to train." Despite the constant training at the end of the day we were still just kids. Sometimes I wish we could go back to those days, when we still didn't know all the horrible things in the world, and Bee's eyes still shone with hope and innocence.
One day after I had turned seventeen, the two of us were walking back to the little home we shared in Ba Sing Se. I looked over at Bee and it was as though I was seeing her for the first time. She wasn't the little, annoying girl she used to be and there were still times I could catch a glimmer of the light she used to have in her eyes. Jet used to tease us about getting married; he'd never believe that I had fallen in love with her. In some ways, even I couldn't believe it. Thinking back, how could I not have fallen in love with her sooner? Bee understood me in ways no one else did.
We slowly started to get closer. It was new, exciting and terrifying all at once. Those days were some of the best days of my life though. I wouldn't trade a single one of them for anything. When we had our first argument as a couple, I was more scared than I had ever been in my entire life. Even more than when I lost my family, more than when Jet died or more than when the Fire Nation came to Ba Sing Se during the comet's arrival. I can't even remember what the fight was about, but we both stormed off our separate ways. I climbed onto the roof and watched the stars, while she slammed the bedroom door. My heart pounded, sitting up there alone. What if she left me over this? The very thought terrified me down to my core. I stayed outside all night long, paranoid that the moment I went inside she'd tell me she was leaving, or worse - she'd already by gone.
It has been a few years since then and here we were, sitting at The Jasmine Dragon, Iroh's tea shop drinking the best tea in all of Ba Sing Se. I had gone over this moment so many times in my head, wondering what would be the right thing to say. Should I be romantic; spontaneous? I didn't want to be cheesy, or feel embarrassed. In the end I decided to just be me.
I love you, Bee. Will you marry me?
She smiled and touched my hand. "I love you too, Longshot."
I held back a sigh, of course she wouldn't recognize what I was saying. It wasn't exactly something I had said before now. I moistened my lips, I was actually going to have to speak. Though I didn't have a problem with talking, I had gotten so used to not needing to because she knew me so well.
"I have asked you so many ways in my mind, but it's time that I actually say the words out loud. I can promise you there will be rough times, I can promise that some days we may wish that we hadn't ever decided to do this, but more than that I can promise that if I don't ask you this, I'll regret it for as long as I live. Because I know, part of me has always known that you are the only one in the world for me, Bee. I am who I am because of you and everyday we're together is the best day of my life. You're my best friend and my lover. Bee, will you marry me?" I held my breath, waiting for her response. The tea shop had gone quiet and from the corner of my eye I could see the Avatar's group sitting with Iroh, watching us.
"That's the most words you've ever said to me," she whispered. I gulped, scared that maybe I had acted too soon, that she was going to say no. Instead, she leaned over the table and kissed me. When she pulled away she only whispered one word, but it affected me more than anything else in the world.
She had said 'yes'.