TF: Old Soldier FIRST DRAFT Contest EntryTitle: Transformers: Old Soldier FIRST DRAFT Contest Entry
Universe: G1 (Pre-Earth)
Warnings: Violence, Non-canon character death
Author's Note: This is my (mostly) unedited first draft. The contest specified minimal editing, which was extremely difficult for me. While I don't think this is bad, it's not as refined as I'd normally post. In fact, there are two details which need work/editing. Hopefully, they're not as obvious to others as they are to me (since I'm super critical of my own work).
Smoke hung heavy over Praxus, obscuring optics and clogging vents. Here, the once proud city-state stood cracked and charred, covered in ash. The glorious crystals of the Helix Gardens, the pinnacle of Cybertronian art and beauty, lay shattered. Many of the civilians were gone, long since fled or dead. Those that remained had abandoned their civilian ways, forced into more militaristic roles.
Raising above the surrounding ruins, th
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It bucks and roars with adamantine ferocity,
And the convoluted fire stings her veins.
And her mind departs, though her spirit remains
To be tormented, tattered, and torn.
Brilliance sharpens to madness
As the pain crescendos, silencing her soul.
Fear, asphyxiating veil of darkness, falls shroud-like,
Dark and unforgiving over her remains.
Life becomes but an option
Until light at last cracks the deathly shroud,
And a cool wisp of breath ignites her spirit once again.