Optimus pulled Megatron's arm over his shoulders, heaving him upright as a second explosion rocked the ship, sparks and thick smoke billowing into the hallway. Emergency klaxons blared through the com system, so loud Optimus almost didn't hear Megatron gag helplessly as energon from his ruptured internal systems flooded his mouth. He felt his Spark throb uncomfortably as Megatron turned his head and spat, optics narrowed to burning crimson slits. The sparklight in them was flickering dangerously, betraying the extent of his injuries even more than the energon gushing over the warlord's hand, but except for the labored snatch of his intakes he bore the pain in near silence. I will not fall again, it said without words. I will die on my feet.
Optimus hurried to get moving, but progress was slow and difficult, Megatron's weight taxing the hydraulics in his legs and back. The corridor ahead was choked with flames, assaulting his sensors with immense heat and the noxious gasses of burning fuel, but Optimus refused to allow himself to acknowledge the discomforts, determined to see them both to safety…
Sneak preview of the Season Two finale, right after I sort out the paperwork with Hub.
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Luke 18:9-14 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Very nicely done indeed.
Of course, his fellow Autobots are probably wondering why he's even bothering, helping Megatron though everything. If he survives, he will most likely end up attempting to destroy Optimus again anyway. but Optimus, though he has suffered greatly from the war and the pain that his close friend, one whom he considered a brother, turned and "lost his way"...he still hopes "Megatronus" can return.