In the morning Nightfire was pulled out of recharge by the sound of Red Alert calling to her through her communication channel.
“What is it Red Alert?” Nightfire asked not moving since she didn't want to wake Erza up.
“I told Saber I would get ahold of you and tell you to come by the military base for a check up.” Red Alert replied.
“Alright.” Nightfire said as she let out a sigh and slowly transformed so Erza would ended up in her passenger seat. “I'm bringing my charge with me since her mom and siblings are already gone.”
“Fine. Just hurry before your parents come in to see Ratchet.” Red Alert said then disconnected.
Nightfire quietly pulled out of the driveway and headed to the military base as fast as she could. She knew that when Red Alert called her and asked her to show up at the base before her parents that there was trouble with Lunar. As she drove towards the military base she was hoping that everything was alright with Lunar and hoped that her parents didn't show up early. Nightfire was dragged out of her thoughts when she heard Erza waking up.
“Huh?” Erza asked as she looked around then realized that she was in Nightfire’s cab. “Where are we going?”
“We’re going to the military base.” Nightfire replied. “Red Alert wants to see me. You’ll also get to meet two Autobots who are very dear to my spark like you.”
“Yay!!!” Erza said happily.
Nightfire laughed some as they continued heading towards the military base. Erza looked out of the window and watched the different landscapes go past her. As they approached the military base Erza tapped on the dashboard and pointed towards one of the hangers. Nightfire looked in the direction that Erza was pointing and came to a halt. She didn't understand how her parents had beaten her to the base but she was going to make sure that they didn't find Lunar since she didn't want them to kill Saber. Nightfire quickly headed towards the med bay hanger where Red Alert was waiting for her with Saber and Lunar. When her and Erza reached the med bay hanger Red Alert was in she heard yelling coming from inside and she quickly transformed and headed inside with Erza on her shoulder.
“Oh no.” Nightfire said as she saw her dad pinning Saber to the wall with his right plasma cannon above his spark. “Dad!! Enough!!”
“Stay out of this Nightfire!” Ironhide snapped.
“No!!!” Nightfire yelled as she placed Erza on a high up shelf then went over and pulled her dad off of Saber. “I've had enough!!! I won't standby and let you hurt my mate!! And where's my sparkling?!! What have you done with Lunar?!!”
“She's right here Nightfire.” Red Alert answered as she walked up with a fussing Lunar in her arms. “I took her from Saber when your parents walked in. I think it's best if you take her.”
“Thank you Red Alert.” Nightfire said as she took Lunar from Red Alert and cradled her in her arms. “It's alright little one. Mommy’s here now.”
Erza slowly climbed down off the shelf and on to Nightfire's shoulder and looked down at the sparkling in her guardian’s arms. She noticed that Lunar was the same blue color as Saber but that she also had some dark blue in her paint on her armor. Erza smiled when she saw Lunar grip the same set of wires she did the night before.
“She's so cute Nightfire.” Erza said looking up at Nightfire. “She reminds me of you.”
“Thanks Erza.” Nightfire said as she started walking out of the med bay hanger with Saber. “I'm glad you think so.”
Ironhide and Chromia watched as their daughter walked away from them still shocked that she had talked back like she did. Ironhide couldn't help but feel guilty for what he did to Saber especially after learning about Lunar. Meanwhile Eureka,Renier,and Nightshadow were with Optimus and Elita explaining what happened with the Decepticons.
“Their base is located close to the coast of southern Japan. It's hidden well which is why it was never noticed it before by any scout teams.” Renier said. “There's a handful of well know Decepticons at the base which includes Megatron, Starscream, Barricade, Thundercracker, Soundewave,Shockwave,and Skywarp. There are others at the base but none that we are familiar with.”
“Anything else we should know?” Optimus asked.
“Yeah. They seem to be focused on getting rid of Ironhide and Chromia.” Eureka replied. “Megatron wants Ironhide and Chromia out of the way so they can get to rest of the Autobots easier. I over heard him say that if he takes out Nightfire and Nightshadow or at least captures them again he can use them to force Ironhide and Chromia into withdrawing from the war long enough for the Decepticons to claim victory. And as long as Megatron doesn't find out about Lunar then he won't be able to do anything to Nightfire and Saber that would force you, Elita, Ironhide, and Chromia to get involved.”
“So Megatron is aiming to take out one of the most powerful bonded pair we have.” Elita said as she let out a sigh. “This is going to complicate things. Nightshadow have you heard anything from Firestorm?”
“No I haven't heard anything from her but I can still feel her spark pulling at min and mine pulling at her’s which means she's alive somewhere.” Nightshadow replied.
“You three have given us a good amount of information that we can work with to increase defenses here on the base to protect the Autobots here and the humans from Decepticons.” Optimus said. “And from now on ask permission to go out on a rescue mission.”
“Yes sir.” The three of them said as they left Optimus and Elita.
They hadn't been away from Optimus and Elita long when they saw Nightfire,Lunar,Erza,and Saber heading to one of the empty hangers and the twins heard Nightshadow let out a sigh. Eureka and Renier followed Nightshadow to the med bay hanger and ducked behind Nightshadow’s legs as a wrench was thrown and cannon shots were fired once they entered the hanger.
“What the hell is going on in here?” Eureka asked causing the four fighting Autobots to stop in their places.
“Ratchet threw a wrench at Ironhide and started telling him how stupid he was for not trusting his daughter which caused Ironhide to get mad and fire his plasma cannons at Ratchet.” Red Alert replied as she watched Ironhide,Chromia,and Ratchet go back to fighting. “Chromia jumped in after Ratchet threw another wrench and it hit her instead of Ironhide. This is pretty much what you get when those three get into a fight.”
“Obviously.” Eureka said.
“I take it Ironhide and Chromia found out about Lunar.” Renier said seeing a mech sized dent in the hanger wall.
“That they did.” Red Alert said. “Chromia is happy about it but Ironhide has mix feelings about Lunar.”
“Dad had good reasons to have mix feelings about it.” Nightshadow said. “Nightfire and Saber named their sparkling after our sister Lunarstorm but left off storm. Dad doesn't want them to lose her like how they lost our sister. Losing a sparkling or losing a youngling is hard to deal with.”
Eureka and Renier were completely surprised since they hadn't known that Nightfire and Nightshadow had had a sister at all but now that they knew they really didn't know what to say. Red Alert knew about Lunarstorm since she was there when the youngling was killed and when Nightfire and Saber decided to name their sparkling Lunar in honor of Lunarstorm. After a while longer Ironhide,Chromia,and Ratchet stopped fighting and Ironhide went to find Nightfire so he could apologize for how he treated Saber and her. Meanwhile in a hanger farther into the base Nightfire and Saber were watching Erza and Lunar play together since they were pretty much the same size which meant they could play together without Erza getting severely hurt.
“That's it Lunar.” Erza said as caught the ball that she had Lunar roll to her. “Good job Lunar.”
“Seems like they're getting along well.” Saber said as he watched Erza and Lunar play with the ball more.
“Yeah which is good.” Nightfire said smiling. “With how close the two of them are getting they'll be very good friends.”
“Yep.” Saber said then went quiet when the hanger door opened.
“Lunar sweetie come here.” Nightfire said as Lunar crawled up to her and she picked her up then turned to her dad. “What do you want dad?”
“I came to see you,Saber,and Lunar.” Ironhide replied as he took a deep breath and kept his head down. “I'm sorry for the trouble I caused for you,Saber,and Lunar. I should have let you both explain things before reacting.”
“That's all I wanted to hear.” Nightfire said as she walked over to her dad and hugged him as Lunar crawled onto his shoulder. “I do understand why did what you did though. You don't want us to lose her like how you and mom lost Lunarstorm.”
“Who's Lunarstorm?” Erza asked curiously as Nightfire let go of her dad.
“She was Nightfire's and Nightshadow's older sister.” Ironhide answered as he picked Lunar up off his shoulder and held her. “We lost her to the Decepticons not long after the war started. That's why I'm so protective over Nightfire.”
“Wow.” Erza said as she looked up at Ironhide and Lunar. “Losing a child is one of the hardest things to deal with.”
“Yeah it is.” Ironhide said.
Erza was happy to see that Nightfire was no longer upset with her dad since it meant that she could seeing Lunar more. Meanwhile at the Decepticons base a red and black youngling was deep in recharge with his head resting on his arms behind his head. The young mech was the youngling of Barricade and his deceased mate and had been friends with Ironhide’s and Chromia’s younglings before the war started. The mech’s name is Patroller and he had been extremely close to Lunarstorm and was devastated when he found out that she had been killed when the war started. He still remembered all the time him and Lunarstorm spent together without their parents knowing. They had snuck out to meet each other after their parents were in recharge since they already knew that tension between their factions and didn't want to give their parents more reasons to be tense. Patroller came out of recharge when he couldn't stop thinking about Lunarstorm.
“All Decepticons report to Shockwave’s lab.” Soundwave said over the base’s overcom. “Repeat. All Decepticons report to Shockwave’s lab.”
“Great.” Patroller said as he let out a sigh. “Wonder what the walking computer thought of now.”
Patroller got off his bed and headed towards Shockwave’s lab. He didn't like any of the plans that Megatron and the others came up with to harm the Autobots since he still considered Nightfire and Nightshadow his friends and didn't want anything to happen to them. As he approached Shockwave’s lab he could hear them talking and was able to make out some of their plan before he took off to warn the Autobots. Meanwhile in Shockwave’s lab Shockwave was explaining how the machine he built was going to effect the Autobots and possible them as well but that didn't seem to bother Megatron since all he cared about was being able to kill the Autobots easier. Back with Patroller he had just arrived at the military base and he had been attacked by Bulkhead and Hound who were now restraining him.
“Let me go.” Patroller said as he struggled against the two Wreckers restraining him. “You need to let me talk to Optimus before it's to late.”
“Shut it Decepticon punk.” Ironhide said as he walked up to them with Nightfire, Nightshadow, Saber, and Chromia. “You aren't going anywhere near Optimus.”
“You don't understand. I came here to warn you guys.” Patroller said then noticed Nightfire and Nightshadow. “Guys help me out here please.”
“Bulkhead. Hound. You guys can let him go.” Nightshadow said. “Me and Nightfire know him. He's more Autobot than Decepticon.”
Bulkhead and Hound looked at each other then released Patroller. Nightfire, Nightshadow, and Saber volunteered to take Patroller to see Optimus since they didn't want him to get blasted. When they got to Optimus’s and Elita’s hanger and walked inside they saw the shock on the Autobot leaders faces when they saw Patroller.
“Optimus. Elita. This is Patroller. He's a good friend of mine and Nightfire’s.” Nightshadow said. “He came here to warn us.”
“Then let him speak.” Optimus said.
“I know that it's unusual for you to talk to a Decepticon but when I heard what Megatron and Shockwave were planning I had to come and warn you guys.” Patroller explained as he took a deep breath. “Megatron and Shockwave are planning on using Shockwave's new invention to make it easier to kill all the Autobots. I just can't stand by and not warn you guys anymore. I’ve had enough of the war.”
“How can we be sure that we can trust you?” Elita asked skeptical.
“Because I was close to Lunarstorm.” Patroller replied.
“She was your best friend wasn't she.” Erza said as she walked into the hanger with Lunar walking next to her.
“Yes she was. That's how I know Nightfire and Nightshadow.” Patroller said as he looked down. “We cared not for the war or even for the different factions. It was hard for us to be friends due to the tension between the Autobots and Decepticons on the verge of fighting but we figured it out. When I heard that Lunarstorm was killed I didn't know what to do so I just listened to my father.”
“Alright. Patroller you can remain here with us Autobots.” Optimus said. “You'll be staying with Nightfire, my son Saber,and their sparkling.”
“Yes sir.” Patroller said.
Once they were dismissed Patroller followed Nightfire, Saber, Lunar, and Erza to the hanger they were staying. Nightfire was glad that Optimus was letting Patroller stay with them since she knew that if he went back to the Decepticons he'd most likely get killed. Erza stayed closed to Nightfire as they walked since she wasn't to sure about Patroller yet.
“Um guys what's that?” Erza asked when she saw a wave of light coming towards them.
“I don't know but we should get somewhere safe.” Nightfire replied.
“There's no time.” Saber said as he picked Erza up. “Just run.”
Without another word the three of them took off running in the opposite direction of the light with Nightfire carrying Lunar and Saber carrying Erza. Even though they were running as fast as they could they weren't able to out run the wave of light and got caught in it as it covered the whole base.