Transformers: Beyond The Series
Season 2 Episode 4
“Fly On The Wall”
A/N: Anything with an asterisk (*) is a flashback.
It was a fine afternoon in Jasper. Arashia Magnus sits at her mother's desk going through files. She looks at a data pad that has writing on it. 'Mom's language changed. Given the fact that she was born on Cybertron while I wasn't.' Arashia thinks to herself as she starts to write in her log book. She closes it and looks at the picture of her mother and father. She smiles at it. Just then as she focused on her mother a flashback came to her.* Iceanna plummets towards Earth as the Crusher explodes above her * The flashback ended. Arashia gasps and shakes her head. She gets up and walks towards Wheeljack's lab. She sees someone on a wall console talking to it. She peeks around the corner and sees Ultra Magnus talking to someone. “Who is he talking to?” she asks herself quietly. She continues walking to the lab. She gets in the door and closes it behind her. Wheeljack looks up from his work. “Wasn't expecting a visit but okay,” He says jokingly. “You know me Jackie, the element of surprise is my thing.” Arashia replies in a laugh. Wheeljack laughs and puts down his wrench. “What's up kid? You only visit me whenever you have something on your mind or you want to see my latest gizmos.” Wheeljack asked Arashia. Arashia sits on one of the lab tables. “I keep having flashbacks of what happened on the Crusher. It's like a never ending nightmare. Do you have the same thing happen to you?” Arashia asked him. “I tend to not think about what happened. But it does sound like something about the events that could be what Iceanna would call a vision.” Wheeljack replied. “But, visions are only for the future. These are flashbacks.” Arashia argues. “Sometimes visions could come from past events. Iceanna had a flashback about a fight between Ultra Magnus and Sentinel Prime once and a year later Ultra Magnus was killed by Sentinel. Seems like that is irrelevant now since UM is alive.... again.” Wheeljack states as he welds two things together. “And that doesn't bother you?” Arashia asks him. “It does bother me that he came back suddenly.” Wheeljack says in response. Arashia crosses her arms and thinks silently. “Makes me remember the time ol Makeshift tried to impersonate me all so Starscream could eliminate the Autobots. That however didn't end well for the 'Cons.” Wheeljack adds. Arashia looks at Wheeljack shocked. “Come again?” She asked him. “I was impersonated a while back.” Wheeljack confirms. Arashia went to speak but was interrupted by Soundwave who had a note for her. Arashia tapped the table beside her. Soundwave puts it on the table and goes to leave. “Hey stay here Soundy I want to talk to ya.” Arashia says to him. Soundwave walks back over to her. Arashia grabs the note and says “Probably a warning from Ratchet about me testing any more gizmos.” “He's still ticked at you all?” Wheeljack asked her. “Yep,” Arashia replied as she opened the note and read it. Her jaw drops. “Let's go guys, Ratchet has some news.” Arashia says to Wheeljack and Soundwave as she heads for the door. The three bots got to the medical bay. “What's the news doc?” Wheeljack asked Ratchet. “Take a look at this data. What do you see?” Ratchet said to them. The three look at it. “Looks like the physical and mental health are almost at one hundred percent.” Arashia said in response. “Exactly, Iceanna is showing major improvements rapidly now. Only question is, how?” Ratchet asked them. “If only she could tell us.” Knock-Out said as he sorted the medical supplies cabinet. Ratchet thinks to himself then snaps his fingers. “That's it Knock-Out! We could use a psychic cortical patch to go into Iceanna's mind and ask her.” Ratchet says as he went through the supplies closet. Arashia, Wheeljack and Soundwave all exchanged looks. Ratchet looks at them. “What?” he asked them.
“Um, wasn't that-” Arashia started to say but was interrupted. “Outlawed? Yes. But, it has been proven useful in times of urgency. Like when Optimus had the Cybonic Plague. Bumblebee went into Megatron's mind to find the cure.” Ratchet stated while holding the cable. “Why is this urgent anyways?” Wheeljack asked in a confused tone. “Because I think Ultra Magnus might make a case to me today. He said that he wanted to talk to me later on and I fear it's about Iceanna.” Ratchet said to them. Arashia's optics widen. “Nope! Not gonna happen!” She said as she started pacing. “Why, he is her father after all.” Ratchet states. “He may LOOK like him but I know that he isn't.” Arashia says to them. “What makes you certain of that?” Ratchet asked her. “Think about it, the bot's been dead for eons and now he chooses to come back after all those years of battles fought?” Arashia says in response. Ratchet takes a moment to ponder the thought. “Look Arashia, sometimes bots die and sometimes they come back.” Wheeljack argues. “Look what happened with Megatron. Bot died from a space bridge explosion and now look at him.” Knock-Out responds. Arashia looks down and sighs. Ratchet looks at the data on Iceanna's monitors. 'If Arashia has these thoughts... then she must be right.' he thought to himself. He looks at the bots in the room. “Arashia must go into Iceanna's mind. We must know how her stats are showing sudden improvements. This cannot be only mine, Knock-Out's and Anitha's doing.” Ratchet states. Arashia's optics widened. “What?” She asked the medic. “I will send you into Iceanna's mind. All you need to do is ask her how she is recovering so fast.” Ratchet explains to a confused Arashia. Arashia looks at Iceanna. She has a flashback. *She falls through the hole Iceanna made. Iceanna grabs her hand catching her. Arashia looks down. The Earth was right below them. * She shakes her head of the thought. “I'll do it,” Arashia states to Ratchet. Ratchet nods his head and goes to the storage room. “Okay guys here's the plan: Soundwave send Laserbeak to survey 'Ultra Magnus', Wheeljack after this I'm going to need your ship, Knock-Out, you and Soundwave will be coming with me.” Arashia says to the three bots. Wheeljack and Knock-Out exchange looks then look at Arashia. “To where?” Knock-Out asked. “You'll see when we go.” Arashia replies. Ratchet walks back in the room with a patch cord. Knock-Out pushes a medical bed over by Iceanna's. Arashia lays on it. “This won't hurt will it?” She asked Ratchet nervously. “Nope, you and Iceanna will be fine.” Ratchet reassures her. Arashia looks at the ceiling and thinks to herself. ‘That won’t be the only thing I’ll ask,’ she thought to herself. Knock-Out and Ratchet place the ends of the patch cord on Iceanna and Arashia. They twist the ends causing Arashia to fall asleep. Ratchet opens a vid feed of Iceanna’s mind. Arashia appears inside the video. She looks around. “What is this place?” Arashia asked herself as she looked around more. She sees a tall silver citadel. She goes toward it. The door has an Autobot insignia on it. “Where am I?” She asks as she tries to open the door. Arashia hears a voice and turns around. “You are in my mind,” Iceanna says as she walks toward Arashia. “Mom!” Arashia shouts as she goes and hugs Iceanna. Iceanna hugs her daughter tightly. “To answer your other question, we are in a memory of what Cybertron looked like before the chaos. The building you see before you is the Iacon Hall of Records. Optimus prime’s old stomping grounds.” Iceanna states as she opens the door to it. The two bots walk inside the building.
Knock-Out looks at Ratchet. “Um, how were they able to touch each other?” He asked Ratchet. “My guess is that Iceanna is aware of what we did and she has somehow modified the patch effects.” Ratchet explained. Soundwave looked at the monitor and points to Iceanna. Ratchet turns to Soundwave and says “She is a psychic after all. In fact she might be reading our minds right now as we speak er..stand here.” “Yep!” Iceanna shouts to ratchet from the screen. Arashia laughed at that. “Whoa, that was cool and creepy at the same time.” Arashia states as she walks around. Iceanna joins her in the next room. “I know what you have come here for and the answer is simply this: I have noticed that my father is alive and well presumably. I am not so convinced of the facts that are presented.” Iceanna says as she walks towards Arashia. Arashia looks at her in shock. “You know?” She asked her. Iceanna nods and picks up a pen. She draws something on a piece of Cybertronian paper and hands it to Arashia. “The reason why I show improvements is because I am focusing my energy and hastening the healing process through the Cyber-ninja move called Processor over Matter. It is a form of meditation that helps the body focus on whatever the mind has on it.” Iceanna says to everyone. Arashia looks at the paper and puts it away. Arashia looks around the office Orion Pax once had stood. Iceanna looks at her and smiles. “There is another question to be asked, yes?” Iceanna states. Arashia looks at her and smiles for a second. “It’s nothing really.” Arashia lied. “Arashia, never lie around mind-readers. It’s how you hurt yourself and others.” Iceanna lectures. Arashia turns to Iceanna. “Why did you pick me to be Magnus? Shouldn’t Arcee, Starscream or Bumblebee have it? Since they are older and more experienced than I?” Arashia asks her mother. “I chose you because you had displayed the leadership and the devotion of a Magnus. And to answer about your brothers and sister, I had discussed it with them prior to the day I went into stasis. They all said they much rather be what they are now, warrior, scout, and even a seeker. I understand you are having adjustment problems. It will take time to adjust to it. I too have gone through it, but at a much younger age than you were. As for your friends and partners, they will still be your friends and partners even with a new title. Yes, I know of that as well. You will know the full reasoning when the time comes.” Iceanna says to Arashia. They hug each other. Arashia looks at Iceanna and smiles. Iceanna returns a smile back. “Ratchet, disconnect us so I can focus on my spark rate.” Iceanna instructs as she walks out of the building. Ratchet and Knock-Out disconnect the two bots. Arashia sits up and smiles. Soundwave lets Laserbeak out of his torso. It flies out of the room. “Go time guys.” Arashia states as she goes out of the room. Soundwave and Knock-Out follow her. Ratchet looks at Wheeljack questioningly. “Training session in the air, wanted Knock-Out there for medical reasons.” Wheeljack says in his usual charm. He walks out of the room. “Sparklings these days...” Ratchet mutters as he goes back to work. We see a smile from Iceanna. Arashia, Soundwave and Knock-Out get to the Jackhammer. They get inside it. Wheeljack pops up on the communication screen. “Hey try not to scratch it, that thing and I have history.” He says to Arashia. “Can’t make any promises there,” Arashia says in a humored tone. They take off in the ship. Meanwhile in the conference room, Ultra Magnus walks up to a monitor and starts typing on the key pad, a vid feed pops up. He starts talking to the figure on the screen. Laserbeak sits on a beam in the ceiling and watches him. He sends the feed to Soundwave. Meanwhile, on the newly rebranded and reformatted ship, the Ally. Megatron and Optimus stand in the command bay. Megatron types on the main computer as Optimus looks through the data files. “I don’t know how she did it, but Arashia may have just given us the edge we need for winning the war. With our base and this ship we could fight in two places at once.” Megatron sates as he does some calibrations. “That may be true, but we still have other matters to attend to.” Optimus states as he projects an image of their human allies. Megatron nods as he turns back to the screen. The screen projects a vid feed. “Optimus,” Megatron calls. Optimus walks over to him. Megatron points at the feed. The screen shows Ultra Magnus talking to someone. “Looks like he’s talking to someone outside of the base.” Optimus states. “Not just someone…. Clockworth!” Megatron shouts. The two bots exchange looks. Megatron’s spark stops for a second. “Iceanna,” he says in a worried tone. “Set course for Earth!” Optimus commanded. Megatron hits the autopilot button and sets the speed at maximum speed. The ship re-routes and heads toward Earth. Meanwhile, on the Jackhammer. Arashia sits in the pilot seat as Knock-Out checks over the supplies. Soundwave projects the vid feed. Arashia looks at it. “We’re almost there.” Arashia states as she accelerates the ship’s speed. A sphere pops through the window. Knock-Out and Soundwave look at it. “Our home… well old home I should say.” Knock-Out says to Arashia. “It’s beautiful.. In a dead sort of way but you know what I mean.. Right?” Arashia says to Knock-Out and Soundwave who looked down in sadness. ‘So that’s what Cybertron looks like.. Nice.’ Arashia thinks to herself. She pilots the ship down to the surface. The door to the Jackhammer opens. Knock-Out and Soundwave walk out first. Arashia goes to the edge of the hatch and looks down at the ground below her.
“Okay, here we go.” She says as she steps on to Cybertron for the first time. She walks over to Knock-Out and Soundwave. This feels very different. “It’s cause we are on the very origin of our species and history alone.” Knock-Out states as he gets a data map out. “Where to A.M.?” Knock-Out asked her. Arashia looks around and points toward Iacon. “Towards Iacon.” She says to them. They start walking. Behind a demolished wall sits a figure with glowing blue optics. He starts following the trio. Meanwhile, back on Earth. Ultra Magnus sits in the recreation room with the Autobots. “Still can’t believe you came back after being totaled by Sentinel. Must’ve been rough after that huh?” Terrah asked him as she reads an Earth book. “It was, but I got over it.” Ultra Magnus states as he walks over to the monitors. Laserbeak sits on Bulkhead’s shoulder. “Why do you have Laserbeak?” Miko asked him. Bulkhead shrugged and said “Jackie told me to keep an optic on him for Soundwave. He and Arashia along with Knock-Out went on a training trip.” Bulkhead stated. “And they needed Laserbeak to stay here why?” Miko asked him. “I guess in case our communications are down or their comms get scrambled.” Bulkhead offered. Miko shrugged and sat on the couch. She starts drawing. Anitha sits against the wall with Cliffjumper. Cliffjumper tells her a story. “That sounds awesome,” She states as she picks up a medical book. Arcee and Starscream look at each other. “So, if we’re twins then.. who’s oldest and who’s youngest?” Starscream asked her. “I don’t know.. we should ask father or mother when she wakes up.” Arcee replies. Bumblebee drives into the base and lets Jack and Rafael out. He transforms. “Traffic is my worst enemy next to the Decepticons.” He says as he goes over to the human area of the room. “That’s the way it is Bee. I didn’t like the traffic either to be honest.” Kaji states as he looks at a data pad. Jack looks to Arcee. “So, Ironhide and Violet took Shadow on a small trip?” Jack asked her. “Yep, Aunt Violet said that her and Uncle Ironhide will keep him out of trouble.” Arcee replies. “And not to mention they said that our ahem current situation will cause tension between all three of us. Wonder how they found out.” Kaji said as he looked at everyone. “Aunt Violet is like my mom Kaji. She can read minds, send thoughts, and even control them if she had the idea to.” Anitha states as she writes in a data pad. “Hence the phrase we came up with.” Cliffjumper says. “And what is the phrase?” Kaji asked them. “Don’t lie around a mind reader.” Rafael says to him. “it’s a rule we came up with when we found out about mother’s abilities. She and read and send thoughts as easily as Violet but she cannot control minds. She can levitate things using her telekinetic power.” Anitha adds to the conversation. Ultra Magnus faces the monitor and smiles. ‘So, they all seem to have given me their mother’s and aunt’s specific abilities. Thank you Autobrats.’ He thinks to himself as he reads what’s on the screen. Laserbeak sends the feed to Soundwave. “Where’s Optimus and Megatron anyways?” Jack asked Arcee. “On the Nemis- er.. Ally seeing or trying to understand how Arashia was able to undo everything that the Decepticons have done for many years.” Arce replied. Back on Cybertron, the trio walks across the border into Iacon. Arashia looks around. “We should be close, when I was inside mother’s mind she told me where to go.” Arashia states as she walks forward. Just then she hears a snap. She looks down and sees a tripwire. “Oh scr-“ She starts saying as she is pulled off her feet and hung upside down. The figure appears in front of her. “ap..” She finishes. Soundwave and Knock-Out are pushed together by a red bot and a yellow bot. “Who are you and state your business here,” The figure asks Arashia.
To Be Continued…
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