A Pet Squishy- Chapter 12A Pet Squishy
Chapter 12: "Contraband"
Lana awoke unable to feel her legs. She stretched, feeling the painful tingling of blood resuming its circulation to her legs. Sleeping in Thundercracker's hand wasn't exactly the most comfortable bed. She looked up at him; he was still in recharge.
Sometime while she slept he'd propped up his feet on his work table creating a rather effective bridge to her enclosure. Her hammock was much more comfortable. Lana wriggled her body, squirming out from between his fingers until his was sitting on his thumb joint. She kicked her legs with a wince, trying to rid herself of the deadness.
Rising slowly, Lana traipsed over the ridges and ledges of Thundercracker's hand and then stepped down onto the edge of his hip plate. She looked down at his thigh below her, doubting whether she could jump down onto it and wondering if sliding would be a better means of getting down. With great caution she ducked down, sitting on the ledge of h
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 11A Pet Squishy
Chapter 11: "Discovery"
Back on the Nemesis that same night
Thundercracker swooped into the massive landing bay of the Nemesis as it closed its violet metal "jaws" behind him and plunged back beneath the ocean surface. Lana watched his cockpit glass darken around her and felt him land on his feet. The sway of his walk halted after a moment.
A very mechanical voice spoke from outside, vibrating the cockpit glass with its harmonic resonance, "Report."
Thundercracker stopped upon bumping into Soundwave at the end of the landing bay. He knew the communications specialist was fritzing silently about his late arrival to the Nemesis. Promptness and punctuality were Soundwave's sole codes of ethics and he didn't like late arrivals.
"I already told you Soundwave, I was polishing my combat maneuvers. Didn't Starscream rant and rave when he came back about how much of screw-up I was today?"
"Affirmative." the communications specialist
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 10A Pet Squishy
Chapter 10: "Arguments of the Mind"
Later that night
Lana shivered as a crisp wind whipped over the ocean and made her skin texture with goose bumps. She hugged her knees as she sat in the sand, trying to keep herself warm. Her light pants, sneakers, and T-shirt were proving insufficient for warmth. The hiss of the sea rolled across the sand, threatening to make her even colder. She wisely sat closest to the center of the island away from water near the half-dead palm trees.
"Well? Are you happy now, Lana?" her mind asked sarcastically.
"I wasn't going back." she insisted.
"At least THERE you were warm and taken care of." her mind argued.
She cringed, "But I was nothing."
"And you were SOMETHING before?" it retorted. "Please! You were an object BEFORE Thundercracker took you. How was stripping and barely scraping by on those tips any better?"
"At least I had freedom."
She shivered as a fresh wind bit through the fabri
A Pet Squishy: Chapter 9A Pet Squishy
Chapter 9: "MINE!"
A few hours later
Because of their earlier "bungling" Starscream extended the combat maneuvers in the hopes of teaching his subordinates a lesson about listening to his orders. They were all the best fliers in the Decepticon ranks but Starscream was by far the superior aerial combatant and he demanded perfection. After all, it's what prompted Megatron to name him his Second in Command-that and Megatron believed in the old adage of, "Keep your allies close, but your enemies closer".
At last, once he was satisfied, Starscream ordered them back to the Nemesis. However, Thundercracker insisted he continue flying some more.
Surprisingly the Air Commander waved him off, "Very well. You need the extra training anyway."
"Yeah " Thundercracker grudgingly admitted before speeding off.
He needed to find Lana and he hadn't intended to be away for so long. Calculating the approximate range the life raft could drift given the wind spee
A Pet Squishy: Chapter 8A Pet Squishy
Chapter 8: "Combat Maneuvers"
A couple days after the incident with Rumble and Frenzy, the mediocre drone of boredom set in again for Lana. Not that she wanted that kind of excitement ever again, but she certainly didn't care for the monotony of walking along the walls of her enclosure wishing for something meaningful to do.
There were times Lana questioned her sanity. Feeling pity for Thundercracker when he thought she was dead instead of trying to escape was at the forefront of her doubts. Was this captivity with no real mental stimulation whittling away her sanity? How long would it be before she went totally insane or at the very least fall into a deep state of depression? She hadn't seen another human for so long. Sure, Thundercracker talked to her and gave her "affection"; which was probably the only thing keeping her mind afloat as it was; but it wasn't the same.
Lana rested her forehead against the transparent wall of her bedroom, feeling like a gold
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 7A Pet Squishy
Chapter 7: "Mini Menaces"
Three days later
Lana was confused. Though she had no grasp of time she knew Thundercracker had been gone for much longer than usual-more than a couple days she guessed. He still hadn't returned. Not that she needed anything. She had plenty of food and water to sustain her for a year, but he'd never been away so long.
Before he left in such a hurry, he mentioned he was going into battle. The big question was with whom? Was he raiding more energy resources with the other Decepticons? If there was a battle was he destroyed or dead? Did robots really die or did they just shut off?
Lana scolded herself. "Why should I care if that giant metal jerk comes back or not?"
Her more logical side interjected, "Well if he DOESN'T come back you're going to be left in this stupid cage with no way to supply yourself if you run out."
"OR," her 'worst-case-scenario' side said, "That maniac Skywarp will come back and do Go
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 6A Pet Squishy
Chapter 6: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Back in Thundercracker's quarters
Lana was stunned; literally. She had feeling in her body-mostly pain. Her eyes managed to wander up to the face of her "master" who was carrying her back to his quarters. Tears of pain and unbridled emotions wet her cheeks. She almost died-five times. Never in her life had she even come close to being placed in the hospital and now her life had been nearly snuffed out five times in probably less than five hours. It was just too much for her mind to deal with, so crying and shivering were the only instinctual reactions she could muster.
Thundercracker sidled into his work chair and grabbed a large pile of blankets from inside Lana's enclosure. He placed them on his work station and then gingerly placed Lana on the pile. She limply reclined on her side, still trembling.
The big blue Con's optics flicked back and forth as he scanned the human Internet for medical journ
A Pet Squishy: Chapter 5A Pet Squishy
Chapter 5: "Toy Mouse"
In one of the corridors of the Nemesis
Thundercracker's shift ended at last and immediately he set off for the Rec Room to find his wingman or his pet, whichever he found first. He honestly hoped to find his pet first and get her back to the safety of her enclosure; his little "discussion" with Warp could be postponed.
Why did Skywarp always do this? Anytime he obtained something, the purple Seeker would find some way to exploit, damage, or destroy it. Why couldn't he ruin his OWN stuff? Why was it always HIS stuff?
Rumble and Frenzy had been no help in discovering the condition of his pet after the subsequent "prank" on Starscream and not knowing worried the Seeker. Had Starscream terminated her? Was she nothing more than squishy smear on the Nemesis deck plates?
Or perhaps she escaped and was running wild through the Nemesis corridors? That notion certainly didn't bode well for the tiny creature with so many giant fee
A Pet Squishy- Chapter 4A Pet Squishy
Chapter 4: "Nowhere to Go"
In the Con Rec Room
Lana ran for her life, dodging the huge merciless feet that were trying to snuff out her existence. She scurried under a two-story-tall metal table and desperately searched for someplace to hide. Without warning the entire table lifted off the floor and flew across the room with a mighty [BANG!]. Automatically her arms flew over her head to shield herself as she ran until she saw a large metal console nearby with a small space at its back. She made a B-line for the niche and dove behind it.
Successfully hidden, Lana collapsed in a heap wheezing for breath and suddenly felt the pain in her body. Over her terrified gasps she could hear the whole room roar with laughter as well as an angry screeching voice.
"WHERE IS IT?! WHERE DID IT GO?" Starscream demanded loudly, spinning around with his null cannons glowing ready to fire should he see any small form dart into his line of sight.