*Chapter 17: Capture*
Only an hour away to Rome, Hope felt a strange feeling again in her body. But she had to ignore it. Rome is getting near. Yet, she couldn't help but to wonder whatever happen to Theodore Galloway now since he's been abandoned like that. He could be in the carrier with Seymour and the others. Thinking about that man makes Hope snarl in hatred. How dare he taunt her about her family like that before, and her could die out there. What an asshole.
Most likely, Hope thought about her aunt, uncle, brother, and cousin. They probably figure out where she is now since the first day when they woke up one morning. Judy could be crying, Ron would be worried sick as hell, Sam could try to get her back somehow, and Camron is alone and sad without her. Hope feels bad. She left him behind because he decided not to come along.
"Optimus! We picked up something out in the fields!" Ironhide's voice said from the speakers. "Pull over!" Optimus pulled over, same goes with the rest of the Autobots. Hope got out of the truck, and went by Ironhide who transformed. What did he find out here? There's nothing in sight. "Something familiar is out in the grass, Prime. We must check it out." Ironhide said. Optimus transformed along with the others. He turned to Hope and told her to stay put, which made her frown a bit. Suddenly, a voice was heard from the street. Hope and others turned and found Sam running towards them.
"Sam?" Hope called. She ran towards him. "How did you get here?!" Sam stopped in front of her, panting.
"You...you have to come home right now!" Sam said with a look. "What the hell are you thinking coming all the way here? Huh? I'm lucky I found you before all of you went to Rome."
"Wait a minute!" Hope said. "If you're here, where's Camron?"
"What? Isn't he with you?" Sam asked in confusion. "He's not home either." Before Hope could even react to this, a giant net flew out from the sky. Optimus noticed this and ran towards Sam and Hope and got captured instead. Sam and Hope backed away fast and found Optimus on the street with a net that now electrocutes him.
"Optimus!" Hope cried out. Sam looked up and found Black Widow floating down with a smirk. William and the rest of the soldiers got their guns out, aiming at her. Malam aimed her crossbow at her. Mayu gripped on her sword with hate. Ash got his gun out. Hope watched Black Widow land on the street in front of Optimus.
"Since that Autobot leader was captured instead, I think it's a better plan than capturing you." She said. Hope snarled at her. "I'm impressed that you made it this far, Psyche. If you want your Autobot friend to live, then you're almost there. Meet me at the colosseum. We will be waiting for you."
"If it's me that you really want, then why don't you just take me right now and let Optimus go!" Hope said. "I'll do anything!" Black Widow chuckled.
"You sound just like Elita-1. She said the exact same thing decades ago. But this time, it's so different with you." Black Widow grabbed the net and a dark portal appeared below her and Optimus who continued to struggle. "See you soon, Psyche." She said and disappeared.
"What a bitch." Eddie said.
"We're nearly there. We have to leave now." Evac said. "Optimus needs us there. We'll go after him ourselves. It wouldn't be a good idea for Hope to go there alone." But, Hope went to the fields where Ironhide is standing. He stood next to the item where he picked up from not to long ago. A Matrix. Hope picked it up and it glows inside. Ironhide kneels down to look at the Matrix.
"Another Matrix? Optimus has one in him." He said. Hope looked up at him. "Hold onto that. We may need it out there." Ironhide said. Hope nodded. Sam got inside Bumblebee, and Hope hopped inside. Malam and Mayu went into Evac. They are on the road now. Rome is waiting.
In the dark underground lair, Optimus was chained of bolts. Once he tried to pull them, he gets electrocuted. He's not injured, but still hurt from the shock. What did Black Widow want from him and Hope? Hope could get killed once she is here. Optimus felt very guilty of bringing her into this. Ratchet was right.
"Hope...forgive me." Optimus said, shutting his orbs.
"She will." A female voice said from the shadows. Optimus opened his optics. Black Widow came out with a smirk. "Once she comes here with no back up, she will forgive you. She will be with Primus soon." She said, making Optimus glare at her. "Now this feels familiar, doesn't it? I captured you back in Cybertron, and Elita-1 came to rescue you. Instead, she faces fate...right in front of you own optics."
"You hurt Hope, I promise I will kill you and Megatron myself." Optimus growled. Black Smirked and back away, footsteps were heard. Purple optics were seen in the dark. A giant robot with cliff armor body and long thorns on his head, and a giant sword as his hand. Optimus knew who that was. "Unicron..."
"Good. Your memory never leaves you." Unicron said. "It has been quite some time, Prime."
"You come here to rule this world along with the Decepticons?" Optimus asked with a glare. "There is no reason to be along side them, Unicron."
"Wrong, Prime." Unicron spoke. "I want your Psyche. She has something I want." Before Optimus could speak again, Unicron disappeared along with Black Widow. Hope is in terrible danger now. Unicron could kill her. Optimus sends a signal to the Autobots, telling them a message in mind. Hope had to be away from this madness.
Camron yawned on his bed in the cell of his. He had a hard time sleeping these days now. His stomach is growling, and he had dark circles around his eyes. Voices were heard outside his cell door. Sounds like Igor and Long Legs. Camron was beside the door to listen to the conversation. Long Legs deep voice was heard.
"The Autobots were drawing near, and the girl is all we need by Black Widow's request." He said.
"What about the leader of theirs? What can we do with him?" Igor asked. "The girl will have to seek him, correct?" Camron made a confused look. Don't they mean Optimus? He's here? Camron did not know about that.
"He will be finished. We need his Matrix and destroy it. He won't be alive..." Long Legs said. The little Cons left the door, continue talking. Camron bit his lip, thinking. Optimus is held hostage. Camron had to help him somehow. But, he needs to find out where Optimus is held at.
"Psst!" A voice hissed from outside the window cell. Camron froze. A voice is heard. "Hey, kid! You up there?" Camron cautiously went up to the cell window and look down below to see twin robots. One is brick red, and the other is green. They seem short. Who are they? They don't look like Decepticons. They both have blue optics. Possibly Autobots.
"Are you Camron Simmons?" A red bot asked.
"...Yeah." Camron replied. "Who are you two?"
"I'm Skids, and this is Mudflap." A green bot replied. "We're here to get you out of here, little man."
"Our boss is locked up below the colosseum out there." Mudflap said. "You're the only one who knew where to go. Megatron, Black Widow, and Laserbeak ain't there right now. You in or out?" Just as Camron thought, they are Autobots. They look silly, but they can help. Camron accepted the offer and backed away from the wall as one of the twins shot the wall. Camron was in the corner and saw Mudflap climbing up, looking at him. "Get on, kid! We ain't have the time to get to know each other!" He said. Camron rushed over to him and climbed on the shoulder and Mudflap jumped down. Camron got on the ground as the twins transform into cars. Camron got in Mudflap.
"We came all the way from Russia after hearing that Unicron came back." Skids said. "You seen him yet, kid?"
"No, I haven't. All I know is that we have to save Optimus and help my sister who is on her way with the Autobots." Camron replied, looking at the green car before he shuts the door. He hears Mudflap from the radio.
"We better hurry, Camron. Or the bad cons come back home." He said. Camron nodded and put a seatbelt on. They drove off to get to the colosseum.