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"Brother, what is the matter?"

Optimus glanced behind him to his brother, who had now fully recovered from severe damage. The silver mech slowly walked up, a servo going to his brother's shoulders. Optimus turned his gaze back out.

"I...….. I want a mate and sparkling," Optimus said. "There are so few of us left."

"You will find one Optimus," said Megatron. "One day."

~~~000

Avery walked around aimlessly. She told her family she was moving, but she had no real place to go. Her stomach was hurting a lot again. It had been nearly 2 days since she last ate and she was trying to save what little money she did have for emergencies.

She saw a semi truck with flames parked nearby, but no one else around. It was getting dark and it was cold. She didn't have a coat, only a thin denim jacket. But would the owner be mad? Would they call the police on her? Avery knew that she couldn't stay here or else she would freeze, but she also didn't want to break in. The young woman opted for leaning against the truck and wait for the owner to see if they would allow her a short time to warm up. Before she knew it, Avery fell asleep, curled up and shivering.

~~~000

Optimus felt someone lean against him, the cold flesh startling him. His sensors told him that it was a young human femme, about 19 or 20 years old. Her vitals were low. Optimus felt pity and activated his holoform, kneeling down in front of her.

'She's so young and ill,' the Prime thought. 'I need to help her.'

Optimus opened his door and put her in the bed at the back of his cab. He placed a blanket on her before heading back to the base.

:Sire, we have a situation.: Optimus commed in.

:What is it Optimus?: Ratchet asked.

:A young femme. She's freezing and her vitals are low. She's ill.:

:I'll have the medibay ready.:

Optimus cut the com link, keeping his sensors on her. She was still shivering badly. The leader turned up the heater, hoping to keep her warm until he got to Ratchet. He was fortunate that the medic was alive. Even after his body had been destroyed and spark ripped out by Lockdown, he was able to be moved to another protoform that took the appearance he had before. They had also recovered all his memories before the humans of Cemetery Wind got to them.

Ratchet and Ironhide, who survived the cosmic rust gun, but sadly lost his cannons, had hid away and Bumblebee found them with Drift. Optimus was so happy to see his bodyguard and sire figure. Yes Sentinel was his real sire to him and Megatron, but wasn't. Ratchet was his sire, not Sentinel. The previous Prime was just a CNA donor.

Optimus sent the thoughts of Sentinel out of his head. He was fortunate to have Megatron back. The one that helped Sentinel in Chicago was a good clone that was later turned into Galvatron and disappeared without a trace. His real brother became Quintessa's slave to get the staff to awaken Unicron. He found his brother badly injured from being kicked out of the chamber, but free from the evil femme's control.

It had taken time, but he was alive, as was Soundwave, Shockwave, and Starscream, who were brought back by Primus. Optimus turned his attention back to the base that had been reestablished with the former members of TRF. Ratchet was awaiting for him. The leader stopped, activating his holoform and carrying her to the medic to take.

"I will inform you when I am finished," said Ratchet, walking away.

"Will she be all right?" Optimus asked.

"Of course Optimus. I will take care of her," said Ratchet.

Optimus nodded when he transformed, trusting his sire-figure. He didn't know why, but he felt protective over this femme, even if they had never met before. He couldn't describe it, having never felt it before. He would have to ask Ratchet about it at some point. For now, he headed to his office to work for a bit while waiting for news on the woman.

~~~000

Avery slowly blinked her eyes open. She stared up at the white ceiling, surprised by the sight. How did she get there? Last she knew, she was heading someone and leaned against a truck. So how did she end up wherever she was? Movement caught her eye. She turned her head, seeing one of those robots that were all over the news a few years back. She knew that this one was good, having distinguished the two factions while studying them from the clips on the internet.

"Awake are we?" the mech asked. "That is good. My name is Ratchet, Chief Medical Officer for the Autobots. Our leader, Optimus Prime, brought you in. You are ill and starved. Your name is Avery from your records."

"Yeah, I know," said Avery quietly, surprised that she wasn't afraid at all of the much larger being. "I was heading...….. I don't know. I think it was a friend's house. Oh gosh, Kelly! She doesn't know where I am. I was supposed to be at her house already."

Avery shoved a hand in her jacket, pulling out her phone to call her much older friend. She dialed the number, waiting for her to pick up.

"Avery! Where are you?"

"Uh, I don't know. I was heading to your place, but it got really cold and dark and I guess I fell asleep," said Avery. "I'm sure the kind stranger will drop me off."

"Okay. Let me know when you get here.'

"I will Kelly. Bye."

"I do not think that is wise," said Ratchet. Avery looked at him.

"Why?" Avery asked.

"You are not cleared for leaving. You still need a while to recover," the medic said. Avery pouted. "Don't get that way. I will inform Optimus that you are awake. Stay put."

~~~000

Optimus walked into the medibay, heading straight for the young woman. Ratchet had cleared her after another few hours.

"Hello Avery," said Optimus. "My name is Optimus Prime. How are you feeling?"

"Better, thank you," said Avery. "Do you... do you think you can drop me off at my friend's house. That is where I was heading before moving on. I don't have a place to live."

"Would you like to stay here?" Optimus suddenly asked, surprising himself by the question. Avery blinked, unsure if she should accept. She felt home for some reason, like she was supposed to be there. She nodded.

"Kelly is still expecting me though," said Avery. "Can you take me?"

"Of course," said Optimus.

~~~000

Optimus' holoform and Kelly stared at each other, entranced by the other. Optimus felt his spark react, feeling even more drawn to this new human femme. She was so beautiful. His spark raced and skipped beats, the words he was going to say leaving. Avery stared at the two, looking at one before the other and then back again many times. What were they doing?

"I-I-I apologize," said Optimus, finally looking away with a blush. "I am Orion."

"Kelly," the older woman answered, thinking nothing of the odd name. He was probably named after the constellation Orion the Hunter. Her own heart skipped beats at staring at this handsome, 6' 3" man. "Thanks for helping Avery."

"It was my pleasure," said Orion. "I have offered up a room where I reside for we have a lot. She has accepted and asked me to take her to you."

"Did she now?" Kelly asked, glancing over at an embarrassed Avery. "Well, just as long as I know she is safe. Why don't you two come in for a bit and talk? Get to know you a bit more, eh Orion?"

Optimus blushed more before meekly following the two women inside the house. Primus help him. He felt so strange around this woman, attracted to her, but he didn't know what these feelings were. At least for now.