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Optimus Prime conducts an inspection and demonstrates zero tolerance for failure in the Shattered Glass universe.


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Running through the corridors the armored Autobot raced to the throne room aboard Ark- Supreme Zero One. Reaching the gate, he asked the guards for permission to enter. They granted him passage and he entered the holy chamber. His crimson optics met those of the royal guards inside and he kneeled, looking to the floor.

The Autobot seated in the royal chair looked dismissively at the lackey before him, “Speak Prime.”

Optimus Prime raised his head to meet the gaze of his minibot superior, “Supreme Commander Huffer, it is an honor to be in your presence. As a lowly Prime I offer you my-“

“Blah, blah, blah. As much as I value loyalty Prime, your groveling makes my energon-processing innards churn. What do you have for me, you slaggin’ empty?!” He slammed his tritanium fist on the arm of the throne.

Startled by the Supreme Commander’s impatience, Optimus fumbled for the right wording, “P-p-please accept my a-a-apologies. Y-y-you’re gonna be late.”

“What?” Huffer growled.

“Up! GET UP!” Optimus howled.

Huffer’s optics flickered brightly. Disoriented, he asked again, “WHAT?!”

Gears rapped his knuckles on Huffer’s forehead. “I've been trying to wake you up for astroseconds. Prime’s here! He’s gonna inspect our ore levels! Get out of your CR chamber!” he warned.

“Oh slag,” Huffer grumbled. He wanted to return to the dream but his survival depended on his ability to focus on reality. Since arriving on planet LV-426 the Magnus had pushed every Autobot aboard Ark-84 to gather radio isotopes of a fuel more potent than energon. They were given a quota they were expected to meet daily but the Magnus was not very strict. As long as they were close to 80% he gave them a passing rating.

Things were different, however, in the presence of a Prime. A bot risked being offlined if they were below quota. As a less respected minibot the danger was still greater. Still a little groggy from the CR chamber, Huffer flipped open his Isotope Collection Encoder to see the readings from the previous solar cycle.

72%

His optics widened. Jarred by the reading, panic coursed his circuits. He looked over at Gears who had his back to him as he put on his hazardous work gear. One optic on the minibot, he flipped open Gear’s Encoder.

87%

Very stealthily, he quickly switched the Encoders just as Gears turned around.

Gears grabbed the Encoder from his side of the CR chamber monitor stand and rushed to the door. “Better hurry, Huffer. Prime won’t wait!” Gears warned as he slipped out to the corridor. The door hissed shut behind him.

Huffer jumped out of the CR bed and gathered his gear. Snapping his equipment in place, the charcoal black Autobot with lighter gray and yellow arms, thighs and hood-canopy stuffed Gears’ Encoder in his chest mounted compartment and headed out. Transforming to his truck mode he accelerated down the hall and outside to where the other Autobots were posted. Changing back to robot mode he took his place in line.

Ultra Magnus announced, “Autobots prepare for inspection.”

Optimus then stepped forward and looked over the assembled troops. With only a Prime’s optics for detail he chided the Magnus, “Ultra, your crew is sloppy. If I weren’t so short on Magnuses, you’d be on the Rack.”

“Yes, sir,” Magnus dutifully replied.

The Prime went down the line, checking each bot’s Isotope Collection Encoder. Finally he reached Gears and he paused. He opticced the minibot from helmet to toe module and again at the Encoder before announcing, “Gears, your I.C.E. readings are below quota. What do you have to say for yourself?”

Shocked, Gears straightened his posture and looked directly ahead, “Sir, I thought my readings were above optimal, Optimus, sir.”

The Prime shook his head, “Gears, any Autobot worth his circuits would own up to his shortcomings. Don’t give me excuses you filthy slag.” He raised his right arm and back-handed the minibot, knocking him to the ground. He scowled at the orange and purple mech, “The Rack for you! May you never disappoint me again.”

The Rack was a humiliating and painful public torture device. Few survived it and the ones that did were irrevocably changed. Gears’ optics widened and he pleaded, “Please, Prime. Give me another solar cycle please.”

“Begging? Really Gears? Disgusting. You’re no better than a Decepticon.” The Prime looked to Magnus. After a moment of thought, he shook his head subtly and glared at the minibot. He gravely commanded, “Execute him.”

Magnus nodded and snapped his alloy fingers.

Huffer stood in line, a smirk creeping across his faceplate. He watched as two Voyager-class Autobots dragged Gears away. As the Prime approached to read his I.C.E. machine, all Huffer could hear was the panicked screaming of Gears as he faded into the distance. The terror of the small bot was silenced by two quick rifle blasts that echoed off the canyon walls. The only sound to be heard for the remainder of the inspection was the crunch of gravel beneath Prime’s feet.
Geared for Inspection by G. Donaldson

Optimus Prime conducts an inspection and demonstrates zero tolerance for failure in the Shattered Glass universe.

I had fun writing this one and threw in multiple sci-fi and silly TF references and a small Beast Wars one that is easy to overlook.

More Shattered Glass short stories here- [link]

March 2009.

Transformers copyright HasbroTakara.
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TerminusPrime-TF Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Nice story :)
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shatteredglasscomic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Loved the story. Just found it!! Ever considered to write comic-scripts? I would love to use them for Shattered Glass Comics. :-)
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CYBERBUTTERFLY Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
That would be the "Optimal Optimus" wouldn't it? (the Beast Wars nod)

So, tell me... Is this universe your creation, or was there a series actually written like this.
It seems to be a lot like the Mirror universe idea in Star Trek, so I'm curious.
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Novastorm73 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Optimal Optimus indeed! Thanks for the story fav.
Shattered Glass is not my creation, it is a mirror universe though. Look it up on the TF wiki and you will find more details. There was actually a Shattered Glass comic ilustrated by Don Figueroa you can find online and order.
[link]
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lebedevareg Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Nice story. )))
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Novastorm73 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Had alot of fun writing it. I want to write more SG tales.
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lebedevareg Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
By the way can I have you kind permission to translate it and post in russian TF community. Link back will be provided.
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Novastorm73 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I would be honored. Wow, this is so unexpected. I hope the Russian TF community enjoys it also. Thank you.
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lebedevareg Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Thank you!
Translation done.
Posted here
[link]

I must say this is exactly the kind of story I personally like.
It let you feel real danger, pressure. In that circumstences characters do what frightened people usually do - betray or run and hide. So we can distinctly see the heroism of other characters.
And it's short and contains some surprise. ))
There are few Shatteredverse fics in Russian (only one and 3 translated) but the interest toward this universe growth. I by myself really fall in love with it.
Sorry for my English.
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Novastorm73 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your english is better than my russian, so no worries. Thank you.
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