♞⋅⋅⋅||; Far away hung the stars, some so far that their light would never reach between Cybertron and Earth between the fusion burnt out. But, Optimus had seen so much in the distance, and felt time and space fold over and reveal only a glimpse of its mysterious.
But… some were best lost to the stars.
Cyan optics glanced over towards the former Decepticon, whose gilded features was warmed despite the hardship of the war as seen by either sign. Drift was a skillful warrior whose loyalty meant a turn of a tide in the most recent battles.
There were so few of them left,
and his people dwindled to a muted death rattle.
The sound rang out in the Prime’s audials.
Towards extinction they marched, with hedonistic hubris that waylaid the severity of each sparklight snuffed out. No matter the banner they heralded under, they were each a small candle light glimmering for Cybertron. Some were lost by Prime’s own weapon’s fire, by his blades, by his servos, with the stain of his righteous fury twisting their features. Decepticons twice his size feared him with reasons too numerous for humans to comprehend.
For each death by human hands…
Optimus had slaughtered ten thousand on his own;
Some to defy him, some in obedience,
&& some just—
— collateral damage
Were they ever welcomed to Earth?
Or the stars?
Would Cybertron, had it still crested the celestial canvas,
welcome its prodigal children,
whose patricide had been their own doing?
Nothing could have made the Autobot Commander’s facial plates crest, not even as the weight of his sorrow & grief crushed his spark. Instead he defied his own thoughts and showed a smile as warm as the sun on Drift’s mask. Loose curls of steam wafted from his open vents.
With a voice that could have swayed the masses, but words that could not stop a war, Optimus spoke too casually for the reality they lived in… all his own making.
❝It is good—❞
Earth had once been called their ‘new’ home,
it just the newest of gravesites filled with their race.
❝—to see you are safe.❞ They were homeless—adrift among the stars.