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"Endure"
By Mike Priest

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"Surrender?" Galvatron spat, as if the word itself was malignant.  "SURRENDER!"

"Lord Galvatron…we have no choice at this point," Flatline responded, trying his best to remain tactful.  "Half our forces left with either Scorponok or Razorclaw, and the other half are dying of starvation.  There is simply not enough energy left to sustain all of us!"

"Runamuck died yesterday," Runabout growled, making no effort to hide his malice.  "I was transferrin' as much of my own reserve as I could to keep him stable, but his frame just couldn't last any longer without pure Energon."

Galvatron narrowed his optics, taking in the group that stood before him.  Flatline, Runabout, Sinnertwin, and Sunstorm.  He suddenly laughed, his previously-volatile mood forgotten.  "Weakling."

Runabout visibly shook with rage as Galvatron stood off his throne, and walked towards them, flanked by Cyclonus and Scourge.  Both of Galvatron's lieutenants bore unreadable expressions and gave no notion of condemning or condoning the proceedings, save for the Targetmaster weapons clutched in their metal fingers.

"Even these cowards behind me," Galvatron dismissively nudged his head back toward Cyclonus and Scourge. "With their reliance on fleshlings for firepower, evidence more pride and bearing than you pathetic lot."

"Please, Galvatron, listen to reason…" Flatline begged as the Decepticon leader walked straight up to him.  Galvatron leaned in, as if to share a secret with the medic.

"Here is my answer," Galvatron spoke with a surprising calmness.  Flatline's optics widened as Galvatron's left hand suddenly speared forward and shot clean through his torso.  He looked down, then up into Galvatron's cold gaze, then felt nothing more as the Decepticon leader ripped the sparkcore out of his chest with frightening ease.

"N- !" Sinnertwin started as he jerked forward, only to be immediately halted by a shot from Galvatron's arm-mounted particle cannon that obliterated his head.

Galvatron let Flatline's limp body pitch backwards and it hit the ground at the same time as Sinnertwin's headless one.  Sunstorm skipped a few paces away and raised his rifles, but Runabout threw himself into Galvatron, trying to get his hands around a throat.  Galvatron beat him to it.

"You killed Runamuck!  You let him DIE!" Runabout screamed, dangling from Galvatron's grip.

"I did," Galvatron agreed.  "Join him."

Galvatron aligned his particle cannon with Runabout's chest and fired.  The Battlecharger's midsection vanished and the rest of his body was flung away, limbs shooting off like errant, misshapen missiles.  Galvatron turned as gunfire impacted lightly on his frame.

"You must die here.  This is the will of Primus, this is the will of-" Sunstorm babbled, his rifles overheating as he fired continuously into the now-advancing Galvatron.  His next utterance was cut short as Galvatron clamped a hand over his mouth and dug the other hand into the Seeker's cranium.

"The foolish die.  The weak die.  And above all else…traitors die!" Galvatron twisted, and Sunstorm's skull splintered and exploded like a grenade.

Galvatron shoved Sunstorm's remains to the ground and looked to the ceiling for a moment, the oil-lust leaving him.

"Lord Galvatron, was that necessary?"  Cyclonus asked.

Without turning to him, Galvatron sneered.  "Of course it was, you fool."

"They weren't wrong, you know.  Soon there will not even be enough Energon to refuel ourselves." Scourge added.

"Do not validate these traitors, Scourge," Galvatron hissed.  "This is but a trial all Decepticons must endure to further our greatness.  And we will endure it.  I will make them endure it."

"History will not be kind to you, my Lord," Cyclonus stated, with something that approached sadness in his voice.  

"History is MINE to mold, Cyclonus.  Don't be absurd."
Probably takes place far after "Rebirth".

Flatline is actually a movie character created by Chris Mowry for the Tales of the Fallen mini-series, but I just figured he had a G1 counterpart somewhere. I liked the idea of a Decepticon medic.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Galvatron is a true psychopath.
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Skull-16 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
This actually reminded me of the Pseudo-canon story "Alignment."
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MikePriest83 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I will take that as a compliment! :)
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Skull-16 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Do. It's a story by Furman that acts as a filler between the end of the G2 comics and the beginning of Beast Wars.
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ladyofwreck Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I shall never let your stories sit in my cue for so long again. These are great.

Cyclonus without a beat... "Was that necessary?"

ROFL!!
=D
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Novastorm73 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont think I've seen you kill off so many characters in one of your stories before. Crazy Galvatron is crazy.
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