From Transformers: Lost and Found

2018-07-22 To: Prowl


I know I should probably do this in person, but with what I see you going through (albeit I do not know what) I think it best this happen in writing. Apologies for adding onto your plate of stressors, but this might be a good thing to you. It was something that seemed bound to happen eventually, but I did not think myself to ever go through with this. Here I am though.

Briefly, I am resigning, effective immediately.

As for the comprehensive explanation, I suggest you keep a coffee with you.

Fifteen senators, two nobles, a Decepticon Commander, an Autobot Captain, a Disc Jockey, a Decepticon Monoformer with a thumb in hand, and briefly a piebald minibot-turned-cassette is everyone I have worked under aside from you. Out of the twenty-three, you were the only one I ever worked to please the most. When you first hired me, I thought you needed me to be an object, like those before you had done. I did as instructed, to be useful to you as per usual with those before. Then you told me something I had not heard in 2.8 million years:

Good Job.

That changed me. I never worked harder to appease anyone, because for once, I did something worth praise. From then on I spent hours, days, weeks, research and perfecting whatever assignment given. Perish the thought of ever returning to you without any results. Even then, I still climbed higher by practicing combat and using what skills I had to infiltrate, should the request be given. I learned to hack far better than when you originally took me in. All for every nod and every ‘thank you’ which meant more to me than you realize. For once, I meant something to someone.

I never wanted to let you down.

I know I did when I disappeared on the mission to bring in Tormentor of Tyrest. While you know of the brief report on the situation, I dearly wish you to know that I did try to return him to you. Admittedly, I was more capable to handle the situation than as a hacker that you thought me of. I truly wanted to make you proud of me for succeeding in the mission. However, Tormentor was an interrogator and in time he knew I worked for you and saw my desperation for another ‘Good job’ from you. I am embarrassed to say, he saw that I was obsessed for you.

After ages of zero acknowledgments to my work or my existence, any little bit of praise given I would latch onto desperately. Then drive through whatever obstacle lay in my way, by any means necessary, for a ‘thank you.’

Two words.

[[Tormentor pointed out many things in myself I refused to acknowledge. He was excellent at seeing others and through them. If the mission had been completed, you would have found yourself with an incredibly capable mech beyond his abilities. You might have even liked him.]]

He made me realize that I needed you far more than you needed me. I brushed it off, but when I got closer to him, I agreed. When he passed away, I tried reminding myself of those words, that you might not need me as much as I did you. That maybe by then you had forgotten me and my mission, therefore I would not have to report to you. I would not have to admit I failed.

We both know that did eventually happen.

However, you still required of me and I threw aside my Conjunx Endura’s words. Over the course of the three hundred and fifty-nine days, I have come to terms that it is true. It is not that you did not need me, it is that I wanted you to need me more. In the recent reading of the Lost Light Insider, I stood by you over someone else. I do not regret the choice, but rather reflect on it to realize I did desire you. It was all in the hopes for a task, a thank you, anything to acknowledge the fact that I was not an object.

I think it time such needs be laid to rest, for you and me.

Over the nearly full year you have been on board the Lost Light, you have changed drastically for the better, for you. I think it my turn to say I am proud of who you are and what you have become. It was an honor working under you, and it still is wonderful to have you on board the Lost Light. I hope to see you around as a crew member, and perhaps one day, as a friend.

It has been a pleasure,

Fmr. Lt. Ten of Iacon

2018-03-27 To: Penchant


Greetings. My apologies if this sounds so formal

Please get better soon.

Why were you out in the field? Did Soundwave take you? Should I write a complaint?

Do you need a hug? Is that too forward to ask?

I sent a quilt. You could make a tent out of it in case you need privacy. Especially considering how the Recovery Ward has none. You could use it to wipe up messes.

Penchant, I hope this message finds you well. Your current state only just came to me. While I have not come to see you in person fear of mechs and the thought of running into Soundwave are the major reasons why I still wish to let you know I am worried about your wellbeing. You have many who care and support you. I may not speak for them but I know we all wish you a swift recovery.

Hope to see you soon,

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

2018-03-20 To: Hound


While using an embellishing font looks to be an encrypted or hijacked message, I think next time you should obtain a program which allows you to create gibberish. Humorous ploy, I must admit. Clever too as those glyphs are never used as our own characters for words. Prowl may not have deemed it laughable but I know he at least appreciated your message once he could read it.

Perhaps in the future, should one ever need to mess with the enemy's hardware we could use that. In any case, I thought you might be interested to know that it was an amusing choice.

I only ran the decryption so any further mischievious endevours as such would read normally. There is no habit of me reading any messages anymore. Sincerely.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

2018-03-13 Prowl


I am sending the names of those enlisted thus far to show progress.

Be it far from me to normally question your choices, but while I too intend to enlist, I have personal concerns in doing so. If you believe this is the sure way to save Luna 1, I will go. My only request is that I have the Autobot brand once more for this fight. For my own reasons.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

2018-02-04 Support; Intel

To: Support, Intelligence

Subject: Not As Threatening

For the past thirty-nine days, we have learned a bit about the condition Pipes and I have. Prowl had informed me that those in the scientific field have an idea on how to help us. While I look forward to learning what that may be, for me personally, I request not to be touched for any further scientific endeavors. I find that my immunity to death will be a great deal more helpful than taking that away. Please respect my wish.

Now, I understand that because of our Unicronian 'sparks' that we are not trusted. We show signs of wanting to return to him one way or another. However, a few days ago with Penchant, it was discovered that upon touching an artifact that my mind becomes free from Unicron's clutches. This test has been conducted similarly with other artifacts. Even as I write now, I wear mine. Unfortunately, the pain of touching or holding these is agonizing. Therefore, the lucidity is temporary, depending on how long one can withstand the pain.

I think because I am around my artifact all the time, despite not wearing it, this may prevent me from losing full control of my willpower. It is something to still be tested. This is all that I know about myself thus far. If I can keep you updated with further knowledge, I will. The respected wishes of Fortress Maximus that I am monitored on a weekly bases should and shall remain in place, regardless of these finds. In the meantime, I would compare the differences between Pipes and me to see if what I write is true.

Now, I would like to ditch this artifact that is burning a hole in my frame.

Thank you,

Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

2017-12-23 Last Will

“This is Lieutenant Lieutenant of Iacon’s Last Will and Testament, revision number twenty-five.” The avian leans forward, rubbing his optics with exhaustion, “Primes, this has been too many. This, this is my last one though. Hopefully. Unless I some how forgot something, which would be a pleasant surprise.”

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2017-11-15 To: Starstruck


I apologize if this is last minute, but per Prowl's request that I have support during solo missions. This one will not be including any kidnappings, I assure you. All you need to know is that it will only be a couple hours off Tempo through the space bridge. If you are unable to assist, do not guilt; I will find someone else. You were merely the first choice.

I leave for the space bridge in twenty.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant

P.S. Whether or not you come, you will not speak of this message or mission. It is extremely personal.

2017-11-01 Re: To Lieutenant

2017-10-31 To: Prowl


I sincerely apologize if my sudden disappearance and radio silence was an inconvenience to you. While I have returned to Rigard, I will not be visiting you on the Lost Light. I have an apartment to settle into and for that, would request further time off before taking on another mission. If you have a need to see me about further intel I gained on my travels on Photonics Crystals and Quintessons, please come see me at my new address attached to this message.

If not, I shall message you went soonest I can formally report.

Do try to keep in good spirits, Sir.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

2017-10-18 To: Rodimus

Captain Rodimus of the Lost Light,

I, Lt. Ten of Iacon, am resigning my position as a Communications Officer, Librarian, and resident of the Lost Light, effective immediately.

For the past two years, eight months, and seven days, being a member of the Lost Light was a privilege and a pleasure. In this tenure, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served under you alongside the rest of the crew. I apologize that my resignation was not under better circumstances, however, I do hope to be the last to commit treason aboard the Lost Light.

Thank you for the time on the Lost Light and for being a benevolent Captain.

Sincerely, Lt. Ten of Iacon

2017-10-16 Penchant

Seems it was only a matter of time but the door is more than broken this time. It's completely come off. In place of it, Lieutenant whipped up a thick purple curtain with gold fringe along the bottom that touches the floor for some form of privacy. Inside is not particularly damaged.

One side of the habsuite may appear totally unclaimed because it is. Any trace of Lieutenant is gone, with only a new addition on Penchant's side of the hab. A Rodimus Star with a note: To an exceptional roommate, for being hardworking, diligent, and a good friend.

2017-10-13 To Sunstreaker


While I am unsure of the situation that you are undergoing that prevents you from returning to the library, I wish to assist. You have lent assistance to repair the library in the past, something that has not been overlooked. If you send Rewind, Thesis, and myself a list of materials you wish to read, we could deliver them to your hab as per your usual schedule.

Whatever ails you, I hope comes to be better with time.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

2017-10-12 Re: To Lieutenant


Sir, while I appreciate you protecting me, I am not blameless. I cannot say I was doing what I was ordered to do. I made a choice to follow. Sir, I am not Autobot anymore. I am a Cybertronian on a journeying vessel that happens to try to protect the universe from a fairytale-turned-reality. I am just as responsible in this matter as you are. If the Captain sees fit to punish me, I deserve it.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

P.S. to Soundwave

2017-10-12 Library Update

The library is now and STRICTLY for library and maintenance personnel only for the next week. You need something inside, you will have to wait.

Inside the library looks like Vortex tore through it with a tornado. Shelves have been knocked over, datapads scattered, and chairs flung about. It shouldn't take long to clean, but it wouldn't have to be if someone hadn't snapped.

There is a sign beside the LIBRARY and MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL ONLY saying

Apologies for the destruction. It will not occur again.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant

2017-09-26 To: Penchant

[Some packaged pot of tea with two cups and saucers along with it. A note on the outside is addressed to Penchant with no signature. Maybe because the sender wishes to remain anonymous. That or they didn't want to bother/shame the cassette for associating with him.]

For Penchant.

To Better Days.

2017-09-15 To: Quicksight


I apologize for doubting that Prowl had any involvement on chipping Decepticons.

You were right.

I understand it will not change your outlook, and whatever friendship we had cannot be repaired by the simple admittance of not knowing. If I could repair this, I would because I do not wish you to be upset for the past.

I am sorry for seemingly betraying you. Hopefully, in the future, we can talk about this to meet an understanding. If not, that is also understandable.

Hope you have been recovering well from your last mission and congratulations on your artifact!

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

2017-09-14 To: Prowl


Last night's meeting notes by Whirlwind (better known as Fritz) have been attached to this message. Highlighted points and the like are laid out with further detail provided.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

Post Script: It may not be my place, but if you wish to talk, sir, I am only a comm away.

2017-08-16 To: Soundwave, Penchant

To: Soundwave

For reasons we will gloss over, I cannot pay a visit. However, I did wish to send my condolences to you for what you went through and thank you for keeping the others safe. I know you would not let them hurt Ravage, Overkill, and Penchant if you could avoid it. We are glad you are back safe. Rest well.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant [And besides it is a tiny hand print, Memory's signature]

To: Penchant

While I cannot visit you in person, I wanted to send a message just to ask if you were recovering well. I wish I could say writing this is easy, that I was not continuously worried while you were away, but we know what came about my lying last time. You just rest up, let the medics take care of you. I am sending some of your puzzles to keep you occupied when you are awake. It does get kind of boring in there.

In any case, the habsuite will be clean for when you are able to come back to it.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant [And besides it is a tiny hand print, Memory's signature]

2017-07-31 Gift Basket to Soundwave

The day after the funeral, a basket is placed in Soundwave's Office on his desk. It's a sizable basket with a black, translucent veil over it and a purple ribbon lace around the edge to seal it. Inside are ener-froyo cups and, should Soundwave share, some small boxed assortment of sweets for each of the cassettes.

A note is tagged on there, My condolences for the losses. -Prowl of Petrex

It was totally sent by Prowl, not Lieutenant.

2017-07-25 Thank You

Dear Skystalker,

I know I could tell you this face to face, but when it comes to admitting something I prefer to write it out. These past three weeks have been an out of body experience for everyone. It has been difficult to grow accustomed to, however, it has been something I needed. While I still detest my frame and seeing it made me seethe inside, strangely I find myself wishing for it back. Being able to sense my surroundings, to remember important events, and seeing old memories come to life where they never fade away. I realize I have taken it for granted.

Although, do not expect me to stop getting myself into situations where I get shot at in the chest. Bullets seem very attracted to my spark.

In any case, I wanted to thank you. You have been generally taking care of it and appreciating it more than I did. While I may not smile or laugh anywhere near the extent that you do, I think I might enjoy being myself again. That is something I have not been in several years. So in all, thank you.

- Fmr. Lt. Lieutenant of Iacon

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