The first thing I notice when I wake up is I'm not in bed. My head is on someone's lap. And they're petting my hair. And then I hear helicopter blades. Ugh, I hate helicopters. And then, voices.
"What'd they get you for?" Wow, that chick has an awesome Australian accent.
"Uh, I bought a car. Turned out to be an alien robot." Then my headache comes back. Oh, yeah. Someone hit me.
"Sh." They're too loud. I look up at the person I'm laying on and see 'Kaela. "Hi." She smiles. Soon, we're transferred to a vehicle and realize my forehead doesn't hurt. Ir each up. Someone bandaged it. "Hm"
I get out as we come to a concrete structure. The Hoover Dam. We walk away from the vehicle we were in, and see scanner dude.
"Hey, kid." I growl at him. I'm pretty sure he's the one who knocked me out. "I think we got off to a bad start." Duh. "You're probably hungry. You want a latte? Hoho?"
"Where's Bee?" I ask.
"My car," Sammy clarifies.
Another man walks up, "kids, I need you to listen to me carefully. People can die here."
I get closer to him, still growling. "Yeah. You want me to kick start it?" Mikaela laughs and pulls me back.
The man keeps going like I didn't say anything. "We need to know everything you know. Now."
"Okay," Sammy agrees. "But first, I want my car, my parents. Maybe you oughta write that down. "And Mikaela's record has to be gone. Forever. And stop harassing Mary." And that's when I feel bad for lying to them about my name. These guys have had my back for years.
"Come with us, we'll talk about your car." They lead us inside, and we were below everyone on the dam. The dude is nagging on and on about NBEs. But I'm too busy looking at one of the army guys. He looks familiar. Len...Lenny...Lennox!
"Lennox?" I walk up to him, and he turns.
"Do I know you?"
"No, but I know your wife, Sara."
"I didn't think we'd met before."
"She told me about you. You're a hero!" He laughs awkwardly, as we walk inside.
"What you're about to see is classified."
There's a room filled with people, machinery, and a giant robot. An official looking man in front asks, "dear god, what is this?"
"We think when he flew over the North Pole, our gravitational field screwed up his telemetry."
"Oh, god, please, no. No science. It's the weekend," I groan. Lennox laughs.
"We call him NBES-One."
"I don't mean to correct you on everything you think you know, but that's Megatron. Leader of the Decepticons."
The scanner dude gets up in Sam's face and gets rude. That's when I notice his name tag. 'Simmons.'
"So why Earth?"
"Some sort of cubey thingy,"I answer. "The Decepticons, the bad guys, wanna use it to take over the universe."
"No, I'm totally kidding, stupid."
"You guys know where it is, don't you?"
We end up in a room, and on the back wall is a bunch of pictures of guys. And in the middle was a plaque, announcing, 'THE FIRST SEVEN' and on the other side of the room is a window, looking out on people and a giant cube. The guy who brought us in keeps talking, but I'm not listening. I'm too busy feeling tingly. Shocked. Like I just stuck a finger in a socket. I shake my head and listen to the conversation behind me.
"What kind, exactly?"
They lead us into, you guessed it! Another room. "Step inside, please, they need to lock us in."
Two of the guys walk to the wall by the door and talk about the claw marks in the wall. "anybody have a mechanical device?"
One of the guys I the back speaks up, "I got a cell phone."
He tosses it to Simmons and he puts it in a box in the center of the room. Everyone else puts goggles on. I don't. I'd have to take my glasses off.
"Nokias are real nasty. Gotta respect the Japanese. They know the way of the samurai..
"Nokia's from Finland."
"Yes but he's a little strange." I raise an eyebrow. A little?
"We're gonna take the Cube radiation and channel it to this box." He pushes a button and the phone jumps to life, transforming into a minibot. "Mean lil sucker, huh?"
"That thing is freaky!"
"Kinda like the itty bitty energizer bunny from hell, huh?"
It pulls out its guns and aims them at us. Then it looks at me. Not a glance, but actually looks at me. It puts it's guns away, and presses up against the glass. Simmons places his thumb over a trigger, and I yell, "STOP!!" They all look at me in shock.
"Mary! What the hell are you doing?!"
"It's scared, Sammy! It just woke up! It's only a baby. It doesn't know where it is, or what we are." I open the box and it jumps into my hand, curling up into my palm. "You'd be scared too..." I turn to the guy who used to call it his phone. "Hey. Mind if I keep your phone?"
"Naw. You keep it." I smile. Then the lights flicker and there's a groaning sound.
"Gentlemen, they know the Cube is here."