[Well guess who stayed up for a couple nights again. He doesn't mean to do this, of course, but he's become so dedicated to his paperwork that he almost does nothing else. Part of him knows that this is unhealthy, but hey, as long as it gets good results, right? Besides, things have been pretty busy around here and Cody wants to do his part.
Despite being exhausted, Cody manages a smile as he turns on his device. Tired or not, he has something else he wants to talk about.]
Hey guys, I've been thinking, wouldn't it be great if we had a go-kart race track or something? Or maybe even a skate park! You know, some place where people my size can go and have fun. I can even give skateboarding lessons for people who want to learn.
["People" as in "humans" of course. He's not sure about teaching Cybertronians how to skateboard.]
Speaking of go-karts, here, have a look at mine!
[Cody grins and tilts the camera, revealing a little police-car go-kart. Huh, it's painted almost exactly like a certain other police car.
No not Barricade.]
Pretty cool, huh?
I'm glad that everyone came back okay. I bet that was a tough mission, and I'm really glad that all of you are willing to protect us like that.
[He's so proud to be a part of the Police Force, even if he's only a secretary.]
I know this isn't really my place, but I have to ask: What do you guys think of how things are here? Would you change anything if you could? Besides going home that is, I think that's pretty much what everyone wants.
[Locked to Elita]
There's this big giant box with your name on it at my office. I had a look inside, and it's definitely something interesting. Want to come and check it out?
[Okay, Cody likes avoiding school as much as any kid his age, but even he thinks that missing it altogether is a very bad thing. What if he returns and is behind everyone else? Or maybe that's not how it works, what does he know. In any case, he realizes that something has to be done here.]
So it feels really weird to ask this sort of thing, but does anyone have a little time for tutoring? I've been out of school for a while now, and I'd hate to fall behind. I'm not asking for much, just Math and English. I heard there was supposed to be a school being arranged here, is that still happening?
[Now there's just one more thing...]
I have one more question before I go:
What do you think of surveillance cameras?
[There's a reason he's asking.]
On Earth... today would be Father's day.
[Cody wants to say more on that, but he can't find the words. It's been a while since he last saw his dad, to say he misses him is an understatement.]
I wish... I've never missed a Father's day before. I hope Kade, Graham, and Dani are making it special for him.
Hi! I just wanted to let everyone know that I have almost all of my camping supplies together! Once I get some volunteers to carry things, we should be good to go! As for where we're going, I managed to find a good place in Alpha Trion's quadrant, unless someone else has a different idea.
I think we should be set to go in about two or three days.
Also, does anyone know how to make hoverboards? I haven't been on one since I was back on earth, and I really miss mine.
[Locked to Police Force]
Uh, I'm sorry I didn't get a report done last month. I was busy, and it didn't seem like there was a lot of activity last month to warrant one anyway. I'll do better next time, I promise.
[The video feed flickers on to the sight of a young boy seemingly passed out as his desk. Don't worry guys, he's still alive. As proof of this, he raises his head and blearily stares down at the data pad he has in front of him. A hand reaches out and roughly brushes the coffee mug and drags it closer to him. He makes the mistake of drinking some before making a face and spitting it back into the mug. Yuck, cold stale coffee is nasty.
Cody doesn't look too good. Actually, he looks like a kid who has been up for three days straight with nothing to sustain him but coffee and granola bars. Why would he do this and what could possibly be so important that he'd do this to himself? Well, part of it is because Prowl is a very curt and demanding boss. The other part is because Cody actually wants to impress him a little. Four days of constant and dedicated paperwork would do it right?
Ugh, he feels terrible. But luckily for him he's almost done.]
Just a little more.
[He mutters to himself before tiredly getting back to work.
About twenty seconds later his head droops again and hits the desk with a thud. No, no naps yet. C'mon Cody, keep going...]
Uh, first off I want to apologize for... losing... my communicator. It was careless of me and I definitely won't be doing it again.
[He messed up big time there, and he knows it. Still... hopefully no harm done? Maybe?]
Okay, so I was thinking. How many of you have ever been on a camping trip? I'd really like to do one of those sometime and I think it'll be a lot of fun! For those who don't know, a camping trip is when you just go out in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the outdoors. We can make a fire... somehow, and tell stories. Maybe do a little rock climbing.
Anyone interested? I think this'll be a great chance to get to know each other.
I know I'm not the only kid here... so, uh...
Does... anyone else miss their parents and brothers and sisters? I'm the youngest in my family, so my older brothers like to sit on me sometimes, but I really wish they were here... or I was there. We used to play basketball together a lot too. I sort of miss dad's cooking too, it wasn't so bad.
[Homesickness? What's that?]
Also, does anyone know how to play baseball?
Hello! My name is Cody Burns, and I'm the new secretary for the Police Force. My first responsibility is to collect information on our medical professionals here. It'd be nice to know who you are, where you work, and what you specialize in. I'm hoping for a few... uh, organic? Doctors too, as well as Cybertronian or others.
We of the Police Force would appreciate your cooperation! Having this information will help us be a lot more organized, and hopefully help a lot more people.
I have a little bit of a form here that should work, and I'd appreciate it if you took the time to fill it out!
Location of Workspace:
I'd also like to mention that we'll be making this information public.
If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, please let me know! I'll do my best to help you.
[Cody has to sit down and think for a few moments. His first initial reaction to having everything explained to him is a strange mixture of excitement and dread. On the one hand, he's on Cybertron! He never in his life believed that he'd be able to see it. On the other, he's very, very far away from his friends and family. He'll manage of course, but he thinks that he'd be a lot happier of there were familiar faces around.
But now he gets the chance to talk to more Cybertronians! From different dimensions no less. Despite the deep pang of homesickness, he's eager to embrace this opportunity while he can. He picks up the communications device, takes a deep breath, and turns it on.]
Hello! My name's Cody Burns and I'm from, uh, Earth!
Does anyone know bots by the names of Heatwave, Chase, Boulder, or Blades?
Also I'm curious... is there a rescue force of some kind here? You know, for fire, police, medical, and other kinds of emergencies? Are there any places I can get food and water without having to go look through the junkpile?
How many other humans are there?
[Yes Cody has a lot of questions, but who wouldn't in this situation?]