Story With Sunstreaker
The sun blazed down, and the air was choked with the clamour of people.
Galleries of crowds thronged the circuit's pit road, engulfed in the heat,
and the race queens of each team turned to the cameras. Even amid all those
people, a noticeably huge crowd had formed around Junko Shirakami, the race
queen for Team Autobot. She was shapely and had a fresh smile. Currently the
centre of attention, Junko was getting a flood of offers from the
entertainment world. But in contrast to the clear sky, she was filled with
clouds of worry. "Oh, I don't think I got my make-up on quite right
today...and I'm sure I'm gonna get sunburned..." Junko was impatient to open
the parasol she held in her hand.
But she was not the only one whose heart was troubled. By Junko's side, the
yellow racing car known as Sunstreaker gave vent to complaints under his
fenders. "Why is everyone paying attention just to Junko? Why aren't they
including me in the frame? And...how come I'm not taking part in the race!?"
Only Junko was aware of the amazing secret that Sunstreaker had a will of
his own. However, he'd been registered as Team Cybertrons spare car, so he
couldn't participate in races, and the cameras were only rarely turned on
him in photo shoots. These were days of intolerable humiliation for
Sunstreaker, who had absolute confidence in his speed and polished body.
Soon, completely apart from him, the lunch-break pit walk ended and the
final race began. Shortly afterward, however, an enormous fireball and black
smoke ascended from one corner of the course. Several of the race cars had
collided from behind and rolled to create a huge accident.
"Junko, get in!"
As soon as Junko, still holding her parasol, had climbed into the cockpit,
Sunstreaker gunned his chassis into a jackrabbit start. As far as any
bystanders could see, Junko was driving, but that was camouflage for
Sunstreaker. At some point, she had simply come to bear that role. "Now THIS
is how you race!!" His tires screeched as he peeled out. Sunstreaker tore
along the circuit even faster than the safety car, racing onto the scene of
the accident. There, within the enshrouding smoke, he let out Junko and
Now in robot mode, Sunstreaker set about rescuing the drivers trapped in the
wrecked cars. As he did, though, Junko was shocked to see him step on her
"And that was my favourite, too!"
As the lamenting Junko watched over Sunstreaker's rescue activities, she
went over in her mind how she'd get him to make it up to her on the drive
he'd promised to take with her that weekend.
"This week, we are going to enjoy an absolutely normal drive!" And yet she
sighed, wondering how long she'd continue to be stuck in this lousy