…Look, I get it, you hate humans. Especially after everything that’s happened. You’ve got every right to be angry. Pissed even.
I like you, okay Sides? I’ve always thought you guys were cool, and I’ve behind you and the others 100% percent. I wouldn’t have risked my goddamn life getting you energon and getting shot at by Lockdown or any of that crap I went through if I had even the slightest doubt.
I don’t regret any of it. Not even the tiniest bit.
So right now, I’m just trying to help. Like I always have. There’s no ulterior motive here.
There’s always an ulterior motive for humans.
They always want something. We’re the wall when the attacks come, but the second the attack is over and the dust settles, we’re the monsters that caused it. You know how many times I’ve almost died for this species? How many people I’ve seen die for this species?
Only to get told we’re monsters and we’re the reason everything is wrong? To get told we’re taking over the planet? Frag that. Lockdown showed up on his own time. The humans sold us out and tore us apart to make stupid inventions that ended up turning back on them anyway.
;Low hiss.; You’ve done us favors and helped us, but don’t act like you won’t opt out any chance you can get. There will always be something better out there for humans. We’re just machines to them, aren’t we?
So, you tell me. Why should I have sympathy for a race so cruel?
Now you’ve done it. Now you’ve gone and said the thing. ”Is that what you think of me? Is that what you really think?!” He’s not afraid to get right up into Sideswipe’s personal space. The only reason he doesn’t just leap right up into the mech’s face is the retaliation he might suffer as a result. ”You think I did what I did just for a favor?! So you’d owe me?! You think I looked Lockdown square in the eye and shit-talked him to give myself time to get the Energon you needed just so I’d jump ship on you the moment things got bad?!”
He doesn’t give the silver mech the chance to answer either. ”Do you think I’m happy at all by what happened? I’m a walking, talking representation of that mass of people you detest so much! I listened to Optimus explain what was going on and there was not a damn thing I could do! A country I believed in drowned out every word I could say in your defense. A governemnt I trusted gave rise to a greedy, selfish, bastard of a man who carried out his own personal vendetta and no-one did more to stop him! And I have to live with that! I’m possibly going to spend the rest of my life trying and failing to make up for that!”
His voice goes from angry, to an almost desperate tone. ”What about helping you, and Sunstreaker and all that time hiding from Cemetery Wind. I mean shit Sideswipe, what do I have to do, huh?! Do you need me to lose a limb? Do you need me to bleed half to death to prove I’m being genuine?!”
"If you want to think the rest of the human race is nasty and mean and not deserving of sympathy, that’s fine! But don’t tell me that everything I did for you and your brother was because I wanted to get some edge! Because I was looking for some net gain! I’m not like that asshat Attinger! I helped you because I wanted to! Because I could! Because it was the right thing to do!" And then he’s done, deflated.
"I just want to help."