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Quest for Television
A Request Story
By William Rendfeld


“Me Sludge bored.”

“Of course you Sludge bored! Him Snarl bored! Him Swoop bored! Me Slag bored! All us Dinobots bored! What good in saying so?!”

“...make things less boring.”

Me Grimlock barely keep quiet. Always like this when we not at work or fighting Decepticons; Sludge bored, Slag in bad mood, Snarl silent but not happy. Only thing missing...

“No fight, please!”

...is Swoop trying to make other Dinobots play nice. Worked at first...not so good anymore.

“Dinobots! Every day, when we not doing something else, we stuck in here, bored! High time that changed!”

Other Dinobots look at me expectantly. Sludge ask eagerly, “How that change?”

Me not entirely sure...but as much as me hate to admit it, me would rather ask for help than keep up boredom.

“Sludge, you and me go to Wheeljack. Him smart; he have ideas.”

Sludge look at me eager; him like Wheeljack and his gadgets. “Sludge like idea!”

Me nod and smile as much as teeth allow. “Rest of Dinobots stay here and keep calm; we come back soon.”


Me walk down halls in ship; Sludge follow, still eager. Other Autobots see us, stand and watch as we pass by.

“What’s all this about?”

“It none of you Brawn’s business,” me answer. Me give Sludge look that tell him stay quiet; he do so. Sludge not smartest Dinobot, but know to listen to me Grimlock.

Autobots watch as we reach Wheeljack’s lab; Wheeljack inside, talking with unfamiliar Autobot about blueprint things. New Autobot look like Optimus Prime; bigger though.

Wheeljack notice us. “What are you two doing here?”

“Dinobots bored in quarters,” me answer. “Need way to stop being bored.”

Large robot look at me Grimlock critically. “This isn’t the best time Grimlock, we...”
Wheeljack put hand up; big robot stop speaking. “It’s alright Magnus; Grimlock’s being civil about it. They need something for recreation, not just for when they’re on duty.”

Wheeljack right; me being very civil about it. Him also right about needing something to do when not smashing Decepticons.

“So Grimlock, what do you want?”

Me think for a moment; not quite get that far. What able to get rid of boredom?

“Sludge want something like that!”

Sludge head point at nearby wall. On wall, images flash on and off; small Earth creatures on it, one larger chasing one smaller around with weapon.

“How did that...nevermind. You want to get local television channels?”

Sludge turned away from screen slowly, facing Wheeljack. “Want to get...telewhat?”

Me heard about thing before. “It called ‘teevee’. Prime use to learn things going on with humans. Didn’t know had little cats chasing mice though.”

“That’s a cartoon, entertainment for kids,” Wheeljack say. “They’re talking about making one for us; wouldn’t be surprised if they got everything wrong though.”

“Then we chase little mice too?” Sludge’s optics widen in surprise as he watches mouse hurt cat. “Me not want get hurt by mice.”

“Dinobots no get hurt by mice! Dinobots make mice run away!” Me turn to teevee. “This what we need! Get rid of boredom! Anything happen, Grimlock can explain to others! Just hope there things other than cats and mice; if just this, it get really boring.”

Autobot called Magnus shake head, light smile on lips. Wheeljack laugh, strange bars on head flashing. “I think we can manage that.”


“Me like show with rabbit and duck; they funny.”

“Swoop like stuff on planes!”

“Slag want to watch wrestling!”

“Snarl just want you Dinobots be quiet and watch TV!” Snarl lowers voice slightly, says, “Snarl like this show.”

Me laugh and rest on tail, watching TV with other Dinobots. Wheeljack smart, listen to me and put in TV screen. Dinobots even help.

Well...Swoop and Grimlock help. Slag and Snarl wait on one side, and Sludge be all eager and fetch tools. Hurt tools a little, but Wheeljack not complain.

We not bored now; either find show we all like, or argue over show to watch. Fun either way. When we fight, or when need recharge or when Kup come, TV goes off. Watch other times, enjoy TV. Not as much fun as smashing Decepticons...but enough to keep us from being bored.

Me just wish had some way to watch single show over again...maybe Wheeljack know something about that...


The End
The requested story for :icondracostarcloud:. He wanted one about the Dinobots; I figured, why not do one from Grimlock's perspective as he battles a problem plaguing his unit? And what's the ultimate problem?

Boredom.

It's short and kinda silly; you're gonna have to forgive me for that. But it can be fit into the continuity of the original TV series easily enough, so I think that's forgiveable.
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:iconaricosaur:
Aricosaur Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
Me love story! Me fav. :+fav: Me happy Sludge am one that think of using TeeVee. :D
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Me glad you like story and Sludge role! Thank for fave!
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Me Shockwave am big fan of G1 dinobots, especially Grimlock.

Him Grimlock my favorite of all. :D

Me also like to say great job on story.
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:iconechowing:
EchoWing Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Me EchoWing say thank you for enjoying story. Me hope you find things in me gallery that you like as much.

Me also expecting someone to hit me over head for continuing this joke...*ducks*
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Me hope find more things in your gallery.
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BlueProwl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
:giggle: Love it!! It was very funny!! And very very cute!!!
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:iconechowing:
EchoWing Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you liked. This little Dinobots story appears to be very popular.
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BlueProwl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Well why wouldn't it be? The Dinobots are so cute!!!!!
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:iconseiberwing:
Seiberwing Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
Aw, that one was kinda cute.

The Dinobotized narration got a little confusing/annoying, but the story was nice and fluffy.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you found something of mine that you liked at least. Thanks for the review.
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NiaBlack Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007   Writer
You probably have a lot of TF fan-writers saying "Why me not think of that?"

Interesting story. Simple, yet effectively done.
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:iconechowing:
EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
This is nothing special; others have done stories relating to the Dinobots, at least one of which was much more insightful. This one, at least, has the virtue of being the only one I know of written from a Dinobot's perpective.

Glad you approve.
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Star-Lin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
:love: Me Star like story.

*smacks herself* Great, now you have me talking like the Dinobots. Really, this is a great story and I love Grimlock last line.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
There seems to be a rash of people talking like the Dinobots as of late. I wonder why...

Oh well. Glad you like the story, and thanks for the favorite.
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victortky Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Grimlock: ME LIKE THIS STORY!!

I love it! So funny!
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:iconechowing:
EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Me think me speaking to choir...so many like story!

Thanks for praise and fave!
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victortky Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
welcome! I love those funny stories.

Dinobots can get bored easily!

oh, and the Destructors' story is uploaded!
It is in my gallery!
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dracostarcloud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
Forgive you? When this story is so great?

You did an excellent job.
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:iconechowing:
EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the praise and the fave; glad you like it.
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arconius Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007   General Artist
:lmao: :D
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:iconechowing:
EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you like it. Thanks for the fave!
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Schmedderling Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
Me Schmedderling say story good, me Schmedderling like it. XD Think Echowing do good job speaking like Grimlock.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Me Echowing glad so many like story. Me clearly watch Dinobots too much in cartoon though.
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Schmedderling Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
XD Clearly. Me Schmedderling don't think bad thing though.
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Storm-Blue Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Me like teeeeaa...me like story too ^^
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:iconechowing:
EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Me glad you like story. Me also glad for fave.
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Storm-Blue Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Me Storm say Echo welcome.
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