Brainstorm nodded along with Eject’s comments even though the smaller ‘bot couldn’t see the motion. Everything was going well so far, but he had a few more leading questions to ask, and they’d probably be more transparent in their double meanings.
Venting deeply, the scientist responded. “Okay, so every team member is vital to the game. Right. And I’m guessing the coach doesn’t actually play the game, but instructs and guides his team on what to do and not do? He also monitors the game and the players, right?”
“Eject…” Brainstorm added somewhat hesitantly, “What do you like most about team sports like this?”
Eject is not terribly adept at picking up hidden meanings in speech at the best of times, and especially not now, when he’s rambling about his favorite subject. “The teamwork! It’s somethin’ real special when a bunch of individual humans can pull together, and they sort of turn into this… this machine on the field!” He is unabashedly gushing now, all youthful enthusiasm.
“When a team really comes together, you can see it. You can feel it. The crowd can, too. It all just kinda runs together into one huge… into one huge roarin’ thing. Primus, it ain’t like nothin’ we got on Cybertron. I was real confused at first about sports, because I was wonderin’ why they did it, if it wasn’t a fight? I mean, I remember the first time someone told me that nobody died—it floored me.” Up until that point, Eject had simply been so used to his personal circumstances that he couldn’t imagine that there was anything but the horror of war. “But they do it because they love it.”
it is quite obvious to him that sports are more than just an entertaining diversion. They are, very simply, the first thing that gave him hope. “And when the teams are both tight and they’re strugglin’ against each other, and the crowd is watchin’, and there’s this connection between them all, and they’re all there just because they want to be there, because they have to be there for the game, and for the players, and it’s just… it’s just all that love caught up in one moment…” He shakes his head. “It’s powerful stuff, Ace.”