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Title: Fix
'Verse: 2007/09/11/14 Transformers.
Characters: Bay'verse TFs and humans.
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Brains being a pervert.
Notes: I watched TF4. There are plotholes in it you could drive a Peterbilt through. And there were things I needed to fix. So I fixed.


They huddled together, a small group of people amongst the rubble. Joshua Joyce was on the phone, talking lowly and sternly to whoever was on the other line. His Asian counterpart was also on hers, hopefully acquiring friendly backup before the inevitable parade of local government officials came for them. Cade snorted quietly. Even with a language barrier in place, they'd probably still be easier to get along with than the assholes Attinger had sent after them.

Something creaked in the distance. Already there were clean up crews circling the damaged buildings, cordoning off hazardous areas, working under the shadow of Lockdown's ship. Lockdown's ship. Now there was a separate headache of its own. The thing was a prison, and from his brief sojourn within its creepy walls, it wasn't an empty one. How does one go about processing alien prisoners, some possibly undeserving of captivity, and some most definitely otherwise? Not to mention deal with all the robot troops and weird cyborg dog things still on board.

He leant back against a slab of something, too tired to care what, just that it was solid and didn't burn him, shock him or try to kill him. Well. It wasn't his problem any more. Cade looked at the motley collection of humans and bots, then asked the obvious question.

“So... what now?”

= = =

'What now' turned out to be a beat up looking red car barrelling towards them, skidding to a halt and spilling a young man out from its doors. The kid shouted something, but the words were lost in the sound of the car transforming into a robot (and as one the humans tensed up), one who made straight for Hound, grabbing hold of the large green Autobot's head (prompting a ridiculous protective impulse on Cade's part, one which stalled in confusion when Hound grabbed the red one back in a massive bear hug) and unleashing what sounded like a righteous fury into whatever Transformers had for ears (Optimus hadn't been too forthcoming on the naming of miscellaneous parts during their repair sessions).

When none of the Autobots keeping a wary optic on their surroundings reacted (except to maybe snicker quietly at Hound's predicament), the humans relaxed, turning to stare at the red Transformer's passenger, currently reaching up to touch a kneeling Bumblebee's face, talking to the bright yellow Autobot quietly.

“Dad.”

He turned to his daughter. “Yeah Tessa?”

“I think that's Sam Witwitcky.”

He followed her gaze back to the human and Transformer pair. One of Bumblebee's hands was wrapped carefully around the young man as he pressed close to the Autobot. “The kid the whole world shit itself looking for all those years ago?”

His kid nodded, and Cade exhaled slowly, looking at the two. It hadn't really crossed his mind at the time, preoccupied with bills and inventing and keeping his offspring safe, but there'd been a whole military thing that the Autobots were involved with. There were civilians who associated with the Autobots, worked with them (he'd wanted to be one of them so badly, but there was Tessa and he couldn't just uproot and go sign up). But when the call came out, demonising the Cybertronians and disbanding the military unit, no one protested.

Okay, soldiers could be ordered to shut up, but what happened to everyone else?

= = =

“Sammy boy!”

Joshua watched Brains fling himself at the newcomer, who promptly yelped and grabbed at the small robot, holding him away from his person as Bumblebee loomed in the background.

“Brains... Man, what'd they do to you?”

“Unspeakable things, Sammy. Where are the chickas? I need me some heavy duty comforting.”

Brains.”

“Alright alright. They made me talk. And fried me whenever I didn't. I don't like thinking about it, okay?”

Guilt flared at the back of Joshua's mind, and he cleared his throat quietly.

“I take full responsibility for what happened at KSI. Whatever the Transformers need, money, shelter, repairs, materials, our entire stock of Transformium, it's theirs.”

Sam nodded as Brains wriggled free and clambered to sit on his shoulder, clinging to his head. Jerking a thumb at the small mech, he replied. “We'll need repairs for these guys, at least. The rest can wait until I make a call. 'Bee, I know you guys went silent for a long while, but can you get hold of Ratch-”

Joshua cringed as a mournful wail poured from the Autobot's speakers and Cade shook his head, taking pity on him and breaking the news quietly.

“Ratchet's gone. I saw the footage of Lockdown tearing out his power source... I mean Spark. I'm sorry.”

“KSI have his remains. I will arrange to have them returned to the Autobots.” Joshua whispered, not wanting to meet Sam's eyes. “Some of his frame...” He swallowed hard. “We had begun the process of recycling the material.” Easier to use distant, technical words, than to consider what they'd done to the bodies of living, thinking beings.

Brains huffed, the sound incongruous to the melancholy mood. As Bumblebee glared and Sam stared in askance at him, the little mech shrugged.

“Oh, Ratchet's dead, but he ain't all the way dead, you dig? One of the advantages of not being an organic. I mean, lop off your heads and boom, all gone. But Ratchet's spark was still lit when you brought it in. Medics always were a stubborn type. ”

“That sphere Attinger gave me.” Joshua breathed, stalking forward, focused on the small bot as Sam leant back warily. “He said there was data in that thing we could use... And we backed up what we found in Ratchet's processors...”

Brains folded his arms smugly. “Good job I got you to hook it up to the power when I did, didn't I? And I will be collecting on that favour, mister. Just you wait.”

Joshua's mouth worked soundlessly for a moment, then Cade's hand landed on his shoulder, squeezing firmly as he finally met Sam's gaze.

“I know I have a lot to make up for.”

The young man smiled, brief and faint.

“Well... I may know someone who knows a thing or two about redemption.”

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Date: 2014-07-05 03:50 pm (UTC)
eerian_sadow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eerian_sadow
Aw, lookit all those concepts I'm going to play with, too! :D

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
For all its issues, TF4 has left so many things hanging that fixing the things I didn't like became quite straightforward ^_^;;

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:48 pm (UTC)
eerian_sadow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eerian_sadow
I feel the same way. Lots of things that we'll be able to make right.

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Date: 2014-07-05 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyanatar.livejournal.com
Beautiful fix-it. If the (ridiculously foreshadowed) 5th movie does something similar to what you just did, most importantly by fixing Ratchet, most of my problems with AoE will be solved. (::Shrugs:: Shocking, I know, but I went in with such appallingly low standards that I actually enjoyed myself for the most part. I'm still pretending that it and DotM don't exist in my headcanon.)

Thanks for writing!

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading :3

I hope they fix Ratchet too. And bring the other humans from the previous movie back (really I just want to see the soldier-folks and Simmons, and maybe the Witwickys)

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Date: 2014-07-06 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebirdsoaring.livejournal.com
*hugs* you are helping me cry a bit more right now!! This new movie just put me through the ringer!! I too hope Ratchet can be saved....because I lost my Ironhide already =(

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I believe he can be saved :3

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Date: 2014-07-06 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] femme4jack.livejournal.com
I haven't been able to bring myself to watch it, but really appreciate the fix-it to prepare me for when I do!

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
It's an alright movie... uh... the special effects are pretty?

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Date: 2014-07-06 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithworms.livejournal.com
HOoray Brains for making sure Ratchet's essentials got saved! And I was not quite ready to welcome Joshua to the fold in the theater, but here I'm feeling the remorse and realization of just what he'd done a lot more - last line is great!

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I'm hoping the future movies show them rebuilding and making amends, but this is Michael Bay...

Brains says he was named that for a reason :p You don't scrap a medic.

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Date: 2014-07-06 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tainry.livejournal.com
Hooray for fix-it-fic!!! Good question re the ship and the remaining prisoners. :D

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^;; I couldn't stop wondering what they'd do with it. It's a very big ship.

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Date: 2014-07-06 12:17 pm (UTC)
ext_190998: (TFAswoop)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
YES GOOD. Moar please =D

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
No poking bunnies? :p

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Date: 2014-07-14 11:38 am (UTC)
ext_190998: (TFAswoop)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
Weeeeelll if you *want* me to poke them~

[ picks up microphone ] Ahem! So, Ante's bunnies, if I could have your attention, I have more questions! If you could be so kind as to tell me (1) what was Simmons the ridiculously paranoid up to during this movie? (2) where is Sideswipe, and does he have Sunny with him now? (3) and the most important question of all! Where is Prowl in this mess? =D

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Date: 2014-07-12 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmouse15.livejournal.com
YES! I love this fix-it!

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Date: 2014-07-13 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you :3 I just had to write fix-it fic for the movie. It annoyed me too much.

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Date: 2014-07-17 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rose0mary.livejournal.com
Thank you for writting a TAoE fix-it fic.
I needed it.

(Is it right if I think your story is better than the movie?)

It is nice to know there is still hope that my favorite character(s) can come back.

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