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Title: Baby Boom (or, Why you should always read the manual first) Chapter 6
'Verse: G1 Transformers
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: TF cussing

Someone sighed, and Starscream onlined his optics, sitting up to see his co-imprinter idly poking one of the hastily constructed ‘sparkling toys’ in their ‘playpen’ (the indignity of it all, and he couldn’t even fly out of it, Grapple and Hoist had made sure the walls were high enough. It was ridiculous looking, but effective), faceplates completely bored.

What?” Close, constant proximity had taken the edge off his antagonistic manner (and Wheeljack had been nothing but pleasant to him, which for some reason annoyed him more than he could comprehend). There was also the thought that he didn’t want to alienate one of the few sources of intelligent conversation he still had (his trinemates didn’t count).

I’m bored.

Well. Man the bunkers.

Headfins flashed in amusement. “You’re funny when you want to be.

I was perfectly serious. You have a reputation.

Even with the ‘Cons?

Even with the ‘Cons. Frag, half of us aren’t sure how it is that the Autobots aren’t wiped out by now, with all your explosions.

Oh dear.

Yeah. We think they’ve developed the ability to sense explosions before they happen, which is why they’re so fragging hard to hit in battle. Same thing with Ratchet and his throwing arm. Mech is scary, and before you tell anyone I said that, I know where you sleep.

That… would explain a lot, actually.

… Figures. So it really is a sort of training program?

… You’d have to ask Prowl that. I did wonder why High Command never made me stop tinkering for very long.” Wheeljack sighed again. “I miss my lab.

I’m glad you’re not in your lab. We’d be dead by now.

Ha. Ha. I’ll have you know that I don’t blow up everything I touch.

No, some things you melt, disintegrate or otherwise obliterate without the use of explosives.

Like you’ve never had an accident in the lab.

Feh. I’m a lot more careful than you, fumble servos.

I notice you didn’t disagree.

At the glare directed at him, the little engineer clicked in sparkling laughter. “Skyfire might have mentioned an explosion or two.

It was only a little one! That fragger is never going to let me live it down!

Starscream crossed his arms and turned away in indignation, prompting more laughter from Wheeljack, before the baby Lancia continued, thoughtfully. “He talks about you, you know. Never mentioned your name, but always, my partner this and this partner of mine that… The two of you were making such incredible discoveries and everything… Do you miss it?

The seekerling was quiet, and Wheeljack thought he might not answer, when Starscream muttered lowly. “A little.

And then, more assertively. “Because if I were able to do research, we’d be back to normal already! As it is, I’m going out of my CPU with boredom with just Red Alert, you and the other sparklings for conversation, and half of it barely intelligent at that!

The engineer sparkling hid his snickers. “Of course, Starscream.

= = =

Ratchet glanced over at where his sparklings (no, they were not his sparklings, it was just easier to refer to them that way) were tucked away, out of the controlled chaos that was his med bay when filled with idiots who really ought to know better.

The past weeks had been an optic opener, to say the least. He’d never thought Wheeljack, of all mechs, would be such a fussy sparkling (Ironhide had said that maybe it was because the tiny Lancia recognised Ratchet as the mech who made his ‘booboos’ go away, and received a wrench to the helm for his trouble).

Still, Wheeljack’s seeming separation anxiety had pretty much forced him to relinquish some control over his med bay to his apprentices, and tossing them into the not so deep end seemed to have helped their confidence levels. First Aid and Swoop were learning by leaps and bounds now, and the rest of the Ark crew were getting used to being worked on by someone other than Ratchet.

And as for himself… Well, he couldn’t say that the extra time off wasn’t appreciated (for one thing, his aim improved when he wasn’t boss eyed from running three shifts in a row without recharging). And, he realised, leaving ‘Aid and Swoop to their own devices had triggered the realisation that maybe they could handle the Ark and its myriad of processor boggling inanities without him there to keep the crew in line.

First Aid was developing an impressive vocabulary, all the more effective when one realised ’Aid was the one swearing at you. And both were working on the ‘Obey. Me. Now.’ glare that he found so handy (he and Prowl had agreed to let the crew argue over who had taught who the look, though Prowl’s new version was admittedly a lot more effective, if impractical for a grown mech).

He was still the only one who was allowed to throw things though. The rest of the mechs had said that they couldn’t take having three Ratchets around, and with the now adequate rest he was getting, the CMO was feeling more charitable.

The quiet clicks and chirrs of the pair were almost calming. He refused to consider why he could keep track of the faint sounds when all about him was the noise of repairs and welding and complaining and bitching back at.

“‘Aid, you are too young to be using that word! Try again in another hundred vorns. Swoop, keep an optic on Air Raid, the idiot’s about to make a break for it.”

Twin choruses of “Yes Ratchet!” and one “Slag!” replied him, and he grinned, hiding the expression by turning so that the sparklings were the only ones to see him.

Well, it wasn’t perfect, his trainees, no matter how well they were doing at the moment, still had a long way to go, and getting the sparklings back to normal was a very pressing concern, but life right now was still pretty good.

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Date: 2009-01-23 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adannu.livejournal.com
Yay more sparklingfic! (Also, the idea that 'Jack is a one mech training program for the Autobots is hilarious, with the added bonus that it's Starscream who told him that. :D )

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Date: 2009-01-23 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Wheeljack: *tinker tinker*

Rest of Ark crew: *a-splodey senses tingling* *mass evac*

Wheeljack: Oops.

Ark: *A-splode*

Rest of Ark crew: Whew.

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Date: 2009-05-15 09:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] youko-rayah.livejournal.com
and now I can see Ravage going to the Arc to spy... and being very confuseled by the Mas-Evac... and caaaaarefully creeping in... and BOOM!!!

this followed by Ravage informing Soundwave a few days later (after many much needed repairs) that "No I'm slagging NOT going back there. Send Lazerbeak! Let HIM get blown up."

and now I need a Wheeljack "Boom!" Icon...

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Date: 2009-01-23 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gogglehead84.livejournal.com
Awww, Sparklings are so cute, even if they are pretending to be sparklings.

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Date: 2009-01-23 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
That they are ^_^

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Date: 2009-01-23 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdnytryder.livejournal.com
Just read the whole fic, this is great.
I like the fact that there are adult minds in sparkling bodies. Makes for a lot of fun situations.
Can't wait to see if the secret gets out.

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Date: 2009-01-23 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks :3

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Date: 2009-01-23 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiamat1972.livejournal.com
Ratchet's attached to them. Won't admit it but he is. That's as sweet as Wheeljack and Starscream's conversation. Which was hilarious. :D Wheeljack and Ratchet having a reputation even amongst the Decepticons. Totally win!

I can't wait for the Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Skywarp chapter. And the Skyfire, Thundercracker chapter.

*sits on edge of seat waiting*

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Date: 2009-01-23 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^ Working on more, soon.

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Date: 2009-01-23 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiamat1972.livejournal.com
Had an evil thought while taking my kids to school. We all want to see Starscream go ballistic on some poor unsuspecting Autobot that uses baby talk at him. :D I can see Ratchet recruiting some of the 'bots that are recovering in Medbay for "cuddle duty" with the sparklings. Gives the sparklings some affection and attention while keeping said 'bot seated and out of the medics' circuits. Ratchet is nearby, so no/little separation anxiety.

Now who would be the (un)lucky (victim)Autobot?

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Date: 2009-01-23 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiamat1972.livejournal.com
*evil cackle*

I can't wait!

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Date: 2009-01-24 10:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winged-sundisk.livejournal.com
Hmmm.... just thinking... would Perceptor even be able to use baby talk? After all, his trademark is the use of long scientific terminology. It would be fun, seeing him try to use baby talk, only to fail and reverting to his normal mode of speech.... which would make him one of Starscreams favourite 'sitter, cause he's always talking science.

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Date: 2009-01-24 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^ Poor Perceptor, and I'm normally more sympathetic of his situation as bunny farm chew toy too.

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Date: 2009-01-23 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekohitori.livejournal.com
Aww... Indignant Starscream is so adorable! And yay! Ratchet discovered the bright side to being an imprintee, especially when it comes to his interns. And it'll be better for Aid and Swoop in the long run for when the movie happens and Ratch kicks the bucket ohnoes!.

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Date: 2009-01-23 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Shh! A lotta folks think that never happened! *shifty glance*

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Date: 2009-01-23 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cave-cat.livejournal.com

I do hope Starscream and Wheeljack keep up the 'brotherly' scientific banter even as adults. ^^

Lovely chapter. Its good to see things from the sparklings pov. :D

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Date: 2009-01-23 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
The way this is going, I'm just hoping I won't have to reign in the one-up mech-ship when they get back to normal.

Starscream: *Pulls out project*

'Jack: *Pulls out another project*

SS: *glare*

WJ: *smirk*

SS&WJ: *my project is shinier fight*

... *shudder*

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Date: 2009-01-23 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyme.livejournal.com
I love this fic. I'm just imagining sparkling!Prowl getting all huffy and trying to chase the twins. He transforms into a teeny tiny datsun and turns on his sirens. He'd be the size of one of those kiddie cars. XD

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Date: 2009-01-24 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Just about. Adorable Bitty!Datsun is adorable. Adorable Bitty!Porsche would like to contest.

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Date: 2009-01-23 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misao-cg.livejournal.com
Jejeje, Mini-Starscream and Mini-'Jack look adorable in that playpen! ::toss a few toys inside:: And please, tell Ratchet that he looks handsome as a caretaker ñ.ñ. This chapter definetely made me smile. ::pats Starscream on the helm and stroke 'Jack's earfins:: SO CUTE!!

Can't wait for the next chapter. I'll be looking forward to that!

::glomps ante-luce:: YOU ROCK.



PS: o.o What happened to Optimus and his "Elita notices mini-Prowl in his lap" situation? o.o

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Date: 2009-01-24 06:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Optimus and Elita's chapter is going to be a while, after I get the other sparklings out of the way ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-01-23 07:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] darkdanc3r.livejournal.com
heee... this is adorable. the little guys make the cutest sparklings, and Starscream is almost cute, much though it pains me to admit it.

And yay Ratchet!

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Date: 2009-01-24 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^ Ratchet appreciates the yay.

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Date: 2009-01-23 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catraven.livejournal.com
Bitty seeker and bitty inventer banter = WIN! And Ratchet actually appreciating that his interns are doing well ...

You write so well. Thank you!

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Date: 2009-01-24 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading :3

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Date: 2009-01-23 10:07 pm (UTC)
eerian_sadow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eerian_sadow
aw, cuteness abounds! i still love this 'verse.

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Date: 2009-01-24 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^ I think any sparkling 'verse is tailor made for the cute. Glad you like this.

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Date: 2009-01-24 03:15 pm (UTC)
eerian_sadow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eerian_sadow
i think you're right. sparkling 'verses are made for the cute. and i can't wait to see more. the cute makes me smile.

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Date: 2009-01-24 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
It does for me too :3

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Date: 2009-01-24 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drharper.livejournal.com
Awww! This is SO perfect. When they get back to normal, Starscream and Wheeljack are going to become life-long lab-buddies.

Snarky, back-biting lab-buddes, granted, but there's gonna be interesting (and likely hair-raising) things coming out of the Ark's labs. ;)

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Date: 2009-01-24 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Red Alert's twitching already. >:3

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Date: 2009-01-24 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithworms.livejournal.com
Swearing!Aid hee hee, and Ratchet needs him some babies, yes he does - 'bout time he got some naps and snuggle time :P

And Wheeljack explosions WOULD be good training to stay alert and on your toes - I never looked at it that way before *is enlightened*

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Date: 2009-01-24 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Prowl probably has a set of tactical programs dedicated to predicting the next explosion.

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Date: 2009-01-24 05:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
Yay! Another chapter! I love how Ratchet is even deadlier when he's calm XD And Wheeljack and Starscream are just lovely together...you can just see them settling into a lab together when they're "grown up" again and building some sort of massive Doomsday Weapon (with snark and explosions) "for SCIENCE". Or competing Doomsday Weapons XD (how did they put it in "Girl Genius"? something about taking 2 hours to totally warp the laws of physics).

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Date: 2009-01-24 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Only 2 hours? With the kind of withdrawal they're going through, I thought it'd be faster...



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