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Title: Baby Boom (or, Why you should always read the manual first) Chapter 10
'Verse: G1 Transformers
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: TF cussing




Elita-1 listened intently to the Prime’s exposition, detailing just how the Ark had ended up with sparklings to care for. That three of those sparklings were previously Decepticons was even more unexpected, but she supposed it wasn’t a surprise that Optimus and the rest of the Autobots would take them in. As Optimus wrapped up his tale, the chevroned sparkling started to fuss in his arms. The Prime looked lost, unsure as to what to do, and the femme commander sighed, looking exasperatedly at him.

“Optimus, you’re pinching Prowl’s doorwings. He also looks tired; perhaps you should put him down for a nap. Jazz ought to join him, your Ops sparkling looks about ready to droop as well.”

“You’re right, ‘Lita, I’ll be right back.”

The Autobot leader settled Prowl on his desk, mindful that the little doors didn’t get trapped this time, and rose, arranging Jazz properly in his arms. Prowl immediately snapped to full wakefulness with a cry, and the Prime quickly had him picked up and cradled close, murmuring soothingly.

“Optimus?”

The large mech turned to the worried femme onscreen. “We’ve been trying to cope with Prowl and Jazz’s respective workloads. I got caught up in getting everything done, and Prowl’s had to bear the brunt of my distraction. I’m afraid I left him with Red Alert more often than I should.”

A guilty look at the now back in recharge baby Datsun, and Optimus softly continued. “These past few days have been hard on Prowl, and it’s all my fault.”

“Prime, you silly mech. If I could leave things here I’d head to Earth and shake some sense into your processors. Now go to your quarters, bring datapads to work on if you must, but let Prowl stay with you while he recharges. For the love of Primus, don’t be apart from him at any time until he’s settled again, I don’t care what you have to do.” Elita’s stern look was mitigated by the softer one that followed. “And you should get some rest too, Optimus.”

“Yes ma’am.” Suitably chastened, the red and blue mech nodded, and Elita smiled and ended the transmission. Looking at the two black and white sparklings in his hold (one already drowsing, the other clearly fighting to stay awake), the Prime sighed and left his office, sending a comm. to Jazz’s watchers to let them know he had the little Porsche.


= = =


Elsewhere in the Ark, a security director indulged in a short period of snickering.


= = =


Prowl, I got something to discuss with you.

… ‘Kay…

Hearing the worn out quality of the doorwinged sparkling’s reply had Jazz changing his mind. “It can wait ‘til you’ve gotten your recharge.

You too, Jazz.

But, I don’t want a nap.” He clicked sulkily, and his fellow black and white sparkling chirred back, sounding weary.

Then stay awake, but at least be quiet about it, please.

Sorry, Prowler.

The chevroned sparkling pressed a little closer to the Prime, the adult mech half lying, half sitting on his berth, both sparklings tucked in the space between his side and the wall (it was the only way he could be sure the tiny Ops mech wouldn’t try to escape, both Mirage and Bumblebee had asked him to keep watch over the sparkling when Optimus had commed them), and went into recharge once more. Bored, Jazz chirped softly at the Autobot leader, who looked up from a datapad to smile at him.

“Not sleepy, Jazz? But you were close to offlining in my office.”

A series of more chirps, as if in protest, and Optimus chuckled, shaking his head.

“Jazz, you need your recharge, even if you think you’re not tired. Hmm, I know.”

He rose, carefully gathering both sparklings before Prowl (already coming awake again), could make any sound in protest, and moved to the centre of the room with the pair cradled against his broad shoulder. He looked down at the two enquiring expressions directed at him, curiosity overriding the sparklings’ need for recharge a little longer, and hesitated, feeling his faceplates heat a little.

“… Ah well. It’s not like anyone else will be watching.”

And with that, Optimus Prime, respected Autobot commander and feared Decepticon nemesis, started to hum an old Cybertronian folk song, soft and low, gently patting his sparklings on the back as he slowly paced back and forth, lulling them to sleep.


= = =


He’d been surprised at first, when Optimus had picked them up and started humming (the Prime had a really nice singing voice, who’d’ve thought?). But then the combined effect of the song, the patting and the rocking motion of the mech’s movements around his quarters sent him blissfully into oblivion.

Only to jerk awake with a stifled cry when sparkling processors and hardware were unable to unconsciously maintain all the subroutines Jazz usually employed as a grown mech to handle certain memories and thoughts. Making that mental list for Red Alert had prodded them into the forefront of his CPU, and together with falling asleep without being completely drained, had resulted in he having what he could only call a nightmare. Only half awake, he wriggled free of a recharging Optimus’s restraining arm, and clambered over the Prime’s torso to where Prowl was curled up.

Prowl? Prowl, wake up!

The distressed chirps and shaking had the little tactician awake in a sparkbeat, Optimus not too far behind him.

“Jazz? What’s wrong?” “Jazz? What’s wrong?

The Ops sparkling only flung himself at Prowl, burying his helm into the other sparkling’s chestplates. “I need to talk to Red Alert, Prowl.

We can go find him after-

Now!

Okay, okay, I’ll comm. him right now.

Optimus could only stare at the two little mechs, one hugging the other close and chirring in what had to be a deliberate manner. As Jazz subsided, shivering slightly, the coolant tracks down his cheeks gently being smudged away by a small white hand, he wrapped them both in a secure embrace, still confused, but realising this was probably what the tiny Porsche needed right now. The visored sparkling’s vents skipped as he tried to regulate their intake and output, and the Autobot leader stroked the dark helm, encouraging Jazz to calm down.

Red Alert ran into Optimus’s chambers, expression fearful, to find the Prime watching the two black and white sparklings with a considering look on his faceplates. Turning a frank gaze onto the security mech, he asked.

“When were you going to tell me they kept their adult minds, Red?”


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Date: 2009-05-12 04:27 pm (UTC)
ext_689127: (Milhent forest)
From: [identity profile] milhent.livejournal.com
Love you!
I was seriously wondering if this one fic would ever get back on your current work list.

Sorry I didn't comment on any of your previous fanfics, but I saved them all on my disc and was catching up on them.

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I'm trying, really ^_^;; Hope you like the lot.

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:31 pm (UTC)
lady_katana4544: (Perceptor (ahm))
From: [personal profile] lady_katana4544
:DDDDDD

Yay! About this fic fought its way back into your headspace! :D

Can't wait for more! :D

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I know ^_^ I missed this 'verse. *pokes bunny*

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sakon76.livejournal.com
...Okay, Prime may not be too quick on the trigger when it comes to sparkling care, but they sure can't slip things past him once he starts actually paying attention. ^_^

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yup ^_^ (though it took him a while, the silly aft).

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Date: 2009-05-12 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekohitori.livejournal.com
Ooo, Prime's a quick one. Too bad he didn't figure it out until after his lullaby. XD

And, because I must:

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYOUSTARTEDUPDATEDTHISAGAINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Something for which I'm quite grateful for, as the resulting mental images are far too adorable ^_^

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Date: 2009-05-12 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okami-myrrhibis.livejournal.com
And the cat is out of the bag!!

So glad to see an update! *happy dance*

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yup ^_^ *joins dance*

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Date: 2009-05-12 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drharper.livejournal.com
*snickerfits*

I wondered when someone else would start putting the pieces together. Though I'm not sure if Jazz can use Prime's singing for blackmail since PRIME has just as good (if not better) blackmail material with finding out that they're still adults in mind. :)

Wouldn't that be funny. Jazz being all smug about it, only to find out that Optimus is sharp enough (and secretly conniving enough) to pay him back stroke for stroke with this game. After all, the Big Pseudo-Silmaril in his chest isn't the only reason he's the mech in charge.

Glad to see this one pop up on my f-list again.

*throws carrots*

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Glad you like it ^_^

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Date: 2009-05-12 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luki-dimension.livejournal.com
(Glee!)

I can't decide what I'd like more, Optimus going into an all out temper tantrum about being hidden, or just glaring at them, asking whose idea it was to hide, and having two black and whites point at each other ^_^

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
*snickerfits over mental images*

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Date: 2009-05-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gogglehead84.livejournal.com
Oh slag, Red's in trouble.

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
That's what blackmail is for! >:3

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Date: 2009-05-12 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misao-cg.livejournal.com
^O^ FINALLY!! An update of this fic! n__n and an awesome one. *¬* You just made my day with this one.

Aaaw! ó.o Poor Sparkling Jazz! u.ù He isn't enjoying being a sparkling after that nightmare ::wants to cuddle baby Jazz::. Jejeje... So? Optimus now knows the truth! ^¬^ That's good, and amusing too. I hope he keeps the secret... o.o

I'll be waiting the next chapter. In the meantime... ::buries ante_luce with cookies:: FOR YOU! ^¬^

TAKE CARE!!

MISAO-CG

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
It was definitely due a chapter ^_^ Sparkling bunny has been most patient.

Glad you like this :3

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Date: 2009-05-12 06:33 pm (UTC)
eerian_sadow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eerian_sadow
oh, i was so happy to see an update for this in my inbox! (it's not my favorite of your fics, but it's damned close. ^_^)

Elita-1 was perfect; i loved her. and i love that Optimus has clued in to the fact that they're not the babies everyone thinks they are.

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
It took him a while, but he's a clever mech ^_^

(Out of curiosity, which is your favourite?)

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Date: 2009-05-12 06:44 pm (UTC)
ext_183998: The words Random Xtras on a white background.  Black frame and purplish accent (OOC)
From: [identity profile] random-xtras.livejournal.com
Oh, I've been wondering when there'd be more, as well.

Heh, you can't get much past Optimus for long.

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Once he's actually looking, that is ^_^

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Date: 2009-05-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ishimura.livejournal.com
Humming Optimus - the best medecine to get sparklings to recharge. XD

I wonder what exactly triggered Optimus to piece things together, but I guess it was how Prowl reacted to Jazz clinging to him. Hehe, I wonder how the two of them will react about him figuring their secret out and what he will say about the mayhem some of them caused. XD

What was Jazz's nightmare actually about?

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Almost makes one want Optimus!Lullabies too ^_^

Jazz's nightmare? Imma leave that to your imagination :)

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Date: 2009-05-12 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gimme-cover.livejournal.com
Oh!! I had wondered where this story line went to!

Awww, Poor little Jazz! Things should get even more interesting now that Optimus knows. ^^

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:55 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2009-05-12 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coriopsis.livejournal.com
Baby Boom update!!

Well, now Red Alert doesn't have to worry about whether or not he's going to tell Optimus.

*Dangles cookies in front of Baby Boom bunny* Here bunny bunny bunny. XD

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
*sighs* It's really one of the most polite of my current bunnies.

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Date: 2009-05-12 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genre-savvy.livejournal.com
Prowl has separation anxiety, Jazz has nightmares, and Red is about to be yelled at by Prime. Don't worry. There's plenty of sympathy to go around.

The not-really-babies continue to be the second cutest things ever. I think we have to give the Cutest Things Ever title to Hunter and Sojourner. :-)

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Hunter and Sojourner: *glee and sparkles*

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Date: 2009-05-13 12:06 am (UTC)
ext_8873: (Default)
From: [identity profile] darkdanc3r.livejournal.com
oops! Uh oh, and now Prime knows too!

*frets at Jazz*

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yeah, he does ^_^ *offers sparkling for snuggles*

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Date: 2009-05-13 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raisedbymoogles.livejournal.com
Oh. Oh, Optimus. You great big muffin, you.

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Date: 2009-05-13 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quidamling.livejournal.com
Awww. Poor unhappy babies. And not-good-at-dealing-with-it Prime. Though, the thought of him singing to his second and third in command is... just to adorable for words... or coherent thought. 8}

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Date: 2009-05-14 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yeah, I thought so too :3

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Date: 2009-05-13 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebirdsoaring.livejournal.com
Cute!!! I'm glad Prime got it all figured out =) And I'm thrilled you continued with the story...offers bunny food just so we can see Prime's next interaction with his sparkling yet not sparkling minded SIC and TIC...cute!!

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Date: 2009-05-13 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l-shades.livejournal.com
Yes! I've been waiting for you to update this!

Love Elita's no nonsense approach, and the detail about keeping certain memories subdued. Also can't wait to see Jazz and Prowl's reactions to getting busted once again!

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Date: 2009-05-14 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
The other bunnies have backed off a bit, so this finally got another chapter written ^_^

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Date: 2009-05-13 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tainry.livejournal.com
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
GLEE! <33333333333333333333333
The jig is up! Ahahahaha!

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Date: 2009-05-13 08:54 am (UTC)
ext_275254: (Default)
From: [identity profile] hecate-19.livejournal.com
OMPrimus, NOW he finally catches on!!

I'm glad to see this continued, even though I was disappointed that it wasn't another chapter for "Secrets of the Groundbound Kind." I'd wondered how Elita was gonna take seeing Optimus with sparklings.

In the words of the sound bite Jazz had used in Chapter 3, "Busted!" And now poor Red has to be the one to explain to Optimus what was really going on. I hope that once everything has been explained, Prime learns the sparkling-language from Red; because once he does, he'll be an awesome parent for when he and Elita have sparklings of their own.

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Date: 2009-05-14 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yup, oblivious Prime is oblivious ^_^ But he'll most probably be a good parent. He does have to watch over the entire Ark, and we all know it's essentially the world's largest daycare.

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Date: 2009-05-13 01:21 pm (UTC)
ext_190998: (kids)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
EEEE YAY! More Sparklings! *coos and pets wee!Jazz* Poor guy, am guessing Jazz has REALLY not been recharging as much as he should at all... Also HAH BUSTED, Prime's figured it out!

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Date: 2009-05-14 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
No, no he hasn't, poor baby ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-05-13 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catraven.livejournal.com
YayyayyayyayyayyayYAY! I've SO missed this story!

Can't keep the wool over OP's optics for too long. :D

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Date: 2009-05-14 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
In their defense, it's not like they were really trying ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-05-14 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laratron.livejournal.com
I have been waiting for you to update this story FOREVER! I am so glad you did. It was a wonderful chapter. Optimus would make such a great daddy. ^_^

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Date: 2009-05-14 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yeah, he would ^_^
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