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Title: Baby Boom (or, Why you should always read the manual first) Chapter 12
'Verse: G1 Transformers
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: TF cussing

Red Alert was spared from having to answer by the cry of a little Ops mech, reaching up for him with a fearful expression. The security director had Jazz in his arms in short order, soothing the visored sparkling as Optimus and Prowl looked on. The Prime looked at his own sparkling, expression questioning.

“I suppose this was your idea?”

The baby Datsun shrugged, doors lifting briefly before he pointed at the Lamborghini, chirping in what seemed to be an authoritative manner.

“I can’t understand you, Prowl. And Red Alert’s in no position to translate yet. Jazz still looks rather upset.”

Sighing patiently, the little chevroned mech tried again. Only this time…


The garbled rendition of his designation (followed by more chirring) had the Prime staring at the sparkling.

“Prowl? Did you just talk?”

An annoyed glare, yet more clicking and a small hand pointing in the direction of the security mech replied him, not that the Autobot commander registered any of this, processors still occupied with the fact that his sparkling had just. Said. His. Name.

“Op-ti-mus, Prowl. Come on, you can say it.”

Prowl threw his hands up at his leader, warbling in aggravation as Red Alert, attention drawn to the little scene, tried very hard not to laugh. The other black and white sparkling was not so reserved about his giggles.

’Bout time one of us learnt how to speak ‘grown up’, Prowl.

The doorwinged sparkling shot a look at the pair before growling at Red Alert. “Red, get Optimus to quit dwelling on my saying his name and make him download the language set from you already!

Once more, his Prime’s name came out in that distorted form and Optimus redoubled his efforts at getting the little tactician to say it properly.

“Op-ti-mus. Op. Ti. Mus.”

Prowl’s expression was completely Not AmusedTM, arms folding across his front, doors rising with irritation, before all four Autbots started as alarms rang through the Ark, signalling a Decepticon attack. Basewide comms crackled to life immediately after, Skyfire’s voice coming in harsh and urgent across the emergency broadcast channel. His words had them going still with horror.

//This is Skyfire, with the twins and Perceptor. Taking fire from six ‘Con seekers. There are sparklings with us, repeat, there are sparklings with us.//

Red! We have to get to the command deck!” The little Datsun immediately called to the Lamborghini. When the only response from both the commander and the security director was to place both sparklings in the recharge chamber all the imprintees had for their sparklings, Prowl hissed in frustration, and next to him Jazz solemnly held up a toy that had been in the enclosure-like berth. The little tactician took it and chucked it at the Prime’s head, causing the mech to look down in shock at the chevroned sparkling clicking fast and furious at him.

“Prowl, I still can’t understand you and neither will anyone else. You’ll have to stay he-”

Thoroughly aggravated now, Prowl climbed out with startling speed, Jazz following suit. The black and white sparklings hit the ground and transformed, speeding out the still open door and through the Ark.

= = =

The two adult mechs quickly snapped out of their stupor and gave chase, Red Alert completely thrown by this additional factor the sparklings had hidden from the Autobots. As they ran, Optimus spoke.

“I’m guessing you didn’t know about this.”

“Yes sir.”

“Prowl really was talking to you then.”

“Being the only mech to understand them, all of the sparklings did so.”

“I see.”

“Oh, for the love of- Prime. He didn’t want to bother you while you were working!”

“… Oh.”

“Can we discuss this later?”

“Yes, of course. Look, there they are!” They were in time to see the not-really sparklings swerving around the startled Autobots on duty in the communications deck, using their built up momentum to propel themselves into the seats with ease, shifting back into root form as they did so.

Prowl slapped cables and datajacks into place, inserting himself into Teletraan’s systems while clicking at Jazz, who did the same. Both shared the same console (being sparkling sized made it harder to cover one whole unit alone), working in tandem to call up screens and data. Red Alert took a seat next to the two black and white sparklings at the tactician’s glare, daring the security mech to protest, translating Prowl’s orders for the rest of the Autobots.

As mechs hurried to carry out the Datsun’s relayed instructions, the realisation that the sparklings were perhaps not what they seemed slowly sinking in, Jazz tapped them into Skyfire’s vid feed of the situation. The watching Autobots’ sparks sank. In spite of reinforcements pushing their limits to reach their embattled comrades, things did not look good for the mechs and the sparklings with them.

= = =

Perceptor assessed their situation grimly. Skyfire was already heavily marked by battle fire, even with his more durable space worthy armour, slowly bleeding energon from gashes along his back and sides as he tried to curl himself over the little mechs in his grasp to protect them. Transforming to get away was too risky. The microscope, even with his frighteningly precise aim, could not track every foe on the field, meaning that the process would leave shuttle and sparklings unacceptably vulnerable to weapons fire while Skyfire shifted into alt form.

Nothing for it, but to dig in and hope they could hold out until the rest of the Autobots could get to them. Perceptor lifted his cannon again and fired, shot after shot, but the seekers were everywhere, the twins had theirs hands full dealing with the fliers not harassing them, and he and Skyfire were physically incapable of covering the whole sky on their own.

Thankfully, they weren’t.

As Dirge took advantage of his comrades’ harrying of the microscope to close the gap between himself and the sparklings, only just ducking Skyfire’s warding blow, Starscream raised all too familiar null rays, discharging them and knocking the full grown seeker back a step. When the mech shook off the attack, Thundercracker blasted him next, followed by Wheeljack throwing something at the flier, a something that exploded in Dirge’s face, finally sending him offline and taking him out of the fight.

There was a pause in the skirmish while their foes appeared to come to the same conclusion the Autobots had earlier, and the clash turned deadly serious, the Decepticons throwing themselves relentlessly at Skyfire and Perceptor, set on reaching the tiny mechs in their care. Sunstreaker quickly fell back to join the two, but his twin was not so fortunate. The seekers already present had managed to communicate their discovery back to Megatron, and more Decepticons were joining the fray.

Separated from the others and with Skywarp carried under one arm as he fought with the other, Sideswipe tried frantically to break through the swarm of ‘Cons attacking him, and at the same time keep the little jet from getting hurt. Meanwhile, the seekerling was shrilling like a mad thing, and the frontliner fancied the teleporter was hollering sparkling war cries or something similar, then wondered when he’d gotten his processors scrambled, to be considering such inanities in the middle of a slagging battle.

Thus momentarily distracted, Sideswipe spotted the weapon swinging at him too late to avoid it. The blow knocked him to the ground, and Skywarp from his grasp. Though the little seeker took to the air immediately, the sparkling was quickly grabbed hold of by one of his ex-factionmates, fighting and screaming for all he was worth.

“Get rid of that! The Autobot sparkling’s the one we want, not some traitor!”

And before Sideswipe’s horrified optics, Skywarp was brutally dashed to the ground, his tiny frame going unnaturally still and silent.

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Date: 2009-07-08 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yami-samuraiflo.livejournal.com
... I can't decide if you're a genius or utterly evil. Or both.
Poor baby!Warp; something tell me the 'Con who did that to him is going to be brutally killed/maimed by every Autobots in sight once they learn what happened.

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Date: 2009-07-11 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
That's the most likely sequence of events, yes ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-07-08 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanjuno.livejournal.com
Eeek! No! Not bitty!Skywarp! He's too cute to be treated that way! And his daddy is a scary, scary mech... who is about to remind the Cons why you don't pull that slag with his baby!

(Oh, and the transforming teeny!Datsun and tiny!Porsche made me squeal. The image of them zipping around various Autobots feet was win. And Optimus is a goofball, in the best doting daddy way. Plus, him being jealous of Red was socute!)

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Date: 2009-07-11 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Eheh, yup ^_^;; Glad you like.


Date: 2009-07-08 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamerchaos.livejournal.com

Warp! Nooooooo!

Re: Fic

Date: 2009-07-11 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Oops? ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-07-08 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catraven.livejournal.com
All right. I'm resolutely not sobbing into my arms with my head on the desk because I know that you are a faithful updater and you wouldn't be so cold-sparked as to off-line a baby Seeker.

So. I'm sitting here waiting for the next installment.


(Please hurry!)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-07-11 04:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Working as fast as I can ^_^

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Date: 2009-07-08 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l-shades.livejournal.com
Oooh dear. Somebody's going to have a violent disassociation of their body parts. Loved the sparklings escaping from their 'play pen' and Prowl's frustration with Optimus. It must be so hard to be cute and serious ;)

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Date: 2009-07-11 04:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yup, poor little tactician ^_^

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Date: 2009-07-08 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misao-cg.livejournal.com

... You evil writer... ó_ò I'll die from SUSPENSE within this week. ::frets at Sparkling!'Warp:: And I believe that I'm not going to be the only one... ::teary eyes and still fretting:: Is this poor dear going to be alright?? óOò

;_; Here, your cookie... ::burst into tears:: PLEASE, UPDATE SOON, OR ELSE I'LL DIE!!! ::hugs herself:: ó_ò Please?



(no subject)

Date: 2009-07-11 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I'm nagging the bunny as much as I dare ^_^

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Date: 2009-07-08 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekohitori.livejournal.com

Well. Damn.

Um, at a loss of words, here, so please to be with the updating soon, yes?

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Date: 2009-07-11 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
As soon as I can, promise.

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Date: 2009-07-08 11:06 pm (UTC)
lady_katana4544: (Dragon ~ upset/sad)
From: [personal profile] lady_katana4544

Oh dear.... D8

Not little 'Warp! DX

...erm... update soon?

(no subject)

Date: 2009-07-11 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I'll do my best :3

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Date: 2009-07-08 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hunterblues.livejournal.com
Glad Jazz is OK and recovering from his nightmare. Prowl was adorable, Prime's a goof, and transforming sparklings are for the win.

Hope 'Warp's going to be OK, but I'm sure Sideswipe will exact vengence, adult minds or not. Parental instincts are (apparently) difficult to turn off.


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Date: 2009-07-11 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure Sideswipe's got something planned...

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Date: 2009-07-09 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quidamling.livejournal.com
Awww. Poor Prowl not used to being able to get things done. And doesn't help with his CO is going googoo opticed over him. ^-^

*has a mini freakout over Skywarp* Someone is about to have a ton of very angry Lambo all over their aft. >:

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Date: 2009-07-11 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
*signs delivery form for 'Ton of angry Lambo (one)'*

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Date: 2009-07-09 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saberfrost.livejournal.com

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Date: 2009-07-11 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Eep ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-07-09 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmouse15.livejournal.com
So, you sucker punched us. You start out all cute and fluffy (love the imagery of J and P escaping and transforming and working the same console!), and then you KILL us with 'Warp getting batted out of the sky.

I absolutely pity the Seeker/Conehead that just dashed bitty!Warp against the rocks - Sideswipe is going to teach him the meaning of pain.

Um, update this rather soon-ish, please? You left us at an ebil cliffhanger and it's not fun hanging by our fingernails...

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Date: 2009-07-11 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Imma do my best, promise ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-07-09 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prowlieandjazz.livejournal.com
O.O Poor Warpy! I did rather like the part with Wheeljack throwing something in Dirge's face...something that exploded. Got funny pictures in my head after that.

And making the sparklings transform into car mode was CUTE!

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Date: 2009-07-11 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks, glad you liked =)

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Date: 2009-07-09 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laratron.livejournal.com
Poor 'Warp! I hope he is ok! I liked the Prowl and Jazz scene. I can totally see him getting frustrated with Optimus going all 'daddy' on him. Great work. I love your crack so much!

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Date: 2009-07-11 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

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Date: 2009-07-09 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] song-of-dragon.livejournal.com
...I literally went "Awwwww nooo! Babyyyyyyy!"

:((( you horrible person you. *waits avidly for next update*

(Although the scene where Optimus is trying to get Prowl to say his name is too darn cute!)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-07-11 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I'm working on the next chapter, promise ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-07-10 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookscrazygirl.livejournal.com
I was gonna say 'poor Warp' and then I read the other comments and decided to change it to 'poor you if Warp doesn't survive'. I think the others have already highlighted my feelings on that situation just fine.

Fustrated Prowl is win. Fustrated Prowl throwing things is squeal worthy. Jazz handing fustrated Prowl things to throw is squealing while cuddling those two adorable bots.

Is it just me or is Optimus' processor going out the window whenever Prowl is involved?

(no subject)

Date: 2009-07-11 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yup. I is a dead Ante if that happens -_-;;

Opti is still completely wrapped about Prowl's little fingers ^_^ Glad you like.

late reply is late! Bother study....

Date: 2009-07-10 04:39 pm (UTC)
ext_190998: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
Prowl trying to talk and Optimus being all "aww baby is TALKING. Say my name baby?" is so cute I think I got cavities. And then you did that to poor Baby!Warp D: I suspect some 'cons are gonna regret that particular trick soon...(berserk button anyone?)

*waves Pompoms of Encouragement*

Date: 2009-07-11 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Ho yeah. Rage tiem nao trigger definitely pulled.

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Date: 2009-07-12 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tainry.livejournal.com
Aaahahahahaha! Prowl is so delightful! And Ops going all dorktastic-daddy, eeeee!!!!! <3333333333333333
And then oh Sky and Perce and Sides and the Seeklets... ;O.O; Oh dear.

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Date: 2009-07-12 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^ Glad you like.

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Date: 2009-07-13 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cave-cat.livejournal.com
There are going to be some exhausted sparklings after this... I'm just waiting for Prowl and Jazz both to conk right off of that chair...

And bitty!Warp! D: *is in a tizzy*
And to think, I might have to wait till after my trip to California to find out what happens... DX

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Date: 2009-07-15 07:16 am (UTC)

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Date: 2009-07-28 09:55 am (UTC)
ext_240804: (Default)
From: [identity profile] youko-rayah.livejournal.com

oooooooooooooooh the 'Cons are SOOL now... Sunny is gonna... *shakes head at the suicidal tendencies of the 'Cons*

not going to be enough of them to fill a teacup...

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Date: 2009-07-28 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Sunny will have to settle for what Sides leaves for him. Which, admittedly, will still not be enough to fill a teacup ^_^;;



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