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Title: Baby Boom (or, Why you should always read the manual first) Chapter 14
'Verse: G1 Transformers
Characters: Sparklings. Ensemble.
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: TF cussing.

Skywarp chirred in his recharge, the sound a little morose, and next to him his offline trine leader unconsciously shifted closer. Wheeljack, also asleep (and deprived of his usual recharging spot now that Ratchet was wise to his ways), curled tighter against the teleporter’s other side, clicking softly as he did so.

Sunstreaker watched the three, frowning to himself. His few days had come and gone, and Sideswipe was still avoiding the sparkling, though not for lack of effort on his brother’s part. The yellow Lamborghini’s only consolation was that as a sparktwin and having helped Sideswipe take care of the seekerlet, he was familiar enough that the purple and black jet hadn’t been affected too badly by the separation.

Primus, his brother could be such an afthead.

The teleporter made that unhappy sound again, and Sunstreaker’s frown deepened. That was it. He was going to find his glitch of a twin, drag him back here to the med bay and then disable his motor systems so Sideswipe had to stay put.

He strode to the doors, only to stop when he found the very mech he’d been about to smack upside the helm standing outside, and for a while already, by the sound of the aggravated sparkling cussing him out in his arms. Sunstreaker raised an optic ridge at Thundercracker’s language, then at his twin, whose expression indicated that he clearly understood every word the little jet was flinging at him.

“When did you get the language set?”

“Couple days ago, just before you did. Asked Red Alert for it.”

So that’s why the security mech hadn’t chewed out the other Lamborghini like he had the Prime for neglecting his sparkling. Encouraged by that little revelation, the yellow mech gestured into the med bay, implying that his twin should get his aft inside. Sideswipe stepped past, followed by his brother, Thundercracker quieting as they neared the recharging sparklings. Once Sunstreaker got close enough, the red mech murmured.

“How’s ‘Warp been?”

“You’d know if you’d stay two clicks around him.”

Sideswipe flinched, then carefully placed the little seeker he’d been carrying on the berth, looking away as Thundercracker glared at him in agreement, then inserted himself into the sparkling pile. The yellow Lamborghini caught hold of his brother’s arm before he could escape, hissing into his audio.

“And where do you think you’re going?”

“… Out of the med bay?”


“They’re in recharge. That’s nothing I’m needed for.”

Sunstreaker glanced into just onlined red optics, then smiled grimly at his twin as Skywarp sat up, hesitantly reaching for Sideswipe.

“Guess again.”

= = =

Optimus looked up at the mech who joined him, a dozing sparkling in his arms, then chuckled commiseratingly at Mirage’s weary ‘oof’ when he sank into the rec room couch, hefting an offline Jazz closer to his frame in the process. Once the Ligier had the sparkling settled properly, the Prime asked, voice quiet to avoid disturbing the baby Ops mech. “What did Ratchet say about Jazz’s increased need for recharge?”

“It’s nothing to worry about. Just his self repair working overtime, further compounded by his pre-existing low energy levels. Apparently, our TIC’s been running on fumes, thanks to his explorations.” Mirage replied, just as a yellow mech joined them, arms laden with energon.

“At least we know now that Jazz wasn’t driving us crazy solely for the sheer fun of it. Little glitch.” Bumblebee gently rubbed the tiny Porsche’s helm, his tone affectionately exasperated. “Ratch’ has us keeping a constant watch on him, and every time he’s awake enough to do so, we’re to try and get him to refuel. How’s Prowl doing?”

“Much the same, self repair-wise. He does wake more often than Jazz, and now that I can understand him, it’s usually to remind me of my schedule and the important reports I haven’t gone through yet.” The Autobot leader nodded at the other black and white sparkling, recharging in his arms, and the blue spy smiled in resignation as he took a cube from his fellow Ops mech.

“We are so whipped, aren’t we?”

The scout snorted. “Tell me about it. Primus, Jazz’s enough to make me swear off ever having one of my own.”

“To be fair to your nonexistent offspring, Bumblebee, it is unlikely that they’ll turn out to be Unicron’s Pitspawn.” Mirage drawled, and then stifled a laugh when the other mech muttered.

“No, they’d just have him as a doting godparent. Which would probably be worse.”

Accepting a ration and hiding a smile of his own, Optimus shifted the conversation to a related topic. “Speaking of Jazz’s efforts in the Ark’s ducting, has he managed to speak to Red Alert about his findings?”

“Yes. Have you noticed how our security director doesn’t seem to realise that he slips into sparkling talk when conversing with them?”

The Prime nodded, smiling at the memory data. “I have. How did he take the news?”

“He’s gone into full paranoia mode, hasn’t recharged for days now, even though most of the pressing issues have already been resolved.” Mirage sighed, and the Prime did the same.

“Oh dear.”

“Jazz tried to hold off on telling him everything at once, said it wasn’t as bad as Red Alert thought, after all, Jazz’s the head of Ops and went in with a mind to find every and any chink in our defences. But ‘click click chirr warble’ isn’t quite as reassuring as it needs to be. So now all we can do is wait for him to crash so he can get some rest.” Bumblebee added before they were joined by the aforementioned Lamborghini, rushing into the rec room with a small stack of datapads and a harried expression.

“Sir! I need you to look over these, quickly. Primus, I can’t believe we haven’t all been deactivated in our recharge yet!”

“Red, shhh!”

Too late, the pair of sparklings had roused and were peering somewhat grumpily up at the frantic security mech. Red Alert paused, cycling air slowly as he tried to calm down before he spoke again, quieter this time. “My apologies. Optimus. Please.”

He held out the files and the Autobot leader sighed, juggling them and Prowl until Red Alert twigged on, picking up the little tactician so that the Prime had his hands free to look through the reports. A comment from the red and blue mech had the Lamborghini sitting down beside him to elaborate on one of his points, shifting the sparkling to his shoulder so the SIC could see the datapad and participate in the discussion.

At least, that was his intention. Red Alert didn’t seem to notice, caught up in his safety measures, but the baby Datsun had started to chirr rhythmically into his audio. Jazz wasn’t as oblivious, however, grinning briefly at his imprintees before climbing into the red mech’s lap, presumably to assist in the exchange, snuggling against his side and adding his own chirrs to the mix.

Flanked by the two sparklings, instinctively tracking their soft murmurs, the security director suddenly found himself fighting the urge to fall into recharge. Prowl had started to pet his sparking sensor horns, and the gentle touches were only making it more difficult to stay focused.

Red Alert’s optics flickered, then went dark as his helm dipped against the back of the couch. Jazz smirked as Prowl slipped down to take the mech’s free side, clicking in satisfaction before both dimmed their optics and shut down, twining about the Lamborghini’s arms so that even if Red Alert did wake, he wouldn’t be able to move without disturbing the sparklings.

Mirage, Bumblebee and Optimus shared a look, then moved themselves and the datapads to a nearby table to leave the three to their recharge. The Ligier shook his head. “Whipped. Definitely whipped.”

“You mean more than usual?” The Prime quipped, and the two Ops mechs muffled their laughter as they went through Red Alert’s reports with their commander.

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Date: 2009-09-22 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misao-cg.livejournal.com
Sides as a daddy is adorable, no matter if he wanted to neglect "his" sparkling-with-an-adult-mind. *¬* But I must say that Sunny, as the grouch, but good, uncle, looks even more sexy. Can I Hug Sunny? (at my own risk of course?)

AWESOME chapter. Here, have a cookie for this. YOU RULE!!



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Date: 2009-09-24 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
0_0 *gets first aid kit ready* *looks at kit, then goes to get the real First Aid*

Glad you like ^_^

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Date: 2009-09-22 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okami-myrrhibis.livejournal.com

Devious not-sparkling Black&Whites are devious!!

Nice fluffy chapter!

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
They are. Fear them.

Thank you :3

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Date: 2009-09-22 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winged-sundisk.livejournal.com
Aww cute littl' Sparklings have warped the big mechs around their tiny littl' fingers. ^_^
I do have the feeling that their days of Sparklinghood are slowly coming to an end... but what if something (the creator-bonds) stays behind? It would mean that Starscream and Wheeljack both feel a link to Ratchet, who could use it to curb some of Wheeljacks more dangerous experiments (Guilt is the Key: Your poor Creator is worried. You could damage yourself severly. You could offline yourself)
OR the different Relationships... hmmm... I think sooner or later Starscream would attempt to restart his Friendship with Skyfire and the Shuttle is the adopted creator of Thundercracker who is Starscreams trinemate..... ulp heead hurts

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Heh *offers ice pack*

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Date: 2009-09-22 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l-shades.livejournal.com
ROTFL! Yep, you're whipped boys, very whipped. But who can resist the charms of sparklings? Fantastic work here, and the image of Sideswipe getting cussed out in baby-talk is just too funny!

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you! ^_^

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Date: 2009-09-22 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookscrazygirl.livejournal.com
Poor Red, and poor Opti and everyone else whose imprinted to a sparkling cause they are beyond whipped.

To think Prowl didn't even whip (pardon the pun) out 'The Optics' yet.

Wow, been a long time since I've seen this bunny.

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yeah, I got kidnapped by the other bunbuns ^_^;;

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Date: 2009-09-22 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genre-savvy.livejournal.com
Clearly, baby mechs rule the world. This is probably for the best, since the adult mechs don't seem capable of it at the moment. They're too busy going "aww" with the rest of us, I think.

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Clearly ;3

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Date: 2009-09-23 01:18 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yep, definitely whipped.
Thundercracker cursing out Sideswipe put a big smile on my face and the "Unicron's Pitspawn" comment made me burst out laughing.
I think I still feel a little sorry for poor, confused Daddy!Sideswipe, though that seems to be working itself out.
Looking forward to next chapter.


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Date: 2009-09-24 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks ^_^ I'm working on the bunny now.

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Date: 2009-09-23 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raisedbymoogles.livejournal.com
Awww. Prowl and Jazz take care of their People. ^_^

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
They do, because their people need taking care of *sparklings looks resigned*

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raisedbymoogles.livejournal.com
*gives them cuddles and energon goodies* :3

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Date: 2009-09-23 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmouse15.livejournal.com
Poor Skywarp, not sure about his reception from Sideswipe! Sides getting chewed out by TC was great and made me LOL.

And Jazz and Prowl are just as devious as ever - Red Alert didn't stand a chance!

Nice to see this particular bunny again! *pets bunny and offers carrots*

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I glad to see it too, even if it brought along a horde of dust bunnies that look rather suspicious...

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Date: 2009-09-23 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laratron.livejournal.com
Yay more of this fic! So very cute. ^_^

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks :3


Date: 2009-09-23 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tainry.livejournal.com
Heehee! Red = PWND! <333333333333333333


Date: 2009-09-24 01:31 am (UTC)

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Date: 2009-09-23 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syntia-13.livejournal.com
Awwwwww! *melts into a puddle at the cuteness that is unhappy baby Skywarp*
I'm glad to see the bunny alive! :)

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks ^_^

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Date: 2009-09-23 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gundamangel.livejournal.com
I always get the Warm Fuzzy Feelings when this bunny comes around. It just makes ya wanna go 'aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!'

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Glad you like :)

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Date: 2009-09-23 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astronomylover.livejournal.com
You're back! Woo!

SOOOO CUTE. It almost makes me want for them to stay sparklings forever. (And yes, they're all terribly whipped, but we wouldn't have 'em any other way. Especially Prime and 'Lert.)

Can't wait for the next chapter!! <3

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Date: 2009-09-24 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Working on it ^_^

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Date: 2009-09-24 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittona.livejournal.com
*gives lovely author plate of cookies* Love this story! I'm glad Sides seems to be finally coming around...sparkling!warp needs a hug.

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Date: 2009-09-26 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
That he does ^_^ Glad you like.

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Date: 2009-09-26 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nova-myth.livejournal.com
Is this on ff.net? I'd love to be able to add the story to my favorites!

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Date: 2009-09-27 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^ I'm not on FF.net at all, s'just here. Glad you like.

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Date: 2009-09-30 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanjuno.livejournal.com
Yay! Go Sunstreaker! And bitty!TC cursing Siders out! Bwee~ as for the rest of the bots *makes whip-cracking noises*



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