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Title: Baby Boom (or, Why you should always read the manual first) Chapter 18
'Verse: G1 Transformers
Characters: Sparklings. Sideswipe. Optimus. Mirage. Bumblebee.
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: TF cussing.

Sideswipe looked up when the seekerling stirred, red optics lighting dimly to stare dejectedly at the ceiling, then sat up and tried to get off the berth, movements mechanical and listless.

“ ‘Warp?”

The teleporter’s helm jerked up to stare disbelievingly at the red frontliner, before his faceplates blanked and he continued his attempts at moving away. Sideswipe winced, shame growing at Skywarp’s expression, catching hold of the little jet before he could tumble off the berth.

“Where are you going?”

Why do you care? That’s right, you don’t. Well don’t worry! Once I get those blueprints for Perceptor you won’t have to bother about me anymore!” Skywarp shoved at the Lamborghini futilely, and Sideswipe drew the sparkling against his frame with a sigh.

“That’s not true.”

Like slag it isn’t! I get it, alright? I’m stupid and tiresome and too much trouble!

“No you’re not. And if I hear you talking like that again I’ll… I’ll tell your trinemates and make them sit on you until you say otherwise!”

Please. They’re probably happy to leave me behind. Too bad I’ve got transwarp tech installed, teleporters never come in last.

The teleporter tried to warp away, crying out in frustration when his systems, pre-emptively disabled by Ratchet for the second time, failed to respond. The red mech sighed, then moved Skywarp to look the little jet in the optic, expression stern.

“Starscream was ready to kill me when he thought you were flying to certain deactivation, size and strength difference regardless. They are your trinemates, nothing could make them leave you behind.”

You lie! No one ever wants me! Not Megatron, and certainly not you!” Skywarp hissed and got a growl in response.

“That’s the buckethead’s loss. He’s not getting you back. Ever.” Sideswipe tucked seekerling close, stroking the back of the tiny flier’s helm, tone fiercely protective.

You want me to stay?” The baby jet’s intakes hitched, sounding worn out but painfully hopeful, and the Lamborghini continued to pet his back and helm comfortingly.

“I don’t understand how anyone could think that having a careless, irresponsible glitch like me taking care of them is a good idea. Frag, I barely manage to keep out of trouble myself on a good day. But yes. Recharge, ‘Warp. I’ll be here, I promise.”

Skywarp chirred softly, then fell asleep, secure in the red mech’s arms.

= = =

Elsewhere in the Ark, another sparkling was having quite the opposite problem with his imprintee. Prowl glared as Optimus checked on him for the umpteenth time, doors flicking back in aggravation when the mech tried to take the datapad away from him.

“You should be resting, Prowl. You’re still recovering from your injuries.”

I appreciate your concern for me, sir. But you need this analysis done as well.” Prowl frowned up at the large mech, and the Prime shook his head.

“You are more important. That report can wait. Your battle computer drains you and your self repair won’t function properly.”

I know that. While I may be a sparkling, I am neither infantile nor am I lacking the ability to consider the results of my actions. I’ll take a slightly longer healing time over going mad from sheer boredom.” The tiny Datsun’s glare was at full strength now, and Optimus sat down, cycling air heavily.

“I didn’t mean to imply that you were. You’ve always worked yourself so hard for our sakes, at times to your own detriment. I should have said something; except you were a grown mech and I didn’t dare overstep my bounds. But now you’re a sparkling, a sparkling in my keeping. Please, just let me take care of you while you need me.”

Faced with his Prime’s beseeching optics, the little tactician lowered his datapad to look at the mech before sighing, putting the report to one side. The Autobot commander picked up the sparkling, smiling at his SIC’s unspoken acquiescence. The baby Datsun leant against him, optics darkening, remaining quiet as they walked through the Ark back to the Prime’s quarters, and the red and blue mech whispered as he prepared to set the little black and white mech down on the berth.

“Recharge well, Prowl.”

I can’t.

Prowl stirred and Optimus paused, still carrying the sparkling, taking in the little mech’s frustrated tone, his flickering optics and the way his doors sat low on his shoulders.

“Why not? You’re clearly worn out.”

“My processors are still focused on that report. I hate leaving work unfinished.”

The SIC shifted restlessly, but made no attempt to escape. Optimus chuckled. “I can see why you practically live in your office. You do realise that it never ends?”

A grumpy clicking, and the Autobot leader revved his engine softly, instinctively trying to soothe and comfort his sparkling. "Just try and get some rest. If I can do anything to help-"


“Yes Prowl?”

“What did you sing to Jazz and I?”

“It was something my creators used to sing to me, a long time ago.”

“… Would you…?” The little Datsun asked, sounding embarrassed, gaze fixed on the larger mech’s chestplates, and his Prime replied, optics soft and warm.

“Of course.”

The Autobot leader started to hum, soft and low, just like before, and just like before Prowl found himself involuntarily shuttering his optics and drifting off into recharge.

= = =

Bumblebee raised an optic ridge at the sight that met his optics, and Mirage shrugged one shoulder (carefully, so as not to jostle the little Porsche nestled against his torso), explaining in a perfectly calm and reasonable manner.

“Perceptor’s report said that the reason Jazz, Prowl and Skywarp haven’t changed was due to a lack of energy to drive the transformation.”

The yellow mech sighed. “Well, with their injuries it’s not surprising. And coupled with Jazz running about the Ark, Optimus getting caught up in work and Sideswipe… It’s not like they’ve got much by way of reserves.”

“Hence the need for ‘sustained close proximity with their imprintee’ so that they can catch up with the others.”

“Translated from Perceptor speak… lots of cuddle time?”

“In a quiet, restful environment.”

“And that’s why you’re in here with Jazz.”

Bumblebee folded his arms and the Ligier nodded. “I deemed this place to be sufficiently quiet and restful.”

“The three hyperactive younglings running amok in between attempts to break into Wheeljack’s lab have nothing to do with this.”

“Nothing at all.”

The scout stifled a snort at the blue and white mech’s haughty tone.

“So… need any help with cuddle time?”

“It couldn’t hurt. You are one of Jazz’s imprintees too.”

“Good. Budge over. Minibot I may be, but fitting all three of us under that table of yours is still going to be a tight squeeze.”

“We can’t all be Primes with large tracts of desk space.” Mirage shot back, but obligingly made room for the smaller mech. Bumblebee settled down, then glanced at the little black and white bot in the spy’s arms.

“Jazz, I know you’re awake. You could try and hide that smirk of yours.”

A faint giggle answered the Volkswagen, and a visor flashed at him cheekily. He sighed.

“At least you’re not still having those nightmares. Prime's got his hands full getting Prowl to recharge like he needs to.”

Jazz chirred, already going back into recharge. “Red Alert’s taken care of the outstanding issues. Showed me th'report. And... n'addition to Op...” The little saboteur yawned, snuggling back down with a sleepy chirp. “M'also safest with you.

ETA: Just because I had to babble it somewhere, I went and watched 'Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva' at the cinema yesterday. Music is lovely, as I'd hoped from a Layton title (I have the two games that are out in English right now), the animation was smooth and seeing some of the cut scenes from the games transferred to the big screen with perfect clarity was 0_0 ♥!


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Date: 2010-03-21 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cave-cat.livejournal.com
Hum...even though I just got up...I seem to be drowsy now. =___= *snuggles back into blanket*

sleep inducement aside, sleepy sparklings are so cute! And now we know why only half of them are younglings!

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
I know the feeling. I kept yawning throughout writing the last bits of this ^_^;;

Sleepy sparklings are very cute *nods*

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cave-cat.livejournal.com
Wait, whats this about Layton?! I have the two games, I had no idea there was anything else. Do you have any links? Is it only in your area?!

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cave-cat.livejournal.com
Gah! So not fair! It *is* only in your area! *pouts*

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Date: 2010-03-21 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Looks like ^_^;; The movie was in the original Japanese, the music was really awesome, and you can see a bunch of trailers (in Japanese with no subs, sorry) and hear some of the music here (http://www.youtube.com/user/RemiAltava).

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wicked3659.livejournal.com
Very cute ^^

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you :3

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebirdsoaring.livejournal.com
Sleepy sparklings are love =) I really feel for Warp right now...but I think he can connect with Siders...and Prowl arguning with Prime is too cute, esp when he asked for the song =) And Jazz, well, that's just obvious!!

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Date: 2010-03-21 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Prime is so thrilled to find something that actually works for getting stubborn SIC sparklings to nap that he's not going to tease Prowl about it ^_^

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] english-enigma.livejournal.com
This series is so much fun to read. Thank you for sharing it.

I've now got a mental image of Optimus humming the song after Prowl is back to normal, just to see if it still works. :D

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Date: 2010-03-21 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading it ^_^

Heh, we'll see what happens when we get there (if I ever get there. Eesh bunny, take your time, won't you?)

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Date: 2010-03-21 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gundamangel.livejournal.com
Aaawwww, I love this story. There are so many sparklings!! SQUEE!!

And what is this Professor Layton cinema? I didn't know about that. I'm a major movie buff, how could I not know about this? Where did you learn about this? That is so cool!!

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Date: 2010-03-21 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Professor Layton has a movie now. It's set before the games, depicting Layton and Luke's first case as master and apprentice. I hear Level 5 (the game's creators) are planning on making one every winter (not that I'm familiar with winter, being an equatorial resident). But apparently the movie's only out here where I live.

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Date: 2010-03-21 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gundamangel.livejournal.com
wow, I'm mad jelous now!! You are so lucky!! That is so cool!

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Date: 2010-03-21 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genre-savvy.livejournal.com
First, I didn't think anything could be cuter than Sideswipe cuddling Skywarp. Then, I didn't think anything could be cuter than Optimus singing a lullaby to Prowl. Now, I am absolutely positive that nothing can ever be cuter than the ops team cuddling under a table--at least until the next installment. :-D

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Date: 2010-03-23 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genre-savvy.livejournal.com
I have faith in your ability to provide the Internet with massive amounts of cuteness. C'mon, you gave us Hunter and Sojourner. Face it: Cute is what you do. :-)

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Date: 2010-03-21 04:51 pm (UTC)
ext_447741: (Squee)
From: [identity profile] crimsonseastorm.livejournal.com
D'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww sleepy sparklings are soooooooo adorable *SQUEES* I <3 them!!! *cuddles*

I'm all for cuddle times *nods* especially if it gets them back to normal (which I'm sure they want... I, on the otherhand, love them as sparklings ^___~)

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Date: 2010-03-22 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
(So do I. So much potential for tooth rotting fic ;P)

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Date: 2010-03-21 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quidamling.livejournal.com
Awwww. Adorable, was it correct that at least Jazz and Prowl stopped speaking in sparkling-talk by the end? >3 Fantastic, and I'm glad this still updates. Thank you, thank you!

and recaptcha says "the nannies" XDDD *death*

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Date: 2010-03-22 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Just Prowl. Jazz is still italicised ^_^ Glad you like it!

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Date: 2010-03-21 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] insane-no-baka.livejournal.com
That is just way too cute! *squeaks* Ooh, I just want to snuggle them too! ^-^ The last part was quite adorable and made me giggle. It seems that Prowl's "aged" up to the others now and Jazz/Skywarp are the only ones still speaking sparkling-talk? Can't wait to see what happens next!

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thanks! ^_^

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Date: 2010-03-21 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookscrazygirl.livejournal.com
Don't suppose Optimus noticed that Prowl was talking 'normal' yet, did he?

At least 'Warp and 'Sides have resolved their differences. Me thinks, the rest of 'em were ready to lock those two in a room till they kiss and made up.

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Not quite yet. He's a little busy singing his SIC to sleep ^_^

'Warp and Sideswipe are getting there. Took them two whole chapters more than I'd originally expected, but eh.

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Date: 2010-03-22 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] l-shades.livejournal.com
I'm just gonna add my 'd'aww so cute!' to the rest of them ;)

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
^_^ Glad you like.

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Date: 2010-03-22 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playswithworms.livejournal.com
Awww, good job Sides <333333

D'aw, Prowl & Op ^^

Triple D'aw, Ops snuggle pile *melts*

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Finally too. I thought he'd never get his act together :P

Snuggles make everything good ^_^

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Date: 2010-03-22 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tainry.livejournal.com
Prime with beseeching optics!

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
He did! (Prime was clearly taking notes earlier)

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Date: 2010-03-22 08:49 am (UTC)
ext_190998: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
Awwwwwwwwwwww...cuddle time for all! (I think I have diabetes~ socute) Enquiring minds would like to know, what are the three younglings up to? (and does it involve explosions?) ...and. Are Mirage, Jazz & 'Bee ...under a table?

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
It might, once they manage to get into Wheeljack's lab. Understandably, much effort is going towards making sure the younglings do not succeed.

Yes. Yes they are.

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:40 pm (UTC)
ext_190998: (mischief)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
Ah, I see. Earthquake tactics. Smart mechs (considering the mechs trying to get IN are Wheeljack & Starscream...am I to assume that it is not so much a matter of "if" but rather "when" said explosions will commence?)

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Date: 2010-03-22 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
(... Probably more 'when' than 'if', yes, but Red Alert and Ratchet will be damned before they fail to hold out for as long as possible)

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Date: 2010-03-22 10:26 pm (UTC)
ext_190998: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
Ahhh. Well I will wish them luck then, if only for the stability & continued existance of the Ark =p

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Date: 2010-03-23 07:19 pm (UTC)
artemis10002000: (skywarp)
From: [personal profile] artemis10002000
Awww! So many adorable scenes! The Skywarp and Sideswipe scene was my favourite, since lil Warp had been breaking my heart. I'm so happy Sideswipe has stopped being stupid.

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Date: 2010-03-25 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
So am I. Stubborn Lambo was being stubborn ^_^;;

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Date: 2010-04-13 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanjuno.livejournal.com
Suffer Sideswipe, sufferrrrr from your guilty guilt! teach you to be mean to the bitty Seeker! Loved it as always! ♥ And it was cool how the "settle down for naptime" relfected the various relationships we have going here. ^_^

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Date: 2010-04-14 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you :3



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