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War and Wings: Chapter 1 part 1--Truth or Dare

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Published: May 24, 2012
Rated T for generic humor, romance stuff---no porn (sorry :D), wartime violence, blood, Cybertronian cursing, and an eventual bar fight...
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Saturday…

Ratchet used to hate Saturdays.

Humans, for reasons that the seasoned medic could not fathom, lumped seven of their solar cycles into a unit of time called a "week," the first five cycles of which were mostly devoted to education, work or a combination of the two.  The last two cycles of the week, colloquially known as Saturday and Sunday, seemed to function as a sort exaggerated holiday, whereby the humans would, on the whole, abstain from work or school and recreate in various ways.

Jack, Miko, and Rafael--the human children who had, inadvertently, stumbled into the middle of their millennia-old, civil war with the Decepticons--were no different from other humans, except that their recreational activities spanned the gauntlet from quiet calibration assists--as was often the case with Jack--to Miko's cacophonously irritating "music."

The latter of which there was no escaping given the layout of their base, a former missile silo.

Ratchet's research required solitude, long periods of quiet contemplation whereby he could focus his intellect.  One couldn't very well manipulate ancient Verio-wave equations, or ground bridge vorticity-flux simulations while distracted.

The humans, in his optics, were a potential liability; a veritable petro-thorn in one's carapace.  They were small and weak, gnats in a war between giants.  By protecting them, they were putting their own lives in danger.  Was a human life honestly worth more than that of a Cybertronian?

Before the scraplet incident, he would have vehemently argued for the later.

Now, the medic condescended to tolerate their presence.

For the most part.

WHAM!  CRA-THUNK!

The ground rocked violently beneath Ratchet's trods, as if someone had just spike-lobbed an entire aircraft carrier.

A round of riotous laughter followed, human and Cybertronian.

Gritting his dental plates, the medic narrowed his optics and tried his best to refocus on the equation that he'd been working on for the last two weeks--a recipe for synthetic energon--though it still shook wildly along with the rest of the computer.

This was going to be a long weekend.

"Hey, Ratchet!" Miko's voice called out after several blessed minutes of silence.

The medic sighed.  "Yes, Miko?" He replied after a moment, his optics still glued to the computer screen.

"We're playing a game."

"Yes, I've noticed." He replied with a sarcastic chuckle.

"Would you like to play?"

"No."  

"Aww, you're no fun…"

"That's right." The medic replied absently, pouring over a new batch of calculations.

"Hmph, fine."Miko stumped off in a huff, her footfalls heavy enough to imitate Bulkhead.

Ratchet smirked and then shook his head.  At least she stormed off somewhere else, he observed dryly.

For a time after, much to Ratchet's surprise, the humans and their guardians were remarkably quiet, except for an occasional--yet tolerable--din of merriment.
  
The console beeped faintly as another set of calculations appeared.  Ratchet stepped back from the station and rubbed at his chin plate, cross-checking the numbers with those that he had computed using his own processors.  Something was off, though he couldn't quite put his finger on it.

I wonder if…

"BWEEEEP! BWoooooWWwww!"

Ratchet's thoughts evaporated…as did the equations that he had just been processing.

Gone.

Startled out of him by Bumblebee's sudden, and unexpectedly ridiculous outburst--the electronic sounds emanating from his voice synthesizer translating as "I am the mop king."

More laughter.

Now genuinely angry, Ratchet left his console and stormed out into the open.  "WHAT IN PRIMUS' NAME IS GOING…?"

Ratchet's voice cut off in mid-sentence; his optics widened and his jaw dropped.

What he saw…was not what he expected, to say the least.
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Those of you who have been watching me for some time, you all know that my brain comes up with strange ideas sometimes.

Well, this is just another example of that, lol.

There aren't that many, non-slash related, Ratchet fanfics out there, so I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring.

The point of this is to tell a love story...a past love story. There will be war, there will be blood; this story will not end on a happy note. Just fair warning.

In terms of ratings, some parts may get a bit dark, but my readers will not have to worry about robot porn or anything like that. So, for some wartime violence, blood and stuff let's give it a solid T.

Being that it's a love story there will be one pairing that will, eventually, involve our beloved medic and a female OC named Io.
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The day was quiet enough that June had a moment to reflect on how life had changed since she met Arcee and the other Autobots. There was so much to learn about these strange beings and she just wanted to learn anything she could She walked further into the base to see Miko teasing Rafael by holding a computer component just out of his reach, and Jack trying his hardest to stop the Japanese girl. Ratchet noticed this teasing as well and he was about to step in when something fell out Rafael's pocket. The object confused Ratchet greatly; it was small by human standards and miniscule by Cybertronian standards. "Miko, stop…!" June ordered
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It was quiet. Optimus Prime walked through the halls of the Autobot base, checking over each of the Cybertronians residing inside.  Bumblebee was watching Rafael as the boy drove his remote controlled car around the room.  Smokescreen and Jack were discussing some human customs, the new recruit cracking jokes when he deemed fit.  Optimus had yet to see the other Autobots, though he was more concerned about one of them. Bulkhead had left suddenly, disappearing into the farthest corners of the building.  That had been expected, as the former wrecker was upset earlier that day.  A larger concern was that his human partner had vanished as well.
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lol I read the top first sentece and was like

"Oh, well this sounds like it's going to be interesting"
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An interesting story it is...though it gets much darker as time goes on.
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;v;

My tears have never been so active
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OH NOOOO! IT STOPS RIGHT THERE?!
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Nope...it keeps going.  Longer than I ever anticipated, lol.
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Really?! I need to read, like about, oh, my gosh! Now!
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Do eeet. *wiggles fingers over keyboard*
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Love it! 
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Thankee!
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You're welcomee!
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How are you...

Are you Ratchet?
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Naw, just someone who's really obsessed with him. X3
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...please rub off on me?
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:icontfratchetlaplz:
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DAT ICON. :iconluvluvlplz:
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This is a very good characterization of Ratchet :D The few fanfics I read that include Ratchet rarely show his POV, idk why, cause I like Ratchet's witty-ness XD
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Thanks!

His POV is so much fun to write. He's so snarky, sometimes. X3
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:la: SO GOOD SO FAR!!! *Goes to read mooooooaaaaaaaaaaar* :D

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:la: Can't wait to read more of this when you get it written!
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Yay! You likes! X3

More is in the works, I promise you. In fact, chapter four is about half written, though I'll probably start on Chapter five before posting 4.
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Thank you! X3
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Dude, your narritive first person is serindibidous!
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