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Inspired by Jazz The Tiger’s picture Melancholy.


Megatron/Starscream, Knockout/Starscream-friendship


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Sitting outside on an old stone column, Starscream shivered as the rain battered his back and wings, refusing to enter the clan’s cave.  He was mourning the loss of his unborn clutch.  Not only had it been his first clutch and therefore positively devastating, but who the sire of the clutch was added an extra level of trauma.


Megatron had been the sire.


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As soon as Starscream’s heat had barely started, Megatron had begun hounding him. For days. Granted, the hounding was proper courting, but it had still been annoying until the full strength of the heat had struck Starscream all at once.  By then, he had been lifting his tail and letting Megatron mount and claim him as nest-mate for the first year of his fully mature breeding life.


Frankly, instincts were a pain all throughout the mating season.  Starscream had been Megatron’s main focus this season, and despite his need for independence, he could not fight his body’s need to reproduce with a strong sire. As Megatron was the biggest and strongest sire around, of course, he had capitulated. Besides, it was not like any of the Autobot dragons were willing to court him, even if he did fancy their carrier leader who, it must be said, was quite the rare catch for dragons.


Another reason that losing his first clutch was so agonizing was the way he lost it, to begin with. 
It was not due to being in a necessary battle or even a fight at all; it was because he had stepped wrong on rocky ground while trying to find a sunny spot to relax on. 
Just a simple rock giving out from under his feet, and he slipped and slammed right onto an uneven side of the rock. 
While not sharp, the rock jutted out, and the impact was enough to cause catastrophe. 
The next thing Starscream knew was Soundwave and Shockwave struggling to carry him to Knockout’s cave and then blacking out. 


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Of course, he woke up to pain and Knockout telling him to push while the healer pressed on his belly. At first, Starscream did not know what was happening, but the truth slowly dawned on him.


He was miscarrying his clutch, well before they were ready to come out.


“NO!  PRIMUS, PLEASE, NO!” Starscream howled in pain, unable to do much other than what Knockout directed and his natural instincts demanded. 
Each push hurt, and it felt like he was being torn open.


Finally, after what seemed like a journey through the deepest pit of Hell, it was all over. Tired and weakened, Starscream could not do much other than lay on the floor of Knockout’s cave, in a blank daze over what just happened.


‘After all, I went through and after all the effort I put into this… All wasted and gone.  I even tried staying out of Megatron’s way and in his good graces just so I could lay a healthy clutch for him.  Now it’s all for nothing, and I could even be declared infertile after all this.  It’s not fair; this was my first!’ Starscream mentally raged and cried, fear creeping into him at what Megatron would think of him now.


His head snapped up when he heard someone say Megatron’s name. It seemed that the sire had come into the healer’s cave, and Breakdown had greeted him before Knockout explained what had happened.
Of course, Knockout’s words were only white noise to Starscream, who stared at Megatron in a mix of panic and fear, afraid that Megatron would call him weak and pathetic for losing their clutch.


Megatron only nodded when Knockout finished, then looked at his exhausted nest-mate.


His face held no expression, no emotion, and then he just turned and left the cave.


Starscream felt like he had been crushed under a mountain from that one look alone and he began sobbing uncontrollably.  ‘I knew it!  He thinks I’m weak!  Not worthy!’ Ran through his head.


Slowly finding his feet, he stood while Knockout protested, squawking that he was too weak to be moving around. 


Starscream didn’t care. 
He needed to get away.


-


Snapping back to the present when the rain began to pour down harder, Starscream let out a sob before forcefully pushing down his pain save his inconsolable expression.
He knew that he was not alone from where he sat on top of the pillar.
At the base, Knockout was waiting for him to come down or talk to him.
Neither idea sounded appealing to the grieving dragon. 
What is there to say other than, ‘I’ve lost my first clutch, Megatron obviously blames me for it, so now I’m going to be declared infertile, and no one will ever try to sire a clutch on me again.’ Starscream thought equal parts devastated and sarcastic.


“It’s natural, you know,” Knockout broke into his thoughts quietly.  “To miscarry after falling that hard onto a rock edge like you did.  You actually did well in expelling the eggs.  If you hadn’t, then it would make things worse.  You could have died,” the healer finished in a whisper.


“Wish I had,” Starscream muttered.  “Megatron blames me, and the others will think I’m infertile.  My first heat and clutch, and I lose it.  And to make matters worse,” he continued, his voice rising as he shared his panic, “It was our leader’s clutch I was carrying.  I failed to deliver him the offspring he wanted.”


“That’s not true, Starscream!  You couldn’t have prevented either the rock giving out from under you or the way you fell.  It just happens sometimes, because life is full of unknowns,” Knockout protested, furious at Starscream needlessly blaming himself.


“Megatron didn’t say a thing.  He just looked at me and left.  What else could that have meant?” Starscream hissed back.


“I know, and while I say that wasn’t the best thing he could have done, I think he just didn’t know what to say,” Knockout suggested unsurely.


Both sat for a while in silence.  “Please come down,” Knockout begged.


Why?” Starscream snarled, sobbing again as he looked at his now-flat belly which no longer held a cherished clutch.  “Why are you bothering, Knockout?  I’m a useless dragon to our clan now.”


“You take that back, Starscream!  You are not useless.  As for ‘why do I bother,’ it’s simple.  I’m your friend, not just the healer of the clan.  We can’t change what happened, or how Megatron reacted.  But you have never been useless, and I doubt you’re capable of it now,” Knockout scolded sternly.


Starscream floundered, unsure of how to take that.  “I will be after this,” he refuted, “I’ll be declared infertile.”


Knockout frowned and reassured him, “No, you won’t.  Since I’m the clan healer, I can definitely prevent that.  Starscream, you are far from infertile.  On the contrary, you conceived sooner than most dragons during mating and are quite healthy.  Also, the way your body reacted during the miscarriage is further proof you are not infertile.  If you had not been able to expel the eggs as quickly as your body demanded, then I would have worried about you having future clutches.  Instead, you did fine.  Although you being way up on top of that pillar after such an ordeal does worry me.”


“Will…will I be able to conceive another clutch soon?” Starscream asked in a whisper.


Knockout sighed.  “Not until next year, I’m afraid.  Unless I missed my guess, you’re now out of season.  Though I can’t be completely sure, since seeker dragons are slightly different than the rest of us,” he answered honestly, before inquiring, “Do you really want to have a clutch so soon, or would you rather wait until you recover first?”


Starscream did not reply, and instead just sat there on the pillar.  Knockout remained quiet, letting him take his time.  The healer would wait with the other out in the pouring rain, because that’s what friends did for one another, and he knew that Starscream would have done the same for him.

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Pillar by Umura

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(I have recently cleaned up the grammar and spelling.)

A gift writing to JazzTheTiger.

Inspiration from this lovely piece of art, done by JazzTheTiger.Blush    jazzthetiger.deviantart.com/ar…

I was moved and in awe when I saw this artwork and could not help writing this.Floating  Please Enjoy.:) (Smile) 

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I do not own the Picture!

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Disclaimer: I Do Not Own Any Transformers or Dragonformers. There said it, now leave me alone.


Written/Plot by: Umura
Edited and Beta-ed by: Rose LadyAnatar Rose Heart  


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EiswolfZero Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww that was just super cute and sad and fitted quite well with the picture!!
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ZoraTheTwilightDrake Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Damn, I LOVE THIS!!!!!!
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demonblood2021 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Artist
awesome story love reading it all the time
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Decepticon-Worship Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you get the picture above the entry? :)
Nice material, btw.
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Umura Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, hopefully I'll get another Idea going as continue on after it maybe.:D (Big Grin) 

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Well After I entered the Writing its self I simply went back in a edited it. 

Go in to Edit first.
Then click the writing image in the first box. (the box with were to label the works mature ratings and all that.)
Pick Change preview Image or Add Preview Image. (Second choice in the option box.)
After it is loaded, just scroll down and press update and it should show up. (In few cases if the image does not show up after that just press done it will show up.)

Sorry for the late reply, I'm no good at checking here on DA as much as I would be on Ao3.Sweating a little... 
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wolfgirl2902 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
is there a second? o-o
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Umura Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe we'll see, I got other projects happening before writing another part to this. Free Shrugs! + PLZ 
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wolfgirl2902 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
cool thanks
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BittersweetMew Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
now I'll officially kill Megatron :chainsaw:

nice story through :D
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Umura Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Now now, put the chainsaw down. But I encourage the use of a bat, of throwing of chairs. Grin revamp 

(I'm don't want to clean of blood spatter, Which I sure I'm going to have too later due to some new writings.sigh hug )
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LornaS Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Perfection! This story is beautifully written and so tragic. Starscream is completely destroyed and Megatron is not helping the situation in the slightest (or maybe he just wants to give Starscream some space). Knock Out is such a good friend and medic, taking care of Screamer.

I love how you explored the social interactions of the dragons and how their biology works. It sounds so real and intriguing.
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Umura Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the fav! 
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lucario1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Poor Starscream........but one thing about Megatron is that this was his clutch too. I'm betting the news made his mind
and body go numb and he left Starscream not knowing what he had done to him.

By the way are you going to write a sequi to this?
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Umura Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Fav.Love 

I'll think about making a sequel to it.Pondering 

Of course that would have to be on a to do list if I did, I got alot of other writing going on, and some are finished but yet to be posted because they need to be checked over by my Beta and me, double proofing and all that stuff.Sweating a little... 

This of course was a gift writing I made for Jazz the Tiger, because her picture inspired me to write it. :)
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SageAngel21 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Darlin you doing ok?Worried v3 

Comforting 
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Umura Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeh I'm ok. Why?
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SageAngel21 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
The writing made me worried that you were not doing ok is all.

I like my cousin being happy. :)
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Umura Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm fine I assure you.
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SageAngel21 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Ok was making sure I was concerned. :sigh: 
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Kittycatcharlie3 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Poor Screamer. Megatron you ba$t£&!!! (I know i am thinking to seriously but you have to be careful with this type of writing. Miscarrying is unfortunately an all to real thing and can be a sensitive subject. Nothing meant by this just voicing my thoughts and attempting to be even slightly helpful for the future).
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Umura Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I know, its tricky writing about something like that. I know Miscarriages are a sensitive subject. I know that alot especially so. (Not personally, just family wise is all I'm going to say.)

And yeah Megatron...StareSword 
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LadyAnatar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She has a point.  You might want to put "WARNING: Semi-graphic description of miscarriage" or something in your summary(s).
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Umura Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'll see what I can do, about the rating.:seriousnod: 
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JazzTheTiger Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing brings me more delight than finding out I've somehow managed to inspire someone to the point of doing things like this. ♥
For once I had no background story for that artwork, and I'm glad you created one, because it exceeds far beyond anything I could've come up with! X3

Aaaah but the feels! TAT
Poor Screamy mourning the loss of unborns, beating himself up over his 'failure' and thinking himself worthless...  and then KO can snap him out of it by telling him he's an idiot for thinking that way and then to 'get his aft back down here now it's raining for frag's sake.' because he's secretly worried that Starscream might throw himself off that pillar or something like that. :nuu:
it all fits perfectly tbh
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Umura Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you like it. Blush

I love your at alot, its so pretty and amazing. :love:  
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Fourth-Goddess Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Poor Starscream :c
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Umura Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
comfort emote  I know, but good thing Knockout is there supporting him. :) (Smile) 
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Fourth-Goddess Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Of course
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