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29 July 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Last and Alone - Secret Part 5  

Last and Alone – Secret
Title:  Part 5
Rating:  T
Characters:  Perceptor, Ratchet
Warnings:  Mech x Mech hinted at/mentioned occasionally
Universe:  G1-ish/Last and Alone/Monolith
Disclaimer:
I, in no way, shape, or form, own the Transformers© franchise or the characters it contains.  They belong to Has/Tak, No infringement intended.  Any OC’s to my knowledge are solely mine. 
Summary:  Perceptor was once part of a gestalt, but the others were destroyed.  Since he should never have survived the deaths of his teammates, it’s a secret he has kept for thousands of vorns.  Now Jazz is tracking it down.  An unexpected continuation of a prompt I took on.  It only pretends to have a plot.

Part 4 

Part
5


Perceptor came out of Foist’s memories with the plans for the GN rifle readily available.  He also had an adaptation that Foist had been toying with at one time.  One designed specifically for the scopes and light cannon he and Gazer had possessed.  It was an adaptation that had never been done but might still be possible.  His current alt form still allowed for the light cannon ability, though his scope, instead of being macroscopic, was now microscopic.   Oh course, according to Foist, the models kept showing that Perceptor would be overloaded and knocked off line after one shot, leaving him vulnerable in a battle.  And that was a best case scenario.  Though he already thought he saw a method to buffer that.  Possibly.  Maybe.

Of the teams memories regarding the GN rifle, Perceptor had saved Foist’s for last.  He’d felt that by looking at them, it was a commitment step of some sort.  Foist’s memories would have the plans and specs for the rifle.  And once brought up from behind his most secure firewalls they would not be so easy to bury again. 

Then there was the point that he wasn’t sure if introducing such a weapon into this war was a wise idea.  True they had been taking a pounding from the Decepticon gestalts recently.  Bad enough that Perceptor had actually gone digging thru his team’s memories for the one weapon he knew might help.  He had never seen the Decepticons employ it, so he was pretty sure the design was lost, and the theory behind it lost as well.  The exception being his memories.  The adaptation of the GN rifle to his artillery cannon was a better, more secure route than the original form of a rifle.  He should be able to do the majority, if not all of the work himself.  The schematics would never leave his processor. 

And there was always the chance that he would never need to use the weapon.  If he did eventually use it, perhaps he would be lucky and his target would be Menasor or Bruticus.  Neither team was scientifically or medically smart and the whole thing might get chalked up to a lucky shot. 

Of course, if he did use the weapon, the Constructicons had a couple members smart enough to figure out the puzzle if they chose to pursue the involuntary disengagement of a fellow gestalt.  Or themselves if Devastator was the target.  Not a completely unreasonable thing to pursue knowing Scrapper and Hook.  And they no doubt would look at the situation until they figured it out.  And then they would probably create their own rifle or come up with something worse. 

Until Foist and Tonic had created their little toy, the spark merge point had never been a weakness.  The spark merge point formed in all gestalts.  All gestalts were spark bonded.  Some surgically as his team had been.  Some created that way from the beginning, like the Aerialbots.  In either case you had six individual sparks – five in the case of most of the modern gestalts- designed to act in a similar means to a naturally occurring split twin spark.  Then, for added complexity, toss in some additional CPU bonds plus some more gestalt specifics that activated during a merge, and the energies of the sparks- not the sparks themselves- leaked towards each other as they suffused the entire gestalt eventually pooling together as a sort of phantom spark.  This in a sense gave the formed gestalt its own ghostly spark which was scan-able if you knew to look for it and how to look for it.  The location of the pooling varied in each gestalt though. 

The GN rifle would negate the power of the Gestalts on both sides, and it would offer more risk to those same teams.  Being popped apart by the rifle was disorienting and left the individuals venerable for an unsafe span of time if done in the midst of battle without comrades to protect and cover the gestalt members.  Employing the weapon with a good battle plan in place could cost the target team their lives and Perceptor was not sure he wanted to be responsible for a gestalt team’s death, no matter the faction.   

Perceptor frowned, was this weakness really something he wanted to reveal?  Even to his own faction?  Or conversely, could he continue to function knowing that a fellow Autobot had died at the hands of an enemy gestalt because he had refused to build and employ a weapon that might have saved them?   He had been honest in the information he had given the Autobots about gestalts.  He had however omitted some things.  The spark merge point being a big omission.  Perceptor recognized the same discussion and arguments, plus some new ones for this old yet new situation, all over again, only this time, he was having it completely with himself.  No wonder Cavalier had fretted over this so much.   This line of thought could go on forever.  

Back then the team had finally merged to clearly see what each member’s position was.  In the end, even though Monolith had agreed, Cav had still had reservations.  Not enough to be detrimental to Monolith or the team, but there none the less.  In the end, he had been the smart one.

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Ratchet had been in Perceptor’s lab for near 15 minutes, with no acknowledgment from Perceptor except for the brief ‘hello’ and ‘yes I can talk for a few minutes’ he had received upon entering. Ratchet was leaning against the counter as Perceptor worked on what appeared to be his scope, laid out in pieces on a work table.  Frustrated as usual when dealing with Wheeljack or Perceptor when either two mechs had plans on the CPU Ratchet finally broke the silence.

“Perceptor, what the frag is going on between you and Jazz.  He has got his processor worked up something fierce over you being a member of a gestalt.  And while I medically declared your comments as a quirk from the emergency re-boot, he’s not excepting it.  And with you playing hide and seek with him, you’re not helping your own cause here.  Toying with the head of our Special Operations team and the bond mate of our Second-in-Command is not one of your more brilliant plans for entertainment.”

Perceptor cycled his systems cooling vents in a sigh and looked from the table where his scope lay as he worked on it.  Looking back at this week following the last battle, Perceptor realized that he was indeed completely at fault in this.  Even after the first slip, if he had thought the situation out and done some damage control right after the battle by letting Jazz seek him out, the whole incident could have been explained away on the battlefield re-boot.  But he had been caught off by his slip and to fragged to think straight about it at the time.  Toss on top his ‘depressed more than usual’ mood over his long ago lost teammates and he realized in short he had panicked. 

“You are correct Ratchet.  It was most certainly an ill prepared and executed plan on my part.  I just had other issues on my processor –(absolutely true)- and dealing with Jazz as he pesters me about some non-sense comment-(not true)- I made coming out of emergency re-boot was not high on my list of priorities –(also not true).  It was simply easier to avoid him for the time being (completely true).  I was unaware that I had avoided him for so long – (almost true).  Yes it was quite rude and unacceptable on my part – (again true, but living in Sliders memories tend to cause that).  I will have to remedy the situation.  I will acquiesce to his desire for a discussion. ”

Ratchet’s optics dimmed as he glared at the scientist.  While Perceptor’s words had been fine, his body posture had suggested otherwise.  It was nothing that most mechs would notice.  He could name the mechs in the Ark on one hand who, besides himself would probably have clued in on it. 

“Perceptor, are you sure there’s not more to this than your letting on?”

“Other than the lack of re-charge due to too many thoughts and ideas running thru my processor?  I assure you that I am fine.”

“Something wrong with your scope?  I could help you with it.”  Offered Ratchet as he changed tactics in his attempt to get Perceptor to talk, now that he had the microscopes attention.

“No, I really need to do this myself.  In fact this is one of the thoughts and ideas I mentioned.   I may however, seek Wheeljack out later on some other ideas.”  Perceptor’s optics flashed and he quickly continued to eliminate the possible insult he had just delivered to his friend.  “Not to suggest that you are incapable of helping me of course, since you are certainly qualified, it’s just that Wheeljack and his eng…”

“Perceptor,” Ratchet interrupted, “It’s fine.  I just want to make sure you’re ok and see to it that you clear up whatever is going on between you and Jazz.  I know you get into these weird moods occasionally, but this is not the mech to do this with.  Primus above and below, you want to mess with a mechs CPU, pick someone who’s use to it.  Jack, myself or Beachcomber would be much better targets.  Promise me you will quit avoiding the mech.  Primus!  You’re lucky I’m familiar with your little mood swings.  If I was any kind of paranoid, I’d be wondering by now if Jazz’s thoughts AKA accusation doesn’t have a ring of truth to it.”

Perceptor who had gone back to working on his scope paused to show Ratchet he was actually listening and to consider Ratchets words.  “Ratchet, all of my systems are running at optimum efficiency.  I will meet with Jazz and get this all cleared up.  Will that satisfy you as proof I am fine?”

“No it won’t, but I’ll accept it.  It appears I have little choice.  Just remember, you do have friends here who care about your well being and we are more than willing to listen if you have a problem.  We can hold things in confidence you know.  And I’m not just saying that as the Chief Medical Officer.”

“Thank you Ratchet, I will talk with Jazz in the morning.”

“And make sure you talk in a language he can understand.”

“I was under the impression that he conversed in United States English.”

Ratchet’s optics narrowed, “I mean none of your above their CPU’s talk.  Talk with him like you would talk with myself or Jack in a normal casual conversation.”

“I do not expect my conversation with Jazz to be normal or casual.  You yourself have pointed out that I have ‘toyed’ with the wrong Mech.”

Ratchet sighed and shook his head.

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Jazz had been talking with Hound and Trailbreaker when Perceptor entered the Rec room the next morning, headed for the energon dispenser, got himself a cube and with a nod at Jazz headed out.

It took Jazz a couple of seconds to really process what had just happened, then with a quick excuse to his companions he was up and headed out of the Rec room.  Unbelievable, the mech pulls a vanishing act that would make Mirage proud and avoids me for nearly a week, then strolls by as though nothing unusual has been going on. Was Jazz’s thought as he reached the hallway, only to stop as Perceptor had once again vanished.  Skipping the location inquiry to Teletran as futile, Jazz chose the shortest route he knew to Perceptor’s  lab.

Part 6 - Secret 

 
 
 
kirin_sagakirin_saga on July 30th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Another chapter! *does happy dance*

Perceptor deliberately went into that memory? And he's building that weapon? Interesting. It's smart of him to keep it to himself, though. No need to let anyone see those plans.

I loved the descriptions of the spark bonding.

The part where Perceptor was answering Ratchet was a bit confusing, though:

I just had other issues on my processor –absolutely true- and dealing with Jazz as he pesters me about some non-sense comment-not true-

It took me a moment to realize that he was not actually saying the parts that were in italics.

I'm very much looking forward to Jazz's and Perceptor's conversation!
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on July 30th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
So I added (parentasis). Maybe that will help? I guess I could completely eliminate as well. Will see.

Thank you for the comments.
kirin_sagakirin_saga on July 30th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh, don't eliminate it. Adding parenthesis works fine!
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on July 31st, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
As late as it was my time, it was the best idea I had for a quick fix.

And yes, it does work better this way.

Again, Thank you.
Myrrhibis or VAharleywitchokami_myrrhibis on July 30th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yup - I only saw version w/ parenthesis - and I had no confusion that it was an internal comment.

Great job! This is getting quite interesting.
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on July 31st, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting.

Thank you for the confirmation on the correction/clarification
Kyra Neko-Rei (Kyra Cat-Soul)kyra_neko_rei on July 30th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Mmmmmm, this is getting interesting. I love Jazz's slow-on-the-uptake deal when Perceptor comes in for energon. :)
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on July 31st, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Hope it stays interesting.

I figure after a week of trying but not locating Perceptor, Jazz really wouldn't believe he'd seen him. XD

Thank you for reading and commenting.
tainry: PerceptorCoopertainry on July 30th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
::joins in the new chapter happy dancing::

Yyyyyeah, he really doesn't want a curious Jazz on his aft. ^^;
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on July 31st, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting.
okamichanokamichan on July 30th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
I do like this little series. It's an interesting little twist. I look forward to seeing what Perceptor will tell Jazz (the truth? a half-truth? an outright lie? Each would carry it's own repurcussion).
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on July 31st, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
The conversation section/s is/are in progress. I hope the result pleases.

Thank you for reading and commenting.
mmousemmouse15 on August 9th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, Primus, I love this series. You've come up with such a great idea, and you're writing it so well, and it's awesome. I really liked how deeply into his memories Perceptor got pulled and how smoothly you transition from the memories to the present. That weapon sounds scary and yet awesome.

Off to read more of this, since I'm so far behind.
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on August 10th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting. I am pleased that you are enjoying this series. Hope you continue to do so.
snugsbunnysnugsbunny on September 12th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
Heh, I missed a chapter XD

Was kinda wondering why I jumped from 4 to 6. Oh well, I'm never the brightest XD

Again loving the easy dialogue, it just reads so natural, not stilted like some fics (cos I know I have that problem)

Still enjoying this though.

cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on September 14th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Now I have never found your dialog "stilted." See, the more you enjoy a story, the harder to see the flaws, if they are even there, which I am not sure they are. :)