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09 September 2008 @ 10:12 pm
Beta Testing Entry for LJ  

This entry is for a Beta Test for the update LJ is getting ready to release in the next few days that will hopefully fix the problem with scripts and cuts that occurred with the last update of theirs.

Fall is arriving here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA and with it and with it Real Life has gotten busy.  Thus the next chapter of Last and Alone-Secret is not seeing a lot of time.  Actually, I'm not seeing much internet time either.  So, anyway, for the Beta Test I thought I would try a cut with a small section of chapter 12 of Last and Alone - Secret.  Not much of Perceptor in this section, but...  And this teaser(?) is not being posted anywhere but my journal.

So lets test! 

Last and Alone – Secret
Part 12  Teaser for Live Journal Beta Test


Prowl was distracted.  He was so distracted that he didn’t even realize he was distracted.  And had it not been for the fact that he was in the Tactical Teams planning office, with Trailbreaker and Red Alert for the purpose of reviewing modifications to the Arks Security, it was most likely that none would have realized the unusual state of the Second in Command.  Prowl, though unaware of it himself had been distracted since Jazz had apparently and seemingly unintentionally broadcast the barrage of negative feelings across their bond, then with little explanation had firmly shut him out.

Had Jazz been on a mission, Prowl would have thought little about how firmly Jazz had shut him out; nor would he have puzzled over the brief yet nearly overwhelming sensations from the bond.  However, he knew the Saboteur was in base, and as the bond very rarely interfered with either of their jobs, especially when on base it had caught and held the tacticians attention as he reveiewed the experience.  On top of that, the steady failure of Jazz’s extremely firm shielding along with the steady increase of feelings and quick brief flashes of images over the last 15.8 minutes and Prowls interest and attention was well and truly caught.

Trailbreaker and Red Alert had picked up on Prowls lack of attention to the security discussion rather quickly.  It being rather easy to notice.  And they had done it far quicker than the time it had taken Prowl to stop answering questions and give up all pretenses that he was interested in the topic of discussion.

“Prowl, are you ok?”  Trailbreaker asked for the fourth time in as many minutes as he cast a worried frown at Red Alert.  Still he received no answer.

“Prowl, this is Red Alert, please answer us or I will summon Ratchet.”

This veiled threat by some miracle registered with Prowl, if somewhat vaguely as the tacticians response showed.  “I am getting the strangest… feelings and… images over my bond with Jazz.”  Prowl answered distractedly.  “They are confusing and unfamiliar, yet interesting at the same time.  It is … unusual.”

“Okay, Prowl, I’m thinking we might need to put this meeting off and you go figure out what Jazz is up to.  Huh?”

But Prowl was already lost once again in the bond.

Red Alert sent an inquiry to Teletran seeking Jazz’s location.  “Oh, no, no, no, no.  Don’t do this to me.  I just got released.” He muttered to himself.

Trailbreaker looked at Red Alert in confusion.  “What?”

“Huh?  Oh, I just had Teletran locate Jazz.  He’s in Perceptor’s lab.  That’s what sent me to Ratchet last night.  And I just got released in time for this meeting.  I really don’t want to do this again.”

“Oookaay, I still don’t understand.” Trailbreaker replied softly.

“Never mind, all it proves is that Jazz is really out to get us.  Crashing my processor wasn’t enough this time, now he’s working on Prowl.  And Perceptor is helping him.  Perceptor has been assisting the Decepticons since the day we found him and he has finally recruited Jazz.  Now, they must be setting us up for Megatron’s next plan.  It’s a plot.  If he takes out enough of us in the Senior Command the Decepticons can just…”

“Whoooaaa, slow down Red.  There’s no plot, and hurting Prowl,” Trailbreaker nodded at the Tactician before looking back to the Security Director “is the last thing Jazz would do.”

Red Alert looked at Trailbreaker.  His optics a little too bright.

“And me?”

“Red, Jazz is an Autobot Officer, just like you.  Pit, he’s Senior Command just like you.  Jazz is not out to get you.”

“And Perceptor?  The things he can do when …”

Trailbreaker sighed, “Red, Perceptor is also an Officer.  Look, put a little of that above average intelligence of yours to work.  All we have to do is page Jazz.  And if he’s in Perceptor’s lab, I’m sure a page to Perceptor would work also.”  Trailbreaker looked again at the tactician and waved a hand in front of Prowls dim optics.  Then with a frown at the lack of response added to Red Alert   “And we might want to do that pretty quick.” 

Current Mood: blankblank
kirin_sagakirin_saga on September 10th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I love this teaser (though I wish it wasn't just a teaser)! If neither Perceptor nor Jazz responds... I wonder who will go down to check. Prowl would probably have to be dragged, seeing as he's too distracted to walk anywhere on his own.

And I've been wondering... I can't remember if you've mentioned it before or if I've asked before, but is the fact Perceptor was found in stasis common knowledge or do just Officers know? I'm sorry if you've answered this before. I don't mean to be a bother.
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on September 10th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Regarding who knows Perceptor's background. I've never really said in the story. The closest I have come so far to discussing Perceptor's being found was Ratchet and Jazz's discussion in Part 3. I am working with the belief that the information is in his personel and or medical file, so available to any officer who looks. I am also working on the assumption that based on the time frame of his being found as referenced by Ratchet (it puts us probably in the first 1/3 or 1/2 or the war) the chances of the Primes unit being fully formed as we know it is slim. Also based on Ratchet and Jazz's conversation, we can assume that Ratchet and Wheeljack were present in the unit. Was Jazz or Prowl? Questionable. But I suspect that if not already part of the unit they would have been making names for themselves by this time in the war so they would be getting noticed if they had not been so already. And certainly whatever soldiers found Perceptor know, though how much about him they know would again be questionable as well as whether they are even still alive. I am reluctant to offer to much in the story on current unit members until needed for the storyline. This allows me a bit of flexibility if and when needed in the storyline.

Part of Ratchet's explanation from Part 3. Notice I was sorta vague. Vague on time frame, vague on was Jazz present, though the assumption is he probably was not:

"Of course, at that time, neither side was exactly desperate for energy, just continuously short so we had not yet exploited those types of lines like we did later on. In fact, it was still somewhat early enough in the war that we occasionally came across the odd group of neutrals trying to survive off such deep tap lines."
kirin_sagakirin_saga on September 12th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for that explanation! *LOVES* I wonder how many officers bothered to look... I'll just wait and see.

And I can understand wanting flexibility; I myself don't like saying that something will definitely be a certain way in a future fic/chapter of mine.

Again, thanks for taking the time to explain.