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Let Your Body Go with the Flow [prompt response - virtual - comm] 
24th-Aug-2010 09:26 pm
trix don't ask
TFA Slipstream

[Slipstream is going stir crazy in the Autobot Medbay and thus is so bored she doesn't care whether or not it is appropriate to spam community subspace comm channels with personal ramblings. Her vocalizer, to those who have heard her before, is rasping more than usual, and occasionally glitching into a series of wordless clicks.]

//As some of you know, I had a - let's say I made an important scientific discovery at some personal cost. Weapons systems are functional as of now, but I am having a joyous little vacation in Autobot Medbay. So, ya know the consumables are quite satisfactory, I can watch all the soaps, and I get lots of artificial light. I have to say, though, the Autobots do seem to have the only medi-bot who is a flier working at their Medbay.\\

[There is even greater strain when she mentions her weapons systems, and she doesn't sounds as bitter or sarcastic about the medic, as she does about Medbay in general.]

//I was in bad shape for a while, and not in any state of consciousness that I care to explain in detail, but it gave me opportunity to think and to witness things I might not have otherwise. Sometimes, the path to wellbeing is opposite what you assumed. I know that sounds all fortune cookie - Don't say "...in the berth" - like in that Farscape episode, where they learned that to escape being trapped between dimensions they had to push forward, instead of reversing the way they had come. I'm just going to say it was like that. You don't want to push forward, because you think you'll get further stuck, or hurt more, but sometimes, I guess, it's the only way out, even if you leave a little piece behind. Little pieces grow back over time, or maybe, sometimes, we just learn to live without them.\\

//I guess that kinda applies to past relationships. Sometimes there's no "going back", or if there is, it's not going to make things better. Others are destroyed, or leave, or just "go in another direction", and you have to just move forward from there.\\

[Silence, possibly of the awkward variety.]

//But! I discovered - with some help - that the Autobot Medbay, being also previously a medbay sometimes before the present management arrived, had some old downloads in the reception area. I found a data pad with a download of what looks like a Cybertronian fashion magazine - or "lifestyle" magazine, if you like. It's called alt.Mode and it's got pictures of armor and custom deco and mods, and has a lot of reviews and articles about self-maintenance, protective coatings and restorative polishing compounds. I had no idea there were so many uses for powdered graphite!\\

//This is the kind of thing that we don't think about when we're "just weapons". When there's fighting, or sparkache, this kind of thing is all an afterthought. I know my creator wasn't thinking about teaching me how to achieve the healthiest sheen on my faceplate.\\

[Brief silence.]

//One of my tattoos isn't coming back. I don't know how self repair systems are programmed to deal with finish treatments and pigments. It was a little one someone did for me, and I don't see it coming back. It's like an afterthought, some little addition that doesn't affect function, but I liked it. Starscream, I need you to bring me my tattoo pen!\\

[She knows she is on an open comm, but she is making public demands of her tenant all the same.]

//When I'm repaired, I'm going to try all these cosmetic treatments I am reading about, and then I am going to go dancing! Maybe I'll even have a party! Because, when you move to the music is its own kind of wellbeing, it's like it can give you new life.\\

[ooc: The classic MTV performance of the music for the post.]
Comments 
25th-Aug-2010 01:35 am (UTC)
BW Waspinator

*has just returned home from his random wandering and only now realized that there is way more to the building he's been living in that just his room. also, Fireflight told him that he's living in a medbay, so he's kind of curious...*

*lets himself in and starts "snooping," checking out the facility and accidentally stumbling upon -- SLAG! is that a huge Decepticon? D:*

*can't help a startled buzz at the sight of Slipstream; she's awfully big and possibly dangerous*
25th-Aug-2010 02:07 am (UTC) - physical thread, since Wasp is where she is
TFA Slipstream

*She's lying on a berth under a blanket*

Wasp! Where have you been? *vocalizer glitching a little* We were starting to worry you got struck by lightening again!
25th-Aug-2010 02:11 am (UTC) - Re: physical thread, since Wasp is where she is
BW Waspinator

*starts a little when she calls him by name; slag, how did she spot him?*

Um...Dunno where Wazpinator waz *shuffles a little, staying back where he is in the doorway and looking at anything but her, since she is Big Scary Decepticon*

...How you know Wazpinator? Were no jetz where he from...
25th-Aug-2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Bayverse Maggie

*because activity on the community comm channels haven’t been lighting up her phone as much as they used to lately, Maggie’s curious to listen in, catching the tail end of of Slipstream's broadcast. a smile spreads across her face at the familiar voice, however, she waits until the transmission comes to an end before jumping in.*

//Beauty’s where you find it, not just where you bump and grind it... Or so they say! Sorry I’ve been a bit of a space case lately...//

*she feels a pang of guilt over not knowing exactly how the femme wound up in the Autobot medbay for so long but pushes past it. it’s a little impersonal, she figures, to pry over the airwaves.*

//But I hope you have a speedy recovery, and count me in on that party if you do go through with it. //
25th-Aug-2010 02:04 am (UTC)
TFA Slipstream

*Weak laughter* //Maggie, it's good to hear from you! There really are different kinds of beauty than what I used to think.\\

//I've sorta been out of commission for a little while, and I don't know everything that has happened, but I think there are others who have been having their own difficulties.\\

//I will definitely remember you when I get repaired. I want to have some kind of party. We can all use some fun.\\
25th-Aug-2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Swoop takes a moment to turn his attention to Slipstream's transmission. He's glad to know that she's okay enough to be talking to the community at large, even if she doesn't quite sound like herself yet. She sounds much, much better now than she did before, though, and he's very glad for that.

He smiles when she compliments him indirectly. Skywarp had been happy that there had been a flier in the medbay, as well.

Sometime after she's finished her transmission, he finishes working on the plating he had been reshaping from some scrap metal and heads to repair bay two. Whether he wants to interrupt her communications with her friends or not, he has to check the progress of her repairs.


Hi, Slipstream. Me Swoop am here to see how repairs am going.
25th-Aug-2010 03:46 am (UTC)
TFA Slipstream

Swoop...hi.

She props herself put a little, dropping her datapad to the top of the blanket. Her backstruts are whole, allowing her to lift her shoulders, though her torso is still regenerating. She's able to sit enough to give her wings room to fan slowly; there are holes in the planes of each. She holds one arm close to her side, as it is barely attached.

We're making progress.
25th-Aug-2010 04:17 am (UTC)
He smiles at her reply. That am good. You am looking much better today.

Swoop gives her a visual inspection, carefully checking the state of her regeneration and trying to determine if he would need to bring in any additional parts to augment the process. Everything looks good, and if things continue at the rate she's been regenerating then she'll be out of the medbay completely within four or five days. He runs his scanner over her just to confirm his diagnosis.

You am healing well. Me think you be able to leave medbay in few more days.

You need me Swoop bring you anything?
25th-Aug-2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Fireflight giggles at the last bit of the message and opens his comms.

//You can use my place for your party if you want. I'll make cake!//
25th-Aug-2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
TFA Slipstream

//Hi, Fireflight. Lockdown brought me some take-out from your place. It's really good!\\

//I remember we talked about party locations before. I think there might be a couple of recipes at the end of this 'zine I'm reading.\\
25th-Aug-2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
//Oh, thankyou.// *he chirped*
//OOO, recipes~//
31st-Aug-2010 03:15 am (UTC)
[Continued from a thread above.]

Slipstream watches Ramjet's movements. What were you doing to get so tired, dinged and dusty...or don't I want to know?

Have you seen the rose choker? I wouldn't mind having it back. It was...well-crafted and very pretty.

She holds onto Lockdown's hand still, tightening her hold ever so slightly.
31st-Aug-2010 03:33 am (UTC)
He's a bit disappointed that he didn't get the reaction he was hoping for from Lockdown, but, while he's more than willing to string the bounty hunter along, he wouldn't be that cruel to Slipstream.

Probably don't. Stayed in. Far away from where the accident happened. Didn't find anything interesting.

He reveals the rose choker. Its blackened in some spots, but survived the accident remarkably well, considering. He gets up and holds the choker out to Lockdown.
31st-Aug-2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Lockdown was gearing up to say something completely "tactful" to Ramjet but his vocalizer was cut off when the jet revealed the missing item.

Mouth partially open and askew, he accepts the choker, pleased to see it mostly intact. A budding smile tugs the corner of his mouth and he lifts a grateful glance to the white jet.


Thanks...Ramjet. He rasps with sincerity but it isn't long before his small smile mutates to a smirk. Glad t'see ya finally makin' yourself useful.
31st-Aug-2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Slipstream is, for a moment, unable to express anything more than dull surprise at the revelation. And then, she is unable to disguise her pleasure at the choker being found, and smiles at Ramjet.

You are the best Seeker ever!

She does not say more - aware how clear she let her emotions become - but she starts to wonder what Ramjet might want or deserve as a reward, because he has been performing so admirably lately.
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