The next day it was quite beautiful; the birds were singing a happy tune when Jazz first woke up. He looked over to see if Prowl was next to him. The black and white mech was still in recharge. "He must have been so worn out from everything that happened yesterday..." he said mostly to himself. He slowly got off the berth and headed out of Medical. He smiled when he saw the others having their morning energon.
"Morning Jazz." Bumblebee said with a huge smile.
"How are you feeling?" Optimus asked.
"So...where's the other Prowl?" Bulkhead asked.
"I'll go check on him after I finish this cube." Ratchet said.
"I'm sure he'll be alright. He seems to be adjusting to being here," said Optimus.
"Yeah...he really wants to stay. He says there's nothin back home for him. But... I'd like to at least try and get a message back. I want his Autobots to know he's alive and safe."
"If he's anything like Prowl used to be...I'm sure not many miss him..." Bumblebee said.
"Bee!" snapped Sari.
"What? I miss him too okay? I'm just trying to be funny..."
"...yawn... I'm surprised you haven't become Goldbug yet." Prowl said as he came in the room.
Prowl smirked. "You." he said.
"WHAT?" Prowl smiled more.
"Don't overwhelm the kid with information."
"He asked." Prowl said. He came over to where everyone was sitting.
"So..." Optimus started as Jazz handed Prowl a cube. "Jazz told us you really don't want to go back."
"Won't they miss you?"
"They will understand. Jazz was my life..."
"I was just wondering." started Sari. "Your visor comes off and your optics are gold. Our Prowl never took off his."
"We may be similar, but we're not the same. He was different than me."
"So why are your optics gold anyways? You’re like a human that needs glasses."
Bumblebee snickered. "That's just how I was sparked."
"Can you see without your visor?"
"Not very well."
"Anyway," Jazz said. "I was thinking, even though you want to stay, we should at least try and get out a communication. I want to let your friends know that you're alive and you're safe."
"It's going to be hard." Prowl said.
"I want to try," Jazz smiled, talking Prowl's hand. "I know you want to give them at least that much."
Prowl sighed. "Okay."
Jazz smiled wider. Sari smiled too. "Great...we got rid of one Prowl and now we're stuck with another..." Bumblebee grumbled.
"Bee! That was rude!" Bulkhead said.
"I was just getting used to be Prowl free!" he sighed.
"Dude, he was your friend." Jazz said, a bit shock at him to say such a thing.
"Yeah, but he was on my case a lot too! I don't want some Elite Guard bossing me around!" he huffed, getting up from the table. Prowl looked sadly at the floor.
"Bee!" Bulkhead said as he finished his energon and went after him.
"Don't mind him," said Sari. "He's just afraid Prowl's getting replaced."
"I see..." Prowl said sadly, now had lost his appetite.
"I'm really sorry," Sari sighed. "Bumblebee's weird like that. He handles his emotions immaturely sometimes. He means well most of the time," she said as she took one of Prowl's hands. "Don't let him get to you. He'll come around in time."
"I agree completely with Sari," smiled Optimus.
"...In my world we were good friends..."
"Yeah, he was good friends with our Prowl, he just had a hard time of showing it," Optimus said.
"Yeah, you could tell though," smiled Sari.
"We want ya here," smiled Jazz as he looked at Prowl.
"Of course. Any fellow Autobot is welcome here," smiled Optimus. Prowl slowly smiled back but still upset about what Bumblebee had said.
"Apologize to him," Bulkhead said, dragging Bumblebee back over to them. "You know you didn't mean it." Bumblebee just crossed his arms. "Bumblebee..." Bulkhead warned, pushing him forward.
"Oh... Alright..." he sighed. He looked at Prowl. "I...I'm sorry...about what I said... I'm just... It just might take me awhile okay?"
He sighed. "I...I wanna be friends...just not yet..."
Bulkhead smiled. "There, that wasn't so hard." Bumblebee sighed again.
"C'mon, Bee. Let's go play a video game or something."
"Okay." Sari smiled at Prowl and left. Prowl slowly went back to the cube. Jazz smiled.
"So what are you going to do today?" Optimus asked.
"Prowl, you feel well enough for a tour around the city?"
"I would like that..."
"Let me make sure you're well enough first," said Ratchet.
"Okay." Ratchet did a quick scan.
"Alright, you can go out. Be careful and no racing or battling."
"I do not race." Prowl said as he stood up from his seat.
"I'll make sure nothing happens, Doc Bot." Ratchet nods before Jazz lead Prowl out of the building. Jazz transformed. "Come on."
Prowl transformed after him. "Lead the way." Jazz took off. Prowl "smiled" before following after him. Jazz drove down the main road past the factory and into the city. "It looks the same but different..." Prowl said.
"But, I'm glad you are here."
- There was something familiar about him. "...They are staring at me..." Prowl said.
"Probably because they haven't seen you before...or maybe because you look like Prowl.”
"...I guess you're right..."
"Just ignore 'em."
"Okay." Jazz decided to take Prowl to the park.
"Where are we going?"
"To the park. I hope you don't mind."
"I'd love to see it." Jazz "smiled". When they arrived, Jazz transformed first, and then Prowl. Prowl took in the green scenery with a small smile on his face. Jazz couldn't help but smile. Prowl slowly came to the nearest tree and gently touch its green leaves with the tips of his fingers.
Jazz smiled more. "You like nature?"
"Yes...but when I went into the Elite Guard and became second in command... Let's just say it's been a long time since I saw any organic plant life."
"...Yeah..." Prowl looked up into its deeper branches. "I wonder if I can still do it..."
"You can only try," Jazz smiled. Prowl smiled back before crouching down and then leaping into the tree. He almost made it onto the branch, but his still healing injuries and lack of practice made him fall. He managed to hook a leg mostly around but lost footing with the other and couldn't get a good grip. Jazz raced forward to catch him before he got hurt. "You okay?"
"...Yeah... Guess I don't have it," he said, quickly getting out of Jazz's arms.
"Yeah...I guess ya still need some practice." Jazz said, trying to keep himself from blushing. Prowl smiled. They stare at each other for a bit before blushing again. Both decided just to sit under the tree. Prowl was unsure what to say as they just sat there.
"So...um... You want to practice?" Jazz asked.
"I'm not sure... It's been a long time..."
"We can start on the lower branches and work our way up."
"I guess I can try..."
"I'll be right by your side." Prowl smiled and took his visor off. Jazz got worried. "Why ya took off yer visor? You can't see to well."
"I want to try focusing with my mind like I used to."
"Okay." Prowl closed his optics and walked up to the tree. He folded his hands together and took deep breaths. Jazz watched closely. He listened deeply to his surroundings before jumping onto one of the low branches. Jazz was ready to catch him just in case. He landed perfectly on the branch. Jazz smiled happily.
He opened his optics. "I did it."
"Yeah. Ya sure did." Jazz said. Prowl smiled and closed his optics again. He focused his mind on the branch across from him. It was higher than the one he was on. He took some deep breaths before jumping onto it. He managed to land and sit perfectly. Jazz smiled, he looked so much like his Prowl right now. "Yer doing great, Prowler."
He smiled. "Should...Should I try something higher?"
"It won't hurt. I'll be right here if ya fall."
"Alright." Jazz smiled again. Prowl focused his mind again and aimed for a branch two boughs higher than where he was. He crouched and focused before jumping to it. He managed to land and get a leg around, but quickly fell. He was dangling by his leg. He sighed heavily, hanging there.
"I almost had it..." he sighed pulling himself up.
"You just need more practice."
"...I guess...I guess it's been longer than I thought."
"Why don't you watch me? I'll help ya," he smiled as he jumped up into the tree. He handed Prowl his visor. "We'll do it together, Prowler."
"Okay." Prowl said as he put his visor back on. Jazz extended his hand. Prowl slowly took it. Jazz blushed a little. Prowl couldn't help but blush back.
The two blushed at each other before looking away. "Alright, Prowl. I'll jump slow." Prowl nodded. Jazz squatted down, eyed a branch, and then jumped. Prowl followed him. "Good job. Keep up," he smiled, jumping again.
Prowl tried to jump to the branch. He nearly missed it before Jazz quickly took his hand. "Thanks..."
"You're welcome," he smiled. Prowl smiled back. "Ready to try again?"
"Yeah." Jazz jumped up to another branch and Prowl followed perfectly. Jazz couldn't help but smile again.
Prowl smiled and jumped ahead, successfully landing on a branch above him. "Looks like I 'got my groove back'."
"Sure does." Jazz said. Prowl smiled and jumped ahead again. It was now Jazz's turn to follow Prowl.
"Think you can catch up to me, Jazz?"
"Is that a challenge?"
"Of course," he smirked. Jazz smirked back. The two started laughing and having a good time as they jumped from branch to branch. They slowly forgot the time. "I win again," smiled Prowl as Jazz hopped onto the branch next to him.
"I guess you're right." Jazz said with a smile. Prowl suddenly felt a little weak. "You okay?" Jazz asked.
"I didn't realize it was this late..."
Jazz checked the time. "Oh...it's past lunch." he said.
"No wonder... I'm not well enough to skip a ration."
"Let's head back, okay."
"I've got a better one," smirked a familiar voice. "Who are you? I seriously thought you were dead, but here you are."
Prowl and Jazz looked towards the voice and Prowl blinked a couple of times. "Lockdown?"
"Why are you so surprised?"
"How'd you get here?" Jazz watched and waited.
"In my ship, what's with the 20 questions? You didn't even answer mine."
"You crossed into this world too? Great! You can help me defeat Bludgeon," Prowl said as he jumped down and walked over to Lockdown.
"Prowl? Hah, you’re not Prowl." Lockdown said with a laugh.
"Yes I am. Don't you remember me?"
"The Prowl I know was a different color and he's already dead." Lockdown said.
"Then you're not..." Prowl started, still a little confused.
"No...No I'm not," smirked Lockdown as he took advantage of the situation. He kicked Prowl in his stomach plating. Prowl got shock back from the kick as Jazz jumped down in between them.
"Yer gonna pay for that!" Jazz yelled, nunchuking Lockdown in the face. Lockdown rub the spot where it had hit.
"You wanna fight, do ya?"
"...Jazz... L-Let's just...go..."
"No Prowl, he's not getting away for that cheap shot he did to ya."
"Jazz, he's not worth it."
"Prowl, let me do this."
"Lockdown... You don't have to be like this. In my world, you're a great Cyber Ninja."
Lockdown huffed. "Cyber Ninja my aft. I was never cut out for that stuff. That's the reason I offed Yoketron."
"I'll explain it to you later, Prowl." Jazz said before he started to attack Lockdown again. Lockdown just laughed as the two of them fought. Prowl was left standing there, confused and trying to make sense of things. He was still shock to what he just learned. Yoketron was dead in this universe.
"Agghh! You're way too stubborn for me. I'm gone!" Lockdown transformed and slowly raced off, deeply wounded. Jazz slowly cooled down as he turned to Prowl to make sure he was okay.
"Prowler...?" he asked as he came over to him.
Jazz pulled him into a hug. "Ya still want to stay here?"
"I'm sorry, Prowler..."
"....Can you...can you tell me what happened...?"
"No...not really... MY Prowl could tell ya everything..."
"...Just tell me what you know..."
"From what Prowl told me, Lockdown turned against Yoketron and killed him for his Samurai Armor. He's always been a dirty Con."
"He's still alive in your world huh?"
"You sure you still want to stay then?"
"...Yes... I have to... Bludgeon must be stopped.”
“Master Yoketron would understand."
"When we get back... Do you think...we could try...reaching them...?"
"We can try." Jazz said.
"You...You need a moment?" Jazz asked, still hugging him.
Jazz slowly let go and smiled at him. "I'm you're friend. You can do whatever you need to, okay?" Prowl nodded. Jazz smiled again and led him away from the tree. "Let's head back."
"Okay." Jazz transformed. Prowl sighed before transforming and following after him.
The drive back to base was quiet. Once they walked in, Bumblebee and Sari stared at them. "Who died?" Bumblebee asked.
"Prowl found out about what happened to Yoketron in our world." Jazz said.
"Oh..." Bumblebee sighed.
"I'm so sorry, Prowl," Sari said.
"...It's okay..." Prowl said.
"So...I guess you want to go back now, huh...?" Bumblebee said.
"Huh? But you have Yoketron and better friends."
"But no Jazz..." Prowl said.
"...I see..." said Sari. "You were very close to him then. I'm sure the others will understand."
"So...you loved Jazz a lot more then, didn't you?" asked Bumblebee.
"...Yes..." Prowl said.
"Prowler wanted to see if we can contact the others in his own world." Jazz said.
"...It might take some hard work, but we should be able to. We'll need the remains of his ship."
"...Why?" Prowl asked.
"Homing beacon, maybe some residual energy," Ratchet said.
"Okay." Prowl led Jazz and Ratchet to the back of the factory where his ship was.
"Okay do you know where it is, Prowler?" Jazz asked.
"Yeah, right over here," Prowl said as they reached the wreckage. They went to the part of ship where the homing beacon was. "Here's the beacon. It's been active since I came here. You think it'll help?"
"Yeah. I should be able to rework the beacon and rewire it to your control panel. Does the communication link still work?"
"I think so..." Prowl said.
"Alright. I need to use it to get commutation across to your universe." Prowl nodded.
"Do you need our help?" Jazz asked.
"I might need Prowl's."
"Alright. I'll leave you two alone. I'll get us some energon," Jazz said as he left back into the factory. Prowl watched as Jazz left. Ratchet smiled a bit.
"Come and give me a hand." he said.
"Alright," Prowl replied. The two started undoing wires and dismantling the control panel's video feed. Jazz soon came back with some energon.
"Here ya go, Prowler," he said as he knelt down to offer him a ration.
Prowl couldn't help but blush. "...Thanks..." Ratchet smiled more as he worked. Prowl slowly took a sip from the cube.
"Take a break if you need to. You two were out all day," Ratchet said.
"Don't you need my help?"
"Yes, but I can manage while you finish your energon."
"Okay then." Ratchet kept smiling to himself as Prowl moved to sit closer to Jazz. Said bot sat next to him. He could tell the two were starting to fall in love. Prowl smiled as he talked with Jazz between sips. Jazz smiled at him in return. Prowl finished the cube and handed it to Jazz. "Thank you. I've got to get back to work now."
"Just don't work too hard." Jazz said with a smile.
"I won't," he smiled back. Jazz left the wreckage with a big smile on his face. Prowl went back under the control panel to help Ratchet. After awhile Prowl and Ratchet finally got everything connected.
Prowl sighed. "Alright, kid...let's try it out."
"Okay." Prowl slowly press a button. "Hello?" he said as the screen flickered with some white noise. For awhile Prowl thought they didn't do it right.
"H-ell...Hell-o...?" crackled a voice from the other side. Prowl looked very surprised. He recognized that voice. "Hell...Hello...?"
"Blaster, is that you?"
"Hang on, Prowl. Let me tighten a few wires and increase the range of the homing beacon."
"He's not our Ratchet, Blaster..." Prowl said.
"There. That should do it. Look, the picture's coming in clear."
"Blaster!" Prowl smiled, glad he could finally see him.
"Where you at Prowl?"
"In a different universe. I got here from chasing Bludgeon."
"We went through a broken space bridge. It sent us both here. I must stop him."
"Right, right. I'm down with that. Then yer coming back right?"
Prowl sighed heavily and looked away. "Sadly... It was most likely a one way ticket..."
"What ya mean? The ship's damaged? I'm sure there is an other way for you to get back."
"...Blaster...I...I want to stay..." he said, looking up.
"...There's a Jazz here... Besides, there's no way we could find the space bridge exit on this side."
"Oh I get ya."
"Is...Are Yoketron and the others there?"
"Want me to get them?"
"Yes." Blaster went off screen for a few minutes, but returned with a lot of Autobots. Ratchet saw another him there but he wasn't missing part of his chevron.
"Looks like the vorns were kinder to me in your universe," smiled Ratchet. Prowl couldn't help but smile a bit.
"Prowl? You're alright!" Optimus smiled.
"I am sir." Prowl said with small smile.
"Blaster said you're in a parallel world?"
"I am. There's a Jazz here. Bludgeon is here too. I must stop him."
"At least you're alive. I understand that you must stay," Yoketron said as he came forward. "Prowl...I know there is no way for you to return. You're needed there." Prowl smiled at his master.
"You're really going to stay, aren't you?" the other Ratchet asked.
"I have to." Prowl said.
"Then I understand," said Optimus. "At least we know you're alive."
"Yeah," smiled Blaster. "Jazz would want you to be happy."
"Primus has granted you a second chance, my son," smiled Yoketron. "We will miss you."
"I will miss you all as well." They all shared waves and final goodbyes. The communication started to cut out. "Guys! Wait!"
The screen went blank and cut out completely. "Sorry, kid. Looks like it only had one good communication left in it. At least you got one good call in to let them know you're alright."
Prowl nods. "Yes."
"Well...I'm sorry we couldn't do more."
"It's okay Ratchet."
"I'm sure Jazz wants to talk with you."
"I'll go find him." Ratchet couldn't help but smile as he left.
"Prowler? Everything work alright?"
"Everything is fine, Jazz."
"That's great. You get to talk to them?"
"Yeah, I did."
"Great," Jazz smiled. Prowl smiled back at him. "Well...let's see if we can find you a room."
"...Didn't the other me have a room...?"
"...Yeah... I...I didn't think you'd want it."
Jazz shrugged. "I just thought you'd want one for yourself."
"I'm sure the room is fine."
"If you want it."
"Do...Do you not want me to have it? If...If you want to keep it in memory of your Prowl...I understand..."
"...No... It's alright," Jazz smiled. "He'd want you to have it. It's alright." Prowl slowly smiled back. Jazz took a hold of his hand. "I'll show you." Prowl couldn't help but blush as Jazz lead him down the hall. Jazz smiled too as they entered Prowl's room. Prowl took in the openness of the room with the tree growing out in the middle.
"Wow... It's... It's peaceful..."
"Yeah just like Prowl would like it." Jazz said.
"...It's definitely a change from an office." Jazz smiled a bit.
"I'm glad you like it." Prowl smiled back at him. "Ya want me to leave alone to settle in?"
"No, that's alright. I would love some company though." Jazz smiled and then climbed up into the tree. Prowl smiled again before going to join him. The two sat next to each other on a branch. Prowl smiled again, feeling very happy with Jazz by his side.
"I'm glad you decided to stay..."
"Me too..." Prowl smiles more. Jazz slowly leaned in. Prowl slowly leans in as well. Both stared at each other, blushing. "Jazz....do you..."
"....Do you..." Prowl blushed some more.
"...Yes...I love you..."
"You do?" he asked with a smile.
"...Am...Am I going to fast...?"
"No, it's fine. I...I love you too." Jazz took a deep breath and kissed him. Prowl enjoyed the kiss and kissed back. Both of them were lost in the moment. They didn't know they were being watched.
"Nice one Jazz!" Bumblebee laughed.
"Bee!" Sari scolded. Prowl and Jazz pulled away, both blushing at having an audience.
"Didn't take you two long to become more than friends," Bulkhead said.
"Haven't you three heard of privacy?" Prowl asked.
"Nope," smiled Bumblebee.
"Sorry, we were just curious..."
"We were TRYING to watch quietly..." Sari sighed, glaring at Bumblebee. Prowl sighed. "We'll leave now. You two need your privacy," smiled Sari. "Come on, boys."
"Awww and just when it was getting interesting." Bumblebee said.
"Let's go," said Sari. With that the three headed down the hall.
"Where were we?" Jazz asked.
"Kissing I believe."
"Oh yeah..." he smiled back. The two kissed again. They press their foreheads together as their visors glowed happily.
"...I...I never thought...I'd find love again..."
"I'm kind of happy ya did..."
"...Me too..." Jazz smiled at him. Prowl smiled back.
"What should we do now?"
"I don't know..."
"Want to see what the others are doing?"
"...Sure..." Jazz smiled as he got down from the tree. Prowl followed. They headed to the main area of the base.
They notice Bumblebee, Sari, and Bulkhead playing some video games after the little intrusion. Optimus was looking at the monitors when he saw them. "So..." he started.
"We're not bonded yet, but..." said Jazz.
Prowl tried not to blush. "Did they...." he started as he looked over at the small group with their game.
"No. Just a guess." He sighed in relief. "That's good. Now we can focus on the problem at hand," Optimus said. Prowl nodded. If he was going to have a good life with Jazz, Bludgeon needed to be stopped.
"Ha! I win again!"
"Yeah well..." sighed Bulkhead.
"You're not being a good sport Bumblebee," Sari said with arms crossed.
"That's okay buddy." Bulkhead said.
"Do the two love birds want to play?" Bumblebee asked.
Prowl blushed a bit. "Yeah, sure... We'll play ya," smiled Jazz. Bumblebee smiled happily. Jazz led Prowl over to the group. "So what ya all playing?"
"Are you sure you want to play?" Bumblebee asked Prowl "Our Prowl never wanted to."
"I'll just watch," Prowl said.
"Thought so." Bumblebee said. Jazz smiled a bit. The group started to play their game as Prowl sat near by and watch. He couldn’t help but smile at all this.
"I'm going to win Bee." Jazz said with smirk.
"I wouldn't be so sure...” Prowl just couldn't help but smile again. It brought back so many memories back in his universe.
"Told ya not to be sure," smiled Jazz as he won.
"Prowler? Want to try and knock Bee's ego down some more?"
"I...I don't know." Prowl said.
"It's...It's been a long while since I played..."
"Awww come on Prowler." Jazz said as he hold out the controller to him.
"...Alright..." Jazz smiles as Prowl slowly took the controller into his hands.
Bumblebee smiled. "I'm going to beat you easily." Sari nudged him and glared at him. "What, he will. He said he not very good."
"Don't underestimate me," Prowl smiled. Bumblebee was determined to win against Prowl. Prowl quickly got the hang of the game. Bumblebee looked shock as Prowl was slowly beating him. Prowl smiled a bit. Bumblebee knew he had to do something or he will lose again.
"Ha! This is my secret combo!" he said, making his character flip, do a kick combo, and then punch combo. Prowl only smiled and did a quiet, evasive ninja maneuver.
"Looks like your secret combo doesn't work as a secret weapon. I win." Bumblebee's mouth hangs open in shock. "Thank you for an entertaining round."
"See Prowler, I knew you can do it." Jazz said with a smile.
"How about you and I face off?"
"Sure thing." Bumblebee sighed and handed the other controller to Jazz.
"Thanks Bee." Jazz said before the two started the game.
"You're welcome. I'm looking forward to seeing you two experts duke it out."
"That was very sportsman like Bee," smiled Sari. Bumblebee smiled. The two ninjas started their fight. The group watch in awe.
"Got ya, Prowl!"
"No you don't..." Both were evenly matched.
"I'm gonna finish you, Prowl... Face it..."
"I don't think so Jazz."
"Well I do... Ha ha! Got-..." Prowl had just effectively defeated him. "...-cha... Man..." Prowl smiled at him. "Another round?"
"Well...." Before Prowl could say anything, the base alarm came on.
"Optimus?" Bulkhead asked.
"We got some trouble." Optimus said.
"Bludgeon?" Prowl asked.
"Unfortunately yes, and he has some friends."
Prowl sighed. "I was afraid of that." he said.
"Where you want us boss bot?" Bumblebee asked.
"You can't," Prowl started "it's too dangerous."
"Prowler...you can't do this alone," Jazz said. He came over to him and took his hands. "We're coming with you."
"But....I don't want to lose you again..."
"You won't Prowler." Jazz said.
"...You don't know that..."
"No, but I can't just hand ya over. You need help. You can't do this by yerself. With all of us helping, we'll all stand a better chance." He pulled Prowl close to him and locked optics with him. "You know we do..."
"But Bludgeon is dangerous..."
Jazz kissed his chevron. "Just trust me, okay? It's gonna be fine."
"Prowl, you can't face him alone. He's more powerful than you think. I know you're just trying to protect us, but two bots are better than one. You're part of a team now."
"Don't be," Optimus smiled. "We're a team, a family."
"What are we waiting for?" Sari said "Let's go kick some buts!" Prowl smiled a bit.
"Let's roll everybody." The group transformed and drove off towards where Bludgeon and his new friends were.