k [and thanks uwu]
(but just a teeny tiny excerpt and no ratchet, gomen but my ratchet is too cartoony and tfa ratchet sounding idk i don’t think it’d fit idw ratchet)
ps: even though this FIC IS REALLY REALLY explicit (and also hilarious) this part is more suggestive then anything so it’s really not THAT bad I guess
pps: here is the fic in question
this is riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma
"Whatever you say… sunshine."
~ Wheeljack, Transformers: Prime Season 2 Episode 14
…have any of you heard of the Hawkeye initiative?
CC has joined the party
I have been summoned
Let’s take this into overdrive shall we.
I’m just as confused as the next person, Killer.
HOW HAS NO ONE DRAWN MIHAWK YET??
the fuckn one piece fandom everybody
there is a lack of cooks is panties here
joining the bandwagon
Aromanticism can be really hard to figure out, especially since we’re often not sure what “romantic attraction” is supposed to be, so I made a list of things I’ve often seen in myself and other aromantic-spectrum people.
These are just generalizations. They won’t apply to every aromantic-spectrum person; and some non-aromantic people will have some of these things, too. Some of the list items are contradictory. Having any of the experiences listed below is not proof that you’re aromantic, nor are you any less aromantic if few of them apply to you. But if you’ve been trying to figure out your romantic orientation, and a lot of these sound really familiar to you…then it may mean something.
I also made a list of words relevant to aro-spectrum people in case that helps.
- When you discovered the word “aromantic,” it felt like something finally clicked into place for you.
- Identifying as aromantic makes you feel relieved, free, happy, or more like yourself.
- When you discovered the concept of a “squish” suddenly a lot of things made more sense to you.
- You have trouble telling the difference between romantic and friendly feelings.
- You’ve never had a crush on someone, or fallen in love.
- You’re not sure if you’ve ever had a crush on someone or fallen in love.
- You have trouble telling the difference between a crush and a squish, or between romantic and aesthetic/sexual/sensual attraction.
- You have doubted whether crushes or love really exist, or if they’re just cultural constructs.
- You find romance boring, annoying or upsetting when it appears in fiction, even if it’s written well.
- You once thought that having a crush on someone meant you admired them or really wanted to be their friend.
- You thought crushes were something you consciously decided to have, and selected an acquaintance or celebrity to be your crush, because everyone else was doing it.
- You forgot which acquaintance or celebrity you were supposed to have a crush on.
- If you’re not asexual, a “friends with benefits” relationship sounds ideal to you.
- You have trouble relating, or feeling involved, when your friends discuss their romantic relationships or romantic feelings.
- Falling in love doesn’t seem very exciting to you.
- You don’t understand why other people make such a big deal out of having crushes or falling in love.
- You don’t understand why people do ridiculous, irrational or over-the-top things in the name of love.
- You don’t understand why finding someone sexually/aesthetically attractive would lead you to want a committed relationship with them.
- Or, maybe you sort of understand those things in an abstract way, but you can’t really relate to them.
- You have never had a romantic relationship - not because you couldn’t get one, but because you just never really bothered to try, or you liked being single better.
- When a romantic relationship gets serious, it makes you feel cold, distant or uncomfortable.
- Getting a romantic partner feels more like fulfilling an obligation, or something you’re supposed to do, than something you’re really enthusiastic about.
- Your romantic partners always seem to be way more into the lovey-dovey stuff than you are.
- A likable person suggests having a romantic relationship with you, and you’re indifferent to it - you’re open to trying it, but you won’t get disappointed without it. Other people may find your indifference bizarre or think you’re giving off mixed messages.
- You have felt guilty about not loving your romantic partner as much as they loved you, even though you sincerely cared about them and wanted to love them back.
- You have felt suffocated, repressed or tense in a romantic relationship, even though you really liked your partner and they hadn’t done anything wrong.
- When your last romantic relationship ended, you felt relieved and free more than you felt sad, even if your partner broke it off, and even if you liked them very much as a person.
- You’re more excited by making a new best friend than by falling in love.
- You wouldn’t mind marrying your best friend and spending your life with them, even though you’re not in love with them.
- You’d rather spend Friday night having a sleepover party with your buddies than going out on a date.
- You want a best friend much more than you want a romantic relationship.
- It’s not so much the idea of being single forever that bothers you, so much as being alone or unwanted.
- You are either oblivious to other people flirting with you, or feel uncomfortable or threatened by it.
- You are sometimes perceived as flirtatious when you only meant to be friendly.
- You live in a large community and see or meet hundreds of people around your age every year, but none of them have ever stirred romantic feelings in you.
- You recognize whether something is romantic or not by comparing it to other gestures, words and signals that your culture has taught you are romantic, rather than “feeling” the romance of it intuitively.
- When you say or do romantic things, it feels like you’re following a script or copying romantic things you’ve seen elsewhere, rather than something spontaneous and natural to you.
- When thinking about what sort of person you’d want to date, your criteria are identical to what you would want from a best friend.
- The main benefit you get from a romantic relationship is either platonic, sensual, sexual, or a combination of those; the romantic aspect is okay but it’s not really the part you like most.
- You have trouble imagining romantic activities that you would enjoy, unless those activities are also fun or interesting for you on a platonic or intellectual level.
- You feel like your closest friends and/or queerplatonic partners are better at fulfilling your emotional needs than romantic partners would be.
- You would rather be huggy, cuddly or emotionally intimate with all of your friends instead of reserving your intimacy for just one person.
- You would rather have a queerplatonic relationship than a typical romantic relationship.
- You don’t feel as if you’re missing anything in your life right now; having a romantic partner might be nice, but you don’t need it or seek it out.
- The idea of being single forever sounds awesome to you.
- You enjoy gestures and activities that are traditionally labeled “romantic,” but at no point during them do you actually feel attracted to whoever you’re with.
- You don’t enoy gestures and activities that are traditionally labeled romantic, either because the romance aspect bothers you, or because all of them are just plain unappealing to you.
- You avoid going places where people are likely to flirt with you, such as bars, parties, nightclubs, and concerts.
- You’re not sure why other people enjoy romantic stories; you usually just find the lead characters to be annoying, boring or dysfunctional.
- You like the idea of having a big wedding celebration more than the idea of actually marrying someone.
Feel free to add your own.
Always will be.
Can take a moment to look at this under-discussed scene, and easily my favorite of the entirely finale? Ratchet just lost every hope he had of ever going home. He’s been stranded on Earth for at least three years, unable to contact any of the ‘Bots he’s ever cared about, constantly watching members of his team be hurt, tormented, endangered, lost without certainty of returning, and even killed. Ratchet diligently works to make do with what they have, and he may be the only one who has a clear view of the priorities of the war—getting off Earth and helping the other Autobots, not playing with kids and getting revenge. Ratchet tries so hard and nothing ever goes his way. He tries to fix Bumblebee’s vocalizer and fails. He tries to create synthetic energon and fails. Earth technology constantly fails him. He’s already given up hope that Cybertron would be restored in Darkness Rising part 5. That was his choice. This time, he couldn’t even watch or choose, or offer his own opinion as he did in One Shall Rise. He couldn’t do anything.
And in this moment where he lost everything and sees the only home he has on Earth fall under attack, look at how happy he is to see Wheeljack (I know the quality sucks here, but watch it in HQ). His face lights up and he is completely unprepared for this. The friendship between these two is one of my favorite things about this series. They don’t interact much in Con Job, mostly because Wheeljack was actually Makeshift for most of it. They seem to have a base respect for each other, neither liking nor disliking each other. Ratchet is annoyed as usual, and Makeshift pries him for information. At the end of the episode Wheeljack issues some orders to Ratchet, but the medic follows them because of the situation at hand. When they meet again in Loose Cannons, the focus is more on Optimus and Wheeljack.
But their relationship in Triage was so well executed. They bickered. Wheeljack treated him with the casual disrespect he shows everyone, and Ratchet responded in kind. Despite his low opinion of Wheeljack, Ratchet still understands the need to get the mission done, so while he and Wheeljack taunt each other, Ratchet still keeps himself goal-oriented. But they begin to work together, cheer each other on. They build off each other’s ideas and still roll their eyes at each other. But their dislike of each other isn’t disabling. When Wheeljack realizes Ratchet may be in danger, he uses the last of his energy to warn him. Ratchet treats the call flippantly at first, but immediately realizes something is wrong since they get each other so well by that point. By the end of the episode it’s obvious they’ve had a change of heart about each other, but both of them are too embarrassed/proud to admit it. But Wheeljack calls Ratchet by his first name, and I think they both understand where they leave off.
And when Wheeljack sees them again? He’s worried about Bulkhead and wants revenge. That is his most powerful emotion at the time, but in the midst of that, he expresses total confidence in Ratchet’s abilities, a sure sign of respect coming from a cocky Wrecker. Ratchet also shows some sympathy towards Wheeljack, and by this point it’s quite possible he’s the only one on the team who likes Wheeljack. Bulkhead and Miko obviously do, but that’s because he’s a daredevil Wrecker, like them. Ratchet and Wheeljack are such opposites but they understand each other and trust each other by this point.
Unfortunately, Wheeljack shattered that by putting Miko in danger, and it nearly broke my heart to see Ratchet taking that so hard. He finally gained a friend that was on the same wavelength as him, finally was able to connect to a part of Cybertron that he missed, finally able to extend his trust to someone beyond the team he’s been working with for so long, and because he endangered Miko, Ratchet forced himself to sever those ties. What Wheeljack did hurt Ratchet, and once again he closed himself off to solely his team, maybe withdrawing a little bit further.
And that’s how they left off. With the Autobots making it clear Wheeljack was unwanted and Ratchet losing his friend. And in the middle of all of this, having no expectation or hopes of Wheeljack coming back, he returns. And Ratchet becomes so excited. While Bulkhead responds with his usual laugh and “Jackie’s back!”, Ratchet’s face lights up because he’s so damn happy that Wheeljack cared enough to come back for them. Look at Ratchet in the 5th gif. Look at his body language. The weight shifting, the shoulders hunching up, the head lower and puppy-dog eyes glancing dubiously up at the screen. Ratchet can’t even express his ideas in the form of words. He’s stuttering. He’s so unsure about where he and Wheeljack stand, so unsure if this means they are friends again, and so unsure of how he should act. He’s embarrassed because he’s grumpy old Ratchet who never has to show much of his more softer emotions. He just lost everything and someone finally came back to support him instead of saying “You weren’t there Ratchet, there was nothing else that could be done, watch the kids Ratchet” because he knows so painfully well that he wasn’t there, couldn’t have done anything, and that all he’s good for these days is watching the kids, which ironically he had also just failed to do. He’s just been shot down so badly, and now Wheeljack came back and is supporting him.
And Wheeljack doesn’t talk to Bulkhead. Or Miko. He doesn’t talk to Optimus. He only addresses Ratchet. And he forgives Ratchet for anything Ratchet may have said about him and done to him.
And no one knows who’s alive and who isn’t.