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Ok, hi, so I've been a lurker here for ages now, and I hope I'm not violating any rules of the community or somethin'.

Two things. One, I'm dying to see what's going to happen next in your absolutely amazing "These Games we Play." Please please please tell me it has a future!

Two, just wanted to drop off a couple recs that I wandered across on AO3:

1: Getting Out Alive by Aard_Rinn


Jazz, TIC of the Autobots, assassin, spy, and interrogator extraordinaire, is the most feared mech in the Autobot ranks bar none - his very name makes Decepticons tremble, and brave mechen have terminated themselves rather than allow themselves to fall into his clutches. So when Soundwave, a young Decepticon communications officer, awakens after months of constant torture at the hands of an Autobot base commander to find himself and his cassettes in the Autobot HQ's medbay with Jazz standing over him, he can hardly control his terror - he's held out for so long, but this is a fight he can't hope to win, and he knows it.

Meanwhile, Jazz feels terrible about what's happened to the young mech. He had nothing to do with the torture, certainly didn't authorize it, but it still happened - and the terror he can teek in the young mech's field doesn't help with the guilt. Still, Jazz wants the carrier for the Autobots, bad - he's clearly talented, has a strong and loyal clade, and would obviously make a fine agent, if he can be flipped.

So begins a terrifying experience for Soundwave, desperately struggling to protect his clade as Jazz determinedly... treats them with an unexpected degree of mercy?

An interesting reversal of the usual where Jazz is the scary one and Soundwave the captive, though despite the long game being played, Jazz wants Soundwave eventually as a comrade/partner, not a pet/slave, and .... well, you can evaluate better than me.

2: Shiny (series) by dragonofdespair, 12drakon.

Summary: Puzzle games can remedy post-trauma, but they won’t erase the terrible necessities of war. When the Autobots and Decepticons don’t dream of freedom and power, they dream of little ponies and pocket monsters, forests and crystals, games and magic. They secure their electric dreams from the war, but firewalls can be broken.
When Jazz tortures Laserbeak, the war goes where it has never gone before.

That's the summary for one story in the series, but it is representative of the significant events that set things in motion. Not JazzWave, actually, but both are (I think) well portrayed.

3: Judicium (series) by gatekat, Verilidaine.

Summary: When the Decepticons capture Prowl, the loss of their SIC and tactician is the least of the Autobot's worries.

Again, it's the summary for one story in the series, setting the tone for the next, and definitely the darkest in this list. Basically, the Decepticons capture Prowl and forcibly reprogram him, turning his tac-net to their side with devastating effect. Most of the Autobots end up dead, the rest are horribly mistreated slaves.... and Prowl, who's now with Soundwave runs into the enslaved Jazz one day and despite the reprogramming can't help but being drawn to him. Jazz and Soundwave's resultant relationship is a) more centered around Prowl than each other, and b) strained by what they've done to each other over the war, and the fact that Jazz is working from the bottom of the Pit to get those two to fix the planet Megatron broke. There's a lot of very visceral emotional conflict between the two (to say nothing of the amount of torture/BDSM themes, though it's for allaying Megatron's suspicions rather than Prowl and Soundwave wanting to be cruel) but there's some real connection there also by the end, the promise of it at least, and I can't deny it's well written.

4: An Adjustment of Plans, by L. Mouse

Summary: Soundwave is captured by the Autobots after being severely and permanently damaged in battle. Complete!

Ok, this is not JazzWave, even potentially. However, it is extremely well written, with excellent portrayals of Soundwave and Jazz (who doesn't feature much but shines when he does) and is one of those fics that can warm the heart one moment and break it into a million pieces the next. Soundwave, in particular, is extremely well written, having lost practically everything at the start of the story, his ability to speak, his telepathy and comms mods, every symbiont except for Frenzy, and managing to claw his way from the depth of that devastation to build a new life.
Also, the prequel "Song and Ravage by L. Mouse" https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9607117/1/Song-and-Ravage ,where Soundwave meets and bonds with Ravage, is also extremely well written,

5: Spec Ops Mission 98: Jazz's Interrogation at Soundwave's Pedes by Goblin Cat KC

Summary: Surrounded by the torrid fiction of his fellow Autobots, Jazz uncovers a Decepticon plot hidden amidst their written fantasies. Can the Spec Ops commander turn this plot of high treason into a narrative...of love? OR Jazz is surrounded by a bunch of perverted writers, and wouldn't you know it, one of them is a Decepticon. (Soundwave x Jazz, Prowl x Jazz)

Ok, so this is hm, last for a reason. But it has its good (and occasionally extremely funny) moments. Basically, Soundwave has become slowly aware of ol' Megs becoming unhinged, and has a serious crush on Jazz, and tries to work through both by writing, essentially fanfiction, largely, it seems in the hope that Jazz will read it and act on it. Hilariously he gets pretty much everyone on the Ark except Jazz to read it. The author's Jazz isn't as edgy and in control as I tend to like, and the premise isn't quite what we'd expect from the taciturn Comm's officer, but it's better than some that I've read. Not JazzWave, yet. Again. For one thing, there's still the possibility that the Autobots might execute Soundwave instead of allowing him to defect (and it's not clear he wants to, despite knowing Megs has gone unhinged) and for another, they have vastly different definitions of consent. But well, again, I'll leave the call to you.

Ah, ok, sorry. Hope this wasn't awkward.

And of course seeds of the JazzWave tree sprouted in my garden of plots, and I have something coming down the pipeline which if I ever manage to finish it will be epic (in length, can't speak for quality, it's mine after all) and the worst part is that Jazz isn't even physically around for the first half of it despite being the catalyst for most of what happens. You know how frustrating it is when a fic gets written out of order and you got to slog through the less interesting parts before you can publish because they are chronological. AAARGH.

Anyway, can't promise to be able to publish anytime soon (or that it's any good) but at least, i can promise the 'sprouts' are not going to be abandoned.

Thanks for, uh, reading and for building this community!
Please don't abandon your amazing story!!!!

Best wishes,


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May. 1st, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
I tried to leave a comment on this post yesterday to tell you TGWP is fine, but then I was told my comment had been marked as spam and apparently tossed out with the trash. Not sure why.
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