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Jazzwave, superior. (updated)

This community may be more or less lacking in a pulse, but that doesn't mean there's no Jazzwave out there for you to enjoy! If you've happened upon a story that features these two, and that got you thinking there might be more out there, well, you're right. There just isn't much, and it's precious hard to find. Therefore, I have grouped all those I can find into one convenient menu for your perusal. The good, the bad, and the sexy - you can find all that is Jazzwave here below.

None of these are listed in any order, though naturally I went to my favorites first. I've included a link to each story, its universe and basic porn labels, a brief description and - because I can editorialize about the sun coming up in the morning - my own unasked-for-opinion on it. The Jazzwave pairing is very near and dear to my heart, and I'll do anything I can to promote its popularity. Browse, click, and read! And if you know of a story out there that somehow escaped my attention, please do let me know.

(As for art, any that's out there featuring Soundwave, or Jazz, or more importantly both, can be found here: Soundwave Hearts Jazz at Deviantart. ang_band runs it and regularly maintains the gallery, and there is some truly stunning stuff out there. These two look amazing together!)

Fracture Mechanics G1, con/dubcon, sticky. Jazz is critically injured in battle and Prowl rushes him to the Ark's medbay, where Ratchet gets to frantic work. Barely aware of any of this, Jazz drifts through a dreamlike stasis, and when he can finally bring himself to unshutter his optics, he finds himself holding Soundwave's hand. Soundwave who is his sparkmate, and has been for ten vorns, and there was never any war nor Ark nor Prowl. Or was there?

It's a fascinating plot, and the author's done a brilliant job of sewing the seeds of doubt not just in Jazz's mind but ours as well. What's real? This new, peaceful life with Soundwave, or that brutal war he keeps conjuring up every time he has one of his mental 'episodes'? Jazz's own loyalty and sanity are tested to the breaking point, and all the while he struggles to know what's real and what's not, the watchful gaze of his lover Soundwave is on him. A mind-blowing, riveting fic that had me on the edge of my seat. Complete.

Domestication G1, noncon, sticky. Decepticons win the war, and take the surviving Autobots as their personal slaves. Soundwave claims Jazz. It's part of a larger universe of interwoven fics called Stockholm, by the matchless kookaburra1701. Domestication is the story specifically featuring Jazz and Soundwave, but they get occasional scenes in the other stories too, depending on how the plots cross paths, so the whole series bears reading.

Seriously, read it. No, a dystopian Decepticon-ruled future in which the Autobots are relegated to sex slaves is not exactly fun but it's intense and dramatic and frequently hot beyond words. Needless to say, the J/S story is my personal favorite. Soundwave has been nurturing an obsession with Jazz for a long time, and now that Jazz is in his power, he'll stop at nothing to win him over - body, mind, and spark. Jazz, emotionally reeling from the loss of his friends and freedom, resists, but it's not clear how long he'll be able to keep that up. The author updates about once a geological era, but when she does, the chapters are crazy long and never composed solely of filler. Incomplete as of 8/2012.

These Games We Play G1, dub-con, nonsticky. Kink meme story. It's a future in which the Decepticons have won the war, brought Cybertron and Earth under their rule, and enslaved what's left of the Autobot opposition. Off-duty at a nightspot, Soundwave makes the unusual decision to participate in a card game with some other Decepticons, and wins himself a very interesting prize. But according to Jazz, that's just when the game got started. Now master and slave are pitting their wits against one another in a match that will push their minds to the limit and beyond.

Full disclosure: this one's mine. Its similarity to Kookaburra's master/slave fic listed above is completely coincidental; the scenario was put forth by a requester on the meme. I've done my best to avoid any other plot similarities, and K says she likes it, so that's a relief. As a biased party, I won't say here whether I think my own story is good or not, only that I'm very pleased with how it's been going so far and also the readers' reaction. Incomplete as of 8/2012 (and likely to be for a very long time, I'm not half through with this mother.)

Never Gonna Give You Up G1, Non/dub-con, Sticky. Another kink meme flick. When Jazz has the misfortune to be captured by the Decepticons, Soundwave takes him as his personal pet. Jazz is something of an escape artist, though, and keeps managing to squirm out of the cuffs/chains/locked rooms in which Soundwave attempts to keep him. The exasperated Soundwave must keep tracking him down and dragging him back to his quarters before Jazz can get out of the Nemesis - or worse, another Decepticon gets hold of him. As of 8/2012, incomplete.

It'd be a lie to say the plot has much depth, but it is a kink meme story after all. The author wastes no time before delving right into the sticky smuttiness of it all, and boy does Soundwave have some energy to burn. The author hasn't yet gotten very far into the story, but I'm enjoying it so far and look forward to more.

Mechs to Femmes G1ish, consensual (so far), sticky. After praying to the Matrix for inspiration on how to win this endless war, Optimus and the rest of the Autobots are surprised (some of them quite dismayed) to wake up one morning in new female bodies. Megatron and the Decepticons are also surprised, and not at all dismayed. Suddenly, fighting doesn't have quite the same appeal as it used to, and more than a couple of the Cons have caught themselves buying flowers and standing hopefully out on the Ark's porch. Starscream rediscovers his old ardor for Skyfire, Megatron is finding it hard to look above Prime's chestplates, and Soundwave... well, I think you can guess. Incomplete as of 8/2012.

Don't shy away from the title or the plot summary like I did! It's true that I don't have much patience for emphasized gender in the TF fandom, and consequently even less so for plots like genderswap. The author pulls it off magnificently, though, mainly due to her brilliant talent in not taking the story too seriously. MtF has as much silly humor and gags as it does sweet romance or thrilling smut, and is an all around entertaining read. The hilarity of Cons fidgeting and trying to (badly) flirt with their attractive female enemy is well-timed and ubiquitous in the story. More importantly, the chemistry between Soundwave and Jazz is delicious. The author took the unusual step of not simply shoving Prowl out of the picture, but writing Jazz and Prowl as a deeply committed pairing. Soundwave has long held a fascination with both of them, and now that every Decepticon seems hell bent on seducing their favorite Autobots, he's not inclined to hold back. All three of them know what's coming, and are eyeing each other quite carefully from across the battlefield, but the author frustratingly continues to withhold the promised SJP smut. She's doing it on purpose to torture me. But according to her, I'm the one that got her on the Jazzwave train to begin with, so I guess that proves the popularity is spreading. Yay for growing shipdoms!

Things Regained G1, sticky (I think). What might have been an epic tragedy/redemption romance was considered by the author, and rejected. Instead she took a fascinating plot and broke it up into the 28 meme format. Segments of a complex story are fed out of chronological order, thus keeping the reader on her toes to keep up with what, who, why and where. I'm reluctant to give much away, given her method, but suffice it to say that it features Jazz, Soundwave, and Prowl in the best possible way.

I think her decision was the right one. True, it could have been a weepy epic, but reading it this way really challenged me and I found it to be a fascinating puzzle. All the more so in the end, when the last few memes neatly fill in some key holes and the entire mystery clears up at once. And it is, amazingly enough, a happy ending.

Intentions and Subversions G1, no sex (yet?). After a battle leaves them stranded and in need of repair, Soundwave and Jazz cut a deal. Incomplete as of 8/2012.

Somewhere and somewhen on Cybertron, both Jazz and Soundwave are critically injured in a failed mission to kill each other. Now dependent on one another for survival, they're becoming more aware of just how smart and dangerous the other is. Both are well in character but the author's depiction of Jazz absolutely sizzles. He's resilient, creative, and sinister all rolled up into seemingly-harmless quips and smiles that are anything but innocent. She's barely begun the story but I'm already desperate for more.

Dawning Bayverse, consensual, sparksex. It's one of those Jazz-survived stories, in which Ratchet carefully bolts Jazz back together, and we just happen to not see him in ROTF because he was back at the base convalescing. Written before DOTM. While still on mandated medical leave, Jazz amuses himself by hacking into human satellites and keeping himself informed about world events. When he notices one human satellite acting a little suspiciously, he does a little cyberpoking and yup, sure enough, there's Soundwave. But he's all the way up in space, not doing much, and Jazz is stuck here at Diego Garcia, also not doing much, and there are worse ways to occupy one's time than striking up a simple conversation with a (nobody's denying it) extremely intelligent agent of the enemy's camp. IM ensues, later followed by romance.

This story is depressingly good. Like, so good that it intimidated me out of working on my own story for several days after, it was just that awesome. For a simple one-shot, it had everything. Snarky witty Jazz, Soundwave playing WoW, linguistic geekery, snarky witty Jazz playing WoW with Soundwave, hot tentacle sex, possibly also hot tentacle sex while Jazz and Soundwave play WoW. Upbeat, playing to an intelligent audience, and sexy as hell, the story ushers us through a rollicking good time before we reach the amusing twist of an ending that hints at a very pleasant future indeed. This one is an absolute MUST READ for all fans of Jazzwave.

Title in Progress G1ish except both Jazz and Soundwave are sporting their Bayverse models, Dubcon, complete. In the aftermath of a Decepticon victory party, and on his way down to have a chat with recently captured Jazz, Soundwave is accidentally dosed with a splash of Cybertronian catnip. The effects? Soundwave requires HUG.

This is by the same author as Mechs to Femmes, borne into existence entirely out of all the guilting I've inflicted on her for not writing enough Jazzwave smut in her current story. I'm wicked like that. This is silly (but in a good way) short and fluffy, and so very worth the read. Drugged!Soundwave is a rather hilarious read, given his usual ice-cold personality, and the fairly bewildered Jazz has to shed a little of his characteristic suave style as he struggles to escape Soundwave's (many, many) tentacles. The end results are not something either of them were expecting, but neither of them will exactly regret what happened, though Soundwave better hope no cameras were recording.

Rhapsody in Black and White AUish G1, Noncon, Sticky. Early in the war, Megatron gets the idea to capture Autobots for forced breeding, so as to swell Decepticon ranks. Jazz is duly picked up, and Soundwave pays a late night visit to his cell. One-shot, complete.

It's a rather brutal, sad rape; Soundwave does not hold back. The writing style is reasonably good, though the AUish aspect of this story is that Soundwave and Jazz have not met before this. In my opinion, this robs the pairing of the chemistry they'd have otherwise, because to Jazz it's just some random stranger Decepticon that's doing this to him. Soundwave, though, has long held an obsession with Jazz's music (a plot point reflected in many Jazzwave stories), and is quite eager to do the deed. Certainly it's worth reading.

Soundwave Captive Jazz and Prowl G1ish but with Soundwave sporting his Bayverse tentacles. Noncon, sticky. Soundwave picks up two Autobot prisoners, Jazz and Prowl, and takes them to his personal quarters for some fun.

The writing quality is such that I have a sneaky feeling the author's first language might not be English, but I was drawn into the story anyway. Soundwave is at his darkest and creepiest in this one, raping first Jazz and then Prowl while forcing the other to watch. If you dig tentacle rape then you'll like this, because he does employ them frequently and to fiendish effect, all the while murmuring to his prisoners that they are being very good pets and please him very much. A shiver-inducing read.

Sorrow G1, Consensual. Post-'86 movie, in which Jazz and Soundwave share a brief affair so that they might forget the pain of their dead lovers (Prowl and Shockwave, respectively). One-shot, complete.

There's actually no sex in this, just the post-coital cuddling, and the drama is all in the emotion. It is sad, whether you ship J/P or J/S, because even as Jazz curls up to the warmth of Soundwave's armor and enjoys the low vibrations of his music, all he really wants to do is close his eyes and pretend it's Prowl touching him. But the writing style is fine and Soundwave is touching Jazz sweetly and tenderly, so I like it.

Dead Air AUish G1, Consensual. Skewed canon from the '86 movie onward. In this bleak future, the Matrix disappears along with Hot Rod and Starscream, and what's left of both sides have no choice but to call a truce and search for energy together. One-shot, complete.

I don't much care for depressing glimpses of the future, but the writing style itself is fine. Details are sparse, but it seems Jazz and Soundwave are probably the highest ranking officers left of their respective crews, and it's implied that the two of them are co-leading this merged band of misfits. There's no sex, just comfort cuddling. Worth the five minutes it takes to read.

Congratulations, It's a Mech! AUish G1, consensual. It's either Cybertron pre-war, or an alternate universe Cybertron that never knew war. Jazz and Soundwave use their considerable talents to break into the Vector Sigma chamber for a little unauthorized breeding. No sex, just handholding while they watch a spark latch onto their new creation. One-shot, complete.

Not very exciting from the perspective of one who wants to read some serious romance, but it's pleasant enough and has a cute ending.

Walk Softly G1 (I think?), Non-Romance. To try and summarize this would give away the main thrust of the story, but the fact that it's being listed here makes it pretty obvious who the two main characters are. One-shot, complete.

It's a fairly heartbreaking story, and I don't handle tragedy well. I like happy endings. But if you like an incredibly dark Jazz with no conscience, you'd probably like this. Her writing style is just fine, and the story is done with considerable suspense. (Same author as above.) Jazz, it turns out, has a loyalty for Soundwave that overpowers anything else in his life, even the Autobots who thought themselves his friends.

The Avalon Stories:
Music and War
Memory of Peace

G1ish, non-romance. The author has developed an intricate canon for her Avalon story, a few short snippets of which feature our pair. The story reaches from far back into the pre-war past and into the future, giving us glimpses of an ancient and solid friendship between Jazz and Soundwave.

Friendship, of course, doesn't get me in a tizzy the way some shallow smut would, but I think that says more about me than the story. Eerian is an excellent writer (though she insists on archiving her things in a journal color scheme that makes my eyes ache) and both Jazz and Soundwave are in excellent character. The cassettes also get brief mention, and are duly adorable. Short and worth reading.

Respect Bayverse, non-romance. Soundwave is badly injured, and Jazz doesn't just let that lie. One-shot, complete.

Quicker than a sneeze, and entirely worth reading. Soundwave discovers that his respect for his formidable espionage foe is returned in kind.

Reality Check Bayverse, nonconsensual (mindrape only). Sometime before the TF07 movie, Soundwave manages to capture and interrogate Jazz. He indulges himself with a little extracurricular rifling through his mind, and stumbles upon his precious feelings of love. (For who is not named, though I'd imagine most people assume it to be Prowl.) Scoffing at such a weakness in a soldier, Soundwave plants a false memory in Jazz's mind of Megatron murdering his loved one, thinking it will destroy him from within. The results, however, take Soundwave by surprise.

It's a sad story, of course, because we all know what happens to Jazz in the 07 movie. And the interaction between Soundwave and Jazz, such as it is, is pretty raw. Soundwave is definitely at his most merciless in this one, and to him Jazz is nothing but a victim. But it's well written, and the end forces Soundwave to re-examine his own feelings for his cassetticons, and admit that perhaps he and that Autobot were not so different after all. One-shot, complete.

The Romance No One Saw Coming G1, consensual. An assortment of loosely connected one-shots, I think; the structure is rather vague and the chapters are short. Mostly it involves Jazz and Soundwave indulging in an on-again, off-again romance while fighting on opposite sides of the war. 26 chapters, complete.

The writing was not enough to hold my interest, and I only skimmed through a handful of random chapters. Narrative is lacking in detail and the dialogue is often difficult to understand because it's rarely clear who's speaking. Uses one-word prompts in the 28 meme style to explore different aspects to the relationship, some of which are truly interesting, some less so. I might take another crack at this sometime in the future. She only wrote 26 instead of 28 chapters, but the last one feels like the end and she hasn't updated in two years, so I'm fairly confident it's complete.

Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot. G1, consensual. Soundwave develops an unexpected attraction to the witty Autobot and even more unexpectedly finds it being returned. Soundwave plays the music, Jazz teaches him to dance. One-shot, complete.

It's slightly bland, and pushing suspended disbelief that someone built like Soundwave could (or would) dance. Jazz is more-or-less in character, Soundwave less so. The sex is implied off-screen.

Dare to Kiss G1, Consensual, Non-sticky. Sideswipe and Sunstreaker, being their bratty selves, dare Jazz to kiss a Decepticon. Three guesses who it is. Jazz takes them up on the dare, and winds up getting a lot more than he bargained for, though he isn't exactly arguing. One-shot, complete.

The writing style's a mess. Her grammar is mangled, the dialogue uninspired, and both Jazz and Soundwave are enough out of character that their usual chemistry is ruined. However, her heart is in the right place, and I'm always convinced that young authors can get better. If ff.net had been around when I was 13, I'd probably be no better.

Dare to Obey G1, dubcon, sticky. Sequel to above. (Yes, it's sticky, even though the first one wasn't, don't ask me.) We open with Jazz obsessing about his fling with Soundwave, only to open his inbox and find an email from said 'Con. After luring him out of the base, Soundwave proposes an absurd challenge to Jazz: agree to be his slave for three days, and then he'll do anything Jazz wants. Why Soundwave, an evil Decepticon, doesn't just really capture and enslave Jazz and keep him forever is never addressed. The two of them spend three days in one of Megatron's abandoned topside bases, Jazz dressed in a human maid costume and catering to Soundwave's every perverted whim. Three chapters, complete(?).

From the perspective of a teenage girl seeking to fulfill her every naughty fantasy, this fic doesn't miss much. Whipping, spanking, bondage... you want it, Jazz gets it. It could almost be good raunchy fun, except the author has apparently never seen any TF episode, ever, and has no idea how Soundwave is supposed to speak. His grammatically correct, structurally complete dialogue has me pulling out my hair. And her usual lack of proofreading is very much in evidence. Again - teen author, here's hoping she'll get better. Whether the fic itself is over is not clear. The last chapter ends with Jazz successfully seeing the challenge through, but it cuts off rather abruptly and there's no indication whether the story is actually over. As if we care.

The Quest for the Missing Pin-Up G1, sticky(?). Someone sneaks into Soundwave's room and steals his pin-up poster of Jazz doing a naughty pose. Three chapters, incomplete as of 8/2012.

Yes, it is as ludicrously bad as it sounds. No more comment.

The Music That Plays. AU. Soundwave develops an obsession for Jazz and stalks him night and day. Incomplete (?).


Secret's Revealed (sic). G1, sticky, consensual. Soundwave lets himself be talked into defecting from the Decepticons by his former lover Jazz. One-shot.

Like many TF authors, this one thoughtfully provided us with a Legend before beginning the story, ya know, in case we can't figure out on our own that quotation marks mean speech. It's fitting she wrote her examples as Blah: flashback, Blah: lyrics, etc because that's exactly what the entire story is. Blah. Jazz and Soundwave are vaguely in character, though I say vaguely because it's more like they don't do much that's out of character than they do anything that's in it. It could have been any Autobot and Decepticon acting out the same plot. Soundwave encounters Jazz in a battle, and after years of Jazz trying to talk him over to the bots, decides today is the day to agree. He proposes that Jazz pretends to capture him, and Jazz pretends to capture him. Jazz promises Soundwave he'll talk Prime and Prowl into accepting him, and he then he talks Prime and Prowl into accepting him. Something feel weird here? Yeah. The writer is evidently unacquainted with the concept of conflict, or making anything even remotely difficult for the characters to generate interest from the readers. The result is blah, bland storytelling.

BUT it was just published in 12/2010, another seed dropped from the growing Jazzwave oak tree. Beware my metaphors.


Jul. 10th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Re: Dawning
Jazzwave is welcome. I enjoy reading the summaries.


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