As I got writing this chapter I realized that I wouldn't have enough happening to upload another chapter, so instead, this is the final chapter...I hope you enjoy it, and many thanks to those of you who have reviewed this story since the beginning, it means a lot to me and I hope you enjoy the rest of my stories after this one.
Chap. 18: Forever Peace and Love
Thunderblast couldn't believe it; sure bad things had happened to her all her life, but this? She wasn't sure if it was such a bad thing though, other's considered it a blessing…but she didn't know what to consider this unlikely situation. And it made her wonder why it hadn't ever happened before…why it happened now of all times. She needed to talk to somebody about this, and she didn't know who else to turn to other than Astrid…Astrid who had already been through this thing, but Astrid who also had a loving husband to help her though her gravidity.
She couldn't tear her optics away from the results of the self-pregnancy test…she was indeed pregnant…two weeks pregnant for that matter. And the only one she had sparked with in the last two weeks had been…Starscream.
The femme hated to admit it but she and Starscream had gone that far. And the only reason she hated to admit it was because she didn't believe that anything was going to become of them. Just what was she supposed to do now that she was indeed pregnant with Starscream's child? Thunderblast didn't want to be a single mother; it was all she could do to support herself now, but to have to support a child as well? Why did things have to be so complicated?
She sighed and forced herself to set the pregnancy test aside. She needed to talk with Astrid, and quickly.
"Problem?" questioned Optimus, voice full of concern, "What happened?"
"Starscream came back…" Astrid replied trying to keep her voice steady, "He took Megatron."
Optimus felt shock slowly course through him. Starscream had managed to kidnap Megatron? "Don't tell me he hasn't given up on you yet," the autobot leader finally spoke after a brief period of silence.
"Apparently not, he said he'd be back in twelve hours…and I don't know what to do when he comes back."
The autobot sighed heavily, "I'll be up there in twelve hours then. Perhaps you should bring Tronic here around that time so that we won't have to worry about anything happening to him."
Astrid nodded, "That's fine Optimus, I'll see you soon."
"Same to you Astrid."
And they ended the transmission. Astrid sighed heavily as she went over to the couch and sat upon it. She hated calling up Optimus like that, but then again it was necessary. She wanted someone to be there when Starscream came back, someone she could rely on to defend her as well as help get Megatron back. She was so worried about him…
A sudden knock on her door startled Astrid, and Tronic clutched onto her tighter asking, "Stawscweam knocking on door?"
"No dear," she said taking him over to the nursery, "Just stay in here until I tell you to come out okay?"
"Okay mommy," he replied as he went over to play with some of his toys.
After making sure he would be alright, Astrid went back out into the main room and answered the door. "Thunderblast," she stated a bit surprised to see her, "How are things with you?"
"I need to talk to you about something," she said in a soft voice.
"What's wrong?" Astrid asked concerned.
"Is Megatron around?"
"N-No," she hesitated, "Starscream kidnapped him."
"He WHAT?!" Thunderblast bellowed as an angry look consumed her face, "When did he do that?"
"About half an hour ago…"
"Oh just wait until I get my hands on him," glowered the yellow and purple femme.
"Did you want to come in?"
"If you didn't mind."
Astrid stepped aside and let her in, gesturing for her to take a seat on the couch. Thunderblast sighed heavily as she plopped down upon it, "Astrid I don't know what to do."
"What's wrong now?" Astrid asked as she sat down next to Thunderblast on the couch.
"It's all I can do to support myself," elucidated the femme, "And I just found out that I'm…two weeks pregnant."
Astrid felt her optics widen, "You're…who's the father?!"
"Starscream," she confessed, "But I don't know what to do! It's obvious he doesn't want me because he's still going after you."
"Oh Thunderblast, I'm so sorry…" Astrid felt like the worst friend in the world, "Perhaps if you talk with him…he's going to need to know at some point."
She stared at her hands as she said, "I don't…I don't want him to get mad at me and kill me though."
"Do you want me to tell him? He's coming back here in eleven and a half hours—
"If someone needs to tell him, it's me."
Astrid nodded understandingly, "If you want me to be there with you if you should tell him I will be."
"I don't know…I just don't know what I'll do if he doesn't agree to help support the child."
"You can always get another job here, you can always stay here," Astrid said trying to reassure her that everything would be alright.
"I don't want to be stuck here all my life though; I just don't feel like my place is here."
"When you save up enough money you can leave and go do what you want."
Thunderblast sighed heavily and then stated, voice betraying her, "I love him Astrid, I really love him…and I just don't want him to leave me behind."
Astrid wrapped her arms around Thunderblast, holding her as she cried. She knew that her friend was scared and confused and unsure of what to do. She knew that her friend was in love with Starscream, the same way she was in love with Megatron, but she couldn't fathom the hurt that Thunderblast must have felt, to know that she was pregnant and alone.
"Thunderblast, I want you to be here when Starscream comes back. If he sees you he may have a change of heart."
"That's not like him…he's wanted you for so long, he just thinks of me as his friend with benefits."
"Don't say things like that."
"Why? You and I both know that it's true."
"Thunderblast, just promise me that you'll be here when Starscream comes back."
"I don't know if I can bear to look at him."
"You'll have to at some point."
Thunderblast didn't say anything knowing that Astrid was right and she listened as Astrid continued, "I called Optimus and he said he'd be here when Starscream came back…but I think it would be so much better if you were there too. I think he'd only listen to you, out of all of us."
The pregnant femme thought about it for a moment before she said, "Alright I'll be here, but let me talk to him for a minute, just so I can tell him what's going on."
Astrid nodded, "Thank you so much Thunderblast."
Thunderblast smiled, "I guess it's the least I can do considering all that you've done for me…even when I wasn't being nice to you."
The femme gave a soft smile and the two of them could do nothing but wait for the remainder of the twelve hours to expire.
Starscream sighed heavily, slamming his fist down upon the arm of his throne. "Oh what have I done?" he thought. He hated the guilt that was crawling through his circuits…the guilt for ripping Megatron away from his family. And he knew Thunderblast was right as he sat there in his throne contemplating his actions.
He didn't want Astrid…not anymore.
Oh all the precious moments he had spent with Thunderblast, watching her, touching her, holding her, kissing her, loving her…it hadn't been enough and he wanted so much more from her. Astrid was nothing compared to her, Thunderblast actually cared about him, Thunderblast had actually loved him. All he wanted was her, but he feared her couldn't have her now; he had screwed up so bad.
Starscream sighed heavily and got up from his throne. He had a lot of explaining to do.
Megatron groaned as he came online, a splitting headache dawning upon him from the blow he had taken to the head by Starscream. He was worried about Tronic; he hoped that Starscream had left him alone; oh he hoped it with every fiber in his being. And the decepticon leader was also worried about his Astrid; obviously she was Starscream's target in all of this.
Megatron glanced around and saw that he was inside of a prison cell, the last time he had been in one was when Starscream had imprisoned him and Astrid aboard the Atlantis…ultimately resulting in his death. The decepticon leader shook his head at that bitter memory; he couldn't allow that to happen this time. He had a family to support, not a family to let down.
Footsteps resonated in the distance and Megatron looked up just as Starscream stopped before his cell. "Starscream," the decepticon leader growled, "I demand that you let me go this instant."
"As you command, sir," Starscream replied quietly and without sarcasm as he opened the door to Megatron's cell.
Megatron, a bit surprised by Starscream's behavior, stepped out of the cell, regained his composure and seized his former second in command by the throat demanding, "Where is Tronic?"
"I didn't take him, I returned him to Astrid, I swear."
Megatron narrowed his optics, something wasn't right. In a calmer voice he asked, "Why did you bring me here?"
Starscream turned his gaze to the floor as he answered quietly, "I…thought I wanted Astrid…but, I don't…not anymore."
Megatron was shocked, "You mean—
"Just get out of here Megatron, I won't be back to bother you or the rest of your family anymore, I have no interest."
The decepticon leader let his former second in command go and Starscream turned away from him, hands trembling. Megatron observed him for a moment, "There must be something…someone…else that caused you to change your mind."
Starscream offlined his optics, voice wavering, "I don't want to talk about her sir."
"And why not?"
"It…hurts too much."
"Why? Did you do something to her that ruined every chance you had with her?" questioned Megatron bitterly, still not willing to forgive his ex-second in command for all the pain he had caused Astrid to suffer through, as well as him.
"No," Starscream whimpered and suddenly opened a dimension gate and disappeared through it.
Megatron crossed his arms, knowing he had hit a nerve on Starscream. Nonetheless he was relieved to know that he was no longer going to target his family…they could live freely now, and he couldn't have been happier.
Sighing, the decepticon leader opened a dimension gate back to his palace.
Starscream ended up in Thunderblast's quarters only to discover that she wasn't there, nerves on edge, he quickly opened another dimension gate and stepped into Astrid and Megatron's room, their main room. He immediately noticed Astrid and Thunderblast sitting on the couch and he wasn't sure which one looked more surprised to see him, but he didn't care. He had found his target.
"Starscream, what are you doing here?" Astrid asked as she tensed a bit.
"Silence femme, my affections do not lie with you," Starscream answered as he walked over the couch.
Astrid crossed her arms, delighted to hear that but disgruntled by the way he said it. Starscream moved so he was standing before Thunderblast, she opened her mouth to say something but before she could the former decepticon second in command pulled her up from the couch and pressed her against a wall, holding her there. And he breathed, "Thunderblast…you've changed me so much…you're all I want now."
Thunderblast looked up at him, tears in her optics as she whispered, "Oh Starscream…"
He grinned, "I love you Thunderblast…I love you so much, and I want to love you forever."
Tears flowed from her optics as she wrapped her arms around him, hugging him and quietly crying into his chest, "I love you too, Starscream…so much."
Astrid watched as Starscream went in for a kiss. She couldn't help but smile, they reminded her so much of herself and Megatron. And she was so happy knowing that she didn't have to live in fear anymore, that she didn't have to worry about Starscream coming after someone in the family, and that Thunderblast was going to be okay. Deciding to give them privacy, Astrid got up and went into the nursery to check on Tronic. She found him inside, playing with his toys. He noticed her and looked at her smiling, "Hi mommy. Is daddy back yet?
"No baby…I mean big guy, daddy isn't back yet."
"HOLY SLAG!" came Megatron's shocked voice suddenly from the main room.
Tronic squealed, "Now daddy is!" And he started crawling out into the main room when Astrid caught him and picked him up.
"You can't go out there yet."
"Why not mommy? I want to see daddy!"
"I know, we'll see him in a second."
"NO! WE SEE DADDY NOW!" hollered Tronic.
Astrid sighed heavily, "Okay…okay…" And she brought him out in the main room where Starscream and Megatron were talking.
"Daddy!" Tronic yelled, "Daddy okay!"
Megatron looked over seeing Astrid with his son and he couldn't help but smile as he took his son in his arms and looked to him saying, "Yes, daddy's okay."
Tronic hugged him tightly, tears escaping his eyes, "I was worried daddy, I missed you."
Starscream smiled softly at the innocent child and his father…he wouldn't mind a child, a child born out of love, a child born from his Thunderblast.
After Megatron had succeeded in calming Tronic down, he and Astrid both listened to a long string of apologies made by the former second in command of the decepticons. When he was finished, Astrid easily forgave him, but Megatron was a little more hesitant to do so. It wasn't until Astrid cast him a threatening glare that he did forgive Starscream, but he did not offer him a position at the palace. Something he knew Starscream wasn't looking for anyways.
Instead, he was going to take Thunderblast back to live him, in the place where he had already taken up residence and had his own subordinates to look after. And after Starscream and Thunderblast left together, to begin there happy ever after, Astrid called Optimus back and explained to him how his assistance was no longer needed and how things had worked themselves out. After she was finished making the call, she fell into Megatron's arms sighing heavily, "I thought for sure Starscream was going to kill you again."
Megatron kissed the top of her head, "No, I wouldn't ever allow him to do that to me again. But we don't have to worry about him anymore; we can actually live in peace."
"Live in peace," Astrid smiled, repeating his words, "Primus, that's the best news I've heard in such a long time."
Megatron yawned suddenly; Tronic looked up at him from his position on the floor remembering something, "Daddy say slag earlier."
The decepticon looked down at his son, "And if you repeat what daddy said I'll take your toys away."
Tronic gasped shaking his head, "No daddy! I will never say it then…but I'm tired."
"Daddy's tired too," Megatron replied and then smirked looking to Astrid, "Shall mommy put us to bed?"
Astrid shook her head smiling, "Okay, mommy will put her babies to bed."
"Hey!" both Tronic and Megatron stated in protest at the same time.
Astrid put an innocent look on her face before she took Tronic into the nursery and put him to bed. She then went back out into the main room where Megatron was waiting and took him by the hand and led him into the bedroom, so happy that they could finally live in peace…together.
Megatron immediately tackled Astrid to the bed, kissing her passionately before he breathed, "Starscream and Thunderblast reminded me of just how much I love you."
"They made me feel all warm and fuzzy," Astrid confessed causing Megatron to chuckle before she added, "And I also remembered how much I love you."
Megatron kissed her smiling, and when the kiss was through, he took her and held her tightly in his arms. He gave the command for the light to go out and he whispered sweet nothings in her audio receptor until she fell asleep.
Once back at their home, Starscream immediately took Thunderblast to his quarters, now their quarters, and swallowed her in his arms, so thankful to have come across her, so thankful that she had brought him back into the living.
"Starscream there's something I need to tell you."
He read the concern in her optics as well as the love and he asked, "What is it? What's wrong?"
"Nothing's wrong," she said smiling, "You're just going to be a dad."
"You're pregnant?!" Starscream questioned completely surprised.
"Yes, with your child."
He held her tighter in his arms, nuzzling his forehead against hers, "Why didn't you tell me sooner? How pregnant are you?"
"I didn't find out until this morning," Thunderblast answered, "And I'm two weeks along."
"Two weeks," breathed the decepticon, "Boy or girl?"
"It's a boy."
"I'll have to recruit a medic," Starscream stated, unable to get rid of the grin he had on his face.
Today truly had been the best day of both of their lives, they had finally confessed their feelings, they had found out that they were going to be having a child, and they had made plans to be together, to be in love with one another for eternity.
Megatron awoke later than usual the next morning, and what awoke him was Astrid sitting back down on the bed. He looked her over for a moment, she was trying to hide a grin on her face but he could quite clearly see the grin in her optics.
"Where have you been?" he asked, trying to figure out what was going on.
"I just got back from seeing Red Alert."
"Red Alert, why?" he continued, suddenly concerned.
A huge grin surfaced on Megatron's lips as he sat up and took his love in his arms, "You know how happy Tronic will be to know he's going to have a sibling? Astrid, you work miracles."
She shrugged, "He's getting more than one sibling."
"What…do you mean?"
"Sweet Primus," breathed the decepticon leader, "Primus doubly blest us."
"Yeah, and I guess my dad was right about that whole 'twins skip a generation' crap he told us about before."
Megatron chuckled before giving her a soft kiss on the lips, "I love you Astrid."
"I love you, Megatron," she replied, "But now we're really going to have to find a housemaid."
"What about Blackstar?"
"I don't know, depends on how busy the two of them are with each other."
He chuckled and he leaned in for another kiss. They had forever mapped out for them…a forever of peace and love, a forever of each other.
And so ends this story. Now, here comes the moment of truth...yes there is going to be a sequel, but it is going to be centered around Optimus and how he met Blackstar and all that mushy stuff. I'm doing it as a request for CodeRed73. I don't know when it'll be that I get that story up since school is starting very soon. (sighs), but the 4th in the series will be called Roses in the Abyss, and it will have Megatron and Astrid in it, but until then, please review!