Disclaimer: Not mine.
Author's Note: Totally and entirely the fault of whoever was in charge of music at O'Hanlon's the last time Caz and I went.
- Crazy Bitch -
Jazz looped his holoform's arm through Prowl's as they entered the club, glaring at several human males that were eyeing up the blonde bombshell that the tactician had constructed for his holoform. It was a rather silly thing to do, considering why they were actually there, but Jazz felt the need to stake his claim, and knew Prowl wouldn't accept a public make-out session when they had a mission to complete. Though, as Jazz finished glaring at the men and let his gaze drift to the dance floor, he realized that their mission wasn't going to take very long.
"Is that...?" Prowl trailed off, staring at the dance floor with wide eyes.
"I can't think of anyone else vain enough to make their holoform into a blonde-haired Caucasian version of Angelina Jolie." Jazz replied with amusement.
"Who?" Prowl's puzzlement was clear, though he seemed unable to look away from the dance floor.
"Famous human actress. Supposedly one of the most beautiful women alive right now." Jazz replied dryly.
"Oh." Prowl said. "And dancing with him...?"
"Tall, lanky, black haired and hawk-nosed? Yeah. Get close enough and I bet you'll hear his screechy voice." Jazz replied. Prowl's reply was lost as a flash of light caught Jazz's attention, and he looked to the side of the dance floor, where three men stood. Two of them looked similar to the man on the dance floor, while the other looked vaguely like some movie star Jazz couldn't quite place. One of the two that looked similar was snapping away furiously with a disposable camera, while the other two were standing back and watching, smirks on both their faces.
"C'mon," Jazz said as he then spotted the sign proclaiming it to be Karaoke night, using his arm still looped through Prowl's to drag him forwards. "This is too good to pass up."
Half an hour earlier...
"No." Sideswipe gave his twin his best 'lost little sparkling' look, but Sunstreaker just glared back. Though he'd never admit is to his brother, Sideswipe somehow found the glare even more intimidating when coming from the female holoform, and cringed slightly. Sunstreaker, seeming satisfied, turned back to the bar. "If you want to make a fool of yourself, feel free, but I will not be a part of it." Sideswipe grinned broadly at that, willing to accept that much from his twin, and took off for the Karaoke sign-up.
Surprisingly, it wasn't more than a few minutes before Sunstreaker, still at the bar, heard the unmistakable sound of Sideswipe singing. It wasn't that Sideswipe was a bad singer, or particularly good - it was just that Sunstreaker could always recognize his brother's voice. As Sunstreaker swiveled back around to watch, he couldn't help but muse that the holoform added a nice...richness to Sideswipe's voice.
"Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space"
Sunstreaker watched his twin for the first verse of the song, then turned to look over the crowd. It wasn't long before he noticed a space opening in front of the stage, a single figure moving in the center. Looking up at Sideswipe, he saw his brother's appreciative gaze on the dancer, and curiously, Sunstreaker left his seat and wove through the crowd to see. When he reached the edge of the empty dance floor, Sunstreaker found himself unimpressed. The woman dancing in front of him now was aesthetically pleasing enough, but she had an air about her that he didn't like. Plus she was a fleshy organic making eyes at his twin, expecting dancing to impress him. Granted, Sideswipe did seem to be enjoying the show, but Sunstreaker wasn't, and he decided to end it.
Accessing the internet quickly and finding all he could on human dance styles, Sunstreaker quickly choreographed something to put the other woman to shame, and with a wiggle of his feminine holoform's hips, he stepped out into the empty floor space around the woman, smirking at the humans around him. He heard Sideswipe's voice falter, a hint of a laugh escaping, before he focused on the beat and his rival, then let himself loose.
Quickly becoming caught up in the music and his improvised dance, Sunstreaker didn't notice when the human woman slunk off the dance floor in shame, only noticing his surroundings when the song wound to a close. There was cheering and hollering, and Sunstreaker smirked and gave a flip of his holoform's long blonde hair. He might have left the floor then, but the woman who he'd chased off the dance floor was climbing onto the stage, challenge in her eyes as she stepped up to the microphone. Sunstreaker smirked again, and waited for her to started singing.
"Break me down,
you got a lovely face,
we're going to your place
now you got to freak me out
Scream so loud,
getting fucking laid,
you want me to stay
but I got to make my way
Hey! You're a crazy bitch,
but you fuck so good I'm on top of it.
When I dream I'm doing you all night,
Scratches all down my back to keep me right on."
As he moved to the music, Sunstreaker almost wished Sideswipe would join him for this, since it would be best to have a partner for it, but his twin had no sense of rhythm. Fortunately, someone else much more adept stepped up to the plate after the first repetition of the chorus. The human male was not exactly handsome, by the human definition, but he had a certain aspect that Sunstreaker's Cybertronian aesthetics found...pleasing. He suspected it was the lanky but obviously muscled and dexterous form, which would speak of an ability to survive on the now war-torn Cybertron.
Regardless, the male was a good dancer, and seemed to have had experience dancing with a partner before, so Sunstreaker eagerly accepted his presence as he danced first to the woman's song, and then kept on as others got up to sing.
Perhaps if he hadn't been so distracted, he might have registered something odd about the man he was dancing with, or noticed what was going on off the dance floor. But caught up as he was, Sunstreaker didn't.
On the edge of the dance floor, Sideswipe watched his brother dance with the human male thoughtfully, trying to figure out why the man seemed so familiar. There was just something about him that made Sideswipe think he'd seen him before. That same something seemed to suggest that he should be worried about seeing the man with Sunstreaker, but a human couldn't possibly hurt a Cybertronian, so Sideswipe dismissed that as himself being over-protective. Still, there was...something.
A tap on his shoulder startled Sideswipe from his thoughts, and he whirled to find two men standing behind him. One had a hand clamped over his own mouth, clearly holding in laughter, while the other was obviously struggling to keep a straight face. They both looked similar enough to the man on the dance floor with Sunstreaker that Sideswipe assumed they were all brothers, and his worries weren't eased any as he realized they had that same quality to them that put Sideswipe on edge.
"Can I help you?" Sideswipe asked warily.
"Maybe." the barely straight-faced man replied, and his voice stirred something in Sideswipe's memory. His holoform's eyes narrowed as he tried to place it, and then the man spoke again, leaning in close to ensure no one overheard. "Depends if you're close enough to get pictures." he said, motioning to the dance floor with a jerk of his head.
With more of a sample of his voice, the identity of the 'man' slipped into place, and Sideswipe jerked away with wide eyes. He glanced to the other man, who promptly collapsed against his friend, shaking with silent laughter. Then, with a horrified expression, Sideswipe looked out at the dance floor.
"Is that -"
"Apparently being the foremost aerial combat pilot on Cybertron translates into being an excellent dancer." was the reply, and Sideswipe winced. Then, as something occurred to him, he gave the two men suspicious looks.
"He doesn't know, does he?" Sideswipe asked.
"No. We tried to tell him, but he was all about 'testing out the holoforms'." the same man replied with a smirk.
"So we figured we'd just get pictures and use it as our blackmail material for the next billion vorns." his laughing companion got out between snickers.
"Unfortunately your friends are in the city, and even if they weren't, you'd both detect us trying to get close enough, and then the show would end."
"When did you even get here? I thought Barricade was the only one of you left on the planet alive?" Sideswipe queried.
"We followed you down." was the cheerful reply from the one that had been laughing. "We were intending to take you out before the rest of your friends got to you, but then you went in here, and Screamer decided to test out our improved holoforms."
"Huh." Sideswipe said, looking back at the dance floor with amusement.
"Yeah. So can you get pictures?" the more serious one asked.
"Nope." Sideswipe said with a shake of his head. "But hey, you're Con's, go steal somebody else's camera."
"Decepticons are not common thieves." was the stoic reply.
"Who fragging cares when we've got that to take pictures of?!" his companion replied with a grin, then took off into the crowd. Sideswipe and the remaining man turned to watch the dance floor. After a few moments, Sideswipe jerked, eyes wide.
"Did he just -"
"Grope your brother's aft? Yes, I believe he did."
"I want copies."
They watched in silence for a few more moments, and then the other 'man' came back, grinning like a Cheshire cat and holding a disposable camera.
"Y'know, maybe these squishies aren't all that bad. All I had to mention was that those two usually are at each other's throats and that apparently they can't recognize each other right now and we'd really really like some blackmail and they practically shoved this thing into my hands." he said, waving it about, then peered at it closely. "Now, how do you work it?" Sideswipe, quickly accessing the internet, went over and showed the Con, and then stepped back and watched as he began snapping pictures furiously. He quickly ran out of film, and ran off to a different section of the club, coming back quickly with another camera. This time, he was more careful with his shots, but he slowed down considerably as his attention was caught by the newest singer to take the stage.
Dark-skinned, big chested, and curvy in all the right places, even aliens had to admit she was attractive - and then she opened her mouth to sing. Whoever she was, Sideswipe would be surprised if she wasn't actually a famous singer. The rich, velvety quality to her voice didn't exactly fit the song, but it added a twist to it, making it unique enough from the original that it would have made a decent, and probably quite popular, remake.
"I'm going out tonight-I'm feelin' alright
Gonna let it all hang out
Wanna make some noise-really raise my voice
Yeah, I wanna scream and shout
No inhibitions-make no conditions
Get a little outta line
I ain't gonna act politically correct
I only wanna have a good time
The best thing about being a woman
Is the prerogative to have a little fun
Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy-forget I'm a lady
Men's shirts-short skirts
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin' it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Color my hair-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!"
Sideswipe's eyes met with the singer's on the last line of the chorus, and she smirked as she kept on singing. Sideswipe frowned - he knew that smirk. But from where? Glancing around in the hopes of getting an idea, his eyes settled on the blonde supermodel leaning against the side of the stage, an irritated look on her face. Oddly, the look seemed to be more for the woman on stage than the men surrounding her, and Sideswipe blinked. He knew that stance, and that look. He'd had the irritation aimed his way often enough. Grinning, he leaned forward an caught the arm of the Con taking pictures.
"Take some pictures of the chick on stage, and the one standing beside it." he said at the curious look.
"Why?" the Con asked, even as he did as asked.
"Because I want pictures of Prowl and Jazz as femmes to traumatize people with." Sideswipe said with a smirk. The Con's heads whipped around to stare at him, and then they looked at the two women and snickered. They may not have seen the resemblance, but they would take Sideswipe's word for it. Since he was taking pictures of Prowl and Jazz, the Con with the camera missed when Sunstreaker first glanced up at the stage, but Sideswipe didn't.
Surprise flittered through his bond with his twin, and Sideswipe's grin threatened to split his face as Sunstreaker caught sight of Prowl, and the pieces slowly clicked into place. Sunstreaker met Sideswipe's eyes over his dancing partner's shoulder, glaring furious, and Sideswipe merely pointed to the two men he was standing with. It didn't take long after that for Sunstreaker to connect the rest of the dots, and fortunately the end of Jazz's song covered Sunstreaker's yelp as he jerked away and ran for Prowl. The 'man' he'd been dancing with looked over to his friends in confusion, and only then spotted Sideswipe. The Autobot grinned and waved, then made himself scarce as the holoform stalked in his direction, murder in his eyes.
"Heya Sides." Jazz said cheerfully as he climbed off the stage right as Sideswipe arrived.
"Heya." Sideswipe replied just as cheerfully.
"I'm going to murder you in your sleep." Sunstreaker said from where he was hiding behind Prowl, glaring over the tactician's shoulder at his twin. Sideswipe just snickered.
"I'm assuming you made Skywarp promise to send copies?" Jazz asked, eyes following the three Decepticon holoforms as they left the club, led by a scowling Starscream.
"Made Thundercracker promise, actually." Sideswipe said with a nod. "So he's not likely to forget about it, only to suddenly remember a few vorns from now."
"That's assuming Starscream doesn't wreck the camera." Prowl said, arching an eyebrow elegantly.
"Ah, that's why there's two." Sideswipe said with a smirk. "I have no idea where Skywarp hid the first one, but at least half the pictures are safe from the Screamer's wrath."
"Excellent." Jazz said with a grin.
"I don't suppose threatening you all with dismemberment would do anything to stop you?" Sunstreaker asked with a scowl.
"The first thing we built in our new base was the brig." Prowl replied evenly.
"Eesh. Those are some screwed up priorities." Sideswipe commented.
"Nah, we just knew you two were gonna be showin' up soon." Jazz replied, grin widening.
- THE END -