Title: Dead Air
Continuity: G1 AU, follows canon up until the end of season two.
Pairing or Character(s): Ratchet, Red Alert, Prowl, Rumble, others mentioned in passing
Disclaimer: I don’t own Transformers.
Warning(s): Character death, oodles of angst. This is not a happy fic.
Summary: Soundwave is killed in battle, leaving his cassettes behind to pick up the pieces.
Author's Note: This fic is set during the time gap between the end of season two and TF:TM. Ratbat, Overkill, Slugfest, Rewind, Eject, Steeljaw and Ramhorn do not exist in this ‘verse. Inspiration credit goes to peacewish and her ongoing kink meme fic “These Games We Play” for the original plotbunny, with additional nods to TSBP's “Trapped” and L. Mouse's “An Adjustment of Plans.” Even though "Dead Air" is very different from all of these fics, they've each helped me to build my own headcanon regarding how the relationship between Soundwave and his cassettes works.
( Hello darkness, my old friend… )