533/No Arm Done

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No Arm Done
Date of Scene: 07 May 2018
Location: Repair Bay
Synopsis: Swivel and Hyperdrive talk while waiting for her arm to be ready for reattachment.
Cast of Characters: Swivel, Hyperdrive


Swivel has posed:
    It had been a long journey back to Iacon. While after their retreat, Swivel had managed to get some quick patching up at an outpost in the care of some field medics. But they could not reattach an arm. Which left one of the Deltaran hospitals or the Iacon repair bay. And since she didn't require specialist care or prolonged care, or an actual replacement since she took care to retrieve her arm, Iacon repair bay would have to do. At least Swivel had managed to get a lift back with some other patient - but only patients the field medics couldn't treat themselves. Which meant certain forcefield capable cadets had to make their own way back, after getting patched.

    Sometime later, in the Iacon Repair Bay...

    "Bother..." Swivel muttered. She's sitting on a chair in the repair bay with her knees up so she could balance a datapad on her thigh, and is trying to type in something with her left hand. But without her other hand to hold it still it'd sometimes wobble or slip off of her less than flat leg. She was told her arm would be ready to be reattached soon - there was just some last minute repairs on the internal wiring and other systems they might as well do while it was detached. Then, like many other patients, she'd be ordered to her own room for rest. Even for an armless patient, there were no medical berths available.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive hasn't been himself since getting Swivel to the medics. In fact he took a lot longer to get to Iacon than it would seem. Either that or he didn't decide to check on Swivel. But when he does appear, he still has debris from travelling on his feet and his patched hand doesn't look so well patched anymore. In fact all the paint is missing from his hands. He's fair scraped up in other places too. But he does his best to keep his hand mostly closed to hide their state as he limps in to see that Swivel is okay. His optics focus on the floor, "Hey...how are ya?" But he doesn't seem interested in looking at Swivel at least not her face. Her foot looks lot more interesting.

Swivel has posed:
    And my, what an interesting foot that is. It's still a bit dirty as well, with obvious signs of just doing a very quick wipe down but not a thorough washing. Unlike the rest of her, it didn't take much of a beating at all. The foot, extended to barely touch the floor and lightly push against to keep her leg steady, relaxes a little as Swivel lowers her knees. Her lap, now sloped, is no surface at all for the datapad she was struggling with. Instead she just gives up and sets the datapad aside. As for the rest of Swivel, well, she's looked better. She's looked worse, but she has looked better. Still in need of repainting and other touch ups, the femme leans forward, arms resting on her lep and head held sideways, peering at Hyperdrive's downcast face. "I'm... I'll be foin."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive nods to...the foot. "I'm glad. I...I can come back later if you want.....or I can stay away." He does his best to just stand perfectly still and not be in the way. His demeanor completely changed from right after the battle to now. He was anxious to get help for Swivel but now its just apathy.

Swivel has posed:
    "Wot? And leave me 'ere in my lonesome?" Swivel asks in a lighter tone as she leans back in her seat. At least her wheel has been patched and reinflated. Swivel glances at Hyperdrive for a moment or two. "They said it shouldn't be long before they call me in to reattach me arm. Which means I'll prolly be 'ere for quoit a whoile."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive frowns, "You probably would do better without me around. I screwed up. I screwed up bigtime. I let my emotions get the better of me. And now if Tapout isn't dead, Quake will be after him. And Quake will be after any other bot because of me." His fists shake as he tries to clench them.

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel lifts her head. She'd been rather engrossed with not dying and didn't see and hear every last detail of Hyperdrive and Quake's exchange. She for a moment she looks mildly surprised, then a bit confused, and finally just pensive. "Ah... yes... well a lot of folk 'ave let their emotions get the better of them. Myself included." Swivel curls in her lips. This isn't something she can just wave her hand, dismiss, and ensure Hyperdrive it will all work out. That it will be fine. Which is why she's resisting the urge. She does reach over awkwardly with her left arm to try and pat Hyperdrive on the shoulder. "But... I just want to tell you something." Swivel pauses uneasily before continuing, "That you can't be blamed for any of Quake's cruel actions - 'e is the one 'oo decides. And I imagine wotever 'e is going to do, it's not much worse than wot 'e 'as already been doing. I know that really isn't comforting in terms of Tapout - but you do NOT 'ave to take the guilt or the blame of any of 'is future victims."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive slams his hand on the berth and winces. Yep, if one is familiar with the signs, He's been hitting something with both hands to take out his frustrations. "But I can. I...I should have killed him if I was gonna do anythin. But I'm not even good enough ta do that. I almost want ta say I hope he is dead. But now I've made things worse fer him and fer tanyone else stuck with that maniac."

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel puts her hand out, trying to take his own battered hand. "'Yperdroive. You did no such thing. Quake doesn't NEEd a reason to be cruel - I am sure any other Autobot could 'ave put 'im in just the same mood to terrorize those beneath 'im. And letting yerself feel all this shame is just letting 'im 'ave 'is way with you. Don't give 'im the satisfaction." Swivel straightens up, but then winces, her hand withdrawing to hover over the mesh over her side wound.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive frowns and looks at the wound, "ANd then that...I know...it had had ta happen. But the cons were laughin..." He shakes his head. "I hate this...you were hurt, the cons won even as they lost. I'm so frustrated."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive does let her take his hand and yeah he's made a mess of it.

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel curls in her lips and slowly exvents a sigh. "Yeah. I got 'urt. And I will again and again. I've accepted that and it doesn't terrify me loik it used to." Swivel shrugs lightly with one shoulder. "And in a war it's normal to lose some battles - it's not going to cost us the war. Casualties weren't terrible." Swivel glances over to Hyperdrive. "I'm just glad Springer wasn't out there to see me get my aft 'anded to me. I'm probably one of 'is worst pupils."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive finally can't stand there much longer. He turns and grabs a chair so he can sit closer and then leans his head on the berth. His head shakes back and forth while he just looks completely miserable. "I tried to let ya do yer fight since....since I know it needs ta happen. And it was Quake...the guy I spent all my free time attackin fer so long. At least his hologram. And he decides ta just try and ignore me since I was beneath his notice. I got so angry."

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel narrows her optics when Hyperdrive mentions 'letting her do her fight'. She is silent for a moment, lips pursed and a slight scowl. However she manages to ease it away, leaving a bland and tired expression in its wake. "You've got a lot of reason to be angry. But now that you've seen 'ow little it achieves..." Swivel shrugs. "Well... nevermind. It's pointless fer me to criticise anyone on acting emotionally."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive is upset but luckily misses Swivvel's face expressions. "I shoulda joined you but...but I didn't think you'd want me to. And then blurr went fer the other guy." He clenches his fist. "And then I face quake...and I didn't even get touched but because I did...dammit. WHy did I have ta be so stupid. I coulda protected you."

Swivel has posed:
    "I didn't need..." Swivel then looks down at where there SHOULD be an arm. Oh. Right. Swivel makes a small noise, clearing her vents, and chuckles a little. "Okay. Sorry. Reflex." Swivel reaches up an scratches the side of her helmet. "Yes, I was in over my 'ead and coulda used th'elp. But Blurr eventually did take the 'eat off of me. I probably should 'ave just gone with my instincts and withdrew after the first two or three 'its. But without instruction to withdraw, I was worried not only would I get in trouble, but endanger both you and Blurr by doing so. It meant one of you'd 'ave to worry about two folk at once. Actually once Quake was gone I should 'ave also left." Swivel shakes her head. "But I can take 'its, 'Yperdroive. I don't got a forcefield, but I don't... I don't mind pain so much as I used to. Anticipating it, I find always ends up more 'arrowing than the actual sensation." Swivel looks at her arm again. "But... I am particular about keeping all of my pieces together. Those are my original 'ands, I don't /want/ new ones."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive wriggles the foot that he severely overstrained yesterday. So much for light duty. "Yeah...not sure if it was original or not but the new one doesn't seem ta work as well as the old one...even if they say that it's an improvement." He finally lifts his head and looks at Swivel. "I'm very sorry that I let ya get hurt. I...I hoped that the fight with him would make things...better fer ya. I...I didn't expect ya ta go ta pieces..." Very slight quiver of the corner of the lip as he tries to keep a straight face.

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel glances down at Hyperdrive's foot. "Moight 'ave been an improvement if it 'ad toim... ah but with the crisis folk are back on duty sooner than they normally would." Swivel shrugs lightly. "I'll loikly be back on duty soon - once I got me arm back." Then there is an awkward pause as Hyperdrive laments letting her get hurt. She reaches over, putting her hand on Hyperdrive's shoulder. However, she arches an optic ridge at that lip quiver, just a slight curl at the corner of her own lips. "Eh that foight was a long toim coming, I suppose. But... you didn't expect me to go to pieces? Kidding adoid, wot exactly DID you expect?"

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive frowns, "I...I didn't expect him ta go after ya like that. I did'nt get to see all of it cause I was facin Quake. But he....he really laid inta ya. but then the cons were also sayin stuff to him. So I'm not sure all that was goin on. I...I at least didn't try chasin Quake down. I..part of me wanted ta. But QUake was leavin and you needed help."

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel sits up straight, only to wince just a bit. As much as she doesn't mind the pain, it still can be very jarring. But once she readjusts herself, it soon fades and becomes much less of a bother. "I'm glad you didn't chase after Quake. I think I moight've been in real trouble if you 'ad." Especially if Blurr still ditched with Hyperdrive gone. Then it'd be her versus Blast Off AND Dustoff. That'd just be... Offul. Swivel narrows her optics slightly as she stares down at the ground for a moment. "I troid to tell you to drop yer assumptions about Blast Off and I. You need to regard 'im as just as much of a threat as any other Decepticon."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive says, "I don't think anyone will be havin assumptions on either of yas. I saw those neutrals takin video of the fight. Of course part of me wanted ta chase them fer stayin where there was a battle instead of leavin like smart mechs. And yeah...Quake looked rather unimpressed with the etchin sticker I made fer him."

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel looks over at Hyperdrive and smirks lightly. "I guess we all get our vengeance in our own ways." Swivel shrugs lightly. "Though... yes, I wish the neutrals 'ad fled. If I wasn't pinned loik I was by constant assault, I'd 'ave been trying to corral them. But from wot I could tell there weren't a lot of them caught in the crossfoire. This toim." Swivel thinks back at the chaos of the fight, then scrunches up her fight. "And I bet Blurr was pretty pleased with 'imself. 'E just LOVES running that mouth of 'is in the middle of a foight. At least 'e found some amusement in me sporting a few new 'oles."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive rolls his optics, "Yeah....I can see him running his mouth with the world endin even. I hope we can avoid any excitement fer a bit. I...I need ta think about things...and my role in them. Otherwise I'm not gonna be any good fer anyone."

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel nods her head. "Yeah. A little self reflection moight be in order." Swivel glances up, looking, searching to catch the optics of some of the busy staff to get any updates of her wait. No such luck right now. She looks back at Hyperdrive. "But try not to..." Swivel glances down for a moment, trying to find the words. "Try not to stay in the darker places whoile you think things out." Swivel smiles. "If you need a loight... I know I walked out on you that one toim, but if you need a loight, you can come to me." For now.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive looks at his hands, "I visited the dark spots a bit on the way back alone. Smashed a rock until my HUD turned Red with warnings and then walked the rest of the way back Didn't help that I rammed the first rock...which is why I'm scuffed up. And why I ended up comin here anyway even though I was sure you were gonna be cross with me.:

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel wears a peculiar smirk that translates more to bemusement than amusement. She tilts her head. "Where do you get these ideas that I'm always gunna be cross with you? Yes, I get frustrated at toims, exasperated at others, and more often than not, afraid. Am I really such a nasty, cranky person you need to be in constant fear of my wrath?"

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive looks directly at Swivel's optics for his answer. "Cause yer the only one who cares enough ta BE cross with me. Look at me. I'm nothin in the grand scheme of things. This war will pass along with many good mechs and no one will see the people behind it all. But I care that you get mad at me. That I'm not doing as well as I should and...it makes me a better mech fer that. Even if I still have nightmares of that whip of yours." He gives her a grin again.

Swivel has posed:
    Well Swivel isn't going to play shy and look away. She stares directly back at Hyperdrive as he supplies his answer. As he speaks, Swivel's optics dim somewhat, a speculative expression glossing over her features. But at the whip remark she smirks and nudges him with her arm. The stubby one. Which she immediately regrets letting out a sfot hiss. Yeah. She forgot there wasn't the rest of an arm attached. But despite she pain she laughs a little at her blunder. "Yer probably not the only one." She won't name names. But one might be left to wonder as she's not seen a whole lot of battle.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive makes a face and glances around, "We really gotta stop meetin like this. Some people might start talkin...." He sighs. "Hopefully yer arm gives ya less rouble than my leg

Swivel has posed:
    "Let 'em talk. I never cared about rumours." Swivel says with a cool shrug. Then she winces. She looks around again, momentarily catching an optic of one of the workers. There is an exchange of a secret of glances, a silent communication, before Swivel nods. "Ah... shouldn't be long now." She shrugs and smiles. "But really, I've never cared much about rumours. They usually die down after a whoile. That fiasco at the bar is almost forgotten wot with the crisis and all." Swivel shrugs again. "It's not loik I'm a public figure that 'as to worry about such things, after all."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive nods. "At least one thing good might have happened outta all this. The guys who were bullyin me....ummm...they split outta the way in front of me with out challengin me or pickin on me. I'm wonderin if they saw me actually do what they laughed at me about." He chuckles. "Wonder how long it'll last."

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel makes a clapping motion. Again. Forgot she's without a hand. "Er...." She glances at the medics for a moment, then back at Hyperdrive. Instead she just slaps her thigh. THe less injured one. "That's the spirit. See? Good kin come out of unpleasant situations. Don't worry 'bout 'ow long it will last, and enjoy it whoile..." Swivel pauses, her voice going quiet "...whoile it lasts." How hollow those words seem in light of recent events.
    Finally, a medic walks over to her. "Ah. Thank you for your patience. If you'll come with me, we can get your arm reattached. After which we will STRONGLY encourage you to get some rest."
    Swivel nods and glances over to Hyperdrive. "No point waiting 'round. Unless you want to walk me back to my quarters once I'm done. But... I think I'll definitely be getting in that rest the medics recommend."

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive stands and backs away from his friend, "I could wait fer ya and walk ya back." He then sighs, "I'll probably get a bottle of that spray that they use ta speed healin from road rash and then retire ta my room ta clean out everythin that I screwed up. I'm exhausted...I only just got back when I came here since I had ta walk the way back...sorta screwed up my hovercar mode with that rock."

Swivel has posed:
    Swivel nods. "Well... next toim yer angry just foind a softer object to vent yer frustration on. And take care of yerself." Swivel doesn't have much more time to say anything more as she doesn't want to slow down the medics any more than necessary. With that she's off to get her arm reattached.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive goes to get some of the spray from the medics. Apparently they have a bit more time free at the moment as one of them grabs Hyperdrive with a bit of dismay and quite a bit of consternation and hikes him directly to the washracks to clean all that debris out of his cuts. Swivel can probably hear him pleading before the sounds of spraying and muffled yipes are muted when the door closes fully. Hey at least Swivel's escort will be clean.