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.
Summary: Soundwave is killed in battle, leaving his cassettes behind to pick up the pieces.
Author's Note: Inspiration credit goes to peacewish and her ongoing kink meme fic “These Games We Play,” 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 build my own headcanon regarding how the relationship between Soundwave and his cassettes works. Link goes to my LJ. Cross-posted to DW, FFN and AOx3.