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Anymore thoughts or ideas about rearing the sea pups or Roddy JR? It sounds like you have an idea about mating/carrying cycles in the seaformers.
( Melly’s Mod Notes: /sLAMS DOWN HER GOOGLE DOC OF PUP KNOWLEDGE BOY DO I HAVE SOME IDEAS )
✦ After the mating season ends and couple (or more) have gotten together, it’s time for the sire(s) and carrier(s) a place to search for a place where they can mate and lay eggs. The preferred spots for seaformers to lay their eggs are secluded beaches or hidden beach caves since these are guaranteed to be safe places for a carrier to dig a nest and lay their clutch. The most optimal places for a clutch to be laid is somewhere warm with lots of soft sand to protect the eggs from the weather and possible predators that could be roaming about. It takes about two months for the eggs to incubate and during this progress, its easy to tell if the eggs are ‘duds’ or not from the eggs not getting warmer or shifting under the touch of the parents when inspecting it to the egg’s lovely sand coloured shell fading to a sickly yellow hue.
✦ CROC has had to yell these warnings into people’s ears several times to get through their thick skulls: Do not attempt to find nests of seaformers’ eggs. Do not attempt to take pictures or investigate any nests if found. Do not, for the love of all things sweet and holy, attempt to touch or move any eggs whatever the reason maybe. Chances are their parents are around, just out of sight for the humans, and the parents will attack those who they deem a threat to their nest and pups. There have been documented reports of humans being attacked by protective seaformers for incidents like these and CROC always, always, has to do a yearly presentation and campaign of reminding people to please respect seaformers’ right for privacy after mating season has finished. Please use common sense so you get to keep all your limbs where they should be.
✦ After the pups have been hatched, the first few months are crucial to the babies and the parents since this is the time for them to establish their bond. Scenting and skin on skin contact are important in this stage, helping the pups learn who they can trust and depend on. It’s considered poor etiquette for another seaformer to attempt to scent or touch a pup when they’re this young as it can focus the little one on who their sirbluearrier is, thus muddling the bonding process. What I’m trying to say is that I hope the liaison is ready to be wet 24/7 during this crucial stage as they’ll be spending a lot of time in the waters or holding a wet pup in their arms.
✦ Usually the pups take the appearance of their sire though the colouring maybe drastically different thanks to the carrier’s influence on them. If either sire or carrier is an outlier - a seaformer who has special abilities that most seaformers do not have like Skids’ ability to learn anything or a siren’s singing or mimicking capabilities - it’s always guaranteed that the pup will also gain those abilities too. (Thankfully its been noted by CROC and other research facilities that if a sire or carrier has been forced to go under empurata, it doesn’t seem to hold a negative effect on the pups when they’re laid and hatched.)
✦ Pups are unable to speak until they reach a year old, communicating through a series of peeps and chirrs and squeaks. Along with a dash of body language that they may pick up from their parents like how a parent would twitch their fins a certain way or how an adult would slap their tail for whatever reason. Pups seem fond of papping their hands in a quick succession in order to get adult seaformers’ attention or expressing their like/dislike for something, using a mixture of happy/angry peeps and chirrs to show how they feel about the object in question. Pups’ first words often are the words they hear the most around them so its advised to keep any salty language from being used around the babies during this stage of development.
✦ Pups are also unable to ‘transform’ - meaning the ability to change their body’s adaptability from surviving in the waters to the lands and vice versa - for five human years. This is probably due to the fact their body’s physiology is still adapting to being in water and it’ll be too much work/shock for the systems to try and also adapt to land environment at the same time. If one attempts to bring a pup to the lands for an extended amount of time, for whatever reason they have to do that, the seaformer will need to make sure the pup’s skin is nice and damp so it doesn’t crack or tear due to eventual dryness. Swaddling the pup in strips of wet cloths or towels or seaweed is encouraged.
✦ In that awkward size of being bigger than a regular human baby but considered small for a seaformer pup. They’ll eventually grow to the size fo a regular seaformer but, for the time being, they are a teeny tiny thing who can curl up into a loafpup if they so desire. It’s distressingly easy to lose the pup sometimes with how small they are and how often they like to play hide and seek with their babysitters and parents. (The liaison will also never forget the day they popped out Rodimus Junior’s egg. It was the size of a freaking cantaloupe and it was considered smaller than the average egg to the poor human’s horror when speaking with the medics of the Lost Light pod. It’s a good reason why Rodimus Junior is going to be a single child for a very, very long time if the liaison has anything to say about it.)
✦ Rodimus Junior has very fragile health in the earlier stages of their life. Being a hybrid of a seaformer and a human, his constitution is a strange mixture of both their immune systems and it takes them a while to adjust to their specific needs of water and land. As a result Junior is very dependent on Rodimus and the liaison for the first few months with how small and fragile their build is, often kept with one of the parents to ensure they’re safe and sound. Over time Rodimus Junior becomes an adventurous and curious pup after their health stabilises, often attempting to leave the cay to investigate the nearby sea stumps and arches that surround the cay and attempt to follow the liaison home to Crystal Coast when they have to leave.
✦ Everyone in the pod is very protective of the pup since there’s a real possibility that Rodimus Junior is one of the first pups to be born during this Age of New Peace. Perhaps the first since news of a pup being born is kind of a big deal with the dwindling population of the Cybertronian seaformers. All those in the pod go out of their way to be nice to the little pup, willing to indulge them in games and activities to ensure they’re a healthy and happy baby. Even Getaway has been noted to be act nicer around Rodimus Junior even if he has Thoughts and Opinions about their name. Drift is constantly fussing over the pup if they so much as sneeze or sniffle and Ratchet has to resist the urge to slap Drift with hist tail for causing the parents to be anxious in return. Everyone is trying okay? They want the pup happy.
✦ Favourite sitters include Ultra Magnus, Drift, and Megatron for a variety of reason. Ultra Magnus for the fact he’s huge meaning fun rides in the deeper parts of the cay and is one of the best groomers in the pod. Drift because he’s so gentle and sweet to the pup, telling him fantastical stories of his adventures and of an amazing seaformer who went by Wing. Megatron is a surprise to everyone, even Megatron himself who is nervous of being left in charge of the pup’s welfare, but Rodimus Junior loves his stories and poetries that he reads aloud to the pup when attempting to get the little one to sleep. Ratchet would be included in this list but alas he’s their doctor and gives them their dreaded checkups so he’s out for the count. Brainstorm and Whirl used to babysit the pup but after the Cannon Incident and Wrecker Pup Incident the two are banned from being alone with the pup.
✦ CROC is sloooowly making headway in convincing the pod to allow the liaison to bring Rodimus Junior back to the centre for studies. Slooooowly is the word that must be noticed, emphasise and shot up in the sky because no one in the centre has even gotten to see the pup for themselves. Only seen the little baby through the pictures and videos the liaison records with Rewind to bring back to CROC. Much as they’re all itching to figure out the wonderful mysteries the baby has given their fantastical origins, they know better than to just order the liaison into bringing their baby back to the centre. It would be too much for a shock for a pup to be taken away from their pod and be dropped somewhere clinical as the centre. Not only that but they will have several angry pods on their butts for taking the pup of a pod leader away so yeah. Baby steps.
✦ As Rodimus Junior grows older, it’s clear that they’re a spitting image of their sire but their personality is more tempered thanks to the liaison and everyone else who had a hand in raising them to ensure a little mini-Rodimus didn’t happen. Also instead of the bright blue eyes of their sire, there’s a chance that Rodimus Junior’s eyes are the same colour as their carrier to show the influence the liaison had in their birth. It’s the only way to tell the two apart, besides the fact Rodimus Junior’s fins are less flashy than their sire’s. Much as Rodimus wants them to become the new leader of the pod when he retires from the position, it seems the growing pup has their eyes on learning more about human culture and attempting to bridge the two worlds of seaformers and humans together. If the liaison encourages them on this path, there’s a real possibility that CROC will get their first seaformer diplomat after all.
When she was little, Jack lived on Eden Prime; she had a family. What was her life like before Teltin? Who was she as a child?
They looked up from their game pad as their mother crouched beside them. “Got someone you should meet,” Hannah continued, beckoning someone over. “Mari, this is my kid Duke. They’re older than Bina, but they like younger kids too, right, Duke?”
“Sure,” Duke said as the dark-haired little girl hid her face in her mother’s shoulder when she saw Duke was looking. “Your name’s Bina?”
The girl peeked out just a little to nod.
“Bina, Duke is gonna be a biotic just like you,” Mari murmured to her daughter. “You can ask them about it! They’ll tell you it’s not so scary. Okay?”
Bina still cried out when Mari set her down, and she clung to her mother’s leg with her big dark eyes staring at Duke.
Duke held out the pad. “Wanna play a game with me?”
It was like magic. Bina’s eyes lit up, and the immediately let go of Mari and ran to sit next to Duke on the park bench. “What game?”
“It’s a really old one from Earth; it’s called Pokémon.” Duke held the pad out so Bina could see. “You catch weird animals and make ‘em battle each other.”
Mari and Hannah exchanged secretive smiles as they left their children absorbed in the video game.
“Duke?” Hannah knocked softly on the door. “Can I come in?”
“Yeah, c’mon in.” Duke barely looked up from the pad as they pressed the button by their bed to allow the door to their room to slide open. Their brow furrowed as their Metagross’s health dropped dangerously low thanks to an attack from a Charizard.
“Duke, honey, can you pause it for a second?”
Something in their mother’s voice made them look up for real this time. Hannah’s eyes were red. “Mom? What’s wrong?”
Hannah swallowed hard. “I just got an email from Mari,” she said softly. “You remember we met her on Eden Prime a couple weeks ago?”
“Yeah,” Duke answered uneasily.
“Bina got sick really suddenly a few days ago. They took her to the hospital, but…she passed away last night.” Hannah wiped her eyes. “I’m sorry. I know you liked her.”
Duke’s mind went blank. “She was four,” they said, as if that invalidated Bina’s death. “She was only four.”
“Eezo sickness,” Hannah said quietly. “She just…couldn’t fight it off. I’m sorry.”
Duke wrapped their arms around their mother, too shocked for tears. Bina? Bina who really liked my Pikachu and who begged her mom to get her a Pokémon game as soon as Mom and Mari came back. Bina with the big brown eyes and the pretty dark hair. Bina who shrieked with laughter when we played tag.
“There was a kid,” Duke says quietly. “When I was, I don’t know, nine. Met her on a human colony. She had biotic potential like me. We were best friends for a day. And then, two weeks later…she died.”
“You saying we’re lucky ‘cause we didn’t die?” Jack asks with a snort, taking another gulp of her whiskey.
“No…I’m saying maybe she was the lucky one.” Duke takes a sip of their brightwine, and Jack recognizes the beginnings of her Dukey’s depression when she sees them.
“Hey.” She reaches over and puts a hand over Duke’s. “You saying I’m not lucky? You’re the luckiest thing that ever happened to me, asshole.”
That gets a smile from Duke, and they hold up their glass. “To being lucky enough to have the hottest girl in the galaxy dropped into my lap.”
“To seducing the most badass motherfucker in the galaxy,” Jack snarks back, clinking her tumbler against Duke’s glass. “And to being lucky enough that they stuck around.”
Duke smiles as they watch their girlfriend toss back the rest of her drink. Bina might be gone, but Jack is here now.