As soon as Skyfire realized he was distracting Starscream, he immediately backed off from the bond, letting his mate know he was still there without demanding his attention. This would be a difficult enough battle without his intereference.
And while the two were caught up in fighting, the shuttle began working at his bonds. Just because he’d been tied up didn’t mean he had to remain helpless. Except, perhaps, this time. Whatever the Herald had used to tie him up with, it was stronger than it appeared.
Oh. Starscream’s sword. That might work.
Shuttles were not stealthy. They were not graceful. And this Skyfire didn’t feel an ounce of shame about his undignified roll to get closer to the sword, something that was interrupted by the Herald’s…. ‘interesting’ tactics. Well then.
The Herald chuckled as he watched Skyfire’s cute, rather clang-y Mission Impossible role. Bulk or no, it was adorable to see. Star on the other hand was too busy swinging his legs to try and kick his alternate off and prize his lips off of his. Obligingly, the alternate released him from the kiss, “Ohhh, relax. I was just trying to make nice~”
"YOU CAN MAKE NICE BY LETTING SKYFIRE AND I LEAVE ALREADY, DUDE!"
"Ugghhh..but it’s ruined now. You didn’t rescue him properly…" The alternate grumbled, "He deserves better than you can give him, you know."
"How would you know anything about that?" He asked, "Sure, I’ve made plenty of mistakes, and bad things have happened because I made the wrong decisions. But Skyfire loves me. He loves me enough to have bonded with me. Don’t you remember how that felt?"
"No," He whispered bitterly, "Nothing. And I never will remember." He released the other seeker, letting him drop to the floor, "And it’s misery. Remembering the fact and not the feeling. So if you ask me…" He abandoned Starscream to cross over to Skyfire, undoing his bindings. "I suggest you practice more. What you have is not something to take the risk of not being strong enough to protect."
He smiled at the shuttle, “Maybe next time the rescue will be a little more romantic~?” He opened a dark portal, “That will take you back to your current dwelling. See you again soon, beautiful.”
Skyfire, somewhat irritated at himself and his failed attempt to escape, placidly allowed the Herald to untie him. The comment got a raised optical ridge. “Perhaps if we skip the bondage?” His expression softened. “If you can… look for my alternate.”
Nodding his thanks, he crossed the room to Starscream, picking up the sword on his way. A hand drifted over one of Starscream’s shoulders, and he pulsed love over the bond.
Let’s go home.