What's Prowl's relationship to Verity like in this AU? (It was slightly jarring to me to realise oh yes, of course, she would outlive him in this universe, they're not immortal robots...)
Oooooo I've been pondering this. My favourite canon Prowl/Verity interaction is the moment in Sins of the Wreckers when it becomes clear that Verity threatening Prowl with the Aequitas backup isn't some attempt at vigilante justice but rather a bid for help, and Prowl's response is "....I wish you'd just asked me."
In Prowl’s view, Verity’s a civilian, which means that in the inscrutable war calculus that distinguishes “civilians” from “collateral damage,” he’s actually obligated to protect her. He doesn’t dislike her. He doesn’t even seem particularly annoyed by what she’s done. He just wants to talk to her. (My second favourite interaction is Prowl making conversational gambits as they drive out of the Noisemaze and Verity absolutely not having it.)
I like to think they do get to talk eventually, in this AU. Prowl gets older and loses his bite, and Verity grows up and loses her rage. She probably realizes, at some point, how much her antagonism toward Prowl is bound up in her friendship with Springer-- particularly, the things she and Springer have in common. (I have in mind a scene in which Prowl, with his trademark sensitivity and social grace, remarks tartly to Verity, “Your father abandoning you gives you no right to take it out on me.” To which she replies, after a moment of shocked silence, “Screw you.”)
Obviously they come to some sort of understanding. Verity in middle age is no less independent than she was in adolescence: no partner, certainly no children. But she consents to spend a sizeable part of the rest of her life with a creature that considered itself as good as married to Prowl. And Green accepts her. They take each other in, and Verity gets the strange sense of shoring up part of her family that had existed all along. She wishes she could see Springer again.
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