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Drabble: Old Habits - athene
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Drabble: Old Habits


Written for primeval100 challenge 272 - Keeping Secrets, and for the primeval_denial July Team Fest.


Title: Old Habits
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Matt
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Spoilers: Vague for the end of series 5
Challenge: 272 – Keeping Secrets
Word count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.



He had lived most of his life keeping secrets out of necessity. Now that it was no longer necessary, though, Matt found that some habits were hard to break.

Habits like not showing emotion. Like never revealing more information than he had to. Like not letting people in.

Sometimes he caught the way Becker would look at him, or question him in the field, as if the man was constantly wondering if there was something Matt might be keeping back.

Matt wanted to change, to open up and regain his friend’s trust.

Unfortunately, the saying about old habits was true.




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telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: July 23rd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can imagine this would be very much the case, even with Matt wanting to open up...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's not going to be easy for him to adjust to a 'normal' life.
entorien From: entorien Date: July 23rd, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice, I love seeing Matt struggling to adjust like this.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. It won't be easy for him, I suspect.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: July 23rd, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very believable!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks!
goldarrow From: goldarrow Date: July 23rd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Spot on perfect.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks!
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: July 23rd, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, poor Matt. That rings very true. Nice one.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not going to be easy for him to adjust, no matter how much he wants to.
anyaheart From: anyaheart Date: July 23rd, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really nice! And a really good description of Matt.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked it.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: July 23rd, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good description of Matt.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks! Poor Matt is going to have a hard time adjusting.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: July 23rd, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is very true to teh Matt we see on screen.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's not going to be able to change just like that after all this time.
freddiejoey From: freddiejoey Date: July 23rd, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous drabble!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks
adafrog From: adafrog Date: July 23rd, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's gotta be hard for him.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Yes, it's definitely going to be a difficult adjustment.
flaccidduck From: flaccidduck Date: July 24th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, opening up to others always comes hard when you're not in the habit.

Well done!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks! Glad you liked it.
natchris From: natchris Date: July 24th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
This rings so true!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks!
dreamer_98 From: dreamer_98 Date: July 24th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Matt. Guarding himself like that would be difficult to break. Nice job.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Yes, adjusting is going to be difficult for him.
judithjohn From: judithjohn Date: July 24th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Totally Matt.

Impressive!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks!
joshinator From: joshinator Date: July 24th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
You have captured Matt in 100 words

awesome!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks!
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: July 24th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
*huggles Matt*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Matt, he's trying, bless him.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: July 24th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Matt. But now I have an image of him in a white vest covered in blood and running around like Bruce Willis... *headdesk*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
*shakes head in despair* Only you could get that image from this drabble, Fi! :-)
fififolle From: fififolle Date: July 25th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
*preens*
reggietate From: reggietate Date: July 24th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, Matt - habits can be broken! :-D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eventually, yes. It's just going to take a while, and maybe some patience from his teammates.
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: July 24th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a great look at Matt, it would certainly be hard to break the habits of a lifetime even if he wants to.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Yes, I can see him having a hard time adjusting after all these years.
ebonyfeather From: ebonyfeather Date: July 24th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could see it being hard for him to adjust- but Becker will be around when he's ready to open up.

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 24th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Matt is having a hard time adjusting. Hopefully Becker will be patient with him.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: July 25th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Poor Matt - very true about changing the habits of a lifetime. But at least there is hope (and in the lovely form of Becker).

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 26th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Matt, hopefully Becker will be patient with him if he can see that Matt is trying.
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: July 25th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good look at Matt.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 26th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks! :-)
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: July 27th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like this idea!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 28th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks!
mayakitten From: mayakitten Date: July 30th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs Matt*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 3rd, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, thanks! I think Matt needs lots of hugs.
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