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ficlet: What's in a Name? - athene
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ficlet: What's in a Name?

Just a little fluff ficlet written for fififollein return for all the hard work on the OC icons recently, especially my shiny new Josh Barclay icons. Thanks to lukadreamingfor the beta.


Series: slots into the 5D/3Y-verse not long after ‘A Quiet Morning In’
Title: What’s in a Name?
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters/pairing: Ryan/Connor
Rating: 12
Warnings: fluff.
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 500
Summary: Connor has a very important question for Ryan.

 
 

 

“Ryan?”

            Ryan didn’t immediately respond. His eyes were closed and he was breathing deeply, still coming down from the climax of an entire morning spent having sex. Quite how Connor could sound so coherent was utterly beyond him right then.

            “Ryan? Can I ask you something?”

            Connor’s voice was serious and insistent, and Ryan cracked an eye open to see his lover propped on one elbow and looking down at him with an expression of quiet concentration.

            Connor was clearly thinking far too hard about something again. Ryan suspected this might be a bad sign, and tried to pay attention.

            “What is it?”

            Connor didn’t reply at first, his face still creased in thought and slightly puzzled-looking. Then he said, “Am I supposed to be calling you Tom now? Only, I’ve been thinking, and I don’t know if it’s right that I should still be calling you Ryan now that we’re, you know...” a faint flush of red crept into his cheeks and he waved his free hand around in a vague gesture. “You know, a couple.”

            Ryan just raised his eyebrows slightly, and tried not to smile. It never ceased to amaze him how Connor could be so perfectly at ease making love for hours on end, and yet become flustered over such silly little things.

            “Do you want to call me Tom?”

            “I don’t know.” Connor paused, and his fingers started absently tracing patterns on Ryan’s chest. “Tom.” He seemed to be trying the word out to discover what it sounded like. Ryan indulged him, still feeling a little too lethargic and contented to be bothered about arguing.

            “Tom. Tom.” Connor’s nose suddenly wrinkled and he gave Ryan a lopsided grin. “No, I can’t get used to it after all this time. It sounds too strange.”

            “Thanks,” Ryan commented sarcastically.

            “No, that’s not what I meant.” Connor flapped at him with his free hand, although Ryan wasn’t entirely certain if the gesture was supposed to be an explanation or an apology. Ryan decided now might be an opportune moment to forestall any further ramblings.

            “Connor,” he said firmly. “I really don’t care what you call me. It doesn’t matter.”

            He realised almost immediately that such a blanket statement was a mistake. A smirk started forming on Connor’s face in a way that Ryan had learned to be slightly afraid of.

            “Okay. I’ll remember you said that in future, Fluffy Snugglekins.”

            Connor’s smirk became a full blown fit of giggles.

            Ryan could only watch helplessly for a few moments. When it became clear that Connor wasn’t going to stop laughing any time soon, he decided it might be time to put an end to this particular line of thought. Turning his finely honed strategic mind to the situation, Ryan started to smile a little himself as well.

Perhaps now was the perfect opportunity for a demonstration of his extensive and intimate knowledge of all Connor’s most ticklish spots.

 

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verito295 From: verito295 Date: October 13th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
*squeaks* Absolutely lovely! :)

Ryan just raised his eyebrows slightly, and tried not to smile. It never ceased to amaze him how Connor could be so perfectly at ease making love for hours on end, and yet become flustered over such silly little things.

Just adore this line so much, perfectly Connor in every way :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heehee, thanks. Connor is such fun sometimes. And I can totally see him getting flustered over things like that. But on the plus side, Ryan probably thinks it's rather adorable as well *grin*.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: October 13th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! Who could resist Fluffy Snugglekins :-) *grin*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what Ryan is complaining about, the name suits him perfectly *grin*.
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: October 13th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
With all the questions that Connor could have been chewing over, that one wasn't the first that came to mind. *veg*

And I'm absolutely in love with the image of Connor, propped up on one arm, waving the other hand around.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're up a bit late aren't you?

With all the questions that Connor could have been chewing over, that one wasn't the first that came to mind.

I think Ryan is in agreement with you on that one. Poor Ryan, his life has probably become a lot more random and confusing since he got together with Connor *pets the boys*
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: October 13th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're up a bit late aren't you?

Fred and I have been nattering over the slave verse. Part 16 has just doubled in size... *meep*

It's all Connor's fault... *veg*

And random is good! SF members need to be kept on their toes. *nods*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Part 16 has just doubled in size... *meep*
It's all Connor's fault... *veg*


Double meep! But yey for more machiavellian plotting.

And random is good! SF members need to be kept on their toes

I think 'random' is Connor's default setting some days.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: October 13th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor was clearly thinking far too hard about something again.
As an over-thinker myself that is definitely time to be afraid.

Great fic! Fluffy and Snuggly. *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought some C/R fluff was in order after Fifi did such a lovely job on the OC icons.

And yes, Connor having deep thoughts is something to be very worried by.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: October 13th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank You!

Aw!!! For me? Thank you! And it's so wonderful!

Connor’s voice was serious and insistent, and Ryan cracked an eye open to see his lover propped on one elbow and looking down at him with an expression of quiet concentration.
The way you write Connor, in his private moments, it's really special.

Ryan suspected this might be a bad sign, and tried to pay attention.
The way you write Ryan with Connor, it's adorable! *happy sigh of squee* And he always turns Connor's questions back on him, I LOVE it!

“Connor,” he said firmly. “I really don’t care what you call me. It doesn’t matter.”
Ahahahaha! Never give Connor a free rein! LOL!

Aw, the giggly snugglekins! I love it :D Mmmm, tickly!Connor and indulgent!Ryan. *loves*]
And they were at it allmorning? *flails* *g*

You're so fab. Thank you!! *huggles*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank You!

Glad you liked. It was utter fluff, but sometimes that's just what is needed from a ficlet.

The boys are lovely and adorable together when they're not having extreme angst. I can imagine Connor having conversations like this all the time, and Ryan's perpetually bemused expression in response.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: October 13th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank You!

Mmmmmm.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: October 13th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It never ceased to amaze him how Connor could be so perfectly at ease making love for hours on end, and yet become flustered over such silly little things.

This just captures Connor in this relationship so absolutely perfectly. I love this ficlet to pieces. It's fun, cute amd so perfectly epitomises the two of them together that I want to cuddle it .... and them!!

You write these two so beautifully.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks *blushes slightly*

That line seems to have gone down rather well, and I know what you mean about it seeming to reflect on the relationship as a whole. Connor is just so inexperienced that he worries over things like that, and then feels embarrassed that he doesn't know the correct relationship etiquete, hence the flustered. He's so cute when he's like that, though, I couldn't resist writing this scene.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: October 13th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! This story makes me smile so much. You capture Connor so perfectly *g*.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
This story makes me smile so much.

Thanks, that's such a lovely comment. And sometimes that's just exactly the reason why we write fanfic. Happy fluff FTW.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: October 13th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! Today's been a long and hassly day at work, so this story was just what I wanted to find on my flist *bg*.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* Sorry you've had a crap day. But don't forget, Telperion should be posting more of her Nick/Connor saga later on this evening, so here's that to look forward to as well.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: October 13th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! And yay! *Happy dance* I was kind of hoping you'd post yours tonight so there would be lots of lovely fic!
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: October 13th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwwwww, this was just perfect after a yucky day! *huggles fic* I suddenly realised the other day, in a blinding moment of epiphany, just how much I lover Connor/Ryan, and that's all down to you! :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs Telperion* Sorry you've had a crap day, it seems to be a theme for the day, Luka said the same thing. Glad this ficlet cheered you up.

Connor/Ryan is a hard pairing to sell sometimes, but it has the potential to be so much fun and full of cuteness. And I'm sure it must be Fifi's fault as well, she writes such lovely, snuggly C/R fic as well.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: October 13th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually yes, it is Fififolle's fault as well - her fluffiness is made of win!!! *g* And they are such a cute couple - Connor brings out Ryan's softer side! *g*

Stupid students have given me a stupid cold. Which I'm determined to be rid of by Friday... *grumbles*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stupid students have given me a stupid cold.

*sends lemsip in the hope it's gone by Friday*

I think part of why I love C/R so much is that it's like the ultimate odd couple of Primeval. It shouldn't work, they should hate each other, or not understand each other in the slightest. And yet it *does* work.

Connor brings out Ryan's softer side!

*huggles Ryan's softer side* He's so cute when he's indulgent and bemused by Connor.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: October 13th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
*slurps Lemsip* Fingers crossed it already seems to be dying down a bit!

It's great how there are some really obvious pairings in Primeval, and some not so obvious ones, and yet they do all work. I don't think I've come across that in a fandom before. There's a way to justify them all, practically.

He's so cute when he's indulgent and bemused by Connor.

Who wouldn't want to indulge Connor? I know I would! *g*
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: October 13th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
OTP!!! 5D/3Y verse!!

*happy squeal*

Ok, this fic made me giggle out loud. I get the feeling Connor's going to be a shrieking helpless heap in just a few moments ...

And the Fluffy Snugglekins reminded me of [Name Changed Daily] on The Secret Show (best cartoon on the box atm *g*)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 14th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I get the feeling Connor's going to be a shrieking helpless heap in just a few moments ...

Oh, almost certainly *evil grin*. It's Ryan's ultimate weapon.

Glad you liked. I promise there will be more 5D/3Yverse stuff coming soon, I just need to make a bit more headway with VS3 first before I can really get stuck into another C/R series.
madscribbles From: madscribbles Date: October 14th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
*gigglesnorts*

Fluffy Snugglekins FTW!

Very cute and what I needed today. Thank you! :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 14th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Don't say you're having a bad day as well? What's going on with everyone this week? Maybe we need an emergency delivery of more silly fluff fic.
madscribbles From: madscribbles Date: October 14th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eh not so much a bad day as I feel oogy. Thus, nearly everything is rubbing me the wrong way. Except this fic... :o)

We do need an emergency delivery of fluff, though!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: July 17th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is just so Connor!
Fluffy Snugglekins!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 19th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I just can't resist Connor when he's being flustered and unsure about relationship etiquette, he's just too adorable.

I suspect Ryan is going regret giving Connor such an opening for silly pet names.
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: February 2nd, 2012 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely fluff! Lol at Fluffy Snugglekins! :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 2nd, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, this pairing is great for fluff as well as angst and pain. Occasionally *evil grin* I suspect Ryan is definitely going to regret giving Connor such an opening with Fluffy Snugglekins.
aunteeneenah From: aunteeneenah Date: March 4th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
"Fluffy Snugglekins"? Love it!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 4th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. It was nice to indulge in a bit of fluff with the boys for once!
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