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birthday fic for Reggietate - athene
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birthday fic for Reggietate

Happy Birthday reggietate!

Here, have a fic a little early since you appear to be on lates this week. Any remaining typos and bad grammar is due to my lack of caffiene at this time in the morning.

Title: The Morning After
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Nick/Stephen.
Rating: 12
Warnings: none.
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 1000
Summary: A hangover isn’t the only thing Nick wakes up with after a particularly good night.




Nick woke up with a stinker of a hangover. He scrunched his eyes shut against the light coming through the thin curtains, and rolled over with a vague intention to sleep through the next geological epoch if at all possible. That was, until he rolled into something solid in the bed next to him. Something warm, and solid, and decidedly person-shaped.

Nick froze. What the hell? He didn’t remember going to bed with anyone. Actually, now he thought about it, he didn’t remember anything at all about going to bed, accompanied or otherwise. He had a worrying suspicion that the scotch he could still taste probably had a lot to do with his lack of memory. None of which addressed the rather more pressing concern of who the hell he was in bed with.

He slowly opened his eyes.

“Morning, sleepy.” Stephen was propped on his elbow and looking down on Nick with a particularly amused smile.

“Morning?” Nick said, hoping his voice didn’t sound quite as confused as he thought it did.

It was at that point that Nick realised he was naked. He was naked, in bed with Stephen. Admittedly he could only see the top half of Stephen’s body, but that, too, was quite obviously devoid of clothing.

Nick wondered if it would be at all possible to shuffle nonchalantly backwards and hide under the duvet and pretend he hadn’t actually woken up yet, because this was just far too strange and confusing. And far too much like those dreams that he kept having and trying to pretend hadn’t happened when he had to work with Stephen every day.

“How are you feeling today?” Stephen asked, still with that little smile on his face.

“Hangover,” Nick replied. He wondered if smiling in return might be taken as some form of encouragement, although he was still rather uncertain exactly what it might encourage to happen, or indeed whether encouraging it might actually be considered a good thing.

“I did warn you to go easy on the scotch, but you wouldn’t listen to me.”

Stephen reached out and his long fingers settled on the side of Nick’s temple and started to rub in gentle circles, soothing away the headache. Nick’s eyes closed and he sighed and started to relax. It was tempting to let himself be soothed back to sleep and just deal with things later after a bit more sleep when he didn’t feel quite so grotty. But he also knew that there was one very important question that he really needed to know the answer to before things got any more confused.

Nick opened his eyes again and peered up at Stephen.

“Stephen, last night... did I...? I mean, did we...? Um... what exactly happened?”

Stephen abruptly stopped smiling and his hand dropped away.

“You don’t remember?” he asked warily.

“Not a thing,” Nick admitted.

“Oh.” Stephen looked suddenly crestfallen.

“How much did I drink last night?”

Nick knew immediately he had said the wrong thing. Stephen pulled back and moved to get out of his side of the bed.

“I’d better make some coffee,” he muttered, not looking at Nick.

Nick reached out and grabbed his wrist and tugged him back.

“Stephen, wait. Sorry, that didn’t come out like I meant it. Or rather, I didn’t mean it the way it came out. Or something. Please, stay.”

Stephen carefully turned around again, but the playful smile was definitely gone now.

“You really don’t remember what happened?” he asked again.

Nick sighed. “No. But whatever it was, I’m fairly certain it wasn’t just down to the drink, if that’s what you’re thinking. I wouldn’t have done anything that I didn’t want to. Or that you didn’t want to.”

The smile returned, albeit a little hesitantly. Stephen glanced down at where Nick’s hand was still holding his wrist. Nick took a deep breath and then slid his hand down to entwine his fingers with Stephen’s.

“Maybe you could remind me what happened?” he suggested. He knew Stephen had a wicked sense of humour sometimes, but on this occasion Nick trusted him not to take advantage of the rather unfortunate memory loss.

“Where do you want me to start?” Stephen asked, his voice little more than a whisper, and his expression full of tentative hope.

“At the beginning.”

Stephen nodded. “It started with you doing this.”

Stephen leaned down and kissed Nick. It was slow, and soft despite the interesting sensation of stubble. Nick’s mouth opened a little and that was all the encouragement Stephen needed to deepen the kiss.

When they finally broke apart Nick sighed happily.

“I did that?” he asked, not quite able to believe the fact that he had finally worked up the courage to make a move on Stephen. More to the point, he had finally made a move and he didn’t bloody remember doing it!

“Yes, you did.” Stephen’s smirk suggested he was starting to really enjoy Nick’s bewilderment.

“So what happened after that?”

Stephen untangled his fingers from Nick’s, and his hand moved to rest lightly on Nick’s chest. He began to trail his fingers lower, across Nick’s stomach, and then lower still.

“Maybe I should demonstrate,” Stephen said. “It might jog your memory a little.”

“They do say that physical reminders are the best way to access memories.”

“Do they really?”

Nick wriggled as Stephen’s hand tickled and teased. “No, I just made that up,” he admitted.

Stephen laughed, his blue eyes sparkling. “One thing I do know about you, Nick, is that even without the drink, you have a terrible memory. I might have to ‘remind’ you several times today before I can be certain you’ve got it.”

“You know what? I think you might be right.”

Nick slid a hand round Stephen’s neck and tugged him down into another kiss.

For once Nick suspected that the morning after was going to be even better than the night before.

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fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 16th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw!!! And OMG!! LOL. Reggie is going to love this *G*
I loved that awkwardness of the whole thing, I was flailing a lot, I can tell you :) Hee!! Turned out okay in the end though! *hearts*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 16th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heehee, I like Nick when he's all awkward and cute like that.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: January 16th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh this is fab!
I love awkward!Nick. Hee!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 16th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
awkward!Nick is adorable and there should be more of him.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 16th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
*does happy dance* Thank you, that was lovely! I do so love drunk!Nick, he's utterly adorable :-)

It was at that point that Nick realised he was naked. He was naked, in bed with Stephen. Admittedly he could only see the top half of Stephen’s body, but that, too, was quite obviously devoid of clothing.

Nick wondered if it would be at all possible to shuffle nonchalantly backwards and hide under the duvet and pretend he hadn’t actually woken up yet, because this was just far too strange and confusing.


*giggle* If he'd shuffled nonchalantly backwards too far he'd have fallen out of bed! *g*

Here, have a fic a little early since you appear to be on lates this week.

I was, but I managed to get the day off! But the effect is the same :-) Though I did get up rather late...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 16th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yey! Glad you liked it, and I hope you're having a great birthday.

Nick is so cute when he's awkward and confused like that. Luckily he has Stephen to look after him.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: January 16th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! This is fantastic! So giggleworthy and cuddleworthy and just generally squeeworthy!

And I love the last line! :D

Although that thing about physical reminders as a way to access memories - is that really made up? Because I'm sure I've heard that smell is a good way to access memories, so it makes sense that actions would be too.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 16th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, I was aiming for cute and cuddly with this one *grin*

Although that thing about physical reminders as a way to access memories - is that really made up?

I have no idea to be honest. It probably is actually true, but I liked that line where Nick says he just made it up, so I made it up myself!
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: January 16th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughs*

That could have turned out extremely awkward - good recovery, Nick!

I'm sure Stephen will be very patient about reminding him as many times as he needs ;)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 16th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
heehee, I'm sure Stephen will be very thorough in his 'reminding', and not miss out any important details.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: January 16th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, lovely! I do like awkward!Nick *g*.

*Smiles happily and pets the cute fic*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Awkward!Nick is such fun. Makes you just want to huggle him.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: January 16th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, that was lovely! All awkward, then cute and snuggly.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
cute and snuggly ftw!
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: January 17th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! This is brill. I love befuddled!Nick :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
glad you liked. Its not a pairing that I write very often, but they are fun to play with sometimes.
madscribbles From: madscribbles Date: January 17th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww... *squishes them*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
poor Nick, he's so cute when he's confused.
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: January 17th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwww! Poor Nick! Well, at least he'll remember round 2. *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
heehee, poor Nick. I'm sure Stephen will make sure he remembers in future *grin*

btw, I was thinking the other day you've been quiet this week. Busy plotting evily and/or wrting your Big Bang fic?
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: January 17th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
*guilty look* Nope, haven't started my Big Bang fic yet... I've been working on S&S and fighting off a cold, which makes sleeping a bit fraught. So I basically lost a couple of days midweek to a sort of jetlag.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
poor you *hugs*. It's so annoying when you want to write and then end up feeling grotty and not being able to concentrate on anything.

I haven't started my Big Bang either. To be honest, I'm still trying to choose which out of several potential bunnies to go with. There are three main contenders, but every time I think I've made my decision, the other two get uppity and start poking me and pointing out how great they are.
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: January 17th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* I think, if I say so myself, that that is one of my better icons. It has the feel of the default one you like to use...

I have been somewhat productive though! I'm a few pages into my next part of S&S, and we have 2 whole parts up our sleeve. And I literally just finished reggie's birthday fic now. We hadn't friended each other and so I'd missed the two day warning that LJ gives.

So, Luka's birthday fic next, and then maybe the baby australopithecus fic I mentioned in last Sunday's post.

I have my Big Bang figured out in my head. I just have to start it. *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
heehee, I have been using this icon rather a lot since I got it. Although it's probably not helping when I keep trying to protest that I don't *always* want to hurt the boys.

Ooh, the fic bunnies have really taken up residence now, haven't they? And to think not so many months ago you kept saying you didn't write!

I can't believe how many birthdays there are in such a short time right now. And of course I haven't started any of the impending ones yet and will probably end up writing them the night before the actual birthday knowing me. I was quite pleased with myself for finishing my final vs3 edits mid-week, four whole days before the deadline.
kerry_louise From: kerry_louise Date: January 17th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
See they never tell you all the good things that can happen after too much alcohol on all thoes ads they run on TV... then again, if they did, people would be going out getting drunk every night hoping to wake up to someone like Stephen.

*hugs* this is great, I think Stephen might need to keep reminding Nick on a fairly regular basis from now on... daily... twice at least ;)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, glad you liked. I'm sure Stephen will make every effort to remind Nick at every available opportunity. Because he's useful like that.
justmyb0nes From: justmyb0nes Date: January 17th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
awwww This is awesome :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked it. Who can resist Nick when he's cute and confused?
justmyb0nes From: justmyb0nes Date: January 17th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
lool Not Stephen (And I won't either *g*)
adafrog From: adafrog Date: January 17th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww...

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. *huggles confused!Nick*
joereaves From: joereaves Date: January 17th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh very very nice :) I like that kind of reminder :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 17th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stephen proves that he can be useful as well as just decorative *grin*
taricha From: taricha Date: January 18th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww, this is adorable! I love that Stephen'll have to remind him more than once, lol.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 18th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I'm sure that's one thing that Nick won't mind being reminded about as often a possible.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: January 18th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)

////The smile returned, albeit a little hesitantly. Stephen glanced down at where Nick’s hand was still holding his wrist. Nick took a deep breath and then slid his hand down to entwine his fingers with Stephen’s.////

*melts into happy puddle*

////Stephen nodded. “It started with you doing this.”////

Glad to find out that Nick made the first move *G*

LOL - Nick made a good save out of an awkward situation. And I can't resist Nick/Stephen. Thank you!

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 18th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you enjoyed it. No matter how many people like Ryan or Connor or Lester, I think nearly everyone in this fandom has a soft spot for Nick/Stephen. They're just so slashable.
p_jae From: p_jae Date: April 12th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
*gigglegiggle* -flails-
AHAHA. Oh wow...I've found a new pairing.
I'm so glad this is the first Primeval fic I read...

-Nick took a deep breath and then slid his hand down to entwine his fingers with Stephen’s
Oh my... HEEHEE 8D
Loves this~~ ^.^
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 13th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
heehee, thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Nick and Stephen are so cute together, especially when Nick is confused and awkward about it. But they got there in the end.
entorien From: entorien Date: March 1st, 2012 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
*Dead of the cute*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 1st, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol, thanks. *sends in medics to revive you*
smudge_seven From: smudge_seven Date: October 6th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Argh. I really feel for Stephen at the beginning...he isn't always as brave as he makes out to be. XD
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 12th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, thanks. Poor Stephen, Nick almost made a complete mess of that one, but they got there in the end.

Thanks for commenting!
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