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Drabble: In the Line of Duty - athene
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Drabble: In the Line of Duty

written for the Primeval 100 challenge 115 - Parents

Title: In the Line of Duty
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Nick, mention of Ryan
Rating: PG                   
Warnings: None
Spoilers: 1.6
Challenge: parents
Word count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.


 

            Most of the people at Captain Ryan’s funeral were soldiers. Standing unobtrusively at the back, Nick’s gaze was drawn to the few family members in attendance. Ryan’s father remained stiff and stoic throughout, his mother occasionally dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief.

            Nick wondered what they had been told of Ryan’s death. If they knew that he was a hero who had died trying to protect civilians. Or whether they had simply received an automated letter containing phrases such as ‘classified’ and ‘in the line of duty’.

            Whatever they had been told, Nick hoped they were proud of their son.

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a1cmustangpilot From: a1cmustangpilot Date: July 15th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww this was sweet and sad all at once! Like Nick, I hope it was something much more dignified and honourable than just that kind of a response. :(

~
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 15th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose it's even more of a problem for Special Forces than with regular soldiers, because so much of what they do it classified, so details can never really be revealed of how they died, no matter how heroic or important they were.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: July 15th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sniffs* Nicely done.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 15th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
*passes tissue* I'd written this within about two hours of seeing the new challenge. Looks like my drabble dry spell has finally ended.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: July 15th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, ouch! That's gorgeously painful...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 15th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Poor Nick can't even say anything to them about it either, even though he was the last person to be with Ryan when he died.
nietie From: nietie Date: July 15th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, sad but heartwarming.
And I'm sure his parents are proud of him. *sniffs*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 15th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
*passes more tissues* I'm sure they are proud, even if they can never know what he was doing.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: July 15th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw. *sniff* I'm sure they were. This is perfect.
*iz very sad*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 15th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
*pets Fifi and passes more tissues* thanks. Poor Ryan, at least the team appreciate what he did for them, even if no one else can ever know about it.

Edited at 2009-07-15 09:15 pm (UTC)
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: July 15th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Snivels*. Really well done drabble.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 15th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
*passes yet more tissues* Thanks, the angst bunnies bit for this challenge, I'm afraid.
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: July 15th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw! *sniffle*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 15th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would pass you a tissue, but this drabble seems to have caused a run on tissues. Unless everyone has the flu...
knitekat From: knitekat Date: July 15th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sniffs* I'm sure his parents are very proud of Ryan.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 16th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure they are as well. *passes more tissues*
slashybits From: slashybits Date: July 16th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
*sniffles*

Beautifully handled.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 16th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked. *more tissues*
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: July 17th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)

*have brought my own tissues along as I'm sure you're running low by now!*

Nick is the perfect POV character for this. Yes, you do wonder what Ryan's parents were told....

Thank God he's not really dead, hey?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 17th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, completely run out of tissues after that one, I'm afraid.

I thought out of all the team, Nick would be the one to go to Ryan's funeral, there was such a sense of mutual respect between them in S1.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: July 18th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! for Nick showings his respects for Ryan. I'm sure he would *sniffs sadly*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 19th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
They really had a lot of mutual respect for each other, despite (or possibly even because of) that incident in the Permian where Ryan coshed Nick over the head.
tia198 From: tia198 Date: March 12th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish they had acknowledged Ryan's death like this in the series instead of having that non-reaction at the end of 1.06, lovely fic!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 13th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it would have been nice to have them at least mention it properly. Nick at least should have been affected more since he saw it happen and was with him when he died.
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