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drabble: Fossils and Bones - athene
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drabble: Fossils and Bones

Written for the Primeval100 challenge 164 - Bones

Title: Fossils and Bones
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Cutter
Rating: PG                 
Warnings: implied deaths
Spoilers: very vague 2.3 and 2.7
Challenge: Bones
Word count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.

 

           Nick had spent most of his adult life studying fossils and bones, trying to reconstruct appearance and behaviour from the tiniest details. It was enjoyable, but it was also immensely frustrating.

            The anomalies changed all that. Now he could see, and touch. Now he didn’t have to guess any more.

            Now he knew triceratops were herd animals, and iguanodons had tiger stripes.

            Now he knew how a sabre-tooth went for the jugular. How raptors ripped at flesh with their huge claws.

            How fragile humans really were.

            Sometimes, Nick thought he liked them better when they were just fossils and bones.  

 

 

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bella_farfalla From: bella_farfalla Date: June 29th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant use of the prompt. Yeah I bet he does.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 29th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I'd had the idea all week, but as usual left it until the last minute to write it.
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: June 29th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, sometimes you can know too much.

Nice drabble.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 29th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed, sometimes you just don't want to see in person how a raptor hunts (especially if it's you or someone you care about being hunted...).
reggietate From: reggietate Date: June 29th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, nice one! I can totally see that in Nick, despite his enthusiasm for the creatures.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 29th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
At first the anomalies must seem like a dream come true for any palaeontologist or zoologist. Then the reality sets in once they've run into a few predators and I expect the novelty wears off quite quickly, no matter how enthusiastic you are.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: June 29th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very neat. I like the way the drabble captures Nick's mixed feelings about what he's found and seen.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, it's a bit of a double edged sword for a scientist like Nick.
canadian_jay From: canadian_jay Date: June 29th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: June 30th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, I can certainly see why he's thinking like that!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Nick is probably quite torn about the whole situation.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: June 30th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Very true, quite a conflict for poor Nick. Well done



deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, he was so excitable and happy about the creatures in the first series, and then slowly the encounters that ended badly started outweighing the good moments, I think.

Edited at 2010-06-30 02:52 pm (UTC)
sallymn From: sallymn Date: June 30th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Truth is not always a blessing...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Something that Nick has discovered in the worst ways possible, unfortunately.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: June 30th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, poor Nick. Sometimes theory is better.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, you can't be eaten by a fossil!
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: June 30th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
*wibble* And to think how excited he was about it back at the beginning...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, he was all 'happy dodo face' at the start, and then it gradually started to get him down in series 2 when all they seemed to meet was big nasty predators.

Gah! lj is utterly failing with e-mail comment notifications again, I've only just got this, and I still haven't received notification of comments that I know were made this afternoon. Why does this always happen every time they change stuff and do 'upgrades'?
misura From: misura Date: June 30th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
And sometimes, he didn't? *g* I'd imagine there's something to be said for a life more ... interesting, even if it does involve risking your life.

Loved this.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 30th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. The exciting, wonderful discoveries did seem to counterbalance the bad days in series 1, but unfortunately as time went on the bad seemed to be outnumbering the good rather more.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: June 30th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great fic. Sometimes knowing too much is a bad thing.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 1st, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Indeed, poor Nick.
sunnyrea From: sunnyrea Date: July 1st, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely, a bit of a different twist on the prompt than what most people did. I like it!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 1st, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I'm surprised no one else did this before me, actually!
rustydog From: rustydog Date: July 2nd, 2010 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, sometimes satisfying your curiosity is not so satisfying after all. This is so nice! Last two lines really sew it up perfectly.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 2nd, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, I thought of the last line first, and then had to write the rest of the drabble to fit that. Glad it worked.
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: July 2nd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I like this. The repetition of the fossils and bones, and the switch from the joy of discovery to the loss!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 3rd, 2010 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad it worked like that. It was a complete pain to fit into 100 words, though!
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