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Ficlet: In the Middle of the Night - athene
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Ficlet: In the Middle of the Night

Title: In the Middle of the Night
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Nick/Connor
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 300
Summary: Nick is woken in the middle of the night.



It took Nick a moment to work out what had woken him. Then Connor shifted beside him again, turning over and mumbling quiet, unintelligible words.

Nick turned onto his side and watched the young man in the soft light that seeped in through the curtains. Connor was still asleep, that much was obvious, and Nick felt himself smiling. It wasn’t often that he got to see Connor like this – quiet, relaxed, and still. It made a nice change from the usual whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm that Connor turned into once he’d had his first cup of coffee.

Connor squirmed, and his face scrunched up a little as he mumbled something again. Something that sounded vaguely like, ‘dumpy Tussauds’.

Nick chuckled.

“What?” he asked, not really expecting an answer.

“Don’t poke the tyrannosaurus,” Connor said, rather louder this time.

Ah. That actually made far more sense.

“No one’s going to poke the tyrannosaur, Connor. Go back to sleep.” He reached out and gently stroked Connor’s hair.

Connor flinched, and abruptly curled up into himself.

“Nick?”

This time the word was a half sob, half whimper. Nick closed his eyes for a moment.

Please, not again.

“Connor? Connor, wake up, it’s just a nightmare.”

Nick reached for the young man, and gently touched his shoulder. Connor startled, and suddenly Nick was staring into wide, terrified eyes.

“It’s okay. It was just a dream.”

Connor stared at him for several seconds, and then curled into Nick’s arms, burrowing against his chest and holding him close.

“Shhh, it’s okay,” Nick soothed, wrapping his arms around Connor and gently stroking his back.

Eventually Connor let out a long, ragged huff of breath.

“I used to like having dinosaur dreams,” Connor mumbled quietly.

Nick placed a soft kiss on Connor’s forehead, and sighed.

“So did I,” he admitted.



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knitekat From: knitekat Date: October 18th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely image, LOL over not poking the T-rex and then a sting in the tail.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 18th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Poor Connor does have some strange (and scary) dreams.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: October 18th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwwwwwww... *meep* And it started out so cute and funny too...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 18th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
*meep* And it started out so cute and funny too...

Well, considering that was almost exactly the effect I was aiming for... yey!
tli From: tli Date: October 18th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww! Very nicely done.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked it.
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: October 18th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, poor Connor. Nicely done.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, poor Connor really can't enjoy dinosaur dreams any more after everything that has happened.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: October 18th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eek! Such a sting in the tail ...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
excellent, glad it worked!
freddiejoey From: freddiejoey Date: October 18th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
‘dumpy Tussauds’ - a lovely combination of sweet and bitter.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I had fun trying to come up with something that sounded fun and fluffy, but that sounded like it *could* be a sleepy version of 'don't poke the tyrannosaurus'!
From: sallycandance Date: October 19th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor, Connor, but lucky for him, Nick is always there *sighs*

Lovely!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. At least they can snuggle up together and chase away the nightmares.
auntypam From: auntypam Date: October 19th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Wish I had Nick to comfort me when I wake up scared*G*
Wonderful fiction!!!!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think we all want Nick to provide post-nightmare comfort!
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: October 19th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Lol! And awwww.
* hugs Connor *
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Poor Connor always needs lots of hugs.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: October 19th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww! What a touching and emotive scene. *wibble*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. The boys clearly wanted to be both fluffy and angsty!
nietie From: nietie Date: October 19th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, poor Connor. But at least he has Nick to comfort him.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure Nick will be *very* comforting for the rest of the night.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: October 19th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Connor!

I sympathise with the poor lad.

Very sweet, with a sharp edge of sadness.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I suspect dinosaur nightmares are a fairly common occurance for the team after a while.
samueljames From: samueljames Date: October 19th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is lovely. I loved Nick comforting Connor.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 19th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Poor Connor needs lots of hugs, and I'm sure Nick is happy to provide them.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: October 20th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, poor Connor! *huggles him*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 20th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I'm sure Nick will give him plenty of cuddles until they both go back to sleep.
mulder200 From: mulder200 Date: October 27th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah! Poor Conner!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 27th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure Nick will hug him until the nightmare goes away.
talliw From: talliw Date: November 12th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a pity their lovely dinosaur dreams have turned into nightmares thanks to the harsh reality of scary prehistoric creatures they had to face everyday now.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 12th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
poor boys, they both used to be so enthusiastic about dinosaurs. Probably not so much after everything that has happened since they discovered the anomlies.
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: November 30th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww! that gives me a lovely warm feeling!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: December 4th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks, I do like writing warm, fuzzy, cuddly moments between these two.
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