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Fanfic: Carry Me Home

Title: Carry Me Home
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Connor/Ryan
Rating: 15
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 1295
Summary: Ryan and Connor’s holiday doesn’t go entirely as planned.
AN: Written for raptor_moon for having completed drabbles for all of last year’s weekly challenges at primeval100. Based on the prompt, “It’s not broken, is it?”

“It’s not broken, is it?”

Ryan glanced up and gave Connor what he hoped was a reassuring smile. Then he went back to gently feeling Connor’s ankle.


“Sorry,” Ryan said. “And in answer to the question, no, I don’t think it’s broken. It is badly sprained, though. You’re not going to be walking anywhere on this for a while.”

Connor looked up and around at the windswept hills and countryside that stretched as far as the eye could see in every direction. Ryan kept his eyes fixed on Connor. He could see the young man starting to panic, even though the situation wasn’t actually particularly life-threatening. To be honest, Ryan reflected, they were usually in far more danger at work.

“What are we going to do? I don’t fancy staying out here all night.”

Ryan chuckled.

“Much as I like the Lake District, I have to agree with you on that. Especially not when there’s more of Mrs Cole’s steak pie on the menu when we get back.”

“But if I can’t walk we’re stuck here.” Connor’s face suddenly took on a panic stricken expression. “Oh my god! Are we going to have to call out a mountain rescue helicopter? I don’t like flying!”

Ryan shook his head, still smiling.

“Relax, Conn. And I don’t think we’ll need to call mountain rescue either. It’s no more than three or four miles back to the road from here, and I reckon I can carry you that far by myself. We can flag a car down from there to get back to the car park.”

Connor’s eyes grew even wider.

Carry me?”

“If I can carry Cutter though the Permian desert I’m sure I can get you down a hill in the English countryside.”

“But what if you fall?”

“I won’t.” Ryan hoped he hadn’t just jinxed it.

He stood up and tightened the straps on his rucksack. Then he reached down and hauled Connor upright, and then, before the young man could protest, he threw Connor over his shoulder in a classic fireman’s lift.

Connor squawked and flailed his arms around.

“Comfy?” Ryan inquired, adjusting his grip a little.

“Not really!”

Ryan rolled his eyes and waited for Connor’s wriggling to subside a little. Then he set off back down the hillside at a steady pace.

Ryan knew there was no point rushing; that would be asking for another accident, and if they both got hurt then the situation would actually become rather more serious. Still, he wasn’t overly concerned. It was only a sprained ankle, and they were in the Lake District on a relatively pleasant spring weekend. They had perfectly good mobile phone reception, and even if they did get stuck, the chances were they’d be found by other walkers within a few hours.

So it wasn’t exactly a crisis. Just unfortunate.

He’d been walking for half an hour, and the road was already in sight below them when Connor started to struggle again.

“Ryan, stop. Put me down!”

Ryan stopped and lifted Connor down, careful to set him down in such a way that he wouldn’t put too much weight on his ankle.

“What’s wrong?”

What’s wrong?” Connor repeated, sounding both angry and incredulous. “For a start that’s not the most comfortable way to travel, and for another it’s bloody embarrassing!”

“Embarrassing?” Ryan was confused.

“Yes! Or at the very least it’s undignified.”

Ryan ran a hand through his short hair. “Well what do you want to do, then?”

“The road’s there. I can walk the rest of the way.”

Ryan’s expression must have given away his scepticism.

“Okay, I might need a bit of help,” Connor allowed, looking ever so slightly petulant now. “But I don’t want to be carried.”

“Fine,” Ryan sighed. “If you insist.”

He offered Connor a shoulder to lean on and Connor wrapped his arm around Ryan and they started walking again, this time a great deal more slowly than they had been before. Connor was limping badly, but Ryan had to admit it wasn’t anywhere near as serious as he had expected. Even so, he just wanted to get down off the hills and back to the guest house, before anything else went wrong.

So much for their quiet holiday away.

Connor glanced sideways at Ryan as they headed slowly down the hillside along the footpath. Ryan seemed to have gone quiet, more so than usual, and his mouth was set into a thin line that usually meant he wasn’t happy. Connor felt a tiny churn of guilt in his stomach.

“I didn’t do it on purpose,” Connor said, trying not to sound too sulky.

“Do what on purpose?” Ryan looked confused.

“Sprain my ankle. It wasn’t all some elaborate plan to avoid any more hiking. I mean, yeah, I’ll admit hiking in the countryside isn’t my favourite idea for a great holiday, but I wouldn’t do something like this to get out of it. I know you like it, and I wouldn’t do that to you.”

Ryan gave him a look that was part exasperated, part affectionate.

“Conn, I already know all that. And I do appreciate that you came with me even though you’re not a huge fan of walking and outdoors stuff.”

“Yeah, but I still managed to muck it all up. I wouldn’t blame you for being angry with me.”

Ryan stopped walking and turned to face Connor properly.

“Listen, you idiot,” he said with a smile. “I know you didn’t do it on purpose. Not even you are silly enough to sprain your ankle deliberately. And yes, maybe I am a little disappointed that we didn’t make it to the end of the walk, but it’s not the end of the world. I wanted us to come on holiday together so that I could spend time with you, Connor, not with the great British countryside.”


“Yes really.” Ryan slipped his arms around Connor and kissed him until Connor felt his pout melt away. He cuddled Ryan, leaning against him a little longer than was entirely necessary to take the weight off his ankle for a few moments.

“Okay. But I am sorry about the walk.”

“It’s okay, Conn. Now let’s get back, shall we?”

They set off again, and after a few minutes Connor felt himself smiling again. He glanced at Ryan and caught his eye.

“You know, maybe I don’t mind you carrying me so much. It’s kind of nice having a big strong boyfriend who can do that. Just not in public, eh?”

Ryan rolled his eyes.

“You are a strange man, Connor Temple.”

“You already knew that.”


Connor couldn’t help noticing the amused grin forming on Ryan’s face.

“I could carry you over the threshold to our room if you like?”

Connor felt his eyebrows hitching upwards. “I’m not sure I like the implication that I might be the female in this relationship.”

Ryan laughed out loud. “Well, if it offends your delicate sensibilities so much you could carry me over the threshold instead. But I have a feeling that might just end up with us both in an undignified heap in the corridor.”

Connor had to admit he had a point.

He tugged Ryan a little closer as they continued down the hillside, and snuggled against his leather jacket. Ryan paused for a moment and kissed Connor’s head. Connor smiled to himself, and as they walked he pondered what they could do once they got back to their room.

Delicate indeed! Connor wasn’t going to let him get away with that! Sprained ankle or not, as soon as they’d had dinner, he intended to spend the rest of the evening showing Ryan just how manly he really was.

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lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: May 15th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! And now I want to see Connor trying to carry Ryan over the threshold!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 15th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Unfortunately, I think I have to agree with Ryan about the likely outcome of that - they're both going to end up in an undignified heap in the corridor!
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 15th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, sweet :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 15th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I can't resist a bit of fluff with the boys occasionally.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: May 15th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwwwwwww... I'm sure Ryan thinks that Connor is very manly! *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 15th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I'm sure Ryan will enjoy Connor's thorough demonstration of his manliness, as well!
freddiejoey From: freddiejoey Date: May 15th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just lovely
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: May 15th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, that's really sweet! :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, I can't resist fluffy fun with the boys.
flaccidduck From: flaccidduck Date: May 15th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's put a big smile on my face!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
yey! Glad to hear it!
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: May 15th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Connor better have a forklift to carry Ryan, just to be safe!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! He needs *something*, otherwise it's going to get messy!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: May 15th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, sweet. I think Ryan might be right about Connor and the threshold ;)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I suspect Ryan is right, but the worrying thing is, it might not stop Connor from trying...
fififolle From: fififolle Date: May 15th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG! Just so cute and squeeful and so very them!! eeeee!
*huggles fic*
Well done raptor_moon and thank you, D1!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. The boys are just perfect for fluffy snuggly fun.
natchris From: natchris Date: May 15th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a very pretty image!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
judithjohn From: judithjohn Date: May 15th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is terrific fun!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
aunteeneenah From: aunteeneenah Date: May 15th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooooo, manly!Connor, yummy This is really cute and sweet and has some really great heat potential. Love it!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm sure Connor (and Ryan) will have lots of fun with Connor demonstrating his manliness!
joshinator From: joshinator Date: May 16th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Enjoyed this!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
auntypam From: auntypam Date: May 16th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Give it up Connor you are so the girl in the relationship!!!!!! But with a hunky man like Ryan who cares*G*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! He so is, but sometimes Ryan likes to let him think he's all manly, otherwise Connor gets pouty.
nietie From: nietie Date: May 16th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is sweet (yes, Connor, it is!)

LOL at “If I can carry Cutter though the Permian desert I’m sure I can get you down a hill in the English countryside.”
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 19th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol, thanks. Poor Connor, having his manliness questioned like that! I'm sure they're both going to enjoy him demonstrating otherwise, though :-)
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