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Birthday fic for Reggietate: Ammonite - athene
Birthday fic for Reggietate: Ammonite

Slightly belated birthday ficlet for reggietate.

Title: Ammonite
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Nick
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Spoilers: 1.1
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 950
Summary: Just what did happen to that present that Helen left for Nick at the end of 1.1?
AN: Birthday fic for reggietate.

Nick had forgotten about the ammonite until he finally returned to his office and slumped down into his chair. The creature was still on his desk, although the slimy, rubbery appendage had retreated back into its coiled shell, after leaving a faint smudge on the wood.

Where had Helen (and it had to have been Helen, surely?) got it from? When had she got it from? He knew that it was possible to date entire layers from the different types of ammonite within them, but his knowledge wasn’t that exact, and ammonites had existed for a very, very long time from early periods right through to the end of the cretaceous. Maybe this one was Jurassic, that was when they were at their most abundant, wasn’t it?

Nick reached out and traced a finger along the curve of the shell. There was a creature from the Jurassic on his desk. Not a fossil, a real live creature.

He frowned. Ammonites lived in the sea, didn’t they? In which case, it was a real live creature that was going to be a real dead creature if he didn’t get it into water soon.

He went into the little kitchen attached to his office and rooted around in the cupboards for anything suitable. The ammonite was too big to fit in a coffee mug, and the kettle wasn’t even a remotely viable option (quite apart from the lime-scale that he’d never got round to sorting out, its absence would be noticed in the morning, and he didn’t fancy explaining it to Stephen). Eventually he discovered an empty biscuit tin that had been shoved on the top shelf last Christmas after they had finished the contents during an all-night admin frenzy. Nick filled it half full with tap water, and then went back to his desk and shoved some paperwork aside to put it down, and carefully placed the ammonite into the water.

It wasn’t quite deep enough for the ammonite to bob into a fully vertical position, but at least it wasn’t going to dry out completely.

Nick sat down and watched it, hoping he hadn’t left it too long.

That was just typical Helen. Leave a poor defenceless creature here in order to make some grand reappearance, without for a second considering the wellbeing of the creature, taken from its natural environment and left to die. What if he hadn’t seen it, and had gone home? It would probably have been dead by the time he returned in the morning.

Bloody Helen. As if this wasn’t all complicated enough, he began to feel the old anger and resentment resurfacing, along with all the other emotions the events of the last few days had dredged up. He had barely got used to the idea that Helen might have disappeared into the past, and then suddenly here she was, leaving him cryptic clues and playing games. He wanted to be relieved, happy even, that she was alive. But instead he just felt blindsided by revelation after revelation.

Why had she gone? Why had she come back? Why now? Why, why, why?

The creature poked a tentative feeler out from the coiled shell, investigating the water.

“Hello there,” Nick said quietly, leaning closer.

More little tentacles emerged, stretching further out and pausing when they encountered the unfamiliar metal surface of the tin.

“Yeah, sorry about that. We’ll have to find you a proper tank when we get home.”

Where the hell was he going to get a fish tank at this time of night? More to the point, what did ammonites eat? If they were anything like their supposed relatives, the squid, they were hunters. It wasn’t going to be happy with a sprinkling of dried fish food.

Stephen or Abby might have a better idea what to feed it, or even Connor and his ridiculous database. But Nick hesitated to call any of them. Telling anyone about the ammonite would mean explaining that Helen might not be as dead as everyone thought after all. Nick needed to work out how he felt about that before he included anyone else. It was too much, too fast, he needed time.

He absently poked his finger into the water and touched a tentacle. The creature recoiled, but after a moment it came back and investigated, and soon the tip of his finger was tangled in surprisingly muscular tentacles.

Nick chuckled. “What are we going to do with you, eh?”

Ideally he wanted to get the little creature back to its own time, but that wasn’t going to happen unless the anomaly opened again. Nick frowned. If this ammonite did come from the Jurassic, then that meant the Permian anomaly in the Forest of Dean wasn’t the only one out there. There might be more, and they might go to other times. That thought was enough to set Nick’s mind racing.

He absently shook the creature off, and stood up.

“Come on, then. Let’s get you home. Maybe I can find you some worms or insects until we work out what you like to eat.”

He picked up the tin, smiling at the ammonite as it darted back into the safety of its shell at the sudden movement. If he could just keep it alive until they found another anomaly, or until Helen made a reappearance, then it might be okay. And if they never did manage to get it back to the Jurassic, well, the little creature would just have to get used to living here.

As his mind whirled with the possibilities of the anomalies, Nick suspected the ammonite wasn’t the only one with a whole new world of discoveries ahead of it.

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nietie From: nietie Date: January 19th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a great missing scene. I love Nick's train of thoughts, whilst looking after the little creature.

Indeed, so typical for Helen to leave a poor defenceless creature here in order to make some grand reappearance.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Helen wouldn't think for a moment about the creature, but I can see Nick trying to keep it alive until they can find a way to get it home.
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: January 19th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor wee thing! Looks like Nick has acquired a new pet.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he had a shiny new prehistoric pet - as long as he can work out what to feed it!
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: January 19th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cutter's got a pet! :-) Poor thing, thank goodness he went back for it. Lovely fic.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, poor little ammonite. I'm sure it will like living with Nick, eventually, when he has worked out what to feed it. And got it a bigger tank.
alyse From: alyse Date: January 19th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww. I've always loved ammonites and always wondered what happened to that one. Here's hoping that Nick gets it home alright.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it would have been nice to know what happened to the poor thing after it got abandoned in Nick's office.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: January 19th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's lovely! I remember the ammonite!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a cute little thing, I'm sure Nick looked after it.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 19th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, that's gorgeous, thank you :-)

I must admit, I've sometimes wondered what had happened to that poor unfortunate ammonite! I'm glad he ended up in a good home.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry it was a few days late. I did get most of it done the day before your birthday, but the ending just wasn't quite right, and then I was back at work and couldn't get it finished.

There was so much going on in the very first ep, the ammonite at the end always seems to be one of those little things that gets forgotten. I don't know why it suddenly popped into my head, but I just thought it would be nice to see what Nick did with it.

I do like your appropriate icon, btw! :-)

Edited at 2013-01-19 05:49 pm (UTC)
tli From: tli Date: January 19th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was great!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: January 19th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was rather fond of that ammonite! I enjoyed Nick's train of thought as he decided what to do.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ammonites are cute, I'm sure Nick wouldn't have just left it to die, no matter what else was going on at the time.
rodlox From: rodlox Date: January 19th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
very nice.
we can all hope that Nick hasn't just poisoned the poor ammonite with the wrong water. (you do raise a fine point: how long was Helen carrying that thing?)

a nice Nick here. bravo!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, yes, I was a slightly worried about it being put into fresh water and not sea water, but there's not a lot of option, really!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: January 19th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely missing scene and yay for Nick saving the poor little creature.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 19th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Nick wouldn't leave the poor little thing to die, I'm sure.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: January 19th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay, he saved the ammonite! I had felt sorry for the poor thing when I saw it lying there in 1.01.

I loved Nick's thought processes in this, and his new companion

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 20th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone needed to save the poor little thing, and since no one else knew about it, and Helen didn't care, it has to be Nick.
aunteeneenah From: aunteeneenah Date: January 20th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Very, very nice. Nick's interaction with the little creature is wonderful. Nice that he could have this moment before Helen got busy messing with them all. :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 20th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Nick obviously loves the creatures (when they're not trying to eat him), so I can imagine him being fascinated by the ammonite and not wanting it to die.
judithjohn From: judithjohn Date: January 20th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic fic. :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 20th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: January 20th, 2013 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, that's lovely!

I can just imagine Nick finding a pet shop asap and getting saltwater mix and everything for it.

Which would be ironic considering his reaction to Abby keeping Rex! LOL!

I love the idea of saving it!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 20th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I think he would definitely prefer to get it back home, but if that wasn't an option I can see him keeping the ammonite, and after a while just forgetting to mention to anyone that he had it!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 20th, 2013 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww! So cute. That was very neat. I suspect he will have to get some stuff from the pet shop to remove the harmful chemicals from the water that keeps us safe but harms marine animals, and put some salt in, too! But how cool would it be to have an ammonite as a pet? Brilliant.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 20th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The ammonite was a cute little thing, Nick wouldn't just leave it to die. Even if he is a bit lost as to exactly how to look after it at first!
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