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fanfic: Control - athene
fanfic: Control

Title: Control

Author: Athene

Fandom: Primeval

Characters: Lester

Rating: PG

Warnings: none

Spoilers: 2.6

Challenge: Writer’s challenge
Word Count: 100

Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.

AN: as I tend to write fic for all genres already, I challenged myself to write about characters that I don’t normally focus on. 

            Lester gripped the edges of the sink, forcing his hands to stop shaking. He suspected he only had a few moments before someone came looking for him.

            He closed his eyes, and one by one he locked away the memories; the predator, the teeth, the flash of claws, the fear. Especially the fear.  

            He needed to get control. He couldn’t… no, he wouldn’t let them see him like this. He needed control.

            Lester let go of the sink and looked at his hands. Perfectly steady. See? Complete control.

            For a moment he almost believed it. Even if nobody else did.



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telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: February 25th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was about to go to bed, and then there was this! *tuts*

I love it. It's so Lester. And I can really believe that he would actually be successful at locking those memories away. He doesn't do emotion, so I can believe that he just wouldn't let anything with emotion associated with it affect him. And that was another crap attempt at explaining myself - my brain is not logical today!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

I've never tried a Lester pov before, but that scene gave us so much to work with so I decided to give it a go. Glad you think it seemed in character for him.

And your comments make perfect sense to me. Maybe we're all lacking in logical!

Love your icon btw, I don't have any Letser icons (mainly because most of my icon allotment is full of Connor!).
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: February 26th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice look at Lester. I can see him not wanting to let anyone know how shaken he was.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I kind of figured that while he never shows any emotion, that doesn't mean he doesn't feel it, and that scene with the predator was as close as we've ever got to seeing him even slightly ruffled. But, of course, he was as snarky as ever by the time he talked to Nick, so i just thought I'd fill in the missing bit there.
adafrog From: adafrog Date: February 26th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Go Lester. Well done.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Bit of a Lester experiment for me, glad it seems to have worked.
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: February 26th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
This encapsulates Lester's actions in the episode so nicely. It was obvious how scared he was when being hunted, and that strong, but resigned look on his face as he closed his eyes and waited for the predator and then that moment where he rested his hands on his knees and just breathed.

There is no way he could not have been affected by being hunted, and by the mammoth's timely rescue, but there's also no way he was ever going to let anyone see how affected he truly was.

And I can just imagine him talking himself down. So much of his control is in his language, and it stands to reason he'd use it on himself when necessary. I can imagine he talks to himself a lot. *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Lester is still growing on me really, (I blame Fred and her fic), but that one scene with him and the predator has done more than the entire last two series to get me to like him. It may have been the first time we really saw the human side of him, and how could I not play with angst like that when it's handed to us so nicely by the show?
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: February 26th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww - poor Lester - this is so him. I wonder if he went back and hugged his kids?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed, poor Lester. And he has kids! That was kind of a surprise when he threw that line in. Although i suspect he may not even have made it home after that happened, as tracking down Leek and all the business with the scorpions getting loose seeemd to happen fairly soon after it. I suspect he put in more than a few all-nighters in the aftermath of eps 2.6 and 2.7.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: February 26th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love it! And you know how much I adore Lester, which makes me biased, but tis was great! We'll convert you to him yet, hon!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heehee. I wondered what you'd think of my Lester. This was the second of two ideas I'd had for Lester drabbles, actually. The other one didn't work so well. But for this challenge, once I'd decided to go with the 'characters I don't normally write' thing, it had to be either Stephen, Lester or Helen, and I really just couldn't think of anything for the other two, so I kept having Lester thoughts. And then this happened. Lester angst. That's just kinda wierd, but fun.

I *might* be thinking of converting. *looks shifty*
missyvortexdv From: missyvortexdv Date: February 26th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh yay, Lester fic! Nice.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm surprised there hasn't been more Lester fic after that scene in 2.6. Maybe everyone was too busy writing angst about Nick and Stephen.
hellcats_punk From: hellcats_punk Date: February 26th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lester! I never thought of him like that. To me he was the ultimate civilian/hero-for-a-day guy. But now I think I'm seeing him in a new light.
Not that I'm saying he has no feelings/emotions but one of those that never ever let them get the better of him kinda folk.
Wow newfound appreation for the guy thanks hon *hugs*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think up until 2.6 the only person who did see him like that was Fred in her brilliant ficverse. Maybe seeing the action!Lester side of him in an actual episode might encourage more pooeple to give him real feelings. Which, of course, he will promptly hide away behind a snarky facade.

Thanks for commenting. BTW, you've been quiet recently. Anything happening in your little corner of lj, or have you just been busy with other things?
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

well done

thanks much, guy
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: May 31st, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved action!Lester, bless him :)

It must have been pretty scary. I can really see him doing this, trying to get the reactions suppressed so that no-one would see he'd been shaken by it all.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: July 21st, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is good. Lester really wouldn't want anyone to see him effected by that, but not willing to let anyone else see it. *hugs* Lester.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 22nd, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't normally write Lester, but after the action!Lester in 2.6 I think that scene was my way into the character, if that makes sense. And Lester would definitely not want anyone to know how scared he was - James Lester doesn't *do* scared!
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