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fic: Secrets
Written for the Primeval100 challenge: Jenny Lewis

Title: Secrets
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Jenny
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Spoilers: 2.4           
Challenge: Jenny Lewis
Word count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.


            Mark talks about his departmental meetings, and Jenny tunes him out, occasionally agreeing where appropriate.

He never asks about her day.

Even if he did, Jenny couldn’t tell him.

She couldn’t tell him that she had been chased by dinosaurs, cornered, terrified. She couldn’t tell him that she had stood side by side with Connor, wielding a piece of two-by-four against something that shouldn’t exist. She couldn’t tell him that when Cutter finally rescued them she had, just for a moment, found comfort in another man’s arms.

            But sometimes Jenny thinks it would be nice if Mark at least asked



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fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 15th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice one. I liked Jenny pretty much from the word go, even though I still missed Claudia. I like the way you've caught the background here. Great last line.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 15th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
This pretty much came out of that one line in her conversation with Nick in 2.4 where she says "he's not very curious... at least not about my work."

It was originally meant to be more Jenny's thoughts on her new job, but that didn't really work in just 100 words, so this happened instead.
boro_girl From: boro_girl Date: May 15th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really feel for Jen in this. You always got the impression that she was never 100% happy at home. She settled because she didn't think there was more to life - it was all nine to five, biggest drama being whatever stuff up the government were doing...

Then she walked into the ARC and everything changed.

I liked Claudia, but I think I like Jenny's spark more. She seems so much more capable... Except here. Mark's dulled her right down and you show that in a drabble which is no mean feat!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 15th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, that's really encouraging. I've never really written Jenny much before, so this was kind of an experiment born out of some of her comments as we saw her changing over the course of series 2. I'm glad it worked.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: May 15th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you've captured Jenny perfectly here. She's starting to realise how differnet her old life is to her new one, and there could be so much more than just job, fiance, job, fiance, etc...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 15th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
When she first realised that the dinosaur thing was real in 2.2 she comletely freaked, but by the end of the series she was getting stuck in as much as anyone, which is quite a character development really. And whenever she talks about her fiance she never sounded particularly enthusiastic; as you say she'd just settled for a normal life, and now she's realising that she doesn't *have* a normal life any more.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: May 15th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
This one really works well for me, as it captures both the job and her private life!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 15th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. They're all doing the kind of job where they need to wind down at the end of the day, and deal with stuff, and yet she can't say anything to the person who should be able to help the most. Poor Jenny.
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: May 15th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get the feeling that engagement hasn't got a long-term future ...

Nice drabble - conveys a lot.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Boring boyfriend vs. dinosaurs, excitement, and all those sexy men that she works with. No competition really. *grin*
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: May 15th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was really good. Poor Jenny, no wonder she dumped him :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Jenny indded. She never did sound that happy whenever Cutter asked about her personal life.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, BTW, happy birthday.
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: May 17th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :D
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 16th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like this, it really captures Jenny well. And I definitely think the boyfriend had no chance once she'd met Cutter :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 17th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Jenny and Cutter have a really interesting character dynamic, completely different to the Claudia/Cutter dynamic. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the two of them in S3, now that Jenny has split up with the fiance and Cutter finally seems to have given up on Claudia. In some ways I'd prefer to see them as just friends rather than getting together - by the end of S2 they seemed to have a really good working relationship without any messy and complicated romance.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 17th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sort of in two minds about it myself. On the fanfic side, some romance would be nice, even though I'm generally a slash writer these days, but on the other hand, I kind of agree that development of their friendship without any hint of romance would be good. If only because they would just repeat what he did with Claudia.

Cutter's going to need some emotional support, and it's possible that Jenny, because she's somewhat emotionally detached from the rest of the team (thought she gets on well with them, and likes them) will be able to give it to him in a way that Connor and Abby may not.

I'm wondering what's going to develop with these new team members, too.
daxie42 From: daxie42 Date: May 26th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
This fits in perfectly with one of the episodes of season two she sounded a bit bitter when she told Nick that her fiance doesn't ask her what she does for a living - great job!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 26th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, i was thinking of that scene where she was talking to Nick about her fiance. Poor Jenny, no wonder she broke off the engagement.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: July 30th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is great. Poor Jenny, you can feel her frustration that Mark doesn't even ask! No long term future here for them - uninterested boyfriend vrs the ARC etc.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 31st, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jenny really didn't sound to enthusiastic about her fiance whenever she talked about him to Nick, and it was that throwaway comment in 2.4 saying the he 'isn't very curious... not about my work, anyway', and it just said so much about their relationship.
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