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fanfic: Harder
Written for the Primeval100 challenge, The Gym.

Title: Harder
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Abby, Connor
Rating: PG            
Warnings: none
Spoilers: Post 2.7
Challenge: The gym
Word count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.

            In the days after Stephen’s death, Connor started disappearing. Abby assumed he was working on the ADD. Or maybe spending time with Cutter. Hell, for all she knew he was distracting himself with porn.

            When she finally found him, Connor was in the last place she ever expected: the gym.

            He was working out, doing weights, making himself harder, stronger, tougher. He was pounding hell out of the punch-bag, oblivious to everything, sweat mingling with tears on his face.

            Abby slipped quietly away before he saw her watching.

            Somehow, she felt that catching him with porn would have been preferable.  

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lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: November 22nd, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's very sad!

And now I want to know how S3 Connor is going to deal with Stephen's death.
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: November 22nd, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
What she said! *points up*

They better deal with Stephen's death when the series returns... *dire glare at TFWIC*
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: November 22nd, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh poor Connor.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, I'm horrible to the poor lad. Sorry *doesn't look sorry in the slightest - it's his own fault for being pretty when he's angsty and broken*
reggietate From: reggietate Date: November 22nd, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You managed to prune it, then. But... ouch. Just, ouch. Very poignant, brought a tear to my eye.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Finally* managed to get it to exactly 100.

It'll be interesting to see how much more of an action role Connor and Abby take on in S3 in Stephen's absence. Okay, we've got Captain Becker coming in, but having seen that trailer on the ITV new season thing it does like A&C are getting stuck in on the action side a bit more than previous series. It would make sense for Connor to try to toughen up a bit, even though it's really not his area of expertise.
alyse From: alyse Date: November 22nd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, for one, have no objection to a broken Connor ::g::

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmmmmm... broken!Connor. *ambles off into happy place*
missyvortexdv From: missyvortexdv Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
*heart breaks a little*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww, sorry. *looks apologetic*
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great drabble!

But like you and the others, I suspect we'll only see the aftermath of Stephen's death dealt with in fic, not on screen, other than maybe in passing references to "it's a dangerous job and people die".
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the show's writers have other things to concentrate on, such as writing an action packed opening episode that will keep the majority of viewers happy. And that tends to mean action and impressive creatures and lots of running around, not characters having angst and grief.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh. That's... that's really good. Poor Connor, needing to become something that the team needs, in a way. Harder, stonger, tougher. He shouldn't have to, so it's a great, great drabble. Abby - awesome. Thank you!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see Connor trying to be something that he isn't to fill the gaps in the team, even though, as you say, he shouldn't have to. Poor Connor *huggles him tight*. Abby might look after him a bit, though.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: November 22nd, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh Connor... *hugs*

Very sad little drabble. And like th others, I doubt if we'll see much reaction to Stephen's death series. It seems to me from the trailer (primary evidence being how much Nick's hair has grown!), that a certain amount of time has passed between the two series, and I suspect they'll just go with the 'everyone's moving on now' tack.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Connor indeed. *huggles him*

Yep, the hairstyles in the trailer do seem to suggest there's been a bit of a time-pass since the end of S2.

Oh well, at least we'll have fic...
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deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really must write more happy!Connor fic. He deserves to have some fun occasionally. But this one just pounced on me yesterday and wouldn't leave me alone until I'd written it.
adafrog From: adafrog Date: November 22nd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Well done.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another drabble that proves that I can take even the most innocent or smutty sounding of prompts, and turn it into angst...
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: November 22nd, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, poor Connor. Very realistic scenario, though. Great drabble.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 22nd, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're all going to deal with it differently, and I figured Connor might react by trying to toughen up physically, not necessarily to replace Stephen, but so that the team doesn't lose anyone else by them not being fit enough or fast enough to fight back. And at the same time he's using the physical activity as an outlet. Poor Connor *huggles him*
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: November 22nd, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw! Poor Connor.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 23rd, 2008 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I get that reaction a lot to my drabbles lately. Maybe I need to write drabbles about something *other* than Connor!angst occasionally *grin*.
curia_regis From: curia_regis Date: November 23rd, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see Connor doing this. :( Poor him.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 23rd, 2008 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
And he'd probably be mortified if he knew that anyone else had seen him doing that, especially Abby. Poor Connor *hugs him*
abbeydale From: abbeydale Date: November 24th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! Heartbreaking, but so lovely. ♥
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 24th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked, even if it was a bit angsty.
aelfgyfu_mead From: aelfgyfu_mead Date: November 27th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Connor; I think I'm with Abby on how I feel about this. I think Connor should have had gun training long ago and should be routinely given a tranq gun, but I don't want him to be a soldier, or even a fighter.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 27th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for commenting. Connor really shouldn't be a fighter, it's not what he's cut out for but I can see him reacting like that to Stephen's death and thinking that he has to fit that role to make up for losing Stephen. Poor Connor.
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