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drabble: Inevitable - athene
drabble: Inevitable

Written for the Primeval 100 challenge 90 - Brave New World

Title: Inevitable
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Abby, Cutter, Lester, Connor
Rating: PG            
Warnings: none
Spoilers: none
Challenge: Brave New World
Word count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.


            The TV feed came through on the ADD monitor, and the crowded Atrium fell utterly silent.

For once Cutter and Lester had been united in their fight to prevent the inevitable, but they had failed. Their expressions now said far more than their last heated exchange. Abby could sense the tension in the room. The anticipation. The fear. Even Connor was unusually still. Abby reached across and squeezed his hand.

            Nobody spoke as the barely credulous newsreader made the official announcement.

            Yesterday they had been part of the Earth’s biggest secret. Tomorrow they would wake up in a new world.

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lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: January 27th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Erk! You can't leave it there, madam! I want to read what happens next *g*.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I've no idea what happens next! Anarchy! Riots! The collapse of civilisation as we know it, maybe?
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: January 28th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, very good use of the prompt.

And here was me thinking I'd waited till the last possible minute to post the next challenge! But as I already said, it's fine. It's only minutes apart after all :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd had the idea for this almost as soon as I saw the prompt, but didn't get round to writing it until yesterday, and was literally still trying to beat it down to 100 words until the very last moment before I posted it. I nearly didn't bother when it got so late, but so far I've managed at least one drabble for each prompt in the new year, and I intend to keep aiming for at least one a week.
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: January 28th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Right on the cusp of a huge change that will shake the world. Very atmospheric :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
this one really didn't want to be confined to just 100 words, it was quite an effort to make it into a drabble. I'm glad it still works. After spending over a day poking it and trying to edit it down, I was about to give upon it.
joereaves From: joereaves Date: January 28th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh interesting. I like it.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
this one was a quiet but extremely insistent bunny that kept demanding to be written as soon as I'd seen the prompt. Just another little 'what if...' idea.
verito295 From: verito295 Date: January 28th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh interesting, really loving this take.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I love the format that they have now, with the secrecy and the tiny team working alone to deal with anomalies, but I keep thinking sooner or later there's going to be an anomaly and/or a creature in the wrong place at the wrong time and they just won't be able to cover it up any more.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: January 28th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh shit! That's brilliant. Brave new world indeed!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
scary new world, I think. Depends how the population react, and I don't expect it will be pretty...
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: January 28th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent drabble.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 28th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Scary thoughts :-) I like this a lot. I'm surprised no one's really written anything much along these lines before.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think everyone is currently happy to play with the scenario of the team being part of this secret organisation. It works for the show, and it works for fic, because it limits the need for many civilian OCs/bit parts.

Didn't someone say on a Denial chat thread a while ago that they had been thinking of a fic set in the future where the anomalies are general knowledge and the original team are on trial or something? That sounded like an interesting angle to play.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: January 28th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very atmospheric! Excellent plot bunny as well.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad the atmosphere worked, because I had to cut so much out of this from the first draft to get it to 100 words, and I was afraid I'd lost the intention of the piece somewhere along the editing process.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: January 28th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, very atmospheric! Surely this is going to happen sooner or later?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have to think that they can't keep it secret forever. Sooner or later there is going to be an anomaly somewhere too public to hide, or somethng far too big and obvious is going to rampage around before they get control of it.

Given some of the rumours of the creatures we're getting in S3, I wonder how they're going to keep a lid on things for much longer. And how they're going to hanlde it when they finally have to go public.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 29th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Woah. I'd really like to see more of that. I think riot control might be in order...
Great stuff.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 29th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect that police and military types were appearing out on the streets right as the announcement was being made.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: August 6th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice, the tension and fear of what the 'new' world will bring.. more?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 10th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I once wrote a fun and relatively positive version of what would happen if the anomalies became public knowledge, but I actually suspect it would be a complete nightmare and cause lots of civil unrest and would not go well for the team.
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