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fanfic: Carte Blanche
Extremely quick mini-ficlet written for telperion_15, who is having a bad week and needs a hug and some snuggly fic.

Title: Carte Blanche
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Nick/Connor.
Rating: 12
Warnings: none.
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 800
Summary: Nick attempts to cheer Connor up. 

           Nick headed up the stairs into Connor and Abby’s flat, wondering with some trepidation what he would find. Abby had rolled her eyes at him as she had left to give them the flat to themselves for the evening, and Nick suspected she was relieved to let someone else take over for a while.


            Nick found him curled up on the sofa with a huge fluffy blanket wrapped around his shoulders, and sipping at what smelled like industrial strength lemsip.

            “Hi Nick.” Connor at least made an effort to smile, but with his bright red nose and watery eyes it mostly came across as looking forlorn and sorry for himself.

            After putting the plastic bag down at the side of the sofa, Nick leaned down and gently kissed Connor’s forehead. It was probably a bit late to be worrying about catching his germs at this stage.

            “How are you feeling?”

            Connor indicated the lemsip. “Does this stuff come in intravenous drip form?”

            “Have you tried it with scotch instead of honey?”

            “Yuck!” Connor pulled a face, and then thrust his cup at Nick while he dived for the box of tissues on the table next to him. Nick waited until the sneezing and nose-blowing was over before he sat down next to Connor and handed him the drink back.

            “Anything I can do?”

            “Go through an anomaly to last week and tell me not to bother getting out of bed for the next few days?”

            Nick chuckled. “It’s really not been your week, has it?” he said sympathetically.

            That was rather the understatement of the month. On Monday Connor had managed to accidentally let Rex escape again, and spent the best part of the day chasing the errant lizard around the neighbourhood. On Tuesday his laptop died. On Wednesday Abby’s car had been wrecked by an enraged triceratops, which might not have been so bad if Connor hadn’t been driving it at the time. Luckily the young man had escaped with only minor cuts and bruises, but Nick suspected Abby’s wrath in the aftermath had more than made up for the lack of injury. Thursday had actually been going surprisingly well until ‘just one more tweak’ on the ARC computer systems had resulted in an unfortunate incident involving a computer virus and the ADD anomaly alert siren that had lasted well into the night. And to top the week off, on Friday Connor had finally admitted defeat and taken the day off work, and promptly come down with a stinking cold.   

            Connor blew his nose again and sat there looking thoroughly fed up.

            “I brought you something,” Nick said. He reached into to the plastic bag and handed Connor a box. Connor, apparently disoriented by another brief attack of sneezing, took a moment to decide which was the right way up, and peered at it.

            “Oh, wow!” A sudden grin spread across his face, and Nick realised how much he’d missed that look over the last few days.

            “Thorntons are doing their prehistoric range again,” Nick explained. “It was either that or the chocolate dinosaur egg, and I thought you’d prefer the T-Rex.”

            Connor was grinning like... well like a kid with a large chocolate T-Rex in his hands.

            “Awww, thanks Nick.” After a moment his eyebrows creased in thought, and he frowned at Nick looking confused. “Hang on. I thought you said I wasn’t allowed too much chocolate. Not after that time with half the tin of Quality Street.”

            Nick winced at the memory. Connor on a sugar high was like a force of nature, and twice as enthusiastic.

            “Maybe just the once,” Nick said with a smile. “If you can’t have chocolate when you’re ill, when can you have it?”

            Connor grinned, and Nick couldn’t resist kissing him again, germs be damned.

            “Tell you what,” Nick said. “Abby’s gone out for the evening, so why don’t we just curl up here and drink tea and eat chocolate and watch a film. Your choice. Anything you want.”

            “Really?” Connor’s eyes somehow got even wider.

            “Yes, really. You’ve had a crap week and I intend to make you feel a bit better now the weekend’s here.”

            He slid his arm round Connor, and pulled him closer, fleece blanket and all.

            “Sounds nice,” Connor whispered, snuggling against Nick’s side until he got comfortable.

            “So, what do you want to watch?”

            “You really mean it? I can choose any film I like? Anything at all and you’ll say yes?”

            Nick started to get a sinking feeling that he was going to regret giving Connor carte blanche, with or without the sugar high. He faked a long-suffering sigh. “Yes, Connor. Anything you want.”

            “Even if I choose Jurassic Park?”

            “Yes, even if it’s Jurassic Park.”

            Connor smiled rather too mischievously for Nick’s liking.

            “Even if it’s Star Trek?” he inquired with an equally fake puppy-eyed expression.

            “Don’t push it.”

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lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: January 28th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, lovely snuggly fic! *Huggles the story and Telperion_15*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor in need of a hug... who could resist?
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: January 28th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *tackle glomps*

Connor was grinning like... well like a kid with a large chocolate T-Rex in his hands.

And now I'm grinning like a kid reading a fic about Connor and large chocolate T-Rex! Thank you so much! *glomps again*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Squeak! *collapses under tackle*

Glad you liked it, you sounded thoroughly fed up this morning, so I thought desperate Nick/Connor measures were needed. Hope today has gone a bit better once the car got sorted out.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: January 28th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL, sweet, and I don't just mean the chocolate!

This was lovely.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm craving chocolate now I've written this! It does seem to be a good week for cute snuggly fic at the moment, though. There can never be too much snuggle-fic, I think.
joereaves From: joereaves Date: January 28th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww. Go on Connor, Wrath of Khan/Search for Spock marathon. You know you want to.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure he *wants* to, but I'm not sure Nick could cope with Connor on a simultaneous geek-high and chocolate-high. In fact, I don't think *anyone* could cope with that!
verito295 From: verito295 Date: January 28th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww so cute and *drool* I wants a chocolate dino too now!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! I was writing this fic and starting to crave chocolate as I was typing. I bravely resisted eating the chocolate ammonite that I still have from Christmas *grin*
munchkinofdoom From: munchkinofdoom Date: January 28th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, it wasn't Tel's day yesterday.

That was one hell of a week that Connor had! Love Nick to the rescue, and I can't believe that he thinks Star Trek is actually worse than Jurassic Park! *veg*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you up very late, or very early?

At least if they watch Jurassic Park rather than Star Trek, they can both heckle the dinosaurs together. I suspect Nick would be a bit lost when it comes to Trek, and he wouldnlt want to risk prompting Connor to 'explain' Trek to him.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 28th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, that's gorgeous :-)

Connor was grinning like... well like a kid with a large chocolate T-Rex in his hands.

*giggle* So perfectly Connor!

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggle* the boys decided they needed epic cuteness, so snuggles and chocolate was the only way forward. I can just see Connor's little face lighting up at the chocolate T-Rex *pets Connor*
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: January 28th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Chocolate T-rex! Just the thing for a geek laid low with the lurgy.
Lovely fluff-fest :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 28th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
They'll be vacuuming fluff out of the carpet for months after that fluff-fest!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 29th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL!! Poor Nick :) And poor Connor! *snuggles him*
This made T_15 feel hugely better I'm sure :)
Star Trek *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 29th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Everybody should have a Nick to look after them and bring them chocolate when they're having a bad day. It seemed to work for Connor. And I'm sure he still not-so-secretly loves Trek in S2, even though they stopped mentioning it *grin*
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deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 29th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggle* I couldn't resist an attack of gratuitous cuteness.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: January 29th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, that's lovely. A snuggly and warm fic for a cold weekday morning.
Love the last line!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 29th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the last line was the first thing that came to me about this fic - I had to write the rest of it based around getting to that line. There can never be too much cute snuggly fic in a week.
silentflux From: silentflux Date: January 30th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, this is so perfect and lovely.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 30th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked it.
From: byrons_brain Date: January 31st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Squuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeee! so sweet, please more!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: August 19th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Loved it. Poor Connor, it hasn't been his week, has it. Connor on a sugar high must be a scary thing.. all hyper and bouncy. *snort* over the film bit at the end. Snuggly fic.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 20th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
poor Connor, but at least I wasn't maiming him or anything! And Nick is going to snuggle him until he's better. I think I fear Connor on a sugar high, but he'd probably be quite amusing.
echo_fangirl From: echo_fangirl Date: June 12th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Really quite impressively belated) Squee! This was all lovely and snuggly and nice. Lovely boys! :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 12th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol, thanks. Belated squee is always nice :-)
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