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fanfic: Family

Title: Family
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Nick, Abby/Connor.
Rating: PG
Warnings: baby!fic, fluff, excessive saccharine.
Spoilers: very vague implied for 1.6 and 2.7.
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 1050
Summary: Nick meets a new addition to the team.
AN: Thanks to [info]fififolle for the beta.



            Nick hesitated in the corridor, then knocked, opened the door and stuck his head round.

            “Mind if I come in?”

            “Course you can,” Abby smiled at him.

            Abby was sitting in bed holding the bundled-up new addition to their little family. Nick thought he had never seen her looking so beautiful, or so happy, despite the slightly unfortunate dinosaur-related early labour. Connor was perched on the edge of the bed beside her with a huge smile on his face, playfully menacing his one day old daughter with a stuffed toy diplodocus.

            “Hi Professor,” Connor turned and grinned at him. While he wasn’t paying attention, the diplodocus accidentally head-butted the baby, resulting in tiny arms flailing until Abby shoved the toy dinosaur aside and briefly glared at Connor with a look that said, ‘behave’.

            “I brought these for you.” Nick held out a bunch of flowers, and then realised that Abby quite clearly had her hands full and put the bouquet down on the table. “I just wanted to say congratulations to both of you. How are you doing, Abby?”

            “Fine, thanks.”

            “And how’s, um..?” he indicated the baby.

            “Katie,” Connor supplied.

            “She’s doing great. And despite what some people think,” Abby glared at Connor again, “We are not getting her into early training for a career involving dinosaurs.”

            “Bit of practice can’t hurt,” Connor protested, still waving the diplodocus around. “If she hangs around with us for long enough, statistical probability says she’s going to get chased by something sooner or later.”

“No,” Abby said pointedly.

            Nick was still trying to work out whether Connor was joking or not, when Abby turned back to Nick and asked, “Do you want to hold her?”

            Nick floundered for a moment. He had never been good with babies. Although, he reflected, that was probably because he’d never had much opportunity to be around babies.         On the one occasion when he had brought the subject up with Helen, she had convinced him that their careers had to come first for the foreseeable future. That maybe they could think of starting a family later. With hindsight, he suspected she had never intended for there to be a ‘later’ when it would have been the right time for a family, that she would have always found an excuse to put it off. Helen had never been the family sort of person, and now Nick suspected he had missed any opportunity he might have had.

            He gathered his courage and very carefully took baby Katie in his arms. Somehow, Nick had never realised that new-borns were quite so tiny. A perfectly formed human in miniature. He had always been slightly bemused by people who immediately declared which parent a baby looked like; Katie was still too small and pink and wrinkled to discern any similarity to either Connor or Abby. He started to relax a little. This wasn’t so bad after all. The baby wriggled, and then opened her eyes and looked at him.

            “Hello there,” Nick said.

            Katie screwed her face up and started crying.

            “Oops. Sorry.” Nick quickly held her out to Abby, but it was Connor who took Katie from him and started fussing over the baby.

            “Hey, stop that. That’s your Uncle Nick,” Connor explained patiently as he soothed her. After only a few moments the crying quietened and she settled again.

            Abby rolled her eyes at Nick. “Only a day old and already she’s turning into a proper daddy’s little girl.”

            He glanced at Connor, and the phrase ‘wrapped around her little finger’ also came to mind. His expression of pure delight was one that Nick had previously seen reserved solely for particularly cool dinosaurs and all-night Star Wars marathons.    

            Nick cleared his throat and decided it was probably time to broach the subject that he had been trying to put off ever since they had told him Abby was pregnant.

            “Listen, both of you. You don’t need me to tell you how dangerous our work is. And I know you have other priorities now you’ve got Katie. I’ll understand if one or both of you want to leave the project.”

            Connor and Abby glanced at each other, and one of those looks that seemed to convey an entire conversation passed between them.

            Abby turned back to Nick and smiled reassuringly at him.

            “Actually, we’ve already talked about this, and we both intend to stay. We were sort of hoping that Lester might be flexible about letting at least one of us be off at any one time for the first six months or so, but in the long term you aren’t getting rid of us that easily.”

            “We’ve always known the risks, Professor,” Connor added. “You’re right about priorities. But what we’re doing at the ARC is saving the world. Now we just have one more very important reason to want to keep the world safe.”

“Besides,” Abby added. “Who’s going to keep you out of trouble if we aren’t around?”

            “Hey!” Nick protested with a laugh. He quickly sobered when he remembered all the people who weren’t around to keep him out of trouble any more. In some ways it felt like Abby and Connor were the only people he had left. He hadn’t wanted to admit that for a long time, they were just kids, he shouldn’t have to rely on them, it ought to be the other way round. But now he was starting to realise that they weren’t ‘just kids’, not any more, not after everything they had all been through together.

            Abby reached out and took his hand and tugged Nick to sit down on the bed with them.

            “We were also hoping you might agree to be her godfather,” she said, not letting go of his hand.

            Nick swallowed hard before he felt himself nodding.

            “Nick Cutter, the big scary godfather that makes her cry? I’m not sure that’s how it’s supposed to work,” he pointed out.

            “You just need a bit more practice,” Connor said with a mischievous grin. Katie’s little hands started flailing again, and he quickly distracted her with the diplodocus.

            “Aye, maybe you’re right,” Nick conceded.

            It suddenly occurred to Nick that perhaps it wasn’t too late for him after all. He might not have children of his own, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t part of a family.



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alyse From: alyse Date: February 13th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


That's lovely! (And I speak as one not normally on board with kid!fic ::g::)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 13th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Awwww

thanks. I don't normally write kid!fic either, I have no idea where this one came from. It was just one of those plot bunnies that ambushed me out of nowhere and wouldn't leave me alone until I'd written it.
joereaves From: joereaves Date: February 13th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww. I love that Nick made her cry lol. He needs to babysit in a few months *snicker* I foresee panicked phone calls to Jenny or any other female he knows the moment Katie cries.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 13th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
And Jenny would be all, 'what exactly do you expect me to do about it?' with that stern but amused look that she gets with Nick. Nick having a baby-panic would be highly amusing. And possibly very noisy.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: February 13th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw! I love it. Abby and Connor are doing great, they're made to be laid-back parents. It was smashing to see it from Nick's POV, and such a happy but poignant ending - lovely!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 13th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Abby would be a practical parent, and Connor would be all panicky and overprotective as soon as they get her out of hospital.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: February 13th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwwwwwww, how adorable! And me being another one of those generally kid!fic-allergic types - although I'm slightly worried I might be getting over this allergy without quite realising it... *iz scared*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 13th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was worried this crossed the line into too saccharine sweet, but yey for adorableness. I'm still considering a baby!fic as one of my Big Bang options, even though that may be a phenomenally bad idea in this fandom, given people's usual comments about kid!fic. But I have this terrible soft spot for Connor + baby = overdose of cuteness!
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: February 13th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's cute! I do like bemused!Nick and Connor brandishing the toy around rather over-enthusiastically!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 13th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor is worryingly over-enthusiastic. I have this horrible suspicion that she's going to have an entire managerie of stuffed toy dinosaurs, and with Connor as a father her first words are likely to be 'T-rex'.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: February 13th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww, sweet :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 13th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought it might be *too* cute, but the bunny just wouldn't shut up until I'd written it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

i love it

i soooooooooooooo love this it would be great if this actually turned into an episode eventually!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 14th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: i love it

thanks, glad you liked.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: February 13th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very sweet and rather adorable. I love Nick being not too good with babies - he'd be great on intentions and hopeless at follow-through, I think. By the time she can walk young Katie will have him twisted round her little finger, just like her Dad :-) And bravo Abby for producing such a healthy sprog!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 14th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Nick loves the idea of having a baby, but wouldn't have a clue what to do with it if he got one. Once he gets the hang of it he'll be fine with her. Plus Nick has the great advantage of being able to hand her back again afterwards. Indeed, go Abby.
verito295 From: verito295 Date: February 14th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwww how very cute.
Not one of those usually goign after kid!fics with a pitchfork here so that would have not been an issue at all. I really like the idea of Connor being good with babies and obviously Nick would be at a loss :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 14th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Heehee, good to know the angry mob isn't forming up after this one. I have a suspicion that Connor is good with her by accident. He has all the right intentions, but he's mostly making it up as he goes along. As soon as she doesn't stop crying straight away he's going to panic! But for this one I just couldn't resist the Connor-with-baby cuteness.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: February 14th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh *sniffle*
That's just lovely.
Katie's a great name for her as well.
*sniffles again*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 14th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. The fluff bunnies pounced last weekend and I just had to write it. And as for the name, Connor will go to his grave never telling Abby that the reason he likes the name Katherine is the captain from Star Trek: Voyager *evil giggle*
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: February 14th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww! Sweet :)

It figures that Katie would have Connor wrapped around her little finger - I'll bet he dotes on her :)

*pets Uncle Nick*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: February 14th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll bet he dotes on her :)

Oh, yeah. But I bet Connor doesn't realise how much trouble he's in, now he's completely outnumbered by women in the house. He'll learn... especially once she's a teenager.
daxie42 From: daxie42 Date: May 25th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww this is brilliant. The Connor/Abby/Katie stuff was adorable as was Connor and Abby's refusal to leave the ARC and asking Nick to be Godfather everything was spot on, great job!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 25th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks. The mental image of Connor with a little baby is just the cutest thing ever and I couldn't resist. And here's proof that occasionally I do write gratuitous fluff in amonsgt all the angst fics!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: August 19th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww that's adorable.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 20th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. There was an overload of sacharine with this one I think.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: March 3rd, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sniffs delicately* That's lovely, especially remembering little Stanley from 3.03
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 3rd, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet Nick with a baby would be cute. Actually, I have a rather worrying not-so-secret liking for hot men being adorable with a baby. Nick, Connor, Becker... There's not enough Becker-with-baby fic in the fandom, lol! :-)

BTW, are you trawling my masterlist for Nick fic this evening or something? :-) It's nice to get random comments on old stuff as well, though. Someone else has just found 5D/3Y today as well, so I've suddenly had a blitz of comments on old fic all of a sudden.
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