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fanfic: The Next Roll of the Dice - athene
fanfic: The Next Roll of the Dice

I realised after I posted The New Order that this series was actually set in the same ficverse as a couple of fics that I wrote way back last year - The Substitute, and Need. Both of those are Nick/Connor, and contain violence and dub-con. This Connor/Becker mini-series will probably contain similar warnings in later parts. You don't need to have read 'The Substitue' or 'Need' to follow this chapter, but it may help with later developments.

Title: The Next Roll of the Dice (follows on from The New Order)
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Connor/Becker (Connor/Nick implied)
Rating: 18
Warnings: Language, smut.
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 1150
Summary: Becker wants an explanation.


            It was another three days before Becker could manage to talk to Connor alone.

            A stegosaurus lay unconscious in the middle of a forest, and Abby and Cutter were flapping around it, organising lifting equipment and making sure it was still breathing properly or something like that. While everyone else focussed on the dinosaur, Becker’s eye was drawn to a lone figure limping out of the trees. It had started to rain, and Connor looked even more bedraggled than usual, his clothes rapidly becoming wet as well as stained with mud and grass.

            “What happened to you?” Becker asked, walking over to him.

            There had been people running everywhere while the dinosaur was on the rampage, but he’d noticed almost immediately after everything stopped that Connor wasn’t in sight. Not that he had been deliberately looking for Connor, of course.

            Yeah, right.

            After the... incident... in the locker room, he had been looking for Connor rather a lot, but the young man had seemed to be sticking particularly close to Cutter whenever Becker was around.

            If he was completely honest with himself, Becker didn’t even know what he wanted to talk to Connor about. Maybe it was one of those things best forgotten. But the trouble was, he couldn’t forget it. And more than once he’d caught sight of Connor surreptitiously glancing in his direction when he thought that no one was looking.

            There was nothing surreptitious about Connor now, though. He just looked knackered and like he wanted nothing more than a hot bath. Connor stopped and leaned against a tree, and swiped his wet hair out of his face, making it stick up at amusing angles.

            “I’m fine,” he muttered, not meeting Becker’s eye. “Tripped over a bloody tree branch while I was running, that’s all.”

            Becker glanced back to make sure everyone else was still occupied with the dinosaur, and then loomed over Connor, bracing his arm against the tree trunk just above the young man’s shoulder. Connor looked up at him, his expression showing a flicker of interest.

            “You’ve been avoiding me,” Becker said.

            Connor shrugged. “I’ve been busy. Some of us have better things to do than stand around all day posing with weapons that are so big they’re almost certainly compensating for something.”

            Becker kept a completely straight face.

            “Well, you’d know better than anyone that I don’t need to compensate for anything.”

            There was a brief smirk on Connors lips at that comment. The young man’s eyes flickered downwards for a second, and then he was meeting Becker’s gaze again.

            “If you’re propositioning me, I have to admit I never had you down for an exhibitionist. The rest of the team are just over there.”

            Becker dropped the banter and got to the point.

            “What are you playing at, Temple?”

            Connor rolled his eyes and leaned his head back against the tree.


            “All that business in the locker room, that was nothing, was it?”


            Connor was no longer meeting his eye at all, and Becker knew that the tension he could see in the young man was not entirely down to his latest near-miss with a creature.

            Becker leaned in close, so close that rain dripped off his hair into Connor’s face, and Connor was forced to look at him.

            “You’re lying.”

            “So what?” Connor replied with a bitter sigh. “What do you want, Becker?

            Becker was momentarily thrown off guard. He had expected more banter, more fight. He hadn’t expected Connor to be defeated so early in the game.

            “Want? I don’t want anything. Except maybe an explanation. You were the one who started this.” Becker wondered if Connor was skilled enough at this to recognise the lie when he heard it. No matter how much he had tried to convince himself otherwise, Becker knew he was interested in far more than just an explanation.

            “I was just making a point. Wanted to make sure you wouldn’t forget it, that’s all.”

            “Really?” Becker guessed there was a half truth in that, but Connor’s behaviour over the last few days didn’t tally with his obviously feigned nonchalance now.

The rain got harder, hammering down around them, splashing off leaves. Becker felt a cold droplet slide down the back of his neck, and briefly envied Connor his scarf and gloves. 

            “Oh, for fuck’s sake! Fine.”

            Connor abruptly grabbed him and dragged him close, and then tried to flip their positions. This time, though, Becker resisted, and shoved Connor back against the tree. Connor looked momentarily surprised, but then stared to fumble at Becker’s trousers. Becker grabbed his wrists, and Connor’s sharp hiss was almost drowned out by the sound of the rain. Without pausing to give that little reaction any more thought, he opened Connor’s trousers and slipped his hand inside.

            Connor stared at him, the surprise evident in his dark eyes. Becker waited for a few moments and then started to slowly stroke Connor’s cock. If questioned, he could have said it was payback, reciprocation for their previous encounter.

But he would have been lying.

The last time, Connor had been quick, harsh, and Becker had recognised it was more about anger and frustration than anything else. Becker had intended to do the same, but instead he found himself working slowly, gently, teasing the sensations out until Connor’s eyes slid closed and his head rolled back and hit the tree. Becker winced slightly at the impact, but as he watched the droplets of rain trail down the young man’s face he realised that it was quite possibly the first time he had ever seen Connor truly relaxed.

            When Connor came he barely made a sound, a stifled guttural syllable the only verbal reaction. He finally opened his eyes and for a second Becker saw so many conflicting emotions reflected there he couldn’t recognise any single one. Then the defences went back up, and Connor looked down and started to clean himself up and rearrange clothing.

            “I don’t suppose I’ll get an answer if I ask what that was about?” Connor said quietly. The earlier sarcasm and defiance was missing from his tone.

            “Come for a drink with me this evening.”

            Becker was almost as startled by Connor by the suggestion. He hadn’t known he was going to say it until he heard himself speaking.

After a moment, Connor looked away again, and there seemed to be a hint of regret in his voice when he said, “Sorry, I can’t. Already got plans.”

Becker ignored the twinge of disappointment.

“Anyone I know?” he asked casually.

“No,” Connor said, but as he spoke his eyes flickered over to the rest of the team, and Becker saw him looking at Cutter.


When Becker glanced back at him he realised the tension had returned to Connor’s expression again.

“Sorry,” Connor mumbled again.

Becker stood back and watched Connor limp away back to the rest of the team without another word.

            No wonder Lester had warned him about working with this lot.

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missyvortexdv From: missyvortexdv Date: April 6th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure if it's just because they're both young and hot (and quite a lot closer to my own age than most slash pairings are) but you're making me start to like slashing these guys!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 6th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
cool. They are both ridiculously young and pretty. All the more reason to slash them, I say *grin*
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: April 6th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

OMG, with the confrontation, and hotness, and the angst!!!!

Tell me there's going to be more soon, yes? *begs*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 6th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
*starts hiding the glassware*

Yep, the angst bunny crept in, and brought plot and character!whumping with it. Typical. I have epic fail at writing a one shot pwp.

I was hoping to post a chapter every night, but I'll actually be out most of tomorrow so probaby won't manage it. Maybe Wednesday. I was writing a scene for part four at work today in my lunchbreak, but haven't actually done three yet!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: April 6th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)



And I totally am going to read those two other fics NOW, because I have clearly been remiss in not reading them before. The Substitute looks AWESOME.
All this fic from you is a real treat *g*

Edit: And now I've read the others, oh boy!! The future looks very angsty indeed, and utterly BRILLIANT.

Edited at 2009-04-06 09:07 pm (UTC)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 6th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't realised you hadn't read the other two. I probably posted them before you joined Denaial. Good job I put the links in.

Glad you like it. I'm just utterly bemused that Connor/Becker porn has turned out to be the thing to break the writers block that I've been having recently!

The future looks very angsty indeed

Did you expect fluffy bunnies from little Miss Maim and Kill?
joereaves From: joereaves Date: April 6th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww. You just had to make it angstier, didn't you? :D

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 6th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
You just had to make it angstier, didn't you? :D

Of course I did! Hopefully there will be more soon.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: April 6th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
*rubs paws in glee*

This is lovely. I'm so glad your writers block has been broken.

These two make a great pairing, and the underlying confusion and angst just makes the hotness even more fun.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 6th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still can't belive I've been sucked into writing a *series* of smutfics! Violent nasty smutfics at that *shakes head despairingly* But of course plot and angst is sneaking in. Damn bunnies.

mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: April 6th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Becker/Connor is a comination that works extremely well, if this fic is anything to go by.


(And meep, angst to come!)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 7th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a vague memory of saying in a Denial chat once that I wouldn't write Connor/Becker because I was too into Connor/Ryan. Guess that theory didn't survive contact with the pretty, did it?

Yep, lots of angst to come.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: April 6th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's kind of disturbingly hot in an angsty way :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 7th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Thanks, what a great comment!
sunsetdawn20 From: sunsetdawn20 Date: April 6th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Hot AND angsty? *happy dance* I love this probably more than I should. lol Absolutely gorgeous!!! :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 7th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Heehee, I take it you like this pairing with the angst, then? *grin* Glad you're enjoying it.
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deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 7th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, don't make me actually like slashing them together.... Dammit... too late.

Excellent, my job here is done *evil grin* Except for the part where it's not done because there's at least another two parts to go...

Glad you're liking the boys, whether you want to or not.
verito295 From: verito295 Date: April 7th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh this is absolutely brilliant.
Connor is still somewhat in charge but not at the same time and Becker is confused but definitely a little less at a loss than their last encounter. All in all... I love this!
Please tell me there will be more?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 7th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, more to come. At least another two parts, I think. Are you another one with a kink for the new boy, then, or just a kink for the angry smut?

I do like writing in charge!Connor, even if he's having a wee bit of angst while he's being in charge! Poor confused lad.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: April 7th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Screwed-up/angsty Connor is always good *g*. I did like the exchange over Becker's gun compensating for something! This series and pairing has soooo many possibilities *bg*.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 7th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, screwed up angsty Connor is my favourite type *evil grin*. Becker doesn't even know *how* screwed up yet, either!
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: April 10th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's fab. Hot with a side-order of angst!
*rushes off to read the next one*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 10th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
glad you liked the hot and angst. There's plenty more angst to come *evil grin*
knitekat From: knitekat Date: August 24th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
angst and confusion and smut.. verrry nice.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 25th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, you know me, the angst was bound to sneak in before too long.
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: March 25th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Becker, second choice to Cutter!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 26th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the poor baby captain has no idea yet what he's getting himself into.
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