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fanfic: His Team - athene
fanfic: His Team

Title: His Team
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Danny/Sarah, Connor/Abby, Danny/Connor
Rating: 15
Warnings: mild language, everything else is implied 
Spoilers: 3.6
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 800
Summary: Danny has to look after the team now. Set in the same AU as ‘Lester’s Man’ where 3.6 ended differently.


           This wasn’t exactly what he’d signed up for.

            Danny let his gaze wander away from the tiny, dirt-encrusted window, and over his team. Sarah still looked beautiful despite the fact that none of them had felt properly clean for over a fortnight. She was twitching as she slept, and Danny wondered what she was dreaming about. Or more likely, having nightmares about. A few feet away from Sarah, Connor and Abby were cuddled up together, her arm wrapped protectively around his waist. Connor’s hand, by contrast, was curled around the artefact. It never left his sight now, and Danny felt a touch of satisfaction that it was something he didn’t have to worry about himself. God knows he had enough else to worry about.

            Of all of them, Abby seemed to be coping best with being on the run. She had a streak of practicality that the others lacked, and an ability to get things done. Sarah wasn’t cut out for this, that much was obvious, but she was doing her best, Connor likewise. There had only been one frustrated temper tantrum, and Abby had calmed Connor down again with nothing more than a look and a touch and a quiet conversation in a corner.

            The truth was, though, it was beginning to wear on all of them. They had been out of touch with the ARC for over two weeks now, and there was no sign that was likely to change any time soon. A constant source of arguments was the fact that they kept moving around, never stopping in one place for more than a couple of days. Sarah kept pointing out that would make it impossible for Lester and Becker to find them when things had calmed down, but Danny was pretty sure that if Lester wanted to find them, he’d have his ways, regardless of where they were. No, they had to keep moving. They had to keep the artefact away from Christine and her goons.

            That bloody artefact. Sarah and Connor were doing their best with it, but without access to the ARC and all its equipment there wasn’t a whole lot they could actually do. Sometimes Connor would sit up until late at night holding the artefact in his lap, just staring at it, as if it might reveal its secrets through his force of will alone.    

            It didn’t really surprise Danny that he would end up with Sarah. After all, Connor and Abby had each other, so it seemed natural that Sarah would turn to him for comfort and reassurance. Except, that wasn’t how it had worked at all. He had gone to her one night when he knew she couldn’t sleep. He was the one who had sat talking in whispered voices so as not to wake the others. And when they ended up in each other’s arms, well, he was just looking after his team, right? Connor and Abby knew about it, he was certain of that, but to their credit they never said a word against it.

            Sarah may not have been a surprise, but Connor was a surprise. Maybe the kid had a chivalrous streak, because he only came to Danny on the nights when Sarah didn’t need him. It started on one of those nights when he was staring at the artefact, unable to sleep. It was only supposed to be a quiet, man-to-man talk, a reassurance that they would work out what it was and why it was so important eventually. It didn’t quite work out that way, though. The more Connor talked, the more Danny realised that the artefact was beating him. That every time Connor got like this, it was because he was comparing himself to Cutter and finding himself wanting. And nothing Danny said could stop him from thinking that. The nights when the artefact and the weight of responsibility defeated him, those were nights when Connor crawled into Danny’s arms.

The third time it happened Connor was already asleep, his head resting on Danny’s chest, when Danny became aware that they were being watched. He locked eyes with Abby, and for once words deserted him as he tried to find a sensible explanation. It turned out he didn’t need one. Abby simply conveyed everything in a look that said, “If you hurt him, I will rip your balls off.” Danny had silently nodded his understanding, and Abby had turned over and gone back to sleep.

They were a good team. A bloody good team. And now they were his. And Danny was going to do everything in his power to look after them.


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lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: May 4th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, like this. Yay for Abby. And it's a great AU universe. . .
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I'm rewatching 3.6 again right now. It really seems to have got my bunnies going, for some reason.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: May 4th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, lovely! *squees at your icon* OMG, this makes me so happy :D He's looking out for *all* of them, rrrr. LOL.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
thought you might like this, you being a bit of a Danny fan and all *grin* I can't believe I'm writing Danny fic! And more to the point, Danny fic that came from one line in a Becker rape!fic!!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 4th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like this AU :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The damn bunnies wouldn't leave me alone last night, and ths was the result. Bizarrely, I think it more or less came out exactly how I imagined it last night, which tends not to happen when you sleep on a fic idea and don't write it until the following day.
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deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. This came out of that one line with Becker wondering where the team were and hoping Danny was looking after them, and suddenly there were sodding bunnies everywhere!

I think I'm warming to Danny a bit now that he's settling into his role, rather than barging in and pissing everyone off as he was in his first couple of eps.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 4th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was fabulous. I think you've just managed to encapsulate what it is about Danny that has won me over.

Bloody great AU. Hope to see more of it.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wasn't planning to write anything else in this AU, this bunny jumped me after I'd finished writing the Becker fic for Fakey, but that's it.

I think the fact that I'm writing fic about him means I like Danny. He seems a lot better now than in his first couple of eps, less annoying. And Jason seems to have good chemistry and comic timing with Andrew, which always helps, and is probably one of the things that's making me warm to him. To be honest, JF has good chemistry with all of them, so I can believe they're a team now, and that means it's getting back to the old style Primeval when they all actually *liked* each other and had a laugh.
verito295 From: verito295 Date: May 4th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is made of awesome.
Love the Becker part of this AU (and he indeed look so pretty when he's broken) and this part is great too. I loved the team feeling of the episode (and not just the tuxes, honestly) and you reflected it here perfectly :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Yes, I think that was part of why this ep appealed so much to me as well - the real feeling that it was a team ep and that they enjoyed working together and cared about each other. Nice to know I captured that in this fic, I've not written Danny or Sarah before so was a bit worried about it.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: May 4th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is brilliant! And suddenly we've all been suckered into the Danny camp... ;)

Abby simply conveyed everything in a look that said, “If you hurt him, I will rip your balls off.”

That's our Abby! *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
And suddenly we've all been suckered into the Danny camp... ;)

Yeah, Fifi can point and laugh at us now *sigh*. It was just this latest ep, 3.6, that managed to persuade me that Danny's actually a good guy, and that the new team really works.

Abby simply conveyed everything in a look that said, “If you hurt him, I will rip your balls off.”
That's our Abby! *g*

Hee, yes. I think that may be one of my favourite lines in the whole fic. Abby can get a wee bit protective when it comes to her favourite geek. I certainly wouldn't want to piss her off!
x_bellaitalia_x From: x_bellaitalia_x Date: May 4th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Last line is brilliant :)

I'm trying not to become too keen on Danny and fics like are not helping.

And also...

'If you hurt him, I will rip your balls off.'

Go Abby!

Brilliant job :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying not to become too keen on Danny and fics like are not helping.

heehee, thanks. It took ages for the character to grow on me, and I really couldn't see myself writing Danny fic, but then this bunny ambushed me and demanded to be written.

'If you hurt him, I will rip your balls off.'
Go Abby!

Yey! Someone else quoting my favourite bit! I do like protective!Abby. I susect she could get quite fierce when it comes to protecting Connor.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: May 4th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's fab. Love the insight into Danny.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad he seems to have worked. I couldn't seem to get into the character at all until 3.6, but then suddenly there were Danny bunnies.
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: May 4th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like protective!Danny. i think his character is growing on me :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, despite him using Connor as bait, he does seem to care about them and want to protect the team, and I think that was my way into writing his character, to focus on that apsect and see where it went. I must admit, I like him more the more I see of him in episodes. He's a lot better now he's a proper part of the team rather than trying to muscle his way in and being annoying.
edit for incorrect icon fail

Edited at 2009-05-04 10:46 pm (UTC)
knitekat From: knitekat Date: May 4th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great addition to your AU series. Love Abby's protectiveness over Connor.. Danny better not hurt him..
Intrigued to where else you will go with this.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 4th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Abby is great, and she totally gets protective of Connor, I can see her giving that look to anyone who gets close to him and is in a postition to hurt him.
sunsets_dinos From: sunsets_dinos Date: May 5th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I hate you. *grumbles* Not fair. I... why do you have to be such a fucking awesome writer, huh? I... almost... no, I won't say it out loud, but for once I feel the inclination to call him Danny, which is a bloody huge step for me. Loved the dynamics between them. Can't wait for more.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 5th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
*doesn't look at all sorry* Danny is slowly growing as a character on the show and making me like him, at least like him enough to write fic about him. Go on - admit defeat and join us over on the dark side in the Danny camp! You know you want to really *evil grin*
ssw_loved From: ssw_loved Date: November 27th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that this absolutely needs to be continued. <3333
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: November 28th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks, but no plans to continue it, I'm afriad. Too many other bunnies, not enough time!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 7th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd forgotten this, till you linked it in the Danny squee thread :-) Great fic, I just hope you'll get a bunny for a happy ending to it some day.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 7th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I think the happy ending is vaguely implied in one of the companion pieces. This fic was spawned from a Becker non-con fic where he was still stuck at the ARC under Christine and Wilder. Eventually that one got a sequel where Lester came back and re-took the ARC, so I suppose Danny and co would have eventually been found once Lester was back in control.

That was very long and rambly explanation. I should have just pointed you to the other fics and said they all lived happily ever after!
zoi_no_miko From: zoi_no_miko Date: January 22nd, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, this is such a sweet fic! Very nice look at all of them. Love protective Danny. <3
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, I think that's why I liked the terror birds ep, and what made me start to like Danny as a character.
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