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ficlet: Nothing Important

Happy Birthday to the lovely cordeliadelayne . Hope you have a great day.

Title: Nothing Important
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Stephen, Cutter
Rating: PG
Warnings: None 
Spoilers: 1.2
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 570
Summary: Stephen receives yet another visitor in hospital. Missing scene set between episodes 1.2 and 1.3.  
AN: Birthday fic for cordeliadelayne.


            Stephen glanced up at yet another knock on the door, and was only slightly surprised to see that it was Cutter.

            “Come in,” he waved at him, putting his book down, although the invitation was somewhat superfluous since Cutter was already halfway into the room.

            “You’re looking a lot better than the last time I saw you,” Cutter commented, seeming to appraise Stephen appearance, his eyes lingering on the shoulder where the centipede had bitten him.

            Stephen wasn’t entirely sure whether he felt any better, but then most of the last few hours were something of a blur anyway, so he simply nodded.

            There was an unexpected silence during which Stephen realised he couldn’t read Cutter’s expression. That by itself was somewhat unusual. He was on rather a lot of drugs, which might have explained it, but Stephen had the odd feeling that Cutter was waiting for something, expecting something from him.

            In the end, Stephen filled the gap with the first thing that came to mind.

            “I hear I owe you one. Apparently you’re the hero of the hour.”

            Cutter waved his hand in a vague gesture and made a snorting sound.

            “It was a team effort really,” Cutter said, as if getting a sample of prehistoric insect venom was something they did every day. Considering the way their lives had been going recently, it was entirely possible that might just be the case.

            “Well, thanks,” Stephen said, wondering why the conversation seemed so awkward.

            Cutter still hadn’t sat down, and Stephen was starting to wonder if he hadn’t noticed the chair that Abby had so recently vacated.

            “What you said in the tunnel,” Cutter said abruptly.

            There was a pause.

            “What did I say in the tunnel?” Stephen eventually asked.

            “You don’t remember?”


            The more conversations he had with people, the more Stephen was beginning to worry about that fact.

            “Nothing at all?” Cutter insisted, although Stephen thought he detected a hint of relief rather than frustration in Cutter’s voice now.

            “Abby seemed to think I’d said something important as well. And Claudia was in here a while ago asking me the same thing. What did I say? Or do? I really don’t remember anything after I got bitten.”

            Cutter waved his hand again, but this time it was an entirely dismissive gesture.

            “Nothing important. Don’t worry about it. Probably just hallucinating from the venom anyway.”

            Cutter smiled for the first time since he had appeared in the room, and then dragged the chair nearer and sat down.

            “So, how’s the hospital food and when are you getting out?”

            Stephen couldn’t help feeling he was missing something important, despite Cutter’s reassurances. But if Cutter was fine about it, how bad could it have been anyway? Maybe it was just the drugs.

            “Missing me already?” Stephen joked, returning the smile.

            “You have no idea. Connor’s already driving me crazy with his theories, I need someone sensible back in the office before I do something permanent, and probably messy, to his ability to talk.”

            They both laughed, and it was almost like normal again. Close enough that Stephen could ignore that niggling feeling and let himself relax. He’d either remember or he wouldn’t, there was no point worrying about it. They’d cheated death again, and they were both here and laughing about it. As far as Stephen was concerned, that was all that was important for now.


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fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 16th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice scene :) I like the fact that Stephen genuinely couldn't remember.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was watching this ep a couple of days ago, and post-ep hospital fic is a seriously underused scenario. Although, it was supposed to be hurt/comfort, but the boys refused to play!
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: May 16th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great missing scene. Of course Cutter was really just checking whether the het-venom had worked off! ;)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL. Het-venom! Is that like sex pollen, but insect-borne?
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: May 16th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can definitely picture this -- a typical blokes' conversation. And I can imagine Stephen being particularly bemused by all these people asking him what he can remember!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, yes, they definitely went a bit blokey with their inability to have a conversation about anything that was actually important.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 16th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, nice missing scene, with a slight forshadowing sting in the tail ;-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Yes, this one was *supposed* to be hurt/comfort hospital fic, but it kept trying to go all foreshadowy and angsty on me. I had to fight quite hard with the bunny to keep the angst to a minimum, but I couldn't help a bit of a nod to what we know it is that Stephen can't remember.
hellcats_punk From: hellcats_punk Date: May 16th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice!
And I have just finished re-watching that ep as well. So really fitting.
I love the fell this had the whole way through. That whole awkwardness then that relaxed normalness guys do. If that makes sence.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Yes, the boys definitely take 'awkward' to new levels when they try to talk about anything even remotely personal.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: May 16th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! And ooh er.

The more conversations he had with people, the more Stephen was beginning to worry about that fact.
Hee :D

Great fic. *shiver*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Stephen, if he doesn't start remembering soon I think he's going to get paranoid about whatever it is that everyone keeps asking about!
canadian_jay From: canadian_jay Date: May 16th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, gosh! Great fic. Love this look at Stephen (and Nick).
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I think Nick was rather testing the water to see what Stephen knew, and he did seem a little too relieved when he heard he had no memory. Of course, later it all gets complicated...
bella_farfalla From: bella_farfalla Date: May 16th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant 'missing scene', I can totally see this happening.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 16th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I was always surprised, we saw practically everybody *except* Cutter visit him in hospital after the centipede incident. It was just begging for a 'missing scene' fic.
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: May 17th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, yay! Thank you!! This is so lovely - it's always miffed me that we never got to see Cutter visiting Stephen and this feels exactly like the conversation they would have had.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 17th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope you had a great birthday, and with your family visiting.

Yes, it seemed a bit strange that practically the entire team *except* Cutter was shown visiting him in hospital. I'm sure Cutter would have visited, they just didn't show it.
From: madcatt82 Date: May 17th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, shiny! Lovely bit of foreshadowing, a great missing scene and how typical of the boys not to be able to talk about anything important!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 17th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I couldn't help a bit of foreshadowy angst sneaking in with this one.

Edited at 2010-05-17 10:45 am (UTC)
nietie From: nietie Date: May 17th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful missing scene. But I'm afraid the niggling feeling will come back.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 17th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. And yep, unfortunately they're going to be having this conversation again later, this time *with* the relevant memories!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: May 17th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great missing scene and typical conversation when it comes to men *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 18th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. They were being typically blokish, weren't they?
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: May 18th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Oooo, cool! I love fic that fills in from 1.02!! I was always surprised and annoyed that we don't get to see Nick visit Stephen, when he is the one who knows him best... But I did love just what Nick went through to save him.

This is a great missing scene - poor Stephen would be wondering what was going on. And there is the reverse between them in that this time it is Nick lying by omission.

And you can do the hurt/comfort in the sequel, right? When Nick takes Stephen home and there is no Alison. Right? *VBG and eyes round with hope*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 18th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. I did like the old days in series 1 when they were close and friendly with each other.

Noooo! No sequel *shoos bunny away*
talliw From: talliw Date: May 20th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful missing scene. Eeek about Stephen's niggling feeling.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, although that ending was a wee bit ominous, wasn't it?
misura From: misura Date: July 30th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Intrigueing and yet also a bit of a teaser, because even if I can imagine fantasize what Stephen might have said to Nick, it's never actually stated outright.

Loved Stephen's pragmatism, how he decides there's no point worrying about something he can't do anything about.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 31st, 2010 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks, I think Stephen is the type to be practical and not worry about things that he has no control over, especially in a situation like this where it doesn't seem to be very dangerous or important, just a bit confusing.
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