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ficlet: Protective - athene
ficlet: Protective

I know it's been so long people have probably forgotten, but several months ago I took a load of ficlet prompts. Here's another one.

Title: Protective
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Becker/Connor, Ryan (Ryan/Connor if you squint)
Rating: PG                   
Warnings: none
Spoilers: none
Word count: 450
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
AN: written for madcatt82 with the prompt ‘target practice’.
AN2: Somewhat unusually for me, this ficlet inhabits happy fluffy denial land where Ryan was simply... promoted... and works alongside Becker.  

           Becker only actually understood about one word in four of what was currently babbling out of Connor’s mouth, but that didn’t really matter. He gathered it was something to do with analysing the electromagnetic field generated by the anomaly, and, judging by his big grin and enthusiastic bouncing around, Connor seemed to think it was very important and quite exciting.

            Becker was just enjoying the spectacle of Connor in full flow, and trying not to stare too obviously.

            “What’s the geek wittering on about now?” one of the soldiers muttered, not quite out of earshot.

            “Not a bloody clue,” replied his mate.

            “Reckon it’d take a ball gag to make him shut up,” the first soldier, Clarke, continued. “Or, you know, something else shoved in his mouth.”

            Becker stiffened but tried to pretend he hadn’t heard. It was just bored soldiers dicking around.

            “Reckon he’d shut up if we used his hat for target practice?”

            Just ignore them, Becker repeated over and over to himself. Connor was too far away to hear any of this himself, so no harm done, right? Still, Becker couldn’t help something coiling deep within him. Something intense. Something angry, protective, territorial.

            “Yeah,” Clarke continued. “Even better if he’s still wearing the hat at the time.”

            Becker snapped.


            Some hours later, Becker found himself standing to attention in front of Ryan’s desk. Ryan watched him silently for several minutes before he finally spoke.

            “You assaulted one of your men.”

            ‘Repeatedly punched him in the face and had to be dragged off him by three other men’ was a rather more accurate summary, but Becker simply nodded

            “Yes, sir.”


            “He was acting inappropriately in regard to the civilian scientists, sir.”

            “How so?”

            Becker didn’t reply. Rumours were probably already flying about him and Connor. Confirming them was just going to make the entire situation worse.  

            “I hear it had something to do with Connor Temple.” It was a statement, not a question, and Becker’s heart sank.

            Something must have shown on his face, though, because Ryan’s slightly raised eyebrows suggested he knew exactly what had happened, and why.

            “Clarke’s a twat, but you’re an officer. I expect better behaviour from you, no matter what the provocation.”

            “Yes, sir. Sorry, sir. It won’t happen again.”

            A slight smile touched the edges of Ryan’s mouth.

            “Oh, I’m sure it will happen again, but next time just be a little more discreet about how you deal with it.”

            “Sir?” Not even Becker’s usual stoic front could hide his confusion.

            “Don’t worry, Becker, I understand.” Ryan’s smile became softer, a touch more indulgent. “Temple seems to have that effect on a surprising number of us.”


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reggietate From: reggietate Date: August 21st, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
*squints very hard* Becker shouldn't feel so bad, at least he didn't bash one of the civilian scientists on his first day :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL, true! I suspect it doesn't need a lot of squinting to see the Ryan/Connor *grin*.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: August 21st, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I squinted too *g*
Aw, that's a fantastic image, Becker beating the shit out of one of his own men. Wow. Blimey!! He needs to take Ryan's advice :D
Loved it!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, Becker may have overreacted a smidge, but our soldier boys can get a wee bit protective of Connor.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: August 21st, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Yep, squinting works! And I do like Becker standing up for Connor. And in-charge!Ryan *g*.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor seems to have the soldiers looking out for him even when he doesn't know he needs to be protected. I don't fancy the chances of anyone who tries to get past Becker *and* Ryan to hurt Connor!
rinnuninnu From: rinnuninnu Date: August 21st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked this a lot! I've never read this pairing, but now I love it. I'm going to read all your Connor/Becker fics.:)

Do you mind if I friend you also?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Although I should probably warn you that some of my Connor/Becker is very dark and angsty and has some quite nasty themes.
tli From: tli Date: August 21st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww! I wonder what Connor would do if he realised he had two soldier boys looking out for him - if he didn't already know.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Knowing Connor he's probably completely oblivious, and wondering what all the fuss was about!
misura From: misura Date: August 21st, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snort-giggle* Connor and his private army - or at least: his private ardent defenders of his right to wear a hat and babble. Lovely to see Ryan and Becker in one fic.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, thanks. Lucky Connor, having all those big soldier boys watching out for him. And he's probably not even aware of it, either.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: August 21st, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for happy Denial-land where Ryan works with Becker!

Love the knowing way Ryan deals with this. *g* Our two soldier boys definitely look like they've got something in common.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not often that I mix and match characters from different series, but for some reason this one seemed to want both Becker and Ryan comparing notes on how to take care of their geek!
canadian_jay From: canadian_jay Date: August 21st, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Very nice. Silly Becker. And yay! It's a Ryan!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Becker did overreact, rather. It's a good thing Ryan is so understanding.
jaynedoll From: jaynedoll Date: August 21st, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked Becker being all over-protective and losing his cool when it came to Connor. And of course, Ryan would understand. I'd love to read more fics with Ryan working alongside Becker
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I do like the soldier boys when they're being protective of Connor.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: August 21st, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwwwwww, Connor's very lucky to have those protective soldiers looking out for him! *is jealous*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
He is lucky. And knowing Connor, he's also probably completely oblivious, bless him.
ebonyfeather From: ebonyfeather Date: August 21st, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, protective Becker is great. Good on him for decking the guy!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, protective!Becker is very cute, if a little prone to overreacting *grin*
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: August 21st, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ryan’s smile became softer, a touch more indulgent. “Temple seems to have that effect on a surprising number of us.”

Another 'Aww' here. I can quite see what Ryan means. Connor has his own army and probably doesn't even realise it :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 21st, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor just seems to bring out people's protective instincts, doesn't he? Especially the big tough soldiers. And yep, he's almost certainly completely unaware of it.
echo_fangirl From: echo_fangirl Date: August 22nd, 2010 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Who can blame either of them? He's very protectable! I wonder what Connor would think if he ever actually found out just how many protectors he has!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 22nd, 2010 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I bet he'd be quite adorably confused, although that might be a way to keep him quiet for a while!
evenstar_estel From: evenstar_estel Date: August 22nd, 2010 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
You know if I was ever going to slash Connor with someone (besides Eye Patch Connor) it would be Becker :) This was very very lovely and sweet at its core - Connor does inspire people to protect him.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 22nd, 2010 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. He does seem to have that effect on people (except for Danny who just uses him as bait!). Connor and Becker are surprisingly cute together.
mulder200 From: mulder200 Date: August 22nd, 2010 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah! Yeah, Conner does seem like the kind that needs protection doesn't he?

I'm glad that Ryan understands.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 22nd, 2010 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
He does have a habit of getting himself into trouble, it's no wonder the soldiers like to keep an eye on him.
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