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Ficlet: Underestimated - athene
Ficlet: Underestimated

Title: Underestimated
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Connor, Burton
Rating: PG
Warnings: mild language 
Spoilers: Series 4, specifically 4.1 and 4.3.
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 685
Summary: Philip Burton wasn’t the first, and he probably wouldn’t be the last person to underestimate him.


         “I underestimated you, Connor.”

            Philip’s words still echoed in Connor’s mind long after the man had left the building. Connor inwardly cringed at the way he had smiled and nodded and accepted it, too afraid that he was going to be fired (again) to say anything else. Besides, it wasn’t like it was unfamiliar territory for Connor. Philip Burton wasn’t the first, and he probably wouldn’t be the last person to underestimate him. Hell, Philip was nothing more than the latest in a long line of people who overlooked him as nothing more than an overly exuberant geek.

            That might have been true three years ago, but it sure as hell wasn’t the case now.

            Connor headed back to his locker, making sure there was no one else around before he dug out his latest ‘project’, and took it to the storage room where he’d been working in the quiet periods. He didn’t have an office, or even his own bloody computer any more. Damn near every piece of anomaly related technology that they had was down to him, and him alone, and yet the bastards couldn’t even see fit to give him anywhere decent to work now he was back.

            The irony was it actually suited Connor’s purposes that he was out of the way where no one else bothered to go. Where there was a place that he could hide from the ever present security cameras and work in privacy.

            Still, he couldn’t deny it hurt. Still being thought of as the geek, the idiot, an ‘amateur’, good for nothing but techie work. Still being underestimated, despite everything he had achieved. Had they not noticed the part where he had survived for a year in the bloody Cretaceous, for god’s sake!

            It was times like this when he missed Cutter the most. Not just the man himself, although Connor knew that he did miss Cutter in that way even now, over a year after his death. But it was more for the simple fact that Cutter was probably the only person who had ever actually given him credit for his achievements, who had openly acknowledged his abilities, encouraged him, and believed in him.

            That was at least part of the reason why he was so determined to continue Cutter’s work. Cutter had passed the responsibility on to him, and Connor did not intend to disappoint the only person who had ever truly believed he could do it. This wasn’t about proving himself any more. He was sick and tired of having to prove himself over and over. This was about Cutter’s memory, and finishing the work that Cutter had cared so passionately about. Chasing dinosaurs around and saving lives was fun, but that was just the most obvious aspect of their work. The real goal had always been to understand and, if possible, predict and control the anomalies. Whether the others realised it or not, Connor’s priority now was about fulfilling Cutter’s ambition. He was sick of being trodden on, mocked, or simply ignored and overlooked. In doing this, it felt like he was finally taking control of his own destiny.

            Connor focussed his attention on the anomaly opening device. Of course he had lost the one that had enabled them to get home, but everyone else seemed to have forgotten about the other device, the one that had died on them less than an hour after they used it to chase Helen into the past. All it needed was a new power source and then there was no reason why it shouldn’t give up all its secrets to him. If he could get this to work, he might be able to use it to retro-engineer the computer they had found in the future ARC, perhaps even rebuild the artefact. And if he could do that, then he would be able to predict anomalies, and more importantly, open and close any anomaly at will. He, Connor Temple, would have complete control of one of the most dangerous and powerful discoveries in the world.   

            He’d like to see the bastards underestimate him then.


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reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 22nd, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, that was great! And I'd forgotten about the other device - good thinking :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. That bunny has been nibbling at my ankles ever since that scene at the end of ep 3 when Burton said he underestimated him. And I'm surprised they've all forgotten about the other anomaly opening device (actually, this is Primeval; I'm not that surprised, to be honest...)
tay_21 From: tay_21 Date: January 22nd, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooooo, slightly scary!Connor there at the end. Excellent ficlet. I could totally see him really thinking all this. :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seem to have scary Connor on the brain recently, I keep wanting to write fics that play with his dark side *evil grin*.

Also, I think I may be chanelling my own anger and frustration at the way the scriptwriters keep treating him, especially in the first few eps of series 4.
prehistoriccat From: prehistoriccat Date: January 22nd, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant!!! Never underestimate a geek!!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. Connor has the potential to be very dangerous indeed with all his knowledge. It's a good thing he's one of the good guys.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: January 22nd, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, cunning plan! And this is damn well what I want TFWIC to do with Connor on the show!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so annoyed with the way they've treated him in series 4, that he had to prove himself *again* just get his own job back, and even then Jess has taken over all his techie responsibilities. I feel I may have been channelling that a tad...
canadian_jay From: canadian_jay Date: January 22nd, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh nice. Brilliant, in fact.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked it. I do like playing with Connor's dark side.
evenstar_estel From: evenstar_estel Date: January 22nd, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've always maintained that Connor is the most dangerous man in the ARC at any given time simple by virtue of the fact that he's created the tech that runs it. Connor has every potential to be the one to destroy the world if he wanted to, it's a good thing he's good to his core. That being said, you can only push him around for so long. Loved this insight and this potentially likely tale.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, he's definitely got the potential to be one of the most dangerous people in the entire ARC if he chose to use his knowledge and intelligence for anything other than good purposes.

I know it doesn't seem to be in Connor's character to stand up to anyone, no matter how they treat him, but just once I'd like to see him get some respect and actually call people on it when they treat him like crap and walk all over him.
gypsylady From: gypsylady Date: January 22nd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor as evil!genius is excellent. Okay, not evil-evil. Just evil as in not following the rules. If he can rebuild the device, he'd use it for his own agenda, but as his agenda is for the good of humanity the only issue I might have with this is...uh...if he decided to go back and save Cutter's life....

Damn plot bunny!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee! Thanks, glad you liked. I do like playing with the possibility of scary dark side Connor.
mulder200 From: mulder200 Date: January 22nd, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh! That last line is kind of scary!

Still, if you think about it, Conner is WAY more dangerous because of his great intelligence. If he ever went dark side...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
yep, Connor has the potential to be *very* dangerous if he ever decides to use his knowledge and intelligence for evil purposes. Good thing for everyone that he's a good guy... as long as they don't push him too far *evil grin*.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: January 22nd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh... *shivers* That took a bit of a scary turn there at the end!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
excellent, scary is good! I've been playing with dark and scary Connor ideas more and more recently, although I suspect this is because I'm pissed off with the way they're treating him in series 4 and I'm channelling my own anger and frustration.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 22nd, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Brilliant!! You go, Connor!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish he really would stand up to people when they treat him like that, but it's just not in him. I wish it was, though, he'd make an awesome scary bad guy
knitekat From: knitekat Date: January 22nd, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohh nice look at a slightly scary Connor there.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. There should be more dark and scary Connor, I'm quite taken with this idea now, lol!
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: January 22nd, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd forgotten the other device as well.

Great missing scene.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Everyone (inluding the scriptwriters) seems to have forgotten about the other device. I assume they must have lost it in the cretaceous, but since they never actually mentioned it all I feel free to use it in fic like this.
x_bellaitalia_x From: x_bellaitalia_x Date: January 22nd, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hell yes, Connor.

This is excellent!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 22nd, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. Scary!Connor is dark and scary (and rather hot, or maybe that's just me...)
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: January 23rd, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, that's a bit chilling.
Poor Connor. He really does deserve more appreciation.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 23rd, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Connor, I've not been too happy with what they've done with him this series (as you can probably tell). If he ever did go to the dark side it would surprise the hell out of everyone!
nietie From: nietie Date: January 23rd, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Spoilery comment

I have a feeling Burton knows everything, especially after watching ep 5.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 23rd, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Spoilery comment

I certainly think Burton has other 'projects' going on, I just hope Connor doesn't fall under his control completely.
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