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Birthday fic for Ali: Mud Bath

Happy Birthday Ali. Hope you have a great day.

Title: Mud Bath
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Ryan/Connor
Rating: 15
Warnings: fluff 
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 570
Summary: Connor visits Sanctuary again, and Ryan suspects the Management are planning something...
AN: Birthday fic for mysteriousaliwz, who created Sanctuary and thus spawned the insanity!    


            It was raining. It had been raining for the last seven days of April, and the large garden at the back of Sanctuary was becoming a quagmire of epic proportions.

Ryan sighed and glared out of the window.

“Management? Can’t you do something about the bloody weather?”

“Um, hang on a minute, let me check the date.”

“Check the date?” Ryan asked, with a slightly incredulous tone. “What does the date have to do with anything?”

There was a quiet mumbled reply, and the only word that Ryan caught was ‘birthday’.

He rolled his eyes. “You’re planning something, aren’t you?”

There was a decidedly shifty silence.

Suddenly something clicked in Ryan’s brain. “This wouldn’t have anything to do with that extension to the bathroom, and the new bath, would it?”

The new bath had seemed excessive, even by Sanctuary standards. It was less a bath and more like a small swimming pool, complete with Jacuzzi and a small sauna room, and had required yet another extension to the building. Ryan had yet to try it out, as the paint and plaster had barely finished drying the day before.

“Hi, Ryan.”

Connor ambled in, visitor pass pinned to his rather tight t-shirt.

Ryan rolled his eyes again. Now it all made sense.

“Hi, Connor. I wouldn’t get too comfortable, we’re going outside.”

Connor frowned. “It’s pouring down. Where’s Stephen and Cutter?”

“Still sleeping off last night’s activities, lazy sods. Seriously, Connor, don’t sit down.”

Connor paused, bum hovering over the sofa, halfway through the motion of sitting down.


Ryan could see there was going to be no point trying to explain. Management were so going to owe him for this one.

“Sorry, Connor.”

Ryan picked Connor up and threw him over his shoulder in a fireman’s lift, and carried the struggling, protesting young man to the back door and out into the garden. Then he dumped him unceremoniously into the biggest muddy puddle he could find.

“What was that for?” Connor spluttered when he finally managed to sit up. Soaking wet, splattered with mud, with water dripping from the hair that had flopped down across his face, Ryan couldn’t help the mental comparison to a bedraggled puppy. A very annoyed bedraggled puppy.

“Sorry,” Ryan said. “If it helps at all, we’ve got a really fantastic new bath that needs christening today once we’re done here.”

Connor pouted, and flicked mud at Ryan.

Ryan was rapidly becoming aware of the fact that his t-shirt was soaked and sticking to his body, as the rain continued to pour down on them.

Oh, what the hell.

He pounced on Connor and shoved him back into the mud, and what followed was several minutes of half groping, half mud fight.

By the time they finally stopped, laughing and panting for breath, they were both soaked through, and had mud in several places that Ryan didn’t want to think about too hard.

He stood, and offered Connor a hand up.

“Come on. If we’re lucky the others will have made breakfast by the time we’ve got cleaned up.”

Connor got up, grumbling half-heartedly about the state of his clothes.

Abruptly, the rain stopped, and, as if by magic, the sun popped out from behind a cloud, warming Ryan’s skin immediately.

Ryan rolled his eyes again. He was going to have serious words with the Management later. After he’d tried out that new bath, of course.


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enchantersnight From: enchantersnight Date: May 1st, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
*squeal* gotta love management birthdays :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. Birthdays are always fun round here.
nietie From: nietie Date: May 1st, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I <3 Sanctuary (and the new bath)! *vbg*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Ryan and Connor are going to make good use of the new bath.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: May 1st, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Very cunning plan from the management . . . *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a plan with a hat!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: May 1st, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cunning plan there from management. Love how Ryan just went with it.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ryan is probably used to the strange plans of the Management by now, although he may have rolled his eyes a bit when he relaised where it was headed!
jaynedoll From: jaynedoll Date: May 1st, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmm, muddy bedraggled Connor is always a winner for me. Esp if there are hot baths and Ryan involved *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
there's very little bad about a muddy and bedraggled Connor, and Ryan helping to clean him up afterwards.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 1st, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL, Norman's clearly been busy!

The new bath sounds like an excellent addition :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect the new bath will get a lot of use by all of them eventually!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: May 1st, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, this is gorgeous :-)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, wet and muddy Connor/Ryan seems to have become a tradition for Ali's birthday fic.
ebonyfeather From: ebonyfeather Date: May 1st, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Muddy Connor and Ryan and a nice big bath... Lovely thought!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is a rather nice mental image, isn't it?
x_bellaitalia_x From: x_bellaitalia_x Date: May 1st, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
What I really love about this is Ryan's long suffering attitude, tempered by the fact he gets Connor wet and muddy and a fantastic bath!

And ooh, such pretty mental images *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks. I think Ryan would have to be a little long suffering at the Management's antics occasionally.
canadian_jay From: canadian_jay Date: May 1st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :-)
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: May 1st, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Management are so very devious! *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 2nd, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
management are evil and like the boys when they're wet!
From: madcatt82 Date: May 1st, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggles* That's fab!!

And I love how Ryan is all "here we go again "as he gives in to the management and dumps Connor in the mud!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 2nd, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I think Ryan has got the long suffering sigh down to an art form!
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: May 2nd, 2011 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

////“Still sleeping off last night’s activities, lazy sods. Seriously, Connor, don’t sit down.”////

*sporfling* There's nothing like a nice slashy spot of mud wrestling between two guys - thank you for providing it! And such lovely facilities for them to clean up in afterwards.

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 2nd, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, they boys are probably going to spend the rest of the day in the bath now after that lot!
echo_fangirl From: echo_fangirl Date: May 2nd, 2011 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Sporfle! Love Connor being all put out, then getting over it just in time for a nice hot bath!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 2nd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor is used to things being slightly strange in Santuary, but he probably draws the line at being soaked and muddy within two minutes of arriving!
mysteriousaliwz From: mysteriousaliwz Date: May 2nd, 2011 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Long-suffering Ryan! In a wet t-shirt! Carrying a wriggling Connor in a fireman's lift! Mud-wrestling!

I love it m'dear. Thanks :)

And thanks to Norman for his hard work on the bathroom extension. Sanctuary is going to cover acres of ground at this rate :)

Edited at 2011-05-02 11:29 am (UTC)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 2nd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you had a lovely birthday *hugs*

I'm starting to think that Sanctuary has tardis-like qualities, the number of extensions and extra rooms that seem to keep spontaneously appearing!

Even in Sanctuary I couldn't resist getting the boys wet and bedraggled for your birthday.
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