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Fanfic: A Pirate's Life For Me - part 3 - athene
Fanfic: A Pirate's Life For Me - part 3

Title: A Pirate’s Life For Me - part 3
Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing/characters: Stephen, Becker
Rating: 15
Warnings: Violence, possibly pre-slash if you squint a bit?  
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.
Word count: approx 1352 (6540 in total)
Summary: Stephen and Becker are captured by pirates. Genuine, 18th century pirates.
AN: Birthday fic for cordeliadelayne and bigtitch   


            Several hours later most of the damage to the ship had been fixed, patched, or at the very least jury-rigged so that it wasn’t going to start leaking water any time soon. The ship clearly needed to get to a port relatively soon for proper repairs, but the pirates, rather depleted in numbers after the creature attack, assured them that as long as there weren’t any more storms or sea monsters it ought to hold.

            Stephen found Becker leaning against the side of the ship, looking out over the water. He had liberated a linen shirt from somewhere, and did indeed have a tricorne hat, although Stephen thought it looked quite ridiculous, especially in contrast to the modern military combats and boots he was wearing. The rapier still at his belt just made the entire mismatched ensemble complete. Stephen declined to comment on this, though, and came to stand next to him.

            “I hate sailing,” Becker said, although he looked calmer than Stephen had seen him for a long time.

            “Do you really think we can do this?” Stephen asked. “Live in the 18th century?”

            “Doesn’t look like we’ve got much of a choice. We can’t just wait around in the middle of the ocean hoping the anomaly might come back.”

            Stephen didn’t reply, but, much as he hated to admit it, he had to agree with that assessment of the situation.

            He looked down into the water below, amazed again at how clear it seemed. If he really looked, he could see things swimming down there, although luckily nothing as big the creature had been.

            “How do you think that creature got here?” Becker asked, as if he could read Stephen’s thoughts.

            “I have no...” Stephen stopped. Something wasn’t right. In fact, something was very, very wrong indeed. He stared down at the small coiled shell of the creature that was bobbing past them in the water below.

            “We’re in the Jurassic,” Stephen almost shouted.

            Becker actually jumped at the outburst, and stared at him.

            “This isn’t the 18th century! We’re in the bloody Jurassic. That’s how the creature got here: it lives here.”

            “What? How can you know that?”

            “Look at that,” Stephen pointed down at the small creature. “That’s an ammonite. They’ve been extinct for sixty five million years.” He paused and put his swirling thoughts together. “When we were first brought on board what did they ask you? They wanted to know where we’d come from, how we got here. They’re as lost as we are!”

            There was a quiet cough behind them, and they both turned to see a small group of pirates standing there.

            “You know where we are?” one of them asked.

            Not in any way that will make sense to you, Stephen thought to himself.

            “Was there a light?” Stephen asked carefully. “Did any of you see a sparkly light at any point?”

            There was some shuffling, and Becker drew himself up to his full height and glared at the pirates.

            “Answer him.”

            One of the pirates nodded. “Last night. A light appeared out of nowhere right in front of us. The next thing we knew there was a storm like we’ve never known. By the time it calmed we didn’t recognise where we were. Even the stars are wrong.”

            Stephen and Becker shared a look. Now it all made sense.

            “Can you find the way back to where the light was?” Becker asked.

            “That’s what we were trying to do when we found you.”

            “Right, do it. I don’t care if we have to search every inch of the sea, we stay here until we find it. If we find that light, we can all go home.”

            “Yes, sir.”

            The pirates ran off and soon the crew were shouting instructions and preparing the ship to sail again.


            The sun was low in the sky, and the air finally becoming cooler when a cry suddenly went up from the crow’s nest. Everyone crowded to see, and there, on the horizon, was a light that might have been an early star, or might just be their one way to safety.

The pirates seemed to have quickly caught onto the fact that neither Stephen nor Becker had any sailing expertise, and had taken over the actual running and navigation of the ship for themselves, although they were still acknowledging the two newcomers as being nominally in charge. That suited both of them perfectly, and they let the pirates get on with it as the ship altered course and headed straight for the distant light.

            “Bloody hell,” Stephen breathed as they finally approached it.

            The anomaly was huge, although he could tell it was faint.

            “That explains how an entire ship got through it,” Becker commented, although his reaction was buried under a stoic front again now.

            Stephen wondered why the man was suddenly so tense. Whether it was simply that he was worried about the possibility of another creature attack as long as they remained here, or whether it was the prospect of never getting home.

            “It looks like we found it just in time, its fading,” Stephen said. He was refusing to think about getting home, it was too painful. Once they got out of the immediate danger he might allow himself to consider the implications, but right now he was doing his best to ignore it.

             Another shout suddenly went up. This time the man on watch was pointing in the opposite direction, and for a moment Stephen feared another creature.

            Then he saw what the pirate had seen.

            “A flare! A modern flare! That might be our lot.”

            Becker gave a tight nod.

            “Might be. It’s also a bloody long way off. And this anomaly is closing. If it isn’t our lot...” he paused and looked at Stephen. “Do we risk it?”

            Stephen looked back at the anomaly. It looked weaker already. If the ship went back, or even waited for them to investigate the flare, they would probably be stuck here. He looked back at the flare, now dying in the sky. If that was their friends, their anomaly...

            “Let’s risk it,” Stephen said.

Becker nodded. “I was hoping you’d say that.” He turned to one of the pirates. “We need to borrow one of your launches, and as soon as we’re gone, you sail through that light and you’ll be home.”

There was a brief flurry of activity as the small rowing boat was launched and Stephen and Becker scrambled down into it. They had barely cast off when the ship put on a burst of speed, and moments later it disappeared into the anomaly. 

            Stephen paused. There was still time to follow them. Still time to guarantee a time period where they might survive.

            Then they picked up the oars and started rowing like their lives depended on it.

            Ten minutes later they heard the best sound in the world – an outboard motor. Stephen stood up and waved, ignoring how the little boat rocked precariously, and smirking slightly at the tiny squeak that Becker made as he grabbed Stephen’s leg to steady him. Apparently he really didn’t like sailing.  

            “Bloody hell,” Cutter yelled, waving back at them as the little motor boat powered up alongside. “We thought we’d lost you.”

            “The anomaly re-opened, then?”

            “What the hell have you two been doing?” Ryan asked, staring at the swords and Becker’s new clothes.

            “We were kidnapped by pirates, and had a fight with a sea monster,” Stephen replied cheerfully, clambering across into the motor boat.

            “Connor is going to love this,” Cutter commented with a grin.

            “Can we just go home now?” Becker said, parking himself firmly in the middle of the boat and taking the hat off. He looked ever so slightly embarrassed, Stephen realised. A moment later he decided that was a good look on the captain, and wondered what he might be able to do to see it again.

            They were almost back at the anomaly, still sparkling brightly, a beacon to guide them home, when Stephen suddenly remembered something.

            “Oh, bloody hell! I forgot the damn cat.”



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fififolle From: fififolle Date: May 20th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* Oh that was wonderful, and I'm sure the cat will be fine :D

Oh boys! What a terrific adventure. Becker squeaking and embarrased was adorable, and I'm sure he and Stephen will be BFFs now after their little adventure *g*

Brilliant fun! Thank you! Happy Birthday again to the laydeez :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Poor Becker really wasn't a fan of the boats, bless him. I hope Stephen doesn't tease him too much later!

And I'm sure the cat will be fine.
jaynedoll From: jaynedoll Date: May 20th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor pussy, let's hope the pirates take good care of it *g*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure the cat will be fine with the pirates :-)
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 20th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG, he forgot the cat!

Great ending. Thais was a wonderful romp. I enjoyed every minute of it.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I had fun with this one, once I'd beaten all the action/fight scenes into submission!
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: May 20th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was loads of fun! I loved the action and the way Becker and Stephen made such a great partnership. And eek for the still-missing cat!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks, this was a fun one to write, and I enjoyed playing with the boys a surprising amount.

I'm sure the cat will be fine on the ship with all those mice to chase!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: May 20th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great ending and eek for the cat.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

I'm sure the cat is having lots of fun chasing mice around the ship!
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: May 20th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful adventure. A huge amount of action definite pre-slash. It was lovelt to see Becker enjoying himself so much!

Thank you!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 20th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* Glad you like it, sorry it was a bit late.

And yes, I think there was definite pre-slash going on there as well!
squeezynz From: squeezynz Date: May 20th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
totally perfect. Went to see POTC4 last night, and this fic was a brilliant sequel!! *LOL*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2011 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks, glad you enjoyed it.
mulder200 From: mulder200 Date: May 21st, 2011 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the moment when Stephen realized that he and Back er and the pirates were all lost in time.

“Oh, bloody hell! I forgot the damn cat.”

LOL! Oh well.

Pirates and sword fighting? Awesome!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2011 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I must admit, the entire thing was really just an excuse to get the boys semi-naked and sword fighting, and then it took on a life of its own!
echo_fangirl From: echo_fangirl Date: May 21st, 2011 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Sporfle! Oh, I'm sure the kitty will make a lovely mouser in the 18th century! Becker in his hat is ridiculously adorable, and he should definitely wear it more often!

I feel I must make a complaint though. I now have the song "To be a Pirate King" from Pirates of Penzance stuck in my head, and I have a horrible feeling it's going to stay there for days. Dammit!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2011 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I couldn't resist Becker and the hat, and yes, he was definitely adorable. Maybe Stephen can persuade him to wear the hat again later in the bedroom?

Lol, oops, sorry about the song! *giggles evilly*
nietie From: nietie Date: May 21st, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read the three parts in one go and I loved it!

They were true heroes!
Loved it that a whole ship ended up in the Jurassic.

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol, I get the feeling you enjoyed it, then? There is very little bad with Becker and Stephen running around half-naked sword fighting on a pirate ship, to be fair.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: May 21st, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, nice twist with them being in the Jurassic! Didn't see that one coming at all!

And I'm sure the cat will be fine - it'll probably have the time of it's life chasing rats around the pirate ship! *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Jurassic thing surprised me as well! I was sat there wondering where the liopleurodon had actually appeared from, and then I realised what had happened to them all. I possibly should have laid more clues to that one earlier in the fic...
tay_21 From: tay_21 Date: May 21st, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was so brilliant! I freaking loved every second of it. WE NEED MORE PIRATE FIC!!!!!!! I LOVED Becker in his hat. LOL! I'm sure he looked totally and adorably ridiculous. Great fic. Poor cat though, but hey, maybe it was a stray and now has a very big family of pirates to curl up with. Oh, and lots of mice. :-D Excellent story.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks, glad you enjoyed it, even if there was no Connor in this one. I just had to have a moment with Becker and his hat, bless him.
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: May 21st, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love you so much for writing this! Becker and Stephen vs. pirates, with a bonus sea monster! I love them teaming up together and being generally awesome, plus I am a sucker for sword fighting. *g* Becker was so cute with the hat and hating sailing and totally loving the adrenaline rush. I also think it's hilarious that the reason they got into this mess in the first place was because of Stephen chasing a cat, and then he forgot it anyway.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you enjoyed it so much. I actually really enjoyed writing this one, and there were *far* too many tasty mental images of the boys, it was quite distracting!
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: May 21st, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee hee! That was a most excellent adventure. Thank you sweetie!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you had a lovely birthday *hugs*
auntypam From: auntypam Date: May 22nd, 2011 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
This was ever so, extremely WONDERFUL:)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks, glad you enjoyed it.
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