Title: Primeval Season One
Characters: Chloe, Nick, Stephen, Abby, Connor, Claudia, Capt. Ryan, Lester, Ben Becker & others.
Fandoms: Smallville/Primeval (bbc)
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: Chloe was in love with the man of her dreams, and then she let her curiosity get the better of her and walked through an anomaly...waking up in England two years later, in the custody of James Lester and the Home Office. Now, with mysterious circumstances surrounding her before her rescue, and with everyone she loved thinking her dead, Chloe is forced to join the Anomaly Reaseach team or stay the Home Office's 'guest' indefinitely. She must make a new life, learn to create a new family with her team members, and all of this while not realizing that she and the leader of her new team, Nick Cutter, might share more than just an interest in the unexplainable.
Chloe hated her life.
She'd awoken two weeks ago in this Home Office place, to too many question and little to no answers.
The last thing she remembered was a bright light, and then waking up in the contained room in the Home Office, and while it'd seemed like seconds to her she'd been assured that two years had passed since then, which left her with the question of what exactly had happened to her during those two years. Had she been unconscious, floating in what they were calling this anomaly, or was it just the shock that was keeping her from remembering what had happened? And if she had been unconscious all this while, how had her body survived going so long without food and water?
Bringing her hands to her face, Chloe just wanted to go home.
But as James Lester, the head of Home Office, had pointed out somewhat cruelly---what sort of person would she be if she rocked her family's world once more? They'd already done their mourning and made their peace with her apparent death, and if she went back she'd be reopening wounds that would be only beginning to heal. So instead of calling her family, she'd googled them, and felt pathetic doing so.
Her father was retired, Lois was working at Chloe's old job of the Daily Planet, and Clark was saving the world while wearing really tight tights.
They'd all moved on.
And she let them.
It was better this way.
But there was one person she hadn't looked up, and to be truthful, it was because she didn't want to see how he'd gotten over her and moved on with his life.
It hurt like hell
to think of him 'getting over' her. Ben
She couldn't take the high road and be happy for him if he'd fallen in love---or gotten married---so despite the fact that she typed in his name over and over and over again in the search engines...she never pressed enter, and always ended up just erasing his name.
Preferring not to know.
"The Forest of Dean is completely clear." Claudia Brown could be heard talking to Lester in the office above. "I've left Ryan in charge of mopping up. There's been a lot of internet chatter, but we've got natural disbelief on our side."
Chloe looked up and away from the computer they'd given her to be able to catch up with the world after she'd signed An Official Secrets Act and another that stated that she wouldn't use it to try and contact her family or loved ones.
"Eyewitnesses?" Lester wanted to know.
"A school teacher, but she's in shock and I'm positive we can keep her away from the papers. And the boy who found the dinosaur will be no problems, he's a child. They'll think it a product of his imagination or that he's lying."
"Pity the monster didn't eat them both. That would have been the neatest solution." A beat. "Joke."
Chloe snorted, shaking her head, and wondering just how much of a joke that'd been.
"What about Cutter?" Lester wanted to know.
"What about him?" Claudia asked.
What about Nick?
The scottish man was fairly odd, especially the way he looked at her sometimes, but Chloe felt the most comfortable with him and Stephen.
Nick, though a bit young, reminded her somewhat of her father.
It was comforting when she'd been stripped of everything familiar.
"I don't like anyone to whom the adjective 'maverick' might be applied." Lester answered Claudia's question. "Cutter virtually owns the copyright."
Chloe bit on her bottom lip, half amused, half agreeing.
"He may be a little unconventional in his methods, but he's the closest thing we've got to an expert." Claudia defended.
"You've taken to him, haven't you?"
"I trust him, if that's what you mean."
"Of course, what else?" Lester asked oddly. "Very well, keep him on side for the time being. I'd rather have him inside the proverbial tent than out."
Uninterested, Chloe stood, leaving the laptop on the chair, and made her way to one of the guards. "I'd like to go to the Central Metropolitan University."
"I'll go get clearance, madam." The guard nodded, leaving.
Chloe made a face as she watched him go, feeling like a prisoner.
The Home Office didn't trust her out and about by herself, so until they did she was forced to having to be accompanied by someone of the Home Office the few times she left the building. She'd tried escaping by herself a couple of times, but after being caught so ridiculously quickly she'd finally given up and given into the demands. The guard came back with the clearance for her to leave the building, and they were off, him driving, her staring out of the window at England.
She didn't know why they were so worried about her running away.
Where exactly did she have to go to?
And how could she explain to the government how she'd gotten into the country in the first place?
The blonde sighed and rested her forehead against the window.
"Are you okay, madam?" Her driver enquired politely.
"Yes, I'm fine, thank you." She nodded, giving him a weak smile and returning her gaze out of the window, the drive silent until they reached the university.
The blonde and her guardian in civvies walked towards Nick's office, and when she entered he was sitting at his desk, going through some papers, and biting on an apple.
"Hope I'm not interrupting."
He looked up and dropped his apple, scrambling to his feet. "Chloe!"
Amused by his reaction, she grinned. "Deep in thought much?"
He smiled. "I was going through some of Helen's papers. Please." He moved some papers off of a chair.
Chloe nodded a thanks and sat down as he sat down on his seat once more, her guardian waiting on the other side of the closed door. "You're very dedicated to your wife, Mr. Cutter, I admire that."
"Nick, please." For some reason he looked pained. "And it's my fault she disappeared so..."
"Why would you think that?" She asked, confused.
"I was supposed to go with her on that last field trip, but we had a row." He sighed. "Another row. She'd become obsessed with theories that I found, well, ridiculous."
Chloe leaned forwards in her seat. "You mean she was onto the anomaly?"
"No, not as such, but she'd become convinced that there was no conventional scientific answers to certain evolutionary puzzles." Nick admitted. "And, well, obviously she was right."
"Nobody could have guessed that." She tried consoling him.
"Yes, but she did."
There was silence.
"She could still be alive, you know." Chloe felt like saying. "I mean, I was gone for two years and here I am. You found me." She smiled slightly at him. "You can find her too. I know you can."
For some reason Nick looked terribly touched, ducking his gaze. "Thank you."
"You're welcome." She smiled, leaning back in her chair, feeling better now that she'd lifted his mood somewhat.
"Can you...really...not remember any of those two years?" Nick asked her oddly. "Nothing at all?"
Chloe made a face, running her hand through her blonde locks. "Sometimes, at night, right before I fall asleep, I remember light, and noises. Sometimes. But remember remember? No." She looked up at him. "Do you think the humans who get sucked into the anomaly go into shock like I did? That Helen's in some kind of coma?"
Nick's gaze lowered. "Chloe. Tell me something."
Sensing the underlying importance in his voice, she leaned forwards. "Sure."
"Do you believe that these anomalies can be...I don't know...what if you were born in the wrong timeline?"
She blinked, confused. "Excuse me?"
"What if your mother was pregnant when she was in the anomaly, just as an example, and went back in time to a time before she even met your father, and gave birth and left you there?" He picked at papers. "Would you believe that possible?"
"You'd be surprised to find out what I'm willing to believe possible." She replied with a snort, thinking back to her teenaged years with the meteor freaks. "What was the purpose of that question?"
"Oh." She was a little disappointed.
She'd thought it had been important.
Maybe she just couldn't read people the way she used to anymore.
"So, tell me, what's the plan at the Home Office?"
"From what I've been hearing?" She made a face. "A cover up."
Nick shook his head. "Connor will be thrilled."
She smiled at the mention of the geeky-cute Connor.
The door opened, and Stephen stepped in. "I just got a text from Abby. Connor thinks he's onto another anomaly. They've gone to investigate."
"Where are they?" Nick asked, standing.
"New Forest." Stephen responded. "She's not exactly sure where."
Chloe stood. "Let's go then."
Nick turned to her, eyes narrowed. "You're not coming. It's too dangerous. You're going back to the Home Office and---."
"Nick, not only aren't
you my father, but I'm an adult, and I can go wherever I want to as long as I'm in the presence of someone from the Home Office." Chloe placed her hands on her hips, wondering why Nick had winced so violently. "Now, stop wasting time. I'm going."
In the end, it ended up being a hoax.
And a waste of time.
And, of course, a breech of the Official Secrets Act.
Apparently Connor had gone blabbing everything to his college friends, and they'd not only not believed him, but had followed him and Abby and played a trick on them using a dinosaur model one might find on a float in a parade. Chloe stood disappointed next to Stephen, who was looking at the dinosaur model while Nick talked to the police, and Abby and Connor stood by the river looking apprehensive.
"You look disappointed." Stephen noted, standing back up.
." Chloe admitted. "I might have been stuck in the prehistoric days for two years, but I don't remember any of it. I feel cheated. This would have been my first dinosaur."
He smirked, apparently amused by her petulant disappointment.
"Take care and make sure that it doesn't happen again." The police officer announced, turning and rejoining his colleague in the car.
Nick nodded and turned, approaching Connor and Abby.
Chloe and Stephen exchanged glances, heading towards them as well.
"Look, I know what you're going to say." Connor began, eyes on Nick.
"We're sorry." Abby cut in.
"The police aren't going to prosecute you for trespassing." Nick announced, face serious and displeased. "Supposing it had been a predator, what were you going to do? Tame it?" His eyes narrowed and turning on Connor. "You knew exactly what was what stake but you just couldn't keep your mouth shut."
"It's just so big." Connor pleaded for understanding. "I had to tell somebody. I'm sorry. I am. I blew it."
"Go back to college." Nick announced, Connor's face falling at those words. "Get on with your work. I'll find you another supervisor."
"I'm just as much to blame as he is." Abby pleaded for her friend.
"Just as stupid, maybe." Nick snapped. "But you didn't shout your mouth off and you've still got skills I can use. You stay."
That was still kinda harsh.
Nick and Stephen turn to leave, Abby sending Connor an apologetic look before hurrying after them.
Connor turned away, but not before Chloe caught sight of his expression.
He looked like he was about to cry.
She sent a quick look in Nick's direction before going to Connor and hugging him despite the fact that she really didn't know him.
But she knew the feeling of having what she loved and wanted ripped away from her because of a thoughtless action of her own.
"I'm sorry." She whispered and let go before he could react.
And then she hurried back to where the others were waiting on her.
"You were too harsh on him." She scolded Nick as she got into the back seat along with Abby. "He's a kid."
"He's a year older than you." Nick replied tersely from in front as he started his car. "Don't baby him. He's an adult and knew what he was doing when he violated the Official Secrets Act. He's lucky he's not getting arrested for it."
Fortunately, Claudia called Nick before it could break out into a loud argument.
Apparently an underground worker had been attacker earlier, and was now very ill in the hospital.
That wasn't usually their jurisdiction, but the man was blabbering about monsters.
At the hospital they'd seen the man and talked to the doctor tending to him. Apparently the worker had been spraying the tunnels for vermin, and judging from the size of the wound, he'd been attacked with a knife or an axe, but it made no sense to the doctor, since the wound wasn't killing him...but poison. Apparently the man's body was filled with venom, venom the doctor admitted to not being able to recognize, despite all the tests being run on the patient.
After a look at the wound, Nick had deducted that it was more like a single puncture mark, but not one made by a knife or an axe. No. According to Nick it looked more like a bite, and when Chloe had gotten a good look at it, she'd realized that he was right.
had bitten this man and injected him with venom.
Despite this, it was hard to convince Lester to close the Underground, the short man insisting that it was impossible to do so on a 'wild hunch'. But in the end Nick and Claudia had ganged up on the man, and Chloe had to admit they made a great team, with Lester finally agreeing to shut down the part of the underground the attack had taken place in. And with that the team had headed towards the station, calling for backup at the same time. Chloe had to admit that it was the rush and worry that kept Nick from realizing she was with them and protesting it. But if she was going to be the prisoner...guest...of the Home Office she was going to do something useful.
Anyway, she had years of dealing with the weird and unexplained while in Smallville. She could prove helpful in some way, right?
Maybe she should talk to Lester about this once they got back to the Home Office.
If she was working for them, Lester wouldn't be so worried about her trying to escape.
This could work.
They arrived at the station, where Captain Tom Ryan and a load of soldiers were already there, rushing around making preparations. They took guns out of cars and set up perimeters and such, and Chloe felt a silly rush as she was allowed to enter the perimeter. Before, as a teenager and as a young reporter at the Daily Planet, she'd been forced to sneak around and be all stealthy, and yet now the soldiers were ushering her and the team forwards.
She kinda liked the difference.
"Get them out." One of the soldiers announced. "Right, follow me."
"Come on, come on, come one!" Another soldier yelled.
"All passengers, please vacate the station." One of the soldiers commanded through the station's intercom.
Rapidly the passengers left as the soldiers entered.
"We should be down there with them." Nick complained to Claudia.
"Special Forces go in first." She shook her head. "You didn't think Lester was going to let you have it all your own way?"
"They don't even know what they're looking for." Nick narrowed his eyes at the redhead.
"Well," Stephen rested his elbow on Chloe's shoulder. "There can't be that many different types of venomous predators under the Aldwych."
Claudia snorted. "You should see the last tube home on a Friday night."
Abby and Chloe exchanged amused looks.
"Moving in." They could hear through the radio.
"Push forwards, cover the exit." Captain Ryan's voice was easily distinguished.
"Keep it tight!"
Chloe looked up at Stephen and they shared a look.
Apparently the soldiers had found something.
"What are they?"
"Hold your fire!" Ryan could be heard commanding too later, as the sound of firing and ricochetting could be heard clearly.
"Oh my god." Abby whispered, stepping closer to the radio.
"Withdraw." They finally heard Ryan command. "Withdraw!"
The soldiers finally appeared, all filing out, injured to different degrees, the medics examining them.
Nick stood over one of the soldiers, whom had a puncture wound on his neck, identical to the one the man in the hospital had.
"They were like spiders," Ryan announced from where he was sitting, being treated to. "But with pincers, not fangs. Some of them were over a meter long. Horrible little..."
"Look, tell me how you feel." Nick interrupted.
"Sick." The handsome blonde captain wasn't embarrassed to admit. "My ears are ringing."
"Any blurred vision?" Nick enquired.
"No." Captain Ryan shook his head. "But there's something else. The gunshots were too bright, like fireworks."
"That's classic signs of excess oxygen in the atmosphere." Stephen announced.
They left Ryan to prepare his men, Nick gathering them together.
"A richer, more heavily oxygenated air must be seeping through another anomaly." The scientist announced. "We're not talking about the Permian era any longer. This is much, much earlier."
"How much earlier?" Chloe asked.
"Maybe the Carboniferous about 300 million years ago." Nick responded automatically. "We really need to see exactly what these creatures look like." He took in a deep breath. "I need to see this for myself."
"Okay, go." Claudia nodded.
Nick turned to Stephen. "Let's get some gear."
Chloe watched as Abby, Stephen and Nick went to get suited up, and she couldn't help but feel left out.
That feeling continued as she watched them lacing up their boots a little later, preparing to enter.
Ryan walked up to them and offered Nick a gun.
"Ah. No, we need flashlights." Nick declined the offer. "The most powerful you can find."
"Take night vision goggles." Ryan announced.
"Vision isn't the issue." Stephen replied cryptically.
Claudia sighed and flipped her phone closed. "The pest controller died a few minutes ago. They're running tests on our casualty now."
The trio shared a look before heading towards the underground, armed only with flashlights.
Chloe and Claudia sighed in worry, listening intently to the radio as the trio disappeared from sight.
For a couple of minutes there was nothing.
And then."Shine your lights on the ground.
" Nick could be heard saying. "That's what I thought, they're sensitive to the light."
!" Abby exclaimed. "Does anyone have a really big slipper
Chloe smirked at that one. "I don't like this
." Nick announced, wiping the smirk from Chloe's face.
." Abby's voice was odd.
"What's happening to us?
" Nick asked.
?" Abby cleared her throat. "What is that
"I don't know
." Stephen could finally be heard saying.
"It's not a spider
." Nick responded slowly.
Claudia's face morphed with intense worry. "Cutter? What's going on?"
"There's another creature down here.
" Nick responded. "But don't worry, we're coming out.
Some loud sound echoed inside. "Stephen, Stephen can you see it?"
There was a strange sound.
!" Abby screamed.
!" Stephen yelled.
"What's going on down there?" Chloe whispered, bringing her hand to her mouth.
!" Nick could be heard yelling. "Get Abby out of here
!" "Come on!"
!" Abby cried.
." Nick whispered.
And then everything became static.
"Cutter? Cutter!" Claudia called into the radio. "Answer dammit! Cutter!"
There was nothing but static.
It was still the same when Stephen and Abby made it out, heading towards them.
"We can't get in contact with Nick." Chloe hurriedly told them.
"What?" Stephen's eyes narrowed.
Claudia spread out a map to show them. "There's no other way out. This tunnel was blocked 30 years ago."
"What?" Abby gasped. "They why isn't he back here?"
"Look, he's got to be trapped, okay?" Stephen looked back in the direction they'd just come from. "I'm going back in."
"No-one goes anywhere until we know what we're dealing with." Claudia narrowed her eyes at him.
"He could be injured." Stephen snapped.
"I don't want to leave him down there anymore than you do, but I'm not losing anyone else in this wild goose chase." Claudia replied, surprisingly calm despite the circumstance. "We don't even know for sure where he is." She looked between Abby and Stephen. "Did you see what kind of creature it was?"
"Some kind of centipede." The tall, dark haired man replied.
"But it was huge!" Abby put in.
"Anything else?" Claudia didn't seem impressed. "Preferred habitat? Behavioral patterns? Strengths? Weaknesses?"
"We don't know. No one does!" Abby snapped.
"Connor might." Stephen reminded them. "He's like a walking encyclopedia of this stuff. He probably has giant bug fridge magnets."
"Okay, I'll get him here." Claudia announced, handing him the map as she walked away. "Ryan! We need to get Connor!"
Ryan turned to Chloe and Abby. "I can't leave him in there."
"You can't go down there without back up." Abby whispered back.
"Watch me." Stephen replied, eyes narrowed.
"Stephen." Chloe grabbed his arm, stopping his movement, only to shove a flashlight into his hand. "Be careful and keep constant radio contact." She narrowed her eyes at him. "Don't make me have to go down to get you. I hate bugs."
He looked down at her and smiled before nodding and hurrying back the way he came.
Unable to take the waiting, Chloe managed to leave the closed off area without any of the Home Office personnel noticing, and took a walk, trying to breathe in and out. She hoped to all holy that when she returned both Nick and Stephen were going to be back safe and sound, and that the anomaly that'd opened up and let those creatures into their timeline had closed up for good, with the bugs back where they belonged.
When she couldn't take it any longer, she returned to where the others were.
"Connor!" Chloe smiled, hurrying towards the young man who was already there, tapping furiously into his computer, looking up possible creatures with Claudia and Abby looking over his shoulders.
He looked up at her and smiled before looking down at his computer. "Okay, Carboniferous. So it's probably an Arthropleurid. That's a centipede on steroids, basically. It's more or less blind, good sense of smell and touch. I mean, this thing's pretty big and scary looking, but it's more or less timid. It's the kind of bug that'd stick to the kitchen at parties."
"This one must have a personality disorder." Claudia muttered. "How dangerous is it?"
"According to this, it would have eaten dead wood and leaves."
"So it's not poisonous." Chloe felt the need for clarification.
"No way." Connor shook his head.
"That's a good thing then." Abby replied.
Suddenly soldiers arrived with Nick and Stephen, Stephen barely conscious.
"Medic!" A soldier called out. "Stretcher!"
They loaded Stephen onto a stretcher and the paramedics took over.
"We've got it."
"Stephen!" Chloe hurried over to where he was, eyes widening when someone pulled Stephen's collar back to expose an ugly bite wound in his neck.
"He's been bitten by the Arthropleurid." Nick announced gravely. "Same wound, same symptoms as the pest controller. We need to do something before it destroys his central nervous system."
"Poison?" Connor asked, confused.
"The spiders are off the hook." Nick nodded. "It's the centipede that's the killer."
"Not poisonous you said." Claudia glared at Connor.
The young male winced. "Look, I was only speculating."
"Tell them about Helen." Stephen reached for Nick but his hand collapsed back onto the stretcher. "She was there."
Chloe looked up at Nick in time to see the odd look he sent her.
"What's he talking about?" Claudia demanded.
"I don't know." Nick was staring straight into Claudia's eyes as he said this, and yet there was something that made Chloe doubt the truth in those words. "He must be hallucinating, delirious."
Claudia watched as Stephen was rolled towards the ambulance, the paramedics pausing to open the doors. "He looked seemed fairly lucid to me."
Chloe, uninterested, hurried towards Stephen's side, glaring down at him. "I thought I told you to take care of yourself!"
"You know," he looked up at her "You're really beautiful."
"Nick's right." She snorted. "You are delirious."
"Have dinner with me."
Chloe shook her head at the feverish, glassy-eyed injured man in front of her. "Who I am to turn down not only a night away from the Home Office, but free food?"
He chuckled but it turned into a painful sounding cough as they loaded him into the ambulance.
Chloe looked around her quickly, wondering where the intense sense of being watched was coming from, before climbing up into the ambulance and holding the hand of the man she was quickly considering a friend all the way to the hospital, where he was wheeled in by a team of nurses, wearing a breathing mask. Chloe was close behind, knowing she was going to be in more trouble when poor Captain Ryan realized she was missing again, but she didn't care, meeting up with Dr. Lewis, the doctor they'd met with that morning.
"Who did this to him?" The doctor asked, eyes wide as she recognized the same wound and symptoms as on the man who'd recently died.
"Not who, what." Chloe replied, watching Stephen with worry as he deteriorated before her eyes. "It was a centipede."
"What kind of centipede?" Dr. Lewis pressed.
Chloe opted for the truth. "I didn't exactly see it myself."
"You're going to have to find that centipede, because if we don't know exactly what bit him, he will die."
Chloe took in a deep breath, nodding. "Okay. Tell me what you need to find a cure and I'll get you all the information I can."
"There are no obvious treatments." Dr. Lewis admitted. "People just don’t die of centipede bites. But if we can get hold of a good sample of the venom, we might be able to find an anti-venom that matches it."
Chloe's eyes narrowed. "Will that make him better?"
"Anti-venoms are a last resort." Dr. Lewis tried to make her understand. "Toxic in their own right. The survival rate can be as low as 50%, but without it, his chances are nil."
Chloe nodded. "Just keep him alive."
Thankfully she was able to use the phone of one of the soldiers who'd accompanied the ambulance as protection, and called Nick, letting him know what was going on and what the doctor had said. Nick had the phone on speaker, so she could hear the others as they spoke.
"Can't they just run some more tests and find a match for the venom somehow?" Claudia wanted to know.
"It would take too long." Chloe shook her head as she paced the hall outside Stephen's room, restless. "He's dying."
"The only way to shortcut the process is to collect a pure sample of venom from the creature that bit him." Nick took in a deep breath. "But how the hell are we going to do that? Ask it to fill a specimen jar?"
Chloe cleared her throat. "Uh, yeah, in a way. But it'll be risky. Very risky."
There was silence.
"How risky?" Claudia wanted to know.
"Doesn't matter. Stephen wouldn't have gotten hurt if he hadn't come back to help me." Nick's voice was gruff. "What's your idea?"
"You've got to find that centipede before it crosses back over through the anomaly and you lose it, killing Stephen in the process. So tell the soldiers driving the bugs back through the anomaly not to let the centipede through." Chloe announced, looking through the window at Stephen as he struggled to breathe. "And Nick? You're going to invite a very angry centipede to bite you."
"Mind repeating that last part?" Connor stammered.
"I get it. Genius." Nick chuckled. "Good girl."
And with that the call was over.
She'd stayed there by Stephen's side, worried as hell, watching the doctors tried to help him despite his many seizures and the havoc the venom was wracking in him.
When the doors had flown open and Nick had appeared, holding a container with a bite mark on the cover, and filled with clear liquid, she'd shared a relieved smile with him as the doctors took the venom.
The others left, having to continue dealing with the spiders and the anomaly, but Chloe remained behind, watching as the doctors finally injected the anti-venom into Stephen.
It was all up to him from now.
She was allowed to stay in his room now, sitting on a chair.
The blonde didn't know how long she was there, but when she woke up, Stephen was awake, tired and weak, but obviously going to be alright.
"Hey." Chloe whispered, wiping at her eyes and yawning. "You're alright."
He nodded, the world outside the window dark. "I hate bugs now too."
She laughed, reaching forwards and placing her hand on his.
Nick sat in front of the anomaly, thankful to Chloe for the phone call heralding Stephen's recovery, but still unable to savor the victory.
Not after what had happened.
Helen had been there, through the anomaly, and she'd told him that if he wanted the truth, he would have to go through it to find her.
He gazed at the anomaly.
Connor cleared his throat, announcing his presence. "Hi. Uhm. Does this mean I'm back in?"
"Any way we can keep you out?" Nick asked curiously.
"I just want to help." And it was obviously genuine.
"You did a good job." Nick smiled slightly at him.
Connor grinned. "All my life I've wanted to be in a crime-busting gang. And now I am. Sort of." He turned to look at the anomaly. "I don't suppose you would consider giving me a cool nickname, would you?"
"Oh well." Connor didn't sound too heart broken. "I thought not."
Nick smiled a little more, always amused when it came to Connor.
"Chloe, she's quite cunning, huh?" Connor turned to Nick. "That was quick thinking of hers, about milking the giant prehistoric centipede."
"Yeah, it was." He felt something close to fatherly pride.
"I heard Claudia talking to Lester on the phone." Connor nodded. "I'm thinking they're going to offer her a place on the team. She's nice. I hope she accepts." And with that he left.
Nick's smile melted off of his face into a worried frown.
He didn't like the thought of Chloe being a part of the team, especially...especially since he was almost sure she was the daughter he hadn't known he'd had---the daughter Helen had somehow misplaced in time. But he really wouldn't be able to have a say in her joining the team or not. She was an adult...and she didn't know the things he did.
Getting up, Nick walked towards the anomaly and stopped just short of entering it, shaking his head.
"Where are you Helen?" He narrowed his eyes. "And what do you want