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.
A/N: Season Two is
planned, though I don't know when it will be coming out. :(
Chloe looked around her with a slight frown.
The feeling of being watched was intense.
The blonde had just walked back from the grocery store close to her flat, and was trying to work the keys into her lock.
She paused once more, looking around.Nothing
Frowning at just how good
he was at this, she shook her head and finally got her keys in the lock.
Inside, Baby could be heard uttering excited grunts and other sounds as those tiny feet hurried towards the door in excitement.
Chuckling, Chloe smiled as she unlocked the door and entered, locking the door behind her as the baby dinosaur tried to climb up her legs in happiness.
"And to think I wanted I dog." She bent and rubbed the Bagaceratops' head with her finger. "Did you use the magazine I left for you in the corner?"
She'd never have expected that she would be one day trying to house train a dinosaur, but Chloe Sullivan was always up to a challenge.
And with her job, every day was a challenge.
If they were going to defend themselves more effectively, then they were going to have to do something more than just react to anomalies when they appeared. They were going to have to discover why the anomalies were opening and then predict when the next one would appear. Nick thought it might be possible, and he had a couple of ideas of how it might be done, but he needed more time to be able to test certain theories.
The blonde went to the kitchen and fingered the curtains open enough to be able to stare down at the street below.
And there he was, leaning against the light post, looking up at her flat from across the street, expression shadowed by the darkness of the falling night.
She didn't know where he'd been hiding those investigative skills while they'd been together, but Ben had managed to find her relatively easy.
But every time it seemed like he would cross the road to come to her flat and confront her, demand an explanation, he'd back up and snap something inaudible to himself before storming away.
He didn't realize she'd realized he was there.
Or that she didn't know whether to feel relieved or disappointed every time he walked away.
Baby whimpered at her feet.
She sighed, picking up the dinosaur and holding her to her chest as she continued to look down longingly at Ben.
"I know how you feel."
Nick looked at the anomaly in the Forest of Dean, standing next to Captain Ryan. He would have called Stephen to join him, but the other man hadn't answered his mobile when he'd called. The younger male was probably picking up Abby, Rex and Connor so they could head over to Chloe's for movie night. Nick wasn't exactly sure when they'd made that a routine, but once a week they gathered in the blonde's stylishly furnished flat (Abby had helped her choose the furniture, and then the females had forced the men to move it in for them) and watched a couple of movies and drank and had a good time. It was an enjoyable evening. Chloe had managed to convince Claudia and Ryan to start coming as well, and while those two were more stiff and proper, with a couple of drinks in them...Nick had never heard such racy jokes as he had spewing from the redhead's lips.
He smiled at the memory.
"Don't see what's to smile about, Professor." Ryan mumbled at his side, dressed in civvies, obviously having been readying to go to the apartment as well when he'd gotten the call. He frowned at the huge hole in the security fence. "This is nothing
to smile about."
"Well, I'm no Stephen, but I know that there aren't any footprints...no trail." Nick commented.
Ryan nodded. "If there was anything out there, my men would have found it by now."
Nick nodded as well. "Must have gone back."
And yet he felt unease twirling in his stomach.
Claudia walked down the corridor with Lester, trying to fight her annoyance. "He made a mistake about Helen, yes he should have told us. But he was under enormous pressure. And he predicted the temporal fault line, and has been correct about the anomalies reoccurring. That's not luck. If there's anyone who can help us predict and contain these things, it's him."
"What about the Yankee?" Lester wanted to know. "She is an anomaly in herself so to speak, and she spent that time with her mother. Maybe she picked up some tricks while visiting the Jurassic?"
"Chloe says she doesn't know how Helen knew where the anomalies were, just that she did." Claudia insisted.
"She could be covering for her." Lester replied.
"She isn't." Helen countered, eyes narrowing. "Listen, Lester, Chloe had something tragic happen to her, criminal even. But she is in no way a person of interest for you. You've seen her medical reports. She's perfectly healthy and perfectly normal."
"They were basic exams." Lester stopped walking and turned to Claudia. "What would more thorough exams show us about the effects prenatal time travel has upon a fetus? Or how growing up in a time in which you shouldn't tightly even exist do to your body? Think of what might be uncovered."
"Nick would never allow you to touch his daughter." Claudia clenched her fists. "Neither would the rest of his team...and many of your
Lester raised an eyebrow at her. "You make it sound as if I was planning on kidnapping
the Yankee and keeping her a medical hostage
Claudia." He tsked and shook his head. "That's not what I'm saying at all. We are
a civilized people, you know."
The redhead continued looking at him.
"All I am saying is that there has to be something that the Yankee wants that we could offer in exchange for her cooperation in the advancement of science
." Lester clasped his hands behind his back and walked away. "Everyone has their price."
Claudia narrowed her eyes as she watched him walk away.
She was going to have to warn Chloe about this.
Stephen went towards his jeep, late to pick up the others, and knowing they weren't going to let him off without some scolding. Weekends at Chloe's was a tradition now, a time to wind down and relax, and with the line of work they were in, relaxation was sacred. The brunet wasn't any different, having even forgotten his phone in his flat in his hurry to get on the road. But he froze, shocked, when he noticed the woman leaning against his jeep.
"Helen." He narrowed his eyes. "What the hell are you doing here?"
"All this urban living's mad human beings such lazy animals." She sighed. "Second-rate hearing, no sense of smell, no worthwhile instincts."
"Well, man has no predators, we have nothing to be afraid of except each other."
"Well, that used to be the case, but times are changing, aren't they, Stephen?" She gave him a slow smile.
He narrowed his eyes. "What do you want?"
"A cold beer would be nice."
"Well, you're out of luck. I already have somewhere I need to be. Your daughter's actually. You know. The daughter you never let Cutter know he had?"
She rolled her eyes. "Come on
. Not you too."
Stephen shook his head at her, unable to believe her attitude towards the whole thing.
"If she doesn't hate me, I don't see how anyone else has the excuse to." Helen finally announced, flicking some imaginary lint off of her shirt. "How is she? By the way?"
"Fine." Stephen sighed, seeing the humanity returning somewhat to that face he used to know so well. "She's been studying up dinosaurs during her free moments, seems to have become quite obsessed with it, actually."
Helen smirked. "I knew she would feel it. I knew that this world wouldn't be enough for her."
"Like it wasn't enough for you?" Stephen couldn't keep himself from asking.
She looked up at him, smirk growing. "Exactly."
Stephen closed his eyes and took in a deep breath. "Why don't you just tell me what you want?"
"A meeting. With Nick, Chloe and Lester. Tomorrow morning at 11. Here." She handed him a piece of paper. "No armed thugs, no ambushes. They'll want to hear what I've got to say."
"Nick and Lester don't trust you." He gazed down at the paper.
"I don't trust them, either. But this is serious." She got out a newspaper and passed it to Stephen. "Three people have disappeared in the last 48 hours. I know what happened to them."
"Creature." The pieces began to fall in place. "What kind?"
"It's good to see you again, Stephen." She smiled at him, changing the subject. "You know, you were always one of my better students. Not the very brightest maybe, but always full of idealism and integrity." She pushed away from the jeep and closed the distance between before placing a kiss on his lips. "I miss that."
The others were running late.
Chloe lay on the ground on her stomach, twirling a thin branch with some leaves in Baby's face, the tiny thing making those excited grunts as her tail wagged in an insane manner. The blonde grinned. Nick had done some research for her and handed her a list of things she could feed the creature, and other such things. It'd been very helpful, and she didn't have to fear about accidentally poisoning her beloved little pet.
Baby suddenly looked to the right and raced away, her stocky little legs loud against the wooden floor as she made her way to the far corner, where the newspaper was laid down for her.
Chloe sat up and watched as the creature proved that anything could be house trained with some love and a lot of patience.
The blonde grinned and then laid on her back, looking up at the ceiling, thinking about what Abby had told her over the phone earlier.
Apparently there'd been some problems at the Wellington Zoo, where Abby worked when an anomaly wasn't threatening. They're been a disturbance in the lion enclosure, and while at first they'd thought the lions were fighting, none of the lions had been injured. But there was a lion missing, a hole in the roof of the cage, and Abby and Connor (Abby hadn't explained what Connor had been doing there at the time) had found blood. That wasn't the oddest part. The oddest part was that Connor had had the blood tested and the analysis had come back from the lab. Most of it was from a lion, but some of it had been from a bat.
Abby had pointed out that bats got everywhere, so this really shouldn't be very important, except for the fact that the bat's DNA was apparently unlike anything the examiners had ever seen before. And on top of that, Abby's corpulent yet sincere boss, Tim, had ben missing since yesterday. They'd found his stuff, but there'd been no sign of him. It had been as if he'd just vanished.
And Tim wasn't the only one.
Three more people had gone missing without a trace, baffling the police as to what had happened to them.
The doorbell rung.
Baby, scared as she always was by the sound, took off as fast as her tiny feet would take her, heading towards the bedroom.
Chloe watched her with amusement, before getting up and heading to the door, opening it and smiling at the three on her doorstep. "Come on in you slowpokes."
"It was all Stephen's fault." Connor announced, putting all the blame on the taller man's shoulders. "He was late picking us up."
"Where's Baby?" Abby wanted to know, holding Rex wrapped up in a blanket. "Rex has missed her."
"In the bedroom." Chloe smiled, letting them into the very warm apartment before turning to Stephen and raising an eyebrow at him. "You gonna come in?"
Stephen motioned with his head for her to come out for a second.
Frowning, she stepped out and closed the door behind her, hugging herself against the cold of the night as opposed to the warmth of her flat. "What is it? What happened?"
"Helen came to see me before I came, it's why I was late." Stephen replied, taking off his jacket and placing it around her trembling shoulders. "She wants to see you, me, Nick and Lester tomorrow. Says that there's a predator on the loose, but won't say anything else."
Chloe frowned, not knowing what to feel knowing that she'd be seeing her mother again. "We'll tell Nick when he, Claudia and Ryan get here."
Stephen nodded, leaning back against the staircase railing. "You do
realize he's still out there, right?" He took in a deep breath, obviously referring to Ben. "He's really good at skulking. If I hadn't been looking for him I wouldn't have seen him."
"He is." Chloe agreed, doing her best to keep from looking where Ben was cloaked in shadows, watching her.
"You know, this could
be considered stalking." Stephen replied, seeming amused.
She looked up at him and smiled. "Could it if I'm eager to see him every day?"
Stephen rolled his eyes at her and leaned forwards, reaching over and ruffling up her hair. "You know, if you like him this much, you should just go up to him and talk to him."
She batted away his hand. "And have Lester give him more trouble? No. I refuse."
Stephen sighed. "He's not going to go away, Chloe. You owe it to the kid to give him some sort of answer."
She looked down to her feet. "I know. I just don't know what to say."
Shaking his head, Stephen pushed away from the railing and placed an arm around her. "When Claudia comes you should talk to her about it. She'll help you think of something."
"Thanks. I'll do that." Chloe nodded, smiling up thankfully at Stephen as they entered the flat.
"Are you sure you don't already know what this is about?" Lester wanted to know the next day, eyes on Nick, as they stood on the bridge over a large pond that Helen had instructed they wait for her on.
"What does that mean?" Nick turned to Lester, eyes narrowed.
"She's your wife, the mother of your-if the DNA test can be trusted-daughter, you join the dots." Lester replied crisply. His gaze then went to Chloe. "How about you? Has mommy dearest payed you any visits lately?"
Chloe raised an eyebrow at him. "Mommy dearest? Really
He met her raised eyebrow with one of his own.
Chloe couldn't help but giggle at that.
Lester frowned, looking somewhat baffled and uncomfortable at that reaction.
Obviously he'd been going for intimidation.
"Look, if she does know about the disappearances..." Nick began.
"That's a police matter." Lester interrupted impatiently. "There's no evidence of creature involvement."
"Yet." Stephen reminded.
"Okay, fine." Lester huffed, seeming much put upon. "We'll do it her way. But if this turns out to be another of her manipulative schemes, the deal's off and she goes straight back on the wanted list."
Chloe, sensing something, turned, taking in a deep breath. "Here she comes."
They stopped talking and turned to look at the brunette.
"You have a serious creature incursion." She announced, foregoing a greeting, expression determined. "A highly evolved ambush predator. Intelligent, adaptable and ruthless."
Claudia frowned. "If there was a creature on the loose, we'd know about it."
"At least 3 people have disappeared in the last few days." Helen replied.
"Missing." Lester insisted.
"Killed." Helen corrected. "The creature has a lair somewhere nearby. It's taken them for food."
"Now how do you know that?" Nick wanted to know, eyes narrowed.
She raised her chin slightly. "Because it nearly got me, too."
"Are you okay?" Chloe asked, surprised at the worry that entered her.
Helen turned to her and smiled. "Yes. Thank you. I managed to escape."
Chloe cleared her throat and looked down at her feet.
"What is it?" Stephen asked, obviously referring to the creature, breaking into the moment.
"It has no name." Helen replied.
"Then which era is it from?" Nick made a face.
"It doesn't come from any era." She declared before pausing. "At least, not one that can be identified yet."
"I'm sorry, I don't understand." Her husband frowned.
"Yes you do, Nick." She turned to him with a smile. "You knew it had to happen one day. You've known it ever since you first stepped into the past."
"The future?" He whispered, eyes wide. "Are you saying we're being attacked by a creature from the future?"
"I've seen a lot of amazing creatures, but nothing like this one." She took in a deep breath. "It has human levels of intelligence, and an almost supernatural ability to stalk it's prey. It could be right here now watching us and we'd never know."
"If it's so clever, how did you see it?" Claudia wanted to know, folding her arms over her chest.
"I discovered it in the Permian, just after a kill." Helen explained, looking around her, as if expecting the creature to be there. "It was feeding and its defences were down."
"What does it look like?" Chloe asked, trying to imagine this future predator.
"Like a great ape, but bigger, faster. And a lot
"Hold on." Nick raised his hands. "What makes you so certain that it's not some lost species that's just disappeared from the evolutionary record?"
"No Nick. It's not like any creature from the Permian, or any other prehistoric era." Helen shook her head. "The only possible explanation is that it strayed through a future anomaly into the Permian era, and then on into ours."
Lester sighed, very put upon by this time. "You know, I'm really beginning to regret not staying in management consultancy." He glared at Helen. "So now it's the future as well. And apparently we can't do a damn thing about it."
"How did it get here?" Chloe wanted to know. If it'd been in the Permian, how had it suddenly found its way to present day?
"I have no idea." Helen shrugged. "It was only when I got back I found out it was on the loose. Obviously my first thought was to do as much as I could to help."
Lester snorted, raising an eyebrow. "How public spirited of you." He sighed. "Where can we contact you?"
Helen smiled at Nick. "At my house. Of course."
Nick's face was unreadable.
Claudia looked away, the expressions on her face easy to read.
Chloe looked between the three of them, wincing.Oh boy.
Something was bothering her.
Pacing her flat, Baby following her every pace faithfully, Chloe tried to figure out what it was.
And then it hit her, and she felt like an idiot for not having contemplated it sooner.
Grabbing her coat Chloe raced to the door and flung it open, stopping in mid-step when she nearly barreled into Ben Becker, who was standing in front of her door, hand raised to knock.
Her eyes widened.
So did his.
Baby squeaked from inside of the apartment, seeing the stranger and rushing to the bedroom to hide once more.
Which was just as good considering Chloe couldn't figure out how to explain a baby dinosaur to Ben on top of everything else.
"What was that?" Ben asked, curiously, looking behind her at the sound but just missing seeing Baby dash into the bedroom.
"My pet. She's very shy." Chloe announced, looking at him up and down, nearly heady with the scent of the cologne she was oh-so used to. "So you finally decided to come up and say hi?"
He blinked. "You knew I was there?"
She scratched the side of her face. "It wasn't that you weren't being discreet. I-I'm just used to keeping a paranoid eye on my surroundings."
He lowered his head, embarrassment coloring his every feature. "You've got to think I'm some sort of demented freak, huh?"
She took the opportunity of his gaze being elsewhere to smile tenderly at him. "Nah, not really. Just really determined."
Ben took in a deep breath before looking up at her. "Can we talk?"
She really needed to go.
But she needed to do this too.
The blonde stepped back in and held the door opened for him.
Ben cleared his throat before entering, looking around the flat awkwardly. "Nice place."
"Thanks, I'm still trying to get used to it." She replied, closing the door behind him.
"It's kinda warm." He commented, having to take off his jacket.
"Uh, yeah." She had to keep the temperature very warm for Baby. "You know me. Kansas girl."
He nodded, folding his jacket over his arm before turning to her. "What happened that day, Chloe?"
Chloe pulled off her own coat and motioned towards the sofa. "We need to sit down for this."
"We probably do." He agreed, going to sit down next to her.
They were silent for a moment, neither able to really look at the other.
Chloe then cleared her throat, remembering the conversation she'd had with Claudia concerning this. "Ben, I can't tell you everything about what happened that day, there are just some things that are classified and I'm not allowed to speak about. If I did, it'd probably be treason to the crown, and considering that my papers are still being processed I really don't want to get the Big Whigs angry."
"Papers?" Ben frowned. "What papers?"
"I'd considered dual nationality, but considering I'm supposed to be dead, and it's better everyone back home continues to think that, I'm just accepting my British papers." Chloe responded, wincing. "That's going to be hard getting used to, though, I won't lie to you. I love being American."
Ben's frown had grown. "British-? How could you get British papers? Your parents aren't British, you haven't stayed here long enough to change your nationality. And you're not married." He froze. "You're not
married, are you? Are you and that bloke having a trial of separation or-?"
Chloe's eyes widened. "No! Stephen and I are not married! We're not together for crying out loud!" She then took in a deep breath. "I'm getting my papers through my father."
Ben shook his head. "Gabe Sullivan doesn't have a drop of English blood in him."
"No, but Nick Cutter does." Chloe looked deep into his eyes. "And Nick Cutter is my biological father." She sighed and leaned back against the sofa. "It's something we both recently discovered, and we're working on bonding."
Ben just sat there, silent.
Chloe did as well.
"Is your mother alive?" He finally asked.
She winced. "Not officially."
Ben narrowed his eyes at her. "What do you mean not officially
not alive officially either." She hedged, standing, uncomfortable. "Apparently we both
have a tendency to disappear in the middle of really good relationships with amazing men. Okay?"
Ben stood as well. "What aren't you telling me, Chlo?"
She looked away from him, hugging herself. "Don't make me do this, Ben."
"Do what?" He asked, going towards her and placing his hands on her shoulders. "Run away again?" He gave her a little shake. "Because I'm beginning to think you didn't
run away, Chloe. I'm beginning to think you were taken
She looked up at him, eyes wide.
"I'm right, aren't I?" He asked, hazel eyes staring down into her green ones. "You didn't leave that day because you wanted to. You didn't leave me
because you wanted to."
"It doesn't matter what I wanted or want, okay?" Chloe tore her gaze away from his, wanting to cry, wanting to hug him, wanting him to never let go but knowing she had to make him do so. "What matters now is that you need to understand that you can't come near me anymore, okay? For both our sakes, you need to forget about this and get on with your life." She pulled out of his touch and went to the door, opening it. "Have a good life, Benjamin Becker."
He stood there, looking at her almost emotionlessly, before he nodded and walked to the door, out the door.
Out of her home.
Out of her life.
Her heart was shattering once more.
And this time she was scared there wouldn't be enough pieces left to try and out back together.
"And be careful." She called after him as he descended the stairs leading to her flat. "It's not safe anymore."
He didn't stop.
Didn't acknowledge her words.
She closed her eyes and stopped breathing for long enough to keep the sob back.
Helen sat in the living room of what had once been her home, taking her boots off while Nick sat at the piano.
"You could have redecorated." She announced, giving the place a quick look.
"I like it." Nick replied easily. "Anyway, are you going to tell me why you were lying back there with Lester and the others?"
"No idea what you're talking about." She hedged.
"Well, you know, the others buy that line about you just wanting to help, but I've known you for longer than they have." He replied easily.
Helen paused, shaking her head. "Look, everything I said about the Permian was true. I discovered the creature and made my observations." She hesitated. "But I got too fascinated, got too close. It sensed I was watching."
He closed his eyes, understanding now. "So you became the prey."
"Yeah, I only just got away." She nodded, leaning forwards, elbows on her thighs. "Problem was, my escape route led me back here."
"And it followed you." Nick sighed, running his hand over his face. "So this is your fault."
"I could have walked away. But I didn't." Helen stood, eyes narrowed. "I stayed to help. I'm still human, Nick, I … I do care what happens. Believe it or not I do care about you."
"Thanks for letting me hang around." Chloe smiled at Abby, as the girl was dressed in her work clothes.
"You really think that thing might have been what took Simba?" Abby frowned as they walked down together in front of the monkey cage.
"Not sure, but its always a possibility." Chloe shrugged, feeling the crisp air on her cheeks. "I just thought that it would be good if I could take a look around. I mean, I'm no expert, and even if it was it could be gone by now, most probably is. But maybe I can find something, you know?"
Abby nodded. "Just be careful, okay?" She frowned. "I would go with you but I'm busy and with Tim missing this whole place is a mess and..."
"Don't worry." Chloe smiled, placing her hand on Abby's shoulder. "I'll be fine."
"Okay." Abby took in a deep breath before walking away. "I'm going to call Stephen and let him know, though, just in case."
"Sure." Chloe nodded, waving to her friend before walking away herself, fighting back the paranoid feeling that she was being watched.
In Nick's office in the Central Metropolitan University, Stephen tidied the place while Connor spun around on Nick's chair, playing around with the things on his desk and listening to Stephen as he filled him in on what had happened during the meeting with Helen.
"What, and that's all she said?" Connor asked, frowning.
"That's it." Stephen nodded, not really paying attention to the younger male.
"Nothing else?" Connor asked, picking up one the fossils on the desk. "No details at all?"
"Why?" Stephen frowned, turning towards him. "Put it down."
Connor did as told before looking up at the brunet. "It's just, I found some bat blood at the zoo yesterday."
"So?" Stephen raised an eyebrow. "There are bats everywhere."
"Well, yeah, but this bat's blood had really, really screwed up DNA." Connor replied. "I mean, you know, it's probably nothing, but one of the lions went missing, and now, Abby's boss, he's just disappeared as well."
Stephen froze. "Where's Abby?"
Connor made a face. "She said she was working late." His phone vibrated and he pulled it out. "Hmmm. Text from the devil herself. She says that Chloe's there investigating." He paused. "Chloe thinks there's a connection and that the creature might be using the place as a hunting ground. Abby is worried and doesn't want her to be-."
Stephen was already halfway out the door. "We need to get to the zoo with as much back up as possible!"
Chloe was in the darkened underground walkway, eyeing the sea lions through the peephole in the wall. She'd gotten a little distracted from her investigating by their antics, and now had her back to the shadows creeping towards her in the darkness, her gaze fully on the creature playing happily in the water. The blonde traced her fingers against the peephole before turning to leave, eyes widening and a scream nearly escaping her throat before she recognized who it was behind her.
"Ben?" She brought her hand to her rapidly beating heart before slapping his shoulder angrily. "Don't creep up on me like that! You gave me the scare of my life!"
"I wasn't creeping. I was walking, normally. Though the fact that you didn't notice me this time has helped my ego somewhat." He replied softly, looking around, eyes narrowed. "You all right?"
"Why shouldn't I be?" Chloe asked, noticing his rigid arms and following their straight line downwards...eyes widening when she saw what he held clasped tightly. "Why do you have a gun?"
"There's a creature in here." He whispered, moving slightly so that his back was to her and hers was to the wall. His gun trained in front of him expertly. "I saw it come in after you. That's why I made my presence known."
Chloe's eyes widened.
Not only did Ben carry a gun and obviously know how to use it well enough for it to look absolutely natural for him...but they were stuck in a long, dark underground walkway with what could most probably be the future predator.God
"What did it look like?" She whispered to his back.
"Unlike anything I've ever seen before." He hissed back, training his gun at any little shifting of shadows. "Kinda like a messed up ape, but bigger, and meaner."
Chloe gulped, reached out to grab the back of his shirt in a gesture of fear. "It's the predator. We have to get out of here. I thought this might be one of its hunting grounds but I-I should have thought this might happen!"
"You know what it is." Ben's voice was shocked.
She tightened her hold on the back of his shirt. "You came into the dark, knowing there's some kind of creature loose here. Why
He snorted. "Do you really
have to ask?"
Her heart soared at what he was insinuating, though she kept her voice low and neutral. "You walked out the door."
"You were being stubborn. There's no use talking to you when you're being stubborn. We would have just ended up fighting." He hissed back. "Didn't mean I'd given up though. We both just needed to calm down. And we needed some time apart to do so."
"Yet you followed me." She pointed out.
"You told me to be careful, that it wasn't safe." He shook his head. "Did you really expect me to let you leave by yourself after that?"
Suddenly there was movement as something dropped down from the ceiling in front of them, blending into the shadows and yet there.
Ben's body tensed as he shot, the shadows moving rapidly. He tried to follow them with his aim, shooting as he did so.
There was an inhuman screech and then the gun was slapped out of his grip, disappearing into the darkness.
A growl echoed in the black.
Ben slowly backed him and Chloe, standing in front of her protectively, eyes narrowed into the darkness.
She gripped the back of his shirt and closed her eyes.
The creature moved towards them, when suddenly a sea lion appeared by the peephole and made one of its sounds, distracting the predator.
It then returned its attention to Ben, snarling as it moved face to face with him, before suddenly looking away and taking off rapidly into the darkness, emerging out the other side of the walkway. Seconds later a group of soldiers came down the walkway, led by Ryan.
"Chloe?" Ryan called.
"Tom!" She gasped in shock, unable to believe that they were still alive. "We're here!"
The soldiers streamed down towards them, the lights at the end of their guns shining on them.
"Don't shoot!" Chloe cried out from behind him. "He saved my life! He saved me from the predator!"
Ben slowly raised his hands, identifying himself. "Captain Benjamin Becker, I'm with SAS."
Chloe's eyes widened as she got out from behind him and turned to him. "What?"
His gaze went to her, though his hands were still up and he was facing forwards. "You're not the only one with a couple of secrets, luv."
"The SAS?" She exclaimed, unable to believe it. "You told me you were in Accounting!"
"Benjamin Becker." Captain Ryan put down his weapon. "Long time no see." He turned to his men. "At ease boys, I know him."
Ben lowered his hands. "Haven't seen you since training, Tom."
Captain Ryan nodded. "We were assigned different teams. That happens." He frowned. "What are you doing here, Ben? Weren't you on some sort of sabbatical? Lost your ambition after your American bird went and..." Suddenly his eyes widened as he looked between Chloe and Ben. "No
Chloe looked down at her feet.
"The bird was you
?" Ryan asked, before frowning. "Lester's going to have a fit
"Let me deal with Lester." Chloe replied shortly.
Ben frowned. "Wait. James Lester? From the Home Office?" He frowned and turned to Chloe. "You work for James Lester and The Home Office
"You make it sound like a rock band." She mumbled, unable to look at him.
"What's going on?" Ben frowned.
"I'm sorry, Ben." Ryan stepped forwards. "But this is out of your jurisdiction. It's classified information, and we're going to need to escort you off of the premises and have you sign an Official Secrets Act about what you just saw here."
I just see here?" Ben's eyes narrowed.
"Chloe!" Connor and Stephen arrived, both rushing towards her, Stephen reaching her first and lifting her off of the ground and twirling her around.
"You damned fool!" He snapped at her as he did so. "You're going to get yourself killed! You can't do these sorts of things without backup!"
"I'm sorry." Chloe whispered as she was let down. "I didn't think-."
"If Abby hadn't texted us..." Connor began, giving her a tight hug.
"He would have saved me." She turned towards where Ben and Ryan stood. "The predator came up face to face with him, and Ben didn't even flinch."
Ben looked between her and Stephen, face blank.
The blonde went towards him and looked up at him in the shadows. "Thank you.
" Pressing up on her toes she placed a soft kiss on his cheek.
He was still watching her as Ryan had some of his men escort the dark haired man off of the premises.
Stephen went to stand next to her as she watched Ben leave. "I have to admit. I'm kinda impressed."
Chloe smiled. "Me too."
Connor looked between them both and promptly frowned. "Uh. Guys? Who was that?"