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. :(
In the camel closure, after being informed about what had happened and brought to the zoo, and after giving Chloe a good scolding about the stupidity and dangerousness of her actions (Nick) and commending her on her foresight and intuition (Helen) the brunette was now in the camel enclosure, sitting on a bench. While she admitted that Chloe shouldn't have gone exploring by herself if she suspected the future predator might be around, Helen applauded her for having connected the dots so much faster than the rest of them. The girl might have her father's looks and brain, but she had her mother's drive and curiosity, her independence and fascination with what came out from the anomalies.
Helen could use this, she could use it all, to convince the blonde to leave this place and its rules, and travel with her through time.
She looked up as Claudia Brown walked in, talking to one of the soldiers.
"We've really got to try and contain it. We can't afford to lose anybody …"
"If you want to find its lair, you're going to need dogs." Helen interrupted.
"Excuse me." Claudia waited until the soldier left before turning to Helen. "So, what can you tell me about this creature?"
Helen stood, approaching the woman who obviously harbored some feelings for her husband. "It's fast. Incredibly fast. And it can camouflage itself in almost any environment. To survive in the Permian it's had to be highly adaptable, which is bad for us." She paused. "Who knows? Maybe that's how humanity meets it's end, by becoming a food source for a more successful species."
In the woods, Nick, Stephen, Connor and Ryan and his men were headed into the trees, with dogs, from the direction of zoo.
"The creature's lair must be somewhere very close." Nick replied, still somewhat annoyed with his daughter for putting herself into such reckless danger the way she had, and had forced her to stay at the zoo with the others.
"What happens when we find this thing?" Ryan wanted to know.
"We kill it." Nick replied without hesitation.
Ryan blinked in surprise. "I thought we only killed these creature in self-defence."
"This one's too dangerous." Nick shook his head. "And if we kill it, we can't affect the past or present."
"Shoot to kill, that makes a refreshing change," Ryan grinned, returning his attention to the world around him as they continued to advance. "I was beginning to feel like a social worker."
They entered the trees and went over a small rise into an area strewn with fallen trees.
"Right." Nick turned to look at Ryan, a little distracted by a question that had been bugging him the whole walk. "This SAS guy. You said he was involved
Ryan looked back at Nick. "Yes, from what I understood he lived with her before her disappearance. For a while the American government thought he'd killed her, but there wasn't any proof of her being dead much less that he killed her." He paused. "He wasn't the same man after that though. I probably have this position thanks to that."
The dogs started to bark.
Stephen crouched down to look at a broken branch.
One of the Special Forces men was grabbed from behind, and dragged up a tree, everyone but Connor (who wasn't trusted with firearms) pointed their guns in that direction, gunshots echoing throughout the woods as well as crackling branches.
"There's nothing." Ryan called over the fire. "Make sure you verify your target."
Nick sensed something. "Look up!"
The creature jumped from branch to branch, leaping at Nick and missing when the blonde ducked.
It then ran off as it was fired at.
"What the hell was that?" Stephen wanted to know eyes wide.
Nick only knew one thing. "We need a bigger gun."
Connor nodded in agreement.
Nick then turned to Ryan. "You said they were living together
before she got caught in the anomaly?"
Connor and Stephen exchanged amused looks.
Ryan seemed surprised at the sudden change in subject. "Professor, I think this is something you should speak to your daughter about when there isn't a predator from the future trying to rip your head off."
"Right. Right." Nick nodded, before frowning. "Do you know where I can get a file on him?"
"And when might I ask were you going to deem it the right time to let us know that someone from your past knew you were alive?"
Chloe flinched at Lester's pissed voice as she paced, mobile to her ear. "Never."
"Right." Lester's mood wasn't improving. "At least you're being truthful. Doesn't make me want to wring your neck any less though." He sighed. "Well then, Miss Sullivan, we've found ourselves in a pickle. You're proving to be just as untrustworthy as your mother, and frankly, I don't like the idea of this inamorato of yours knowing that the future predator exists."
"He signed your papers. He won't say anything." Chloe defended.
"But I doubt he will keep to the clause which states that he isn't allowed near you." Lester replied. "He's shown in the past that he's very persistent. And I can't have him showing up every time there's an anomaly."
"Have him reinstated in his old post. Keep him busy." Chloe responded.
"Is that an order?" Lester's voice was dangerous.
"No, it's a proposition." She replaced. "Everyone has their price, right?"
"I know you want to run more extensive examinations on me, but you need my consent." She took in a deep breath. "As long as they're reasonable, and not too intrusive, I'll cooperate. But with conditions."
There was a pause. "Should I be writing this down?"
She closed her eyes, feeling relief flooding her body. "Yes, you should." The blonde took in a deep breath. "I want Ben left alone, not bothered, and off his Sabbatical. If he's busy working he doesn't have time to intrude. I also want all records of him being a suspect in my supposed death dismissed. He isn't to be touched in any way by the Home Office or anyone connected by the Home Office. Also, I want a proper death."
"I beg your pardon?" Lester sounded scandalized at that last one.
"Fake death, Lester." She explained. "Up until now I'm missing and presumed dead, my family doesn't have closure. I want closure for them. Find a way to give them that closure."
"Is that all?"
"Yes, that's all." She sighed.
"Good." Lester replied. "I'll have the contract drawn up and ready by the time you return. Good day."
And with that he hung up.
Chloe sighed and brought the mobile to her forehead.
Helen had decided to join the men in the woods, and was listening to their story of what had happened, while she ate an apple. She noticed the jitters in some of the soldiers and shook her head, not at all impressed by the men, though Captain Ryan seemed to 'have his shit together', as Chloe had told her once when they'd been traveling through the Jurassic. She wondered about this Ben, who had stood face to face with a future predator and hadn't moved, protecting Chloe with his own body. She'd only seen few brave male dinosaurs do something similar to protect their mates from predators. She was impressed. The guy obviously went on his instincts, and that was something she could relate to.
She wondered, if she could get this Ben
on her side, if Chloe would be less hesitant about leaving her flat for the great unknown.
The brunette smirked, thinking of her and Nick, and Chloe and this Ben traveling through time together.This might just work.
"It was one step ahead of us all the time." Nick announced, oblivious to her thoughts. "It knew what we were going to do before we even did it."
"I warned you it was smart." Helen bit into the apple and chewed.
"It would be more helpful if you could tell us how to catch it." He replied testily before frowning. "During your travels together did Chloe ever tell you about this Ben character?"
Helen smirked at the change in subject. "She didn't tell me his name, but she mentioned him, yeah."
Nick frowned darker. "She never mentioned him to me."
Helen just bit into the apple again.
Stephen arrived, ignorant to the conversation the two had just been having. "What we need is something that gives us an edge. Some weakness in its defences. Otherwise it's just going to pick us off, one by one."
"Dogs." Connor looked up. "The dogs went crazy before it attacked. What'd make them go off like that?"
"It can't be smell." Stephen answered. "If there were a scent trail, they'd have followed it."
"Hearing." Nick whispered.
"Sound." Connor came to the same conclusion.
"They heard something." Nick looked up.
"It's using sound." Connor added.
"That's why it manages to stay ahead of us!" Nick exclaimed. "It can detect physical movement before it's in visual range."
Connor nodded, excited. "And the dogs, they detect a higher frequency, therefore they know when it's nearby."
"Like echolocation." Ryan understood, still alert in case the creature attack once more.
"High frequency sound waves." Nick turned to Helen. "It's like a sonar system. Some animals use it to detect prey."
"Like a bat." Stephen reasoned before turning to Connor. "You said there was bat blood at the lion enclosure."
"That's it. That's it." Connor kept getting more and more excited. "This thing must be some kind of… I don't know, super-bat."
"He's right." Helen announced after chewing another bite of apple. "Three quarters of all mammal species are bats or rats. Maybe the future belongs to them."
Nick wasn't listening to her. "We can use it's own weapon against it."
"An oscilloscope." Connor turned to him.
Nick nodded. "It's in the car. Go get it."
Connor turned and ran off.
Helen watched him and bit into the last bit of the apple, chewing leisurely as he disappeared from sight. She then swallowed and turned to the men. "He is
the only one without a gun, right?"
Nick and Stephen exchanged looks before Stephen rushed after Connor.
"I don't trust Lester." Abby exclaimed, having just finished her work at the zoo and joined Chloe. "What if he goes against your deal? Or he tries to do something wrong to you? Like cut you open?"
Chloe looked at her. "Abby. Stop speaking."
The pixie-ish girl pouted. "You have to think about these things, Chlo. Lester's the devil. In a striped suit and bright necktie."
Hearing noise they looked up to see Connor in the parking lot, opening the back door of the car and jumping in, searching through stuff.
"I wonder if they have anything on the predator." Abby commented to Chloe.
Connor reached under the driver's seat and pulled out what seemed to be an oscilloscope.
Chloe didn't notice, her eyes widened as she saw the creature, the same creature that she and Ben had faced in the underground walkway, racing towards the car and jumping up onto the roof of the car.
Abby slapped a hand to her mouth to keep from gasping in horror as she saw the creature for the first time.
Connor looked around him frantically.
The creature climbed to the front of the car and smashed through the front windscreen but was unable to get at Connor, where he was in the back seat, through the front.
Connor unlocked the back door and got out, falling to the floor besides the car and slamming the door shut with his feet.
"Oh no." Chloe whispered as the creature got out of the car, advancing on Connor, who was still on the floor.
"HEY!" Abby screamed, bending down and grabbing at a rock before throwing it at the creature.
The rock hit the predator and it hissed, turning its back on Connor, facing the girls instead.
Abby gulped. "What's the plan?"
Chloe scoffed, unable to look away from that thing. "You're asking me
? I thought this was your
Suddenly Stephen appeared, shooting at the creature, causing it to run off.
Abby rushed towards where Connor was. "Connor! Are you okay?"
He looked up at her from where he was lying on his back. "You saved me."
She cleared her throat, looking away, clearly embarrassed. "Yeah, well, I had to. You haven't paid this month's rent yet."
Connor just smiled up at her in a very besotted way.
"Moves fast." Stephen mumbled with eyes narrowed, obviously referring to the creature, and not the Connor/Abby relationship brewing on the horizon.
Chloe just took in a deep breath, feeling quite lucky that she'd managed to meet up with this creature twice in one day, and actually make it out alive.
Now, if only she could have the same luck with Lester.
Nick wasn't too happy about Chloe and Abby joining the team, but considering what had happened moments ago he was forced to admit that no where was safe at the moment, and it was probably better that the two girls were with them-the men with guns. He also decided that once this was over, Chloe, Abby and Connor were going to have to take shooting lessons. Things were getting too dangerous to have three of their own without a weapon. The group, comprising of the Anomaly Research team, Helen, and Ryan and his men were using the dogs to search a number of sheds, Connor holding the oscilloscope tightly in his hands.
"What do they keep in here?" Nick frowned, looking at the sheds.
Stephen gave it one look. "It's animal crate storage."
Helen raised an eyebrow. "Great place for a lair."
They continued walking, ending up in the middle of the group of building, the oscilloscope beeping.
"Whatever's making that noise is right on top of us." Nick commented, eyes alert on their surroundings.
Chloe gulped at the thought of coming face to face with that creature once more.
"Dogs should be going crazy." Stephen frowned.
"Come on." Nick motioned with his head for them to follow he he entered one of the buildings and began to look around.
Hearing an odd noise, Chloe found herself breaking off from the rest of the group, eyes widening as she went to the far corner and stared down at a box full of baby predators.
"It's in here somewhere." Connor was looking down at the oscilloscope.
"Nick?" Chloe couldn't look away from the tiny monsters. "You need to see this!"
Stephen and Nick were on either side of her in a second.
"My god." Stephen hissed.
"It's given birth!" Nick exclaimed.
One of the five babies made a little squealing noise.
"Oh," Connor announced from the back. "Cute."
Chloe sent him an unbelieving stare.
Connor didn't notice, flinching from the slap up the back of his head that he'd received from Abby.
"There are three bodies back here." Stephen noticed.
"She's storing them to feed her young." Helen appeared at Stephen's side, looking down at the babies in fascination.
The beeping on the oscilloscope sped up rapidly before suddenly a thudding sound could be heard on the roof.
Everyone jerked and looked above them at the roof.
"We've got company!" Connor announced the obvious.
"Where the hell is it?" Ryan snapped, aiming his M4 at apparently nothing.
Suddenly one of the soldiers got jumped by the creature, which then disappeared.
"Stephen!" Nick yelled.
The creature came into the room, snarling and hissing. It easily dodged the shots fired at it by the soldiers, seeming to camouflage itself as it moved inhumanly fast, slashing through soldiers and making its way closer and closer to those closest to its babies.
Chloe shivered as she stared at it once more.
No matter how many times she saw this freak she was never going to get used to it.
Nick suddenly grabbed one of the babies and ran out the other direction, and the creature followed its screaming baby.
"Nick!" Chloe screamed as Stephen rapidly followed after them.
The blonde hurried out after them in time to see Nick in a greenhouse, holding the baby as he turned towards it.
Stephen raised his aim towards the glass above the creature and shot, the glass breaking and raining down on the creature, not only cutting it but confusing its sonar, allowing Nick to get close enough to shoot it fatally in the head.
As the creature slumped to the ground, dead, Chloe slumped down as well, in relief.
Helen chuckled at her side. "That was exciting."
That night at the Home Office, Stephen, Chloe, Connor and Abby had been sent to their homes to rest, while Nick, Claudia, Helen and Lester discussed what to do with the baby creatures now locked in a box.
"If you kill them now, you'll be making a big mistake." Helen announced, sitting down on Lester's chair, legs resting up on his desk.
"What do you suggest?" Lester wanted to know, knocking her legs from his desk and motioning for her to get the hell off of his chair. "A sympathetic foster family?"
She smirked, obviously enjoying riling him as she stood. "A dangerous anomaly to the future is open in the Permian. Predators could come pouring through."
"But why do we keep these animals alive?" Claudia frowned, obviously confused.
"To pinpoint the exact location of the anomaly." Helen replied, shaking her head to Nick, as if asking him how he managed to work with these people and not call out their stupidity at every turn. "All bats have extraordinary homing instincts. They'll know their own environments. They can lead us to it."
"And what happens to them then?" Lester asked, brushing off his chair as if Helen was something contagious, before sitting down and leaning forwards, steepling his fingers.
"We kill them." Nick replied without second thought.
"We kill them." Lester echoed, the surprise evident. "You're usually all 'don't shoot the big bad dinosaur trying to kill us terrible humans'."
"To let even one of them loose in the Permian era could be a potential catastrophe." Nick replied, not even responding to that bard. "They could wipe out whole species. They could change things in ways we can't even conceive."
The little man in the big chair leaned backwards in the plushie thing, eyebrow raised. "And afterwards, we keep a permanent guard at the future anomaly?"
The blonde nodded. "The threat's too serious to be ignored."
"Serious enough to warrant a permanent intrusion into the past?" Claudia wanted to know, obviously uneasy with the thought.
Nick turned to her. "With the correct restrictions, yes."
"I suppose just bombing somewhere is out of the question?" Lester sighed, seeing the look Nick gave him for that suggestion. "All right, we'll do it. I just hope you're right."
Lester had had the contract sent over to her house by a Home Office employee.
She sat in her beanie bag, Baby curled up in her lap, as she triple checked the contract.
You could never trust contracts in general.
Or Lester in particular.
But now, finishing her fourth check of the document, she realized that it wasn't actually that bad at all. The procedures that would take place were all named, and detailed, so she knew exactly what would happen, and it wasn't anything she'd be fearful of or that would leave any scars. And another surprising thing was that the contract didn't stipulate that she wasn't to see Ben again. Instead, it read that she was to remember what was classified information, and that she wasn't allowed to divulge the particulars of the situation to "Captain Becker". He'd seen enough to know that there was something going on, but he'd singed the Official Secrets Act, and if he wanted to think they were being invaded by aliens or that the creature had been some sort of failed experiment, let him.
Chloe wondered if Lester was stating those scenarios or if Ben had asked about either.
Taking in a deep breath, she brought the pen to paper, about to sign on the dotted line.
A knock sounded on her door.
Baby shot up and turned towards the door, making a sound that was suspiciously close to barking.
Chloe wondered if leaving the telly on to reruns of Lassie during the day so Baby could have some sort of entertainment was such a good idea after all.
Picking up the feisty little thing, whose tail was wagging excitedly, Chloe laid the contract and pen on the table and got up, going to the door and staring out of the peephole.
Seeing who was on the other side, Chloe took in a deep breath and unlocked and opened the door. "Ben."
He stood there, clearing his throat. "Can I come in?"
"Sure." She moved out of the way, letting him in, before closing the door behind him. "How are you?"
"Fine. More confused than ever, but fine." His gaze went to Baby when the creature grunted at him. "I was right. They are
She looked away. "I can't discuss this with you."
He nodded. "I know. I didn't come here to press you for details." He stopped and took in a deep breath, starting over. "How are you? I was worried, what with that thing still out there."
"It's not. Out there, I mean." She motioned towards the sofa and they sat down once more. "It was taken care of."
"Good." Ben nodded, looking down at his shoes before looking up at her once more. "I was put back on duty. I'm guessing Lester had something to do with that."
She nodded. "He doesn't want you having so much free time on your hands."
He shook his head. "They aren't sure what to assign me to as yet, but once they do I probably will be very busy."
She was silent.
She didn't like the sound of that.
It was amazing how used she'd gotten to just looking out of her window and seeing him struggling with his decision to confront her or not.
"I was wondering if you'd like to get a coffee with me on one of my days off." He replied slowly. "I realize that I just barged into your life and refused to leave despite you telling me to, but if you tell me now that you don't want to see me again I'll understand."
"I want to." Chloe hurried to say, clearing her throat. "See you again, I mean." She ducked her gaze, finger caressing Baby's beak. "I didn't leave that time because I wanted to, Ben. And...and I couldn't see you before because of...well you can guess why...but now that you kinda know..." She cleared her throat and looked up at him with a smile as she reached over and placed her hand on his. "I'd really like to get to know you again. We could be...friends...again."
His hand turned slightly so that his fingers clasped around hers. "I'd like that."
The next morning the Anomaly Research team, Helen, Lester, Claudia and Ryan and his men found themselves by the anomaly in the Forest of Dean. Nick had protested Chloe going through the glowing portal with him them, but as Chloe had pointed out, she had more experience with anomalies than anyone other than Helen. In the end she'd won the argument, and had leaned against a tree, watching two soldiers carry a box of gear through the anomaly. There was another box containing the baby creatures.
Stephen stood with Nick.
"Be careful with them. They're our only hope of finding the future anomaly." Nick reminded the soldiers before turning to Stephen. "If I don't make it back, push Lester through the worst anomaly you can find."
"It's a given." Stephen replied, shaking Nicks hand before leaving when Claudia appeared.
"What happens if it closes while you're on the other side?" The redhead asked the blonde, worry obvious on her face.
"We wait until it re-opens." Nick replied.
Helen noticed Nick and Claudia talking, and walked over to the anomaly. "I think we should get going."
"Don't go. Stay." Claudia was as close as pleading as Chloe had ever seen before. "I think this is a mistake. I've got a really bad feeling about this."
Chloe watched them, wondering what it would have been like last night if she'd told Ben that today she'd be going through an anomaly into the past. Would he look like Claudia did now as she tried to convince Nick not to go?
"It's going to be fine." Nick smiled at her. "I'll see you soon." He turned and walked towards the anomaly, watching as Ryan and two other soldiers took the box with the creature through first.
"Think I should make a speech?" Lester could be heard asking Claudia as he stood overseeing the project, hands clasped behind his back, feet slightly apart, looking quite at home in the middle of the forest in his striped suit and bright yellow tie. "One small step for man, that sort of thing?"
"Maybe another time." Claudia muttered distractedly before running forwards and grabbing Nick, kissing him.
He remained still in surprise for a couple of seconds before kissing back.
Chloe felt torn, looking at Nick and then at Helen and back.
Everyone else either looked surprised or looked away.
Claudia finally released Nick and walked back to stand by Lester.
The man raised an eyebrow at her. "Well, that wasn't very professional."
She grinned. "Stuff professionalism."
Stephen, Connor and Abby smirked at each other in the background.
Helen turned to Nick and raised an eyebrow at him.
He just laughed and went through the anomaly, Helen following.
Chloe held back for a second before following, feeling that electric shock that entered her veins every time she entered the anomaly, feeling it throbbing within her, and then arriving on the other side, turning back immediately, relieved to see that unlike the other anomalies she'd stepped through, it hadn't closed. She reached out and touched the throbbing, glittering particles, feeling her palm and fingers tingle at the magnetic energy, as the anomaly seemed to purr like a creature. The blonde then turned and followed the others, as Nick and Helen led the way across the landscape leaving three of the soldiers to carry the two large metal crates between them.
Chloe noted that Nick was still smiling.
So did Helen. "That was a very touching farewell."
"Hmm. Yep." He nodded, chuckling. "Worked for me."
"I suppose the object of the exercise was to punish me in some way?" She raised an eyebrow at him.
"Actually," he moved so that he was leaving her behind. "It wasn't about you at all."
From his post next to her, Ryan sent Chloe a glance. "This must be somewhat awkward for you."
She snorted, giving him a look. "You have no
In the Forest of Dean, Abby and Stephen stood close together, soldiers were busy doing their work, Claudia and Lester were off to the side discussing something that seemed to agitate Claudia, and Connor was on the phone. Abby frowned, eyeing their leaders suspiciously. She was almost sure she'd heard something about Chloe and contracts and examinations, so obviously the girl had gone against Abby's warning and signed Lester's contract. And now he'd informed Claudia of it. And the redhead wasn't happy. She wasn't happy at all if her expression and the chopping hand movements had anything to say about it. Abby could also pick up words like "inhuman" and "against the law" from the redhead, while Lester looked unimpressed with this and something about "consent" was thrown back at the woman.
"What?" Connor squeaked to whoever it was he was talking to on the phone. "Are you sure
Stephen turned towards Connor, eyes narrowed. "Connor?" He walked up the the shorter male.
Connor waved him off, still talking to the person on the mobile. "There's no chance you could have made a mistake?"
"Connor, give me the phone."
Connor dodged Stephen's attempt to swipe his mobile. "Okay, I understand. Thanks." Ending the call he looked up from Stephen to Abby and back. "That was the lab."
Stephen's eyes narrowed. "What did they say?"
"They just finished the autopsy on the creature from the future." Connor brought his thumb to his mouth and began to chew on the nail in a very nervous trait. "And it proved beyond any doubt that it was a male."
?" Abby gasped in horror.
Stephen took in a deep breath, obviously trying to keep calm. "It's got to be female, it was nurturing its young."
"Maybe in this species, that's a job for the boys." Connor countered.
"It better be," Stephen's eyes narrowed. "Because if not…it means the mother's still out there."
The oscilloscope started beeping more rapidly where they'd left it, but no one noticed, too busy and concerned with their own matters. They also missed the creature that rushed behind them and dove into the anomaly, only witnessing a flash of light after the creature had disappeared into another time.
They turned towards the anomaly and stepped closer to it as Claudia and some soldiers joined them.
"What happened?" Claudia asked, turning to them.
"I'm not sure." Connor replied truthfully, though he sent a worried look to Abby, who returned it.
"Did you see something?" The redhead pressed.
"Nothing." Stephen answered, his face uneasy.
Connor pulled his compass out of his pocket and moved closer to the anomaly.
Claudia watched him intently, worry obvious on her every feature. "Is the anomaly getting weaker?"
He looked down at it before looking back at them and shaking his head. "No. No change."
As the two soldiers set up camp, Helen took pictures, Ryan kept on guard, eyes alert on their surroundings, and Nick kept an eye on Chloe, who had wandered a little distance from the camp despite Nick's many calls for her to stay close. He knew he was being somewhat overprotective, but this was his daughter, his only child, and he'd lost her twice to anomalies before. It was only natural for him to be on pins and needles at this moment, his worry over her safety keeping him from fully enjoying the fact that he was in the past, and searching a portal to the future.
His eyes narrowed.
Had she gone further again?
"Chloe!" He yelled. "Get back here! You don't know what sort of creature is out there and hunters always pick off the ones that stray from the herd!"
She turned towards his voice, the annoyance obvious even from this distance. "I have stayed in the past longer than you, you know!" She called back, not making any effort to follow his orders and come closer. "Stop worrying!"
"She's right, you know." Helen announced, arriving at his side, camera in hand. "The time she was in the Jurassic with me she was wary to an intelligent degree and yet otherwise she was fitting in, getting used to it." The brunette raised her chin. "Had she spent more time with me in this era, I doubt she would have wanted to go back to the flat."
Nick took in a deep breath, like he always had to do around his wife nowadays. "She doesn't belong in this time, Helen. You've kept her from being where she truly belonged her whole life. Don't tell me you plan on trying to convince her to continue misplaced in time."
"Why not?" Helen asked. "I have been traveling through time for eight years."
"And we all seen how much good that
has gotten you. No friends. No connection to your family."
"Careful Nick, you sound bitter."
He preferred not to answer that.
She pressed her camera into his chest. "Stop complaining and take a picture of me."
He raised and eyebrow.
How had she gone from one topic to the other so easily?
Sighing, not wanting anther argument, Nick took the camera and began snapping shots of Helen as she posed and smiled at the camera.
And then he froze in horror.
These...these were the pictures in the camera they'd found that first time they'd gone through the anomaly. The pictures in the camera they'd found at the ruined campsite with the skeleton.
Fear grabbed at his spine with icy fingers as the blonde slowly realized that the ruined camp they'd found was the one being set up right now."We're in danger."
Helen frowned. "What?"
"The camp. It's the camp we saw the first time. We made it
." He looked up in horror, turning to where Chloe was so far from them. "CHLOE ANN CUTTER! COME HERE NOW!"
Chloe froze up ahead, either from the tone of his voice or because of what he'd called her, he wasn't sure. But something reacted in her, because she didn't complain, didn't speak, only turned and hurried back towards them.
Helen looked confused. "What's going on, Nick?"
"It's us, we're
the intruders." He ran back down the slope to warn Ryan, yelling to him as he went. "Ryan! The camp from our first trip! It was us
The head soldier turned towards him, eyes narrowed. "The camp we found was old. There was a dead body."
Helen and Chloe hurried down the slope as Nick grabbed one of the metal supply boxes and opened it.
"Don't you see?" He pulled out a Yorkie bar, the same thing that'd been in the box of the ruined campsite. "We've arrived years before the first time we came here." He dropped the Yorkie bar and slammed the box shut, turning to Ryan. " We've created our own past."
The baby creatures started squealing and jumping around.
Ryan and his men brought their guns up.
"We must be near the anomaly." Helen whispered, excitement obvious in her every feature as she turned to her husband. "This is it Nick, we've found it. We've found the future!"
He shook his head at her. "That's all you cared about. You just wanted to find the future for yourself."
Helen tried to kiss him, but he pushed her away. The brunette shrugged his reaction off and turned in the direction that Ryan and one of his men had gone in...just in time to watch, with eyes wide in horror, as another adult predator attacked the soldier.
Ryan appeared on the ridge above them. "Stay back!"
The baby creatures squealed and clawed at the bars of their cage, and the solider by the cage stood with his hands over his ears, wincing in agony.
"Chloe!" Nick hurried to his daughter's side, keeping the petite blonde behind him. "Don't move." He whispered. "And don't make a sound."
She nodded jerkily, trembling hand reaching for his.
He squeezed it reassuringly.
The creature slaughtered the soldier guarding over the babies brutally before their very eyes.
Chloe's shaking grew worse.
And she felt as if she was getting a fever, her hand warming up in his.
Ryan raced down the hill towards it, firing at the creature, wounding it and causing it to retreat enough for him to open the cage, setting the babies free and distracting the adult. Even though it was distracted, the creature turned and lunged at Ryan, knocking him to the ground and clawing and biting at him, Ryan's screams echoing throughout the once peaceful landscape.
!" Chloe screamed, trying to run towards them but Nick grabbed her on time, pulling her back and keeping her there despite her struggles. "Tom
At the sound, the creature turned, looking at them, blood covering it.
The soldiers' blood.
Tom Ryan's blood.
Chloe was shaking like a leaf in a harsh breeze. "No
The predator made as if to charge them, when suddenly a gorgonopsid emerged from the trees.
Nick's eyes widened at the two predators, and he dove out of the larger creature's way, pulling Chloe with him as the gorgonopsid head butted the future predator, knocking it out. Then, attracted to the sound of the babies, it charged them, killing them viciously and brutally, before consuming their remains.
While the animals were distracted, Nick pulled Chloe to her feet and they hurried towards where Ryan laid.
Above them, on higher, safer ground, Helen observed silently.
"Tom." Chloe whispered, dropping to her knees next to Ryan, eyes watering as she view his state.
He was seriously wounded, and covered in blood.
Nick crouched next to him and tried to cover his injuries, neither noticing the future predator awakening to see the gorgonopsid killing and eating it young, until the creature roared in fury and charged the larger one. A fight quickly broke out between them. The predator was quick, managing to hurt the dinosaur, but then the gorgonopsid crushed the creature against a tree and the roared and limped away, dragging its kill with it.
Helen watched it from the ridge.
Tears streamed down Chloe's face as she gazed down heartbrokenly at her comrade, holding his hand and cradling his head on her lap.
Nick had closed Ryan's jacket over his wound, trying to stop the bleeding.
It wasn't working.
They were too deep.
He was losing too much blood to quickly.
"The first time we came here, that body we found, that was me, wasn't it?" Ryan whispered to Nick. "I was looking at myself."
Nick said nothing, lowering his head.
A half sob escaped Chloe's lips as she bent over and pressed a kiss to his forehead, her tears washing away from of the blood on his face. "Don't say that
"Don't cry..." Ryan tried to squeeze her hand and yet not strong enough to. "I was going to ask you to coffee one of these days, you know. Becker or no Becker."
Nick watched them, barely able to keep the tears back himself.
Chloe's lip trembled as she formed so sad a smile with it. "I would have said yes." Leaning back down she pressed a soft kiss to his bloodied lips.
"He's gone." Nick whispered, feeling Ryan go lax.
Chloe just kept her head bent, crying softly over Captain Tom Ryan's body.
Nick felt his heart breaking, too much sadness in his heart.
But he had to be strong.
Taking in a deep breath, he rubbed Chloe's back, turning slight at the waist so he could look at Helen, who'd approached the bodies of the baby creatures.
"Did any of the young survive?"
"Looks like they're all dead." She replied after a moment's contemplation.
"This is over." Nick stood, barely able to keep himself calm and in control for his daughter's sake. "We're leaving. We should bury the men."
Helen looked over the death with an analytical eye, not seeming moved by the waste of human life.
Chloe, on the other hand, couldn't stop crying. Even as she stood and helped drag the bodies-or Ryan's body and what remained of the other two soldiers' bodies-and dig holes for them she was pausing every couple of minutes to wipe her eyes before continuing on. Nick watched over her in worry. Things like this was one of the reasons why he hadn't wanted her to cross over with them. Despite everything she'd been through, she'd had yet to witness something like this, lose someone dear to her to something so vicious and cruel. And now, now she was going to be changed by it.
He didn't like that at all.
Of course he didn't say that, and stayed silent as they built a cairn over Ryan's grave.
When it was over, Chloe said a soft prayer over the graves.
While Nick and Helen were Evolutionists themselves, Chloe had been brought up Catholic, and while she'd admitted to not being a practicing Catholic, some things stuck.
Finishing the prayer, crossing herself, Chloe looked up, eyes finding Nick's. "I want to go home."
He did too.
"We don't have to go back, Nick, Chloe." Helen finally broke her silence. "The future anomaly must be here somewhere, we can still find it."
"I-I'm sorry, but I can't." Chloe's watery gaze lowered to Ryan's grave. "I can't
Disappointment entered Helen's eyes.
Nick shook his head at her. "The future. Helen Cutter's last great frontier." He laughed bitterly. "No. If you want to stay here and look for it, it's fine. But you're going to have to do it on your own, because we're leaving."
"What have you got to go back for Nick? That girl
?" Helen scoffed. "Please
don't tell me you're in love with her."
"Maybe, you know. Maybe." He replied pointblank. "But that's not really the point.
"Then what is the point, Professor?" The brunette sneered, folding her arms over her chest.
"The point is," he replied, going to their daughter and placing an arm around her trembling shoulders. "We know where we belong." He turned to Chloe and pressed a kiss to the crown of her head before grabbing Ryan's gun with his other hand. "Come on, love."
Chloe nodded, wiping at her eyes, and giving the cairn one last look before letting him lead her away.
Helen hesitated, watching their backs, before following.
The trip to the anomaly was made in deep silence, and no one looked back.
If they had, they would have seen two predator babies standing on the ridge, exploring their new home.
By the time they walked through the anomaly into the present, with Nick still holding Ryan's gun, Chloe had managed to get control of her tears.
"What happened?" Lester asked the second they walked through, stepping towards them. "Did you find the anomaly?"
Helen walked through behind them.
"Captain Ryan didn't make it, and all his men are dead." Nick finally dropped the gun. "Whatever happens, nobody goes back through."
Helen cleared her throat. "Well, I'm sorry to break your new rule so soon, Nick, but, um, I'm not staying."
Chloe turned towards her mother, eyes wide, as Helen moved away from Nick so that she was standing between him and the others.
Nick stared at her. "Well, what did you come back for then?"
"Oh, just a little, um, unfinished business." She then turned to look at Stephen.
Nick looked at Stephen in confusion.
Chloe's eyes narrowed in suspicion.
Stephen narrowed his eyes at Helen.
"You see, Nick, it was just one of those things. I was lonely, and you didn't seem to care about me." A filthy smile touched Helen's lips. "And Stephen was so sweet and attentive."
Nick looked back and forth between Helen and Stephen.
Stephen shook his head. "Shut up
"Oh, you mean you never told him?" A mock shocked expression entered her face as she brought her hand to her mouth. "Oh dear."
Nick and Stephen stared at each other, while Abby eyed Stephen quite pitifully.
Lester cleared his throat. "What an extremely
Helen seemed to take this as her cue, since she continued. "You see, I don't want to be on my own anymore."
Nick hung his head.
Stephen turned a heated glare at Helen.
"Really?" Chloe asked, surprising her mother into turning to her, the woman flinching as she saw the anger on the blonde's face. "Because you're doing a damed
good job of making sure that happens."
Connor and Abby shared a look.
"I'm sorry you feel that way." Helen replied slowly. "But I understand. You're in pain right now after seeing what happened to your friend, and so you're lashing out at the first thing you can. Me."
Chloe's eyes widened.
The woman couldn't truly believe that that was the reason behind the blonde's anger!
Helen was hurting Nick.
She was hurting Stephen.
And she thought Chloe was just being emotionally unstable
Helen turned towards Stephen. "You once said you'd do anything for me if I gave you the chance. Well, here it is. Come with me."
Stephen shook his head as the woman approached him. "Don't do this."
Nick still had his head bowed, while abby looked upset and Connor looked at Stephen with confusion.
"Falling for one of your students is never a good idea, but…" Helen turned to Nick as he raised his head. "Sometimes these things just happen, you know?"
Nick looked passed her, eyes meeting Stephen's. "How could you keep that from me for so many years?"
Stephen approached Nick, eyes pleading for forgiveness. "There was no point in saying anything. It was a long time ago. In the past."
"The past has a habit of coming back these days, doesn't it?" Helen chuckled darkly from behind them.
Nick let go of Chloe and walked away to stand by the edge of the trees, leaving Stephen, Helen, and Chloe standing in front of the anomaly.
"Well?" Helen raised an eyebrow to Stephen. "Are you coming?"
The tall, dark haired male turned and walked over to her.
Nick looked like he was about to cry, and the others were trying to be invisible in the background.
"You know what I'd forgotten, Helen?" Stephen asked once he reached her side. "Sometimes, you can be a real bitch." And with that he walked away, to stand next to Nick, not close enough to make the man feel uncomfortable after what had just happened, but close enough to prove just whom he was going to stand by and who his loyalties belonged to.
Nick and Helen shared a look, before Helen turned towards the anomaly, about to leave.
Chloe took a step towards her. "Why?"
Helen stopped to look at her. "Why what?"
"Stephen will always be faithful to Nick, despite that...stumble." Chloe couldn't think of another way to put it. "You knew that. You know that. You must have realized that eight years would have only made their friendship stronger."
Helen just looked at her, standing back to the anomaly.
"Why would you play this move?" Chloe wanted to know, unable to understand, wanting to understand. "Now Nick and Stephen...why?"
"It was my last move." Helen replied softly.
"No it isn't." Chloe took another step towards her mother, eyes watering. "Stay. We've seen how lives can be lost in a second's notice. Stay
Helen seemed shocked. "I doubt Nick would let me stay in our home anymore."
"Then stay in my flat, with me and Baby." Chloe pressed, finally taking the last step, reaching for her mother's hand and squeezing it. "Stay. You're a bitch
, but you're my mother.
" She took in a deep breath. "I want to...have that relationship...with you."
A choked chuckle escaped Helen's lips as she looked down at their hands and then reached up with her other hand to caress Chloe's cheek. "I'll come visit you soon." And with that she let her fingers slide through Chloe's and she stepped backwards into the anomaly, disappearing.
Chloe gazed at the anomaly.
Feeling warmth, she looked up, seeing Nick there, hand on her shoulder.
The blonde girl took in a deep breath and turned to the others.
Nick frowned, gaze on the crowd. "Where's Claudia?"
Everyone turned to look at him.
Chloe noticed, for the first time as well, that Claudia wasn't around, which was odd, since Chloe would have expected the redhead to be waiting impatiently by the anomaly for Nick to emerge.
"Claudia?" Lester raised an eyebrow.
"Where's Claudia Brown?" Nick tried once more, eyes narrowing.
"I don't know anyone of that name." Lester replied.
"Ok, enough with the fun and games." Chloe frowned, a bad feeling churning in her stomach. "Where's Claudia?"
"We really, we..." Stephen cleared his throat. "We don't know what you're talking about."
Connor nodded, confusion clear on his ever expressive face. "Never heard of her."
Nick and Chloe exchanged horrified looks.
"But you're been working with her everyday for months
!" Chloe turned to the others, unable to understand anything that'd happened since they'd walked through the anomaly. "You can't tell us that you don't know who she is!"
"No idea, sorry." Lester shook his head.
Nick snapped at that, walking up to Lester and grabbing him by the front of his jacket. "Where is she?"
"Nick!" Chloe gasped from where she stood before the anomaly, trying to ignore how its throbbing was increasing in potency.
"Cutter!" Connor turned towards him. "We don't know her. I swear
"No one knows her!" Abby agreed.
Nick let go of Lester, those words seeming to hit him like bricks, as he took a couple of steps back.
Everyone was eyeing him as if he'd gone mad.
He turned to Chloe. "You
remember her, don't you
"Yeah, I do." She nodded. "I remember Claudia Brown. She exists."
"Then why can no one but you two
remember this Claudia Brown woman?" Lester wanted to know, a little annoyed as he straightened his jacket.
"Something's wrong." Her father whispered, eyes widening in sudden realization as he turned towards her, ignoring the others. "This isn't right. Something's gone wrong. Something's happened. Something's changed. We've done something, we've… Something that we've done has changed the past and she's not here anymore."
Chloe's eyes widened as she turned towards the anomaly. "We did something in there we weren't supposed to."
Suddenly the throbbing coming from the anomaly seemed to pierce through her, and with a cry of pain she collapsed to her knees on the ground, clutching at her chest, as suddenly everything was hot and bright and she couldn't breathe.
Something else which shouldn't be happening, was.
?" Nick whispered in horror.
She was in agony, burning inside, as she looked at him, tears evaporating visibly from her cheeks. "Dad
Before he could rush to her side, the anomaly flashed a few times before exploding, expanding, encompassing Chloe, and then everyone else.
And then all was light.