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Primeval fic: Hero Worship

August 16th, 2012 (06:27 am)
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Title: Hero Worship

Disclaimer: I do not own Primeval.

A/N: This fic is pretty random. I wrote it because unconscious!Stephen deserves some attention in 1.01. However, this is less about unconscious!Stephen and more about a young boy’s mindset, I think. Which figures since fic rarely ends up the way I intend it to. Much thanks to kristen_mara for the beta and lena7142 for everything else :)

Summary: A chance encounter makes Ben Trent reconsider his lifelong aspirations.



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Life wasn’t fair.

This was a pervasive truth in Ben Trent’s life, and the most valuable truth he’d learned in his short existence. Teachers assigned homework on your birthday. Parents demanded answers that they refused to believe. He could find the best pet possible and lose him almost right away. Then everyone starting changing their stories, and some giant dinosaur tried to kill him. Then, to make matters worse, his mother blamed him. Since he could rip out a window by himself.

And then he still had to serve detention.

Because life really wasn’t fair.

And then, the dinosaur found him at school. For a second he considered this as his possible redemption but then he realized he wouldn’t make much point at all if he were dead.

Still, cowering with his teacher, watching the thing bash in the door, he had some satisfaction in knowing she had to believe him now.

At least, until she screamed in terror, right in his ear.

He yelled back in protest, covering his ears and ducking down. Going deaf was probably not a big concern but it was downright uncomfortable. His teacher was like a siren, going and going until he couldn’t even hear the dinosaur any more—

Ben straightened, looking toward the door. It was badly splintered, the top half nearly broken through. It was barely holding together, the hinges strained and the window shattered.

All in all, that was a bad sign. Least it would have been if the dinosaur was still trying to get through.

Which, that was the thing. It wasn’t.

There was no more banging, no more flying bits of wood. There was nothing –

Well, nothing except his teacher’s incessant screaming.

He looked back at her, brow furrowed. “I think it’s gone,” he said, trying to raise his voice.

She looked at him and screamed.

Ben shook his head. “No, no, I really think it’s gone—“

She paused, taking a breath and Ben dared to hope.

Then she screamed some more.

Frowning, Ben turned away moving toward the door. She fumbled after him, pulling on his arm while she jabbered nonsensically in high pitched tones.

“But it’s gone,” Ben said, gesturing toward the door. “It’s gone!”

She shook her head. “You can’t go out there, you can’t—“

“If it wanted to kill us, we’d be dead by now,” Ben said reasonably. “I just want to take a look—“

She gripped his arm, following him reluctantly as he approached the door, peering through the mangled top half for a better look. It was hard to see, but the hallway was in disarray.

But it was empty.

“See,” he said, turning around with a triumphant smile. “It’s—“

But she just screamed again, starting to cry hysterically.

Ben sighed and made his way out while she scrambled toward her desk and picked up her phone.

Shaking his head, he climbed over the debris, carefully shifting his way closer to the door. The handle was still intact and when he turned it, he was surprised to find that the door swung on its hinges more or less in working order. The door still listed heavily, and he gave the broken wood a wide berth as he crept through.

Though he was eager to be free from the teacher’s shrill voice, he was still cautious. That thing had been angry and it had been dangerous, and while he was curious, he didn’t fancy getting eaten. But, just as he suspected, the hallway was empty.

The bookshelves were tumbled and there was a line of debris straight to the stairs. For whatever reason, the thing had left in a hurry.

Which didn’t make sense. The thing had obviously been tracking him for one reason or another. It had found him at his house. And it had found him here. And he’d been more or less ripe for the picking. So why had it left after it had spent so much time and effort going after him? That didn’t fit with any of the facts he’d read about predators in his books at home.

The questions were as unnerving as they were fascinating, and while his teacher pleaded into the phone for the police, Ben made his way down the hall. He worked his way carefully around the bookshelves, stepping on the fallen art projects and avoiding the broken glass.

The trail went to the stairs, and then down, if the large cabinet lying oddly half on the steps was any indication. He eased his way past and then went along the ground floor hallway, following the skid marks until he reached the fire doors.

There, the doors were completely knocked off their hinges, which seemed like a probable exit for the dinosaur. That still didn’t answer the why, though.

Heart pounding, Ben swallowed hard, moving closer to the exit, stepping over a discarded fire extinguisher as he went. Uneasily, he poked his head through, surprised at the stillness of the yard.

There was nothing there. No one—

Except the man on the ground.

He was just off the path, lying unmoving on his stomach. His face was turned away, one arm thrown above his head, and Ben couldn’t tell if he was moving or not.

If he was dead or not—

Ben froze at the thought.

What if the guy was dead? Was Ben actually looking at a dead body? A real corpse?

But if the guy were dead, wouldn’t he be eaten? What kind of meat-eater killed its prey but didn’t rip it to shreds? Wouldn’t there be more blood? Then again, why would a meat-eater knocked its prey out and then left it there?

At least that probably explained why the thing had left him and his teacher alone. No need to blast through a door when fresh meat was right there. This guy had probably come by, attracted its attention and then made a beeline for the exit.

Course that didn’t explain who the guy was, why he was here, or why he was even still alive.

If he was alive.

Or why Ben was alive.

Frowning, Ben considered this. He owed this guy his life, probably. Which meant he really should see if he were dead or not.

This simple act scared him more than the dinosaur had. Sure, the idea of coming across a corpse sounded pretty cool, but the fact was, Ben had never seen a dead person. Or even an unconscious person. So he wasn’t really sure what to expect, and given that he’d just been chased down by a dinosaur, he wasn’t sure how much confidence he felt.

Tentative, he stepped closer. “Hey!” he called, voice still somewhat low just in case the dinosaur was still lurking about. “Hey, mister!”

There was no answer. Ben moved closer, one cautious step. From this vantage point, he had a better look at the guy’s face. He looked younger than his mum, and Ben had never seen him before. His mother would not be happy if he went around talking to strangers, but all things considered, talking to a stranger would be the least of Ben’s concerns today.

“Hey!” he called again. “Are you okay?”

Still, nothing.

Gathering his courage, Ben swallowed, sneaking forward a few more steps until he was right over the man. From here, it was clear there was no blood. The guy’s face was unmarred, which was a good sign, even if he was still presumably unconscious. His brown hair was spiky in that cool styled-but-unstyled way, and his dark leather coat was worn with its collar up.

“Hey,” Ben called again, closer now. He edged around the man, kneeling a little and reaching out to shake his arm. “Hey!”

The man didn’t move, his body heavy and limp on the ground. Concerned, Ben rallied his courage and tried again, shaking him harder this time. “Hey!”

When there was no answer, Ben felt his self-control slipping. He’d never paid much attention during first aid lessons, and if this guy had saved him from a dinosaur, then Ben probably owed him more than that. He glanced back toward the exit and thought about going back to get his teacher. She would know what to do, assuming she had finally stopped screaming...

Suddenly, the man twitched, his forehead wrinkling for a moment before his eyes shot open. He jolted upward into a sitting position. The sudden movement sent Ben onto his backside, and the man gasped, putting a hand to his head as he moaned.

Ben blinked at him, surprised.

The man squeezed his eyes shut, the muscles in his jaw working. He breathed out in harsh, even breaths, fingers fisting at his hair.

“Hey, mister,” Ben tried again. “Are you alright?”

At that, the man opened his eyes, squinting over at Ben. It seemed to take him a moment for his eyes to focus, and as he dropped one arm to his side, his face visibly paled. “Did you see where it went?”

Ben tried to comprehend this. “You mean the dinosaur?”

Even somewhat dazed, this seemed to make the man focus. He looked carefully at Ben, as if really seeing him for the first time. Then, he hesitated, one hand still pressed against the side of his head before he winced. “Are you alright?” he asked, his voice suddenly much more reserved, as if his senses had just kicked in again.

“Yeah, yeah, sure,” Ben replied quickly, watching him with bright eyes. “It didn’t get me.”

The man seemed somewhat reassured by this, even as he struggled to clear his head.

“Do you know what it was?” Ben pressed eagerly, suddenly unable to keep his questions at bay. The thought of a dead guy had bothered him, but the fact that this guy was alive and had survived an apparent close encounter with the dinosaur was too good to just pass up. “I tried to work it out but my mum took away my prehistoric books and grounded me from the internet.”

This made the man frown. “You don’t need to worry about that kind of thing,” he said, a little dismissively, as if Ben was just supposed to forget what he’d seen. The others had tried to do the same thing to him. Tried to tell him he hadn’t seen the things he knew he’d seen, that he’d been wrong and confused and that it was all one big misunderstanding.

But Ben was in no mood to be dismissed. Not any more. “So you were after it?” Ben asked, feeling his enthusiasm buoy as he pushed the point. “The thing’s been after me. My mum didn’t believe me, and neither did my teacher, but I think she does now…” He trailed off as the man seemed to swallow back a wave of nausea. Ben examined him with new interest. “Did it attack you?”

The man closed his eyes, breathing deeply for a second. When he opened his eyes again, he had new determination, even if he still looked ready to keel over. Instead, though, he turned his eyes out across the schoolyard. “So you didn’t see which way it went?” he asked again. He wasn’t as preoccupied with the story as the others; no, this guy was all business.

“No, no,” Ben continued.. “I got here after you. So does that mean it did attack you?” Ben considered this, the idea exciting him. “You don’t work at the school, so does that mean you were tracking it from somewhere else? Maybe that shiny thing in the forest? They told me not to think about it, but I can’t help it. Did you come here looking for it, too? Or just the dinosaur?”

The man used one arm to brace himself as he got slowly to his feet. Ben followed him, staring up at him intently, even as the man wavered precariously for a moment.

“What did it do to you?” Ben asked in wonder.

Finding his equilibrium, the man took another deep breath. “Knocked me through the doors,” he said. “Must have knocked me out. I don’t remember.”

Ben’s eyes went wide. “So why didn’t it eat you?” he said.

At this, the man looked down. “I sprayed it with a fire extinguisher,” he said. He turned his gaze back to the yard, still squinting in the sun. “It probably couldn’t see well enough to do me in.”

“You got it with a fire extinguisher!” Ben exclaimed. “That’s awesome! How did you think of that?”

The man shrugged. “Didn’t have a lot of other options.”

“That’s so cool!” Ben enthused. “I never would have thought of that.”

Returning his gaze to Ben, the man seemed to remembered himself. “That’s fine,” he said. “Like I said, you don’t need to worry about things like that.”

“What if it comes back?” Ben asked. “It’s come after me twice now. I’m not sure why, but it must have caught my scent. Maybe when I cut myself? They can follow the blood, can’t they? Good hunters? At least it must be a good hunter if it found me twice. Do you know what it is? Did it come through that thing in the forest? Where the lizard came from?”

The man’s expression was pained and a little bothered. “You ask a lot of questions.”

Ben shrugged. “I’m really into dinosaurs,” he said.

The man’s expression tightened and he looked back out across the yard. “I think you should consider a new hobby,” he said. Then he looked back at Ben, very serious. “Trust me. Now go back inside.”

With that, the man took a hobbling step. He seemed to falter, but he steadied himself.

“Wait!” Ben called. “Shouldn’t you wait for the police? I think my teacher called them.”

He turned back, offering something of a grin. Even if he was still pale, still slightly off balance, the total certainty was remarkable. “That’s your job,” he said.

“And your job?” Ben asked.

The man smiled a bit more before turning back and moving away. After a few paces, he was jogging, scanning the ground as he went. Tracking, which meant Ben had been right about him. He was after the thing. Then, the man broke into a run, his black leather coat fading into the distance while all Ben could do was stare in wonder.

Maybe the guy was right. Maybe he didn’t want to study dinosaurs. Maybe he wanted to be just like him.

Strong, confident, never wavering. Handsome, mysterious, and heroic.

He was totally badass.

Behind him, there was a noise. “Ben?” his teacher asked, her voice strained.

Ben turned around, all smiles.

Then the teacher saw him, her face crumpling in relief. “Oh, Ben, you’re okay!” she exclaimed, her voice pitching as the hysterical waterworks started up again.

Ben rolled his eyes.

Life definitely wasn’t fair.

Comments

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Posted by: lukadreaming (lukadreaming)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
Stephen KO

You get inside Ben's head really well! I can totally see him besotted by both the dinosaurs and the handsome hunter *g*.

Very minor Brit point - it's best to use mum and not mom (latter is occasional regionalism in some areas, but not that common). 'I reckon' is more British than 'I figure'.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
stephen broken

Sometimes it's good to get in touch with my inner pre-teen boy.

Or something. LOL.

And thanks for the reminder. I've started catching myself with figured/reckoned a bit more, but it's hard!

Thanks!

Posted by: joshinator (joshinator)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
Stephen

Nice story. I enjoyed seeing Ben's POV.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
stephen cutter sit

I'm glad it was a worthwhile read! Thanks :)

Posted by: freddiejoey (freddiejoey)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Stephen - kerry

"Maybe the guy was right. Maybe he didn’t want to study dinosaurs. Maybe he wanted to be just like him.

Strong, confident, never wavering. Handsome, mysterious, and heroic.

He was totally badass."

This is great writing!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
stephen cutter

Thank you!

Posted by: goldarrow (goldarrow)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)

That was neat.

I often wondered what happened between Stephen hitting the ground unconscious and him showing up at the anomaly.
This is a very good look at what might have happened.

Loved the steam-whistle teacher! So true. Why oh why do women scream and scream and scream? *g*

"Strong, confident, never wavering. Handsome, mysterious, and heroic. He was totally badass."
*sighs happily*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
stephen cutter

I have a hard time passing up an opportunity for h/c. I'm sure that comes as a shock :)

In the teacher's defense, she did just see some large creature trying to kill her. So a little screaming is justified.

Thanks!

Posted by: goldarrow (goldarrow)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)

Posted by: clea2011 (clea2011)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Stephengreen

Excellent missing scene and great Ben pov

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
stephen cutter sit

Thank you!

Posted by: scwlc_fic (scwlc_fic)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)

I kinda think Ben's a little badass. I like the whole, "It's gone. No, really. It seems to be gone. Why are you still screaming?"

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
stephen cutter sit

He was a surprisingly calm kid in the show despite what he'd been through.

Thanks!

Posted by: fredbassett (fredbassett)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Stephen - pretty face

This is an awesome missing scene.

I loved seeing it from Ben's POV.

*g* And the poor lad's right, life isn't fair!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
stephen smiles

Especially for people on Primeval, life is rarely fair. Just ask Stephen. Or Ryan. Or Nick. Etc.

Thanks!

Posted by: knitekat (knitekat)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)

great missing scene from Ben's pov.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
stephen goodbye

Thank you so much :) It wasn't really the scene I intended to write, but the muse does what it will.

Posted by: Cordelia Delayne (cordeliadelayne)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
[primeval] anomalies

Hee, this is a great! Ben's pov is very well done.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
stephen's eyes

I'm really glad it worked :) Thanks!

Posted by: flaccidduck (flaccidduck)
Posted at: August 16th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Nick and Stephen

This is really original. Terrific stuff!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
stephen hair

With a fandom as prolific as this, originality is a real compliment. Thanks!

Posted by: judithjohn (judithjohn)
Posted at: August 17th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Cute Racoon

This is a great story. I love the conversation between Ben and Stephen.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
stephen cutter sit

I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

Posted by: natchris (natchris)
Posted at: August 17th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Wolfbane

I enjoyed this muchly!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
stephen cutter distance

I'm so glad. Thanks!

Posted by: kristen_mara (kristen_mara)
Posted at: August 17th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Blurred


*happy dance*

I love Ben's thoughts and his reactions to everything that happens to him. Stephen certainly would have made quite the impression on him! Thanks for giving us these missing scenes.

Now I have images of Ben meeting up with 2.5's Taylor, and growing up and time travelling to save Stephen and Nick *G*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
stephen cutter

Ah, a Ben and Taylor fic. That's intriguing...

Writing Ben's POV was interesting, so I'm glad people liked it.

Thanks!

Posted by: ebonyfeather (ebonyfeather)
Posted at: August 17th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
puppy eyes

Lovely!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
stephen cutter distance

Thanks!

Posted by: fififolle (fififolle)
Posted at: August 17th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Primeval - Stephen *DED*

Yay Ben! This was totally awesome. And I think this will be my canon for how Stephen woke up now *nod*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 20th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
stephen cutter

Aw, I'm so glad it fit! Thanks!

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