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Primeval fic: Traffic (Second Life verse)

September 19th, 2012 (09:47 pm)
cynical

feeling: cynical

Title: Traffic (AKA The Inevitable Extinction of Mankind)

Disclaimer: I do not own Primeval; lena7142 created Feral Stephen.

A/N: Another one in the Continued Adventures of Feral Stephen. With thanks to lena7142 for just about everything.

Summary: Stuck in the car, Stephen and Cutter face one of their most trying foe yet. Sort of.



-o-

“This is ridiculous.”

Cutter sighed, leaning back in the driver’s seat and trying to get comfortable. “It’s just traffic.”

In the seat next to him, Stephen was perched, stiff and glaring. “It’s not a practical way to facilitate any type of transportation.”

“Well, there are lots of people with places to go,” Cutter said with a shrug.

“And no one is getting anywhere,” Stephen pointed out. He gestured to the cars that stretched in front of them. “People lack common sense. Why don’t they just go!”

“There are traffic signals,” Cutter reminded him.

“That only messes things up even more,” Stephen groused. “There was never this kind of problem in the Permian. Dinosaurs are of lesser intelligence but we’re not as superior as we think we are.”

Cutter cast him a discerning look. “You want to go back then?”

Stephen’s shoulders slouched. “That’s not the point.”

“And what is the point again?”

Stephen thrust his hands out in frustration. “That this traffic could be the start of an evolutionary event that leads to our extinction!”

That was a bit melodramatic, but this Stephen did have a stronger flair with hyperbole. “We’re fine,” Cutter told him.

“It’s annoying,” Stephen shot back.

Cutter rolled his eyes. “It’s not so bad.”

“It wouldn’t be so bad if I drove,” he said, pouting a bit.

Cutter lifted his eyebrows. “You don’t have a license.”

“Which is also ridiculous!”

“With road rage like that, it’s probably for the best,” Cutter said.

“I can hunt the most dangerous predators of all time,” Stephen said petulantly. “I think I can handle traffic.”

Cutter gave him a look.

Stephen’s expression darkened and he slinked back in his seat. “Better than you, anyway,” he added tersely.

“Don’t worry,” Cutter said. “Maybe if you stop growling at Lester during meetings, he’ll be more keen on approving you for one.”

Stephen glared at him again. Then, he sighed. “Will this be much longer?”

Cutter glanced out the window, assessing the string of cars. “Probably a bit,” he said. “But we’ll have plenty of time to talk.”

Stephen shook his head, brow furrowed like a toddler throwing a tantrum. “I don’t want to talk.”

“So you’re just going to sulk?”

Stephen snorted. “No,” he said. Then he paused, cocking his head. “I think I’m going to run.”

Cutter laughed, because really, that was exactly a Stephen thing to do. Impulsive and self-directed and totally illogical for anyone who hadn’t spent ten years trying to survive with dinosaurs. He was going to joke back, to diffuse the situation with his winning humour when he realized that Stephen was gone.

He blinked, staring at the empty seat in surprise. The window was down. He heard something thump a ways up the road and Cutter looked out half in horror at the sight of Stephen, scaling one of the cars, jumping off its hood and landing lightly on the side of the road before taking off in a run down the side of the motorway.

And Cutter laughed again. “So much for traffic,” he said, shaking his head and making a mental note to tell Lester to put off the issue of getting Stephen a license for a long time yet. If the man could do this much on foot, Cutter was a little afraid to think of him behind the wheel.

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Posted by: freddiejoey (freddiejoey)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Stephen - sally

Terrific!

Feral Stephen and his talks with Cutter always make my day

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
stephen cutter distance

I'm really glad you like them so much! I have a great time writing them :)

Thanks!

Posted by: lukadreaming (lukadreaming)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Nick and Stephen distant

Heh! Stephen has clearly missed his career in traffic management!

Lovely fic. I do like Nick and Stephen's bizarre conversations.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
stephen hair

Hah. Stephen would be hilarious in traffic management.

Thanks :)

Posted by: judithjohn (judithjohn)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Dino eye

Lovely instalment in the feral Stephen story

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
stephen smiles

Thank you kindly :)

Posted by: flaccidduck (flaccidduck)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
Nick and Stephen

Cutter laughed, because really, that was exactly a Stephen thing to do. Impulsive and self-directed and totally illogical for anyone who hadn’t spent ten years trying to survive with dinosaurs. He was going to joke back, to diffuse the situation with his winning humour when he realized that Stephen was gone.

Fabulous!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
stephen skeptical

Aw, thank you!

Posted by: clea2011 (clea2011)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 08:41 am (UTC)
Stephengreen

Lol! But yes, Cutter and Lester are right, feral Stephen would be a menace in a car!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
stephen cutter sit

I definitely think Stephen has a ways to go before they trust him with a car.

Thanks!

Posted by: kristen_mara (kristen_mara)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 09:42 am (UTC)
Sparks


Those boys even make traffic interesting *G*

LOL at Stephen escaping, especially via the window!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
stephen cutter

Stephen would never see the point in opening the door. He's feral Stephen, after all!

Thanks :)

Posted by: joshinator (joshinator)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
Stephen

Stephen thrust his hands out in frustration. “That this traffic could be the start of an evolutionary event that leads to our extinction!”

That was a bit melodramatic, but this Stephen did have a stronger flair with hyperbole. “

Epic!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
stephen skeptical

Thank you!

Posted by: natchris (natchris)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
Hippos

Feral Stephen and Cutter are the best!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
stephen smiles

Thank you! I'm glad you like them as much as I do!

Posted by: knitekat (knitekat)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)

Lovely look at feral!Stephen and Cutter. Possibly a good idea if Stephen can't drive yet ;)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
stephen cutter sit

A very good idea that he can't drive yet :)

Thanks!

Posted by: aunteeneenah (aunteeneenah)
Posted at: September 20th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)

I gotta tell ya, there are some days I'd agree with Stephen! lol I love this. He just says it like it is and then just jumps out of the car and runs. Poor Stephen, he's never gonna get a license. lol Well done.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
stephen blue wonder

I think most of us wish we had the gumption to just get out of the car sometimes, but only Stephen would lack the sense to refrain :)

Thanks!

Posted by: nietie (nietie)
Posted at: September 21st, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Nick/Stephen

Haha, I can't blame Stephen running from a talk *g*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
stephen angsty

LOL, yes. He knows his exits.

Thanks!

Posted by: fredbassett (fredbassett)
Posted at: September 21st, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)

LOL, I think keeping Stephen away from the wheel of a car is a very good idea!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
stephen cutter

Yeah, I can't imagine what damage he'd do with a car.

Thanks!

Posted by: reggietate (reggietate)
Posted at: September 21st, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
stephen-nick-m25

The thought of Stephen behind the wheel of a car makes me nervous :-D

Another fascinating slice of life between Cutter and feral!Stephen. I love the way he made his escape through the window, rather than the door!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
stephen cutter distance

The thought should make everyone nervous. LOL.

And of course he used the window -- he'd never do things the easy way :)

Thanks!

Posted by: lsellersfic (lsellersfic)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Primeval:Stephen

LOL! He's like a small child!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
stephen goodbye

He definitely has his moments :)

Thanks!

Posted by: sophie_deangirl (sophie_deangirl)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Petulant Stephen

This is downright adorable! So normal! I heard the voices in my head and it sounded completely true.

Fave Part:

“With road rage like that, it’s probably for the best,” Cutter said.

“I can hunt the most dangerous predators of all time,” Stephen said petulantly. “I think I can handle traffic.”

--tee hee!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Petulant Stephen
stephen broken

Writing this version of Stephen has been so much fun. He's Stephen, but a little less reserved and a lot more dangerous :)

Thanks!

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