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Ariane DeVere
Terror in Sanctuary 
25th-Jul-2008 11:10 am
Benedict - Metro

Title : Terror in Sanctuary

Author : ArianeDeVere

Fandom : Primeval

Characters : Stephen, Ryan

Disclaimer : Primeval belongs to way more powerful and wealthy people than me, Sanctuary belongs to mysteriousaliwz

Spoilers : None

My first ever fanfic - and quite possibly my last!

“Stephen, wake up now!”

Stephen’s eyes snapped open instantly. Never in all the time he had known Tom Ryan had he heard such a tone of anxiety in his voice. He looked across the bedroom to see Ryan lifting the rocket launcher out of the corner, hoisting it across his shoulder and aiming it towards the window.

“What’s happening?” he asked, trying to clear his head.

“Get up and get dressed. Then get the mortar from the living room and bring it in here.”

“Ryan, what the hell is happening?” Stephen asked.

“No time to explain. Just get it now,” Ryan replied sternly, busy checking the launcher.

Stephen threw himself out of bed, dragged on his jeans and a T-shirt and hurried into the living room to get the mortar. Carrying it into the bedroom, he looked at Ryan’s face. Dammit, the man looked scared.

“Put it down there,” Ryan ordered, pointing with one foot to an area of the floor nearby. “Aim it towards the window.”

“What’s out there?” Stephen asked quietly, as he obeyed the instructions.

“It’s on the lawn,” Ryan answered. “We have to deal with it, and quickly.”

Stephen, who was kneeling on the carpet as he set up the mortar in what he hoped was the right position, raised his head and craned to see through the window, but Ryan put his hand on his shoulder and pushed him down again. Stephen was appalled to realise that Ryan’s hand was shaking. He put his own hand over it, trying to reassure him.

“Ryan, Management would never allow anything dangerous in here. They may do some crazy things to us occasionally, but they’d never let anything in that could hurt us.”

“Well this bastard got in somehow, and Management aren’t answering the intercom right now,” said Ryan grimly. “It’s got to be killed, and fast.” He turned and looked down into Stephen’s eyes. “You have to understand, we’re in more danger now than we ever were when we were out in the world where the others live.”

He turned and steadied the rocket launcher on his shoulder. Stephen fought off a shudder. He had stood side by side with Ryan on many occasions as they faced down all sorts of dangerous creatures, and never in all that time had the soldier shown the slightest sign of fear. But now his eyes were wide, his face was covered with sweat and, from the movement of the launcher, he didn’t seem to be able to stop his hands from trembling slightly.

“Ryan, I need to see it,” Stephen told him quietly. “For one thing, I need to know what I’m aiming at.”

Ryan swallowed nervously. “All right, but make it quick.”

Bracing one foot underneath him, Stephen stood up from his kneeling position and glanced quickly into the garden. He just had time to focus on the creature on the lawn when Ryan pushed him back down onto his knees again.

“Stop it!” Stephen said in irritation. “I didn’t get a chance to see it!”

“Yes you did. It’s right out there!”

“You mean, that’s the danger? There isn’t something else out there?”

“Oh, it’s the bloody danger, all right,” said Ryan harshly.

“It can’t possibly hurt us!” Stephen protested. “Management probably sent it so we’d have something to play with - sort of like a pet!”

Releasing the rocket launcher with one hand, Ryan seized the top of Stephen’s T-shirt and pulled him closer, glaring down into his face. There was still a tremor in his hand as he spoke.

“It’s not a pet,” he growled.  “It’s a bunny.  And we have to kill it before it gets any ideas.”

25th-Jul-2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is brilliant!. A rampaging plot-bunny menaces Sanctuary :-) I love it.
28th-Jul-2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Blimey, how did you find this so fast? I hadn't even posted it on Denial yet! Thanks for the feedback.
28th-Jul-2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
I always have my sekrit spies on the look-out for fic :-)
27th-Jul-2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant! We definitely want this in Denial, please, it's superb :)
28th-Jul-2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
lmao Brilliant! Ryan is a very very very wise man to be afraid of bunnies. Silly Stephen for underestimating the ebil beast :)
28th-Jul-2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Poor, naive Stephen *g*. Hope you're going to be writing more fanfic . . .
28th-Jul-2008 01:15 pm (UTC)

Beware the bunnies! Anya had the right idea. *nods*

gratuitous BtVS reference
28th-Jul-2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oh that was lovely, I needed the laugh :)
28th-Jul-2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
OMG, this is fabulous!!! Those bloody bunnies get everywhere, and Ryan is right to be terrified!

*wonders where she can get a rocket launcher to ward off her own bunnies*
28th-Jul-2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
LOL very, very funny. I loved it!
28th-Jul-2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Very nice.
Poor Ryan being afraid of the poor ickle bunny....ahem... okay I admit bunnies of the plot-kind can be scary.
Thanks for sharing.
And I agree with what was said before: more, please?
28th-Jul-2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely and funny. Ryan is right to be afraid of the big bad plot bunny.
28th-Jul-2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Ryan has the right idea!
LOL! Great fic!
28th-Jul-2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
OMG LOL!! That was brilliant! Heck, even I was getting nervous, really good work *g* And I agree with Ryan, those things need a rocket launcher and a mortar and anything else you can hit them with!
This is your first fanfic? I can't believe it! You must write more! And fast! And may many thousands of bunnies descend upon your impeccable lawn... :)
28th-Jul-2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Lol this is great. Poor innocent Stephen, unaware of the danger he's in.
28th-Jul-2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
It had better not be your last fanfic!

Not only is this excellently written, but it is in character and funny. That last line is excellent.


(I've had a very bad day and you made me happy for a minute or so.)
28th-Jul-2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing*

Ryan's right to be afraid - they can be vicious little buggers, those plotbunnies *g*

Nice one. I do hope this won't be your last fic!
29th-Jul-2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks to everyone for the really nice comments! I'm really touched (and more than a little relieved!) that it went down so well.

This is the first time that a non-Mary Sue bunny has looked in my direction (and MS bunnies get sent straight back home again, except in my mind), so who knows, now that they know the way, I might surprise you one day when you're least expecting it.

Thanks again for the really nice feedback.

31st-Jul-2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Be afraid, be very afraid! Poor naive Stephen, with no idea what damage a plot bunny can do! Loved this!
23rd-Jan-2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
(I'm rereading the Sanctuary-verse fics, in case you're wondering what I'm doing here).

For your first fanfic - and I do hope not your last ever - this is excellent. The last line is pure genius. Loving it again.
24th-Jan-2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comments on this and the other Sanctuary fic. It's always nice to be revisited!
17th-Feb-2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
*falls over*
29th-Feb-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Good Heavens! I had all sorts of things going through my mind, Cleaners, Predators, T-Rex, but when I read that last line, I lost it! lmfao!!!
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