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Title: (It's not the end of the world) it's the world you have to live in (8/8)

Author: smaragdbird

Fandom: Primeval

Pairing: Becker/Ethan, Ethan/OMC

Rating: R

Warnings: violence, character death, killing of animals, discussion of political assassinations and mercy killing

Summary: 16 years ago Patrick Quinn and his friend Matt were stranded on the wrong side of an anomaly and were shortly separated as well afterwards. When chance brings Ethan Dobrowski back to the present he joins the ARC to wait for Danny's return, to reenact his revenge on the brother who he believes abandoned him.

Matt, having returned after being stranded in a desolate, dystopian future filled with monsters, has returned as well to prevent said future from ever happening by any means necessary.

As Ethan becomes more and more drawn to Becker he begins to question his decisions and Matt's as well but all that holds them in the ARC is a closely spun net of lies that would unravel as soon as one of them would tell the truth. But time draws near and in the face of the looming extinction on most life on earth and his personal feelings Ethan will have to make a decision.

A/N:Written for au_bigbang.

Lots of love for fredbassett for the quick and thorough beta-reading :)

Technically this is the extremly long prequel to Tried and True

The not so serious character sheet


Basically I took the idea that Ethan might spent his 18 anomaly years in Tsarist Russia and ran



United Kingdom, London, 1902
The sentence hadn’t been any surprise: death by hanging.

He shouldn’t have listened to Rosa Luxemburg when he and Felix had attended the conference in Berlin. He should have gone with Felix back to Russia instead of accepting the mission to go to Britain and spread the word by the propaganda of the deed.

He had done just that. Six people were dead before they had caught up with him. It wasn’t dying for the course that he minded but he would have rather done it at Felix’s side although the irony of being hanged in his hometown a couple decades before he was even born wasn’t lost on him.

No, the surprise was the gateway that had appeared in his cell in the middle of the night.

Fifteen years after a monster had chased him through one of these lights into the wrong world and the wrong time it had come back for him.

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience,” Ethan quoted to himself. The light was brighter than he had remembered and the shards flitted through his hands. It probably wouldn’t take him to Switzerland but it would save his life.

Ethan smirked at the sheer irony of it.

Things had got really out of hand but he wasn’t dead yet and he just might make it home.



The woman’s face was tanned and her long brown tresses fell openly over her shoulders when she kneeled down next to him.

“Do you feel better?” she asked.

“Where am I?”

She shrugged. “Far away from home. Like the rest of us.” She helped him stand up. “I’m Charlotte.”



The future
“We found an anomaly back into the time before,” Mandras told them, coughing heavily as he did. By this world’s standard he was old but not as ancient as Matt’s father. “I will send you back to set right what went wrong.”

“Why me?” Matt asked.

“Because you came from that time. You can fit in where we can’t.”

“I haven’t been there for 20 years,” Matt argued. “It’s too much for one man.”

“You father will come with you,” Mandras coughed again. “He knows our history better than anyone else. It is in your hands to save us.”


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fififolle
Nov. 10th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I just caught up on the whole fic (and I don't think you've posted the last part to Denial yet! I just kept hitting next entry *g*) and I enjoyed it very much. I loved the way Ethan went to Becker and they got together, that was fab. Then there was the birthmark moment! Poor Becker. I'm glad he gave Ethan a second chance. All the Russian stuff was great, too. *claps*
flaccidduck
Nov. 24th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
YaY! great chapter. I love your style of writing that so suits the plot as it's unfolding.
freddiejoey
Nov. 24th, 2012 06:44 am (UTC)
Wonderful continuation of this story.
lsellersfic
Nov. 25th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
Great close to the series, bringing us back to fill in the gaps.
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