Disclaimer: Neither the show nor the characters belong to me, they belong to ITV1. Nonetheless, I love to borrow them from time to time. The idea of the story as well as the story itself – including all possible pre- or sequels published afterwards – are mine.
Summary: This was a dream, it had to be. This wasn’t supposed to happen, not here, not to her, not like this. Yet, here she was, trapped in the Early Jurassic, surrounded by dinosaurs considering her as nothing but food.
Becker tried to break free from whatever was pulling him towards the trees. Why there anyway? His vision was still blurred, especially in the bright sunlight blinding him.
Had there been predators which had lived in the trees and had killed their prey there? He was sure he had never heard of any. But that surely didn’t mean there hadn’t been some. They didn’t know all the different types of dinosaurs there had been over the millions of years before humans inhabited the planet.
Besides, the grip around his hand didn’t feel like a dinosaur biting him. And the figure pulling him towards the trees was much too small to be a Sinosaurus. He still couldn’t see clearly, blood and sweat still burning in his eyes. He only knew that the grip was too firm, too strong to be Jess’s.
Maybe there had been other people from other eras trapped here as well. It had happened to Emily and about fifteen other people. So it was at least possible that there was a group of humans living here. If they had found Jess, she might still be alive.
Becker quickly climbed up the tree when they had reached it, finally able to wipe his eyes clean, he turned around when he was sure he was out of the dinosaur’s reach, and froze. There she was, her hair a mess and her face and fancy clothes covered with dirt. But it was unmistakably her.
He had to wipe his eyes again to be sure he really saw her and wasn’t just imagining it. “Jess,” he whispered, relief written all over his face.
She threw herself into his arms, sobbing with joy and relief to see him. “You came for me,” she mumbled into his chest. “You came for me.”
Wrapping his arms around her, Becker placed a soft kiss on her dirty hair, whispering, “Always.”
She snuggled into the embrace, leaning her head against his chest, hearing his steady heartbeat. For a moment, she didn’t care if this was appropriate. She didn’t even really care if he had wanted to hug her. She just wanted him to hold her. It had been too long since she’d last had contact with any living thing other than a dinosaur, let alone with him.
Becker wrapped his arms closer around her, pulling her against his chest. She was almost on top of him due to the fact that the forked branch didn’t allow them anymore space. But he didn’t care, not at all. He couldn’t get her close enough to him. He knew he would never let go of her again, ever.
There was a somewhat awkward silence spreading between them. There were so many things Jess wanted to tell Becker, how much it meant to her that he was here, that he had risked his life to bring her back. That everything she said before she’d been pulled through the anomaly was true. That she was and forever would be in love with him. But she didn’t dare. Despite the fact that he was here, she couldn’t be sure he had feelings for her. Not those kind of feelings, anyway.
Becker bit his lip. He desperately wanted to ask Jess if what she’d said before she’d disappeared was true. If she really loved him.
And then he wanted to tell her what he felt for her, how much she meant to him, how much he cared about her. And that he would always, always come for her rescue when she needed it. He would never leave her behind.
But this wasn’t the time and it definitely wasn’t the place for a conversation like that. He wanted her back home, safe and healthy, before he told her everything he wanted to tell her. And then he would take her out for dinner. Or maybe he would first ask her out and then confess. He wasn’t sure about it yet.
“You know, this was supposed to go the other way round,” Becker joked to break the silence. “I mean, me saving you and all that.”
She chuckled softly, still snuggling up closer against him. Suddenly realizing how close she was to Becker, who smelled unmistakably of guns and aftershave, and that she certainly didn’t smell of anything other than dirt and sweat, she reluctantly pushed away from him. “Maybe we should keep some distance between us,” she mumbled, looking down. “I haven’t taken a bath in ages. I must smell terribly.”
Chuckling himself, Becker took some dirt off her hair. “You survived two weeks in the Early Jurassic and all you care about is the way you smell.”
Her head shot up and she looked at him again. “Two weeks?” she whispered. “It had only been… two weeks?”
Becker nodded slowly.
“I… really thought it had been much longer,” Jess whispered.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t be here earlier,” he replied, contritely, pulling Jess back against him and kissing the top of her head. “And don’t worry about the way you smell, Jess. You always smell nice.”
“I’m not so sure about that,” she replied, but refused to give up her comfortable position. So she snuggled closer into his embrace.
“I… You know, I’m surprised you came for me at all,” she admitted. “I thought no one was allowed to go through an anomaly. Didn’t you bring up that rule?”
“Well, you obviously don’t know the entire rule,” Becker told her.
Jess frowned, but refused to let go of him to look into his face. It just felt too good to be in his arms, snuggled up so close against him, and suddenly she had absolutely no intention of leaving this place anytime soon. “The entire rule?” she asked.
“Yeah, the entire rule is no one is allowed to go through an anomaly,” he explained, “unless to save Jessica Parker.”
“That’s the entire rule?” she mumbled against his chest. She was just too tired to raise her head right now. She just wanted to sleep for at least two weeks. The tension of the past days fell from her all at once, and she suddenly felt incredibly exhausted. And for the first time since she’d been pulled through the anomaly, she felt safe again, knowing he would watch over her and protect her.
“Yeah, it is now,” Becker replied, gently stroking her hair, “since you’ve been pulled through an anomaly by a raptor. I couldn’t leave you behind.”
This made her raise her head to look at him. “Thank you,” she whispered, a tear running down her cheek. “Thank you for coming for me.”
He reached out to brush the tear away. “Anytime,” he told her. “Literally.”
Jess giggled. Something she hadn’t felt like doing in a very long time.
Becker let his fingers caress her cheek. It felt so good to have her back, and be close to her again. She was so beautiful, and her skin was so soft and so… hot?
He frowned, letting his hand wander over her face, touching her cheeks and forehead. “Are you running a fever?” he asked, his voice filled with concern again.
“I don’t know, maybe,” she replied. “My ankle refuses to heal. I guess it’s inflamed or something.”
“We’ll get you back to see a doctor and get proper antibiotics,” Becker assured her. “You’ve been running around with that for two weeks?”
“At some point I didn’t feel the pain anymore,” she replied. “At least not that much. It’s okay. Well, it hurts, but I can handle it.”
“Remind me to ask Lester to let you join my team,” he said, looking at her with something she had never thought she would see directed at her. It was a look he saved for the best soldiers in the team, a mixture of appreciation and pride.
“Sorry to decline,” Jess said, causing him to chuckle again. “Speaking of Lester, I can’t believe he allowed you to try and save me,” she added.
Becker bit his lip, but didn’t dare telling her the truth.
Jess’s eyes widened. “You’re doing this without his knowledge?” she exclaimed. “But… how?”
“Connor rebuilt his prototype for New Dawn, making it possible to open an anomaly big enough for a human to go through,” he replied. “He calibrated the whole thing so that he could influence the time the anomaly would lead to. But I fear you’ll have to ask him for all the fancy details.”
“But… won’t they make sure the anomaly remains closed?” Jess carefully asked. “I mean, they will send a team to… wherever you opened the anomaly in no time at all.”
“Your apartment,” Becker said, smiling at her. “And they could only send a team if they knew there was an anomaly. But Connor entered a virus into the ADD disabling the anomaly detector for the two hours he gave me to find you.”
“You’re all going to get fired,” Jess whispered.
“Yeah, probably,” Becker affirmed with a chuckle. Then he reached out to cup her cheek with his hand again. “But I honestly don’t care. It was worth it. You’re alive and I’ll bring you back home. That’s all that matters.”
She blushed slightly. Even after having survived in this era for who knew how long, after having found a way to fight against dinosaurs without weapons to speak of, he could still make her blush with a simple comment like that.
They both remained silent again for a moment, neither of them sure what to say, neither of them daring to say what they wanted to say.
“I knew you were still alive,” Becker finally whispered. “I just… knew you would survive. I’m really proud of you, you know that?”
“It was helpful that I’ve heard so much about dinosaurs and surviving in prehistoric eras from Abby,” she told him. “The rest I kind of figured out on my own. The small predators don’t dare approaching the large herbivores, so I stayed close to them when I was collecting food.”
Becker looked around. “I’m surprised you found anything edible around here at all.”
“Yeah, well, it wasn’t much,” she admitted, grimacing slightly. “You have no idea how tired I am of gingko leaves and dried raw meat.”
Smiling, Becker reached into his pocket revealing a bar of chocolate he had wanted to give to her the day she’d disappeared. “Maybe this will help,” he said.
Jess shrieked at the sight in front of her, grabbing the chocolate bar from him. She carefully unwrapped the paper and took a bite. Closing her eyes happily, she let the sweet taste fill her mouth. It had been too damn long since she’d eaten anything tasting so good.
“It’s a new flavour, cappuccino cream, and… well, when I saw it I just wondered if you would like it, so I bought it for you the day you disappeared,” he admitted. “I just… didn’t have a chance anymore to let you try it.”
She stopped eating to look at him. “And you… kept it?”
“Yeah, because I had yet to give it to you,” he mumbled. “But it’s already two weeks old, so… I hope it’s still to your liking.”
“It’s delicious,” she replied through a mouthful of chocolate. “Even though, right now I wouldn’t care if it had orange in it. It would still be the best I have eaten in ages. Thank you.”
Becker smiled as he watched her finish the chocolate. Reaching out, he brushed some traces of the chocolate bar out of the corner of her mouth, letting his hand rest on her cheek much longer than necessary.
Jess leaned into the soft touch, her eyes never leaving Becker’s. She could see the relief in his eyes, and suddenly she realised that she’d done him injustice believing he wouldn’t come for her. He would never abandon her.
“So… um… shouldn’t we… get back?” Jess asked after she had finished her chocolate.
“We have to wait a little longer,” he replied, pulling her close to him once more. “I told Abby to keep the anomaly locked for two hours. So we have to stay here for another hour or so. But then we’ll go home.”
“Can you do me a favour?” she asked quietly.
“Of course,” Becker assured her. “Whatever it is.”
“I’m just… so tired,” she mumbled against his chest.“Sleep, Jess,” he told her. “I’ll watch over you. And I’ll wake you up when it’s time to go home.”