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.
Warnings: once again not beta-read
AN: Sorry, this took me forever. With LJ down, I didn’t have a chance to post anything. And in the last three days, I really didn’t have the time – at least not when it’s pretty much taking forever for LJ to post anything. :/
Anyway, I’ll try to update sooner next time, I promise.
Abby was pacing the living room of Jess’s apartment. She checked her stunning gun, made sure it was loaded and working. Then she checked her watch again. Sixty-three minutes left.
She started pacing again. She should have gone with Becker. She shouldn’t have left him alone on the other side of the anomaly searching for Jess. Together they would have been able to search a larger area within the two hours they had.
What if Becker wasn’t able to find Jess in time? Jess knew that it was important to stay near the anomaly in case it reopened, but maybe it hadn’t been possible. Maybe she had been forced to move farther away from the anomaly to find shelter.
Abby had told Jess nearly everything there was to tell about the time she had spent with Connor in the Late Cretaceous. She had told her how they’d stayed near the spot where the anomaly had been, in case it reopened. How they had spent the first nights on a tree before building the cave they had then lived in. How Connor had gone fishing, and how they had fed on dead dinosaurs if they’d found one.
Jess surely new enough about dinosaurs and prehistoric eras to survive there. But knowing enough about it and actually surviving there were two different things, and Jess wasn’t trained for fighting against dinosaurs.
On the other hand, she had fought against future predators. She had shown that she wasn’t as weak as many people thought she was. There was at least a chance that she had survived.
Jess hadn’t been attacked by a large carnivore, after all. It had only been a Sinosaurus. They weren’t that strong, basically scavengers. And while they undoubtedly could kill a human being, it was also possible for a human to fight them.
Checking her watch once more, she swore silently. The time was going by so slowly that she was sure she would lose it before the two hours were over. Sitting around waiting just wasn’t for her.
Maybe she should just unlock the anomaly and go check if Becker had already found Jess. But she knew it was too risky. They simply couldn’t risk anything else getting through, especially not one of the large carnivores.
Lester would give them hell for trying to save Jess, anyway. If there was a creature incursion because of them disobeying his orders, they could all try and look for another job.
Abby swore silently when she heard a knock on the door. Hoping it was just another sales rep, she remained silent pretending there was no one home.
“Abby, open the door! I know you’re in there,” she heard Emily’s voice call through the door.
“Are you alone?” she asked through the closed door.
“Yes, I am,” Emily replied. “Now let me in!”
Abby hurried to open the door, pulling Emily in and closing it again. “Did Lester send you?” she wanted to know.
Emily nodded, staring in disbelief at the closed anomaly in the middle of Jess’s apartment. “The anomaly alert went off saying there was an anomaly right here,” Emily told her. “As I can see, it was a mistake. Let me report back to the ARC.”
She reached to her side turning off her black box. “You did it,” she mumbled. “You reopened the anomaly.”
“What does that mean, the alert went off?” Abby asked, ignoring Emily’s comment.
Emily turned back to Abby, and explained, “For a few days there has been a glitch in the ADD. The alert goes off when there is no anomaly or there is an anomaly but the alert doesn’t go off. Connor is trying to fix it. When he rebooted the computer system, the anomaly alert went off showing an incursion here. Lester sent me to check it out.”
Abby swore silently. This wasn’t going how they’d planned it.
“Don’t worry. Lester believes it’s just another glitch,” Emily assured her. “At least he said so. Let me just call the ARC to report that there is no anomaly.”
“You should head back to the ARC, before anyone smells a rat,” Abby said.
“You can’t do this alone,” Emily told her. “And you shouldn’t have to.”
“Emily, we didn’t want to drag you in…” Abby started.
Emily interrupted her, “Abby, Jess is my friend, too. I care about her as much as you do. I’ll do what I can to bring her back.” She turned her black box back on.
Abby smiled. Somehow she had expected Emily to say something like that.
“This is Emily Merchant reporting,” she spoke into her earpiece. “Yes, sir, as you assumed, the alert was a glitch. There is no anomaly.”
Abby grinned. Apparently, Emily had learned a lot from Matt already. She was a better liar than him by now.
“No, there hasn’t been any anomaly anywhere near,” Emily replied. “At least none that we know of.”
Abby watched the surprised look on Emily’s face while she got instructions through the earpiece.
“Yes, Sir. I’ll report back when I’m finished,” Emily said before switching off her black box again and taking out the earpiece. “Lester just told me to search the area for any possible anomalies or creature incursions,” she said.
Abby smirked. “The Security Service is investigating Jess’s disappearance, isn’t it?” she asked.
Of course, Lester knew what was going on behind his back – and he did his best to cover up for them.
“So, Becker went through the anomaly?” Emily guessed.
“Yeah,” Abby replied, looking at her watch. “I’ll unlock the anomaly in fifty-five minutes. Once they’re back through I’ll shut the anomaly down.”
“Maybe I should go after him,” she suggested. “I mean, he might need some help finding Jess.”
“I can’t let you, I’m sorry,” Abby told her. “Becker wouldn’t want you to go after him. Besides, he’s been on the other side for over an hour now. He certainly already found Jess – and if he didn’t, he might be too far away from the anomaly for you to find him in time.”
“What if he can’t find Jess?” Emily asked.
Abby looked at her for a moment, before sighing. “Let’s just hope he can,” she mumbled.
Emily nodded, knowing that they wouldn’t see either of them again if Becker didn’t find Jess within the two hours. “Do you think he realised it in the meantime?”
Abby raised an eyebrow at her friend.
“That he’s in love with her,” Emily told her with a shrug. “You know, Matt came up with a bet what it might take for him to finally realise and make a move on her.”
Normally, Abby would have laughed at the idea. But she didn’t feel like laughing at the moment. “I bet Jess disappearing through an anomaly and being trapped in the Early Jurassic for two weeks wasn’t on the list.”
“No,” Emily replied with a frown. “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said anything. I was just wondering if he knows why he is doing all this, risking all this to bring her back.”
“Believe me, if they get back through and he doesn’t finally make his move, I’m going to kick him until he does,” Abby said. “By now he should know that there’s no time to wait forever.”
Emily just nodded.
For a moment, neither of them said a word, until Emily finally asked, “How long will you keep the anomaly open?”
“Becker gave me thirty seconds, but I’ll keep it open as long as I can,” Abby stated. “I’m afraid it won’t be for long, though. Connor’s prototype isn’t built for keeping the anomaly open forever. Eventually, it will break down.”
“If they don’t come back through, I’m going to search for them.”
“Emily…” Abby started.
“I’m serious,” the other woman quickly interrupted her. “We both know what it’s like to be forced to survive in a prehistoric era. I won’t abandon them. You can reopen the anomaly and get all of us back. You did it once. You can do it again, can’t you?”
“To be honest, I’m not sure about it,” Abby mumbled. “Eventually, they will notice and make sure we can’t open any anomaly ever again.”
“My mind is made up,” Emily insisted. “Matt went after Connor, you went after them, now Becker went after Jess… I’m not going to stay here and do nothing if they don’t make it back through.”
“Okay, here’s the deal: If they don’t come back before the anomaly gets unstable, we’ll both go through,” Abby stated.
Emily turned to give her a small smile. “I don’t think Connor is going to like this.”
Abby just smirked. “I don’t think Matt is going to like it if you go through. And to be honest, I don’t want to be here when he finds out.”
“But you let Connor take the blame for it?” Emily asked.
Abby shrugged. “He’s not here, so there’s no way he could hold you back. I am here, and unless you knock me out with your EMD, technically, I would be able to hold you back, so...”
Emily smirked at her. Then she became serious again, asking, “What if one of the raptors comes through before they do?”
Grinning, Abby held up her stunning gun. “That’s what this is for.”
Emily grimaced, throwing her EMD at her. “Here, I’ve got another one in the truck.”
Abby frowned at her. “Why are we doing this secretly if everyone already knows about it?”
“We only know because we’d all do the same,” Emily told her with a smile, heading for the door to get the other EMD. “We just wouldn’t know how to rebuild the prototype.”
Smiling, Abby shook her head. It had been Becker’s idea not to let Emily and Matt in on their plans – not because he didn’t trust them, but because he hadn’t wanted them to risk their jobs as well. He should have known they all would be in no matter what.
Emily opened the door and almost shrieked in surprise. Then she smiled brightly.
Matt smirked, holding an EMD out for her. “I guess you were looking for this.”
“What are you doing here?” Emily asked, stepping aside letting Matt in.
“The anomaly alert went off signalling an anomaly in Jess’s apartment,” he said, looking at Abby. “Come on, seriously. Glitch or no glitch, this was too obvious to be a coincidence.”
“What was your excuse to disappear?” Abby wanted to know.
“I’m trying to capture some Dodos that don’t exist and send them back through an anomaly that doesn’t exist, either,” he replied. “But with the glitch in the ADD, no one will know. I told them I saw first one of the Dodos and then the anomaly on my way back to the ARC.”
“Does anyone not know we’re trying to bring Jess back?” Abby asked, rolling her eyes in frustration.
Matt shrugged. “The Security Service, I guess,” he told her. “Lester’s doing his best to keep them busy.”
“So, Lester knows as well?” Abby asked, swearing silently.
“I don’t think he actually knows anything,” Matt assured her. “But I’m pretty sure he has a hunch, especially since the alert went off.”
“Great,” Abby said, snorting. “So it’s just a matter of time before a team gets here to stop us.”
“I don’t know,” Matt told her with a shrug. “Somehow, I have a feeling he won’t send a team over. Frankly, I think Lester has a soft spot for Jess.”
“He has a soft spot for all of us,” Abby argued with a smile. “He just doesn’t want to admit it.”
Matt smirked at her. “So you think there’s a chance we’re not going to get fired for this?”