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
Smiling, Becker looked at the woman lying in his arms. Jess was sound asleep, nestled to his chest, breathing in a calm and steady rhythm.
He still couldn’t believe she was alive. For two weeks he’d had to deal with the fear of having lost her forever. He had even come to terms with spending the rest of his life here in the Early Jurassic searching for Jess.
His worst nightmare had been not being able to find her and bring her back. He was glad it hadn’t come true. He honestly wouldn’t have known how to move on without her in his life.
Gently brushing a strand of hair out of her peaceful face, Becker took in the sight of her. He didn’t have to go on without her. She was still here, still with him. And once they were back home he was finally going to tell her everything he should have told her for ages.
The alert on his watch beeped, signalling that it was time to go home. Becker scanned the fern-covered area lying between the tree and the anomaly. It was quiet, no sign of a raptor nearby. But he knew this didn’t have to mean anything. The raptors were small. They could easily hide in the high ferns.
He softly let his hand brush over her cheek. “Jess,” he whispered. “Jess, wake up. It’s time to go home.”
She made a sound of complaint, before reluctantly opening her eyes, and then looking up and smiling at him.
“It’s time to go,” he softly repeated.
Jess nodded, repressing a yawn. She couldn’t remember the last time she had slept so well. Even if she knew it was never going to happen, she couldn’t help thinking she could get used to waking up like this.
Becker looked at the small bubble that was the locked anomaly, and frowned. “I think we’ll have to run,” he stated. “The raptors are pretty much everywhere.” He couldn’t help but wonder if she could really run fast enough and that far with her inflamed ankle.
“Hey,” Jess said, interrupting his thoughts and causing him to look at her again. “I can do it,” she assured him. “I will do it. I have to.”
He nodded. She had survived two weeks here. Two weeks with her inflamed ankle and without any weapons to speak of. He should stop thinking about her as a young girl who wasn’t trained for fighting dinosaurs. She had proven herself a capable soldier.
“Okay,” he said. “I told Abby to leave the anomaly open for thirty seconds. She’ll unlock it in two minutes. How long do you think we’ll need to get over there?”
Jess looked at the small bubble, estimating the distance between them and the anomaly. Then she shrugged. “Not more than a minute.”
He thought about it, and then nodded again. “We only have one chance,” he said.
“We just have to make sure we don’t need another one,” Jess replied. There was no way she was going to get trapped here twice.
“We will,” he told her, making her look at him again. “I’ll bring you back home.”
“I know,” Jess said, smiling at him.
Becker cupped her cheek with his hand, smiling as she leaned into his touch. A feeling of deep love washed over him, and he knew he needed to bring her back at all costs. “Jess, I want you to go through the anomaly, no matter what. Do you understand?”
“Like hell I will,” she whispered.
“I mean it,” she quickly interrupted him. “You came for my rescue. There’s no way I’m going to leave you behind.”
He opened his mouth to argue with her, but then remembered that it was pointless. He had to make sure they both got through the anomaly, period.
Checking his watch, Becker took a deep breath. “Okay, it’s time to go.”
Realising that he had lost his EMD in the fight with the dinosaurs, Becker swore silently. “Um… You don’t happen to have seen my…”
Grinning, Jess reached behind him and handed him the EMD.
“You… are amazing,” he told her, softly pecking her cheek.
She smiled brightly, reaching for her weapon – that was her bat. Maybe the raptors would attack again, and she didn’t want to face them defenceless.
They carefully climbed down the tree. Jess grimaced when she put weight on her bad foot, making Becker frown at her in concern.
“I’m fine,” she whispered. “Let’s go.”
Nodding, Becker grabbed her hand, raised his EMD and ran – not exactly as fast as he could, because he wanted to make sure Jess could keep pace.
The way from the tree to the anomaly seemed endless. No matter how far they ran, they didn’t seem to get any closer to the anomaly. Becker wasn’t even sure how much time had passed since they’d left the tree.
Ferns were rustling all around them, passing by as they ran towards the anomaly.
For the longest part of the way, everything went smooth – too smooth. Becker’s body tensed. He had this feeling again that something was watching them.
“You know, I can run faster,” Jess whispered next to him.
Becker turned a little to look at her, then nodded and picked up speed. He wasn’t surprised that Jess easily kept pace.
They were approaching the still locked anomaly. So far, there was no sign of any raptors.
“Come on, Abby, unlock it,” he mumbled.
Just this moment, the small bubble flickered before turning into a fully open anomaly again.
Becker stopped dead, Jess almost bumping into him, when a Sinosaurus came out of the ferns right in front of them. Becker aimed at it, shooting twice and bringing it down.
“Move,” he shouted, but it was too late. Two more raptors appeared to his right and three to his left.
He aimed again, taking out another one, and another one. But there were just too many of them. He knew they couldn’t fight them much longer. They needed to get through the anomaly so that Abby could shut it down.
“Jess,” he almost yelled. “Go!”
“I’m not leaving you,” she yelled back, hitting one of the Sinosauruses with her branch. At a time, she would have shrieked and looked for a place to hide if confronted with a crowd of deadly dinosaurs armed with claws. But at one point she had gotten used to fighting them.
She wasn’t panicking anymore, even though she was still afraid. But she had learned to use the adrenaline as a driving force to fight the dinosaurs. And she had started to understand Becker’s inordinate affection for guns.
She also had to admit that fighting dinosaurs and actually winning felt good – in a strange and somehow disgusting way. She wasn’t someone who enjoyed killing. But when she allowed her survival instincts to kick in, she easily became what she would certainly consider a killer.
Out of the corner of her eye, she saw one of the raptors aiming for Becker. “Watch out!” she shrieked.
Becker jumped to the side, ducking the attack. Elegantly rolling over, he shot the raptor in midair, before quickly turning about thirty degree and shooting the raptor that was about to attack Jess.
The Sinosauruses were trying to separate them from each other so that they were easier prey. Unfortunately, they were pretty successful – and they were outnumbering Jess and him by far. This wasn’t how he had pictured their way back.
Becker had never seen Jess fight like this. As a matter of fact, he had never really seen her fight at all. It was surprisingly hot, and it filled him with pride at the same time.
He was proud of her, proud of the fighter she had become within two weeks. She was rather creative in fighting the raptors, and she was really good at it. Becker realised that he had underestimated her terribly. He had never thought of her as a fighter, but she put up one hell of a fight right now.
Becker watched Jess jump to the side, ducking another attack in a perfect soldier-like movement, and knocking the dinosaur down with a hard stroke. She hit it again rather brutally – and Becker found himself finding it rather arousing.
Her sidestep had brought Jess right in front of the still open anomaly. Turning around she looked back at Becker. Six more Sinosauruses were blocking his way. There was no way he would make it through.
“Jess, go!” he yelled again, shooting another one of the raptors.
“No!” she yelled back, charging for one of the raptors herself.
The raptor threw her to the ground, and she had to kick it to break free. She hissed when a sharp pain rushed through her leg. Quickly jumping back to her feet, Jess hit the raptor with her branch before a surge from Becker’s EMD brought it down.
Pain was pounding from her ankle all through her leg. Looking down she noticed that the wound was bleeding again.
“I’m almost out,” Becker told her. “Go!”
“I’m not leaving you behind,” she stated, looking into his eyes for a moment. “I can’t.”
Becker looked at his battery and swore silently. He didn’t have more than five maybe six shots left, but whenever he took out one of the raptors, two more were showing up. There were just too many of them.
There was a familiar flickering in the anomaly, making Jess turn around. It was getting unstable, meaning there weren’t more than one maybe two minutes left before it disappeared and they’d be trapped here forever.
“Becker,” she called out, slaying another raptor.
“Go,” he shouted. “It’s getting unstable. Go, now!”
“Not without you,” she insisted.
Their eyes met for a split second, and he could see her love for him shining in them. For the first time, she didn’t even try to hide her deep feelings, and he realised that it was either both of them going home or none of them.
The anomaly flickered again as he shot another Sinosaurus. Becker swore, he was almost out, there were still three raptors standing between him and their way home, and Jess was refusing to go.
They were going to die. If the anomaly closed and they were still here, his EMD pretty much useless, there was no way they would make it back to the trees before being mauled by the Sinosauruses.
For a brief moment his mind wandered back to the day he had watched Sarah being ripped apart by a future predator. He couldn’t let this happen again. He couldn’t watch Jess die. They still had a chance.
Becker jumped to his feet, charging for the Sinosauruses blocking his way with a hell-bent outcry. He hit the raptor with his EMD, almost in the same movement shooting another one and thus breaking through the barrier they had built up between him and Jess.
The anomaly flickered once more, threatening to collapse.
Becker saw one of the Sinosauruses charging for Jess, jumping up to attack her by air.
In a desperate attempt to keep his promise to bring her back, Becker launched forward, half jumping, half running. Jumping at Jess, he dragged her to the ground, just a second before the Sinosaurus could claw her.
Two more raptors, sniffing their chance with their prey on the ground, jumped at them immediately.