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Fandom   - Primeval
Pairing     - Danny / Lester
Rating      - R-15
Summary - Danny worries what the others will think when they find out about his relationship with James Lester.






“Oh my God!”


As Connor backed out of the room quickly, closing the door behind him, Danny glanced at Lester. The civil servant didn’t look particularly concerned as he sat back down behind his desk, if anything he appeared amused at Danny’s current panic.


“Well, that’s it; he’ll tell everyone.” He sighed at the calm expression on Lester’s face and paced across the office to the window, looking down just in time to see Connor and Becker, heads together as though sharing some prized gossip. “Great,” he muttered, walking back to Lester’s desk and sitting down on the corner.


“I mean, think how it looks from their point of view,” he continued. “I come in here as the new guy and you put me in charge.”


“Do you really think I would have let either of those two make the important decisions?” Lester asked him in disbelief. “Connor and Abby may be OK at what they do but they tend to require a chaperone much of the time.”


“That’s not the point.” He was beginning to think that Lester was being purposefully dense, just to wind him up.


Lester looked up to meet Danny’s eyes. “So what is the point?”


“They’re going to think I got the job because I’m fucking the boss!”


The man in question smiled. “Well, they’d be wrong,” he pointed out. “It would be more accurate to say that the boss is fucking you.”


Danny closed his eyes and counted to five. He might be sleeping with the man but sometimes, James Lester made him want to hit something. When he opened them, Lester was watching him, still with that calm expression. Then he sighed and the mask dropped a little, a hint of sadness showing through.


“Are you really so ashamed of the fact that you and I are together?”


“No!” Danny shook his head. “I’m not ashamed, I just don’t want them thinking I shagged my way into this job.”


“So talk to them.” Lester stood, approaching Danny and smiling. “Believe me, they won’t think badly of you. You’ve already earned their respect.”


Danny nodded, hoping that Lester was right. He let the other man pull him closer for a kiss.


“Are we still on for dinner tonight?”


Lester nodded, tugging his jacket straight once more and sitting behind his desk, picking up his pen and switching back to work mode. He looked up at Danny and asked,


“Don’t you have work to do? I don’t pay you to stand around looking pretty all day.”


That would have been a lot more effective had Lester not been smiling, Danny thought. He was dreading going back out into the ARC but he knew he had to face them sometime. He had barely got the halfway across the detector room when he found himself ambushed by three of his colleagues.


“So, Lester, huh?” Abby grinned, glancing up at the office and waving cheekily to Lester as he looked out. He ducked back out of sight and she laughed. “I always wondered why you spent so much time in his office.”


Becker was trying not to grin but failing. “Now we know.”


Danny wished that the ground would open up and swallow him there and then. “Look, it’s not what you think; it’s got nothing to do with why he hired me and-”


Connor stopped him. “Danny, mate, chill. We’re just having a laugh. You’re one of us now and that’s it.” The others both nodded as he added, “Although, I could have done without the sight of you snogging the boss with your hands on his arse. I’m never going to be able to get that image out of my head!”


Danny groaned as he felt his face heat up. Everyone laughed and, even though he knew he’d be in for a good deal of teasing, he knew that everything would be OK.






( 32 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 8th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
*scratches head in bewilderment* That was pretty good, but why do I feel like I've read it before? This exact fic?
Feb. 8th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
possibly ff.net- I was posting there before I moved onto livejournal. It's one I've had for a while but never got around to community-posting on livejournal.
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Feb. 8th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I like that touch of insecurity behind their banter . . .
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks- glad you liked it.
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Aww! So adorable. I love shy!Danny and traumatised-but-amused!Connor *g*

The man in question smiled. “Well, they’d be wrong,” he pointed out. “It would be more accurate to say that the boss is fucking you.”
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I couldn't resist adding that line *g*

Thanks for reading- glad you liked it.
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
He might be sleeping with the man but sometimes, James Lester made him want to hit something.
*g* Lester does seem to be able to bring out the worst in people!
Lovely snarky flirting between the boys, and nice how everyone teases Danny about it.
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Lester does seem to have a knack for annoying people, doesn't he?

Glad you enjoyed it.

Feb. 8th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hee! That was cute and funny all at the same time! Poor Danny... *g*
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it.
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Aaaaww, I love Danny's little panic moment, but the team was just awesome ^_^
LOL, poor Connor, he should have knocked, right?
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Poor Connor indeed, but if he knocked, he'd never find out anything interesting!

Thanks for reading- glad you liked it.
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
LOL. That'll teach Connor to knock next time *g* Nice to see an uncertainDanny and that nothing ruffles Lester.
Feb. 9th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I can think of something to ruffle Lester with... (and the plot bunnies are circling again! Damn.)

Pleased you enjoyed my little fic.

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Feb. 9th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this story! It's pretty funny seeing Danny in a panic when he's usually Mr. Cool and Relaxed. I think it's sweet when Lester asks Danny if he's ashamed of their relationship, only to have him reassure Danny that no one is going to think that he got the job because the boss is sleeping with him. The reaction from Abby, Connor and Becker to the news is great. I love Abby's cheeky wave to Lester and their friendly teasing.
Feb. 9th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I had to chuckle at your icon. Brilliant.

I don't think that the others would mind what Lester and Danny were getting up to, but they'd certainly have fun teasing them both about it!

Thanks for reading.
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
aww, yay for team love! I like the teensy tiny hint of angst, and how Lester clearly doesn't seem a bit disturbed by the ARC's personell gossipping about him ^.^

Also, Becker unsuccessfully hiding a smile is way cute.
Feb. 9th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Lester laughs in the face of gossip (then hides in his office until it all goes away!)

Glad you liked it.
Feb. 9th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
So much love for Lester in this. And poor, insecure Danny!

“It would be more accurate to say that the boss is fucking you.”
^^ That? Incredibly big grin at that. :D
Feb. 9th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yay for Lester-love. He needs a bit of fun; he's too serious.

Glad you enjoyed it.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
I love the hints of insecurity from Danny here. Makes him nicely human. He pairs rather well with Lester!
Feb. 9th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
They do make an oddly-appealing couple, don't they?

Glad you liked it.
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Lester really has managed to get through Danny's 'armour'. Nice to see his insecurity.
Loved the team's reaction :)
Feb. 9th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
I think they're more alike than they think- both hiding behind bravado and attitude when they're just as insecure as everyone else.

And the team may tease (a lot) but they'd be cool with it.

Thanks for reading.
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