Okay, so I have some pretty major apologies to make. Somehow, over 18 months passed without me even realising. There are a number of reasons I stopped writing:
1) I got a job, and lost most of what little of a life I had left
2) I started college, and therefore lost any free time I still had
3) My laptop, containing all of my plans and written but unposted chapters, was stolen and the flash drive containing back-ups broke (literally bent in half, it was quite impressive)
4) And last but not least, and caused by the last two of these, I got immense writer's block on these stories. In fact, my main reason for writing again now has got to be due to Primeval: New World reminding me of these.
So, sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry, but I promise I'll try and actually update now.
"Where is it?" the soldier asked Jess as he skidded to a halt next to her chair, flashing her a quick smile as he put on black box and earpiece.
"Forest of Dean," she said professionally but still with a warm smile. "Matt's on his way there now, he was in the area."
"Cool." Running over to the doors, he called "See you soon!" over his shoulder as he left. Shaking her head fondly, Jess searched for CCTV in the area.
Stepping through the anomaly, Becker looked round him slowly and with relief. Being told what time an anomaly led to and actually seeing it yourself were two very different things, and he'd refused to believe his luck until now.
"Down on the ground!" someone shouted suddenly, and Becker allowed himself a small smile as his soldiers aimed their weapons, one patting him down as soon as he'd obeyed the order.
"Stop!" Glancing up, Becker saw the soldier who'd yelled running towards him and the next thing he knew he was being dragged to his feet and pulled into a hug. "Don't you ever do that again!" the man said as he stepped back, a huge grin on his face. "We thought you were dead."
"For a time so did I," Becker replied slowly, looking him up and down. Then it clicked. "Ben."
"Yes sir," Ben saluted, smirking. "All grown up."
"How long have I been gone?"
The smile faded. "Over eighteen months. A lot's changed."
"So, finally back from your holiday," Matt interrupted as he arrived in the clearing.
"Yeah, thought I'd best come back before you destroy the ARC entirely." Becker's eyebrows rose slightly as he caught sight of the ring on Matt's left hand. "Clearly congratulations are in order."
"Thanks, though congratulations yourself." When Becker looked confused, he glanced at Ben. "Not told him yet?"
"You'd best come with me," Ben told Becker. "You'll be wanting to see Jess."
He's in for a shock, Matt thought as he watched the pair walk away before turning back to the soldiers. "Well stop staring and lock this anomaly," he ordered.
Becker had barely walked into the main room at the ARC when Jess was in his arms, holding him tight while crying. Kissing her forehead, he stroked her hair softly and smiled sadly.
"I missed you," he said quietly.
"I thought I'd never see you again," she cried, reaching up and kissing him.
"Jess, you'd best take him home. I'll keep an eye on things here for you," Ben offered. "The anomaly was quiet enough, if we get another I'll find your back-up."
"Thanks," she smiled thankfully. "Come on." Taking Becker's hand, she led him back out of the ARC.
"You're looking good," he commented as she parked outside Matt's flat. "And this isn't either of our homes."
"No, but we need to stop here first. I'll be right back." Leaning over, she kissed him again. "I'm glad you're back," she whispered. Leaving the car, she disappeared inside for a few minutes. When she reappeared in the doorway, he blinked a couple of times and climbed out to join her. "This is your son," she told him quietly, not meeting his eyes. The baby in her arms stared up at him as Becker took in this latest piece of news. "Becker, meet Tom."
Sorry again for just vanishing for so long, but hope you liked it! Please review if you did, it makes us writers feel so much better and can help us write. :)