Connor Temple and Captain Becker were happy. Most of the time; i.e when Lester wasn’t demanding things from them. Becker was really bored and laid back in his chair happily, watching Connor tap away idly on his computer, when they both heard some kind of argument coming from outside. They glanced at one another and headed to the source of the argument. Helen was stood in front of an anomaly with the artefact in her hand and Sarah stood opposite her, mid argument.
“That’s the artefact...” Connor pointed out dumbly.
“That’s right Connor. And you’re not having it.” Helen responded holding it up. Becker chose that moment to grab the artefact from her and stood just in front of Sarah. “Give that back...” He tossed it around in his hands and looked at her.
“No.” Helen grinned and held up a gun to his head.
“Give it to me.”
“Becker just give it to her!!” Connor yelled in a desperate attempt to keep Becker alive. She had shot Nick, her own husband, she’ll do it to Becker. Helen flicked the safety off the gun and stared. Connor pushed Helen as she was about to shoot him and the pair fell through the anomaly just as it shut. Becker stared where the anomaly used to be and raised his eyebrows.
“He’s trapped in there forever trying to save me...” Becker said quietly. Sarah didn’t say anything as they both headed back to the operations room to deal with it.
7 Years Later
Quite a lot of search parties led by Becker were sent out to look for Connor but there was still no sign of him or Helen. Eventually Becker gave up, staring at the anomaly detector Connor had built. Suddenly, Becker’s phone began to ring, snapping him out of his thoughts. As he retrieved it, he noticed whoever it was was calling from Connor’s old flat. He frowned and answered it nonetheless.
“Hello?” He said with a confused tone. All he could hear on the other end was muffled, as it someone was moving boxes. There was a crack and Becker jumped. He turned it off and headed to the flat with Abby and a couple of soldiers for backup in case there was a creature or something.
Becker pulled open the door quite a lot more dramatically than was probably necessary, and when he saw a young boy stood on the sofa trying to reach the phone that was hanging by a cord, he almost fell over.
“Who are you?” Becker asked him quickly.
“Connor Temple. I know you, it’s okay. Sorry I didn’t say anything, I couldn’t really reach the phone.” Becker just stared in disbelief at him.
“How...old are you?”
“7. And a bit.” He added as an afterthought.
“Oh my God. Abby that’s how long Connor’s been gone. What if--”
“Helen messed with time and made me the years we’ve been stuck in the Permian. Which was 7. Then she sent me back through an anomaly.” Connor responded, hopping off the sofa, giving up reaching the phone. Becker pulled Connor to him and hugged him tightly. “I missed you Becker...” He muttered. “Becker...you know ‘cause even though I’m old enough in reality to know how to look after myself, will you look after me please?” Becker smiled looked back at Abby.
“I’m sure we can arrange something.” He replied. Connor grinned and they went back to ARC, immediately faced with an angry Lester.
“Two things. Why didn’t you bother to tell me where you were going and why the hell is a child in here?!” He yelled at them.
“He’s Connor. Helen messed with time, and he’s just a bit younger, that’s all.” Becker responded, tactfully ignoring his first question.
“A bit younger...” Lester responded looking down at Connor who was clutching Becker’s hand. Connor ran off after Jess who was sat at the computer and smiled when he came and sat on her knee.
“Hello.” He said in a cute little voice.
“Hi.” Jess had heard about Connor’s de-ageing and smiled when he quickly found the games on her computer.
“Does the detector still work?” He asked her.
“Yeah, sure does. We changed it a lot since you’ve been gone though.”
“What’s your name? And that Irish guy over there.” He asked her, pointing at Matt. Jess giggled and found some new games for him.
“My name’s Jess and he’s Matt. We joined after we’d discovered these dinosaurs.” Suddenly the anomaly detector went off and Connor jumped off her knee, allowing her to go and check the detector. “It’s in the woods, just a bit south from here. You’ll know it when you see it.” Jess told them.
“What about Connor?” Abby asked.
“He’s coming too.” Becker replied grinning at Connor who smiled back.
“Awesome...” He said under his breath.