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17 February 2010 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs Fic: The Worst Kept Secret  
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Title: The Worst Kept Secret (Sequel to Two Fiancés and an AD)
Series/Universe: A Father and Son Tradition
Pairing/Characters: David/Colby, Liz, Nikki
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Judgment Call, Longshot, High Exposure
Summary: David and Colby finally come out at work and no one is surprised
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Uh, Liz? Do you have a minute?"

Liz looked up from where she was boxing up evidence for a recent closed case.

"Only if you help box this stuff up. I swear, Charlie generates more printouts with every case."

"The Bureau must be paying him by the ream," Colby joked nervously, picking up a particularly hefty stack of data sheets.

Between David and Colby the work was done in just a couple of minutes and Liz plopped into a chair, looking both relieved and exhausted.

"So what's the big important thing you have to have my full attention for?"

"We have an announcement to make," David told her, getting her to sit up and take notice. "Colby and I... We've kind of been partners outside of the job for a while now and well... We're getting married."

They waited for her reaction, but there was little change in her expression, mostly because Nikki walked in and garnered her attention immediately.

"This is the last of the printouts," Nikki said, dropping a stack into one of the last open boxes. "Next time scoot your own ass to the print station. I've done my share of hauling." She looked between them and Liz. "What's going on?"

"David and Colby are getting married," Liz told her, a tiny smirk curling her lips.

"Damn!" Nikki said, putting her hands on her hips. "That means Charlie won the pool, didn't he?"

"Yup." Liz put out her hand and Nikki, grumbling, pulled out a wad of bills from her pocket and peeled off a bill and stuffed it begrudgingly in Liz's hand. Liz turned to David and Colby, finally unable to keep the big grin off her face. "I knew there was no way I could beat Charlie's math to win the pool so I decided to bet on him to win the pool instead."

"I was sure you guys would wait until the holidays," Nikki groused. "You guys owe me a pizza or at least a decent table at the wedding."

David and Colby just looked at each other.

"Is anyone going to be surprised when we tell them this?" David asked, shaking his head in disbelief and a hint of bemusement.

"Alan?" Colby replied. "Maybe Larry? At least the astronauts on the International Space Station don't know yet. Unless, of course, Larry knows and told them."

David's cell phone beeped with a text message and he pulled it out to read it. The text was from Megan. It read: 'Don just told me. About damn time you guys! Congrats!' David let his head hang down. "Well that proves it: even Larry knows. Face it: the only people who didn't know everyone knew was us." He looked over to find Colby chuckling softly to himself. "What?"

"Everyone's making this into a total non-issue," he said, a bemused smile on his face. "And I kind of like that somewhere along the line Don't Ask Don't Tell turned into Don't Bother!"

"Or Don't Worry," Liz offered.

"Or in my case?" Nikki bemoaned. "Don't bet against the math."

Both Colby and David's cell phones beeped at he same time with new text messages.

"What have you got?" David asked, cocking his head to Colby's phone.

He waved it with a smirk. "I've got Alan congratulating us and offering us the Craftsman backyard for the wedding."

David quickly read the text message from Robin on his own phone and huffed out a chuckle. "I've got our favorite judge offering to officiate."

They both looked up in time to hear a loud whoop across the bullpen.

"What was that?" Colby said, brow furrowing in confusion.

"That?" Nikki said, scowling as she picked up a box to carry out. "That was Charlie finding out he won the pool." As Colby and David blinked at each other, Nikki headed out, tossing a parting shot over her shoulder as she left. "We are so making him pick up the tab for your bachelor parties!"

Liz grabbed a box as well. "I call dibs on throwing Colby's" She winked at him on her way out. "I know just the honky tonk for it."

Once they were gone David just stared at Colby, still stunned at the responses.

"So are we the worst kept secret ever?" he asked.

"I don't know," Colby admitted, pulling David in for their first kiss in the open at the Bureau offices. "But I'll let you know when I hear back from the Space Station."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on February 18th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Confession
I like to practice random acts of kindness so when I saw rubynye wishing tigerbright a happy birthday the other day I decided to pop in and offer her a ficcy present. She asked for a David/Colby coming out tale where no one was surprised and since I'd just written Two Fiancés and an AD I knew it was a perfect fit for this universe. So I wrote her David and Colby telling a totally unimpressed Liz and Nikki as a sequel. It turned out pretty good, but I decide to futz with it since I only published it as comment fic. This version is longer and hopefully a bit snarkier, but the good stuff I started with is pretty much still in it.

It's extremely unusual for me to mix drabbles and non-drabbles in a single series, but it's been kind of fun not to have to worry about word count for a change.

(Says the woman who's posted an on time drabble for more than the last 200 weekly prompts at N100.)

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
rubynye: David smiling (mustangcandi)rubynye on February 18th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
You totally made her day, you know. And mine.

*squeezes you*
ladygray99ladygray99 on February 18th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
Hehehehehehehe. :-) face it boys, you're cannon.
Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on February 18th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Hehehe cute :)

I especially love this line: "And I kind of like that somewhere along the line Don't Ask Don't Tell turned into Don't Bother!"

From your lips to Fate's ear, hon!

Fantastic work!

(oh, btw, how old is Ty right now? Old enough to be ringbearer? *g*)
t_vo0810t_vo0810 on February 18th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
snarky!colby<3<3<3 I have such great affection for snarky!colby and this hit on that goldilocks just right. i adored all the text messaging and charlie's happy whoop and liz and nikki teasing. but my favorite was the end. HEEEEEEEEE! i adore your david/colby in this verse. just adore them. <3<3<3
Sunnyolaf: Georgie ~ thumbs upsunnyolaf on February 20th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
Awwww, I loved this.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 20th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! And welcome to my LJ!

This whole series was a bit of a surprise, but it's been really wonderful to have a nice David/Colby (and Daddy!Colby) universe to play in. I'm looking forward to adding Daddy!David to it. :-)

/leaves you a platter of cookies and a glass of milk/
Glass_Gemglass_gem on April 21st, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Liz knows just the honky tonk for Colby's bachelor party!!!!
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, <3
This was adorable, and funny, and everyone knew but David and Colby, I love it,

<3