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26 August 2010 @ 01:36 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Three Weeks  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #278 – Grim


Title: Three Weeks
Pairing/Characters: Billy
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Why Billy decided not to have partners anymore
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Billy prowled the waiting room, snarling at anyone who dared come near, his razor sharp gaze always returning to one closed door.

When it finally opened the doctor just looked at him, his expression grim, and shook his head.

His partner had not just gotten shot, he'd gotten killed.

The softening of Billy's knees was little warning, but he made it to a chair and sank into it.

Three weeks... All he could think, and he knew it wasn't fair to Hector's family, was what if this had happened then.

Three weeks ago it would have been Don who died.

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fyreflyfyrefly101 on August 26th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Possibly the most intense 100 words on Billy being solo. I kinda felt my heart sink, just as Billy'd done into the chair.

Really, really, nicely done.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 26th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It means a lot to hear you say that.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 26th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Tamanna: colbywhumpswingandswirl on August 27th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Oh, Billy. *pets*

I love his thought process here- that although he feels guilty for thinking it it's still what's at the top of his mind- that he's gratelful that it isn't Don.

Brilliant fic and an absolutely wonderful explanation of why Billy would go solo- I really thought this was in character for him, especially his razor sharp gaze always returning to one closed door. Brava!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 27th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon! /smishes/

I always lingered on this idea - that in Man Hunt Billy clearly works solo yet he was Don's partner long enough that Don still greets him - years later - with a hug in front of everyone at work.

There's also that thought that when you get someone to the hospital you figure you're good, that the doctors will fix them. But it doesn't always work that way sadly.

Both that dramatic turn of events plus the near miss of it being Don? That would be enough to make a big strong FBI agent waver.

P.S. Yes, I can't shut up! I just got out of my last class for the week and I'm relishing being FREE by feeling ficcy. /grins/
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melissima: Don and Billy at the door...melissima on August 27th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
Oh ow. /pets pauvre Billy/

You made me think Don was dead! Very, very well done my dear. I'd say it was mean if I wasn't so impressed. :D

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 27th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
Aww! I'm sorry! No dead Dons! (In this fic anyway. Bwuahahahaha!)

devon99 on August 27th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor Billy - and aww, poor Hector too!!

As always sweetie, nicely done:)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 27th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon! It always makes me happy to see you commenting on my fic. ♥
Candi: Colby Sympatheticmustangcandi on August 27th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wow. Poor Billy (and of course, poor Hector). This was very poignant. Very well done my dear. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 27th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Candi. I liked that people thought of Hector too in their comments, not just Billy. You're good people. /nods/

Hope to see you on Sunday!
Ayesha: me sortabrowngirl on August 27th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
How was that 100 words instead of 1000? Wow.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 27th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Behold! The power of cheese the drabble! /makes flourish gesture/

/♥s you/
ladygray99ladygray99 on August 28th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so far behind of comment but I just want to say this was great. It was harsh and that last line was just a twist of the knife. It made me want to give Billy hugs.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 28th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ah,you know me... I adore my angst. And where's the bad in wanting to hug Billy? (Or in Billy wanting to hug Don?) ;-)

Speaking of angst, I tried to post my mini epic WC100 drabble series last night, but my Internet access went down. I'm going to try again now that I'm up. Can't wait for you to see it!
cat_13145cat_13145 on September 1st, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
Hugs Billy.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 1st, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
I know... He totally needs hugs from Don. ;-)