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10 April 2011 @ 03:47 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Second Line of Defense  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #310 – Protect


Title: Second Line of Defense
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Colby
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call
Summary: When Don's taken out of the equation it's up to Colby to protect Charlie
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Here... Let me help you."

Colby took over for Charlie's trembling hands and tugged the straps on the kevlar vest into position on his small frame.

"Thanks," Charlie mumbled, running his hands over the vest, treating like a foreign entity. "It feels weird. I don't see how you guys can wear them and go about your work like normal."

"You wouldn't need this if you'd just agree to stay in the safehouse," Colby chided, his voice more kind than admonishing.

"I can't." Charlie's anxious hands began to wring. "I have to see Don."

Colby took Charlie by the shoulders, ducking down his head to catch his eye. "His condition is stable; the doctor told us so. And you know the hospital will call if there's any change."

Charlie's barely stoic expression started to crumble. "I know and I know that the people who shot Don are out there aiming for me too, but I can't..." His voice faltered as his shoulders slumped in grief. "I can't just sit here and hide, not knowing if I might be losing him."

Colby folded Charlie into his arms, holding him close, lowering his voice to a soothing whisper.

"Don's strong. He'll pull through. I know you and your dad hate being locked up, but it's for your own safety. So please, let me keep my promise to Don; let me protect you. David and the team are going to get these guys, trust me. But for now..."

He couldn't bring himself to finish, the sound of harsh tears flowing told him words were no longer any use. So Colby let out a breath and just held Charlie close, wishing he could offer more than strength and words of hope in the face of a nameless faceless enemy that wanted the Eppes men dead.

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Kalirakalira9 on April 10th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, ouch.

Er. I mean, this is written so well that it kind of hurts. It fits the characters so well, though, and the emotions behind them are conveyed masterfully. Well done.
ladygray99: Colbyladygray99 on April 11th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
:-) I love it when you write Colby/Charlie even if it's a little ouchy.
jolinarjacksonjolinarjackson on April 11th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Intense and beautiful. Such a large story in those few words ...
jurekale on April 14th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
great post as usual!