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21 October 2007 @ 11:38 am
Numb3rs Fic: A Profiler's Eye  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #129 – Covert

Title: A Profiler's Eye
Pairing/Characters: Colby/Megan, Don
Rating: R
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Judgment Call, The Janus List, Trust Metric, Velocity, Thirteen
Summary: Megan's not as covert as she thinks she is
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Nice to have you back, Granger."

Megan's hand lingered for a few seconds on Colby's shoulder as he nodded.

"Good to be back."


The bleat of her Acura's car alarm turning off was answered by another car further away.

Her eyes met Colby's across the parking garage for a fleeting moment.

Her heart rate quickened as she got into her car to drive home.


Still breathing heavy from exertion, Colby pillowed his head on her chest, laying a kiss on the bare breast before him.

"If I'm staying," he said tentatively, "we need to do something about this... thing we have going. We can't hide it forever."

"Yeah," Megan agreed with a sigh. "We do need to do something about it. Soon..."


Don pulled her aside the next morning with a terse whisper.

"I don't care who you screw on your free time, but Larry's a friend - my brother's best friend. If you're going to fuck around on the side with Colby at least have the decency to end it with Larry."

Megan nodded vaguely then sank into a chair as Don walked away, finally understanding what it was like to be on the receiving end of a profile.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 21st, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
In case it's not painfully obvious, the profiler's eye in the title is Don's, not Megan's. He may not have that as his job responsibility, but that doesn't mean he lacks the aptitude and training for it.


Emma DeMarais
fredbassettfredbassett on October 21st, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh noes, she can't cheat on Larry, I adore him :(
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 21st, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Bah! Just consider it a very brief AU, not to be repeated. ;-)
fredbassettfredbassett on October 22nd, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)

I'd have to slap anyone who cheats on Larry, that's for sure !!
NV: [n3] megan // from behindneur0vanity on October 21st, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Stellar work!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 21st, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Really? Huh. What do I know? My little birthday ficlet with the tuxes got more comments than *Vice* so clearly I have no clue what people will go for. /shrugs/
NV: [n3] group // landslideneur0vanity on October 21st, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Don't beat yourself up about a lack of comments on "Vice" (I didn't realize that was the case). I think it's your most intriguing work to date. Maybe people are holding off until its done; I know that's what Irena is doing. Or maybe people feel too intimidated to comment on it; it's such a huge undertaking and so good that people might feel they have no right to comment on it. I don't know.

I think you shine when you do things no one else has done and/or have some kind of biting dialogue, so fics/drabbles like this really satisfy.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 21st, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
I can see your points, but conversely since Vice is a more unusual work I want the reassurance of comments even more to tell me I'm doing okay with it. When I attempt and achieve PWP with the tuxes that's no big deal. Feedback at that point is just icing. But with a more daring work I'm nervous about putting it out there not knowing what the response will be and not getting much of a response is nerve wracking. How can I know what people are thinking of the work if they don't say anything? Silent can be deafening.

/sigh/ I can want all day, but I can't change what is. I'm still working on simply accepting that and not putting too much thought in the matter.

"I am not attached to this car... I am not attached to this car..."

(Not sure if you watch Life, but if you did that quote would be amusing. /grins/)
fredbassettfredbassett on October 22nd, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Hope you don't mind me commenting on this thread ...........

I can fully appreciate your concerns, and I'm afraid I've no wisdom to offer on what a lack of comment may, or may not mean, as I haven't a clue how many people read and don't comment as opposed to read and do comment, but my suspicion is that way more people read and don't comment, than those who do leave some trace behind them.

My philosophy is simple, if I read and like, I will leave a comment, even if it's only a short thanks of a smiley face, depending on how voluble I feel. But I also know from people who have suddenly made comments at the end of quite a long series, but not earlier, that you do have more readers than you are likely to know about. I never have any clue most of the time who's reading my stuff, beyond those who do speak up.

But for what it's worth, don't let a lack of comments depress you. Vice is an awesome series, and I'm certainly there waiting for the next installment :)
rodloxrodlox on February 6th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
*is more than a little worried where the earth-moving equipment comes in*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 7th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
delgaserasca on October 22nd, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
I think you just hit three of my major Numb3rs kinks. Strike!

I especially love the format of this, because I think that broken narrative is appropriate for both characters. You just made my morning, chica ;)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 23rd, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Ooh! What are the three? And yay for the trifecta!

I'm chuffed that you caught the broken narrative for the broken spirits on the show. Colby and Megan have both been through more than anyone in recent time, so as angsty as David is, Colby beats him hands down and Megan's had to bear the same load as Don and David *and* the DOJ stuff.

I wish I could make your morning *every* morning, but I'll take what I can get. /grins/
delgaserasca on October 23rd, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
Colby/Megan, angstcakes (um, heh), and format. Three for three!

I just don't think you can write them in continuous prose, and if you do, then your prose has to hold something else in it to exemplify their state of disconnection. Whether it's Megan who doesn't know what she wants, or Colby who doesn't know how to take what he wants, there's so much conflict there. And like I said in my lj, it was so interesting to me that Megan turned and 'confessed' to Colby about her work at the DOJ, as opposed to anyone else, as though he was intimate enough, and yet peripheral enough to be the only person to understand, and maybe begin to bring her closure.

Wow, chatty. Either way: I did enjoy this one a lot.
irena_adler: Don Eppesirena_adler on October 23rd, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Love that the profiler in here wasn't Megan.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 23rd, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! I had to keep myself from stealing the Criminal Minds episode title for this fic (Profiler Profiled), but regardless tossing Don into the fic was more fun than just C/M alone.
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 10:58 am (UTC)
Thank you my dear!

I had hoped this would entice her into finishing my other Colby/Megan, but so far no luck. :-(
rubynye on October 7th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! There's a whole world of twisty story here in just 200 words! I am astounded.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 7th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I ♥ twists like mad and I get a thrill out of fitting them into drabbles.