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21 January 2008 @ 05:28 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Scare Me So  
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Title: Scare Me So (Sequel to The Damage That We Do)
Series/Universe: Not the Only One
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Colby, Don
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Judgment Call, The Mole, Janus List, Trust Metric, Breaking Point
Summary: A trip to the hospital is tense for Colby and Don
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Colby!"

Don entered the ER at a run from the parking lot.

"Don!" Don's expression was near panic and Colby's wasn't much better. "They won't tell me anything! I'm not next of kin!"

"You didn't show them your badge?" Don asked as Colby steered him to the information desk.

"It's at home - with my wallet, my gun and my cell phone." Colby shook his head at himself. "All I could think about was Charlie."

"Same here," Don echoed as he flashed his badge at the woman behind the desk. "Eppes, Charles. Need to know his condition - now."

She blanched a little at the sight, but scurried off. "Wait there! I'll find you someone who knows!"

Colby let out a breath and scrubbed his face with his hands.

"What can you tell me?" Don asked him briskly.

"The seizure lasted approximately three to four minutes. He didn't regain consciousness in the ambulance on the way over here, but his vitals were fairly stable according to the EMTs."

"Anything else?"

"Yeah, but I'm not sure you want to hear it."

Don gave him a glare that said otherwise. "Spill."

Colby paused for a second. "Before it happened, before he switched calls to you? He was arguing with Amita. Loudly. His head hurt when he woke up, but he was fine until she got him all riled up. There's a chance it was a factor, her raising his blood pressure like that, getting him all agitated."

Don turned away to keep the cursing under his breath to himself.

"Agent Eppes?" The woman returned with a doctor in tow. "This is Dr. Haddad."

Don didn't even take a few seconds to shake the doctor's hand. "Is my brother okay?"

The doctor led Don over to a waiting area as he talked. "He's stable. He regained consciousness not long after he was brought in. He was fatigued and a little confused, but that's normal. We've done a CT scan and a few other tests, but this sort of complication is in line with a head injury like that your brother received. It's not common, but seizures can follow a concussion. I'm keeping him at least overnight for observation and monitoring and based on the recurrence of any seizures and his EEG data we'll decide tomorrow how to proceed with treatment."

"So he's out of the woods, but we have to wait and see tomorrow?" Don clarified.

"Essentially. There's always a risk of further complication like a blood clot, but at the moment his scan is clear so it really just looks like he might have some seizures during his recovery, but he should recover completely in time." He gestured to a seat. "I'll have someone come escort you to Charles' room once he's been settled in."

Don nodded and sank into a seat. Colby sat beside him, waiting patiently.

"I should never have let him leave the house," Don said quietly. "I let him keep working the case after he got shot at, after he was injured... God! What kind of brother am I?"

"Don, you couldn't have kept Charlie off that case if you tried," Colby consoled. "You know how he is. Tenacious as a bulldog. Besides, the doctors cleared him. No way you could have known..."

"But I did," Don countered. "The doctors give you this pamphlet on head injuries and tell you what to look out for. Me, I didn't even watch Charlie! What does that say about me that even after the case is closed I'm not doing my best to make sure he's recovering okay?"

"That you trusted your father - who lives with him - to be there if anything happened?" Colby offered gently. "I mean, who would watch Charlie more carefully than Alan?"

Don let his head hang down. "Yeah, but apparently he couldn't keep Charlie at home." He sat up abruptly and looked at Colby. "Why did he end up at your apartment of all places?"

Colby turned away with a shrug he hoped looked casual. "I don't know. I guess Alan and Amita were probably nagging him and he needed a break." He snuck a look at Don whose expression said he was waiting for more of an explanation. "Charlie and I had a long talk about what happened to him, a good one. I think he decided he can be around me without any nagging or anything. So he likes my company and I..." Another shrug, this time not faked. "I guess I like his company too."

"Excuse me, are you here for Charles Eppes?" a soft-spoken orderly asked as he approached. At Don's nod, he gestured towards the elevators. "I've come to take you to his room."

The short trip was made in silence, Colby following a step behind Don the whole way. Once they got to the room, Colby hesitated only to have Don gesture him in with him.

"Come on in."

Charlie was lying propped up in bed with his eyes closed, head sunk into the pillow behind him.

Don moved to the side of the bed and Colby flanked him, staying close, but not getting in the way. Don put a hand on Charlie's shoulder and his eyes fluttered open.

"Hey, buddy," Don said, his voice heavy with affection. "You scared me there for a bit. How are you feeling?"

"Just feel really drained," Charlie murmured wearily. "Like I ran a marathon or something." He beckoned to Colby to come around to the other side of the bed. "Hey, Colby. I'm sorry about all this."

"Nothing to be sorry about," Colby said kindly, laying a hand on Charlie's forearm. "I'm just glad you're okay."

"I'm pretty freaked out about all this, but they keep telling me to just relax and not worry so I'm trying to do that." He grimaced a little. "Helps that all I really want to do right now is sleep."

"You should get some rest then," Don urged. He pulled his cell phone out, which was vibrating, and checked it. "Dad's downstairs. Let me go find him." Don turned his gaze to Colby. "Can you..."

"I'll stay with him," Colby said firmly. "Go get your dad. He's probably worried sick."

"I'll be right back, buddy." Don gave his brother's hand a squeeze and rushed from the room.

Once he was gone, Charlie turned to Colby, penitent. "I really am sorry," he said plaintively.

"If you don't stop apologizing I'm going to have to sing 'I'm Henry the Eighth I Am' at the top of my lungs," Colby teased.

Charlie let out an amused chuckle. "Fair enough." He reached for Colby's hand and gave it a weak squeeze. "Thank you... Thank you for taking care of me."

"You're welcome," Colby said, putting his other hand on top of their joined ones. "So about our little deal... Something tells me you're going to need a bit more taking care of in the near future. If the deal still goes..." He gave Charlie an earnest smile. "I'm here and I want to help."

Charlie smiled back, a look of peace and contentment on his face.

"I'd like that..."

His eyelids drooped as sleep began to claim him.

"You should get some rest," Colby admonished gently, letting his hand go.

Charlie nodded slightly and let his eyes fall closed before opening them one last time.

"Stay?" he pleaded. "Please?"

Colby held his gaze, open and needful, for a moment before pulling up a chair and settling himself in.

"Sleep," he soothed. "I'll be right here."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Confession
See, that wasn't so bad, was it? ;-)

I kept the angst to a minimum (for my fic anyway) and even kept myself from writing the obligatory ambulance scene. Go me. Hehehe

Oh wait, what's that in the next sequel? That would be more angst! Darn. And here I thought things would be all puppies and butterflies from here on out.

Bwahahaha!

Man, I can't fool anyone with that crap can I?

Well, there *might* be puppies later. At least one. /grins/

FWIW, the Henry the Eighth song threat is from the movie Ghost. I may not write schmoop, but a nod to it can't hurt in a fic like this. What? I can be romantic too!

Very special thanks to beta melissima for her assistance with this fic.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
mercilynnmercilynn on January 22nd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
awww... this was really sweet. I love how Colby wants to take care of Charlie! And y'know. Charlie's letting him.

*makes wide eyes* But how's AMITA going to react to this?
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
:-) Thanks. I tried to keep the sweet from getting into diabetic danger levels. /grins/

Amita... She's up in the next installment and it's not pretty. I've been looking at the song lyrics for a title and I think I might go with Hit and Run.
(no subject) - mercilynn on January 22nd, 2008 03:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emmademarais on February 5th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mercilynn on February 5th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
hear me roar: DonSleepingCrankymagisterequitum on January 22nd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
And there goes that evil laugh again!!

*Jumps up and down* I got the reference to the movie by the Henry the Eighth song! Woo-hoo.

I'm glad I saw this before going back to sleep. Helped make me feel better while being sick! :)

So sweet with Colby staying to just be there. :) And Amita. Girl's done it now. Don's gonna lay into her, me thinks.

Can't wait till the next one.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Hee! Thanks.

Don probably wants to, but he might not get first crack at it. ;-) Amita's in the next installment and it's not pretty. At this point I'm thinking of calling it Hit and Run. Should give you some indication. Hehehe

Yay for someone knowing Ghost! Gah, how old is that movie by now?

Feel better!

P.S. Don in bed iconnage!
(no subject) - magisterequitum on January 22nd, 2008 02:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 03:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
melissima: Charlie' shy smile  <lj user=darkangel41melissima on January 22nd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
You mean everybody doesn't remember that movie? I guess we are pretty close in age.

:)

I love the angst in this series, and the deliberate pace of the relationship.

I like this Colby. He'd make a damn good boyfriend.

I wouldn't be this Amita for all the gold in Fort Knox.

<3
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
You mean equally youthful? /primps/ ;-)

Yes, Colby is prime USDA Grade A boyfriend material.

He just doesn't realize yet he's shopping for a Grade A (A+ since it's *Charlie*!) boyfriend himself. Hehehe

Sorry about Amita. I know she's not that petty, selfish or bitchy in canon, but it wasn't that hard to take her on screen behavior to the next exponential level to make this fic work.

/♥s you back/
shara50 on January 22nd, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
I really love protective Colby!!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
How can you not? /sigh/
Dani: IzmaKitty one of those daysumbralillium on January 22nd, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Mmmm. I wish I had a Colby here to hold my hand while I laze about on the couch with my sister's laptop and try not to cough up a lung.

YAY! Ghost reference! ^__^

*ducks and covers while she awaits Amita's reaction*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh hell yeah! Can I have a Colby too?

Duck and cover is a good strategy. Sadly Charlie isn't as prepared...

/sends cold meds/

Feel better!
(no subject) - umbralillium on January 22nd, 2008 03:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on January 22nd, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Henry the Eighth I am
I got a completely different reference that was very ironic--check out skippy's list (it's number 197)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Henry the Eighth I am
Ha! Amusing and Army like Colby even.

/pictures Mack of The Unit singing it/
andi: Colbyadmiralandrea on January 22nd, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
Okay, this is sweet, without being too sweet. And I'm slowly warming to Colby. I like him far better in S4 than either 2 or 3, now he's not acting so dumb. Makes a big difference to his character.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm warming to him too, though less slowly now that I have this series going.

I don't like when writers make people who can't be dumb seem dumb. (The FBI isn't the Army - they don't just take anyone.) At least Janus/Trust showed us he's capable of so much more than just being the beefcake of the outfit.

Glad it's not too sweet, especially for you. :-)

Devo79devo79 on January 22nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Great!

But you knew I'd say that :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm psychic?

/blinks/

Oh wait, I *write* Psych fic. Close enough. /snicker/

Thanks!
Karen: numb3rs colbybyrons_brain on January 22nd, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

/offers dark chocolate ganache truffles with gold leaf on top/
(no subject) - byrons_brain on January 22nd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
charleseppescharleseppes on January 22nd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Nice! And thank you for the lack of sugar shock, considering my levels are all over today. I love how sweet Colby is being and Don being all worried about Charlie.

I just have one suggestion. I do not think that the nurse would have "yelled" out:

"Wait there! I'll find you someone who knows!"

I would have left those as a period, instead of exclamation points, written like this:

"Wait there. I'll find you someone who knows."

Other then that, it was nicely done and I'm patiently waiting for the next part.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Since you took the time to explain why you disagreed with my choice I'll take the time to show you why I did it the way I did and still would.

An exclamation mark is just that - an exclamation. To exclaim is not synonymous with yelling, though it can be used to denote higher than normal volume and/or excitement levels. (When you say OMG! do you always *yell* it?)

The woman is not a nurse, she's just a desk clerk. A Federal agent rushes up and demands information on a patient so she's thrown, kind of freaked out. She's not going to calmly respond then walk slowly to get him that information. She's going to rush off to try to get it for him. When you're hurrying away from someone you can't speak in a normal tone of voice and expect to be heard, thus her needing to *exclaim* as she leaves "Wait there! I'll find you someone who knows!"

Also hospital ERs? Not the quietest places on the planet even at night. She'd probably have to raise her voice to be heard if she's not within ten feet of him.

That said, glad you enjoyed the installment. I don't have a date for the next one unfortunately, but at least I have a title. /grins/
telperion_15: Thinkingtelperion_15 on January 22nd, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh, protective!Don and protective!Colby are on the case! Look out, Amita!

Cute chapter *g*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 22nd, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Who doesn't love the guys in protective mode?
sabelle67sabelle67 on January 23rd, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Never liked Amita. Am looking forward to more.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
I'm not anti-Amita per se, mostly because I can't be bothered to give her that much of my attention, but I wasn't happy with how she treated Charlie in Breaking Point. And since is a slash fic? She gets the boot!

But hey, at least I didn't get her eaten by a bear. ;-)
fredbassettfredbassett on January 23rd, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Great installment! Colby and Don together?? How much protectiveness is that on the Richter scale??
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
Hee! Add in Alan and you've got a 9 on the Richter scale. Hehehe

Glad you liked it!
Tamanna: one of the good guysswingandswirl on March 1st, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is just lovely. You've got Colby and Don at just the right levels of concerned and sweet without being overboard, and your Charlie is adorable.

And I almost feel sorry for Amita, what with having to deal with Alan, Don, AND Colby. But she put Charlie in the first place, so she deserves it. *waits eagerly for the sequel*