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20 April 2008 @ 10:10 pm
Numb3rs Fic: On the Couch  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #155 – Therapy

Title: On the Couch
Pairing/Characters: Withheld
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Seasons 1-3
Summary: Bradford's patient lies on the couch and reveals himself in therapy
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"I think it all started when I lost my mother... I felt kind of adrift. Sure, I had a job, a career, but as much as I threw myself into my work I still didn't get any real satisfaction out of it - not like I used to. I was just going through the motions, not feeling much of anything. I wound up in an affair with a coworker that was fine on the surface, but wasn't based on any kind of real love. I started getting along with my brother better, which was nice, but we still don't get each other - not on any meaningful level. Different worlds, I guess... He doesn't know, by the way. I couldn't tell him. I can't tell anyone really, save you. Doctor patient privilege and all that. Anyway, it started innocently enough: a fist fight at a bar after a few drinks. It could happen to anyone. But I liked it. I started picking fights sober after a while, some even out on the street instead of in bars. I always made sure I didn't throw the first punch - I know enough about the law to know how not to get arrested for assault - but I've gotten to the point where I can pick exactly the kind of guy who can be goaded into fighting in a matter of seconds. There's a type: bad temper, stupid and drunk; they're not that hard to find. Sometimes they get a couple good blows in, but I always have a taser in my pocket in case it looks like I might lose, so I figure I'm set. Unless they, you know, pull a knife or something..."

William Bradford shifted in his seat and eyed his patient apprehensively. "What you're telling me... You have me really concerned, Charles..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on April 21st, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, yeah I know. Twice in a row.

I promise not to do the same thing again in the third N100 drabble of the month.

In the credit where credit is due department see Fight Club and Last Resort by Papa Roach.

In other news, sororcula? Just as nice in person. :-)

/waves to Sor/


Emma DeMarais
perhaps some frottage is in order: [numb3rs] Amita amusedsororcula on April 21st, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: Confession

(Nice fic! I like the twist and I am OMG CONCERNED for Charlie. Meep.)
Dani: Charlie not so innocentumbralillium on April 21st, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
telperion_15: Thinkingtelperion_15 on April 21st, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I love how this could be either of the brothers right up until the very end. Very cleverly done! :-D

Edited at 2008-04-21 08:50 pm (UTC)
DarkEly: HK floralelysium1996 on April 22nd, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)

poor Chuck....