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10 May 2008 @ 07:04 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Sworn Duty  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #158 – Oath


Title: Sworn Duty
Series/Universe: Sworn Duty
Pairing/Characters: Megan
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Seasons 1-4
Summary: Megan's stint with the DoJ changed her
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Gitmo.

Her first sight is like a splash of ice water down her spine.

Her fingers tighten, frozen to the handle of her suitcase as she alights from the military transport, ushered out along with the other borrowed - stolen she thinks - behavioral analysts.

A rancid stench pervades the prison: sweat, blood and fear.

It hits newcomers in the face when the MPs tug open the massive metal entrance doors.

Few are unaffected.

Megan manages to at least act like she's one of them.

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You don't say no to the DoJ, she'd repeated to herself the whole flight down.

Now she's reconsidering that mantra.

Once unpacked, she paces her quarters with a claustrophobic zeal, each anxious step resounding hollow in the barren space.

If this is a test of loyalty, of commitment to the Bureau, she thinks she's already failed.

Then a soldier comes to fetch her.

It's time to go to work.

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Abu El-Hassar is a sleeper cell member - so they say - but to Megan he seems more terrorized than terrorist.

She bites her lip and struggles not to look away as the soldiers demonstrate their methods.

They're barbaric, cruel and illegal in many parts of the world.

They're also ineffective. El-Hassar does break, but tells them nothing.

Megan's certain it's because he has nothing to tell.

They snidely remind her it's her sworn duty to help them get intel out of prisoners.

So she does.

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In her bunk that night she follows the cracks in the prison gray ceiling, sleepless.

I swore an oath... I swore an oath...

For the first time since she vowed to uphold the Constitution she's doubting herself, her job, her country.

The restlessness of a guilty mind denies her respite.

Nightmares happen in the waking world here and her eyes are open.

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 10th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Confession
This is the first fic in a new four fic series I'm doing for the May prompts at N100.

If Megan's going to leave, I figure I should at least give her a solo series as a send off...

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

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
melissima: Sad Meganmelissima on May 12th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
:sigh.: Pauvre Megan. You did a beautiful job of putting us right there with her, in the confusion she feels at having the Bureau require something of her that she thinks is wrong.

I love it when you study someone's emotional state like this; few writers can imbue such a "thinky" piece with such tension.

My favorite lines:

Once unpacked, she paces her quarters with a claustrophobic zeal, each anxious step resounding hollow in the barren space.

If this is a test of loyalty, of commitment to the Bureau, she thinks she's already failed.


Ouch. So beautiful, too. Brava!

hear me roar: Wondermagisterequitum on May 17th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
A-ha! Found it. Damn exams got me out of the loop on so many fics.

I love that you used the 'Oath' prompt for Megan. The fact that her job requires her to swear an oath, traps her in this mentality that you are supposed to do it. It's your job and your duty; something that Colby and her were able to bond over.

The line about "not saying no to the DOJ" and them "snidely reminding her" is perfect for the DOJ and what we have seen on the show about what happened to her.

I'm really looking forward to the next one and where this goes. Megan deserves a great send-off and your writing will give her that.

I just want to hug her!

fredbassettfredbassett on May 27th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Painful. Megan would really hate this.
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on May 31st, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
you create such a clear picture. it's amazing.