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02 July 2008 @ 12:14 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Truth and Justice  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #166 – Defense

Title: Truth and Justice
Series/Universe: Mississippi 1964
Pairing/Characters: David
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: None
Summary: Even the truth doesn't guarantee justice (AU)
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The assailants refused to plead guilty. Their lawyer figured that with all six soldiers deployed overseas the prosecutor would have no witnesses to call save David and the defense discounted a black man's word.

David traded letters with Colby, sent care packages and prayed for the squad's safe return.

When the trial began David watched with pride as the DA called PFC Colby Granger to the stand followed by PFC Dwayne Carter. Both men had been injured in a fire and sent home just in time to testify.

Five years wasn't a long sentence, but to David it was vindication.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 2nd, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Once again, I confess I had a 200+ word first draft of this fic that I bet most of you would rather have read than this 100 word one, if only because it had all the names of the soldiers in it. ;-)

Hey, at least I managed two! So the list follows (as promised):

Colby (who jumps in first), Don (squad leader), Charlie (medic), Ian, Billy and Dwayne. I chose six because that's how many men could fit in a single old fashioned bench seat style car.

I left hints in my last Confession post that pointed out that Ian and Dwayne were both in the Army in canon and that the remaining soldier (Max Martini as Billy Cooper) now stars as an Army Ranger special ops soldier on The Unit.

I also snuck in a bit of canon in that Colby and Dwayne were both hurt in a Humvee fire so it worked to send them home on the disabled list, at least temporarily.

Enough about Numb3rs, back to the message...

It was really important to me that I follow this story through to the very end despite only having 500 words to tell it in. It's not enough that David was saved - the racist bastards who attacked him needed to go to prison.

Their goal had been to teach him a lesson.

I think the one they learned was far more important.

Too bad I couldn't give them a longer sentence and still keep the fic realistic. I already figured that only the ringleader would get five years and the others would get three, but hey... I only had 100 words so sue me for throwing the book at all of them. ;-)

Here's hoping all real life racist bastards get the book thrown at them too. A nice big heavy one... Maybe wrapped in chains... Aimed at the head too...

/wanders off reminding herself cruel and unusual punishment is for the Spanish Inquisition/


Emma DeMarais
autumnwriting: colbyautumnwriting on July 4th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Liked this series! It was most definitely interesting. ;)

Mostly I just got all excited when I read your reasoning about why there were six men in the squad because...guess who just got an old-fasioned bench seat style car? *waves excitedly* This kid!! (It's my first car...I love it...=D)

Guess who really wouldn't mind squishing in the old fashioned bench seat style car with this boys? *waves excitedly* =)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 4th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Hee! My first car was like that too. Nice big tank. Ate gas, but I sure felt safe with all that nice metal around me when I was driving.

And I'm sure we could squish you in somehow.

/envisions the car/
Ian's driving, Don's riding shotgun giving orders, Charlie's in between them because he wants to be with Don and he's the smallest.

Billy and Colby are in the back with Dwayne in between them because he drew the short straw. Hehehe.

I figure we can fit you on Billy or Colby's lap. What do you say? ;-)
autumnwriting: colbyautumnwriting on July 4th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Oh, I say yes. I *definitely* say yes. I'm little enough--the boys won't even notice the extra weight. I hope this is a nice long car ride. ; )

*settles in for a snuggle using Colby as a pillow*

My car actually gets excellent gas mileage...20, 23 mi/gallon. It's a grandmother car, but I don't mind. =)
hear me roar: CrazyBitchmagisterequitum on July 2nd, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
A wonderful ending that gets your message across. The closure of the sentence was what David needed. He truly did. And not everyone who is subjected to racist bastards gets that.

A fantastic series.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 3rd, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Thank you. I've had people put in jail and while there's a measure of satisfaction it's never sufficient to make you not wish it never happened in the first place.
Cynthia: Colby Creeping by angeliksmall1trackmind on July 2nd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, very nice!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 3rd, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you!
fredbassettfredbassett on July 2nd, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Great series, great ending.

I wish it could always be like this. Well done you for writing it.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 3rd, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
I wish too, but thankfully there's more we can do than wish which is good. I just keep holding on to each bit of progress I see around me as fuel to keep on going. Electing a black president? Now that's good fuel for the fire...
paranoid_womanparanoid_woman on July 3rd, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
I loved this ending. You're right that five years don't seem to be enough, but still, those people learned their lesson.

Great job. :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 3rd, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
The only up side? Five years would still feel *much* longer to someone who is incarcerated...

Thanks for reading and commenting.