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08 August 2008 @ 11:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Fearful Symmetry  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #171 – Muscle

Title: Fearful Symmetry
Pairing/Characters: Colby
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: The Mole, Janus List, Trust Metric
Summary: Colby acts as pallbearer at his former friend's funeral
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Smoke choked his lungs, clouded the air. His muscles bunched and flexed but he could not free himself from the wreckage.

Dwayne pulled him up, out of the fire.

He survived.


Tears clouded his eyes, choked him up. His muscles bunched and flexed as he helped carry Dwayne's coffin to his grave.

Colby lowered him down, into the earth.

He survived.

Dwayne died.

There was a twisted symmetry to this, he thought to himself, only Dwayne had saved his life twice. Colby never saved his.

He could only offer Dwayne a decent burial at a cemetery that was not Arlington.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 9th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Yes, a former military man can be kept out of Arlington National Cemetery.

Title taken from the William Blake poem The Tyger.

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


Emma DeMarais
hear me roar: CrazyBitchmagisterequitum on August 9th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)

As much as I truly felt that Dwayne f'ed his own life up, I still feel for him here. The line about being denied to Arlington hits hard.
To Hell with this. I'm gonna live!: Colby Granger  _ fight suitjustmyb0nes on August 10th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Very well done. I almost have tears myself good job.
paranoid_womanparanoid_woman on August 10th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. This is so sad, but so true at the same time. Dwayne is an interesting character to me because of all the things he shared with Colby, and how that friendship ended. Very good, Emma!
Candi: Soldier!Colbymustangcandi on August 15th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Hmmmm... I don't know how I missed this but it's a good thing I'm coming back through the f-list and trying to catch up.

This was just beautiful and sad. I still don't feel anything for Dwayne (I hate that guy)... but the line only Dwayne had saved his life twice. Colby never saved his. desperately breaks my heart for Colby. I'm sure there are some unresolved issues there. He can cry on my shoulder if he needs to. ^^

Very well done... I especially loved the twisted symmetry. *claps*

(And I wrote in my Memorial Day fic that Dwayne rested in a traitor's grave... because traitor's don't get buried in Arlington. I'm glad you posted the comment about not all military personal being buried there. Did I mention I hate that guy? LOL.)
muiting on August 15th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Nicely done! Dwayne was such a jerk and a bad guy but I was surprised that he cared enough for Colby to save him twice. Yeah, I can see Colby paying for the burial and mourning him. As usual, your drabbles, though short, are always powerful and moving.