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20 January 2009 @ 10:27 am
Numb3rs Fic: Check Up On  
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Title: Check Up On (Sequel to Rise Up)
Series/Universe: Not the Only One
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Colby, Don
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Judgment Call, Breaking Point
Summary: Don comes bringing news on Colby and seeking news on the dog
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Colby heard the front door open and his trained ears told him it wasn't Alan's footfall so he poked his head out of the kitchen to find Don heading in.

"Hey, Colby. What's for dinner?" he teased, taking in Colby's cook's apron.

"Nothing if you use this against me at work," Colby joshed, taking it off and putting it aside. "Alan's got me basting ribs on the grill."

"Ooh, ribs again! Homemade this time! Sounds like I picked a good night to come by!" Don pulled an envelope from his jacket pocket and handed it to him. "I told the AD I'd deliver it. I figured you didn't want to wait for it to come in the mail."

Colby tensed as he accepted the crisp white envelope bearing the official seal of the FBI. He opened it, unfolded the letter within and read it before finally letting the tension go from his shoulders. "They cleared me. They're calling it a good shoot."

"I didn't need them to tell me that," Don said, going around Colby to the refrigerator for a beer. "You know," he said slowly. "I was thinking... We don't have any pressing cases right this second. You could wait until Monday to come back to work. You know, if you had some reason not to rush back," he added slyly.

"Is this my boss wanting to make sure I'm right in the head before I come back to the job?" Colby asked, raising an eyebrow at him. "Or Charlie's big brother wanting someone to keep an eye on him a little longer?"

Don waved him off with a dismissive gesture. "You're good. I don't doubt that. And Charlie's got my Dad fussing over him. I just thought with you two hooking up and all..." His voice trailed off as Colby flushed crimson. "Oh, you can't think that I didn't know!" Don let out a hearty laugh, letting it ring through the house. "Seriously, I'm beginning to think you two were the last to figure it out."

"Probably," Colby muttered, ducking his head down. "But you're okay with it? I mean, I figured you'd come after me with guns blazing if I went for your baby brother."

"Charlie? He's no baby," Don scoffed. "He can take care of himself. And yeah, I'm cool with it." His expression shifted, turning serious. "But I do want to make sure you understand that getting him riled up, raising his blood pressure... I just don't want you doing anything to get him agitated enough to trigger a seizure."

Colby put up his hands in defense. "Trust me, Don. That's the last thing I want. I was there with him for the first one and it totally unnerved me. I won't do anything to put him at risk while he's still recovering."

"You sure?" Don eyed him over his beer, a wry smile curling the corner of his lips. "Because there are a lot of activities that can get a guy riled up."

Colby flushed harder. "Can I be out of this conversation now?" he pleaded.

Don laughed again, clapping him on the back. "Sure. A picture tells a thousand words and you blushing tells me I have nothing to worry about."

"Hey Don!" Charlie bounced into the room, smiling at Don then at Colby. "What's up?"

"Just coming to check up on you, that's all," Don said, settling himself on a kitchen stool. "You heard back from Lin-dai about a service dog yet?"

"Yeah!" Charlie said excitedly. "She said normally there's a waiting list, but fortunately there's a dog available now. It seems that the owner's going into a nursing home and he won't be able to keep the dog any longer. The dog's been with him so long she's near retirement age, so they weren't going to give her to someone else. Since my condition is likely to clear up rather than stay permanent, she said I could have her if I agreed to keep her after she retires, which I am totally cool with. I always wanted a dog."

"You never had one as a kid?" Colby marveled.

"Our mom was allergic," Don explained. "She tried, but..."

"Less than ten minutes into us dogsitting our neighbor's dog she almost couldn't breathe, so we gave up on the idea," Charlie said. "But an older dog would be great. No house training, no puppy damage and they wouldn't require a ton of exercise like a young dog would."

"Sounds great." Colby picked up the cup of barbecue sauce with the sauce mop from the counter. "Sorry, I need to go check on the ribs."

"Here, I'll do that," Don offered, taking it from him. "You tell Charlie the good news."

"Good news?" Charlie perked up. "What good news?"

"Hey, Don!" When Don turned around, Colby chucked the apron at him. "Wouldn't want to ruin that shirt of yours."

Don just chuckled and tossed the apron over his shoulder as he went out to the yard.

"What good news?" Charlie repeated, tugging on Colby's sleeve to get his attention.

Colby glanced to make sure Don was far enough away from the windows not to see, then turned to Charlie, encircling him in his arms.

"They ruled it a good shooting. They're taking me off administrative leave."

Charlie's head fell forward and he nodded, not meeting Colby's gaze. "You can go back to work then. That's good."

"Charlie, I couldn't stay away from work forever," Colby said apologetically.

"No, no," Charlie said hastily. "I get it. I knew that from the beginning."

Colby tugged him in closer. "I can put it off until Monday though. That is, if you aren't dying to get rid of me."

Charlie finally glanced up at him from beneath the fall of curls over his eyes. "You know I'm not."

"On the not so good news front," Colby started hesitantly. "I know we haven't really talked about - well, all this - other than to say we're going to take things slow, but I wanted to make sure you know..." He halted, awkward and bashful about the topic at hand.

"Know what?" Charlie asked, blinking at him in innocent confusion.

"Just that... Well, slow's good for more than one reason." When Charlie kept looking lost, Colby continued. "I don't want to pressure you into anything that would get you agitated, maybe trigger a seizure? So yeah, I'm fine with waiting for anything more than just this..." He punctuated his sentence with a brief kiss. "You're still healing. That's what's important right now."

Charlie just nodded thoughtfully, busying his fingers with a loose thread on one of the buttons of Colby's shirt. "So, Monday then? You can arrange to go back to work Monday?"

"Yep. I'll let Don know I'm taking a couple of days off so you'll have me through Sunday. That is, if you want me that long."

Charlie laid his head on Colby's broad chest, wrapping his arms around his waist. "I wish I could keep you even longer. I just feel - I don't know - safe, with you around. Like I don't have to worry so much. You take care of me and that makes all this so much easier. I even sleep better knowing you're just down the hall."

Colby pressed a kiss to the top of Charlie's head. "Then I won't leave. I'll go back to work, but I can come stay here at night still."

Charlie's arms tightened around him even as he let out a little sigh of relief.

"I'd like that..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has supported the NOO Series over the last year. I had no idea when I started it last January it would be so popular and I'm thrilled that so many people like my first real foray into serious Charlie/Colby.

Here's to many more installments to come. After all, the song's got a lot more lyrics... ;-)

/tangent/ Inauguration Day! Yay President Obama! /looks forward to the next four eight years/


Emma DeMarais
devon99 on January 20th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
I so love your Charlie/Colby in this series.

Don especially made me smile here, with his gentle teasing and his concern about activites that might raise Charlie's blood pressure - poor blushing Colby.

*more please*

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yeah Don was enjoyably evil in this. Hehehe I just had to steal David's line from Counterfeit Reality for poor Colby. (Doh! I forgot to mention that in my Confession post!) I figure if they worked together long enough Colby would have picked up the phrase from his partner. It was cute.

I'm planning on publishing Without tomorrow and spent part of today working on Champion - the fic where Charlie brings home Penny. (So much research! Gah!)

It's getting to the fun part though. Once he has the dog he can go OUT! And DATE! Yay!

(And urgh, I'd imagine Amita needs to find out about them at some point too. Oof.)

Thanks for reading!
eleseckselesecks on January 20th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Another great chapter. I love them being so cuddly, and the dog is a great idea!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hi! Welcome to my LJ! /quickly whips up a batch of brownies to share with you/

I wasn't into Charlie/Colby for a long time, but now I totally enjoy the cuddly factor. /eyes your icon/

I'm really looking forward to the dog arc getting established. I really want to do it right, but I also want to get on with their relationship too and for that I need to get Penny established in Charlie's household. (Because Colby already is! /grins/)

Next chapter should be up tomorrow so come back again soon! Always lots to read here!

Thanks for reading and commenting!
eleseckselesecks on January 21st, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Brownies!!! Mmmmmmmmm - fank you /with mouth full - hang on, shouldn't speak with mouth full - swallows/

I have only been in the Numb3rs fandom for a couple of months, and I'm still working my way back through fic. I have read a good bit of your older fic now and thought it was time to start commenting, at least on the new stuff at first.

The master lists at new year are really useful, and they'll keep me busy for a while!

I had the season 1 DVDs for Christmas, which I have now watched, and have managed to see all of the season 2 episodes, although not in any order. I have seen one or 2 season 3, and season 5 has just started here in the UK.

Love the name Penny, and can't wait for the next chapter!

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 22nd, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
Brownies!!! Mmmmmmmmm - fank you /with mouth full - hang on, shouldn't speak with mouth full - swallows/

Oops! Forgot to put the milk out too! Mea culpa.

/pours a glass of milk for both of us/
/snags a brownie from the platter/

I have only been in the Numb3rs fandom for a couple of months, and I'm still working my way back through fic. I have read a good bit of your older fic now and thought it was time to start commenting, at least on the new stuff at first.

Cool! Thank you! My fic is organized by both tags and memories so you should be able to find what you like easily. If you are interested in anything specific let me know and I'll point out some fic you might like. numb3rs_slash supposedly recently finished organizing their fic so you should be able to get into some good back catalog reading there as well. And if you're not reading numb3rs100 yet, please friend the comm! We've got tons of great N3 fic every week!

The master lists at new year are really useful, and they'll keep me busy for a while!

I wish every fandom had a master list of master lists! I do it every January 1st now and it's really helpful. We also have a list of N3 authors at N100. Just click on our table of contents link on the home page. That will also take you to the Drabble Series Master List - more great reading!

I had the season 1 DVDs for Christmas, which I have now watched, and have managed to see all of the season 2 episodes, although not in any order. I have seen one or 2 season 3, and season 5 has just started here in the UK.

Three might be my least favorite season, but that's hardly damning - I like them all. Four was really good and so far Five's been awesome. Nothing's as good as One, but they've surely moved past the awkwardness of the new cast in Two to being a really strong ensemble.

Love the name Penny, and can't wait for the next chapter!

Thanks! I'm working on it and hope to get it and the rest of the dog arc out before end of month.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 20th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Don screwing with Colby was priceless. :-) And Yay for the dog :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hehehe I really liked how Don was in this. It still makes me chuckle, how devilish he is about it. Poor Colby! LOL

Yes, yay for the dog! Our service dog was hanging out with us this morning when I posted so that amuses me.

Mia: inlawsmia_dcwut_09 on January 21st, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
aww this so damn cute
I loved don made me laugh
I really enjoyed reading their conversations
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 21st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)

(Yay, new iconnage!)
Mia: inlawsmia_dcwut_09 on January 21st, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
No problem
i read ladygrays comment and now im thinking of master card
tac gear: $200
coffee: $5
the look on colby's face at don implying: priceless
sorry couldn't help it
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 21st, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)

(Although I think the suit would be more than 100 - they're not that cheap.)
Miamia_dcwut_09 on January 21st, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
o right i forget
charleseppescharleseppes on January 21st, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Nice chapter! I likey! :-)

Let me tell you that I have been at both ends of the dog deal. My first dog was 8 years old when I got her and she was so sweet and calm. She also had a heart condition which didn't allow her to run around to much. Then, when I got Gypsy Road at 3 months old...man! He is a crazy little thing! Flash was 8 months when I got him and he was hetic as well. Farrah was 4 years old when she came to live with me and she was in the middle. So seeing the whole scale of ages (lol) I agree with the decision of getting an older dog, though I would wonder how long the dog would live for. I know that Charlie and Colby are willing to put their all into it...as I have with Tooney...and it is worth the time they have with him/her (the dog). Am I making any sense right now? I'm not completely awake at the moment...medicine head. lol Anyway, looking forward to the next part.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 22nd, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)

Actually I think taking in an older dog is good for Charlie. He gets the benefit of a service dog for a short while then he gets a retired pet for just a few years. It's a good way to see if he wants a dog full time in his life for the rest of his agile years without making a 8-17 year commitment to a puppy. Alan and Margaret raised them to do the right thing, so I can see Charlie thinking that offering a former service dog a comfortable retirement is a good thing he can do in the world.
laura_trekkielaura_trekkie on January 28th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
I like how you worked the dog into it. I was wondering about Charlie getting one with his condition only being temporary, and then, even if he did get one, I wondered whether it would be taken back once he was better (I don't know how assisstance dog placement works), so it was great to find that there was a dog so suitable. Yes, it might be a little convenient, but meh, you can make things convenient in fic- it makes up for all the inconveniences in real life *vbg*. I'm looking forward to meeting the dog.

Loved Don telling Colby that he knew about his relationship with Charlie, and giving him the obligatory 'look after my baby brother' speech. I'm glad his suspension has been cleared up, even though I'm sad that it means having to spend time away from Charlie to go to work. They've reached a happy compromise, however :). How long before Colby permanently moves in? *g*

angel_kitsune7 on February 10th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
i read a fic before, and charlie has dog-phobia lol...nice fic/series btw...keep goin'!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 10th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! More in the NOO Series later this month I think. Someone gave Charlie a dog phobia? Huh. I just gave Margaret an allergy. LOL Sounds easier!
angel_kitsune7 on February 10th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
yea...the 2 fic are by purehalo, i read 'em at calSci library. great humor, i'd say. 'first step' and 'second step'...highly recommended :D