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28 August 2009 @ 11:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Jump In With Both Feet  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #226 – Jump

Title: Jump In With Both Feet
Series/Universe: Learning to Crawl
Pairing/Characters: Colby, Don
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call
Summary: Strong again, Colby throws himself into his work with a vengeance
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Three weeks Colby stayed away from work - three weeks where he did everything his physical therapist told him to do, everything the personal trainer he hired told him to do, plus a few of the more hated exercises he remembered from basic training.

The first day he returned to work, feeling stronger than ever, he broke down a door with his foot.

He was back.

A week later, Don called him into the conference room and closed the blinds. That simple act filled Colby with apprehension; Don only did that as a prelude to chewing someone out.

"We need to talk." Colby sat with his hands folded in front of him as Don paced on the other side of the table. "When Bradford cleared you to go back to work he signed off, but he had... Concerns..."

Colby tensed. "I've been doing fine." He struggled to keep his voice casual. "The extra weeks helped me get my strength back."

Don started ticking items off on his fingers. "You kicked down the door at the chop shop instead of waiting for SWAT, you tackled Vogel even though he was armed and today you jumped off a second story balcony to shoot out Heillmann's tires before he could drive away. Second story! I get that you have this obsessive need to prove yourself, but that's how you got hurt in the first place! What were you thinking?"

Colby's fingernails were cutting into his palms with the strain of staying outwardly calm.

"I couldn't let him get away."

Don let out a long breath. "No more stunts like that, do you hear me?" he scolded, sounding more worried than angry now, leaving Colby relieved - like he'd dodged a bullet. "Two times you've almost died on the job. Don't go looking for a third."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
This was painful... To write.

I did so many versions of this I lost count. I inflicted most of them on Mel in some sort of attempt to find my way through the dross of version 1 to something I could publish without embarrassment.

To the naked eye, the versions weren't bad. They just weren't anything like the rest of the LtC series and thus unacceptable.

This was supposed to be an easy little Colby whump gen series. /headdesk/ So much for what I think is easy.

FWIW the title's again a bit of a misnomer, but a) he does leap back into work full bore and b) he does jump feet first from a great height, intended to mirror him landing with both feet when he got hurt.

Observant people will notice Colby doesn't acknowledge any pain during this time. He's so stubborn he's not allowing it in his life - that's how hardcore he's taking this and how out of touch he's become.

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


Emma DeMarais

Edited at 2009-08-29 07:54 am (UTC)
ladygray99: DonSmileladygray99 on August 29th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Go Don. Yes we're glad to have Super!Colby back but Don is right. He doesn't need to go looking for whumpage. And good on Don being a good boss here.
hear me roarmagisterequitum on August 29th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Listen to Don, Colby!
devon99 on August 29th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Colby *shakes head* What is he trying to prove?
Good thing Don's trying to look out for him, 'cause he's not looking out for himself right now.
she studied. she climbed. she wrote.: numb3rs- colbyloozy on August 30th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Nice :)