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27 October 2009 @ 06:49 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Sleepless (The Dreaming Remix)  
Written for remixthedrabble Round 7 - Remix of Sleepless by melissima
Crossposted to numb3rs_slash

Title: Sleepless (The Dreaming Remix)
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Billy
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: After a snowboarding accident Charlie wakes to find Billy can't sleep
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Other comments are housed at remixthedrabble.

The nip of cold, the perfection of fresh powder under his snowboard and the exhilaration of finally graduating to a black diamond run… Charlie felt his dream as if he were there again, barreling down the mountain, chuckling to himself at beating Billy on his old school skis. Then trees too close, a turn too fast, a crash…

The phantom impact woke him to a wince reminding him the bruises, the aches, the swelling were all painfully real. The aftermath flitted like ghostly echoes through his sleep-muddled mind: hearing Billy's panicked voice calling his name as if from the ether, feeling strong arms raise him up from out of the snow, eyes fluttering open to see that familiar freckled face contorted in the raw open anguish of loss.

The terror that woke him had apparently already claimed a first victim; Billy was sitting up in bed - a sign he hadn't even bothered to try hunting the elusive peace of sleep. Charlie felt the heat of his lover's hand as it hovered over his stubbled cheek, scraped red and bruised black, not selfish enough to touch but seeking that reassurance.

His head pillowed on Billy's bare thigh, he pressed a soft kiss just above his knee - proof he was awake and alive and not leaving him, ever. Shifting, he met Billy's gaze without admonition, just understanding and an unspoken request to abandon his lonely vigil and come lie beside him.

Pulling back slightly, he held up the covers so that Billy could slide down into bed with him. Curling up together, his head resting on Billy's broad chest, he sank gratefully into the refuge of those protective arms keeping the dangers of the world at bay. The injuries would take time to heal, but for now he could sleep.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 28th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
This fic was written for Round 7 at remixthedrabble. The original author was my lovely slashwife melissima whose fic I remixed was Sleepless. When I first talked her into trying out remixthedrabble she got assigned me so it was only fair that this round I got assigned her in return. /grins/ I did manage to keep it a secret, though she says she figured it out the day before the reveal. (Hmm... /eyes her/ Sure you did. Hehehe)

I liked the original a great deal and apparently I wasn't the only one as sour_louise ended up remixing the very same fic! Last round I wrote a remix of a fic and found out later the recipient had a second person remix the same fic I did. /is amused/

FWIW, the fic of mine that got remixed were as follows:


Original - History and Words Left Unspoken, Remix - Was Blind But Now I See (the Human Record Remix) by iambickilometer


Original - Metronome, Remix - Metronome (The Temporal Anomaly Mix) by joking

If you've never signed up to remix fic, give it a try! It's actually a fun challenge, especially in drabble form.

A few of us have been tossing around the idea of a Numb3rs only remixathon. I'd like to hear if anyone's interested in remixing within the Numb3rs fandom only - drabbles most likely, but not necessarily.


Emma DeMarais
ladygray99ladygray99 on October 28th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)

Well at least Charlie has a nice warm pillow to cuddle up against.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 28th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Hey, at least this time I wasn't the one dishing out the ouchies in the first place. ;-)

I should make a note to put 'a nice warm Billy pillow' on my Mel's Christmas list. /grins/
SamuelJamessamueljames on October 28th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
Very nice, painful but they have each other.
devon99 on October 28th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Lovely:) I will have to go and read Mels original now.

*patiently waits for Harbour House*