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01 December 2009 @ 10:24 pm
Numb3rs Fic: No Bones  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #240 – Shock

Title: No Bones
Pairing/Characters: Colby, David
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Judgment Call
Summary: David goes to NYC for three weeks and comes back with a secret
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Colby flashed his badge to get through airport security to meet David at his gate when his plane got in. He'd told Colby not to pick him up, but after three weeks in New York - a one week trip extended without word as to why - he wasn't going to just wait for David to show up at the office.

'Flight 573 from JFK arriving at Gate B12' the notice board announced.

Colby stood watching the stream of people emerging from the gangway and almost missed David coming off, shock dropping his jaw when he saw white gauze and butterfly bandages marring David's head and arms, stark against his dark skin.

David stopped cold when he saw Colby in front of him, stunned.

"David…" Colby took a few tentative steps towards him. "What happened?"

"You should see the other guy?" David offered, cracking a grin. "He's still in the hospital - jail ward. Just a local banger looking to make his bones."

"Jesus…" Colby stepped forward, wrapping his arms gently around his partner, a shaky breath leaving his lungs. "I would have come if you'd told me," he murmured into David's neck.

David returned the embrace tightly, his strength reassuring.

"I know."

cardiac_logic: Partnerscardiac_logic on December 2nd, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
*gasp* David! I might have identified a little too much with Colby in this :)

This is so intriguing, I love it. Poor David, I'm glad Colby's there for him. I'm glad David seems to be okay, but he really should have told someone...
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 2nd, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
Thank you!

My assumption is that he called Don to let him know he'd be recuperating in NYC a lot longer than planned and asked him not to tell anyone. He's smart enough to know if Colby et al are worried about him they might not pay full attention in the field and that's a guilt David doesn't want to carry as a leader.

Yay iconnage! How appropriate!

P.S. Thanks for signing up for the N100 Remixathon!
cardiac_logic: Partnerscardiac_logic on December 2nd, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
Ah, that theory makes sense. David is so conscientious; he totally would put his team before himself. And of course Colby would be there for him. They really are great partners :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 2nd, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
Well, if an FBI agent simply didn't show up for work as scheduled people (read Don) would be rather concerned, so I can see him either calling from the hospital or arranging a local LEO to do it for him on the DL.

And yeah, Season 6 is like what Janus List? They are so married - to the job! ;-)
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 2nd, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
fyreflyfyrefly101 on December 2nd, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh. Poor David. What a waste of a holiday. But at least he has Colby/the team to come back to.

It's really quite amazing what you can pack into 200 words :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 4th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love the challenges of microfiction. It's such a compact and economical way of telling stories. There really are no wasted words.

And I imagine that while David wishes he had had a more enjoyable holiday, knowing he saved a life and put a potential murderer behind bars has to feel pretty damn worthwhile.
t_vo0810t_vo0810 on December 2nd, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, you are as good as the canon writers at hiding Colby/David slash inbetween the lines. :D Of course if my boyfr, *koff*, I mean partner didn't tell me about something that serious, I would be upset no matter how conscientious he was being. But I am sure David will make it up to him....with a souvenir, i mean. What ever did u think i meant? :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 4th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)

Yes, Colby will have to be assuaged and David will need to be comforted. I anticipate that will take at least a whole weekend in bed. ;-)

rubynye: David & Colby (seraphina_snape)rubynye on December 2nd, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh! *wibbles in a high-pitched manner*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 4th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hee! I thought of you when I was working on this. It's definitely David and Colby gen with seriously slashgoggleability built in. ;-) I hoped you would like it. /grins/
rubynye: Boing!rubynye on December 8th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm so predictable. :D And I totally, totally love this! I reread it tonight.
*basks in the Colby & David glory*
cerealkiller0cerealkiller0 on December 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oh David. <3 Why must you make Colby worry? I seriously love the dynamic between these two. Almost canon love. Doesn't get much better than that. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 4th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
When canon has lines like "We're married... to the job" then you KNOW TPTB have acknowledged our love of their love. Hee!
ladygray99: Colbyladygray99 on December 2nd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Poor David
and poor Colby for all the worry he's going to go through now.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 4th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I second that Ow. /grins/

I like hurting poor readers the boys in so many ways... /is evol/