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11 January 2010 @ 06:30 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Birth Day  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #245 – Son

Title: Birth Day (Prequel to A Father and Son Tradition)
Series/Universe: A Father and Son Tradition
Pairing/Characters: Colby, OCs
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call
Summary: Colby is there when the surrogate mother gives birth to his son
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Delivery was like chaos: Fran screeching, the doctor shouting orders, glaring white lights…

Fran's hand clutched his, almost painfully. Colby tried to console himself that this wasn't her first time giving birth and they had an excellent obstetrician, but anxiety tightened his chest with each failed push.

"One more!" the doctor ordered. "Push!"

A second later an infant's cry split the air.

"It's a boy!"

Colby's breath caught, his head spun and he almost didn't notice Fran releasing his hand, it all seemed so surreal. The nurses had the baby cleaned up and back so quickly he wasn't ready when they offered him to Fran who shook her head, directing them to Colby.

Colby opened his arms to his newborn son and they laid the baby in them carefully.

"8 pounds, 8 ounces," the doctor told them. "A healthy baby boy. Congratulations."

Colby gazed at the baby in his arms with a sense of awe. This was a little piece of him; he'd made a new human being out of nothing, complete with his mother's nose, his father's mouth and the same blond hair he'd been born with.

"He's perfect…" he murmured, almost breathless with wonder.

Then his lashes fluttered open and he looked up at Colby with wide innocent eyes.

The swell of emotion inside threatened to swamp him, a feeling unlike any he'd experienced before. He'd known his son all of a few minutes, but already he loved him. With that love came an overwhelming sense of responsibility: here was a whole new person, a life, completely dependent on him.

Colby pressed a kiss to his forehead and felt a rush of joy at his son's reaction - reaching up with impossibly tiny fingers to graze his father's chin.

"Hello, Tyler." His whisper was almost reverent. "I'm your Daddy."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 12th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
I'm not fond of the title of this fic, but only because I already have a fic called Birthday (which despite how old it is, IMHO, is better written).

Normally that would not be a problem, but I save all my fic files by title with the spaces removed. Thus I have to use a dreaded hyphen in the file name for this one. Grr.

I hadn't planned on turning A Father and Son Tradition into a series, but people really liked Daddy!Colby so why not? I think it's kind of sweet and I'm all for gay couples getting to have their own kids.

Very special thanks to betas melissima and t_vo0810 for their assistance with this fic.


Emma DeMarais
ladygray99: Colbyladygray99 on January 12th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 17th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. /grins/
Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on January 17th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
*melts into a big gooey puddle*

Aww, I loved this.

I think, for me, what really stood out was that you chose not to have Colby in a relationship when he decided to have a child; so often you see that dynamic of 'couple starting a family' that it's really refreshing to have something different.

Brava, and I look forward to more of this awesome series!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 17th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's important to me to show single people wanting to have a child as a valid lifestyle choice. Not everyone is lucky enough to find love early enough in life to fit the perfect little nuclear family model. This was Colby thinking he wasn't going to have that nuclear family, being gay, so he took the opportunity offered him to keep the Granger name going - a 6th generation of duty and honor, only one that would give 'don't ask don't tell' a good telling off. LOL
Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on January 17th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
*has a mental image of little Tyler getting in some stuffy old General's face about why his Daddy is a hero, thank you very much*

OMG, you have made my day.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 17th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Hee! And then going on about how his other Daddy - Daddy David - is a hero too. /big grin/

Yeah, I'm pretty sure little Tyler won't let anyone stomp him down. /beams/
Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on January 17th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
*rereads fic again, just because she can't resist the cute*

So... six generations, huh? Any chance we get to see Ty in dress blues himself? (not to mention Colby and David's reactions to their boy deciding to get shot at for a living...)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 17th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
There are lots of ways to serve. Tyler might decide to bypass the armed services and go straight for the FBI or Homeland Security. David's daughter might decide to go Navy or Air Force. (A girl test pilot would kind of rock, IMHO.) I still need a name for her though. /thinking/

And yeah, they might not be happy about Tyler getting shot at, but it's not like they can dissuade him from it given their careers.
Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on January 17th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
True, that- they can't exactly talk him out of dangerous jobs considering what theirs are. Although one of these days, just for kicks, I'm going to write a hippie vegan Granger kid who weaves baskets or something for a living, just to see the look on Colby's face. *pets him*

And anytime someone mentions David having a daughter all I can think of is that scene (in Cover Me, I think) when Colby ribs David about what would happen when she turned sixteen. *giggles* I pity the poor fool who wants to take that particular Daddies' Little Girl out on a date...
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on January 19th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
""This was a little piece of him; he'd made a new human being out of nothing, ""

this made this mamma's breath hitch... it's the most amazing concept that you've articulated here in like 10 words. it made me want to snuggle my own kids.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 19th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad that it felt right to you. Thank you so much for that validation. And please do snuggle your kids (if they'll let you LOL) on my behalf. I miss my nieces and nephews so I can't do any kid hugging of my own.