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13 January 2010 @ 04:03 pm
Numb3rs Fic: If He Left (The Best Friend Remix)  
Written for numb3rs100 Holiday Drabble Remixathon - Remix of If He Left by mustangcandi/Challenge #167 – Washington DC

Title: If He Left (The Best Friend Remix)
Pairing/Characters: David, Colby
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call, Janus List, Trust Metric, Hollywood Homicide, Velocity
Summary: David realizes that Colby might be leaving them - and him - behind
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

David passed by Colby's desk and didn't meet his former partner's gaze. He knew it was cold, that now that Colby had been proven a hero not a traitor he should be lauded and thanked, but he was still the best friend who lied to David and that wasn't something he could easily forgive and forget.

He spotted a letter on official stationery on Colby's desk as he walked by - probably an offer of a great position back in DC. That was how the Bureau thanked people, giving them big promotions at headquarters. He couldn't deny that Colby had earned it, but the thought of him leaving for good made David's stomach twist and churn.

Why should he care if Colby left when it wasn't like they were friends any longer?

Maybe he should go. At least then David could move on and try to recover from the betrayal that had ripped his trust to shreds and made him doubt himself for believing his partner could have been guilty so readily.

But three thousand miles away there would be no fun stakeout games, no big city making fun of small town banter, no rock solid partner by his side who always had his back.

If he left… would it make this awful feeling inside go away?

If he left... would he ever trust another partner as much?

If he left... could he ever fix this thing with Colby?

David buried his face in his hands. He had his answer: he didn't want Colby to go.

He took a deep breath. Stay or leave was up to Colby, but he needed to figure out how to get over himself enough to try to make it work if luck was on his side and Colby decided to stay where he belonged.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 14th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
This fic was written for the Holiday Drabble Remixathon at numb3rs100. The original author was mustangcandi whose fic I remixed was If He Left.

As soon as I read the original I knew I wanted to remix it for David's POV. In some ways David's take on this is tougher. Colby's way was always clear: duty, honor, put the mission first. David? He's the one who's truly been tested when it comes to his beliefs. He trusted Colby as his partner, he believed Colby was guilty despite that trust when presented with the Janus List and Colby's confession, he had to eat all that rage when he found out Colby was actually good and after all that he had to struggle with the truth that Colby did indeed lie to him and keep secrets from him - hero or not. Friendships, no matter how deep, don't bounce back easily after being shaken to the foundation like that. The funky remix title is pretty self-explanatory in this one.

Hope you like the remix Candi and thanks for all your lovely fic at N100 over the years!


Emma DeMarais
rodlox: going to hugrodlox on January 14th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
*sniff* touching, very touching.
Candi: Colby and Davidmustangcandi on January 14th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
OMG. I love this!!

I never even thought about David's perspective and this... is absolutely beautiful.

But three thousand miles away there would be no fun stakeout games, no big city making fun of small town banter, no rock solid partner by his side who always had his back.

*stabs out heart* Absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for the remix and for this!!! *hugs*
rubynye: David & Colby (seraphina_snape)rubynye on January 14th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
I have just a few minutes for fic tonight, and I'm glad I spent some of them reading this. Oh, David and Colby, EEEEE. Eeee. What a perceptively gorgeous remix of a wonderful fic.

Edited at 2010-01-14 04:16 am (UTC)
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on January 19th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
mmmmm... lovely.



yummy, delightful foreplay.