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15 February 2010 @ 10:10 pm
Numb3rs Fic: A Whisper to a Scream  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #250 – Scream

Title: A Whisper to a Scream
Pairing/Characters: David/Colby
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call, The Mole, Janus List, Trust Metric, High Exposure, Devil Girl
Summary: David sees Colby through yet another nightmare
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The soft sibilance of a whisper was enough to wake David, his agent's reflexes making him prone to easy waking. It was an occupational hazard made worse by sharing a bed with a man prone to nightmares of the worst kind: the sort based on the horrors of reality.

He'd seen Colby through weeks of nightmares after the Janus List debacle - once he'd gotten over himself enough to trust his lover again and to forgive himself for not staunchly believing in his partner's innocence. Past the rare nightmare about Dwayne and the burning Humvee or Mason and the freighter, they had finally gotten back into something resembling normal sleeping arrangements. David preferred them staying over at his place, a fact Colby liked to complain about, but David didn't want to admit that Colby almost never had nightmares when they stayed at David's apartment.

Opening his eyes, he tried to tune into what Colby was whispering in his sleep, but it was all too indistinct. He could tell by the tense lines of Colby's body that this was definitely a brewing nightmare.

Out of nowhere Colby bolted up into a sitting position and let out a scream of such anguish David was paralyzed by the sound. Once he recovered he grabbed Colby, shaking him awake.

"Cole! Wake up! It's okay!"

Colby turned to him, eyes wide with panic, and clutched him tight as he trembled in his arms.

"Car... Overturned..." His words were choked off, strangled by emotion. "Caught fire... Couldn't save..."

"It's all right," David soothed. This wasn't the first nightmare after Colby's car accident with Nikki. "You saved her. Nikki's fine."

"No," Colby told him, shaking his head even as he buried it in David's neck. "It wasn't Nikki in the car I couldn't save. It was you."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on February 16th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
Title from the Icicle Works song Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream). (Watch the video to hear the song! It's a good tune leftover from the 80s.)

I confess I used my mod privileges at N100 to postpone the weekly mod post long enough for me to sneak my drabble in for the week. I don't abuse the privilege often, but I've posted over 200 weekly prompts on time and I wasn't about to be late when I could keep Mel from posting the post by not giving her the statistics for it. /grins/

A side note: I took a copy of my last N100 drabble's headers to edit for this week's and was amused at the coincidence in the content. That drabble? Motorcrash with the summary "a proper motorcrash with lots of spectators". Hehehe

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


Emma DeMarais
Jelsemiumjelsemium on February 16th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
What's the point in being the Mod if you can't stall for time now and then?

This was worth waiting for. :-)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 16th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: Confession

I really try not to abuse the privilege (mostly because the later we post the mod post the fewer people will see it, what with all the East Coasters mostly being in bed by midnight and all) but I'm human and allowed to have the occasion bad day/weekend/week/brainfail. /grins/
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on February 16th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
i love this fic! the intimacy of sharing a nightmare with someone is so precious, beautiful. you conveyed that so sweetly, in such a reality... and then managed to add some angst! love it!
ladygray99ladygray99 on February 16th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)

Nightmares suck.

*Hugs both boys*
Candi: Colby and Davidmustangcandi on February 16th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)

Poor Colbs. I'm glad I'm not the only one writing about his nightmares. *pets his hair* I'm glad David was there for this one.

Very well done my dear.
rubynye on February 16th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, my heart! Poor lads. *hugs them both as they hug each other*
lillyglillyg on February 16th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I need to catch up with the show!!! It was good! ^^
deluweildeluweil on February 17th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Awww poor sweet Colby...
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 17th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Hi and welcome to my LJ!

I wanted to say thanks for jogging my memory. I once had a fic called Chocolate Colby and recently I had a bunny for a fic called Vanilla Colby and your comment about him being sweet jogged my memory! So thanks!

/Offers you hot chocolate with artisan vanilla marshmallows in appreciation/

BTW, if you're a Colby fan you might like my Not the Only One series. It ends up Charlie/Colby but the start of it is pretty much all gen friendship.
deluweildeluweil on February 19th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
*grin* Thank you

Good luck with the fic :)

*off to search for the fic you recommended*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 19th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)

Here's a link to the NOO Series.