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19 April 2010 @ 11:39 pm
Numb3rs Fic: A Choice Made Clear  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge April 2010 Rewind – Explosion, Inside, Fierce, Burn

Title: A Choice Made Clear
Pairing/Characters: David, Colby
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 400
Spoilers: Seasons 1-6
Summary: Two days before their partnership is to end Colby's choice is made clear
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

212. Explosion

Wakefield and his crew have cleared out; that much seems certain as the agents spread out across the abandoned salvage yard.

Colby watches David peer into a large rusty storage building, gun at the ready, then slip inside.

In two days it will be David's last day. After that he packs up and moves to DC. Two days and a partnership - Colby's best ever - ends.

He shakes himself back to the present, shifting course towards the building to join David.

A fireball erupts skyward as the building explodes, violently throwing him backwards to land in the dirt in shock.


199. Inside

Colby feels hands clawing at him and only dimly registers that they're his own team, trying to keep him from rushing into the burning building.

He was a star wrestler in school and tops in hand-to-hand combat in the Army; they can't hold him.

He wrenches himself free and runs inside, heat hitting him full blast. He recoils as licking flames singe his skin, but bears the pain.

He takes a breath to yell, but smoke invades his lungs, chokes off all but one word.


No answer.

If David can't come to him, he'll come to David.

114. Fierce

Even staying low the heat and flames are fierce, yet Colby pushes forward, coughing up ashen lungs as he searches, hands frantic in the thick smoke.

His fingers recoil at hot metal, but it's a familiar feel, an FBI rifle. Scrambling towards it, he spies a kevlar-covered shape buried amidst some fallen beams, aflame and licking at the fuel beneath them.


Colby digs barehanded, scoops David's disturbingly still form up in his arms and takes one deep breath close to the floor where the last of the oxygen is.

One breath, one chance to get them both out.

065. Burn

Colby won't let the hospital admit him, only begrudgingly accepting salve and bandages. As soon as David's doctor steps out of the burn ward he's interrogated brusquely between harsh coughs.

Third degree burns, skin grafts, lucky...

Colby only relaxes when he hears the word 'recover'. As long as recovery is possible, David can do it. He's tenacious, a fighter.

DC can wait, for both of them. His choice is clear now. David's not going anywhere without him. Colby's got his back.

When David's eyes flutter open, his partner is the first thing he sees.

Just as it should be.


Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on April 20th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
More angst, but at least there's a happy ending of sorts? /looks hopeful/

Yay for there being one number in common between last month's prompt numbers and this month's prompt numbers! (Yes, I enjoy odd things in life. Finding joy all around certainly beats bitching about everything and thinking negative bonding is friendship.) Bonus that last month's Rewind was about David and Colby as well. Talk about friendship!

I confess this isn't much like the original version. I decided that I too often decide between dialogue-only/dialogue oriented fic and dialogue-free fic. For once I thought I'd inject a tiny bit of dialogue into my dialogue-free story. Thus three times Colby says 'David' and one time David says 'Colby'. Yeah, it's a bit manufactured, like the predictable plot, but I do like my symmetry. :-)

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


Emma DeMarais
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 20th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! Comments like yours always make me glad I spent the time on rewrites to make the fic better.
SamuelJames: Numb3rs-Colby Grangersamueljames on April 20th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
I could believe Colby risking his safety to rescue David and I like the idea that he'll be there for David during his recovery.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. At first I thought I should do something, I don't know, more artful with these prompts instead of the obvious? But I think I've had a thing for Colby and David since the finale and I figured as straightforward as this story is we still adore them as partners no matter what the plot.
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 20th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
I liked this. I mostly liked Colby's plan to go to DC too.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Well DC owes him a transfer there. He just put it off until David came too. ;-)
Candi: Colby and Davidmustangcandi on April 20th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
*happy sigh*

David and Colby are my favorite... no secret. I'm loving the David & Colby friendship fics lately. This was exciting and angsty and just plain good. *happy sigh again* I love these boys. Glad Colby's going to DC too, although what will Nikki and Liz do without them? LOL. :)

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Nikki and Liz will be kick ass agent partners in their stead! We'll replace Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with I don't know? Cagney and Lacey? LOL

I'm thrilled about how much David and Colby fic has been coming out of the muse as of late, but where's all the Ian/Nikki fic? /looks under couch cushions/ I think she decided she wanted a break after finishing the draft of Merlot Red. Hehehe But I do need to polish that one off and get it out. Srsly.

Candi: Ian Nikki - Smilesmustangcandi on April 21st, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Cagney and Lacey! hahaha. I LOVE IT. That is EXACTLY who they would be. I love, love, love it (that was one of my favorite shows as a kid.)

And yes, where is all the Ian/Nikki fic (not from you but in general)?? I worked on my Rewind Series today. Just one more drabble to finish and I'll finally be posting some Ian/Nikki AND drabbles. About danged time!

she wanted a break after finishing the draft of Merlot Red. Hehehe But I do need to polish that one off and get it out. Srsly.

YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! I'm curious to see how you "fixed it" considering I don't know how you could have made it hotter. LOL. *grabby hands* Candi want very much!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm curious to see if my fix will work. I have the plan, I just haven't written it yet. I hope now that the muse is coming back online (I wrote three ficlets last night - a good sign) I might have a shot at writing the new parts soon. /crosses fingers/

Yay for you almost being ready to post more fic! /bounces/ That would be awesome!
riverotter1951: north American river otterriverotter1951 on April 20th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
This is perfect. After being partners for years, Colby still needs to be there for David. DC can wait until David recovers and Colby requests a transfer.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
And they all lived worked happily ever after!

rubynye: David & Colby (seraphina_snape)rubynye on April 20th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh poor David owwwwwwwwwwwww, but I'm ever and always so delighted that Colby's got his back. Eee!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hoped you'd like this one. I think I should be blaming my recent David and Colby kick on you and Candi (not that I'm complaining) since you both have been quite the influence on me when it comes to these two.

irena_adler: Colby determinedirena_adler on April 20th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yay, these guys really do have a great partnership. I loved how no one was able to hold Colby back.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's such raw instinct to go in after his partner that Colby doesn't even realize he's trying to do it at first. That's real devotion.
Glass_Gemglass_gem on April 21st, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I love how even before Colby makes the conscious decision to go in the burning building his team is trying to hold him back. I also love that he breaks free and goes inside anyways. I love that Colby isn't going to let David go to DC without him, and I absolutely love that at the end David says Colby's name.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yes! OMG that was one of my favorite bits too - that Colby's already struggling to get to the building before he even figures out why - it's so ingrained in him to need to save his partner. And yeah, he'd ignore any danger knowing no one else would do what he would to save David. I mean, this is the man who went into a train car filled with toxic gas for his partner, so yeah... /nods/ He's so following him to DC when this is over.

Thanks for reading and for the lovely comment!
Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on April 21st, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Eek at hurt David! But yay for brave Colby, not letting his partner down no matter what. Even if he really does deserve a whack for not admitting himself, too. And aww at Colby being the first thing that David sees.

Great job, hon. *coughs*Could we have a sequel where they actually DO go to DC, please?*coughs*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 21st, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Meep! Maybe not a sequel, but perhaps another fic that follows Colby's life after he joins David in DC? (Oh man that already sounds like a series, doesn't it?)

I'm so glad you liked it. And yeah I wanted to thwap Colby too for not letting them admit him. I bet he didn't take any pain pills until he knew David was okay either. /winces/ That soldier boy can really handle pain.

Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on April 22nd, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes, yes, it does. A series that needs to be written. *slips your Muse chocolate and sparkling cider*

*winces on Colby's behalf* Yowch. I'm not sure which is higher, his pain tolerance or his sheer stubborness... *whacks gently*

*smishes back*