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27 June 2010 @ 06:51 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Soaking Red  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #269 – Soak

Title: Soaking Red
Pairing/Characters: David, Colby
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call, The Mole, The Janus List, Trust Metric, Velocity
Summary: David gets a second wake up call to forgive his partner
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Bel Air is no routine canvas, yet David taps his foot, annoyed that Colby's taking so long to question the pool cleaner.

He's been touchy since Don forced them to partner up again, testy, impatient. All the hero worship is getting to him even though he knows Colby actively discourages it. Somehow that just makes it worse.

He steps out of the overly air-conditioned mansion and the Southern California heat hits him full frontal like it's angry at his dark suit.

He shields his eyes as he gazes across the manicured grounds.


His eyes scan the terrace, the hot tub and pool with its ostentatious fountain...

The normally clear waters are tinged unnaturally pink.

David rushes to the water's edge and spies a familiar set of clothes, including an army green jacket, jarring against the pale blue bottom of the pool. The air is stolen from his lungs in shock; there are no bubbles rising, just plumes of red swirling as the pool filter sucks them away.

And then he's diving down, ignoring the fact that he's swimming through his partner's lifeblood, ignoring the wide blade knife reflecting a sun ray, ignoring how many minutes Colby might have been without air as he drags him to the surface because he's not dead, not dead, not again...

On deck, water is pumped out of unprotesting lungs, shaking hands staunch heavy bleeding, a breath of life is offered as air and prayer. A phone call is a lifeline that makes David glad this estate has a helipad.

An air ambulance arrives to take Colby to the trauma center and David, still soaking wet from water and blood, refuses to leave his partner's side.

He failed to forgive Colby the first time he almost lost him. He won't make that mistake again.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
I confess I self-plagiarized myself all over the place for this fic.

The premise is from Sleeping Beauty (One of the Winter Tales and a far better fic than this one) and the title is ripped off from Seeing Red.

You were also robbed of a much more pleasant fic. After struggling with three versions of this I tossed off a lovely Billy/Charlie comment fic at n3rs_commentfic that used the word soak in it that I easily could have posted instead.

I just couldn't seem to shake this one though. /headdesk/ At least V4 is okay, but I'm still not happy with how unoriginal it is. I blame my summer math class for sucking my brain dry of creativity.

Very special thanks to beta melissima for her assistance with this fic and to the slashchat women for their support.


Emma DeMarais
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Thank you. I just can't help but self-flagellate even if the fic did turn out just fine.
rubynye on June 28th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
You are so hard on yourself! This had me utterly breathless and trembling!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
Yes, but you didn't see versions 1-3 which were in desperate need of life support. Only V4 was finally worth sharing, though I'm glad the desired effect did work. /hugs you/
Tamannaswingandswirl on June 28th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
You are WAY too hard on yourself, hon. This is lovely and so true to David's character.

(Also... now that the hurt is over, we can has Colby/David comfort nao? *puppy eyes*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon. Candi and I were saying in chat how there's not enough David POV fic. I was sorely tempted to work some handholding in there, what with me and my handholding in the ambulance/mortal peril/whispered declarations H/C love. :-)

P.S. You could prompt it over at n3rs_commentfic...
ladygray99ladygray99 on June 28th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
EEEP! Poor Colby. And if this doesn't snap David out of it nothing will. And I vote for a H/C follow up but I always love how you write these two.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
LOL I just told Tam she should ask for a follow up at n3rs_commentfic! Now you two are making me want more of these two in this universe! ♥
Candi: Colby and Davidmustangcandi on June 28th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
Yup. Still a kick in the gut. Loved how there was tension between the two before David realized what had happened to Colby and then the tension changes to fear of losing what he thought was already gone. Fantastic.

*goes to the hospital to comfort both David and Colby ^^
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks and thanks for encouraging me to publish this. There really isn't enough David POV fic out there.
tkdbbelt on June 28th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Still good! If there is a better version I can't wait to read it.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! If you like Billy/Charlie or Don and Charlie then I suggest you read the fic linked in the Confession. I think the former is more appealing (sexy!) and the latter is better written.
tkdbbelt on June 28th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
I did use the link to "Sleeping Beauty" right after commenting. I think I may have read it before but read it again to make sure. ;) I haven't made it to the other links yet but I'm sure I will soon.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 29th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
I didn't mean to make people read extra, but I couldn't help but confess that this wasn't my first 'go round' if you will. /feels bad/
SamuelJames: Numb3rs-Colby Grangersamueljames on June 28th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Harsh, poor Colby. Very emotional piece.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm sorely tempted to write more just to not leave him there.
SamuelJames: Numb3rs-Colby Grangersamueljames on June 28th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I imagine there'd be one hell of a conversation when/if Colby recovered.

Edited at 2010-06-28 09:12 pm (UTC)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 28th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
He does. Like Don it's a stab wound so it's serious but they get to him in time.
Candi: Colby HELP!mustangcandi on June 29th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
sorely tempted to write more just to not leave him there.

Yes please. :)
etiennewestwindetiennewestwind on June 29th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 29th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jelsemiumjelsemium on July 5th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Good work! (Self-plagiarized? Well, if you're going to steal, steal from the best! :-))