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28 June 2010 @ 09:17 pm
Numb3rs Fic: The Hardest Battle  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge June 2010 Rewind – Adversary, Attack, Overpower, Rescue


Title: The Hardest Battle
Pairing/Characters: Colby, Don, David, OFC
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 400
Spoilers: Judgment Call
Summary: Colby fights against a whole different kind of adversary
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


060. Adversary

Colby held the paperwork in his hand, just staring at it. He'd asked for a copy, as if it wasn't real until he had the facts in his possession. Until then it felt more like a rumor he couldn't combat until it was brought out into the open.

Only now he had proof of his adversary and the fight in him evaporated.

The words swam before his eyes: biopsy, malignant, carcinoma, surgery...

He texted Don to let him know he'd need another day off then stared at the phone wondering how to tell his mother her baby boy had cancer.



162. Attack

Lucinda Granger - ever the sergeant, if not drill - flew in and took over her son's treatment plan like it was a well coordinated invasion.

Only the invasion had already happened.

She sat with Colby's doctors and they agreed upon a plan of attack: surgery with follow up chemotherapy and radiation to ensure eradication.

As grateful as he was for her support, they only disagreed on one front: Colby refused to tell any of his friends he was sick.

His mother was sure they'd understand. Colby agreed, but knew what that understanding would mean when they looked in his eyes: pity.



213. Overpower

Surgery took more out of him than he imagined it would, then chemotherapy on top of that left him almost helpless. Sullen at needing his mother to do so much for him, he rebelled in small ways: monosyllabic answers, refusing to eat, staying up late despite being exhausted.

Only he was fighting the wrong war.

When it finally overpowered him, leaving him so weak he had to be readmitted to the hospital, he broke down.

He'd been brave in life or death firefights, but radiation reduced him to body wracking sobs and heartfelt pleas for it all to just stop.



183. Rescue

Remission should have felt like a triumph, but like all soldiers at the end of a long war Colby just felt tired and relieved to come out of it alive.

He excused himself from his mother's teary gratitude and went to sit on the beach alone.

Out of nowhere Don sat down on his right, David on his left.

They nodded in greeting and sat in silence with him. They didn't know what happened, but were there anyway in a show of support that felt like a lifeline - one that led back to the old world he'd missed so badly.

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ladygray99ladygray99 on June 29th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)

Hey, I gave Charlie cancer.

I like the idea of Colby's mom being a sergeant. It fits in a lot of ways.

I was actually thinking skin cancer with Colby. White boy spending all that time surfing or at high altitudes there's got to be some nasty sunburns on his record.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 29th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, but only Charlie right? I mean, I really enjoyed giving Megan cancer (that sounds awful doesn't it? LOL) and had planned to give Colby some dread disease in a House crossover that was Charlie/Colby, but I really needed this fic done before end of month and this is what I had in my head.

I considered skin cancer, but people in SoCal don't treat it with the same kind of dread, you know? It's usually caught early and rarely fatal like stomach cancer is. Hell, two members of my own family have had run ins with it and I still go out in the sun unprotected at times!

FWIW I know a lot of surfers go super early in the morning and wear wetsuits so if he's a prework surfer and wears his gear he's a lot better off than the sun loving afternoon worshipper. ;-)

And I kind of wanted Colby's mother to have a higher rank, but I liked the nudge about drill sergeant given how she was about to take over his life. /grins/