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05 July 2010 @ 03:49 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Earworm  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #270 – Shine

Title: Earworm
Pairing/Characters: Liz, Nikki, David, Colby
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call, Longshot, High Exposure
Summary: Liz can't get a song out of her head thanks to Colby or David
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Damn." Liz tapped her fingernails on the door of the tactical van, watching from the passenger seat for the go sign from Don's SUV. "I've got an earworm."

"Earworms?" Nikki scrunched up her face in disgust. "That sounds gross."

"Earworm," Liz clarified. "It means a song you can't get out of your head."

"Wouldn't that be a brainworm?" Colby teased from where he and David were adjusting their vests in the back of the van.

"Dude," David huffed, "I am rapidly losing any interest I had in lunch so enough with the gross images."

"Oh, like a worm in the ear is more appetizing?" Colby retorted.

David just shook his head. "Listen, Liz. I've got a cure, but honestly? The cure's worse than the disease in most cases."

"I had Shine by Collective Soul earlier, but now it's one of Colby's Travis Tritt songs," Liz bemoaned. "I'll take anything."

"Hey!" Colby looked affronted as David pulled out a piece of paper, scribbled on it and passed it to Liz.

"Don't say it out loud," David warned. "Or else we'll all have it as an earworm." He made a rueful face. "I'm already suffering because of it."

"How selfless of you," Liz drawled, amused. She read the paper and immediately let out a grumble of complaint. "David?"


"You're a bastard. This one's much worse."

"Ah, but you stopped thinking about Travis Tritt, didn't you?" He chuckled heartily.

"Come on, spill!" Nikki poked her in the arm. "What does it say?"

"In the interest of making you all suffer?" Liz glared at all of them. "I'm going to make sure you're stuck with it too." She took a deep breath and started to sing. "It's a small world after all..."

A perfectly in tune collective groan was her co-workers' only response.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 5th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Quick: If you've got the dreaded Small World earworm (which is indeed known the world over to be the most insidious of all), listen to something else before it takes hold!

Recommended songs:

It's Goin Down by Linkin Park/X-ecutioners (Best played loud)
Frontier Psychiatrist by The Avalanches (Loaded with head tilting WTH to distract you)

This fic was inspired by the many fun and funny drabbles jelsemium has posted at numb3rs100. Thanks, Jels for sharing your humor and fic with us! Here's a bit of humor (and Disneyland!) in return in gratitude for your support.

I confess I haven't been able to get the song Shine out of my head for over a week now. (I'd blame the prompt, but it was hearing it on the radio - the whole last song before getting out of the car syndrome - that did it for me.) No, I have not resorted to Small World yet because I like the song Shine, however I did just play those two videos linked above and they helped - a bit. ;-)


Emma DeMarais
tayla36tayla36 on July 5th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Oh thank you sooooo much.

(goes off humming)

PS. Cute fic
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 5th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Hee! Thanks!

Hey, those two songs are really good and they do a good job of erasing a certain earworm. I highly recommend them!
Jelsemiumjelsemium on July 8th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
You're welcome for any smiles and giggles my ficlets have sent your way. Just my way of showing appreciation for all the work you mods have put into this comm!

And now I have Small World stuck in my head. Better than the "Song that never ends"...
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 8th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Yay, you saw this! I was hoping you would. The appreciation goes both ways!

Sorry about the earworm! ;-)
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on July 5th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)

Hhhmmmm ... Hey Candi... what was that song YOU had playing in your head all weekend? /looks completely innocent.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 5th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
/throws hands up/

I'm innocent! I swear the e-card I sent Candi had no sound! ;-)

Anyway, glad to give you a nice laugh. /grins/
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on July 5th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
/whispers... I didn't send a card... I sent her over to YouTube....
Candi: Colby Smirkingmustangcandi on July 6th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
For god's sake don't get my started singing that thing again! haha. It took me 2 days to get that birthday song out of my head.

I think I'd prefer Small World! LOL.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 6th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
LOL! Evol woman! /chuckles/

Glad to have brightened your day with a spot of something amusing. :-)
Candi: Don and Davidmustangcandi on July 6th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
I see what you were trying to do here but all was lost when I read Colby teased from where he and David were adjusting their vests in the back of the van.

*stares at the pretty images* GUH.

This was a fun drabble. I love the team banter. So perfect. I also love that Liz called David a bastard. haha. But that's my Liz/David shipper coming out and imagining he'll make her pay for that later. ^^

Another great job Miss Emma.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 6th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon!

And yeah, I totally can envision Liz making David pay for his supposed cure. Hehehe
Glass_Gem: Colby David Liz Nikkiglass_gem on July 6th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Haha aww, they should have one big sing-a-long in the car before Don gives them the signal. Maybe they'll even put it in Don's head next! LoL
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 6th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
ROFL Oh, I would not want to be there for the Look of Death(TM) Don would give them for infecting him with the Small World earworm! /giggles/
Karen: bloodties henrybyrons_brain on July 7th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Awww, this is just too adorable....
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 7th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon!

(And YUM Henry icon! Mel and I have been talking about me writing a Henry/Vicki threesome and/or some Henry crossover porn. Delicious!)
Karen: bloodties henry & vickibyrons_brain on July 8th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
::feeds cake::

Yes you must, look into my eyes, you are hypnotized, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome, write a threesome.....
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 8th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
"I feel strangely hypnotized..."
cat_13145cat_13145 on July 8th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Video killed the radio star, I always find helpful in these situations.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 8th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yes! Good call! Thanks! /wanders off with new earworm/