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24 April 2011 @ 03:59 am
Numb3rs Fic: The Cost of Not Spending Time  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #312 – Badge

Title: The Cost of Not Spending Time
Pairing/Characters: Don, Billy
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Man Hunt, Arrow of Time
Summary: When Billy comes into town Don tells him he's too busy to go for a drink
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Don walked into the bar in civilian clothing, carefully hiding his gun holster under his jacket, eyes wary as dozens of stranger looked him over.

He made his way to the end of the bar where there was a gap in the patrons and managed to flash his badge discreetly at the bartender.

"You called about someone?"

"Corner booth. I want him out of my bar," the bartender grumbled. "Now. Before there's any trouble."

"I'll take care of it," Don promised, handing him a few twenty dollar bills folded up small. "For his tab."

The bartender nodded, a gruff growl under his breath as he walked away.

Don made a beeline over to the booth, avoiding eye contact - which was easy given how much taller everyone was than him - and managed to get across the bar without incident.

"Hey, buddy!" Don grimaced at the volume in his friend's voice and raised a finger to his lips to try to shush him, but to no avail. "Good to see you! Come have a drink!"

"I tell you what," Don said, keeping his voice down as he yanked the liquid drunken body from the booth fairly unceremoniously. "Let's go to my bar. I'm buying."

"Sounds good to me! And here I thought you were too busy for a friendly drink." Don wrinkled his nose at the whiskey breath, but managed to half-lead, half-haul his fellow agent to the door.

"What the hell were you thinking?" Don whispered tersely once they were outside. "Going for a drink in a skinhead bar where everyone's the size of a freaking sumo wrestler? Were you trying to pick a fight and end up in the hospital?"

"If I had," Billy drawled, wistful sorrow in his voice. "Then would you have made time for me?"

Kalirakalira9 on April 26th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Aw, poor Billy! . . .well, okay, so he's being an idiot, but still. Poor thing, all left behind. *sniff* At least Don was there to pick him up again before he did anything too stupid. This time, at least. . .

Good job translating the ouchiness. Well done.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 26th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! I can't stay away from the angst for too long - it calls me back. ;-)
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 26th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh, great icon for this!
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on April 26th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Ok... that's just weird.... (tell you in a minute /chuckle.)

Totally agree with kalira9, all the way. Nicely done, Em.

Ok, the weird? You have a lot of HTML coding at the top of your pages -- in IE and Firefox. The weird part? I hit 'leave comment' and *that* page is HTML coding free... /shrug.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 26th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)

It's not me, it's LJ. I haven't changed my site design since I got this LJ. They're just having these weird intermitten CSS type errors. No clue why. Sometimes it loads fine, sometimes it doesn't. /shrugs/
irena_adler: Coop Yeah rightirena_adler on April 26th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
*g* So Billy's a sneaky drunk, eh? Bet Don will make time for him now!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 26th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
He's hurt that Don's no longer willing to drop everything for him, silly man. Tsk tsk!
cat_13145cat_13145 on April 26th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
oooh! Hugs Billy and Don
rubynye on April 26th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh BILLY! *cries*
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 29th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
:( Poor Sweet Stupid Billy.