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30 July 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs Fic: A Break in the Broken  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge July 2011 Rewind – Boat, Current, Fish, Bite

Title: A Break in the Broken
Pairing/Characters: David, Colby, Don, Megan
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 400
Spoilers: Janus List, Trust Metric
Summary: How does one repair broken trust when one is also broken?
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

243. Boat

He wakes up in a sweat, even two weeks later, and all that fills his mind is the rhythmic pumping of CPR.

He has nightmares of the boat regularly, but the worst ones are when they arrive too late and no amount of CPR works.

No more sleep for him tonight. With a resigned sigh he swings his feet over the edge of the bed and rises, heading for the kitchen.

The refrigerator light glares, revealing condiments, a few leftovers and one bottle of beer: Colby's favorite.

David pours the useless beer down the sink and goes back to bed.

236. Current

They keep things civil in front of Don despite serious undercurrents of distrust between them, even if those currents only flow one way.

In the car, they barely talk outside of what's needed for the case.

David knows he's the cause of the cold shoulder, but he doesn't care.

Megan seems to think that finding out the truth about Colby, about him being a good guy all along, erases all that he did.

But David can't get past the lies, No amount of truth now can convince him he actually knows who the hell this Colby Granger guy really is.

026. Fish

Colby tries, David notices this. He's nice to David, he brings in good coffee with donuts, and he volunteers to do more of the crap paperwork and not just because David has seniority.

He keeps fishing for an opening to have a serious discussion, but David always shuts him down before he can get to the 'we should talk' part.

David doesn't want to talk. If they do he'll have to admit he was wrong.

No matter how great a sin Colby's lies were, David's failure to believe in his partner's good character is the worse of the two evils.

233. Bite

Then Don bites their heads off, yelling at them to get their act together. The once well-oiled machine has gone rusty.

David's tired. Tired of feeling alone even when he's not the only one in the car. He misses Colby, his Colby, but doesn't know how or if they can ever get back to what they had before.

In the end it's Colby's favorite beer that does it. David buys it and they drink it in the parking lot. They don't talk, but something breaks: the ice between them.

David sleeps better than he has in weeks: finally at peace.

Candi: David at Workmustangcandi on August 3rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Amazing! Absolutely love this! I thought it was from Colby's POV when I started reading... LOVED seeing this from David's instead. Fantastic!
ladygray99ladygray99 on August 4th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
You'd think that with all the post Janus List fic that's out there it would all feel worn out by now but this felt very fresh and I could really feel David's moods in it.