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11 June 2012 @ 09:12 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Never There  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #371 - Need

Title: Never There
Pairing/Characters: Colby, David, Don, Megan, Charlie
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Judgment Call, The Mole, Janus List, Trust Metric
Summary: Colby feels like he's watching his life disappear into a maelstrom
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

He thrashes, tries to swim in the miasma of memory. Chaos keeps pulling him under, assaulting him with sights, sounds and sensations. Mason's leer, the gray metal of the freighter hull, the blood on Duane's brow, the syringe coming towards him, guns... so many guns... And the pain, the agony of wanting to squirm, the helplessness of paralysis,.

He needs his team, his friends, now more than ever even though he's given them every reason to desert him like they think he deserted his country, his duty, his oath. He aches with grief, a shell of sadness and regret.. He followed orders. He put his life on the line. He even betrayed Duane, the man who had saved his life.

Praying for a way out, he hears David call his name, feeling a rush of joy and relief.. He wakes in his hospital bed again, only it's not David speaking – just another doctor. He needs medical care, but he also knows that more than anything he needs forgiveness. Megan's hugged him, Don's given him the nod of approval and Charlie wiped away tears as he apologized for doubting him.

But every time he opens his eyes, David is never there.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 12th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Title from the Cake song of the same name.


Emma DeMarais
olivia j: [n3] megan thoughtfulolivia_j on June 12th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
Very atmospheric! I can totally feel his pain here, poor Colby. *cries*
Ma Yumi: Don3ym4yum1 on June 12th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
Perfect missing moment. Love Colby!
Thanks dear!
xxoo Mari
Tamannaswingandswirl on June 12th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
Oh, Colby. /cries her little heart out, and her cotton socks, too/

Brava, m'dear.
ladygray99ladygray99 on June 12th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
Oh, you really do feel Colby's pain here.
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on June 14th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
/huggs Colby... ...

On another note, you wrote:
"Since I've been sick for the last few weeks ...."

I hope you are feeling somewhat better and get well very, very soon.

/huggs /support /comfort
Damerel: Colby leandamerel on June 22nd, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, Colby. *sniffles hard* This is wonderful - I can absolutely feel the emotional malestrom Colby's caught in. How very, very in-character each of the other characters' responses to him are.

I don't think you should be allowed to play with Colby any more if you do this to the poor guy. Just saying. :)

ETA: Or maybe you should play with him more. In your hands he does the manly suffering thing so well!

Edited at 2012-06-22 03:09 pm (UTC)