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22 September 2013 @ 04:01 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Four Men, Four Minutes  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #438 - Faint

Title: Four Men, Four Minutes
Pairing/Characters: Don, Billy, Charlie, Ian
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Sniper Zero, Man Hunt
Summary: Three men watch Charlie collapse but only one saves his life
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

It unspools in slow motion before Don's eyes.

Despite some stirrings in his own head it's Billy who acts first – strange since Don has known Charlie his entire life. But Don writes it off as his brother just being tired and short on sleep: the slightly too frequent pauses in his speech, the hand reaching out subtly to the podium to steady uneven feet, a hand lingering too long in hair over an overworked brain.

Billy bolts from his seat in the auditorium's back row a second before Don's baby brother falters and falls in a crumpled heap on the stage, a movement so oddly graceful and silent the fear it engenders is almost unexpected. Like the rest of the crowd Don's on his feet in an instant, but unlike the others they part wordlessly to allow him passage to the front.

It's Billy who scoops up Charlie's limp form and cradles him in his arms, crying out for an ambulance when half the cell phones in the crowd are already anxiously dialing. It's Billy who pales when fingers are pressed to a pulse that may or may not be there. It's Billy the paramedics have to peel from Charlie's side in order to load him on the gurney.

Not Don.

The next three days are a blur that only clears when Charlie awakens in the hospital surrounded by friends and family.

Not just Don.

That's okay. He can live with that. It just bothers him that he wasn't the one to save his brother's life.

In the end it had been Ian, ever observant in his preferred high perch in the empty balcony, who figured out something was wrong with Charlie four precious minutes before Billy.

While Don wondered and Billy grew convinced, Ian had already demanded a helicopter.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on September 22nd, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hurt/Comfort FTW!

I confess I can't believe given how great a prompt Faint is that I didn't manage to use it at all in the actual fic. Oh well, using the exact prompt word is not required at N100 and I really did have someone collapse so it's all good.

Very special thanks to beta t_vo0810 and to the ladies in slashchat for for their assistance with this fic.


Emma DeMarais
batgurl10batgurl10 on September 22nd, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
OooH. Tense and suspenseful! glad Charlie had Ian watching out for him. Would love to know what happened?
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on September 23rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
And how come (Ian) didn't show up on stage.

Very nicely done :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 23rd, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)

In my mind Ian was, at first, going up to the roof to direct the air ambulance paramedics to the right location. After that he was keeping the hallways clear of people so they could get him out as fast as possible.

He knew Don and Billy were with Charlie so his thought would have been to go where he was needed most and that was in speeding Charlie's way to the hospital.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 23rd, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Hi and thanks for taking the time to comment, especially since I wasn't around all summer and I suck at replying to comments. :-)

I had a Cerebral Aneurysm in mind for Charlie, with the idea that because Ian got him to the hospital so fast it hadn't ruptured yet and they were able to save him. Since I like drama it might have just ruptured when he arrived, but that made it so they could stop the bleeding right away and not have any real brain damage.

Oh, H/C, I adore you so! LOL
batgurl10batgurl10 on September 23rd, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hi My name is christina and Im a H/C junkie too! @@

I truly miss my Charlie Whump and this was a nice little shot in the arm. Enough to get through, but now I Wants MORE! =)

and Ian as his Knight in shining armor....yum. sometimes I wish they had a made a spin off of Charlie in DC helping Ian hunt criminals so he can whack them James Bond style. that woulda been HOT!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 24th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
Okay, someone needs to write that: Charlie and Ian teaming up in DC. /nods/ Very much so.

There's nothing in the fandom like a good Charlie whump IMHO and as many Charlie pairings as I like (I admit to being a pairings whore) I do adore Charlie/Ian.

(Oddly now I want some more of my Charlie/Ian in 1930s France AU! Guess the ultimate whump is Nazis invading Paris!)

Here's hoping I get to write more than drabbles this fall. I miss longer fic...
irena_adler: Edgertonirena_adler on September 23rd, 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
Always good to have Ian looking out for you! Don's really going to beat himself up on being so slow.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 24th, 2013 06:41 am (UTC)
Hee! It doesn't help his ego that Ian's older. ;-)

Nice to see you here BTW! Hope the little ones are doing well. ♥
cat_13145cat_13145 on September 23rd, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong I want a sequel with Don/Ian and Ian telling Don he did something vital (Like reassure Charlie or keep Bill calm)?
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 24th, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
I want a sequel too! But since writing at all lately has been like pulling teeth I decided to set my expectations low and not anticipate one like I used to. /sniff/

And man, Don/Ian with Billy/Charlie? I know LOTS of people who'd be happy with that idea!

ladygray99ladygray99 on January 8th, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
Go Ian.