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28 October 2013 @ 08:55 pm
Numb3rs Fic: The Darkest Place  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #443 - Contemplate

Title: The Darkest Place
Pairing/Characters: David/Colby
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call, Janus List, Trust Metric
Summary: Colby was once in the darkest place all alone
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The moment Colby's keys hit the basket just inside the front door, he knew something was wrong.

In the five months since he and David moved in together their apartment had never been so eerily silent.

Colby closed the door behind him, the sound oddly loud in the empty living room. He knew David was home; he'd left first and his Jeep was in the parking lot.

He made his way into the bedroom through the slightly ajar door and found David sitting on the bed facing away from him, clutching some sort of paper in his hand.

"Why?" The sound that came out of his partner's mouth was more of a pained growl than a word. "How could you even consider... Why didn't you tell me?"

Confused, Colby looked around until he spotted the closet door open and the contents of his old army lock-box spilled out on the floor as if it had fallen from the high shelf and busted open on its own.

His breath caught as the box sparked memories of the Janus List incident: the team believing he was a traitor, losing David's trust, feeling so lost even after his exoneration that he contemplated... The pain sliced into him as if Mason Lancer was torturing him anew.

"I didn't mean it," he whispered.

"Yes, you did." Holding up the note, David's tone was so bereft each word was a blow. "You were going to kill yourself. What I don't know is why you didn't go ahead with it."

Colby crossed the room and pushed the suicide note away. He dropped to kneel on the floor with his head on David's thigh, arms around his waist like a lost child clinging to the last good thing in his world.

"You," he answered, forlorn. "You forgave me."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
This fic was inspired by a prompt in last week's N100 mod post.

Shock David with his discovery of a long-forgotten suicide note written by Colby after his brush with death on the freighter.

I confess I'm normally one of the people making up the prompts so I rarely use them. This one (not my idea) was just too tantalizing to pass up. I had to write it.

Thanks to my co-mods Mel and T for the great bunny!


Emma DeMarais
fredbassettfredbassett on October 29th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Ouch, that must have been a painful moment.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 8th, 2014 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh nice. Now I want a nice long angst filled fic.