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22 September 2014 @ 02:24 pm
Numb3rs Fic: An Unguarded Moment  
Posted to numb3rs_slash

Title: An Unguarded Moment
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Billy, OCs
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Charlie is nervous about visiting a prison even with Billy by his side
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"You don't have to do this."

Billy glanced over to where Charlie sat beside him in the passenger seat of Billy's FBI SUV. Charlie hadn't wanted Don to know he was nervous about going to an interview in an actual prison, but apparently he couldn't hide his emotions as well from Billy. He let out a long sigh.

"I know. It's nothing. You guys do it all the time."

Billy pulled up to the guard shack and showed his credentials to get through the gates of the prison.

"Sure, but I tell you, every time I have to give up my gun to walk into that place? I don't feel safe. And if I'm not safe then I can't keep you safe." He drove in and parked before turning to Charlie, an obvious look of concern on his face. "So I say again. You don't have to do this."

Charlie sat up, straightening his shoulders, his expression determined.

"No, but I'm doing it."


Twenty minutes into the interview, the former bank robber they were interviewing asked to go to the bathroom. While they were waiting Billy rubbed Charlie's back in soothing circles.

"I'm sorry this stresses you out so much."

Charlie grimaced. "Am I that obvious?"

"Only to me." Billy gave Charlie's shoulders a squeeze. "We're almost..."

The end of the sentence was drowned out by an earsplitting alarm sound and Charlie instinctively curled into Billy's side, anxiously seeking his protection. "What the hell?"

"Lockdown!" Billy yelled. He quickly scanned the otherwise empty room, then pulled Charlie under the table. "Not much protection here, but I'll take what I can get."

Shouts and running footfalls could be heard outside the room followed by a staccato of gunfire.

He wrapped himself around Charlie and Charlie couldn't stop shaking despite being enveloped in Billy's arms. "You don't have your gun..."

He couldn't stop obsessing that if the guard really was gone and the chaos he imagined ruled the prison then there was nothing to stop any inmate from entering and killing them both save Billy's bare hands.

As if he heard his thoughts, Billy growled in his ear. "I don't need a gun. If someone tries to hurt you, I will end them." Finally the noises ceased and Billy tentatively went to the door and listened. "I think someone's coming."

Before Charlie could protest and get Billy to return to him, the door opened and the same guard who let them in returned. "Sorry about the lockdown. Your prisoner caused a ruckus in the bathrooms. Two men dead. Sorry, but one's your inmate."

"Guess he didn't want to answer any more questions," Billy huffed.

"We need a few more minutes to settle things down then we can escort you out."

Billy nodded in acknowledgment. "Thanks."

The guard left, closing the door behind him, and Billy held his arms open for Charlie to walk in to them.

"Scared?" he asked, pulling him in close.

"Was I? Totally." Charlie sank into the warmth and love there easily. "But I knew you'd take care of me."

Billy planted a kiss amongst his curls.


Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on September 22nd, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Title inspired by the song The Unguarded Moment by The Church.

This is one of three slashchat chatfic that I wrote on the fly as birthday presents during a chat back in August. The recipients liked their gifts so much they asked me to publish them for the rest of the fandom to enjoy. This particular one was a bit too long to reduce it to a 300 word drabble so I expanded it a little to make it flow better.

Thank you,

Emma DeMarais

Edited at 2014-09-22 07:27 pm (UTC)
t_vo0810t_vo0810 on September 28th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
omg. i went all tingly when Billy said 'i will end them.' humina humina humina /bites knuckle/. you give such great Billy/Charlie! it was just what i wanted!
ladygray99: Charlie Blueladygray99 on September 22nd, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
I love how sweet your Billy and Charlie are.
batgurl10batgurl10 on September 23rd, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
GAHHHHH, missed you soooo much!!! I want more of this Billy/Charlie fic, yes Im greedy. did I mention I missed your fic? lots and lots. So Perfect. prisons are scary places yo!
Candi: Charlie Flowermustangcandi on October 5th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
Truly enjoyed this! Protective!Billy is sexy. Nnnnngh. Nicely done.

Edited at 2014-10-05 02:41 pm (UTC)