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30 December 2016 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Head On  
Posted to numb3rs_slash

Title: Head On
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Billy
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: A car crosses the line into oncoming traffic
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Charlie almost didn't see it coming.

He was busy fussing with the ungraded papers in his lap in the passenger seat of Billy's SUV and had only glanced up to get an idea of how much more time he had before Billy dropped him off at Cal Sci.

His cry of alarm was choked off in his throat in panic as a white sedan coming towards them crossed the centerline into their lane to come at them head on.

Helpless to do anything, Charlie felt himself slammed into his seatbelt as Billy turned the wheel hard to the right to try to get out of the way. The sedan, which had also corrected at the last second, sideswiped the SUV, ripping the side mirror off on Billy's side as it impacted. The sound of metal against metal screeched into the everyday air as the cars met and the paint was scraped off of both cars from front to back.

Once contact was broken the SUV veered off to the side of the road as Billy prepared to bring it to a controlled stop. The sound behind them somehow made Charlie's adrenaline react all over again. He whipped his head around to find the damaged car had head on collided with the car behind Billy's, a little hatchback. A second later a third car rear-ended the hatchback and all three cars exploded into flames, gasoline making a huge pyre that rose nearly twenty feet in the air.

Stunned, Charlie felt the car stop and heard Billy on his cell, calling for help. "Wait here!" Billy ordered, rushing from the vehicle. Charlie reached for him, but he was moving too fast. Charlie didn't want Billy anywhere near that fire, but he was Billy; he had to help any way he could.

Remembering he could help too, Charlie popped the hatch and went rummaging around in the back until he found Billy's collection of flares. He carried them over to Billy, who looked like he was about to protest until he saw what Charlie had in his hands and the determination on his face. "Set them up at the intersection to force people to turn off this road," he instructed. "I'm trying to clear a path for the fire trucks." Charlie nodded and ran off; he'd seen Don set up flares to divert traffic before so he knew what to do.

The smoke was making his eyes water and he couldn't help but cough even after he got past the fire. The flares were set up in a matter of minutes so he started waving people over to the side to clear the fast lane that Billy was also clearing closer to the accident. When the fire truck finally arrived, sirens blaring, they sped down the now open lane, getting to the fire quickly. Police officers showed up and started directing traffic officially so Charlie retreated to the side of the road, finally allowing himself to take some deep breaths and let his fight or flight response relax a little.

It was then that he saw Billy striding towards him, his face and his white t-shirt smudged with ash and smoke. He said nothing, he just walked right up to Charlie, took his face in his hands and kissed him like he thought he'd lost him. With a start, Charlie realized that was true: they could easily have been the head-on collision car if not for Billy's fast actions. The fear finally enveloped him and he gripped Billy's t-shirt tight in his fists as they kissed fiercely out of love and fear of loss.

"I thought..." Billy murmured, their lips brushing. "And I couldn't lose you... Just the thought..."

"Shh," Charlie shushed him, planting a tender kiss on his lover's freckled forehead. "I'm safe, we're safe, thanks to you. I know you'd never let anything happen to me." He buried his curly head in Billy's chest and let out a long breath, ready to put the event behind them, promising himself in his thoughts to remember this day and to never take their time together for granted.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 1st, 2017 08:27 am (UTC)
I wrote this quite a while back (August? September?) as a little present for my friend t_vo0810 who wasn't feeling well. I was in chat with some other N3 authors and wrote this on the fly as T bait, prompted by the others, and decided the fandom was in need of fresh fic so I should publish it instead of just give it to T privately.

The idea was to try to write a short H/C Billy/Charlie fic. I love H/C, but it tends to be long and thus hard to finish quickly. My way of getting around it was to have this fic be about a near miss instead of actual hurt. That way I get the adrenaline and the comfort without the long ambulance and hospital scenes (which I love, but which take ages to finish). I did decide to give it a second pass, so it's a bit better than my first off the cuff draft, but I chose not to spend too much time on it so I could get it up before too much time had passed. And then time passed. Yeah, I suck at posting fic this year. /hangs head/

FWIW, the title not only refers to the head on collision that Billy evades and the one that happens behind them, it also kind of is a nod to the fact that Billy keeps his 'head on straight' through the crisis and is able to save them both as a result of his quick thinking and superfast reflexes. This allows the couple to deal with the trauma 'head on' by helping those around them. Afterwards, they 'head on' into the future together, ready to value their time together more knowing it could all be gone in an instant. Pretty heady stuff, eh? ;-)

Very special thanks to my friends at slashchat for their assistance with this fic and to T, thanks for your patience!


Emma DeMarais
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on January 5th, 2017 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
An excellent start to the New Year.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 1st, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
Emma wrote Billy/Charlie fic! Great way to start off the year.
irena_adler: Charlieirena_adler on January 2nd, 2017 07:52 am (UTC)
Sweet! Yay for Billy's defensive driving techniques so that they could skip the hurt and go straight for the 'I almost lost you' moment. :)
Candi: Charlie Thinking Equationsmustangcandi on January 7th, 2017 02:35 am (UTC)
This makes 2017 a better year already than 2016. LOL. Very nice! I miss Billy and Charlie and all of these characters, especially in your capable hands.