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05 May 2007 @ 09:14 pm
Numb3rs Fic: La Belle Dame Sans Merci  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #105 – Prison

Title: La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Series: Femme Fatale
Pairing/Characters: Colby, David, Don
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call
Summary: The FBI gets their man but someone else does too
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Colby wandered back to his desk aimlessly. They'd been hitting only dead ends in their current case and he was itching to get back out in the field and away from boring desk work.

He started flipping through his own considerable stack of mail before tossing David's onto his desk.

"Man, you must be bored if you went and picked up everyone's mail," he joshed as Colby tossed a second stack on Don's desk.

"Out of my mind," Colby replied ruefully. "Seriously, how many airport security reports do we have to wade through before we just give up on that angle of investigation?"

"All of them," Don answered, hanging up his phone. "That was Liz calling from the prison. She wasn't able to question Martin Sanders there because he's dead. He got stabbed by another prisoner with a homemade knife this morning. Smells like a hit to me, so now we do have a murder rap to pin on Virginia Harrington in addition to jumping bail on accessory and embezzlement charges."

David tossed the report he'd been reading aside, exasperated. "It's just, finding her? With her millions she could be anywhere. It's going to take weeks to track down all these possible leads and most of them are longshots at best."

Colby sat down and flipped through the last of his mail. The final item was a postcard with a picture of a white sandy beach on it.

He turned it over and found it had been addressed in a woman's distinctive cursive.

There was no message, just a bold red lipstick mark of a kiss on the open whiteness.


She'd found herself a nice tropical island, undoubtedly one with a four star resort and no extradition treaty.

Colby chuckled to himself.

"We're not going to find her. Ever."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 6th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
When I decided to do a series for the April Crime month prompts at N100 I thought the initial title ideas meant I had plenty to choose from.

Boy, was I wrong.

I petered out after Mata Hari and was at a loss as to what phrases were synonymous with Femme Fatale. I barely managed last time with A Woman Scorned and this time I did *research* trying to find something. All the ideas I had were from other media: Kiss of the Spider Woman (William Hurt Best Actor Oscar!), a riff on The Postman Always Rings Twice... I wanted to work in Double Indemnity, but it didn't fit.

All my googling finally lead me to La Belle Dame Sans Merci, which was not only a decent title it was old enough to be public domain and French as a bonus. /grins/

It took a long time to get to the payoff in this series, but I liked that Virginia was successful as a criminal and didn't end up in prison orange.

I know the FBI team want to bring criminals to justice, but I think Colby would rather be out there getting the real bad guys who are a constant threat than spending weeks fruitlessly hunting a woman who would likely spend the rest of her life harming no one. It's not justice, but if in the end it's about saving lives that's what Colby really cares about.

At least in my universe... Hehehe


Emma DeMarais
NV: [n3] colby // blackneur0vanity on May 6th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
I like this ending a lot!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 6th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)

Wouldn't have been much fun sending a woman like Virginia to prison, now would it? Hehehe
JAZZ HANDS!: Numb3rs: beautiful cast is <3meletor_et_al on May 6th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
you absolutely win at title. I adore that poem.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 6th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yay! \o/ Thanks!

And for those of you keeping score at home, the tally is Poem 1 - Painting 1.
(I had someone else tell me they love that *painting* when they saw the title. /grins/)

Someone used a William Blake poem for a fic in another fandom and I really should try looking back at poetry I liked to see if I can tie any more in. It's fun...
Jelsemiumjelsemium on January 3rd, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
This was an enjoyable series up until the end. Sorry, but having been laid off in the past due to my employer being robbed blind, I have no sympathy for embezzlers.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 31st, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
I don't expect anyone to have sympathy, but it felt more realistic for a bad guy to get away sometimes than every criminal getting caught and appropriately punished. Tuttle got away from Don in canon, so he doesn't always get his man - or his woman.

Thanks for reading...
Jelsemium: Colby Swimsjelsemium on February 1st, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose some bad guys get away. (Although I note here that Tuttle didn't get what he wanted, and there were calls for an investigation into his companies at the end of Democracy.)

I'm rather disappointed that Colby seemed to be happy that she escaped.

(Now, if she'd just been robbing her husband and/or if I knew that the rank and file in the husband's company were still employed...)

I like your writing, even if not every story turns out the way I anticipate. :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 5th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
In watching Homicide I discovered that law enforcement agents often have gallows humor, offensive from the outside, but it's part of how they deal with the stress and death of the job. If they can't find the humor in things they'll crack. So yeah, Colby shouldn't be amused, but it's not like he's *happy* about it, just shaking his head over the wild goose chase that won't go anywhere.

They're still employed. The company was worth far more than she took out. She just took out enough to really *hurt*.
(Anonymous) on February 5th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
*D'oh*! Gallows humor. Got it. I can definitely see why LEO's would need to cultivate some sort of shield against the gruesome stuff they see.

That being the case, I formally withdraw my objection. I can go back to enjoying this series now. :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 5th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)

Sorry for not making it clear...
Jelsemiumjelsemium on February 5th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Not your fault I was slow on the uptake. I should know I can trust you. (I see you figured out who the "anonymous" poster was. :D)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 5th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
LJ is weird about just randomly logging people out at times, but I recognized your brand of smiley. ;-)