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09 January 2008 @ 08:08 am
Immaculate Touch  
Immaculate Touch
Author: ladygray99

Chapter: 1/1

Pairing: Charlie/Colby

Rating: FRT  

Disclaimer: Belongs to other people, not me.

Warnings/Squicks: none

Summary: Charlie doesn’t always understand just what forgiveness can mean.

Previous chapters: Part of the Vignettes ‘verse after
A Fight and 9 Months Ago
Notes: Just trying to fill in some emotional gaps.

Beta(s): none


Immaculate Touch


Colby watched as Charlie gently laid Esther into the renovated Eppes family cradle. It had been pulled from the basement a week earlier, the night Esther had arrived. Charlie had taken one look at it and insisted it be stripped, sanded, and sealed before any offspring of his got anywhere near it. Colby had agreed, he wasn’t sure what had been worse, the orange, yellow, brown 70’s color scheme, or the knowledge that the paint was probably lead based.

Charlie climbed into bed and turned away from Colby to face the cradle. Colby reached out and lightly ran a finger across Charlie’s bare hip. Charlie shifted away out of reach.

“Hey, what’s wrong?” Colby asked softly, not wanting to wake the baby for a third time.

“I’m just tired.” Charlie answered quickly and shifted even further away. Colby frowned. Charlie either sprawled while asleep or wrapped himself around Colby like an octopus. He never slept curled up on the far edge of the bed.

“Charlie, serious, what’s wrong?”

Charlie flipped over quickly. “What’s wrong?” He hissed. “What’s wrong? What’s wrong is sleeping three feet away. What’s wrong is the biggest oops a person can make. I had a child with someone Colby. I cheated on you and managed to produce offspring in the process. I combined DNA with someone who isn’t you. I had sex and produced…spawn. My god, how can you even stand to touch me!?”

Colby closed his eyes for a moment. That fight and seemed like a lifetime ago, until Esther had landed on the front step. “It was nine months ago Charlie. We both got angry, got drunk, and we both did stupid things we regret, and we both forgave each other. Nine months ago.”

“It’s a baby Colby.” Charlie said frustration thick in his voice. “She’s going to be here for the next eighteen years. A lot longer if she’s anything like me. This was not part of any even half assed plan we’ve ever had. I don’t know what to do with her. I barely know what to do with me, and this thing we have wasn’t exactly designed with kids in mind, if there was any design at all. You should have taken one look at her and been out the door.”

Colby heard Charlie’s voice begin to crack under the harsh whisper.

“Charlie do you know what I wanted to do the first time I saw that baby and realized it was yours?”


“I wanted to throw you to the ground and ravish you until we had a dozen baby Charlie’s running around the place.”

Charlie blinked a few times in the dim light from the street. “Uh...Colby...It doesn’t exactly work that way.”

“I know that. Not to mention what it would do to your figure.” Colby joked. Charlie gave a weak, exhausted laugh. “I’m serious. Every time you hold her...it’s...it’s like looking at a miracle, an immaculate conception, like she just dropped down from heaven with your eyes. The two of you are perfect and beautiful and I’ve been wanting to screw your brains out for a week ‘cause of it.” Charlie squeezed his eyes shut and let out something between a sob and a laugh. Colby shifted over so he could pull Charlie close to him. “I will be three days dead before I loose the desire to touch you.”

“This changes everything you know?” Charlie said.

“I know, but it’s not like we’re the first people to get blindsided by a little bundle of joy. We’ll manage.”

Charlie buried his face into Colby’s chest. “I am soooo tired.” He said.

“That because you’ve been doing everything yourself. Let me help. I’ll get the next feeding and we’ll take turns from there.”

Charlie looked up. “Are you sure?”

“Yeah. I’m sure. Now close your eyes and try to get a bit of sleep.”  Charlie took a deep breath, closed his eyes and was asleep.  In the cradle the spawn began to stir.


del_writes: coffee sleep when deaddel_writes on January 8th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I love this 'verse, and this entry in it. I adore that Charlie is quietly freaking out, not just about there being a baby that he doesn't have any idea what to do with, but how his and Colby's relationship wasn't set up for kids, and how she's a reminder of him screwing up in a big-time way. And then there's Colby who is just as quietly dealing with it. Charlie is forgiven, and the baby is loved because she is his. Set up for kids or not, they'll make it work.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 8th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yep. With a lot of help from unofficial aunts and uncles. and remember Colby's an easy guy. He just goes with the flow.
fredbassettfredbassett on January 8th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I love the "it doesn't exactly work that way" bit !

Sweet :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 8th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Not to mention what it would do to Charlie's figure. ;-)
devon99 on January 8th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Nicely Done. They really are perfect together in your little 'verse. I like how Colby soothes away all of Charlies worries and insecurities with his words.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 8th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I have a separate 'verse where they're confused and angst ridden. Here I just try to keep them happy.
athenedeinonychus_1 on January 8th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Awwww... sweet and adorable, and if I could wrap this fic up and hug it I would do! I loved Charlie's freak out, and Colby dealing with it in such a straightforward manner.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 9th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Well someone had to be calm and logical and it wasn't going to be the guy trained in logic. :-)
shara50 on January 9th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Terrific and I love Colby!!
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 9th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Don't we all :-)
charleseppescharleseppes on January 9th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I know that a lot of people have trouble with MPREG, but I would like to see Charlie....at least....preggies once. I can just imagine his reaction and how he would handle it, trying to quantify it and so on.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 9th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
I know. there is potential for so much Crack!fic weirdness when it come to pregnant Charlie.
irena_adler: Colby daddyirena_adler on January 9th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Very sweet, though I worry a little that that was Colby's first thought when he saw Charlie with a baby. ;)
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 9th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Well maybe his first coherent thought. First, first thought was hunh? say wa? After that it was a slightly more primal 'mate has offspring not mine, ugh!' Followed by 'Charlie looks so good holding a baby.' those two kinda combined.
(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
A freaked-out Charlie and a calm reassuring Colby. I'm glad Colby can be Charlie's rock of reason sometimes. And Charlie, there isn't any parent in the world who hasn't been blindsided by their precious little baby. It's a learn as you go experience, full of love and frustration, but work it.

Twins' Mom
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 18th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Between Charlie and Colby the kid'll be fine. maybe a little weird but fine. This was just a little more of a blind side than usual. :)
laura_trekkielaura_trekkie on January 20th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I was expecting something like this after Esther's appearance, but the next vignette had Colby already treating Esther as his own. That wasn't a surprise, but it was nice to finally see the talk that got them there.

ladygray99ladygray99 on January 20th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
The problem was when I wrote vignettes I didn't know how Colby got there and couldn't figure it out so just jumped over it. I really did that a lot. i've been trying to fill in the gaps since.