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10 March 2008 @ 07:49 pm
Soldier Boys  
Title: Soldier Boys
Author: ladygray99
Chapter: 1/1
Pairing: Alan/Colby (yes you read that right)
Rating: FRM
Disclaimer: Not mine, I have no money to give.
Warnings/Squiks: Um...go back and look at the pairing. Plus a little angst.
Summery: Some sounds haunt you, like the clink of a soldier's tags.
Notes: This is completely the fault of boymommytotwo This never even ghosted across my mind until she flat out asked for it at a time when my ego was emotionally vulnerable.  That being said I actually put some thought into this so feedback would really be nice.
Beta: riverotter1951

Soldier Boys

Alan watched as Colby contemplated the chess board.  The house was quiet of human sound.  The clock ticked and the fire, warding off the chill, crackled softly in the hearth.

Colby reached across the board shifting a lone pawn deep into enemy territory.

Alan heard the clink of metal against metal.  A thin chain of metal beads ran around the back of Colby's neck and vanished under his shirt.

"You're wearing your tags." It wasn't a question.

"What? Oh, yeah."

"You don't usually."

Colby shrugged. "This last case.  We had such a hard time identifying the bodies.  I guess they just felt...comforting."


Alan left the pawn knowing it was a sacrificial offering to try to break his defensive line.  He slid his rook against his queen instead.

Colby leaned back to study the board.


Alan took his empty beer bottle and Colby's and went to the kitchen.  The glass bottles clinked together as he left them on the counter.

Colby hadn't made his move when he returned with fresh ones.

Alan sipped his beer and studied the board.  He took another sip and studied Colby studying the board.  Colby backed his pawn out.

"Ah, retreating."


"Pulling out."

"Never a good strategy."

"Tell me about it. How do you think we got Donnie?"

Colby choked on his beer. Alan put Colby into check.

"You are an evil, evil man, Alan."

Alan smirked and leaned back comfortably "I have my moments."

"I'm sure you do." Colby went back to looking at the board. "So what evil thing are you going to do to me next if I get myself out of check?"

Alan gave a slow smile. "I'm sure I can think of something."

Colby leaned forward over the board.


"Are you flirting with me?"

Alan looked at the beer in his hand then down at the chess board. "I don't know.  It's been too long.  Sorry."

"I don't mind." Colby's knight hopped over Alan's defenses. "Mate." Colby said softly.

"I'm an old man." Alan said to the look of promise in Colby's eyes.

Colby shrugged and leaned forward. His tags clinked together under his shirt.


Alan closed his eyes.  Laughing green eyes and a mop of honey blond hair swam in front of him. Alan opened his eyes. Colby hovered over him, holding himself up by strong arms, long legs.  His tags dangled above Alan's throat.

"What are you doing?" Alan asked.

"I don't want to hurt you."

"I don't care."

"I do."

Colby moved.


Alan tried to breathe between the clink of Colby's tags swinging in a rhythm nearly forgotten.  Nearly. Not Nearly enough. Alan grabbed them, silencing them.  He felt the edges cut into his fingers; Colby's name, number, blood type, faith impressed into the soft skin of his hand.

Colby wrapped a hand around them both.

Alan held onto the tags, trying to keep his eyes open, seeing only the face before him and not the one behind him.

He hoped the sound of their shouts would drown out the clink of tags he knows are silent.


Alan ran his fingers along the skin of Colby's arm. In one area the skin is thick and raised.

"IED" Colby replied to the unasked question.

"It says something about the world that I know what that is."

"I guess it does."

Alan looked at his palm where Colby's name could still be made out in the skin.

"I had a friend in the Army once." Alan said running his fingers along Colby's blood type.

"Really." Colby replied, watching Alan's fascination with his own palm.

"Draft got him. First number, first day.  I told him I'd make out with him at his physical to get him out of it." Colby laughed. "Only time he ever turned that down."

"He went."

"He was a patriot before that word was dirty or dangerous."

Alan tilted his head and watched as Colby's name began to fade.

"Where is he now?"

"MIA. Dead by now.  Bottom of a rice paddy or some jungle ravine. They never even found his tags."

"I'm sorry." Alan shrugged. "What was his name?"

Alan rolled over, his back to Colby. "I'm tired. You should let me sleep."

"What was his name?"

Alan sighed and watched as Colby's name disappeared form his hand. "Charles. But everyone called him Charlie."

Marching Home
Instruction-free poison: physics is funredsnake05 on March 10th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
Uh, totally not squicked. What a lovely exploration of two characters and the dynamic between them. I loved this bit:

Nearly. Not Nearly enough. Alan grabbed them, silencing them. He felt the edges cut into his fingers; Colby's name, number, blood type, faith impressed into the soft skin of his hand.

Colby wrapped a hand around them both.

It was such a meaningful moment, as Alan worked hard to concentrate on just the man in his arms, and Colby wanted that connection and intimacy of touch at such a moment.

This was definitely worth the read.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. I wasn't sure if anyone would read. I think this ranks as one of the most random pairings in the N3 verse.
It would have been very easy to just do this pairing as crack!fic but I wanted to try for something at least emotionally real. Glad it came through.
Buggy: Numb3rs Charlie and Colby 02toomuchfandom on March 10th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
Oh this is so well written, and really a totally random pairing *snort*

I was curious, so I read, and am glad I did.

Good job!
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for reading. I can't really believe I wrote it. :-)
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boymommytotwo: the teamboymommytotwo on March 10th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
oh my!!!
how lovely!!!

i do - i like the unexpectedness of them together, yet the familiarity they have with one another that brings them together. you showed it - what they have in common that draws them as one. you describe perfectly the basic human need that comes to them becuase of their physical, relational and emotional connection. omg - they're playing chess! it's frickin cannon!

only because of your equisite characterizations would such a combination ever have occured to me. and again you did not disappoint! and really, let's be serious, anyone who would not read one of your stories due to the pairing alone is just a fool.

most honored,
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: oh my!!!
Ask and ye shall receive. :-)
fredbassettfredbassett on March 10th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
"Tell me about it. How do you think we got Donnie?"

LOL, great line!

And no, not squicky at all. I love Alan as a character, and there's no reason at all why this shouldn't work, especially in your capable hands.

I really liked this.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you darling. You always say the sweetest things.
(Anonymous) on March 10th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Very interesting pairing - very rare indeed. You handled it with tenderness and depth (one of my favorite qualities about your writing). Not sure I'd go for a lot of this pair, but I find that I am addicted to your writing so I couldn't help but to read it. (I'm a Colby/Charlie girl myself - I have a C/C story line in my head, but I don't have the guts to write it - my hats are off to you gutsy authors).

Only fix - "This last case. We has such a hard time identifying the bodies." I think you meant "We had such a hard time." Sorry, but I tend to nit-pick on grammar.

Twins' Mom
ladygray99: DonSmileladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Go ahead and write you C/C story. I offer you an open invitation to the club. Thanks for the fix. I literally just typed this into the post window.
(Anonymous) on March 10th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Quite new for a pairing but interesting.

ladygray99ladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
What can I say, I'm a sucker for taking on a direct challenge. :-)
phuntimephredphuntimephred on March 10th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Ok. I like older guys myself but Alan might be pushing it a little. That having been said I liked the headspace you got them into and the whole thing flowed nicely.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I always try to keep my flow working. And hey great to hear from a guy. I know slash is to striat(ish) women what lesbian porn usually is to strait guys. and it's not like we can write this stuff from personal experience. So it's nice to get feedback from a pink sheep :-)
irena_adler: Alan kiddingirena_adler on March 10th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
A bittersweet but mostly sweet fic.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 10th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :-)
contessa_butler on March 10th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
I saw this on a com and didn't read it 'cause of the pairing, not noticing you were the author. Then I went to your Journal page and saw it and went, oh! SHE's the author? I'll try it. And I'm so very glad I did. This isn't a pairing many people could pull off, but you did it very well.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Thank you dear. Honestly it's comments like that, that really make my day. I haven't been writing in the N3 'verse for that long really so it's so nice to know there are people out there who will read my work 'cause it's my work. :-)
(Anonymous) on March 11th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
I was totally prepared to be squicked & wham! you pull a brilliant non-squicky story. great work.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Well, thank you. I always like to surprise my readers if I can.
sabelle67: colbybettororworsesabelle67 on March 11th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
You pulled off Colby/Larry. I knew this one would be fine. Just lovely. You did it again.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I seems like I'm on a mission to slash Colby with everyone :-)
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autumnwriting: colbyautumnwriting on March 11th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I think my warped muse is begining to affect yours. ; )

Lovely lovely lovely story. There's something beautifully done about it--well done.

ladygray99ladygray99 on March 11th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you. I'm not sure if it's a great idea your muse feeding mine and vice versa. between the two of us some very strange things could happen. ;-)
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it only burns when I breathe: n3: charlie_thud_strangefrontierspikedluv on March 16th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Since I read Alan/Amita earlier, I had to give this off-beat pairing a try, as well, and man, I can't believe you made my eyes burn. *sniffle* I love the idea of Alan flirting with Colby, but the story itself was sadly beautiful. Nice job. *g*
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 16th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
:-) Thank you. No reason off beat can't be real deep down. glad you like it.
grissoms_girlgrissoms_girl on March 27th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
There was no way I could walk past this. And I must say this is absolutely superb writing. I bow before you Supreme Being.

Jen Isaks
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 27th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
:-) stoking the ego gets you everywhere. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Tamanna: one of the good guysswingandswirl on April 24th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is just lovely. I adore how you've mixed fluff and humour here, while not straying into OOC territory for either of them. This feels... not romantic, really, but like a romance story, if that makes any sense. *hearts this fic*

And if you feel like slashing Colby with everyone I think Che Lobo Santiago from One Hour might be interesting....
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 24th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh hell that one never even crossed my mind. Damn it do you know how many bunnies I have trying to eat my soul right now?
Glad you liked it though. It was a direct challenge and the answer just popped into my head.