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15 November 2007 @ 10:13 am
Vignettes - Part 7: On the Range  

Title: Vignettes - Part 7: On the Range

Author: [info]ladygray99

Chapter: 7/36

Pairing: Charlie/Colby

Rating: FTC

Disclaimer: Belongs to many other people, not me

Warnings/Squicks: Guns

Summary: What moments mark a friendship, a love, a marriage, a lifetime?

Previous chapters: Beauty

Notes: Forgive me for what I do to Charlie in this.  It’s not really a good visual but I thought it’s something Colby would do.  Please give feedback on this one, I’m really interested in people’s opinions on this one, good, bad, or otherwise.  I kinda struggled with it.

Beta(s): The amazing [info]irena_adler except for the bits I rewrote five minutes ago. Those are my fault.


 On the Range

“This feels really wrong.” Charlie said as Colby guided him down the hall.

 “If it felt right, I’d worry about you.”

 “I’m a civilian.” Charlie protested.

 “You’re a civilian adviser to the FBI and if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, the bad guys are not going to differentiate.” Colby pushed Charlie into the small booth and took out a gun.

 “It’s small.”

 “It’s a .22, anything bigger will probably break your wrists and hit me.”

 “Hey! I’ve got upper body strength.” Charlie objected.

 “Just take the gun.”

 Charlie picked it up like it was live dynamite.

 “Keep it pointed down range or at the floor. Shoot your own foot and you will be mocked for the rest of your life.”

 “This feels really wrong.” Charlie said again, hands shaking.

 “Look, Charlie, things go wrong, you can probably quote me numbers on how often things go wrong, if I get killed or David or Megan or, god forbid, Don, what will happen is we will grieve, get drunk, get revenge and the Bureau will send someone new in. If you get killed there aren’t cloning vats in the basement of Quantico spitting out Charlie Eppeses. Understand?”

 “Yes.”  Charlie said quietly, running the numbers in his head for an agent being killed in the line of duty.  He had those numbers memorized a long time ago.

 “Now both hands, gentle but not loose. Aim for center off mass. Do not shoot to injure. You’ll miss and anyone alive is still a threat. Broad stance. Squared shoulders. Don’t pull the trigger with your finger, squeeze with your whole hand. Got it?”

 Charlie nodded. His heart was in this throat going a mile a minute. He could feel the sweet oozing from his palms. Colby put protectors over his own ears then Charlie’s. Charlie scrunched up his face, pointed the gun at the target, and fired. Colby didn’t have to look at the target to know there wasn’t a mark on it. Charlie quickly put down the gun.

 “That felt really, really, really, really wrong.”

 Colby brought the target forward. Charlie squinted at it. “Shouldn’t there be holes in it?”

 “Not the way you shoot.” Colby reloaded the gun. “Ok, Charlie. First, open your eyes. You need to see what you’re shooting at.”

Charlie gave a tight nod.  “Open eyes, right.”

 “Second, do the math.”


 “You’re smart. You felt how much kick the gun had, you know how fast a bullet goes. The target’s 10 yards away. Do the math.” Charlie opened his mouth to object then closed it again. He put his hearing protectors back on and picked up the gun.

 “Do the math, do the math, do the math.” He felt Colby right behind him “Do the math.” He fired.

 This time there were a range of holes across the upper torso of the target. “He’s dead.” Charlie said softly, head still full of numbers relating to projectiles, and shooting statistics.


 “And I killed him.”

 “Yes. But you’re alive and so am I and so is Don and David and Megan and Larry and your dad. And yes, if you ever have to actually kill someone you’ll feel really bad and need lots of therapy but you’ll be alive.” He handed Charlie the reloaded gun. “Now do it again. Just better.”


Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
fredbassettfredbassett on November 14th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Charlie and a gun is really scary, but I love the way Colby got him to do the maths :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 14th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
I know. Once all these are posted I might post a side piece with Don confronting Colby over this. Though for an FBI agents this is practically a first date ;-)
ig_nobleighig_nobleigh on November 14th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm officially hooked on this series. Though it's good there's not more... I have a theory paper I should be writing but I can't resist good fic =)
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 14th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it :-) I'm posting one bit each day. First sex should be day after tomorrow. Nothing is longer than a couple of pages so it shouldn't cut into studying too much ;-) I am soooooooo glad I'm done with that. At least until I loose my mind and decide to go for my Doctorate.
athenedeinonychus_1 on November 14th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice fic. I'm relatively new to the Numb3rs fandom, but I like Charlie fic, and this one was good.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 14th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Welcome to the sexy/geeky joy of Numb3rs fic.
thadythady on November 15th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I like it that Colby teaches Charlie to shoot. In a perfect worlds he wouldn't need it, biut it's not a perfect world.

looking forward to the next piece. :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 15th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Very much not a perfect world but are boys are trying to make it one.
Devo79devo79 on November 15th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
“Shouldn’t there be holes in it?”

Shouldn't you aim, Charlie?
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 15th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
It's like golf. Why aim when you've got math? ;-)
boymommytotwo: holding handsboymommytotwo on March 9th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
i love colby. so much. i love his frank, bull-headed nature and the reality of love, family and _knowing_ charlie he brings.

:so whipped:
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 9th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
:-) I love my Colby too. You might want to look at the extension story set after this. 'The Dark Dreams of Charlie Eppes' where Colby has to justify his actions to Don.
(Anonymous) on April 14th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
The newest ep of numbers reminded me of this chapter.
when charlie fired the gun
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 14th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: ep
I know. I sat there thinking, I taught him to shoot first :-)
(Anonymous) on April 15th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: ep
lol I honestly did to when he standing there this scene in your fic kept playing in my head
laura_trekkielaura_trekkie on January 19th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I think Colby *would* be the one to do this. Don still sees Charlie as his little brother to be protected, David would be too worried about Don's reaction, Megan would probably do it if Charlie asked, but Colby's the only one I can actually see taking the initiative. Maybe it's down to his army background, or maybe it's down to as yet unnamed feelings. I think telling Charlie to do the math is the best way of getting him not only to fire the gun, but to also fire it well.

ladygray99ladygray99 on January 19th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I figure Colby also grew up knowing how to at least shoot a hunting rifle or something so it feels weird to him for someone to not know how to shoot.
emmatheancienemmatheancien on January 17th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Interesting chapter, which make sense, Charlie sould be able to defend himself, just in case, so much could happen on a case. I love the way you write Colby, he is my favorite character of the show and you do it well ;)
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 17th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. He's fun to write. At the point where I wrote this we didn't have much of Colby's background and the thought of Charlie's shooting a gun was almost sacrilegious. Now it's cannon.
emmatheancienemmatheancien on January 18th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, he's fun character to begin with so no surprise you have to write for him :)

Indeed, I've seen that your story starts in 2007, it's a long one, you have loads of imagination for them, I don't know if I could have done the same.

I didn't read lots of fic about Numb3rs, so I don't know all the cannons yet, but I'm not surprised this one exists ^^
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 19th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Charlie learning to shoot happened in the show during season 5 if I recall but I like to think that I taught him first.
emmatheancienemmatheancien on February 25th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I'm reviewing the first season and Don taught him how to shoot a rifle. It's in Sniper zero, and actually Charlie wanted to know how it felt to shout a gun.

But the Colby way works for me too :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on February 25th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
That was just two little shots. He learns to shoot a Glock properly in season 5.
(Anonymous) on February 25th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Oh ok, I'll see it when I'll be rewatching this season :)
fractalmoonfractalmoon on October 29th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
I like how Colby engages with Charlie's vulnerability in these different stories. Other people are resigned to it, he does something about it.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 6th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It just really felt like something Colby would do.