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17 November 2007 @ 07:53 am
Vignettes - Part 9: Bullshit  
Title: Vignettes - Part 9: Bullshit
Author: ladygray99
Chapter: 9/36
Pairing: Charlie/Colby, Larry
Rating: FRT
Disclaimer: Belongs to many other people, not me
Warnings/Squicks: Description of nasty crime.
Summary: What moments mark a friendship, a love, a marriage, a lifetime?
Previous chapters: Six Digit Prime
Notes: Feedback please. o_o
Beta(s): The amazing irena_adler long may she write.

 
 
 
Bullshit

 

Agent Granger found Larry camped outside of Charlie’s office.

“Is Charlie in? He’s not answering his phone.”

“I’m not surprised. He started filling in the sky two days ago.” Larry said with a wistful smile.

“Well, it’ll to have to wait. Something big has come up.” Colby reached for the door.

“I wouldn’t go in there. He’s been throwing chalk at people. It’s not pretty.”

Colby opened a file and showed Larry the picture on top. Larry instantly turned away hand clapped over his mouth. “We have different definitions of not pretty professor. She’s eight.”

Colby entered the office to find Charlie practically engaged in combat with the board. He wrote equations as if waging war with them, chunks of chalk dropping off as calculated casualties. Every so often he would stop and rub something out.

“Charlie.”

“Not now!”

“Charlie we have a case. It’s important.”

“Well, it’ll have to wait.”

Colby, who had hardly slept for the last several days himself, lifted Charlie by the back of his shirt, spun him around, and pinned him to the wall. “Professor Eppes. We have a sexual, serial, sadist targeting children, who is escalating his crime to every other day. We have gangs of roving vigilantes killing anyone who looks funny. We have this little girl,” He pressed the photo to Charlie’s face. “With her eyes gouged out, but left alive so she can deliver a taunting message, and your brother is out there being crucified by the press. Now you’re going to take these files, and do your voodoo, and make sure this child is the last to feel such pain, and any argument you have is bullshit.”

Charlie swallowed hard and nodded and was gently let down. He picked up a digital camera and handed it to Colby. “Could you take a good picture of each board then erase it please?” He asked softly.

“Sure.”

“I’ll start going through these files.”

 
 
 
 
fractalmoonfractalmoon on October 29th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
It's another example of Colby engaging with Charlie's idiosyncracies, where others just say, Charlie is Charlie, there's nothing we can do. But Colby demands that Charlie let him in and react to him.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 6th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
One of the things I loved about the show was that no one at the FBI just brushed Charlie off as being eccentric. They wanted good reasons for what he was doing.