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April 19th, 2006

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03:31 pm - Numb3rs ficlet: Superheroes
Okay, this is a totally fluffy, potentially humorous fic. Although my sense of humor sometimes differs a little from most people's! :-)

Comments and criticism are welcome, but read at your own risk as this fic HAS NOT BEEN BETA'D.


by izhilzha


“I figured it out.” Colby leaned back in his chair, looking smug.

David stopped scribbling on a half-used legal pad and looked up for a moment. “What?”

Colby crossed his arms, grinning. “Why it’s so cool that we have Charlie and his buddies consulting for us.”

With a longsuffering sigh, David laid down his pen and stretched. “Okay, why?”

“Because they’re like superheroes.” David stopped mid-stretch to stare, and Colby leaned forward earnestly. “No, seriously, think about it. Remember when Charlie figured out where that terrorist would strike next? Or when Larry recognized the card-counting equations? They can totally do stuff we can’t do, and they save lives with their super mental powers. It’s like we’re living in a comic book!” For a moment, he frowns. “A really weird comic book, probably written by some kid from Cal Sci, but--”

David startled laughing.

“See? It does make sense.” Colby picked up his sub sandwich and took a huge bite.

David turned his chair around to face his partner. “You just compared our lives to a comic book. One in which we’re not even the heroes--we’re the sidekicks.”

“So?” Colby said through a mouthful of pastrami.

“So I never figured you for a guy who liked playing second string.”

Colby thought that over while he finished his mouthful. “Okay, we’re not sidekicks. We’re the ‘normal’ heroes, and they’re the ‘super’ ones, the mutants.”

“Mister Math?” David suggested dryly.

“Ah, ah, ah.” Colby held up a warning finger. “Doctor. Doctor…uh… Charlie can be Doctor Numbers and Fleinhardt can be Doctor Universe.” He took another bite. “Till I come up with better names.”

“How about Dr. Quantum and, and….” David tapped his pen against his fingers. “Pi Boy.”

Colby swallowed quickly. “Hey, wait, I know--it’s Fleinhardt and the Brain!”

“Wouldn’t that make them super villains instead?” David objected, smirking.

“Wow, I hope you guys keep that to yourselves.” Both agents turned to see their boss, Don Eppes, leaning over David’s cubicle wall.

“Your brother won’t like being a potential superhero?” Colby asked.

Don grinned. “He’d be mortally offended, or he’d preen like you’d awarded him a medal. Either way, we’d never hear the end of it.”

Colby saluted, the gesture sharp even while he slouched in his chair, his lunch in his other hand. “No sir. Not a word. To the geeks, anyway.”

“My lips would have been sealed regardless,” David muttered, turning back to the case files spread out over his desk.

“Yeah, I bet.” Don took a sip of his coffee, then noticed what David was working on. “Oh, hey, you find the rest of that file?” He stepped closer and bent over his senior agent’s shoulder.

“No, this is that data Charlie was working on. I’m checking to see if his predictions match up with the evidence.”

“And so far?” Don straightened up.

“Damn near perfect,” David admitted. “I think we’ve got this guy.”

“Superheroes,” Colby said softly. Catching his co-worker’s looks, he waved a dismissive hand. “Yeah, yeah, I know. It won’t leave the room.” He took another bite, still grinning.


Current Mood: amusedamused

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Date:April 19th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
^____________^ Adorable!!

The use of "Fleinhardt and the Brain" in context makes me oh-so-happy :D
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Date:April 20th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad you liked. And happy to be of service in spreading that deeply amusing nickname. :-)
Date:April 20th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
I find this particularly amusing given that Alimi Ballard collects comic books. :-)

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Date:April 20th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)

I'm sure that had something to do with the sudden inspiration.

Ah, I love injokes.
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Date:April 20th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hey...great fic!

And timely, last night, Sister2 and I were on YouTube, (we're streaming video junkies now) looking at anything and everything of interest, and started watching some parkour/freerunning/urban ninja videos. These kids are so athletic and perform the most amazing stunts in urban settings seemingly without effort, we wondered aloud why there aren't real superheroes. :-) Team some incredibly physically talented people with amazingly mentally talented folks, and you have yourselves a team.

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Date:April 20th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Why thanks! :-)

I know! Sometimes I wonder if we *do* have superheroes running around, just very quietly and without drawing attention to themselves at all. Kinda like in "Unbreakable." Seriously.

This came up on an episode of CSI:New York, apparently. Interesting!
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Date:April 20th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm smiling. Suggest you fix the 'Cobly' in paragraph seven, though.

And Larry is definitely a superhero. :)
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Date:April 20th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Whoops. See what happens when you don't get a story beta'd? I fixed it; thanks. :-)

Glad you smiled! That was the intent. Colby makes me smile--I didn't like him at the beginning of the season, but he has grown on my quite remarkably.

And oh my goodness yes, Larry is a superhero.
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Date:April 20th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hey, I don't get ficlets beta'd. Just major stuff that I've slaved over. I totally believe in the beta process, but I guess I don't feel the ficlets are worth putting other people to the effort. I also tend not to get things beta'd when the only person I think would beta it is also the only person I expect to enjoy it.

Mind you, this is all a secret. I completely tell everybody else that they should get their fic beta'd, or suffer mightily. ;-)
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Date:April 21st, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
I totally believe in the beta process, but I guess I don't feel the ficlets are worth putting other people to the effort.

Ditto. :-)

Mind you, this is all a secret. I completely tell everybody else that they should get their fic beta'd, or suffer mightily. ;-)

*mimes zipping lips* (stage whisper) Your secret is safe with me!
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Date:October 23rd, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
Hmmm, why did I not comment on this before? I'm pretty sure I've read it before. Well, anyways, I love it! Dr. Quantum and Pi Boy! (grin)
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Date:October 23rd, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yay, a new comment! I think you were not watching N3 when I wrote this; I'm glad you found it now! :) (I had way too much fun writing it, and along with Sua Sponte, it's the story on ff.net that gets the most hits--a lot of returning readers, I think.)

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