Remix: Recalibration (The Afterimage Remix) [David Sinclair, Colby Granger, 100 Words, Rated PG-13, spoilers for "Trust Metric"] by izhilzha
Colby's confession disappears from the monitors. David feeds in the new tape, hits play.
Colby's expression changes; it's a trap.
"How'd he fool us for two years with that poker face?"
". . . your dog's name, your grandma's name, everybody knows everything!"
"Shit, Granger." The disorientation, the hitching breaths. . . . He'd known it would be bad, after Kirkland, but this is suffocating.
Colby watches Lancer. Hiding nothing, giving up nothing. Knowing what comes next.
David knows too. Hits pause and closes his eyes. Goddamn.
Colby died, but he never broke.
It doesn't tilt the world back on its axis, but . . . it's a start.