remixabot (remixabot) wrote in remixthedrabble,
remixabot
remixabot
remixthedrabble

Numb3rs: Enough (The Sweet Dreams Remix)

Original Fic: Sleepless, by melissima
Remix: Enough (The Sweet Dreams Remix) [Billy Cooper/Charlie Eppes, 300 words, rated G], by sour_louise


His whole life, Charlie's been trying to keep up, trying to be enough. He's always been weaker, nerdier. Smarter, too, but smarter doesn't count for much when what you're being compared to is Don Eppes.

When Billy first asks him out, he thinks it's a joke, a mistake. A bet, maybe. "Are you sure you've got the right brother?" he asks, faking a smile, feeling small and needy.

"Yeah," Billy says, "I have." And he's serious, Charlie can see, he means it. But that doesn't mean that Charlie believes him. A man like Billy could have anyone he wanted, anyone at all.

When they're together Charlie's louder, more reckless, desperate to impress, to be someone he's not. He drinks a little more than he should, takes stupid risks that rarely pay off.

Like this one, because here he is lying in the snow, his head pounding, dizziness ringing in his ears. He lies still, eyes smarting, hearing Billy's approach, waiting for the laughter, the humiliation.

But when he looks up, Billy's isn't laughing, not even close. His eyes are wide, his face pale, naked with concern and care. With fear, and suddenly Charlie feels ashamed. "I'm sorry," he says, and he's not talking about the fall. "I'm so sorry."

"It's okay," says Billy, dropping to his knees, checking Charlie over. "You're okay."

That night, Charlie wakes with his head cradled protectively in Billy's lap. He's still sore, but he turns, presses a kiss to Billy's warm skin, raising himself up enough to allow Billy to slide down beside him. Billy curls against him, his slim body pressed to Charlie's, holding on like he won't ever let go.

"I'm here," he murmurs, kissing the back of Charlie's neck.

"I know," says Charlie. He pulls Billy's arms tighter around him. "I know."
Tags: -round 7-, fandom: numb3rs, original author: melissima, remix author: sour_louise
Subscribe

  • Round 7 reaction post

    Round 7 is officially over, and author names have been added to fics and tags. We'd love your feedback on how this round went - what you liked, what…

  • Round 7 masterlist

    This is the final masterlist of all remixes written for round 7 of remixthedrabble. If you see any errors, please let us know by…

  • Guess the author

    Author reveals will be coming in a couple of days, but in the meantime, if anyone wants to guess who wrote a remix of one of their fics (or anyone…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 5 comments