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16 November 2009 @ 04:38 pm
Numb3rs Fic: In the In Between  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #237 – Charge


Title: In the In Between
Pairing/Characters: Don, Margaret, OCs
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Hot Shot, The Fifth Man
Summary: Don finally gets to see his mother
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Hey, sweets."

Don screwed up his face, squinting, not believing his eyes.

"Mom? What are you doing here?"

"Well, I think the more important question, honey, is what are you doing here? You know it's not your time."

Don gazed at his mother, trying to be comforted by her smile, but just felt confused.

"How am I seeing you?"

"That doesn't matter. What matters is that you've got people who need you, things to accomplish. You should be getting back."

"But I miss you."

"I know, Donnie."

As he drew near she laid her hand on his cheek and he turned into that familiar warmth he'd missed so badly.

"Why did you come to Charlie and Dad and not me?" he asked, the painful doubt finally given voice.

"Because I was afraid of this: if you saw me you'd want to come with me."

"I do." In that moment he wanted nothing more than the peace and love that would come with his mother's embrace.

"But you can't. Not yet." She withdrew and the warmth of her hand remained, ghostly and fading as she disappeared.

+

"Charge to 360!"

"Clear!"

Don's body arced off the bed and his heart beat again.

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 17th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Confession
I just killed off Margaret (and Alan) in Homicide (the first prequel in the Viceworld Series of novels), which I am writing for NaNoWriMo. I figured this nice moment, based on Alan and Charlie's experiences in Hot Shot and taking place during Don's cardiac arrest in The Fifth Man, might be a nice tonic for all that grief.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
melissima: Don's softer by <lj user=scotts_rock>melissima on November 17th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Aw! Donnie finally gets a moment with Mom. So sweet and so sad.


As he drew near she laid her hand on his cheek and he turned into that familiar warmth he'd missed so badly.

"Why did you come to Charlie and Dad and not me?" he asked, the painful doubt finally given voice.

"Because I was afraid of this: if you saw me you'd want to come with me."

"I do." In that moment he wanted nothing more than the peace and love that would come with his mother's embrace.


I love this! I never thought about Don being more tempted to follow her than Charlie would be, but in a way Charlie got a lot more time with her than Don did. /smishes woobie Donnie/

Brava! ♥
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 17th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I suppose it's a conceit, but I like the idea anyway. Besides, Charlie hasn't almost died yet; Don's certainly more in a position to have a near death experience in his line of work and to crave the peace that comes from never being in danger again.

Merci! ♥
rubynye: Don (by weirdkid624)rubynye on November 17th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
*wibbles* Oh, oh, oh.

*smudges hand across eyes*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 17th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
/hugs you/

I'm sorry, hon. I have to write wibbly fic every once in a while.
rubynye: Back to Back (Numb3rs)rubynye on November 17th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
This one is totally worth the tears. *hugs you tightly*
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 17th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!
she studied. she climbed. she wrote.: random- converseloozy on November 17th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Beautiful work :)

Thank you so much for sharing :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 17th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

P.S. Mel has those exact shoes! LOL
ladygray99: Donladygray99 on November 17th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Awwww
*sniff*
lovely.
just lovely.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 17th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
/offers tissue/

I'm really pleased you think so. Thanks.