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12 April 2010 @ 08:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: A Touch to Linger Over  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #258 – Compulsion


Title: A Touch to Linger Over
Pairing/Characters: Don/Robin, Charlie/Amita
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Seasons 1-6
Summary: Both Don and Charlie relish the little rituals with their new wives
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Don's phone goes off too early in the morning, but Robin's developed the ability to fall back asleep quickly. By the time he gets out of the shower she's sound asleep again.

He loads up: wallet, badge, gun... His watch is missing from his nightstand, but he spots it on Robin's side. He'd taken it off there after coming home late the night before, sitting beside her for a welcome home kiss.

Don wishes she would magically open her eyes, knowing how much he craves a kiss goodbye to hold him for his day, but he can't bring himself to wake her. He heads for the door, but is compelled to return. Reaching down, he trails a finger along the length of one dark wavy lock that frames her face. Robin smiles in her sleep at his touch.

It's not a proper goodbye, but it will hold Don for now.

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Thousands of miles away, Charlie returns home from a day at the university juggling an armload of books. He's set to just dump them on the table until he spies Amita napping on the sofa, a folder of notes almost slipping off her chest.

Tiptoeing over, he delicately extracts the file and puts it on the coffee table. She stirs, but only enough to roll onto her side and resettle.

He should leave her sleep; she was up late last night reworking the structure of her graduate seminar based on a fresh insight. Still, he misses her kiss, her smile in greeting every time he comes home.

Unable to stop himself, he brushes a lock of hair from her cheek, caressing the soft skin for a second as she leans into his touch with a tiny contented sigh.

It's not a proper hello, but it will hold Charlie for now.

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on April 13th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Confession
I confess I rejected a whole slew of drabble ideas before I settled on this one, including Charlie nail biting, Don oral fixation and some retread Don/Charlie obsession a la 2005. This one only won because I ran out of time and had to get it published before the new mod post went up at N100.

Very special thanks to beta t_vo0810 for her assistance with this fic.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 13th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
You know I rather liked this. Not a huge fan of either pairing but I'm a fan of you writing little domestic moments and that's what these are. very sweet and easy to see. Well Done.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 13th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
Thanks. I almost felt like who was on the receiving end of Don and Charlie's affection didn't matter (unless it was to each other since some people dont' do cest). I just liked the idea of them both missing those little touches, having come from such an affectionate family. (I still love Alan's little gesture of greeting with Don's tie in the pilot. /grins/)
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 13th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
/grins/ Yeah, that's pretty much it.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 13th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Thanks!

(And puppies!) /enjoys your icon/
rubynye: Amita (by mercurybard)rubynye on April 13th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
*coos delightedly* What perfect, mirrored images.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 13th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon.

/squishes you in a gentle hug/

Hope things are going better in your corner of the world.