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24 January 2011 @ 06:43 pm
Numb3rs Fic: A World of Difference  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #299 – World


Title: A World of Difference
Pairing/Characters: Charlie, Don, Margaret, OCs
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Pilot, UP, Identity Crisis, Sacrifice, Hardball
Summary: Some decisions change the entire course of a life
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"No, honey," Margaret pointed to the schedule. "That class conflicts. You already have a 2PM class on Mondays and Wednesdays."

"Yeah, but I'd rather take Physics," Charlie argued. "Professor Fleinhardt's supposed to be really good."

"It's Princeton, dear," Margaret chided. "All the professors are good. You can just take Physics next semester."

Charlie opened his mouth to argue, but his mother just reached over and crossed Physics off. She was right; he could take Physics some other time with whoever was teaching it.

+

"No one will know if you're careful," Javier told Don, keeping his voice low. "Look, you know the other guys are juicing up in the off season at the very least and if you don't bulk up you're never going to be anything more than just a decent college ball player."

"I want to get by on just my talents and abilities," Don complained. "That should be enough."

"Ha!" Javier snorted. "Good luck with that. But in the real world, everybody else is going to be on steroids. So do you want to be a has been by the time you're twenty-two or are you in?"

All Don could see was the Major Leagues; nothing else mattered. "All right," he said reluctantly. "I'm in."

+

"Well, it's a good thing we caught this early!" Margaret's oncologist closed up her file. "Six months later and it could have spread enough to be terminal."

"Goodness!" Margaret let out a breath. "I don't even want to think about that."

"Is someone coming to pick you up?" the doctor asked. "Your husband? One of your sons?"

"No, Alan works downtown, it's too far for him to come." Margaret smiled wistfully. "Don's playing the Yankees in an away game and Charlie only comes back from Cambridge during the summer semester break from teaching."

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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 25th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
It is sad. Though Margaret lives, she's not close to her boys, Don betrayed his ethics and Charlie missed out on a potential best friend/mentor. I just figured the benefits of Margaret living might edge it towards the bittersweet category a bit.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 25th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
This was sad but so very possible.
etiennewestwind: fbiacadetiennewestwind on January 25th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
Bittersweet.
Tamannaswingandswirl on January 25th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Ouch.

I think, on the whole, I prefer our world.
cerealkiller0cerealkiller0 on January 27th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
Grr. Don. Grr.

I kind of wonder, if given the option, whether or not Margaret would choose to live, knowing that her death reunited her sons. *ponders*
SamuelJames: Numb3rs Logosamueljames on January 28th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
I don't want to wish Margaret ill but I'm happy Don & Charlie didn't take those paths.