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08 October 2012 @ 08:19 pm
Numb3rs Fic: This is Not America  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #388 - Vice


Title: This is Not America
Pairing/Characters: Don
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: None
Summary: Don faces a difficult decision alone
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


He needed to stop, think about this, before he took that final irreversible step.

Standing in the kitchen of his once happy family home, Don's hands tightened around his now lukewarm cup.

Forged papers – his if he took on the job of spying for the enemy – lay strewn over the kitchen table where the men had left them. They'd sworn him to secrecy, offered him a new name and asked him to be a hero. But there was a price.

Don had seen his brother arrested as an enemy of the state. His father had been a dissident in the early days. He was glad their mother hadn't lived to see Charlie jailed or Alan disappearing amidst a fog of whispers.

But he hadn't done it yet, had he? He was still on the right side of the law. He could go about his business with his head down, avoid the tiny vices of life and be grateful for his daily bread.

Or he could follow his conscience and break the law.

He wanted to gather up all the incriminating papers and fling them into the fireplace, forget anyone ever asked him to cross that line. He was just an honest, everyday man. Why him? Why did he have to be born here? Now? Jewish?

There was one thing he knew deep in his heart though: he loved his country and couldn't bear what was happening to it.

So if he needed to risk it all to do what was right?

He folded up the papers and put them in his coat pocket under the patch sewn there to identify him as less than a normal man to the invading Germans.

He'd made up his mind.

This was his fight.

And he wanted that damn Hitler out of his Poland.

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 9th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Confession
Fic inspired by and title taken from the theme song This is Not America by David Bowie from the movie The Falcon and the Snowman.

Also inspired by my own Numb3rs Series/Universe, The Far End of Infinity, which takes place in 1930s Paris. I often thought it would be interesting to write a sequel with Don fighting against the Nazis in Poland and perhaps Charlie getting smuggled out of France by Ian.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
ladygray99ladygray99 on October 9th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
I could see this Don doing whatever it took.
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on October 9th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
I really liked this and it definitely fits in with Far End.

Nicely done :)
Karenbyrons_brain on October 9th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Emma
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 10th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
BB! /smishes/ We've missed you in Slashchat!

And thank you, but LJ screwed up my birthdate somehow this year. It's not until the 18th, but b-day wishes from you are always a lovely thing. ♥
Karen: sh dearstalkerbyrons_brain on October 10th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Woopsie.... ::huggles tight::
cat_13145cat_13145 on October 9th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Fantastic. Love the idea of Don as a resistance fighter. Can we see more of this?
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 10th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I hope so! I like the Infinity Universe enough to revisit it. I'm just not sure when, with my school schedule, I'll have the time to work on such a long and heavily researched piece.
Candi: Don Thinkingmustangcandi on October 12th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
AWESOME! Love this Universe.
fractalmoonfractalmoon on October 30th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Found this from r_morrow_daily. As I read it, I thought of "Last Resort," a new tv show where there seems to have been a coup of some sort in Washington, though it hasn't been spelled out yet. So I was trying to imagine what had happened in the modern-day US, until I got to the last line. Though I should have caught on from here:

"He folded up the papers and put them in his coat pocket under the patch sewn there to identify him as less than a normal man to the invading Germans."

Thank you for linking to the Far End of Infinity. That sounds like one I'll want to read.