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06 May 2013 @ 10:53 pm
Numb3rs Fic: No Exit  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #418 - Exit


Title: No Exit
Pairing/Characters: Alan, Millie, OCs
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Season 3
Summary: Alan volunteered for a panel discussion, not a nightmare
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


The panel became a nightmare before it even began.

First Bob Brewster, his nemesis from book club, sat at Alan's table.

Next came an old rival from the city planning department, Eugenia Dinovio.

Finally, the last seat was taken by Millie. Alan hadn't seen her since their falling out.

"Hello, everyone! I'm Dr. Mildred Finch and apparently they've decided to make me chair of this panel!"

Millie forced a thin smile when she caught sight of Alan and he returned it with a wan one of his own.

"'L'enfer, c'est les autres,'" he quoted quietly under his breath. "No exit."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 7th, 2013 05:54 am (UTC)
Confession
This fic was inspired by the play No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. The quote Alan speaks at the end is from the play. It basically translates to "Hell is other people."

And yes, I totally think even if Alan didn't know any French, he'd have read Sartre.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
melissimamelissima on May 7th, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
Yaaaaaaay
I agree. There is definitely some philosophy in Alan's past, and even if he does't actually speak french he's charming enough to have memorized a phrase or two in order to sound all suave.

:D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 7th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Yaaaaaaay
Which would have worked on every woman *but* Margaret, who likely just spouted off something far longer in near fluent French as a retort. (Some Simone de Beauvoir peut-etre?)
melissima: Garcia sweatergirlmelissima on May 7th, 2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: Yaaaaaaay
Mais bien sur, Margaret etait tres elegant, non?
riverotter1951: north American river otterriverotter1951 on May 7th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent drabble, short and precise.
Candi: Dad and Millymustangcandi on May 7th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Poor Alan.

Great drabble. Even if I still ship the hell out of Alan/Millie. I think the tension in this could lead to a reconciliation. ^^ (LOL.)
ladygray99ladygray99 on June 9th, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Ouch. Alan is in for a long, long day.