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03 June 2013 @ 09:04 pm
Numb3rs Fic: On the Street Where You Live  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #422 - Street


Title: On the Street Where You Live
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: In Plain Sight
Summary: After taking down a huge child porn ring Charlie tries to remember
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Don found Charlie sitting on the curb in front of the Craftsman, staring down the street at a green house with white trim almost out of sight at the corner intersection where the lane curved.

"I can't seem to remember her name," Charlie said, turning briefly to acknowledge Don's arrival before going back to staring at the old house. "I could, for a while, but when I tried earlier today I couldn't. Jennifer maybe?"

"Lots of Jennifers in the world," Don mused. "Hey, don't look so glum. We just broke up one of the largest child pornography rings in the country. You should be celebrating."

"I didn't help her."

Don let out a long breath, slinging his arm around his brother. "No, but given how many kids you helped I'm sure at least one of them is named Jennifer. And this Jennifer or whoever you didn't help because you were a kid at the time – only a kid... I'm sure she'd be proud."

"I guess."

"Okay, if it means that much to you..." Don pulled out his phone and called his office. "Nikki, listen I need you to dig up some old records." Charlie turned to look at him, eyes wide. "I need to find out who lived at..."

"217 Malcolm Lane!"

"217 Malcolm Lane here in Pasadena when Charlie and I were kids. I need parents' names, kids' names and any records of child abuse or emergency room visits. If you find a female child, we need to know where she is now. Thanks."

"Thanks," Charlie's eyes were awash with emotion. He tried to force a smile, but it failed. "You know, it just seems to hurt more when it's close to home."

"I hear that, buddy." Don pulled him in close for a one-armed hug. "I hear that."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 4th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Confession
Weirdly, this fic was inspired by the song The World Where You Live by Crowded House.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
t_vo0810t_vo0810 on June 4th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
Guuuuuuh. Loved crowded house so hard. There songs instantly transport me back to my childhood bedroom.... Lovely follow up to In Plain Sight, which remains a fav of mine. Love me some Don & Charlie an yway I can have them, ESP when written by u. <3
melissima: eppes hugmelissima on June 4th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
Oooh good one, Don! I like this Don who listens, instead of dismissing Charlie as in canon.

I also dearly love it when Don slings his arm around Charlie! One-armed hugs ftw!
cat_13145cat_13145 on June 4th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Go Don! And Go Charlie!
ladygray99ladygray99 on June 9th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
So glad Don is giving Charlie the means to contact this women, hopefully settling some things for both of them