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19 August 2007 @ 11:55 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Mathematical Relations  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #22 – Dimensions

Title: Mathematical Relations
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: Don makes an effort to understand his brother as an adult
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The physics book was dusty when Don pulled it off the shelf, blowing the years away with a puff of air.

That Charlie kept all his school books seemed odd to Don, who sold his back first chance he got.

The yellowing pages were where his brother had fallen in love with physics.

Dimensions... Fundamental measurables... Mathematical relations...

That seemed to sum up the way they had been lately: measuring each other anew, calculating each other's dimensions, relating one to one as adults.

Charlie at thirteen he knew.

The man he was now... Don had to relearn all over again.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 20th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
This is fic number 22 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

Two Brothers is back!

Yes, after an embarrassingly long hiatus (mea culpa), I've got four new 2B drabbles written. I'll post a second shortly and fit the rest in later this week.

That leaves only six remaining for the entire series. I'll be sad to see it end, but considering the next drabble verse that's coming I need to clear the path for the *big* one. Hehehe

I need to give credit to a web site for the line 'Dimensions... Fundamental measurables... Mathematical relations...' since I used those words in the fic, to inspire the fic and for the title. Here's the url which I found via a fairly random Google search.

To save you the trip, here's the excerpt I stole from which is their definition of the prompt word dimensions.

Dimensions. The fundamental measurables of a unit system in physics - those which are defined through operational definitions. All other measurable quantities in physics are defined through mathematical relations to the fundamental quantities. Therefore any physical measurable may be expressed as a mathematical combination of the dimensions.

Unfortunately unlike Don I can't say I got 'like a C' in Physic. I never took it. So all of that is esoteric to me. Physics is on my list of someday topics to learn, but my math skills are way too out of date currently to attempt it.

I confess I've never sold back a college textbook.

Stay tuned for more Two Brothers!


Emma DeMarais
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Thanks... I already wrote a somewhat similar fic to this, but considering I've written hundreds I figured I could get away with revisiting the 'Don sees Charlie differently now' angle. ;-)

I was a bit worried when I first chose to make the 2B fic all 100 words instead of 200 or 300, but now I find I enjoy the brevity and the clarity it gives each vignette.
andi: Charlieadmiralandrea on August 20th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Yay for the return of Two Brothers! I love this series!

Me, I got a D in Physics, and a C in Maths. I had to take a science and Physics was the one I hated least. As for Maths, I went from failing in January to a pass in June only thanks to a good friend and a very good teacher... Which is why I'm always go to struggle with the maths on the show and most of it passes me by...
iolsaiiolsai on August 20th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
I love the series, too, so I ditto the yay :)

I've taken physics for five very long, painful years. Obviously not by choice. It's the science I hated most.
From the five years, all I remember is v= s/t and Ek = 1/2mv² - just don't ask me what kinetic energy and that formula means. I forgot.
I still have my physics books in a box somewhere. I liked them, because the cover was such a pretty purple color...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the yay!

I'm one of those horrid smart people who enjoyed school and found it easy to get good marks. Still, Math is more of a challenge for a language person such as myself. I'm dreading taking a Math class now as it's been so long I'm sure I've forgotten most of it. Ugh!

At least you had a chance to try Physics. Although I did enjoy the Science classes I did take instead, I was annoyed that it wasn't an option at my high school.
andi: Writingadmiralandrea on August 21st, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
I mostly enjoyed school, but had to work very hard in most subjects. Although not languages, which I thrived at. I did French, Spanish and Latin at various times (girls' grammar school) and did well in English Language as well. I've dabbled in quite a few languages since as well, to a greater or lesser extent...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Well, my assumption is that European schools are much tougher than American so I'm sure you did! I'd not have come out with such a good GPA had I gone to school over there.

It's unusual to be a polyglot in America so I enjoy friends who are, especially those educated in Europe since they usually know more than two languages. iolsai did Latin (and French and English) as well and I always wished I could have studied Latin in high school in addition to French. It just wasn't offered.

I enjoy dabbling in other tongues and have done it all my life, most recently poking around in Swedish for red_tanger and mangling a bit of German. /grins/ I will always love French best, but I do really enjoy playing. I just greeted someone new to the fandom in Portuguese since she's from Brazil. LJ is great for that - so many nations represented...
andi: Writingadmiralandrea on August 21st, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
I *love* the international nature of LJ and that I can say I have friends from Australasia, North America and Canada and Europe as well as the UK...

I loved learning Latin, there's just something really lyrical about declaiming the verbs that I always really enjoy :-)

And I'm hoping to turn my love of language into a career, by going into the psychological field of Discourse Analysis.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
In the early days of the Internet I made a friend in Africa which was very cool since it's an area I know far less about than the Americas, Asia or Europe. It's great to have political and geographic boundaries eliminated by technology.

Latin is right below Physics on my list of someday subjects and Logic is above them both.

DA! How interesting! I'd love to talk about that, but that's a conversation best done via email. If you're interested drop me a line.
munchkinofdoom: eppes - familymunchkinofdoom on August 20th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like this! Especially the last line. It's amazing what elegance can be squeezed out of 100 words.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! The numb3rs100 comm is filled with tiny gems that make you marvel. In fact, some of the hottest porn I've read lately has been drabbles. Who knew?
fredbassettfredbassett on August 20th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
I agree with munchkin, very elegant.

And I failed maths O Level twice before I gave it up.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! Elegant is my favorite word that Charlie says on screen. It comes out beautifully and with so much meaning. /sigh/ I miss Season 1 Charlie...

Being a Yank I never got O Levels and A Levels. I have heard of them, but their meaning is lost to me since I believe we don't have anything analogous to them.
Karen: numb3rs donbyrons_brain on August 22nd, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
Don re-learning, I like that...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 23rd, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)

And I like your icon...
Karen: numb3rs donbyrons_brain on August 23rd, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, the talented lady_devon made him.
fejaih on August 23rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Yay for more Teo Brothers! The series is just... warm fuzzies. *dreamysigh*

And not even one? I confess I rarely sell back books from my major (only if I really dislike them), but I can't imagine actually keeping my statistics book. *shrugs*
fejaih on August 23rd, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
eh, Two Brothers...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a geek so statistics is *exactly* the kind of book I'd want to keep. Hehehe

I can't let go of any books in my library unless they're duplicates and even then it goes against my core nature to let a book go. I tried book releasing, but *damn* it was hard to walk away from them!
fredbassettfredbassett on November 1st, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
I still have some of my old school books too :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)

At this point what I really want is *new* schoolbooks... /sigh/