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21 August 2007 @ 01:51 am
Numb3rs Fic: A Family Divided  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #24 – Division


Title: A Family Divided
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP, Sacrifice
Summary: Charlie feels guilty about how his choices affected his family
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Do you think," Charlie mused, fingers drumming a tattoo on the armrest of Don's SUV as they sat in traffic, "Dad ever blamed me for breaking up the family?"

"What are you talking about?" Don asked, harsher than necessary after an hour of bumper to bumper gridlock. "Our family was never broken up."

"Okay, divided up then. I chose to go to Princeton and took Mom away from you and Dad for years."

"You were a kid," Don scoffed. "You needed a chaperone. No way Dad blamed you."

Charlie stared out the window at the crawl of traffic.

"Did you?"

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
Confession
This is fic number 24 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

Yes, I am evil for leaving it like that, but I think if people put some thought into it they'll realize that we all know just how this argument will go and why based on canon.

FWIW, Tattoo was a word of the day earlier this month.

tattoo: a rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
munchkinofdoom: eppes - familymunchkinofdoom on August 21st, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
You are evil. And that is a killer last line. *nods*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
You are evil.

Why thank you!

The last line just drives that knife home...
munchkinofdoom: Don - Amusedmunchkinofdoom on August 21st, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
No kidding! *g*

I like what you've been doing with these drabbles, as it looks like you've been treating them as free-verse poetry. Which is one hell of a trick and something I'm rather fond of.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! Oddly I have some fic written using a more exacting structure as if it was poetry, but I'd say the first fic in this series is probably the most poetic.

Glad you are liking them!
fredbassettfredbassett on August 21st, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
You've achieved elegance again! Go you!!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This series has been inspiring to me starting from the first one so it's nice how much more they flow than my others.
Cynthia: ACD Support by angeliksmall1trackmind on August 21st, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh very nice!

Do you think Don is really unaware of how Alan felt? I think it's pretty clear that Alan at least resented Charlie taking Margaret away, and I'm not sure that he didn't blame him.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks...

I think Don's first instinct is to protect Charlie so he'd maintain that stance even if he harbored beliefs that their father was resentful. He doesn't want Charlie to anguish over the decision - which was more his parents than his own, since he was a minor. (They clearly could have chosen for him to go to a local school or both moved to NJ, but they made the decision as a couple to let Charlie go to Princeton like he wanted and endure the separation.) I think Alan, as a good father, would have worked hard to hide any resentment from his young sons during the separation. Charlie admits in Sacrifice he was pretty clueless about their disagreements. Don - being older and far better at reading people - probably guessed or read signs in Alan that led him to believe the separation was a bigger deal than his father was letting on. Now that they're older (and Margaret is gone) I can see Alan relaxing a little and talking about that time a bit more frankly like he did in that episode. It's possible he was frank with Don earlier since he's much older and more astute, but even Alan would never vocally assign blame to Charlie in front of his children. He made his decision and he stuck by it, but it has to hurt knowing now that she had such a short life and he missed precious years of it because of that choice.
Cynthia: ACD Support by angeliksmall1trackmind on August 21st, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
but even Alan would never vocally assign blame to Charlie in front of his children.

He came pretty close in that episode I think.

I do enjoy the complicated family dynamics of the Eppes household. Even before you add in the sex.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 21st, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
He was astonishingly frank, I admit.

At least we get family dynamics in canon - well not as much as I'd like, but we certainly get a lot more than sex! ;-)
Cynthia: AC Family by angeliksmall1trackmind on August 21st, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
At least we get family dynamics in canon - well not as much as I'd like

True.
Your eyes are blocking my starlight: Aeryn Valaaerynvala on August 22nd, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
awwww, that's so sad/sweet :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 23rd, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I saw on your public LJ that we have quite a few fandoms in common so I hope you'll check out my SPN and Heroes fic too.

It's always nice to find people who like the shows that I like.
Karen: numb3rs charliebyrons_brain on August 22nd, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh this one needs an answer.... great stuff...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 23rd, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks. That's the down side of drabbles - what must be left unsaid.
irena_adler: Charlie sadirena_adler on August 22nd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I like how this foreshadows Charlie's concerns in Hot Shot. Great tension!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 23rd, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Gah! /blushes/

If it does it wasn't on purpose. I honestly don't remember much at all about Hot Shot. It squicked me so bad I only watched it the once.

Enlighten me? Please?
irena_adler: Charlie understandirena_adler on August 23rd, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
In Hot Shot, Charlie has dreams about his mother who says he has a question for her. He finally figures out his question is along the line of, "Do you regret leaving dad and Don and going to Princeton with me?" She says of course not.

What squicked you? *curious*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 23rd, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Ahh... I remember the pancakes! /snicker/

The sexual abuse of the unconscious women squicked me - Chandler was so slimy he gave me shudders.
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Nothing like a genius to pinpoint the true heart of an issue and nothing like an annoying little brother to drive it home.
fredbassettfredbassett on November 1st, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
The last line really goes to the crux of the issue, doesn't it. I suspect the truthful answer would be "yes" which is something Don is now having to come to terms with.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
This one was a bit of a surprise, but I think it's one of the best written ones in the series.

Don is dealing with this in therapy. Even Bradford says 'You felt cheated' to him about Charlie being the 'curly headed black hole' who took up all his parents' time.

Logically Don is smart enough to get that Charlie needed them more - and that comes out in therapy - but he's still a son who was upset that his parents didn't seem to love him as much as his annoying baby brother. That child inside never dies no matter how much logic we learn.