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25 August 2007 @ 04:05 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Playing to Your Strength  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #121 – Foreplay

Title: Playing to Your Strength
Series/Universe: Natural Assets
Pairing/Characters: Don/Liz
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Longshot, Blackout
Summary: Don watches Liz as she's working undercover
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Come on... Get him to talk about Jerrold. Yes!"

Don grinned, pleased, watching Liz on the surveillance monitors inside the van as the undercover op went down thirty yards away across the street.

"Damn she's good!" David marveled. He turned up the volume on Liz's body mic as Don zoomed in close on one of the monitors.

Her fingers played along the collar of her button up shirt as she flirted with the suspect, getting him to keep talking. Each movement - rubbing her neck, adjusting her necklace - they all facilitated her shirt opening just a bit wider to show off the cleavage underneath.

That fact was not lost on the suspect, nor Don.

Once her cleavage was blatantly on display, Liz moved her hand to her stomach. Her shirt was cropped at the waist and her supposedly absentminded stroking of her belly revealed a caramel strip of skin around her navel.

"She's got him bragging all right. There! He's incriminated Jerrold!" Don said excitedly. "She got us what we needed."

Megan's voice came over the comm link. "I just spotted Jerrold's car! He's headed your way!"

"Let's get her out of there! Everybody move out!"


"So what was all that about?" Don asked when he found Liz leaning against the surveillance van.

"What?" she asked.

"All this," Don made like he was adjusting her collar, but slipped a finger inside to push the shirt open as she had done. "The skin."

"Oh, that," she said, smiling slyly and letting her voice dip into a lower register. "That was foreplay."

Don raised an eyebrow. "You did it to make him think he'd have sex with you later?"

"No," Liz said, mirroring the move with Don's collar, letting her fingers linger over his chest hair. "I did it for you."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 25th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
I confess I have mixed feelings about this fic and this series.

My intent was to give Liz more of a life outside of being a Don!girl, but Don defines her so I can't divorce the two.

I tried in this one to show her capable of being good at her job and being involved with Don. Plus if she's working the suspect and seducing Don at the same time over the monitors, that's giving her credit for being more than capable, right? ;-)

Ugh, I can't say this right. Here's what Mel said after she read it. It makes more sense to me.

She's smarter than the average agent!
...because she was manipulating on two levels, where Don suspected one.

So I tried to make Liz smart and capable and even a bit crafty.
(She's crafty! And she's just Don's type! /snickers/)

I just hope delgaserasca isn't disappointed...

Especially since up next? I fold. There shall be porn.

It is *Sex* month after all... ;-)

FWIW, the title throws back to the first fic since now Liz is using her natural assets on the job to help the FBI get what they need. Her strength is arguably her looks and arguably her ability to use those looks to get what she wants.


After I wrote this Confession something happened to make me say HOLY SHIT!

The name I used in the fic is Jerrold and I had this suspicion that name had been used before on the show so I googled Jerrold and Numb3rs.

Ends up Judd Hirsch played a role with that name in the past.

Out of curiosity I pulled it up in IMDB, read the logline then clicked to read the longer version of the plot synopsis.

Ends up it reads startlingly close to the plot for the novel my lovely slashwife melissima is working on. (The screaming HOLY SHIT! was in IM to her since we were chatting at the time so thank god IM has no volume. I'd have blown her ear out. Hehehe)

How's that for a freaky coincidence?


Emma DeMarais
melissima: Kim HEE!melissima on August 25th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
I just hope my novel doesn't read as much like a Movie of the Week when it's finished! LOL.

Interesting to stumble over that in such an unrelated way. :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 25th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Nah, not MotW, it skews a bit more like feel good movie of the summer than Lifetime sappy. ;-)

Don't worry. I'll stop you if you start writing Valerie Bertinelli as your lead. /grins/
delgaserasca on August 25th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Not disappointed at all, especially because you combined the two-halves of her personality that she puts on display - her ability to work a case, and to work Don (uh...so to speak). I'm beginning to enjoy that duality to her that fandom has apparently decided to take hold of this week.

Having just re-watched End of Watch which is a good episode for Liz, all things considered, I feel like there should be greater exploitation of this duality, and I love that you've managed to both understand and convey that in this series so far. I look forward to the next installment!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 26th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear you say this. I felt like I had a pretty lofty goal set and 3/4 of the way through I wasn't sure I'd done anything of value for the character.

I don't read much fic, but Mel told me it's open season for Liz fic all of a sudden. Huh. I'd love for us to take credit since we made Liz our Character of the Month at N100, but I'm guessing it's more coincidence.

I don't really remember End of Watch, but I hope we get some decent Liz as a real human in season 4. She filled in for Megan while Diane was gone so now that she's just a fellow agent and Don's girlfriend I wonder how much we'll see of her especially in FBI mode.

BTW, I told Mel what I had planned for the final (sex) installment and it met with her approval so perhaps I'm not done showing Liz in Charge. Hehehe
fredbassettfredbassett on August 26th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Lovely last line. I liked the idea of her seducing Don by proxy!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 26th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I liked her being all sly like that. /grins/