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28 August 2007 @ 06:05 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Pressure Sway  
Written for eppescest Summer Porn Challenge – Under Pressure
Crossposted to numb3rs_slash

Title: Pressure Sway (Sequel to The Art of Subterfuge)
Series/Universe: The Art of Subterfuge
Pairing/Characters: Don/Charlie
Rating: NC17
Spoilers: Seasons 1-3
Summary: Don stops by the house before heading over to Liz's (Post-Ep)
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"The new attitude is gratitude."

They both chuckled and Don rose, gesturing to the stairs. "Hey, I'm going to head up and take a shower, grab a fresh change of clothes."

"It's late," Charlie said. "Why don't you just stay over?"

"Well, I told Liz I'd come by after I left here."

"Blow her off." Charlie waved a hand dismissively. "You worked really hard on this case. You deserve some sleep."

"Sometimes it's not about sleep," Don said, heading for the stairs.


Don put his head under the spray and let the hot water rinse away the shampoo in his hair, foamy water sluicing down his body in rivulets. He put his hands against the wall and let the shower pound down on him, inhaling the dense steam deep into his lungs and exhaling it along with the tension of the day.

He didn't even open his eyes when the shower door opened and closed.


"An unlocked door is an invitation," Charlie murmured, wrapping his arms around Don's waist as he pressed up against him from behind.

"Not always."

"If you'd wanted me to stay out you'd have locked the door," Charlie countered, pressing a kiss against Don's shoulder as one hand moved up to caress a pec as his other hand slid lower. "Thousands of people almost died today. You could have died. I could have died." His hand rubbed low across Don's abdomen. "I know you need to take the edge off. I know you have trouble letting go." His hand dipped down to encircle Don's cock, easily stroking it to hardness. "I can help. I can take care of you."

Don let his head hang down, his tacit surrender clear, and pushed back slightly against Charlie as he felt him harden behind him.

Charlie pulled his hands away long enough to grab a bottle and pour some of the contents into his hand. He slid his slicked hand up the cleft of Don's ass, making him jump slightly, then covered his cock with the slippery liquid. Pressing himself back up against his brother, his erection slid against his ass as he rubbed their bodies together.

Don groaned as the still slick hand closed around his cock again, this time jacking him faster - almost rough - the way he liked it. The firmness between his ass cheeks was becoming insistent and he bent further over and pushed back - asking without asking for what he needed to let go.

Charlie paused long enough to guide the head of his cock to Don's entrance, pushing it in slowly, filling him even as a low groan of pleasure escaped from the back of his throat.

After a few seconds to adjust, he bent over Don, taking his cock in his hand again, and started thrusting - unerringly hitting his prostate every time.

The pulsing rhythm of cock and fist consumed Don, the sensory overload wiping his brain clean of the filth and horror, the fear and the stress, until all that remained was the bliss of the void and the bliss of the body.

He bit his hand as he came, choking off a yell that was the final purge of tension he'd needed, and struggled to stay still as Charlie continued to pound into him, now seeking his own release.

His fingers cut into Don's hips and he could feel the slap of balls against his ass as each stroke filled him completely. He clenched his muscles deliberately and felt Charlie falter then shudder as he came, Don's name a soft moan amidst the white noise of the shower.

They separated, both panting, leaning against the walls for support.

Charlie recovered first, grabbing a bar of soap and slipping past Don with a kiss to his collarbone to quickly clean himself up under the spray before getting out of the shower.

Don waited until he heard the bathroom door open and close - and until he could trust his legs again - before scrubbing himself down and shampooing his hair all over again.


He stepped into his room, towel wrapped around his waist, and saw Charlie sitting casually on his bed wearing the plush black bathrobe Don had gotten him for his birthday two years ago.

"Feel better?" Charlie asked as he toweled off his still damp locks.

"Yeah, thanks," Don mumbled. He dried off quickly and put on the underwear and fresh jeans he'd laid out before his shower.

"You're not staying?" Charlie asked, confused.

"I told you, I'm going over to Liz's," Don said as he pulled his shirt over his head. He grabbed a clean pair of socks out of his drawer and sat down to put on his shoes.

"I thought..." Charlie laid his towel on his lap, looking perplexed. "Why do you still need to go over there if you've already had sex?"

Don retrieved his gun, badge and cuffs from his nightstand and headed for the stairs.

"Sometimes it's not about sex."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Okay, now this fic was easier!

After struggling with The Art of Subterfuge, which defines this universe, I set my sights much lower for this one. All I had to do was have Charlie attempt to steal Don from Liz by seducing him with his intimate knowledge of his body and his needs and to have Don give Charlie a wake up call that it's not all about sex.

The title comes from an old 80s song by a group called Machinations. The way it's sung makes the phrase "in your own pressure sway" sound like "in your own precious way". I wanted to do a riff on the episode title like I had for the first fic in this series and Charlie is trying to sway Don who is suffering the effects of being under great pressure. (I can't even imagine it - the idea that tens of thousands of people including children would have suffered grisly deaths had he failed.)

I couldn't find a single source for lyrics online (the band is *that* obscure apparently despite the fact the song I think I read hit number 1 on the dance charts in the US) so here's two quick relevant excerpts.

Hold me up in your own pressure sway

Got you where I want you

Kind of sums things up nicely. ;-)

BTW, I almost never post midday so hello to all the people who miss my posts because I normally publish in the middle of the night. /grins/


Emma DeMarais
munchkinofdoom: eppes - familymunchkinofdoom on August 29th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
You said in Subtefuge that Charlie was being deliberately manipulative, and it carries through strongly in this part. I am fascinated by how Charlie, by applying his copious brainpower to the problem, has underestimated the power of Don's emotions.

Am looking forward to seeing where you are going to take this. I particularly like how you have Charlie as the hunter here, the aggressor, when many stories have it the other way around.
irena_adler: Charlieirena_adler on August 29th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I agree about Charlie being manipulative - he can be in the show and you rarely see it in fic. That's Charlie - selfish, manipulative, knowing, and clueless all at once. :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)

I think he can be astute a) when it is something he is interested enough in to put his considerable focus on b) it has to do with Don. He's vain though and I think much of his cluelessness might be attributable to his assumption that he's smart ergo he's right. Even in canon he gets blindsided by things he didn't consider. He's so exacting about what he is working on it takes an outsider to point out the flaw in this data gathering/logic/perspective what have you.

I do wish he was written this way more in fic, only for the selfish reason that I'd enjoy reading it. Hehehe
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Charlie asked Don to consider he might be right, but he's doing a lousy job (read not at all) of considering that Don might be right. He's just in some kind of mama bear mode, fighting dirty (now that term got a new connotation in this fic!) to keep what he views as his from his perceived competition. I'm a sucker for bookends and the 'sometimes' ones here carry Don's message - the one Charlie clearly doesn't get.

It's interesting to me to have readers use the term aggressor for Charlie in this. To me he's more clinging to status quo versus going after something new. What's unique - to me anyway - is Don's attempt to withdraw. I guess Don running away is making Charlie chase him if you will.

The next sequel crawls inside Don's head a bit so hopefully that will make the relationship clearer. Or not given how confused Don is now. Hehehe

Thanks for reading the series and for your great comment.
munchkinofdoommunchkinofdoom on August 30th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
It might be that I'm using the wrong word here. Perhaps instigator is better than aggressor. (although Charlie being the aggressor in the shower made the munchkin a very happy person *g*)

Reading what both you and Irena have been saying, I'd have to say that I agree with both of you... *g* What I find fascinating is that it appears that Charlie's thoughts in this series are running as: Charlie wants what's best for Don, Charlie wants Don, therefore Charlie is what's best for Don. And there's a logic flaw there...
fredbassettfredbassett on August 29th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think Irena pretty much summed up Charlie in her comment. Manipulative and clueless all at the same time. But definitely needy, at the same time. I love your portrayal of these two.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I liked her summary too!
fredbassettfredbassett on August 29th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think Irena pretty much summed up Charlie in her comment. Manipulative and clueless all at the same time. But definitely needy, at the same time as well. I love your portrayal of these two.
fredbassettfredbassett on August 29th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oops, LJ hates me again and somehow this posted twice, sorry!
meluvstonymeluvstony on August 29th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
While i hate that Don still went to Liz's I am enjoying Charlie as the agressor. I do have to wonder what the next on entails

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks... What's next is a peek inside Don's head so to speak. At least that's the part I wrote already. ;-)

FWIW, I don't use the word aggressor for Charlie in this, though he certainly is being assertive. I see it from the other side: Don is the defector and Charlie is just trying to make him stay.
meluvstonymeluvstony on August 31st, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
I like your word better. I think that's what I was trying to say but lol couldn't think of the word. Ya I read that part and loved it as well
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 31st, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Some dynamics are too complex for a single word.

Speaking of single words... There's less than 2 hours left in the day and I haven't written a single word of the final installment.

meluvstonymeluvstony on August 31st, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Well get to writing girl ;) LOL We're a demanding bunch aren't we.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 31st, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
LOL! I'll get right on that. /checks clock/ I have a good hour and a half as long as I start soon. Hehehe
pinkdoom on August 30th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
The pulsing rhythm of cock and fist consumed Don, the sensory overload wiping his brain clean of the filth and horror, the fear and the stress, until all that remained was the bliss of the void and the bliss of the body.

This one was even more powerful than the first one, and I can tell that you had an easier time with this particular piece of the story. Oh, Charlie...you're good, but you just don't quite get it. He knows Don's body, knows how to give him pleasure, but it's obvious by his inability to understand why Don needs to go to Liz's place that he still doesn't understand Don, not fully. I'm enjoying this particular Numb3rs verse so much, and you say so much in fewer words that it amazes me.

I also love how Charlie cleans himself up "quickly" before he leaves the shower, but Don scrubs himself down, and shampoos again...as if he needs to still rid himself of something, still wash away something that's bothering him. Charlie, what happened...I'm not sure, but I'm desperatel curious to find out! ;)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 30th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Nice to see someone caught the juxtaposition of how they clean up after. Yay! Clearly you have a beta mind.

Charlie does need to get that he doesn't get it and Don just needs to get his head on straight. ;-)

Charlie can never fully understand what it's like to be in law enforcement - to shoot a gun, to be under fire, to take a life - but that doesn't mean he can't be there for Don. They just need to adjust their expectations.

Thanks so much for your great comment!
fejaih on August 30th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I love the way the undercurrents in this series are in all the little actions the boys take, things like Charlie almost using Don, and Don scrubbing.

But I also like the drama on top. Not about sleep, and not about sex. Very nice endcaps.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 30th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You hit upon all the bits that I liked. :-)

I love that pair, the sleep and sex. It's so nice when a fic can be wrapped up in two sentences.
lexxiescott: dragon statelexxiescott on August 30th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy to see that you're continuing with this and am curious to see where it's going to go. I can guarentee I'll be checking for updates when I can. :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 30th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks and welcome to my LJ! Haven't seen you around before but am always happy to see new readers!

The third fic in the series is up now and the fourth and final should be up later today.

This universe has been quite the wild ride, but as of the 31st I get to breathe a sigh of relief and move on.