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16 September 2007 @ 11:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Unexpected  
Written for numb3rswom3n Quote Challenge – 21
To love another is something like prayer and can't be planned, you just fall into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.
- Anne Sexton


Title: Unexpected
Pairing/Characters: Megan/Larry
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Season 2
Summary: During and after their first dinner date Megan ponders her new feelings
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


This is crazy, she thinks - face propped up, elbow on the table - staring at this man across the dinner plates just watching him talk - watching definitely more than listening because cosmology? Not a subject she ever had to take for her major. But his hands have an orbit all their own, a sort of sign language communicating Dr. Lawrence Fleinhardt.

She'd accepted his dinner invitation - and hadn't Ethiopian been a brilliant choice - even though she felt a little stupid looking up 'terpsichorean' later. She'd expected a pleasant evening amongst colleagues talking about old cars as the sun set over LA in a 'time for a little sweater I think' way, decidedly not a romantic way.

This is crazy, she tells herself now, that she's sitting here thinking she could listen - watch - him talk for hours, for days, for the rest of their lives. It's not that he's fascinating, though he is with his boyish charm and gentle gentleman ways, it's that she knows - knows without question - that she is the only star in his solar system. His focus never wavers. It's her, always her, and she's heady with the attention.

But there's no spark - no nuclear reaction that means they'll go back to her place and rip each other's clothes off.

She doesn't know what to do when that spark's not there, has no experience in love that doesn't start with physical attraction.

He takes her home and shyly kisses her hand at her door before taking fifty words to say 'good night'.

He's nothing like what she was looking for - completely unexpected.

And she can't sleep that night, thinking of his hands, his words, his chaste lips.

She wonders what he's thinking as she lies in bed reliving the evening.

She hopes it's her.

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on September 17th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
Confession
I don't normally go for quote prompts, but this ended up being crazy easy to do. After picking my quote I got the song Uninvited by Alanis Morissette in my head and it all fell together in just a few minutes. Bonus that when done I was almost spot on the minimum word count so no padding needed. Yay!

I kind of want to explore this further, get into Megan's head and follow along as *she* discovers why Larry works for her, but this fic felt done when it ended. I am leaving it open though, so if I want to go further I'll just make this a series.

Props to delgaserasca for stylistic inspiration, though I kind of blew it. Still, I had her recent Ian/Megan fic bodies (in motion) in my head while writing this in hopes it would make the fic turn out better. It turned out different, just nowhere near as good as hers. /shrugs/ I just keep on trying... /waves to Bones fans/

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
perhaps some frottage is in order: listen to her purrsororcula on September 17th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Oh, this is nice! And that's coming from a non-Megan/Larry fan, heh. This fic sort of... I don't know. I guess it makes me see the appeal, maybe. :-)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 18th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
LOL You know if someone else had written this fic my comment likely would have been very much the same as yours!

Thanks for giving it a shot despite the pairing...
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 18th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I think the fic was partially written out of a desire for *me* to understand Larry's appeal to Megan. I figured if I spent some time in her head it would come to me.

It's true that TPTB didn't really bother to try to sell us on them as a couple and just expected us to accept it since it was canon, but I figured there's got to be something there and I wanted to figure it out.

Or make something up as they case may be. LOL
Candi: Megan and Larry - Gravitymustangcandi on September 17th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Wow...you really did get inside Megan's head with this one.

I have actually loved the idea of Larry and Megan from the first moment she looked at him through his "new" car...I can't say I've ever understood the pairing but I think they are so cute together. This fic - I think you've nailed it. She doesn't understand the attraction either...but she wants to...and that's amazing.

NICE JOB!!!!!!!!!! *goes to read it again*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 18th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I don't know that I've seen you on my LJ before, so if you've not read the rest of my Megan/Larry fic I've finally organized all my fic in Memories by rating and by pairing and such.

I'm sorely tempted to write a sequel and crawl inside her head a bit more, but I'll have to wait to see if the muse wants to write it.

/taps foot impatiently/
Candi: Colby and Davidmustangcandi on September 18th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
I think I've lurked over your LJ a few times - randomly reading bits and pieces. I'm not much for slash, particularly the Don/Charlie thing - don't get me wrong, I don't care that it gets written. I say write whatever the hell you want...I just choose not to read it (I hope that doesn't offend you...it's not meant to).

I do find it interesting that in your memories section you have no Colby or David fic (which is interesting to me because Colby/David is pretty much the only slash I can't get enough of...they are my two favorite characters. What can I say?)

I'll be sure to check out the Megan/Larry fic later today...its 630am and I still haven't slept. Not safe for me to be reading things...probably not safe for me to be posting comments either but I'm trying to keep busy so I can do something other than think about how I can't stop coughing long enough to get any rest. *sighs*

*goes off to David/Colby land and sighs contentedly*
Candi: Fan Fic Strugglemustangcandi on September 18th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
PS
A sequel would be lovely...

And aren't those muses fickle bitches? I had a Colby/OFC fic that I started...I was so wrapped up in it for four days - cranking out 5 parts to the story. There were four more that needed to be written when suddenly the muse ran away. For over a month, she left me.

Then, when I should be writing my dissertation, she comes back full force this weekend and I write the last four parts and five other prompts and the fic for this challenge.

Muses...can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em.
fredbassettfredbassett on September 17th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
I adore Larry and this is lovely!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 18th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Thank you!

/puts out a plate of biscuits/
fredbassettfredbassett on September 18th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
*nibbles happily*
fightin' and trouble are my middle name: Larry and Meganused_songs on September 18th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
I like this a lot. I like this interior view of Megan with a little bit of back story. I bet that first date was a little odd!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 18th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for your nice comment! I don't think I've seen you around my LJ before, so if you haven't read my previous Megan/Larry you can now find it by pairing in my Memories. I've got an ongoing series for them that I really need to revive...
fightin' and trouble are my middle name: Larry and Megan backlitused_songs on September 19th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
I will definitely take a look. They are one of my favorite couples.
Jestana: #s: Larry/Meganjestana on September 18th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, this is wonderful! I love how Megan's not sure how this thing with Larry has happened, but is interested in pursuing it all the same. May I post a link to it at white_tuberoses?
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 18th, 2007 09:07 am (UTC)
Yay! You saw it! If I didn't see a comment from you right away I was going to contact you to let you know I had fresh L/M.

You don't have to ask me. I give you carte blanche to link on the comm to any of my fic.

FWIW, I finally organized everything in Memories so you can now add a direct link to my Megan/Larry stories at the comm as well if you'd like.

I'm glad you liked the fic and thank you for helping spread the word.

P.S. I'm for sale at Sweet-Charity.net so if anyone at the comm would like me to write 3500+ words of their fave couple they can bid on me and win a custom story! :-)
Jestana: #s: Larry/Meganjestana on September 18th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I have you on my flist, of course I'd see it. *grin*

*nods* Right-o. It doesn't hurt to ask anyway.

Oh, cool. I shall do that when I get home.

P.S. I'll take a look and probably pimp that at white_tuberoses, too.
irena_adler: Meganirena_adler on September 18th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Love this insight into their first date, how Megan thought it would be a dinner with a colleague, not a romantic thing at all, then she's surprised with him and her reaction to him.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 18th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
Thank you. Some really great relationships emerge from low or non-romantic expectations, so it seemed to work - the whole love sneaks up on you angle. ;-)