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17 October 2007 @ 07:32 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Whistling  
Posted to numb3rs_slash

Title: Whistling
Pairing/Characters: Don/Charlie
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: None
Summary: Charlie's exhausted and Don's whistling happily in the next room
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"I like it when you whistle."

Don stopped whistling, dirty dinner plates still in his hands as he paused outside the kitchen door.

"You like me whistling?" He screwed up his face in confusion.

"Yeah," Charlie said, shrugging a little before letting his shoulders sag wearily. He had bags under his eyes and was clearly showing the ill effects of sleep deprivation.

"Huh." Don disappeared into the kitchen and returned with empty hands, walking over to where Charlie seemed paralyzed - risen from his chair but lacking the energy to do much else. Don slipped his arms gently around Charlie's waist in invitation and his brother curled into his chest with a contented sigh in response. Don rubbed his back in slow circles, letting him rest against him. "Why do you like it when I whistle?"

"Because you only do it when everything's okay," Charlie mumbled into his shirt, breath warm against his neck. "Only when you're not stressed out and things are going well. So if you're whistling I know I can relax. I don't have to worry."

"Don't worry, be happy?" Don teased affectionately.

"Something like that," Charlie replied, chuckling lightly.

"You must be exhausted," Don said, placing a kiss on the top of Charlie's bowed head. "Why don't you go lay down on the couch for a bit while I clean up these dinner dishes?"

Surprisingly, Charlie acquiesced without a struggle. "Okay," he said, yawning as he reluctantly withdrew from Don's embrace.

Don took his face in his hands and laid a final kiss on his forehead, making Charlie smile serenely.

"I'll be done in a few minutes and we can curl up on the couch and watch the game."

"Okay." Charlie leaned his head against Don's shoulder. "I suppose this means I have to actually walk all the way to the couch."

Don laughed. "When you run out of gas you really run out of gas, don't you?" He gently steered a slightly stumbling Charlie over to the couch, sat him down then turned the TV on low. "Make sure you let me know when the game starts. I don't want to miss any of it like last time."

"No problem," Charlie said, trying to nod and yawn at the same time.

With a grin, Don ruffled his hair and took off for the kitchen. Three steps in he was whistling again. He whistled his way through the dinner dishes and through putting away the leftovers. He finally emerged from the kitchen ten minutes later to find Charlie asleep on the couch by the flickering light of the television.

Carefully Don laid an afghan over him and turned off the TV, smiling down at his sleeping brother.

"Works every time..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 18th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
I wrote this as a birthday present for neverbelonged aka Keyla.

She asked for Don/Charlie and gave me free rein. I know she likes my Two Brothers Series so I tried to capture a nice brotherly moment with some slashy intimacy without going all R rated. Just some sweetness for my favorite person to give sweets to on LJ.

I hope you enjoy it Keyla! Happy Birthday!


Emma DeMarais
cpwatcher on October 18th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Very nice Brothers Eppes. Short and very sweet.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 18th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! Sweet was the order of the day. /wanders off in search of candy/
Keylaneverbelonged on October 18th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
OMG ME LOVE IT! (and wow, I am so tired right now.)
Thank you so much. /hugs/
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 18th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad! /kitten hugs/

I hope you had a lovely birthday today my dear.

/brings out cake with candles on it/
/sets out ice cream/
/makes special recipe punch/

Happy Birthday!

Keylaneverbelonged on October 18th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
/blows out candles, eats, drinks, dances more/
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 18th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
/twirls you/
/makes merry/
/licks frosting off fingers contently/
Keylaneverbelonged on October 18th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
yayz (fg, may be jealous)
andi: Don & Charlie hugadmiralandrea on October 18th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Aw, that was just beautifully sweet and cute!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 18th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! The perfect antidote to Vice. Hehehe
Tangles: Charlieentangled_now on October 18th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
This is so very sweet, and Don is clearly craftier than we give him credit for.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Charlie may be the official genius, but Don's no slouch. Hehehe
bev_crusher1971: Cuddlebev_crusher1971 on October 18th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
Very sweet and caring. I love the way you write Don/Charlie. It's always a pleasure to find something new from you in my inbox. *hugs*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That's very kind of you to say.

I had written a fic called Crickets a while back and I wanted to capture the same feel in this one. I really like them as loving brothers which we don't see enough of in canon.
fredbassettfredbassett on October 18th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
Very sweet :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Speaking of sweets...

/puts out toffee/
telperion_15: Dontelperion_15 on October 18th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Just the cutest thing ever. I want to give them both a hug!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Aww, aren't they dolls? I wish we got more sweetness like this on the show.
Cynthia: ACD Support by angeliksmall1trackmind on October 18th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Aww, very nice! And happy birthday!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you and thank you!

Wonderful icon as always. Now I have that poem back in my head...
meluvstony: EppesChallangeIconmeluvstony on October 18th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
That was short and sweet.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Like Charlie! Hehehe
Nicelyobsessed: Charlie sleepnicelyobsessed on October 19th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Adorable drabble!
If I could sleep on my couch I'll do it right now...

BTW, I send you something by mail, I just finish your birthday present^^ so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you and thank you!

I got so many lovely birthday wishes and presents I am still trying to catch up with thank yous. I'm truly overwhelmed. I did finally respond to your email though so please forgive the delay.

Now if you'll excuse me, this window is covering up my desktop. Hehehe
it only burns when I breathe: don&charlie_love_midnightaspikedluv on October 19th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
"Works every time..."

Loved that ending, and the idea of Don taking care of Charlie. *g*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 20th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Now I kind of want to write a Charlie takes care of Don one.