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23 October 2007 @ 10:46 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Vice - Part 5  

Title: Vice - Part 5
Series/Universe: Vice
Pairing/Characters: See Series post
Rating: NC17
Spoilers: Seasons 1, 2 and 3
Summary: Charlie's mistake results in unforeseen repercussions (AU)
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Sunday, 6/3/07 - Day

"What the fuck were you thinking?"

Charlie was woken abruptly by Don storming into his bedroom, yelling.

"Huh?" He rubbed his eyes and then shielded them rapidly as Don threw open the drapes to let in the bright morning sunshine.

"After I told you not to take Kit anywhere until Megan cleared him you brought him to the poker room at The Loft? Do you realize how dangerous that was?" Don shouted. "If fucking Edgerton got wind of even one of our illegal gambling operations he could use that information to get a warrant on all the properties we own! Don't you get it?"

Charlie shrank down under the covers. "I'm sorry. I didn't think it would be a big deal. It's just one game."

"It only takes one to bring us down! Damn it Charlie! What the hell is going on with you? You're supposed to be the fucking genius here, so you tell me why you're acting like an idiot!"

"I'm sorry," Charlie repeated. "I guess I thought we should have something on him other than one night of prostitution. I figured he'd go for poker, being a mathematician and all."

Don sank down on the bed, laying his head in Charlie's lap with an air of defeat.

"I've tried so hard..." he said, his voice pained. "I've killed to protect you - I killed Billy to protect you - and now it could all come crashing down around us any second."

"Shh..." Charlie soothed, stroking Don's face gently. "It'll be okay. You'll see."

"You should leave the country," Don pleaded. "We've got enough money and places to live lined up in countries without extradition treaties. If you go they can't touch you."

"I'm not leaving without you," Charlie said stubbornly.

Don sat up and looked Charlie in the eye. "I'm serious. You don't know how much the thought of you in prison keeps me up at night. What they'd do to you in there..." Don buried his face in Charlie's chest. "I've spent my whole life trying to keep you safe and if that ever happened... It would kill me."

Charlie held him close, smoothing his hair. "Don't worry so much. It'll never happen. Howard is the best lawyer money can buy and you know he'd manage to paint me as a clueless party boy who never even knew what was going on around me. He'd get me off."

"I hope so," Don said mournfully. "But from now on clear Kit's daily schedule with Megan ahead of time."

"If it helps give you peace of mind, I'll do it."

Don let out an agonized sigh. "I don't think there can be piece of mind for me anymore..."

"Then let me help you forget for a while," Charlie said softly, running his hand down Don's chest.

Don grabbed his hand, pulling it away and pausing for a second. His eyes raked Charlie's naked frame, only partially covered by the sheets, before he lunged in, pinning Charlie to the mattress and crushing their mouths together.

Charlie's fingers clawed frantically at Don's shirt as Don pushed the sheets down and undid his pants.

Once their bodies met - skin to skin and cock to cock - Don ground against him, kissing and biting in a frenzy of activity.

"Fuck me," Charlie whispered breathlessly. "Fuck me."

As Don pulled away to rip off the rest of his clothes Charlie grabbed a tube of lubricant from his nightstand drawer and hurriedly prepared himself.

Don was back between his legs in a matter of seconds, bending them, folding him almost in half, then plunging in with a loud groan.

"Yes, yes..." he murmured, losing himself in his increasingly rapid thrusts.

"Come on, come on..." Charlie urged him on and Don pounded harder until they were both crying out with release - Don buried balls deep in his brother's ass and Charlie with his own hand on his cock.

They collapsed together, a panting sweaty tangle of limbs.

Once Don rolled off to lie beside him, Charlie fumbled in his nightstand for a remote control.

"Sleep," he said, using the remote to close the drapes. "Try to get some rest..."



David peeked out from behind a bouquet of red roses and smiled at Claudia who was sitting at her desk in the Coroner's Office.

"For me?"

"Well, I make it a habit to only bring red roses to beautiful women, not dead bodies," David joked, handing her the flowers and planting a gentlemanly kiss on her cheek. "When you canceled on me via voice mail last night I figured you either had to work overtime or I'd done something to offend you and flowers work in either case."

"You're so sweet!" Claudia gushed. "Let me go put these in water. I'll be right back."

She stepped out of the office and once the door closed behind her he began to rapidly search her desk for Billy's autopsy file. He finally found it under a book in a drawer, but had to close up the desk and step away as Claudia returned with the flowers in a vase.

"I love having flowers here," she said with a happy sigh. "They're like a breath of life... Plus they smell so much better than formaldehyde." She cleared a corner of her desk and placed the vase there, primping the blossoms until she approved of the arrangement. "And no, you did nothing wrong. Some people just inconsiderately died this weekend and my assistant called in sick so I was short staffed."

"I'm sorry to hear that," David said, wrapping his arms around her waist from behind and kissing her neck lightly. "You work too hard. So I thought I should come rescue you and take you out to dinner. After all a girl's got to eat, right?"


"Come on. Paperwork can wait until Monday. Go change out of your scrubs and into your civvies and I'll take you to The Loft for dinner as a treat."

"How were you able to get reservations on such short notice?" Claudia asked, surprised.

"I've got connections, remember?" David boasted. "Go change. The sooner we go the longer we can linger over our meal with a nice bottle of wine."

"Ooh..." Claudia pulled her purse from her desk. "They have a fabulous wine list." She headed for the door. "Have a seat. I'll go change and put on a little makeup then we can go."

"Take your time," David said casually as he settled into her guest chair. Once the door was closed he sprang out of his chair, locked the door, then pulled the report out of the desk. He took pictures of each page with a tiny camera then read the cover summary before putting the report back, unlocking the door and settling back into his chair. He hit the speed dial on his cell phone and waited for Megan to answer.


"It's David. I'm here at the Coroner's Office."


"We're good. The official autopsy report ruled that Billy's death was a suicide."

"Good. That's a relief."

Claudia walked in, wearing a nice pantsuit.

"No, sorry I can't come in to work tonight," David said into the phone. "I've got plans with my girl." He winked at Claudia and she smiled.

"Claudia's there now?" Megan asked.

"Yeah," David replied. "But why don't you tell Colby if he covers tonight I'll take his Friday shift?"

"If you're going to The Loft as planned pass the camera to Terry when you get there so we can see the pictures ASAP."

"Understood. Later..." David hung up the phone and put it away. "Sorry about that. I guess you're not the only one to have an employee call in sick this weekend."

"It's all right. So... How do I look?" she asked, doing a little twirl for him.

"Beautiful as always. Let's get going, okay? I'd like to get there as soon as possible..."


Kim opened her front door to find an agitated Ian on her welcome mat.

"Do you know this guy?" he asked, shoving a photo at her as he walked in without waiting for an invitation. It was a picture of Charlie coming out of the main elevator at The Loft with a tall young man behind him reaching towards Charlie's hand.

"Hello to you too," Kim muttered under her breath. She looked at the picture as Ian paced her living room. "Since I'm assuming you mean the guy behind Charlie and not Charlie, I'm going to have to say no. I've never seen him before. Who is he?"

"I don't know yet. My source at The Loft took that picture for me last night and called me to let me know Charlie was there with someone new."

"How did you get someone at The Loft to spy for the cops?" Kim asked, shocked.

"I didn't. I hired a photographer friend to pretend to be a paparazzo interested in pictures of who rich young bachelors were dating. The waiter ate up the cloak and dagger shit and was convinced this would only help the brothers get more popular and therefore more business." Ian snorted. "He thinks he's doing his bosses a favor."

"I see." Kim handed the photo back to Ian. "Charlie's out as being gay although I'd say he's probably bi because he'd fuck anything that moves, while Don's straight, or should I say he only publicly dates women."

"Trust me, I'd love to arrest him for incest," Ian groused, "but that's probably the one crime he's done that it might be impossible to get evidence on."

"Yeah, not like Charlie would testify against his brother."

"But his guy?" Ian waved the photograph as if it was a trophy. "If I'm lucky he's underage. He looks really young. I followed them from the restaurant last night..."

"You followed them? Don't you know Don's got a guy on Charlie all the time?"

"I know the guy who's normally on Charlie and I know his car. I can stay out of his sight when they're driving. Anyway, the limo brought them to an apartment building they own, one that seems to be for employees only based on all the faces I've recognized going in and out of there over the last few months. Charlie left a while later, but the guy didn't. So if he's a new employee?" Ian tapped the picture vehemently with a finger. "He might just be the in I've been looking for."

"So what are you going to do next?"

"Me? I don't have to do anything. I faxed this picture to their competition suggesting they exploit the weak link. That's the beauty of it. I get to just sit back and watch their organization unravel as they fight with other criminals. They won't be focused on the cops so I can work on gathering the evidence I need. If I'm lucky..."

"Someone will get killed," Kim interrupted.

"It could happen," Ian conceded, "but I'm not going to lose any sleep if a few slimebag career criminals whack each other."

Kim pointed to the photo. "He's just a kid!"

Ian shrugged, tossing the picture on the coffee table. "If he's hanging around with the Eppes brothers he should know what to expect."

Kim sat on the sofa and looked at the face of the young man in the photo.

"Don't bet on it..."


"Yes Sir, it looks like the weekend numbers are very good. I'll have more for you after the clubs report their final Sunday takes tomorrow morning. Thank you, Mr. Tuttle. Good night."

The man sitting at his desk hung up the phone and stretched. Rising, he started to pack his briefcase to leave when he noticed a light blinking on his fax machine. He walked over to investigate and found it was flashing an 'Out of Paper' message. He pulled some of the paper from his printer and added it to the fax's tray. Once that was done a fax began to print from memory.

He watched as the cover sheet printed first, reading it as it emerged from the machine.

'To: Dr. Marshall Penfield
From: A Friend
Subject: Dr. Charles Eppes
Message: It looks like your competition might have a weak link. Thought you'd like to know about it.'

Marshall stood over the fax and watched as a photograph of Charlie and a much younger man printed out.

He unpacked his briefcase and sat back down at his desk.

He picked up the phone and speed dialed his assistant's cell number.

"It's Marshall. I need you back here - now. Call Liam and Edgar as well. I need help finding a guy and tracking him as well as a full background check." He picked up the photo and looked at it with a vicious gleam in his eye. "Yes, this is a top priority..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 24th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Please see the Vice Series post for information on this Series and for the Part 5 Confession.


Emma DeMarais
andi: Don Dark Avengeradmiralandrea on October 24th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Uh oh! Trouble's brewing! Another intriguing installment, adding nicely to the layers of this story...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 24th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Yes, this was one of those 'the plot thickens!' installments, but at least it had a juicy porn scene to start it off! Hehehe
fredbassettfredbassett on October 24th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
I know I'm repeating myself, but I really am loving this series.

I know see what you mean about Don and his motivations and I agree that he not just a simple bastard, and esy, you've got him very true to "canon Don" in your AU, just criminal. I love the way the other characters are being drawn in and developed and it really is a damn good read :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying it.

Once more of Don's backstory is revealed and eventually in the prequels, it will show how the death of his parents changed his perception about crime and law. Don's organization deals only in vices, so he's not out to hurt anyone. I like to think of it like this: he's not doing anything that's not legal in Las Vegas. He's just doing it in a city/zone where it's prohibited and to someone like him - who has dealt in life or death - zoning regulations are hardly a law he feels compelled to obey.

But yes, violence happens when you're in the crime business. He's just not out to make money from it, so no contract hit side business, no protection shakedowns, no drugs. Pretty much sex and gambling.
fredbassettfredbassett on October 29th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Reminds me a bit of Peter O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise books and the backstory to the Network. God I loved those books. Still do, in fact!!

The only difference was that Modesty and Willie didn't run girls, but they did pretty much everything apart from sex and drugs, but the background morality is very similar.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I know of a song called Modesty Blaise, but that's it.

It was interesting for me to write the early parts of Vice where Don was much crueler and less, well, Don. I actually had to rewrite the first couple of parts to tone him down because the Don he ended up being was far more canon Don and less vicious and unfeeling than I'd first written him when he kills Billy.

I'm happy with how Vice!Don turned out. He's got the core Don feature of loyalty to family and he's protective of Charlie, but he's still an unrepentant criminal.
fredbassettfredbassett on October 29th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
She was a sort of female James Bond, with a lovely sidekick called Willie Garvin. Got dragged into all sorts of weird and wonderful adventures, with splendidly villainous villains, if you know what I mean. Well written, clever and wholly addictive. Can't recommend them too highly :)

I'm starting to like Vice!Don a lot.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun. I adored The Saint growing up (thus me liking Roger Moore as Bond) so I might get a kick out of MB.

Vice!Don is definitely likable.

Vice!Charlie? I'd imagine he's making some readers rather uncomfortable...
fredbassettfredbassett on October 29th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Track them down on abebooks.com. You'll love them :)

Vice!Charlie? I'm loving him too!!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh! There are MB graphic novels! /perks up/

Re: Charlie, really? I guess maybe I know too much about what he's done and what he will do in the fic to follow to find him that likable. He's certainly casual and even callous about sex.
fredbassettfredbassett on October 29th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have all the graphic novels as well. It started life as a nightly comic strip in the London Evening Standard (or Evening Post, can't remember which). The early ones drawn by Romero were gorgeous, but they're all good.

Charlie? I said I was loving him. (Not "liking" him). *Grins*. I don't always just love the "nice" characters ........
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Ahh, good point.

A character (like John Glover as the Devil in Brimstone or his earthly counterpart Lionel Luthor in Smallville) can be deliciously evil and yet be totally unlikable.

I used to be into comics and graphic novels a bit, until Neil Gaiman broke my heart by ending the Sandman series. /weeps/ I'm not sure I'm ready to venture forth again, but it's sure hard to stay away. At least I have Heroes for an erstwhile fix. /shrugs/
fredbassettfredbassett on October 29th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
These won't break your heart, I promise. Other than the fact that P O'D died a couple of eyars ago at a very ripe old age, so sadly there will be no more, but I still adore them and may even retire to bed with one right now!

*waves g'night*

Thanks for the fun and chats tonight! *offers cookies*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks much from me too!

Sleep well!

/nibbles cookies/
Paraka: N3-D/C-Worriedparaka on October 24th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 24th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
tayla36tayla36 on October 25th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Don't have time to leave a really detailed comment but I just wanted to say I love this series.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Any comment is a good comment! (See Paraka's on this same page.)

It's just nice to know people are reading and not ignoring.
NV: [n3] penfield // skepticalneur0vanity on October 28th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Marshall! It keeps getting better.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Marshall icon! Yeah, he's the perfect nemesis for Charlie in this universe. He can be so much nastier. (As nasty as he wants to be. /grins/)
auryn_wrenauryn_wren on October 29th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
Oh, Ian! Can I throttle him? Please? Sending that stuff to Marshall. When I read this the first time, I didn't pick up on the Tuttle bit (I hadn't seen the episode with him in it), and I didn't pick up on it this time around until I had read your author comments. Nice twist there, with both Don and Charlie having worthy adversaries.

I'm hoping Kit isn't going to be used as a pawn by Tuttle against Charlie, but I have a feeling he will be.

Next Chapter please ^_^
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
When you read the preview of Vice I hadn't added Tuttle yet. I wasn't ready to make a commitment since that means Tuttle will be a major character in the prequels and the Megan sequel series Sin. I finally settled on him and I think having him as Marshall's boss makes the double adversaries for the brothers neat and tidy.

Kit's a huge part of the conflict in Vice, but I have to keep my mouth shut else I spill too much of what's to come. /grins/
numberbiscuitnumberbiscuit on January 27th, 2016 10:27 pm (UTC)
Nonono omg no not Marshall Penfield... This is not going to end well, is it?

I really like the way you wrote this though. The chunks of text focussing on different people and situations work nicely, it's like reading a collection of short stories all in canon with each other in chronological order.

It's such fun to read about Charlie and Don being huge deviants too!