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27 October 2007 @ 11:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: First Date Jitters  
Written for numb3rsflashfic Challenge #29 - Beginnings

Title: First Date Jitters
Pairing/Characters: Don/Karen
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Don arrives for his first date with Dr. Karen Fisher
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Other comments are housed at numb3rsflashfic.



Karen nervously smoothed her dress as she stepped back for Don to enter her house.

"Come on in."

Don walked in, looking around. "Nice place."

"Well, being a doctor does have at least one advantage," she said bashfully as she closed the door behind him. "Can I get you a drink?" she asked politely.

Don looked at her closely.

"Is something wrong?"

"No, nothing's wrong," she said as she pushed her hair back behind her ear for the third time in a minute.

He laid his hands gently on her arms.

"You look really uncomfortable. Are you sure you want to do this? Because if I remind you too much of..."

"No!" she interjected. "It's not that. I just..." she flushed slightly. "I don't date often and new beginnings are always stressful. Once I get to the eating pizza in sweats while watching movies on the couch stage I'm just a normal girl. I just get jitters on the first date."

Don smiled, his eyes crinkling up at the sides.

"I tell you what. Beautiful as you look - and you do look beautiful - go upstairs and change into some sweats. We'll order a pizza and find a movie to watch on TV. How does that sound?"

"Oh, we don't have to..." She shook her head, embarrassed.

Don shrugged off his jacket and pulled off his tie.

"I like pepperoni. What do you like?" he said casually, trying to set her at ease.

"I like pepperoni too."

"That makes things easy." He rubbed her arms and she loosened up, finally smiling. "Now go get changed. I'll look to see what's on tonight."

"Thanks." She leaned in and kissed him on the cheek. "I knew you were a good guy."

"You might not say that after you see me hog the remote," he joshed.

"My house, my TV!" she laughed as she headed up the stairs, kicking off her heels as she went.

"Fine!" he called after her. "Next time it's Chinese at my place where it'll be my TV!"

She stopped on the stairs and stared back at him.

"Next time, huh?" she said.

"Yeah," he said nodding. "Next time."

A delighted smile graced her face as she beamed. She headed up the stairs at a jog.

"Drinks are in the fridge! Help yourself!"

Don watched her disappear off the landing above and let out a little chuckle.

"Now that's my kind of girl."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 28th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
jelsemium was nice enough to rec my Don/Robin/Karen fic V is for Verdict and she got me thinking about the lack of Don/Karen fic.

So I wrote some. As in within minutes of reading her post. LOL

Thanks for the bunny!


Emma DeMarais
perhaps some frottage is in order: Don h0rsororcula on October 28th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Oh, this is awesome! I love it. I always kind of forget about Karen, but I like seeing her paired with Don.

You should totally post this at numb3rs_het!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 28th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! I liked their chemistry. That was back when RM was *trying* to have chemistry with people. /sigh/

I thought about it, I really did. I'm just pretty anti-crossposting. I really try to post only at my LJ and one comm for each fic - two if it's VP100 or a ficathon thing. This was just a quickie toss off fic I did to amuse myself after thinking 'hmm a bit of Don/Karen sounds interesting'. /shrugs/
andi: Don bare feetadmiralandrea on October 28th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
Aw, Don is totally cute in this! It is good to see more Don/Karen, they're very enjoyable and easy to write together, I find.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I liked them as a pairing, so I'll have to give them a go again. I just don't write much het so I don't tend to think about it as much as gen which is my primary genre.
fredbassettfredbassett on October 28th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
I can see Don hogging the remote :) Nice!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Totally! Especially when Charlie wants it. ;-)
heliokleia: DON IC - Finger porn SWheliokleia on October 28th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)

How lovely and cute! There should be more Don/Karen fics - definetly!
I always love that pairing. IMHO Karen is the right one for him (as you let her say she's a "normal girl")- and not that other stupid chick...

>"NOW THAT'S MY KIND OF GIRL."< - That's it. This line is killing me, ah, and the image it sets on my brain... (melts down)

Fantastic little fic, dear Emma. Thank you very much for it.

Hugs for you!!!

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 29th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm inspired now to write more Don/Karen. Hopefully the muse will get on board and give me some soon.
Jelsemiumjelsemium on October 31st, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Sweet little story. :-) I am a firm believer in skipping the nasty first date in favor of going straight to the second one.

Thanks for writing this!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 31st, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Thanks again for the rec and the inspiration. :-)