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15 November 2007 @ 11:57 am
Numb3rs Fic: A New Tradition  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #26– Fish

Title: A New Tradition
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: Don and Charlie remember summer vacations
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Remember the Skyridge Cabins?"

Charlie laid his newspaper on the breakfast table.

"Yeah, where we went on summer vacations," Don replied

"You taught me how to fish there," Charlie reflected, waxing nostalgic. "I was so proud that I didn't get squeamish about putting the bait on the hook."

"I remember," Don said, smiling. "We should go back for a weekend or something."

"We can't." Charlie pushed the newspaper over. "They just burned down in the wildfires."

"So we can't go back," Don said, glancing at the paper. "We'll pick a new place."

"Make a new tradition?" Charlie asked hopefully.


Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 15th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
This is fic number 26 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

Once again I'm kind of plagiarizing myself, but oh well. I'm nearing the 300 mark in my published Numb3rs fic so the odds of anyone remembering what fic I've written along these lines before seems pretty damn slim.

The title came about partially because of the song Good Tradition by Tanita Tikaram. That title didn't fit exactly and so I went for A New Tradition instead.

FWIW, I wrote this and the remaining five Two Brothers drabbles yesterday. I'm kind of sad that it's over (from my POV - you still have to wait for them all to be published) and I'm feeling a bit wistful that there are no more. /sniff/

I empathize with all the wildfire victims. I've written wildfires into fic before, but now I'm doing it with tiny bits of ash in my keyboard.

I confess I put bait on hooks as a kid. I wasn't squeamish about it so I made sure Charlie didn't fit the stereotype either.


Emma DeMarais
melissima: Charlie's Smile by <lj user=darkangel416melissima on November 16th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Confession

here's that TT song on youtube. Most boring vid ever, but the song is good. :)
andi: Don laid back smilingadmiralandrea on November 15th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
So nice to see a lovely brotherly moment like this. Much as I love the 'cest, I treasure the gen/friendship brotherly moments too.

Thanks for a nice image to go to bed on...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 25th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)

As much as we fic N3 porn, we watch the show for the two brothers as brothers in canon. The Two Brothers Series was born out of that fact and it's helped me remember why I fell for the show in Season 1 for the last year. (Hard to believe I started this series last December!)
fredbassettfredbassett on November 15th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
In our club, if we do something a second time, it immediately starts a new tradition, so I empathise with this!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 25th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Tradition vs flexibility... Always a tug of war. I enjoy new experiences, but I am comforted by habit.

Don's not the type to get all weepy though, so he solves the problem and makes Charlie happy all at once!
melissima: Charlie' shy smile  <lj user=darkangel41melissima on November 15th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
I have fished all my life, bait, hooks, knives, fish guts, and all. It never occurred to me as a kid to feel bad for the worms or the minnows or the fish, really. But now it does. :(

Yay for a Charlie who's not squeamish! I love it when he's just as strong as Don in his own way. :)

Ash! In your keyboard! *clings* No fires for you. Nuh-uh.

/goes to listen to Tanita Tikaram again./
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 25th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
I do have kind of a buddhist like empathy for living things (save some really icky bugs, but only when they invade my territory) but I kind of get that the circle of life means cows end up hamburgers and humans make that happen because we're higher on the food chain.

"The big fish eat the little ones" - such is the way of life. I do make some distinctions though. Veal is inhumane. Shooting one deer during deer season and using it to feed your family is not. Shooting deer from a helicopter for sport makes you less than human in my book. (Imagine the victim being human and you've got the horrors of war right there.)

I'd fish again if the opportunity arose, but only if the goal was to eat all that we caught. I won't get into catch and release - that's a whole other can of worms. (Sorry for the bad pun!)

Yes, just say no to fire and ash. And while we're at it, I could do without another bout of the Santa Anas as well.


Serious for the winter time
To wrench my soul
whole cotton, whole cotton ears
But I know there must be
Yes, I know there must be, yes, I know there must be a place to go

You saw me from the cathedral
Well I'm an ancient heart
Yes, you saw me from the cathedral
Well here we are just falling apart

You catch me
I am tired
I want all that you are

I saw from the cathedral
You were leaving me
Yes, I saw from the cathedral
You could not see to see

So take my time
And take my lies
'Cos all the others, they want to take my life
telperion_15: Charlie & Dontelperion_15 on November 15th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Just read the whole of the Two Brothers series up to here in one fell swoop. And it's a lovely series. I watched UP again the other day, and had forgotton how nice the brother stuff can be. This was a great way to follow up on that.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 25th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
UP! /swoons/

I fell in love with the show during that episode and Vector just drove the nail home. Sniper Zero and Man Hunt are the two other big S1 episodes, but more for Ian and Billy. I just loved vulnerable Charlie and his quest to connect with the big brother he idolized.

Thank you for taking the time to read the whole series. It was written for a purpose (to get prompts 1-31 written for N100) but it ended up the purpose was to remind me of why I fell for the show in the first place.

Edited at 2007-11-25 08:27 pm (UTC)
irena_adler: brothersirena_adler on November 16th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Good for them for not letting misfortune get in the way of brotherly bonding.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 25th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Natural disasters happen often enough here you kind of learn to go about your life despite them. And I like them developing some post-Margaret traditions - ones not so drenched in memory that they can't fully be enjoyed.