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21 November 2007 @ 05:56 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Like Water  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #28 – Chemistry

Title: Like Water
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: A drunk and maudlin Charlie talks chemistry with Don
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"It's like chemistry," Charlie slurred into his Scotch. "Our family molecule was like H2O2: two hydrogen atoms, two oxygen atoms..."

"Two parents, two children," Don agreed, nodding.

"Yeah and now we're just not hydrogen peroxide anymore. We lost our oxygen and you need oxygen to survive."

"Well, if you take one oxygen atom out of H2O2 that leaves you with H2O - water. And you need water to survive, right?"

Charlie gaped in wonder. "Yeah! We're water now!"

Don pushed Charlie's glass away. "No more Scotch. You should stick to beer."

"Or water," Charlie offered, brightening.

Don smiled.

"Water's good."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 22nd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
This is fic number 28 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

I know Charlie knows enough Chemistry to know the chemical composition of both hydrogen peroxide and water, but he's drunk. And Don didn't exactly flunk out of Chemistry in high school. ;-)

We've seen Don drink Scotch and beer and wine I think and Charlie's had wine and beer, but it made me curious how a man with such a low body weight (according to his driver's license and how much does it *not* make me happy to think about Charlie weighing less than I do!) would handle hard liquor.

Clearly not that well, especially when he's still grieving.

Don gets brownie points for his patience here and I think that's a sign that he's come around enough to care for his brother without letting his annoyance get in the way.

And we all know how easily Don can get annoyed so that's saying something...


Emma DeMarais
DarkEly: Familyelysium1996 on November 22nd, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
nice brother moment.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 22nd, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Thanks. I kind of miss the Two Brothers Series already...

Nice Eppes men icon!

P.S. I'd forgotten that's one example of Charlie drinking liquor!

Edited at 2007-11-22 03:06 am (UTC)
Keyla: numb3rs - stayneverbelonged on November 22nd, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
I LOVE this drunk Charlie. /pets him/ /grins/ Yay for my boys (boo to the fact that I haven't been up long enough to watch Numb3rs lately... /sighs/.
Great job (if you didn't get that yet) /hugs/
telperion_15: Charlie & Dontelperion_15 on November 22nd, 2007 08:12 am (UTC)
*hugs Charlie*

Love big brother!Don. See, he can be patient when he tries! *grins*
andi: Eppes domestic bliss2admiralandrea on November 22nd, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
Aw, Don's learning patience! Good boy!

I just love this series so much!
(Anonymous) on November 22nd, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Lovely story!
I really in love with your "TWO BROTHERS"!
fredbassettfredbassett on November 22nd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Cute :)
irena_adler: brothersirena_adler on November 23rd, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
Good for Don for catching that one. *heart* Drunk Charlie. *g* (how do you do that heart character?)

Edited at 2007-11-23 06:56 am (UTC)
Walking Liability: fotc| two birds one stoneasemic on November 26th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
I really do love drunk!Charlie simply for the fact that he allows Don to coddle him without pushing away.

And scotch is evil. I've learned that the hard way.