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29 November 2007 @ 07:47 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Keeping Secrets  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #30 – Secret


Title: Keeping Secrets
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: Don thinks Charlie can't keep a secret but Charlie knows better
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Okay, now that you're officially registered as a consultant I can share files with you. You understand that this material is classified, right?"

"I understand."

"If you can't keep a secret..."

"I can keep a secret," Charlie assured him.

"You were never good at it," Don said, eyeing him doubtfully.

"Don, don't forget what happened while you were gone."

Don looked at him questioningly. "What?"

"I grew up." Charlie held out his hand and Don reluctantly put the case files into it.

"Keep those safe."

Charlie tucked them into his bag next to the NSA's files.

"I can do that."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Confession
This is fic number 30 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

The penultimate Two Brothers fic! (I love that word! Hee!)

This is also the penultimate fic in the three fic arc that ends the story and leads us into the beginning of on screen canon.

This one is a precursor to Vector in which Don finds out about Charlie's security clearance. In this fic Charlie clearly shows he is capable of keeping secrets, despite Don's prejudice against him.

I confess I love the line "I grew up." So few words, so much meaning in the context of where we are in this series. It's time for Don to realize that and start treating his baby brother like a man and not like a kid. And yay for Charlie for a) figuring out what Don's thinking and b) calling him on it. He really isn't as helpless as people think...

Only one more fic to go! /clings to series/ I'll miss it! /sniff/

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
melissima: Charlie's secrets by <lj user=darkangel4melissima on November 30th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
I really enjoy this one in particular, though the whole series is fun. :) I love Charlie quietly tucking the files away. He's so cool here. <3
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Perfect icon!

I love that in drabbles I have to convey so much of the story without actually saying it. This is one of my more successful attempts to insert a ton of backstory into just a sentence. /is chuffed/

And yeah, he's quietly chuckling inside thinking 'oh Don if you only knew...' Hee!
DarkEly: Charlie thinkingelysium1996 on November 30th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
i think is my fave so far. i like how you have him tuck the files next to the NSA files...


BTW we could just make you write more.. you know beg the muse.... she has a histroy of listening to us commenters and doing what we want....
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
You know she does...

I suppose I could start a new gen Don and Charlie series that takes place during canon and call it something like The Brothers Eppes (which is the title of the final fic in this series).

These were all 100 word fic, so it might be a nice challenge (since I write a lot of 300 word ones for N100) to make that new series 200 words each.

Hmm...

Thanks for poking the muse. It's amazing how well that works. I got dozens of pages of fic this month plus finished I think *seven* partial fic just because I called on people to help juice the muse.

Dang, I need to ask for help more often!

Disclaimer: Ask all you want, but I've never seen her cough up a pony. /grins/
ladygray99: Colbyladygray99 on November 30th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
*giggle* Poor Don.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Hehehe

It was fun seeing his surprise at the beginning of Vector over this.
jlm110108jlm110108 on November 30th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Emma,

I've been reading these drabbles bit by bit, but after I read this one, I decided to go back and read the series as a whole. You've done a beautiful job with the brothers as brothers! More! More!

Jo
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jo!

I fear I have a rep as a slash author, but based on my Memories I write more gen than anything.

I loved writing this Series because it reminds me why I fell in love with Numb3rs in the first place - Don and Charlie as brothers.

The last fic has been done for a while, but I'm feeling the temptation to start a new Don and Charlie gen series (one that coincides with canon) just so I can keep a gen series like this handy to write when I feel the pull of brotherly love. (Well *that* kind of brotherly love, not the *other* kind.)

Thanks for coming to read and comment! I'm glad you enjoyed them.
Keylaneverbelonged on November 30th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
I love it. :D
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Yay!

/hands Keyla a brownie/
Keylaneverbelonged on November 30th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
yay
Cynthia: AD It's Okay by frostedmagnolia1trackmind on November 30th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
"Don, don't forget what happened while you were gone."

Don looked at him questioningly. "What?"

"I grew up."


Aww! And kinda sad, too. *hugs*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
That moment (okay and the NSA bit) made the whole fic worthwhile for me.

I could really hear DK saying it too.
Cynthia: CD Safe by angeliksmall1trackmind on November 30th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
I could really hear DK saying it too.

Oh, me too!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
You always have such great icons!
andi: Charlieadmiralandrea on November 30th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
yay, I love Charlie's reply! And boo! I'll have to wait ages for the last one. Oh well, I'll just re-read the whole lot when I come back!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
Technically you don't *have* to wait ages for The Brothers Eppes.

/winks/
munchkinofdoom: eppes - familymunchkinofdoom on November 30th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
Oh. This is nice. Short and sharp, and those last two lines are killers. Understated, but killers nonetheless.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
Thanks... One thing that was great about writing these last three was tying them into canon since they are pre-series and just prior to canon.

This ties into Vector perfectly IMHO. I loved how Don was surprised that Charlie had managed to keep all of this from him.

God, I would love to watch Season 1 again. /sigh/
fredbassettfredbassett on November 30th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, lovely fic, lovely series and I'll be sorry hen it ends, but consider me as joining in the clamour for more!!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm definitely leaning towards starting a new Don and Charlie gen series next year at this point. I'm already missing this one too much!
fredbassettfredbassett on November 30th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
*offer cookies and makes puppy dog eyes*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Aww... No one can resist the puppy dog eyes!

/nibbles cookies/

Thanks!
telperion_15: Charlie & Dontelperion_15 on November 30th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Love that we get a little glimpse of Charlie's NSA-life that Don isn't privy to - makes me feel special! *grins*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hee!

Well then, I've got a series planned for next year you're *really* going to like...
telperion_15: Charlie & Dontelperion_15 on November 30th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
*bounces with excitement*

But must you tease us lowly readers like that?! *grins*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Apparently yes! /evil grin/

What I can tell you is that I'm finally going to have an ongoing universe for N100 drabbles. I've encouraged them for so many people: Dance, Phillee, Bubbleslayer, etc. and now it's time for me to have one.

I intend to do all of the N100 prompts a *second* time using this universe. It will be Don centric, but with a strong Charlie working with the NSA B plot.

And since when are readers lowly? Not on my LJ! /wags finger/
telperion_15: Charlie & Dontelperion_15 on December 1st, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
Sounds fantastic! This not-so-lowly reader is looking forward to it very much! *grins*