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24 December 2007 @ 05:56 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Without Warning  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #138 – Reunion


Title: Without Warning
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: None
Summary: Charlie never saw it coming but then neither did Don
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


The SUV came to a screeching halt and Don bolted out of it, running up to the portable quarantine unit just as Charlie rushed up to the other side of the clear plastic barrier.

"Charlie!"

"Don!" Charlie's fingers curled anxiously against the wall between them. "I inhaled some powder..."

"You're going to be okay, buddy," Don assured him, using his best big brother voice. "I'll make sure of it."

"What if it's..."

"You're going to be fine!"

Tears welled up in Charlie's eyes and his voice cracked as he spoke. "I... I'm scared."

Don's hands trembled as he placed them on the plastic, matching each of his hands to Charlie's, palm to palm with only the barrier between them. Their eyes met and Don forced an encouraging smile, the strain of hiding how terrified he was clear in the tense lines of his face.

"Don't worry. You'll be back at the house with Dad and I in no time."

Charlie let out a cough and his eyes widened in panic. As Don watched, helpless, an uncontrolled bark of a cough erupted out of him and two hazmat-suited doctors quickly spirited him away.

Tiny red specks of blood dotted the plastic.

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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 7th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am evil.

That may well have been my best drabble of the year. Okay, so arguably that was Snowflake Ephemeral, but I like this one a bit more.