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26 June 2008 @ 01:54 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Seven Deadly Sins: Envy  
Written for numb3rs100 Summer of Sin/Seven Deadly Sins Challenge – Envy


Title: Seven Deadly Sins: Envy
Series/Universe: Seven Deadly Sins
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie, Amita, Megan, Larry
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Seasons 1-3
Summary: A new victim is targeted with a shocking outcome
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


The funeral had been crowded with both academics and agents, every person looking fearfully around themselves, skittish with the question of who would be next. Save Larry and Amita almost no one spoke to Charlie.

Once it was done the inevitable discussion of who was to replace Millie as chair of the department began. A promotion at that level usually meant a cascade of promotions: as one person escalated into the higher position their old job had to be filled.

Charlie's name came up, but only in hushed tones.

Amita's name came up more often, albeit for the lower level openings.

Albertsen got named as Millie's successor and Kaas quickly replaced Albertsen.

On advice from her female mentors, Amita aggressively campaigned for Kaas' position, knowing how good it would be for her career.

Larry remained silent until Amita pulled him aside to ask about his reticence. He admitted that the position would be demanding enough that she'd likely have to give up her position on the Higgs boson team.

The following day Amita publicly dropped out of the running.

The message came in the interoffice mail the next morning.

"Don?" Amita's voice quavered as the hand holding the paper trembled.

"Amita, are you okay?" Don asked, the worry clear in his voice.

"He sent it to me via interoffice mail. It says ENVY... He wrote it on Millie's job posting."

"Sit tight, sweetheart! Lock the door..."

"Don, I don't think he's coming for me. The word ENVY is in green, but he's crossed it out in red, like it's been voided or something."

Don was halfway to the elevator when Megan stopped him, grabbing him forcefully to make him look at the evidence bag in her hand.

A new message from The Judge.

It read: "She repented and was spared."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 26th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Confession
So I didn't kill Amita.

The Amita lovers can be glad I let her live. The Amita haters can at least enjoy that she got targeted. Something for everyone. ;-)

And for those rare Don/Amita shippers out there /eyes sororcula/ I have him call her sweetheart again.

Still at least one death to go...

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
iolsaiiolsai on June 26th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
I really like this series. (Maybe even better than the 7 sin ice-creams which get sold here. Yummy)
Nice red herring, making it seem as if she was the next victim.

Buuuuuuuut.
I really wanted you to kill her.

I no like Amita.

She must be killed.
In horrifying ways.
Often.

*glares at sorocula*
So, how are the sharks- hungry yet? ;-)

Re: Confession - emmademarais on June 26th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Confession - iolsai on June 26th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Confession - emmademarais on June 26th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Confession - iolsai on June 26th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Confession - emmademarais on June 26th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
fredbassettfredbassett on June 26th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'm enjoying this series :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 26th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope someone else does the prompts soon. I'm curious to see what another writer would do with them.
(no subject) - clwilson2006 on June 27th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emmademarais on June 27th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clwilson2006clwilson2006 on June 26th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
what!!! you no kill amita! and I was so sure she would be the one to go!!!!!!


me no happy.

however I did roar with laughter at the comment you made to iolsai. so very good.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 26th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I seriously considered it, but it was in the best interest of the story overall to throw people a curve here and show that The Judge could decide - capriciously - to spare someone.

Besides, Charlie all mopey for the rest of the series would have been boring. ;-)
(no subject) - clwilson2006 on June 26th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emmademarais on June 26th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - iolsai on June 26th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 26th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Once upon a time there was a girl named Amita.

She went to university and studied combinatorics and astrophysics. She was very smart.

She had a hot boyfriend and got a great job as a professor on graduation.

Then an eighteen wheeler flattened her when she was crossing the street.

The end.
(no subject) - clwilson2006 on June 26th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - iolsai on June 26th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - jelsemium on June 26th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jelsemium: Amita shotgunjelsemium on June 26th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, that WAS a shocker! You killed poor Millie instead of Amita!

Whoever this killer is, he (or she?) is pretty ignorant. (Which I suspect is something that will come up somewhere.)

Millie wasn't greedy. I never saw her try to get money for herself. She did a lot of fund-raising to get money for the school to help students and to create jobs.

I can't figure Amita for 'envy', either. Just because she wanted a better job didn't mean she envied other people's jobs. (Now, if she'd been targeted for 'lust'... claps hands over mouth. I didn't say that, I did NOT say that...)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 26th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
They're not ignorant, they just have a really skewed sense of reality. They manufacture motives in their mind and blow things out of proportion to suit their twisted fantasy world where they - the murderer - are good and all these other people are horrible sinners who must be punished.

Hard to reason with someone who doesn't have a firm grip on reality. Harder still to stop a psycho killer on a mission...

BTW, I've got someone picked out for Lust, don't worry. /evil grin/
Firestorm717: Mephistophelesfirestorm717 on June 26th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
T_T You killed Millie! And not Amita! I'm gonna end up joining the line of protesters XP. In any case, things are heating up, I'm interested to see who you have planned for lust...my favorite after envy.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 26th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
LOL! I have protesters on each side so which line?

Unfortunately Lust is last in the order we posted the sins at N100 so it's the final fic. That just means you'll have to wait a while, but I promise to make it memorable. ;-)

Personally I have a thing for sloth /is slothful often/ but I think people will OMG over what I do next in Wrath. /evil grin/
(no subject) - iolsai on June 26th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - emmademarais on June 27th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
paranoid_womanparanoid_woman on June 27th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhhh I loved it! It goes so well with the Envy challenge. It's fantastic! :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 27th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks. So... Might you consider taking on the Seven Deadly Sins for your next drabble series? /hint hint/
(no subject) - paranoid_woman on June 27th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
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hear me roarmagisterequitum on June 27th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
AGH! *Flails* I was so sure you were going to kill her.

Dun. Dun. Dun...

Who's it going to be? Only Miss Emma knows. ;)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 27th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Nah, she's not the one(s) who gets it. That comes... Well, let's just say later. /evil grin/

And more than Miss Emma knows. I mean, I have *betas* and they demand constant feeding with fic else I will lose them. Meep!