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21 October 2008 @ 07:16 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Only One Brother  
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Title: Only One Brother
Series/Universe: Only One Brother
Pairing/Characters: Charlie, Carl
Rating: PG
Spoilers: When Worlds Collide, High Exposure, Decoy Effect, Blowback
Summary: Carl plays Don's taped statement for Charlie (Blowback Post-Ep)
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Please, come in."

Carl seemed almost gleeful as he beckoned Charlie from the hallway into his office.

"You asked to see me?" Charlie's tone was cool, professional, and he held himself stiffly, in an almost formal manner.

"Yes, have a seat." He gestured to one of the guest chairs and busied himself with setting up his handheld recorder, making a show of it even. "I have something I wanted you to hear."

Charlie sat, eyeing him warily. "I take it you've been grilling everyone who knows me? And now you've got what? Some third rate professor at a nameless university going on about some minor transgression from my teenage years in grad school?"

"Better." It was clear at this point that Carl was enjoying himself, relishing his hold over Charlie. "I've got your brother."

Charlie blinked, but otherwise maintained his composure. "Oh?"

"You said you didn't want to throw your brother under a bus," Carl said, sitting back in his chair with a smug look on his face. "Now you don't have to. He did it for you." He reached out and pressed the play button on the recorder.

Don's voice came through, clear and strong; there was no hesitation, no fear, no intimidation.

"Charlie Eppes is a vital part of the FBI. And as supervisor of the Los Angeles Violent Crimes Squad it is my belief that I cannot perform my duties without him."

Charlie sat, stunned, as Carl's voice cut in briefly.

"You realize what you're saying?"

Don's voice continued, confident as ever.

"Yeah. Charlie's back or I'm gone."

There was a click as the recording ended and Carl reached forward to turn the recorder off.

Charlie stared at his hands in his lap, overwhelmed, his downturned face hidden from Carl's view.

"As you heard, your brother just committed career suicide." Carl held a pen between his fingers as he sat back, gloating. His expression changed when Charlie looked up, beaming - his face transformed by the joyful smile that spread from ear to ear.

"You know, I'd really like a copy of that tape."

"To authenticate it?" Carl asked, confused. "I can assure you that is your brother speaking."

"Oh, I have no doubt that's Don," Charlie said, glowing with pride and delight. "But I'd really love a copy of it for posterity." He rose and headed for the door, his body language far more relaxed than when he'd entered, his mind distracted by happier thoughts.

"Dr. Eppes!" Carl called after him, perplexed. "You do understand what this means, don't you?"

"It means..." Charlie paused at the door, looking thoughtful for a moment. "It means my brother loves me. It means he's proud of me. And it means he's willing to put the work first - the work of saving people - ahead of his career, ahead of Bureau politics. He honestly believes that my contribution is vital to his work and you know what? I believe him. I believe in him."

"He's not going to get to do this work you say means so much to him on the unemployment line," Carl said icily.

"About that..." Charlie smiled slyly, chuckling a little to himself. "I had a chat with the head of Homeland Security earlier. He's ready to offer Don a job the second he decides he's done with the FBI and he's willing to expedite the process of restoring my federal clearance so we can work together again." Charlie opened the door and started to leave before delivering his parting shot. "Seems the federal government does value us as a team... The Bureau would do well not to disagree."

He left Carl gaping like one of the koi and sauntered off down the hallway, a tuneful little whistle playing at his lips as he headed for the elevator.

What he'd said to his father came back to his mind and he smiled, realizing Don must have felt the exact same way.

"I can always get another job. I only have one brother."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Confession
I realized today I almost never write gen fic just for the heck of it. It's almost always for a comm or a challenge like numb3rs100 or numb3rsflashfic. I mean, I have over 200 gen fic so I write more gen than anything, I just tend to write it prompted.

For once I wanted to write this bunny just for me, just to publish, just because.

I write microfic on demand often in n3_slashchat and when I'd done a bunch of microfic for everyone else this last Sunday I wrote one for me.

Carl played the recording of Don for Charlie. Charlie thought he'd burst. He asked for a copy for posterity.

I liked the bunny so much I expanded it and made it real.

I mean, not like TPTB were going to show us this, right? /glares at them/j

Since Season 1 I've had to go looking for good Don and Charlie brotherly moments. The dialogue I quoted in this fic from the episode? That's what I like. That's my show. /beams/

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
rubynye: Honor (I lost the attribution)rubynye on October 22nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
I am ASQUEEE. I only saw the ep last night -- life's been crazy -- and I wanted this the moment I saw that scene, and here it is, and I am overflowing with squee.

Re: Confession - emmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
jp5412 on October 22nd, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
This is awesome. I've been dying to read something like this since I saw that episode. Thank you so much for writing this!!!!!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! And welcome to my LJ! I've been dying to write episode tags for Season 5 and this was at the top of my list!
Jestana: #s: Don/Charliejestana on October 22nd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
W00t! Fabulous! I love that they don't have to stay at the FBI to work together. That's the key. They work together. *happy sigh*

THANK YOU!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Hee! Thanks for such an enthusiastic comment! I love that Don's publicly stated that they are a team. No fears about his self worth being in danger because Charlie's genius has infringed on his territory. I ♥ Don for that. He's really grown up.
(no subject) - jestana on October 22nd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - jestana on October 22nd, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsession: all smilespenguingal on October 22nd, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
This is fabulous! I love it and I want to hug this fic forever.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Aww! You're so sweet! /hugs your icon in return/
Save the Polar Bears...sgpr_fan on October 22nd, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
awesome! thanks^_^
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
Cynthia: CD For Life by scots_rock1trackmind on October 22nd, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Aw, I like it! Very sweet!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear! /adores your icon/
Dhani: Don_smilecallsign624 on October 22nd, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Sweet! Awesome! Love it! *hugs*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm overwhelmed at how many people have said nice things about the fic in just the first hour or so!
Devo79devo79 on October 22nd, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
This was really good.

Go Charlie =)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Thank you!

/is reminded of Go Cart Charlie/
andi: Team Eppes Convergenceadmiralandrea on October 22nd, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Yay! :punches air: Nice one! Can't keep those Eppes brothers down ;-)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! What was it Amita said? The Fighting Eppes Brothers! Hee!
(no subject) - admiralandrea on October 22nd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Thanks!
Dani: JDM *bounces*umbralillium on October 22nd, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
I had a chat with the head of Homeland Security earlier. He's ready to offer Don a job the second he decides he's done with the FBI and he's willing to expedite the process of restoring my federal clearance so we can work together again.

I had to cover my mouth to cover my squee over that paragraph so that I wouldn't wake up jestana or my mom. *draws hearts around this fic* I'm SO glad you wrote this, Em. *beams*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! Your squee and your story make me smile. /beams alongside you/

I think we all were just so happy to have some wonderful Don and Charlie brotherly love (we'd missed it so!) that this just gave us more of what we loved in the fic.

Now I'm tempted to write a sequel because even I didn't give us what we *really* want: Don and Charlie saying that kind of stuff to EACH OTHER! /covets/

Now I'm wondering if this will end up a series, following along with episode canon. Hmm...
(no subject) - umbralillium on October 22nd, 2008 06:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - umbralillium on October 22nd, 2008 06:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
she studied. she climbed. she wrote.: numb3rs- toplessloozy on October 22nd, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
Mwuahahahahahahaha!

Go Charlie! Go Charlie! Go Charlie!

This fic expressed what was shown in the last eppesode, how close the two have become, and how much they care for and about each other... This was a perfect add- on scene...

Loooooooooved it!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
LOL Thanks!

The fic did that, but in some small way I think I wasn't satisfied with this, so I wrote a sequel. So I guess this is a series now!
jlm110108jlm110108 on October 22nd, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Emma, this was absolutely perfect! You've got to keep listening to those plot bunnies, Lady!

Jo
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jo! And I did! The bunnies whispered and said 'Nooo! We need Don and Charlie to hear about what they said about each other while they are in the same room!' Thus a sequel was born. ;-)
Karen: numb3rs charliebyrons_brain on October 22nd, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh that was just perfect!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon! It's got a sequel now!
Falconfalconoflight on October 22nd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
thank you for writing this, i was looking for something like this after that episode. i loved it. *squee*

Falcon
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 22nd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
YW! As was I, thus me writing it. It wasn't enough though, apparently, so I wrote a sequel. Stay tuned!

Thanks!