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17 January 2009 @ 03:31 pm
Numb3rs Fic: On the Rocks  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #194 – Ethics

Title: On the Rocks
Pairing/Characters: Don/Charlie
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Spree, Two Daughters, Scan Man
Summary: Don confesses his sins and wishes for absolution
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"I tried to do what was right, but it kept coming out wrong. I tried to save Megan, but I ended up killing Crystal Hoyle. I tried to follow the rules, but the rules didn't work. I almost lost the brother I love and I know now that I'd kill for. I know what I feel is unethical, a sin. But I can't change - I tried. I can't stop wanting what I shouldn't want. No matter what I do, I'm always wrong."

There was no rabbi here.

Don's confessional was a glass of scotch.

Absolution waited in his gun.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 17th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
The title is both a reference to a way to serve scotch and to Don's screwed up life.

How does an ethical man reconcile being a killer, trying to be religious and lusting after his own brother? I think the answer might be, he doesn't.


Emma DeMarais
rubynye on January 18th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Don, NO!

I am reminded of Dira's discussions of Missing Persons and how at some points her hardest challenge was figuring out how to keep Don from killing himself.

And, this makes me extra glad of his spiritual arc this season.

Also, DON! NO!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
/echoes/ Don NO!

This Darkest!Don is scary, most definitely.

I'm glad of the arc too. Don needed something and I'm pleased that the writers are letting him seek out a better solution than alcohol and adrenaline induced sex.

In the words of Rage Against the Machine:

"There be no shelter here / The frontline is everywhere"

Thanks for reading, as always.
Tori Lovelostandalone22 on January 18th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
I like this. It's a nice look at Don's feelings.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like crawling inside the head of a man who crawls inside the head of criminals for a living.
just_air_leftjust_air_left on January 18th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
A great look at Don's Feelings. But
*No Don No*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hi! And welcome to my LJ! /puts out a platter of cookies/

I'm with you on the "No Don No"! He's interesting when he's dark, but this is a bit too dark for comfort.

Thanks for coming to read and comment! Come back anytime! I've got a *huge* back catalog filled with all sorts of fun stuff. :-)
devon99 on January 18th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Very nice. i love introspective pieces like this.

Wonderfully bleak:)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully bleak

Ahh! You hit the nail on the head! Bingo!

And thank you. :-)
Karen: numb3rs don (happy)byrons_brain on January 18th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 20th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)

/puts out cinnamon raisin scones/