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24 March 2009 @ 02:18 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Do and Don'ts  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #204 – Darts

Title: Do and Don'ts
Pairing/Characters: Don, Colby, David, Ian, Nikki, Liz
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Sniper Zero, Judgment Call, When Worlds Collide, High Exposure
Summary: The team takes new guy Nikki out to Gonzalez and offers her advice
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Hmm... Let me see... You don't eat at your desk if the Assistant Director's on the floor..."

Colby took a long drink of beer and picked up where David left off.

"You don't bet on sports with Miller, do not drink the coffee if DeWinter made it and I wouldn't mention Megan when Larry's around..."

Don returned to the table and settled himself in his chair.

"What did I miss?"

Nikki gestured to Colby and David. "These two are giving me the new guy 411 on what not to do."

"What, like don't eat if the AD's around?" Don asked, chuckling into his beer.

"Exactly," David said. "Oh, and don't act too interested in Charlie's math." He gave Don an apologetic glance. "Sorry man, but whenever someone does that, he goes off for like an hour."

Don tipped his bottle at him in acknowledgment. "Hey, I've had that down to a science for decades. You guys are just late to that particular party." He took a drink then brightened. "Okay, I've got a couple. Don't buy donuts from the Chinese place across the street - or anything for that matter, that place is rank..." His attention was distracted over to one of the dartboards where Liz was letting out a groan of defeat. "And don't bet against Ian Edgerton in darts." He cocked his head over to where Ian and Liz were playing darts and they watched as Ian landed three dead-on bulls-eyes in rapid succession.

With a sly grin on her face, Nikki rose from her chair. "I think I hear a game calling me."

"You want to play Edgerton in darts?" Colby sputtered. "Do you want to get your ass kicked?"

"No, Granger," she said patiently, as if talking to a child. "I want to play with Liz."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 24th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, the line that inspired this whole fic didn't make it in.

I pictured Nikki's response to advice, especially about Ian, as being "Yeah, yeah, 'you don't tug on Superman's cape.'"

I was amused that, while this is a gen fic, it makes it look like it's going to hint at Ian/Nikki, when in fact if it hints at anything, it's Liz/Nikki. Hehehe Both are fun pairings, so there's no bad there. In fact I rather like thinking of this as the start of the eventual work partnership of Liz and Nikki. They play darts together well and since they get on so famously Don likes the idea of pairing them up. I know that's folly because it's not like he would break up Rosencrantz and Guildenstern David and Colby, but I like thinking of it that way.


Emma DeMarais
rubynye: Nikki (mustangcandy)rubynye on March 25th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
I like the way you think. :)
*is unutterably charmed by this drabble*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession

I like the way you think too, my dear. ♥
fyreflyfyrefly101 on March 24th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
The last two lines are classic - I can absolutely hear their voices, and see the facial expressions that go with them. And the whole scene is just a lovely mental picture.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 24th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I could totally see it too, which is rare for me (I'm not a visual writer). I actually see most of the fic, but that - and Don smirking over the crack about Charlie - are the most crisp visuals.
Cynthia: BF Good Flirtation by Foxglove_icons1trackmind on March 24th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I love the last line! (I also love the image of tugging on Ian's "superman" cape).
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks! I just shook my head when I realized I'd finished the fic without using the line that inspired it. LOL
hear me roar: Nikki -Excuse Me?magisterequitum on March 24th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! I was fooled with the Ian/Nikki (my brain functions towards them since writing them) but definitely love the slant with Nikki/Liz. I love seeing them put together on the show.

This is such a good idea for them to all do and each thing that was brought up to teach her was so key for the team and for Charlie.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my dear! I like both pairings, so it was rather fun to hint at one then the other and still call it a gen piece. Everyone wins with goggles! LOL
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 24th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Very cute. I kinda wish they had this bit in the show. I mean it had to have happened.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I know they're limited in what they can show us in an hour drama, but something like this would be nice to see at least once a season.
paranoid_womanparanoid_woman on March 24th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Those last lines... Loved them!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They pretty much made the fic for me.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks!
perhaps some frottage is in order: [numb3rs] Liz grinsororcula on March 25th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Hee! I love Don's line about having Charlie down to a science and ESPECIALLY the little femmeslashy hint there at the end. Nice.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Hehehe I knew this was a gen piece, but getting to lure people into thinking Ian/Nikki and then steering them to Liz/Nikki? Much fun. :-)
devon99 on March 25th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hee, this was great. I could really see this happening. Really nicely done:)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 25th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was one of the rare stories I could see myself and that almost never happens. /wishes she was a visual writer/