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05 June 2009 @ 09:59 pm
Numb3rs/The Mentalist Fic: Avoidance is Just a Way to Get Through the Day  
Written for numb3rs100 Summer Crossover Spectacular 2009
Bonus Challenge – Universe
Crossposted to mentalistfic and n3crossovers


Title: Avoidance is Just a Way to Get Through the Day
Pairing/Characters: Patrick, Megan
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Judgment Call (Numb3rs), Pilot (Mentalist)
Summary: Patrick avoids the grateful parents of a murdered child
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Sunlight filters through the trees, the distant wake of a pleasure boat rippling tiny waves against the lake's shoreline just a stone's throw away. Patrick's foot deliberately crunches the one dried leaf that the obsessive landscapers haven't descended on in their quest to remove any imperfections from their utopian gated community.

There are no birds here. It's uncomfortably silent. The faux serenity befits the truth behind the facade: a girl was drowned here - murdered.

Patrick does not think about how old his daughter would be now, how close in age to the murdered girl. He does not think about how their hair looked so similar. He does not think about how badly he wants to hurt the neighbor that took her life over such a trivial matter as infidelity and that most despicable of excuses for robbing a human being of life: money.

It's an FBI joint case so he can relax here for a moment, let them handle informing the grieving parents.

"There you are..."

Megan's one of the better FBI agents he's met; both educated and naturally astute, insightful.

"Yes, here I am."

"The Grables were asking for you; they wanted to thank you for finding their daughter's killer." Patrick's shoulders tensed subtly. "I told them," Megan continued, her voice soft with compassion, "that the CBI had needed to pull you away for an urgent case, so they wouldn't be able to thank you in person, but that I'd pass on their gratitude to you." She paused briefly. "If you wait another ten minutes they'll have left and you can head back to Lisbon's car safely."

Patrick nodded.

He waited for her to ask why he was avoiding them, but she just sat with him, watching the sun glitter pretty diamonds of light across dead water.

"Thank you."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 6th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Confession
My first entry in N100's Summer Crossover Spectacular!

Before this summer is over I might just have added some new fandoms, even if they are crossover only. (Right now I have Buffy and Angel as crossover only fandoms so hey! Precedent!)

I liked the idea of Megan and Patrick. She'd profile him, but not be annoying about it. I also appreciate that interacting with parents like that is hard for him and he avoids it out of a sense of self-preservation.

Very special thanks to beta melissima for her assistance with this fic.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
melissima: Sad Meganmelissima on June 6th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
OMG I miss Megan! :sniff:

She'd be amazing with Jane, just like this:

"I told them," Megan continued, her voice soft with compassion, "that the CBI had needed to pull you away for an urgent case, so they wouldn't be able to thank you in person, but that I'd pass on their gratitude to you." She paused briefly. "If you wait another ten minutes they'll have left and you can head back to Lisbon's car safely."

Patrick nodded.

He waited for her to ask why he was avoiding them, but she just sat with him, watching the sun glitter pretty diamonds of light across dead water.


dancing verbally with him, with insight and gentleness. :sigh:

The whole thing is lovely and wistful, suffused with golden light in my mind's eye.

*applauds*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 6th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I may have to revisit these two just to give them time to come to this sort of understanding. I do like them enough to write them again. /nods/

◦ a girl like me ◦: TM - PJ Embarassing WR by vickibotafteriwake on June 6th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
I really liked this. Megan would be perceptive enough to do something like that.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 6th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Hey there! Nice to see you!

Yay for us having another fandom in common! Glad you liked it!

(LOL @ your awesome icon!)
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 6th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And here I thought no one would see this posted in the no man's land of Friday night! :-)
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 6th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
/blinks/

You know that's rather sobering...

I haven't really thought about Virtue being 300 pages long (okay barely 296, but still).

/blinks/

Suddenly I feel really bad for asking you to read it. I'll have to make sure everyone who read it as a favor to me gets a nice *short* ficcy present in return.

And yeah, Saturday's the second worst day to publish fic so it's all about the same.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 6th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
As long as you're enjoying it. I've just never written anything that long - ever. I mean Vice was my previous longest fic at 50K so having a 95K fic? It kind of blows my mind to the point where my sense of scale is *totally* off.
fyreflyfyrefly101 on June 6th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
That was lovely - murdered girl aside - and the setting really seemed to fit the two of them. I'd love to see Megan and Patrick in full flow, pulling a suspect to pieces, and putting together all the answers faster than Charlie can set up his algorithm. This really fit so well, their interaction and the dead setting of the water really visceral, even with so few words.

Lovely.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 19th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! I rather hope someone at N100 does a Mentalist crossover case fic this summer for the challenge. I have a Bones fic set aside for tomorrow and a Heroes one in the works plus the two Criminal Minds ones I just posted so I'm not sure I'm going to make it back to The Mentalist any time soon. I'd like to though. As you said, Patrick and Megan ganging up on a suspect would be really something.
Lisalzod on June 6th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
that was a very nice piece of work.

Lisa
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 19th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
jlm110108jlm110108 on June 6th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
That was beautiful, Emma! You did such a nice job conveying Patrick's emotions. He's a complicated character -- a sly jokester on the outside, but a hurting survivor on the inside. Beautiful!

Jo
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 19th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! Patrick's fabulous to write for that very reason! I'm really looking forward to other people writing crossovers with him this summer. /crosses fingers/
rubynye: Elphaba (gargoylekitty)rubynye on June 6th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, beautifully done, all of you. Including the author. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 19th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
/bows/

Thank you, my dear.
Tori Lovelostandalone22 on June 12th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Great story!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 19th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Danke!

(And wow that icon never gets old...)