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21 August 2009 @ 04:25 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Sturdy  
Written for numb3rs_het Summer Challenge 2009 – 17. Teacher, 10. England, 38. Chalk

Title: Sturdy
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Susan
Rating: R
Spoilers: All's Fair
Summary: The desks at Oxford are sturdy
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

They make sturdy desks in England: massive wooden furniture clearly intended to be set in place once then not moved for centuries.

These desks speak of power. They are the new fortresses, the castles where the kings of business and education hold forth in their ivory towers, peering down from them to the unwashed unworthy heathen below, expecting worship, fealty and obeisance.

Oxford has exceptional desks: dark stained black walnut, hand-tooled antique brass hardware, acres of surface area stretching out like vast lands surveyed by the lord of its fiefdom.

To be presented with such a desk at Oxford is akin to the day one receives one's doctorate: an acknowledgment of having arrived, of having procured a place in the highest of echelons. To teach at Oxford is to have reached the pinnacle of one's profession.

That Dr. Charles Edward Eppes, American, earned such a desk in his early twenties was cause for much chatter in academic circles, however his status as a visiting lecturer calmed the most ruffled of British feathers. Laying claim to an American genius was a coup, however an American laying claim to a chair at Oxford was unthinkable by the old guard.

Then again, what Charlie does on that desk would likely also be unthinkable: laying claim to an English Rose - one of the most beautiful and desirable women in all of Oxford.

Susan's blonde hair splays out wild and stark against that dark polished wood, the sturdy desk taking the brunt of each of Charlie's forceful thrusts. Chalk mark fingerprints mar the bodice of her navy blue dress, a high heel flung aside in a flurry of activity has put a small dent in the blackboard and her mostly forgotten red lace thong swings from an ankle hooked over Charlie's shoulder.

It's good to be king.

rubynye on August 22nd, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
*falls over laughing and applauding* Oh, my God, best last line ever. And what an epic buildup! I will never think of desks the same way ever again.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 22nd, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)

I feared people would be bored by the buildup, but I did have to meet the requisite 300 word minimum for the challenge. But yes, a lot of buildup, but I hoped the payoff - however brief - would be enough to warrant the setup I had to go through to splash that visual across readers' minds.

Desks? Are fun. Enough said. ;-)

/smishes you/
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 22nd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! I know not everyone's a Charlie/Susan fan, but there is hotness to be had there.
riverotter1951: Firestarriverotter1951 on August 22nd, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Marvelous visual of Susan and Charlie in the last paragraph.

The build up is great especially the comments about the sturdiness of Oxford desks.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 22nd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)

It's rare for me to go for one visual rather than the the porn, the whole porn and nothing but the porn. (JK) but I really wanted this one to be long build up, snappy visual, get out fast.

Glad you liked it!
ladygray99: Charlieladygray99 on August 22nd, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
That last line just nails it. I don't know if I can hear Charlie saying it but I can certainly hear him thinking it. And the imagery is set up just perfect. It's like a perfect snapshot of the moment frozen in time.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! I wasn't sure about the last line, but I couldn't *not* have it in, so the muse won out on that one. /grins/
rodloxrodlox on August 24th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
AU or not, this was fantastic. (why do I have the urge to call it "lynley!porn in Numb3rs"?)

I particularly liked the build-up.
(though when you got to the bodice, my mind threw the two of them in Pirates of the Caribean - I blame the corset)

t_vo0810: eppes brost_vo0810 on August 24th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
WOOOOOW! Way to bring the het!sexyback. That was perfection. seriously- from the formal, priggish feel of the setup to the racy-hot, anarchistic, wild feel of the conclusion. Just mrow!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! This was all about the juxtaposition of staid vs sexy. It's one thing to be sexy in a hot sweaty club and a whole other thing to bring the steam to a piece of antique furniture in a place with antique morals. Hehehe
Candi: Charlie Thinking Equationsmustangcandi on August 29th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think my fave mental image is the chalk mark fingerprints.

There needs to be more Susan/Charlie fic like this. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Hehehe thanks. There's a Charlie/Susan scene in Virtue that just *melts* this one because it's so much hotter. Really, when I indulge in my sexy!Susan the resulting fic ends up so much more steamy than pretty much any other Charlie het pairing I've done.

I would love to see more people take Charlie and Susan on. That would just be delightful. /makes note to write some rounds_of_kink prompts for Charlie/Susan/