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18 June 2006 @ 11:00 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Life on the Road  
Written for audrarose's slash_100 Numb3rs Claim
Audra Rose Slash_100 Prompt Table
Crossposted to numb3rs_slash

Title: Life on the Road
Pairing/Characters: Don/Billy
Rating: NC17
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Prompts - Birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Year
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

056. Birthday

They spend their lives on the road and birthdays are no different.

Sure Don calls his family on his birthday and Coop lets Don order him a slice of cake at the diner while avoiding the nagging to call home.

They don't exchange gifts, but by silent agreement the person whose birthday it is doesn't have to drive or do paperwork that day. It's the kind of present that means something to them and only them and both of them appreciate it.

They get stuck on a stake out and can't leave to eat, but Don planned in advance and pulls a slightly crushed cupcake out of the cooler in the back and hands it to Coop just after midnight.

Strawberry flavored frosting – Coop's favorite and hard to find.

Coop just grins and devours the whole thing by himself in just a couple of bites.

He doesn't share but Don prefers the way the frosting tastes in Coop's mouth anyway.

057. Christmas

Coop refuses to give Don presents for Hanukkah, despite his arguments that his family doesn't observe Christmas. Christmas is Coop's holiday and he's sticking to it.

So Don gives Coop a little something every day of Hanukkah – usually food until the last day when he gets something good like a tricked out Swiss army knife.

Coop gives Don one gift on Christmas and never says anything. He just leaves it where Don can find it and nods his head when Don thanks him later.

It's always weapons or protection related, like a top of the line stun gun. He finally gives Don his own Kevlar vest that's lighter weight for wearing under clothes and doesn't say FBI all over it.

The message - though unspoken - is crystal clear.

Stay safe.

Stay alive.

Stay with me.

058. Thanksgiving

They have just enough time to sit down at the restaurant, flirt with the 40-something waitress who gives them a bashful smile and order a turkey dinner when the call comes in.

They apologize and leave her a tip anyway as they race out to catch up with their fugitive.

She calls after them to come back when they're done.

They don't make it back until just before closing time at 10:30, but the waitress is still there.

She saved them both a plate, knowing they sell out of turkey every Thanksgiving.

They try to convince her to sit down and join them, but she's happy just feeding them loads of pie on the house and accepting their happy grins as payment.

She tells them when she was still young and pretty she lost her young man in the line of duty and she's always had a special place in her heart for law enforcement.

They both kiss her cheek on the way out.

Back at the motel, they silently agree to sleep in the same bed, neither admitting to being haunted by the loss of the waitress's young lover.

059. Halloween

Poetic justice, they laugh, winding up in a graveyard on Halloween.

Trying to pass the time, they move quickly from childhood campfire ghost stories to the worst stories they've heard from agents in the field. Eventually they run out of stories to tell and boredom sets in.

When Coop gets a sly grin on his face, Don starts to worry. When Coop ducks out of the mausoleum they're hiding in, Don gets really concerned.

Coop, in all his deviousness, notices there's a motion sensor on a nearby light fixture. He manages to tip the light towards the grave site they're watching and tests it to make sure anyone approaching the grave will trip the sensor.

Then he proceeds to fuck Don senseless in the mausoleum as they both pray the light doesn't turn on.

060. New Year

They catch their fugitive on the 30th, but Coop talks Don into driving 150 miles in the opposite direction to go to New Orleans instead of home.

Don's never been and that alone, to Coop, is reason enough to bring Don to the Big Easy, especially for New Year's Eve.

It's a riot in the streets.

Don is stunned by the public nudity and drunkenness that local law enforcement seems to turn a blind eye to. He sees quite a few couples fucking in alleys that aren't all that dark. Not all of them are heterosexual.

When Coop drags him into an alley he protests, struggles, trying to get back to the party lights and pretty people.

But Coop is persistent. He yanks Don's jeans down behind a trashcan and sucks his cock until he comes groaning just steps from the revelers on the sidewalk.

They spend their lives on the road and holidays are no different.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 19th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
I get weird over little details.

In this fic I call Billy Cooper Coop. In other fic, he's Billy.

This really bothers me for some reason, to the point that I almost changed this to Billy at the last minute despite liking it as Coop.

Yeah, I'm eccentric. It's part of the package. ;-)

Once again, please go visit Audra's prompt table linked above for more great fic in this claim.

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


Emma DeMarais
Keyla: numb3rs - robneverbelonged on June 19th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
I love them. /does a dance/ I've always thought of Coop as... well Coop. I guess it's because that's what he was in the show. I don't know. Awesome job. /grins/
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 20th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Well, Coop is obviously a diminutive used as a term of endearment. Since it's not actually his name it feels weird to write 'Coop said'.

I mean I wouldn't write Alan as 'Pop said'. LOL!

Glad you liked it...


iscaris on June 19th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
Great little sketches of Don and Billy. (I'm writing him as Billy in a fic I'm currently working on, although Don calls him Coop. I'm weird like that.)

Like "Five Senses," you have a knack for painting a deft picture with an economy of words.

I like the way Don gives Billy a cupcake and a gift for every day of Hanukkah, and how Billy gives Don his Kevlar vest and leaves it for him to find. It's so very Billy.

And the mausoleum fucking? Guh ;) Total hotness!

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 20th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
(I'm writing him as Billy in a fic I'm currently working on, although Don calls him Coop. I'm weird like that.)

See, that makes total sense to me and I've written them that way too. I mean, if you use Don and Charlie then it makes sense to use every character's first name. I wouldn't write David, Megan and Granger, so I shouldn't put Coop with Don.

But I did anyway. /headdesk/

I can't win. LOL!

Like "Five Senses," you have a knack for painting a deft picture with an economy of words.

Thank you so much. I really enjoy the challenge of building a story in someone's head using only a minimum of actual words. Hitchcock said that suspense takes place in the mind of the audience, not on the screen. I try to use that inspiration whenever I can.

It's so very Billy.

Despite us having only one episode of canon, Max Martini imbued Billy Cooper with so much personality that we have a really clear picture of who he is and that makes writing (and reading) him so much fun.

And the mausoleum fucking? Guh ;) Total hotness!

Yes! Trust me it was hard not to expand on that section. I anticipate at least one request for a sequel. LOL!

Thanks for your great comments!

Karen: Numb3rs Donbyrons_brain on June 19th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
I loved the thanksgiving drabble, so adorable...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 20th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
Thank you. I loved the waitress idea but had to find a way to make it slashy. (This *is* for a slash community after all.) It may be minor but it worked for me to have that loss resonate long after the meal was over.

Glad you liked it.

One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsession: cooppenguingal on June 19th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
These are simply lovely. I especially like New Years. *rowr*

The whole Billy or Coop thing started out as weird for me too, but then I started thinking about my boy Don. About all the barriers he has up and I realized "Coop" was another one. So, if Don is trying to put some distance between him and the obvious pull his partner has over him, it's Coop. If he's letting his guard down, letting himself admit to his feelings, any feelings, it's Billy.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 20th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
You know, I think I picked up on that unconsciously as I was writing, of all things, your gift fic! I was going there and then got distracted by Sucker so I ended up writing Don's Coop to Billy transition into Sucker instead. LOL! I may still put it into yours, only less overt than it is in Sucker.

Don is an interesting character to analyze. So much is about what he *doesn't* say or do...

And yeah, New Year was yummy... :-)

Thanks for your comment!

rubynye on June 19th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
I don't have time to praise these properly, but I wanted to tell you that these are so *them*, and so gorgeous.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 20th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
That seems proper enough to me!

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Every time someone does it means a great deal to me. I know many people read but few people bother to let me know they did, so thank you.

I'm glad you enjoyed them. More to come as I'm posting a fic a day for the rest of June!


T.: Audrymonkeyfun1 on June 19th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Ah Emma,
So very few can write to make me see the characters and hear their voices so clearly. You do. I think these holidays were well celebrated!
Thank you for the pretties.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 20th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
De rien.

Your praise is so well written I feel doubly honored.

Thank you.
/bows again/