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24 December 2009 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Crystal Blue Persuasion  
Posted to numb3rs_slash
Crossposted to eppescest

Title: Crystal Blue Persuasion
Pairing/Characters: Don/Charlie
Rating: NC17
Spoilers: Shadow Markets
Summary: Don and Charlie vacation in a tropical paradise
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Charlie's Hanukkah present on the final day of the holiday to Don is the one that drops his jaw: three weeks on a private beach in Belize. Charlie likes to lavish Don with gifts whenever Don will let him - and Don was careful to make it look like he was the one who bought the motorcycle when it was really from Charlie - but this is really exceptional.

Finding three open weeks in both their calendars is difficult, but once they're set, Don starts marking off the days until they can be alone in a tropical paradise together.

This is going to be a vacation to remember.


Don's never seen the sea look like this: crystal blue and so clear he can see right through it to the sandy shore. Their private beach is immaculate and truly private. They even have walkie-talkies to summon staff so housekeeping doesn't intrude.

"I came down here for a conference once." Charlie's arms wrap around him from behind as Don stares out across the palm tree lined expanse from their bungalow's front porch. "Dead boring, but I figure they got us all to come by holding it in Belize. I scoped out resorts with an eye to coming back and this one was still being built back then, but the location was incredible."

"It's amazing," Don agrees, leaning into Charlie's touch, letting his eyes fall closed. "And peaceful."

"I aim to destress you completely before we're here even a week." Charlie presses a kiss to Don's neck as his arms tighten around him. "How about we start out with a swim?"

"Sounds great. I'll fish my swim trunks out of my luggage…"

As he goes to pull away Charlie tugs him back with hooked fingers in the belt loops of his shorts.

"You know, you don't need swim trunks here. It is a private beach after all." As Don's eyes widen, Charlie sidles in close, bringing their bodies together. "And I might just have a little fantasy about you naked in the ocean." He gazes up at Don, giving him his best persuasive look, brown eyes drawing him in. "You know you want to."

Charlie's got the tiniest smirk on his lips; he knows Don's going to cave. Charlie gets what Charlie wants and Don's got a few fantasies of his own for this trip.

Don's hands slide down Charlie's sides and slip around to cup his ass, drawing him even closer.

"All right then."


The ocean's like bathwater and Don sinks into it up to his neck before standing back up. The slight breeze feels delicious on his wet skin and the sun beats down with a wonderful warmth. The weather couldn't be more perfect.

A few feet away Charlie shakes his wet curls out, drops splattering the nearly placid water and Don's chest.

He finishes, beaming. "Isn't this great?" he enthuses before sinking into the waist deep water and swimming away.

Don watches him go, enjoying the sight of Charlie's back muscles rippling with effort and his bare backside leading down into bicycle toned legs. Charlie had been so worried about being academic soft when they first got together that he'd started working out more, to the point where Don felt he had to up his own workouts to stay ahead of his brother's five years younger physique.

When Charlie gets a fair distance away Don's protective instincts kick in on autopilot and he dives in to swim out to meet him, not wanting him to be alone in the wide ocean. It feels good to swim; it's been a long time. He might live on the coast but making it into the water is irregular at best.

He reaches where Charlie is waiting and is surprised that he can touch bottom - though only barely. Charlie's treading water to stay above the surf so Don holds his arms out to him and Charlie accepts the offer without any sort of wary eye, waiting for a remark about his height.

He wraps his arms around Don's neck as Don keeps his arms out to steady them in the gentle waves. Charlie's body is warm against his and the water laps around their necks as Charlie pulls him down for a kiss.

Charlie's lips taste of salt and sweat and sea and Don sinks deeper seeking out the unique taste within. Their tongues dart and dance in each other's mouths and Don draws his arms in, encouraging Charlie to wrap his legs around his waist, holding him up in the water.

It feels like a dream, Charlie all around him, kissing him, in the open under the sun.

"I think this might be the best present ever," Don murmurs between kisses.

"Just wait…" Charlie captures his lips again, lavishing him with soft kisses over and over. "It gets better."


After their swim they tumble from the sea, laughing, side by side. Don already feels marvelously relaxed and he all but throws himself on the wet sand where the waves are receding only an inch or so deep.

The sun beats down on his salty skin and Charlie lies beside him, chasing rivulets of water on Don's chest with his tongue before the heat of the day can dry them away. He glances up at his brother with mischievous eyes as his tongue licks lower, following the trail of hair on Don's stomach as he shifts position.

A slow wave rolls in, cooling him just enough to keep him from overheating, though Charlie has other plans apparently. One long lick is all it takes and Don's fully hard, breath starting to come quicker as Charlie brushes his lips tantalizingly across the head of his cock. When he purses his lips and sucks him in through the tight circle of his mouth, Don's mouth falls open, chest rising and falling faster now.

His head falls back and he sees blue skies above and wisps of palm fronds. The little breeze returns and skims his skin - it and the waves keeping him cool as Charlie heats him up. A groan escapes him as Charlie sucks him all the way down and he realizes he doesn't have to worry about being quiet at all.

It's all too perfect and Don feels like he's got to wake up soon, but instead he feels his body start to tense as Charlie increases his efforts, his agile hands moving over Don's skin. He forces himself to keep his eyes open and tilts his head down to watch.

The sight of Charlie naked on the sand, the rolling surf behind him and the feel of his talented mouth on him is cemented in his mind to remember for all time.

And then a swell rises inside him, a tide he can't stem, and he crashes hard - his voice echoing amongst the whisper of palm trees in the wind and the cry of seagulls.

This is what it feels like to be happy, perfectly content.

And it's only their first day.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 26th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
This fic was written for last year's Holiday Gifts for my F-list prompt from 1trackmind. Cyn had a birthday recently so rather than writing a ficlet like I did for other people I expanded this into a longer piece as a combo gift.

Yes, the fic was inspired by the song of the same name.

The fic didn't turn out as good as I'd hoped, but lately I've been a poor judge of how good my own fic is and I have to allow that if both my First Readers liked the preview of this while I was still writing it, it can't be all bad.

Very special thanks to First Readers melissima and t_vo0810 for their assistance with this fic.


Emma DeMarais
t_vo0810: don's a happy campert_vo0810 on December 26th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
<------ See how happy u made Don? There is no bad here. None. Just hot, juicy, sweaty, salty goodness. it just turned cold here and this makes me long for the sun and a genius or fedcake to share it with. ♥_♥ I like to pretend this is a honey and roses verse cause it's so romantic.....guh
devon99 on December 26th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Lovely. I'll echo t_vo0810 completely, this is romantic.

It makes me look forward to Time Away (it is called Time Away isn't it?)

rubynye: Don (by weirdkid624)rubynye on December 27th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
It's icy slushy cold outside, but having read this, I feel warm sea breezes, sunshine and palm fronds waving...
melissima: eppes hugmelissima on December 27th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)

Cynthia: CD Tease by darkangel416121trackmind on December 28th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! I really liked this! I can totally see Charlie taking care of Don this way. And you know he loves clinging to Don on the motorcycle!
muiting on December 29th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for giving the Eppes Brothers such a great holiday vacation! Don, Charlie and I are very, very happy!
SamuelJames: Numb3rs Logosamueljames on January 2nd, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
Very beautiful fic, nice to see them relaxed and not having to worry about who might see them.
Leahprairie_city on January 16th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I really liked this, although I admit this is only the third eppescest fic I've read (I'm more than extremely new to numb3rs and eppescest - new would imply at least a day, I would think). Anyways, I've been to Belize so I could really get into this fic - I could almost smell the ocean. :) I enjoyed it quite throughly.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 16th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the fandom!

/gives you a platter of cookies/

Always happy to have new people join us! I've got tons of fic here (organized by tags and Memories) and there's a bunch more stuff to read at numb3rs100 and eppescest. I hope you'll consider writing for those comms as well. We definitely welcome new authors to the fold.

FYI there's a post on the first of January on numb3rs_notice that lists the masterlists of many of the authors in the fandom. That will link you to enough N3 fic to make your head explode. /grins/ I heartily suggest reading rubynye, den_of_cyn and oldies by dsudis and audrarose.

I've not been to Belize, but I was raised a beach girl in California so I'm glad that the feel was evocative enough to flash you back there.

Anyway, if you have any questions about the fandom, it's comms or whatever, feel free to ask.

Thanks for joining us and thanks for reading my fic!
Leahprairie_city on January 16th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Cookies!! *om nom nom*

I was raised a beach girl in California, too. :) Redondo Beach, to be exact. I still have family there.

And WOW, what a great list of links and places to go! I'm so excited! Shiny new fandom! ♥

I'll definitely dig right in to these. Thanks so much!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 16th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I've been to Redondo! I've been all over SoCal actually (pretty much everything between San Diego and Ventura Counties), but I'm up in NorCal ATM (nice change of pace).

There's a Newbies Guide to Numb3rs on Livejournal that has links to most if not all of the comms in the fandom so that's handy as well. A lot of people like to read the awards and ficathon fic as an entree to a fandom so you'll find links there.

Leahprairie_city on January 17th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
*laughs* I'm in NorCal too, in Sacramento's surrounding area. :) How funny.

I've got so many links now, I'm spinning in ineffectual circles of excitement! ♥
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 17th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Well hello there neighbor! /waves/

A new fandom is fun! I'm up to 20 (at least that I've published fic for) so enjoy the buzz!
Polaris Aphroditefree_anam_girl on February 3rd, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
oh it was absolutly amazing fic
a paradise, the boys and romance is sure
you did great and I can´t wait to read more