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26 April 2010 @ 11:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Best Pillow Ever  
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Title: Best Pillow Ever
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Billy
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Charlie wakes from a nap in the Solarium to find a redheaded pillow
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The Solarium was nice and toasty even on chilly days - a good reason why Charlie found himself holing up there in the winters, such as winters were in Pasadena. The day had dawned as an unexpected dry spell between rainstorms so the sun-drenched room was heady with lazy heat by late afternoon. Charlie yawned his way through a chalkboard and a half before caving and stretching out on the sofa for a little nap.

When he woke he felt deliciously warm, yet the darkness of oncoming dusk outside the windows meant the room should have been cooler. It took his sleep-addled brain a split-second to realize the heat was coming from the not-pillows he was laying on: not-pillows in the form of one sleepy redhead.

He blinked, marveling that Billy had snuck in and molded himself so craftily against Charlie's body in his sleep that Charlie never noticed.

Red lashes fluttered open and Billy took in his quizzical expression, giving him a sly grin. "What? Am I no longer your favorite pillow?"

"Always." Charlie gave him a soft kiss before settling his head back on Billy's chest, sighing as Billy's arms curled around him. "Best pillow ever."

"Good." Billy's voice was a deep rumble against his cheek, familiar and comforting. "Because I'd hate to think I lost out to this old lumpy sofa."

"Not a chance." Charlie slipped an arm around his waist, tugging him closer. "Even when you're old and lumpy, I'll still pick you."

"Hey!" Billy protested, chuckling with mock offense. "I may get old but I have no plans to get lumpy! Your brother and I? Jocks until the end. We'll be doing triathlons and stuff in our 60s!"

Charlie just laughed, amused. "You'll be drinking beer and making fun of triathletes in the Olympics on TV by then." He snuggled closer. "But you'd still love me if I became a dumpy academic, right?"

"You might get a little soft around the middle," Billy slipped a hand under Charlie's t-shirt, "but I like you soft. More to touch. But you'd never be dumpy."

Charlie reached up and affectionately scratched his fingernails through the four days' growth of reddish beard on Billy's face. "I'm looking forward to watching your beard go gray."

Billy ran a finger through one of Charlie's ringlets, a softness to his voice that echoed the tenderness behind the gesture. "And I can't wait to see if your curls turn into Einstein hair when you go snowy white."

Charlie felt a rush of happiness at the idea of growing old with the man he loved. "I guess that's a way of saying you're stuck with me, gray hair and all," he told him, a beatific smile on his face.

"Yeah," Billy agreed, looking content as he pulled Charlie in for a leisurely kiss. "Lucky me."

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
A long time ago I wrote Mel a fic in chat as a bedtime story. I liked it so much I published it. It was called Under the Stars.

A long time ago I used to read stories to Mel at bedtime over Skype and then in person when we became housemates.

A not quite that long time ago we started doing bedtime stories over Skype with our friend T.

T couldn't sleep tonight so I offered her a new chat fic instead of a spoken bedtime story. She asked for Charlie/Billy. I wrote it.

Sadly unlike Under the Stars I'm not publishing it without any changes. I probably used the word 'warm' like ten times so I confess I did do a little bit of polish/editing before publishing this, but both T and Mel liked it enough for me to share it.

It's just a little thing I tossed together on the fly to help T sleep, but since I can't sleep either, you all get a copy to read as well. :-)

FYI - Like last December's FBI's Most Wanted fic (Also for T!) this Charlie/Billy does not take place in the SHH/Harborverse. I cannot stop anyone from putting it in that universe in their head however. Hehehe To me? I think of my guy and scratching his reddish beard instead. ♥


Emma DeMarais
fyreflyfyrefly101 on April 27th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
That's a fabulously wonderful image, of the two of them together. Wish I could offer a more verbose comment, but I'm using up all my vocabulary on my exam-prep. Love this, as ever!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the reminder! I have homework and exam prep to get to myself. Meep!

Glad you liked this!
Tamanna: Colby smileswingandswirl on April 27th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)

You might just make a Billy/Charlie shipper of me yet...

*hugs this fic, then you* Brava!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
They're adorable! Few can resist the power of SHH! This is just an appetizer. Wait until you see the SHH Wedding fic. Hehehe

/hugs you too/
rubynye: Minoan Ladyrubynye on April 27th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
"Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be..." :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Aww... Truer words...

/hugs you/
devon99 on April 27th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Harbourhouse fic *refuses to believe it's not*

Lovely stuff my dear as always ♥

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! I put that little note in for you, but like i said, I can't stop you from putting it in that verse.

I am getting hints of the wedding fic so cross your fingers! I hope it comes soon!

devon99 on April 28th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! Me wants wedding fic!!!!

Lol, you make me squeeful x
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm glad - you squeeful is a happymaking thing. :-)
t_vo0810t_vo0810 on April 28th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
I am with you. IT IS TOTALLY SHH VERSE. I refused to accept otherwise. :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)

You guys are too cute.

devon99 on April 28th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)

It is TOTALLY SHH verse, Emma is just teasing us. She knows very well that nothing else exists when it comes to these two x
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
ROFL Is *that* why she asked for Billy/Charlie?

/eyes T/
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 28th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)

(Nothin' more to be said.)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Yep, but I'm still glad to hear you say it.

t_vo0810t_vo0810 on April 28th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Because squee and words seem inadequate- i shall now attempt to convey my utter adoration of this fic thru interpretative dance.....

/sways, twirls, taps, spins, throws a little bit of crunk, followed up by the robot for the nerds in the house, and finishes with a grand jete and arabesque with attitude/

/breaths hard/ nah. that didn't work. i guess i will just have to rely on the old standards to do their job.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Interpretive dance! ZOMG I adore you so much you know that?

/major smishage/

(ROFL at the bit of crunk thrown in!)

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
t_vo0810t_vo0810 on April 28th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
::beam:: /bows/ thank you, my dear.

and yes, i have an inkling how much u adore me if it's even a fraction of how much i adore you!!!!

huh. if u like my crunk, then wait til u see me pop and lock! :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
HEE! We may have to have a Wednesday night dance party in slashchat sometime! /big grin/
SamuelJames: Numb3rs-Billy Coopersamueljames on April 28th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, this was incredibly sweet. I love how they are with each other.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (Nice icon BTW!)
SamuelJames: Numb3rs-Billy Coopersamueljames on April 28th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, couldn't resist having a Coop icon :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping to make more of the fandom unable to resist the power of Billy. ;-)
SamuelJames: Numb3rs Logosamueljames on April 28th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
He certainly had a big impact and I love the possibilities of Don/Billy backstory but because their friendship is quite strong I could also potentially see them working just on a friendship level leaving Billy free to interact with more Numb3rs characters.

Edited at 2010-04-28 09:28 pm (UTC)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
See, that's why I don't do the OTP thing. I like writing Don/Billy and Billy/Charlie and Billy/Colby and... You get the picture. I like exploring all the different combinations - gen, het, slash, femmeslash. So many great choices with these characters!

And Don was so great with Billy in Man Hunt. Possibly the best Don interaction ever with anyone save Charlie. He brought out so much in Don, it was amazing.
SamuelJames: Numb3rs-Don Eppessamueljames on April 28th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I have faves but no OTP. It's fun to explore the different pairings in my fandoms and see how/if they could work. Manhunt was a great episode!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
We just rewatched it recently (*cough*twice*cough*) and it was great to see the birth of the Don/Billy pairing AND the Billy/Charlie pairing at the same time. /grins/