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27 April 2010 @ 03:22 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Scar Tissue  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #261 – Pattern

Title: Scar Tissue
Pairing/Characters: Don/Robin
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Seasons 1-6
Summary: Don examines his scarred body in the mirror
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The mirror reflects what is as a man reflects on what was.

There were fewer scars back when Kim's fingers roamed his skin, talk light of wedding gowns and baby names, everything 'someday'. She'd connect them with her fingertips, trailing her nails over the unmarred skin between, kissing the old ones, fretting over the new.

Don's got far more scars now, including one that almost claimed his life.

His own hand skims over his abdomen, tracing the angry redness that is a stark reminder of a hazardous life. These days it's Robin's delicate touch that traces the pattern of damage over his aging body. The scars are too numerous to fuss over one by one so she places a healing kiss over his heart that chases the ache from weary limbs.

His new promotion means desk work, delegation, doldrums. No more breaking down doors adrenaline rush. Tactical is for younger men; retirement planning and raids don't mix. His daring decades of action and risk are over. He must mourn their passing and embrace his new-found stability.

He turns away from the mirror to focus on what is to be.

Robin's hand rests on her rounded stomach, his future inside her.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Title inspired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers song of the same name, a lovely ballad well worth a listen.

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


Emma DeMarais
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on April 27th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Incredibly... tender, thoughtful... both angsty and hopeful... brimming with sadness and wonder.

Well done, Em. Well done.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Thank you! It's gratifying when I can see how far my writing has come since 2005.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 27th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
/bows/ Thank you.
rubynye: Don (by weirdkid624)rubynye on April 28th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
This one is downright poetic. And oh, the history told in scars!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear. I hoped you'd like it. /hugs you/
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 28th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Okay, so you know my tastes by now. This was nice. I'm always up for anything where Don's a dad. I think he's perfect dad material. I also like contemplative!Don

'retirement planning and raids don't mix'

That there is a great line. You've always got at least one.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! And I like Daddy!Don as well. I should write more future fic with him.

Hey you remember that idiot anon poster that was going around? I turned anon posting to screened to get rid of them, but they posted on this fic anyway protesting about Don and retirement planning since he's only 40. ROFLMAO! OMFG if someone doesn't start retirement planning by at least age 35 they are SO sunk. What a doofus! /shakes head/

See, you're the smart type. You understood exactly what that line meant.

Ah, we're stuck with all kinds on the Internet, aren't we? /sigh/
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 28th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
I haven't had the pleasure of running into that idiot yet but I haven't posted anything in a while. and fuck 35 you need to get your retirement planing started at 18 these days.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Yeah smart and well off people start in their 20s. The rest of us poor sods were still too far in debt during that time to put even the minimum away. But yeah, 35 is the absolute latest you can start and even hope to retire on time, but that's with a super aggressive investment program. And a good market. ;-)

Good for you re: not running into the jerk yet. I had hoped they bought a clue, but sadly their ego still thinks their 'I'm so much smarter than you' posts *don't* make them sound like a total idiot. Whatever...
ladygray99ladygray99 on April 28th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Oddly I kind of miss the NSA anonymous commenter just 'cause I like to think it's actually some poor NSA agent whose job it is to read anything on the Internet with those three letters so they're stuck at work forced to read our pervy slash.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)

Oh, that's funny!

They should hire someone who *enjoys* our pervy slash!
SamuelJames: Numb3rs-Don Eppessamueljames on April 28th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful, for some reason I'm wiping away a tear. I love the idea of Don getting to be a father. I think he'd be a brilliant Dad. The happiness you gave him here is lovely. It's nice to see him settled.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 28th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I find Don as a father oddly touching myself. I don't feel that way for the other characters as much. I wonder if it's because Don is the only one we've seen robbed of a family (by losing his fiancee Kim) and he's the oldest and so should have a family by now. Plus he's actually said the words "family first" in canon so we know how important it is to him.

Note to self: more Don future fic.
Note to self 2: bug magisterequitum for more of her great Don/Robin future universe Wavering Lights