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29 May 2010 @ 03:15 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Mother Tongue  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #265 – Interpret

Title: Mother Tongue
Pairing/Characters: Charlie/Amita, Alan, Ian, Colby, OC
Rating: G
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Sniper Zero, Judgment Call, Harvest
Summary: Ian and Colby get stuck babysitting Charlie's toddler with Alan
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"Hey sweetie!"

Charlie knew something was wrong the moment he walked in the Craftsman; Ian, Colby and his father all had glazed over expressions and three year old Ayea was just looking up at him with her mother's big brown eyes, completely innocent looking.

"Thanks for keeping an eye on her while I ran down to Cal Sci," Charlie said, scooping up his little girl in his arms, noting that there wasn't much sign of relief at his return. "I hope she wasn't too much trouble."

"No trouble at all!" Alan said, a bit too brightly as he rose. "I'm going to get the ribs ready for the grill. Don's bringing Robin and the kids over in a half hour." He exited the room at a clip and Charlie turned to Colby and Ian, eyeing them.

"Okay, what happened while I was gone? My Dad loves his granddaughter so something definitely went wrong."

Colby opened his mouth a few times, but past gaping like a koi, he managed nothing.

Ian finally stood, apparently resigned to being spokesman.

"To be honest?" he told Charlie. "I know she's the product of two geniuses, but I didn't understand a single word she said the whole time you were gone and trust me, she talked almost the whole time."

Charlie blinked. "Oh."

"Yeah," Colby added. "I mean, I recognize Spanish, Portuguese plus a little Farsi, but she wasn't saying anything resembling words. Although..." He cocked his head. "I didn't think about pig Latin."

"It wasn't pig Latin," Ian retorted. "Though technically we couldn't rule out a cipher code."

Charlie let out a sigh, boosted his daughter on his hip, then turned towards the kitchen to call to his father.

"Hey Dad? Did I forget to tell you Amita's teaching Ayea to speak Tamil?"

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 29th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
I confess the premise for this fic came to me in a dream. I think that might just be the first time that's ever happened with a fic.

It makes me think that since I've been spending so much time studying for finals as of late when I'm asleep is the only time I can fit fic in! LOL

/waves to swingandswirl just because/ ♥


Emma DeMarais
lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on May 29th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Charlie/Amita child talking Tamil
Oh... those poor guys!!! I can only imagine what the child is going to be like as she continues to grow up... and what the guys are going to have to deal with...

/huggs all of them.

Nicely done, Em, and good luck with school!!!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 30th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: Charlie/Amita child talking Tamil
Thanks! I figure Amita made good on her interest in learning more about her heritage in Harvest and wanted to pass it down to her daughter while she was in the ideal age range for a second language. Just their luck she'll use her genius to become a linguist and start spouting off a slew of languages around the house as a teenager!
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 30th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
I know! I have no clue why in my dream it was Alan and Colby and Ian doing the babysitting, but the look on their faces when Charlie walked in (the part I dreamed) was priceless!

(Okay, so in my head it might be Ian/Colby, but I figured it's enough that it already implies Don/Robin on top of Charlie/Amita.)
Tamannaswingandswirl on May 30th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
*waves back before collapsing in laughter*

Oh, poor Colby and Ian. Tamil doesn't sound anything like the languages they'd know- they must have been so confused and wondering what the hell Charlie and Amita put in Ayea's milk that morning. *pets*

Pig Latin! Cipher codes! *falls off her chair* Too funny, Emma. *is going to be snickering all day*

And YAY for Colby/Ian, even if by the slightest implication. The idea of them in charge of a small child is hilarious... although she'd prolly be safer with them than with absentminded geniuses like Charlie or Larry. *looks at Ayesha* Do I want to know what you were saying about your almost uncles, kutti?

As always, Emma, fabulous, fabulous fic. ♥ ♥ ♥
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 30th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Yay! I so wanted you to get a kick out of this. I think right after I woke up from this I realized I'd have to write it if only because you'd be amused by it. And yes. the Ian/Colby is implied even though they're listed with commas in the headers. I'm sure any child would be insanely safe with Colby and Ian watching over them so yeah, much safer than with absentminded professor Larry. Not that Alan's not the perfect grandfather babysitter, but I just could see them all hanging out waiting for Don to arrive to put the meal on for the family barbecue and Charlie decides he needs to run down to the school for a bit. Thus three men and a baby! LOL

And yeah, I figured even Farsi wouldn't prepare Colby for Tamil and Ian, knowing how smart the parents were, might try out a few codes while he was waiting just to be sure. I wish I could have gone into each of their heads in turn: Alan thinking "Well Charlie was a late talker too", Colby thinking "Do not say anything about how their kid can't talk - you'll put your foot in it" and Ian thinking "Hmm... Two geniuses rarely equals an idiot but damned if I can't figure this out."

ROFL Such fun! I'm so glad you saw it so soon. I was waiting to hear from you with much anticipation! :-)
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devon99 on May 30th, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
Hee, I peaked in despite the mention of Charlie/Amita *shudders* and aww, so cute and funny. I like the idea of Ian and Colby babysitting too, maybe Ian being all flustered and a little out of his comfort zone and Colby being all capable and amused at Ian.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 30th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
I wanted so bad to mark it as just Charlie and not Charlie/Amita (I knew it would scare off the slashers and a lot of the Het fen too!), but it only worked if Amita was teaching her daughter Tamil. No Amita, no punchline!

You will note that she doesn't appear at all in the fic though. Hehehe

The Ian and Colby stuff was the best though. They're what made me write this, not the Charlie/Amita or the Alan in it.

Thanks for trusting me enough to read things you might not like, hon. It's an honor. /bows/
melissima: Kim HEE!melissima on May 30th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)

This? This is so cute. I love it! I hope nobody skips the comment thread though, because your conjecture/revelation of what was in each of the men's heads was priceless.

:D <3
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 30th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)

Well as we know *no one* reads the comments in my posts. ;-)
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lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on May 30th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
After reading all the comments, I *had* to reread the fic (again) with all the additional insights /laugh. Definitely made it even more entertaining, especially with all the subtext between Colby/Ian (and maybe I'll try some fluff /chuckle).

Really did love this, Emma. Well done :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 30th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm amused that people read the comments, but I suppose I encourage it by putting my author notes in the comments instead of in the post, but I did enjoy the commentversations that cropped up in this one - Tam's especially.

Fluff's harder than it looks to pull off well, but if you want to give it a go we could definitely use the fic at N100! /hint hint/ LOL
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Glass_Gem: Don and Charlie Pillow Fightglass_gem on May 31st, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Things I love about this fic:

- That you wrote Colby gaping like a koi instead of saying fish because of the koi pond in the backyard
- That Ayea is adorable
- That Charlie and Amita had a baby girl
- That Ian, Colby and Alan were all thrown for a loop trying to figure out what Ayea was saying
- That Ayea reverted back to English when Charlie walked through the door
- That Amita is teaching Ayea Tamil
- This whole fic in general

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 31st, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
First, yay for a dream generating so many good comments! Thank you!

And second thank you for noticing the koi vs fish! I really liked that bit but figured it wouldn't get noticed much. /beams/

And finally, no matter what languages we learn two words transcend language: whatever we call our mom and dad. :-)
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Candi: Amita Among Petalsmustangcandi on May 31st, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I can just imagine the looks on Colby's, Ian's and Alan's faces when Ayea starts to speak Tamil. TOO FUNNY!

Really enjoyed this glimpse into the future. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on May 31st, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hee! Glad I could give you a good laugh, hon. You always deserve one. :-)
etiennewestwindetiennewestwind on June 17th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
That combination of sitters, Ayea probably figured it was too much fun *not* to speak Tamil. Their reactions must have been varied and toddler-entertaining. ;)
lillyglillyg on April 1st, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
That was fun and cute!