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28 August 2010 @ 11:58 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Numbered  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge August 2010 Rewind – Hurt, Hospital, Hover, Heal

Title: Numbered
Pairing/Characters: Don/Robin, Charlie/Amita, Alan, OCs
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 400
Spoilers: Seasons 1-6
Summary: Cancer strikes the Eppes Family a second time
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

228. Hurt

This time it's Charlie's turn to move home.

Don's put down roots in LA; he and Robin have their kids in good schools and everything.

It's Charlie and Amita who have to leave their posts in Cambridge, pack up their house and console tearful children who don't want to move five thousand miles away from their school friends.

But they do, no matter how much it hurts.

Because this time it's Alan.

So they come, they set up house in the Craftsman, crowding it with love and grandchildren.

And they hope, this time, it works.

They can't lose him too.

098. Hospital

The hospital isn't stark white anymore, but it still has the overly sanitized smell Don associates with his mother dying. Nurses pass by in rainbow colored scrubs, but this is still a ward where people come to die.

The oncologist swears treatments have improved in the years since Margaret lost the battle, but watching his father grow haggard and pale, Don's not so sure.

His always hale, always huge father now seems a shrunken version of himself and it's a struggle not to avert his eyes.

That old Alan lives in his memory, but increasingly Don's having trouble remembering him.

197. Hover

The brothers float like ghosts through the Craftsman, going through the motions of caring for their ailing parent.

Amita and the kids move in with Robin, the tone of the house too grim for the little ones who keep breaking into tears.

Sometimes Charlie breaks into tears as well.

He's fairly sure Don does too, but Don won't ever let anyone see. He's the patriarch now so he's got to be strong for everyone.

They hover as twin spirits over their sleeping father's bed.

A little brother's hand finds his big brother's.

They stand vigil: watching, waiting, hoping and praying.

231. Heal

Remission feels more like a respite than healing, but Alan's in the mood to celebrate. It's been ages since they had everyone over for a barbecue.

Don makes sure Alan always has a grandchild on his lap to give him a reason not to get up and wear himself out.

The hair will grow back and the gaunt skeleton will fill out again, but Charlie's resigned from Cambridge. Alan's years are finite: measured in hugs and laughter and barbecues.

Don realizes his years are numbered too. He gazes at his family, knowing this is how he wants to spend them.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
I confess I was lazy with the spoilers. I couldn't make myself care enough to go back and pick out just the few episode titles that spoiled the content of the fic and the canon pairings.

I kind of wish I'd chosen something more dramatic for these prompts since I'd been saving Hospital for a really special Rewind, but this is the bunny I got so this is the fic I'm publishing.

I figure it's not like I need prompts to write H/C fic, right? /looks at recent LJ posts which are pretty much all N100 and WC100 prompt fic/ Um, yeah.

BTW, I figure someone has to have used this fic title before in this fandom, but I've never seen it. (Not surprising given that I'm not really a fic reader.) I figure I haven't so it's fair game. /shrugs/

ETA: According to my tracking documents, this is my 650th straight up (not crossover) Numb3rs fic.


Emma DeMarais

Edited at 2010-08-29 07:29 am (UTC)
ladygray99ladygray99 on August 29th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)

Oh this got me all sniffily and worried. I'm so glad Alan's okay for at least a few more years.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
I know it's not as sexy to write fic about Alan, but damn it! Alan deserves hugs too! (And he gets the dubious honor of being number 650!)

FWIW I couldn't kill him off. It would have been an awful fic and all of you would have come after me for it to boot. /grins/
ladygray99ladygray99 on August 29th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
650! Wow! I've got 4 more before 400. I've got a lot of catching up I guess.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
Well, the 650 is all Numb3rs fic, not just drabbles.

Though now you've got me curious about how many are drabbles!

/runs off to do math/

Okay, if my quicky work is correct and I counted my Rewinds as 4 drabbles and my Complicateds as 5 (save the first) then I've got 510 drabbles under my belt at N100. That doesn't count any other fic under 300 I did for other comms, just straight up N100. Oh, and crossovers aren't counted. I'd have to go look for those.

/runs off again/

Okay, that looks like 17 more N100 drabbles that are crossovers.

So 527 so far.

Crud! I forgot to include this fic!

Okay 531.

/headdesk/ Why am I doing math at 1AM? /headslam/

Let's just say I've got lots and you've got lots and we both deserve lots of lovely virtual baked goods for all this fic, eh?

ladygray99ladygray99 on August 29th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
:-) That works for me.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Thank you. And thank you for always taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me, especially since I suck so badly at commenting on other people's LJs.
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Well, just know that it's appreciated.

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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!
devon99 on August 29th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
That old Alan lives in his memory, but increasingly Don's having trouble remembering him.

This is a really hard read, my dear. This line especially hits home.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
For me especially. That part was all from experience. I tell you it was not fun writing this, but I hope in some way it's cathartic - for me and hopefully for others out there.

riverotter1951riverotter1951 on August 29th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. You have captured a lifetime and the love among family perfectly. Thanks for the goodies too,
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 29th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's cookies for commenters!