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08 November 2010 @ 08:43 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Dark, Darker and Darkest  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #288 – Dark

Title: Dark, Darker and Darkest
Pairing/Characters: Charlie, Don, Ian
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Sniper Zero
Summary: There's a wide spectrum of blackness even in the dark
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The old homestead creaks and settles as darkness stretches out across its rafters, stealing the lingering warmth of the sun from its old wooden bones.

Charlie doesn't always turn on the lights at dusk. The Craftsman has a glow about it during the twilight.

Like a sunset it fades into a peaceful dark that wraps around the house like loving arms wrapping a blanket.


The FBI parking garage is dimly lit, but Don, dressed in black, seems to suck the light from the gray space as he storms through the concrete pillars, heavy footfall reverberating as his hands make tight fists.

The SUV is black and almost as dark inside once Don settles himself behind the wheel. He does not put the key in the ignition. He sits there, scowling, cursing, taut as as a garrote wire.

The elevator will not open. His team will not come after him. This is a dark that consumes. If Don makes it home without wrapping his car around a telephone pole, he'll drink himself into oblivion, only pausing long enough to punch a hole in his wall.


He's stealthy, invisible unless he wishes to be seen. Ian's in his element outdoors and if he doesn't want to be found, no one will find him.

He's here to find someone else though, someone whose deeds have marked him for elimination. Ian doesn't take on black ops work anymore, but when the Pentagon calls on you for wetwork you don't turn them down.

It's a dirty business, but it's a dark spot on Ian's already heavily tarnished soul. He knows the cost to him won't be as great to someone who hasn't spent a lifetime killing, but just once he wishes his black heart could feel enough to tell him not to take a life.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 9th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
This just happens to be Numb3rs fic #666 on my list of straight up (non-crossover) Numb3rs fic. I find that oddly apropos given the title. (And no, it wasn't on purpose.) ;-)


Emma DeMarais
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 9th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Now I want to know what's up with Don and who is Ian's target.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 9th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
Hey L! Nice to see you!

I just finished up my last midterm and turned in my last big midterm paper so I'm raising my head from homework for a message to let you know you've been missed. ♥

FWIW I don't know what's up with Don other than REALLY bad case and Ian's target is a very bad man who can't be dealt with via proper channels. That's all I know about it, sorry!
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 9th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds like one could maybe held the other.

We managed to get s hotel room with wifi last night so I spent 20 minutes checking my flist. I'm going to have a lot to read when I get back.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 10th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Only because you were gone a long time. The fandom's been - as far as I've heard - fairly quiet. But then, I've been off doing midterms for weeks so I'm the last person who knows the temperature of LJ. ;-)
(Anonymous) on November 9th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
As always, wonderful. You have such a way with words, especially when it concerns two favorite characters of mine: Don and Ian. Glad to see that a fav author of mine is still writing about one of my favorite TV shows!

--Laura from Indianapolis
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 9th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
Thank you, Laura! (And I hope you get an LJ for commenting at some point so I know you get my responses!)

I really like Don and Ian when they're all dark and intense so this was a real treat for me, using them on this prompt.

And never fear. When it comes to the 23 fandoms I write I have over 600 Numb3rs fic and my secondary fandom hasn't even passed 50 fic yet, so I'm still pretty dedicated to the show. :-)

Thanks for your support!
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 9th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
fyreflyfyrefly101 on November 9th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Given the comfort and cosiness of Charlie's bit, Don's really comes as quite the smack in the face, and to me, seems even darker than Ian's. Taking a life is, after all, a large part and parcel of Ian's job and skill-set. But for Don, who is supposed to be "the good guy", his darkness is entirely the opposite of his character.

Awesome, as ever.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 10th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I have a thing for Dark!Don so I couldn't resist making his kind of extreme. Ian's used to taking a life, but it's when that person is actively endangering others, not just assigned to be assassinated by some bureaucrats in Washington without telling Ian why the person deserves to be killed. When he kills for the FBI it's to save a life; killing for the Pentagon? He's just a weapon. Only this weapon lives and breathes and does give some thought to the lives it ends. I guess I was hoping it would come through that normally Ian feels like he's the good guy and this time, he doesn't see himself that way.

Thanks for reading!
fyreflyfyrefly101 on November 10th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
Oh, no, it absolutely does come across that Ian isn't just a "where do I aim?" and is done and dusted with it there. But it is a much more...frequent, if not normal, part of his job, so it's more expected. I think it was the unexpectedness of Don's rage that really made it seem so much worse.
Ayesha: Galaxy (off web)browngirl on November 9th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Three vividly drawn portraits of darkness. *is wowed*
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 10th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon! ♥
devon99 on November 9th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Very nicely done sweetie:) Don's is the most dramatic piece, but it's Charlie in the Craftsman that is the most satisfying for me. It's warm and quite lovely indeed and just perfectly captures the spirit of that house and the Eppes family.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 10th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear! I had an old fic that I wrote where Charlie goes around the house and blows out the candles at the end of the night and that image of the Craftsman aglow just stayed with me so I had to use it again.
cat_13145cat_13145 on November 10th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
The Don/Ian shipper in me wants the two to be linked (Ian is after the guy whose Don's team has just finished trying to nail legitimately), but that's just me.
Congrats on your 666th fic.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on November 10th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)

I don't have any more to the story than what I wrote, but I like your idea that if Ian has to kill on command, at least it's someone who really did escape justice in some other way.