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27 March 2011 @ 10:52 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Four Corners  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge March 2011 Rewind – Motorcycle, Trip, Beneath, Sky

Title: Four Corners
Pairing/Characters: Don/Robin, Don/Kim, Don/Terry, Billy
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 400
Spoilers: Seasons 1-4, Shadow Markets
Summary: On vacation Robin makes new memories but Don relives his old ones
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

244. Motorcycle

"This is great!"

Robin pulled off her helmet and let her long hair loose, shaking it out under the sun as they stopped for lunch at a tiny roadside restaurant off the local highway in Utah.

"Yeah," Don agreed. "I always liked it out here."

"Best pie ever," Billy enthused, dismounting his motorcycle. "And this highway has some of the best lanes in the whole damn Southwest."

"How did you find this spot in the first place?" Don asked him.

Billy smirked, his expression sly.

"You're not my first road trip, partner."

"Hey, look!" Robin pointed. "Their specialty is pie!"

068. Trip

The remote inn catered to yuppie bikers and the ride up the mountain just outside of Taos had been breathtaking.

"I want another picture before we go inside," Robin said, pulling out her camera. We're losing the light."

"The sunset here is spectacular," Kim murmured, tugging Don's arms closer around her. "I want to remember this moment forever."

For a moment Don regretted chickening out and leaving the engagement ring at home.

"It's perfect," he agreed. "The view, you..."

Robin took her picture and joined Don, interlacing her arm in his.

"I"m so glad we went on this trip together."

198. Beneath

They parked their motorcycles at the edge of the pristine meadow, walking beneath the sun through the Colorado wildflowers.

"It's so idyllic," Robin beamed, delighted. "It's like a fairy tale!"

"I used to come here as a little girl." Terry lay beside him on the warm grass. "No one knew where it was so I had it all to myself."

Don kissed the back of Terry's hand. "I can't picture little you sneaking out alone."

Terry huffed out a chuckle. "Yeah, that was me: such a rebel."

"How did you ever find this place?" Robin marveled.

"A friend," Don answered.

221. Sky

"Wow..." Robin gazed across the desert. "The horizon just seems to go on forever!"

"It is a big sky," Don agreed.

"There's this 80s song," Liz's voice had a tinge of nostalgia. "Some British band wrote it about their first American tour. 'The Arizona sky, the sky is big out there. It took my breath away.'"

"I get that," Don said, pressing a kiss to her bare shoulder.

Liz arched into his touch. "It still takes my breath away."

Robin slipped contentedly into his arms.

"I'm so glad we took this vacation. Now we have all these memories to share."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 28th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
Ah, flashbacks to Don exes... And there are so many to choose from! LOL

(Yes, Don/Billy fans are welcome to wear their slash goggles for this series. /grins/)

The obligatory Wikipedia link: Four Corners. Taken with Don having lived in New Mexico before it seemed a nice area for a motorcycle trip starting in SoCal, plus 4 states and 4 drabbles made it a natural!

For anyone wondering, I pictured both Robin and Don on their own motorcycles for this road trip, but if you prefer them taking the open road on just Don's Moto Guzzi, feel free. I left it vague on purpose.

FYI, the name of that 80s band is China Crisis and the song - Arizona Sky - is quite lovely and touching, especially when you imagine some pasty British boys from a dank grey factory town first seeing the vast desert beauty of the American Southwest. (If you want to hear more, they've got some really nice songs, including the sweet and bittersweet Wishful Thinking. Yes, they've got some wince inducing videos, but the music is good.)


Emma DeMarais

Edited at 2011-03-28 05:52 am (UTC)
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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 28th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! Robin might figure it out later; she's a sharp cookie. But for now, it kind of makes me ache for Don to have both experiences to keep to himself.
cerealkiller0cerealkiller0 on March 28th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
I love this.

First, I have to say four corners is probably my favorite area of the country. I wish I still lived there. So already this = win.

Second, the nostalgic feel is perfect. I can't help wondering how Robin would feel if she knew these are all places Don has shared with his exes. (And Billy... but I say he kinda counts as an ex even without the slash goggles)

I'm a little baffled at how I feel a little bit sad and happy all rolled up in one. Very nicely done.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 28th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! I wanted it to be both emotions kind of battling with each other, so I'm glad that came through. And yeah, it doesn't matter if it's Don/Billy or Don and Billy - he's his former partner which is also why Terry is very important to his past. Don will never forget a partner - the bond is too strong.
cat_13145cat_13145 on March 28th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
While I love the story, I have to correct you about China Crisis. The band was formed in Kirby, which is part of Liverpool. While at the time of the song the area was suffering from depression, like most of Merseyside it had always been more a port town than a factory (The main factory there, Royal Ordinace closed in 1961) and I don't think anyone could ever call Liverpool drab. sorry to ruin the illusion.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on March 28th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Actually, I read it in an interview with the band themselves. Just because things close down doesn't mean the buildings don't remain and lend a hint of gloom to a town.

Though I did look it up, out of curiosity, and confirmed it with this section:
"Kirkby industrial estate, formerly ROF Kirkby still employs many of the towns workers, however the town's industrial heritage has largely faded away, with service industries moving in to replace the factories. Major employers currently active in the town include QVC and Barclaycard, with several other call centre companies also based in Kirkby."

They don't say when it faded away, but the song's older than a lot of my readers. /grins/

Then again, for all I know they were talking about gigging in Knowsley or even further away like Manchester. They didn't specify where in England they were comparing Arizona to, but they seemed appropriately wowed. (I've seen the horizon in Arizona - it is awe-worthy.)

Thanks for the detailed info!
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 28th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)
This is great though I feel a little bad for Robin sort of thinking she's the first one to tread these steps with Don.
msgrahamcrackermsgrahamcracker on March 28th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
There is actually quite a few ways to look at this; I prefer to think that Don, realizing how much he loves Robin, wanted to share these special places with her. Very, very nice story. I really enjoyed it.
Ayeshabrowngirl on March 28th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, MAN. This one has sooooo much in it, Don's present, his past and his future... Beautifully done! *applauds*