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06 November 2011 @ 10:52 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Through the Eyes of a Child  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #340 - Finale

Title: Through the Eyes of a Child
Pairing/Characters: Alan/Margaret, Don, Charlie
Rating: G
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Pilot
Summary: Alan and Margaret will never forget Charlie's first visit to Disneyland
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

For the Eppes family, it had been a long yet perfect day in every way.

Donnie was well experienced at Disneyland at this point, but it was Charlie's first time so little Donnie tugged his baby brother around by the hand, excited to show him all his favorite places in the happiest place on earth.

Charlie somehow tapped unforeseen energy levels and not only kept up all day, he skipped his regular nap - still too amped from meeting Mickey Mouse in person and getting his first set of mouse ears with his name embroidered on them.

The boys had reveled in the rides and cheered at the Main Street Electrical Parade, finally oohing and awwing at the fireworks, their tiny faces shining with joy and wonder at the grand finale - huge explosions of color over Sleeping Beauty's castle leaving them filled with awe.

Then, as if both their little engines ran out of gas at once, they crashed hard.

Margaret took up wee Charlie in her arms, limp as a sack of potatoes, the mouse ears hat he refused to take off askew on the curly little head laid on her shoulder.

Alan hoisted Donnie up on his hip to carry him back to the car. At his age he should have protested, but instead he just wrapped his arms around his father's neck like he used to when he was little.

The boys would sleep on the way home and wake only briefly when their parents slipped them into bed at home.

Later there would be pictures to develop and put into albums, pictures that would yellow with age yet still be enjoyed for decades to come - pictures that would inspire a whole new generation of Eppes children to want to discover the magic for themselves.

ladygray99: Charlie Blueladygray99 on November 7th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Jestana: #s: Don/Charliejestana on November 7th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
*melts* Lovely!
Ayeshabrowngirl on November 7th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, the sweet adorability of this!
Andreadizzydrea on November 8th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)

I love Disneyland! This reminds me of my first visit with my sister. I think it went exactly like this. Thanks for the sweet reminder of childhoods gone by.

lilacs_roseslilacs_roses on November 9th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
This was just so wonderful! Very beautifully done :)
Candi: Brothers Gotta Hugmustangcandi on January 23rd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)

I somehow missed this one. I'm going back and finding fic that I needed to add to my memories and I'm glad I did.

I love this line "Later there would be pictures to develop and put into albums, pictures that would yellow with age yet still be enjoyed for decades to come..."