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26 November 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Letters from Princeton  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge November 2011 Rewind - Kid, Tease, Tears, Punch

Title: Letters from Princeton
Pairing/Characters: Charlie, Don, Margaret
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1200
Spoilers: Pilot, Sacrifice
Summary: Freshman Charlie writes home to his big brother from Princeton
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

294. Kid


Thanks for the new UCLA sweatshirt! I wear the one you gave me for Hanukkah so often people were starting to make fun of me. Now I have two!

I get what you're saying about being patient, but I'm tired of everyone treating me like a kid, you know? I thought that when I left high school and got to college people would treat me like a fellow academic. The problem is, the freshman class is filled with the same big guys who looked down on me a year ago only now they're nineteen instead of eighteen and only a little less idiotic about it, given that this is Princeton. I figure any college that has athletic teams has to have its fair share of jocks, right? So it's not like I'd be safe from them at MIT even.

There's a really cool physics professor though that I started hanging out with. He's really funny and quirky and thinks I'd like fluid dynamics. I took his quantum physics class the first semester and got an A so he asked me if I'd be interested in some small group discussions outside of class. They're really cool! He only brings in a few of us, but we talk about really cool topics. Everyone's really nice except for this one guy, Marshall, who is totally full of himself. What a jerk!

At least I don't need you to intimidate people for me anymore. I've got Mom for that! LOL Not really, but she does hover enough that Professor Fleinhardt - that's his name - knows who she is on sight. It's just how many kids have their moms at college with them? Seriously! Ugh. Can I be a grown up now, please?

Anyway, Mom is calling me for dinner.

More soon...


282. Tease


So I've totally had it with this Marshall guy at school. He's a total ass and he goes out of his way to sabotage my work and make me look bad, especially around the girls in our group. I thought I'd gotten used to being teased back in high school, but that was for being too smart. This guy? Makes it sound like I'm an idiot compared to him! He gets me so pissed off it's not even funny!

The other day he erased part of my equation while I wasn't looking and then made it look like I'd left portions unsubstantiated and moved on, like I don't know how to line up my proofs or something! I can't even believe they bought his lies! Professor Fleinhardt said I should have stood up for myself, but I was so mad I couldn't even talk. Marshall just gets under my skin like that.

Hey, you used to do some really great pranks (and get away with them LOL) when you were in high school. I need something to pull on Marshall to bring him down a peg. I know you don't get geek humor, but you do know how to embarrass a guy in front of pretty girls and that's just what I need.

BTW, sorry to hear you lost your baseball game against USC. That sucks. Remember low and outside! Don't make me send you more statistics! You know your pitches, you just have to watch your swing!

Hey, Mom just said she'll pick out our flight home tomorrow so she'll probably call you to see when you can come visit. I know you like living in the dorms, but if Mom's making her famous brisket I figure you'll find your way home for at least one night.


100. Tears


You rock! I pulled your prank - the water one - with Marshall and everyone laughed at him! I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard. He was furious! I think even Professor Fleinhardt was grinning a little when he led Marshall away to help him get cleaned up, but I know all the girls thought it was hilarious. Some of them even admitted later that they knew Marshall was full of it and they were glad to see him get a little comeuppance. So thanks!

Sounds like your midterms were scary! I feel lucky that once I got rid of my required freshman English comp class I've been able to leave English behind (for now at least) and focus most of my class schedule on math and science. I do have some more GE to take, but the choices are pretty cool compared to high school. There's a History and Philosophy of Science course I can take to get rid of my history requirement. That's way better than studying the stupid civil war or the French Revolution all over again. Ugh. At least here I'm not the only geek who thinks studying Descartes and Pascal would be fun. (And of course Leonardo DaVinci! I could do a whole class on him alone.)

Did Mom tell you we're going into the city this weekend? We're even going to Times Square! I figured I might get your Hanukkah present while I'm there. Do you want like a t-shirt with something New York on it? I know you already have the Yankees jersey Mom and Dad got you, but if you want me to drop hints that you want a sweatshirt too. Then again, there's always the Mets. (I know, I know - no way.)

Dinnertime! Later!


255. Punch


I totally owe you one. Do you remember telling me how you spiked the punch at your prom? Well we had a big dance, all the students in my department, and I totally wanted to do something cool (and of course not get caught, especially since Mom was a chaperone). So I used your plan and it worked like a charm! They totally didn't frisk me properly since I was so young and they never found the flask in my jacket shoulder pad. Not that it would have done any good - I filled it with clear water like you said. Anyway, I had my double ziplocked bags of vodka hidden throughout my clothes and I got the guys to help me slip them into the punch bowl. Then I showed the girls my flask and made a show of pouring it in. So now I'm a hero to the guys for being ingenious and the girls think I must have gotten some seriously potent liquor through security to spike the punch with that little liquid. LOL

So yeah, I'm ending the year on an up note, definitely feeling more popular than when I started. Everyone in my year in the math department pretty much knows who I am and they're cool with me. I finally feel like I fit in here.

Anyway, congrats on winning the championship game! That must feel awesome! I knew you guys would pull it out in the end. I can't wait until you're first string. You're already a kick ass player as a freshman so I'm sure your coach can't wait for you to bulk up and hit upperclassman status so he can start you.

See you back in Cali in a couple of weeks. For now, finals! Good luck with yours!


Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 28th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Epistolary fic!

I confess it's not my best Charlie voice ever, but considering how much schoolwork I should be doing right now, I'm kind of amazed I even got this done today. Gah!


Emma DeMarais
Candi: Charlie Thinking Equationsmustangcandi on December 3rd, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this. I find that writing letters is such a great way to learn more about characters. This was a nice glimpse of Charlie and Don's life while Charlie was at Princeton. Well done. :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 11th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
Naughty Charlie. ;-)