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11 March 2013 @ 11:43 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Ruby Slippers  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #410 - Ruby

Title: Ruby Slippers
Pairing/Characters: Amita, Tapti Ramanujan
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Pilot, Pay to Play
Summary: Amita feels like she wants to go home even when she is at home
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Amita stood in the cool air of her family's luxury apartment and listened to the sounds of the city outside the windows.

It was the strongest reminder that this wasn't California; this was India.

The aural cacophony that rose up from the nearby street was dimmed by distance and good windows, but Amita could still hear the shouts of taxi drivers, the conversations of merchants and buyers and the laughter of children darting through the crowds on their way home from school.


Her mother's hand on her bare arm was a comfort, but it wasn't enough.

"Sometimes I wish I had a pair of ruby slippers," Amita mused, eyes still closed. "I could click my heels and say 'there's no place like home' and I'd be back in California. Only I'd want the shoes to work both ways." She turned to her mother, opening her eyes and affectionately placing a hand over hers. "I'd want them to bring me here too because you and father? You're home to me as much as California is."

Her mother kissed her forehead.

"I know your father and I coming back to work in India was hard for you. But it's important work we do here."

"I know, Amma." Amita leaned into her mother's touch, craving its warmth. "I just can't help wanting it both ways."

The next morning Amita found a lovely wrapped box on her bed. Inside were a pair of red sandals with faux ruby accents along with an open ended plane ticket back to California plus a note.

'These may not work like ruby slippers, but think of us when you wear them and a piece of us will be with you in your other home. -Amma.'

Tearing up, Amita put them on, whispering, "There's no place like home."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 12th, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
Title and reference to ruby slippers from the film The Wizard of Oz.


Emma DeMarais
Andreadizzydrea on March 12th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that's just so sweet and lovely. Brought a tear to my eye. And made me like Amita for about five seconds. Good job!
melissima: Max Lilies Heartmelissima on March 13th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
Awww... as usual, your Amita faaar outshines the canon version.
Candi: Amita Among Petalsmustangcandi on March 16th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
I would like those flip-flops please. LOL.

I love this. Wonderful!
irena_adler: Amitairena_adler on March 17th, 2013 07:01 am (UTC)
Sweet :)