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02 September 2013 @ 06:57 pm
Numb3rs Fic: His Cross to Bear  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #435 - Bear

Title: His Cross to Bear
Pairing/Characters: Don, William Bradford
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: UP, Counterfeit Reality, Take Out, One Hour
Summary: Don gets a diagnosis he discovers might be true
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"It's called a Martyr Complex, Eppes. Look it up."

William Bradford's voice still echoed in Don's head long after their therapy session ended.

It haunted him at work so much so that he took off early, feeling too distracted, and found himself in front of his home computer typing into a search engine.

Don looked it up as ordered. And then he looked it up in three other places, stunned nearly into disbelief.

It felt like reading his life story revealed for all to see. He'd spent decades being the long suffering brother of genius Charlie Eppes, so much so that he'd grown to wear the suffering as a badge of honor – his cross to bear for the misfortune of having been born smart yet not smart enough to outshine his stellar sibling.

And yet William had insinuated it had become Don's standard M.O. in life and work. Could it be true?

Don sank back in his chair, hands in his lap and let his life unroll before his eyes.

He'd given up his engagement to Kim to return home and watch his mother die. He'd completely derailed his fast track FBI career to take a lower position in Los Angeles. Even now he was letting his baby brother steal the limelight for each closed case because of his math involvement.

But to say he enjoyed it? He'd figured it was just some sort of Jewish guilt thing he was stuck with by virtue of his upbringing.

At his next appointment he was uncharacteristically silent as William closed the office door and settled into his seat opposite him.

"If," Don started hesitantly. "If I've got this Martyr Complex thing... Can I get rid of it?"

William met his questioning gaze with one of certainty.

"Yes," he answered. "Yes, you can."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on September 3rd, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
Martyr Complex is real and it can be fought.

Also, for those of you who know the fandom Miracles (My favorite TV show ever!), the excellent fan site run by sailorhathor is named Cross to Bear


Emma DeMarais
laurel: skeet - paulsailorhathor on September 3rd, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Pimping da site! Yaaaaaaaaaaay! :D
melissima: eppes hugmelissima on September 3rd, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
Very, very nice. /applauds/

It's pleasing to think of Don finally stepping out of Charlie's shadow - not fleeing or denying it, just stepping out because he doesn't need to be there.
irena_adlerirena_adler on September 3rd, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Go Don! It's good to see him really working with Bradford.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 8th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Yep. Don all over.