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11 November 2013 @ 10:42 pm
Numb3rs Fic: What To Give the Academic Who Has Everything  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #445- Dawn

Title: What To Give the Academic Who Has Everything
Pairing/Characters: Billy/Charlie
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Charlie's not easy to buy for during the holidays
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

As a rock star professor and consultant Charlie made good money, damn good money. Enough that Don jokingly referred to him as Billy's sugar daddy whenever someone would bemoan their low Federal paychecks. It just made gift giving difficult.

Vacations weren't a big deal; Billy was more than comfortable with Charlie paying since they often were added on to some conference Charlie was speaking at anyway. But Hanukkah and Christmas were different. Billy loved how effortlessly the Eppeses shifted their traditions to include both holidays. He never felt unwelcome or uncomfortable after that first awkward year as Charlie's new boyfriend and the ex-partner that Alan had once given the wary eye to because of Don's long absences from home. Now, he was part of the family and wanted desperately to make the holidays memorable with these men.

Don? Easy. Good scotch always made him happy. Alan? Golf. There was always some course he hadn't tried yet where Billy could buy him tee times. It was Charlie who was the hard one to buy for. Whatever he wanted he could afford already and often had already bought.

Billy was flummoxed until he heard an ad on the radio from the local waste management company. Encouraging people not to wrap disposable gifts that would eventually wind up in a landfill, their motto was "Give experiences instead of stuff."

It dawned on him just then. Stuff, Charlie had. Experiences? Not so much.

That holiday season Billy was prepared with a new envelope each night of Hanukkah. Every night Charlie would open it to discover a new experience Billy had chosen for them.

Whether it was bungee jumping, scuba lessons, a photography course or opening night at the races, Charlie's huge grin of delight told him he'd finally found the secret to good gifting.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 12th, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
Fic inspired by an actual waste management holiday campaign which used that quote.


Emma DeMarais
melissima: Evil by <lj user=melissima>melissima on November 12th, 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
Eeee I know you have this in your gift-giving repetoire, but it's delightful to see it in Billy's as well.

I wouldn't mind a series... ♥
fredbassettfredbassett on November 12th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
Great idea, and lovely to see Billy as part of the family.
t_vo0810t_vo0810 on November 12th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
I vote for this as a series too! :D :D :D You come up w the best ideas. This is just so quintessentially Billy/Charlie. <33333333
Dani: John and Sam smileumbralillium on November 14th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
Heeee! Ingenious! Good job, Billy. XD
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 8th, 2014 10:39 am (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant of you and Billy.