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09 December 2013 @ 11:30 pm
Numb3rs Fic: The Sharp Knife of a Short Life  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #449 - Wrap

Title: The Sharp Knife of a Short Life
Pairing/Characters: Charlie, OCs
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: UP
Summary: Charlie knows he'll never see that blanket again
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

She's wrapped in a lovingly worn delicately embroidered blanket handed down from his great-grandmother. This, Charlie knows, yet what strikes him is that he'll never see that blanket again. It comforted Don and their father before him, then it warmed his son Jacob and daughter Aileen. Now it stands in as shroud for Aileen's baby daughter.

She fought, like an Eppes though that wouldn't have been her name, long enough to be named. Jocelyn. Even now it sounds like music on Charlie's lips. He imagines his mother would have liked it and hopes that there is indeed a world beyond where Margaret is cradling her great-grandchild and singing to her sweetly swaddled in the first gift her mother-in-law ever gave her that mattered.

He's never seen a parent bury a child before. It's as unnatural as they say, wrong in every way. And as much as he loves his daughter he has no words for Aileen. She is bereft, beyond comfort, even from her equally grieving husband. To lose a first child is the cruelest cut.

Charlie will never see that blanket again. He stands over the closed coffin and misses what he had and what he will never know.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 10th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
Fic inspired by and title taken from the song If I Die Young by The Band Perry.

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

Lord make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother
She'll know I'm safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh and
Life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no
Ain't even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I've had just enough time


Emma DeMarais
fredbassettfredbassett on December 10th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Very poignant.
melissima: Charlie' shy smile  <lj user=darkangel41melissima on December 15th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
Oh so beautiful and sad! I have never had to attend the funeral of a little one, but I am sure it would be one of the hardest things in the universe. /slow clap/

Brava my dear, for imagining such a scene so well and so affectingly.
Candi: Colby Sympatheticmustangcandi on December 30th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
Ugh. Right in the feels. So sad in so few words.