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20 January 2014 @ 04:51 pm
Numb3rs Fic: December in Detroit  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #455 - Cold

Title: December in Detroit
Pairing/Characters: Don
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Decoy Effect
Summary: Winter feels colder when you're far from home
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Winter here is cold and bitter.

Not for the first time does Don find himself cursing the FBI's ability to send its recruits to any city it chooses.

Detroit is harsh: biting cold winds drive snow and sleet into his California tender skin while criminals without conscience commit some of the most ruthless acts against humanity, beyond what he even imagined back at Quantico.

He's scared, honestly afraid of dying. It was one thing to wield a gun indoors against cardboard cutouts, but here? His hands are so frozen numb he's not even sure he could pull the trigger with any speed or accuracy in the subzero temperatures.

He passes a clock and realizes he's missed lunch.

He passes a calendar and it hits him that he's missed the start of Hanukkah.

It's been over a year since he saw his parents last, weeks since he returned their phone calls.

He envisions them now, cozy by the fire in the Craftsman's inglenook. He could be there laughing beside them, full and sated from a homey brisket dinner, ruffling Charlie's hair as he teased his younger brother.

Instead he turns his collar up against the wind and goes back to work.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 21st, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Fic inspired by and first line taken from the song Full of Grace by Sarah McLachlan.

I confess it took me close to a half hour to find the spoiler episode title for this fic.

I couldn't remember which episode stated that Don started off in Detroit fresh from Quantico so I had to look it up. Sadly, Redhawke didn't have the detailed info so I was left with SRT (closed captioning) files.

I had to locate and download all the SRT files from every season, unzip them into folders, move them into a single folder, go out to the command shell to rename them en masse to .txt since Microsoft Windows couldn't figure out how to search inside a text based file that wasn't named .txt /sigh/ and then search inside the files in the folder for the word Detroit.

Why, when no one cares over such a small spoiler? Because I care for some reason. /shakes head/

Thank you,

Emma DeMarais
fredbassettfredbassett on January 21st, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
Poor Don, that does all sound rather cold and bleak!
riverotter1951: north American river otterriverotter1951 on January 22nd, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
You wrote: Why, when no one cares over such a small spoiler? Because I care for some reason. /shakes head/

I know that feeling. As a researcher, I search for the tiniest details for my stories. It gets annoying when the research takes longer than writing the story.
Candi: Colby - Armsmustangcandi on January 26th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
UGH. Just reading this made me colder. It's hella cold here right now and this was perfectly descriptive for the scene you were trying to set. Very well done.