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28 December 2015 @ 11:28 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Ten Years On  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge November 2014 Rewind – Photograph, Portrait, Mirror, Same

Title: Ten Years On
Pairing/Characters: Alan/Margaret, Don/Robin, Charlie, OCs
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 400
Spoilers: Series
Summary: Ten years after Margaret’s death the letters are delivered
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

208. Photograph

Don wasn’t one to admit it, even if Robin kept talking about family resemblance after Justin was born with a mop of dark curls, but he did kind of look like his mother. That Charlie and Alan were kin was a surprise to no one. Don... He had the Eppes hair and coloring, but he always felt like the odd man out.

At least until Robin put up a photograph of Don and his mother on their new picture wall.

Seeing an echo of his mother in his own face and in that of his son’s... He believed. He belonged.

139. Portrait

Charlie was pleased with himself for having left Alan speechless with his Hanukkah gift. He’d commissioned a family portrait that couldn’t exist in reality: Alan, Don and Charlie at their current age with their spouses and children plus one. Margaret. He’d paid for an expert age progression and given the image to the artist to insert as if she’d never left them.

In a way, she hadn’t.

Charlie still saw his mother every day in his daughter’s smile, in the sound of her laugh, feeling blessed that this new little Maggie brought the joy of her namesake back to life.

463. Mirror

Getting grayer was a fact of life; no amount of grousing at the mirror was going to change Alan’s hair. He tried to convince himself gray was distinguished, but then the white hairs added and multiplied. When she’d hit 40 Margaret had teased about coloring her hair so she’d look young. Now he’d give anything to age to snowy white beside her.

He missed her, missed having someone to share his life with. He’d always imagined they would grow old together.

Somehow though, when the grandchildren showed up to visit, they helped him remember the love and forget the loneliness.

423. Same

Margaret knew she was dying; her family was in denial, but she wasn’t. She felt the ticking of the clock every waking moment, feeling her life being measured in preparation for the final snip of fate’s scissors. It was hard, so hard to say all she wanted to Alan and her boys. So she wrote letters. With a failing hand she poured out her love onto paper.

Wait ten years, she instructed the lawyer who would be handling her will.

Ten years she’d have been gone, but the same love they’d remembered her by would be her gift once more.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on January 1st, 2016 04:31 am (UTC)
2015 was my 10 year LJversary and 2005, ten years ago, was when Numb3rs first premiered.

Thanks to all the good people in the fandom for a wonderful decade of fic and friendship.


Emma DeMarais
riverotter1951: north American river otterriverotter1951 on January 1st, 2016 04:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for all the stories you have written and the friendship as well.

ladygray99: skeletonladygray99 on January 1st, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
This was sweet, a little sad, and prefect.
msgrahamcrackermsgrahamcracker on January 2nd, 2016 01:20 am (UTC)
You have truly enriched this fandom with your wonderful stories. I miss the show but I reread your stories all the time. This one was particularly poignant. Thank you.
Candi: Colby and David Hugmustangcandi on January 3rd, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
RIGHT in the feels. This was lovely, and reminds me of all the things that are still good about Numb3rs and this fandom. I wouldn't know you and so many others without it, and that would truly be a sad thing. Thank you for sharing. <3

PS I need more lobster mac and cheese. :)
irena_adler: Margaretirena_adler on January 6th, 2016 08:03 am (UTC)
These were lovely little vignettes of the Eppes boys lives 10 years on. Is there going to be a follow-up where we see them get their letters?