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15 December 2006 @ 12:11 am
Numb3rs Fic: A Fresh Start  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #2 - Starting Over


Title: A Fresh Start
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: The brothers discuss their interests over breakfast
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"So, what stuff do you like to do now?" Don asked, stealing a slice of toast.

Charlie shrugged over his breakfast cereal. "Same old. You know."

"No, I really don't. Charlie, the last time we lived in the same city you were thirteen."

"Point taken. I still like to hike. Do you still like baseball?"

"Yeah."

"So maybe we could catch a game."

"And go hiking."

Charlie offered Don the last slice of toast.

"It feels kind of like starting over."

"Yeah, it does... But that's good, right?" Don asked. "A fresh start?"

"Yeah," Charlie mused thoughtfully. "It is good."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 15th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
Confession
This is fic number 2 out of 31 in the Two Brothers series.

Forgive me for my laziness, but I just couldn't deal with trying to figure out what episode might be spoiled by me mentioning Charlie liking hiking. I know Don brings up baseball in UP so at least I got half of the really tiny spoilers addressed. ;-) Okay, so I'm missing a bigger spoiler when it comes to Charlie being thirteen when they last lived together, but that's at least kind of mentioned in the pilot when Alan tells Terry about them graduating high school the same year.

And yes, we have canon that Don steals toast, but trying to find the episode that happens in seemed even more insane. Hehehe

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
perhaps some frottage is in order: Numb3rs secretssororcula on December 15th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
This is sweet. I like that Charlie doesn't realize for a minute that Don really wouldn't know what he was interested in. Of course, seeing him ask Don, "Do you still like baseball?" is also kind of sad, since baseball was such a huge deal to Don back in the day. That, along with Don pointing out how long it's been, really highlights how much they'd drifted apart. So I guess it's bittersweet.

Also, the toast stealing was in Bones of Contention. (What does it mean that I didn't have to look that up or even think about it for very long? :-/)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 15th, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Yes, Charlie replies before he stops and thinks about what he remembers Don liking, else he would have realized that he has no relevant recent data to pull from. ;-)

I think at this point Don's been out of baseball for nine years, but still sad that Charlie has to ask. Sadder still if that's all Charlie can think of that Don likes.

The series is kind of bittersweet because even though it's about two brothers coming together the fact that they have to come back together means they've been apart and not necessarily for the best of reasons.

Bones of Contention... I can see him stealing the toast, but past that I can't place that scene in context of any episode. I'll take your word for it. That wasn't one of my favorite episodes, despite it having two very good guest stars (Reed Diamond from Homicide and Graham Greene). Actually most of Season two wasn't that great. Thankfully Season three is doing much better and not just in the hair department. Hehehe

Glad you liked it.

Thanks,

Emma
perhaps some frottage is in ordersororcula on December 15th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
The series is kind of bittersweet because even though it's about two brothers coming together the fact that they have to come back together means they've been apart and not necessarily for the best of reasons.

Exactly. You've done a good job balancing that so far. :-) Aww, poor boys.

I can see him stealing the toast, but past that I can't place that scene in context of any episode.

Charlie is RSVPing to Larry's dinner party, when Don walks in, says, "Hey, boys," (which I've always loved), and, during the ensuing conversation, steals Charlie's toast. The reason Don came in was something case-related, but I don't remember what, exactly. Then later, at the dinner party, Don asks his father about their mom's clothes, and that is how one remembers it's from Bones of Contention, because the whole thing is about... artifacts? Connections to the past, I guess.

I swear, I'm not usually like this. I will not constantly spam your journal with craziness anymore, probably starting tomorrow, after I turn in my homework. :-)

Thankfully Season three is doing much better and not just in the hair department.

Season three has actually had a lot of ups and downs for me. Some of the episodes I've loved, but some I've been really disappointed by, and most I've felt a little indifferent about. Overall, I still like the show, but I feel nervous every week that it won't be any good. Eep.
Karen: numb3rs donbyrons_brain on December 15th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
Oh so very good... I like this, they would definately need to reconnect after such a long time....
markyfic on December 15th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
I know Charlie and Larry went hiking together at the very beginning of Structural Corruption(is that the name? the one with the college boy who commited suicide).

I like this... sweet, but a little sad with the fact that they've been apart so long.
Abbie Strehlow: Act Casualknotted_rose on December 15th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
I like the balancing that you're doing between the bitter and the sweet.

::pets the poor boys::

Thanks so much for doing this series. It's been interesting so far.
Keylaneverbelonged on December 15th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Awe. That's cute. I like it. Great job.
fredbassettfredbassett on October 31st, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
I remember the toast stealing! Nicely caught :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 31st, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
The toast stealing was awesome! They need more stuff like that again.