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27 December 2006 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs Fic: My Best Friend's Girlfriend  
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Title: My Best Friend's Girlfriend
Pairing/Characters: Megan/Larry, Colby, Don, Charlie
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Rampage, Longshot, Killer Chat
Summary: Megan stays loyal to Larry while he's away
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


"So," the agent from New Orleans drawled, trying out his best southern charm on Megan. "What does a beautiful woman such as yourself do for amusement in the evenings?"

"Colby, did the phone records come in yet?" Megan called out to Colby as he rushed past.

"Not yet!" he called back without stopping.

Megan sighed and turned to the visiting agent, putting on a polite smile for the sake of interoffice politics.

"Agent Colton..."

"Tim."

"Tim," Megan repeated. "Can the New Orleans office reinterview the victims' wives for me? I have a list of questions they didn't ask during the initial interviews."

"Why certainly." Tim smiled widely, showing his teeth. "But you haven't answered my question."

Megan turned to sit down at her desk and rapidly typed up an email. "I'm sending you the list of questions to ask. If you can forward it on, that would be great." She paused for a moment then added reluctantly, "I have a telescope. I like to spend my evenings looking through it."

"That sounds like a very solitary pursuit," Tim said, frowning. He pulled out his Blackberry and gave it a minute's attention. "Email forwarded."

"What can I say?" Megan tossed out as she stepped over to Don's desk for a file. "I'm a simple girl."

"Well, perhaps you'd permit me to take you out for a simple meal then."

Megan smiled uncomfortably. "Thanks, but I'm involved with someone who's working far away for the next few months and I don't think it's appropriate for me to go out to dinner with other men while he's gone."

"Involved isn't married or engaged. Surely dinner isn't a cardinal sin. Besides..." Tim puffed himself up a little. "What kind of man would leave a woman all alone to go to work?"

Megan chortled. "An astronaut."

Tim rolled his eyes. "Very amusing."

"I'm serious," Megan said, dropping a stack of files on David's desk. "He's up there right now in the International Space Station. Check any newspaper. Dr. Lawrence Fleinhardt. He's an astrophysicist and cosmologist."

"Lawrence Fleinhardt? That doesn't sound like the name of an astronaut!"

"Oh, and Buzz Aldrin does?" Megan retorted, trying to keep the irritation out of her voice.

"Hey Megan, phone records in yet?" Don asked as he strode up to his desk.

"Not yet," Megan replied.

"Agent Eppes..."

"Agent Colton," Don replied without looking up from his messages.

"The lovely Agent Reeves here is trying to convince me she has a paramour in space."

"Our boy Larry, yeah."

Tim's eyes widened in surprise. "So he does exist?"

Don looked up, forehead creased in confusion. "Why would you think he didn't?" He turned to Megan and easily read her veiled look of annoyance. "Listen Colton, who Megan is seeing has no bearing on our joint investigation and if you're going to call one of my agents lovely you'd better be ready to call all of them that and I'm not sure that'll go over well with Granger, you get my drift?"

Tim bit his lip petulantly yet when Don looked to him for a response he merely smiled. "Absolutely."

"Good. Glad to see we understand each other." He turned back to Megan as he headed out. "Call my cell if the phone records show anything."

"Will do."

Megan turned back to her computer, but Tim hovered over her, leaning against the edge of her cubicle. He checked his Blackberry again and smiled at her. "Two teams of agents are headed out with your list of questions to do the reinterviews."

"That's great. Keep me posted."

"So..." Tim continued, oblivious to Megan's attempts at giving him the cold shoulder. "I still don't see why you wouldn't be allowed to have dinner. I mean if he's off in space for all that time a girl's got to eat, right? It's not right to ask a beautiful woman to sit home alone for months on end. That's very selfish of him."

"Megan!"

"Charlie! Hey, have you got some findings for us?"

"I might soon. I told David I needed to see the maps from New Orleans and Phoenix. Once I extrapolate the data I need from them I should have results."

"That would be great," Tim said, nodding his approval. "Say, Dr. Eppes, Megan here says she's not allowed to go out to dinner. Can you believe that?"

Charlie looked surprised. "Not allowed? By whom? My brother's a pretty decent boss, so I can't see him stopping his team members from taking a dinner break."

"Oh, it's her supposed boyfriend out in space who doesn't want her having any fun while he's gone. I'm trying to convince her how selfish that is and that she should come out to dinner with me tonight."

Charlie's expression hardened. "If you are speaking about Dr. Larry Fleinhardt I'll have you know that he's not only a respected scientist, not only a kind man who would never put his own needs above Megan's, he's also my best friend, so I'd be very careful what you say about him in this office. Larry's done consulting work for the FBI on many occasions and is well liked here by everyone on Don's team. So you see..." Charlie stepped in closer and lowered his voice, adding just a hint of a threat to it. "If you're hassling my best friend's girlfriend while he's away, you're going to find that I am – along with my brother Don and the rest of the team – going to take exception to that."

Tim took a step back, looking chastened and embarrassed, and pulled out his Blackberry. "I've got a call. I have to take this..."

As he scurried away Megan let out a relieved chuckle. "Man, I thought I'd never get rid of him."

Charlie smiled and laid a hand on Megan's shoulder. "If he bothers you again let Don or I know, okay?"

"He's harmless," Megan said, shrugging. "Just annoying. If he gets really bad I'll have to demonstrate some of my Krav Maga moves on him," she joked.

Charlie laughed for a moment then pulled up a chair and sat close to Megan. "You have a window tonight, don't you?" he asked quietly.

She nodded. "Between 7PM and 8PM. I can't wait."

"I'm glad to hear it," Charlie said. He looked down at his hands in his lap for a moment. "I don't have one until next month and it's hard to be patient."

Megan smiled wistfully. "Yeah, it is."

+

Despite having a prearranged communication window, Megan still waited on hold for the better part of an hour, pacing nervously back and forth past her speaker phone.

"I'm sorry Agent Reeves, but the uplink still isn't available."

"I'll keep holding."

She walked over to her telescope and looked through the viewer then out her window into the night sky overhead.

"Agent Reeves?"

"Yes!"

"We have your uplink. Please hold for Dr. Lawrence Fleinhardt."

Megan stood at the window fidgeting impatiently.

"Dr. Fleinhardt is on the line. Go ahead Agent Reeves."

Megan rushed over to the phone and snatched up the receiver, holding it close to her ear.

"Larry? It's Megan..."

A wide smile blossomed on her face as she gazed towards the heavens.

"I miss you too..."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 28th, 2006 10:08 am (UTC)
Confession
Ach du lieber Gott! Please someone save me from The Cars' song that's stuck in my head thanks to this fic's title! /tears hair/ /rends garments/ (Actually that song begat a worse earworm in Candy-O. /sigh/)

Okay, on to the fic... ;-)

I wrote this like a couple weeks ago and it was one of those fic that the muse got me out of bed to type up. She decided I had to write some Larry/Megan for jestana. (She'd been very nice about helping spread the word about the L/M fic I'd written recently so I guess the muse appreciated the extra effort. I know I did.) :-)

So this is a belated birthday fic for jestana. I hope you enjoy reading it again now that I've been able to officially publish it.

A few tidbits...

Agent Colton is based on two people from The X Files (another FBI series hehehe). The first is Cary Elwes. While I'm not a huge fan of his, he was in the Princess Bride. (And who doesn't love the Princess Bride?) /grins/ I thought of him and in my head made Colton look like him since he played a FBI agent on the X-Files and I could easily picture him with a smarmy southern accent putting the moves on Megan. The name came from Agent Tom Colton, played by Donal Logue in the episode Squeeze in Season 1. That character puts pressure on Scully, but as with Megan, Scully needs no man to come to her rescue (thought it's nice to see who cares enough to do so).

This is a Larry/Megan ship fic in which Larry does not appear at all! LOL! I love that I can have a ship fic with an absent party. (He's supposedly present at the end, but not once does he actually speak.)

I wanted to share a brief portion of the email I sent jestana about the fic since it sums things up rather nicely.

I wanted to show Don supporting Larry, Charlie standing up in his stead and Megan so not needing either of them to bail her out. /grins/

So a belated Happy Birthday to jestana! May the Larry/Megan fic multiply during the long division separation... ;-)

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
the angst bunny: numb3rs-colbymakeitstopjamie on December 28th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
That was so sweet! I liked how everyonestood up around her:)
A Special Kind Of Crazy: Charlie by my_squishiesangelskuuipo on December 28th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
This is adorable! I can see this happening too.

I wonder if the writers are just going to forget about Larry while he's away. Out of sight, out of mind and all that.
melissimamelissima on December 28th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Guh, I love it when Charlie goes all fierce. And the Megan in my head does too (although not the same way I do. LOL.) She has always taken Charlie and Larry as equals, which is a refreshing change from the other agents' typical "high school jocks and geeks" reaction to the CalSci team.

I also love that you managed to show Charlie and Don being there for Megan without making it seem that she needed help. :)
Karen: numb3rs charliebyrons_brain on December 28th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
::girly squee:: how romantic.... I love their relationship too pieces... more, more, more....
andiadmiralandrea on December 28th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Hee. Good story. I love the Eppes brothers defending Larry and Megan *g*

And ref the song. Thanks, I had it stuck in my head as soon as I saw the title too! I actually have it on my MP3 as it's on a compilation album I often listen to whilst out shopping...
PhilLeeGirl: in the starsphilleegirl on December 28th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
I know I told you this, but it bears repeating!!! This is just wonderful and so amazingly in character. Much love for the Megan/Larry without the Larry. (Not that that sentence made any sense!)
Jestana: Tuberosesjestana on December 30th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you again for this! *hugs* I saw it when you first posted it, but I was at a friend's and didn't think it'd be proper to post a reply right then. *grin* Anyway, I'll be reccing this on white_tuberoses now.
perhaps some frottage is in ordersororcula on December 31st, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
I really like this, which was not quite as much of a given this time around as it usually is with your fics, because, although I think Larry and Megan are cute on the show, I don't generally find them very interesting to read about. They're just not my favorite characters. But this was good all around.

My favorite thing about it, though, what really stood out for me, was the voices. I could just hear the characters speaking in my head, and this line was what made me realize it:

"Good. Glad to see we understand each other." He turned back to Megan as he headed out. "Call my cell if the phone records show anything."

Very simple, but perfectly Don-like enough that I heard it and pictured it as if it was on the show.

Okay, sorry, I'mma stop being crazy now. :-)
izhilzha: larry/megan 24 hoursizhilzha on January 6th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this. Understated, realistic, and with everyone in character. I could see this on the show, actually. :-)
Candi: Dad and Millymustangcandi on September 18th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
OMG...I just read all your Larry/Megan fic and they're wonderful! (I know I said I'd read them later, but I couldn't wait...)

This one, the last line made me get teary eyed. It's beautiful and true and I think you've really got the inner workings of Megan's brain here with her relationship to Larry.

When Don said, "...and if you're going to call one of my agents lovely you'd better be ready to call all of them that and I'm not sure that'll go over well with Granger, you get my drift?" I cackled right out loud. Classic.

*sighs dreamily* I'm such a Larry and Megan shipper...even if I don't understand why. The very first moment in the episode where she looked at Larry through the car, I knew they were destined to be together. It was just a feeling...like the feeling I got the first time Alan and Milly talked to each other. *sighs again* I need help.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 17th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
Sorry to make you wait so long for a response!

I don't ship anyone on the show, but I like the challenge of writing Larry/Megan. It inevitably results in very enjoyable fic and it's nice to have shippers who really like a ship to read them.

FWIW, I think I laughed over that line too! I could totally hear Don say that. It's so him and so perfect at the same time.

I really need to jumpstart the Wildcard Series. It just requires so much research I can't just toss them off quickly like other drabbles. It is fun though to learn about the cars. I just would like to get the show on the road. Hehehe

Thanks for patiently reading all that fic! I'm glad you enjoyed them.
fightin' and trouble are my middle name: Don thoughtful and yellowused_songs on September 19th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
if you're going to call one of my agents lovely you'd better be ready to call all of them that and I'm not sure that'll go over well with Granger, you get my drift?

Love this. It's so very Don and very funny. I can see him saying this with an abstracted, irritated expression.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 17th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
Thanks. This has got to be one of my better Don lines ever. It's so totally him it even surprised me.