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10 January 2007 @ 09:11 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Science Experiment  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #7 - Science and/or Art

Title: Science Experiment
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: Don doesn't take Charlie's work seriously enough
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"A model volcano? What, are your students in sixth grade?"

Charlie glared as Don laughed at his handiwork.

"Mock my volcano all you want, but I use this to demonstrate the difficulty of particle tracking in turbulent flows using Kolmogorov's theory. This one fluid dynamics science experiment covers math, physics and chemistry. What could be better to get their attention?"

"It's a volcano made of plaster! Get real."

"Tease all you want, but my aerodynamics equations are being used now to build airplanes that resist the effects of turbulence in flight. Is that real enough for you?"

Don stopped laughing.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 11th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
This is fic number 7 out of 31 in the Two Brothers series.

In the pilot Don admits that Charlie is a 'world class mathematician', but it's pretty much in the same breath as calling him a pain in the ass. ;-) We see glimpses throughout the series that imply that Don doesn't fully understand or appreciate Charlie's work, that he perhaps doesn't give Charlie the level of respect his work warrants and that Don can be dismissive out of carelessness/thoughtlessness. He's not a bad guy, just a big brother. /grins/

I thought I'd write a piece where Don is perhaps even more dismissive than he is in the series, showing that he's grown a bit since they've come back together. Maybe this is where he realizes that Charlie is indeed a world class mathematician.

And yes, the math is real even if my usage of it is dramatized. (Am I not allowed the same license as TPTB?) ;-)


Emma DeMarais
perhaps some frottage is in order: Donsororcula on January 11th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
I like this, although the bit about "Kolmogorov" made me eyes glaze over just a bit. ;-)

I think this is a realistic look at the brothers' relationship--that Don doesn't (didn't) think much of Charlie's work, especially compared to his own, maybe.

You're making me want to watch the pilot again. *sigh*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 11th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
LOL! I'm sure it made Don's eyes glaze over a bit as well. ;-)

I feel the same way about the pilot. I'm feeling nostalgic for Season 1 brotherly love... /sigh/


perhaps some frottage is in ordersororcula on January 11th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
It's gotten to the point where I get overly excited when Don calls Charlie "Buddy," because it seems like it barely ever happens any more. *sigh*

But this is why I love fanfiction; it stays good and delivers what I want even when the show is hit-or-miss. :-)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 11th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I miss Don being affectionate with Charlie. I can't think of a single time in Season 3 that Don used that word. I was already bummed when he used it for someone other than Charlie in Man Hunt, so I guess I put too much importance on that word. /sigh/

But this is why I love fanfiction; it stays good and delivers what I want even when the show is hit-or-miss.

I think you've kind of hit on its raison d'etre. :-)
perhaps some frottage is in order: Don h0rsororcula on January 11th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
I think he used it in this last episode, because I remember getting all excited about it. *facepalm*

The nickname that I noticed in Man Hunt wasn't Don calling Coop "Buddy" (although I think I did notice that), it was Cooper calling Don "Donnie." One of the few things that turns me off of a story immediately is Charlie calling Don that, but oh, Cooper using it was fantastic. *is weird* :-)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 11th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Last episode? Huh... Shows how much I'm paying attention. ;-)

Billy called Don Donnie? When?

TPTB have been adamant that only Alan calls Don that, but Charlie called him that at the end of a recent episode so that's blown now. /grins/

Some authors can have Charlie call Don Donnie and make it work, but many can't. It's their choice, but I tend not to do it myself.
perhaps some frottage is in order: Cooper/Donsororcula on January 11th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
I think he might have called him Buddy during one of their many phone conversations. *sigh* (If it wasn't this week, it was last week, because I know it was recently.)

Billy called him Donnie a couple of times! I, uh, am not going to watch the episode right now just so I can tell you the exact moments (:-P) but I know it happened at least twice, and maybe even three times. They're scattered through the episode. And oh, God, it kills me every time, because it's so familiar, you know? Not to mention, with that voice, Coop/Max could say just about anything and slay me. *happy sigh*

TPTB have been adamant that only Alan calls Don that, but Charlie called him that at the end of a recent episode so that's blown now. /grins/

I'm pretty firmly convinced that TPTB know shit about these characters. Which is insane, considering they created them.

The main reason I don't like Charlie to use Donnie in fic is because of the fact that before recently he had never said it. Even with the recent use, which was not really in regular conversation, it doesn't feel natural to me to read/hear it coming from Charlie. I don't mind Charlie using it occasionally in kid!fic, because it's kind of a childish nickname, and I imagine Charlie would have picked it up from Alan.

And as you said, some authors can make it work, although I think any author would still have to use it very sparingly.

(Did you see that Liz is back on Friday? I'm hoping for some nice Don grins.) :-)
melissima: Billy...*drool*melissima on January 11th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
I have watched Manhunt a few extra times ;-) and I can verify that Billy calls him Donnie. PTB plainly don't watch Max as closely as I do. Hee!
perhaps some frottage is in order: Coopersororcula on January 11th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
PTB plainly don't watch Max as closely as I do.

...Does anybody? ;-)
melissima: Agent Cooper <lj user=red-tanger>melissima on January 11th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
If so, then I'm obviously slacking. ;-)
Karen: numb3rs donbyrons_brain on January 11th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
GO CHARLIE! wonderful as usual...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 13th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)

/hands byrons_brain a muffin to go with her coffee/
Karen: numb3rs donbyrons_brain on January 13th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
MMmmmmmmmmm, delicious..... would you like some more coffee?

::pulls out table and chairs::
fredbassettfredbassett on October 31st, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Nice one, Charlie!

Interesting comment tread re use of "Donnie" as well.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 31st, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
You read the comments too? Wow you must read fast! I hate reading fast and I wish there was a cure. I'm convinced I'd enjoy a book more if I could enjoy it over a span of several days vs an evening. /sigh /
fredbassettfredbassett on October 31st, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
I read hellishly fast. I blame it on a) devouring Tolkien before I was 10, as LOTR went on forever and was wonderful, but it taught me to read fast, and b) I'm a lawyer, so I read fast at work all day.

Costs me a fortune in books, which is where LJ helps. It keeps my book buying to manageable levels :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 1st, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Gah! Another lawyer! (And don't you call it a solicitor on the other side of the pond?)

LOL, sorry it just seems like in the last few years I've become surrounded by them. /grins/

I've read voraciously all my life, but I've found now that I write so much (I've written nonfiction before in my profession, but I've only recently taken the dip in the creative writing side of the pool) I don't read hardly as much as I used to - also keeping my book budget in check. In fact I got six new books and never even cracked them open. I've been too busy with fic. /mind boggles/

I do enjoy some Project Gutenberg from time to time. I just found a site of classic short stories I've begun to devour, which is also nice. But I still envy people who can curl up with a good book and put a bookmark in it when it's time for bed. I'm all 'bookmarks?' since I never have a need for them.

I figure even with my voluminous output it's still not enough to keep you entertained all the time, but I am flattered that you find my stories worth your precious time.
fredbassettfredbassett on November 1st, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
We do, and I am. *riuns and hides*

Yes, for the first time in ages, I have a pile of unread books, as I mainly read in bed now, so it takes longer to get through them.

Your stories are certainly worthwhile, m'dear, and that's why I find your monthly updates so useful as it reminds me of what I still need to catch up with.

It took me about 6 weeks to work my way through Irena's back-catalogue and I shall be doing the same with yours. I may end up doing comments ever few fic's or so, so I don't spam your in-box to ludicrous levels, but I will be reading each series all through. So as I've said before, don't feel the need to be polite and answer them unless you particularly want to, or you'll eat into your fic-writing time :) Which is way more precious than my reading time, although I must get some writing done as well, or I'll have munchkin after me with sharp implements!! She caught me out a few times reading Irena when I was meant to be writing :)