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24 January 2007 @ 02:06 am
Numb3rs Fic: A World of Numbers  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #17 – In Another World

Title: A World of Numbers
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: Don saw Charlie escape reality and envied him for it
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

When their mother was dying, Don would go to the garage and watch Charlie work on P vs. NP. She understood why Charlie did it and he wanted to as well.

He watched his brother disappear into another world, one composed completely of numbers – one where his mother wasn't dying.

He felt oddly jealous of Charlie then.

Months later he found Charlie in the garage taking down his chalkboards – every one of them wiped clean.

"I'm done," was all he'd offered as an explanation.

Don had merely nodded.

Charlie hadn't solved the problem, but then that hadn't been the point.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 24th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
This is fic number 17 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

I like this one, but I can't say why. I like it even though there's nothing fresh and new about it. I just like it.

It's the last one I have prewritten so there's either going to be a break in the series while I go deal with my life or my muse is going to protest and try to get me to find a way to write and post anyway. We'll have to see...


Emma DeMarais
Karen: numb3rs charliebyrons_brain on January 24th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, so sad ::huggles::
delgaserasca on January 25th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
The line about Don's nvy is one that I've used myself because to an extent I agree with it. And yet even when I'm writing it, I disagree with it. I think because it says something about dependence/power-shift between the two of them. (This is not a comment on your fic, just something I've noticed in general. But I've used the line too, so really, I need to find a story and stick to it *g*).

I think what I like about the way this drabble resolves itself is that ultimately, Don gives Charlie that space so that when he packs up, Charlie doesn't have to communicate past his actions, and on some level, Don comes towards an understanding of why Charlie acted the way in which he did. Ostensibly, he's always known, but there are moments when things become clearer to him and this seems like one of those.
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
I can tell you it's nice while you're in it, but denial and avoidance are never good strategies. Things are just as bad or even worse when you come out...
fredbassettfredbassett on November 1st, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
Nice that Don seems to understand :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think he acknowledges the effect more than he understands it, but he gets it enough to be kind of jealous.