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27 January 2007 @ 05:42 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Spring Color  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #19 – Color

Title: Spring Color
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: The brothers go to pick out flowers to plant in the backyard
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"I say we get the purple."

Charlie and Don surveyed the selection of flowers in the garden center.

"Purple doesn't show up very well," Don countered. "Let's get the white ones."

"The purple cost less per flat," Charlie stressed. "Based on my measurements of the flower beds in the backyard we'll need four flats."

"The white flowers are bigger though."

"Look," Charlie said, pointing. "They have yellow on sale."

"Yellow was Mom's favorite flower color."

They both stood in silence a moment, lost in memories.

"How about two white and two purple?" Don suggested.

"Yeah," Charlie agreed. "White and purple..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 28th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
This is fic number 19 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

I confess the last fic I posted was done a few minutes ago even though the post date is yesterday. Bad me! That's what I get for setting a maximum of one fic post a day! It's not uncommon for me to post after midnight and then date the post before midnight, but this is the first time I believe I've blatantly misdated a fic. I shouldn't have since it wasn't even written by midnight last night. Thus the confession. I purge my soul of guilt, I move on. ;-)

I wrote this one on the train as well. The next one up in the series was also on the train, so if you sense a common theme you might not be wrong. ;-)

Just in case it's not obvious, the reason they don't choose the yellow – despite it showing up better than white and being cheaper than purple (both their arguments) – is that the color reminds them of their mother and having such a constant reminder splashed all over the backyard would be hard at this point since their grief is still fresh.

I kind of like to think it's also a nice way of showing how even after she's gone Margaret manages to stop her sons from arguing so they can compromise...

Oh, one tiny thing that's bugging me. I really wanted to put in a line where Charlie kind of complains a bit about their father sending them to do this task, but it didn't work out. So just imagine Alan ordering his sons to go out and buy some spring color for the backyard. They don't protest at the time (because they know it was something their mother used to do and thus something that would be hard for Alan to take over at this point), but they probably aren't really up on gardening and might be feeling a bit out of sorts at being given this task to complete.

And of course Charlie has to bring in his math with the measurements and price comparisons and all. /grins/


Emma DeMarais
darkkevlardarkkevlar on January 28th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
I liked this one a lot....
esp when they thought of the yellow flowers and then compromised.
perhaps some frottage is in order: Donsororcula on January 28th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Mm, nice. :-) The image of the two of them arguing over flowers in a store is, uh... kind of making me laugh. *giggles*

And FWIW, I thought the reasoning behind not choosing yellow was pretty clear.
Karen: numb3rs donbyrons_brain on January 28th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Awww, blessed compromise... lovely...
fanficbyleofanficbyleo on January 28th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Nice! Loved the compromise, and loved the moment of silence after they realized about yellow.

fredbassettfredbassett on November 1st, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Nice compromise, nice fic.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)