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29 January 2007 @ 05:22 pm
Numb3rs Fic: A Matter of Survival  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #21 – Survival

Title: A Matter of Survival
Series/Universe: Two Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Don
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Pilot, UP
Summary: Don leaves work when things get bad and heads for home
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Don buried his grief in work.

Charlie kept telling him he was working too hard, but he just dismissed his brother's concerns even though he knew they were true.

He'd taken time off from work already. Now he was back and in his line of work you had to be one hundred percent present. Lives were at stake. It was a matter of survival.

So when he couldn't shut out his emotions any longer he handed his case file over to Terry and took a long weekend.

He spent it at the house and went back to work on Monday.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
This is fic number 21 out of 31 in the Two Brothers Series.

More Train!fic...

I confess that I wasn't really thinking about the time frame when I wrote this one until it hit me that Don would have to pass his case file on to *Terry* not *Megan* because this series predates both Megan and Colby's assignments to Don's team and Terry's departure.

At least this being the Two Brothers Series I don't have to worry too much about *any* of Don's team members showing up that often. Hell, even *Alan* is being ignored in the series as much as possible to keep the focus on the Brothers Eppes.

Technically, this fic would have made more sense coming before On the Surface, but I'd already committed to writing the prompts in order. It works regardless. It's easy enough to assume he didn't break down this weekend – that he just needed a few days of the healing effects of family and home to get grounded again so he could focus.


Emma DeMarais
priusmom on January 30th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
I thought it worked great...I had assumed that his laundry breakdown prompted the long weekend...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
You know I had just assumed that the laundry was done on weekends, but I guess there's no reason why Don couldn't be doing laundry at the house on say a Wednesday night. He's a bachelor. Laundry day could just be whatever day he realizes he's out of shirts. ;-)

Thanks for reading and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Abbie Strehlow: Don Protectorknotted_rose on January 30th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
That's our Don -- never admitting to anything.

Thanks for continuing this series -- I may not comment on every one but I do read them and I'm finding them interesting.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Well, there's *31* in the whole series, so I think you'd deserve a medal if you commented on each one!

But yes, I'm happy to know you are reading them. I like to know that my F-list enjoys my fic and me popping up incessantly on their Friends page is not a bother. :-)
Abbie Strehlow: Don_When I'm Goneknotted_rose on January 30th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
*Never* a bother, my dear. Instead, always something to look forward to, as well as fic to treasure.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Aww... /is touched/ @>----- A rose for a rose...
perhaps some frottage is in order: Numb3rs secretssororcula on January 30th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
*sigh* I miss Terry.

This is very nice, Ms. Emma. So very like Don (although now I'm having to juggle--he's not evil?) ;-)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)

No no, he's *not* evil in *this* series... ;-)

Well, he may be a jerk in one or two of these drabbles, but he's not exactly evil. Hehehe

/looks around to see if anyone is peeking/

I'm begging the muse for more Vice... I think she needs more chocolate. /runs off to feed the muse sweets/
perhaps some frottage is in order: Don h0rs bitesororcula on January 30th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Hmm... I know a place in SF that sells some very nice truffles. Perhaps a BART trip is in my future, so I can help persuade your muse, as well. ;-)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Ooh! /puts down peanut butter cups/ Really? /perks up/

If they have a web site then post a pic of them. The muse is virtual so she enjoys virtual chocolates. Hee!
perhaps some frottage is in order: navisororcula on January 30th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
If your muse gets fat, don't go blaming me... *looks innocent*

Chocolates with a soft center.

Dark chocolates.

More chocolate than you can shake a stick at.

(the website, btw, is www.cocoabella.com) :-)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 30th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)

Thank you!

/pokes muse to look/

Hopefully that will spur her on on the train home... Hee!
fredbassettfredbassett on November 1st, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
It comes back to the importance of the house again. I agree with your comment about it being seen almost as a character in itself.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
The house has restorative properties and not just to that family. I mean, David ended up there after he got shot! People naturally gravitate there. Good boy Charlie for not just letting Alan sell...