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18 March 2007 @ 09:54 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Still and Silent  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #98 – Hospital

Title: Still and Silent
Pairing/Characters: Don, Charlie
Rating: PG
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: None
Summary: Charlie is unconscious in the ICU and Don is by his side
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The ICU is not quiet. Machines beep and whir, nurses bustle in and out, doctors flip pages in Charlie’s chart. The only thing silent in the room is Charlie himself. Don just wants Charlie to make a sound – any sound – so he can believe he will come out of this and be his genius little brother again.

Charlie’s hand lays still and pale on the sheet. Don stares at it, wills it to move. He wants more than anything for his brother’s eyes to open, but he can’t bring himself to look at the face marred with scratches and bandages. So he watches for the slightest twitch of fingers. Any movement would tell him that Charlie is still in there.

He puts his head down for a minute and is startled when he feels a hand on his arm.


Don looks up startled to see Charlie smiling at him.

“Charlie! You’re awake! The doctors said...”

“I’m fine. Really... Don’t I look fine?”

Don opens his mouth to speak, but halts when it hits him that Charlie looks good – too good.


He wakes with a start, still beside Charlie’s motionless form.

Silently he takes his brother’s hand.

And waits.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 19th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
I confess I didn't feel like turning 62 Degrees and Cloudy into a series so I cheated and made this fic vague enough to possibly be a follow up.

I figured it would sate those who wanted to be reassured that Charlie really did survive while removing the burden of me having to make the two fic work with each other.

Bonus Confession:

I wrote this confession text before I wrote even one word of this fic. ;-)

Very special thanks to beta melissima for her assistance with this fic.


Emma DeMarais
amoral_angel: owamoral_angel on March 19th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 24th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Thank you...
fanficbyleofanficbyleo on March 19th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
I loved it. Stories like these always make my day.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 24th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks. I am so loving Angst month!
Karen: numb3rs charliebyrons_brain on March 19th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
::sniffles:: lovely...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 24th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon...

/hands K a tissue/
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 24th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.

I haven't seen your name around so if you are new then welcome. I hope you poke around my archives and stay a while to read more.

Thanks for commenting.

NV: [n3] eppescest // on my mindneur0vanity on March 20th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
*sniff* Poor boys. I hope Charlie makes it out okay (and Don doesn't have too much emotional trauma).
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 24th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Well, you can assume he does and that Don is his angsty self for at least a while. ;-) I know it's evil to not finish an implied series, but unless you're going for Hurt/Comfort it seems a little boring to just write a happy ending.