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25 March 2007 @ 01:52 am
Numb3rs Fic: The Argument  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #99 – Fight

Title: The Argument
Pairing/Characters: Alan
Rating: PG
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: None
Summary: Alan sits with Charlie in the ICU and recalls the night before
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Alan couldn't stop thinking about the argument.

His sons had gotten into a vicious fight the night before. A heated discussion had gotten ugly fast and erupted into a screaming match. Alan feared it might have come to blows if he hadn't intervened.

He'd been so happy when his sons started working together. Then Charlie got too comfortable working with the FBI, too cocky. He overstepped his bounds. What he saw as the most logical and efficient method for solving the case Don saw as undermining his authority and putting additional civilians at risk by involving them in mob related crimes.

Don was too proud to back down; Charlie too pigheaded.

Don had finally stormed out of the house, yelling that Charlie was barred from the case - security clearance be damned.

Alan remembered that he had been worried Don would get into an accident.

As he sat in the ICU beside the battered and broken body of his younger son something akin to a strangled hysterical laugh escaped him and was choked off by the overpowering grief he felt as a parent at almost losing a child.

The irony had just hit him.

He'd worried about the wrong son.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 25th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
"This is not a love song."

- Public Image Ltd

"Ceci n'est pas une pipe."

- René Magritte

This is not a series.

Seeing a trend here? LOL

I keep saying this is not a series, the drabbles I am doing for Angst month at N100, but that's mostly because I am lazy and eccentric. I don't want to go through the effort of making a formal series unless the fic really needs to be in a universe of its own.

I just felt like these drabbles didn't need to tell a bigger story and I didn't feel like obligating myself to actually finishing said story. I figure if I imply Charlie is still alive people can fill in their own happy endings. Or not. ;-)

Thankfully I am not always so annoying, so if you can put up with my petulance this month things should be back to normal once all the March prompts have been completed.

Just to prove I am not totally against new series I did just start a new one for Criminal Minds last week even though I have zip past the first fic. I just liked the premise enough to declare it a series even though I have no inspiration at this time to write more.

Okay, maybe a little bit, but that came today long after I published the fic as the first in a new universe.

FWIW, I was pleased my muse chose to focus on Alan's POV of the fight and not do a trite bit on how guilty Don feels for the words he said in anger before Charlie got hurt. I worry enough about my fic being pedestrian and the angst of the last words they exchanged being hurtful mixed with a tearful bedside confession of love would just make me yawn. It's been done and done plenty, even by me. I have no delusions that my stories are totally unique, but at least I care and am making an effort not to go for the easy way out at this point.


Emma DeMarais
irena_adler: Alan sonsirena_adler on March 25th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
I really like the last line. Poor Alan, realizing he has to worry about two sons! Also, this particular fight was inevitable.
fanficbyleofanficbyleo on March 25th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
I really liked this one, and if it WAS part of a series I'd say I loved the series as a whole. But since it isnt, I guess Im not going to say that. Too bad, I would love to say it.
bucketohearts on March 26th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
I could see Charlie being too pigheaded and Don too stubborn.

Love how you wrote this piece.