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28 July 2007 @ 09:14 pm
Numb3rs Fic: Coda  
Written for eppescest Summer Porn Challenge – The Running Man
Crossposted to numb3rs_slash

Title: Coda
Pairing/Characters: Don/Charlie
Rating: NC17
Spoilers: The Running Man
Summary: After Charlie hears Don inside the house he joins him (Post-Ep)
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

For the first time in years, the sound of a piano echoed through the Eppes home.

As Don played his mother's music the whole house fell still, under the spell of the woman who'd left them all behind.

Charlie and his father had simply stopped everything, transfixed by the music and the memories.

As the last lingering notes resonated in the garage, Alan surreptitiously wiped his eyes and cleared his throat.

"Oh hey, I forgot to mention," he muttered, not looking at Charlie as he edged towards the door. "Art asked me over for dinner tonight. You and Donnie okay without me?"

Charlie pretended to look for something, rifling through a stack of papers. "Sure, Pop. We're good." He offered a casual wave, trying his best to not make the eye contact neither of them wanted after such an emotional moment. "I'm sure we can manage to call for pizza or something. Have a good time."

"Thanks..." Alan called as he walked away. "And don't wait up!"

Charlie put down the papers. They'd just been a convenient ruse anyway. He heard his father's car start up and waited until he heard the sound from the driveway fade to rise and start to head into the house. Before he could though, the music started again.

Don played the piece a second time with greater confidence and it flowed nicely with few stutters. Charlie froze in place at first, seemingly entranced by the melody, then followed the sound of the piano into the house, drawn by its siren call.

He paused outside the door to toe off his shoes then quietly snuck into the room in his stocking feet. When Don didn't seem to notice his entry, he relaxed and leaned against the wall behind where his brother sat at the piano, out of sight, staying silent in the hopes Don wouldn't use his presence as a reason to stop playing.

When he lifted his fingers from the keys after the final notes, Don spoke without turning around.

"How'd I do?" he asked quietly.

"You did great." Charlie moved to stand behind his brother, laying his hands on his shoulders, leaning in close to him, craving nearness. Don laid one of his hands over one of Charlie's and gave it a little squeeze. "You knew I was there?" Charlie asked.

"Of course," Don teased lightly. "Did you really think you could sneak up on an FBI agent?" He leaned his head back against Charlie's belly and flashed him a wide smile, eyes crinkling up at the edges.

Charlie chuckled. "I guess not, but I was afraid you'd stop playing if you thought Dad and I were listening."

"Again, FBI agent?" Don reminded him playfully. "I noticed both your cars were here when I drove up and I heard Dad leave. Pretty hard to pull one over on a trained observer."

"Point taken." Charlie started rubbing Don's shoulders. "Dad's at Art's for the evening so we have the house to ourselves."

Don let his head fall forward, closing his eyes. "That feels good," he murmured. "You always find all the knots."

"You keep getting more of them," Charlie grumbled good-naturedly as he kneaded Don's tense muscles. "You need to stop that."

"I'll get right on that," Don mocked with a laugh. "So what do you want to do this evening?"

Charlie let his hands slide down the front of Don's chest, caressing him first over his shirt then slipping his hands into Don's open collar to relish the soft chest hair beneath. "Well, I was trying to decide between sex and Scrabble...." he taunted. "But now," his voice softened a bit, "I think I'd be happy just listening to you play piano."

"Unfortunately that would make for a short evening," Don said apologetically, gesturing to the piano. "I don't remember how to play much and there's not a ton of sheet music here to try to read save Mom's." He poised his fingers over the keyboard. "I do remember one piece though - I think..."

As he began to play, Charlie moved to sit next to Don on the bench. "Debussy, right?" he asked. When Don nodded, Charlie let out a relaxed sigh and closed his eyes. "I love this one."

When the piece wound down, he laid his head on Don's shoulder.

"Tired?" Don asked gently, laying his hand affectionately on Charlie's knee.

"Wistful, I guess." Charlie lapsed back into silence for a moment. "I miss her," he said, his voice barely above a whisper.

"I do too, buddy." Don leaned his head against Charlie's and they sat in silence a moment, taking comfort in their closeness.

"You've been busy this week," Charlie said finally. "I haven't seen you much."

"I'm sorry," Don replied. "I wasn't even sure you wanted to see me this week, what with Larry feeling the way he did about how we treated Ron and then finding out about him."

"No one blames you, Don, or your team. Ron had us all fooled. You just had the clarity we lacked. Knowing him like we did? It was as out there as me suddenly saying David was secretly a criminal or something. It just wouldn't fly. You know David. You'd never believe it." Charlie shifted position, getting up and straddling the bench so he could sit facing Don. "I admit," he said a bit sheepishly, "I had my doubts at the beginning because this was someone at Cal Sci! Someone Larry trusted! But then..."

"What?" Don prompted him, giving his thigh a squeeze.

"Then I realized that no matter what, I trusted you more."

Don raised his hand to cup Charlie's face, thumb caressing his jawline as he gazed at him for a few seconds before leaning in to kiss him deeply.

Charlie leaned into the kiss, arms sliding up to wrap loosely around Don's waist.

When they finally broke apart, Don breathed into Charlie's ear. "Everything I do, I do to keep you safe. You have to trust me."

"I do," Charlie whispered, arms tightening around Don. "I just need you to stay safe too. I need you to be careful out there."

"I am," Don murmured. "And you help. My team is safer thanks to you; it's safer when you know more about what's waiting for you."

Charlie nodded against Don's shoulder. "Is it wrong of me," he said softly, "that I worry when I see you go out in your tac gear, in your Kevlar vest, and my stomach is clenched like a fist until I hear you're okay?"

"Not wrong, no..." Don carded his hand through Charlie's hair and kissed his forehead. "But I was kind of hoping you thought me in my tac gear was sexy," he said, his tone light, dispelling the somber mood.

"That's for when you come back in your gear," Charlie admitted, raising his head enough so Don could see his shy smile.

"Well then, maybe I'll have to wear it outside of work sometime so you can enjoy it without the worry," Don smirked.

Charlie drew in a quick breath. "Are you trying to kill me?" he joked. "You're giving me ideas: stripping your vest off you, peeling off your thigh holsters..."

"Okay, that's it," Don interrupted, rising and tugging at Charlie's hand. "Now you're giving me ideas."

"Or better yet," Charlie continued with a glint in his eye, "I could make you take off your jeans and wear the thigh holsters and guns over your bare skin." He stood as Don tugged harder on his hand. "Or maybe you could strap me into them..."

Don cut him off by pulling him into his arms abruptly and kissing him - open mouthed and messy with desperation - hands roaming over Charlie's body, grabbing his ass and pressing their hips firmly together.

Charlie's fingernails scraped lightly up the short hairs at the back of Don's neck and he felt his brother shiver at the sensation.

A second later, he felt himself being shoved against the wall, Don grinding against him, hard against his hip.

"Hated being away from you for so long," Don growled, ravishing his neck.

"Then don't leave me," Charlie protested, letting his head fall back as he offered his body up to Don's hunger.

Don rubbed the heel of his hand against the front of Charlie's pants, earning a low moan in return. Fumbling slightly in his impatience, he managed to get Charlie's pants open and slipped his hand inside his boxers, stroking him roughly.

Charlie pushed Don's hips away just enough to get his hands on his jeans, opening them up and groaning his appreciation when he found nothing beneath them. He wrapped his fist around the head of Don's cock then let him fuck his hand with urgent little thrusts of his hips.

"God..." Don muttered, burying his face in Charlie's shoulder. "Needed this... Needed you..."

For a moment, the only sounds were the quiet gasps punctuating the regular pants of their breathing as each man's hand struggled between the desire to please and the distraction of their own pleasure.

Charlie quickly licked the palm of his hand then moved his fist down Don's shaft so he could envelop the head in slick pressure.

Don faltered immediately and Charlie took up the slack, pumping and squeezing as Don jerked, bit his shoulder through his shirt then shuddered as he came in Charlie's hands.

Barely taking a beat, Don slicked both of his hands in his own come and wrapped them both around Charlie's cock, making a slippery tunnel, tight and warm, for Charlie to come inside.

"Don... Don..." The words fell from his lips as he lost himself, surrendering to Don's knowing hands as he came apart. As he regained his breath, he spoke again, his words raw and open. "Don't leave me... Don't ever leave me..."

Don folded him into his arms and pressed a kiss into his temple.

"Never, buddy," he swore. "I'll never leave you..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 29th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
I confess I miss someone who's gone as well.

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


Emma DeMarais
One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsession: eppes boyspenguingal on July 29th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
*hugs* That was so soft and warm and beautiful and just... *sigh*

Wonderful as ever, my dear.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 29th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear.

Who says all porn has to be coarse and crude? I was in the mood for something soft and warm... Well, at least to start. /smiles/
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 29th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! You know it didn't hit me until I started working on this, my sixth entry in this summer porn challenge ficathon, that I should probably consider paying attention to making sure the porn is reasonably unique for each one. At least in this case, the whole piano thing made sure the fic was unique and I liked that aspect of it and how they were together as a result of it.
andi: Naked backadmiralandrea on July 29th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
Mm, mm! That was hot and sweet, with a tiny side of angst to spice it up. Lovely!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 29th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! Although suddenly I've got mustard on the brain. Hehehe
heliokleia: BIG BAD...2heliokleia on July 29th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Dear Emma,

After a year now, I can say it's allways a pleasure to read your fics.

They're more speacial than other ones. Yeah, I like your lines - just like this one:

>When they finally broke apart, Don breathed into Charlie's ear. "Everything I do, I do to keep you safe. You have to trust me."<

Exactly the point. So lovely, so tender and a little bit sad... My imagination with this scene comes easy.

Thank you for sharing this with us - and get on with it!

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 1st, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for delurking after a year (wow!) to say hello! Comments like yours are important to me because they remind me that even though many of my fic get few comments that doesn't mean no one is reading and enjoying them. :-)

I see you have a Supernatural icon. Do you also read my Supernatural fic? Cake and Presents last month is my new favorite. I also wrote Don and Charlie as Supernatural Hunters in The Hunt. I hope you saw that one too.

I have much more fic to come so please stick around and keep commenting! I'd love to hear more from you!

Thanks so much for reading my stories.

heliokleia: Grinsekaterheliokleia on August 2nd, 2007 09:54 am (UTC)
Dear Emma,

I'm so pleased about your answer to my comment.
Thank you very much.
Yes, Supernatural is also on of my absolutely favourite tv-shows (together with N3 and Prison Break).
And, of course, I read your fantastic SN fics, too!

At last, I got my LJ-account one month from now and I'm actually working on it's design.

With your permission, I'd like you to add to my friends-list and I will go on, reading your wonderful storys and comment them.

fredbassettfredbassett on July 29th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
Well, I've never seen the show and so don't know the people, but I liked this a lot. Thanks :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 29th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Nice to meet a fellow dog person. (I glanced over at your LJ. My utmost condolences on the loss of your beloved companion and my congratulations on your new addition. I'm a fan of whippets and Italian greyhounds so I hope you post a picture at some point of the little one.) I perked up when I saw your username since there's a basset hound in my family. (Just not my household.)

Thanks for your kind words on my fic. I'd love to hear how you found it and me if you don't watch Numb3rs. Are you into any of the other half dozen or so fandoms I write?

I hope you stick around since there's plenty to read here. I'd love to introduce you to my friend leda_speaks (also a dog person) since I don't know that many women into Formula 1. /grins/

Thanks for taking the time to come read and comment. It's nice to meet you!
fredbassettfredbassett on July 29th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for visiting! Our new addition is actually about the size of a medium greyhound, and lord, he's fast! It was desperately hard losing our beloved hound, but the new chap is a lovely dog, and his presence has helped a lot. I used to have a beagle as a kid, so hounds of all sorts have always been a favourite with me!

I found you via munchkinofdoom, who mentioned this particular fandom, so I popped over via a link from her userinfo and read a couple. I don't really mind whether I know the original show or not, when I read stuff, as if it's well written (which your certainly was), whether you know the original doesn't really matter or not. Or it doesn't to me anyway!

I mainly write Primeval slash (actually, one long series which I started on in May!), which is how I met munchkinofdoom, plus original fic, of which I've posted a couple of chapters of one novel on my LJ, as I have a non-LJ friend who reads it, as it's easier than emailing!

Yes, I'd love to stick around. I've friended you, if you don't mind, and I'd love to meet your friend. The only other woman into F1 I've met on LJ is michael_the_car, who also reads Primeval.

And lovely to meet you to! I'm looking forward to more of your stuff :)
Karen: numb3rs donbyrons_brain on July 29th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
::fans self:: HOT stuff... so sweet & sad at the same time...
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 1st, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I rather liked how this one turned out. Not all of them (the summer porn ficathon fic) turned out this well, but at least a few are ones I'm happy with.
Karen: numb3rs ianbyrons_brain on August 2nd, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
::hugs:: have a cup tea.... would you like a crumpet?
riverotter1951: lily of the valleyriverotter1951 on July 29th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
This was marvelous. Thanks to you, I now have a new fandom [Heros on my Netflex list] and a new pairing [Don/Charlie] to drool over.

This started with your fic U is for Undercover. I had to track your writing down and ended up with lots to enjoy from Numb3rs to Criminal Minds to Heros.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 1st, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You're too kind.

Heroes is awesome! You'll love it. Best new show of last year hands down and I'm not the only one saying that. I had the Adrian Pasdar love long before he appeared as Nathan, so I'm thrilled to have him as a major character in such a solid quality show.

Don/Charlie tends to take people a while and some people never come around to cestfic. It's hard to describe the appeal, but I'm working on it. ;-) As long as you divorce it from any connection to real life incest it's easy to start to see how such deep abiding love matched with two sexually attractive men can lead to this.

I really should put a proper fandom list on my profile page since I've been adding more. Numb3rs is still my main one, but Heroes, Supernatural and Criminal Minds make a strong showing. The Unit and Psych I write less, but I mean to keep them. Now I have Bones fic and on a related note an Angel crossover. I've written, but not yet published Miracles fic and on a related note to that I should have Jericho fic soon too. (All this sharing of leading men in my fandoms! Max goes from Numb3rs to the Unit so I write that and Skeet goes from Miracles to Jericho so I must write both! The Bones/Angel leading man connection is just a bonus on top of that. Just watch, I'll wind up with Profit or Mysterious Ways fic just to have two Adrian fandoms! Hehehe)

And that's just the TV fandoms. Wait until I add the Sandman graphic novels... /smiles/

FWIW, U is for Undercover is I think my favorite OC and I love Don and Diego together. I started a sequel, but sadly it's nowhere near done. I hope for many sequels, but I have to take all my fic one at a time...

Thanks so much for your kind words and your support.
meluvstonymeluvstony on July 29th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
It's as if Charlie read my mind. Ok now that you put that fantasy out there you gotta write it ;)

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 1st, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, darn. /makes fake disappointed face and snaps fingers/


Yeah, Don naked in thigh holsters is going to be quite the onus. /grins/
iolsaiiolsai on July 29th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wistful, sweet and sad- all at the same time.
Especially the end. Who wouldn't want someone to love them that much...

Very well done!
Nicelyobsessednicelyobsessed on July 29th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
OMG Emma I loved it.
This was very hot and sweet too. I loved when Charlie leaned against the wall and watched Don.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. This is my favorite of the dozen I wrote. Canon and wonderful brother interaction... /sigh/
horse justice: = loveliketheroad on July 30th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
That was really wonderful. Soft and sweet but urgent too, so much like them (as I like to imagine them anyway!) That episode ends so beautifully, and this followed very nicely with that.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. This one's my favorite of the twelve. I love them like this, but it's not as easy as I'd like it to be to capture this feel and make it hot.

Sorry I missed this one...
markyfic on August 1st, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Reading your fic always makes me wonder why I don't read it more often. *sighs happily*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
More often is good. :-)

/offers plate of cookies/
muiting on August 6th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! That was beautiful! Not as porny as your other stuff, but incredibly moving, as Don comforts Charlie with his hands, his words.....! Just beautiful!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 8th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Do I have a porny reputation? Would it surprise you to know I write more *gen* than slash? (Check my Memories!)

I love this one. It came out even better than I'd hoped which is *very* rare.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Sorry it took me so long to respond.