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13 December 2007 @ 06:53 am
Vignettes - Part 35: Varsity  

Title: Vignettes - Part 35: Varsity


Chapter: 35/36

Pairing: Charlie/Colby

Rating: FRC

Disclaimer: Belongs to many other people, not me

Warnings/Squicks: None

Summary: What moments mark a friendship, a love, a marriage, a lifetime?

Previous chapters: Courting

Notes:  So very close to the end folks but there will be more I promise. Wanted to do one more family moment before a big time jump.

Beta(s): The amazing [info]irena_adler long may she write.






Colby could smell something really good coming from the kitchen as he walked in the door. Esther had to be cooking. When she was seven, she’d gotten tired of her fathers’ culinary attempts and read Escoffier's Le Guide Culinaire, in the original French, of course. This had led to the kitchen becoming contested territory between Esther and her grandfather for many years.


“What’s cooking?” Colby asked the house at large.


Charlie was setting the table. “Something neither of us can pronounce.”


“So, something good then.” He gave Charlie a kiss. “What’s the occasion?”


“I don’t know. She has something she wants to tell us but wants to ply us with good food first.”


Colby panicked and grabbed at Charlie. “You don’t think..?” Colby had developed the unholy fear possessed by all fathers of teenaged daughters of hearing the words ‘I’m pregnant’ only slightly followed by ‘I’ve met someone, he’s a drummer.’


“I’m sure it’s fine. She’s had a shit-eating grin on her face since I got home. And whatever it is, Dad knows and won’t tell.”


“That table better be set ‘cause I’m plating up right now!” Came the shout from the kitchen.


Charlie and Colby quickly set the four places as Esther and Alan ferried food out from the kitchen.


Esther sat down. “Ok everyone, eat.”


“Don’t you have something you want to tell us?” Colby asked.


“Eat first.”


Colby realized he’d somehow managed to raise a child that was evil. He silently blamed her mother and tucked in. The food was good. Something with duck and coconut. When the food was finished, everyone sat silently at the table.


“Well?” Charlie prompted.


Ester tried to keep a straight face but a smile was pulling hard at the corners of her mouth. “I got a letter today.”




“From the Oxford Journal of Applied Linguistics.” Her face broke into a grin. “I’m getting published!” she squealed out with the kind of glee usually reserved for cheerleaders getting their first pompons. Colby and Charlie both ran around the table to give their daughter a hug.


I. Am. So. Proud. Of. You.” Charlie said between kisses. Colby pulled her in for a bear hug.


Oxford. That’s big time right?” Colby asked.


“That’s varsity, dad.” Esther said. “It’s so big.”


Alan got up to join the hug. He’d been there when the letter arrived and had witnessed much jumping up and down and squealing already.


“Tell them about the other letter.” He said.


“Another letter?”


“Yep!” Esther rummaged through her pocket for the folded envelope. “They peer reviewed my article with a guy from CIA Linguistics and he sent a letter too and really wants to meet me!”


“If he wants to spend a weekend at a bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara, the answer is No!” Charlie said quickly.


“Daaaad. He just wants to talk. He’s really impressed with my work. And it’s the CIA!”


Colby looked at his husband. “I told you letting her dress up as James Bond when she was four was a bad idea.”


“I’m not the one who left Ian Fleming novels out where any impressionable three year old could get a hold of them.”


“Oh, so this is my fault?” Alan said.


“Oh, stop it you three.” Esther scolded lightly.


“You know we need to call everybody?”


“We need to get a sky writer and tell the whole damn city.” Colby said. He knew he was going to be insufferable at the office tomorrow and really didn’t care.


All three men leaned in and gave Esther another hug. “This is good.” Colby said softly to her. “This is good.”


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fredbassettfredbassett on December 12th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Esther is a great character!

Lovely fic :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 12th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
thadythady on December 12th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yay for Esther! \o/ This is really cute. :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 12th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Cute is good sometimes.
(Anonymous) on December 12th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah for Esther making just as much of a mark on the world as her father. This was lots of fun!

Twin's Mom
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 12th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh you couldn't expect anything less.
Devo79devo79 on December 12th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
-I’ve met someone, he’s a drummer.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 12th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
:-) My sister's dating a drummer. I'm not impressed.
melissima: Vicki Painmelissima on December 13th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
My darling daughter Rockstar's dating a lead guitarist. Not such a cool thing. Besides, I like HER playing better than his.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 13th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Could be worse. She could be dating the bass player.
melissimamelissima on December 13th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
But see, if she were dating a bassist? or even a drummer for that matter, they could start a band. This way, she's just a hanger-on. The band even voted against having a "girl singer." Sigh. I'm paying for my lack of feminist chops as a younger woman.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 13th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Aren't we all.

My sister has taken up playing darts since her boy plays in bars. She can hustle the game now.
shara50 on December 12th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 13th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
athenedeinonychus_1 on December 15th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
cool. Loved Colby's panicking about what the news might be. But... meep. the series is nearly over now. Only one more to go.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 15th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
There will be extensions very soon.
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on March 9th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
esther putting her genius-world into dad-colby's terms:

“Oxford. That’s big time right?” Colby asked.
“That’s varsity, dad.” Esther said. “It’s so big.”

sooooooooooo sweet and endearing.
ladygray99ladygray99 on March 9th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
No mater how much time you spend around genius sometimes it still has to be broken down for the jock :-)