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20 December 2007 @ 09:50 am
Vignettes - A Complexion for Tears  
Title: A Complexion for Tears
Author: ladygray99

Chapter: 1/1

Pairing: Charlie/(Colby), Don, Ian

Rating: FRC

Disclaimer: Belongs to other people, not me.

Warnings/Squicks: crying babies.

Summary: Who’s scarier, a screaming baby or a trained sniper?

Previous chapters: Part of the Vignettes ‘verse after
A Fight and 9 Months Ago
Notes: Just had an urge to get Ian in the same room as a baby. Feedback please?

Beta(s): none



A Complexion for Tears


Ian Edgerton was talking with Don when he heard the blood curdling, banshee scream of a very angry infant. He spun around in time to see Professor Eppes scurry across the office making a bee-line for his brother, several bags thrown over his shoulder, and a screaming infant in his arms.

“Hey Charlie.” Don said with a wince. “I though dad had her today?”

Charlie looked terrible. There were dark rings under his eyes, his hair hung limp and snarled around his face, and he had three days of really bad stubble.

“There was some accident down at the site he’s working on and he had to run, and she’s got an appointment for booster shots in twenty minutes, and the notes you need are here somewhere, and she had the hiccups all night so hasn’t slept.”

Ian watched as Charlie tried to rummage though a bag with one hand while trying to sooth the screaming baby with the other.

“Here, let me take her.” Ian said.

Charlie held the baby a little closer and leaned back, away from Ian.

‘Well he’s got the defensive instinct down at least.’

“I’m the second oldest of ten unlike you, youngest of two.”  Ian held out his hands.

Charlie carefully handed over the baby and eyeballed Ian for a moment until he was sure the child wasn’t about to be dropped on her head. Once he seemed satisfied Charlie dived with two hands into a bag pulling out stacks of paper, sorting them out on a nearby desk.

“Her name’s Esther.” Don whispered to Ian.

Ian had spent an unpleasantly large amount of his adolescences hushing screaming babies. He gently bounced her up and down until the screams settled into mild fussing.

“There, there sweet thing, settle down.” He wiped her face with the edge of the blanket. “Don’t cry darling, you don’t have the complexion for tears.” Esther settled down a little more. “There we go. Aren’t you a pretty little thing? Gonna break hearts aren’t you?” Ian looked up from the baby and noticed more than slightly predatory looks on the faces of some of the female agents.

‘That’s right ladies, tall, dark, and scary is good with kids. Come and get me.’ Ian thought.

Charlie handed a large stack of paper over to Don. “I really don’t have time to explain, just flip to the last page for the punch line, it’s circled in red. You have my cell number if you get confused.”

Don looked over his frazzled, haggard, brother. “Have you and Colby though about a nanny or something?”

Charlie shook his head. “Summer break is in a week and I can stay at home, and by the time we get back she’ll be almost old enough for the CalSci staff/student day-care.”

Ian tickled Esther’s cheek. “You’ll know your periodic table of elements before any other girl in school.” Esther yawned and began to doze off.

Charlie slung the baby bag over one shoulder, his laptop bag over the other, took Esther back with a quick thank you, and scurried out of the office as fast as he’d arrived.

As soon as Charlie was out of sight Ian began to laugh. He actually had to sit down he was laughing so hard.

“Would someone please tell me how that happened?” Ian gasped out.

Don looked up from Charlie’s results. “That is the result of Charlie sticking his thing where it didn’t belong and now dealing with the consequences.”

“And Granger is still speaking with him?”

Don shrugged. “Colby apparently has the ability of almost infinite forgiveness. Who knew?”


(Anonymous) on December 19th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
'That’s right ladies, tall, dark, and scary is good with kids. Come and get me.’ Ian thought.'

Another great line. Who know Ian had a secret talent for calming babies. This was great.

Twins' Mom
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 19th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sure all the women in the office are picturing him shirtless with a sleeping baby at his chest and their overies are just screaming with joy.
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devon99 on December 19th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Two ficlets in one night - awesome. The Christmas one was adorable. How much do I love your Colby?

Frazzled Charlie is fab too..that has to be his shortest explanation ever!
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 19th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Shot but completely true. Glad you like them. Glad you love my Colby, I have vast loves for him as well.
Devo79devo79 on December 19th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
I always loved Ian!
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 19th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Don't we all. :)
lilmoonbunny16: numb3rs donlilmoonbunny16 on December 20th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
woo hoo! two ficlets in a row! yay! wonderful as usual!
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 20th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you. :)
shara50 on December 20th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
I love Ian's take on Esther and Charlie!!
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 20th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Well it is kinda funny when you think about it. Charlie ain't exactly instinctive parenting material.
callisto24: hugscallisto24 on December 20th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)

Ian is so adorable with the baby!
Love this fic! ;)
Thanks for writing!
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 20th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
I know. He's so cute. Thanks for reading.
thadythady on December 21st, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
‘That’s right ladies, tall, dark, and scary is good with kids. Come and get me.’ Ian thought. *lol*

This is cute and lovely. :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 21st, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Glad I could give you a laugh.
athenedeinonychus_1 on December 22nd, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
Great fic. Yep, I agree with everyone else about the best line:

‘That’s right ladies, tall, dark, and scary is good with kids. Come and get me.’ Ian thought.

ladygray99ladygray99 on December 22nd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
This was just meant to be a one off but now I'm thinking I so need to get a baby back in his arms, somehow.
fredbassettfredbassett on December 23rd, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
I agree with everyone else about the tall dark and scary line! Iam with babies - gorgeous!!
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 23rd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Every so often I seem to have moments of talent :) glad you enjoy them.
angela_de_muertescarlettdragon7 on December 30th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
that was pretty much...awesome. awesome is the word i'm looking for.

thnak you. you've made me feel so much better despite the fact the we're [i'm] completely screwed.

what a great idea. :sigh:
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 30th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Awww. Don't feel screwed. :(

I'm glad you liked it. More is going up soon I think.

Take a deep breath and say ohm and you'll feel better.
DarkEly: Charlie thinkingelysium1996 on January 2nd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Apparantly I am a lemming cause I like that line too!!

: )
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 2nd, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Hey I just take it to mean I actually wrote a good line. :-)
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ladygray99ladygray99 on December 16th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
:) Every overie in the office just squeed in glee.
laura_trekkielaura_trekkie on January 26th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ian was great here. I loved his thoughts, especially when he saw the ladies watching *g*. I also loved him collapsing with laughter, because I could see his point *g*.

ladygray99ladygray99 on January 27th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it. :)