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11 November 2007 @ 05:32 am
Vignettes - Part 3: Fractals  

Title: Vignettes - Part 3: Fractals
Author: ladygray99
Chapter: 3/36
Pairing: Charlie, Colby, David
Rating: FRC
Disclaimer: Belongs to many other people, not me
Summary:  What moments mark a friendship, a love, a marriage, a lifetime?
Previous chapters: Gutters
Beta(s): The amazing irena_adler  long may she write.


David saw something strange on Colby’s computer screen. “What’s that man?

“What? Oh it’s a fractal pattern generator.”

David raised an eyebrow at the other agent.

“I Googled something Charlie was talking about." Colby said. "Found this.”

“What’s it do?”

“Induces acid flashbacks as far as I can tell. Watch. I type in random numbers down here, press enter, and tada.”

David watched as a swirlly multicolored snowflake thing crawled across the screen. “Let me try.” David typed his birthday into the section marked field variable. What came out was blue and looked like boxes twisting into infinity. “Cool.”

An hour later Charlie walked by the cubical and quickly backtracked when he thought he saw a multicolored variation of Pascal's triangle.

“Hey guys, whatcha doing?”

“Oh hey, Charlie,” David said.

“Hey, we’re just wasting tax payer money playing with this thing online.” Said Colby.

Charlie smiled recognizing the program. “Here’s, this is my favorite.” Charlie leaned over Colby and typed in a very complicated set of instructions. The screen reloaded slowly and the final shape was in 3D. Colby tilted his head and stared at it.


“Broccoli.” Charlie said with a smile.

“You’ve memorized the mathematical formula for broccoli?”

“I can also hum the entire White Album.”

Devo79devo79 on November 10th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 10th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
More tomorrow. Or maybe even really late tonight. First smooch day after tomorrow.
(no subject) - devo79 on November 10th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladygray99 on November 10th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - devo79 on November 10th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladygray99 on November 10th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
dance_the_codedance_the_code on November 10th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. Wonderous. Fantastic.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 10th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Glad you like it. More to come :-)
fredbassettfredbassett on November 10th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Nice :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 10th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks. More to come. A little every day.
flitshadowflameflitshadowflame on November 11th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
“You’ve memorized the mathematical formula for broccoli?”

“I can also hum the entire White Album.”

*Chibi!Charlie jumps up and down and points.* See! I'm not a complete geek! I listen to music, too!

*pats Chibi!Charlie on the head* riiiiight.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 11th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
I know. Isn't he cute when he tries to behave like people. :-)
ig_nobleighig_nobleigh on November 14th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
I can see that in my head. You need to get them to put that in the show. Those last two lines... awesome. Off I go to read more!
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 14th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying it. Give me your thought's on the most recent one.
autumnwritingautumnwriting on December 27th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
Oh my God.

I have nothing to say, except, maybe, have my babies? (That last bit was a joke.)

That was incredible. Made my whole day. <3 =D
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 27th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Wow!!!! That was the first have my babies I've gotten. :-)

I'm glad you like it and welcome to the warped and wild world that is my brain on Numb3rs. Lovely feedback like yours is always appreciated.
(no subject) - autumnwriting on December 27th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
...way out on the corner of fucked up and evil...froodle on June 13th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
That lime about memorizing the mathematical formula for broccoli made me laugh so hard I'm actually kind of ashamed of myself. and I love the idea that FBI agents are like office workers everywhere, prone to the occaisonal bout of time-wasting with cool but pointless online thingies.
...way out on the corner of fucked up and evil...froodle on June 13th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Clearly, that should have said "line", not lime. I am an idiot.
(no subject) - ladygray99 on June 28th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladygray99 on June 28th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
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ladygray99ladygray99 on November 25th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
:) It'll get cuter. This is one of the first n3 fics I wrote so it's a little clunky in places but the extensions to it are pretty good I think.
foolartist02foolartist02 on December 14th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Found this story through the numb3rs awards. Congrats btw. Anyway I'm still reading but I had to say that you had me so curious I looked it up myself. *G* fun.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 14th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
:-) Thank you and I'm glad you're reading and having fun. Welcome.
laura_trekkielaura_trekkie on January 19th, 2009 10:18 am (UTC)
*Of coiurse* Charlie's memorised the formula for broccoli! *vbg*

Yes, I'm back. As you suggested, I'm looking through your other fics :). I probably won't comment on every one of these vignettes- there's not as really much to say about short chapters as opposed to long. But I'll definitely have something to say on and off, or if something particularly catches my eye.

For these first three, I liked that Colby spotted the 'Charlie's got a math thing going on' look, that he looked after Charlie at the crime scene instead of Don doing it and that he's now got Colby playing with fractal patterns.

ladygray99ladygray99 on January 19th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
It's weird for me to look at these original vignettes now. This is some of the first numb3rs fic I wrote and it now feels quite rough. I think my recent witting is so much better and the extension stories for the 'verse have filled it out so much this feels more like an outline to a story than a story proper. Glad you're giving it a read though. It's good for me to look at where I've been.
lillyglillyg on September 8th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Raaaah! I'm re-re-reading your series... And that line is bothering me...

“I can also hum the entire White Album.”

I don't get the White album... That makes me think about an episode where he's supposed to go to the White Stripes Concert... But I don't get your meaning... The French Girl in me is talking :p
ladygray99ladygray99 on September 9th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
the White Album was a famous Beatles Album.
(no subject) - lillyg on September 9th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
aislinamaraaislinamara on June 13th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Just FYI, I ended up googling fractal pattern generators after I read this. I couldn't help it. :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on July 29th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
They are a great way to waist a stack of time.
fractalmoonfractalmoon on October 29th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
I just found this from a page on fanlore (http://fanlore.org/wiki/Numb3rs#cite_note-2 - scroll down to References), where I was led by a footnote from further up, citing "mixed" reaction from the Jewish community regarding Don's season 5 interest in his Jewish roots. I don't know if it has anything to do with that topic, but it's a sweet story, so far. Looking forward to reading the rest.
ladygray99ladygray99 on October 29th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
I get into the Eppes family and religion a bit in the Vignettes stories outside this main one.

I saw that thing and found it a tad odd. I don't know anyone who thought the Eppes weren't Jewish and religion is used all the time as this huge character changing thing in other shows whereas Numb3rs was quite subtle about it. I wrote a little about N3 and religion here. http://we-are-numb3rs.livejournal.com/36087.html

I'm glad you're liking the story so far. It's one of my first and all I can really see now are the errors.