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30 November 2008 @ 07:57 am
A Woman Waits for Me 10/39  
Title: A Woman Waits for Me
: 10/39
Author: ladygray99 
Pairing: Charlie/Colby
Summary: When Don’s life slides into the darkness only family will help him find his way out. – Golf and male bonding.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 931
Warning: Golf
Disclaimer: Numb3rs belongs to other people who are not me. I’m not making any money from this though I wish I were.
Previous Chapters: Part 4 of Whitman ‘verse. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Authors Notes: Something a little lighter for today. Feedback is always desired and welcomed.
Betas:swingandswirl  and riverotter1951 


Part 10
The Smell of Fresh Cut Grass

Don carefully picked up the tube of cadmium yellow and wondered why so many paints had radioactive names. The tube had sailed by his head in a way that made it very clear that between now and the show opening in four weeks he would only be seeing his girlfriend on her demands and to not expect much more than to be used until inspiration struck again. Don wondered if Granger ever had the same problem.

Colby ducked the flying eraser and made a quick retreat from the garage. Even with the door closed every note of Welcome to the Jungle could be heard.

Colby’s phone rang. “Hey, Don,” he answered.

“Colby, you and Charlie got plans for today?” Don asked.

“Charlie’s tossing chalk and listening to Welcome to the Jungle on loop, so no.”

Don gave a chuckle. “I got bended with a tube of cadmium yellow. Want to hit the links?”

“Love to.” Colby said with great relief.

“Hey, ask my dad if he wants to come with.”

“Sure.” Colby popped his head into the kitchen. “Alan, Don and I are hitting the links. Want in?”

“What’s Charlie doing?” Alan asked.

“Tossing chalk and listening to this on loop.”

“I’ll get my clubs.”

“He’s in.” Colby said to Don.

“Great. See you in twenty.”


“So Anne’s in uber artist mode?” Colby asked as they made their way across the green.

“More like pre-show panic mode. Finally met her agent, scary woman. I was informed if I could live through Anne doing a show opening I’d be one of the few.”

“That bad?” Alan asked.

Don shrugged. “You know, really no worse than Charlie with his head in a new equation. You know, stay out of the way, dodge projectiles, leave caffeine in the area every hour and food in the general vicinity every six or so.”

Colby gave a laugh “What are the odds that babysitting Charlie all those years would end up helping your relationship?”

Don snorted. “Tell me about it. What was he working on when you left?”

“I don’t know. He had some eureka moment at 3 am and has been going flat out.”

Alan shook his head. “Sooner or later he’s going to realize he’s not as young as he used to be and sleep is important.”

Colby gave a shrug. “You know, as long as caffeine is legal, I don’t think that’s ever going to really come up.”

Alan teed off. Don followed the ball with his scope.

“Not bad, broke a little left.” Don said. Alan put his club away and Colby stepped up.

“So do you actually get to see all these paintings?” Colby asked.


“Any good?” Asked Alan.

Don shrugged. “The all look brilliant to me but what do I know? Anne’s been going over them obsessively with these little tiny brushes, like with one bristle and she’s working on ten at once.”

Colby swung. The ball leapt into an arc that Charlie would have found mathematically brilliant.

“Nice.” Don said. Colby flipped around the club and stuck it in the bag with a flourish.

“Charlie’s got five projects going at once right now.” Colby said. “He’s not happy with a one of them but he’s obsessing on all of them.”

Don shook his head. “You two should get out of town. Seriously, he needs a break.”

“Love to, Don, but you see I’ve got this hard-ass boss who’s a little stingy with the vacation time.”

Don laughed and stepped up to the tee. “I’ll see if I can talk him around. Really, you two should road trip or something. Take him to Idaho.”

“Oh hell no.” Colby actually took a step back “Charlie within 200 miles of my family is just begging for badness. I mean, I’m already the family freak.”

“Come on, Granger. You’re not that weird.” Don said.

“Don, I am, for all intents and purposes, the Charlie of my family.”

Don took his swing. It broke a little left like his Dad’s.

“Now, that I don’t believe.” Alan said.

“I am 4 inches shorter and 60 pounds lighter than my next smallest brother. I’m functionally literate, which puts me head and shoulders, over my cousins. I graduated top third of my high school class instead of bottom third which makes me the family genius, and instead of marching down to the recruiting station and signing up to be cannon fodder I had the audacity, to go to college first and attempt to become an officer. I am the biggest weirdo the Grangers have seen in a long time and adding Charlie to the mix will only lead to someone losing teeth, probably me.”

“So I take it you’re not planning a trip home anytime soon.” Alan said as they pulled their golf bags across the green.

“Nope. I am perfectly happy to hide out here and be perfectly normal by the standards of Hollyweird.”

“One more freak in the kingdom.” Don said with a smile.

“My family thinks I’m living in Sodom and Gomorrah and I don’t care, I love LA.” Don laughed. “I’m serious. Forget crime and earthquakes and air you can chew- there’s no snow, no one cares about the price of potatoes, you can get top-rate takeout sushi at three in the morning. Last time I got my annual letter from my family telling me to come home and get married, I read it while Charlie fed me Moroccan takeaway and good merlot and we watched one of those glorious smog- filtered Technicolor sunsets and all I could think was goodbye Idaho.”

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ninou1ninou1 on November 29th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
When I said Anne was a mix of Don, Charlie and Margaret, I was not that far, focused like Charlie, Artist like Margaret and engrossed in work like Don.

Love the background about Colby family, and even if Idaho doesn"t sound like a very good idea, some time away might doing them good.

Now I'm going back on chewing my nails about the death of one human living in this. You're scaring me...
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 29th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Don't worry. I'll put up a warning before I off anyone. And really I think most people will be able to see it coming a mile off. I'm not that subtle.
(no subject) - ninou1 on November 29th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladygray99 on November 29th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Devo79: notdickdevo79 on November 29th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Good bye Idaho *waves*
ladygray99: Colbyladygray99 on November 29th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Damn strait! :)
mikes_grrl on November 29th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I suspect it might not be a part of this cycle, but boy-howdy that was one excellent set-up for Charlie going "home" with Colby for Christmas. LOL! Oh, the humanity!

Um, anyway, sorry about that tangent there. Nice feel good chapter, which only makes me MORE nervous, because that 100 ton shoe? I see it up there. Just waiting to drop. I know it is. Uh huh. *bites nails*

I do love the idea that Don being Charlie's brother was just marriage-training. hahahahaaa!
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 29th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
I'll through you a bone. Chapter 15 the shoe will drop. chapter 39 Colby's family puts in an appearance. Oh want to play the 'guess who's going to die' game with ninou?
(no subject) - twins_m0m on December 2nd, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladygray99 on December 3rd, 2008 12:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
boymommytotwo: colbyboymommytotwo on November 29th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
goodbye Idaho...

god bless colby.

love. him.

ladygray99ladygray99 on November 29th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Don't we all :)
mass_hipgnosis on November 29th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love this series but have never commented before (bad lurker! bad!) because i usually read it from my phone during the commute to work. Hooray for free mobile browsers! N E way, I love your Colby. He has so much more depth than they give him on the show. And Charlie throwing chalk and Anne throwing paint-hee! It really emphasizes that Charlie is an artist in his own little mathematical way, with the eccentricities and artistic temperament that go with it. *loves*
ladygray99: Colbyladygray99 on November 29th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Lurker comment!!!!! I love getting lurkers out from under their rocks. I'm glad you're enjoying this and I'm rather fond of my Colby as well. :)
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ladygray99: Colbyladygray99 on November 30th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I don't think Colby's properly talked with his family in a long time. I think he mainly just ignores them as best he can. And yes Don is learning that a relationship does not revolve around him. Other people have got deadlines and problems to.
dirk_rtadirk_rta on November 30th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
I'd say goodbye to Idaho too. I am from Utah another place to say goodbye too as well.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 30th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
There's no place on earth like California. :)
riverotter1951: Yucaipariverotter1951 on November 30th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
I am a native Califiornian born and raised in Los Angeles. I have travelled to other places but there's no place like home. My son is happy living in the Silicon Valley while my daughter looks at graduate schools and prefers to stay in California. My husband is also a native Californian born in Santa Monica and raised on the west side of Los Angeles.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 30th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Home
Yeah I'm a born and raised bay area girl but I've been abroad for four year. I'm getting rather home sick what with the holidays and all.
twins_m0m on December 2nd, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
It's intriguing that Anne seems so much like Charlie. And now that we know a bit of her background, I hope that doesn't mean that she still has his self-destructive streak as well. I'm not sure how Don could take that from yet another loved one. The peek at Colby's family was fun. They must be very straight-laced for Colby to be the black sheep. This was fun, a nice ray of sunshine breaking through the story's clouds. (Looks to the sky nervously for the big storm on the horizon).
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 3rd, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Remember I'm never going to give my characters more than they can handle. *g* but of course we already know they can handle a lot.
fredbassettfredbassett on December 3rd, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Loved the description of Colby's family :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 3rd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
They're going to make a little appearance at some point.
bwuk2003bwuk2003 on December 5th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
I have just reread the whole verse which has taken me a few days and have enjoyed it immensely.

I needed to comment about don and colby, in many fics there partners form the feds widows club it is nice to see them in their own artistic genuis widow club, it gave me a good giggle even on the second reading

ladygray99ladygray99 on December 5th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thats a major reread. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Mia: theboysmia_dcwut_09 on December 25th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
theres nothing i love more
than don, and colby banter
i love their interaction
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 25th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
It is fun to just write them chatting.
laura_trekkielaura_trekkie on January 17th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Loved the bonding session between the poor, neglected menfolk having to escape obsessing partners/children *g*. Nice to get a bit of info on Colby's family, though, really, are they *that* bad, or is Colby just seeing them through the warped lens that family members sometimes see each other through? At least if it's true we don't have to worry about any spanners in the work from the Idaho direction...there are enough spanners floating about in the current cast list after all!

ladygray99ladygray99 on January 17th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Yes. Colby's family is that bad.
fractalmoonfractalmoon on November 27th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
"I read it while Charlie fed me Moroccan takeaway and good merlot and we watched one of those glorious smog- filtered Technicolor sunsets and all I could think was goodbye Idaho.”

What a great set of images! Who would ever want to go to Idaho when you put it like that?
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 3rd, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Colby certainly wouldn't.