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23 December 2008 @ 07:41 am
A Woman Waits for Me 33/39  
Title: A Woman Waits for Me
: 33/39
Author: ladygray99 
Pairing: Charlie/Colby, Megan/Larry, Don/OFC
Summary: When Don’s life slides into the darkness only family will help him find his way out. – One more stakeout and Megan has a secret.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,796
Warning: none
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 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
Authors Notes: So a long time ago over in Vignettes ‘verse people asked me to do something and I just couldn’t fit it into that over all ‘verse so I’ve done it here. Hope all you Megan/Larry lovers like it.
Betas:swingandswirl  and riverotter1951 


Part 33
The Sound of Murmurs in the Dark

David watched the dark warehouse under the orange sodium lights. Nothing moved. There wasn’t even a breeze. Next to him Don sipped coffee from a thermos.

 “You want some?” Don offered, holding out the thermos.

 “Nah, I want to be able to sleep once we land these guys.”

 “It’s Charlie’s special blend.” Don offered, as if that was a selling point.

 David gave a snort. “Definitely no then. I’d like to be able to sleep sometime this month.”

 “Sleep is for the weak and childless.”

 “Wouldn’t know about that.”

 “Oh, one day you might and you will fast learn that sleep is a fond and distant memory along with clean clothes, real food, sex.”

 David chuckled. “You’re not selling me on this whole parenthood thing, Don.”

 Don grinned. “Worth it, really.”

 “Yeah, I think I’ll pass for the time being. Got to find a girl first.”

 “Well, there’ll be plenty of pickings at the wedding. Anne’s got some really hot friends.”

 David’s ears picked up. “Are they single?”

 “Most of them. As far as I can tell Anne’s become the black sheep by submitting to the outdated, patriarchal, binding institute of marriage.”

 “Well at least your Dad’s happy.”

 “As a clam. Mattie would have been enough; the wedding is just a big gob of icing as far as he’s concerned.”

 “And let me guess, he gearing up to get Charlie hitched next?”

 Don shook his head. “You know, I don’t think so.”

 “Really? I would have thought he’d just be itching to get the both of you hitched.”

 “Well, as always, Charlie’s love life is proving a little more difficult.”

 “He’s still got problems with Colby?” David asked, concern in his voice.

 Don grimaced a little. “You know, it’s hard to say. I mean they play chess every night, Colby’s got that old school, respect your elders thing going, they get along fine but sometimes Dad just gets this look like ‘What is this goy army Fed doing with his hands on my son?’” David chuckled a little at Don’s dead on impression of his Dad. “Not that I blame him, I mean I still have moments where I’m talking to Charlie and all I can think is ‘who is this person wearing my brother’s face?’”

 “Maybe if they spit out grandkids he’ll come around.” David offered.

 Don snorted into his coffee. “Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to be happening anytime soon.”

 “Really? ‘Cause Colby’s seemed a little clucky to me since Mattie was born. He gets this kinda gooey look every time he sees a dad with a kid.”

 “Well Colby might want kids and he’d probably be good with them but Charlie, nope, not happening, zero reproductive instinct there.”

 “See, I would figure an ego like Charlie’s would be all for having a mini me running around.”

 Don shook his head. “Ego aside, Charlie actually doesn’t like himself that much. Sees himself as a bit of a freak, doesn’t want to inflict it on a kid.”

 “Now that’s just stupid.”

 “If there is one thing I’ve learned about geniuses it is that they have the ability to be incredibly dumb on occasion. Especially concerning themselves and their relationships.”

 “See, it seems a bit of a waste to me.”

 “I know but as far as I can tell the only thing that’ll possibly lead to Charlie spawn is alien abduction or lots and lots of tequila and after the DEA Christmas party Colby’s keeping an eye on his alcohol intake.”

 “Did he really climb on a bar, drop his pants and declare himself a god?” David asked between snickers.

 Don grimaced. “According to Lt. Garcia he actually declared himself a goddess, moments prior to falling off the bar.”

 “Goddess of what?”

 “Sex or math, depending on who’s telling the story. Possibly both.”

 “Now see, why didn’t we make it our mission to get Charlie completely liquored up for the entertainment value?”

 “Because we are not complete social degenerates like the DEA. We are the FBI, the elite, we have honor, and dignity.” David gave Don a dry look. “And because my father would kill me.”


 Megan watched as Colby’s phone buzzed. Colby read the message, then stared at the ceiling of the van for a moment before texting back. He’d been doing this for the last hour. The phone quickly buzzed again. He read the message.


 “What?” Megan asked.



 “Just a sec.” Colby texted quickly. “Go. To. Bed. Send.”


 “Yeah. He’s decided I’m not an idiot.”

 “Well, that’s nice of him,” Megan said with heavy sarcasm.

 “Well, he’s decided that my slightly more than average intellect was never properly trained and I’m not thinking to my full potential so he’s got me playing chess.”

 “You already play chess.”

 “Without a chess board.”

 Megan winced a little. “That’s a bit harder.”

 “Migraine city the first week. I can keep all the pieces in my head now but I can’t plan more than a couple moves ahead without getting confused. Whereas before I could get Charlie to a stalemate maybe one game out of 30 and get a win one out of 50 if he’s distracted, now I’m just getting my ass kicked.”

 Megan made a vague gesture to the phone. “Hey, it’s better than my chess game.”

 “You should play with Larry. He’s got a good game on him, could whip you into shape.”

 Megan shook her head. “Nah, that’s his male bonding thing with Alan, besides the time we manage to get together I’d rather do something other than stare at a chess board.”

 Colby chuckled “Fair enough.” Colby looked out at the dead warehouse. “So, Don got you guys thinkin’ about tying the knot, having some munchkins?” Megan became still and looked away. “Megan?”

 “Can you keep a secret, Granger?”

 “I think I have a proven track record in that category.” Megan looked at Colby hard. “Did Larry propose?”


 “Then…” Colby’s eyes flicked down to Megan stomach. A light bulb went on. Colby grinned.

 “Touch my stomach and I’ll break your wrist.”

 Colby’s grin got even bigger. “How long?”

 “Seven weeks.”

 “Does Larry know?”

 Megan nodded “And is in a complete unbridled panic about it.”

 “I’m not surprised. What are you gonna do?”

 Megan shrugged. “I’m actually old enough that this counts as a higher risk pregnancy so basically we’re not spreading it around ‘till someone makes a crack about my weight.”

 “And you know Don will go into hyper protective uber alpha male mode once you do tell him.”

 “That’ll be the other reason for not spreading it around. Only telling you ‘cause Larry’ll tell Charlie sooner or later.”

 Colby seemed lost in thought for a bit. “Wow. So…are you going to take time off or..?”

 “I take time off now I can kiss my next promotion goodbye. Larry’s going to take a year’s sabbatical. Be a stay at home dad. Money will be a little tight but…”

 Colby’s eyes got big. “Uh, Megan… This is Larry we’re talking about.”

 Megan cringed. “I know but… panic aside he’s been wanting kids for a long time. This is certainly his last shot.”

 Colby shook his head again. “Wow. Well… good luck.”


 “You know I’m so not letting you go through the door first tonight, right?”

 Megan rolled her eyes. “I can still drop kick your ass Granger.”

 “Yeah and our vests don’t go down quite far enough.”

 Megan sighed, the semi chronic heartburn flaring up again. “Whatever.”


 “So,” David said. “I’ve been hearing an interesting rumor.”

 “Yeah, about what?” Don asked flatly.

 “I’ve been hearing a rumor that the Bureau is going to authorize a second violent crimes unit out of the L.A. office in a year or so.”

 “Yeah, I heard that too.” Don said eyes glued to the building.

 “I figure a second unit, they’re going to want someone who knows the turf to run it.”

 “That would make sense.”

 “And they’d probably be asking the head of the current unit for recommendation.” David mentioned lightly.

 Don sighed. “You’re not ready, I’m recommending Megan.”

 David’s head whipped around. “Not ready..?”

 “It’s my own fault.” Don said taking a sip of his coffee. “The Bureau is going to want to see a hard edge on whoever I recommend. I’ve let you pick up too many bad habits. You go by the book when you should be thinking outside the box and I let you pull cowboy maneuvers when I should be pulling you back.”

 David rubbed his face. He’d just been hoping for conformations on some rumors, start maybe angling for the gig. “So… what do I do, Don?”

 “Go with Megan as her second. She’ll breathe down your neck, sharpen you up, give you what the Bureau’s looking for.”

 “Then what, wait for a third unit?”

 Don shook his head. “I’m getting out, David.”

 David’s eyebrows hit his nonexistent hairline “Serious?”

 “Yeah, couple, three years I’m out of the field, desk job, teaching, something.”

 “You love field work, man.”

 “I know but… I promised Anne, promised myself. I don’t want to be the father who drags himself in at 10 o’clock at night stinking of gun powder, drinks two beers and passes out on the couch. I want to coach Little League.”

 David shook his head. “Wow.”

 “I want to leave the team to someone I can trust not to fuck it up, so sharpen up, toe the line, have a little patience and one day,” Don gestured grandly around the van. “This can all be yours.”

 “What about Colby? His record’s as good as mine.”

 Don nodded. “Colby could do it; I’d trust him to do it. He doesn’t want it. He doesn’t believe he can do it, for one. He pulled that dumb farm boy act long enough that he still half believes it himself but even so he has no ambition beyond where he is now.”

 “Yeah, I heard after that Janus list fiasco the Bureau offered him whatever the hell he wanted.”

 “He could have fast tracked himself into an AD’s office. He likes what he’s doing here and as long he’s Charlie’s kept man he doesn’t need the money.”

 David gave a chuckle. “Now see, why couldn’t I have found some rich doctor to keep me in a comfortable lifestyle in exchange for sex?”

 Don grinned. “Be damn thankful Charlie didn’t make a play for you.”


 “You’re his type, man. Tall and built. I think Colby’s big green eyes are the only thing that edged you out.”

 David snorted. “Never in a million years.”

 “Yeah, and I’d bet real money Colby said the same damn thing about five minutes before Charlie got his pants off.” Don took another sip of coffee. “Remember, what Charlie wants Charlie gets.”


Erinstarlettmalfoy on December 22nd, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Babies everywhere! Eek. It's going to make my ovaries start whining. >.<

I know I said last chapter was one of my favorites, but this one might have crept up there as well. I'm a big fan of heavy dialogue.

It saddens me that Don is so determined to leave the FBI. I mean, I understand completely, but it's just so him, that it's hard to wrap my brain around it.

Hooray for Larry! I am looking forward to seeing how Charlie reacts. Children surrounding him everywhere! And Colby getting all moony-eyed over it. Hmm. Interesting developments indeed.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 22nd, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like the dialog. I love writing it. And I think Charlie's going to find himself babysitting more than once.
Devo79devo79 on December 22nd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
It's nice to read this after writing Equal Rights *sighs*

Babies *hugs*
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 22nd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Well what am I supposed to read after reading equal rights? I mean really? Every time you post I tell myself I'm not going to read but then I read because I need to know what happens.
Devo79: hugdevo79 on December 22nd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Aw! Sorry *hugs*
fredbassettfredbassett on December 22nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Aw Megan!!

But Don? Leaving?????? No way.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
In a couple of years. He's been blowing off the FBI about taking a teaching gig for years now.
Michaela: Red_sunsetnighean_isis on December 22nd, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
I really liked chapters 32/33. A 3rd person POV always adds a new dynamic to a story, and David's close enough to the situation to know all the players, yet far enough away to have a more objective view. That said, I think my fave part was here at the end of 33:

Don grinned. “Be damn thankful Charlie didn’t make a play for you.”


“You’re his type, man. Tall and built. I think Colby’s big green eyes are the only thing that edged you out.”

David snorted. “Never in a million years.”

“Yeah, and I’d bet real money Colby said the same damn thing about five minutes before Charlie got his pants off.” Don took another sip of coffee. “Remember, what Charlie wants Charlie gets.”

Like Don, I'd bet real money that Charlie spent some time doing an anaylsis of Colby vs. David. I like the way this story is going, but the 'what if' of "What if Charlie had picked David" - is going to make for some interesting speculation in my wee brain.

ladygray99ladygray99 on December 22nd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Charlie has his own personal kinsey test. It's called beer. 2 beers and Colby will look at anther guys ass but not admit to it. 4 beers and Don will look at another guys ass but not admit it is. 3 beers and Megan will look down Liz's cleavage. David however can get completely waisted and not look at another guys ass so he figured his odds were better with Colby.
Michaela: Fall in Chocolatenighean_isis on December 22nd, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
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ladygray99ladygray99 on December 23rd, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Don't be so sure about Megan. she worked hard to get where she is. She's not going to let go easy.
wcpjfditdov on December 22nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Don grimaced. “According to Lt. Garcia he actually declared himself a goddess, moments prior to falling off the bar.”

uh, that would be so much fun to see... Are you going to post through Christmas?
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 22nd, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
ninou1ninou1 on December 22nd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Loved this chapter, the conversations are great and giving us some insights.

But there is something bothering me for quite a while now, and this chapter just brought it up to the surface again.
It seems like Charlie gets a lot from this relationship with Colby, someone to kept him from drowing in numbers, someone to kept him alive and focused, someone who balance his checkbook, someone to say "go to bed"... But, in my opinion, Colby isn't getting much out of it, sure he is loved by Charlie, but wait he's got to carry all the ugly, last chapter prove it too (about the good and bad days), he's denied kids from what I understand about your comment on upcomming Withman(and he sure would be a damn good father), what does he get... He needs to be happy too. I'm always reading about how he is great for Charlie and all, and I get the feeling that when you talk about Colby it's always trough Charlie, because he is good for "something" about Charlie.
I don't know if I'm clear enough, it's really hard to translate what I'm thinking in french in english.
Anyway, I really feel sorry for Colby sometimes. I do know he is doing it willingly but it doesn't make it any easier...
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 23rd, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
You're very right. Whitman 5 is going to be about a lot more of the balancing of the relationship and some problems of Colby's as well. The last chapter of this story is going to set that up a bit.
dirk_rtadirk_rta on December 23rd, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
I am so glad this is a Charlie/Colby fic and not a Don/Charlie fic because what Charlie wants, Charlie gets is so true

ladygray99ladygray99 on December 23rd, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
that is very true.
riverotter1951: rosesriverotter1951 on December 23rd, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
“You’re his type, man. Tall and built. I think Colby’s big green eyes are the only thing that edged you out.”

David snorted. “Never in a million years.”

“Yeah, and I’d bet real money Colby said the same damn thing about five minutes before Charlie got his pants off.” Don took another sip of coffee. “Remember, what Charlie wants Charlie gets.”

So very true. Charlie knows what he wants and even the President agrees to his requests.
ladygray99ladygray99 on December 23rd, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Do not get in the way of a spoiled brat with an IQ of 200. Resistance is Futile. :)
Mia: teammia_dcwut_09 on January 2nd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
yay another fic of megan and larry spawn
ending was so funny
go megan u tell colby
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 2nd, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
There's not nearly enough Megan/Larry spawn in the world. There needs to be more :)
Miamia_dcwut_09 on January 2nd, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
yup there is
twins_m0m on January 16th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
I love the conversations, especially the way you write them. Each one reveals something new about the speakers. I felt sorry for David, not being considered for a team lead (just yet). I think he'd do well. And Megan being pregnant. Yeah! I had wished TPTB had written that into the series (chickens). I agree with Don on Charlie that he doesn't seem to like himself much. He seems to always trying to make up for what he thinks he's lacking. Sad. And he does seem to get what he wants, on the surface. But underneath, I wonder...
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 17th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Oh David could do the job just fine it's just the higher ups looking for something more strait edge and a little political. Don knows this and he'll get David there.
laura_trekkielaura_trekkie on January 18th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
I like chapters like this. I'm all for the action sequences and drama, but it's nice to intersperse that with this sort of dialogue-heavy chapter. there were some nice character moments with Megan's revelation and Colby's teasing; with Don telling David he's not ready yet and why, telling David he's getting out soon.

I can just picture Larry's unique style of panicking (although, I've got this vague idea that he has an estranged son out there somewhere. Not sure what makes me think that and whether it's actually canon.)

I wonder what Charlie will make of the news and the idea of another child running around in his immediate circle?

ladygray99ladygray99 on January 19th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
There's never been talk of Larry having kids in cannon. All we know of his family is his father was a painter, his mother had oddly twezzed eyebrows and he has an aunt he's tarified of. it is an interesting concept though.

I think Charlie will be greatly amused at the concept of Larry with a kid.