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19 November 2007 @ 10:17 am
Vignettes - Part 11: Tossing a Football  

Title: Vignettes - Part 11: Tossing a Football

Chapter: 11/36

Pairing: Charlie/Colby, Alan

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: Burn me.

Notes:  At last a little screen time for Alan.  Please give feedback.  It makes my day worth living.

Beta(s): The amazing [info]irena_adler


Tossing a Football

Colby could tell by Alan’s expression that he was not expecting Agent Granger to be at the door when he answered it, but at the same time Colby’s casual presence at the house had been steadily increasing over the last few months. Alan looked thoughtful, and maybe even a little amused.


“Agent Granger, come in, what can I do for you?”


“Hi, is Charlie here?”


“He just ran to his office to get something. A case come up?”


“No, we were just going to toss around a football.”


Alan froze. “You’re going to do what!?”


“Well, I’m going to throw the ball and Charlie’s going to try and prove some strange drunken theory he has about L.A. smog causing extra drag on the ball to explain why the Bruins have a better throwing game at away games, and something about point spreads, and I wasn’t really listening.”


“Oh. Ok. That makes sense, ‘cause I can guarantee Charlie’s never thrown a football in his life. Can I get you a beer?”




Colby always maintained that beer tasted best from the bottle standing in the kitchen. He was really enjoying his beer when innocent-looking Alan Eppes blindsided him.


“So how’s this thing with you and Charlie going?”


“Uh...what?” ‘Smooth Granger.’ He thought to himself.


“You know. This thing you and Charlie have got going.”


“Uh…well.” Colby decided his brain had officially run off without him. All that was left was blind panic.


“I’m a father you know. And I know my sons. It takes something special to get Charlie away from the blackboard.”


Colby was still panicking. He took another sip of beer trying to find words to explain something that had literally never been talked about.


Alan gave a little laugh. “You don’t have to completely panic. I lived through the 60’s you know? I even remember bits of it. My Charlie’s not always in touch with rest of the world. Sometimes he needs a bit of a kick from someone to remind him it’s there, that there’s more to life than numbers.”


Alan gave Colby a moment to speak but all Colby could think about was running.


“You know when Charlie was nine, we took him to this special class for gifted kids. There was a dozen of them all as smart as Charlie, if not more so. We only left him there a week, not because he wasn’t learning but ‘cause that’s all he was doing. There was no play, no joy. I know for a fact two of those kids killed themselves and another one is an alcoholic, junior high, science teacher.”


Colby couldn’t picture Charlie crashing like that, but then what had that first night been? It wasn’t the first time he’d caught Charlie as he fell.


“Charlie’s smarter than that,” he finally said.


“You may not have noticed Agent Granger but often really smart people can be complete idiots.”

Before Colby could answer the front door opened.


“Hey, Dad.” Came a shout from the door.


“We’re in the kitchen!” Colby called out, still feeling a little trapped and trying to keep the panic out of his voice.


“Hey, Dad, hey, Colby. Sorry I’m late. I was busy stealing the air quality monitor from environmental engineering and Larry’s coming by to help with the calculations.”


“Well, you two have fun. I’ll see you later.” Alan said. “Oh say, Agent Granger, do you play chess?”


irena_adler: Alan sonsirena_adler on November 18th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Sneaky Alan, giving the "what are your intentions" talk. *g*

Good job with fixing the POV! :) Colby is definitely the one we want to know what he's thinking here. I better hurry and get you some more beta back!
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 18th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to have to write a couple of side pieces from Alan's end. In a lot of ways he's my favorite Eppes to write for. I think I've got his voice in my head much more strongly than Don or even Charlie. I don't give him nearly enough in this story. Even with some of the stuff I give him later he needs more.
fredbassettfredbassett on November 18th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Love Alan's comment about remembering the '60s!! Like the father/boyfriend moment. Well played :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 18th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ah. But the question is exactly what is it that Alan remembers about the 60's? *eg*
impysh on November 19th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
This is fantastic - and Alan's voice is absolutely perfect - I could literally hear him saying the dialogue, and picture him peering at poor Colby.

Nice little details about the class, too. And maybe this will prompt Colby to talk to Charlie about 'this thing'?
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 19th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks. I really feel I have Alan's voice loudest in my head. I really need to write more for him.
Devo79devo79 on November 19th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Soooooo gooooodddddd!

Sneaky Alan!
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 19th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
Alan has reasons for being sneaky. ;-)
thady: House MD: Sherlock Housethady on November 19th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor Colby. ;) I really like Alan here. I'd love to read a piece from his pov. Well done! :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 19th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Once I get all 36 parts posted I'm going to go back and flesh out bits with one shots from other peoples POV. Mainly Alan and Don
athenedeinonychus_1 on November 21st, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm a few days behind and playing catch-up again. I liked this chapter, I can just imagine Colby with that 'startled-rabbit-in-headlights' look of panic.
ladygray99ladygray99 on November 21st, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
It's a look he does well. :-)
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on August 8th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
oh, does he ever play chess...

ladygray99ladygray99 on August 8th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Argg!!!!!!! don't cross contaminate my 'verses. I have a hard enough time keeping them strait as is.
emmatheancienemmatheancien on January 17th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I don't picture Coloby as the fear guy but I so understand me facing Alan. He's very protective of his boys and very observant, I'm sure he has a little idea of what is going on between the two of them but being who he is, he waits for Colby to make the first take and tell, not everyting but a part of what's going on with Charlie.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 18th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Colby's not used to being scared either. But he's also not used to sleeping with a guy so it's all a little confusing for him.
emmatheancienemmatheancien on January 18th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I can understand him.