ladygray99 (ladygray99) wrote,

Vignettes - Part 13: A Talk with Don

Title: Vignettes - Part 13: A Talk with Don
Author: ladygray99
Chapter: 13/36
Pairing: Colby, Don
Rating: FRT
Disclaimer: Belongs to many other people, not me
Summary: What moments mark a friendship, a love, a marriage, a lifetime?
Previous chapters: Christmas Dinner
Notes:  Please feedback this one.
Beta(s): The eternally wonderful irena_adler.

A Talk with Don

Don liked this spot on the walkway overlooking the traffic. It was public yet private. The traffic acted like white noise, yet everyone in the building could see if they wanted, so it wasn’t like it was a clandestine meeting. Agent Colby Granger approached.

“Hey Don, you wanted to see me?” Don rubbed his hands on his pants, they were starting to sweat.

“Ok. Colby for the rest of this conversation I’m not your boss.” Don could see Colby begin to panic. “I’m the older brother of the guy you’re fucking.”

Colby took a deep breath. “Could I have my boss back? He’s less scary.”



“So you and Charlie are..?”


Don lowered his head, since he’d been secretly hoping he’d just been delusional since Christmas and all the little signs he’d been seeing had been completely in his head. “What is it? I mean is this a drunk thing, date on weekend thing, have and to hold thing?”

“I don’t know. It’s a thing.”

“Well, that’s specific.”

“Don, I’m not Let’s-Talk-About-Our-Feelings guy and Charlie’s If-It’s-Not-Numbers-It-Usually-Doesn’t-Exist guy. Between the two of us, we’ve honestly never talked about it. It’s just a thing.”

“A thing?” Don repeated.

“A good thing?” Colby suggested.

Don closed his eyes and rubbed his temples.

“He’s got his thing, I’ve got my thing, and sometimes, we have a thing together.”

Don sighed.

“Look, Don, we’re not those guys.”

“Which guys?”

“Vacations in Aspen, commitment ceremony, house in the suburbs, 2.5 Cambodian orphans guys.”

Don squeezed his eyes shut.

“You’re picturing the commitment ceremony aren’t you?”

Don gave a tight nod. “Yep.”

“Does it end with my Uncle Rob getting drunk, taking a swing at your dad, knocking over the candles on the table, and burning the whole place down while my mother cries?”

“Basically, except it’s Larry crying.”

“Well, we’re not those guys Don. I mean do you know what it takes to get Charlie into a tux?”

“Ok.” Don was a little comforted by that thought. Not that he didn’t want to see Charlie happy, but the Bureau had sort of missed the caring, sharing 90’s and was stuck in the 50’s on a lot of levels. It could make things difficult for Agent Granger. “Do I want to know how long I’ve been oblivious to this?”

“Not really.”

“That long?”

Colby shrugged.

“Before or after Amita?” Don asked.

“After, but not like right after, I mean it’s not a rebound thing. At least I don’t think it’s a rebound thing, I mean rebound is like hook up twice don’t call back right?”

“I always call back.”

“Do they always answer?”

Don shrugged. “50/50. So…when..?”

Colby shuffled his feet.


“After the Mainer case.”

Don felt his knees begin to go out from under him. He wrapped his arms around his chest and hunched down to the ground, trying to breathe. Colby took a few steps effectively shielding Don from anyone in the building who might be watching.

Colby had seen this reaction to that name before but it had come from Charlie, not Brass Balls Don Eppes.

“Oh, god.” Don said in a whisper.

“He worked that case too, you know.”

“I know.” Don felt a sickening knot of guilt twist his insides. After that case, he’d turned off his phone for three day and spent them crying in the arms of an old lady friend. He hadn’t given two thoughts to Charlie. “I didn’t think…” He looked up at Colby who had locked his jaw, obviously trying not to relive that case himself. “It’s just numbers.” Don said.

“It’s not just numbers.”

“I know. I know. Shit! It’s just… I forget you know?”

“Yeah. Sometimes he forgets too.”

Don was rhythmically beating the back of his head on the guardrail for being so stupid.

Colby looked around franticly, hoping no one else was watching Don fall apart. “Hey, Don? Could you stop that ‘cause when Charlie beats his head against walls I have to kiss him to get him to stop and, nothing personal, but that’s really not an option here.”

Don stopped banging his head and looked up at Colby.

“You know Charlie and I don’t really talk” Colby said. “But when we do…it’s hard…it’s like he doesn’t have the words to say what’s in his head, he’s usually never needs them.”

“Is he ok?”

“Yeah. He’s Charlie.”

“Right.” Don took a deep breath and stood up.

“Ok. Same rules for if you were dating the sister I don’t have. One: Hurt him and I’ll beat you to death with a shovel.”

Colby nodded. “Fair enough.”

“Two: I don’t want details. Ever! I’m serious. I do not want to know.”

“No problem.”

“Three: Get him pregnant and you have to marry him.”

Colby laughed. “Yes, sir.”

“Four.” Don paused for a moment “Don’t let him hurt you.”


“You may not have noticed but Charlie’s mouth is not always connected to his brain and his ears. He doesn’t have an evil bone in his body, but he can be a right royal bastard without meaning to.”

“I’ll keep that in mind.”

Don looked pensively out into space for a moment wondering why Charlie could never pick the easy way of doing things. “You know why he’s doing this?”


“Grandchildren. He’s thinking ‘I hook up with a guy grandchild responsibility is all on Don.’ The little snot. This is malicious, like when he did my homework and wrote all the answers in reverse.”

Colby laughed. “I thought you said he wasn’t evil?”

“I’m his brother. Completely different rules apply.”

Colby nodded. “So. We’re ok?” Colby asked tentatively.

“Yeah. And don’t worry about the Bureau. I mean, official policy…”

“Is on paper." Colby cut in "Half the AD’s are Mormons, and they burned Hoover’s dresses. I know.”

“I hear the Smithsonian’s got a few them. You’re a good agent. I’m not about to try to fuck your career.”

“Thanks, Don.”

“Oh. You know my dad’s invited you to Seder this Friday?”

“Yeah. Charlie mentioned it. Said it was something he liked to do?”

Don gave a chuckle that made Colby’s face twist with worry. “I don’t know what Charlie ‘mentioned’ but the last girlfriend of mine to get a Seder invite was the one I almost married. Google it, scrub up, do not be late.”

Tags: fandom: numb3rs, fic, pairing: charlie/colby, rating: pg, vignettes
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