ladygray99 (ladygray99) wrote,

Vignettes - Part 20: A Fight and 9 Months Ago

Title: Vignettes - Part 20: A Fight and 9 Months Ago
Author: ladygray99
Chapter: 20/36
Pairing: Colby/Charlie, Charlie/OFC (implied), Don, Alan
Rating: FRT
Disclaimer: Belongs to many other people, not me
Summary: What moments mark a friendship, a love, a marriage, a lifetime?
Previous chapters: Domestic Bliss
Notes: And now things change.
Beta(s): The great goddess irena_adler

A Fight and 9 Months Ago

“You don’t even know what you want!”
“And you do?!”
“Well, we never said we were exclusive.”
“We never say anything!”
“Well, then maybe you should go get drunk and fuck her! It seems to be your style.”
“Well maybe I will!”
*feet running*
*door slamming*

“There’s a note. Charlie.” Don said softly.

“Could you read it?”

‘Dear Professor. She’s probably not a genius but certainly more human than you. Her birth certificate is in the box. She’s a week old. Good luck.’ No signature.”

“I know who it’s from.” Charlie said. He looked at the blanket wrapped bundle that his father was making cooing noises at. He took two steps back shaking his head. “No way. No way. I mean, no.”

Don looked at a second piece of paper. “Charlie, your name’s on the birth certificate.”

“That doesn’t mean anything.”

“Could she be?” Don asked. “Do the math.”

“Well yes but, no.”

Alan looked up from the bundle. “Of course she’s yours, Charlie. Look at the nose.”

“Dad, babies all look alike,” Charlie said with panicked exasperation.

“A quick paternity test. Charlie. All it takes,” Don said.

“She didn’t say one word.” Charlie was pacing around the room, wringing his hands. “Not even a phone call the day after.”

“Would you have wanted one?” Alan asked.

“No! But that’s not the point.”

Alan rolled his eyes. “Charlie, Hold her.”


Alan handed the bundle to his son. “Just keep her head supported. You’ll be fine.”

“You know, Charlie. This is illegal. We can bust her on child abandonment, endangerment.”

“Don’t worry about it Don.” Charlie looked down at the little girl. “What’s her name?”

Don looked at the certificate again. “Esther.”

“Esther. Good Jewish name, Esther,” Alan said with a nod.

Esther looked up at Charlie with dark gray blue eyes that couldn’t seem to pick a color.

“You ok, Charlie?” Don asked.


Esther gave a disinterested yawn and stuck her fingers in her mouth.

Suddenly, the front door opened. “Hey guys. I got pizza. Chen’s got some health code violation or something.” Colby stared as the three men all stood frozen. He looked at the bundle in Charlie’s arms. “Hey, Charlie? What’s that?

Tags: fandom: numb3rs, fic, pairing: charlie/colby, rating: pg13, vignettes
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