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28 November 2007 @ 07:36 am
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?

ladysybylgreyladysybylgrey on August 29th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm just getting into Numb3rs, and you're one of the best writers I've found in the fandom... just a random question: Do you remember who is having the fight at the beginning of this part? I can't tell if it's a fight between Charlie & Colby or Charlie and someone he was with before Colby...
ladygray99ladygray99 on August 29th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
Thank you and welcome. Numb3rs has always had quality writers for such a comparatively small fandom. If you haven't seen them yet I recoment emmademarais, swingandswirl and irena_adler.

The fight is between Charlie and Colby. It gets brought up more in the Vignettes extensions Winchester, Idaho and Meeting the Family.

I'm glad you are enjoying this. It was actually one of the first things I wrote so I hadn't properly found a voice or style yet. Looking back on this I mostly just see the errors and things I would do different but thank you for your compliments and I do home you enjoy the rest of my work.

If there is particular pairing or type of story you like feel free to say. I've written pretty much across the board for this fandom.