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… One way they didn't get together

Series: Eight ways Charlie and Ian got together … and one they didn’t 9/9 (Masterlist)
Word Count: 228
Summary: It never happened. It was as easy as that.
Characters: Ian Edgerton
Pairing: Charlie/Ian Edgerton (unrequited), Charlie/Amita (hinted)
Rating: PG-13
Spoiler: Cause and effect / Also refers to the other stories in this verse
Setting: after Cause and effect
Author's Note:
Written for the Rewatch Challenge on sniper_voodoo  in February. Prompt: Cause and Effect.
Feedback: Can’t breathe without it.
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-show Numb3rs and the characters appearing within it belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.

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It never happened. It was as easy as that. Ian didn't know why and he didn't really care. Thinking about it hurt a bit, right there, where his stomach was, though.

He spent years watching Charlie. He saw him maturing, saw him getting a house and a girlfriend. He read his book and did the math and not even the numbers were in his favor. Maybe he should have acted sooner.

Maybe he should have taken Charlie to the shooting range. Or maybe he'd missed his chance in the woods when they'd spent the night after McHugh had been caught. He should have asked Charlie out for dinner. Maybe some time alone in Charlie's garage would have done the trick or a conversation at the koi pond. Maybe Charlie was insecure and his relationship to Amita nothing but an act to be what everyone expected him to be. Or it was Ian's fault alone. He should have just gone and apologized after he'd kidnapped Colby. Maybe that would have been his chance.

He would never know.

The only thing he did was make a weak joke in Don's direction about why he hadn't been invited to Charlie's wedding. And if he got drunk that very evening and hooked up with a young man with curly dark hair and big brown eyes, that didn't mean anything. Nothing at all.


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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 5th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ouch... just rip my frigging heart out why don't you!! ... Although I prefer Ian with Colby, or even Don, I do love some of the Ian/Charlie out there and this was just, as mentioned, heart wrenching!

Nicely done :)
Feb. 6th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Don't say the title didn't warn you. :)
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)

Poor Ian. I feel for him. Now I want Charlie to leave Amita and go make Ian better.
Feb. 6th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
In our fantasy ... :)
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Poignant and good references to the other stories. Poor Ian trapped by a situation of his own making because he never acted on his desies.
Feb. 6th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) And Charlie could have acted, too. Seriously, that UST in every single episode was unbelievable. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.
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