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Supernatural Crossover Fic
Earnest 
13th-Jul-2008 12:14 am
Earnest
Author: daroos

Fandoms: Numb3rs/Supernatural
Rated: PG - mild language
Summary: The boys run in to Charlie on a Chupacabra hunt.
Disclaimer: I don't own them, I don't have any money, please do not sue.
Feedback: Always appreciated
Distribution: If you'd like to borrow it, please let me know where it's going to!



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Charlie Eppes, normally neither a nervous individual nor a light sleeper was woken in the dead of night. Muffled shouts and the sound of breaking wood confirmed that something was Not Normal.

At the sound of the second gunshot, this one closer, Charlie rolled off the bed and began searching through his pants pockets for his cell.

“Stay down you goat-sucking son of a bitch!” The shout came clearly through the thin motel walls.

“Dean, on your two!”

Three quick shots rang out. Charlie began dialing a number, but was sidetracked when a large man crashed through his window and lay limply on his floor and the remains of his cheaply constructed table.

“Sammy, talk to me. Sammy?!”

“I think he’s hurt.” Before Charlie could process that perhaps it was not a good idea to draw the attention of shouting, gun-wielding men to himself, the words were out.

Another man, this one with shorter hair and a bowlegged strut, crunched through broken glass and drywall in heavy boots.

“It ran again – I think I got it at least once though.”

An unenthusiastic groan was elicited from the downed man.

“I think he’s hurt.” Charlie reiterated, peeking over the bed.

The standing man stared, apparently surprised by Charlie’s appearance. “Are you okay?” He asked.

“Yeah, yeah. What is all this about?” The indomitable Eppes curiosity getting the better of him.

“FBI. Ongoing investigation.” The man was crouching to check on his partner.

“Really.” Charlie responded dubiously. “I work with the FBI on occasion, out of LA.”

“That’s peachy.” The agent responded brusquely. To the downed man, “C’mon, Sammy. Up and at ‘em. Longer we wait, farther it can run.” Astonishingly enough, the downed agent groaned and allowed himself to be helped upright. “It’s gonna disappear into the farms again – not going to fall for a lure twice.”

The formerly downed agent combed his hands through his hair, dislodging drywall and glass shards. “Then we’ll have to start with the nearest farms and work outwards.” He replied resignedly.

“Yeah.” The short haired agent responded, making it sound like, ‘you idiot’, and flashed a badge. “Who are you again?”

“Charlie Eppes. I can help you develop a statistical profile which could significantly narrow down your search area.”

“What?” The agent asked.

“Charles Eppes? Of The Attraction Equation?”

Charlie brightened. “Yeah.”

“Who?”

“I’m Sam.” The taller of the two, now bleeding slowly from several cuts on his face.

“Should I call an ambulance?” Charlie asked concernedly. Sam waved a hand in dismissal of the idea. They sure didn’t look like any agents Charlie had ever encountered.

“You could really do that for us?” Sam asked.

“Sure, if you give me some parameters and an hour.”
--
“I have narrowed down the search to farms in a thirty mile radius with small livestock and remote outbuildings. Given your projected flight path, those two are the most likely sites. Most specifically those three out buildings and this cluster of… maybe milking sheds? Over here.” Charlie told them, pointing out the suspect areas on Google Maps. “So what did this guy do?”

“Cattle rustling.” The shorter agent who had eventually been introduced only as Dean by Sam, responded just as Sam replied, “Aggravated assault and misuse of agricultural waste.”

Charlie’s eyes got understandably large. “Well let me know how it turns out.”

The agents left quickly, not concerned about the dark, early hour, or their lack of backup. Charlie was left with a gaping hole in his motel room and a lot of questions.

The academic haze faded, leaving Charlie wondering what exactly ‘goat-sucking son of a bitch’ had meant, and how Agent Sam had gotten thrown through his window. Not to mention that the Motel owner hadn’t even seemed to notice anything wrong with his property. By this point, dawn was coming and Charlie gave up on more sleep and left to continue towards his conference.
--
“Don?” Charlie asked, wandering into his brother’s cubicle area.

“What’s up?”

“I was just wondering – is the FBI involved with cattle rustling investigations? Or Agricultural Waste?”

“What?” Don returned, turning to pay his brother attention. “Agricultural waste? I’d imagine that would be part of the USDA. Why do you ask?”

“Well I ran into some agents on the way to the conference in New Mexico who said they were working on a cattle rustling/agricultural waste case.”

“Wait – ran in to? How?”

At this, Charlie looked embarrassed. “One of them crashed through my motel.”

“Like they broke in?”

“Like… through the window.” Charlie finally admitted. Don balked.

“What were their names? Did they tell you?”

“The one was Sam and the other was Dan… no, Dean.”

“Did you get last names?”

Charlie looked sheepish, “I didn’t have time to ask, really.”

Don did a quick search in the database for first names Sam and Dean on the same case files. Three files came up. The first was a man and woman out of Georgia. “Was this them?” Don asked, pulling up the second file. Charlie shook his head at the pair of agents, a black man and a thin blond.

Scrolling to the final file, “That’s them!” Charlie crowed, pointing. Something was wrong though…

“You’re sure?” Don asked, immediately tense.

“Yeah – I couldn’t miss that hair anywhere.” Charlie confirmed. “Wow, they’re brothers!”

“Yeah. It also says they’re wanted for everything from murder and torture to credit card fraud and grave desecration.” Don informed his brother, reading quickly through the file.

“What? No, that can’t possibly be right.”

“Also says they often pose as government agents when they commit their crimes – even dressed as SWAT officers to escape a bank they were robbing.”

Charlie paled. “I helped them find who they were looking for.”

“WHAT?”

“They said they were working with the FBI – flashed a badge that looked real – and I… Oh my God – we have to go look for whoever it was they wanted were shooting at.”

“They were SHOOTING. Charlie, what the hell is wrong with you?!”

“They just looked so earnest.”
--
No bodies were found. Nobody it turned out, including the motel owner, admitted to having seen either of the Winchester brothers. Even with the still-visible hole in the motel, inefficiently patched with two sheets of plywood and a staple gun as evidence, they could not get anybody to admit to having heard a whisper of a scuffle from the night Charlie was staying there. The only thing they found was a foul-smelling burn pit and a few broken animal bones at one of the outbuildings Charlie had pointed out.

Through it all, Don defended his brother’s naïveté, and Charlie defended himself and the Winchesters, insisting that, “They looked so earnest.”.
Comments 
13th-Jul-2008 07:24 am (UTC)
good read. sorry, but this is the best comment I can come up with at this time of night when i'm supposed to be sleeping. LOL
13th-Jul-2008 07:25 am (UTC)
*grins* No worries of course - I appreciate knowing folks have given it a look through. :)
13th-Jul-2008 09:44 am (UTC)
Excellent. I could also see Larry helping in a similar way. :)
13th-Jul-2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
13th-Jul-2008 11:30 am (UTC)
I keep going back to the comment “They looked so earnest.”. Hilarious. I enjoyed this very much, numb3rs/spn xovers are so rare that it's always a treat to come across one. I think you've managed to catch Charlies character well and describe Dean and Sam nicely from Charlie's perspective. Nice.

13th-Jul-2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy the numbers/supernatural crosses as well (though I couldn't imagine writing anything much longer than this). Charlie always seemed like a sucker for a earnest look.
13th-Jul-2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I do like it when SPN is crossed with law enforcement shows.
13th-Jul-2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
So do I. :)
13th-Jul-2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
I love that even in the middle of the night Charlie won't let an opportunity to help or do math pass - Really enjoyed it.
13th-Jul-2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Charlie always seemed to have a big 'need to please' streak, coupled with a 'save the world' streak. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
14th-Jul-2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Lovely job!

“They looked so earnest.”
*laughs* Love that.

Don and Charlie are so much like the Winchester brothers in great when a crossover fic pops up!

Thanks for sharing this!
14th-Jul-2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to feedback! I like the idea of crossing Supernatural with something more real-world (ie, Numb3rs, NCIS, etc) because the Winchesters live in such a fantastical world that when the real world comes and slaps them in the face, it's just as strange as the supernatural is to an FBI agent.

That said, this one was just for fun. *Grins*
14th-Jul-2008 04:10 am (UTC)
Really enjoyable spin - it's nice to see Charlie's naivity taken advantage of.
14th-Jul-2008 04:17 am (UTC)
He's SO cute but SO gullible, sometimes. *Grins* Glad you liked it.
15th-Jul-2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
I loved this! Absolutely loved it to bits!

Also! You have Goldie! *squees*
15th-Jul-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
*grins* Thanks for letting me know you liked it! And yes, Goldie is my hero. :)
18th-Sep-2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hee! I really enjoyed this. I have just written a SPN/Numb3rs cross myself--though that was definitely crack and not as well-built as this--so I clicked the link out of curiosity about what else was out there. This was very much in character, and of course Charlie would fall for them and their "earnest look." They ARE earnest. :D

Fun read.
18th-Sep-2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for taking the time to drop me a line! It struck me while watching an episode and I had to try writing it. :)
1st-Nov-2008 08:14 am (UTC)
I really like Numb3rs and Supernatural crossovers. It seems so natural, they were wanted by the FBI, Don & Charlie work for the FBI... Love the combo... and they look so earnest :-)

Thanks!
18th-Nov-2008 02:10 am (UTC) - Love this crossover
I love SPN/Numb3rs crossovers and reading this made my day. There are not enough out there. Charlie was great in this fic, the "they were so earnest" just killed me. Please write more stories with this crossover!
18th-Nov-2008 05:27 am (UTC) - Re: Love this crossover
Thanks very much for the feedback! I love the numbers/supernatural thing because it grounds things back in reality, as opposed to going ever further into CrazyLand. And Charlie is of course, priceless, both in his innocence and analytical nature.
11th-Jan-2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Best that it ends this way. If Charlie had seen that Chupacabra or what ever they are called, his head might have exploded.

(^_^)/
BEM
2nd-Feb-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
This was so cute! A brilliant illustration of the importance of being earnest. =) I love how, despite Don's frustrated comments, he defends Charlie's actions, and how, despite the damage, the bystanders are mum. I guess this would be one of the jobs that the Winchesters got called into? It's nice to see some gratitude for the poor brothers.


*“Really.” Charlie responded dubiously. “I work with the FBI on occasion, out of LA.”

I like that Charlie expresses his doubt before he gets swept up into helping. I loved Dean's attitude ("brusque"--the perfect word for it!) and was amused that even on the run and fighting evil, Sam keeps up to date on theoretical mathematical breakthroughs. And despite further evidence that Charlie doesn't entirely buy the FBI-story, the flash of Sam's big brain causes the youngest Epps to warm up to them immediately. I also liked how nonchalantly Sam treated his own injuries, and how focused Dean was on the hunt (after he had made sure Sam was okay).

Your characterizations were so excellent. My favorite SPN moment was the difference in Dean and Sam's explanations for their quarry. And my favorite Numb3rs 'moment' was the conversation between Charlie and Don--how Charlie inadvertently paints a more terrible picture with each sentence and Don getting more panicked/exasperated.

While I wish it were longer (because I really enjoyed it!), this quick meeting between Charlie and the Winchesters is quite charming and fleshed out with all the right details. Thank you for sharing!

~Michelle
2nd-Feb-2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for taking the time to reply! I really enjoyed writing this one, and I really do adore all the characters. Keep feedbacking! :)
8th-May-2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Enjoyed this story! But, there's a mistake here:

“Yeah. It also says they’re wanted for everything from murder and torture to credit card fraud and grave desecration.” Dean informed his brother, reading quickly through the file.

Shouldn't it be Don in that sentence? It's Don and Charlie after all... xD
8th-May-2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
*facepalm*
9th-May-2009 04:59 am (UTC) - Ah, you fixed it! :D
*grins* Relax. It happens to the best of us. Though I was rather surprised that no one else had noticed it before and let you know about it, considering how long this has been up (since July last year? Almost a year now...).

I think it's because the people reading this tend to go pretty fast, and the brain sometimes substitutes concepts that it thinks should be there when going over familiar stuff. Don and Dean are names that begin and end with the same letters, and read by people in a hurry to get the gist of the story; well it's a situation ripe for confusion due to the funky things the brain does with what it sees. Literally one sees what one expects to see, not what one DOES see for real.

I can read word-for-word pretty fast though, and have done some beta-reading in the past for grammar and typos (spell-check is nuts, the things it tries to foist on you!), so I tend to notice these things. Glad to be of service, is all.
9th-May-2009 06:05 am (UTC) - Re: Ah, you fixed it! :D
Thanks! I never got a note about it but it's fixed now. Glad you read it!
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