Summary: After Charlie loses his clearance the total fallout is more than his family knows.

Disclaimer: I don't own Numb3rs or the characters. This is my first fan fiction. Constructive criticism is welcome just please be nice about it.

Rating: T

Chapter 1

Charlie's POV

I watch Don pull away after he gets a call from the office. I didn't expect it to be easy just being on the sidelines of everything again but I didn't think it would be this hard either. It seems that nobody really understands why I had to do what I did. Phil's research was proven to be anything terroristic but still they wouldn't let it be forwarded. I couldn't stand by and see his work be for nothing when it could save so many lives. Why wouldn't they let it go even after they had found the people that were the terrorists? It just seemed like it was greed to me. If you have the power to save lives aren't you morally obligated to do so? Could Don really stand by if he knew what it was completely and what it could mean to the world? I mean he goes out every day and saves so many people by catching criminals but what I was looking at makes that look like small potatoes. I did what I thought was right and forwarded it to the people intended but now I have lost my clearance and can't work with Don or any of the government agencies now. Don's angry with me for choosing what I did. I look at what has started and realize I may have thrown everything that we have worked so hard for away. What is there to hold us together now? The answer is nothing. It's going to go back to the way it was before when we were strangers.

Alan's POV

I've watched these boys go head to head over this for so long now. I guess they do take after me in one way, they have a belief they stick to it and defend it no matter what. It makes me think of when I protested the war. I wouldn't back down for anything and neither did their mother. I just wish that they would see that because they don't believe the same thing doesn't mean that either of them are wrong. It isn't the end of the world either. I have a feeling this is the calm before the storm with them.

Don's POV

I can't believe Charlie did this! He had to know that there would be consequences. No he just didn't think period. After everything he just threw it all away. He said he loved working with me before. Was it true or did it mean nothing. Now we can't work together. It's gone, no clearance means no cases. I'm always working all hours of the day I guess he will just work back at Cal Sci. Well I guess he made his choice.