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29 July 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs/White Collar Fic: Hot on the Trail  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #326 – Blue
Crossposted to n3crossovers

Title: Hot on the Trail (Sequel to Finished Business)
Series/Universe: Red, White and Two
Pairing/Characters: Billy, Neal
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Man Hunt (Numb3rs), Bottlenecked, Payback (White Collar)
Summary: Billy's closer than Neal thinks but that's not a bad thing
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

One thing you could say for bartenders in New York City, they knew how to make a drink.

Neal swirled the remains of what bore no resemblance to what he ordered and left his booth in favor of a barstool in hopes of perhaps walking the bartender through a proper mixed drink.

"Whiskey, neat," a raspy voice said, settling on the stool beside him. The man cast a glance over at him, appraising him in a split second. "You look like you could use one yourself."

"Not a bad idea," Neal agreed, pushing his glass aside as the man lifted two fingers to change his order with the bartender.

The bartender put down glasses in front of both of them and poured before disappearing to help other patrons.

"To good friends and good strangers..." The red-haired man held up his glass in a toast, blue eyes sparkling with pleasant mirth.

Neal followed suit reluctantly, clinking glasses.

"Good strangers?"

"Yup. I'm the best stranger you're going to meet today."

He pulled an ID badge out of his wallet and flipped it open on the bar: Special Agent William Cooper, Fugitive Recovery.

Neal's shoulders crumpled at the sight.

"You're here to take me in."

"I'm here to take you into protective custody," Billy clarified. "Keller's in jail, but we're still rounding up the goons who have contracts on you."

Neal let out a long breath, letting weeks of tension go.

"I only ran because Keller threatened Peter and Elizabeth if I stayed," he explained.

"Peter guessed that. Seems Keller's used that M.O. before." He put a hand on Neal's shoulder giving him a little shake. "Come on. I know two people who will be very happy to see you back in New York and one of them's promised to make pot roast."

Dani: WC OT3 domesticumbralillium on August 1st, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
HEEEE! Hi, Billy! Also, hee! Peter's pot roast! :D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 1st, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice icon for this!

I was going to end it here, but Mel tells me I have to actually *produce* said pot roast dinner, ergo one more installment. ;-)
saphirablue on August 2nd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love that Peter figured out that Neal only ran because Keller threatened him (Peter) and El. =)

Thank you!
rubynye on August 4th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
ladygray99ladygray99 on August 4th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
:-) Good on Billy and everyone else for figuring out what was really going on.
Andreadizzydrea on August 7th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Okay, I don't watch White Collar, but I loved this series. Well-written and easy enough to follow that I didn't need to know what was going on to read it. Plus, it had Billy! And Billy/Charlie flirting! Where's the bad in that?

Makes me think I need to start watching WC...