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07 August 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Numb3rs/White Collar Fic: A Not Quite Home Cooked Meal  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #057 – Sun
Crossposted to n3crossovers

Title: A Not Quite Home Cooked Meal(Sequel to Hot on the Trail)
Series/Universe: Red, White and Two
Pairing/Characters: Peter/Elizabeth, Neal, Billy
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Man Hunt (Numb3rs), Bottlenecked, Payback (White Collar)
Summary: Agent Billy Cooper joins Neal at the Burkes for a pot roast dinner
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Wait, you caught me with math?"

Neal blinked at Billy across the Burkes' dining room table, incredulous.

"I kid you not." Billy splayed his hands out. "Blame Dr. Charles Eppes from Cal Sci."

"The power of math!" Peter proclaimed proudly as he presented the platter of pot roast. "Never underestimate the usefulness of a few good equations."

"Or in Charlie's case, a few genius level equations," Billy retorted.

"Yes, an elegant Bayesian filter or two!"

"Okay, you mathies are freaking me out," Neal said.

"Don't worry, Neal." Elizabeth patted his hand. "Just do like I do and let the math talk wash over you until it's done."


Elizabeth ignored Peter, beaming. "Besides, now that you don't have a contract on your head, you get to relax!"

"Yes, very much so!" Neal looked from Peter to Billy. "Thank you for that," he said gratefully.

"And on that note," Peter gestured to the table with a flourish. "Let's eat!"

They passed dishes around, filling their plates for a moment then settled into eating.

"So, where's Mozzie tonight?" Elizabeth asked. "You did tell him he was invited, right?"

"I did," Neal smirked. "But giving someone from Fugitive Recovery enough time to memorize his face made him a wee bit uncomfortable."

Peter nudged Billy, amused. "I can't take you anywhere!"

"That's FR! Bastard stepchild of the FBI!"

"You've got the red hair for it," Elizabeth teased.

"You should see it in the sun," Peter added between bites. "It's actually copper colored!"

A swelling of affection filled Neal as he gazed at Peter and Elizabeth, watching them banter. He'd given all this up to save it and now it was his again.

"Neal? Is something wrong?"

Elizabeth looked concerned, but Neal shook his head with a contented smile.

"No," he assured her. "Everything's perfect."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 8th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Finished! This was an odd little crossover series, but I rather enjoyed it. :-)

I hope you all did as well.


Emma DeMarais
browngirl on August 9th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I feel like my heart grew three sizes. :)
melissima: Garcia Bravamelissima on August 9th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Aww... Neal's all misty at having the Burkes back.

Rofl @ Mozzie not giving Billy a chance to memorize his face. Hehehe

This is lovely, Emma. Brava.
saphirablue on August 9th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed these crossover ficlets very much!

Thank you very much for them! :)
ladygray99: WC100ladygray99 on August 12th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Really sorry about being late on this one but thank you so much for the series and the so sweet ending and the Charlie/Billy overtones that just might be my imagination.