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07 June 2007 @ 12:54 pm
Numb3rs Fic: A Little Out of the Way  
Written for numb3rs100 Challenge #110 – Road Trip

Title: A Little Out of the Way
Pairing/Characters: Don, Billy, Charlie
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Billy suggests a side trip after a long man hunt ends
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Well, will you look at that..."

Billy pointed to Pasadena on the map of California as he held it out for Don to see.

"You can't be serious," Don said, incredulous.

Billy just gave him an impish grin and folded the map up.

"It's Friday and I could use some good brisket."

Don shook his head in disbelief. "We just chased Galway through Utah, Nevada and Northern California and now you want to drive another four hundred miles just to have dinner with my parents?"

"It's really good brisket," Billy stressed, starting the car. "Besides," he continued as he pulled into traffic, "they can't get a judge to rule on jurisdiction for prosecuting Galway until at least Monday. We might as well cool our heels somewhere better than Cupertino."

"I haven't been home in four months," Don mused, "and you just want to show up on their doorstep."

"No," Billy explained patiently. "I figured you'd be the good son and call them first. That way they'll be sure to put enough baked potatoes in the oven," he added with a sly smirk.

Don pulled out his cell phone. "We don't usually have baked potatoes with brisket."

Billy cocked his head towards the phone. "You tell your mom she's got company coming and I bet you she makes them. Plus I bet you your brother's first words when we get there will be 'you drove 400 miles for dinner?'”

Don laughed. "No, he'll say 'what took you so long, Mom's been worried sick.'"


They pulled up into the driveway just as Charlie stepped out onto the porch.

"Hey, bro."

"Hey, buddy."

Don stepped into his brother's embrace and returned it warmly.

"I'm really glad to see you," Charlie said quietly.

Don glanced briefly at Billy who just smiled.

"Me too, buddy."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 7th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
This goes out to my lovely slash wife melissima.

I know she and I are the ones who pick the prompts at N100, but we've been waiting for Billy + Road Trip for a long time now. When it came though I wound up with a gen fic and not juicy slash porn for her. When I told her the bad news about what bunny I had gotten she was still happy and excited about the fic. I adore her for that.


Emma DeMarais
melissima: Charlie smiles by <lj user=lady-devon>melissima on June 7th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Of course I was happy! It's gorgeous, and nobody ever said you couldn't write porn for this prompt some other time. :P

I love it, especially the part where Charlie beat both Don's and Billy's expectations! He's so snuggly sometimes.

I adore you for writing squishy gen with Billy in it. Thank you for happy fic on a bummer day! :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 7th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
No bummer days! /squishes you/ Just say no!

Of course I reserve the right to write Billy!Porn at ANY time, regardless of prompt. After all, I have Billy/Dean in the oven getting nice and hot for Mags. Hehehee

I loved Charlie's canon line about not being as helpless as people think he is. I venture to say that he is not like the way people stereotype him, but he's fairly quiet about it so it does little to change their expectations of him. I wonder if someone who grew up under so many expectations now just lets them slide off, figuring they can never be perfect and should just focus on doing what they want.

Bah! Must shut up before I go waxing all philosophical or go to existentialist on you. /grins/

Have a better day, okay? /hugs/
Cynthia: CD Brotherly Thing by angeliksmall1trackmind on June 7th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's very cute.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 7th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon! So's your icon! Don looking like an expectant kid and
Charlie in a loosened tie... What's not to like?
NV: [n3] coop // smugneur0vanity on June 7th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! You're right; this is funny and sweet. I love how Coop's all about the brisket (and potatoes) and betting on Charlie's reaction.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 7th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Coop rocks. Writing him is so awesome, not just because of how TPTB designed him, but because of Max's great delivery. I could totally see and hear him delivering those lines. (I personally would never use the phrase 'cool our heels' but it feels like he would.) He brings the snark and I love it. Besides, he seems totally shameless about mooching home cooked food from his partner's family when I am sure he is sick of fast food on the go. Hehehe
gyen_gaoltosing: EMO: Dreamgyen_gaoltosing on June 7th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
"I'm really glad to see you," Charlie said quietly.

OMG, for the briefest moment, I totally thought this line was a hint at Margaret's illness, and I was like, ohmigosh...
But then I realized, with Billy in the picture, it's too early for that. Whew!

I do love the detour. It's actually making me hungry, thinking about brisket. :p
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 8th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
[LJ ate my long response to you! /weeps/ Now I have to start all over again and it won't be as good... /sniff/]


I'm really glad to see you. /smiles/ It's always a treat to have you come play on my LJ. Thank you.

Yes, since this is Billy and Don circa Fugitive Recovery Margaret is still alive and well. I wish I had earned that ohmigosh from you though. /frowns sadly/

[Tangent - please to be noting world that I did not write it as MOM'S brisket thus perpetuating the stereotype that women must toil alone in the kitchen in order to feed the menfolk kthx. I do admit to having Billy assume that women are the better hosts and would care about impressing the guests, but IMHO it's Alan who has the mad brisket skills, thus ensuring Don's interest in the pilot. Now returning you to your regularly scheduled blatherings...]

I did like the idea that Charlie would go against expectations and just be quietly glad to see his brother. It was a sweet little moment that came out of left field, but I could see Billy as appreciating as well as Don.

So now you've got *me* wanting brisket too. Hehehe

And ice cream for some reason. Or kugel. Go figure...
PhilLeeGirlphilleegirl on June 8th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Aw... This is so cute. First, Billy wanting to drive four hours to mooch a meal (and make sure his partner has the chance to reconnect with his fam). And, then, Charlie's quiet declaration and hug. So sweet all around.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 8th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Thanks. I really did expect slash, but got this wholesome little nugget instead. Aww indeed. I do love it though. It touches on part of why the show makes so many fangirls happy. We get to see a group of men show love and affection for each other in a way we wish they all did IRL. I do think that Billy's ulterior motive is not just home cooked food for a change or for Don to see the family, but because he misses that human connection too. Even if Alan and even Margaret don't really approve of Don's lifestyle I am sure they welcomed Coop into their home and treated him warmly nonetheless and everyone needs that from time to time, just like Don needs a hug from his brother.
narcasse: N3-1x01-Donnarcasse on June 24th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Very lovely story.

I can imagine that Billy shamelessly smirking and driving four hundred miles to mooch a dinner. However, it is a touching offer to give Don a chance to meet his family, isn't it? Yeah, it is somewhat weird to use "touching" to describe Billy's action, but this word just popped into my head when reading this story.

"I'm really glad to see you,"
It is the most sweet and affectionate quote for a man who just drives several hours coming home. I love Charlie's response in the story so much.

I am rambling again...I guess this great story somewhat intriguing my homesickness.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on June 24th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Touching is the right word for it and I did mean it to be unusual for Billy, but not out of character.

He knows Don would never ask Billy to drive that far just to visit his family - he's not the selfish, but Billy knows as well as Don it's been a long time and he's sure Don misses them. So Billy cooks up his crazy plan to go for dinner, making it his fault if they get caught and taking the blame off Don so Don - good obedient FBI agent he is - can allow this infraction and still get to do what he desperately wants to do.

So that's Billy's gift - to couch this gift for Don in such distracting wrapping that Don may or may not guess that this is what Billy is up to. Don's sharp though. I think he'd catch on, but not say anything out of gratitude to Billy for this kind gesture.

It's also telling that Billy is behind the wheel. It's part of his way of saying not only does he not mind doing this side trip, he's willing to do the driving (a least his fair portion) so the onus is not all on Don because it's Don's side trip.

Billy's really a good guy. He just has this lighthearted manner that makes him seem less serious than he really is.

And Charlie? He has some pretty great and unexpected moments himself. He wears his heart on his sleeve a bit more, but the fact that he does it with Don with Billy watching and not just with their parents around says how much he really is glad to have his big brother, whom he worries about, home safe and sound.

I'm glad you enjoyed this. It's one of he recent ones I'm pretty pleased with.
rubynye on October 6th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)

Walloing in your fics has enlivened an otherwise incredibly boring day for me, you know.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on October 6th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yay! Having an expansive back catalog has to have some advantages! So are you using tags, memories or comms to go through old fic? You've got me curious as to the method in your madness boredom.
rubynye on October 7th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Mostly communities. :)