Title: A Little Out of the Way
Pairing/Characters: Don, Billy, Charlie
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.
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."