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Title: Across the Border, Into the Sunset
Author: NightRider
Rating: G
Fandom: The Fast and Furious
Characters: Dom, Brian, Mia, Rico, and Tego
Spoilers: Fourth movie
Beta: The forever amazing souleswanderer and fantastic raynedanser
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to Fast and Furious and no money was made from writing this story.
Summary: Brian has no plans for the future. Everything up to this point had been consumed by Dom.

They pulled off onto the side of the road, clouds of dust and sand billowing around them. Brian watched as Dom all but jumped out of the car and pulled Mia against him.

Mia melted into Dom’s embrace, and Brian could see Dom murmuring into her ear. He didn’t know what he was saying, the conversation wasn’t meant for him, but Brian imagined it was something like 'you shouldn’t have come, thank you for saving my life, I’ve missed you, and I love you.’

Dom kept one arm around Mia, but he still managed to shake Rico’s hand and slap Tego on the back. They bickered back and forth, laughing with smiles that threatened to stretch off their faces, it was a conversation meant for friends. It wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t the family Dom had had before, but it was the best Brian could do.

Brian smiled, watching from a distance, his hands shoved in the pockets of his jeans. His work here was done. With a final nod, he turned, reaching for the door handle.

Dom’s booming voice echoed across the desert. “O’Connor.”

Brian froze, swallowing hard before slowing turning around. Four sets of eyes were watching him curiously. “Yeah?”

Dom raised an eyebrow. “Where you going?”

Brian jerked his thumb towards the Skyline as if that answered everything, as if he actually had someplace to go. He’d strategically left the car on the outskirts of the border town in Mexico. The last few months of Brian’s life had been consumed with Dom’s trial; the last few weeks had been filled with planning Dom’s escape. Truthfully, he hadn’t put a lot of thought past that.

Whatever decision Brian was going to have to make was taken out of his hands when Dom said, “I’ll drive.”

Brian watched Dom stride across the packed dirt with a look of determination. “Drive what?”

“The Skyline, you idiot,” Dom replied, tossing the key to the Charger to Tego. “We can make it another hundred miles before we need to stop again.”

Brian continued to stare, wondering where in the conversation he’d made the wrong turn. Then there was a hand on his shoulder and he was shoved around the front of the car. Normally Brian would fight back, say ‘what the hell, man,’ but this was Dom, and Brian was really confused. He watched Dom climb into the driver’s seat, the engine purred to life a second later. Not knowing what else to do, Brian opened the passenger door and got in.

“I could have driven, you know,” Brian said quietly after several miles of bland landscape blurred into the background.

Dom looked at him for a second. “I wouldn’t want you to get lost.” If there was a joke in there somewhere, Dom wasn’t smiling.

The quick retort died on Brian’s tongue when Dom reached out and squeezed his knee. His grip was firm, and Brian could still feel the imprint of Dom’s fingers after he pulled his hand away.

For the first time in five years Brian didn’t feel lost at all.



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Sep. 13th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Very nice indeed. I love the subtlety of this, so it could be Dom/Brian if you wanted it to be, but could just be Dom accepting Brian into his family and his life.

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm a Dom/Brian shipper for sure, but I tend to write in the gray area so it could be whatever the reader wants it to be. :)

Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I like this new kick you're on with F&F :D

That last line just made me happy- Brian's been accepted! And he finally knows it!
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
LOL I have been on a kick, haven't I? I'm still not entirely sure how it happened. ;)

Thank you for being so willing to take the plunge with me, and thanks for reading and reviewing!
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Awww~! That was sweet! <3
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)

I love your Dom!

Sep. 13th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Aww! Thank you! :D

Sep. 13th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
I really like the characterization of this one. Thank you!
Sep. 13th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. :)
Sep. 13th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
That was awesome. :)
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Just wonderful! I love the way you write Dom. Always in control, in charge, it rings so true to the character. And Brian . . . God love him, he's home.

Thanks so much for sharing. I love your work.

Edited at 2009-09-13 10:01 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I can't see Dom as anything but a take charge kind of guy. :) I'm glad that rings true for you.

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! You're feeding my muses. ;)
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Sep. 14th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
You are spoiling me w/ your F&F fics! I really like the subtlety in this. Good job. Looking forward to the next one;~)

Sep. 14th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Aww! That's nice of you to say! I'm being spoiled with wonderful comments. :)

Thank you so much for the kind review. There will be more F & F to follow before too long.
Sep. 14th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
mhmmmm Dom taking care of his baby!
Sep. 14th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
It's a lovely image, isn't it? :)

Thanks for the review!
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
loved it, thank god Dom didn´t let him go!
Sep. 14th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
I think Dom has finally realized what he wants. :)

Thanks for reading and reviewing!
Sep. 15th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
It wasn’t the family Dom had had before, but it was the best Brian could do.

Poor Brian is so clueless not realizing that he is a part of that family. Thank goodness for Dom taking charge.
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
After everything they've been through, I'm not surprised Brian doesn't know where he stands.

Thank goodness for Dom taking charge.

Taking charge is something Dom's raised to an art form. ;)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond!
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Oct. 13th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Admittedly I'm a long winded author so if I don't cut myself off, I'll prattle on forever. :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed this ficlet even if it was short. I tend to write a lot in the "gray" area so the reader can interpret what they want from the story.

Yes, I'm a hog for Brian/Dom, and you have no idea who I am. Sorry for that?

Nope, I don't recognize you, but no worries. :) Hopefully Brian/Dom fanfic will flood our LJs and we'll meet again.
Nov. 8th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
very nice
Nov. 8th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Just read this and really liked it. I love poor confused Brian.
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I have a soft spot for confused Brian, too. :)
Mar. 5th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
I loved the promise in Doms grip.
Thank you for sharing.
Mar. 5th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. :)

I'm very happy you enjoyed this.
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