Disclaimer: I don't work for DoubleFine, I don't own Psychonauts, and furthermore, I'm a poor college student. Suing me would probably be a waste of time and energy.

A/N: This fic does borrow a bit from one of my other Psychonauts fics, "Two to Tango," namely in the form of one of its characters, Nicholas Harper. However, aside from that, they don't fall within the same timeline and aren't in any way related to one another. Got it? There'll be a quiz later.

Special thanks to AKA, for giving this plot bunny the swift kick in the ass it needed.


"One flew east, one flew west,
One flew over the cuckoo's nest."
-- Children's folk rhyme

One Flew East

Lili was asleep when the phone rang. It took until the third ring to finally shake her awake, and by the time she'd gotten up and staggered down the hallway towards the nearest phone--buried under roughly fifteen tons of paperwork on the desk in her father's office--her father had gotten there first.

"'Lo? ...Kowalski, d'you have any idea what time it is?" He stopped, yawning. "Yeah, okay, fine. Go ahead." Stifling another yawn, Truman began absently working out all the knots in his short auburn hair. After less than a minute of listening to whatever Kowalski had to say, however, he stopped, and suddenly seemed more awake than before.

"Yeah, no--no. Christ, are you sure--? Damn. No, I'll be there in twenty minutes. You'd better get Agent Nein down there, too. Have the jet waiting. Yeah...thanks. Bye." He dropped the phone back into its cradle with a long and weary sigh--and only then noticed Lili, standing in the doorway and watching him with a curious, if sleepy, expression.

"Dad, what's--"

"It's nothing, sweetie," he answered quickly. "Just work stuff. You know."

Lili brushed a lock of dark hair out of her eyes to glance at the nearby clock. "At three in the morning?"

Truman shrugged, still trying to appear nonchalant. "It happens, kiddo. Now..." He squeezed past her and into his bedroom, turning on lights and rifling through dresser drawers. "I've got to head over to headquarters, and I'll probably be gone for a day or two. You'll be fine here on your own, right?"

"Yeah," she said around a yawn, "sure."

"And you should head back to bed." He jerked a thumb back in the general direction of her room, although his attention was now turned towards his closet. "Tomorrow's a school day, isn't it?"

The look Lili shot him was at best patronizing. "School let out for the summer last Friday, Dad."

"Oh. Right. Well." He kissed her quickly on the forehead, then took off down the hall, still in his pajamas, his Psychonauts uniform tossed over one shoulder and his shoes in hand. "I'll be back in a few days. Take care, Lil."

Then he was gone, down the stairs and out the door. Lili turned out the lights he'd left on in the master bedroom with a slow sigh, then shuffled back to bed.