Title: Family getaway

Author: thousandmiles

Disclaimer: Don't own any of the shows characters.

Rating: K+

Summary: Bobby joins Alex on her week with her family.

Spoilers: None

A/N: This idea popped into my head this week and since I'd finished Away I decided I could go for it. Not much angst in this I think. Some fun, some fluff, some romance. These kind of things seem to work better for me than an angst filled fic. I wasn't sure how many brothers and sisters Alex had. And I decided to go for two brothers and one sister. Forgive me my fault if that's wrong. Oooh and it might be early…, but I thought the setting would be that much more romantic if it was winter… a nice big cabin in the woods… fire place… a romantic setting. Ideas or suggestions for what the family could do are appreciated. And no promises about updates. Unfortunately I don't have as much time as I used to have.

Family Getaway

"Ask him."

"No." Alex crossed her arms and glared at her sister Debbie. She couldn't believe her sister had the audacity to come by her work and discuss her 'plan'. Looking through the glass of the exam room she watched her partner, Bobby Goren talk to Mike Logan.

"Come on, you know you want it. You told me yourself he has the week off too. The cap said you both deserved the time off. Why not ask him to come with us?"

"He won't come. He'd feel uncomfortable because he's not part of the family."

"But it could his first step into the family." Debbie, just like Alex, looked at Bobby through the glass. "You know, if you won't ask him, I will." She took a couple of steps towards the door.

"No, you won't." Alex's voice was hard.

"Then you ask him. Either way I'm not going anywhere 'till one of us asks him." She was just as good in threatening as Alex was.

Alex called her sister's bluff. She shrugged and waved her hand towards the door. Debbie was capable of a lot of things, but no she wouldn't ask Bobby to go with her on the family getaway. For one Debbie had never really met Bobby so she wouldn't know what to expect. And secondly… she knew Bobby… and he just wouldn't say yes.

"Suite yourself." Opening the door Debbie made her way to Bobby who was alone again. With a determined walk she was at his desk in no time. "Bobby Goren?" She asked politely.

Looking up, Bobby looked in the face of her younger version of Alex. The hair was the same colour, the eyes less dark and she was taller… but clearly she was Alex's sister. Alex was standing slightly behind her sister. "Yes?"

"Hi, I'm Debbie Iverson. Alex's sister." She held out her hand to shake his.

"Hello, I.. I've heard about you. How's Michael?" Bobby accepted the hand and after a brief shake both had their hands back. Again he wondered what was going on.

Surprised by his knowledge and his interest, Debbie forgot to speak for a moment. But she recovered quickly. "I need to ask you a question, Bobby. You know that at the end of the day you and Alex both have the week off, right?" Seeing him nod she continued. "Well, as you may know, we're going away for a week. Just the brothers, sisters and significant others. Wanna come with us?"

For a moment Bobby just stared at Debbie. Then he looked beside her and watched Alex. What did it mean that Alex didn't ask him, but Debbie did. Did that mean she didn't want him to go with them? Or did it mean she didn't dare to ask? And was it appropriate it? Maybe the others would think they were a couple too? Not that he didn't like that idea, but still… Maybe Alex wanted to take someone else? Maybe he'd be interfering? Maybe that was why she hadn't ask him? But then, if that was true, then Debbie wouldn't ask him to join them, would she? Would he get along with Alex's family? He wasn't a real people person. Maybe it wasn't a good idea.

While all this went through Bobby's head Debbie threw a questioning look at Alex. Alex merely smiled, knowing that her partner was working through a million thoughts that ran through his head. She wondered what he was thinking. He was probably asking himself why she didn't ask him herself. She had to admit that yes she wanted him to join them. She hadn't asked because it could get… weird. After all they were partners. And if he decided to join them, then the silent conclusions her brothers and sister-in-laws were going to come up with, were going to be said out loud. Could and would he handle that? Despite the fact that she had feelings for him and she suspected he had feelings for her too, they had never really discussed him. Afraid that discussing them would truly make them real, which meant they had to deal with it. Sometimes ignorance was indeed bliss.

"I'm… not sure if…I mean… I don't want to intrude." He cast Alex a helpless look, but saw she wasn't going to give him a hand.

"You're not intruding. You're more than welcome to join us and Alex sure wants you there. It'll be fun. All us couples together… one big happy family. Well that's settled then. Alex has all the information. We're leaving tonight. See you then, Bobby." She turned to Alex. "See you tonight, Alex." Giving her sister a quick kiss on the cheek she left the two detectives alone.

A silence fell between Alex and Bobby as they watched Debbie leave. Bobby's eyes quickly went to Alex, who tried hard to ignore his stare. But she couldn't. Those eyes… they held a certain power over her, or so it seemed. "What?" She eventually looked at him, crossing her arms in a defensive gesture.

"Why didn't you ask me?" His words were soft, as if he was hurt.

One of his other powers over her, that soft voice. "I…" Sighing she sat down across from him at her own desk. "I didn't know if you wanted to come. You don't usually like these type of things. Besides, you could have other plans."

He titled his head and watched her. He didn't believe her. "If you don't want me to come…" He left the question hanging.

"No, I want you to come. I just didn't think you would like this kind of thing."

"You're family is nice."

"You've never met Jason. You only know Daniel and his wife and my parents. All of us together… it can be a bit too much." She tried to warn him.

"You really don't want me to come."

"No… I'd like it if you'd join me, but I understand if you don't want to."

He gave her a small smile. "I already have the week off. Why not? Might be good for us." He grabbed a piece of paper and pen. "Give me all the information."

TBC...