Fiona lay on Michael's bed, a container of blueberry yogurt on her stomach and a spoon hovering over her mouth. "You know, Michael," she said. "This does give you a way to get your burn notice lifted."

Sam, sitting in a chair across the room nursing a beer, chimed in. "Yeah, Mikey. You've got a bargaining chip if you want to use it. You could trade the intel on that Chuck kid to get your burn notice lifted."

Michael snatched the yogurt off of Fiona's stomach and stepped over to the drawer to pull out a spoon. Fiona stuck her tongue out at him as she went to the refrigerator and pulled out another container. "Tempting," Michael said, "but no. First, that wouldn't tell me who burned me in the first place and why. Second, trading the intel wouldn't keep them from doing it again."

"And third," Fiona said. "When all is said and done, you're an honorable man, Michael Westen. In the end, you always want to help people, not hurt them. It's what makes you special. You couldn't ever betray the trust Chuck showed you."

"Or Sarah or Casey," Sam added. "They put it on the line for you. For all of us."

"Besides," Fiona said. "I think he has the hots for that Sarah."

"Come on, Fi," Michael said, licking his spoon. "You know I only have eyes for you."



You can stop reading now. The rest of this is pretty much drivel.

Authors notes:

Still reading? Huh.

Well, there it is. My first fan-fic (and first completed story in, oh, pretty much ever). I hope you enjoyed reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. I want to thank everyone who reviewed it and especially Poa who proofread it for me and all the others who made suggestions to make it better. You rock.

They say that the key to great writing is to edit, edit, edit. Well, I broke that rule. This is pretty much stream of consciousness. I promise I will take more time with my next fic and do a little editing. The problem with this one was that I got hooked on the reviews and couldn't wait to get the next chapter posted. Well, now that it's done, I'll try to do better next time.

A few words on what I was hoping to accomplish. First, I wrote this story for me. Since I love both shows, I wanted to imagine what it would be like to have Chuck and company meet Michael Westen and company. They are both in the spy genre and both have elements of both action and humor, but where Chuck has the emphasis more on humor, Burn Notice has the emphasis more on action. Burn Notice is also a darker show. Thus it was hard to combine the two and stay true to both shows. I don't know that I did. I think it strayed closer into Burn Notice than Chuck territory. But then, that may be more my lack of ability to write comedy. (As the old saying goes, "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.") Second, my goal was to write a story that could fit in the current storyline of either show. Thus, although I am a huge 'shipper' for both Chuck and Sarah and Michael and Fiona, I didn't want to push too hard and go beyond the current relationships of the characters. So I tried to write in the unrequited love common to both series. Apologies for those who were looking for something with a more overt Charah flavor. Maybe next time.

Thanks again for reading and a very big thanks to all the other fan-fic writers out there. You inspired me to try my hand and you filled up the time between episodes of Chuck and Burn Notice, as you will continue to do.

"Well, come on Casey. No time for a break. We've got work today." I'm already plotting out the next story or two. Okay, maybe a short break while I catch up on what the other fan-fic writers have written.