The next morning Danny was up early and decided to make Matt and him breakfast before Steve came to pick him up for work.
Danny was thrilled to have Matt back, to know where Matt finally was and to know that he was safe and not running from the law. He would never admit this to anyone but he had spent several sleepless nights wondering where Matt may have been and wondering if Matt had done everything that the Feds had accused him of doing. So to say that he was glad to have Matt under his roof again, and to know that everything was dealt with, was an understatement.
Matt was still not up by the time Steve arrived so Danny left the food covered with a note on top of the plate.
"Good morning Steven," Danny smiled as he climbed into his car that Steve still refused to let him drive.
Steve looked over at Danny with a look of concern and placed his hand on Danny's forehead.
"What are you doing you Neanderthal," Danny swiped Steve's hand away.
"Ah, much better, you had me worried with your cheerful attitude so early in the morning," Steve smirked as he pulled out of Danny's driveway and onto the road.
"Hilarious Steven, I just happen to be in a good mood is all."
Now Steve was really curious, Danny was rarely ever in a good mood, let alone in the morning.
"Why?" Steve wouldn't drop this until Danny told him what he wanted to hear.
"Why are you in a good mood?"
"Can't a guy just be in a good mood?"
"Sure, a guy can, but Danny Williams, naw," Steve laughed as he saw the death stare Danny was giving him.
"Well if you must know, Matty's back in town," Danny all but rushed through that sentence knowing the barrage of questions that he knew were about to come his way.
"Your brother Matty?"
Danny rolled his eyes.
"No my great uncle Matty, he's back from the dead and in town."
"You don't even know how to properly be in a good mood," Steve loved trying to get a rise out of Danny.
"Well I'm sorry Steven, when you ask me silly questions I'm going to give you a silly answer back."
Steve smiled but then his tone turned a little bit more serious.
"So what's going on with Matty, why's he back here, is he still on the run, is he in trouble, is he–"
"Oh I'm sorry, I wasn't aware we were playing 21 questions," Danny quipped.
The right side of Steve's mouth curved into a grin.
"He's not on the run anymore, he cleared everything up with the Feds, he worked undercover for them for awhile and they cleared his name."
Steve kept quiet and stared straight ahead at the road in front of him.
Steve knew by Danny's tone where this was headed.
"Steve, I know that look, you have something to say so just say it."
Steve took a second to think about what he was about to say, he had to word this correctly so that Danny didn't freak out on him.
"It's great your brother's back Danny, and I know he's your little brother and you love him and want to trust him, but how can you be sure that he's telling you the truth?"
Danny looked at Steve like he had been slapped in the face.
"How dumb do you think I am, I'm not an idiot Steve, I know what Matty did, I called in a contact at the FBI and they collaborated Matty's story, everything he said was true," Danny spoke a little harsher than he had meant to, clearly it was still a sore subject.
"I know you're not an idiot Danny, it's just when it comes to family we sometimes turn a blind eye, that's all, I'd know better than anyone. Just didn't want to see him let you down again, that's all," Danny could hear the sincerity in Steve's voice and instantly regretted raising his voice to him.
"Yeah, I know...thanks," Danny smiled at Steve.
Danny spent the rest of the ride explaining to Steve everything that Matt had explained to him.
By the end of the day everyone knew that Matt was back in town and cleared by the FBI and since everyone really wanted to see him, Danny decided to have a little get-together at his place after work with some beers and pizza.
As they walked in Matt was organizing the table with chips and dip and other appetizers that he had scrounged up since Danny called to tell him that the team was coming over to see him.
As they all walked in Matt was a little nervous as to the kind of reception he would receive by them, after all he didn't leave on the best note last time.
Kono was the first one in the door and raced to give Matt a hug.
"Welcome back Matt, it's really good to see you," Kono smiled and she embraced him. And just like that the nervousness Matt was feeling eased away.
"Thank you Kono, it's really good to be back, and it's nice to see all of you again."
Chin was next to give Matt a hug and then Steve.
"Welcome back Matty."
"Thanks Steve, and thank you for everything you did that night that I left, Danny told me how you covered for me," Matt looked over at Danny and gave an apologetic smile.
Truth of the matter was Steve didn't do it for Matt, he did it for Danny so Danny would have time to go talk some sense into Matt before the Feds barged in; but Matt didn't need to know that right now, so he just replied with a simple fact.
"No need to thank me, you're family," Steve smiled and clasped Matt's shoulder. Danny looked over and gave Steve an appreciative smile. He knew the risk Steve took that night lying to the Feds, but he had done it anyway; not that he would've expected any less from his partner.
They all spent the night telling stories and laughing and joking around. Matt told a few stories of when he was working as an informant, some funny, some not so funny. Steve noticed the beer was running a little low and not wanting to interrupt Danny or Matt, Steve got up and made his way over to the fridge to grab the last case of beer.
By the time he got to the fridge Danny was right there behind him.
"Hey partner, want a beer?"
"Yea I'll take one. Hey I realized I never actually did thank you for that night, for sending those agents in the wrong direction to give me time to get to Matty," he said as he leaned against the counter.
"C'mon Danny, you don't need to thank me for that, you would've done the same for me," Steve mirrored Danny's stance as he stood next to him.
"I know, but still, thank you, it meant a lot," Danny tapped Steve's beer bottle with his own.
"You're welcome Danno," Steve smiled.
The two were so engrossed in their conversation that neither of them saw Matt staring at them.
Matt watched his brother and Steve and noticed how they seemed even closer than they were the last time he dropped by, if that was even possible. Matt shook his head and stared at the ground. Danny had no idea why he was back in town, and Matt only hoped that at the end of this, after all was said and done, that Danny wouldn't hate him forever.