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08 July 2010 @ 04:44 pm
White Collar Fic: Same Clue Different Culprit  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #001 – Clue

Title: Same Clue Different Culprit
Pairing/Characters: Neal, Peter
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Pilot, Threads, Front Man
Summary: A clue doesn't always mean what someone thinks it means
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"You're late." Peter didn't even look up at first when Neal sauntered into his office, sporting a morning latte and a sly grin. "Don't tell me. Alex again? Planning to steal something?"

"Peter..." Neal splayed out his hands in a gesture of disbelief. "Why must you always assume the worst of me?"

"Because you're a criminal," Peter tossed back, the corner of his mouth crooking up in a half smile. "And I know you and your brunettes." He got up and plucked a long dark hair from Neal's suit jacket.

"Evidently you don't," Neal teased, cocking his head towards the evidence Peter held in his hand. "Because that? Is from your wife."

"My..." Peter barely got the word out as Neal settled himself in a chair with a careless air, putting his feet up.

"You know, you should at least pretend to be surprised at this year's birthday party," Neal chastened playfully. "Your wife is an event planner after all. It's bad form to imply she can't plan an elaborate surprise party."

"I..." Peter gaped.

"Oh and try to be surprised when she tells you I helped with the planning. Getting the Versailles room at The Carlyle on a Saturday night was no mean feat, I tell you!"

Peter plopped down in his desk chair, looking stunned.

"Elle knows I don't go for fancy parties," he muttered. "Think it's too late to talk her out of it? Get her to do something low key like a backyard barbecue instead?"

"If it's what you really want..." Neal gestured to the phone. "Just call her and tell her you don't want a big fancy shindig."

Peter picked it up and dialed. "Hey, hon..."

Neal got up to give him some privacy, chuckling under his breath on the way out.

"Mission accomplished, Elizabeth."

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 8th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
New comm!

Please all you White Collar fen on my F-list go join and watch ladygray99's new White Collar drabble comm whitecollar100!

Read! Revel! Try your hand at pint size Neal and Peter fic!


Emma DeMarais
One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsession: classic nealpenguingal on July 9th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
WHEE! Planning on penning my humble offering this weekend while I am away. :D :D :D

Also, LOVE your take on this prompt. Neal and El really do conspire well together.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 9th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Yay! Can't wait to read it!

And thank you. I needed a break from studying and this was just the quick trip to fandom I needed to lighten things up. /grins/
Ashcatphotoash on July 9th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
hehehe that's adorable <3
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 9th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ash! ♥
rubynyerubynye on July 9th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA YES and also YAY! Seeing you write White Collar is an utter treat!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 9th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Hey, hon! /hugs you/ Yay for seeing you on my LJ. I've missed you. ♥

Does this mean you might join us ficcing in the White Collar fandom? I mean, I know you like to drabble... /nudges/
ladygray99: WCTrustladygray99 on July 9th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)

Thank you for the drabble and the pimp. :-)

This was very cute. Peter might be smarter than he looks but teamed up against El AND Neal he doesn't stand a chance.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 9th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
/hugs back/

Peter was thrown so he was off his game. I'm sure he'd make Neal pay for that later. Hehehe

YW! I was happy to finally get to write for the comm!
elrhiarhodan: Peter - Luminouselrhiarhodan on July 9th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I adore this...the unstated moment of intense jealously in Peter, his distress at the overly elaborate shindig and Neal's delight in getting one over on Peter.

So much said in so few words...it's like the most delicious amuse bouche
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 10th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I think you described it better than I wrote it! LOL

And yes! To me drabbles are very much the amuse bouche of fic! Well said!
Karen: wc big naked showbyrons_brain on July 9th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! more please....!

and don't forget to write a threesome.....
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 10th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
I did! I just need to get off my arse and publish it!

/shares scones with you/
Karen: dante's bodiesbyrons_brain on July 10th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm delicious ::makes tea::
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 10th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
/passes the clotted cream/
whitecollarfan on July 9th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
This is great! :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 10th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And yay for a Peter icon! So many WC solo ones are Neil.
whitecollarfan on July 10th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
Peter is my absolute favorite so while I have icons for the other characters my default is always going to be of Peter. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 10th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
I admit to liking Matt from previous shows, but Tim's really growing on me!
hoosierbitch: WC Peter hearts Neal!hoosierbitch on July 11th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I loved every bit of this, from the summary on down! I love how Neal knows exactly how to push Peter's buttons. Oh, Peter... ♥
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 11th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And I do so adore that Neal knows *just* how to play Peter by now. It's a thing of beauty. /grins/

P.S. Slashchat again this upcoming Wednesday! Would love to see you there if you can manage it! (Clearly we don't bite...fellow chatters. /shifty eyes/ /hides clones/)
hoosierbitchhoosierbitch on July 13th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I will be there! I really had fun last time. Thank you, again, for inviting me!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 13th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
"Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!" - Mel (at hearing this news)

(Me, I only did the Awesome! response once. Hehehe)

hoosierbitch: 3 Yay!hoosierbitch on July 13th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
HEE! :D :D :D

Y'all are so sweet! THANKS, MEL!

I am so excited for the premiere!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!
semisweetsoul: partnerssemisweetsoul on May 7th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Peter is an easy mark, but Neal can play anyone! Nice :)