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18 July 2010 @ 11:58 pm
White Collar Fic: The Price of a Party Favor  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #002 – Catch

Title: The Price of a Party Favor
Pairing/Characters: Neal, Peter, Elizabeth
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Pilot
Summary: Elizabeth frets, Peter asks for a favor and Neal is always playing the angles
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"I'm here," Neal stated with a flourish as Peter let him into the house. "What's the big emergency?"

Peter cast his eyes upstairs, watching for Elizabeth.

"Listen... There's this big event tonight: black tie, fancy gowns, the whole shebang. I promised Elle months ago I'd take her, but Hughes is sending me to D.C. on the next train."

"What? D.C. doesn't have enough agents?" Neal scoffed, scratching behind Satchmo's ear.

"They're trying to catch a guy I caught five years ago," Peter explained.

"Hey, I resemble that remark," Neal joshed.

"So if you could..."

"Neal!" Elizabeth had clearly been trying on her gown because she was wearing it with bare feet and her hair up in a messy ponytail. "Did you say yes already? Did he say yes?" She turned to Peter without waiting for Neal's response. "Because I cannot go to this thing alone. No one goes to this thing alone!"

"I said I'd be delighted," Neal lied with ease. "In fact, June gave me a gorgeous vintage Armani tuxedo that belonged to her late husband. I'm good to go."

"You're a life saver!" Elizabeth gave him a quick smooch on the cheek. "Satch, no!" She scolded the dog as he came towards her. "Not the dress!" She ran off, quick as she came, and Peter subtly snagged Satchmo's collar to keep him from following. "Oh, I hired a car! I'll have them pick you up at 7:30, okay?"

"I'll be ready!" As soon as the upstairs bedroom door closed Neal got a sly look on his face and Peter felt a swirl of dread in his stomach. "So... If I'm doing this for you, there's something I'd like in return..."

Peter let out a groan, his shoulders slumping in resignation.

"I should have known. There's always a catch..."

ladygray99: WC100ladygray99 on July 19th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Oh but how tongues will wag when she shows up with a handsome young man who isn't her husband. ;-)

Thank you for this bit of fun and the support.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 19th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
YW! I figure Elle uses these events to schmooze people to get more business for her event planning and she needs someone by her side who looks polished and knows to shut up and let her do her thing. Hehehe

And if tongues wag, that's even more press! (And more fun!)
rubynye on July 19th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is frothy and darling and them!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 19th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you think so! /hugs/
Dani: WC Neal/Elumbralillium on July 19th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)

This is gonna be part of a series, right? *hopeful look*

Edited at 2010-07-19 02:29 pm (UTC)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 19th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Gah! I hadn't planned on it! I already have like a six part WC series to finish writing and the 1character thing to finish for everyone. But I like where your mind is going with this. /feels tempted/ /♥ back/
Dani: Eliot TAKE IT OFF!umbralillium on July 20th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
*offers stripping!Eliot as bribe* Pwease?

P.S. Did you and Mel catch tonight's Lie to Me?
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 20th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
We did! MAX! ♥

/wants Billy/Eliot fic now or better yet Billy/Eliot/Neal/

I'll think about the sequel thing - can't promise more.
Dani: Danny Messer gaspumbralillium on July 20th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
With glasses! I might have squeed a little when I saw him come on camera.


*crosses fingers* If you have inspiration, I will be a happy camper. If not, I'll still love you. ^__~
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 20th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)

Well know that even if I don't do a sequel I shall strive to write something so good that will make you want a sequel of it instead. ♥

(And I rather liked the glasses!)
elrhiarhodan: Elizabeth - What's Going On?elrhiarhodan on July 19th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Flaily hands are flaily! I adore the idea of Neal escorting Elizabeth to her parties.

And I hope you write the favor that Neal calls in, too!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 19th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
LOL Thanks!

And /headdesk/ at lining myself up to have to write what comes next in this thing. /shakes head/ Like Peter, I should know better by now!
One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsession: classic nealpenguingal on July 19th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hee! That is delightful. Looking forward to seeing what Neal wants in return. ;)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 19th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks! Honestly? No idea. But he's ever the con man so he wouldn't let a choice opportunity like this pass him by without at least attempting to get something out of it for himself. Hehehe
hoosierbitchhoosierbitch on July 19th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
WONDERFUL! I think my favorite bit was this part: "I said I'd be delighted," Neal lied with ease. I love Neal covering for Peter. He's so smooth.

Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 19th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks! And yes! It was the most Neal-like sentence in the whole thing because he's just so quick and smooth like that and thinks nothing of a lie to facilitate everything amongst the three of them even though he knows Peter will know it's a lie. Ah, Neal... /sigh/
Ashcatphotoash on July 20th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
heheeh lovely <3 I like that there is a 'catch' in it!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 20th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Hee! Thanks! I'm behind on reading this week's drabbles so I wasn't sure if anyone else had used that meaning yet.