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25 July 2010 @ 02:19 pm
White Collar Fic: Elusive  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #003 – Hunt

Title: Elusive
Pairing/Characters: Unstated
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Season 1
Summary: Traumatic memories make a stranger of sleep
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

He can still recall the singing heat, the force of the blast staggering him even from a distance. No sunset could ever match the red-orange fireball of the jet exploding, no three-alarm fire capable of such destruction in one scant instant.

A future filled with promise gone up in flames: not just one life destroyed, but two. Only one's been sentenced to a graveyard of grief rather than an empty plot adorned with flowers and a fake name.

Peter tosses and turns, trying not to roust Elizabeth - memories breeding wakefulness, the hunt for sleep more elusive than even Neal Caffrey.

Ashcatphotoash on July 25th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Wow this is amazing! I love the last line especially!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 25th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ash! I got the last line first so it was hard to put a fic in front of it! LOL
Indigo Catindigocat on July 25th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Wasn't expecting it to be Peter's POV. Loved it.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 26th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Yay! I was hoping to misdirect on that! Thanks!
ladygray99ladygray99 on July 26th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Very nice. Dark but short and sharp. I like that in the end it's Peter who can't sleep (though I'd bet Neal isn't sleeping either). Thank you for the fic and the com love.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 26th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
YW ♥

Everyone knows Neal's suffering from having been there when the jet exploded, but Peter can't be unaffected having seen it firsthand and known Neal was almost killed. (And himself really if they'd both been closer.)

I had a longer version in mind in which Peter gives up, gets up, and checks Neal's tracking data to find he's pacing back and forth in June's house - also unable to sleep.
Ayesha: City Under Skybrowngirl on July 26th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh, I love that added detail, and I adore this drabble!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 26th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon! /sends you a smish from afar/
One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsession: peter/neal white collarpenguingal on July 26th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
This gets more lovely and poignant the more I read it. Really well done.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on July 26th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mags. That means a lot to me coming from you.
jrosemaryjrosemary on August 10th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
Peter's love for Neal and heartache for him are so tangible here--thanks for a beautiful drabble.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on August 10th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to read it - and comment!
nice_disguise on December 30th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, that was amazing. I didn't expect the Peter POV either. The writing was exceptional.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on December 30th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I run a drabble comm in another fandom so when my friend LG opened up a drabble comm for WC I just couldn't help but bring my years of drabbling experience over to play with Peter and Neal and Elizabeth (and Mozzie)! There's just too much interesting story there not to want to play in this universe!