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27 October 2010 @ 11:58 pm
White Collar Fic: A New Canvas  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #017 – Ink

Title: A New Canvas
Pairing/Characters: Peter/Elizabeth/Neal
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: None
Summary: Every artist needs a canvas... or two...
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Unlocking the front door, Peter checks his watch, frowning. He should have gotten off work two hours ago. This is the one night a week the three of them get to spend together and he hates to be late for it.

He hears giggling float down from the bedroom as he mounts the stairs and scowls a little as he pulls off his tie. If they've started without him he's going to be grumpy until they make it up to him.

He's got his protest prepared, but his lips fail to form words as he pushes open the slightly ajar door. The scene that greets his eyes is one he takes a moment to cement; he doesn't want to forget this visual.

Elizabeth is nude on the bed, as artfully covered in sheets as any classical painting, only where the creamy curve of her hip and thigh rises above the white folds, there's ink and lots of it.

Neal, with brush in hand, is putting the finishing touch on what Peter realizes is an extremely ornate letter: a P. Amidst all the scrolls and flourishes decorating her body are all three of their names.

Neal straightens and gestures to Elizabeth proudly as if she were a gift for Peter. It's when he steps away from the bed that Peter notices he's been decorated as well.

The tie falls forgotten from his hand as he approaches. The handwriting on Neal is most definitely Elizabeth's. When he gets close enough to read he recognizes lines of poetry from a volume Neal gave Elizabeth last year.

The prose forms swirls and circles and tendrils of phrases reach up and across Neal's abdomen, over his chest and run vine-like around his bicep.

"Strip, sweetie," Elizabeth purrs. "We need a new canvas and you're up."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 28th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
I wish I could show you the visual of Neal and Elle inked up - they look so amazing in my head, but I'm not a visual writer so I couldn't get it down on paper. Mea culpa.

If it helps, imagine ornate lettering like this, only more so and busier. Then imagine it on a body something like this (only more along the hip and thighs) or words on Neal's a little like the shapes in this only more delicate and winding.

Yeah, much better in my head. Sorry!


Emma DeMarais
rubynye on October 28th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, you know I love this plot (if I had world enough and time I'd be busily reworking all my Amita/Charlie/Seth bunnies for Elizabeth/Neal/Peter) and oh, the execution! *cheers delightedly*
Dani: WC OT3 domesticumbralillium on October 28th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
*keysmash* PREEEETTTTYYY! Seriously, though, this is so pretty in my head, you have no idea.
lady angel: three of a kinddameange on October 29th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
lovely, E, thank you!
monkeyonthelam: whitecollarmonkeyonthelam on October 29th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
So sweet and sensual. You fit a great deal of emotion into few few words. Great job.
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on October 30th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Mm, great visual!
SamuelJames: White Collar-Neal Caffreysamueljames on October 30th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Very nice.
ladygray99: WCTrustladygray99 on November 19th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
YUM in all kinds of special ways. :-)