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30 January 2011 @ 11:58 pm
White Collar Fic: Girlfriend to Girlfriend  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #030 – Girlfriend

Title: Girlfriend to Girlfriend
Pairing/Characters: Peter, Diana
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Forging Bonds
Summary: Peter pulls aside rookie agent Diana after the Caffrey meeting
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Hey, Barrigan..."

Diana looked up, surprised, as Peter beckoned to her to stay while the rest of the group filed out of the conference room. She straightened herself up as the last person left.

"Yes, sir?"

Peter sat on the edge of the table, taking her in as if it was the first time he'd really seen her. She didn't waver under his scrutiny and could tell there was no animosity behind it, just curiosity.

"First of all, save your 'sirs' for the higher ups. Around here we're mostly on a... Well, I'd say first name basis, but we do tend to call fellow agents by their last names most of the time. Do you have a preference?"

"Diana," she said firmly. "Barrigan just sounds like someone's talking to my father."

"Fair enough," Peter said, nodding. "You're welcome to call me Peter or Burke - whatever makes you comfortable." He cocked his head at her. "That was smart work earlier, your insight about Caffrey's girlfriend? I'm just curious..." He leaned in, lowering his voice to a conspiratorial whisper that held a hint of mirth to it. "When you said 'my girlfriend', you weren't pretending you were Caffrey, were you?"

Diana couldn't force back the little smile on her lips. "No, I wasn't." Still smirking, she continued. "Is that a problem?"

"Not at all!" Peter rose, gathering up his folders. "The military may have don't ask don't tell, but as far as I'm concerned? Don't care. Just do your job and you're welcome to go home to whoever makes you happy - male or female." He headed for the door. "I look forward to meeting your lovely girlfriend at a Bureau function one of these days."

Diana huffed, bemused, watching him go. "Great. Just give me time to find one first..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 31st, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
I confess that Girlfriend to Girlfriend is even a worse title than last week's Wives Three, but the first two options (Who's That Girl and Girlfriendly) were actually worse.

Dude, where's my title muse? ;-)

The title only works because it references the segue from Neal's girlfriend to Diana's (hypothetical) one. Okay, it also kind of works because they're having an personal little chat that - if it were women - would be very much 'girlfriend to girlfriend' intimate honesty.

Very special thanks to beta melissima for her assistance with this fic.


Emma DeMarais
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: White Collar - Nealembroiderama on January 31st, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
I like this, especially the way Peter makes it clear to her that it's okay.
ladygray99ladygray99 on January 31st, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
:-) I like Peter in this but the last line made me grin.
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on January 31st, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Love this to bits!

Thank you.
rubynye: Hobbit Lassrubynye on January 31st, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Diana huffed, bemused, watching him go. "Great. Just give me time to find one first..."

melissima: Garcia Guh! <lj user=melissima>melissima on January 31st, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)

Do you think she'd let us share her? :-D
rubynye: Nikki (mustangcandy)rubynye on February 2nd, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
We can but hope!

karaokegal: Peter Burkekaraokegal on February 1st, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
OOH! Loved the Peter/Diana interaction and easily they fall into roles...and GREAT KEL. Awesome kicker.