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19 February 2011 @ 01:44 pm
White Collar Fic: Ashes  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #033 – Wine

Title: Ashes
Pairing/Characters: Neal
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Season 1
Summary: An empty grave, an empty bottle, a broken heart
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Even after the NTSB was done sifting through the burned out carcass of the plane, they couldn't offer him enough of Kate to bury. Intense heat, they told him, localized blast. Ashes.

In the end Neal decided to bury their wine bottle in the plot her father had purchased next to his own.

It was the symbol of their promising future together, now lost forever. As shovels full of earth covered the bottle, Neal watched with tear-clouded eyes until it was gone from sight.

It would live on in his memory, haunting him like the tune of the music box.

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on February 19th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
I had a tiny hint of a bunny using the song Lilac Wine, sung by Jeff Buckley, but this one won out in the end - all angsty and sad.

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


Emma DeMarais
Indigo Catindigocat on February 19th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Poor baby. Loved it.
ladygray99: WC100ladygray99 on February 20th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)

Great image and great prompt use. Thank you.
karaokegal: Peter Burkekaraokegal on February 22nd, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
OUCH! Awesome job of bringing the pain, especially the last line.