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05 March 2011 @ 11:58 pm
White Collar Fic: Five O'Clock Tea  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #035 – Tea

Title: Five O'Clock Tea
Pairing/Characters: Elizabeth, Mozzie, Neal, Peter
Rating: PG
Word Count: 200
Spoilers: Season 1
Summary: In which Peter gets wet, El has some nice tea and Neal decides to paint again
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"Mozzie, this tea is wonderful! You have to tell me where you got it."

Mozzie refilled Elizabeth's tea cup, clearly pleased.

"A good con doesn't share his sources," he proclaimed. "However I may be able to secure a stash for your personal use."

"That's too bad," Elizabeth smirked as she lifted her cup to her lips, "because I'd love to use it in my catering business."

Mozzie cocked his head, considering. "Then perhaps an introduction might be made after certain etiquette is followed. I'd waive my normal finder's fee; only for you."

"Well, thank you." Elizabeth broke out into a full fledged smile as the front door opened and Neal and Peter entered. Peter's shirt was sopping wet and he headed straight for the stairs.

"Don't ask," he called back down. "I just need to change clothes."

"Really, don't ask," Neal echoed. "It's neither a funny story nor good blackmail material." He gestured to the tea set on the coffee table. "Well! It looks like I've walked right into Mary Cassatt's painting 5 O'Clock Tea!"

"I beg your pardon," Mozzie huffed. "That's a painting of two women."

Neal flipped his fedora playfully.

"Not the version I'll be painting this weekend!"

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 6th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
I confess that my Coffee drabbles were much better than this, but being able to write this tonight was my reward for getting a 99.17% A on my Poli Sci exam. (Yes, I got one wrong. /is made of fail/ /is just kidding/) I was sad that they were posted on a day when people weren't paying much attention, but it happens. /shrugs/

Yes, it's a real painting: Five O'Clock Tea by Mary Cassatt. Seeing as how a Cassatt would probably look great Chez Burke, I think it would be nice if Neal painted a version (obscuring Mozzie's face enough to not displease him) as a gift for El. I mean, Peter can't lock him up for forging a painting when he's not actually made an exact copy of it, right? ;-)


Emma DeMarais
ladygray99: WC100ladygray99 on March 6th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
I want to see that painting on soooooo many levels. And such nice prompt use.
sg_labsg_lab on March 6th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
This was really cute. :-)