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10 December 2011 @ 11:59 pm
White Collar Fic: Cold Call  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #074 - Cold

Title: Cold Call
Pairing/Characters: Neal/OFC
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Pilot
Summary: Not all the people Neal cons are unhappy about it
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

She almost didn't open the door; her husband was off on another buying spree in Europe - without her - and she was left alone in a cold museum like home filled with art she didn't care about. The doorman wouldn't have let just anyone take the private elevator to the penthouse level so when she saw a handsome sharp-dressed man on the security monitor she decided to open the door.

"Good afternoon, Ma'am," the handsome stranger said with a charming smile. "I'm from Etoile du Monde Restoration Services. I'm here to drop off a Matisse your husband left with us for cleaning."

"Well! Come on in then." She stepped back and allowed him to bring a large box inside. "He didn't say anything about a new Matisse, but then he doesn't exactly talk to me about his art."

The man looked genuinely sad on her behalf, moving closer and lowering his voice into an almost conspiratorial register, one she found terribly sexy.

"I'm so sorry. Art is such a beautiful and wondrous world. If I had a wife as lovely and intelligent as you clearly are, I'd certainly want to share my passion with her."

"So you're not married?" she asked coyly, feeling playful.

"I've never been that lucky," he said, bowing in deference to her.

Charmed, she brought him into her husband's private study to hang the new Matisse.

An hour later she dragged him into her bed and shared her own version of passion with him.

He left with a smile on his face and the other Matisse to clean, as per his signed work order.

It was almost worth it when her husband came home and discovered the fraud: the work order and the first Matisse were forgeries.

She took the painting in the divorce anyway.

ladygray99: WC100ladygray99 on December 13th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
:D Oh this is early Neal all over.
rubynye: Zoe in Midair (bleeding_muse)rubynye on December 13th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Well done, milady!
ladydragoness on December 13th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love this, absolutely love it.

I would do the same thing.