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27 March 2012 @ 11:48 pm
White Collar Fic: Too Cool  
Written for whitecollar100 Challenge #090 - Ammunition

Title: Too Cool
Pairing/Characters: Peter/Elizabeth, Neal
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Pilot
Summary: When it comes to being hip Peter's not too cool
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

"You have a mortgage, a dog, you used to have a mustache..."

Peter stopped pacing long enough to glance at Neal, who was enjoying a glass of wine on the couch next to Elizabeth.

"Used to! And dogs are definitely cool!" he protested.

"Sure! Satchmo's a great dog," Neal said, giving the pup a scritch behind the ears. "But I meant more that you're settled: not just married but married with matching hand towels."

"Those towels were a gift from the in-laws," Peter waved a hand dismissively, "and I refuse to believe owning my own home makes me less of a scenester."

"Scenester?" Elizabeth looked up at her husband over her wine glass. "Seriously?"

"Oh, now you're on board with me not being cool?"

"Honey, I didn't marry you because you were hip. I married you because I fell in love with you. You have great husband qualities: you're a good provider, you care about house and home, you try to remember our anniversaries..."

"Try?" Peter threw up his hands. "Okay, who hasn't ganged up on me yet?"

Satchmo wandered over, sniffed Peter's shoes and then walked away.

"Yeah, there's your shoes," Neal admitted ruefully. "That's a whole other story."

Elizabeth beckoned the dog back over to her.

"Don't give daddy any more ammunition, sweetie. He's already too riled up to take you on a walk tonight."

Peter's cell phone rang as he huffed, annoyed, and he put it on speakerphone.


"Peter, it's Jones. Listen, you nailed it. We ran the simultaneous stakeouts on all the green dry cleaners in Griswell's mother's neighborhood and we picked him up at the one on 98th Street. He's in booking now."

"Yes! I knew he couldn't go to a normal dry cleaner." He spread out his hands in victory. "Who's cool now?"

Andreadizzydrea on March 28th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
Okay, knowing which dry cleaner the guy would go to makes Peter the biggest nerd out there.

And Satch turning his nose up--literally--at Peter's shoes? Priceless!

Lovely as always, m'dear!
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on March 28th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Peter Burke - too hip to be cool!

ladygray99: WC100ladygray99 on March 28th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Aww. Poor Peter. Cool is just never really going to happen for him.
The Gauche in the Machine: WC Peter - gun & armschina_shop on April 3rd, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Hee! Awesome! *pets Peter, who has many fine qualities and is Really Seriously Not Cool*