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18 September 2010 @ 10:49 pm
#7 - Known Alias  
Title: Known Alias
Prompt: #7 Background
Author: isabeau
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Neal/Peter
Word count: 288
Warnings/Spoilers: Basically none
Summary: Pre-series, set before Neal gets caught the first time; Peter realizes that someone he's met isn't who he thinks he is.
Notes: This properly should be part of something that wants to be longer and plottier and full of sex and deception and wacky hijinx, but I can't for the life of me write any of it. So there's this. And yay this is the first of my WC drabbley things that I could find an excuse to post here \o/


The phone number is in his address book, with a name that isn't Neal Caffrey, and isn't even one of Neal's (known) aliases, except for how it apparently is.

"Hey. Miss me already?" There's a smile in the voice. Peter kind of wants to punch it, now that he knows.

"Hello, *Neal*," he says instead.

There's a very long silence at the other end of the line. Then: "How long have you known." It isn't even a question.

"Long enough." Not long enough, goddammit. He should have caught on sooner. "Tell me, was it fun seducing your FBI officer?" Not that it had taken much seducing; the man was charming in ways that somehow hadn't set off alarms in Peter's head, and really he'd been rather complicit.

"...*my* FBI officer? I like the sound of that."

Peter huffs. "You knew I was assigned to your case."

"I guessed. But that wasn't the only reason."

"Oh, it wasn't?" Peter glares at nothing in particular, since Neal isn't actually there to be glared at.

"You underestimate yourself," Neal says -- quite sincerely, even though Peter knows guys like him pull sincerity out of thin air. "The sex was great. And I really have come to care for you quite a bit."

"Oh, so you did this out of love." Peter can't resist the sarcasm, because damn it all to *hell* he shouldn't be believing a word of this. "Why don't you come over to my hotel room and turn yourself in? It'd be a nice gesture."



"I meant it," he says softly, and hangs up, and Peter knows the phone number won't ever reach him again.

"Yeah," Peter says just as softly, and glares at his phone.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 19th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Yay for Isa @ WC100!

I really like the insinuation that while Neal might have started this whole charade because he wanted to find out more about the agent tracking him, he really did end up with real feelings for Peter - feelings that were clearly reciprocated.

That's a lot of story for less than 300 words. Nicely done!
But what if I'm a mermaid?: White Collar & Twilight - dazzling Nealdeepbluemermaid on September 19th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Oh, very nice :)
ladygray99: WC100Eladygray99 on September 19th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
\o/ Welcome to whitecollar100. May I present you with your own author tag and some cookies from from June's kitchen?

This is a great pre series look. It would be fun for Neal to seduce Peter without Peter knowing who he is. And you really should write more. There's no reason this can't be a drabble series full of Sex and Hijinks.
.afiawri on September 21st, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
I love this back and forth trade off- Neal got one over on Peter, Peter figured it out, Neal disappeared. And this fic has absolutely beautiful flow.