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14 April 2011 @ 09:25 am
White Collar Fiction: "It Wasn't Actually A Compliment" (Neal, Peter, G)  
Title: It Wasn't Actually A Compliment
Fandom: White Collar
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Neal, Peter (Gen, Humor)
Rating: G
Summary: One man's fashion is another man's albatross.
Author's Notes: An Australian Flood Auction fic for tsuki_no_bara, who once mentioned wanting to read about Neal and a hat.

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"So, the hat thing…" Peter said, as he and Neal walked down the street.

"Ye-e-es?" Neal prompted him.

"It's still going on."

Neal shrugged. "So?"

"So, I kind of thought you'd… outgrow it, or something."

"Why would I want to do that? It's straight-up style." Neal took off the fedora and spun it up into the air, catching it with a flourish. "See?"

Peter looked embarrassed. "Well sure, it was. But that was back in the middle of last century. For god's sake, Neal, Sinatra's dead."

"The classics never get old. These hats are great. Here, you try." Neal put the fedora on Peter's head and surveyed the result. "It's good. I like it."

"I don't," Peter grumbled. "I feel like my grandfather."

"It must have worked out for him, though—your grandmother married him."

"I do not owe my existence to a hat, Neal."

"Maybe not…" Neal snatched the fedora back and put it on again, giving Peter the full measure of his brightest, most dazzling smile. "But to be on the safe side, I'd suggest you show it a little respect."

Peter laughed. "I'll buy it dinner, how's that?"

"That," Neal said, "sounds like a very good start."


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cindy: wc - matt&timtsuki_no_bara on April 14th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
HEEEEE. they are so fucking cute. and i can just hear peter saying "for god's sake, sinatra's dead" and "i do not owe my existence to a hat". also this reminds me of, uh, i can't remember which episode, but it was early in s1, where neal puts a pair of sunglasses on peter's face and says "say 'i'll be back'" in his best terminator voice, and peter just stares at him and says "no". getting peter to appreciate anything more fashionable than a standard issue fbi suit and tie is an uphill battle, i imagine.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 14th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Ha-- you found it before I even had a chance to poke you! I tried to get this up last night, but no LJ dice.

Even I wonder what Neal's thinking with that hat, and Peter can be so... literal and deliberate at times. Looking professional? Yes-- got it covered! Looking stylish? Hrm... whose idea of stylish, and why IS that stylish, and god, will you please stop embarrassing me?!?

can't remember which episode, but it was early in s1, where neal puts a pair of sunglasses on peter's face and says "say 'i'll be back'" in his best terminator voice, and peter just stares at him and says "no".
! I don't remember that! I'd rewatch just to see that scene, if I could. :0

Well, I'm so glad you liked this, AND that your prompt from way-back finally made it into a fic!

More to come, just not sure when... :)
cindy: wc - matt&timtsuki_no_bara on April 15th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
according to imdb, it's 1x02, threads. sadly all i remember about the episode is the bit with the sunglasses. (imdb doesn't have an episode summary, but it does have the terminator listed as a movie connection. :D )

i wonder if elizabeth ever looks in peter's closet and despairs, because she seems like a fairly stylish (or at least style-aware) woman.

edited to add that neal probably thinks the hat looks good on him, and it fits his rat pack persona. and i do not disagree. :D

Edited at 2011-04-15 01:43 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'll try to see if I can find that one somewhere, for rewatching. I loved the feel of the early episodes of the show. :)

i wonder if elizabeth ever looks in peter's closet and despairs, because she seems like a fairly stylish (or at least style-aware) woman.
Maybe she's just happy that he isn't wearing white socks with black pants, or torn t-shirts out in public and stuff. At least he's clean, and he knows how to look professional. Which is not a small thing, for some men. :0

The hat does look good on Neal, though it's also... of another time. And for a guy like Peter, that's just too weird. :)
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: White Collar - Nealembroiderama on April 14th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh that's awesome!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 14th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Haha-- hat icon FTW! \o/
shaitanah: bookshaitanah on April 15th, 2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Hehe, Peter should know better than to argue fashion with Neal of all people! XD
Great ficlet!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Wheehalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
:D No kidding!

Peter is much more of a logic-based person, and fashion has nothing to do with logic.

But I also get the sense of him being this mallard, going about his business with the other ducks, nice enough plumage like everyone else... and he's trapped walking down the sidewalk with a peacock. :0
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! So glad you enjoyed it-- thank you!
Rilla: Peter and Nealrillalicious on April 15th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so cute! What a great little exploration of the differences in their characters! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
:D For a good half of this, I think that what's really bothering Peter is the way Neal's hat draws attention to both of them, which Peter does not want to be involved with. :0

Thanks for reading!
Stacysahiya on April 15th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Hee!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you!
morgansladymorganslady on April 15th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Adorable.Peter not owing his existance to a hat..
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
The mere suggestion of it!

I love Peter-- both adorable and at times also adorkable. :)
But what if I'm a mermaid?: White Collar & Twilight - dazzling Nealdeepbluemermaid on April 15th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Hee, this is adorable. Ahh Peter, a fashion expert you are not *pats head*.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I see you even have an icon that pays tribute to Neal's ability to dazzle. :)
kriadydragon: Dolphinkriadydragon on April 15th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hee! That was cute :D Loved Neal defending his sense of style so flawlessly.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on April 18th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
I suspect Neal doesn't even understand what Peter's getting at-- because fashion is so obvious to him. He makes his own style. :D

Whereas Peter just sees it as flouting social conventions. Nobody else is wearing Rat Pack hats anymore, for crying out loud...

Thanks for reading!
the key of the day and the lock of the night: whitecollarHandcuffslocknkey on May 17th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Aw - so cute and I love Neal and his hats - both the voices are so spot on here - wonderful!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
At first, I couldn't figure out how to approach the prompt, but then I thought about how Peter might feel about Neal and his hats. And probably does, because style is a random and illogical thing in his book.

So glad you found this and enjoyed it! :)
Sholio: WhiteCollar-Petersholio on July 2nd, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
This is completely adorable. You've got their voices just right!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on July 3rd, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love the banter on this show, and honestly, my favorite parts of it overall are the relationships between the various characters. :)
The Gauche in the Machinechina_shop on July 6th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Hee! That's adorable! *hearts*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. :)
secretsolitaire: ahahahasecretsolitaire on July 10th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
here via china_shop
Hee, very cute!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: here via china_shop
Thank you! And thanks for coming by. :)