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10 June 2011 @ 10:45 pm
White Collar Fiction: "All For You" (Peter, Mozzie, Neal, PG)  
Title: All for You
Fandom: White Collar
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Peter, Mozzie, Neal (Gen, Humor)
Rating: PG
Summary (S1): Enemies, co-conspirators, friends of friends… sometimes, the lines got blurred.
Author's Notes: An Australian Flood Auction Fic for wraithkeeper.
Also for writers_choice ("Plan").

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Peter had a mouthful of nails, a hammer in one hand and a carpenter's level in the other. That and Murphy’s Law had to be what prompted the phone to ring just then.

Elizabeth was out, and he would have let the machine pick up except that the caller ID said, Neal. Peter traded the hammer for the phone, instead. "Hello?"

A voice colored with suspicion answered him. "Neal said you wanted to talk to me."

Havisham. "That's right," Peter said. "Is Neal there with you now?"

"Yes."

"That's not going to work. Do you have a number where I could call you in about an hour?"

"Maybe." Mozzie's voice dropped to a whisper. "Or I could just go downstairs..."

"Sure, I'll wait."

Peter listened to a muttered exchange between Mozzie and Neal, then the sound of footsteps and a door, followed by a maddeningly sedate rhythm as Mozzie ostensibly walked down the stairs.

"All right," Mozzie finally said.

"Okay, here's the deal," Peter began. "Neal's file says his birthday's on the 12th. And Elizabeth and I were thinking about throwing a surprise party for him. I don't know if that's actually his real birthday…"

Mozzie remained predictably silent.

"…but do you think he'd be happy celebrating it that day? Would that be reasonable?"

"Certainly."

"Okay, good." Mozzie's answer lacked enthusiasm, but that was Mozzie. "We were planning to start at five o'clock, here at our place. We'd like you to come, of course."

"Who else will be there?" Mozzie asked. "Besides you and Mrs. Suit."

"Elizabeth," Peter corrected. "I'm inviting the rest of my team, and I'd hoped June might be able to come, too."

"Is that it?"

Peter sighed. "Yes. No other FBI personnel or law enforcement entities will be present."

"Oh. Good."

"So, you'll come?"

"I shall make every effort."

Whatever that means. "Excellent," was all Peter said.

There was something else Elizabeth had wanted to know, now what was it? Oh, yeah— "So, you've known Neal for a few years...What kind of birthday cake would he like?"

"Neal likes chocolate ganache, with raspberry sauce and sweet cream."

"What?"

"It's French. Mrs. Suit will know."

"Elizabeth," Peter countered."All right, just spell it for me and I'll write it down…" Mozzie finished up the details of the cake, and even went way off-book and volunteered a few menu suggestions. Shocking.

"How were you planning to get Neal over to your house on Saturday?" Mozzie asked.

"Still working on it," Peter admitted. "I'll think of something. Thanks for all your help."

"Don't mention it," Mozzie said.

Peter was pretty sure he'd meant that literally.

A week later, everyone was hanging around Peter's kitchen and living room, having a good time. Surprising Neal had gone off without a hitch, though Peter hadn't expected it to have such a strong impact. Neal was actually speechless for a moment, and then quite obviously moved. And if he thought the combination of nachos, croquettes, beer, and cocktails was a little strange, he was polite enough not to mention it.

Peter brought him a gin and tonic and a plate of caviar, crackers, and miniature quiche. "So, I guess you're old enough to drive now."

"This is amazing," Neal said. "What made you think of it?"

Peter shrugged. "You haven’t really had a chance to celebrate your birthday in four years. And you always remembered my birthday when you were in the pen—even if it was just to yank my chain."

Neal laughed. "At first, maybe. But you also seemed like a pretty nice guy, under that officious exterior."

Officious? Peter didn't like the sound of that, but it didn't stop an incredibly unprofessional grin from working its way out of him. "I am nice," he said. "Ask anyone."

"So, how'd you work out the details? Like the cake?"

"I got Mozzie to help me."

"Mozzie?" Neal asked.

"I know. He forgot I was the enemy for five whole minutes, and he did it all for you. So don't forget to thank him."

"I won't."

"So, are you really thirty-two now?" Peter asked.

"What do you think?"

"I think your real name is Steve, and you were on the swim team in high school."

"No you don't!"

"You're right, I don't," Peter said. "Most days, anyway… Are you ready for some cake?"

"I was ready as soon as I walked through the door." Neal followed Peter to the kitchen. "I could actually be twenty-nine, though, you know."

"And I’m the President," Peter snorted. "In your dreams…"


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Cass E. Pants: celebrate - giftcass404 on June 11th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
This was charming!

And I want cake.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 11th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
You must have the fastest eyes in the West! I just posted this!

Working on this story made me want cake again and again... and that sure hasn't changed. Except I want the kind with major frosting, instead. THe lowbrow box mix chocolate cake, but with homemade frosting.

Thanks for reading!
(no subject) - cass404 on June 11th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on June 11th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
wraithkeeper: homewraithkeeper on June 11th, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh this is perfect! It's so sweet - I love Mozzie helping Peter and of course they'd have a mixed menu for their different tastes. What an adorable fic; I just can't stop smiling!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 11th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! I'm so glad you liked it!

I find Mozzie and Peter together kind of irresistible, mostly because Mozzie makes things so much harder than they have to be... and he just can't help it. If he trusted Peter more, he wouldn't be Mozzie.

But for Neal's sake, even Mozzie can bend a little.

It's funny, this is a friendship-fic where Peter and Mozzie's feeling for Neal are more reflected than direct, but it wanted to be written that way. And Peter vs. Mozzie is too good to pass up.

I'm so glad you liked it, and if you have any particular ideas or prompts for the next one, please let me know! ♥
(no subject) - wraithkeeper on June 11th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: White Collar - Nealembroiderama on June 11th, 2011 08:50 am (UTC)
This is lovely! Mozzie caving and giving cake and food instructions was perfect.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! I get such a kick out of Mozzie and his tenuous dealings with Peter (who will probably never really understand exactly why Mozzie finds him so scary). :)
cindy: wc - matt&timtsuki_no_bara on June 11th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
i love that peter wants to throw neal a birthday party because neal always sent him a birthday card from prison. and also that peter suspects it isn't actually the day neal was born. and also also that he knows to reassure mozzie that there won't be unknown law enforcement personnel at the party. and that they have nachos AND caviar, because peter's a nacho kinda guy and it's at his house, and neal's a caviar kinda guy and it's his party. and "he forgot i was the enemy for five whole minutes" - i love how peter and mozzie interact in general, even when they're not doing it for neal, but when they kind of gang up on him it's incredibly cute. and your mozzie is consistently good anyway, cagey and paranoid but a good guy underneath.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC)
and also that peter suspects it isn't actually the day neal was born.
It isn't in Neal's or Mozzie's best interests to reveal those kinds of details, and Peter's smart enough to know that about them both.

but when they kind of gang up on him it's incredibly cute.
Neal doesn't stand a chance against the two of them together, and they're so much fun together-- mainly because of how Mozzie is, and the fact that he can't help it. I loved him waking up in the hospital after being shot, suddenly all panicked that his real name might be on his ID bracelet. Years of work down the drain while he was unconcious. Luckily, Neal was looking out for him. ;)

Thanks for reading-- I'm so glad you enjoyed this!

Edited at 2011-06-12 07:14 am (UTC)
Destinadestina on June 12th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Ohhh, I loved this! :D I love the idea that Peter's returning the favor of Neal remembering his birthday before they even knew each other, and I love their banter at the end. Gorgeous.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you've gotten into this show-- it's such a guilty pleasure, and the character interaction between these three (in particular) is one of the major reasons it's so much fun. The prettiness and the flash are just window-dressing, really. It's all about the unusual friendships these three have. :)
sahiya on June 12th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC)
Awww! This was incredibly sweet. Neal deserves more people being kind to him for the sake of being kind.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 12th, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
He does-- and one of the things that we love about Neal is that when gestures like this are heartfelt, he doesn't at all take them for granted. He loves the art of the con, but at the same time... he also likes people, and those that are close to him really matter to him. :)
TeeJay: Neal Moz - Ally Friend Confidanttj_teejay on June 12th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Aw, total win, that one. Sweet and very lovely. I'm sure Neal was very touched.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
For all that he wants the world to throw riches and good fortune at him, Neal still knows that's all a fantasy.

His actual friends offering him heartfelt and wonderful things? I think he knows how truly rare and priceless that is. :)
Winterwinterstar95 on June 12th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Perfect voices and I could definitely see this as a scene in the show. Nice!

Donna aka winterstar
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I so enjoy writing character voices, especially lesser-seen humorous situations like Peter and Mozzie's tete-a-tetes.

Thanks for reading!
damietta on June 12th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
This was fun. I liked Neal and Peter yanking each other's chains even as they were saying "thank you". And, Moz at a party with beer, nachos and quiche and caviar, LOL.

Mrs. Suit - Elizabeth was a great exchange as well!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
I liked Neal and Peter yanking each other's chains even as they were saying "thank you".
They can't really help themselves, can they? It's part of why I enjoy their banter so much.

I can see Mozzie enjoying all of those things, though perhaps secretly. That menu really is half-Neal (and possibly Elizabeth) and half-everybody else.

It's funny, isn't it, how even with his suspiciousness of The Suit, Mozzie has a bit of a crush on Mrs. Suit-- and we can completely understand why. I think Peter is probably oblivious (thus far), or perhaps he thinks everyone has a crush on Elizabeth. That would sure make sense to him. :)
Ursula4xursula4x on June 12th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
adorable!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
ladydragoness on June 13th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
This fic is really cute. I enjoyed it immensely.

I do wonder though, how old is Neal supposed to be? Because I get the impression -for some reason- that Bomer is just a few years older than Neal. (Like it really matters much. That man... cannot be summed up with mere words.)

But, anyway... I loved this story.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
I don't really know how old Neal is supposed to be. I did some research on that before finalizing the story, and the show seems to have skipped over it. So I went with him being approximately Matt's age (still younger than Peter), and hoped for that. I hate those missing details, myself, but sometimes it can't be helped.

And, of course, sometimes when you get the canon backstory it isn't as appealing as what you might have imagined (Kate's background, for instance).

I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Birthday-fic is usually the kind of thing I explicitly avoid writing, but that was where things between Peter and Mozzie wanted to go. Funny how sometimes it feels as if the characters decide the story for you, and not the other way around. :)
RabidChild's Ficrabidchild on June 13th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
This was awesome. Now i want cake. I love how you're portrayed Moz - you got his voice and mannerisms down cold.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed it!

I love Mozzie. I get such a kick out of him, and his friendship with Neal. He's probably my favorite character, though I love Neal and Peter too. But somehow, I tend to drift toward the offbeat characters and cranks. ;)
springwoof: White Collarspringwoof on June 22nd, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
how adorable and sweet! a delicious confection
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on June 28th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I had a lot of fun writing this, and it's one of the few times I've written anything resembling birthday-fic by choice. Who could resist the Mozzie vs. Peter setup, though? :)
The Gauche in the Machinechina_shop on July 11th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hee! So adorable! <3 <3 <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! :)