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06 November 2012 @ 11:55 pm
White Collar Fiction: "Looking Up" (G)  
Title: Looking Up
Fandom: White Collar
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Neal, Mozzie, June (Gen, Fluff)
Rating: G
Summary: A bad day doesn't have to stay that way.
Author's Notes: Schmoop for run_the_con, for the prompt of "Cookies."

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Sometimes, Neal wasn't sure who'd benefitted more from his having met June. He'd gotten a fantastic place to live out of it, and the chance to know an incredible and sophisticated woman whose stories could outlast Scheherazade's.

But after trudging home through the wind and rain one day, a dead umbrella at his side, he stepped through June's front door to an onslaught of Charlie Parker and muffled laughter and decided that the luckiest people in this equation might be June and Mozzie instead.

The parlor was warm and welcoming after the storm outside, and something smelled heavenly. Neal hung up his hat and overcoat, and followed the laughter to its source:

The kitchen.

"Hey, guys," he said, poking his head around the corner. "What's up?"

"Oh, Neal, you're just in time!" June said.

"We're making cookies," Mozzie added gleefully. "Chocolate chip."

"Wow, real cookies. Gluten-free?"

"Actually, yes," Mozzie said. "I picked up some amaranth flour on the way over."

Huh. Though Neal had to admit, everything smelled exactly like cookies were supposed to smell. Better, even.

June finished putting clusters of dough on a baking sheet. "We'd planned to see a matinee at the Angelika this afternoon, but the weather was awful, and Mozzie had his flour and chocolate chips—"

"Because June has this wonderful oven, and I hardly ever get the chance to bake over at my place—"

"And suddenly making cookies 'someday' turned into making them today!" June said.

Mozzie selected a cookie from the cooling rack, and offered it to Neal. "Here, try one."

Neal took a small bite, tasting it thoughtfully. Crispy at the edge and chewy in the middle, and the butter—god, the butter—practically melted on his tongue. "God, this is wonderful."

"I know!" Mozzie said. "Aren't they good? June has this amazing touch…"

"With everything," Neal said, and meant it.

He ate another bite, settling into the coziness of the kitchen and the music. June took another sheet of cookies out of the oven and replaced it with a new one, and Mozzie buzzed around tidying things up while remaining oblivious to the smudge of flour on the side of his nose.

"We were going to play canasta afterwards," Mozzie said. "Care to join us?"

The weather and the stalled-out financial case at the office faded into the background, lost to an evening that promised happier things.

Neal smiled, just glad to be part of whatever Mozzie and June were up to. "Sure," he agreed, suddenly thankful for all of it. "Yes, I'd love to."


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The Gauche in the Machine: WC Junechina_shop on November 7th, 2012 08:03 am (UTC)
Eeeeee, that is adorable!! *all the hearts*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm so glad you liked it! Took me three tries to find a scenario for this prompt, which I thought would be much easier. Great prompt, but how to work it in?

I love Mozzie and June together, and the things they get up to. :D
dennih23: neal peter mozdennih23 on November 7th, 2012 10:45 am (UTC)
Very nice - good to see them enjoying a rainy afternoon. And Moz definitely benefited from Neal meeting June.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I loved finding out about Moz and June's storage-locker auction adventures, and you can't help but think they're running around doing all kinds of things while Neal's off at work. ;)
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: White Collar - June & Mozzieembroiderama on November 7th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love the warmth and friendship here. Beautiful!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Perfect icon for the setting, too. I really didn't expect to be writing about these three for this prompt, but that's definitely where it wanted to go. :D
theun4givablestheun4givables on November 7th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Aw this was really sweet. <3 I love Mozzie and June's dynamic. And Neal, of course.

I really need to get caught up on this show, man. Just one more thing to request my husband to download, lolol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I love that Mozzie and June do arty things and perhaps naughty, borderline things that feel "connish" to them when they're running around together. They really fit as cohorts.

This show is one of my guilty pleasures. I enjoy so many of the characters in it. :D
(no subject) - theun4givables on November 7th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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ladyrose42ladyrose42 on November 7th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I love the opening paragraph, it is so true. And after personally been without power for over a week, the joy of walking into a warm and delicously smelling house is truly something to behold. The mind and muscles truly relax into the zone. It's a shame we only get a glimpse of what Neal's life is like when he spends time with June (and Mozzie). There's movie night, singing,family night (June, Cindy, Samathana). Oh and comparing June to Scheherazade very inspired.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Aw, are you still without power? I know far too many people are, and it just gets miserable very quickly.

The coziness of a warm home in bad weather... it's such a simple thing, but it can make you so happy. Hope yours will be getting back to normal soon!

I do wish the show would reveal more of the Neal & June shenanigans, the Mozzie & June things, and where all three of them are up to stuff. I think they must have a lot of fun together. :D
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Marenrensong on November 7th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Aww! Loved it! Only down side is now I want cookies. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
I know, that was the down side of writing it, too. Fresh, perfect coooookies... I have them on the brain. :0
Treontreonb on November 7th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Mozzie's cute with this relationship he built with June. It's good to see Neal sometimes gets to join in :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
I love Mozzie and June together, just as I love Mozzie and Neal getting up to their weird stuff together. Mostly, I just adore Mozzie, I think, but for a guy who trusts so little, he fits very well with a surprising number of different people (Elizabeth too, for instance).
ratherastoryratherastory on November 7th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love the idea of Mozzie and June being in cahoots and baking gluten-free cookies while Neal is out. Lovely!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Mozzie and June in cahoots cracks me up. I'd say I don't know how Mozzie supports himself, but he IS living in that storage locker. With no oven.

Plenty of time for a guy without a job to run around with a widow seeing movies, visiting museums, bidding on the contents of other people's storage lockers (!)... and nothing beats home-baked cookies. :D
Floraflorastuart on November 7th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
*squee!* Oh, this is perfectly cozy and adorable! Neal and Moz and June and cookies! *hugs all three of them* Such a wonderful picture of the friendship between them! (And now I'm hungry!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I love the little glimpses of what these three get up to, even if it's 2 of the 3 at a time. They all clearly have a lot of fun together, and none of them has to apologize for weird entertainment like storage-locker jackpot.

I kept thinking of cookies as I wrote this, and wondering, "Why are there no freshly baked cookes in MY house?" :D
kanarek13: feelkanarek13 on November 7th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
OMG, this is absolutely adorable ♥ Made me feel all warm and fuzzy. LOVE THIS!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Yay! If I've made the reader feel warm and fuzzy, then the schmoop has hit its mark. I rarely write gen schmoop, but this challenge was such a great opportunity for it. So many characters this prompt could have applied to... :D
Laura: Mozzie's on to youcookielaura on November 7th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Aww so cute! I love cookies, and I love Neal and Mozz and June, so this was total win :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hee-- all the high points at once!

Thanks for reading. :D
Sholio: WhiteCollar-Neal hatsholio on November 7th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, so sweet! (No pun intended. *g*)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
It was a great prompt, and yet somehow I couldn't get Peter and Neal in the kitchen together, or Mozzie making cookies for El, which were the other two approaches that suggested themselves first. This one, though-- this one had legs. :)
sinfulslasher: garfield captain donutsinfulslasher on November 7th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oh my, I have so much love for this! *draws hearts around the ficlet*

I adore Mozzie and June together on the show, and wish we'd get more scenes with them. Now I want them baking cookies in canon!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love Mozzie and June together, too-- their storage-locker-auction hobby just cracked me up. It was so unexpected, and yet so perfect for the two of them!

I'd love to see them baking cookies, too-- and in general, more of June's downstairs besides the parlor and staircase. I want to see June in her part of the house, doing things, in addition to randomly visiting Neal.
daria234daria234 on November 7th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Love this - the warmth and the pleasant mood.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Schmoop is its own happiness, I think, when it works. :)
lauracollaredlauracollared on November 8th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
This is really sweet! It made me feel warm inside. <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on November 8th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That's definitely how schmoop is supposed to work, so I'm glad it came off that way. :)