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04 April 2012 @ 07:40 pm
[fic: white collar] Tension, Effects of  
Title: Tension, Effects of
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Peter; Gen
Genre/Rating: H/c; PG-13
Word count: 750
Warnings: None
Notes: Apparently I'm back to writing short h/c fics which are mostly devoid of plot. *g* This one's for this prompt by kanarek13 at collarcorner.

Summary: Neal's holding on.

- o -

Below, the water churns.

"Neal!" Peter shouts. "Hold on!" Which is probably one of the more pointless orders Peter has ever given, because obviously that's what Neal's trying to do.

It's not like this is his first time hanging in mid-air — a good head for heights is practically required in his (past) line of work. But he's never been hanging from someone before.

Peter's face is clenched with pain, but his grip on Neal's wrist is as strong as ever. Neal doesn't want to look down but he doesn't want to look up, either, because he's hating having to see in Peter's face exactly how much this is hurting him, his shoulder out of joint and twisted at an odd angle. Hell, Neal's arm hurts enough from holding his weight, and it's still in place.

"Diana, Jones, please help," Neal begs, knowing they'll be picking him up through his earpiece, hopefully already be on their way. "Peter, god, I'm sorry."

"Neal, stop it," Peter says through gritted teeth.

Usually, Neal would try to swing himself, attempting to gain enough height for his other hand or his feet to find some support, enough to pull himself up with. But there's no way Peter would be able to stand that. There's no way Neal would be willing to do that to Peter.

He looks down at the water, wonders how deep it is, what's beneath it.

Peter's face is grey, his teeth drawing blood from his lower lip. Neal has no idea what he's holding onto with his other hand. With alarm he suddenly realises that Peter is leaning further forward than he had been. He's slipping.

Neal looks down again.

"I can make the drop!" he calls to Peter. "It's not that far. I'll be okay." He hopes he sounds a good deal more confident than he feels.

"Don't be stupid," Peter snaps.

"Peter, you're going to fall!"

"Am not."

He's desperate now. "We can't both go down! I've at least had practice." He can make it. He can. He has to.

"Neal," Peter snarls, with an effort that makes Neal's chest clench. "I'm not letting go." He's fighting for each breath. "Don't you dare."

Peter's voice holds him there, impossible to disobey with that much weight behind the words. Neal clings on, his palm sweating but Peter's grip secure. He stares up at Peter's face. Don't fall. Please, don't fall.

Then Peter's head suddenly vanishes backwards and Neal barely has time to think what that means before he realises he's moving upwards, and a second later Jones has held of him, and a few seconds after that he's lying like a beached fish on the scaffolding boards, shivering and panting, his hand finally pried away from Peter's.

He sits up enough to get a good look at Peter, who's lying with his eyes closed and his head tipped back, and with exactly what holding Neal there had cost him written clear on his face, and then he crawls a couple of feet so that he can lean over the edge and throw up.

Diana puts a hand on the back of his neck, her thumb rubbing the base of his spine. "Give me your jacket," she says to Jones. "Caffrey's in shock."

"I'm not," Neal insists, although his teeth are chattering. When the jacket's draped over him he huddles gratefully into its warmth, shuffling back over to Peter.

Peter has his eyes open now. "Ow," he says, attempting to sit up. Jones presses him back down. "I am never doing that again. Ever."

Diana looks at his shoulder and winces sympathetically. "Paramedics are on their way," she says. "They'll give you the good drugs."

"Sounds wonderful," Peter sighs. He turns his head until he finds Neal. "Are you alright?"

"Am I alright?" Neal asks, incredulously. Diana chuckles, and Jones grins and shakes his head. Because, really.

"You look like hell," Peter tells him.

Neal huffs. "Certainly nowhere near as much as you. I did tell you, I could have made the drop." Probably. Actually, now that he's no longer being driven by desperation it's looking less and less likely. Not that he'll admit that.

Peter glares at him. "Not a chance I'm letting you take. Ever. You're not dying on my watch, Caffrey — that's an order."

And because it's Peter, Neal believes him.

- o -

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Sholio: WhiteCollar-Neal hand on Peter's shouldesholio on April 4th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was so sweet! OH BOYS. ♥ ♥ ♥

You can write context-free h/c any day. I'm totally down with that. :D
Frith: White Collar - Diana - smile headphonesfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Woah, that was FAST! :D

I like my context-free h/c, it means I can skip straight to the fun bits *gg* I'm glad you enjoyed this! :)
(no subject) - sholio on April 4th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
kanarek13: pic#111809005kanarek13 on April 4th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yay \o/ ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh, thank you, YES, this is exactly what I had in mind :D And you even managed to throw in some Neal whump. Now I wanna cuddle this this fic to death :D

I loved the ending and Peter's order \o/ Thank you so much :D
Frith: White Collar - Neal - smile hatfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm really glad you liked this! :D It was a very fun prompt, I love Peter being all heroic :) And I totally wouldn't be me if I didn't sneak some Neal whump in there too ;D
nieseryjnanieseryjna on April 4th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
wow that was great, who need's context with such excellent writing!
Frith: White Collar - Neal - smile shirtfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! :D Context is overrated ;P
shadowfireflame: White Collarshadowfireflame on April 4th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I love how even after they're safe, Peter is the one insisting Neal's in shock. Ever our h/c enabler is Peter. <3
Frith: White Collar - Neal+Peter - purplefrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D I like writing Peter being all protective over Neal :)
noiproksanoiproksa on April 4th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeee! That was *exactly* what I needed. Seriously, I've been looking out for a new WC fic to read and there was nothing there to my tastes and then I saw you posted one, which made me all giddy to begin with and then it was such a fantastic piece of h/c! I love it (as you can tell)!
Beginning with Peter's most pointless order ever - heee! - to Neal's insistence that he could make the drop. And I really like that you even come back to that once it's over: "I did tell you, I could have made the drop." Probably. Actually, now that he's no longer being driven by desperation it's looking less and less likely. Not that he'll admit that. Which is just so typical for Neal! *g*
Oh, and I also love the Neal!Whump in there (which will come as no surprise to you, but I thought I might as well tell you that this here is one of my favorite parts also: He sits up enough to get a good look at Peter, who's lying with his eyes closed and his head tipped back, and with exactly what holding Neal there had cost him written clear on his face, and then he crawls a couple of feet so that he can lean over the edge and throw up.)
Frith: White Collar - Neal+Peter - purplefrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much! ♥ I love writing the two of them in these desperate situations, I probably find it far too much fun :P I'm glad you liked the Neal!whump I snuck in there too, I couldn't resist :D
leesa_perrie: Neal & Peterleesa_perrie on April 4th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Loved it! The friendship shines through strongly! :)
Frith: White Collar - Neal+Peter - shirtsfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really adore the friendship between the two of them, it's completely the best part of the show (along with everything Diana does ever *gg*) :D
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: White Collar - Peter & Nealembroiderama on April 4th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, I love this! Peter's intensity is wonderful, and I love the way he holds onto Neal both physically and mentally.
Frith: White Collar - Neal - smile hatfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I massively love Peter being protective of/saving Neal :)
oh these heroes come and go;: [wc] peter/neal hug!!!!!!;;micheleeeex on April 4th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
I love this!
Frith: White Collar - Neal - purple shirtfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm very glad! :)
Sally M: Neal&Peter 1sallymn on April 4th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, Peter.....!!!!

Love them both to bits here - what a lovely thing to wake up to this morning!
Frith: White Collar - Neal+Peter - walk wallsfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! Writing heroic!Peter was fun :)
RabidChild's Ficrabidchild on April 4th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
Simply wonderful - tightly paced and the tension was delish! Loved Neal puking - I think I'd have done that too!
Frith: White Collar - Neal - worried shirtfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I would have, too, I hate heights! XD I'm glad you enjoyed this, thank you very much! :D
imbecamiel on April 4th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Eep. Poor guys, the both of them! Oh, that's excellent. I love the intensity of it, and how obviously committed they are to looking out for each other, however hard their own position may be. Very well done indeed. <3
Frith: White Collar - Neal - purple shirtfrith_in_thorns on April 4th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do love putting the two of them in situations where they just have to rely on each other. I'm glad you liked this! :)
kriadydragon: Dolphinkriadydragon on April 4th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome! :D
Frith: White Collar - Diana - happyfrith_in_thorns on April 5th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yay!
I am loving your White Collar fic!!! Such great h/c--please keep em coming!
Frith: White Collar - Neal - smile hatfrith_in_thorns on April 5th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Thank you very much! :D
ivorysilkivorysilk on April 5th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
This is awesome!
Frith: White Collar - Neal - purple shirtfrith_in_thorns on April 5th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was fun :)
calis_1stcalis_1st on April 5th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Very cool! I so enjoyed this; love how Peter thinks Neal looks like hell, in spite of HIS shoulder issue. And Jones and Diana saving the day - nice!
Frith: White Collar - Neal+Peter - walk wallsfrith_in_thorns on April 5th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was fun to write, and I'm glad you liked it! :)