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Title: Watching The Waves Crashing
Characters (Pairings) Kate Moreau, Alex Hunter (background Kate/Neal).
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 523
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Anyone can kinda sorta be friends, given enough alcohol. Fun and games don't hurt either.
Author's Note: This is just random floof. There's no plot here. Title's from Skies On Fire by The Green Children.
Apparently, according to my brain, Kate and Alex can only be friends when they're drunk off their asses. Okay then.
Also, I'm pretending that arcades are the same all over the world, because who has time for research, this is a kinda sorta last minute thing... don't tell anyone.
This is for [livejournal.com profile] sheenianni, for the [livejournal.com profile] wc_women_fest Holiday Exchange. I hope you like it!
Also, since it's well past midnight here, happy new year!! (Which also means this fic is late. ...it's our secret, okay? Shhhhh.)


"Do you want to go to the mall?" Kate had asked.

It had sounded like an innocent enough idea then, back when Alex had apparently forgotten that malls have bars tucked away someplace too.

And, apparently, that wine doesn't stay wine. She could have sworn that the glass she was holding was the soft curve of a red wine glass, filled with an exquisite vintage. Now, she's gazing into the slightly briny depths of a martini glass, the eye of the olive fixed on her in return, and the feel of the glass in her hand isn't quite so gentle. The neat, smooth edges don't agree with her.

"I don't know where my mom is," Kate says in a low voice, eyes wide and earnest.

Alex blinks at her a bit stupidly. When did their hypothetical Louvre heist turn into a confession of their darkest secrets?

"No, really. I have no idea. My dad divorced her, and then she stopped sending cars. Cards. Stopped sending cards. And then she moved. And then I moved. Like a hundred times. I moved a hundred times, she probably only moved once. Or twice. Anyway. I don't know where she is."

Alex snorts inelegantly. "She's not a criminal, yes? Moz'll find her in five minutes."

"Not the point. I lost my mom. My mom, Alex. Lost her."

"Yeah, I don't see the point."

Kate gives her another nasty look that implies she's got nothing between her ears. "I'm alone. I've got no family."

"Your dad?"

"Dead."

"Moz?"

"Hates me because I hate Percy. And love Neal."

"Neal!"

"Lies."

"Oh please, he's madly in love with you. I mean, he claims he's sane, but it's love. And Neal. Neal in love. Sanity flees before it."

"No, no, no, not... Neal lies. He's a liar. We've had this conversation before."

"...Was I drunk when we had said conversation?"

"I believe so, yes."

"There you go." Alex gives her a little so-there nod.

"Useless. What's the point if you don't remember anything?"

"I think that's exactly the point. I don't want to remember any of this sober."

"Right, yeah, you have heists to pull. Neals to avoid."

"Just the one Neal. And I don't avoid him. I just... dance around him. Which isn't avoiding. It's more graceful. Gracefuller. Eleganter."

Kate cocks her head, resembling nothing more than a little squirrel (if one with a rather wrecked sense of balance). "The elegantest," she says softly, putting one hand over Alex's. "It's very kind of you. Thank you."

Alex grumbles absently under her breath, while somehow also looking extremely pleased with herself.

"Do you want to play mall games?" Kate asks, seizing the moment of silence.

"Mall games?"

"They're basically the entire reason I even come here. You know mall games. Skee ball. Mini basketball. Air hockey. Those things with cars. Car races! Car races. The thing that makes you dance weirdly. That other thing with the big plastic guns that are really hard to aim properly. I think whoever manufactured those needs to be sued. I mean-"

"Shut up about the damn guns and I'll play as many as you want."

Date: 2017-01-01 03:27 am (UTC)
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
"Neal!"

"Lies."

"Oh please, he's madly in love with you. I mean, he claims he's sane, but it's love. And Neal. Neal in love. Sanity flees before it."

"No, no, no, not... Neal lies. He's a liar. We've had this conversation before."


Hee!

This is adorable. I love the idea of them playing mall games together. <3

Date: 2017-01-02 07:08 pm (UTC)
sapphire2309: (Alex 01)
From: [personal profile] sapphire2309
Awwww, thanks!! :D I was wandering around a mall myself the other day, and was apparently sleepy enough that I saw one of those arcade things and immediately thought - Kate and Alex, drunk. I mean.... okay? XD

Date: 2017-01-01 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reve-silencieux.livejournal.com
*snort* They're so drunk. And poor misunderstood Percy.

That was fun! It's interesting to see the two of them together... even if it's drunk.

Date: 2017-01-02 07:08 pm (UTC)
sapphire2309: (Alex 01)
From: [personal profile] sapphire2309
(I hate rats. I think I projected that onto Kate :P)

I'm so happy you thought so! Thank you ^.^

Date: 2017-01-01 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheenianni.livejournal.com
Awwwww, that is cute. And sweet. And I want to hug them.

Kate needs a hug after losing her mom. Even if Mozzie finds her, I don't think that conversation is going to go well. There doesn't seem to be much to build on between them, and the truth isn't a good place to start. "Hey mom. I'm living under an alias and dating a con man." Ummm, yeah...

Love the friendshippy moment between them. I could see them meeting like this from time to time. And playing mall games :D

Date: 2017-01-02 07:19 pm (UTC)
sapphire2309: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sapphire2309
Awwwww, thank you!!! :D

Yeah, kiiiinda awkward. XD

I don't think she'll walk up to her this early. (this ficlet is set preseries). Maybe after my AU of S1, after she's had her revenge and is in a relatively stable phase of her life.

Yay! C:

Date: 2017-01-02 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veleda-k.livejournal.com
Oh, I really like this look at the kind of relationship Alex and Kate might have had. (And I just like this version of Kate.)

Kate and Alex is one of those might have been relationships that really interests me.

Date: 2017-01-02 07:17 pm (UTC)
sapphire2309: (Kate)
From: [personal profile] sapphire2309
(And I just like this version of Kate.)

You have no idea how much this means to me, coming from you. <3

Me too!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I vaguely remember reading that you thought Neal was sort of seeing both Kate and Alex at the same time, and that that was the betrayal Alex referenced at one point in Season 2 - "When did you become so distrusting?" "When what happened with Kate..." "...Happened."

(I kinda completely rejected that headcanon. I didn't really see Neal doing that, and maybe that's naive of me. Also, I am so over women's storylines revolving entirely around boys.)

I have a different headcanon for that moment, and it sort of ties Copenhagen in with a later moment that destroys Kate and Alex's tentative relationship, and that Neal doesn't even entirely know about. I just hope that I put my nose to the grindstone and write the damn thing. xD
Edited Date: 2017-01-02 07:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-03 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veleda-k.livejournal.com
Until "Forging Bonds," yeah, I assumed that Alex was referring to some sort of romantic betrayal. I absolutely can't see Neal ever cheating on a romantic partner. Loyalty is too important to him. But I wondered if he hadn't been falling in love with Kate and refusing to admit it to himself until Alex finally had enough. But then I saw "Forging Bonds" and that was quite clearly not the case. It was less a headcanon than a guess, and I wasn't sad to be wrong. (Because, yeah, women's storylines revolving entirely around boys.) But I was always frustrated to never learn what actually did happen.

I am completely for anything that makes "what happened with Kate" actually about Kate and Alex. Alex's complete lack of reaction to Kate's death has always deeply annoyed me.

Date: 2017-01-03 07:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sapphire2309
Ahhh, yeah, I can see that happening. (And also, on second thought, there is that moment where he sort of plays both Sara and Alex in 2x16, where to both of them he says that the other doesn't mean that much, except that they do not buy any of it and it is wonderful. But yeah. Question mark over there.)

Yeah, I want to make it more about something like a heist gone wrong somehow. And I think I can make it so that it explains Alex's complete lack of concern for Kate as we see in canon, without discounting the headcanon I'm starting to set up for them. Seriously, push me to write this, please!

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