s2309: (Neal&Sara 2)
Title: Rust Or Gold, You Decide, What You See, What You Hold.
Characters (Pairings) Neal Caffrey, Sara Ellis (Neal/Sara)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 606
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: She decides what happens now. Not him.
Content Notes: Anorexia. Hallucinations.
Author's Note: Title from Rust Or Gold by Jill Andrews. S6 finale tag.
This is for my Music Is My Girlfriend meme (which is still open to prompts!), for the prompt Rust Or Gold - Neal, for [livejournal.com profile] treonb. My headspace is still shit. There is light in this story, though. (Let's not talk too much about the headspace.)
This is a sequel to She's Just Like The Weather, Can't Hold Her Together, and is set shortly after that (a hour at the very most, in fic-time).

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s2309: (Sara 2)
Title: She's Just Like The Weather, Can't Hold Her Together.
Characters (Pairings) Sara Ellis, Neal Caffrey (Sara/Neal)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1465
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: It's mildly alarming, really, how badly Sara's dealt with Neal's death.
Content Notes: Anorexia. Reference to suicide. Hallucinations.
Author's Note: Title from Landscape by Florence + the Machine.
For the mini fest at [livejournal.com profile] wc_women_fest. S6 finale tag.
It's past midnight, and I'm not in a good headspace. Proceed with caution. (There is light, though.)

Sara doesn't breathe. )
s2309: (Neal&Sara 3)
Title: Don't Need A Dozen Roses
Characters (Pairings) Sara Ellis, Neal Caffrey, Mozzie, (Sara/Neal)
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6456
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Sara Ellis is confronted with a case that promises to be just as exciting as she expects it to be and a client who's going to be a pain in rather more unexpected ways.
Content Note: This story portrays the very beginning of a D/s relationship. If you'd like to know anything at all about kinks mentioned or explored in this story, please don't hesitate to PM me.
Author's Note: This fic is for [livejournal.com profile] citrinesunset, for the [livejournal.com profile] wcpairings exchange, with love. I hope you enjoy it! It follows one of your prompts as closely as I could manage. And I am so sorry for the delay!!! Real life staged multiple interventions.
Be warned, italics have been merrily overused.
Pardon the formal register of my writing - I've been watching far too much of The Royals.
The title's from the Nicki Minaj song Get On Your Knees. I would call it the anthem of this fic if my words didn't always end up this damned sappy. As things are, this fic is also inspired by Same Old Same Old, Dust to Dust, Eavesdrop, Disarm, and Poison and Wine, all by The Civil Wars, all delightfully angsty. The Civil Wars write and sing the best Neal/Sara songs. (Disarm is a cover, for the record.)
Sara's a lawyer in this AU. I, however, am not. (In this AU or in real life.) And even if I was, I still wouldn't have much of a clue of the American legal system, which is not the same as the Indian one. So I bullshitted my way through the legal stuff. Most of it is probably inaccurate. Prior warning issued. Sorry not sorry.
There will be more in this verse! Maybe. Look to Can't Hold You Closer Than This for my (totally nonexistent, I can assure you) reliability with delivering on fic-related promises. (This one might just get written, though, because it's mainly sexy fun times. No promises!)
I will give this fic another editorial look-over tomorrow, because I am paranoid as fuck.
Why are my fics turning into such lengthy monsters lately??? What happened to nice little thousand word fics???

The first time Sara Ellis lays eyes on Neal Caffrey, nothing remarkable happens. )
s2309: (Kate)
Title: Tomorrow Is A Different Day
Characters (Pairings): Kate Moreau, Neal Caffrey, Peter Burke, Alexandra Hunter, Vincent Adler, Garrett Fowler (Kate/Neal)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 4990
Spoilers: For Kate's storyline through seasons 1 and 2
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Kate's spent her whole life investing in her tomorrow.
Author's Note: This is for [livejournal.com profile] runthecon, for the prompt 'tomorrow is another day' from [livejournal.com profile] aragarna.
Title's from Avril Lavigne's Tomorrow. There are lyrics from Halsey's album BADLANDS all over the story. They serve as sort of introductions to the various little disconnected pieces. So this isn't exactly a songfic, buuut it kinda is.
Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] reve_silencieux for the speedy proofread and the cheerleading!
I should mention that this is a slightly old idea, and it had around 300-400 words written in advance, but this thing be looong (LOOK AT THAT WORDCOUNT, GUYS), so I don't think it makes that much of an impact? I mean, I knew the direction the story was headed in, but I had very few actual words written in advance, so. I hope that's okay?

As seems to perpetually be the case with me, this story isn't complete. Yes, you read that right. Almost 5k words and this monster wants more. Piece of shit.
Slightly spoilery content note-like thing (spoils a character arc): I know the first sentence is what it is, but Kate isn't vilified in this story. She loves Neal. She means well. She's allowed to be angry, and think freely, and do things that may hurt Neal without her realizing it. Peter, who is the antagonist of her story, is on the receiving end of much of her anger, but that doesn't make either of the two characters evil. They're just different people who happen to have made terrible first impressions on each other. Not every human on the planet has to get along like a house on fire. And finally, I'm sorry if Peter seems out of character to you, but I stand by his characterization in this fic.
I kinda sorta borrowed the "ornamental, not functional" idea from this really painful insult delivered by the President to the First Lady on Scandal. I wouldn't have mentioned it, but I couldn't find any alternate wording, so. :P
This is a bit of a bricolage, but I enjoyed writing it, so. :D

Also, it's 2 am, I haven't given this fic my usual final once-over because I'd like to sleep, please forgive mistakes and clumsy phrasing and such. ETA - Edited!

She loves him less than he loves her. )
s2309: (Sara 2)
Title: No Footsteps On The Ground
Characters (Pairings): Diana Berrigan (unrequited Diana/Sara)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 169
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Diana knows she really shouldn't be thinking about Sara.
Author's Note: For Day 1 of The Merry Month of Masturbation ([livejournal.com profile] mmom). Because why the hell not? :D I spent April focused on poetry with (Inter)National Poetry Writing Month in full swing. May's for you guys.
Title's from I'm With You by Avril Lavigne. (anyone who's read my depression related posts, don't freak out!! I'm okay. Just listening to this song for the story.)
In my head, this is part of the verse I set up in Get With The Program, (which I think I'm going to call the Fire'Verse) but waaaaay in the past. Because apparently I can't get that verse out of my brain now. This is allllll my own fault btw XD. I love this dark messed up shit. Though the Diana/Sara romance plot is probably the (only) ray of sunshine in this thing. Along with, you know, the eventual rescue. (Eventual. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.)

Diana knows she really shouldn't be thinking about Sara. )
s2309: (Rachel 01)
Title: Dragon Breathing Fire
Characters (Pairings): Neal Caffrey, Rachel Turner (Rachel/Neal, with major consent issues)
Rating: R
Word Count: 2088
Spoilers: Through Season 5
Content Notes: Kidnapping, violence, food + water deprivation, psychological judo, reference to future offscreen noncon. (spoilers ahoy)
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Neal seems to have forgotten that when Rachel plays, she plays to win.
Author's Note: This is all for the very kind [livejournal.com profile] hurinhouse, who asked to know how the scene set in Get With The Program continues. I obligingly scared the shit out of myself by writing this monster.
Title from Don't Hurt Yourself by Beyoncé featuring Jack White. (LISTEN TO LEMONADE, Y'ALL).
The first snippet thing starts right where Get With The Program stops, so it probably won't make sense if you don't read that part.
As before, Rachel is OOC in that she isn't restrained by her love for Neal. Also as before, no cheerful rainbow unicorns to be found here. There is, however, flagrant abuse of italics. Proceed with caution.

Rachel takes in Neal's terrified expression with amusement. )
s2309: (Neal 1)
Title: the heart is hard to translate
Characters (Pairings): Rachel Turner, Sara Ellis, Neal Caffrey, Diana Berrigan (Rachel/Neal, Sara/Neal, Diana/Christie)
Rating: PG-13
Total Word Count: 538
Spoilers: Till Season 5
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: A peek into the hearts of a few characters.
Author's Note: This is a challenge that involved putting your music library on shuffle and writing drabbles for the respective lengths of the first five songs. For Challenge 29 - Do The Shuffle - at [livejournal.com profile] writerverse. Title from All This And Heaven Too by Florence + The Machine

Belly Up - Maria Mena
Rachel/Neal, 96 words.

we lie belly up in the pool of us )

Goodnight New York - Vienna Teng
Sara/Neal, 119 words.

goodnight, goodnight, may you be always heartbreaking )

The List - METRIC
Neal/Rachel, 103 words.

all dressed down to catch a whiff of the buzz )

Nothing But The Water (Pt 2) - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Diana/Christie, 114 words.

i have tried to find my way, to make it through to a better day )

Phir Na Kehna (Crazy in Zanzibar mix) - Sunidhi Chauhan and Kumar Sanu
Sara/Neal, 106 words.

dil deewana aaj kho jaaye toh )
s2309: (Peter 2)
Title: Siren Song
Characters (Pairings): Peter Burke
Rating: G
Word Count: 155
Spoilers: For the series.
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: The siren song of fieldwork.
Author's Note: For the poem prompt Sea Fever by John Masefield for weekly quick fic #9 at [livejournal.com profile] writerverse.

Now that he knows Neal's alive, everything changes. )
s2309: (Neal&Sara 2)
Title: a heavy heart to carry
Characters (Pairings): Sara Ellis, Neal Caffrey (Sara/Neal)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 349
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Late at night, Sara shows Neal the hardest parts of herself.
Author's Note: Dude, I don't even know. Apparently I'm not in a very good mood.
For a challenge at [livejournal.com profile] writerverse, for the prompt "He says, Only the strong survive, right?"
Title's from Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + the Machine.

Late at night, after the monsters under the bed have claimed their first victims, she shows him the hardest parts of herself. )
s2309: (Sara 2)
Title: Can't Hold You Closer Than This
Characters (Pairings): Sara Ellis, Neal Caffrey, filler OCs (Sara/Neal)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4272
Spoilers: Till at least 4x16
Beta: The lovely [livejournal.com profile] percygranger. She saw this fic when it was about 2K, and gave me plenty of wonderful advice. It is now 4K. Any and all remaining mistakes are obviously mine. And a special thank you to [livejournal.com profile] reve_silencieux, who caught a few crucial errors while reading the finished fic!
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Sara may never learn how to fake love, but she’s always known how to fake okay. (And by the end of this story, maybe she won't even need to do that.)
Author's Note: The title is a slightly modified lyric from Eavesdrop by The Civil Wars.
This story has been in the works since July 2014. Here's proof. It has since hopped 'verses, grown quite a bit, and matured. Sara sounds much more like herself in this story than she did in the very first version.
I'll probably write Neal's side of the story (i.e. his recovery) sometime, but if this story is any indicator, you can expect to see it in October 2017. Oops.
For more in this verse, click here.

There’s no buffer of familiar faces in London, no one she can count on or trust or talk to. )
s2309: (Elizabeth 2)
Title: Don't Let This Line Go Slack
Characters (Pairings): Elizabeth Burke, Sara Ellis, Peter Burke (Elizabeth/Peter)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2064
Spoilers: Till at least 6x01
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Elizabeth's move to D.C. has her off balance.
Author's Note: For [livejournal.com profile] runthecon, for the prompts 'New Beginnings' and 'Last But Not Least'. Unbetaed, written in a hurry, a little shit. Title from Transcontinental, 1:30 AM by Vienna Teng.
AU from end S5 in which Rachel is arrested but Neal isn't kidnapped, because I don't need that chaos going on in the background. I think I finished this just in time just a teensy bit late only because I dropped this little Neal+Sara plotline I had in my head. And it's still only half a story. Ugh.
I haven't posted a proper fic here in ages. I forgot how fidgety things get when you try to align things to the centre. Oh, commentfics, you are so simple and I adore you <3

She has only three framed pictures of Peter. )
s2309: (Mozzie)
Title: Belief
Characters (Pairings): Mozzie
Rating: G
Word Count: 202
Spoilers: For parts of Season 2
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: Why Mozzie believes in conspiracies.
Author's Note: Written for Challenge 10 - Weekly Quick Fic 4 - and the prompts Integrity and Dramatics at [livejournal.com profile] writerverse.

There were so many people Mozzie's age, but none he could confide in. )
s2309: (Sara 2)
Title: Wanderess
Characters (Pairings): Sara Ellis
Rating: PG
Word Count: 631
Spoilers: For S04E16
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: With nowhere to anchor herself, Sara gets lost.
Author's Note: Written for Challenge 9 - Picture Prompt - over at [livejournal.com profile] writerverse, for this picture. Title from Hurricane by Halsey. Written in a bit of a hurry, sorry about that.

Part of the Amis Amants 'verse. For more in this verse, click here.

Among Sara's recent practical purchases had been a pair of sneakers. )
s2309: (Neal 2)
Title: North Light Comes
Characters (Pairings): Neal Caffrey, Peter Burke, Elizabeth Burke (Peter/El).
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1169
Spoilers: Vague for S3 & 4. Minor reference to S05E04.
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Author's Note: Set post anklet, ignoring S6. Written for Challenge 14 in the current Writerverse phase. Title is a lyric from Overcome by Better Than Ezra.
This is basically proof of life. Posting from phone, I apologise for any mistakes in advance. Will tag + xpost + edit this on Monday, because phone.
This is a (very short) sequel to When All Else In You Turns And Runs, in which Neal has essential tremor, restricted to his right hand during this fic and the previous one. I'm fairly sure that that fic is in my masterpost, for anyone who wants to read it before this.
This is not the first time I've written a drunk/dazed Neal on the Burkes' doorstep. I think he's adorable when he's a little loopy and craving affection. Recurring theme, will try not to repeat, etc.
Can you tell that it's late and I'm a little loopy myself?

Neal shivered as he paced across the length of the Burkes' doorstep. )
s2309: (heart)
Title: Remnants Of A Voice And Smile
Characters (Pairings): Elizabeth Burke, Mozzie, Sara Ellis, Peter Burke, Neal Caffrey (background Peter/El and Neal/Sara)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2431
Beta Credit: [livejournal.com profile] percygranger, thank you so much!! ^^ I fiddled with a few things after she went over it, so that's all on me C:
Spoilers: S06E06 (Au Revoir)
Content Notes: Grief. Run on sentences.
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: After the funeral, everyone tries to heal.
Author's Note: Title from Say Uncle by Vienna Teng. Originally written for [livejournal.com profile] elrhiarhodan's promptfest, for her prompt, 'Hiding Out By Day'. Also, I'm still angry at Neal. I have no apologies.
For more finale tags, click here.

By some consensus that was reached when she wasn't listening, everyone gathers in their living room. )
s2309: (Neal 2)
Title: the one who's always and never alone
Characters (Pairings): Neal Caffrey
Rating: PG
Word Count: 104
Spoilers: Vague for S6 finale
Song prompt: Girl With The Red Balloon - The Civil Wars
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: He's surrounded by people and it still hurts.
Author's Note: This is a repost for tagging purposes - this was originally posted as part of Five drabbles (+ a little extra), but is also a S6 tag, and since I don't want that entire post in my S6 finale tag tag, I'm reposting this.
For more finale tags, click here.

Neal has learned that being alone has nothing to do with being around people. )
s2309: (Neal&Sara)
For the Lightning Round at [livejournal.com profile] writerverse

Total Word Count: 686

Title: the one who's always and never alone
Characters (Pairings): Neal Caffrey
the one who's always and never alone )

Title: paint splattered teardrops on my shirt
Characters (Pairings): Sara Ellis (Sara/Neal)
paint splattered teardrops on my shirt )

Title: paint a picture in my mind
Characters (Pairings): Kate Moreau (Kate/Neal)
paint a picture in my mind )

Title: i was lost before she started
Characters (Pairings): Alex Hunter
we were lost before she started )

Title: stand still so i can see your silhouette
Characters (Pairings): Neal Caffrey, Sara Ellis (Neal/Sara)
stand still so i can see your silhouette )

The previous story continued. Same header, except 181 words. I don't quite like this, but I'm too tired to fix it.
i'm not done looking yet )
s2309: (Diana)
Title: Someone To Rely On
Characters (Pairings): Diana Berrigan, Neal Caffrey, Mozzie.
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1190
Spoilers: 5x02, for Diana's plotline.
Warnings: Vague descriptions of assault, a little blood.
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: How Diana lost her hearing and found something far more precious.
Author's Note: Title from Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen (originally by Keane, but I'm listening to her version). Set post-S5 in a vague no-kidnapping AU.
For Day 3 of [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, for the prompt Lost and Found, Diana losing her hearing and finding something far more precious (why does this look like a c&p of my summary, MAYBE BECAUSE IT IS). Remember that little commentfic I promised to expand? This is that. Never say I never carry out any of my promises (I DON'T THO). Except research happened in between, so there are differences. And my writing style has gone wonky again (WHY CAN IT NEVER STAY STRAIGHT, I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT I'M DOING ANYMORE), so yeah.
Which also makes this for the 'loss of hearing' square on an [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo card Which has now gone into amnesty. Sigh. Anyhow.
Clearly, I'm in a weird mood.
I hope this gradually increasing word count thing isn't a holding pattern, or I may just be totally screwed.

"Something's wrong," Mozzie says when Neal picks up the phone. )
s2309: (Sara 2)
Title: Just A Little Bit Stronger
Characters (Pairings): Sara Ellis, OC
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 550
Spoilers: Parts of Sara's backstory.
Warnings: Discussion of an eating disorder.
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: The first item Sara recovered.
Author's Note: Title from Just A Little Bit by Maria Mena. For Day 1 of [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, for the prompt Origins/Beginnings, a little Sara backstory. No guarantees that I'm doing all the days.
I don't feel like getting into Sara's head right now, so this is mostly dialogue.
This was supposed to be just humour, but my brain had other plans. Sorry.

"Did you get it?" )
s2309: (Neal 4)
Title: Not This Time
Characters (Pairings): Neal Caffrey
Rating: PG
Word Count: 350
Disclaimer: White Collar is Jeff Eastin's brainchild. Not mine.
Summary: The only real thing wrong with Neal is that he's young. And that's something time can always cure. Will he let it?
Author's Note: The summary is a modified version of this prompt from [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic (which [livejournal.com profile] tigriswolf, the prompter, mentioned is from Jack Schaffer's 'Shane'). I thought of the title because of a lyric from Christina Perri's Butterfly, and then immediately heard Taylor Swift singing "Not this time" (from I Know Places). Music. *sigh*. This is for Challenge 16a at [livejournal.com profile] writerverse. I see this as set in S2, after Countermeasures, but you can read it however you like :)

Neal's been in a dance with time ever since he ran away from home. )

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