silverthorn: (White Collar Fanfiction)
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Title: Hallmark
Author:  [ profile] bardoni
Summary:  Peter gets some mail.  Coda 1x01
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairing:  Peter Burke, Neal Caffrey
Warnings: No beta, sorry!
Spoilers: Spoilers for 1x01, though they are minor and most of them have already been referenced in the promos and scene clips USA had up. 
Author's Note:   I've never written for a fandom as new as this one so my grasp of the characters are still rather shaky. I wish I had a few more episodes under my belt before I tackled any codas, but this piece begged to be written.  More A/N under cuts for spoilery content.

To be honest, I have no idea how old Peter is. I know that Tim DeKay was in 1963, making him 46 now. I decided to use Tim’s age as an estimate for Peter. Forgive me.



The first card is traditional, Hallmark, and Peter opens it with nitrile gloves and tweezers because you never know with Caffrey. The card is sleek and mahogany, like the wine bottle it is emulating.


‘Mr. Peter Burke. A FINE VINTAGE: A fruity old number, matured for 50 years. Bottled in Manhattan. The perfect wine for the perfect man.’ The picture is from a press conference taken two days after Caffrey was arrested and tried.   


Neal’s got it wrong anyway—he’s 42, not 50.




The next card comes almost a year to the day and Peter shoves it in the recycle without giving it a second glance. When he comes back from the office, it is sitting next to his plate at the table and Elizabeth arches an eyebrow and is fighting a smile.


“So, Peter, are you seeing someone on the side or is there another reason why someone is sending you lilac scented birthday cards from prison?” The card goes back in the recycle bin after dinner.




The third card is electronic and Peter nearly swears when he realizes what it is. He starts to run a virus scan before actually looking at what Neal sent him. 


‘Peter— It was either an online card or a paper one that read, “Have a FUN-tabulous fifth birthday”. Since I’ve finally earned computer privileges, I decided to try a different media. Happy Birthday. N. C.’ 


It is then his computer decides to finish loading the audio file and a resounding rendition of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” causes several other agents to look up.




The fourth card comes at a bad time.   The Dutchman is proving to be just as elusive as the name suggests and Peter’s getting no where fast. The card is placed on the desk at home and forgotten. Three weeks later they blow a vault containing Canadian security strips and Neal walks out of a high security prison four months before his four year sentence is up.




The fifth card is handed to him one morning over a dark roasted Italian import and boconnotti. It is a little less than a year into Neal’s second four year sentence, and the two have finally fallen into a professional stride that doesn’t leave Peter itching to put the other man back behind bars. 


Peter takes it and flips it open with his thumb as he takes another sip and snorts into his cup. ‘Peter-- Happy 48th Birthday. Here is to many more. Neal.’


“What?” Neal decides not to look up, scanning the Arts and Culture section. “’A true friend remembers your birthday, not your age.’”

Mods, can I have an author tag?  Readers, can I have a beta?

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