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26 June 2011 @ 10:13 pm
White Collar - "And Isn't It Ironic, Don't You Think?"  
Title: And Isn't It Ironic, Don't You Think?
Author: TeeJay
Genre: Gen
Characters: Neal
Summary: New York can be dangerous to roam alone at night. Neal has to learn that the hard way.
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: More Neal!Whump. It's like an addiction I can't shake. *sighs*
Written for Round 4 of yesterday's thenewpub challenge. Theme this week was "Literature", this was for prompt "Framing Device".
Disclaimer: White Collar, its characters and its settings belong to Jeff Eastin and USA Network. And, guys? Your characters are not only welcome, they're wonderful. I'm just borrowing, I promise.

In retrospect, Neal realized he should probably not have carried a large, expensive looking box emblazoned with a huge B&H logo through the streets of New York at night. Because that would just invite the muggers to snatch it out from under your arm.

As it so happened, the guy who'd jumped him in the dark side street had just had that exact intent. Until the moment that the figure clad in black had suddenly appeared at his side, he'd never given the possibility of being mugged even a second thought.

Of course Neal didn't just want to just let go of $2,000 worth of video recording equipment, so he'd yelled a few choice words at the guy and taken chase.

The mugger had zero tolerance for patience or insubordination. The subdued pop with which the gunshot rang out from the firearm that came out of nowhere, was in stark reciprocity to the pain it caused as it ripped through Neal's flesh. 'Fuck, no!' shot through his head as he went down, clutching his hands to his shirt that was already turning crimson.

It was all he could do not to lose consciousness, and as he sank down with his back against the wet concrete, cool, soft raindrops caressed his face. He turned his head, and in the murky light he could make out the object he had sunken down next to. It was an old, carelessly discarded box with a B&H logo on it, soggy from the November rain.

The last thought Neal had before everything faded to black was how poetically ironic in its own way that really was.
Mood: moodymoody
ivorysilkivorysilk on June 26th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Say what? Peter finds him, right? RIGHT????

I really hope you make it so in a sequel!

(You can't stop writing; I can't stop reading--it works. :-))
TeeJay: Neal Peter - Make A Differencetj_teejay on June 26th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
Of course Peter finds him. Or... someone. Can't let Neal die. I'm not that cruel. :-P
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TeeJay: Neal Moz - You're Not Deadtj_teejay on June 26th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
See my comment above. Yes, Neal will be saved. Can't have him die on us, can I? ;o) Not sure I'm gonna write a sequel. I'm already working on another major whump story, and I need to get that out of my system first. And then it's one of the million other prompts I wanna work on. *sigh*
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TeeJaytj_teejay on June 27th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Ooh, really? Do tell! What's the premise?
It's another prompt fill for collarcorner. You can read the prompt here, but it's slightly spoilery for the big thing that happens in the story. You have been warned. :o)
Nefhiriel: WC - Neal looks upnefhiriel on June 26th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Eeep! Poor Neal. The irony of him getting shot in a mugging--when he's been involved in so much crime (albeit nonviolent crime, on his part)--is truly angsty. *pats him*

But I'm glad to hear he gets rescued! If you don't write it, I'll just have to imagine it. ^^
TeeJay: Peter - Take Care of Thistj_teejay on June 27th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
But I'm glad to hear he gets rescued! If you don't write it, I'll just have to imagine it. ^^
Exactly! And there's still plenty of prompts to come for whitecollar100, so maybe I'll go back to this at some point.
dynamite with a laser beam: El51stcenturyfox on June 26th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Awww sad! I love things like this, however. Lovely detail and description.

TeeJay: Peter Neal - Thank Youtj_teejay on June 27th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
Saphira: Nealsaphirablue on June 27th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ack! Don't leave it here! *bites nails*

It would be sad if Neal!whump wasn't addictive, wouldn't it? ;) :)

Thank you!
TeeJay: Matt Bomer - Downward Gazetj_teejay on June 28th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Well, sometimes I think there must be something wrong with wishing so much suffering on the poor man. But better to whump fictional characters than real ones, I say! :-P Thanks for your comment.

As for leaving the story as it was, I might write a continuation at some point. Who knows?
kriadydragon: Shep 2kriadydragon on June 27th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Ack, nooo! But that you promise Peter saves him makes it all better *sighs in relief* Nicely intense.
TeeJay: Neal - George Donnellytj_teejay on June 28th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And, yeah, Neal will be saved. If not by Peter, by someone else.
crism79: WC Neal Hold Oncrism79 on August 3rd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Where is the "like" button? lol God, I was on the bus reading this and I was fumbling with the mobile to get to the next story to see what happened and it just was sllloooowwwww :)) Oh dear I needed to read something like this... poor Neal...