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08 January 2013 @ 10:20 pm
The Art of Words  
Title: The Art of Words
Author: theatregirl7299
Fandom: White Collar
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Neal Caffrey
Spoilers:  None
Warnings:  None
Word Count: 289
Beta Credit: angelita26

This was prompted by rabidchild's post about the definition of the word pseudology.   

He’s always been good at art. Understanding the nuances between light and shadow; the intricate strokes of the boar bristle brush; the perfect blend of pigments that bring skin tone to life.

As he gets older, those things become second nature to him. Copying the Masters – initially a lark – allows him to recreate beautiful things that he can share with the owners who couldn’t tell the difference between his work and the real thing. For the longest time, he’s content. Content to forge a Da Vinci here, an Atlantic Bond there.

That is, until Mozzie teaches him the ultimate art form. The Art of Words. Where the con becomes the canvas.

It’s the one place where he truly is an original.

A strategically positioned verb; a touch of an adjective placed on an unsuspecting ear yields an embarrassment of riches. Perspective shifts nouns from simple tools into compositions of dreams and desires.

Learning at the feet of the master, he constructs complex configurations wrapped up in guileless grins. Instruments in hand, he begins his ascent toward international renown. Like any good craftsman, he hones his skills, picking and choosing his technique until each new work outshines the ones before. He flourishes in the medium, creating novel and different ways of expression.

His fame precedes him, prompting imitation, flattery, attention and critique. But there is one whose gaze cuts through the gloss, contemplating not just the method but the underlying madness. One whose scrutiny takes apart the final accomplishment to understand the artist within the work.

One who he’s drawn to; one who is not deceived by the luster of the self-portrait he’s created.

One who makes him wonder if he ever understood art - or himself - at all.
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: White Collar - Nealembroiderama on January 9th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Ooh, I love this! Especially those last few sentences--perfect!
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on January 9th, 2013 04:02 am (UTC)
So glad you like it. RC's prompt was perfect.
Laura: Neal approvescookielaura on January 9th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
Ooh, so good! I love the ending ♥
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on January 9th, 2013 11:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
angelita26: Neal!Happyangelita26 on January 9th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
I had to say this again - I love how you played with the words and how much you clearly enjoyed it.

This so perfectly describes how Neal learned to twist his words into an art form. I love it!

Edited at 2013-01-09 04:46 am (UTC)
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on January 9th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for Betaing it. I'm so glad you liked it.

Yeah, Neal had a good teacher in Mozzie.
kanarek13kanarek13 on January 9th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
Love it! Especially the last part, gave me chills and all because it is so true, Neal is definitely one of the greatest, if not THE greatest "word wshisperer" on the planet, but Peter is the only one who sees right through it :D

It's perfect :D
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on January 9th, 2013 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Peter is Neal's moral compass, no doubt about that.
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on January 9th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
Love this - love the perception you've brought out - particularly the last two lines.

theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on January 9th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Frith: White Collar - Neal - hat bluefrith_in_thorns on January 9th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous!
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on January 9th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.
dennih23: neal and peter arrestdennih23 on January 9th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
This is a nice perspective of how Neal sees his words and the con. Love the end and how Peter sees through the words and understands Neal. Great story.
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on January 10th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
Thank you.