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23 October 2013 @ 12:00 pm
I Hear You Call My Name (And It Feels Like Home)  
Title: I Hear You Call My Name (And It Feels Like Home)
Author: theatregirl7299
Fandom: White Collar
Characters/Pairings: Neal/Peter
Rating: PG
Word Count: 369
Spoilers: None
Beta Credit: elrhiarhodan
Warnings: None
Summary: What’s in a name?

A/N: For Caffrey-Burke Day. This was inspired by a prompt from the lovely elrhiarhodan: “Names I Have Been Called.” The title comes from the song “Like A Prayer” by Madonna.

When Peter was three, his grandfather sat him on his knee and called him “Tiger.” They watched the Yankees play the Red Sox and Peter got to drink a whole bottle of root beer by himself.

When Neal was three, his dad gave him a police hat and called him, “my little man.” Then he turned four and his father went away. They moved and his mother and Ellen started calling him “Danny.”

When Peter was nine, he hit the home run that won the game for the Cooperstown Eagles, and for a whole month, everyone at school called him “Slugger.”

When Neal was nine, he hustled Fat Jimmy out of three hundred bucks down at the local pool hall. The names Jimmy called him as he ran down the street were not repeatable in proper company.

When Peter was eighteen, his senior class called him “Valedictorian” and he gave the commencement speech during his graduation.

When Neal was eighteen, he was called Danny, then Neal, as he ran towards New York City, trying to escape the lies his mother told him and the truths that tore apart his heart.

When Peter was twenty-five, he was called “Probie” then “The Archeologist,” and “Big Bad Peter Burke.” He discovered a love of justice and honor and knew that he could make a difference.

When Neal was twenty-five, he was called “talented” by the strange little man that “needed an upgrade.” “Nick Halden” made an appearance, as did “Steve Tabernacle,” “Gary Rydell,” and “George Devore.” Then came an unexpected meeting and a green sucker and the chase was on.

When Peter was thirty-three, an art theft at the Diarmett Galleries and a pretty brunette assistant manager who called him “Agent Burke” and held up a sign that read ‘I ♥ Italian” changed his life.

When Neal was thirty-three, an anklet, a thrift store, a rooftop, a man who called him “my consultant” and held up an ID badge changed his life.

Over the years, they called each other many names, but it wasn’t the words that were said, but the meanings underneath that counted.

Partner - I trust you…

Friend - I like you…

Lover - I adore you…



kanarek13kanarek13 on October 23rd, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
You have just killed me ded *♥* This! OMG, it's like watching two so incredibly different paths lead two different lives through good and bad times, so that they can come together in the end and become complete ♥

Absolutely wonderful \o/ Thank you ♥ And Happy Caffrey-Burke Day :D
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 23rd, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Them getting together was inevitable - no matter what their paths were.

and Happy C-B Day to you too.
Kerstinkerrylang on October 23rd, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm speachless, it's a beautiful recapture of the two men we got to adore and love the most.

Neal and Peter, two different lives melt into a friendship and love, they just clicked and so did we with them - four years ago.

I can't say enough how much I love this community, it gives me so much pleasure and I can't thank you enough for your great amount of fanfic, vids and just talking about the show. Talking to all of you :)!!!

Happy Anniversary!!! May there be many more!!!!!
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 23rd, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you like it!!

And I agree - our community rocks!!!! We have such talented and fun people and it's great to see what gets created.

Happy anniversary to you too.
joy2190joy2190 on October 23rd, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Simply beautiful! Thank you
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 23rd, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Glad you liked it.
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on October 23rd, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
This is so sweetly poignant and beautiful. These two men, following such divergent paths, meeting up and finding happiness.

Thank you for writing and for sharing today.
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 23rd, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
You are so welcome. And I need to thank YOU for such a wonderful prompt.
angelita26: MattTimSnuggleangelita26 on October 23rd, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm tearing up right now. This is perfect. The parallels and distinctions. Oh, my. *smishes Peter and Neal*

Thanks so much for sharing!
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 24th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
You are so welcome!!!! I'm glad you liked it.
miri_thompsonmiri_thompson on October 24th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
Hurty, hopeful and just gorgeous--especially that perfect ending.
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 24th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
morgansladymorganslady on October 24th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
This was a beautifully simple yet telling story :)
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 24th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!
scarym1scarym1 on October 24th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Excellent story. Love how you matched up their timelines. : )
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 24th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it!!!
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on October 24th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
I know I told you this already but I have to say again that this manages to say so much--beautifully--in impressively few words. I love it.
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 24th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!! I'mm so glad you liked it.
pooh_collector on October 24th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
That was very sweet and a really unique way of relating the history of Peter and Neal.

Great addition to Caffrey-Burke Day!
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 24th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Glad you liked it
lauracollaredlauracollared on October 25th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
This is beautiful!
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 27th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it.
sahiya on October 26th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
Awww, I liked this. Beautifully written and the ending was very romantic.
theatregirl7299theatregirl7299 on October 27th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!