theatregirl7299 (theatregirl7299) wrote,

And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea - Prologue

Title: And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea – Prologue
Author: theatregirl7299
Artist: Niolle
Fandom: White Collar
Characters/Pairings: Neal/Peter, Mozzie, Jones, Diana, Cameos by Hughes and June
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: This Part - 244
Spoilers: None
Beta Credit: elrhiarhodan, firesign10
Warnings: Violence
Summary: Archeologist Peter Burke has recently uncovered an amazing - and history changing - fresco on the walls of an ancient ruin on the Aegean island of Santorini. Neal, a prince from a long-hidden kingdom, spies Peter during a forbidden visit to the island. As their feelings grow, danger lurks, threatening both men's lives.

A/N – After real life issues and the Muse not cooperating I FINALLY got this done. It would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of elrhiarhodan, firesign10 and miri_thompson. You cheered me on, kicked my butt, warred with me, and promised me that I would fall in love with the story again when I was ready to give up and drop out. I mean it when I say there is as much of you in this as there is me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And to my Artist – Niolle. Your beautiful image inspired the basis for this story and for that I thank you.

Prologue – a year earlier.

New Scrolls Reveal Depth of Minoan Culture

Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, announced today the discovery of thousands of scrolls in what could be an annex of the famed ancient Library of Alexandria. The room was uncovered during a routine inspection of underground natural gas pipelines outside the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Historians estimate the collection to contain over five thousand scrolls, preserved in clay jars. These scrolls are considered to be the most significant historical find since the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls in 1946. Preliminary investigation indicates the scrolls contain a mix of scientific and literary masterpieces long thought to be lost when the Royal Library of Alexandria was destroyed.

Additionally, historians believe that a majority of the scrolls contain information concerning the Minoan culture. which arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately 2700 to 1450 BC, only to be devastated by what is commonly known as ‘The Thera Eruption.’

“We are excited to explore what is definitely one of the most pivotal historical discoveries in modern times,” said Serageldin. He went on to say that several museums and universities have set up a partnership to study the scrolls and share information. “The translations of these scrolls will change the way we look at ancient history, the Minoans in particular, and by combining our efforts, we can provide a more in-depth look at a culture that has long been a mystery.”

Part One
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