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Please note that many of these story recommendations were made before I reconsidered my warnings policy (i.e., before I decided to include warnings). Generally speaking, there's little of a dark or violent nature to warn for in these stories, but...caveat lector.


busaikko (busaikko on LJ): "Game Theory" (Mozzie, Peter, Neal. "Everyone has Neal's best interests at heart." No more than a ficlet, but a smart look at the way trust issues are being sorted out in season one.)

China (china_shop on LJ/DW): "Butterfly Kiss" (Peter/El/Neal. "A different future isn't necessarily a worse one. –Neal Caffrey" A time travel story written as crack!fic but which became something much more. Very in character and surprisingly believable, considering the premise.)

China (china_shop on LJ): "Never Happened" (Neal/Peter. "A drunken first kiss" An exercise in selective denial, and an episode tag for "All In," followed by the much longer sequel "Never Happened Next" (Peter/Elizabeth, Peter/Neal, Peter/Elizabeth/Neal, Neal/Kate, Neal/Ray Kowalski. Three possible futures. Cleverly done...and often very moving.)

China Shop (china_shop on LJ/DW): "No, and here's a dozen reasons why" (Peter/Neal/Elizabeth. "It's not always easy for Peter to know what's the right thing to do; sometimes it's damn near impossible." Starting pre-canon - as plans are made at the FBI surrounding the imminent arrival of their new 'consultant' - and moving through all of seasons 1 and 2, this is a wonderful story about the difficulties inherent in Peter and El trusting and ultimately loving somebody with Neal's 'interesting' background.)

China (china_shop on LJ): "Bowl Me Over (AKA The Bowling Fic)" (Neal/Clinton. "In which Clinton is experienced, and Neal is not." You know how people often leave comments on stories that begin with the words "This isn't my pairing, but..." and how incredibly annoying that is, especially for the author? *g* Well...this isn't my pairing, but for this story, it works. I particularly like how really well thought out this all is, given how very different these two men are and how 'little' things like fraternization rules would have to taken into consideration if Clinton and Neal tried to make a start at a relationship. Smart and really well done.)

China (china_shop on LJ): "The complete Reasonable Doubt 'verse" (Neal/Peter/Elizabeth. A long and wonderfully satisfying story, written while the first part of the first season aired - and oddly prescient.)

Hilangel (writing journal: canape_rouge on LJ): "Occam’s Razor" (Peter/Elizabeth, Peter/Neal. "Peter has never been able to say no to Neal; but saying yes is much more difficult" Good pacing and very in character, Peter in particular.)

jmtorres (jmtorres on LJ/DW): "You Ruined Everything (In the Nicest Way)" (Peter, Neal, Elizabeth. "A story of missed connections, in which Peter doesn't know what to say, Neal doesn't seem to want to hear it, and Elizabethan translation proves vital." Great interactions, and if Neal seems slightly younger than he seems to be on the show, well...that actually makes perfect sense in context. Potentially spoilery content information: Peter is Neal's father. Seriously. And done extremely well.)

lightgetsin (lightgetsin on LJ): "Figure it Out" (Neal/Peter/Elizabeth. ""You, upstairs," El said to Neal. He beamed, twirled on one foot, and trotted out. "And you need to stop making it so fun to mess with you," she added to Peter. / She surprised a look of such melting fondness on his face as he looked after Neal that her breath caught. "No," he said quietly. "I really don't."" Smart and hot and lovely.)

Livia (liviapenn on LJ): "And anyone who's ever had a heart" (Neal/Peter/Elizabeth, eventually. "Before seeing the picture, she'd just slotted Neal Caffrey in as one more thing Peter's brain couldn't let go of, and amusing yourself while your spouse hunted down the greatest international art thief of the age was certainly classier than being a football widow." A story that starts before canon, ends after canon, and looks as if it might very well stand firm against multiple jossing attempts *g*)

Mala (monimala on LJ): "Yours, Mine, and Ours" (Neal/Elizabeth/Peter. "Neal slowly gains a place at the kitchen table. Crawls between them in the middle of the night." First season, and a believable Elizabeth's pov watching Neal become "theirs.")

Sam Vimes/copperbadge (sam_storyteller on DW): "Paper Chase" (Crossover with Sherlock-BBC. Peter, Neal, Elizabeth, Sherlock, John, others. "One criminal consultant. One consulting detective. One serial killer. And one perhaps inadvisable bet..." Once you handwave away the set-up that brings Sherlock and John to New York, what you're left with is a wonderfully clever tale that seamlessly blends both 'verses. Great fun.)

sinead (smallbeer on LJ/DW): "give us this day" (Peter/Neal/Elizabeth/ "ten things about cohabitation." Slightly non-linear domesticity. Smart and quite touching.)

thebratqueen: "The Consultants" (Avengers/White Collar crossover. Tony/Bruce, Peter & Neal, Mozzie, El, Phil, others. ""Which of our cases was similar to Iron Man and the Hulk wanting us to commit fraud for them?" Peter asked. "Because I have to tell you I'm racking my brain and nothing's coming to mind."" A clever, often funny, seamless crossover between two seemingly dissimilar - albeit both NYC-centric - universes. Very good voices and characterization, although I have to admit, I'm so used to Phil Coulson having near Ninja-like talents in fic, that him being 'just a guy in a suit' was briefly traumatic. *g*)

Zvi (zvi_likes_tv on LJ/DW): "Leave Taking, Party Taking, Pleasure Taking" (June/Neal. "June smiled serenely. "I require an escort, and you are required to be he."" Absolutely charming, and seriously...look how quickly June and Neal took to each other in the pilot? Surely they have more than just a little in common.)



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