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Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Author: oper_1895
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: Peter/Neal
Spoilers: None.
Rating: NC-17
Contains: RACK, gunplay, D/s
Word Count: ~ 930

Notes/Summary: For kink_bingo prompt: guns, asexual!Neal 'verse.
It wasn’t that Neal was scared of guns, exactly, it was just that given the choice, he preferred to not deal with them. Peter doesn’t give him that choice.


Neal slowed when he saw the gun laid out on the table, then froze completely when he felt the hard metal of a gun press into his spine. His heart started beating hard against his ribs, and he felt his face flush as Peter pressed up close behind him.

“Peter?” Neal’s hands lifted away from his sides, he held himself carefully open and unthreatening.

“Neal.” Peter’s voice was soft.

“What‘s up?” Neal almost managed to sound casual.

“You’re going to clean that gun for me.”

Oh. Neal shivered. They had talked about something long these lines but Peter had been cautious and Neal hadn’t actually expected it to happen. Peter had apparently worked out his reservations. This could go two ways, Neal knew: he could obey and work with the gun on the table, or resist and deal with the gun in Peter’s hand. It wasn’t that Neal was scared of guns, exactly, it was just that given the choice, he preferred to not deal with them.

“Neal?” Peter asked, concerned, and Neal realized he had hesitated for too long. The hand not holding the gun came up to rest comfortingly on Neal’s shoulder.

“Green” Neal whispered.

“Good” Neal tried to look at Peter, but the hand on Neal’s shoulder came up to grab a handful of hair and Peter forced his head front. Following the pressure of the gun, and the pain in his scalp, Neal staggered forward to the edge of the table. He balked for a moment until Peter slid the gun up his spine, then dug the tip into the trapezius, pushing the hard metal into the pressure point harder until Neal dropped into the stool with a huff of pain.

Neal sat there with Peter looming at his back, staring blindly at the guns, hyper-aware of the gun resting against the back of his head. He knew it was Peter, he knew that Peter would never put him in a situation that would hurt him, but it was hard to think past the gun, especially with his body pumping adrenaline through his system and the back of his brain screaming threat!.

“Get to work”

Neal took a deep breath, reached for all the techniques he had to calm the trembling in his hands, and reached for the empty gun on the table.

It took Neal longer than Peter would have expected to get the gun cleaned. Not that he was helping the process. While Neal was working, Peter was testing every single reaction he could wrest from the man. He caressed Neal’s cheek with his fake gun, and watched Neal’s breath go shallow and his eyes widen. When Neal tried to turn away from his task, Peter put the gun up against the back of his skull and shoved his head back down; Neal spread his hands wide against the table and his breath caught in his throat. Peter dragged the gun down Neal’s back and found the spot under his ribs that made him squeak and flinch and then freeze in something akin to panic. He pressed the gun against Neal’s throat and could feel Neal’s pulse pounding, hot against the metal.

Neal finished, and immediately folded his hands back into his lap, as far away from the gun on the table as he could get without moving too close to the gun against his body. But that had been too easy.

“Again.” Peter nudged him forward slightly.


Peter leaned heavily against Neal‘s back, wrapped his arm around Neal‘s chest to push the gun up into the soft underside of Neal‘s jaw, to force his head back to where Peter could see his face. “Because I said so,” Peter enunciated carefully.

And there it was, this was the moment Peter had been looking for. Neal shuddered, and behind the movement all the tension drained out of his body. Neal nodded carefully against the muzzle and went back to work.

The second time went faster. Neal’s submission meant he wasn’t as hyper-focused on the position of the gun Peter held, but Peter still had something up his sleeve. He waited until Neal had almost finished, until just a few pieces remained to reassemble, then he cocked the gun and pressed it to the back of Neal‘s head. Neal’s reaction to the sound made the time it took to find a fake gun with a realistic cocking sound completely worthwhile; he whimpered and froze completely, not even breathing. Peter could see Neal attention shift to focus entirely on the gun.

Peter touched him gently, “You’re almost done.” Neal let out his breath all at once. His body was rock steady with tension as he reached for the final pieces.

When the last piece was in place, Neal carefully placed the gun on the cloth with a shuddering gasp, and Peter immediately placed his gun beside it to pull Neal up into his arms. “You did so well, Neal. Good job.”

Neal tucked his head into Peter’s neck and clutched at him while he worked his way though the adrenaline. Peter pressed a kiss to the side of Neal’s head and just held him until Neal caught up with himself.

“How was it? Was that what you wanted?” Peter asked once Neal had started to relax against him.

“Perfect.” Peter could feel Neal’s smile against his neck. “It was exactly perfect.”


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Date: 2010-06-14 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That was terrifying. If you hadn't said it was a fake gun I probably would have stopped reading. Even with that though, I'm glad it was something Neal asked for but Neal has always been an enigma to me, a sympathetic felon, an innocent criminal, a repentant con man, in need of love and protection but a total flirt and a knight in shining armor. Actually, very much a Peter Pan.

Peter I can understand a lot better. However in my idea of who and what Peter is (and I'm not saying this is what he should be, just how I think of him), this is something he would never do even in play. But as I said, that's just my vision of Peter.

Terrific writing, well paced.

This isn't meant as bashing but if anyone thinks it is, just remove it. No harm, no foul.

Date: 2010-06-14 07:39 pm (UTC)
dragonfly: stained glass dragonfly in iridescent colors (WC menacing)
From: [personal profile] dragonfly
Lovely! Creepy and ... satisfying. Thank goodness for the comfort/adrenaline cooling at the end.

I like it!

Date: 2010-06-18 03:41 pm (UTC)
jackandahat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jackandahat
I like it - and I like that you made it realistic. I'm not saying people don't break the rules, but given the first thing you're taught with guns is "This is not a toy, this can kill someone.", it can be hard to believe certain rule-following characters indulging in play with actual guns.

This, using a safe variation, putting in an element of headgame to it, works perfectly.

Date: 2010-06-20 02:48 am (UTC)
bientot: Neal loves Peter - doesn't everyone? (TrueLove)
From: [personal profile] bientot
Very creepy - but I can see it. I can see Peter being willing to go along with it for Neal's own good, of course. And this just makes me even more curious as to why Neal has that aversion to guns...

Date: 2010-06-20 08:51 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I absolutely love this 'verse you've created. I'm asexual but I have a major kink for D/s and it's really nice to see stories told from that perspective.

Date: 2010-08-15 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hw221.myopenid.com
Hello gun!play fic. There is not *nearly* enough of you.
Having said that, this is very well written and hits all the right buttons. It feels extremely intimate without them having sex or whatever.
If you'll excuse me, I'll be in my bunk.

Date: 2010-10-09 11:08 pm (UTC)
lacerta: ([misc] Neal approves)
From: [personal profile] lacerta
Oh this is great! Neal and gunplay goes together so well and I definitely like the asexual angle you chose. Thank you for sharing :)

Date: 2011-02-11 07:10 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh lord, so I thought "Surreptitious Fabric" was the hottest thing ever until I read this.


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