oper_1895: Neal Caffrey in a suit. (Default)
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Title: Good Enough
Author: [personal profile] oper_1895
Fandom: White Collar
Rating: R
Pairing: Neal/Peter/Elizabeth
Words: ~1100
Spoilers: None
Contains: D/s, mild interrogation scene, situational humiliation, first time, kinky not-porn.
Notes: For the kink-bingo square Situational Humiliation, in the Asexual!Neal ‘verse. Somewhat of a sequel to Coming Out.
Summary: Neal and Peter start hammering out the details of what they want in this relationship of theirs. Peter needs a bigger hammer.

Betas: Many thanks to [personal profile] jumpuphigh and [personal profile] bientot.


When Elizabeth walked in the door, she could almost taste the tension in the air. Neal was sitting with his palms flat on the table, back straight, feet flat on the floor. His eyes were bright as they tracked Peter around the room. Peter was puttering, not really doing anything, but keeping busy. Waiting.

“Hi, Honey.” Peter smiled when he caught sight of her, but held up a warning finger when Neal opened his mouth. That was interesting.

“What’s going on?” Elizabeth asked, depositing her purse on the coffee table and joining them.

“Neal’s learning a new trick.” Neal flushed at Peter‘s reply, but still didn’t say anything.


Peter‘s mouth quirked up into a smile. “Answering questions directly.” He glanced over to Neal and clarified pointedly. “Answering a very specific question directly.”

“Peter, please.” Neal broke in, his voice was tinged with desperation.

Peter shot a warning glare. Neal shut his mouth, squirmed and turned wide eyes to Elizabeth. He looked miserable, and yet… not. Elizabeth nudged up against Peter’s side and let her eyes flicker to the kitchen when he looked down at her.

“I’m going to say hello to my wife now, you just sit there and think about what you’re going to tell me when I get back.” Peter said before he followed Elizabeth into the kitchen.

“So today’s the day.” Elizabeth said, after claiming a quick kiss hello.

“Today’s the day.” Peter confirmed. “We wrapped up the case this afternoon. It made sense to head home a little early, and it just felt like it was time.”

Elizabeth grinned up at her husband, who matched her smile with a decidedly pleased look of his own. The three of them had addressed their theoretical proclivities and general acceptance levels several times and now it looked like it had finally turned real. “What are the rules?” she asked.

“His palms have to remain flat on the table. If they come off in any way, it‘s over.”

“Oh good.” Elizabeth leaned in against Peter’s chest. She’d been pretty sure that Peter would approach this with the necessary caution, she just hadn’t been sure about Neal. But that would be an easy signal if Neal became agitated enough that it would be necessary. “I was worried that things were a little… intense.”

“We already talked through the basics of what he likes and doesn’t like.” Peter reassured her. “I’ll give you a rundown later.”

Elizabeth nodded. This was mostly their thing, Peter and Neal‘s. While she found it fascinating, she didn‘t want to interfere. Part of their agreement was that she would know what was going on, but she didn’t respond to it in the same visceral way that they did. Not yet said the little voice in the back of her head. “So, what’s this about?”

Peter sighed. “He seems to think ‘whatever makes you happy’ is an appropriate response for anything that doesn‘t involve scene limits. It’s mostly for aftercare but he won’t tell me what he wants

“Would it be easier for him to show you maybe?”

“Probably,” Peter admitted, “but he’d be more likely to try to do what he thought I wanted.”

That was true enough; it had taken Neal a while to get around to telling them that he wasn’t really that into sex because what he was into was making them happy. He’d speak up if he disliked something, but would otherwise just go with the flow.

“Besides,” Peter continued, smiling slyly, “that way wouldn’t be nearly as fun.”

“All right then,” Elizabeth laughed, shoving Peter back towards the dining room. “Go get ’em, Tiger.”

Neal was still sitting stiffly when they re-entered. Elizabeth sat down off to the side, watching the interplay between the two men in her life.

Peter leaned in the doorway, folding his arms. “Do you have anything to say?”

Neal’s eyes flickered up to Peter than Elizabeth, then back to the table. “I don’t know.”

“Yes, you do.”

Neal looked to him, wide eyed and wretched. “Can‘t-”

“Ah!” Peter held up a finger, cut Neal off. “I don’t want to hear it. The next thing you say had better be a proper answer.”

Neal shut his mouth, stubbornly silent.

Peter sat down across the table from Neal and just stared at him, settling in with an air that said he was willing to wait as long as he had to. Elizabeth watched as Neal started to squirm under Peter’s direct gaze, looking increasingly uncomfortable. His eyes flickered around the room, looking at anything but Peter. Neal looked like he would rather be anywhere else in the world, but his hands hadn‘t budged.

“I want physical contact.” Neal eventually muttered to the table top .

Peter leaned forward and tipped up Neal‘s chin. “Good start, Neal, but it’s all in the details.”

Neal exhaled sharply, focusing somewhere over Peter‘s shoulder. “I like to be held. I want to be touched. I like- on the back of my neck. Or my face. Anywhere, really. Cuddling.” Neal closed his eyes. His cheeks were flushed red, and the tips of his ears were staring to go pink, but his eyes were bright when he opened them again. “I need to know you had- that you liked what I- that I was good.” Neal finished in a rush, then met Peter’s gaze head on, desperately defiant in the wake of his confession.

“There, was that so hard?” Peter smiled and stood. He stepped around the table to grip the back of Neal’s neck, and Elizabeth could see how Neal immediately relaxed into the hold. Using that contact, Peter pulled Neal up and away from the table and into an embrace.

“A little bit, yeah,” Neal admitted. He tucked his face into Peter‘s shoulder, but Elizabeth could see the edges of a smile in his eyes.

“I need you to talk to me about this, Neal. I can make you if that‘s what you need, but you‘ll need to let me know when there‘s something. I can‘t do this if I don’t know you’re going to tell me what you need, okay?”


“Okay what?” Peter tugged Neal’s head back by the hair in order to make eye contact.

“I’ll let you know if I need to tell you anything.” Neal recited dutifully.

“Good enough.” Peter released Neal’s head and dropped his hand to rub Neal’s shoulder. “And good job,” he added after a long moment.

Neal snorted and raised a leery eyebrow at Peter, who looked sheepish.

“I‘ll work on that.” Peter said.

Neal grinned and relaxed back into Peter‘s hold, “Good enough.”


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Date: 2010-12-05 04:29 pm (UTC)
calvinahobbes: Calvin holding a cardboard tv-shape up in front of himself (wc-ot3)
From: [personal profile] calvinahobbes
D'awww! They worked it out. And this could have been sort of really terrifying and awkward, because that was what Neal was feeling. But it wasn't! It was hot XD

Grargh! Joy! Love!

Date: 2010-12-05 04:37 pm (UTC)
yamx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] yamx
Lovely. I adore you ace!Neal anyway, and this fic rings so very true--both the initial stubbornness and what he finally asks for. And it's good to see Peter being so thorough in making sure Neal gets what he needs. :)

Date: 2010-12-05 04:45 pm (UTC)
j00j: rainbow over east berlin plattenbau apartments (Default)
From: [personal profile] j00j
Nicely done!

Date: 2010-12-05 05:14 pm (UTC)
zillah975: Painting of my Night Elf, Tyrnathera Stormcaller (Default)
From: [personal profile] zillah975
I love this! It rings really true to me, in their voices and interactions, all three of them. Beautifully done.

Date: 2010-12-05 05:14 pm (UTC)
51stcenturyfox: (Sleepy)
From: [personal profile] 51stcenturyfox
Ah yeah. I love this dynamic!

Date: 2010-12-05 05:29 pm (UTC)
jrosemary: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jrosemary
I'm so glad Peter's not content to let Neal keep doing "whatever makes them happy," without taking into account his own needs. Lovely job!

Date: 2010-12-08 05:21 pm (UTC)
lizzledpink: (neal caffrey)
From: [personal profile] lizzledpink

Date: 2011-01-31 06:52 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I...have no idea how people having this conversation is supposed to be sexy. And yet I was totally incoherent after reading this. How do you do that???

Date: 2011-03-22 04:49 am (UTC)
meret: (Default)
From: [personal profile] meret
I really enjoyed this! Tender and sexy at the same time. :)

Date: 2011-03-23 02:41 am (UTC)
aidenfire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aidenfire
I really enjoyed this! I can totally buy this relationship. I just wish there was more! :)

Date: 2011-06-16 10:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So intense and so good!
I loved the point of Neal making the choice to keep his hand on the table and in that way signalling that he needed to be made to talk. I assume that was because he couldn't figure out how to do it on his own. Trusting Peter (and Elizabeth) with that power, basically giving away his own choice of what to share with them, in intensely hot.

“I need to know you had- that you liked what I- that I was good." <-- brilliant line. The hesitance/stutter made a huge difference to the scene and how I interpreted Neal's emotions.


Date: 2012-07-28 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meatball42.livejournal.com
Ahhh! I got here from asexual_fandom and I'm reading in order there, so that's the running fic, the gun-play and then this one. I'm sorry I didn't review them all, but this is the first time I took a breath! The others were so tense in a good way and this one I finally said 'awwww' instead of 'Whew!' *wipes forehead*
Totally digging these fics; I've never read kinky without sex. Although you are totally winning sexy despite the technical lack thereof :)


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