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27 October 2009 @ 01:48 am
'Straight and Narrow' (01/01)  
[shifty eyes] I do not know why I wrote this. But I did. It was a little scene rattling around my brain in the early hours of the morning that stuck with me. And now you get to read it!

Fandom: White Collar/Magnificent Seven (Indeterminate Modern AU)
Notes: A little M7 background - yes, it is a western, but there's a strong tradition of modern day AUs in the fandom. Usually the guys are ATF agents, or sometimes P.I.s or FBI. So while I haven't picked one or the other (keeping my options open!), it is something along those lines.
Summary: Neal has an unexpected visitor.

Straight and Narrow

“It was good seeing you again after so long,” June said, her voice drifting through the open door of the sitting room.

“And you, ma’am,” a man replied.

Neal sat up straight in the leather upholstered armchair he’d been lounging in at the sound of that voice, head snapping around to the entry, seeing June and…it couldn’t be. Could it?

June continued, “Tell your mother not to be a stranger; it’s been far too long.”

“I shall.” Neal couldn’t see his face, but those two words were full of the grin that Neal knew was there.

“And now, I’ll leave you to your reunion.” June glanced over at Neal with a warm smile.

Taking her hand, the man raised it to his lips and she laughed delightedly, like a girl of sixteen. “You are your father’s son, dear boy.” With that, she patted him softly on the cheek before walking away.

“You know each other?” Neal asked, dumbfounded, as June's visitor strode into the room.

“Friend of the family when I was a boy.”

“What sort of family?” Neal said half under his breath, knowing the sort of business June’s husband had been in.

His only reply was the flash of a smile with a glint of gold.

“Why are you here, Ezra?” Neal finally asked.

“Checking up on you, my dear young cousin, of course.” He sat down opposite Neal, stretching out his legs. “Four months. Four months, Neal! And you stage a prison break?” Ezra looked disgusted.

“It wasn’t like that,” he found himself protesting. Neal had idolized his older cousin as a child, and needed him to understand. “There was a girl, Kate—“

“There always is,” he interrupted dryly. Ezra waved away the younger man’s protests. “It is immaterial now, Neal. You’ve made your proverbial bed,” he fixed his gaze on the ankle bracelet Neal wore, “and now you have to lie in it.”

Neal looked at his cousin slyly. “You wouldn’t be able to…,” he waved a hand at the offending tracking mechanism, “deal with this, would you?”

Ezra gave him a stern look. “We’re going to pretend you didn’t just ask that.”

“Fine! How could I forget, you’re Mr. Straight and Narrow these days.” He realized he was pouting. He hadn’t pouted in, well…. “I’m sure Aunt Maude is very proud,” he muttered.

Leaning forward, hands on his knees, Ezra raised a brow. “Firstly, there’s no cause to be insulting. My chosen profession in no way implies a lack of joie de vivre in my life. And secondly, I have no intention of discussing Mother with you; terrible for my digestion,” he finished wryly.

Neal threw back his head and laughed. Then he shook his head, saying, “It’s good to see you again, Ezra.”

Ezra smiled lazily, smoothing down one crisply pressed pant leg. “And you, Neal.” Standing, he said, “Speaking of digestion, might there be an establishment within a two mile radius that won’t be injurious to our health should we choose to dine there?”

“I know just the place!” Neal leapt to his feet. “Sal’s; you’re gonna love it!”

“Sal’s? Ezra repeated doubtfully.

“Would I lie to you?” At Ezra’s smirk, he amended, “Wait, don’t answer that.”


The sequel: An Allocation of Regret

Lithyhalcyon_shift on October 27th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Heeee, win! Ezra, the little black dress of every con show ever <3 <3 <3 And June! You have June!

There isn't more. Why isn't there more?! It's because you hate me, isn't it?! Should there be more I might be interested in reading it *nonchalant Lithy is nonchalant*
Ith: Media - White Collarithildyn on October 27th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Ezra popped right into my mind when I was watching last week. And the idea that his parents, before his father died, had been friends of June and her husband, just seemed 'right'.

I have been a fan of Diahann Carroll since I was five. Seriously. She starred in a show called 'Julia', in 1968, and I loved it. I thought she was so beautiful. So when she showed up on White Collar I squeeed!

Yes, it's because I hate you LOL - If there should be more I would most happily wish for you to read it. I'd like to write it too. Maybe I need to reverse the order....

Thanks for reading my silly fic!

Edited at 2009-10-27 10:31 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - tpena19 on October 28th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
valihavaliha on October 27th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Hee, I haven't even watched the show yet and I already love it!
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Cardsithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hee! You will like it, I'm sure :)
sarahwinks7985 on October 27th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
ok.... i loved it!

and i was just talking about the idea of ezra being neal's cousin with someone... can't remember who.

now i have some ideas....
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra ATFithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

Yay! Ideas!
mystdogsmystdogs on October 27th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Oh I love it! I finally had time last night to watch White Collar and I'm hooked! I can totally see Ezra as an older cousin. Fun Fun Fun! Thanks for writing it:)
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Candlesithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading :)
layla_aaron: Talk to Ezra's handluscious_words on October 27th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Just sayin'...
I'm not surprised to see this crossover and it works fabulously!!! Neal and Ezra...oh yeah, they are definitely related. ;)
Ith: Media - White Collarithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Just sayin'...
It does work rather nicely.
Re: Just sayin'... - luscious_words on October 28th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Just sayin'... - ithildyn on October 28th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
dnaliadnalia on October 27th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I was expecting Immortal!Ezra and was a bit confused for a moment. Heh. I don't watch White Collar, but Ezra is welcome any time ;)
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Modern Dayithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Nope, mortal modern day Ezra this time out. I keep saying I'm going to write a modern day mortal AU of my Echoes the Sea series, so maybe this is the first story?
she who is the teller of tales: ezra - drinkinglyl_devil on October 27th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
*jumps on bandwagon*

More. Please. Ezra and Neal - totally awesome potential there.

(Any chance of an 'Ezra meets Peter' addition? Cause I would totally be behind that.)
Ith: Media - White Collarithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if there will be more, or if this is just one of those singular things like my Burn notice/Iron Man xover [g] Time will tell....
(no subject) - kesomon on October 27th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
donutsweeper: White Collardonutsweeper on October 27th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! This works quite well! Ezra would just charm the heck out of June!
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra ATFithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
[nods] I liked the idea of June knowing Ezra when he was a little boy.
seraphina_snape: Mag7_ Ezraseraphina_snape on October 27th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, awesome. I love the idea of Ezra and Neal being related. And Maude and Ezra's father being old friends with June and Byron is perfect. I can totally see that.

~ sera
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Gamblerithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I can see Ezra as a little boy finding all sorts of things to get into in that big old house!
gwendolynflight: mag7 chris ohgwendolynflight on October 27th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Adorable! And just the cousin Neal needs. ^__^
Ith: Media - White Collarithildyn on October 27th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Everyone needs family [g]

Thanks for reading :)
Megan Queenkesomon on October 27th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
EEEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE*fangirly squeeping* Ten pounds of Win in a two pound bag of Awesome.
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra ATFithildyn on October 27th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thank you! now you've made me want to add Parker to the mix [g]
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on October 27th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Never seen White Collar, but read this anyway. And I would read more if you decided to do more on this AU.
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Modern Dayithildyn on October 27th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Why thank you :)
I will call her George: Mag 7 - ATFstrangevisitor7 on October 27th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
So much love for this little fic. I know that I thought Neal was Ezra relative immediately. I love that you wrote this and hope you will continue.

I see you already have Neal icons!
Ith: Media - White Collarithildyn on October 27th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Not sure if there will be more, but you never know [g]

Just one icon. Figured fic deserved its own icon at least!
Indigo Catindigocat on October 27th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
This is good.
Ith: Art - 100 Acre Woodithildyn on October 28th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Malpreachersgal on October 28th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Straight and Narrow
Great job on this fic! White Collar looks to be an excellent show. I was so picturing Ezra in the Neal role - I thought the FBI agent should have been tougher - Wouldn't Chris Larabee have fit the role perfectly? Hee, hee!!

Hope you continue this! Great idea for an au. I could see it as an off-shoot of the ATF AU.

Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra ATFithildyn on October 28th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: Straight and Narrow
Glad you enjoyed it! No idea if there will be more, but I had fun writing this wee bit :)