Feb. 15th, 2011

tj_teejay: (Neal Peter - Trust Issues)
Title: Misdirections
Author: TeeJay
Summary: Peter's current case involves a forgery/art theft from years ago, and suddenly Neal gets very uncomfortable.
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] swanpride  as a response to the LJ [livejournal.com profile] collarcorner  Prompt Fest #2
Prompt/Request: A forgery gets discovered. Peter now tries to determine, when the original painting got stolen and by whom. What he doesn't know: Neal is the one who did it before he went to prison.
Would Like: Neal scrambling to be "helpful", keeping Peter from the right track at the same time, but feeling bad about it. A plus if Neal only has to distract Peter for some time, until the crime falls under the statute of limitation. Another plus if Peter is able to determine when the painting got stolen and knows that he is on a timeline.
Don't Want: Peter suspecting immediately that something is amiss with Neal or that he is involved. I want him to be in the dark at least a little bit.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Gen
Characters/Pairings: Neal, Peter, Mozzie
Author's Note: There is no exact timeline to go with this. I'd like to think it takes place either some time in season two (pre-Point Blank) or any time after Mozzie has fully recovered (post-Burke's Seven).
Also, for those of you who are lawyers or know more about the statute of limitations than I do (which isn't hard), perhaps you could educate me. I've tried to look into how this works (and asked around at [livejournal.com profile] wcwu ), but this whole things seems to be quite complicated. I read that the statute of limitations in the state of New York is six years, but I've also seen it indicated that for art theft it's 20 years. But since 20 years doesn't work for this story, I'm just going to ignore that. Also, it's not quite clear what the "start" and "stop" dates are. I've seen it indicated that it might be the date of the theft, or it could be the date of the discovery. Again, for this story, let's assume it's the date of the theft. And, uhm, yay for poetic license! :-D
Let me just mention that writing Case!Fics isn't my strong suit (pun intended). I hope I did well enough with this one.
A big thank you goes out to [livejournal.com profile] rabidchild67  for the beta-read.
Disclaimer: White Collar, its characters and its settings belong to Jeff Eastin and USA Network. And, guys? Your characters are not only welcome, they're wonderful. I'm just borrowing, I promise.

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