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Fic: You've Got Mail

Title: You’ve Got Mail
Author: dennih23
Rating: G
Word Count: 1829
Characters: Elizabeth Burke, Peter Burke, Moz, Diana Berrigan, Clinton Jones
Summary: El may be in DC but she still takes care of Peter
Notes:  For the epistolary square on my Trope Bingo Card
Disclaimer:  Not mine, just borrowing from Jeff Eastin
Beta: Thank you to sholio for the beta and her contribution




It was noon and El sank into the chair at her desk. When she started her job a month ago with the National Gallery the surface had been pristine. She remembered the top being a beautiful and rich mahogany color. Now there were layers of books, pamphlets, reports, and resumes stacked in disarray. She shuffled papers around clearing a spot to set her lunch bag.

She had been running late this morning and missed breakfast. She had made a quick stop at the deli on her way into work and was looking forward to a hearty lunch. Pulling the turkey on wheat sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise from the bag she took a bite. Immediately she coughed and looked for her bottle of water. Finding it she took a large gulp. So much for a good lunch, the bread was so dry she couldn’t chew it. Tossing the food in the waste basket she opened her laptop and sighed.

She opened her email hoping for a message from Peter. They had taken to emailing each other during the day due to their long hours. They tried to talk to each other nightly, but lately with their busy schedules they hadn’t connected. Peter had been spending more time at work trying to find Neal. If he wasn’t looking for Neal he was in the van. If he wasn’t working extra hours than it seemed she had events at the gallery.

A message from Mozzie caught her attention:


To: Elizabeth Burke
From: Dante Haversham, Esq.

Dearest Elizabeth –

There is still no sign of Neal, but the Suit is not giving up. I appreciate that he is trying.

How in the world did you ever manage to get any sleep? The Suit is up half the night working or when he does sleep he snores. At least he’s not messy, he is keeping “February” clean and has even done some repairs around the place.

Please tell me he is going to DC this weekend – I have some business to attend to that may generate a solid lead as to Neal’s whereabouts. These associates are not willing to meet me when Suit is around.


Your humble servant,
D. Haversham


She appreciated the fact that Mozzie had taken Peter in when he made the choice to stay in New York. They had already rented the house on DeKalb and with Neal’s disappearance Peter grabbed a hotel room to stay at. After the first week he was spending most evenings with Moz trying to find Neal and finally Moz agreed to let Peter stay at the safe house until they had time to find suitable housing for him.

      
To: Dante Haversham
From: Elizabeth Burke

Sorry Peter is keeping you up at night. He tends to get very diligent about things, especially where Neal is involved.

His snoring is usually caused when he needs more rest or is getting sick. I’m guessing he is overworking himself. Please see that he is eating properly, it may help with him to sleep better (and quieter). Don’t let him drink too much beer!

We owe you so much for all your help. I’ll see what I can do to get him out of your place this weekend. If I can’t you can always come here and visit – there is a new Renoir exhibit at the Gallery. I’ll personally give you a tour of the place.

Love,
El

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To: Peter Burke
From:  Elizabeth Burke

Hey Hon,

Are you behaving yourself at Moz’s? It was awfully kind of him to allow you to stay with him. Play nice! Maybe you should try and spend some time finding yourself an apartment, you don’t want to overstay your visit.

Also, it’s Tuesday and you need to remember to pick up your dry cleaning on the way home. You’ll need the blue pinstripe suit for Saturday evening!

Call me tonight no matter how late it gets and we’ll talk.


Love you,
El

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To: D. Berrigan
From:  Elizabeth Burke

Diana,

How is little Theo? Is he over the terrible cold he had last week? Be sure to send pictures, I miss not getting to see him!  Have you decided when you want to come up and visit? I really do hope that you and Theo can get away for a couple of days so we can catch up.

I hope you don’t mind me asking this, but I need a small favor – I hear that Peter is overworking himself. I sent him a note, but would you place a post note on his computer or briefcase to remind him to pick up his dry cleaning.

Thanks!
El

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To: Elizabeth Burke
From: Diana Berrigan

Elizabeth –

Theo is doing better. Moz helped take care of him last week and his cold is just a small sniffle now. I have attached new photos. He is getting big quickly!

I’ll gladly put the note on Peter’s desk, and even go and pick up the dry cleaning if it means he is heading to DC this weekend. Don’t take me wrong, we all love Peter, but he is obsessed with finding Neal. We have all been working long hours and could use a break to clear our heads. Poor Blake fell asleep at this desk yesterday, Clinton has cancelled on his new girlfriend twice, and well, I admit I would like to spend more time with Theo before he heads off to college! 

Don’t mean to complain about your husband, but we all think he misses you terribly and we are getting concerned he needs a break.

Di

***********************************

To: Clinton Jones
From: Elizabeth Burke

Clinton,

Sorry to hear you’ve had to cancel a couple of dates with your new girlfriend. Make reservations at Per Se for Friday night – be sure to tell them I sent you. Dinner is on me – no arguments! I will make sure Peter gives you the night off. You have been a really great friend through all this and you deserve some time to yourself.

Take care,
Elizabeth

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To: Elizabeth Burke
From: Clinton Jones

Elizabeth –

Thank you for the dinner. I know Shay is going to love the restaurant. Are you sure you really want to do this? I appreciate it, but don’t want to take advantage.

Are you sure about Friday night – Peter just announced for everyone not to make any plans for the weekend just in case leads come in on Neal. Maybe next week.

I know Peter misses you and is very focused on finding Neal now. The Marshals are still insisting Neal ran and Peter is constantly battling them. Hopefully we will find a lead soon.

Thanks again,
Clinton

***********************************

To: Elizabeth Burke
From: Peter Burke

Hon –

Sorry, but I don’t think I’m going to make it to DC this weekend either. I know I’m leaving you to unload lots of boxes, but we are so close to finding Neal and I want to be here when something happens.

I promise to call tonight.

Love
Peter

***********************************


Elizabeth sighed, it was time for an intervention or they would no friends left. She wanted them to find Neal but everyone needed a break away from Peter. She held her head in her hands and thought.

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To: Dante Haversham, Diana Berrigan, Clinton Jones
From: Elizabeth Burke

To: All

I may have a way to get Peter out of New York for a few days, but I will need a little help.  I need three things:

I need someone to pack him an overnight bag and pick up the dry cleaning.
Can someone please clear his calendar for the next week and put in vacation time for him.

Lastly, box up the files on Neal – he can work on them from here --- I promise you he will not be calling any of you on my watch!

Thanks to all of you for your kindness,
El

***********************************

To: Elizabeth Burke
From: Dante Haversham, Esq.


El –

I spoke to Lady Suit, she is taking care of clearing his schedule and the vacation time, Junior Suit is gathering boxes and putting them in his car.

I have the overnight bag packed and will pick up the dry cleaning. I am meeting them and they will make sure all is put in the vehicle.

Thank you and we hope your plan works – let us know if you need anything else.

Moz

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To: Peter Burke
From: Elizabeth Burke

Hon –

I understand if you can’t make it to DC this weekend, I was just hoping we could have a little ‘us’ time – it’s been three weeks! If you’re that close to finding Neal than I’m willing to wait. Although you could bring the files here and work from the house for a couple of days. That way I get to spend some quality time with my husband.

Besides Satch really misses his daddy – he waits every night by the door for you to walk through. Maybe we should rethink me keeping him in DC and you may want to find a place that allows dogs.

One more thing before I forget, where did you put your tool box?

Love
El

To: Elizabeth Burke
From: Peter Burke

Hon?

Why do you need my tools?  What’s wrong?

Peter

***********************************

To: Peter Burke
From: Elizabeth Burke

Nothing’s wrong, just a few things need to be fixed around the house. The kitchen sink is leaking, the bathroom shower needs to be caulked, and the outdoor light switch needs to be replaced – I really hate coming home late and no outside lights.
Just let me know where your tools are and I’ll take care of fixing these, or maybe I can ask the young man next door for help.

Don’t worry about it, just take care of yourself.

Love
El

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To: Elizabeth Burke
From: Peter Burke

Hon –

I guess a few days off wouldn’t hurt. The team is pretty exhausted. It’s been three weeks since I’ve been there and I do feel guilty about not helping you unpack.

I’ll arrange to take the rest of the week off and head out tomorrow morning.

Love you much,
Peter

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To: Peter Burke
From: Elizabeth Burke

Peter –

All has been arranged – your overnight bag and suit are already in your car. I also asked Clinton to put together the boxes on Neal so you can keep working on the case if you want to.

Just say your goodbyes to everyone and get in the car --- I’ll be waiting for you tonight.  Did I mention I bought new lingerie? I think you’ll enjoy it :D

Love
El

***********************************


El smiled and closed her laptop. She knew Peter would be heading out shortly. Taking out her notepad she started a Honey Do List that would keep Peter busy for the next few days. A spark of mischief lit up her face as she put herself on the top of the list – wondering if they would both fit in the new shower.







Comments

( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
china_shop
Mar. 28th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Aww! El is so sneaky! I love that -- and the way the whole gang works together to help out. Adorable! (I'm worried about Neal, though. Three weeks?!)
dennih23
Mar. 28th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
El can be sneaky, especially where Peter is concerned :D Yeah, Neal missing for three weeks - well maybe Peter will come back refreshed and find him right away!
kanarek13
Mar. 28th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
Love this! Heeee, oh, El is indeed so sneaky and clever, she knows her Hon like no one else :D And it's wonderful how everyone is still part of the pack via emails :D

Really great :D Thanks for sharing :D
dennih23
Mar. 28th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. El knows her Peter and how to handle him - she knows how to get what she wants from him :D

I think this group will always be family and stay close no matter the distance between them.
aelfgyfu_mead
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:14 am (UTC)
So much goodness packed into this little fic!

I love Mozzie putting up Peter—and putting up with Peter.

I love El arranging things.

I just want to hug them all!
dennih23
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Thanks. I love it when Peter and Moz work together - if they manage to tolerate each other :)

El is so smart and she will always take care of everything, especially where Peter is concerned.
angelita26
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:23 am (UTC)
LOL! This is perfect. I love everyone working together to get Peter out of town. I know how hard he's working to find Neal, but he needs a break too! Thank you for sharing!
dennih23
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. Peter will work very hard to find Neal, but even he needs a little break. Besides he needs to take care of El too!

eldorah
Mar. 29th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
D'aw! This was so creative! I absolutely adored it! I loved that Mozzie took Peter in while he needed a place to stay, and that it seems like El and Diana keep in touch regularly.

Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!
dennih23
Mar. 29th, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! If Mozzie and Peter don't drive each other crazy I'm sure they'll find Neal.
aragarna
Mar. 29th, 2014 10:25 am (UTC)
This was lovely.
El's sneaky idea made me LOL
Great story! :-)
dennih23
Mar. 29th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
Thank you.
sapphire2309
Mar. 29th, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
This was great :D
dennih23
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
love_82
Mar. 29th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful! I love sneaky El and the gang working together to get Peter to take a break. I also love that Mozzie is letting Peter stay with him until he finds an apartment. I am wondering what Neal will say when he finds out they were living together. :D

Thanks for sharing.
dennih23
Mar. 29th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Hmmm, now I wonder what Neal will say when he finds out Peter is staying with Moz :D
pipilj
Mar. 29th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
Aww this was adorable. Loved how sneaky El was
dennih23
Mar. 29th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I love how sneaky El can be!
lov_pb
Mar. 31st, 2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
Smiled all the way through! Loved it. Picturing Peter and Mozzie sharing close quarters was a delight.
dennih23
Mar. 31st, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! I love the Mozzie and Peter together - hmm, maybe there is a story here **grins**
lov_pb
Mar. 31st, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yes ... please, continue.
dennih23
Mar. 31st, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I'm sitting at work thinking about Peter and Moz sharing living space instead of actually working :D
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