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White Collar Fic: Helpless

Title: Helpless
Prompt: #114 - Sleep / WC100
Author: dennih23
Rating: G
Characters: Elizabeth Burke
Word Count: 297
Summary: El always dreaded this day would happen
Disclaimer: White Collar and Company is owned by Jeff Eastin

The phone rang and El froze. She knew it was the call she always dreaded receiving. She grabbed the phone and steadied herself as Jones explained they were taking Peter to the hospital and officers were en route to pick her up.

She stood in the doorway waiting for what felt like hours before the patrol car arrived and whisked her to the hospital where Peter had been admitted. She ran through the hallways reaching Peter just as he was being wheeled towards surgery. She leaned over and kissed his cheek, whispering “I love you” in his ear.

Fear gripped her as he disappeared behind the oversized swinging doors leading to the operating room. Afraid she may never see him alive again she let the tears flow. He had looked fragile and she did not want this to be her last memory of him.

In the waiting area she paced, stood, and finally collapsed into one of the chairs. Diana, Jones, Hughes, Neal, and Moz were waiting with her. They took turns sitting next to her, trying to console her. She loved them all for being there, knowing they cared, but she barely spoke to them.

Time passed and with each moment her façade cracked a little more. Finally a nurse appeared. She informed El that Peter was doing fine and a doctor would be out shortly to talk to her. She handed El a plastic bag filled with Peter’s belongings. Clinging to the bag she began to sob, relief washing over her that Peter was going to be alright.

Now she was watching him sleep, the rise and fall of his chest the reassurance she needed that he was alive. Exhaustion took hold and she closed her eyes. She drifted off to sleep holding Peter’s hand.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 16th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
This is really good, you painted a wonderfully gripping story. I love that you included everyone, they would all be there for her and to wait for word about Peter.
Sep. 17th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Thanks. They seem to be a tight-knit group, even though you have the conman vs lawman perspective. I think Peter and El seem to be the anchors.
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
I agree even Mozzie has been known to go to the Burke's for help, that shows serious trust. I think it is one of the things I love most about the show, there really isn't black and white. They all have to trust each other warts and all, and they do the best they can.
Sep. 19th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
The group definitely has faith, if not trust, in each other to try and do the right thing.
Sep. 16th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Awww, I love the ending. Very gripping story. It has to be hard being married to an FBI agent or anyone in law enforcement for that matter, knowing what could happen when they go to work each day.
Sep. 17th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you - I can only imagine having to worry about a someone heading out the door each day wondering if the unthinkable could happen.
Sep. 17th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Friday-Sunday, September 14-16, 2012
User coolceruleanblu referenced to your post from Friday-Sunday, September 14-16, 2012 saying: [...] Character(s): Peter, Neal. Rating: T/PG-13. By: . - Helpless [...]
Sep. 17th, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
El distress is beautifully etched.
Sep. 17th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Sep. 18th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful prompt use but you had me worried for a second. I'm glad Peter made it through.
Sep. 19th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you, when I saw the prompt sleep I immediately thought about El sitting at Peter's bedside.
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