Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: Neal/Mozzie, Neal/Peter
Warnings: Age discrepancy, possible consent issues.
Notes: Written for Drabble-a-Day 2011, whitecollar100 Prompt #28-Lovers, and for photoash, who wanted Neal/Mozzie back-story with angst. Thanks to hllangel and evila_elf for hard-core, Full Metal Beta.
Summary: Some things Neal isn't ready to tell Peter about.
Peter sometimes asks about Mozzie; Neal always deflects.
He’s not sure Peter would understand how much Neal had learned from Mozzie, an accomplished grifter, back when he was fresh off the bus with nothing but a flashy smile and raw talent. Peter might accept the nature of the relationship, but he would definitely not want to know exactly how old Neal was when they started, or more to the point, how young.
Mozzie was his teacher, partner, protector and lover, at least until Kate came along. Neal still values the friendship, but things are different now.
Peter is his future.