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White collar Roman Slavefic AU - part five

El, Peter and Neal

Part Five

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Two weeks later, Peter was standing inside the palace, meeting with his old mentor, Senator Hughes and Justinus. He also met the two princes, Titus and Domitian, and a couple more Praetorian higher-ups.

 

A lady appeared and Peter bowed over her hand, realising that she was the freedwoman, Caenis, that the Emperor was definitely not having a long term and very romantic love affair with. She asked to be remembered to El and then moved on, taking Domitian with her.

 

 

After a rather splendid feast that Peter enjoyed all the more for it being quite simple, the men had all discussed the way that Peter should call on them if he was capturing criminals and Vespasian informed them that Walker had ‘fallen on his sword’.

 

“Was he pushed, sir?” Peter asked reprovingly and received the expected blank look from the Emperor and his friend Justinus.

 

“Does it matter?” Hughes asked. “Man’s dead and most of his property is forfeit to the State.”

 

“I am very pleased with you,” Vespasian grinned and Peter bit back his anger. Vespasian was always strapped for cash and the wealthy felon’s property would be a great help. “So, I have a reward for you.”

 

 

The Emperor beckoned with his left hand and a guard pushed Neal forward, pressing down on his shoulders until he knelt. Peter gasped.

 

He had been searching high and low for the slave, watching sales and searching through prisons, calling in every favour he could think of, but he had been totally unable to find the man. Neal looked well, and he exchanged a cheeky glance with Peter before lowering his eyes in a show of respect.

 

“I didn’t think your tastes ran to masculine and pretty,” Vespasian commented with a lifted eyebrow.

 

Lying with other men was not exactly acceptable, but it was known to happen, especially with pretty slaveboys. Men like Peter could get away with it as long as it was known that he ‘threw’ instead of ‘caught’. Sleeping with a male slave was fine – sleeping openly with a fellow free man could be politically disastrous, unless the man further up in the social order could prove that he was the ‘thrower’.

 

“They don’t, sir. I like them clever and devious... and there because they want to be, not because I own them or paid for them,” Peter smiled. “My beautiful wife is my partner, but I want this slave for his mind.”

 

“Good! I’m not sorry for keeping him here, he had a lot of healing to do.  Here, Peter, he’s yours, but beware, do not let him wander far. I would hate to have to mar that pretty face with ugly burnt letters,” the Emperor said and stood, moving away and taking his guards and other guests with him.

 

 

When all had left, saying their farewells and giving their congratulations and support as they went, Peter looked down at Neal, who was still kneeling. He had been given a stylish grey tunic, edged in gold, that almost reached his knees, and by his side there was a bundle. Still he looked up at Peter and smiled, blue eyes sparkling.

 

“So, now you can stop pretending you don’t speak Latin,” Peter said in his own language and Neal’s grin almost split his face.

 

“You’re the only one to have called me on it,” Neal answered also in Latin, his accent almost perfect.

 

“What is that around your ankle?” Peter asked, catching a glint of gold.

 

“Present from the Emperor,” Neal grimaced, standing up. He then lifted his ankle and showed his new owner.

 

It was a gold bangle, pinched closed around his left ankle, beaten flat and inscribed.

 

“He said it was this or being branded... he wouldn’t really have an F burnt on my forehead would he?” Neal shivered and grimaced.

 

“It’s what people usually do to slaves who run away,” Peter shrugged. “Show me your anklet. What does it say?” Peter asked, reaching out and feeling the gold band.

 

“That I belong to you now,” Neal grinned.

 

Peter didn’t say anything, but felt around the band, feeling the letters beaten into it and feeling a thrill of ownership such as he had never felt before. It made him think, strangely of Elizabeth, but he dismissed the thought and stood. Neal picked up a large bundle that had been at his feet and fell in behind him, shaking his ankle as though getting used to the band.

 

“At least it won’t chafe like the other one and it’s made of gold,” Neal commented, sounding pleased.

 

Peter muttered something about Emperors who were no better than they should be and then signalled to his escort that it was time to go home.

 

 


This is the end of the first part – there is a whole second part to the prompt which I will post as soon as I have finished it (it won’t be long…)

 

Please let me know if you have read it and if there are any glaring errors/typos/plot holes…!

Comments

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texanfan
Feb. 15th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
I don't watch White Collar but I had to read this since it's you. :) I very much enjoyed it. I always love to see the evil doers out smarted rather than merely outgunned. You've set Peter up in a very interesting position where he needs the Emperor, owes him his allegiance, but isn't necessarily pleased with the way he does things.

And Neal's just devilishly charming. :)
fenchurch1
Feb. 15th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
It's hard for us to get the show here in the uk without DVDs and (cough cough) downloads since Bravo went down. But WHite Collar is a must for slavefic enthusiasts - Neal is totally under Peter's direction and he's not shy when it comes to ordering people around. Then Neal is, as you say, devilishly charming! It's clever and fun and violence is not needed.

Thanks for giving me a chance even with a new show - that's really sweet!
ruefull
Feb. 15th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
I've enjoyed this, it's an interesting take on the show and the characters. I'm looking forward to the second part!
fenchurch1
Feb. 15th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
The second part is about Neal settling in to Peter's life so it should be more 'slavefic-y'!!

Thanks for the comment and for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
lothy
Feb. 15th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)

I enjoyed this :) Looking forward to part two!
fenchurch1
Feb. 16th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
I'll post part two when I have finished writing it - rather than posting sporadically as I do with The Bribe. The second part will have some El action! Thanks for commenting and encouraging!
thetammyjo
Feb. 15th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I think this has some potential but I do want you to continue "The Bribe".
fenchurch1
Feb. 15th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
I will carry on with the bribe - promise! But I am indulging a new obsession for a bit too! Thanks for commenting!
kaelaaw
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I loved this. It perfectly puts the show into a ancient rome version! I do love El and Peter since they so mimic myself and my husband but you can't deny the Peter and Neil have perfect chemistry. I also like El with Moss but that's another story. I'm sorry you are having trouble getting shows in the uk. My cable service canceled BBC and now I'm looking for ways to get Law and Order UK so i feel you pain.
fenchurch1
Feb. 16th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
The second part should include some El-Moz interaction, I hope! As for the shows, I am having to rely on downloads, but I will buy the show when it comes out on DVD! I love listening to Matt and Tim interacting too - especially when Tim plays dumb and Matt goes along with it! El and June are the best female characters I've seen on TV in a while - strong without being bitchy and allowed to be in love too!

Anyway, thank you for commenting and reading and I'll post the second part when it is complete - WIPs get on my nerves!
enderwiggin24
Feb. 20th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
loving this AU roman version of white collar :D
fenchurch1
Feb. 20th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I aim to please! Part two may get written this week...
(Anonymous)
Jun. 15th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations; you write well, for someone relatively new to White Collar. I love your story- there are never enough WC fanfictions.
Ironically, I've been writing my own Elizabethan era White Collar.
It's funny, because it could be considered a slavefic but the way it is in my head- it's practically canon. Then again; I think that's the appeal of the show. As someone once said; 'White Collar is about 24/7 bondage'.
Something else someone once said; 'Tim Dekay is as in love with Matt Bomer as a straight man can possibly be in love with a gay man'.

I love those two- They're awesome. On with the story (please)!
fenchurch1
Jun. 15th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Is yours the 'Favour for Gloriana' one? I love Elizabethan era stuff and I have been tinkering with an SGA one, but nothing ready for seeing daylight.

Thank you so much for reading my fic - WC has become a total weekly fix when it's on and I have just sent Hubby to go and [cough cough] you know... procure this week's episode for me. You're right about the bondage element. I am always fascinated by the types of fics that different series produce and this one produces 'practically canon' - even the gen comment fic thingy is practically BDSM 3-some based!!

Anyway, as soon as life settles a bit I have several not-quite WIPs (I've wrapped them up and promised a sequel) to finish as well as a couple of big beta jobs, so more will appear - watch this space!

Thank you so much for commenting and encouraging me in my new fandom.
influ_bad_ence
Jul. 15th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
I originally started reading your work for Bribe which I love. I want you to finish it. However, I think this is my new favorite because its White Collar. I mean Neal is well Neal what's not to love? His interaction with Peter is great. I love Peter and Elizabeth. And I totallly love Neal and Elizabeth. One minute she treats Neal like a brother and another like a boyfriend. She is always in Peter's corner but more often then not has Neal's back with Peter. And so is sooo into those two's Bromance its hilarious. Oh and Mozzie is just well, Mozzie. So yes I am squeeing over where you could be taking this.
fenchurch1
Jul. 15th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
Sigh - I really want to finish The Bribe too - I keep going back to it, writing a small scene and then running out of steam/time/moments without the ankle-biter... I also desperately want to finish this WC story. It only answers half of the original prompt and I have the rest of the story mapped out. Hopefully I can spend some time over the summer writing both fics... It would help if people would stop distracting me with their Big Bang fics, long NCIS fics, WC comment memes etc :-)!!!!

In the meantime, thank you so much for commenting - it helps give me a little kick-start and I will write some more tonight. Thanks again!
deepasocean
Jan. 23rd, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
(This is the end of the first part – there is a whole second part to the prompt which I will post as soon as I have finished it (it won’t be long…))

Hi. First of all, thank you for sharing this wonderful story!
Secondly, may I know if I might have missed the second part that you said you were going to write? I just read this fic and thought that maybe you've written it and I just couldn't find it yet.
fenchurch1
Jan. 24th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hi and thank you very much for your kind words.

I'm afraid I've been in a kind of hiatus for the last year - writer's block and all kinds of other stuff and now I have two important WIPs to finish as well as a dozen other stories half finished...

However, I have recently managed to get something off to my beta for my SGA story and I have mapped out the rest of this too... so, maybe... especially since the season kicked off again!

Anyway, thanks and I'll try to get round to finishing this... it was fun!
deepasocean
Apr. 7th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
So glad you're still thinking of this.
I will poke you some more if you don't mind just so that you don't forget.
I can't wait to read about their sexy time together at Peter's home. And with Elizabeth!
deepasocean
Mar. 16th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Hi! Mind if i poke you again?
fenchurch1
Mar. 16th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
Poke away! I had actually forgotten about this one! Maybe I will be able to get back to it once the school inspections are done.
thetammyjo
Jan. 30th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Good story so far. So nice when prompts inspire us.
fenchurch1
Jan. 30th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks... you never know, I might even be able to write the rest. Just about to post the next part of The Bribe...
thetammyjo
Jan. 30th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, good, it has been a long time since I've seen The Bribe.
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