Summary: Neal's in trouble again and not only with Peter. Warning: Disciplining of an adult. Don't like? Don't read! Disclaimer: White Collar belongs to USA; I only write about it. Spoiler: Taking Account, Episode 7, Season 3
As Peter drove to June's he couldn't help but remember his words to Diana not more than fifteen minutes ago to her suggestion that Duponte must have a partner with expensive tastes. "No, I think it's my partner who has expensive taste," he had said hoping that he as wrong as he left to check it out.
The closer he got to Junes the more he was praying that Neal had not decided to pull some sort of con that might land him back in prison. He parked in the nearest spot he could find a mere block away and all but ran to the mansion and up the stairs to Neal's apartment. He gasped as his fears were confirmed, "Neal, I'm going to bust your butt over this," Peter said out loud as he sat in the nearest chair to wait his partner's return.
He was furious…and after all he's done to try to keep that kid out of prison and for him to do something so stupid was beyond Peter when he heard footsteps on the staircase and waited for Neal to appear.
Sara and Neal entered the apartment carrying even more packages but still had eyes only for themselves not seeing the fuming FBI agent at first. Peter didn't make himself known until after Neal had answered Sara's question on what would they do if the Vulture came after them.
His flippant answer of "we will just call Peter and the FBI will arrest him," had so enraged Peter that he couldn't remain silent any longer and all but shouted,
"Oh, you were going to call me eventually?"
Neal turned in shock seeing Peter for the first time and hurried to reply,
"Peter, there is an explanation for all of this," as he motioned to all of the art and gifts littering the apartment floor.
"I know…you thought you would spend the money to draw the Vulture out of hiding," Peter replied angrily.
Neal mega smiled lit up, "I love it how we're always on the same page."
That was definitely the wrong thing to say as Peter took affront and corrected it,
"Same page? We're not even reading the same book. We're not even in the same library!"
"Whoops," thought Neal as he started to back paddle from the angry agent,
"Okay, you're mad!"
"You're damn right I'm mad. YOU ROBBED A BANK!"
Sara jumped in to remind Peter that it was the Vulture that robbed a bank…she tried to explain that what they did wasn't the same…but after Peter blunt told her that it was only they robbed a different bank she decided to let Neal do the explaining. She felt like a child being scolded by an angry parent and didn't want any more of the lecture focused on her.
"Look Peter it was either do something or wait for the Vulture to slip up," replied Neal.
"And you thought this con would do it…without notifying me or getting the Bureau's confirmation…I know you didn't think we were doing anything quick enough but it's called due process for a reason. You have to follow the rules for us to get a conviction as soon as we arrest the Vulture," Peter explained once again. Sometimes he felt like he was the father of a unresponsive child…he didn't know how many times he had gone over this "following the rules" topic with Neal. "I guess I'm going to have to make a stronger impression on him this time," he thought as he looked at Neal.
"Look, I know this will work; we only got to give it a little more time," pleaded Neal as he looked at Peter hopefully.
"NO! Absolutely not. This ends now; Sara I suggest that you change your clothes and collect all of the receipts because all of this is going back as soon as the case is close!"
Sara nodded relieved that Peter had turned away from her; his focus back on Neal when he said quite forcefully,
"You are coming with me…NOW!"
Neal jumped and asked, "Where are we going?"
"To my house…you and I are going to have a lengthy discussion about your decisions today," Peter said angrily.
Neal shook his head, he knew what Peter meant by their having a discussion and he didn't want to have to face the angry agent while he was holding a leather strap.
Peter responded instantly to Neal's blatant disobedience by grabbing him by the arm and turning him so his backside was in easy reach and planting two hard licks to his backside.
"OWWW," cried Neal as he blushed after hearing Sara's gasp of surprise at the action.
Sara looked wide eyed at Neal and knew that Peter had some way of controlling him but in her wildest dreams hadn't considered that he used corporal punishment on her boyfriend.
"Now if you like we can continue or you can accompany me back to my house where this discussion can progress…it's all up to you," threatened Peter as he watched the expression on Neal's face change from defiance to compliance almost immediately.
"I'll come," replied Neal as he started to follow Peter only to turn back and tell Sara to cancel the hot tub.