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Title: The Right Thing To Do
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not USA / Jeff Eastin / etc. (White Collar) or Joss Whedon / Mutant Enemy / Fox / etc. (Buffy), so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Gen; Crossover
Fandoms: White Collar; Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Warnings: None
Word Count: 681
Beta: azraelz_angel
Written For: avamclean's February 2013 Prompt

Note: Set a few years after There's Always a First

Series: First Time for Everything

Summary: After seeing the news reports he knew it was time to make amends.
Dear Ms. Summers,

You don't know me, but I knew your mom for a brief period of time. I like to think that we helped each other. I was trying to figure out who I wanted to be and was on my own for the first time in my life. Joyce gave me a shoulder to lean on and a job to give me time to figure things out.

I gave her the chance to help someone the way she hoped someone was helping you while you were on your own. She didn't tell me the story behind why you ran, but I could see how deeply it affected her. I hope that you both had the time and chance to reconnect before her death.

I didn't learn of her death until the news about Sunnydale's collapse reached me. A close friend did some research and I now know the truth behind what you and the town went through. I also figure that it had a part to play during that summer you were gone.

All of that aside, I did something back then that either your mom didn't realize or she never told anyone about. There was a painting that was on display in her gallery. I stared at that painting almost every day and as the summer progressed, I tried to recreate it. I succeeded.

Then an idea formed in my head and I wanted to see if my painting could be mistaken for the real thing, a true forgery so to speak. Apparently, it worked. I swapped the paintings and nothing was ever said. I left town and never looked back. It was the start of my new life.

With the news of Sunnydale and what you and the others like you are setting out to do, I figured it was time to part with something that has been with me for years. I did some checking and the painting was never reported as stolen and as my forgery was still in the gallery when Sunnydale collapsed, it is considered destroyed in the legit world.

However, since I had the original and it would pass any verification test put to it, I was able to fence the piece through certain channels I have access to. I've enclosed the location to a few safety deposit boxes that contains the cash from that sale. Please use this cash to help finance the things you do to keep us all safe. And consider it my repayment to your mother, because of all the things I've stolen in my life, this one has always weighed the heaviest on my mind.

Sincerely,

NC



Buffy put the letter down and looked back at the first of several safety deposit boxes filled with cash. It was hard to believe their luck. They'd gone weeks with nothing but what they had managed to get out before everything went to hell.

As an added bonus, there had been second letter from NC's friend that detailed ways to access the Watcher's funds. Willow was ecstatic over the whole thing. It seemed too good to be true.

Buffy let her thoughts trail back to the mysterious NC. Based on his letter, he must have been in Sunnydale the summer she had left after sending Angel to hell. She doesn't remember her mom talking about anyone, but Giles did recall her borrowing several art books for someone who was staying at the gallery apartment.

To tell the truth, she was kind of angry with NC for taking something from her mom's gallery. Despite what he said about insurance, it would have been bad for her mom's reputation had it been discovered. And now he was repaying his debt to her mom and helping them be equipped to help the world, especially if his friend's details on the Watcher's funds panned out.

She couldn't guarantee that she wouldn't punch NC in the face if their paths were to ever cross. However, she would help him up and give him an icepack afterwards. It was the right thing to do after all.

Comments

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indigocat
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
I hope there will be story where Nellie and Buffy meet. And I think that if Willow and Mozzie ever met, they could take over the world.
kaylashay
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:04 am (UTC)
Neal probably doesn't want to meet Buffy in person... ;)

And Willow and Mozzie could be dangerous together. :)
hurinhouse
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
i've never seen buffy but i'll second the request to see them meet.
kaylashay
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:04 am (UTC)
LOL! Neal's nose might not like that. :)
avamclean
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
The letter was a sweet thing and Mozzie would of course know about the supernatural and Slayers. He's brilliant like that. It would have been fun to have Mozzie met Joyce. I think he would have liked her like he likes Mrs. Suit. :)

I think if another year or more passed Buffy wouldn't instantly go for the pain when she met Neal. She might intimidate him a little for what he did, but not out and out hurt him.

Or she might. She's a temperamental sometimes. ;)
kaylashay
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
Mozzie would have adored Joyce!

And Buffy might leave the violence off, but like you said... Neal might say the wrong thing at just the wrong moment. Which would be a little awesome in a way because Neal always knows how to say the right thing...

I'm thinking the Buffy!verse could crossover into New York's White Collar division in a few years. ;)
pipilj
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
This is fun series. Looking fwd to more
kaylashay
Mar. 2nd, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've got a few more possibilities for it. :)
hawk_soaring
Mar. 1st, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
That was so awesome. :)
kaylashay
Mar. 2nd, 2013 06:25 am (UTC)
Hee! Thanks! PS: Your John/Rodney hooker fic decided to take shape tonight. :)
hawk_soaring
Mar. 2nd, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
\o/
sinfulslasher
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:51 pm (UTC)
Love the letter! It was a very Neal thing to do really, and while it doesn't excuse what he did, it explained his motivations a little.

I do hope Buffy's fist meets Neal's nose in future! *g* In fact...I still have that reserved prompt space, don't I? *shifty*
kaylashay
Mar. 4th, 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
Hee! Neal does feel remorse on this one. More recent thefts, not so much. :)

And I think I have a way for it to work where Buffy gets the satisfaction. :)
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