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A/N: First posted at week 70 of [livejournal.com profile] writing_game (prompts: "whose name begins with an 'L' as far as you can recall" and "allow"/"community"). Title from the poem "Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins. 400 words (two doubledrabbles), written 8/23-26/10.

Used to Know By Heart

The realization that he’s in a hospital comes quickly.

What he’s having a harder time understanding is why the woman next to him is talking to him like he should know her. He thinks maybe her name starts with an “L”, but he can’t quite remember. He expects asking might upset her, so he lets her talk, lets her tell him all about what happened to him. Words like “cranial contusion” flow over him.

A nurse comes in. “Good, you’re awake. Some people from the FBI want to see you. Is that okay?”

He shrugs, says, “Sure,” then, once she leaves, asks the woman beside him, “The FBI? What do they want?”

“Well,” she says, “you were injured on the job, they probably want to clear up what happened. And make sure you’re okay, of course.”

He’s barely halfway through “Why would an on-the-job injury be a matter for the FBI?” before she’s looking at him strangely.

“Peter,” she says (and that’s one question answered), “what year is it?”

He tries to will the memory back, but finally puts up his hands in defeat. “I don’t know.”

Her face falls.

“I have a lot to catch up on, don’t I.”


There’s little time for explanations before the FBI arrive.

The agents are quickly informed, and they introduce themselves and set about patiently explaining their side, only halfheartedly asking for his own.

Peter tries to follow along with the story, but he finds himself more curious about the guy in the hat, who’s obviously not an agent, and who seems nervous, antsy; he’s been shifting on his feet, worrying at something on his ankle. When the agents finish talking, Peter asks him, “Remind me who you are?”

The man smiles widely, disarmingly. “Neal Caffrey,” he says. “I’m a—”

“Felon in FBI custody,” says Hughes.

“—‘consultant’, I’d have said, but that works too.” He pauses, then stage-whispers, “Don’t listen to him, it’s not as bad as it sounds. I’m a pillar of the community.” There’s laughter in his eyes, though, and Peter grins easily.

“Caffrey, cut it out,” Hughes says. “Let’s get going, we have criminals to catch.”

And suddenly, Caffrey looks anxious again.

“Can I stay? Please? I won’t go anywhere.”

Hughes looks at Neal, over at Peter, and back, before finally nodding. “You too, Jones. Watch him.” Jones nods.

Caffrey relaxes again, and, oddly, Peter finds himself doing the same.

Date: 2010-09-23 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daria234.livejournal.com
:) I like this a lot! I find amnesia fics very appealing, and I love that Reece has to tell Caffrey not to joke around with amnesia!Peter.

Date: 2010-09-23 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deepbluemermaid.livejournal.com
Damn, I'm a sucker for amnesia!fic. I like the detail of Peter reading Neal's body language even if he doesn't properly recognise what he's seeing.

Date: 2010-09-23 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ursula4x.livejournal.com
I like that Peter somehow feels relaxed with Neal in the room.

Date: 2010-09-23 12:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yamx
Very nice. I like how much Neal obviously cares about Peter, and that even Hughes respects that enough to let him stay even though that ties up another agent to keep an eye on him.

September 23, 2010

Date: 2010-09-24 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pingback-bot.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] jane_eyre referenced to your post from September 23, 2010 (http://community.livejournal.com/wcnewsletter/43928.html) saying: [...] the Caffrey case before it was a case. (PG; Neal, Peter and OC's) Fanfic:het Used to Know By Heart [...]

Date: 2010-09-24 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] surreal-44.livejournal.com
-flails- Nooooo, you can't stop. I have been waiting and waiting for someone to write an amnesiac!Peter.

Is it possible you could wrangle another story out of this? Please? -puts on sad puppy dog face-

Date: 2010-09-24 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You are making me blush! Thank you so much. :-D I love all your writings too. I'm just horrible about reviewing. :-)

I certainly don't want to push if you don't think there's more to this story than there already is so...if you could write a ficlet/drabble/long-ass fanfic with more Peter whumpage in it, I will love you for forever. :-D

I'm begging because I've been laid up with the most dreadful case of poison ivy. I am behind on all my writings because I've only really been able to type and sit up for more than ten minutes the last two day. :/ I need some cheering up.

Date: 2010-09-24 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] surreal-44.livejournal.com
D'oh. I logged myself out accidentally. That was me, Surreal!


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