Neal is a criminal.
That he can’t deny.
That he doesn’t even try, not when he has plausible deniability on so many other fronts. Even when this kind of statement gives him an air of danger that he never tries to associate with himself, Neal is willing to admit to this, in his roundabout way. It’s not a yes, but it’s not a no, and for Neal, that’s really as close to a full confession as you can get.
“You’re a convicted felon.”
Peter’s retort is made to another version of the same old argument they have had a thousand times over. So Neal laughs, and he smiles, and then he replies, looking like he’s got a heart of gold beyond that wicked silver tongue.
“Took you long enough to figure that out, Peter.”
A seemingly average fanfiction that becomes an incredible character study without warning.
Overall Rating: +++++
Read it here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/835570