#23, Mozzie gen White Collar/dS crossover for [personal profile] isis from [personal profile] china_shop

Apr. 10th, 2010 08:47 am
china_shop: Neal and Mozzie carrying out unofficial surveillance (WC - Neal/Moz)
[personal profile] china_shop posting in [community profile] pacifi_cant
White Collar & due South, Mozzie gen, 1540 words, G-rated. Many many thanks to Sage for beta reading, and mergatrude for her sparkly pink crayon (and to both of them for hosting this party! \o/).

Mozzie turned slowly. A bright red uniform with riding boots and a wide-brimmed hat sat down beside him, and the gray-haired guy inside it looked at him with interest.


Don't Kill the Messenger (he's already dead)



It was two-thirty on a cold gray Chicago afternoon, and Mozzie was trying to blend in with the denizens of a seedy, overheated Southside bar. They all seemed to have an excessive number of tattoos and, as far as Mozzie could tell, no regard for personal hygiene or safety.

Mozzie knew he'd been hanging out with Neal and Kate too much when he felt uncomfortable in places like this. Neal had a way of making his criminal exploits feel like nothing more than enterprising business ventures, and when you hung out with the relatively harmless art-thief-and-pickpocket crowd, the rougher side of the tracks seemed even more dangerous by comparison.

And now that so much business was handled online, the call for this sort of liaison was limited. But today Mozzie was meeting an old guy who didn't even have email, let alone any kind of encryption, and who'd refused pointblank to entrust the goods—certain black-market ink compounds—to the US Postal Service or even a courier.

So Mozzie sat at the bar, hunched over a pint of watery tap beer, and hoped that no one would notice him except his contact. A hope that was swiftly extinguished.

"No point waiting, son," said a gruff voice from behind him. "The jig is up."

Mozzie turned slowly. A bright red uniform with riding boots and a wide-brimmed hat sat down beside him, and the gray-haired guy inside it looked at him with interest.

No way was this his contact. His contact was known as Shadow Man. This guy looked like a neon sign for a costume hire business. "The jig is up," repeated Mozzie. "Is that some kind of a code? Because, you know, that generally only works if both parties know there's a code." He ate a pretzel. "I'm just saying, if you're expecting some kind of cryptic response, you're going to be disappointed."

"Oh, I'm never disappointed," said the man. "The trick is to keep your tea in your boots. That way it stays nice and dry."

Definitely not his contact. Also, totally incoherent. Why did these kinds of mentally disturbed people always gravitate to him? Neal never had this problem. "I am trying," said Mozzie, "to retain some degree of subtlety here. Inconspicuousness, if you will. For reasons of personal safety."

The man beamed at him. There was something strange about him—beside the gibberish and the uniform—but Mozzie was too irritated to pin it down.

"You're not helping," he added, since his hint clearly hadn't been hinty enough.

"So, you're Tiberius's boy," said the man. He put his hat on the bar and stole a handful of pretzels from the bowl Mozzie had staked out for himself. "Frankly, we never thought he had it in him."

"Who?"

The man was unhinged. Mozzie was going to have to persuade him to find someone else to ramble incoherently at, and to do that, he was going to have to talk to him.

"Your father," said the man, casually, apparently unaware of the effect that those words would have.

Mozzie jumped—a regrettable habit he'd never been able to shake, when the subject of his parentage came up. He knocked over his glass and sent beer pooling across the scarred old bar top and into the old guy's lap.

The old guy barely reacted to the sudden malty deluge. "Well, that was unexpected," he said. "Obviously."

Mozzie grabbed a couple of beer mats and used them to stem the tide that was flowing in his direction. Then he pulled himself up to his full height. "My origins are shrouded in mystery," he said with dignity and only the slightest quaver. "And what's with the outfit, anyway? Did you escape from the Ringling Brothers?"

"Royal Canadian Mounted Police," said the old guy. "Sergeant Robert Fraser, but you can call me Uncle Bob."

A Mountie. Oh hell. If this guy really was a cop—even a foreign one—that was a total disaster. Mozzie rubbed his face and set about extricating himself from this mess. "I don't have an Uncle Bob. Or a father." He signaled for a replacement beer, avoiding the dirty glare of the barman who was cleaning up the spillage. "And if I did," Mozzie added belatedly, "he definitely wouldn't be Canadian."

"It's not the father who's a shock," said the Mountie, shaking his head. "It's a wonder you aren't one of those brassica babies, the way old Tiberius carried on."

Mozzie frowned. "Cabbage-patch kids," he translated absent-mindedly. "What are you talking about?" Then he caught himself. "No, forget I asked. Forget I said a word. I'm meeting a man who's very—shy. He won't talk to me if he finds me cozying up to a post-diet Santa Claus." Especially if that Santa was dressed like a cop.

Bob just smiled. "No point now. I told you—the jig is up."

"To which particular dance are you referring?" asked Mozzie, exasperated.

"Your friend—the unfeasibly good-looking one." Bob stared into the middle distance, head tilted, then nodded. "Yes. He's just been caught by the FBI. Not bad police work, overall," he added with grudging respect, "though in my day we didn't rely quite so heavily on all those electronic gizmos. No, give me a sharpened stick and a paper bag—"

Mozzie shook his head clear and closed his mouth, which was hanging open. Neal—but— "I don't believe it. He has eyes on them. He'd have seen them coming."

"Burke may be a Yank, but he's a solid detective," said Bob. "It has to be in the blood, detective work like that. You can't teach it, you know."

Mozzie shivered. Burke was the agent who'd been after Neal for years now. He'd tracked them from San Diego to Dallas, and then to New York. But he couldn't possibly have—

Unless—

Oh fuck.

"I expect you have a phonecall to make," said Bob, patting Mozzie's arm. "Don't mind me."

Mozzie barely felt the pat, too distracted with— Wait. He didn't feel it at all. "How do you know about my associates? This is a set-up, isn't it? There's no ink."

Shadow Man had to be in on it. Mozzie should have known never to trust anyone who claimed not to use email. He sprang to his feet, grabbed his coat and pointed at Bob. "I was never here. You never met me."

Bob stood up, too. "Don't be silly, son. I'm dead, not senile. I know what I know, and what I can tell you is you are definitely Tiberius's boy. Rude, paranoid, strange. No, there's no question." He scooped his hat off the bar.

"You're dead," repeated Mozzie flatly. This wasn't a sting; it was a practical joke. He hated practical jokes.

"Nearly twelve years," said Bob cheerfully. "My, how time flits past. You know, if you ever find yourself in Canada, you should look up your cousins."

"Cousins?" Mozzie was distracted by the soul-chilling fact that the Mountie, who should have been soaked with beer from the waist down, was in fact not. "I have cousins? Are they dead too?"

"Benton and Margaret? Not at all. They do take after me in other respects, though." He puffed out his chest.

"I'm losing my mind." Mozzie looked at the barman. "What's in that beer? Is there lactose in that beer?"

"It's beer," growled the barman, in such a way that Mozzie had no desire to delve further.

"Noted. Thank you." He gathered his coat and hurried for the door.

"Come for Thanksgiving," Bob called after him. "Caroline wants to meet you. She always was unreasonably fond of Tiberius. And you won't have much else to do, with your friend in jail."

Mozzie paused with his hand on the heavy swing door. "Excuse me, did you just suggest that I should kill myself for Thanksgiving?"

Bob looked shocked. "There's no call for that kind of talk. Good Lord, even Tiberius would never—"

"Then how exactly do you suggest I join you and your other-worldly friends? Just pop down to Hades for a quick bite of pumpkin pie, I suppose?" Mozzie honestly couldn't believe he was having this conversation. He was just glad no one else in the bar was paying them any attention.

Bob settled his hat firmly on his head. "Don't be foolish. There's no such place. No, all you have to do is look in your closet."

"My closet." And that was it. Mozzie had hit a wall, overcome with incredulity fatigue. He got that with Neal sometimes, too—that perilous state after too many outrageous suggestions where he stopped questioning anything. It usually led to dangerous criminal feats and serious injury. In this case, it would only lead to opening his closet door. He was fairly sure he could handle that. "My closet," he said again, humoring the old guy who, after all, was either a ghost or impeccably scotchgarded. "Okay. Well. I guess I'll see you in November, Uncle Bob."

"October," said Bob."You'll find us. It's in the blood."

Mozzie shook his head, and pushed out into the cold to call the ink guy and see where the hell he'd got to. And maybe to check up on Neal, too. Just in case the crazy old allegedly dead Mountie guy was right.


END




For [personal profile] isis
Prompt: "Well, that was unexpected."

Date: 2010-04-09 09:27 pm (UTC)
nagasvoice: lj default (Default)
From: [personal profile] nagasvoice
oh, funny! Poor confused Mozzie! I always love seeing Fraser Sr show up, time for things to get surreal!

Date: 2010-04-09 09:43 pm (UTC)
petra: Barbara Gordon smiling knowingly (Default)
From: [personal profile] petra
"Brassica babies" had me weeping with giggles.

"Come for Thanksgiving," Bob called after him. "Caroline wants to meet you. She always was unreasonably fond of Tiberius. And you won't have much else to do, with your friend in jail."
I had to take off my glasses I was laughing so hard. Awww, giant Fraser family Thanksgiving with Mozzie just--STARING--at EVERYONE. <333

Date: 2010-04-09 09:46 pm (UTC)
giglet: (wc)
From: [personal profile] giglet
Magnificent!

There *are* similarities in their snark.

And it explains why Mozzie now lives in a storage unit, that, presumably, has no closet.

Date: 2010-04-09 09:55 pm (UTC)
isis: (dead!Bob)
From: [personal profile] isis
♥♥♥ to the one billionth power! I love the idea that Mozzie is part of the weirder branch of the Fraser family.

Date: 2010-04-09 10:25 pm (UTC)
mamaffy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mamaffy
Aw!

Tiberius's boy
I love it! Go Mozzie! :)

<3 <3 <3

Date: 2010-04-10 03:23 am (UTC)
elke_tanzer: for the duesouth DW comm (due South)
From: [personal profile] elke_tanzer
This is awesomesauce. Whee!

Date: 2010-04-10 03:36 am (UTC)
ursula4x: Neal Caffrey (Default)
From: [personal profile] ursula4x
That was wierd and wonderful.

Date: 2010-04-10 02:59 pm (UTC)
ursula4x: Neal Caffrey (Default)
From: [personal profile] ursula4x
Are you familiar with DS?

I haven't seen every episode. I have a DVD of Season one and have seen bits and pieces of other seasons.

Date: 2010-04-10 10:15 am (UTC)
delurker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] delurker
Awesome! Such a fun crossover.

Date: 2010-04-10 04:15 pm (UTC)
darkemeralds: Fraser's uniform on a green wall (Due South)
From: [personal profile] darkemeralds
My delight with this crossover is off the charts. It cannot be charted, not even by Benton Fraser.

Mozzie! Son of Tiberius! How much do I love that? So, so much! Thank you for this gem.

Date: 2010-04-10 04:46 pm (UTC)
donutsweeper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] donutsweeper
There's no way this should have worked, but it did! And brilliantly at that! :)

Date: 2010-04-10 09:45 pm (UTC)
bientot: Really! (icon)
From: [personal profile] bientot
This is ADORABLE and when some clever graphics person illustrates it (which I hope will happen soon as this just begs for a picture) I want to see!

Date: 2010-04-11 03:29 am (UTC)
malnpudl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] malnpudl
*GLEEEEEEEEEE* :-D

Date: 2010-04-11 11:54 am (UTC)
roadie: (White Collar)
From: [personal profile] roadie
Haha. Uncle Tiberius is Mozzie's dad. Great idea.

And Bob is such a pain to all his family members.

Very entertaining. Thanks.

Date: 2010-04-11 12:12 pm (UTC)
lamentables: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamentables
Heee! Awesome! *squeaks with glee*

Date: 2010-04-13 08:52 pm (UTC)
majoline: photo from a book with a chain and focused on the word Awe (Awe)
From: [personal profile] majoline
I just found this and it is AWESOMESAUCE. This is completely my new head canon. Oh, Mozzie.

Date: 2010-04-16 07:45 pm (UTC)
odditycollector: I'll make it so you've been that from the beginning of time to now and you'll never ever know if you were anything else (Balloon)
From: [personal profile] odditycollector
Hah! That was *totally* unexpected. But very fun. :)

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