If You Go Where I Can't Follow

Neal was disturbed. Peter had nearly been killed today, with a dented bullet vest to prove it. Sure, everything had come out all right in the end, but Neal was still a little shaken up about it. Peter seemed to be too, now that they were in the car, away from it all. Both men were in deep thought.



"If…" How to word this? "If something happened to you—like you weren't able to work anymore—what would happen to me?"

Peter looked at Neal curiously, but as if he wasn't on to what Neal was implying. Neal was grateful that Peter feigned ignorance.

"Oh, I don't know. You'd probably just be reassigned."

"No one would try and put me back in prison, would they?"

"Someone might," admitted Peter. "But you have a lot of background—good background—with the F.B.I. now. Believe it or not, there are people in the division who would do everything in their power to keep you out of prison: Jones, Diana…even Hughes." He smiled. "Even if they don't all exactly trust you, they respect you."

Neal nodded, but he didn't seem all too reassured.

"Neal," said Peter, after a moment. "I'm not going to leave you without a back-up plan. The whole consultant thing will go on unless you do something drastic that will land you back in prison. If something were to happen to me, Hughes would decide where to put you. You're a part of our division. You won't be kicked out to streets."

"Okay," said Neal. "I was just wondering."

"Valid thing to wonder about," remarked Peter.

Neal looked out the window. "You can put me in your will."

Peter scoffed. "Yeah, I'll go add a clause that says if Neal Caffrey is still in my custody he goes to Jones. You trust Jones, right?"

"Yeah," said Neal.

There was a pause.

"Just not as much as I trust you."

Peter smiled. Well, they were partners. That's how it was supposed to work.

I confess that I know nothing about the details on consultants that are assigned to specific agents. But I'm pretty sure Peter wouldn't ever leave Neal hanging. And I trust that Jones, Diana, and Hughes are good enough people too.