This takes place after Point Blank...
It wasn't surprising when pain shot through Neal Caffrey's back. The young con artist wasn't worried when the pain in his back rolled up his spine and pulsed in his head or when his stomach twisted causing him to swallow thickly. He clenched his hands in his lap underneath the Burke's dinning room table and put up the best facade he could muster so he wouldn't be interrogated by the agent who sat across from him or mothered to death by the agent's wife to his left.
He let his eyes follow the woman he had come to think of as a mother at times, stand from the table and clear the dishes. Once she was in the kitchen and no longer visible, Neal began to count the lines the wood created on the tabletop in front of him as a way to distract himself from the war going on inside his body. His head lazily snapped up when his handler's voice made its way across the room and filtered into his ringing ears. Peter's voice sounded muffled and so far away despite the fact he was right in front of the con artist. Neal tilted his aching head to the side with a questioning look indicating he didn't understand whatever it was Peter was saying. When Peter spoke again, Neal watched his lips to determine what the agent was saying.
"Are you sure you are alright, Neal?"
Neal numbly nodded his head once to say yes, not trusting his voice to communicate. He was relieved when Elizabeth appeared at the table again with dessert, ending the dreaded conversation with Peter. She sat a plate with a piece of pumpkin pie down in front of Neal and placed a fork beside it on the table and did the same for her husband and herself. Once she was seated he watched as the two older adults began to dig in. He locked eyes with Elizabeth and saw her ask, "Aren't you going to eat any, Neal? You've been talking about my pumpkin pie all week." She gave a small laugh but her eyes held more of a concerned look than a humorous one. Neal weakly smiled at her and turned his attention back to his own plate. He released the grip his right hand had on his left and slowly lifted it but stopped when he reached the top of the table. His hand trembled ever so slightly but it was still noticeable to the human eye. He dropped it quickly, but suddenly felt like a deer in the headlights. He had no idea what to do. He didn't trust his voice to lie his way through the concerned looks that were thrown his way or his legs to allow him to run out the front door. For the first time in years, Neal Caffrey couldn't do anything. He just sat there and stared at the steam rolling off the piece of pumpkin pie in front of him. He felt like a caged animal and began to panic. The ringing in his ears amplified, deafening the young man to any other sounds. He could feel the tremors break free from his hands and surge through his whole body and a cold sweat start to form on his forehead. His heart began to pound painfully in his chest which only made the thunderous pain in his head increase.
He brought shaking hands up to grasp his head as the world started to tilt. Black smudged his vision as he felt gravity pulling him from his chair to the hard floor below. He braced his aching body for one final blow, but it never came. Instead firm, calloused hands caught him underneath his arms and gently lowered him to the floor. Through blurred vision, he could the outline of a worried Peter and a frantic Elizabeth. He felt the agent give him a firm shake and a few gentle slaps on the cheek before giving into darkness.
AN: If you would like for me to continue this story let me know... next chapter will be how Peter saw this then the result of all of this. It'll only be two or three chapters long. Nothing is seriously wrong with Neal. I know I'm kinda giving this away but this was just a way for me to get back into writing since I gave it up for awhile. I'm trying to get back to Forgiveness is the Best Form of Life Support and The Only Thing That Can Save Him...I just kinda hit a dead end. And most likely won't finish You Criminal's Keeper... Anyway! I'll stop rambling! Thanks for reading! Let me know what ya think! :)