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Ficlet: Con Games (Peter)

Title: Con Games
Fandom: Fringe
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chichuri 
Characters/Pairings:  Peter, Olivia, Peter/Olivia
Word Count: 553
Rating: PG
Summary: Peter watches Olivia after "Over There" part 2.
Spoilers: Through episode 2.22, "Over There" part 2.
Disclaimer: I don't own Fringe or its characters.
  
 

Con Games

 
Pretending his whole focus is on their flirtatious banter, Peter studies Olivia. She's relaxed as she sorts through paperwork, almost slouching, and the slight grin makes her seem younger.  She's certainly more carefree. More happy.
 
He's ashamed it took him three days to figure out the truth.
 
They were chaotic days, full of mixed feelings at being back in this Boston, and he hasn't seen much of her. They've only had a few hours together, here or there, as he settled back into this reality and she settled back into a job that had apparently been all but put on hold by her search for him. Those are excuses, though; he should have known immediately. The walk wasn't quite right, the tone wasn't quite right. Almost, but not quite. He'd been arrogant enough to think that it had something to do with him, that at last he was seeing what Olivia looked like when she was truly happy and unburdened.
 
It took three days to come to his senses, to realize what he should have known instantly: this isn't Olivia. Not his Olivia, anyway. His Olivia was the one who poured out her heart to him then kissed him like she was afraid he would turn her away. The one who came back, the one who boldly flirts and who turned down his offer of a beer with a twist of her mouth showing her distaste, is not her.
 
Three days, when he always prided himself on knowing her so damned well.
 
In the end it took that one difference for him to stop being an idiot and figure out the truth, when it should have been a thousand differences that clued him in. She crossed realities to find him, crossed realities to save him, and he hadn't even recognized when he'd lost her. He has no clue if his Olivia is dead, or alive and suffering, and fury burns through him as he imagines all the possibilities.
 
She has to be alive. There is no other option.
 
He doesn't know if it was Bell who engineered the switch, or if this imposter fooled both of them. But whoever is behind it, this Olivia is here on orders. And given Peter's reaction to hearing the name Olivia Dunham in his father's office, his father knows he cares for the Olivia he left on the other side.
 
He remembers his father. Not the sweetness and light version who brought him back, but the one from dim memories of his childhood. If she was captured alive, she'll stay that way. His father will pull every bit of information about this side out of her, by any means necessary. And then he'll use her against him.
 
His father now has most of the cards, but Peter has one ace in the hole.  Peter knows that the Olivia who travelled back with him is an imposter, and that his Olivia is trapped on the other side. Now he's going to use that knowledge to play the most important con game of his life. If he can convince this Olivia that he knows nothing of the switch, he might be able to gain her trust and use her to get his Olivia back.
 
Because he's going to get her back. Or there's going to be hell to pay. 
 

[identity profile] fresh-tart.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
GUH. *squirms and whines* Why do we have to wait until fall?!

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
I know!

Thanks for reading!

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[identity profile] muselives.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, thank you. Three days makes sense, Peter's transition from knowing to not knowing, so well done, the use of memory to give him faith that she's alive, and the explanation for why he's using the other Olivia. This makes the ending a little more endurable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
You're very welcome. Glad it helped out.

I just... I don't see Peter not suspecting something is up, although I do think the story will play out for at least half a season. He might be in love, but he's not an idiot.

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[identity profile] sugangel7.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
YAY! Thank you! I like that you used the three days. It took three days over there for Peter to wake up, it took three days back here for Peter to wake up again!

And yes, for using the AltOlivia doesn't like alcohol detail.

I like how he's hard on himself for not knowing it's AltOlivia right away. Three days really isn't that long of a time given the fact that he's got alot to think about in regards to Walter & Walternate and being back, but I bet that he has to feel guilty all the same because -- as you put -- Olivia crosses universes to save him.

I like how he can think back and remember the Walternate from his childhood, knows that the sadistic bastard has her alive.

I like that you go back to the con artist aspect of his personality. And oh, heck yes there will be hell to pay. HIs father wanted to use him as a weapon well...he's gonna be a weapon alright. Gah, love it. Thanks!

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:22 am (UTC)(link)
*laughs* I didn't even remember the three days it took for Peter to wake up! Damn, I wish I had done that deliberately. Oh, well, maybe my hindbrain remembered and snuck it in there.

I miss conartist Peter. I really hope they bring it back next season.

Thank you muchly, and I'm glad you enjoyed this!

[identity profile] lunawho.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
This is going in my mental canon, as I'm pretty sure he'll figure it out at about the pace you've mentioned. It'll take him a couple of days probably but he WILL figure it out, and if he does indeed use his former con artist tricks to figure out how to get Olivia back from the Other Side, I think I might fall even more in love with Peter's character than I already am.

I like the voice you've given him here. It's intelligent, determined, and sneaky--all the trademarks of the character on the show.

If the writers go a different way than you suggested here, I might suggest to Bad Robot that they fire them and hire you to write the show instead. :)

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
I so hope for a return of Peter-the-con artist. We've seen it so little this season, and I miss it. And I'm honored to have made your mental canon!

Thank you, and I'm glad you enjoyed this.

[identity profile] siapom.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:17 am (UTC)(link)
Nice. I love the thought that he wouldn't necessarily notice right away. After all, he's been through quite a bit and probably is not at the top of his game right now. Who would be? And, I LOVE that he's approaching this as a con. I almost hate to say it, but I'd been missing angry Peter. Something tells me we'll be seeing him again next season.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
A return to angry con artist Peter would next season would make me so happy; I've been missing it, too. And yeah, I'd be surprised if he doesn't notice something is up with the Olivia that returned with him.

Thank you very much, and I'm glad you enjoyed this!

[identity profile] ciderapples.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
This is so great! I really wanted to see this fic; because it must be absolutely wrenching for someone so smart--who prides himself on knowing things, knowing people--to realize that he hasn't recognized the person he loves has gone missing. Worse yet to think that she risked her entire life (pretty much the entire universe, too) just to give you the OPTION to come back, and you left her behind where there's nobody to help her.

I really, really like the way you dealt with it and you didn't make Peter stupid and you didn't make it simple. I love the way you brought his memories of Walter in.

Thanks for the fic!

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad I was able to provide what you needed to read. I have to admit, I wrote it because it was what I needed to read, too.

Worse yet to think that she risked her entire life (pretty much the entire universe, too) just to give you the OPTION to come back, and you left her behind where there's nobody to help her.

I love how you put this, because it's so true.
elfin: image:  peter (fringe.peter frown)

[personal profile] elfin 2010-05-22 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
Yes. This feels so very right. Love this.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you. Glad it worked for you. Now on to the next one. *grins*

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[identity profile] trinityday.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:57 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, yah. This is what I really hope becomes canon.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

[identity profile] marymc.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I love it. You're going to have to keep this up for the next three months, you know. There are millions of silent LJ readers calmly and quietly waiting for you to fill the void...

Oh the void...

This was a great fic. Poor Olivia. I don't think we've ever seen her like that. Righteous anger on Peter's part (like here) will be very gratifying. OMG, Walternate and Olivia are beyond evil. None of this "ambiguity" crap. You don't lock someone up in a dark hole and steal her life and call yourself "ambiguous". You're evil. The end.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
Gack, me? Why me, with so many other awesome Fringe fic writers? *hides from millions of silent readers* Seriously, though, I'm hoping to read some great fic written to fill the void.

And thank you! Glad you liked my (inevitably, first) entry into the post-"Over There" fray!

See, I don't think AltOlivia is evil. The jury's out on Walternate (although, yeah, that type of torture of poor, poor Olivia does not sit well with me), but even him... I'm willing to wait and see.

I'm hoping to see angry Peter going back to his conman roots next season. *crosses fingers*

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[identity profile] steph0202.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome work, especially those last two sentences. Understandable that it may take some time for Peter to realise, but this totally fits with him!

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

[identity profile] usagiko.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
OH YES. This is what I'm talking about. So reccing this in a later entry tonight! <3 <3

And that's a very, very interesting take on the switch - I hadn't thought of that. Then again, I'm not braining too well today. I has the dumb. D:

aslkfjg I still want to write fic with youuuu

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! Glad you liked it. *blushes at reccing*

Maybe this summer we'll both manage to coordinate the time and headspace. Right now, I'm just relieved I'm back to writing, period!

[identity profile] genesaysmoo.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
this was a wonderfully good post. *applauds* this should show up somewhere along the Fringe line... but now.. we have to wait UNTIL FALL for the beloved Fringe comes back.. *frowns*

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

This is going to be such a hard between season break. Fall. Is it fall yet? Please?

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[identity profile] sonneta.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, I like this a lot. It feels right, like this is what *will* happen.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 02:07 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

I hope this happens. It would be awesome fun to see it onscreen, AltOlivia conning the team and Peter conning her right back.

[identity profile] december21st.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
This is graceful and elegant and right.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 06:10 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

That is a neat icon, by the way.

[identity profile] webeh.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
Awesome fic. I would love it if it ends up playing out this way. Next season, I'm thinking that both Ella and Peter will be the first to pick up on the differences. Ella because Alt!Olivia won't baby her as much as her Aunt Liv does. (Their relationship is just so adorable to watch.) And, Peter because he just knows her that well. (Which was proven by his description of her to Alt!Olivia.)

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

It would be very cool if it played out this way, a cat and mouse game as each is conning the other. And yeah, I think Ella will probably be one of the first to figure it out. Tossup as to whether it will be Ella or Peter first.

Y'know... AltOlivia could baby Ella even more that Olivia. I mean, this is the sister and niece who died. She might want to get to know them (or she might want to distance herself) and might be willing to take more time away from her job to do it. I hope she wants to get to know Ella, because it would mean more Ella onscreen.

[identity profile] dine7184.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 06:20 am (UTC)(link)
This was soooooooo awesome. You're my fav. fringe writer (and yes, I gonna keep telling this. ;))

Can't wait for S3.... OMG!!!!!!!

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 06:37 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! (And I will, inevitably, keep blushing when you tell me that. Maybe with a side of stammering *grins*).

Y'know, I was ready to wait out the break between seasons as of last week. Then this episode happened. Now? Can't season 3 start, like, next week? Please?

[identity profile] alizarin-skies.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 09:43 am (UTC)(link)
oh YES, THIS.
This is absolutely perfect, how Peter would notice, and his sneaky, sneaky reaction :D Righteous Fury Peter is perfect :D

Plus, you totally called the finale switch a couple of fics back with the Alt!Olivia ;)

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 10:13 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I love Righteous Fury Peter almost as much as I love sneaky Peter. I seriously hope to see both versions next season.

Y'know, I totally forgot I wrote AltOlivia switching with Olivia until hours after the finale. Probably because I wrote it as a neat idea, and had no idea the show would actually be willing to go there. YAY SHOW!

[identity profile] let-it-linger21.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 12:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome. This is perfect! I can't wait to see how this all plays out.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-23 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

Next season can't come too soon.

[identity profile] oldromantic.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah, I see it happening just like this. Perfect writing. *thumbsup*

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-23 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

[identity profile] chuck-charles.livejournal.com 2010-05-22 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Great job. will there be more to this?

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-23 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

There... might be more. I have bits and pieces of other scenes set in this universe floating through my head.

[identity profile] amzzzziohi.livejournal.com 2010-05-23 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
Omg! I think Bad Robot should hire you so we can see this in season 3!? *adds this to mental canon* gah I love conartist Peter, this just fits so perfectly!!!

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-05-23 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
Hee! Thank you very much, and I'm honored to be added to the mental canon.

I will be so happy if Bad Robot gives us conartist Peter next season.

Love the icon, by the way!

[identity profile] kimbari.livejournal.com 2010-10-28 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
*sigh* If ONLY.

This was incredible. It sounded like Peter. Four episodes into S3 I'm beginning to think that not only were the Olivias switched but the Peters were switched, too (as in "Did your mother have any kids that lived?").

Sheesh!

Marvelous story, I'll keep it in my head, too.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2010-11-01 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
Apologies for the belated response to this and your other comment!

Glad you liked my take on the possibilities. And agreed on Peter this season.

It has occurred to me that all the issues for AltOlivia sleeping with Peter that were brought up the last episode would go the other way, if Peter actually knew the truth. The show did make a point, at the very beginning of the episode, to remind the audience that Peter made his living conning people before Olivia blackmailed him into the somewhat straight and narrow. And I'd fully believe Peter would be malicious enough to give AltOlivia a heart attack by making her wonder whether or not he knew.

*shrugs* All wishful thinking on my part, I know, and probably about to be shot down by the reality, but I'm going to cling to my wishful thinking as long as I can.

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[identity profile] zowiebwalker.livejournal.com 2011-03-02 01:18 am (UTC)(link)
You have to forgive me, I just watched all of Fringe in four days; I'm a newbie. YOU are badass!!!!!!!! OF COURSE the writers couldn't have done it this way, too easy!!!! I wound up yelling at the computer while watching the episodes "SHE DOESN'T WALK LIKE THAT! PETER, WAKE UP!" I love your fic enormously. All of 'em.

[identity profile] chichuri.livejournal.com 2011-03-02 06:10 am (UTC)(link)
Welcome to the fandom! Lots of awesome fic has been written, so I hope you have fun reading. And wow, two and a half seasons in four days? That's impressive.

Glad you liked my take on what might have happened. Although I think I've come to terms with Peter's character arc, with why he was completely fooled, I'm still fond of what might have happened if the writers had gone a different direction. (and I think most of us were yelling at Peter while watching.)