Summary: Neal tries to test your feelings for him during an undercover operation in which you pretend to be a newlywed couple. Your shared determination to bring down the bad guy results in a plot which raises the stakes.
You and Neal were no strangers to undercover operations. You’d even done some of them together before – but here, there was a big difference: this was going to last longer than a few hours.
The team had tried everything you could think of to get evidence of extortion, but despite the anonymous claim from a tenant brave enough to come forward, the owner of the apartment complex was clean enough to avoid having charges levied against him. The only reason Hughes took it seriously was because the tipster had said that if payment was denied, then violence was threatened. The FBI had a responsibility to make sure that citizens were safe, and a terrorizing landlord did not qualify as safety. With no other options, you hatched a plan to put two agents in undercover as new renters. The idea was that you and Neal would pretend to be newlyweds looking to start fresh, and hopefully, the landlord would decide that the pair of you – with Neal’s thousand-dollar suits – would be good targets.
It wasn’t too challenging to sink into your role. It was just going to be harder to resist the urge to come out of it. Y/N Rydell (borrowed from one of Neal’s un-burned aliases) wasn’t too different from Y/N Y/L/N, but having a husband was definitely new.