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06 November 2007 @ 10:19 am
Prison Break Gen Fiction: An Inventory Of Holiday Success  
Title: An Inventory Of Holiday Success
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael and Lincoln (Gen, KidFic, Fluff)
Rating: PG
Summary: Taking stock, down to the last Tootsie Roll, after Halloween.
Author's Notes: Happy late birthday to pamalax! This was actually for her October writing challenge, but I ran out of time before Halloween and decided to instead approach the prompts as a post-Halloween story (Michael, Frankenstein, darkness and caramel apple). Also for my prisonbreak100 claim, this is #64, "Fall," for obvious reasons.

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"You can't seriously be planning to eat all that candy."

"Sure, why not?" Michael sorts his haul carefully—chewy in one pile, peanuts in another, a third pile for the non-chocolate stuff. He gets stuck almost immediately on what to do with Snickers and Baby Ruths, which are both chewy and have peanuts.

Rats. Maybe he'll eat those first...

"Aren't you afraid of getting a stomachache?" his brother persists.

"I'm not eating them all today, Lincoln, geez." Maybe Lincoln's jealous, since he's too old to go trick-or-treating now that he's fourteen. Not that he didn't want to, but Mom said No. Michael figures he'd better milk the few years he's got left, before he meets the same fate.

"How many apartments did you go to?" Lincoln asks.

"Three-and-a-half floors," Michael says absently. Mrs. Lettner's popcorn ball looks really good, pink and sticky. He puts that in the "Eat now" pile, then changes his mind and opens the baggie and takes a bite. Mmmmm…

"Did people like your costume?"

"Best Frankenstein ever, Steve Weston said! Plus, a lot of people gave me extra candy."

"Extra!" Lincoln frowns, "I never got extra, not even the year I went as Han Solo."

"That's because your costume was a vest and plastic ray gun," Michael comments. "Mine was good."

"Yours was a plastic milk jug and some paint and magic markers! And an old suit."

"I had nuts and bolts on the mask, though, and fake scars and everything. Details count, Lincoln."

His brother eyes the substantial quantity of loot on the table. "Apparently so."

"So what did you do last night, just hand out candy?"

"Nah—I went to Veronica's and we watched scary movies in the dark, until she climbed up onto my lap. Then we… we did something else."

"Kissing," Michael snorts.

"Don't knock it—you'll find out what it's all about one of these days."

"Uh-huh." Michael puts a Payday in the chewy pile, and then the peanut pile before he realizes it doesn't have any chocolate, which is the third pile. Crud. He puts it in the middle, the nexus of all piles.

"Jesus Christ Michael, are you about done already?" Lincoln's done washing the morning's dishes and wants to sponge off the table. "Mom'll be home soon, and she's not going to like all this mess. Besides, don't you have homework?"

"Did it at school."

Lincoln frowns with the resentment of someone who's still getting used to how much extra work there is once you get into high-school. "Of course you did," he mutters grumpily.

Michael's nearly done sorting, but he already knows something's missing. No candy corn or Rolos, and worst of all—

"I can't believe nobody made caramel apples this year! I must have gone to a third of the apartments in this building."

Lincoln smiles a slow and slightly evil grin. "Veronica's family did. You should have gone there."

"Mom said I couldn't leave the building."

"That's too bad." Lincoln opens a cupboard door with a flourish. "Or you could have had one of these."

There are two of them in there, big ones, golden-brown globes of caramel goodness with popsicle-stick handles. Michael can't stop staring. "Green apples or red?"

"Green of course," Lincoln scoffs.

Even knowing that Lincoln's up to something—probably has been all along—doesn't change a single thing. "All right," Michael sighs, "What do you want for that one on the left?"

"Now you're talking," Lincoln grins. "A full-sized Three Musketeers, two peanut M&Ms and two fun-sized Almond Joys."

"What? That's highway robbery, Linc—it's just one apple!" Michael splutters.

Lincoln raises an eyebrow. "Precious commodity," he says drily.

Michael's always loved the vocabulary and phrases he picks up from so much reading, but maybe it's not always such a great idea to show them off—they don't sound so good when they're used against you. "Fine," he says. "It's a deal." It hurts, but desperation always does.

Afterwards, Michael forgets to fixate on the deviousness of Lincoln's plan. He's got caramel on his nose from biting into the wonderfully large apple, and the whole world is now focused on ultimate taste of Fall.

"Worth it?" Lincoln asks.

"Myeh."

Because it absolutely is.


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PamalaX: NEWmikeypamalax on November 6th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
After seeing my two favorite brothers in pain and desperate last night this hits the spot perfectly.

So much pain, loss, fear and heartache for both for so long makes a glimpse at a moment like this pure treasure.

What will become of them in the end :o(

Thanks so much for the lovely fic and perfectly timed pick me up.

You're the best!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on November 6th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
I started this even before we had an inkling of just how bad things were going to get in the last two episodes. Holy-moly.

Simpler times, simpler problems-- they make for such a nice antidote to the larger issues of life.

Glad this one helped-- as time goes on, it'll still be nice and fluffy long after last night's angst has falled away. ♥
Deadbeat Nymph: michael eyesdeadbeat_nymph on November 6th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! This is so charming!

Michael's always loved the vocabulary and phrases he picks up from so much reading, but maybe it's not always such a great idea to show them off—they don't sound so good when they're used against you.

Mwahaha! I love this line. It's good characterisation, and I love how it shows Michael's burgeoning, though not yet mature, mind. A few more years and he'd find an argument against that, but here wee Michael is too cute in his frustration, and Lincoln is delightful in his Michael manipulation. :)

He's got caramel on his nose from biting into the wonderfully large apple, and the whole world is now focused on ultimate taste of Fall.

*sigh* I love this line. I love the taste of fall. And baby Michael who can still love candy, before life gets in the way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 6th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
but here wee Michael is too cute in his frustration, and Lincoln is delightful in his Michael manipulation. :)
:D One of the things that's so funny about little kids is their failure to think ahead, in general. Even in this little scene, Michael is so guileless that it never occurs to him that his important "sorting" task is a lot like waving a big red candy flag in front of a trick-or-treat-deprived bull. He's all busy, busy, busy, and Lincoln has to just be Grrrrr....

*sigh* I love this line. I love the taste of fall.
Oh, me too-- in the more literal sense of taste and also the trappings of Fall (Halloween in particular). It's got childhood happiness written all over it, no matter how unsatisfactory the rest of the year might seem. After all, it's the one time where your personal budget does not dictate how much candy you get!
Jas Masson: darkside cookiesjasmasson on November 6th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
So lovely.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 6th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hee- it's junior snark, one of my favorite genres. Although the quantities of candy here just give me very bad and obsessive ideas *ponders what's in the pantry*.

Did you see the Sam/Dean SPN Halloween story? Whoo! That's a fic of a totally different flavor. ;)
Jas Masson: team padaleckijasmasson on November 6th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
In my to read folder!

I only had three lots of trick or treaters this year, so I had much extraneous candy. Happily(?!) my family all came for dinner and took most away with them!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 6th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
so I had much extraneous candy.
:D I solve that problem by buying candy I don't go overboard on. Although as a rule the Trick-or-Treaters probably don't like it all that much either, but half of them are teenagers anyway, so too bad! Hah! I'll leave you Smarties and Dum-Dum Pops and you can take it or leave it. ;)

Buying candy with any form of chocolate is a mistake for me, as that usually leads to the candy not even making it to Halloween and having to buy more! Gah.
shoe_bug: Megane!Edshoe_bug on November 6th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love it! I could definitely imagine the two of them going through something like this. You protrayed them really well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 6th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! Even the description of the differences in their costumes seems very Michael and Lincoln to me-- Lincoln's being all half-assed and Michael's being full of meticulous detail.

And then there's the candy-sorting... compulsive traits like that show up in the oddest places. Sort it happily, and then dump it all back into the bag. ;)
happy is as happy does: brotherly love - ?happywriter06 on November 6th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
They talk about a spin-off involving Molly when their past is screaming to be told. Love it!

"I can't believe nobody made caramel apples this year! I must have gone to a third of the apartments in this building."
I feel his pain.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 6th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
I feel his pain.
I would feel his pain except that I had one (and a half) this year-- for the first time in ages. Oh, the dreaded years with braces when they were off-limits, and the other years when they were just unavailable!

Given my current problems with "caramel-apple candy corn"-- and did you know somebody now makes a "caramel apple" lollipop that tastes really authentic?-- I'm a little fixated.

Not unlike Michael, once Lincoln shows him the goods. Probably could have asked for double that candy and STILL gotten away with it. ;)
happy is as happy does: Happyness - rupiconichappywriter06 on November 7th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
I would feel his pain except that I had one (and a half) this year
I'm jealous. I haven't had one in ages.

did you know somebody now makes a "caramel apple" lollipop that tastes really authentic?
I must find these.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on November 7th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
I must find these.
Green wrapper, caramel-colored lollipop (more like taffy, really).

If only making your own caramel apples with the Kraft caramels weren't so much work! Especially if you only want a couple... But they're plentiful at Apple Hill, which is that farming community about an hour from where I live. We finally made it there 1 1/2 weeks ago, before Halloween, so my Fall is "complete" now.

Love your icon from "The Pursuit of Happyness." What a heart-wrenching movie-- even when you know how it's going to turn out, the ride is still terrific. :)
happy is as happy does: Michael & Linc hug - weekendgetawayhappywriter06 on November 11th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've never tried to make them before but thanks for the tip. Maybe I will try one of these days.

I love that movie. I cried at the end.
crowleyangel on November 9th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
So cute! Love little Mike and Linc.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 9th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oh, I can just envision the lameness of Lincoln's Han Solo costume compared to Michael's Frankenstein. And then I get nostalgic for the days when you really had to make your own costume, because the ones in stores weren't very good. :0
Lady Strangesynnerxx on November 17th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Cute!
I love this! So, so pretty. I love all the kid fics about them.
"That's because your costume was a vest and plastic ray gun," Michael comments. "Mine was good."

"Yours was a plastic milk jug and some paint and magic markers! And an old suit."

"I had nuts and bolts on the mask, though, and fake scars and everything. Details count, Lincoln."

His brother eyes the substantial quantity of loot on the table. "Apparently so."

I love this. You're so great at capturing their characters.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 17th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Cute!
Hee! Thank you so much!

That description of Lincoln's costume even cracks me up, because you just know that even as a kid he'd be the kind to think, "Yeah, I'm totally Han Solo now" and anybody else would think, "Is that an actual costume?" ;)

And then there's detail-oriented Michael, in contrast. Wonder how many times over the years Lincoln suddenly felt basically incompetent compared to his brother? :0
hybridxlovehybridxlove on November 9th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Loving these feel-good kiddie fics you write! I was always curious about their relationship pre-pilot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on December 10th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
Their relationship seems to have been revised over the seasons (I really hate it when canon corrupts itself), but I like to think of these "before" years (before their mother died), and then there are also some non-fluffy stories in the "after" years when the boys went into foster care.

Season 4 never happened for me (not sure where you are in the viewing), so I avoid all canon twists that came out of that. So many of them were ridiculous. :(
hybridxlove: LincHughybridxlove on December 15th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Sigh... honestly... I hated season 3 more than I hated S4. Season 3 felt too far removed from the previous Prison Break seasons and it was just... the company thing began to work on my nerves. And dare I say, it was a bit boring. The previous two seasons was completely angst ridden and exciting, I permanently sat on the edge of my seat [literally]. So I was just, blah. The only thing I could appreciate about S3, was the layers of Mahone's personality we saw, We finally understood him and respected him.

S4... while the storyline was dragged out and a bit repetitive, I enjoyed it a whole lot more than I did S3 [And nope its got nothing to do with Sara or Misa, I'm a Mike/Linc girl]. It felt like S4 had some twists, angsts and its unpredictability back. You were actually surprised, and that didn't happen in S3. Clair mentioned this too, but what mainly upset me about S4 was the fact that they took everything away that S1 was about. The tattoo, for example. As a Mike/Linc fan, I was really disappointed in how detached they were from each other, it didn't feel right. I get that MiSa had to be on the foreground, but ... I didn't feel the intensity of Mike/Linc like I did in S1. And the fact that they're not related? Pfft. Didn't happen.