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12 January 2013 @ 08:09 pm
Prison Break Slash Fiction: "The Lonely Tide" (Michael/Lincoln, PG)  
Title: The Lonely Tide
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Lincoln/Michael (Slash, AU)
Rating: PG
Summary: They can't go back.
Author's Notes: Set in my "Paradise" post-escape universe, and written for the writerverse prompt of "Places I remember" and the fanfic100 prompt of "Water."

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"Do you ever miss the snow?" Lincoln asks.

He and Michael are sitting on the porch of their little house with the sea spread out before them, and Chicago is a lifetime ago. Lincoln spent more than thirty-five years there, but it's unreachable now. They can't go back.

Michael smiles, and turns his beer bottle slowly on the porch railing next to him. "I miss how it looks," he says.

"Yeah," Lincoln snorts. Once you're older than ten, you never miss how it feels, or the way it just piles up on streets and sidewalks and lingers clear through March.

"I'm sorry I can't do much about the change of seasons here," Michael says.

Lincoln glances over at him, always aware of how the slightest comment can sound like a complaint when your life has become hiding, even in someplace as close to paradise as this. "I know," he says, and he hears the apology for all the things that aren't even Michael's fault. "It's beautiful, though," he adds, because it is, and if anyone had ever asked him he'd have said this was the kind of thing he'd always dreamed of.

He and Michael watch the ocean in comfortable silence. The waves tumble slowly over each other and sing out onto the sand.

Lincoln never noticed that after the first few months, he mostly didn't hear the music of the waves at all anymore.


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she said mysteriously: otp.canon.theend.resounding_echo on January 13th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC)
Lovely and atmospheric. I love that regrets linger even in paradise. Had a special resonance given that I haven't seen the series/read any fic in some time. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
This one came to me out of the blue when a different PB story failed to move forward. I realized that as often as I'd written about this setting, I hadn't really touched on the way you can miss the past and miss what you can't ever have again, no matter how wonderful the "now" is.

When you have no choice in going back, I think that only makes it harder.

There's so much to be thankful for, just with having survived, that to have regrets seems ungrateful. But it also terribly human.

Thanks so much for stopping by to read and leave a comment! I've missed you. :)
Maz (or foxxy!): A Little Joytuesdaeschild on January 13th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
A lovely sense of place, even if the seasons are virtually non-existent. And Lincoln's longing for those is sad.

And more angst lies in Michael's continued habit of apologising for anything and everything. You picked that out very nicely.

PB fics are rare these days so this one was most welcome. Thank you, my friend. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
I liked the juxtaposition of the beautiful setting with missing something that is probably forever gone-- even if it was something Lincoln probably didn't think he loved at the time.

And Michael... as one who takes on all responsibility all the time, he will always feel regret for things that are less than perfect. Which will honestly be most things!

So glad you enjoyed this, and it's nice to still be writing this fandom even if it isn't nearly as often as I used to. ♥
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers4clair_de_lune on January 13th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
A Michael/Lincoln ficlet! What a nice surprise.

This is lovely. The contrast between the paradise-like settings and the longing for the snow, and maybe all it embodies, makes it even more bitter-sweet ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Bittersweet was what I was going for, because I haven't touched upon it that often in this AU setting, and because it's unexpected.

Things have turned out very well here, considering, but there's also a huge loss of control over the possibilities that once were. Every once in awhile, it's hard to forget that last part.

Thanks for reading and commenting!