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29 November 2006 @ 06:11 pm
Prison Break Gen Fiction: Not How It Happens  
Title: Not How It Happens
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael and Lincoln (Gen)
Rating: PG
Warnings/Spoilers: Season 2.
Summary: Post-“The Killing Box”, Michael’s Plan was no match for reality.
Author’s Notes: Written for prisonbreak100, where I have the Gen pairing of Lincoln and Michael. This is for prompt #87, “Chaos.”


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If anyone had asked, Michael would have told them.

This is not how it happens, not by a long shot.

You don’t throw away your career—your whole life— on breaking your brother out of prison only to wind up going back. If you make it back, that is, if Agent Assassin doesn’t kill you along the way. Which shouldn’t happen, except you know it probably will, because he’s already tried to kill you once before.

You don’t drag down everyone who’s ever tried to help you, everyone who believed in you or Lincoln or even both. You don’t grind their trust into the dust of their memories of when you used to be something different, someone better.

You don’t fumble away the buried treasure you’d given up on finding until it resurfaced in a deathbed confession. You don’t choose it over your brother, only to have a psycho spirit it out from under you (especially a psycho who shouldn’t be here, but that’s another, longer story).

You don’t find and lose your father in a matter of hours, burying him on a hillside whose name you don’t even know.

You don’t run through half-a-dozen cars and the safety of as many friends in just a week, squandering everything you touch like water slipping through your fingers in the rain.

The plan was tight, even with those few variables Michael couldn’t bind, and it was never supposed to wind up so out of control. All these fugitives and futures set loose upon the wind weren’t supposed to be part if it, not even in the worst of Michael’s worst-case scenarios.

The plan was for him and Lincoln to be in Panama by now, shedding their names and histories and becoming characters from an invented past.

But they’re here instead, joining forces with a phantom—someone whose work has probably ruined almost everything Michael counted on, and this is the first time they’ve even seen the man’s face.

This is not how it happens, not after planning and sacrifice, not after far too many crimes and unprevented deaths.

It's not the answer to anything except the next ten minutes.

They’re not running to anything now—at the moment, they’re just running away.


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The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on November 30th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! ♥ to you too. :)
PamalaX: Alexguncarpamalax on November 30th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Very nice! Poor Michael's head must be ready to explode from how NOT to plan it all has gone.

Thanks
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: MichaelInBarshalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Poor Michael's head must be ready to explode from how NOT to plan it all has gone.
I think that actually going BACK to Fox River had to be the ultimate in "Not! The! Plan!"

Gah! That was the single largest problem the original plan was intended to fix.

Now, if he hadn't let himself get distracted along the way, say by the promise of Westmoreland's money, he would have been somewhere south of the border already. Still can't believe he didn't have a simple fallback like driving down through Mexico. *thwaps Michael for overcomplicating one plan and underplanning the other*
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: lincmissyjack on November 30th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
You ahve so captured what I imagined was going on in Micheal's ehad in this ep - esp as he sat in the van and Linc's plan is "i know its a trap but lets just run!" . Something fundamental in Micahel will be unravelling I think.

and damn they are both looking so hot they should be able to just smouler their way out of any situation.

(and Bellick locked in with Avocado - heheh)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
esp as he sat in the van and Linc's plan is "i know its a trap but lets just run!"

And I have to go with Lincoln, too. Going back to Fox River is not a feasible option, not with all the trouble they went to in getting out of there in the first place. Plus, Lincoln's position is easier-- die now or die in the chair, OR possibly escape. Hmmmmm. Which is smarter?

and damn they are both looking so hot they should be able to just smouler their way out of any situation.
The little bit of hair-- and Michael being all teary-eyed so much of the time-- is really upping the hot quotient. Though Michael needs to lose the brown shirt, because brown is bad on everybody.

Bellick in with Avocado-- oy, talk about a harsh over-punishment! Though he deserves that little part of it, at least. Still think it was dumb of him to roll over and take that deal. How do you plead to 25 years when, circumstantial evidence aside, you're not guilty? Most people just can't.
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: michaelmissyjack on November 30th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
When they were in the van, i could just hear Michael thinking - okay this is our only, best option - but damn its not a proper PLAN! Give me ten minutes and a whiteboard so i can map this thing out. I need a flowchart!

And T-bag - I know he is evol but he just makes me laugh he is so wily and I love the Jedi mind powers he has over women.

Also Bellick - fastest trial convinction and sentencing in US history? Even given the plea bargain - it all happened in about 2 days!
aeroport_art: Wentworthaeroport_art on November 30th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
Lovely insight :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
:) Michael's so far from his original plan that this outcome is unrecognizable by now.

And I'd love to see what Kellerman has in store for them. ;) Bounty! There's one possibility. Or a chance to bring down the woman who clearly has forgotten him, after he was with her in her darkest hours, and has killed and destroyed for her. Nothing like a sociopath scorned, I always say. ;)
plutogirl10 on November 30th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
ooh, very intriguing : ) It would prolly make more sense to me though, if I'd seen past the first season. *happy sigh* oh, teh pretty.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
:) You should poke missyjack and see how those torrent thingies work.

Did you finish Season 1 yet? Or still working through it?
dc_longwing on November 30th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
SO, so good. As I read this, I thought, "Yes, this is exactly how Michael must be feeling." Particularly this bit: You don’t drag down everyone who’s ever tried to help you, everyone who believed in you or Lincoln or even both. You don’t grind their trust into the dust of their memories of when you used to be something different, someone better.
He has got to be appalled at what he's done, and he doesn't even have the satisfaction of succeeding in anything more than keeping Linc from being executed...
Ooof. Loved this.
Thanks,
dC
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: MichaelInBarshalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
He has got to be appalled at what he's done, and he doesn't even have the satisfaction of succeeding in anything more than keeping Linc from being executed...
He really should be appalled, even though most of what's happened was far from intentional (including Sucre getting on that plane alone, which as far as Michael knows led to him being shot down).

Still think he needs to acknowledge what happened to Veronica. *grump. grump* She wasn't my favorite character, but still-- she was a longtime friend, and she made the ultimate sacrifice for the two of them. :(
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, it has to be good to catch up. S2 has been quite the bizarre ride so far, hasn't it? More stretching of disbelief even than S1, which is really saying something. :0

really nice wrap up to the ep - you've asked all the questions I was mutely flapping my hands at the screen about and shown that right now they've no answers. Really nice work.
Oh, the part past the break-out has been one disaster after another-- partly because Michael was so determined to go after Westmoreland's money (a plan-buster and a big timesink).

Right now, the plan is "Agent Assassin didn't kill us." That's pretty much where they are. Whether the wacky stranger (wonder if Lincoln recognized him from the truck!Smash in S1) will kill them in the next half-hour is another question.

I knew it was a good idea to hold onto that "Chaos" prompt for awhile. It really suited this part of S2!
i'm chris, not dustin (bella): Michael - Bars Wideaccrues on December 1st, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
Wohoho..... that's fantastic! I absolutely love it, as I do most of your peices, especially as it captures everything, absolutely everything I can imagine Michael thinking.

You don’t throw away your career—your whole life— on breaking your brother out of prison only to wind up going back.
As usual with you, you find the fundementals of this and pull. Expand it so that we as readers can, with you, explore Michael's thoughts. And yes, a fundamental point of this episode and the series at large, is that we save Lincoln. And going back to Fox River is not in the plan.

They’re not running to anything now—at the moment, they’re just running away.
This? This is something I hadn't thought of. They are running away at the end of The Killing Box because obviously otherwise they get sent back to Fox River and we're not even back where we started, it's worse than that. But I think they are running to something, a safety where they can stop running and start fighting.

This fighting is displayed in the decision that they made in that they didn't fly with Sucre to Mexico. It was a controlled decision, and while being caught wasn't in that, they can still evade for now and fight.

Brilliantly written, and I ask as usual, can I add this to my recc page?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
And yes, a fundamental point of this episode and the series at large, is that we save Lincoln. And going back to Fox River is not in the plan.
Exactly. It's pretty much the anti-plan, and it leaves a lot of bodies (real and emotional) thrown alongside the road for nothing then.

But I think they are running to something, a safety where they can stop running and start fighting.
I know they want to believe that, but we don't have any indication of whether that's even likely. Kellerman could as easily be getting ready to turn them over for bounty and to reinstate himself as bringing them in on his personal vendetta. The latter would be way cool. But! They don't even know Kellerman. We know him well enough to know that he shouldn't be trusted. ;)

and I ask as usual, can I add this to my recc page?
Always! I'm honored that you like it that much. :)
i'm chris, not dustin (bella): Kellerman - Little Boy Grinaccrues on December 2nd, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
I know they want to believe that, but we don't have any indication of whether that's even likely. Kellerman could as easily be getting ready to turn them over for bounty and to reinstate himself as bringing them in on his personal vendetta. The latter would be way cool. But! They don't even know Kellerman. We know him well enough to know that he shouldn't be trusted. ;)
I can see that, but the point that was made was that they are at least going to try. Michael - as a polar opposite to Lincoln in this - is fairly trusting, and he has to be, because if you dont trust, you cant live. At all. And while we know Kellerman is an evil bastard, he has to trust him so they can get out of there.

They're not dumb. Yes they're running, but they're fighting at the same time. And (as we can see from the promo for episode 2x14) Lincoln isn't going to just go along with Kellerman.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yes they're running, but they're fighting at the same time. And (as we can see from the promo for episode 2x14) Lincoln isn't going to just go along with Kellerman.
I'm looking forward to Lincoln going postal on Kellerman. Have to wonder if he remembers Kellerman as the savior/whoops-assassin from the truck!Smash incident. I'm betting yes.

A very mean half of me wants to see Kellerman get them part way through and then try to turn on them again-- if for no other reason than because it would be just like Kellerman to do that. :)
i'm chris, not dustin (bella): Mahone/Michael - One In The Same.accrues on December 2nd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Have to wonder if he remembers Kellerman as the savior/whoops-assassin from the truck!Smash incident. I'm betting yes.
I'm betting yes too, with a "You remember me? Wanna swap any more dog stories?"

A very mean half of me wants to see Kellerman get them part way through and then try to turn on them again-- if for no other reason than because it would be just like Kellerman to do that. :)
The whole of me (heh, the mean part) wants this also, but of course they'd have to get away after ;) I just want to see that happen
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: MichaelInBarshalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
:) We did see that Michael knew exactly what Mahone had in mind, that those keys were an invitation to a trap.

But as Lincoln said... the alternative wasn't better. Sometimes you've got to leap for the better of the bad chances and runnnn. :)
happy is as happy doeshappywriter06 on December 2nd, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Once again, you have done it. There are so many great things in this short piece. I can't pick a favorite line or image because they are all so good. Good like chocolate chip cookies and milk good. I think you really captured the guilt - deserved and undeserved - that Michael was feeling at some point during the ride too and in the Border Patrol lockup.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
I think you really captured the guilt - deserved and undeserved - that Michael was feeling at some point during the ride too and in the Border Patrol lockup.
He has so much to feel guilty about, and I'm glad to see the show address that more because it's in character for him to feel that agony over the fallout of his choices.

That guilt is what makes him human instead of hardened criminal, and thank goodness for that. It's why we love him. :)

Thank you so much for your kind words, happywriter. They are very much appreciated!