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26 November 2005 @ 10:13 pm
Prison Break Fanfiction: It Isn't Because She Loves Him  
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: Veronica's POV
Rating: PG
Spoilers: S1, Episodes 1-7 (to be safe)
Disclaimers: I don’t own “Prison Break” or any of its characters, more's the pity.
Summary: Veronica’s choices all have reasons.


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It isn’t because she loves him.

It might be loyalty, or the fact that Michael believes in her, believes she might be able to clear Lincoln’s name. These expectations, these faint hopes, weigh on her, pushing her forward even when her chances seem hopeless. She can’t just turn her back on them, no matter how much simpler it would be to lay that burden down.

But she can feel it now, the sense that something really is wrong. She’s uncovered enough secrets to know that Lincoln is telling the truth, that he’s been framed by some of the best. And it’s knowing that he’s innocent, of this at least, that makes her keep digging, keep trying. Keep running, trying desperately to stay alive and to bring the truth out before it’s too late for him.

That’s what this is all about. Loyalties and justice.

It isn’t that she thinks of him that way anymore. Not since he started to drift away, started getting into serious trouble. Because she knew better than to let herself be tied to that kind of heartache. She walked away, started living for herself.

She started to become something, to make her own place in the world. And she was tempted back a time or two, but it wasn’t because he left her for a pregnant girlfriend that it ended again. Because she’s not that kind of damsel-in-distress. She’s not weak enough to let herself be hurt by his making that kind of mistake with someone else, with tying his future to the woman he owes instead of the woman he loves.

It’s over and done with, and she has no regrets about it. She has her own fiancé now, or maybe had is where things are after these last few weeks, and she’ll have her own happy ending one day.

So right now, hiding out in a cabin with a near-stranger and a shotgun while waiting for the clouds to lift on this larger conspiracy, she knows she’s doing all this for the right and noble reasons.

It isn’t because she loves him.


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The Good, The Bad and The Lana: tajmajingobop michael and popethelana on November 27th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
Ah, Veronica, so much in denial about this point.

Don't get me wrong, I would love it if I could believe that Veronica is going this at least to some part for some vague idea of Truth, Justice and the American Way. Or for justice for Steadman, whose death is still unavenged because his real killer is still running free, the real circumstances of his murder unexposed.

But that conversation she had with Nick, where she basically said that she has no intention of pursuing the conspiracy after she gets Lincoln out, kind of cured me of the idea that Veronica has any such lofty ambitions.

I do think that it's more about loyalty for something old between the three of them than about her actually wanting to be with Lincoln (because, well, that would be insane, even for Veronica standards).

with tying his future to the woman he owes instead of the woman he loves.

Love that sentence.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
I never thought I'd be writing a Veronica fic. Must be on a roll-- I've hit Sara, LJ and Veronica (and a second T-Bag) in the last 8 days. Where has my Lincoln muse gone?

I don't think Veronica is entirely sure of what she wants or why she is doing this right now. I wanted to show some of that ambivalence, and make the reader feel that it could be any or all of those reasons, and that certainly she did love Lincoln very much at one time.

I don't think she really wants to be with Lincoln (although the PB writers may have that in mind). But that isn't entirely the same as not still loving him. :-P
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: veronica/linc serenethelana on November 27th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
I think from the way the characters are made up it's not unlikely that they mights be together in some way. Either short or long term, nobody knows. But I don't think that either of them is really counting on that yet, because, lets face it, neither of them is in a position that allows them much planning for the future.

Though honestly, I wouldn't be surprised and wouldn't consider it out of character if Veronica in the middle of things, even if they keep alluding to something between her and Linc, decided that Nick might just be the better choice for her.

Though I always thought that it would make quite a ironic scenario even if it were just in fiction) if Linc were the one who ends up with everything (exhonorated, Veronica, LJ, no nagging ex-wife wanting joint custoddy) due to the plan and Michael ends up with nothing or at least loses out big time in comparison. As I mentioned elsewhere, before the plaaaan, Veronica and Linc weren't even on speaking terms. The only reason why she came to prison to talk to him was because Michael did something so radical. In a way, it's just thanks to Michael that Veronica is with them. It could be argued that Lincoln owes all of this to Michael too.
One zarkin frood: PB - Veronica's questscarletumbrella on November 27th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Eeek. Well, I'm one of the biggest L/V's out there, so you can't convince me she doesn't love him. ^_^ But I'm grateful someone else is writing Veronica fic. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
She isn't sure either, which is the point of this fic. (that should restore your happy place)

It would be so much easier if she were sure :-)

(As you now see, from another discussion... I write a lot more than just slash!)
One zarkin frood: PB - scarletumbrella on November 27th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
^_^ Yes, so I see. Nicely done.
jules27nd on November 27th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oh Veronica. Lovely fic, love her denial. I'm always interested in V's motives for everything -- why is she helping Lincoln, why did she get involved with him, etc so this was great!
she said mysteriously: kitty playresounding_echo on December 27th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was wonderful! I'm happy you tackled Veronica. You managed to keep her in character and make her more likable. She seems like more of a person in this fic.

Gosh, I love denial. But you know, I don't think she's completely deluding herself. I think she's helping Linc for a million little reasons that join forces to become reason enough. I mean, her past and her loyalty are probably the biggest parts, but I'm sure there are other factors. Even if she isn't going to put her neck out on the line for just anyone, she wouldn't have risked herself for Linc without some notion of justice. She's not Michael--love isn't enough for her.

You should write more conflicted/contradictary/flawed lawyer fics. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked this! I don't know what plot bunny bit me, but this was written in the same night as the LJ story, Love is a Lecture I really wanted to address how deeply into this she's found herself, but all the denial as to why she let it pull her in.

You should write more conflicted/contradictary/flawed lawyer fics. :)

You mean, more Veronica fics? ;-) I don't think I want to write a Stacy fic, for House M.D.
tyrical: AP_aJolietyrical on April 14th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
She can lie to herself all she wants but the only thing that I believe is that she isn't waiting for him(Linc) for a happy ending.

I do believe she's smarter than that but there is no doubt that underlying all this is her love for Lincoln and subsequently Michael which drives her to complete this.

Conspiracy aside; to fight this hard for a client I would think feelings are involved.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on April 16th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Conspiracy aside; to fight this hard for a client I would think feelings are involved.
Exactly. Considering the danger she's gotten herself and other people in, there is only one, likely reason why she does this. AS it happens, I think it's the same reason Michael has. ;)