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08 December 2005 @ 07:36 pm
PrisonBreak100: Butterfly Secrets  
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael, Lincoln (Gen)
Prompt: #96, (Writer’s Choice) “Butterflies”
Rating: PG-13
Summary (pre-series): Michael and Lincoln never look at anything the same way.
Author's Notes: Written for the prisonbreak100 fanfic challenge, where I have the Gen pairing of Lincoln and Michael.


When Michael was ten, he was interested in bugs. Books from the library, trips to the Field Science Museum on free-admission days, and research at the sidewalk all captivated him. He studied how they were born, what they were made of, and the habitats they survived in. Survival was important, and what adapted and what didn’t. Some bugs were hardier than others, and those were the ones that made it even when they shouldn’t. There was hope in those bugs, in their stories. They were not ruled by their environment, not completely at the mercy of their surroundings.

But there was a beauty also in things that did not last. They were not sturdy or resilient, but Michael loved butterflies as well. Fragile and varied, their colors and delicate aesthetic brought a sense of wonder, of spring, that brightened the hard confines of his Chicago neighborhood. He did not see them often, outside of books, but they were a breath of the meadows and wildflowers that a city boy could dream of.

When Lincoln thought of butterflies, he remembered Stacy Neumann. Right on her hip, waiting in that hidden spot under the bikini line, her little blue tattoo had beckoned him again and again. She was a wild one, that Stacy, a little older and a lot more experienced, and she had tumbled for Lincoln back when he was just learning how to make the moment last and how to make a woman moan. He’d never thought it was serious, and maybe neither did she, but they would find themselves rejoining, drawn like magnets back to the force of their attraction even when logic said they had other places to be. They would never have made it going long-term, never seriously considered it, and before too long Veronica had drawn him away.

But when he thought of that tattoo—and the secret, shy longing it hinted at for a girl who might have wanted a deeper and more lasting love—he wondered if how he remembered things was how they really were. Because when he called up her laughter, and the way her eyes had glistened when she saw him, he thought that maybe, just maybe, the two of them should actually have tried.

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The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brother hugthelana on December 9th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
Again you do an amazing job of showcasing the differences between them.

Michael: Bugs! Science! Beauty!
Linc: Sexsexsexsex

Ok, maybe not as bad, but again Michael = cerebral and Linc = more, eh, carnal and physical.

I love that Michael loves both the (uglier) bugs and the butterflies. It's so Michael. Always having respect for life.

Maybe he sees a bit of himself in both. Resiliant and survior at least sounds like him. And fragile and beautiful is at least how we see him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
I love your feedback as much as my story!

When I think of Michael's childhood, teetering on the edge of disaster so much of the time, I can see why the ability to adapt and survive would intrigue him (apart from just Bugs! because he's 10). And that at the same time, beauty for its own sake would have an allure of the things he doesn't dare to hope for.

And for Lincoln, he went right for the surface and only now is thinking that maybe something more was going on that he hadn't paid attention to. That seems like typical Lincoln to me. The introspection could be yeeeeears in coming.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brothersthelana on December 9th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
(apart from just Bugs! because he's 10)

LOL :)

The introspection could be yeeeeears in coming.

Good point. Sounds very much like this style. Plus I totally picture him as the kind of guy who would pine away for Veronica on some level and now that she is ready to come back he gets second thoughts and wonders about alternative What Ifs.
tyrical: PB_Lincoln_1tyrical on April 14th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
I love the way you see Lincoln.
I think you capture his very essense.
You don't cover up what a jerk he can be but you give equal time to what he is sensitive too.

And how you write Michael when I see his strengths and his way of looking at the world which is vastly different from most people. You know he's always thinking and that his brain never shuts off. That in of it itself lets him see two different things at the same time but not necessarily showing an emotional interaction between Michael and another person.

You have managed to show Michael's emotional response to the situation/thing not necessarily the person I think keeping very much in character with how he is in canon. Usually another character namely Lincoln or as we have seen recently Veronica has to remind Michael that other people's feelings/reactions are involved.

Whoo Boy! I really liked this one.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 16th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
love the way you see Lincoln. I think you capture his very essense.
You don't cover up what a jerk he can be but you give equal time to what he is sensitive too.

:D I love Lincoln, who is so... I hate to use the word "Basic," but you know what I mean. And yet, he has good intentions and a lot of fortitude. His sensitivity I think sometimes is very timely, and at other times... arrives too late. So true of a lot of people really. It's very rare (for men in particular) to be on-top of what's emotionally happening right now. Which is part of what leads to so much mis-communication.

Usually another character namely Lincoln or as we have seen recently Veronica has to remind Michael that other people's feelings/reactions are involved.
He's smart about logistics and facts and many situations, but not always smart about people and the signals they're giving off right now. Much like Lincoln, in fact. I think Lincoln overall might actually be better at this than Michael, but he doesn't bat 100%. mooyoo and I were talking about this in comments way back. It's as if Michael sees how this person fits into his plan, and how he intends to manipulate them there (all very well thought out), but he might completely MISS the signals of "Oh-oh. Getting pissed right now. He's going to blow up!" Because that's an of-the-moment feedback recognition and response, and it's non-verbal subtleties and tone-of-voice and a bunch of other things Michael doesn't always see. It's his Achilles heel, really (besides Lincoln, of course).

Wish more people had read this one. The title is probably off-putting, but the dichotomy of the characters (and that there's something more than what's on the surface) is really interesting here.

tyrical: PB_brotherstyrical on December 21st, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Michael was always the intellectual one!
Beautiful outline of Lincoln and how much he lived in the moment!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
And even in the moment, he didn't always see what was right there in front of him. I think that's probably still true for him (all that confusion over Veronica in Season 1). :)
hybridxlovehybridxlove on November 9th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Again, you've got their personalities down so well! I can imagine them like this as children. Michael being more interested in science and information stimulating his mind. Lincoln is all about sex and life in general.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
This was one of the things about KidFic that surprised me— the challenge and fun in portraying younger versions of characters where we can still see hints of who they are and who they'll become.

I find Lincoln fun to write, perhaps because I'm a little more like Michael.