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08 December 2005 @ 07:43 pm
PrisonBreak100: Dreams and Strategies  
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: Lincoln and Michael (Gen)
Prompt: #79, “When”
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Written for the prisonbreak100 fanfic challenge, where I have the Genfic pairing of Lincoln and Michael.

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When they get out, Lincoln thinks he could begin to live again. He tries not to collect too many hopes, too many plans, but there are things… experiences he craves.

He wants to take a shower—alone—and let it run until the heat is gone. He will use real soap and nice-smelling shampoo, and scrub until the taint of prison is gone. He will wear clean clothes, stylish clothes, with leather shoes and a belt. He will wear silk underwear—at least for the first week—and enjoy the feel of smooth softness against his skin, the way skin was meant to be treated. He will let his hair grow out, finally, once it can no longer be used to grab onto or to mark him as too handsome to overlook.

He will run on a beach barefoot, for miles if he can make it, feeling the sun and the air and the feel of sand between his toes. He will spin and raise his arms to the heavens and taste freedom on the salted breeze.

He will bed the first pretty girl who will let him, and let it last all night long. And on a different night he will get completely drunk, pouring back the shots until he forgets a little of the last five years.

And most of all, he will try to make Michael happy in a way he hasn’t been since before Lincoln first left home. He will talk to him, in full sentences, and hug him and thank him. He will tease him and make him laugh until he remembers that smiles are meant to break free.

Michael, of course, has been thinking about this whole thing for months.

When they get out, he has to get them out of the country, and make connection with their fake IDs before they reach their final destination. He needs their disguises ready, and their separate routes so they won’t be recognized, and a rented house in a cheap country where no-one will look for them and no-one will care. He needs their money from the offshore bank he stashed it in, and a way to keep tabs on whether they’re being hunted and whether Lincoln’s conviction has been overturned.

He has to get used to the idea that their new home, for a very long time, might be in some remote village where he doesn’t really speak the language and where his intelligence and skills won’t be of much interest to anyone. And where he’ll have to keep an eye on Lincoln, in case he gets the urge to bolt or to draw attention down upon them, and that he’ll have to be careful enough about it that Lincoln doesn’t get pissed off and resentful.

When they get out it will be a whole new life for Michael, maybe forever, and he’s not sure it’s the life he would choose except that it will be the one where his brother is alive and the two of them are together.

When they get out… maybe at last, after everything has settled down, Michael will be able to breathe again.



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Please leave a comment lying in the sand…



 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brothersthelana on December 9th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
I have to admit on the first attempt I was too dumb to really register the intentional switch in POVs (even with the same entry sentence).

Awww, Linc making plans for life after prison.

Michael will be able to breathe again.

Hugs Michael.

Now I want a fic/scene with exactly that. Michael finally being able to sit down and breathe again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
I have to admit on the first attempt I was too dumb to really register the intentional switch in POVs (even with the same entry sentence).

Hmm, thinking maybe I need to tweak that.

The style of their thoughts is so different here. Lincoln's is more languid and wistful, and Michael's is a litany of responsibilities that await him.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on December 9th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
Maybe just spacing it apart or a divider would do. Or maybe I'm just dumb that way :D and therefore not really the best IR (Ideal Reader) person.

Lincoln's is more languid and wistful, and Michael's is a litany of responsibilities that await him.

I know, poor Michael, mind always working and planning.
faithinfaithfaithinfaith on February 13th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
I started reading this, thinking that it was cute,and well written -- as always, but nothing more and then, then you hit me square in the chest with angst...

"He will tease him and make him laugh until he remembers that smiles are meant to break free." This is a VERY powerful line. It took my breath away and made me close my eyes in angony because I could really feel Licons pain and guilt...

And when you finsihed it all with "when they get out...maybe at last, after everything has settled down, Michael will be able to breath again." I got all teary eyed because it was very Michel and very touching and my heart broke for him.

Again, thanks for making my life brighter with your talent. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
"He will tease him and make him laugh until he remembers that smiles are meant to break free." This is a VERY powerful line. It took my breath away and made me close my eyes in angony because I could really feel Lincolns pain and guilt...
Oh, yes. When all is said and done, Michael has already given up so much for his brother-- and it has changed who he is. That may be the most painful part of all for Lincoln, the part he would have to try to fix when it's all over.


And when you finsihed it all with "when they get out...maybe at last, after everything has settled down, Michael will be able to breath again." I got all teary eyed because it was very Michel and very touching and
my heart broke for him.

He has so much responsibility and has to be so careful and vigilant-- because if he fails it will be the loss of everything that matters. The weight of it all would just be crushing. You have to feel for him-- for how scared and obsessed and hyper-aware he must be.

I'm so glad you're enjoying all of these stories. And, because of my own nature, I think that the more deeply emotional the reader, the more my stories will tend to resonate with him or her. :) Much of my style is empathy-driven, and it speaks loudest to readers who are the same.
faithinfaithfaithinfaith on February 14th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're enjoying all of these stories. And, because of my own nature, I think that the more deeply emotional the reader, the more my stories will tend to resonate with him or her. :) Much of my style is empathy-driven, and it speaks loudest to readers who are the same.I'm so glad you're enjoying all of these stories. And, because of my own nature, I think that the more deeply emotional the reader, the more my stories will tend to resonate with him or her. :) Much of my style is empathy-driven, and it speaks loudest to readers who are the same.I'm so glad you're enjoying all of these stories. And, because of my own nature, I think that the more deeply emotional the reader, the more my stories will tend to resonate with him or her. :) Much of my style is empathy-driven, and it speaks loudest to readers who are the same.I'm so glad you're enjoying all of these stories. And, because of my own nature, I think that the more deeply emotional the reader, the more my stories will tend to resonate with him or her. :) Much of my style is empathy-driven, and it speaks loudest to readers who are the same.

So you're saying I'm emotinal, huh? Well, my husband thinks I'm overemotional so you're probably right. LOL But seriously; at work I'm supposed to be empathy driven so I take it as a compliment. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 14th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
You certainly feel things deeply, and as one who does the same... I have no criticisms for that! I feel much more comfortable with that than with people who don't emit any real feelings. ;)
tyrical: PB_Lincoln_1tyrical on December 21st, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
I loved the duality of this one. Linc's version of things are slow and meandering. Taking time to enjoy every moment. Where as Michael is already on hyper drive. Mind working overtime to figure in as many eventualities as possible. Pure Michael.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And not only is it the difference in their personalities and in their styles, but really-- the reason Lincoln can afford to fantasize about that kind of future is because Michael will own all the little responsibilities that make it possible and keep it from crashing down. His brother's carrying the whole burden of vigilance there. :(
smilesoftnsweet: sd-hands-lovesmilesoftnsweet on February 23rd, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
I love how you constructed this story. The differences between Lincoln's and Michael's thoughts was quite a punch to the gut. Lincoln is calm and quite almost daydream-y. Then, Michael's thoughts are hurried and non-stop. He's still planning... organizing and trying to get everything done.

And most of all, he will try to make Michael happy in a way he hasn’t been since before Lincoln first left home. He will talk to him, in full sentences, and hug him and thank him. He will tease him and make him laugh until he remembers that smiles are meant to break free.
This was hurt-y, but I love how Lincoln's thinking of just making things right again for his brother. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on February 26th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Lincoln is calm and quite almost daydream-y. Then, Michael's thoughts are hurried and non-stop. He's still planning... organizing and trying to get everything done.
I'm always glad when someone notices that! I think this is one of the real differences between the two of them-- Lincoln looks more at the "now" and once things are good enough doesn't follow-through on the rest that might be waiting. Whereas Michael sees every detail AND the big picture all at once, and he can never let go of any of it or it will all come crashing to the ground. In Lincoln's mind, they're practically already free, and in Michael's getting outside Fox River is only the beginning.

but I love how Lincoln's thinking of just making things right again for his brother. ♥
*sighs* If only Season 2 had gone more that way than the road-trip chaos we got instead. Michael deserved a little something back after all that, and he never really got it. :\
hybridxlovehybridxlove on November 9th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Loving this! Lincoln's dreams are typical for a man who has been spending a lot of time in jail. He craves beauty, enjoyment, cleanliness, and the simplicity of living life. Very realistic.

Michael's dream is very well worded as well, he's the practical brother- the one who is always making plans and making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. He's been planning this for ages and he doesn't have time to focus on the simple things that Lincoln is focusing on.

I love how you got both their personalities down perfectly.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: MichaelInBarshalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Lincoln is so much more of an "in the moment" person, and all of the things he wants are the same things a lot of people want... except that he's been strictly denied all of them for a long time.

For Michael, you can practically see the gears turning all the time. Everything is so focused on the difficulty of reaching the next stages of his plan, and the constant threat of danger even AFTER the two of them are out. He can't let down his vigilance for a second, and he already knows it.

I love the contrast between the two of them, and how they still have that emotional bond even though they couldn't be more different.
hybridxlove: MikeLinchybridxlove on December 15th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I love the contrast between the two of them, and how they still have that emotional bond even though they couldn't be more different.

I think this is probably why I love them so much. They're each other's complete opposites and even in spite of that, they have this unbelievable emotional bond that survives through anything coming their way. And it breaks my heart that Lincoln exists in a world where Michael doesn't anymore in Canon world [Which is way fanon will always be the way to go <3]. To me it feels like Linc wouldn't survive too long without his baby bro. Like he would never be whole again. Hahah, maybe it's just me -- I just love these two so much.