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22 August 2007 @ 11:40 am
Prison Break Slash Fiction: The Language Of Cranes  
Title: The Language of Cranes
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael/Lincoln (Slash)
Rating: PG-13 (subject matter only)
Summary: The rules are unwritten and unspoken in this grammar of the forbidden.
Author's Notes: This could be any fandom and any set of brothers, but the "crane" reference is especially apt for Prison Break. For my fanfic100 table and the pairing of Michael/Lincoln Slash, this is #81, "How."

x-x-x-x-x

The sound where two brothers love beyond boundaries is an untranslatable secret, like the language of cranes.

The glossary of sighs, and of promises to embrace while reforming and forgetting the subtle language of the past, is unwritten. It flows forth in a susurration of inflection that only those speaking it can understand.

Any words once used are now lost to the tacit balance of need with denial. There are warnings within glances, looks that convey the whole of this new love while pleading for the unwelcome history to remain silent.

This is how it's done.

Only together can this dance take the place of all the structures and syntaxes the world depends upon to survive.

The requisite vocabulary of this forbidden union is voiced in touch and the essence of mingled fate.

To others, the unpatterned murmur of love-songs buzzes with the chaos of disorder, of a life with no fixed template or meter.

But for those inside this language, the longing for completion is stronger than explanation or convention. By living it, the language forms itself—the bond spirals tighter than all the logic of mere sensibility.

These two have forged their own future, their own vernacular of love. So long as the meaning is clear to both of them, the language is complete.

They forgot long ago that anyone else might be listening.


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callmetofu: hurt michaelcallmetofu on August 22nd, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, very beautiful. I am so happy that you are back.

The last line is very ominous.
callmetofu: michael looking upcallmetofu on August 22nd, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Wait. Do you mean to say this story is about us? That we are the ones watching and deciphering their secret signs?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
It's both-- the ominious note you mentioned earlier, and the idea that we try to listen and understand what those signs and sounds mean. Because how can we resist? ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Tan!

The last line is kind of the notion of going so far into the untranslateable that you forget you might ever have to explain it to someone.

Or, as you noted, to hide it. Which does have an ominous aspect to it.
callmetofu: michael looking upcallmetofu on August 22nd, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the explanation.

A language so private would surely make every outside listener suspicious. Even if they cannot discern its precise meaning.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
would surely make every outside listener suspicious. Even if they cannot discern its precise meaning.
Oh, I agree-- they'd sense that something more was going on than was immediately discernible. Which would tempt anyone to try to figure out exactly what that something IS. :)
callmetofu: michael skull backcallmetofu on August 22nd, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
I should not read you.

I've been writing on a drabble selection (5 things). My style is very bare and unimaginative. I read you and suddenly I'm trying to include a similar poetic language without meaning to.

It appears you are contagious.
sauvageonne on August 22nd, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, just beautiful !!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm hoping the meaning carries through and that it's not too vague. I haven't written anything in this kind of style for quite awhile.
she said mysteriously: :wiggles eyebrow suggestively:resounding_echo on August 22nd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Be still my beating heart--incest and grammar. It's like this was written for me!

Beautiful, love. I am absolutely amazed by some of your constructions and metaphors. And what a lovely title.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
It's nice to have someone appreciate the language aspect explicitly-- both what it means and how it's constructed.

I'm so glad you liked it! *bounces*
lizardlady1213: pic#64586800lizardlady1213 on August 22nd, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
That was really wonderful. I really love your writing style and this one was really awesome.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Ooh, lovely icon. Wentworth looks gorgeous there. :)
aeroport_art: :Daeroport_art on August 22nd, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oooh it's been so long since I've read anything of yours! As eloquent and pensive as usual *___*

How're you, my love?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hi, Li!

I've been wall-to-wall with the vacation/kids' birthday/start-of-school (August is always like this for me).

More importantly, how are you? Settled in now? :)
dc_longwing on August 23rd, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
SO beautiful. This is one more kind of writing at which you rock -- this lyrical, poetic expression. :: shakes head admiringly ::
Thanks,
DC
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, DC. *blushes*

I haven't written anything in this style for awhile-- too focused on pushing plots forward to just let this more ethereal aspect of writing take place. It comes from a different part of the brain, truly. More like "letting go" than "focusing in." :)
heliokleiaheliokleia on August 24th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
"But for those inside this language, the longing for completion is stronger than explanation or convention."

That's my favorite line. And, as always as I read your fics, a happily smile comes over my face.
Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing it with us.

BTW, may I dare to add YOU to my friends-list on my own new LJ account?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you picked out that particular line. It says everything about why the brothercest is so compelling despite the difficulties/taboos-- it's because when the bond is this strong, in the end you can't choose NOT to go forward with it to the ultimate relationship. Which is it's own kind of beautiful wrongness.

BTW, may I dare to add YOU to my friends-list on my own new LJ account?
Please do! Ooh, a new account-- congratulations! You're getting into the swing of a new world. So many benefits, as I'm sure you'll be finding out. :)
Maz (or foxxy!): Blue-eyed boytuesdaeschild on August 25th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
For a love that should be totally wrong this is touchingly beautiful!!

It's awesome!! ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 27th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Marilyn!

Did you read the "Packaged to Perfection" one? That might lift your mood if things still aren't going as they should. Check the "ml_slash" tag. :)
Maz (or foxxy!): let me be hottuesdaeschild on August 28th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
You're very welcome, Karen!

I've read it now!! Funnily enough I was in prisonbreakfic.net and had a quick look...and read it there so I could award you some stars! Things aren't going too badly for me now, though there's still a way to go, but that little gem certainly lifted my mood and made me feel all warm and fuzzy! Thanks for suggesting that one! I don't have time to read all I'd like to but I'm going to try to put that right over the coming weeks!! :)

*hugs*
fiery_fox2fiery_fox2 on April 9th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
*sighs*
So very stunning and beautiful. Lovely.
*memories*