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02 October 2007 @ 12:47 pm
Prison Break Gen Fiction: The Caged Bird Dreams  
Title: The Caged Bird Dreams
Author: HalfshellVenus
Character: Lincoln (Gen)
Rating: PG-13 (language)
Summary: Lincoln's regrets are many, but even now there's still room for one more.
Author's notes: My pbficsurvivor entry for Round 1 (a group competition), and also for my prisonbreak100 Gen claim of Lincoln and Michael (this is #40, "Sight).

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When he closes his eyes, he can make himself see what he wants to. Instead of four gray walls and no future but death, he can remember all the places he'd rather be.

Sometimes it's with LJ, back when he was so little Lincoln thought anything was possible. Or in bed with Veronica, her hair so black against the pillow he could fall into it like night.

His memories of his parents are well-rehearsed, so distant they don't seem real. But he remembers summers at a neighborhood park, children laughing under trees that stretched up to the sky.

Michael looked up to him then, always thought Lincoln could make things right even when they got too big for any kid to handle. Before they became so much larger than Lincoln that he wound up with a death sentence for something he didn't even do.

In Fox River, Lincoln thinks about lives he'll never have, other people he'll never—

Michael.

What? Michael, here? That's impossible!

Michael would never—he's not a criminal, not the type to—

Oh fuck.

All this time, it's been the consolation Lincoln's held onto.

Michael was the only thing he didn't screw up…



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why don't you go sit on a spear?: veronicasavepureness on October 2nd, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Michael was the only thing he didn't screw up…

A perfect end note. Enjoyed reading this, thank you :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on October 2nd, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you liked it! I think that would have been the most piercing thought of all when Lincoln saw Michael in Fox River that first time-- disbelief, followed by just an enormous sense of failure.
why don't you go sit on a spear?: veronicasavepureness on October 3rd, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
I remember the first time I learned that the money for Mike's education have actually come from Linc, and basically that was the reason which got the second involved in the entire affair. Oh my. I could see then how much Linc wanted Mike to succeed, to be everything he couldn't, or didn't have the occasion to be. Basically, he'd spend all his life protecting and looking after his younger brother :)
poważny zamyślony kwadrat: PB/Brotherspellamerethiel on October 2nd, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, very sad, but sweet and touching. I love fics about Michael and Lincoln as being brothers. Great job!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on October 2nd, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love the brotherly fics too, but haven't written as many as I used to. S2 really made that hard, with Lincoln tending to seem indifferent to Michael at times. Plus, very little further delving into their past (and I'd hoped for some more background on their growing up).
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on October 2nd, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, but when you read it before it was sooper-sekrit with no author attached. Though pamala says it was obvious already. ;)

I like the title so much I thought, "Wait-- save it for a bigger story!" But then I thought, "No-- it's perfect for what this one is about." :)