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17 October 2007 @ 12:50 pm
Prison Break Slash Fiction: In This Ever After  
Title: In This Ever After
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael/Lincoln (Slash, AU)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: There are no fairytales that unfold toward this ending...
Author's Notes: Set in my "Paradise" universe, which involves an alternate post-escape life for Michael and Lincoln (as a couple) and in which the brothers headed for South America right after the Fox River Escape (no money-chase, no SONA). This is my fourth story for pbficsurvivor. Also written for fanfic100, where I have the Slash pairing of Michael/Lincoln-- this is prompt #52, "Fire."

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Lincoln never thought they'd actually need the fireplace in this rental house. They came in Spring when the warm weather had already started, and even through early Fall the South American coast was a blast-furnace broken by the occasional seaside breeze.

Tonight the air is cool, a hint of the rainy season to come. He and Michael have pushed the sofa back to the edge of the rug, and spread out a blanket in front of the flames—a picnic, where they will feast only on each other.

Lincoln remembers the last time he did something like this. It was with Veronica, back before that final downward spiral that led him to that parking garage and his back-room engineered fate.

He'd thought for awhile that she would be his Ever after, but it turned out that he really couldn't be hers. She'd known that finally, even if he hadn't.

Her skin had gleamed in the firelight then, alabaster tinted with gold beneath that sweep of long black hair. Now it's Michael's skin glowing before him, all complicated artistry up above followed by ivory-satin smoothness and the silk-brushed muscle of Michael's legs down below.

Lincoln never thought he'd be here, with Michael, like this. There are no fairytales that unfold toward this ending, this relationship where wrong turns right and the beginning becomes the end and marked men survive their fate.

And yet he's here.

Michael turns his face toward Lincoln, choosing him with every part of his being in spite of all that Lincoln is and all he's done. "Something on your mind?"

"Maybe," Lincoln recovers quickly, remembering that Michael's not the one who ever had doubts about the two of them. "I don't suppose we have any whipped cream…" Lincoln stalls.

"Like in a can? Not so easy to come by here. Besides, that's the last thing I need—something right out of the fridge on my bare skin. The fire's not that hot."

Now that the idea has presented itself Lincoln finds it hard to give it up so easily, those trails of silky white waiting to be followed with his tongue. "Where's your sense of adventure?" he pouts.

Michael puts his hand over Lincoln's, his gaze lingering on Lincoln's face before taking in the room around them, this home they've made in self-imposed exile. "I'm already living it," he says.

Lincoln's chest goes tight, because in so many ways this actually is a Happily ever after for Michael, who only ever wanted him. A house on the beach surrounded by beauty and each other… this is home for Lincoln now too, this haven from the consequences of the real world. He honestly hasn't been this happy in a very long time.

He reaches out and brushes his thumb over Michael's mouth, over those wonderfully soft lips as Michael's smile lifts at the corners in response. "I like the way you think," Lincoln murmurs.

Michael's looks at him more intently then, his eyes filling with heat and desire as he rises up onto an elbow and just waits, a study in temptation. "Come here," he says, low and deep and all for Lincoln in a way that's still a wonderful surprise.

The sound of Michael's voice is like a secret that shivers down inside of Lincoln, rippling all the way along the length of his very soul.


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Antyantychan on October 17th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
There are no fairytales that unfold toward this ending

Eh. Lyrical and gorgeous!!

I'm afraid I've read all of your stuff, but only ever left a comment below the first chapter of the Arrangement series. But I adore your Michael/Linc fic!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 17th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like the stories, and comments are always welcome!

Just glad to be writing this pairing again-- and this particular scenario here is one I've wanted to write for almost a year, so it's really nice to have finished it. :)
Antyantychan on October 17th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Heh. I think I gushed in that other comment how you've inspired some of my stuff.

Oh, I'm sure lots of people are happy you're writing M/L again. too!!
Claire: pb_face to faceinterpretthis on October 17th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
The sound of Michael's voice is like a secret that shivers down inside of Lincoln, rippling all the way along the length of his very soul.

Gah. *dies from the pretty*

Fantastic piece. Oh how I'd love a sexy Michael and a sexy Lincoln + a sexy fire right about now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
One of my best finishing lines in ages-- it came before the fic was finished!

I'd SO much rather be watching them happy together (and ideally, naked) instead of the endless sweat and dirt and random dead guys on S3. *sigh*

Glad you liked the story! I've been waiting ages to write this one, and the muse abandoning me last year really didn't help. Mmmmm... firelight sex.
Claire: pb_face to faceinterpretthis on October 21st, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Ah, I love lines that write fic! ♥

Truetruetrue, but I'm getting some fun canon A/M lovin', so I can't complain too much. ;P

And evil muses are no fun, but yours certainly came back in full swing! *hugs it*
crowleyangel on October 17th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
This had a really good ending I liked it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! And boy, do I owe you a boatload of comment replies. You were busy while I was out of town this weekend. :)
(Anonymous) on October 18th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Well you have a great many stories, it's hard not to read them all. I love your Michael/Lincoln fics so much!
crowleyangel on October 18th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Haha this was by me, I forgot to log in. I'm a dope. :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
:D I'm just glad you like BOTH my fandoms! Double-dipping wins, in this context. :D \o/
miss_mandy on October 18th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
My incredibly detailed comments ;P
So pretty!

Oh how I've missed Michael and Linc.

because in so many ways this actually is a Happily ever after for Michael, who only ever wanted him.

Love! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 18th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: My incredibly detailed comments ;P
Oh how I've missed Michael and Linc.
Me too-- not only in ficcing, but actually in canon as well. *cries* And S2 was so incredibly deadly for my muse, I honestly didn't think it was ever coming back.

I'm glad you picked out that line-- it's pretty much the theme of the whole universe this story lives in, and I love the realization Lincoln has here that sometimes the simplest things are also the strongest and most important.

*waves*
amodalieamodalie on October 18th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Since your "Paradise" stories were among the first I discovered when I joined the fandom, they really are something special to me. Whatever happens on screen, in my mind it will end up exactly like this.

Now this one is a tender and sweet piece of beauty which leaves me... just... *sigh*...

And: great last line!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Whatever happens on screen, in my mind it will end up exactly like this.
That's definitely how I'd like it to end-- and I would so much rather have had them run off to safety early in S2 instead of the money-chase/car-chase/LJ-chase/Conspiracy-chase plotlines that were a lot of flailing around but not at all emotionally satisfying. :(

That last line... if only they were all that good! Especially for a romantic story, that leaves such a nice feeling. :)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on October 19th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! Veronica shoutout! Also: Happy Birthday! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Someone has to remember her, since the show definitely can't be bothered. :0 Plus, it's such a nice contrast in this particular universe of all the "normal" things Lincoln might expect instead of this very out-of-normal thing that's actually happened in its place.

And thanks for the birthday greetings! Boy, I did not get a lot of work done that day...
Maz (or foxxy!): Heartbreaktuesdaeschild on November 25th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm late getting to this (nothing changes, huh?!!) but I'm sure glad I did!

More of your beautiful brothercest and I really love that Lincoln has his doubts yet for Michael it's all he's ever wanted. And it's very poignant that Lincoln always thought that Veronica would be his ever after...yet he turns out to be Michael's. Nicely ironic!

That last line is so gorgeous!

*tries to get the image of Michael's tattooed skin criss-crossed by lines of whipped cream out of my head* ;)