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14 January 2006 @ 11:24 pm
PrisonBreak FanFiction: Serenity and Shadows  
Title: Serenity And Shadows
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Lincoln/Michael (slash)
Rating: PG
Author's Notes: Written for the fanfic100 challenge, where I have the slash pairing of Lincoln/Michael. This is prompt #31, “Sunrise.”

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Michael stirs in the changing light as Lincoln slumbers on beside him. It is early, almost morning, and the sun is coming up. He can just see the sky shifting to pink, and knows it’s too soon to be starting his day. They sleep later, now that they can choose to, and Michael loves the feeling of luxuriating in bed with his brother. He has spent a lifetime waiting to fill this place in Lincoln’s heart, in his arms. The act of holding, and staying, is the softest bliss he knows.

Michael turns to gaze at Lincoln’s face, so different in sleep than Michael could have imagined. In the years locked in his memory, he has watched Lincoln brood and storm, pacing a room or his cage with the spirit of an angry lion. The vision before him now is fairly recent, sweetly new. Gone are the furrows in his forehead, the tightness around his eyes. With the dark flush of whiskers coming up under the skin, Lincoln asleep is all serenity and shadows. Michael’s eyes have sought him and followed him for years beyond knowing. But never before has his brother been this beautiful.

His hand brushes over Lincoln’s chest and down his arm, reveling in the wonder of this closeness and this touch. He is holding his heart’s desire under the tips of his fingers, and it is not denying him or running away. He can barely remember a time before Lincoln meant everything to him, but he can still feel the long stillness of his loss. Troubled, absent, drugged-out and jailed, his brother was the center and the hollow in Michael’s heart. Michael missed him like a part of himself, and to have him back is almost more than he can hope for or believe.

He moves his head to Lincoln’s shoulder, leaning closer, becoming one. He is lazy and content, in the warmth of Lincoln’s love, and he would not trade this opportunity for any easier, more perfect life.

The sun is higher, and day is dawning, but Michael drifts into peaceful satisfaction. There is today and there is now, and he is in no hurry to be moving forward.


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The Good, The Bad and The Lana: michael alien neckthelana on January 15th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Awwwwww :)

So many pretty words. From "He can just see the sky shifting to pink," to "Lincoln asleep is all serenity and shadows. ".

I love how Michael describes Lincoln's face.

Isn't post break-up universe strangle addicting?

Sometimes I wonder though, sometimes it is weird to think that it's almost like Michael didn't even have a choice. Does he really love Lincoln, or would he have been just as devoted to anybody who would have been there as long as that person hadn't been too cruel? How much of this love is really about the *person* rather than just the *concept*? Does Michael ever wonder about that? Did he ever (and how hard) try to find things on the outside? Did he come back because it was really *better* than what he saw outside or just because it was *easier*? What are the thing that Lincoln have done, that are really specific to Lincoln that made Michael feel that way. Then again, maybe it is just Michael's personality that he would always worship the person he loves that way.

See, you post some sweet romantic fluff and I go off rambling on aimlessly. It's official, I can ramble around aimlessly on anything :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: kissMichaelhalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
Isn't post break-up universe strangely addicting? Hee. I fixed your typo there.

It's definitely addicting to me! I'm having a good time in this whole setting right now :-D

I actually suspect Michael could have spent a lot of time self-analyzing over exactly these issues.

But I think he fell for Lincoln long ago, before he knew what it meant or what it would cost him, and it's become a part of him that he can't change. Romantic feelings, as with sadness, are the ones we have the least control over. We can't create them where the don't exist. And we certainly can't stop them even when we wish we could. We can avoid the person for whom we have those feelings (i.e., change jobs or positions if it's, say, a married person at the office). But we can't kill those feelings by wishing them dead.

My easy answer, I know, but that's how I picture it.

I love the sweet, romantic fluff. Don't you think Michael's overdue? Although wait until the "Sunset" one comes out...
(no subject) - thelana on January 15th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thelana on January 15th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 15th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thelana on January 15th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 15th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thelana on January 15th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on January 15th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! So sweet and really beautiful! I love Michael's thoughts on how different sleeping Lincoln is in comparison to death row Lincoln or strung out Lincoln!

Once again, you manage to fit so much into so few words! Brilliant!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!

This was even relaxing to write, getting into Michael's head this way.

I think that Lincoln has probably been permanently stressed-out for almost all of what Michael remembers. What a change this would be, not to mention a glimpse of Michael letting his own guard down a little.
Kimberley: LJ: by everlynlampshade_days on January 15th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
I think I have to echo thelana's "Awwwwwwwwww." Hehe.

And I too love how Michael describes the sleeping Lincoln. Lincoln asleep is all serenity and shadows - ooh, pretty and appropriate alliteration.

Amazing contrast between the frantic, tense pace of your pre-escape fics and the slow, gorgeously indulgent pace of your post-escape fics. You capture the "mood" of both worlds well with your words. :D

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln by always2nlhalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
Amazing contrast between the frantic, tense pace of your pre-escape fics and the slow, gorgeously indulgent pace of your post-escape fics. You capture the "mood" of both worlds well with your words. :D

Thank you! I definitely enjoy being with them in the Post-Escape world. The opportunities to interact _at all_ are so much easier to deal with.

I loved that line you quoted so much that I kept it for the title. And it gives me such a gorgeous mental picture of Lincoln asleep, with those thick, dark lashes touching his cheeks.
(no subject) - thelana on January 15th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 15th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 15th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
callmetofu: greencallmetofu on January 15th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Could you look at my fic? I have trouble with the layout and I'm not sure if the pronouns are all clear.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!
Diellepseudoartiste on January 24th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Awww! *melts like the pathetic sap I am* I don't know how you make it so sweet without being candypink!fluff, it boggles the mind. Maybe cause I always just get the feeling that no matter how happy Michael is now, Lincoln will do something to screw it up eventually.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 24th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you make it so sweet without being candypink!fluff

It's good to know that it isn't crossing the line into ickiness. Love romance... hate goo. :-)

Maybe cause I always just get the feeling that no matter how happy Michael is now, Lincoln will do something to screw it up eventually.

Exactly. If you read these in order you get this one followed by the Sunset prompt, "Darkness Falling" (which you did read), so in that combined pairing, the contrast is really distinct.

dumbassLinc! You just know he can't be trusted over the long haul.
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 24th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
tyrical: RC_pure beautytyrical on January 28th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
I love this contentment.
I feel like Michael is taking the time to truly enjoy the moment.
I feel like Michael is storing up all these precious memories so he'll have a treasure chest of memories to keep him going when Lincoln moves on.
Lovely piece.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: kissMichaelhalfshellvenus on January 28th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you tyrical :)

I've missed you during your RL hiatus over the last week. I so enjoy your feedback, and I notice when you're not around...

Hope that project went well. Feast or famine, in your job?
(no subject) - tyrical on January 29th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
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jamiepbfan on February 5th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
Very beautifully written, loved this sincerity of this one. Great Job again!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: kissMichaelhalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jamie!

More soft than fluffy, i think. But so relaxing to read. I want to be there...

(no subject) - jamiepbfan on February 5th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
la_folle_allure on February 6th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
*squees* Cuddling! Sleeping!Lincoln! *is a puddle of very happy goo right now*

Bah, screw taking notes on Freud's analysis of death! I gots me some PB fics to rreeeaaaadddd......
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln by always2nlhalfshellvenus on February 6th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Heh heh! I'd rather read fanfic than analyze much of anything (except the fanfic itself).

Glad you enjoyed this. Bed!Snuggles are high on my list of favs, especially when the men involved are beautiful :-)

I'll get you to worship Dominic yet ;)
(no subject) - la_folle_allure on February 6th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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tyrical: PB_Alazysod_touchtyrical on February 12th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
There is today and there is now, and he is in no hurry to be moving forward.

So well said. In fact may I borrow it?

I am basking in the warmth and cocoon of love that Michael had built in this moment. Its like I've been enveloped in this wonderful moment full of softness and gentleness.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: kissMichaelhalfshellvenus on February 12th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
So well said. In fact may I borrow it?

Certainly. If I ever get my Journal style altered, I could thread quotations and pictures through parts of it. *Sigh* Someday. When I'm not writing :-0

I am basking in the warmth and cocoon of love that Michael had built in this moment. Its like I've been enveloped in this wonderful moment full of softness and gentleness.
The "Serenity" part of the title really fits, doesn't it? The whole image and feeling is very restful to me.
alejandrasophia on May 16th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
I love this line: "...his brother was the center and the hollow in Michael’s heart."

God, their love is so beautiful. Makes me want to cry.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on May 16th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
I love this line: "...his brother was the center and the hollow in Michael’s heart."
Me too. :) I picked it for the cut-line text for that reason. It pretty much defines Michael's feelings for Lincoln right there.

God, their love is so beautiful.
At least as written in fanfic, and often hinted in canon. So hard to know, but we can't help but feel that deep and lasting love is the only real reason Michael would go to such dangerous and permanent lengths to save Lincoln. The cost has already been enormous, and it will continue to grow.
(no subject) - alejandrasophia on May 16th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC) (Expand)