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15 January 2006 @ 11:50 pm
Prison Break Gen Fiction: It Won't Be This (PG)  
Title: It Won't Be This
Character: Michael (Gen)
Rating: G
Summary: She is a distraction that Michael cannot afford...
Author’s Notes: Written for the prisonbreak100 challenge, where I have the Genfic pairing of Lincoln and Michael. This is prompt #35, “Not Enough.”

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Her touch is soft and her hair is sweet-smelling, and Michael wishes every day that he didn’t know that. He expected privilege and an air of pity. Instead, her compassion makes all of this hard.

He uses kindness to deflect her suspicions, and distance to avoid leading her on, but he’s never sure any of it is working. Her eyes notice too much. He is careful not to drop his guard, to let himself be seen. She is too interested in him-- knows too much about him-- and this is just another damn part of his plan that looked a whole lot easier on paper.

He doesn’t know if this will make it easier when the entire thing blows apart. Will his gentle regard have shown that hurting her was never supposed to part of it? And if not… he hopes her anger will help her to move on. He wishes he could tell her that she deserves more, and someone better, but the con who will betray her has no right to speak that truth. It’s a conversation they have no foundation to be holding, though her waiting eyes suggest it.

But he can’t be having sunset and tequila fantasies when his brother’s fate is marked down on a calendar for all the world to see. And some days he thinks she should already know that, should stop expecting him to charm her like every tomorrow is the same.

Lincoln comes first, has been first forever, and his chances will not be compromised by hopes or tenderness, no matter what could have been. It won’t be this that makes Michael forget what’s important. Saving Lincoln is his purpose, and he can’t afford to fail.

He measures the days until he can end this stage play, slipping through the trapdoor with his brother to freedom.

And he’ll remember her, with some regrets. But he never promised her a leading role.


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kahlakahla_w on January 16th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
Ooh, I love this. Especially those last two lines. Wonderfully short and sweet.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Your icon is perfect for your fics, which I'm so behind on. How much of the table have you covered so far?
(no subject) - kahla_w on January 16th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 16th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
LOL, you are way too optimistic ;D

And now you will fall in love with the dynamic and write lots and lots of fic on them ;D It's ok, I still love you :D

Just kidding. *bows to you* You know I always love it when people write something they haven't tried before. I'm very curious what other people will say.

So, what's next, Lincoln/Veronica?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
and write lots and lots of fic on them ;D

;D is right. This was a stretch already.

So, what's next, Lincoln/Veronica?

You just never know. There's a lot of possibility in the Genfic stuff for prisonbreak100 Depends on what the prompts inspire. This was more of something that created itself, and then I had to find the suitable prompt (I think "Not Enough" is perfect, actually).

We'll have to wait to see what others say, because prisonbreak_fic is still already 1 fic behind for me. Dang it's slow!
(no subject) - thelana on January 16th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Fish: LJrhymeswithghoti on January 16th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Loved it. Short and sweet, with just enough angst, but not too much. And very nice imagery, for such a short fic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

Most of the angst here is really Sara's, although Michael feels for the position he's putting her in... and the unexpected variables of her being so much nicer than he expected, and attracted to him in a way that his plan didn't allow.

PamalaX: PB eyespamalax on January 17th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
If that is a stretch you stretch exceptionally well.

Thanks! I really enjoyed that and kind of hope you do at least a little bit more here and there.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
If that is a stretch you stretch exceptionally well.

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed that and kind of hope you do at least a little bit more here and there.

:-D I just really never know, to be honest. This one came to me during a bike ride (this is about the 4th one of those now), and I haven't really done this "pairing" before. I have some fic ideas sketched out for some of the fanfic100 and prisonbreak100 prompts, but mostly these stories find ME independently.

Which is probably why no Abruzzi yet. John? Do you need my address? Don't be shy...
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Diellepseudoartiste on January 18th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
OMG! Love the stage play metaphor, so brilliant. *snickers* Puppet Master Michael and all his players.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 18th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Puppet Master Michael and all his players.

What I really love is that his players... are not as well-behaved as he was counting on. If the viewer finds him arrogant, then he has that coming. On the other hand, if we think of him as naive (which I prefer), then it's kind of humorously pesky for him. And you thought you were so smart, didn't you, Scofield? Should have studied psychology when you were making your plans.

And, as this fic shows, his stage play has real consequences for other people, which will sometimes be hurtful. Because people feel what they will, not what you want them to.

Nice of you to stop by! :-D
yani_lpyani_lp on January 18th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
i love it!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 18th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Your icon seems to match this story pretty well, too.
miss_mazzie on January 21st, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
This is bittersweet. Really enjoyed it.

just another damn part of his plan that looked a whole lot easier on paper.

Yes, I think this is true for a lot of things that have happened, the least of which is this "thing" with Sara.

But he can’t be having sunset and tequila fantasies when his brother’s fate is marked down on a calendar for all the world to see. And some days he thinks she should already know that, should stop expecting him to charm her like every tomorrow is the same.

So, with this - is this canon here? I'm curious. Do you really believe this sentiment from Sara's perspective, or is this just a part of *this* story?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
So, with this - is this canon here? I'm curious. Do you really believe this sentiment from Sara's perspective, or is this just a part of *this* story?

That's a good question. Canon is that she asked Lincoln whether they were brothers, and Lincoln confirmed it. I would assume that he would tell Michael that, too. So Michael assuming she knows that his brother is going to be executed soon... doesn't seem much of a stretch to me.

I'm glad you liked the story-- bittersweet is really the right word to describe it. :-)
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wenty_freak on January 22nd, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
I like this a lot. I've written numerous Michael-Sara fics, but I think the most interesting part of both of them is their internal struggles about having a connection. This is a great characterization of Michael's side of that struggle.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you-- glad you liked it :-)

I think the most interesting part of both of them is their internal struggles about having a connection.

Yes, and a large part of that is really on Michael's shoulders. He has his reasons, as I showed here, to want to not let her too close. But interspersed with the occasional flirting and friendliness, he's just... being too weird for her to connect with particularly well. I think that is mostly by design, on his part-- but how aggravating it would be to be on her side of all of these unpredictable exchanges!
tyrical: PB_Alazysod_touchtyrical on January 28th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
And he’ll remember her, with some regrets. But he never promised her a leading role.

I love this line. It gently touches on the canon relationship that is brewing between Michael and Sara. The fact that Michael see it and knows it for what it is. Yet the tie to his brother is stronger than all other bonds and I love the fact that nothing and no one will lead him away from that.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 28th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
And I hope the canon relationship stays that way, personally.

I can see some thoughts about "In another life..." on his part, but I can't see him losing sight of his driving force to free his brother while he's in prison.

Now, since Sara doesn't know about any of that, I can see why she might think this is more possible. EXCEPT that she really ought to have more sense. From her perspective, he's a con. She's seen plenty of them over the years, some charming, most not. But she still ought to know better. Even if he's that 1 in 10,000, it isn't worth the risk or emotional investment. And her character is smart enough to know that. However... I think the writers like her as a fangirl, so she (and we) are probably doomed...

I sure hope not. A man who sacrified his toes (!) just for timing, and who takes the risk of being raped and murdered every day should not be getting sidetracked by Sara, no matter how pretty, compassionate and intelligent she is.
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faithinfaithfaithinfaith on February 15th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
I simply love this -- for several reasons. First of all; you stay true to Michael's character and that's pretty important to me. But also because it made me smile. It was sweet somehow.

I'm no Sarah/Michael shipper but this almost made me feel for them. LOL and finally because I just adore the last line. It's perfect!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 15th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
I simply love this -- for several reasons. First of all; you stay true to Michael's character and that's pretty important to me.
:) It is to me too. I never intend to write out-of-character fic, and no matter how I use them they need to be believable or I won't like my story.

I'm no Sara/Michael shipper but this almost made me feel for them.
I'm an anti-shipper, but that doesn't mean the feelings or possibilities aren't there. Just that I don't think, realistically, that Michael would ever be stupid enough to really get taken in by them or pursue them. He didn't risk his life, taint his skin and lose his toes only to throw it away for a pretty girl.

Glad you liked the ending, too. It's heartfelt and almost heartless all at once. Because he's pragmatic, and this is how it has to be-- even if he's sorry about it.
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Kim: empty spacesmeadowlion on February 22nd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
Lovely work as usual.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it :)