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22 January 2006 @ 12:33 am
Prison Break FanFiction: Darkness Falling  
Title: Darkness Falling
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael/Lincoln(Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Post-Escape, established relationship. How much can be certain or lasting?
Author's Notes: Written for the fanfic100 challenge, where I have the slash pairing of Lincoln/Michael. This is prompt #32, “Sunset.”

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The bathroom mirror is foggy, and Michael opens a window to release the shower steam into the cool air of morning. He has an errand to run today, and no desire to draw undue attention. He’ll shave and get dressed, and by the time he arrives he’ll look like any city clerk or storekeeper out on an early lunch.

He uses a towel to reveal his reflection, and the eyes staring back at him are the only part he knows. He has grown his hair for their life in hiding, in a way he never wears it, and he is surprised every time he sees it. He no longer looks like himself. He no longer feels like himself, in this new house and town and with a reinvented life. There is no more Michael for the outside world to see.

He finishes quickly, slipping back into the bedroom to get his clothes. Lincoln is still sleeping, but stirs a little when the closet door creaks. He watches Michael gather his clothes. “You don’t have to get dressed on my account,” he says, and Michael can hear the teasing in his voice. Lincoln’s eyes are taking in his brother’s naked form, and Michael is both embarrassed and pleased by the attention. “Going somewhere today?”

Michael rummages through the dresser for underwear and socks. “I’ve got to go into the city. I need to check on our status and get some money.” Michael pulls on a button-down long-sleeved shirt that hides his tattoos, and checks his watch.

“You’ll be careful?” Lincoln asks. It’s not really a question, but Michael knows Lincoln worries. They’re vulnerable, both of them, but Michael is easily the more identifiable of the two. If he were pressed, he’d have to admit that a full upper-body tattoo was not the wisest choice for a soon-to-be fugitive. But he can’t undo it now, and he can hate himself for it later.

“I might be back late,” Michael says, shrugging into a jacket. He takes his keys and wallet off the dresser, and Lincoln catches his arm to pull him down. “Be good,” he says, and draws Michael in for a kiss.

“You’re making it hard to leave.” Michael smiles as Lincoln’s hands squeeze his arms and come around to rock him gently. Some days they never leave the bed, but sadly this will not be one of them. “Got to go,” he whispers against Lincoln’s hair, and his kiss is one of regret. Lincoln is already settling back on one arm to watch Michael edge out the door, and the lazy pleasure written in his posture almost gives Michael second thoughts.

It is after dinnertime when Michael returns. There is no change in their status, but he has wired some more cash from offshore and that will hold them for awhile. The house is quiet as he drives up, and empty as he goes inside.

He grabs a bite to eat, looking over the newspaper and waiting for Lincoln. But it’s nearly nine o’clock when he finishes, and his brother has not returned.

Michael starts to worry. They don’t have cell phones, because the calls are too easily tapped and traced, and there is no note waiting on the counter. Lincoln could be goofing off somewhere, but if he’s been picked up by the police how would Michael know?

He squints for a moment, thinking. Pick the most obvious place and eliminate it, and work backward from there until he finds Lincoln. And if he doesn’t… he’ll come back to the house and work up a new strategy.

He checks the beach down below the house, knowing that Lincoln would probably already have come back as soon as he saw the lights signal Michael’s return. Sure enough, Lincoln isn’t down there.

It’s late, so a bar is the next best guess. There are several little taverns in town, and a couple of nicer places as well. Lincoln favors one of the newer spots, which has two televisions and well-priced drinks.

Michael is there in five minutes, trying to think of where he’ll look next if Lincoln isn’t there. He tries not to get too far ahead of himself, not to start on the road to panic. He steps up to the window, scanning the room inside.

Lincoln, sitting at the bar with a sultry blond, has too many drinks inside him and his smile is far too ready. Lincoln, all too clearly, is fine.

The same cannot be said for Michael. He stumbles back from the window and turns to lean against the outer wall, his head buzzing with disorientation. All thought is frozen as he struggles with the need to breathe, and the roaring in his ears is deafening. His eyes roam the sky, now turning purple in the sunset.

Darkness is falling, in the air and in his heart.



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(On to the next part)



 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brothers need youthelana on January 22nd, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)
*sigh*

Such delicious, delicious angst.

*hugs Michael*

And probably a clear case of "nobody will enjoy this story except me" :D

Sequel, sequel!

Seriously, your moods and descriptions just keep getting better and better. I can't even quote everything because somehow everything just resonates so much with me. It's not even once sentence in particular I just think it all works really well together.

I think Michael is more horrified that Lincoln didn't bother to call, that it didn't occur to him how much Michael would worry. I think that pains him much more than just the woman. That Lincoln just isn't aware.

Shall I make a quip about how apparently Linc can't even go 10 hours without, err, *attention*? Naw, I'm sure that will come up in some form :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Oh god, that icon. Love it.

Sequel, sequel!

I do have an arc planned for this, assuming I don't lose it all before it's written. It should work through at least 3 of the other fanfic100 prompts. Unless I start it and hate the whole idea.

Seriously, your moods and descriptions just keep getting better and better. I can't even quote everything because somehow everything just resonates so much with me. It's not even once sentence in particular I just think it all works really well together.

Ooh! Ooh! Music to my ears. It's nice to have favorite lines, but also nice to have someone think that it flows like a single unit.

Shall I make a quip about how apparently Linc can't even go 10 hours without, err, *attention*?

Let's just say that problems with impulse control have gotten him where he is, in all the negative senses. And this is yet another one of those areas.

(no subject) - thelana on January 22nd, 2006 09:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2006 09:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thelana on January 22nd, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thelana on January 23rd, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
NoraNora!angelrose493 on January 22nd, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Bring on the sequel!! This was awesome! I love the ambiance it gives off. Great great!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: kissMichaelhalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Bring on the sequel!!

Dang, now I have to get busy!

Glad you enjoyed it! Despite the "ouch" at the end.
Kimberley: PB2: by everlynlampshade_days on January 22nd, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
Awww. *pouts* Poor Michael.

This is really, really good. The Angst gets me every single time. And that last line is perfect. Brings a certain hesitant closure to the fic but leaves us standing out in the dusk with a distraught Michael, questions unanswered. A sequel would be lovely, but it definitely works without one.

Bravo. *applauds*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I do believe this is my only fic where the angst is NOT resolved within the fic (for better or for ill. In "Awakening" the resolution is not what Michael wants, but at least it has happened).

So glad you liked it :-)
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on January 22nd, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
“You’re making it hard to leave.” Michael smiles

So beautiful. And the end, so heartbreaking. I love this!
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: went sailorthelana on January 22nd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
High Five!

Long live the angst! :D
(no subject) - lissa_bear on January 22nd, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2006 02:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
Zsu: Michael/Lincolnzsuness on January 23rd, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
I love the atmosphere of this fic.. it's so.. I dunno what word to use.. overwhelming? depressing? angsty, yes. I love the difference in moods between the first half and the 2nd.. poor Michael.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
love the difference in moods between the first half and the 2nd.. poor Michael.

The change at the end is something Michael didn't see coming on this particular day. But he had to have suspected it was a possibility, knowing Linc :-(

Glad you enjoyed it!
tyrical: PB_Alazysod_Scofieldtyrical on January 23rd, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Poor Michael. He hurts so pretty.
Hmm. Poor Lincoln. Dumb and sexy such a lethal combination.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
He hurts so pretty.

He definitely does-- and far more often than he deserves.

Poor Lincoln. Dumb and sexy such a lethal combination.

The kind that mows down bystanders on a continual basis, I think :-(
Diellepseudoartiste on January 24th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
*seething* SO hating Linc right now! That was so deliciously played I didn't even see the angst coming!
then BAM!! Michaelangst, emergency huggles are on the way!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Linc/Michael by xenasoulhalfshellvenus on January 24th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
That was so deliciously played I didn't even see the angst coming!
then BAM!!


And don't you know it would be exactly like this, that he'd be blindsided because Lincoln would just drift into his old habits without even thinking about the after-effects?

Lincoln: Never Thinking In The Big Picture.

I hereby declare Michaelangst to be a new and legitimate genre! :-D
(no subject) - thelana on January 24th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pseudoartiste on January 25th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 24th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
I do have more planned for this arc, so there will be more!

Hate to leave Michael dangling like this in the meantime :-(
Fish: LJrhymeswithghoti on January 25th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Sigh . . . I love everything you write. The ending was sweet and sad. thelana's right, this all fits so well together. It was such an easy, smooth read that it was over before I wanted it to be. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 25th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Sigh . . . I love everything you write.

Wow-- thank you! I didn't know you read any of my slash stuff as well. This one is pretty mild on the explicit slash... but fairly sharp on the hurt.

thelana's right, this all fits so well together. It was such an easy, smooth read that it was over before I wanted it to be. :(

Over before both you and Michael saw it coming? It lulls you into a false sense of security, doesn't it, and then... ouch.

Have you read the "Sunrise" one, Serenity And Shadows? They make a nice contrast, although eventually... whammo.

One thing's clear-- thelana is not the only one who enjoys angst. It hurts so good.

So glad you enjoyed this-- thank you for your comments!
(no subject) - rhymeswithghoti on January 25th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on January 25th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
jamiepbfan on February 5th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
Im seriously just going to start putting "Hi, its Jamie! You know i love this one too" Cuz its pretty much what i put on each fic. But again LOVED IT
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
Heh, works for me! Glad you're enjoying this series.

Up to episode 5 of Oz, season 1 now. I never expected to see Eric Roberts as a guest star-- and such a happy-go-lucky murderous one at that!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slash by tinamishihalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
But did you read the prior parts beginning with "Paradise" and then working down through the list from there? They're all part of the same universe, and there's some happiness before the angst gets going. Plus... hot, sensual loving. :D
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