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12 July 2008 @ 09:23 am
Prison Break Gen Fiction: Pedal To The Metal (PG)  
Title: Pedal To The Metal
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael and Lincoln (Gen, All-dialogue)
Rating: PG
Summary: A death match between brotherly bonding and persistent paranoia. Which will win?
Author's Notes: Written during a 60_minute_fics session on dialogue-only fic. Also written for the pbhiatus_fic all-dialogue road-trip challenge, and for prisonbreak100 ("Believe").

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"Lincoln, do you realize this will be the longest time we've had together since you went to Fox River?"

"That's true."

"How do you want to spend it?"

"Getting out of Illinois as fast as possible."

"No, seriously."

"I am serious, Michael. First things first."

"Okay, but aside from that… By the way, when was the last time you drove a car?"

"Hey!"

"What. It's not like anyone really needs a car in Chicago, Lincoln—it could be a decade, for all I know."

"Not that long. Maybe four years."

"So do you—"

"Yes, I remember how to drive! You want to pull over for a demonstration?"

"I wasn't asking for that, Lincoln. God, you're touchy."

"Execution date was three days ago."

"Oh."

"Yeah. Can't stop thinking about getting caught and having to go back."

"You know I won't let that happen, Linc."

"I know…"

"Good. What's the last trip you remember taking with Mom and Dad, when you were a kid?"

"Grandma's, before she died. She still lived on the farm—lots of cows."

"And?"

"Smelly."

"I meant what else you did there, Lincoln. Any other kids show up?"

"There was a hayloft. And kittens."

"Veronica used to have a kitten."

"I know, Michael—I had to take you over to visit every day for a month. I think Vee's mom wanted to kill us."

"She wanted to kill everyone. One time she nearly got Billy Thurston in the head with a can of Ajax."

"Billy probably deserved it."

"Yeah. No tragedy there... So Lincoln, are you hungry? Should we stop?"

"No."

"You're not hungry?"

"I swore I wouldn't be hungry 'til halfway across Iowa, Michael."

"What about a fast-food drive-through? I have my hat."

"Not much of a disguise."

"Better than yours, at least."

"That's kind of my point, Michael."

"Fine, all right already. I'll starve."

"Michael…"

"…"

"I'm just worried about getting caught, that's all. You know why—you saved my life, and I'm still not really sure how. It's hard to believe this is real."

"It’s real, Lincoln. It's definitely real."

"I'm afraid if we stop moving, I'm going to wake up in the infirmary with midnight coming and the Chair waiting all over again."

"Lincoln… We're safe now. You're safe."

"But I'm not going to feel it until we're totally off the map—about three countries from here."

"We'll get there, Lincoln we will. I promise."

"Okay."

"—if I don't die from hunger first."

"How hungry would you be if I stuffed you in the trunk? Because that could definitely happen."

"Still touchy, I see."

"You bet. And still bigger."

"How long are you going to keep lording that over me?"

"What do you think, Michael?"

"I don't know."

"Until it stops being true."



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wrldpossibility: PB cranewrldpossibility on July 12th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
"I wasn't asking for that, Lincoln. God, you're touchy."

"Execution date was two days ago."


Ha! Awesome! Lincoln with the perfect comeback!

Great voice...perfectly in character, as always! I was really hoping someone would do the brothers for this challenge!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Ha! Awesome! Lincoln with the perfect comeback!

Yeah, that'll teach Michael to question the Broodiness. ;)

This one turned out better than I expected, but I think the all-dialogue one I wrote for the PB Fic Survivor challenge was even better (Spinning Your Wheels On The Open Road). That one is also a road-trip fic, which is why I worried about getting another one to come off. Massive coincidence collision. :0
wrldpossibility: michael in thoughtwrldpossibility on July 12th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I knew you had another one in ya! *g*
PamalaX: Brotherspamalax on July 12th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Love the "And still bigger"

Good stuff ;o)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Love the "And still bigger"

;) It's the recourse of older siblings everywhere, especially when it's still true after everyone's grown up.

If only I could stuff people in the trunk when I didn't like how they were acting. Can't blame Lincoln at all. ;)
(Anonymous) on July 12th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
sweet! you capture the characters and the conversation is so real.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I used to be afraid of dialogue, back when I first started writing fanfic, but I get a real kick out of it now. ;)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hahah! Whoo-hoo! *runs around the room like a maniac*

I'm surprised no-one has notice the dig about Michael's baseball cap being his idea of a "disguise." ;)

I do love the idea of Veronica's mom being some hair-trigger near-homicidal maniac, though. ;)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Putting pretty boys in suits never attracts anyone's attention. Ever.
Yubuzzah. I mean, I was just drooling over your Lincoln-in-suit icon there. What, now? ;)

(btw, I'm halfway through season two of Supernatural now *proud face*
Awesomeness! And that removes "Mapping The Tides" and "Shattered" from the No list for slash, because they're early S2.

So, are you totally all engrossed in the Dean angst now? And does watching them in quick succession prevent the getting peeved at S1 Sammy for being such a relentlessly ungrateful baby-of-the-family? ;)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
As for Dean, tbh I'm not OMGINLOVEWITHHIM, I'm not sure why cos he's so pretty he'd make a kitten cry
I'm fascinated with the character, but he's not terribly nice. I love that he love Sam, but I can't seeing being in love with Dean, exactly.

But then I have a little brother so I'm always more tolerant of that sort of thing and actually find it quite endearing
Ha-- are you a middle child? I'm a middle AND an oldest, but I have no tolerance for that kind of behavior at all (having grown up with a sister only 1 1/2 years younger who was a pest about that kind of thing, and now being a parent). I have real issues with S1 Sam, even though Dean and John helped make him who he was. In part, the issues are because Dean is SO happy to have Sam back and is all over what Sam needs, and Sam just breaks his heart again and again because it is ALL about HIM-- he doesn't even notice what Dean feels.
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers2clair_de_lune on July 12th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Lovely ficlet, I really enjoyed it. And those last lines

"How long are you going to keep lording that over me?"
"What do you think, Michael?"
"I don't know."
"Until it stops being true."


are just great :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Can't blame Lincoln, can you? I'm sure he's been using that "solution" to things for a long time. ;)

Thanks for reading!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: MikeLincUnCuffbadboy_fangirl on July 12th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
One of the things I've always really enjoyed about Wentworth's portrayal of Michael is how *little brother-ish* he can become in Lincoln's presence. You really capture that here with his whining for food and STARVING and the hat business, and of course the reference to Vee and her kitten.

But the best part for me was:
"How hungry would you be if I stuffed you in the trunk? Because that could definitely happen."
Because that is so BIG brother. And I'm sure Lincoln did mean things to his little brother "as a joke!" *g*

So great.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
is how *little brother-ish* he can become in Lincoln's presence.

I can imagine that would be frustrating to Michael too, if he realized he were doing it. I'm a grownup now, this is totally unnecessary. Wait a minute, what is he— "Lincollllln!"

Because that is so BIG brother. And I'm sure Lincoln did mean things to his little brother "as a joke!"

Or because it got Michael out of his hair. ;) I totally did not say that.

Glad you liked it— dialogue is such fun to write!
tyrical: RPS_Wentworth Millertyrical on July 13th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
God! This was good!
I loved this exchange.
Reminds hey! They really are brothers.
I totally can see Lincoln using his size to his advantage.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on July 13th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Reminds hey! They really are brothers.
Constantly alternating between closeness and bickering, and detouring down the random over and over again.

I totally can see Lincoln using his size to his advantage.
Oh, yes-- especially with a younger brother who is very fixated persistent. You KNOW that's been a lifelong trait, on both sides. ;)

Glad you enjoyed it! :D
happy is as happy does: Brothers hug (3x13) - Prison Breakhappywriter06 on July 16th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
"I wasn't asking for that, Lincoln. God, you're touchy."
Ya think, Michael? Ha.

"You bet. And still bigger."

"How long are you going to keep lording that over me?"

"What do you think, Michael?"

"I don't know."

"Until it stops being true."

Oh, boys! (And in S1 he was huge.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bladehalfshellvenus on July 16th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
(And in S1 he was huge.)

A tad... 'over-beefed'... as I like to say. ;)

In S2, he was RRRAWRR! Which I'm sure translates itself. :D

Thanks for reading!
eternal_doloreternal_dolor on September 6th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Awesome story! I really enjoyed reading it
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! These all-dialogue stories can be a lot of fun to write, and you get such a sense of how much the different characters' voices come through just in how they speak. :)