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07 February 2006 @ 12:48 pm
PrisonBreak Drabbles: "Pictures" Challenge  
Title: Secrets
Author: HalfshellVenus
Character: Henry Pope (Gen, drabble)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 205
Summary: A promise to forego is not a promise to forget.

Author's note: Written for pbreak_drabbles. Slightly modified since original post.

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A life without secrets is easier to live.

It is one thing to negotiate while hiding your cards, or to delay bad news or hard decisions until it is clear that no soft answer is coming. It is altogether different hiding pieces of yourself.

Henry Pope struggled with an enormous secret, years ago, and it nearly broke him when he had to reveal it to his wife. Her anger and despair destroyed them, and their recovery was years in the making. He will never forget what that cost.

He is done with lying and evasion. Only quiet truth remains.

Yet there is a single picture buried in the bottom of his desk, where only he will see it and his wife will never know.

In it, a smiling baby looks back at him, all blond curls and tiny teeth. The baby grew up to be a man in a world apart from Pope, and he died never knowing the father who loved him.

This precious picture is hidden, with all the choices that might have been.

But a promise to forego is not a promise to forget.

His shrine of remembrance holds just this one thing. Never, for any reason, will he let it go.

----- fin -----


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Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on February 7th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
I love this! The last line especially!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Why does Pope come to me when Abruzzi won't? *head-scratching*
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on February 8th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Why does Pope come to me when Abruzzi won't? *head-scratching*

Don't know. I'm having a really hard time with Abruzzi right now too.
mooyoomooyoo on February 7th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Very nice. Pope trying to be completely honest from now on except for this one thing that he won't give up.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks!

That affair, actually, is the most anomalous thing about him. It's very unlike the other choices that he seems to have made.

But although he promised his wife that he'd give up that son and let the affair and his byproducts fall into the past... he never promised not to remember that child. I think that for him, that would an additional mistake that compounds the first one.
BEWARE OF JENMAR.: PB - Runners.clex_monkie89 on February 8th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Liked this a lot. You seem to have a very strong Pope voice.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you :)

You seem to have a very strong Pope voice.

I like to think so, but I may also be the only one writing him. I have just the one other fic with his POV.
BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on February 8th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
I like to think so, but I may also be the only one writing him. I have just the one other fic with his POV.

I think part of the reason he's so underwritten is because we don't get a whole lot of screen-time with him and so most people are too afraid to try and write him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
I think part of the reason he's so underwritten is because we don't get a whole lot of screen-time with him

Probably true.

I have a secret liking for him, and for Reverand Mailor, because they chose to do hard jobs with little reward other than that when they make a difference, it really matters. Have you read "Dialogues in Faith" yet? That's the Lincoln & Mailor one.
BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on February 8th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
I have a secret liking for him, and for Reverand Mailor, because they chose to do hard jobs with little reward other than that when they make a difference, it really matters.

See, that's a good reason to like someone. I don't seem to have very many good reasons for liking my favorite "minor" characters aside from that they usually remind me of people I know.

Have you read "Dialogues in Faith" yet? That's the Lincoln & Mailor one.

I just checked my bookmarks and I don't have it in there. I just seem to miss so much of your stuff! I think it's because you write so fast, I read a fic and then the next day you have thirteen more new ones. :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
I think it's because you write so fast, I read a fic and then the next day you have thirteen more new ones. :P

I would go "Hah!" except... it's totally true :-( I have another one to post tonight :-0

Well I'm thinking you'll get around to "Dialogues in Faith" because it's on your rec list for the dreaded crack_van undertaking. Which, truly, we are all so grateful to you for taking on. Yowza.
BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on February 8th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
I would go "Hah!" except... it's totally true :-( I have another one to post tonight :-0

*Snorts* Heh, I think that's why I take so long; you've stolen everyone else's abilty to write quick! And yet? I can't seem to mind at all. :D

Well I'm thinking you'll get around to "Dialogues in Faith" because it's on your rec list for the dreaded crack_van undertaking.

In which case I will get to it, it's just a matter of when. It's like I haven't read anything on the list, every time I read one there's like eight more in the next comment. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna end up making a big "Rec List" post so I can keep track of where I am easier.

Which, truly, we are all so grateful to you for taking on. Yowza.

It's insane really, for such a small fandom we have a lot of fics. A lot. Something tells me I may start driving in April instead March the way this is looking... Stupid shirt months.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on February 8th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
Just gotta add "Word". They don't get enough love (fanfic, fandom and show-wise). But just because they deserve lots and lots of it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
Sometimes I wonder if the audience overlooks them, or if those qualities are noticed.

I find Pope and Mailor inspirational characters, and obviously I try to share that love. :-D
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on February 8th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
I'd love an episode or a fic structured almost like an episode mostly from the POV of the Prison Staff, like their problems, what they notice of The Plan and of our escapee characters, just them meeting for staff meetings and discussing things.

I'd love Pope to be the one who is more aware and who is slightly curious/investigating Michael the way Bellick is.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
That would be interesting, I'll admit. Sort of a "parallel universe" story.

Randomly, someone used to write a fanfic series for Star Trek called "Door Repair Guy." It featured the adventures of the poor shmuck who had to fix those automatic doors, and he'd move from spaceship to spaceship, or among space stations. You'd read snippets of scenes from "The Next Generation" or "Deep Space Nine" as seen from his POV. And then there were the wacky fake commercials inserted between the DRG's show sections.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on February 8th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
LOL, that Star Trek stories sounds great. I wish there was a way one could actually do something like that on tv, maybe as a short series of gag sketches or as a one episode kind of deal.
PamalaX: PB boy toypamalax on February 8th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Very nice. There is so much hidden just under the surface in all these men
so its no wonder we love the show and writing all its characters.

All the wonderful fan fic generated so fast is such a nice testament to the writers and actors who make the characters so tempting.

Nice nice work.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
There is so much hidden just under the surface in all these men
so its no wonder we love the show and writing all its characters.


Absolutely. There are times I wish we'd get a little more of the substance, but as a writer... it sure gives me a lot to work with. Just one episode gave a lot of nice details on Pope, and combined with the job he's chosen and committed to, there's so much opportunity to flesh him out.

Glad you liked this :-)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: tajmajingobop michael and popethelana on February 8th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
Awwww :(

*snuggles Pope and his dead!son*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
Poor Pope. Choosing to abandon that son, for the sake of his wife, must be a decision he rethinks again and again.

Especially after his son had died, arguably due to choices compelled by lack of a father :-(

aspensnowaspensnow on February 8th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of the choices that might have been that the picture represents, and I also just love a POV from Pope.

Loved this.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 9th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I enjoy Pope too, obviously. Did you ever read that other one that I wrote? I don't think it's one of my best fics, but it's not bad.

I love the idea of the choices that might have been that the picture represents,

He must have so wished his wife was willing to compromise about that child... while at the same time understanding why she wouldn't. And all those years spent thinking that the baby was the one that suffered, only to have it become all the more horribly true once he can't do a thing about it. :-(
tyrical: AP_aJolietyrical on April 14th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
He all have that one moment that is ours alone.

You expressed Pope's quite eloquently.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on April 17th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
What a dreadful choice his wife wanted him to make. But he owed it to her-- and he knew it.

And the greatest loss was to his child, who never had any part of anything wrong that was done.