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07 January 2009 @ 11:58 am
Prison Break Slash Fiction: In Quiet Dissolution (PG)  
Title: In Quiet Dissolution
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael/Lincoln (pre-Slash)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 200
Summary (Pre-Series): Lincoln is home again…
Author's Notes: Failed attempt at the pbhiatus_fic double-drabble challenge on smut (PG, for crying out loud), but it works for my fanfic100 challenge (this is "Snow").


Nothing changes in winter, not really. The dormant sluggishness of the streets is an echo of life, where everything waits to begin again after the thaw.

Michael is seventeen when Lincoln gets out of prison the second time. He waits at the bus station, cold and uncertain as the parade of forgotten people passes through, but the world becomes a whisper when Lincoln finally appears. All Michael sees then is blue eyes and dark lashes, a weary smile growing stronger in answer to his own.

Lincoln is home.

They hug, warm and tight in the gritty crush of strangers, then move out to the street. Lincoln looks around slowly—taking everything in, relearning the sense of freedom—before turning his face toward the softness of the sky. Puffs of white fall onto his cheeks and lips, ice-crystal kisses that last only seconds before fading away.

Michael watches, feeling something inside himself break at that innocence and beauty, at the sudden desire to touch Lincoln everywhere those snowflakes fall. He can't—shouldn't—but the thoughts keep coming, faithlessly melting him from the inside out.

Lincoln unseats Michael's reasoning, shifting truth and time.

Lincoln is home again. For Michael, that changes everything.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
The disappearing f-list had better not happen! Though there were a few hours today when I thought it might have. *bites nails*

Dangerous reading and writing! I like that idea. You did, what, three pornlets for this challenge? I failed on this first one, though I'm hoping to take another shot at it before time runs out. :0

I love the cold here. It's very atmospheric and reminds me of the scenes in 'Brother's Keeper'
It kind of has the atmosphere that "Icicle Palace" does, which was very much inspired by "Brother's Keeper." And I'd hoped to make this story part of that context, but it became something else instead. Lincoln would be about 21 here-- somewhere after having LJ with Lisa and breaking up with her, and we know that he had at least one or two stints in real prison (as opposed to Juvenile Detention/Juvie). There's a certain hopelessness for the reader in knowing that Lincoln keeps going back to prison over time, and that his failures keep getting worse.

The sense of the future about to change now.
I'm glad you noticed that! Michael's feelings have changed, but readers know that he hopes Lincoln will also have changed (just as he must have hoped every time Lincoln got out of prison). It's such an unusual place to be, as a reader, feeling all of that along with Michael and knowing that it's already too late.

Thanks so much for reading! :)