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12 January 2009 @ 12:28 am
Prison Break Slash Fiction: "By Different Rules" (Michael/Sucre, PG-13)  
Title: By Different Rules
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael/Sucre (Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: It has nothing to do with Maricruz…
Author's notes: Another pbhiatus_fic entry for the "sex" challenge, this time with a new pairing!

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It has nothing to do with Maricruz, this thing with Michael. Sucre doesn't love her less—or want her less—even for a second. It's just that prison's different, the rules are different. Eventually, you become different.

It started after the riot, with Michael breaking apart on the floor of their cell. Sucre knew that shell-shocked look, he even remembered feeling it. He couldn't just let Michael sit there. A soft hand on Michael's shoulder started it, and then Michael collapsed against him and shook like the world was ending.

Sucre pulled him close, and when Michael turned his face upward those lips were there for the taking.

It sealed their fates.

He tried to be strong, but the next teary-eyed moment or trembling of Michael's mouth always defeated him. Before long, things changed—Michael would look at him with such heat and possibility that Sucre grew hard and breathless with needing to know where it led.

They don't wait for darkness anymore. The sheet goes up whenever the mood strikes.

It has nothing to do with Maricruz, nada. So how did freedom stop being too far off and instead start crowding the few days of happiness Sucre has left?


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Maz (or foxxy!): You and me forevertuesdaeschild on January 12th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
I have to say I have this new-found love for Michael/Sucre (I blame chanchito_z for it!) and this fed it so well!

The justification (always a tricky animal!) was totally convincing and I always find woobie!Michael completely irresistible; seems Sucre does too, huh? :)

So how did freedom stop being too far off and instead start crowding the few days of happiness Sucre has left?

How perfectly you conveyed that Sucre kind of dreaded the escape here? Killer last line!

Karen, you always write Michael/PB-Male-Characters so convincingly and so well! And now you've got this adorable pairing completely nailed! I will have to point Chan in this direction!

*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm SO glad you liked this, and that it seemed convincing! That's the hardest part for me with this pairing-- getting Sucre to go from friendship to something more. I usually can't see him doing that, so I'd hope to provide the right motivation.

Woobie!Michael is so compelling (and so pretty) that it's hard to imagine someone resisting him (maybe especially other men). ;)

I'm thrilled you think that this succeeded, and your words were so lovely. They're especially welcome with a pairing I really don't write-- we're never quite as sure of those!

Thank you so much, Marilyn! ♥
Maz (or foxxy!): Stay with metuesdaeschild on January 13th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
It is a hard transition but you nailed it. And considering this is a pairing you don't really write that's a great achievement. :)

Woobie!Michael is so compelling (and so pretty) that it's hard to imagine someone resisting him (maybe especially other men) ;)

*grins* Totally!! :)
shaitanah: michael/mahoneshaitanah on January 12th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I've never been a fan of this pairing, but this drabble just made it so powerfully convincing, in such few words! Beautiful as always, striking and perfectly justified. Great job! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love the idea of Michael/Sucre working (though it's not my OTP), but I so often have trouble believing in it.

It's so nice to hear from someone in the same boat that it seemed convincing and appealing. Both a relief and a pleasure! Thank you, Shaitanah!
mercurybard on January 12th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh. *smiles lovingly at her favorite boys* I miss them. And this is such a perfect little piece without one word out of place.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's right-- I'd forgotten that you really liked Michael/Sucre, and I know they aren't written as often as other pairings.

All the better that you think this does them justice-- I'm very happy to hear that! Makes this particular challenge story entirely worthwhile. :D
mercurybard on January 12th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they were my slash pairing of choice.

And 200 words is a good length, though I have been trying my hand at actual 100 word drabbles lately. I don't know how you do it, honestly.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
You get the feel of 100 words after awhile-- it really takes a little practice, and then stories tend to come down to their strongest lines.

Getting the word-limit, with a story, is the first challenge. Once you get the feel of it (without an ending that just dribbles out unpredictably), then it becomes easier to work in actual plot from time-to-time.

Don't give up! And did you try anything for this PB 200-word challenge? It seems to be a really good length.
mercurybard on January 12th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
I haven't done anything for PB in years. At least, that's what it feels like. But I belong to a Numb3rs comm where you get prompts and write anything between 100-300 words in length (as long as it is divisible by 5). It's a lot of fun.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
The 200-word challenge is perfect, because it's long enough to pack plot and heat into and it gives you a great chance to try out snippets of other ideas.

This pairing is one I've been meaning to attempt, but I couldn't ever make it work for a longer story.

And I'm so glad to transport you back to the world of Season One- it's still my favorite, still my first love. :)
happy is as happy does: Sucre and Michael - Prison Breakhappywriter06 on January 12th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
*squee* You wrote them!

Love it! Totally plausible. I especially love the last line.

*misses S1 terribly*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I did! At long last, I was able to make this pairing work if only for a little while. :D

"Totally plausible" is exactly the kind of thing I hope to hear, especially because that's always a challenge with slash but most especially for this pairing, at least for me.

I miss S1 SO badly, you can't imagine. I wanted that mood (and so many of those characters) to just last forever. *sighs*
tokenblkgirl: Prison Break: Maricruztokenblkgirl on January 12th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
^^*Uses Maricruz icon for irony.*

This was fantastic. I love this pairing because it makes so much sense after how close (devoted?) they've been through the show. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
:D Irony is right! :D

I love Michael and Sucre together, but I have a hard time seeing them as more than friends. Really, that's due to Sucre. Michael is very slashable!

It feels very nice to finally get these to together, in that 'extra' sense!

Thanks for commenting! :D
Clair de Lune: pb - michael sucreclair_de_lune on January 12th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
It should be an obvious pairing, but it doesn't work for me, maybe because they just look like good buddies too much. But the way you wrote it, with Sucre dragged into it and with a "out of rules - or different rules" feel, I can totally buy it. And a little trip back to season 1 is always nice.
Thanks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I have the same problems with these two as you do, which is funny because the Michael/Lincoln pairing is far easier for me to buy (and should be nearly impossible).

Getting this pairing to come off as plausible is like a personal Everest for me. Never thought I'd be able to make it happen! It's odd that even with proximity and opportunity on their side (and the fact that they're both really attractive), they just don't (for me) have the right kind of chemistry. Great chemistry to be sure, but not the slashy kind.

But to get it to work, even once, make me very happy. We can put it next to my Michael/Mahone and your Lincoln/Sucre and C-Note/Kacee fics and great, one-time events. :D