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04 March 2006 @ 10:37 pm
Prison Break FanFiction: Not Your Sweet Little Boy  
Title: Not Your Sweet Little Boy
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: Maytag (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: How did Maytag wind up under T-Bag’s protection? The answer is not so simple.
Author’s Comments: This came out of one of the ficlets for "Stories I Never Told You", and was originally for the Title of "Sponge". This longer story expands that idea. Written for the pbreak_drabbles “Secrets” challenge.

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His face was a mixture of innocence and mischief as a boy, and he was always getting into things. He got away with it though, far too often. “Oh, surely Jason didn’t know what he was doing,” they’d say, and he’d look up at them all big-eyed and still. They’d let him off the hook with a half-hearted reprimand and he’d be on his way, behaving for awhile until he found something new that tempted him. By age four, he had his mother wrapped around his finger.

The consequences were never bad enough to make him want to stop. Pretty soon, he would weigh the punishment against the crime. A lot of times, the crime was worth it. A timeout for stolen cookies? Easy choice. A spanking for painting the dog? Okay, he hadn’t known his mother would go that far, but again— totally worth it. Comparing two weeks of purple dog versus an hour of sore bottom was not a tough decision.

As he got older his pranks escalated. Soon it was petty theft and getting stoned behind the school. His mother wrung her hands at home, but she could pull an excuse for him out of thin air by the time the cops showed up. She was better at it than he was, so he just let her do the talking when she could.

After a couple of stints in Juvie, he’d learned the routine. Find someone to protect you, someone other people feared. Doing unsavory favors for one person was a whole lot better than doing them for everyone, and it was a bargain he could live with. By the time he found himself at Fox River prison, he was an expert at picking his mark.

He was looking to stay alive, of course, and it took him awhile to get positioned. But one useless cellmate later, he found what he needed. T-Bag was brutal and demanding, but he had hips like pistons and could guarantee protection. It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t pretty, but as long as it worked he was covered.

His new savior called him “Maytag,” a typical prag name, but it didn’t change the fact that Jason was as wily as ever. So long as he was alive and thriving in his niche, it didn’t matter what the other inmates thought. He let it look like he was the one being used, but he knew he'd found someone strong enough to do the work for him.

He'd been manipulating and stealing and sponging off people all his life, and he’d learned the secret to it long ago. He did what he had to, became what they needed. The trick was to make other people think they wanted it.



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DHDneverendingview on March 5th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
Very interesting, definately a new spin on Maytag and I definately like it. There is something about his character that suggests he feels in control--the whole daring to grab T-bag's pocket again after his hand was brushed away.

*Applaudes*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 5th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

This came out of that mini-fic I wrote for lissa_bear. I just liked the idea that (since we know so little about him-- I had to borrow a first name from kahla_w) the 'using' might not be going just one way.

There is something about his character that suggests he feels in control--the whole daring to grab T-bag's pocket again after his hand was brushed away.
Great observation. He's found what works for him, and he will hang onto that position as long as possible. Or, as implied here... he chose T-Bag before T-Bag chose him. That has its own dark, interesting appeal.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: happy sarathelana on March 5th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Actually the name Jason is canon in a way.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Inmate is known to be affiliated with the Alliance for Purity Gang. Inmate has a documented relationship with Jason Buchanan (also known as Maytag) Seth Hoffner (also known as Cherry).


From: http://www.fox.com/prisonbreak/bios/bio_bagwell.htm

I had no idea you read kahla's stuff :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 5th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh-- I didn't think to look on the Bagwell bio. I checked for Maytag bio there and on Clex's prison_info page, but no dice. Good-- the name is real :D

I had no idea you read kahla's stuff :)
I only read the "Pictures" one that you rec'ed, and it was really good. BUT I'm so far behind in reading that the T-Bag writers tend to fall off my list. Heck, I'm not even keeping up with all the Michael/Lincoln very well, and that's more aligned with my interests.

But because of her prisonbreak100 pairing, kahla's writing the majority of our Maytag. So... go to the source! :D
DHDneverendingview on March 5th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
he chose T-Bag before T-Bag chose him. That has its own dark, interesting appeal.


mmmm, slashy happy thoughts over who can wrestle their way on top.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: love pocket holdingthelana on March 5th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
I like it a lot. Makes sense that Maytag is hissing at Michael almost like he thinks that Michael is stealing his bread and butter.

Also? You could totally crosspost this to hold_my_pocket. Makes me wonder if T-Bag was aware of how Maytag was thinking and if that had something to do why he propositioned Michael. Or if he was just regularly getting bored with Maytag.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 5th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Makes sense that Maytag is hissing at Michael almost like he thinks that Michael is stealing his bread and butter.
And that's the threat Michael poses-- removing the protection that keeps Maytag safe. He's in a (not great) position that meets his immediate needs, and he'd be ripe for abuse from others if he wasn't on T-Bag's little leash.

In the brief time we see him, there are hints of something dark in Maytag. He's not a victim, the way Seth was. He's wilely and surprisingly assertive. I like the idea of painting him as a manipulator who slides that skill under the perception of the person he's manipulating.
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on March 5th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
So glad you wrote this! I love the whole concept and I love the back story! Brilliant.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 5th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
So glad you wrote this! I love the whole concept and I love the back story! Brilliant.

It was your nudge that did it. I didn't keep the original title, but that was definitely the origin of this story. I even *cough* recycled some lines from the ficlet.

Thanks for the inspiration spark with the title. :)
youaremysushineyouaremysushine on March 5th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I really like this. A whole other side to their relationship.. cute : )
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 5th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
A whole other side to their relationship..

Boy, I'll say. But nothing like putting one over on the person who's "using" you, is there?

I kind of ♥ Sneaky!Evil!Maytag. :D
youaremysushineyouaremysushine on March 5th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
I kind of ♥ Sneaky!Evil!Maytag. :D

Ooh, so do I. It's really sexy.

Boy, I'll say. But nothing like putting one over on the person who's "using" you, is there?

Definitely : ). I've never, ever thought of it in this concept. I just sort of alwas thought of it as T-Bag stealing Maytag and bitchifying him. I like this idea of it a lot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 5th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
I just sort of alwas thought of it as T-Bag stealing Maytag and bitchifying him. I like this idea of it a lot.

Yes-- the art of maneuvering yourself in a position to be chosen, when that's what you were aiming for all along. Now THAT is sneaky. :D
BEWARE OF JENMAR.: Lost - Sensei - Lockeclex_monkie89 on March 6th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Nice. I like this version of Maytag, he's a manipulative little shit and he knows it. Very nice.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 6th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
I like this version of Maytag, he's a manipulative little shit and he knows it.
That's right.

And what's more... he had help in getting that way.
BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on March 6th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
And what's more... he had help in getting that way.

Damn those enablers!
kahlakahla_w on March 6th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
All this Maytag lately is making me all warm and fuzzy. Especially since everyone is having such a different take on him, much fun. I'd be bored if everyone wrote the same as "my" Maytag.

Love the cocky, manipulative Jason. He looks like the type. Hehe, manipulatin' T-Bag like his mama, so good.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 6th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Hi, Kahla! Glad you like this one, since I hope not to be tramping on your toes too much with this. ;)

Love the cocky, manipulative Jason. He looks like the type.
There's a certain evil gleam in his eye in several of the still photos, which totally supports a "spark" deep inside.

Hehe, manipulatin' T-Bag like his mama, so good.
And neither one of them even knew it (although his mama should have known, for heaven's sake).

Ah, Maytag. Gone but not forgotten. :D
kahlakahla_w on March 6th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Glad you like this one, since I hope not to be tramping on your toes too much with this. ;)

Not at all. :) Maytag's so vague there's room for many many interpretations, and more people should write them. He's fun.

And definitely agree about the gleam. He knew exactly what he was doing, and he liked it.
tyrical: PB_Grouptyrical on March 10th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
Now I gotta go back and read up on Maytag. Jeez. I really don't have this kind a time. It'll be a challenge to get in the last four eps I have on my TIVO before the 20th. I know, I know, its already the 9th.

I like this view. It makes Maytag not seem so helpless and a lot smarter than I probably would have given him credit for.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
Now I gotta go back and read up on Maytag.
kahla_w has the whole T-Bag/Maytag pairing for prisonbreak100, and has written tons of stories on them. I highly recommend her "Pictures."

I think someone pointed out that Maytag was only in, what? The first 2 episodes. But he certainly made an impression!

And he had a certain cocky confidence about him that just makes you wonder. Not so much the bitch, was he?
ekorotya on March 16th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Interesting
I never thought of Maytag's story like that...So, then could there be a sequel to this story, maybe from Maytag's point of view, when T-Bag offers Micheal his pocket...

~E
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBaghalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Interesting
I hadn't thought of flipping this around, but I did always wonder how Maytag felt about that-- being thrown over so easily for someone else, and knowing that some of his safety and security inside prison rested on that fragile arrangement.

Thanks for reading!