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21 March 2009 @ 01:04 am
Prison Break Gen Fiction: "Confidences" (Lincoln, Sara, PG)  
Title: Confidences
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Lincoln and Sara (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: A little pre-series getting-acquainted interlude.
Author's Notes: A little birthday something for linzi20, who wanted Lincoln and Sara (and was probably hoping for smut, but so it goes). :)

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"I didn't do it, you know. Kill him, I mean," Lincoln said.

The first week of the month was when the Death Row inmates got medical checkups in the Infirmary. This was Lincoln's fifth visit, and there was something about Dr. Tancredi that made him want to tell her the truth, even if she didn't believe it. And why should she? Claiming to be innocent was a lie most inmates were all too ready to offer.

"Take a deep breath now," she said.

Lincoln breathed for her, coughed for her, and relaxed his leg in preparation for the blow from the rubber hammer. "I didn't even know the guy, had no reason to kill him. Don't know why anyone would, really—all that stuff about corporations and secret deals he was involved in, so what? You don't kill a guy over politics. Well some people do, but they're usually pretty nuts."

She drew a flashlight out of her lab coat pocket. "Look right here, where my finger is."

Her eyes were so soft, so kind. That must've been why he couldn't stop spilling his guts. "Sometimes I think it's all some kind of nightmare, but then I wake up and I'm still here on Death Row. For a crime I didn't commit, not by a long shot. I've never killed anyone."

She was only the fifth person he'd told, after Michael and LJ and Lisa and Veronica. The only person on the list who wasn't family, because you didn't go around prison telling people you were less dangerous than you seemed, and who else was there to tell? Lincoln had no friends in Fox River and all of his real friends had cut him off during the trial. His world had shrunk to the size of a prison cell and the people who were on that list.

The doctor looked at him like she really saw him—not just his label or his alleged crime. "Is there anything you think I should know about before the examination is over?" she asked.

"You already know everything that's important now," he said softly, and meant it.

Just by looking at him that way, she'd proved him right. She belonged on that list as well.


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Genevieve: sara profile 409 by sezmsgenevieve on March 21st, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Oh, this is just lovely. I'm sure the birthday girl will adore it. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sarahalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
I hope so. :)

I loved the brief glimpse we had of Lincoln and Sara in S1, on the eve of his execution. There was something so attuned between them then, and it said so much about her character. :)
i want this to last foreverlinzi20 on March 21st, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
*throws confetti*

This is perfect, thank you. I really liked Sara and Lincoln's interaction in S1. Somewhere along the line, I think the writers botched a real opportunity to develop something (a friendship and nothing more) between them. I haven't loved their interaction S4.

Thank you so much!

*hugs you*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
I really liked Sara and Lincoln's interaction in S1. Somewhere along the line, I think the writers botched a real opportunity to develop something (a friendship and nothing more) between them.
Me too. The scene I mentioned above to Jen showed such potential, and I'm sorry they never made more of it. It's as if, once they became fixated on developing romance between Michael and Sara, they couldn't figure out how to enhance the friendship with Lincoln that we'd already seen, Which is very black and white thinking, and not very creative. :(

Well, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I love friendship stories between these two (though I'm usually writing the Het stories for someone else, it seems), and the Gen interactions are all too rare.

Hope it was a wonderful day! :D
i want this to last foreverlinzi20 on March 21st, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks hon!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sarahalfshellvenus on March 22nd, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
I don't believe that she really thought he did it.
I'd hoped that Lincoln's roundabout rambling would convey that to her and to the reader. It's too unpolished for a lie, and it's SO Lincoln at the same time.

Though she's professional here, she's also very kind-- and that combination is one of the things I've always liked most about her character. She's heard the B.S. and the crudeness day in and day out, and still manages to rise above it. It's both admirable and inspiring. :)

Thanks so much for reading!
tyricaltyrical on May 5th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
A little bit of kindness can go a long way in Fox River.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sarahalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
It really can-- and the feeling that you're being listened to, which must be very rare and all the more important if you're innocent.

I so miss this side of S1 Sara, before she became all about Michael. Her compassion was my favorite thing about her, and that emphasis got lost when her character got so Michael-focused.