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13 January 2010 @ 11:28 pm
Prison Break Slash Fiction: "Locking The World Away" (Michael/Lincoln, PG-13)  
Title: Locking The World Away
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael/Lincoln (Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: On the best days, Lincoln was already waiting for him…
Author's Notes: An interlude in the "Our Dreams Unbound" universe for beascarpetta, who requested M/L and 'rent.'
Also for fanfic100, this is "Work."


The job was great—interesting, even challenging, and more than he'd dared to hope for—but after Lincoln got out of prison, Michael found himself living for the after-hours and weekends instead.

He and Lincoln had a second chance now, thanks to that job. Michael's income was enough to cover the apartment and their bills, guaranteeing a place to live without the stress of surviving month-to-month. They'd never had that before, and Michael knew Lincoln's ex-con status would make it hard for him to find work. So he'd planned for a scenario where he could support them both, hoping that this time it would be enough to keep the world from pulling the two of them apart.

Lincoln actually had managed to find a job, so he wasn't home during the daytime anyway. It still didn't keep Michael from counting the minutes left until five o-clock, or imagining what the two of them could be doing instead.

At the end of the day Michael would ride the El home, head filled with images of him and Lincoln together as the train swayed in a rhythm soothing enough to cause hypnosis. Then he'd rush the three blocks to the apartment, breathless with anticipation, and zip up the stairs to the second floor.

On the best days, Lincoln was already waiting for him inside. He might be in the kitchen thinking about dinner, or watching TV, or lying naked on the bed like a living centerfold.

All of it was good. After waiting for Lincoln to get out of prison, any time he had with Lincoln—the two of them alone, crossing lines that became invisible a lifetime ago—was like a gift.

Michael turned the key in the lock, all thoughts of bills, deadlines, and responsibilities falling away. He opened the door and his eyes met Lincoln's, and then they were on each other with the kind of need that stole away even the simplest of words.

Lincoln tugged on Michael's coat, pulling in jagged bursts before finally working it free and tossing it on the floor.

When the door shut behind them, the world went with it—all the details and demands and everyday worries once again silenced and cleanly locked away.

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Maz (or foxxy!): Hugging Brothers Season 3tuesdaeschild on January 14th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
Such a happy scenario, sweetheart. At last Michael has control over both of their lives and they have the freedom to shut the world outside and be together. And the burning need? Gorgeous!!

or lying naked on the bed like a living centerfold.

What a beautiful image!!

Many people are no longer writing PB and few are reading it, which makes me feel a little miserable since my love for PB and the characters we adored still burns brightly. So I am extraordinarily grateful to still be finding your delicious stories. It's like a comfort blanket!

Thank you, darling.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed this, and that it helps fuel your ongoing M/L love. The fandom is SO dead in many respects, and I miss it-- all the S1 excitement of where things were going, and how they would make it out (or would they?), and the epic M/L story.

It feels nice to get down inside this world every now and then, trying out different periods in the boys' lives and bringing them to life.

And thank goodness there are lovely people like you still interested in reading about it! :)
be: tensebeascarpetta on January 14th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
To be frank, I feel overwhelmed you did find the time to do this with everything else you've got on your plate.[while I was patiently lurking in the shadows] And now I feel in awe of just how much you could pack into it.I love each and every alliteration and image you've used - I'll probably know the whole passage by heart by tonight -but most of all you've got me hooked on your pacing of the text. Really love it. Thank you so much.&hearts ♥ ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
I'm sorry I've been so slow to get these done-- most were Sam/Dean, which is oddly UNinspiring since I write so many drabbles for SPN. But mostly, it's the lack of writing on weekends that's making this take longer than usual. One week later, and I've only finished two! Though both were ficlets and not drabbles, but still...

I'm glad you enjoyed this interlude. The longer story was a very rich canvas, in a timeframe I hadn't done much with before, and I really liked the mood that came of it. There's hope and romance, and a sense of things finally going right. Even though readers know that this is but a step along the trouble path the brothers follow, this part of the journey is so cozy and welcoming. :)
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers4clair_de_lune on January 15th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
I love how this sounds like a 'breathing pause' in the mess their lives were and will be again. You managed to make this cozy and passionate at the same time ♥

So glad you still have a bit of inspiration to write them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
It's nice to climb back into Michael and Lincoln's world, especially when there are so many interesting parts of it (aside from S4, which I didn't watch, thank god).

I'd like to think they had at least some happy period in their lives, together, in between that childhood and where things wound up later.

Thanks for reading!
The female version of Rob Gordonfreaky_nea on January 15th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh how soft and gentle! And so much better than the awful canon they gave us in the last two seasons!

Thanks for writing them again!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

Season 3 was entertaining in a cracktastic way, but mostly just dumb. And I never did watch S4, and I'm so glad. I was afraid I'd never be able to write fanfic for the show again if I did, and they destroyed so much of their own canon.

This story goes back to all we'd hoped from Season One, that there was some foundation for the closeness between Michael and Lincoln, and that they must have had at least some period where things were good.

Even knowing how it all turns out by Season One, it's nice to dwell in the happiness between these two. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, Lincoln's mouth alone is something I could obsess over for days...

It's hard to think of how harshly canon treated Michael and Lincoln, both pre-series and then the horrors of S4 (which I didn't watch, thank goodness). They deserved better, at least for some point at their lives, and without it how do you explain Michael's willingness to sacrifice all that he did?

Writing the answer to that question, during different time periods and settings, never gets old for me!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
realpestilencerealpestilence on September 13th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
There's a real appreciation of simple things here, because now they know how bad it can get-and how much better they have it. Almost feverish, in that moment when the door opens and they meet eyes.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on September 13th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
Especially with Lincoln having been in prison (in Juvie, then later later as an adult), they know what it is to be separated and to have no control over even the most ordinary moments and choices.

All of this is during the in-between period before Lincoln goes back to prison that final time, but neither of them knows that's coming. For now, there's a sense of innocence in having what they've waited for. Being together is a luxury all by itself.