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27 February 2010 @ 09:19 pm
Prison Break Gen Fiction: "Moving Forward" (Sucre, Michael, PG)  
Title: Moving Forward
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sucre, Michael (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary (Season One): Sucre left, not for long, and now he was sorry…
Author's Notes: A late birthday present for master_chatnoir, whom I hope will still enjoy this even though it's Gen.
Also for writers_choice, this is "Doorway."

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Sucre felt bad now that he'd ever asked for a new cellmate. He'd been mad about losing his conjugals—for nothing, the phone was fake—but he hadn't expected Bellick to put Haywire in with Michael. That dude was dangerous and he'd rattled Michael pretty bad, and Sucre had never wanted that—he liked Michael. The way Michael had been so happy to have him back afterwards only made him feel guiltier.

Maybe that was why he was serenading Block "A" como un loco while Michael tried to kick down the wall behind the toilet.

"Hurry up!" Sucre hissed mid-chorus. The other prisoners had started singing too, and the guards would be coming soon if they kept it up. Not to mention that he felt like a complete idiot, and Michael's little half-smile in his direction didn't help one bit. "I mean it," Sucre added. He launched into a new song and kept an eye on the floor, ready for Bellick to come around the corner any minute.

Michael braced himself and delivered the final blow, knocking out a sizeable chunk. Dust curled into the hole left behind. Sucre crouched down in front of it and peered into the darkness to see what was back there.

Pipes and empty space, with a sturdy-looking floor. Exactly like Michael had said.

Two months ago, Sucre never would've thought he'd get so excited over plumbing. But what he was looking at was a solid piece in Michael's escape plan, one that made all the future steps possible—something Sucre could finally see and believe in for himself.

This hole in front of him was the doorway to the future Michael had promised. With only four months left, Sucre had passed on it before.

Now he found himself thinking that maybe he wanted to be part of where it led.



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Chat Noir: Misu southparkmaster_chatnoir on March 3rd, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh! You're so awesome!

And even with me being so behind and not getting back to you and giving you other options for pairings like I planned. So sorry - but this is a wonderful result of my horrible laxity all the same, so I can't feel too guilty! :)

I love gen Michael & Sucre, too. One of the reasons I like to slash M/Su is that they have such a wonderful friendship and that strange but perfect partnership of opposites.

And you've captured the beginning of that relationship here so perfectly with Sucre's voice - his uncertainty, but also his gut feeling that this (the escape and trusting Michael) is what he should be doing. And Michael's cocky little grin - so S1 Michael and so both infuriating and endearing - it's a perfect visual example of what Sucre had to deal with in developing his trust of Mike. And it's also a very nice hint of Sucre's character as someone beginning to be adventurous and challenge himself. I love that about Mike and Sucre - I think their friendship would be one that was very positive and nurturing and I love stories gen or slash that have that in them.

I have so much admiration for you that you can write in so many pairs and fandoms and that you do it for others with such generosity. Thank you so much!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on March 3rd, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Haha! Procrastination pays off!

Though I saw your last post, and it was more like, "Being waylaid for days by a migraine has occasional good side-effects."

And you've captured the beginning of that relationship here so perfectly with Sucre's voice - his uncertainty, but also his gut feeling that this (the escape and trusting Michael) is what he should be doing.
Sometimes I feel like "Compadres" is doomed to be my seminal Michael&Sucre fic, because it covers the full ground of their friendship, but telling this story from Sucre's side shows the reality of Sucre's optimism and openness and how he both could not keep from liking Michael any more than he could keep from being the perfect (though unlikely) friend for Michael.

I love that about Mike and Sucre - I think their friendship would be one that was very positive and nurturing
I agree-- Sucre would get the benefit of Michael (who rarely trusts anyone) wholly investing himself in a rare and real friendship, and Michael would get the benefit of having a friendship with someone who has no ulterior motives whatsover. Their backgrounds and interests are wholly dissimilar, and yet they're a perfect fit for each other as friends. I've always found that wonderful and unexpected!

I'm so glad you enjoyed this, even as Gen, and that there was something nice waiting for you after the Lost Weekend of migraine-doom. ♥
Chat Noir: Misu southpark tatmaster_chatnoir on March 10th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Procrastination pays off!

Lol! Yes, any bad habit can be a good habit when viewed from "a certain point of view." That's my motto and I'm sticking to it!

"Being waylaid for days by a migraine has occasional good side-effects."

Haha - if I thought I'd get great personally-written-for-me fic with each migraine, I might stop bithcing about them so much and embrace the head pain. Silver lining, babee, silver lining!

telling this story from Sucre's side shows the reality of Sucre's optimism and openness and how he both could not keep from liking Michael any more than he could keep from being the perfect (though unlikely) friend for Michael.

Yes, that's just the idea I got from the show, too, and what made this so in-character for me.

I agree-- Sucre would get the benefit of Michael (who rarely trusts anyone) wholly investing himself in a rare and real friendship, and Michael would get the benefit of having a friendship with someone who has no ulterior motives whatsoever.

Absolutely how I saw their dynamic. At least for S1, where Michael had a character who still felt for others besides Sara.

One of the things I think PB did well in S1 was that they set up Mike and Sucre's relationship in a way that was very subtle, (and imho largely the effect of how WM and Amaury played the characters), but we could totally see how *right* these two were for friendship - how much they needed each other in their lives. And I love stories like this where we get a more in-depth look at what was going on between them because that relationship, whether it stays friendship or becomes slash, is just something very loving to me (to put it in a very schmoopy terms ;P). I adore Michael/Lincoln (slash or gen) too, of course, but it's the dysfunctional aspect of that that draws me, so the Mike/Sucre relationship is a perfect counter to that - more comforting and nurturing.

I'm so glad you enjoyed this, even as Gen

Oh I'm a huge gen fan. And frankly, I don't care if a story is gen, het, or slash so much as I care that the characters are in character, or a believable extension of the characters we see on screen - like here. That to me is the foundation of a great fanfic. (Hawt pr0n is just icing). ;D
Clair de Lune: pb - michael sucreclair_de_lune on March 6th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Very nice take on the beginings of their friendship. It was one of the aspects of the show I loved so much during the first season, it's delicious to find it here. In addition of them being so different, Michael was quite manipulative even with Sucre back then and yet, their relationship managed to transcend, which you perfectly conveyed.
Thank you for a great ficlet and a little trip in nostalgia :)