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09 May 2006 @ 07:57 pm
Prison Break Fanfiction: Always, Chapter 5  
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: Lincoln/Michael (Slash, W.I.P.)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: An unexpected turn of events…
Author’s Notes: This one’s a little short. Contains spoilers for Episodes 15, “By The Skin And The Teeth.”

x-x-x-x-x Chapter 5: Reprieve x-x-x-x-x

Michael’s body was moving without him, following Veronica into the viewing chamber. The buzzing in his ears blotted out all rational thought except Can’t-be-can’t-be-can’t-be. Michael’s heart was breaking, but his eyes never left Lincoln’s—as if his presence in this inhumane hour could lend strength or solace to his brother.

When the hood came down, Michael looked away. There was nothing to be gained from watching this last part, except an image that would likely drive him to an early grave. He could feel the rift forming, the fissure that would separate him from his brother, from reality, from Life itself. But he did not fight it. If he wound up gibbering in the Psych ward for the next month or year, what did it honestly matter? There was no promise of anything better for him anywhere else.

His head was dizzy, and he might have stopped breathing under the relentless burden of fear. Veronica grabbed his arm, and he bowed his head and gritted his teeth—waiting for the end of everything that had ever mattered to him.

“Michael!” she said, and he raised his eyes. She gestured toward the glass, where Lincoln was being led away.

I must have passed out, he thought dazedly, before her fingers digging into his skin made him shake it off. This was no hallucination. He was awake. And that must mean that Lincoln… Lincoln had gotten a second chance.

It was some kind of miracle, unreal and unhoped-for at this late hour. One simple phone call had resulted in an unbelievable, heartstopping reprieve.

…..

Lincoln didn’t seem fully aware of what had happened. Or much of anything, really. Michael squeezed his shoulder, offering comfort and a reminder that they were still in this together. He could do little more with Veronica there, could hardly have edged her aside if he’d wanted to. She seemed hell-bent on making up for lost time, and she was in their way and pushing herself on Lincoln all at once. It was as if she couldn’t see that he didn’t need that right now. Lincoln needed to just be—not to deal with someone else’s overflowing emotions.

Michael was filled with longing and frustration and empathy for his brother, and unkind thoughts were multiplying in his head. Get off, and Stop talking edged forward. Then a single jolt of annoyance flashed over him as his brother stared numbly into space despite the hands stroking across his cheeks. Michael had known her forever, and he liked her, really he did. But sometimes, Veronica could be such a fucking girl.

They took Lincoln back to the SHU fairly soon then, and that whole idea burned down inside Michael’s gut. After all Lincoln had been through, they put him back in the SHU? What a shitty, unfeeling thing to do. And it smacked of the notion that Lincoln would be sent back to the chair again in no time.

There was no question about it. Michael would have to get creative. It was back to the drawing board all over again.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on May 10th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
It was such a relief to write this chapter after the last one, as you can imagine. *Sigh*

OMG, *get off* is so right! %$@&*#! Veronica!
She really, really deserved that kind of smack-down. At that moment, after what he'd been through... this was not the time to expect him to-- what? Return her undying love? God. It's not about you. :(
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: big smile happy sarathelana on May 10th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
But sometimes, Veronica could be such a fucking girl.

Gah, best sentence of the whole chapter.

And an inappropriate LOL at Michael spazzing/passing out. And the awwwwness of him looking at Lincoln till the hood is lowered and then no longer looking at him.

And double awww at Michael comments about how it won't matter if he ends up in the psycho ward.

Tehheee, looking forward to you doing their little SHU scene in 20. And am I evil because I'm curious how you will throw in references to your much hated daddy storyline?

They took Lincoln back to the SHU fairly soon then, and that whole idea burned down inside Michael’s gut. After all Lincoln had been through, they put him back in the SHU? What a shitty, unfeeling thing to do. A

Do I detect a hint of editor's commentary? ;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on May 10th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
Gah, best sentence of the whole chapter.
And don't I know it. Gah! Falling all over him, pawing him, not even seeing that he wasn't responding and gosh-- maybe this just isn't the time or place. 80

And the awwwwness of him looking at Lincoln till the hood is lowered and then no longer looking at him.
That's my imagination working there, because how COULD you watch that? It is beyond whatever sense of duty you feel you have, and they'll never know you looked away. All it can lead to is self-scarring.

And am I evil because I'm curious how you will throw in references to your much hated daddy storyline?
A plane falls out of the sky and... *cough* Actually, the part we saw of that scene was all==> Lincoln: "Blah-blah-blah spyDaddy blah HIM blah-- Michael, are you listening to any of this?" ;)

Do I detect a hint of editor's commentary? ;D
Not really. ;) Actually, I can see an ACLU lawyer going to town on that as "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" in a PTSD situation (and I'd agree, it is). BUT I can also see the Prison Administrators going, "Well, he was in the SHU before because he hit a guard, and that still stands, so..."
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brothers greythelana on May 10th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
And don't I know it. Gah! Falling all over him, pawing him, not even seeing that he wasn't responding and gosh-

That was what made it fun! ;D

A plane falls out of the sky and... *cough* Actually, the part we saw of that scene was all==> Lincoln: "Blah-blah-blah spyDaddy blah HIM blah-- Michael, are you listening to any of this?" ;)


Yeah, but the whole thing obviously made Lincoln wonder/affected him. So if he shows up in your story (fe as a narrator) one would assume that it would figure in in some ways.

But yeah, I have random love for that scene with Michael spazzing away and Lincoln being all "Hey, snap out of it!". :D
Kimberley: LJ: by everlynlampshade_days on May 10th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
"Stop talking" is right. I have to say though, I do feel for Veronica here, a little, mostly because if I had been in her shoes I would have acted the same way - minus all the talking. It's selfish, but understandable, (and of course, just as understandable is Michael's reaction). Then again, I don't really get the Lincoln/Veronica thing, and I never have.

He could feel the rift forming, the fissure that would separate him from his brother, from reality, from Life itself.

Love this line as it really emphasizes the undeniable connection between Michael and Lincoln.

After all Lincoln had been through, they put him back in the SHU? What a shitty, unfeeling thing to do.

I concur. *grin*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on May 10th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I do feel for Veronica here, a little, mostly because if I had been in her shoes I would have acted the same way - minus all the talking. It's selfish, but understandable,
Oh, I do understand her feelings all right. She's been trying to deny her love for him off and on her whole life, and she knows he's bad news. But at the same time... insensitive. It reminds me of the horrific airplane scenes in "Elizabethtown" where Kirsten Dunst is just all over Orlando Bloom (who is gorgeous, so I get the temptation). She rattles on and on about how observant she is, how she likes people, "gets" them, and I'm thinking, "Hey! Can you not recognize the universal body language and demeanor for leave me the f**k alone?"

Love this line as it really emphasizes the undeniable connection between Michael and Lincoln.
And even within Michael-- the part of himself defined by Lincoln is so huge that it's not certain Michael could survive without it (or would want to). :(

I concur. *grin*
:D In a "Prison Administrator" sense, I understand why they did it. In a human sense, it's more of "My god, we were thisClose to nuking him and we let him out of a mental War Zone. Maybe putting him in Solitary right now is NOT such a great idea."
Maz (or foxxy!)tuesdaeschild on May 11th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Lincoln needed to just be—not to deal with someone else’s overflowing emotions.
Amen!

tyrical: PB_L_sorrowtyrical on May 14th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
The title is very appropriate.

Loved Michael's frustration and his mental state in the viewing room.
It was a very tangible thing. His irritation with Veronica and constraits of his situation. I love it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on May 14th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Loved Michael's frustration and his mental state in the viewing room.
I think I went further with it than the series. He looked more calm than he should have when really-- it's the end of everything. This was meant to show what should be happening inside, the overwhelming emotional tempest that has him unsure if he's even really conscious.

And god, Veronica... you'd have to be a real L/V fan to like how she was in that scene, because even the Gen folks were bothered by the way she mauled Lincoln when he was so poorly able to deal with just anything.
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on May 17th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
This feels the way Michael should have felt. Love it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
This feels the way Michael should have felt. Love it!
Thank you! :D

There were suprisingly few emotional details in this episode from all sides. It became plot/event/what-now? and just skipped entirely over this big angst they'd set up with the near-execution. Which seems almost bizarre to me as a viewer. You created this torture of the characters-- and now you turn your back on it like it's nothing? What is that all about?

Hence... the Gen Lincoln piece and this part of the "Always" series that fill in that missing characterization.