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15 August 2010 @ 01:51 am
Prison Break Gen Fiction: "Holding Reality At Bay" (Lincoln, Michael, PG)  
Title: Holding Reality At Bay
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Lincoln, Michael (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: At first, the words were always true.
Author's Notes: For Day 10 of the Bleeding Cuticles Roadkill Challenge.
Also for prisonbreak100 ("Deny") and writers_choice ("Truth").


At first, it was the truth: "Mom's just a little sick."

Lincoln helped Michael get off to school, and handled homework time and dinner if he had to. Weeks later, he was still telling himself the same story he'd told Michael, hoping it would all change back and Mom would stop spending so much time throwing up.

"It's not so bad," Lincoln said on the day they walked into the Children's Home with nothing more than the garbage bags that held their few belongings. They weren't together long—Michael was fostered out to a psycho, while Lincoln stayed behind and got into fights nearly every day. By the time Michael came back, he was quieter than ever. Lincoln had grown steelier, and with the change in Michael he became angrier as well.

"It's only once in a while." That was how it started—drinking beer with friends from high school, smoking a joint on the weekends. Somehow things picked up, and Lincoln found himself getting high more and more often, day and night. He started to steal and borrow to support his habit, and it still seemed easier than going through the actual experience of living his life.

"You can't save me, Michael. Let it go—I've made my peace with it."

The words were true, hard as it was for Lincoln to say them.

He'd stick by them to the end, no matter how much he wished Michael could somehow prove them wrong.

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Genevieve: brothers S4 by sezmsgenevieve on August 15th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)

*pats them both*

Very good indeed!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's funny how long it took me to write that particular prompt, but suddenly it just seemed perfect. ♥
Maz (or foxxy!): Heartbreaktuesdaeschild on August 15th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
This is the personification of Season 1 when it was all gritty and compelling and all about the brothers with none of that Scylla nonsense.

And sad, of course. But I still loved it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
I so miss Season 1! The focus on the brothers, the audacity of Michael's plan, the fascinating secondary characters... *sigh*

Thank goodness we can still visit it in fanfic!
Clair de Lune: pb - lincoln2clair_de_lune on August 15th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
So sad how step by step, Lincoln is crushed until he loses all hope. There is some hope in his first statements, even if it's wishful thinking. By the end, even this has been taken from him.

And what Foxy said about S1 *nods*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on August 19th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Given what he's been through, giving up home is almost a way to keep his sanity-- even though it's usually the opposite for most people.

And finally, the one thing he should hope for is so utterly impossible (he thinks) that he just can't. :(
be: helplessbeascarpetta on August 16th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
This time you had me crying with the first sentence already(*vision still blurred*).I love this gritty kind of prose that truly packs a punch.&hearts
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on August 19th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Thank you!

That first sentence really sets the tone for the whole story: all those things he hopes will never get worse, but somehow they do. And denying it doesn't change any of it. *sigh*