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11 October 2010 @ 10:51 am
Burn Notice Fiction: "Volatile Chemistry" (Fi, Michael, PG)  
Title: Volatile Chemistry
Fandom: Burn Notice
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Fi, Michael (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: Michael was the most frustrating man Fi had ever known.
Author's Notes: For Round 2 of usanetwork_las ("Get mad, get over it.")

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Without a doubt, Michael was the most frustrating man Fi had ever known. She'd been all over the world and had a lifetime of comparisons to draw on, but it didn't change a thing. A lesser woman would have killed him by now.

When he left her and Ireland behind, that was because the job was over. She didn't like it, but she understood. Michael was an agent then; he didn't choose where he was sent. But ditching her and everything she'd helped him build in Miami—just for another piece to the puzzle of who'd burned him—that was another story. He drove off into the jaws of danger while her tears and pleas fell unheeded behind him.

She eventually forgave him for it, but it wasn't easy.

This morning had started out fine, with the two of them having breakfast in the loft. Then Michael asked her to come as backup for a meeting with a key player, which meant he'd found a source that could as easily kill him as help him. It was bad enough that he kept chasing the past, but did he have to risk his life over it? What was the point? She stormed out the door and sped off in her car before he could say another word.

Michael had a good thing here in Miami. Hell, they had a good thing here, together. Why couldn't that ever be enough?

By the time she reached her apartment, she was angrier than ever. She stomped through the front door and paced furiously around the living room, unable to stop moving. God, she really needed to hit something right now, before she drove back over and murdered Michael with one of his own barstools.

The dark shape in the corner of the guest room caught her eye. Yes! So what if having a punching bag as décor was tacky? It was her apartment, and that punching bag saw a lot more action than the rest of the guest room did. There was a reason she'd gotten the thing in the first place, damn it.

Fi yanked on a sports bra and gloves, and marched into the bedroom to get down to business.

She circled the bag as if she were sizing up an enemy, her temper still raging inside her. Squinting at one spot in particular, she imagined Michael's face there instead, smiling at her smugly and expecting her to agree with whatever he wanted. God, she was so damned tired of that, of all of it! She nailed his stupid head with a solid right punch, the impact vibrating through her. That was for making her fall in love with him all over again. She punched the bag again, hard, harder, followed by a brutal judo kick to the center. That was what Michael deserved for delivering himself into the hands of the people who'd tried to destroy him.

Fi bounced, jabbed, pounded, and kicked, blows for every moment of aggravation Michael had ever caused her. They mounted up behind her fists until her arms ached and her forehead streamed with sweat, and it was the most satisfied she'd felt in a long time. Only the ringing of the telephone made her stop.

"Hello," she said breathlessly, her attention still on the bag and the punishment that awaited it.

"Fi," Michael said softly, his voice curling around her as if searching for a place to take hold.

She pushed her reaction to it away, refusing the familiar trap. "I already said no."

Michael sighed. "I know you did, Fi." He was quiet for a moment. "But I have to do this—it might be the only chance I have. And you know how dangerous things can get. I could really use your help."

That was one of the things that was so infuriating about Michael, because he would go ahead with it even if she didn't, no matter how stupid it was or how serious the risk.

He also knew that she knew it.

Fi screwed her eyes shut and bit her lip. If something happened to Michael and she wasn't there to prevent it… she couldn't finish the thought. Damn him for putting her in this position again.

She forced her anger down. This wasn't the time, no matter how much she'd earned it.

"All right." The words felt as if they were being ripped from her very skin, taking pieces of her with them. She shuddered and let the last of them go:

"I'm in."


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Black Petaled Lotus: Fightkuroilotus on October 11th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Love Fiona. Your characterization is spot on.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The prompt for this round of the challenge led me right to Fiona and this frustrating dance with Michael that she can't ever seem to escape. She loves and wants him, but he's always more focused on something else. I really feel for her. It's a neverending cycle of either wanting to kiss Michael or kill him, and yet he will always be the chink in her armor.
Black Petaled Lotuskuroilotus on October 11th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
They have an unhealthy relationship, but given the two of them, it can't work any other way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on October 12th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Exactly! Which is part of what's so interesting and frustrating about the two of them. :)
Jenny: Burn Notice: Mike/Fi heartbreak eveningflares on October 12th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I love when I find good Mike/Fi fic. Not enough people watch/fic this show IMO. This was so good and so in character! I loved it.

Can't wait till it comes back cause these two are my current obsession.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on October 12th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I love the show, and the tortured back-and-forth Fiona goes through with Michael really started to get to me in S3. They're both right and wrong for each other, but she loves him completely and it hurts that he doesn't love her quite the same way back.

And I'm so pleased you felt this was in character. It seemed very "Fi" to me, and heaven knows she is not a passive person!
serafine_ficserafine_fic on October 12th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Love, love, LOVE the line, "his voice curling around her as if searching for a place to take hold"
That is a beautiful piece of imagery and so perfect for the two of them. This is wonderful - thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on October 12th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
I'm glad you noticed that line-- it seemed to me to show the effect that Michael (and his voice) has on Fi, and how hard it is for her not to keep giving in, even when she wants to resist.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :)
In here, everything is beautiful...rise_your_dead on October 14th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Your Fi is still the most amazing thing ever, I swear. And they're just so lacerating and yet, as always, so perfect for each other. Bravo!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked this, and your words made me very happy. I get such a kick out of the characters on this show, all of them so different and not always on the easiest of terms. Their loyalty, and their individual style and fire, just keep drawing me back, even as I think I'm done writing them. :)
In here, everything is beautiful...rise_your_dead on October 17th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm glad they did! :) And you do a great job reflecting how awesome those characters are in your fics :).
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: MikeFikissbadboy_fangirl on October 14th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Seriously, so depressing. It's the same dance they've been doing for so long, and with this excellent vision of it yet again, I can't help but hope that for Fi, there might be some change on the horizon. She is a strong woman, but he is her weakness, and she just never gets away from it.

I think I ship Jesse/Fi more than Michael/Fi at the moment just for this reason.

Can't wait until Nov. 11! New episodes arrive!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on October 20th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
(Sorry for the lateness-- I was out of town last weekend).

I can't help but hope that for Fi, there might be some change on the horizon. She is a strong woman, but he is her weakness, and she just never gets away from it.

I rarely have Het 'ships, and here I find Michael/Fi just fascinating, but I don't really "ship" them. That's partly because I'm not sure they're good for each other. Fi IS a little too violent at times (that's the part that's "too much" for Michael), and Michael... he just doesn't love her enough to be good for her. I think Fi would put him first over everything, but he would put her first sometimes, for specific occasions, and then go back to his obsession again.

Yet they have so much in common, and they understand each other so well. It's why they're so charismatic and fascinating as a couple, even if it's not the best thing for either of them in the long run.

I don't ship Jesse/Fi per se, but... I do think he'd be better for her (she's not at the point of feeling mutually about him. Yet). He knows who she is, and he's drawn to her and admires her for it-- embraces it and her completely. That's the kind of guy she deserves, whoever it ultimately turns out to be!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Burn Notice: Jessebadboy_fangirl on October 20th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Well, besides Jesse being very good looking and 'strapping' I agree so much--I don't think Fi will ever get what she wants from Michael. And maybe she wouldn't ever get it with Jesse either, but it might be worth a shot.

Maybe Michael would pull his head out if he saw the real possibility of her being permanently happy with Jesse. Or maybe he'd just walk away.