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31 October 2010 @ 01:02 am
Prison Break Gen Fiction: "A Matter Of Perspective" (Michael, Lincoln, Crack, PG)  
Title: A Matter Of Perspective
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael, Lincoln (Gen, AU, Crack)
Rating: PG
Summary: Some things are even more ridiculous on paper…
Author's Notes: This was supposed to be for fox_las and the prompt of "reading a book about yourself," but I missed the part about "no AUs" on this round.
For prisonbreak100 and writers_choice ("Mirror").


"Hey, Lincoln, you're just in time," Michael said. "The game's about to start."

"Great." Lincoln stepped into the apartment, a grocery sack in one arm. "I brought beer. Vee says Hi."

"How's she doing?" Michael asked. "There's what, about a month left?"

"Yeah." Lincoln sat down next to Michael and handed him a beer. "Vee thinks it's a girl, but I'm betting on a boy. Still picking out names, though… " Lincoln glanced down at the coffee table. "What's this book you're reading?"

Michael rolled his eyes. "It's insane. Some guy gets himself put in prison so he can break his brother out. Before his brother's execution date three weeks later."

"Seriously? How?"

"It's so contrived," Michael scoffed. "There all these intricate schemes—hidden tunnels behind toilets, corrosive chemicals, sweet deals with Mafia inmates. And get this: the guy has a map of the whole prison tattooed on his body."

"God, who does that? He must have some kind of sick infatuation with his brother," Lincoln said.

"No kidding."

"Plus, the brother was on Death Row, so he must've been a total loser."

"Oh no, not really," Michael said. "The brother was 'innocent'." He made air-quotes with his fingers.

"Yeah, right." Lincoln gulped a few swallows of beer, eyeing the action on the television set. "Damn Cubs are losing already..."

"Well, they're playing, so it's inevitable."

"True," Lincoln said. "So, was the guy in the book just going to blast his way out of prison, or what?"

"That would have been too easy. And a total waste of the tattoo. He put specs on there for screw sizes and air-duct pathways, and then some really dumb stuff like his mother's name and an old girlfriend's phone number."

"Right," Lincoln said, "because he'd never remember that on his own. And screw sizes? What the hell for? Where would he get that kind of information anyway?"

"He worked on the blueprints for the modifications at the prison, so he could get access. He's an architect."

"You're an architect," Lincoln pointed out. "I thought they were more analytical and stuff. This guy sounds nuts."

"Exactly." Michael muted the commercial. "I could swear last year's season opener was just as bad as this one. Want some chips?"

"Nah, I'm good." Lincoln propped his feet up on the coffee table. "So how does the book end?"

"Who knows? I chucked it about halfway through. After the main character tossed a rat into an electrical panel and then got scorched by a steam pipe."

Lincoln frowned. "A rat?"

"Don't ask."

"Why the hell did you even start reading this book in the first place?"

"It was in the airport bookstore, and I had a long flight ahead of me. It looked interesting."

"Like a train wreck," Lincoln muttered. "This is why I don't read. Except comic books—they'll never let you down."

"Hah hah," Michael said. "I didn't go to college to read comic books."

"Would've saved you the time you wasted on this book. But now at least you'll know how to bust me out of prison after I murder somebody."

"Dream on," Michael said, turning the sound back on. He elbowed Lincoln in the side.

"You'd better try your best to stay out of trouble, because I would totally let you rot."

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Maz (or foxxy!): Tattooed and Prettytuesdaeschild on October 31st, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
You might have missed part of the fox_las prompt but I think that's not such a bad thing! This was quirky and funny and thoroughly enjoyable! Worth getting out of bed on a Sunday morning for!

It does all seem ridiculous on paper; or a computer screen, anyway! Yet it all seemed perfectly logical as it was being played out on screen. A few hot blokes didn't hurt, of course...I'm so shallow!

Love it, sweetheart! :)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on October 31st, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed it!

I actually wrote the entire first draft of it, and it was mostly done, and then I thought, "I should check whether AUs are allowed for this challenge round" and D'OH!!

Too bad, too, because this was the first idea that came to me with Fox shows and that prompt. ;)

But lots of fun anyway, regardless! :D
happy is as happy does: Sucre & Michael - Prison Breakhappywriter06 on November 1st, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Now that you mention it. At least as far as the first season goes, I'm glad the people the idea was pitched to didn't pass on it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
:D Me too!

Even though the show's premise was pretty much crack, it was fascinating crack!

And even in RL, there are situations where if you could stand back from your own life and see it in a detached way, you'd say, "I'd never do that! I'm not crazy!"

But in the heat of the moment, when it feels like everything that matters is riding on that choice... you find yourself along for the ride anyway. :0
Maerhys: ♙ brothersmaerhys on November 1st, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Splendid! I love them so.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Hee! Even when they're (unknowningly) mocking themselves, they're still themselves. ;)

And Veronica got a better deal out of it this time around, too. ;)
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers2clair_de_lune on November 2nd, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
The things TV shows can do to our suspension of disbelief when we let ourselves be caught in a story... *g*
Funny ficlet. Thanks for writing!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
The things TV shows can do to our suspension of disbelief when we let ourselves be caught in a story... *g*

I know! It sounds ridiculous on paper, but then you watch S1 and it sucks you right on in. :)

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!