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22 November 2010 @ 12:26 am
Prison Break Gen Fiction: "Masquerade" (Michael, Lincoln, Sara, PG)  
Title: Masquerade
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael, Sara (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: Five years ago, Michael never would have done this…
Author's Notes: For fox_las ("Conceal your intentions").
Also for prisonbreak100 (Insides), and writers_choice ("Masks").

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Five years ago, he never would have done this.

Michael's late-night nobility always painted a kinder picture of who he could have been.

Now, midway through his redemption for having turned his back on his drug-addicted brother, Michael waited in his prison cell for total darkness to arrive. He had work to do tonight if he hoped to ever break Lincoln out of this place before next week's execution date.

Time was short, and Michael's careful cool was edging over into panic.

Truth itself had been Michael's victim long before he ever got here, but much as he kept trying to find his way back to it, each new crisis made him push it farther away.

The doctor—Michael knew he didn't deserve the gift of her name—was supposed to be a means for gaining access to the infirmary and slowly corroding an important pipe. A daily appointment was all he needed, whether or not she was the one who actually tended to him. Instead, he flirted with her during their sessions, steadily soliciting her interest and trust. He knew he'd probably keep working her over as long as it took, until she was ready to give him anything he might someday come to ask.

He hadn't planned to go down that road at first, but the softness of her eyes made him say things he knew she'd want to hear. He was still doing it. It might have been to hold her attention, or to increase the chances that she'd help him if he needed her. Either way the words kept coming, even though he knew he had nothing to offer her in return. Each stroke of his thumb over her wrist was another lie, another promise he couldn't keep. He would leave her with broken hopes and unanswered questions, when she'd done nothing to deserve either one of them.

So, he could tell himself that it was only because of Lincoln, that he wasn't the kind of man who would ordinarily betray her.

But the truth was that no one but Michael could put on that mask so easily and still pretend that someone else was always pulling the strings.


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Genevieve: handcuffs by radiant eclypsemsgenevieve on November 26th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Okay, so I had to go back and check the username on this post because, because it's you and it's Michael and Sara, and hello, is this real life?

Heh.

I really liked this, and I just love the phrase 'late night nobility'. It's perfect for a good man constantly trying to justify leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Nice job! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: MichaelInBarshalfshellvenus on November 26th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Hee! Never say never, and the prompt for this LAS round not only sounded like Michael, it also seemed to beg for the person who paid the biggest price for his deception.

It's perfect for a good man constantly trying to justify leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.
Funny that you picked that out, because the germ of the whole story lies in that phrase and in that sentence.

As it's amazing to think that as bad as the repercussions of Michael's plan already were, they would get SO much worse by the time he and Lincoln were out and on the run.

So glad you took a chance on reading this, and liked it! :)
Maz (or foxxy!): Prettytuesdaeschild on November 27th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
I love manipulative Michael...but I don't like him! It seems he just can't help the lies coming out of his mouth. And the lies that come out of his eyes, come to that. Poor Sara. :(

That last line totally gives him away!!

You still write PB fics to die for...and here are so few now it makes me so happy when I do find one!

Thank you, sweetheart!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: MichaelInBarshalfshellvenus on November 27th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
I find manipulative Michael fascinating too, but also aggravating. And he would so like to believe he's not quite as manipulative as he actually is.

That last line totally gives him away!!
Yes! Sarah was one of his worst, and most deliberate, victims. He nearly cost her everything. :(

So glad you enjoyed this story, and I'm happy there are still a few readers out there too! :)