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06 March 2011 @ 11:53 pm
Prison Break Gen Fiction: "Beyond The Front Door" (Michael, Lincoln, G)  
Title: Beyond The Front Door
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Lincoln, Michael (Gen)
Rating: G
Summary (Pre-Series): Lincoln had never been where Michael was going.
Author's Notes: An Australian Flood Auction fic for krazykipper, who wanted Michael and Lincoln on Michael's first day of college.
Also for prisonbreak100 ("Today").


"Got everything?" Lincoln asked. It was mostly out of habit. Lincoln had never been where Michael was going.

Today, Michael started college.

It would probably be a lot like high school, Lincoln thought. Michael would take the El instead of a bus, and all his classes would be farther apart. But the backpack and books and sack lunch were the same. So was Lincoln's question, even though Michael had been doing all of his own organizing for a couple of years.

"Got it," Michael said. He couldn't seem to stop smiling, as if he wasn't sure this was really happening. "I can't believe Mom saved the money for this," he added.

Lincoln nodded calmly, the lie behind the truth all too fresh. There'd never been any money before he'd found a way to borrow it, and he'd be struggling to repay it for a long time to come. But that wasn't for Michael to know, now or ever.

Lincoln would never have had much of a future anyway, but Michael was going to be somebody. With this, Lincoln was making sure of it.

I should say something, Lincoln thought, searching for the right kinds of words. "I'm really… proud of you, Michael," he finally said.

Michael ducked his head and grinned. "Thanks."

"You ready?" Lincoln asked.

Michael nodded vigorously. "Yeah."

Lincoln stepped in close and put his arm around Michael. "Go get 'em."

Michael picked up his backpack and headed for the door. "I'll be back by dinner."

"Okay." That was familiar too, but everything suddenly felt off-balance. Michael was growing up, and Lincoln was happy for him, but this was new territory for them both. All Lincoln could do was hope.

"You'd better still be humble," he called after Michael.

"Not a chance," Michael laughed.

Lincoln grinned, feeling oddly reassured by Michael's burst of confidence.

Despite everything they'd been through, it was a sign that Lincoln had clearly done something right.

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shaitanah: redshaitanah on March 7th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Such a touching ficlet! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on March 7th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! There's so much that Michael doesn't know here, and sadly, neither of them knows how important that will become to both of them later. :(
Loki: Prison Break - Michael behind barsloki_dip on March 16th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Aww! It's so sweet with Linc determined to this for Michael, and Michael being so happy. But there's a darker undercurrent because we know where it's all going to lead. :(

Thank you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on March 17th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Those darker undercurrents are one of the things I love about Prison Break (much like WeeChester Fic with SPN). Inside of a common situation, like this one, there's always the "more" of how hard it was to get there, and what hardships will come to haunt both brothers down the road.

I hope I did this on justice-- this was one of your prompts, though I actually found the free-lance comedy one easier to write!
Lokiloki_dip on March 20th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
You completely did it justice. :) I loved it!

I liked to write the baby Winchester fics in Spn too, probably for the same reason!