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28 April 2011 @ 11:06 am
Prison Break Slash Fic: "None So Blind" (Michael/Lincoln, PG-13)  
Title: None So Blind
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael/Lincoln (Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary (Pre-Series to S2): Someone might be getting used, but which of them is it?
Author's Notes: An Australian Flood Auction story for clair_de_lune. This one's a little dark and tortured, but I hope that's okay.
Also for fanfic100, this is Dark

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If Lincoln was fire, then Michael was the river that soothed him, calming him all through the long drive to Utah whenever freedom and adrenaline kicked off the return of Lincoln's unquenchable inferno of need.

It was an old pattern, as well-worn as the restless teenaged frustration that had started it, all those years ago. Ten years later, sometimes even the slightest thing could wind up setting it off.

Letting off steam—that's what they called it. It sounded so much better than bending your brother over the table and fucking him so hard that you both finally forgot the quadrant of the rising sun.

In the beginning, Lincoln had always been distant afterwards. Racked with remorse, he'd shot out the door and wandered the streets until he knew Michael would have already gone to bed.

"Stay," Michael whispered one day. He had no other words for the tsunami of emotions inside him, only the knowledge that he wanted to keep Lincoln close, no matter what form that took.

A hard-won lifetime later, Lincoln still hadn't realized that Michael had never been doing him any favors.

The heated kisses (they'd crossed that line half a lifetime ago) hadn't made him see it, and neither did the looks Michael gave him on lonely roads or in the late hours of the bleakest nights. Instead, Michael was stuck waiting for those rare moments when Lincoln burned with such need that there was no chance he'd ever escape that slow, inevitable loss of control.

For all of Lincoln's blindness to just how badly Michael wanted him, he was also incredibly consistent.

After ten years of repeating the same stubborn steps of denial, Lincoln had also never noticed how often—and how expertly—Michael fed his frustrations and then just kept pushing until the two of them went right over the edge.


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Maz (or foxxy!): Heartbreaktuesdaeschild on April 29th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
I love the thread of manupilative Michael running through this fic but it seems to be countered by his neediness.

Poor Lincoln. If only he could have opened his eyes and seen that there was no need to feel guilty.

It sounded so much better than bending your brother over the table and fucking him so hard that you both finally forgot the quadrant of the rising sun.

Um...well, maybe only slightly better!! ;)

Love it, anyway! ♥

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
but it seems to be countered by his neediness.
Yes-- and that's why I consider this one kind of dark. Michael wants what Lincoln thinks he's forcing on him, and he'll take it anyway he can get it.

When he gets desperate enough, Michael will even stoop to tricking Lincoln into it.

So wrong, so fucked up, and yet... still our boys. ;)
Maz (or foxxy!): Heartbreaktuesdaeschild on April 30th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Michael will even stoop to tricking Lincoln into it.

Manipulative but needy Michael at his very best!

Yes, wrong, fucked up...definitely still our boys! ;)

Clair de Lune: pb - brothers4clair_de_lune on April 30th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
I can't help feeling sorry for both of them. For Michael because we can sense his need and insecurities, his desperation, and his fear to see Lincoln walk away. But above all for Lincoln for obvious reasons - he's used and feels guilty for what he wants and does.

Morally grey Michael is very true to the show - the real show, from seasons 1 and 2, anyway /rant. He had (almost) no qualms using Sara, Sucre or Pope, and I've always felt that there was a good dose of selfishness in his drive to save Lincoln. He stepped in partly out of guilt and, incestuous overtones or not, wanted to keep him for himself: I'm not sure the 'diving shop in Panama' plan was meant to take Veronica or LJ into consideration. But of course, it was also for those flaws that I found the character interesting, and I find them here again.

As for Lincoln... add the initial guilt to the one caused by Michael throwing his life away to save him, and it's either a recipe for disaster on short term, or for Michael to get pretty much anything he wants.

You're right: it is a little dark and tortured. And I loved it ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm so glad you liked it!

I feel sorry for both of them too-- Lincoln for his regrets, and Michael for the fact that he wants so much more and yet Lincoln doesn't.

Michael's manipulativeness will always be part of the character for me (in his adult life, anyway). It's one of the reasons I have trouble with Michael/Sara, and why I still feel heartbroken over how things ended with Pope. And poor Sucre, I think, still has no idea.

I also agree with you about Michael's Panama plans. I don't think he ever intended for anyone but the two of them to be involved in that Ever After. What Lincoln would have wanted didn't really seem to enter into Michael's head at all. He'd have been free, and that should have been enough.

These imperfections in the characters are so interesting that it's hard to leave them alone, and every once in awhile it's fun to run with an idea where both of them are victims of their flaws at the same time. :)