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02 June 2011 @ 10:27 am
Burn Notice Fiction: "Covert Conspiracies" (Michael, Gen, PG)  
Title: Covert Conspiracies
Fandom: Burn Notice
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Michael (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: It's one thing to suspect, but still another to actually know.
Author's Notes: For tvnetwork1_las and the prompt of "Corruption."
Also for writers_choice ("Backward").


From the moment the burn notice came through, Michael suspected. But it's one thing to suspect, and still another to actually know.

When you're a spy, you learn to roll with the punches. Whether it's a botched handoff or a blown cover, your choices are limited: shoot or bluff your way out of the corner and ask questions later.

That's how Michael survived a situation his training never dealt with: getting burned mid-operation by his own government while trying to complete a dangerous and suddenly unfunded negotiation.

He was lucky to make it out of Nigeria alive.

Since then, he's discovered that the nightmare is stubbornly real. He has no job, no bank accounts, no credentials, and that's not some random, bureaucratic mistake. He's been blacklisted and discredited, and his career is D.O.A.

His former handler thinks it's even possible that Michael was framed.

Michael knows he's an excellent spy—one of the best—and his results were damn impressive. Guys like him don't just get fired, out of the blue. The only explanation is that he was in someone's way, or was about to be.

After he finds out who's responsible, Michael figures he'll know the Why of it soon enough.

Someone on the inside had to be behind it, someone who could falsify the data that brought Michael down.

Whether it's greed or the lust for power that's driving them, that someone is scheming toward something big.

When that plot finally comes to light, Michael is certain it will not be good.

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In here, everything is beautiful...: (little women) prettiest manuscript everrise_your_dead on June 5th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
Excellent Michael POV piece.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on June 5th, 2011 07:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! Poor Michael-- with all that having gotten burned cost him, it's even worse to know that you were simply in the path of someone else's ambition or greed. It always seems like it should be more important than just that, though often it isn't.

Thanks for reading!
In here, everything is beautiful...rise_your_dead on June 9th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
*NODS* It wasn't even about Mike - it was for what Mike could do for others, poor guy.
Silver M: dwlogomaldeluxx on June 6th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I love this - and I really miss watching it *whines* XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I miss it too, though I finally found a source for downloading "The Fall Of Sam Axe," which helps tide me over a little. I miss the characters and their adventures, though, and the cracktastic villains. :)
Stevia Fluntasphaltcowgrrl on June 20th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
This was just awesome. So much so that, as I read certain lines, I heard them in Jeffrey Donovan's voice even... LOL And hey... only a few more days until we get new episodes! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Burn Notice Flamingohalfshellvenus on June 21st, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I love the dryness of Jeffrey's line delivery-- sometimes, the more dire the situation gets, the drier his tone.

I the other young man in your icon, too. Another of my favorites!

Thanks for reading. :)
Stevia Fluntasphaltcowgrrl on June 21st, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
Exactly - the fact that he can be so deadpan in such extreme circumstances is rather attractive.

Heh. Yes, Chuck is my obsession. :) I must have a thing for spies and not know it? :)

Oh, and you're very welcome. I practice this thing called 'work avoidance' and fan fiction is a HUGE part of my method.