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09 June 2006 @ 01:15 pm
Prison Break Gen Fiction: A Common Language  
Title: A Common Language
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Lincoln, T-Bag (Gen, Humor)
Rating: PG
Summary: An often irresistible force meets an immoveable object.
Author’s Notes: Written for pbreak_drabbles (the “Free For All” challenge), this idea came out of a “Stories I Never Wrote You” prompt for Five Ways T-Bag Didn’t Almost Die. I might someday write that larger story, but until then...

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Lincoln was unpacking his fourteen possessions into his GenPop cell when someone slid around the doorway like water easing around a rock.

“You’re new here, now, aren’t you?”

The man was wiry and intense under that lazy style of speaking. Lincoln glanced over warily, but kept on putting things away.

“The name is Theodore Bagwell. Folks call me T-Bag. And you must be Lincoln Burrows. Pleased to meet you.”

Lincoln nodded, and stuck the pillow in its case.

“Fox River can be a confused and conflicted place at times. We’ve got societies here,” T-Bag continued. “Might be worth your attention. Are you a man who feels the pride of untainted skin?”

“No,” Lincoln answered shortly. He knew that line, even from his stints in Juvie. It was the kind of opener used to feel out new blood for the Aryan Brotherhood.

The stranger leaned against the wall as if his welcome was understood. “Discourse, then. Philosophies and discussion.”

“No.” Lincoln folded the edges of the sheets around his bunk. Stuck on the bottom—for now—he’d be kept awake by every shift and roll of his cellmate for at least the next week.

“Well perhaps you’re more a man of action. Weightlifting and sports and what-not.” The man came closer, his eyes sweeping appraisingly over Lincoln’s body. “There’re plenty of ways to pass the time here. Some might consider me to be a veritable expert on that.”

Lincoln’s voice became firm. “No.”

T-Bag let out a small noise of exasperation. “Do you know any words a’tall that aren’t No?”

Lincoln turned around swiftly, backing the man against the wall. He clenched the front of T-Bag’s shirt with one hand, and pulled the other one back in warning.

“Yes,” Lincoln said dangerously, “I do. But most of them are in the language of Fist.

The man blinked, but never lowered his eyes. He waited, making no concessions to that threat, and after a moment Lincoln pushed himself back and kept on glaring.

T-Bag moved casually toward the door, rolling his neck as if the world held no worry. He held his head high as he ambled around the corner— still as confident and unperturbed as ever.

It didn’t matter. Lincoln was just as familiar with this dance as T-Bag. And he knew T-Bag had understood.

They always did.

Lincoln was particularly skilled in that style of communication.


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The Good, The Bad and The Lana: cheerful T-Bagthelana on June 9th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh. Big time. Is it ok that it made me laugh?

Especially the part where T-Bag tries to reel Lincoln in with promise of philosophy and discussion, cracks me up so bad, both because it is *T-Bag* offering it and because it is Lincoln he is offering to :D

Seriously, the whole fic, the whole atmosphere, very perfect.

And for some reason I now have "Everybody was kung-fu fighting" stuck in my head now.

Language of Fist, yo!

There totally should be more of Lincoln's adventures in Fox River back then, dammit!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on June 9th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh. Big time. Is it ok that it made me laugh?
Yes! Dang-- forgot to put "Humor" in the genre tag. I vill update.

Especially the part where T-Bag tries to reel Lincoln in with promise of philosophy and discussion, cracks me up so bad, both because it is *T-Bag* offering it and because it is Lincoln he is offering to :D
Oh, I know. If only T-Bag knew. Well, it'll come to him eventually. Part of what's amusing about that to me, though, is that Discourse and Philosophies are the kind of thing T-Bag could handle, rather easily. And if he thought it would reel someone in (especially someone goodlooking like Lincoln), I can see him waxing thoughtful like THAT.

Language of Fist, yo!
That was, of course, why this one _had_ to be written. God-- it's so Lincoln!

This was yesterday's bike-path inspiration. Before the bee incident. And "Kung-fu fighting" seems like the perfect soundtrack to me too. Rrrawr! LincSmash! Rrawr!
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: big smile happy sarathelana on June 9th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
You can bet that Lincoln was secretly listening to that song up and down ;D

Part of what's amusing about that to me, though, is that Discourse and Philosophies are the kind of thing T-Bag could handle, rather easily. And if he thought it would reel someone in (especially someone goodlooking like Lincoln), I can see him waxing thoughtful like THAT.

Which would make a rather interesting story even, watching him try that on somebody.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on June 9th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Linc doesn't waste words when a select few will suffice.
Up until the point where somone doesn't take the hint... ;)

More Linc please.
I love Linc. It was a lot of fun to write him with someone else for a change, too. Linc is sometimes my perfect straight man.... ;)

Say, do you not read the SN/drabbles and such? There are new ones. Short, yes, but still. AND... there are also some entertainingly dreadful limericks. *Big evil grin*
uponplains on June 9th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
LOL I loved that!

“Yes,” Lincoln said dangerously, “I do. But most of them are in the language of Fist.”

That's actually perfect? I love how the language everyone understands is violence. It also works really well when you consider how they act toward one another in the show.

The stranger leaned against the wall as if his welcome was understood. “Discourse, then. Philosophies and discussion.”

Seriously. There are so many lines that are just so great! Nice job!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBaghalfshellvenus on June 9th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
That's actually perfect? I love how the language everyone understands is violence.
It's really true, isn't it? Love is not the only international language-- I think violence is more commonly understood.

It also works really well when you consider how they act toward one another in the show.
Lincoln does seem to have a rather personalized dislike for T-Bag. Now, whether it was because he knew him earlier on or because T-Bag is always making the moves on the Baby Brother, it's hard to say. But the animosity is definitely there. :0

Seriously. There are so many lines that are just so great! Nice job!
Thank you! I really do enjoy writing dialogue for T-Bag, and I don't get the chance to do it very often. He's so vivid. :)
uponplains on June 9th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Love is not the only international language-- I think violence is more commonly understood.
Haha yup, that seems about right!

I never really understood if Lincoln went right to some restricted section or if he went to GenPop first, but I definitely think he and T-Bag had met before. And Lincoln seemed to know Sucre... Or maybe he just knew of him. I have no idea.

He's so vivid. :)
He is! It can be very fun to write sometimes.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: angry linc had it comingthelana on June 9th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, I was alway much more surprised by the animosity between Abruzzi and Lincoln. Sure, Lincoln doesn't like Abruzzi because Abruzzi took Michael's toes, but it he made remarks about Abruzzi even before that and it doesn't explain why mob boss Abruzzi seems to have so much fondness for coming up with nicknames for Lincoln every time they interact. (or he does have nicknames for others, notably T-Bag, as well, but still, one wonders why he does it so much with Lincoln as well)
alazysod on June 9th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, loved it. Interaction between Lincoln and T-Bag is always great.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBaghalfshellvenus on June 9th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
They play off each other pretty well, don't they? "Persuasion? Meet Rock."

Damn, I still wish princess_doe would come back, and maybe finish the T-Bag/Abruzzi in "The Oriental." Now THAT was some evilSexy chemistry. :D
alienmomalienmom on June 10th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
perfect!!!!

i can see that happening!! especially how T-Bag left linc's cell, like nothing was wrong!! hehe!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBaghalfshellvenus on June 10th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
especially how T-Bag left linc's cell, like nothing was wrong!! hehe!!
:D He doesn't get that cool reputation for nothing. Always workin' it, no matter what.

Thanks, alienmom! :D
xadiexadie on June 10th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
Ah, but water always wears down rock eventually *grin*. Linc thinks he's won - how little he knows about the world of annoyance he's just met.

I really liked this, it was an interesting insight into Lincoln's attitude. I liked how hardened you made him, how world-weary. I also totally agree that T-Bag could hold his own in a philosophical discussion. I don't think that there are many Fox River inmates, with the exception of Michael, that could out-think him on a conceptual level.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBaghalfshellvenus on June 10th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Linc thinks he's won - how little he knows about the world of annoyance he's just met.
:D T-Bag is going to be in Lincoln's orbit for many years to come, whether he wants it or not. And eventually putting the moves on his brother as well. :0

I also totally agree that T-Bag could hold his own in a philosophical discussion. I don't think that there are many Fox River inmates, with the exception of Michael, that could out-think him on a conceptual level.
Possibly the late Westmoreland, and C-Note is awfully clever as well. But T-Bag's resourcefulness in both words and deed make him truly hard to ever one-up.

Glad you liked the story-- thank you! *beams*
Becbecisvolatile on June 11th, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
...language of Fist...

So. Awesome.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on June 11th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you, Becca! That seems so Lincoln to me. ;)
Da'mien: Constantine Cigdecayd_matter on June 11th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
xD; Oh T-bag xD he tries...he tries lol. I enjoyed reading this one ; )
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBaghalfshellvenus on June 11th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He's quite persistent, isn't he? And if one approach doesn't work, well... keep on moving. He's very confident of his eventual victory, in one form or another. :)
mercurybard on June 22nd, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
“Yes,” Lincoln said dangerously, “I do. But most of them are in the language of Fist.”

Never thought of Linc as the master of the punchline, but that was brilliant. Nice little bit.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on June 22nd, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
:D I can see Lincoln being unintentionally funny at times, with situations like these where he's fed up and ready to just make his point. Because there is definitely that sarcastic side to him. ;)

Glad you liked this-- thank you. :)
Pheebs1pheebs1 on May 7th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
I cannot tell you how great I think this is - this SO sounds like Tbag. someone slid around the doorway like water easing around a rock. What an awesome way of putting it, brilliant description.

Lincoln's crack about knowing the language of FIST - so Lincoln!

Some might consider me to be a veritable expert on that.”
I bet!!

Really, so great.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
I missed this somehow, but I'm glad you read and enjoyed this all those years ago! And I miss seeing you around LJ. :)
(Anonymous) on May 26th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
You're T-Bag and Linc are spot on.

This is exactly how a first meeting could have gone.

Love it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lincoln (pensive)halfshellvenus on June 3rd, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm pleased that you found it and liked it. :)