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22 November 2005 @ 11:06 pm
Always, Chapter 1: The Next Phase  
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: Lincoln/Michael Incest/slash.
Rating: R (for subject matter)
Spoilers: Episodes 7-9
Warnings: Incest and slash. DO NOT READ IF THIS OFFENDS YOU.
Disclaimers: I don’t own “Prison Break” or any of its characters. However, I do know a good thing when I see it. Mmmm…

Summary: This series continues on after the events in “The Arrangement” series. It deals with the brothers and their attempts to survive Fox River and reach freedom. This chapter covers the aftermath of the first series, conquering “St. Louis,” and dealing with the B-plot.

x-x-x-x-x Chapter 1: The Next Phase x-x-x-x-x

In his bunk, in the dark, Michael could smell the acrid tinge to the air from tear gas and fire. A-Wing was quiet now, as quiet as it ever got, but his ears roared in the stillness with the memory of the riot, the chaos, the destruction it had brought.

It was late, but his heart was still racing from the aftereffects of his most shocking day since the bank robbery.

The riot had escaped their wing of the prison, endangering civilian personnel. Lincoln had been half-throttled, for reasons they still didn’t quite understand. Michael had crossed the prison to rescue the doctor, and returned to find his cell full of people who had either discovered what he was up to or exactly what form of detail it was taking. Abruzzi knew too much now, more than Michael was comfortable with, and T-Bag was a bigger threat than ever. They couldn’t let him spill the plan to the guards, but Michael would be damned if he wanted to be responsible for letting someone like T-Bag out of jail.

There had been the C.O., who had died despite Michael’s best efforts. How could that have happened? Michael hadn’t felt so powerless since the moment when Lincoln had been sentenced to death and removed from the courtroom. What combination of bad luck had led the C.O. to be captured by T-Bag, forced into Michael’s cell, and then ultimately killed for knowing too much by someone who wasn’t supposed to be part of the escape anyway? Of all the unforeseeable outcomes, this was more remote than most.

There had been a few good moments to the day, and Michael clung to them like beacons in a storm. Sucre and Abruzzi had breached the wall, and it had come down just as Michael planned. Clear access. No gas leak. That could have gone much worse.

And then there was Lincoln. Michael had finally had the chance to make love to him, slowly, fully, with every touch and caress conveying all of his feelings and desires. He had been able to hold Lincoln, melt against him, gaze at him—into him—without constantly listening and watching for background threats and interruptions. That opportunity to just focus on Lincoln, and on what they meant to each other… it had been bliss. The lay together for awhile afterward, languidly stroking each others’ arms, chests and shoulders, enjoying just the act of being. Michael could not remember having felt like that in so long. It seemed that before this, he never had.

His skin still vibrated with the feel of Lincoln’s touch, his sheets still held the scent of the two of them. He would change them, eventually, but for now he burrowed into the cocoon of contentment brought on by inhaling, reliving, and remembering. He drew the pillow around toward his chest, leaning into it and imagining that he still held Lincoln against him.


Getting the guard’s break shed under the control of Abruzzi’s P.I. team had been tough, but they were finally here. This would be a challenge—opening the floor down to the sewer pipe, in between random interruptions from the guards, and then covering up their progress and disposing of the evidence each day. There were too many people, too many variables and hot tempers, and someone always had to be on lookout while not drawing attention to the fact that he wasn’t hard at work. It made Michael edgy. This part of his scheme just couldn’t be finished soon enough.

He leaned against the wall, taking a break while others rotated in. He watched the play of muscles tumbling in rhythm as Lincoln took his turn pounding into the floor. He knew that admiration was playing out on his face a little, but then again, it was expected. He was Lincoln’s, as far as the other prisoners were concerned, and this was part of the dance. Lincoln wielding the sledgehammer was a study in ferocity, the metal striking the concrete with impressive force. This had to be a welcome release for him, channeling all his frustrations and fears into something that was actually permitted, and that would also help his own chances at escape. Michael smiled to himself. Lincoln versus the floor. That floor didn’t have a prayer.


Another day, another P.I. project, and L.J.’s troubling disappearance had Lincoln charging around the grass like a pinball in an arcade. He was preoccupied, moody, and— goddamnit! Lincoln was sneaking around the side of the delivery truck trying to work out some harebrained escape to save L.J.! Michael rushed around and wrestled Lincoln to the ground, struggling to keep him down as long as he could. He brought his mouth down over Lincoln’s, tonguing him and nipping those delicious lips, feeling the distraction take hold the way he needed it to. He was caught between the unexpected sexual rush of straddling Lincoln, and trying to make sure he wouldn’t get rolled off before the truck left. He loved Lincoln, he did, but this dumb-ass impetuousness drove him crazy. This was why Lincoln had gotten into trouble when he was younger, and kept on getting into trouble for so many years before he finally got railroaded into Fox River. He just had to leap on the most disastrous course of action before realizing where it would lead. If he could give Lincoln anything, other than what he was already trying to do for him, it would be a healthy dose of some sense. Some foresight.

God. Some damn things never changed.

Michael let Lincoln up, now that it was too late for him to make a move on the truck. Or the driver—whatever Lincoln had been thinking. He let out a deeply held breath. Safe for now. He couldn’t do anything about L.J., and neither could Lincoln. But he for damned sure wasn’t going to lose Lincoln over this when they were so close to finally getting out of here.

(next chapter)


Feedback keeps my muse from escaping...

The Good, The Bad and The Lana: sara happythelana on November 23rd, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
Grin, I think we can all understand Michael's frustration.

This totally screams for a Lincoln POV. Just for the whole "Must escape. Must escape. --- Wheee, porn!" factor and sponteanous change of heart ;)

Ah, dirty!Michael and his dirty sheets. Sucre really is the most understanding cellie ever :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 23rd, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Grin, I think we can all understand Michael's frustration.

"Smack upside the head" is the phrase that comes to mind at Lincoln's behavior. Gah!

Just for the whole "Must escape. Must escape. --- Wheee, porn!"

Slow thoughts permeating the rhino-brain. Must the writers make him so STUPID all of a sudden? Damn, I like my Lincoln so much better.
(no subject) - thelana on November 23rd, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Staceystaceey on November 23rd, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
I read all the chapters to this today, sorry I couldnt comment on each one, I'm at work. Anyway, I'm really enjoying this series and look forward to your next chapter. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 23rd, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
I read all the chapters to this today, sorry I couldnt comment on each one, I'm at work.

If you get the chance... come on back!

Great icon :-) You have several that I like.
Diellepseudoartiste on November 25th, 2005 06:17 am (UTC)
SQUEE! I adore this series, you, my dear, have made my day with this new chappy! Was sad at first by lack of Lincoln POV, b/c you write him spot on, but Michael is just too perfect for words.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 25th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I had to think for a moment about whose POV I usually use in this series, and I think most of the time it's neither. But then, Chapter 5 is all Lincoln, and oops-- so is Chapter 2 (hadn't thought about that), and Chap 8 alternates back and forth.

My Lincoln POV's are usually in the standalone Genfics, but I really enjoy writing him.

Have you read the standalone Closer to the Inevitable? It is an alternate version of Chapter 5, and it takes a very different (and angsty) direction.
(no subject) - pseudoartiste on November 26th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on November 26th, 2005 07:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
~°~ I shall call him Squishy ~°~ciryatan on November 25th, 2005 10:03 am (UTC)
I'm usually not into Michael/Lincoln (even though I'm a slasher at heart), but I really like where this story is going.
Also: Adding you so I won't miss any updates!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 26th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
Glad you like this!

This series, and its two prequels, are a more romantic take on Michael/Lincoln. Rescue and Revelation is more playful.

All my fics, including Gen (lots of that), are organized on my homepage here halfshellvenus
Auroraduttyduttylove on November 25th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
Gah, I finally read all the chapters. I started yesturday but then I got caught up on all this other crap... Prison Break slash, so much more important. So I read the last two chapters just now. I think you did an awesome job...

enjoying just the act of being

I just love that part, I can't explain it, but I know that feeling.... and well now, I know how to explain that feeling. Haha.

I really loved the part where he jumped Lincoln... your verison was better then the one on PB. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 26th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
I think the camera left the scene for a few seconds, so I embellished. :-)

It has actually gotten harder, now that they are all working in a group in that break room. No alone time!

The part of this chapter that cracks me up is what Michael's thinking when Lincoln steps onto the Dumbass path. We didn't see much of that in the show, and god, I do not know why. Loveable Dumbass!
witchoowitchooo on November 25th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for my fix :)
Just another slash fangirlxenasoul on November 26th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
I was waiting for this^^ And I wasn´t dissapointed^^
I don´t know what´s happening but the incest fics just vanished from the world...And your´s now just made my day^^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 26th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
The logistics are so hard with this pairing, because they have so little time alone together. Although they are well worth it :-)

But who knows what affect it will have with the show going into hiatus for months? I'll try to keep my muse alive, and try not to get too distracted by the urge to write more Supernatural.
Sylph: SN_trystsylph_ironlight on November 28th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
I don't actually watch the show (I'm not home when it's on) but this is really good and makes me think I need to buy some more DVD-R's so I can tape yet another show. I'm know that I'm missing quite a lot, but even so I think it's really hotfunnyhotpoignanthotangstyhotlovely. And did I mention hot?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! So you ventured over here to the PB stuff-- and, I'm guessing, you've made it through all 10 chapters? Wow. Prequels too? They're on my homepage too.

The show is worth watching, and the angst factor and the prettiness that are Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are not to be missed.

And then there's Robert Knepper as T-Bag, who is so bizarrely awesome.
(no subject) - sylph_ironlight on December 1st, 2005 02:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thelana on December 1st, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Aira Silver aka Jessijslvr4vr on December 11th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
I just read this chapter and I loved it. So full of hotness and etc. Can't wait till Michael and Lincoln go at it again. I so want to know how LJ and Veronica would take it when or if they heard. And the other characters, like Michael's wife. Oh, I can't wait till its updated again!
jamiepbfan on December 18th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
I have always loved this series, and i just re read it tonight and fell in love with it all over again. I am absolutely smitten with the Michael/ Lincoln pairing. cant wait for another update!!!
tyrical: RC_liftedtyrical on January 2nd, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)

I heart this fic so much right now!
It has everything. The need, the want, the sex, (does it ever!), the angst, the frustration, worry, the highs and low lows.

I'm telling you Fan. For. Life.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: icon by xenasoulhalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Whee! Christmas #2 for me!

I love persuading people into my personal view of this fandom. I so much like this flavor of the characters, obviously.

I'll be trying to rework this fic so that this chapter is the beginning of a new series following chapters 1-9. I know people have been waiting for an update, so it's on my mind now.

I'm telling you Fan. For. Life.

Some of the most awesome and concise feedback I've gotten yet.

Have you discovered that I also write Supernatural Slash? I think I saw your name on a comment for that fandom once. (I write Gen too, for both series).

Welcome aboard :-) :-)

(no subject) - tyrical on January 3rd, 2006 03:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
la_folle_allure on January 3rd, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh honey... this fic is glorious... *pants* So unbelievably hot. Wentworth and Dominic are just so fucking hot. And this story... wow. WOW. I'm still on a Lincoln/Michael high... poor Sucre... I feel for him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Soooooooooo glad you liked it!

Wentworth and Dominic are just so fucking hot. WORD. Their hotness makes me do it.

Can you believe this was meant to be a standalone? The readers talked me into adding chapters, and now look. But... *le sigh*... it is so good.
(no subject) - la_folle_allure on January 3rd, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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dirtandweeds on January 5th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
Oooh.. me? offended by incest? haha- never.

Nice story- I'm off to read the second chapter now.. I shall comment the again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: kissMichaelhalfshellvenus on January 5th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Oooh.. me? offended by incest? haha- never.


Did you read the prequels? Can't remember how long you've been around for this whole series (including "The Arrangement," where this chapter used to live)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on November 19th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
This puts a different spin on the show, doesn't it? Though S1 makes a lot more sense to me from this angle, not to mention that it's even more appealing.

I'm glad you found it, however that came about! And how I wish LJ weren't eating comments today, because anything on older stories I'm likely to miss altogether. :0 Got lucky with this one. :)