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19 June 2008 @ 06:55 pm
Prison Break - Five Vocations  
Title: Five Vocations
Author: clair_de_lune
Characters: Michael, Lincoln, a tiny bit of Sara
Genre: Gen
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Not mine. Just borrowing them for a while.
Summary: Some of the careers he considered with the passing years remained wishful thinking.
Notes: prompt by alohomoraa - what career for Michael if he hadn’t been a structural engineer? Thanks to recycledfaery for the beta. (French version)


Some of the careers he considered with the passing years remained wishful thinking.

Superman

He had to give up on that one because he couldn’t fly, as he discovered three days before his fifth birthday. Although Mom always affirmed the contrary, he thought it might have been because of the cape, but all in all, it didn’t really matter: the experience had been way too humiliating and painful to be renewed.

He managed to climb up the wardrobe in the bedroom he shared with Lincoln, no problem. He dove aiming for his bed; Linc was supposed to catch him if necessary. And Linc tried, but he was absolutely not expecting the violence of the collision and he ended up on his back between the bed and the small dresser, a bit groggy, Michael lying on top of him with his wrist bent at a weird angle.

When he crawls in the air ducts and holds out his hand to Doctor Tancredi, who’s locked in the infirmary, he flashbacks to that day. And then he remembers that Sara is in this position because of him, which makes him the worst Superman ever, even today.


Gigolo

Lincoln didn’t hesitate the slightest second: when he heard, he slapped him hard enough for his head to whip and bounce against the wall.

He looked up, swallowing back his tears and biting his lips, unable to understand why his big brother was so angry at him. Linc grumbles, “Sorry, Mike, but honestly...” and asked him if he actually knew what a gigolo was. He had to admit that he didn’t, not really, but it was a pretty word.

Sighing, Lincoln tried to explain to him as tactfully as possible – that is, tactfully according to his standards – what it was about. “It’s a guy who does things to girls... you know? those things in exchange for money.” He furrowed his brow as a sudden mixture of embarrassment and understanding, with maybe a hint of amusement, showed on Michael’s face. “Mike?”

Michael waffled just a bit before answering. “Cindy Campbell wanted to give me two bucks to kiss her.”

“Two bucks?” Lincoln pointed out with a small smile.

“You need the money?”

Lincoln goggled at him. “I’m no pimp!”

It’s a bit subtler than that when he talks and smiles to Sara: he doesn’t quite do “those things” and it’s not quite “for money”. There’s some comfort in the idea that his motives are way nobler.

And everything is just fine, until he starts talking and smiling with her, and not expecting anything from her in exchange. Then, it becomes a problem.



Barman

It wasn’t about the people, even though he’d admit that this kind of job probably provided quite an interesting observation lounge. It was about the perfection of a neat brandy or scotch. It was about the way the flavors, the odors, the colors mixed together, the way they blended to create an original cocktail and generate something entirely new. New but not unexpected: in the end, it was all about chemistry.

For him.

For Lincoln, it was just about alcohol and when he decided to get loaded, he didn’t pay much attention to the color or the age of the booze in his glass. It ultimately overwhelmed Michael’s fascination and turned it into disgust.

Abruzzi, T-Bag and Lincoln locked together in the same room, several hours a day. He’s fully aware that if the three men hadn’t had a common goal, the cocktail would have blown up in his face long ago.


Doctor

He spent part of his childhood and teenage years taking care of his and Lincoln’s injuries – scratches, bruises, bumps, contusions of any kind, whether they had been caused by their foster parents, other kids or sometimes Lincoln himself. He applied more than his share of disinfectant, unguent and band aids on Lincoln’s face, hands and back when he came back from God only knows where at unholy hours, injured for only God knows what reason. For a while, it almost looked like it would be enough.

It didn’t last. Very soon, he recalled that the doctors had been unable to cure Mom, and then to ease her pain. It didn’t make him want to try to do better, it just taught him that sometimes, taking care isn’t enough to cure. It’s probably cowardice on his part, but he doesn’t think he would be able to stand that powerlessness.

Through the infirmary glass, he watches Doctor Tancredi standing near Lincoln. Her gloved hands delicately palpating and her head bent, she talks and smiles while she examines Lincoln, and Michael can see on his brother’s face one of those rare smiles. Sara doesn’t cure, but Sara takes care, calms and appeases; Lincoln smiles to his doctor when he doesn’t smile to his brother.

He admires and envies Sara for that, he couldn’t do that. It’s probably the reason why he’s standing here, Lincoln barely a few feet away and yet out of reach, trying the impossible and the unthinkable to get him out of here.



Musician

“You have pianist’s hands. You should be a musician,” Donna Harper told him once with an appreciative tone. One of his hands were resting flat on the young woman’s stomach, stroking the soft, taut skin, and the other one was in her hair, playing with the long locks. Both hands stiffened a bit when Donna spoke the few harmless words.

He couldn’t be a musician. Long ago, when Mom was still alive, she had tried to have him take music classes. She had tried to have him take a lot of classes, actually; it was a way to help him express and clear the sensations that constantly hammered him. The music didn’t help at all. Listening to it was one thing, but trying to play was inconceivable. There was the touch of the piano beneath his fingers, the sounds coming alive under his hands and vibrating through his whole body, the colors shining under his half closed eyelids, and in a matter of minutes, his brain was just overheated, overwhelmed. Too many variables, too many sensations to get and grasp at the same time.

He slid his fingers across Donna’s curved hip and, because eluding was easier than explaining, he answered, “I don’t really understand music.”

It wasn’t even totally a lie.

He has his own small private orchestra in Fox River. Sure, there are a few wrong notes, a few members playing a bit too loud, a bit too solo, but all in all, the little melody comes alive, takes shape and confidence. It nears perfection when Lincoln’s hand – not a pianist’s hand by a long shot – grabs his wrist and hauls him above the wall.

--oOo--

He decided to become an engineer because he had always been captivated by structures and geometry. The way all elements work together and give something that can be functional and artistic at the same time. The perfect combination of efficiency and aesthetic.

Above his shoulder, he throws a look at the prison’s walls and praises himself for his choice.

-END-

Comments are always welcome.
 
 
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The depressed optimist: Michael - Panama beat uplizparker6 on June 20th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
This was perfect. I so loved every choice, every story behind it as well every comparission to the present of fox river.

You know, I especially value when fics are written in a new, original way, not only the plot being original or originally written, but the whole concept as well as structure of the fic being a little piece of art itself.

This story definitely belongs to those one, and with your skillfully writing as well as wonderfull insights, it was a must to read.

Thank you so much for sharing.
Clair de Lune: pb - michaelclair_de_lune on June 23rd, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
I so loved every choice, every story behind it as well every comparission to the present of fox river.
I'm glad you do. I had initially written only the childhood tidbits but it lacked... something and seemed a bit pointless.

You know, I especially value when fics are written in a new, original way, not only the plot being original or originally written, but the whole concept as well as structure of the fic being a little piece of art itself.
Thanks! I've written a few 'five things' thingies but I like them better when I can connect them together like here.

Thank you for reading and commenting :)
Julesdarkwriter69 on June 21st, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
This fic is perfection! I love every choice and how you connected it to the present in fox river.

...which makes him the worst Superman ever, even today

And everything is just fine, until he starts talking and smiling with her, and not expecting anything from her in exchange. Then, it becomes a problem.

if the three men hadn’t had a common goal, the cocktail would have blown up in his face long ago.

Lincoln smiles to his doctor when he doesn’t smile to his brother.

The music didn’t help at all. Listening to it was one thing, but trying to play was inconceivable. There was the touch of the piano beneath his fingers, the sounds coming alive under his hands and vibrating through his whole body, the colors shining under his half closed eyelids, and in a matter of minutes, his brain was just overheated, overwhelmed. Too many variables, too many sensations to get and grasp at the same time.

It nears perfection when Lincoln’s hand – not a pianist’s hand by a long shot – grabs his wrist and hauls him above the wall.


These are just some of the parts that made this fic come alive and then of course there was the way it ended, with the fact that he had become an Engineer: '..the perfect combination of efficiency and aaesthetic...'

...he throws a look at the prison’s walls and praises himself for his choice.

Glorious ending.

Clair de Lune: pb - michael3clair_de_lune on June 23rd, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
This fic is perfection.
Neat! I cheat a bit with a prompt (because I did cheat) and I'm told this kind of thing. I'll do it again *g*

More seriously, engineer fits him just perfectly, doesn't it, so I merely resorted to the jobs he never had.

Thanks a lot for the kind comment. I'm really glad you liked the story :)
telperaca on June 21st, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like! It's very nicely though out and it's worked really well. Loved it! I really love Lincon's part with Sara in the doctor's role. Once again, thanks so much for sharing you work with us! *hugs*
Clair de Lune: pb - trioclair_de_lune on June 23rd, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
I really love Lincon's part with Sara in the doctor's role.
Thank you! Writing it from Michael's point of view was interesting :-p

I'm glad you enjoyed the story and really appreciate the feedback :)
Genevieve: hug by 23_tearsmsgenevieve on June 22nd, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
*sighs*

Your writing has the power to reduce me to this babbling idiot who can't string a sentence together. NOTHING I say will be able to convey how beautiful this is, how perfectly constructed, how spellbindingly you've woven the threads of the story together. Absolute perfection, and I can't thank you enough for sharing it.
Clair de Lune: pb - michael2clair_de_lune on June 23rd, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
*blushes*

Now is maybe not the right moment to admit that nothing was planned or thought out; that I chose to write about jobs Michael never had because I couldn't imagine anything else than engineer since it fits him so well; and that I added the comparisons to Fox River because I felt the story was incomplete...
In other words, it's really nice when a story made with bits and pieces actually works, and I'm happy you enjoyed it \o/

Thanks so much for the comment ;)
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Clair de Luneclair_de_lune on July 1st, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
It's hard to imagine him doing anything else, isn't it? ;)
Thanks for commenting!
happy is as happy does: Brothers hug (3x13) - Prison Breakhappywriter06 on July 14th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I meant to read this when you first posted it and somehow forgot. I'm glad I remembered now because this is wonderful. Bittersweet and touching. I love how you connected the past and the present, especially the Superman and Giggolo parts.
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers kidsclair_de_lune on July 14th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you enjoyed it :)

I first had only the childhood parts and the story was rather incomplete and quite aimless. I think it feels way more 'finished' like that. The conclusions for Superman and Gigolo are probaly my inner shipper getting her revenge :-p

Thanks for commenting!
eternal_doloreternal_dolor on September 6th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Nice story
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers kidsclair_de_lune on September 6th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Maz (or foxxy!): Genius and Doctortuesdaeschild on April 17th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Well this is absolutely gorgeous and really hit the spot of my love for Michael and Lincoln Kid!Fic!!! I love those little boys so very much. ♥ I'm sure Sara had some kind of thought about Superman coming to save her in the infirmary though.

Tact was never really Lincoln's forte but I kind of agree with Michael that Gigolo is a pretty word. Not such a pretty thing to be though. Trying to get a key from the good lady doctor to free his innocent brother doesn't quite make him a gigolo, especially given his feelings for her. :) And while this little part of the fic kind of hints at Michael using a dirty word it's not...quite...there!! Close though! Very close!

I'm sure Barman Michael would shake a sexy cocktail shaker and I'm sure he would appreciate the way the ingredients came together. And perhaps T-Bag, Abruzzi and Lincoln constitute a Molotov Cocktail?!! ;)

The idea that little Michael had to take care of those little injuries caused by his brother is a rather heart-breaking. As was the fact the the dear little soul ultimately realised that doctors couldn't save his mother. :( It was probably best he left the healing and bedside manner to Doctor Tancredi.

Michael as a musician looks, on the face of it, a great vocation for him. But you so cleverly got under his skin and understood that it would overwhelm him with so much sensory input! Brilliant!! He could certainly orchastrate an escape plan though!!

Which means his choice of career, when it came to his adult life, was perfect!

I loved this...how did I miss it back in the day?!!