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16 January 2011 @ 01:53 pm
Prison Break - In This Universe  
Title: In This Universe
Author: clair_de_lune
Fandom: Prison Break
Character: Michael (vaguely implied Michael/Sara, Michael/Veronica, Michael/Lincoln, Michael/OFC)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 570
Summary: Places and time and time-lines colliding, and he once happened to face himself.
Author’s Note: A while ago, I posted a fic meme asking what you would make me write if you could. Someone replied with Michael Scofield/Wentworth Miller... I don’t do Real People Fic in any way, shape or form. Michael Scofield/Michael Scofield, though? Can try. This is a weird one, obviously, but not nearly as smutty as it could have been expected.


I stole the first sentence, but since I stole it from a Star Trek drabble I wrote last summer, I should be fine.
No beta so don’t be surprised if you encounter creative grammar ;)

There was a theory stating that each time we made a choice, a new alternate universe was created.

Michael Scofield experienced this first-hand.

Places and time and time-lines colliding, and he once happened to face himself. A slightly younger, slightly groggy self, lying half-conscious and half-delirious on a small bunk in that damn warehouse in Los Angeles. Almost him but not quite. Him before what he became, him before what he could have become, another possibility of him. He sat down by the bed and checked himself, concerned with the paleness of his face and the faint trace of dried blood rimming his left nostril. His fingers grabbed his chin and turned his face to the right and then to the left on the thin pillow, the light stubble on the cheeks grazing his fingertips. His hands palpated his chest and stomach, slipped under the blue shirt and bumped into the leather belt. They started their exploration looking for injuries – didn’t find any – and ended it up brushing over strangely smooth and warm skin. Did his own skin really feel that smooth and warm? Did Sara find it as pleasant as he did right now? Did Lincoln? What about Vee years ago or Donna back in high school? Or...

He’d never really thought about himself in terms of attractiveness. He objectively looked good, knew it, had used it on multiple occasions in the same way he’d used his brain, his education or his knowledge. A mere tool, useful like a tool should be.

It was both him and not him lying here. It was both weird and normal to feel sorry and affectionate for that version of himself. It was both right and wrong to let his hand wander down. Right and wrong, right or wrong, he couldn’t help it anyway, hardly thought about what he was doing. Just wanted to make him, make himself, feel better. He stroked himself through the rough jeans; felt himself stir and harden, heard himself gasp in his half-sleep, saw his own confused look, leaned down and, with barely an hesitation, kissed his own lips when they parted in surprised pleasure. It felt good – he ought to know what felt good, right?

The version of him lying down tried to speak or maybe shout. Either out of shock, incomprehension, pleasure, or a mixture of all of that. He muzzled himself with a soothing “Shh!” and a crooked, reassuring smirk. As he surrendered to himself, he could read in the blue eyes staring at him the effect said smirk had on the other people in his life. How and why they reacted to it the way they did, how unfair yet useful it was – another tool. There was such a subtle difference between seeing it on a picture or in a mirror, and watching it for real.

He almost felt bad. He would have felt bad – cross his heart – if the course of events had turned out really sour. Even though he didn’t think anymore than the end justified the means.

There was a theory stating that each time we made a choice, a new alternate universe was created. Since he was here, a slightly older, slightly wiser version of the man lying on a small bunk in that damn warehouse in Los Angeles, at some point, at some crossroad, he had to have made the right one.

-End-

--Feedback is a slightly scary thought in this case, but still appreciated ;)
 
 
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Maz (or foxxy!): Prettytuesdaeschild on January 16th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! This is so clever!!! I am completely enamoured with it, despite it being MS/MS and not MS/WM!!!

It really works perfectly and the hint of science fiction makes it believable. The older, wiser Michael really must have made the right choices.

Michael seeing himself, appreciating his own attractiveness and feeling sorry for the version of him clearly suffering? Weird, yes. But hot in a strange way.

Note exactly cheery but there is comfort here, not something depressing in the least.

Thank you, sweetheart! This was a lovely surprise!

*hugs*
Clair de Lune: origami - canardclair_de_lune on January 16th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
I think the Star Trek fan, the one who squeed at episodes about alternate universes, took over here. And speaking of Star Trek alternate universes, there was on in which the characters had evil, evil doppelgangers. Hm. I wonder how fun Evil Michael, Evil Sara or Evil Lincoln would be... o_O

You know, I hadn't even realised this was hitting your hurt!Michael button too. I guess I was lucky ;)

Note exactly cheery but there is comfort here, not something depressing in the least.
Yes, it sounds quite melancholic but in the end, there is a future Michael, isn't there?

So glad you enjoyed, Foxy *hugs back*
Maz (or foxxy!): Bloodied Michaeltuesdaeschild on January 17th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
the characters had evil, evil doppelgangers. Hm. I wonder how fun Evil Michael, Evil Sara or Evil Lincoln would be... o_O

My feeling is it would be lots and lots of fun!!! I'd like Evil Michael manipulating Sara and Lincoln and I'd also like Evil Lincoln and Evil Sara messing with Michael's head!!! I remember an episode of Buffy where Cordelia was transported to a parallel universe where Evil Vampire Willow was deliciously evil and called a downtrodden Angel "Puppy"!! Good times! ;)

You know, I hadn't even realised this was hitting your hurt!Michael button too.

It was me who was lucky, sweetheart!! It was just the ticket! :)

but in the end, there is a future Michael, isn't there

Exactly! It has a happy end, kind of, doesn't it? Far better than the stupid ending we got to the show! *tuts*

I loved it so thank you! Off to add it to my memories!
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers3clair_de_lune on January 22nd, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'd like Evil Michael manipulating Sara

But... you don't need Evil Michael for that: you already have Season 1 Michael!! *dodges tomatoes*

Far better than the stupid ending we got to the show!

I don't know what you're referring to? What ending? *blinks* Seriously, though, now I need to think hard to remember what the so-called real ending was...
Maz (or foxxy!): Incoming plot bunnytuesdaeschild on January 24th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
you don't need Evil Michael for that: you already have Season 1 Michael!!

*throws some more tomatoes* Actually, though, I think you're right!

Seriously, though, now I need to think hard to remember what the so-called real ending was...

I think it's got a little blurred because of constant denial!

Maz (or foxxy!): Incoming plot bunnytuesdaeschild on January 24th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
you don't need Evil Michael for that: you already have Season 1 Michael!!

*throws some more tomatoes* Actually, though, I think you're right!

Seriously, though, now I need to think hard to remember what the so-called real ending was...

I think it's got a little blurred because of constant denial!