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21 July 2008 @ 12:55 pm
Prison Break - Well-Advised  
Title: Well-Advised
Author: clair_de_lune
Characters: T-Bag, Michael
Genre: Gen
Word Count: ~ 570
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Not mine. Just borrowing them for a while.
Summary: One of the few pieces of good advice his father ever gave Theodore was to be careful of what he wished for, because he just might get it.
Notes: Set during episode 2.22. Thanks to torigates for her help with the translation (original version).

One of the few pieces of good advice his father ever gave Theodore was to be careful of what he wished for, because he just might get it. At the time, Theodore thought that, perhaps, his father had the ability to exactly guess what was going on in Teddy’s mind: he wished that his father would love him more than anything else, and his father did precisely that. At least this was what he explained to him when Theodore dared ask the question. He took the answer for what it was worth: his father’s displays of love were quite painful, physically as well as emotionally, but he couldn’t hope for anything else. And anyway, who was he to question his father’s statements?

Yet this wasn’t the kind of love he had imagined. Those weren’t the displays of affection his father was supposed to lavish on him, but Teddy didn’t realize that right away.

Thirty years later, he’d had more than enough time to understand that Bagwell Sr.’s acts had nothing to do with love, and certainly not fatherly love. He understood that just a bit too late to avoid things turning the way they did, but in his neighborhood, when he was a kid, nobody would talk about this kind of issue.

Theodore had neglected the advice (if he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have been there, would he?) but he realized with no small amount of surprise that he hadn’t forgotten it. It was typical of the influence his father had had on his life in the end: Theodore hoped he could forget about him, but what he learnt, willingly or not, always caught up with him.

When Theodore found himself pinned to the floor under Michael, the advice came back to his memory. It was too brief to let him think and act properly given the urgency of the situation. The sensations and stimuli too fierce and sudden to be ignored. Because oh so pretty Michael straddling him, grinding into him, his knees holding Teddy’s hips? Slightly bent forward, his face contorted and his breathing harsh? Yeah, that was undoubtedly something T-Bag had hoped for. Sure, not quite like that. He’d imagined Michael wearing fewer clothes, more submissive, less triumphant, more scared. Maybe begging – Teddy would have given anything for a tad of begging... – and as breathless as he currently was. But all in all, he had what he’d wanted. For a few seconds anyway. He should have known it was not a good sign, because each time Theodore had obtained what he wanted, things went wrong.

Then Michael shifted above him, the contact a bit more insistent, a bit more intimate. A smirk played on his face and T-Bag wondered if his little angel hadn’t fall. Boy-scouts like him weren’t supposed to bask in their victory, stick the knife in deeper or rub their adversary’s face into their shortcomings.

But Michael didn’t persist and just listen to him, paying no credit to his words, still and marmoreal above him. The move had probably been involuntary, Michael probably was a boy-scout. T-Bag smiled with satisfaction and moved faintly between the kid’s thighs. Michelangelo, he thought with irony. So pretty, so perfect, so righteously avenging.

When the fucking little angel plunged forwards, when he planted the knife in T-Bag’s valid forearm and nailed his wrist to the floor, T-Bag remembered the only good advice his father had ever given him. Just a split second too late.

Cybèle Adamcybeleadam on July 21st, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
to be careful of what he wished for, because he just might get it
Eh, je le dis aussi, ça ! lol Depuis le jour où je l'ai lu je ne sais plus où, je trouve que c'est souvent approprié.

Peut-être qu'il serait utile que tu m'expliques un peu ce qui se passe dans l'épisode auquel tu fais référence, par contre. ^^;
Clair de Lune: pb - michael2clair_de_lune on July 21st, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ce qu'il se passe... Comme tu as dû le comprendre, T-Bag n'est pas une personne spécialement recommandable. Dans la scène en question, Michael et lui se battent pour un sac rempli de billets. Michael finit par avoir le dessus (littéralement et métaphoriquement) et T-Bag lui dit qu'il n'aura pas le cran de le tuer. Et effectivement, il ne le tue pas : il se contente de lui planter un couteau dans l'avant-bras, ce qui est particulièrement méchant sachant qu'à la fin de la saison précédente, quelqu'un a coupé la main - celle de l'autre bras - à T-Bag. Bref, il se retrouve cloué au sol, avec la police pas bien loin ^_^
Cybèle Adamcybeleadam on July 22nd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Merci pour les explications.
Bon, il ne faut vraiment pas que je regarde cette série, moi ! Des trucs pareils, j'en ferais des cauchemars ! (Les couteaux, c'est une de mes phobies.)
Clair de Lune: pb - t-bagclair_de_lune on July 22nd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
C'est une série parfois un peu brutale, va-t-on dire ;) Et T-Bag *icone* arrange rarement les choses.

Edited at 2008-07-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
PamalaX: NEWmikeypamalax on July 21st, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Very very nice! Not enough T Bag fic ever so this one is fabulous treat.
Clair de Lune: pb - michael3clair_de_lune on July 21st, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
I haven't written a lot of them and I usually keep them short - who would want to linger on Teddy's mind? ^^- but once in a while, it's fun interesting to try.
alienmom: went smirkalienmom on July 21st, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
completely brilliant!! you really got T-bag's "voice" perfectly.

i loved the entire cabin scene between the two. you fleshed out that flashback from his childhood home very well (eventhough it creeped me out '->)

psst...there is a tiny typo in the second to last paragraph. by-scout instead of boy-scout.
Clair de Lune: pb - michael2clair_de_lune on July 21st, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Both scenes, the childhood flashback and the cabin scene in 2.22, were creepy to begin with, weren't they?
Actually, I wrote the original version of this fic when I was writing a rather happy story, The Time They Need. I needed something different to change my mind: T-Bag was just perfect for that. You can always trust him with the creepy.

Thanks a lot for the great feedback :) I'm glad you liked the story.

And thanks for the typo - fixed ;)
Shads: (T-Bag/Michael) Love/Hatethe_last_shadow on July 22nd, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Lovely! It's been long since someone cared to write something about them. Thank you for writting it. It was short, intense and kind of sweet...awesome. Please write more! :D
Clair de Lune: pb - t-bagclair_de_lune on July 24th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the fic :)
Genevieve: boxed in by sezmsgenevieve on July 27th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)

You know, I'm still seriously considering learning French so I can read your writing in its original form. Meep.

As usual, I am in awe at the range of your writing. Every character in your stories is perfectly *in* character, whether it's Gretchen or Sofia or Sara or Michael or T-Bag, each voice distant and very much their own.

I'm off to read that Jane/Sara now. *glees*
Clair de Lune: origami - canardclair_de_lune on July 28th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm still seriously considering learning French so I can read your writing in its original form. Meep.
lol, thank you ;)

I've always tended to focus (a lot) on Michael, Lincon and Sara, but I used to write a rather wide range of characters and I miss that. I still hope it'll get better when the fourth season starts ^^
Fedsecondavisione on April 17th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
T-Bag! yay!

He's kinda my favourite character and this is very well written. I especially liked this line: But all in all, he had what he’d wanted. For a few seconds anyway.

I think this *is* T-Bag.
Clair de Lune: pb - t-bagclair_de_lune on April 19th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
I especially liked this line: But all in all, he had what he’d wanted. For a few seconds anyway.

I'm pretty sure T-Bag could apperciate the iron of his situation then ;)

Thank you for reading and commenting!
hybridxlovehybridxlove on November 16th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC)
I loved this. Teddy's life story is utterly tragic and it was nice to read some of his thoughts on his past.
Clair de Lune: pb - t-bagclair_de_lune on November 17th, 2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
T-Bag's back story doesn't excuse anything, but it sure explains a lot. Which is also why I regret that the writers kept him alive until the end: up until the second season, he was a tragic character. After that, he became too caricatural for my tastes.
Thank you for reading and commenting :)
hybridxlove: pic#122185013hybridxlove on November 22nd, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Exactly, T-Bag was such a tragic character. Sure he was a gross bastard, but we understood why he was such a mess. We could sympathise with him and appreciate his complex nature, but it still didn't excuse his actions. He was such a well written and interesting character. In the end you almost felt guilty for loving a sexual predator.

BUT...I think he became "unnecessary" in the later seasons.His story was told in S2. They forced his character into storylines that had zero to do with him... for example the whole Scylla debacle. The way he was written into that mess was a little far- fetched. I think he should have been killed off at Sona Prison.