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27 February 2011 @ 12:24 pm
Prison Break - Papis  
Title: Papis
Author: clair_de_lune
Fandom: Prison Break
Characters: Michael, Sucre. Mentions of Sara, Lincoln, Maricuz, Michael Jr., Lila (Michael/Sara, Sucre/Maricuz)
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~ 790
Disclaimer: Not mine. Just borrowing them for a while.
Summary: Fernando has Papi’s back, and vice-versa. (Post-series, non-epilogue compliant.)

Author’s Note: This is Fic #1 for tuesdaeschild’s donation for qldfloodauction. She asked for Michael and Sucre friendship fic, something happy and upbeat. Many thanks to msgenevieve for the beta.

They both need a walking stick these days. Michael says that, as far as he’s concerned, it’s only because the missing toes on his left foot tend to make him lose his balance.

They both need the five o’clock afternoon sun to warm up their old bones. Michael says it’s only because, after all the years spent around here, they’ve got used to it.

They both need to sit at a table in the cooler shadows of the small café they like so much, less for the beer or the coffee they might order and more for the need to rest a moment before they turn around and go back home to Sara and Maricruz. Michael says it’s because the five o’clock afternoon sun, no matter how much you get used to it, is always a bit harsh on you.

Fernando says that Michael always has a good explanation for everything. He rolls with them even though he’s not as naïve as he used to be and can see the flaws in his friend’s twisted logic. He thinks Michael knows this and keeps doing it anyway, just messing with Fernando’s head for the pure and unadulterated pleasure of messing with Fernando’s head. It’s okay. Fernando’s had about forty years to learn how to deal and put up with this crap. As weird, as it sounds, it’s a bond between them – one of the many bonds between them – something that is theirs alone. Some things belong only to the two of them, with no wives, brother, kids or – help him God – grandkids allowed.

It stretches back so many years, Fernando almost loses count.

The number of times Michael mentioned Maricruz in order to bait and lure Fernando into do what he needed him to do back in Fox River.

The never ending minutes – or was it hours? – Michael spent by his side in the choppy water of that river in Arizona.

Fernando teaching Michael that, in Spanish, passion has only one S and no more H than in English.

Michael, half happy, half freaking out, blue-squinting at his fifteen year-old son because he suspected that Mikey and Lila were doing things together. And they totally were, just not those kinds of things – “Please, get your mind out of the gutter, for God’s sake, Dad!” That said, those things Michael was imagining wouldn’t have cost them to be grounded for a couple of weeks. What the two little punks had been doing, though, did.

Fernando sitting half the morning looking at en empty room on Lila’s first day of school and, years later, crying (just a little bit, ‘kay?) the night before her wedding.

Michael tracking down Maricruz and sweet-talking her into coming back home because, yes, Fernando had messed up, but he had learned his lesson and wouldn’t be that stupid again. Michael would make sure of it.

The fact that Fernando had been the one to peel that melted shirt from Michael’s burnt back, almost half a century ago. Sure, technically it doesn’t qualify since Linc knows, but Fernando is never going to confess to Sara. It’s not that he’s afraid of her, not after so many years. It’s just that, well, Sara has those brown eyes so warm and kind, but that can turn so hard and cold that you feel your nuts shrivel in your pants. No matter how much she may understand, he’s not quite willing to take the risk. Especially since she doesn’t need a stick to walk; she’s much faster than him.

Something else Fernando is not going to tell to Sara, this time for Michael’s sake, is that the twenty-something waitress of their neat café coos, “You’re so cute” to her husband on a weekly basis. What the young lady means is, “You’re such a cute old gentleman,” but also “You have that small smirk and those blue eyes that make me wish just a little bit that you were forty years younger.”

Fernando has Papi’s back, and vice-versa. Has had his back since Day One. Well, maybe not Day One, but Day Two or Three at the latest. He still can’t explain it, this easy and quiet friendship between them.

Because it was him, because it was me. He had read that sentence once; it had been written by a philosopher trying to describe the deep friendship that bound him to another man, a poet, and... Okay, okay, Sara had read it to him once, both fake innocence and true affection warming her tone. Sara has their number alright, him and Michael.

Anyway, he can’t even remember that brainy guy’s name, the one who wrote those words, but that’s not the point. That simple sentence, acknowledging the mystery and making it its own explanation? Totally fitting.


End note: I realize most people won’t get it, but the title kind of works on two levels for me since ‘Papi’ is also the French word for ‘Grandpa’ – and more generally it can informally, kindly or not, describe an old gentleman.

--Feedback is always welcome :)
Current Mood: weirdweird
Genevieve: michael and sucre by yaiyeishkamsgenevieve on February 27th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC)
Love it, love it, love it!

How much do I love that they're still friends half a century later? A LOT!

P.S. Have just sent you an email. :)
Clair de Lune: pb - sucreclair_de_lune on March 1st, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
So, let me get this straight: you like that they're still friends so many years later? ;)

Thanks :D

PS: Yep. Fixed it as soon as I read the email *hugs*
eight8toes on February 27th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)

This is the best of things, this morning. I love how deep their friendship goes, and that Sucre is a little scared of Sara :)
Clair de Lune: pb - michael2clair_de_lune on March 1st, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Merci !

I'm not sure why, but Sucre being a bit cautious around Sara, especially after so many years, is an entertaining notion *g*

Happy you liked this :)
Maz (or foxxy!): M and S friendstuesdaeschild on February 27th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Awwww! In keeping with the gentleness of this wonderful tale I won't get all hysterical and liberal with the explanation marks; it just wouldn't be right. :)

But I will tell you how happy it made me feel and the fondness I have for it and the Papis. I didn't know 'Papi' was French for 'Grandpa' or that it is also used to describe an old gentleman. I'd like to think it's in a kindly way because you've used it here in a totally kind and loving way.

The fact that Michael and Sucre would grow old together and their deep friendship would continue into their eighties is perfect. I love that they've been through all the family stuff together - Sucre crying (just a little bit though) the night before Maricruz's wedding was very touching - and Sucre is just a teeny-weeny bit afraid (or maybe just in awe?!!) of Sara...loved the line about nuts shrivelling. And the idea that Michael messes with Fernando's head for the sheer pleasure of it and the fact that Sucre's had forty years to learn how to deal with that made me smile fondly at the beautiful and lasting frienship these men share.

So much to enjoy and smile about here, not least the fact that each man has the other's back and the quote Because it was him, because it was me. fits them perfectly.

What the young lady means is, “You’re such a cute old gentleman,” but also “You have that small smirk and those blue eyes that make me wish just a little bit that you were forty years younger.”

Yes, it's probably a good thing that Fernando doesn't mention that! ;)

I never expected a Michael and Sucre friendship fic like this. But I absolutely, completely and utterly adore it because isn't it the ultimate in frienship fics? I think so. And I really, really love it...you might say I have an enormous pasion for it. :) Thank you, my friend.

Clair de Lune: pb - michael sucreclair_de_lune on March 1st, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I know you suggested something set in the first season (or maybe the first couple of seasons?), but I've already written a couple of Michael & Sucre friendship fics set early in the show and I wasn't sure how to broach the subject again. Plus, plot bunny ;)

I didn't know 'Papi' was French for 'Grandpa'
Yep, and it made smile the first times Sucre used it in the show ^__^

Oddly, this kind of future fic makes me a bit melancholic, but on the other hand, what could be happier and more upbeat than the two of them closer than ever and having gone through the up and down of life (and well, both of them alive, it goes without saying). Sure, I mostly mentioned the 'up' but it's only fair since they already had their share of 'down'.

Sara can be badass ♥ and she was pretty pissed off when she treated Michael for the burn on his back. So of course Sucre would be wary. Forty years later, though? Me thinks he might be extra-cautious, but I still fancy the notion :-p

I'm delighted you liked it with a pasion (could not not hint a this scene between the two of them: no matter how many times I've seen it, it still makes me smile).

Maz (or foxxy!): M and S Greetingtuesdaeschild on March 3rd, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I know you suggested something set in the first season...

I'm so glad you ignored my suggestions and relied instead on your very own fabulous plot bunny! :)

it made smile the first times Sucre used it in the show ^__^

It was cute on more than one level for you, wasn't it?

Sure, I mostly mentioned the 'up' but it's only fair since they already had their share of 'down'.

I can understand that you might feel a little melancholic about this kind of future fic but you're right and it felt mostly 'up' because all of the 'downs' were way in the past. Okay, we know there will be downs in the future too (that's inevitably life, right?) but by writing this you've 'paused' this happy time in their lives perfectly.

Me thinks he might be extra-cautious, but I still fancy the notion :-p

Sara wasn't too happy, was she? It's a good notion though...and I can't help thinking a little scene where she finds out might be nice!! Okay, not for Sucre perhaps... ;)

(could not not hint a this scene between the two of them: no matter how many times I've seen it, it still makes me smile).

Absolutely. And just one of many scenes where Michael and Sucre shared the screen that were just soooo adorable. ♥

Again, thank you, my friend.

daisydisy on March 2nd, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
Oh. This was beautiful. I was able to visualize it as I was reading it. Very very special. Thank you so much.
Clair de Lune: pb - michael3clair_de_lune on March 5th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you enjoyed it! Thanks a lot for your kind words :)
JJ: mike/sucre hugjolietjones on March 2nd, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
Welling up here. This is beautiful and makes me feel so nostalgic it hurts.

Lovely fic.
Clair de Lune: origami - canardclair_de_lune on March 5th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Aww *hugs* I can relate to the nostalgia aspect. Maybe it's because the fic just hints at snapshots of their lives and we know we missed so much?
Thanks a lot :)
dani101: pic#48931746hugdani101 on March 2nd, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
After so many great comments what I can say,exept 'fantastic work!:)))))
Clair de Lune: pb - sucreclair_de_lune on March 5th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much :D

(Nice readers indeed, you all ;))
E. Chance Woods: sucre hug michaele_chance_woods on March 3rd, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
So much love for this...I can't even articulate it. Their friendship touched something deep in my memories and imagination, and as much as I love reading them "paired" I'll be the first to admit those stories can stray pretty far from the realm of "in character." It makes me so happy to read about their beautiful, sustained friendship- as it should have been! I can always count on you to unravel the mess made in the last official season of the show.

Thank you so much for writing and publishing this one. I truly do feel so happy after reading it, and might have to start re-watching all over again <3333 (I just need to remember when to stop!)
Clair de Lune: pb - michael sucreclair_de_lune on March 5th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Sucre was one of the good things that happened to Michael, and some of their interactions especially during the first season are still among my favorite moments in the show. I'm so glad if I managed to provide you a small slice of their friendship.

(It's always a bit complicated for me to 'ship' them, so it probably was a good thing that tuesdaeschild suggested a gen fic. When I do pair them, I tend to write a more or less manipulative Michael, though :-p)

I just need to remember when to stop!

Exactly. Although said mess was so bad that I have the hardest time considering some events as being part of the canon.

Thank you :)

Edited at 2011-03-05 11:54 pm (UTC)
amodalie: M/Lamodalie on March 9th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)

I'm terribly, deeply sorry, because... this deserves much more than just "awwwwwww..." but the happy smile I'm sporting right now goes right inside my brain - incapable of longer sentences.

This is simply LOVELY!!!
Clair de Lune: pb - michael sucreclair_de_lune on March 11th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
"Awwwwwwwww" and a happy smile are more than enough *nods*
Foxy wanted happy and upbeat: I tried to give her happy and upbeat (even though the fic makes me a bit melancholic)...

Thanks so much :)
alanika_btc: sucrealanika_btc on March 12th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
OMG! How can you write SO well? Incredibly good! I'm in awe! So gentle, so deep, so touching, so humorous, so insightful, so tender...
Thank you ever so much!
Merci, merci beaucoup, mon ami!
Clair de Lune: pb - sucreclair_de_lune on March 13th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much for your kind words :D
hybridxlovehybridxlove on November 13th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Awh! I LOVED this so much. Michael and Sucre will forever be my favourite friendship on PB. The love and loyalty between them, it's amazing.
Clair de Lune: pb - michael sucreclair_de_lune on November 17th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
They're just adorable together, which is why it's always tricky for me to write anything slashy about them by the way. (Even though I did it because... at some point, trying to write pairings way odder than Michael/Sucre was a fun challenge anyway.) The amount of times I watched it, I still smile at the passion/pashion scene in the first season.