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03 September 2012 @ 08:07 pm
Prison Break - Seven Birthdays  
Title: Seven Birthdays
Author: clair_de_lune
Fandom: Prison Break
Characters: Michael, Lincoln, Sara, Sucre, Veronica, LJ, Michael Jr. (young Lincoln/Veronica, Michael/Sara)
Category: Gen
Rating: G
Word Count: ~465
Summary: Seven birthdays. (Pre-series, post-series, alternate canon)
Author’s Note: Written for the Seventh Anniversary challenge at uncuffmybrother.

Many thanks to tuesdaeschild for the beta.

Lincoln’s seven, today. The cake is small and simple, homemade – Mom has been drastically cutting down her visits to the grocery store, lately – but the gift-wrap opens on the fire truck he’d lusted after for weeks. Lincoln has the vague feeling that the gift cost way too much, and he doesn’t say anything when Michael lays his small sticky hands on it.

Fernando’s seven, today. And maybe his cousin Hector is older and bigger – meaner although never, ever when their parents are around – but, yeah, no way Sucre lets him have the biggest slice of cake or get near the gift his Mom gave him. Except for the part where Hector does get the biggest slice of cake; with the biggest chocolate chunks.

Veronica’s seven, today, and she kisses Lincoln for the very first time. She means, on the lips. The kiss is strawberry-flavored, a bit sugary, a bit sticky from the candy she just ate, and Veronica can hardly believe the puzzled look on Lincoln’s face. He’s like, older than her and yet so, so surprised, as if he didn’t see it coming. Men...

Michael’s seven today. He can see the circles under his Mom’s eyes from working too much, the concern in Lincoln’s eyes, the way Mom’s hand slightly shook and messed up a little bit the A of the ‘Michael’ she wrote on the cake... He can see all those tiny details and many other ones. He chooses to ignore the bad and focuses on the good ones.

Sara’s seven, today. There’s a cake with white icing, cherries and pink candles, and a nurse’s outfit – that Sara quickly decides really is a doctor’s outfit – with its matching case of instruments for a gift. Her Mom is (almost) sober, and her Dad is here (only two hours late). She enjoys the moment. She doesn’t know she’ll have to wait about thirty years to enjoy a birthday again.

LJ’s seven, today. Later, there will be a huge cake, a party with his friends, and Uncle Mike will drop by on his way back from college for the weekend – Uncle Mike always gives the coolest gifts. LJ is eager to get there. For now, he eats his blueberry pancakes and appreciates the efforts his parents make to smile at one another. (Still eager to get to the party, though.)

Michael Jr.’s seven, today. The cake is crane-shaped because Uncle Linc has this weird obsession about cranes. The gift is the long-awaited promise to hold the tiller of Mom’s boat for at least one hour – and Mikey can count so don’t try to fool him on that one – next time they go to sea. The other gift is knowing that Dad will stand by him on the boat and that Mom will trust them to stay on course.


--Comments are ♥

Out-takes: Teddy’s seven, today. There’s nothing exceptional about today. Well, you know... Teddy knows that nothing about his life is how a seven-year old’s life should be, but his father, his mother... out of the ordinary is business as usual, so nothing’s exceptional, today.
Current Mood: okayokay
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: PB: Prison Yobadboy_fangirl on September 3rd, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
This is really, really good, dear. Just a few words to characterize each one of them, I was taken back, I really was. It's been so long since I've written these characters, or really even read them...and this was just perfect.
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers kidsclair_de_lune on September 4th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much *hugs*
Maz (or foxxy!): Origami cranetuesdaeschild on September 3rd, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
None of them were the happiest seven-year-olds, were they? Even unfailing optimist Sucre had that pendejo of a cousin Hector to deal with.

I think little LJ's birthday and Lincoln's weird obsession with cranes were my favourite bits amongst many favourite bits. ♥

Lovely...and you do, of course, get an Origami Crane Banner. How are they coming along?!!! *g*
Clair de Lune: origami - canardclair_de_lune on September 4th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yay, glad you liked it!

Nope, not super-happy, but at least, Michael Jr.'s birthday is more joyful. He breaks the cycle of sad or 'meh' birthdays.
Lincoln has a weird obsession with cranes. My weird obsession is to remind that the crane thing initially came from Lincoln :-p

*pokes tongue* They tried to deliver the ;sdjkl,! software today, but I wasn't home - you know, being at work, that place where I'm supposed to go every now and then - and they didn't leave the package in the mailbox. So I'll retrieve it in a couple of days. Yes, I could use the stuff I already have, but I want to play with my new toyyyy! OTOH, I don't have the time to play with it before the weekend, anyway...
Maz (or foxxy!): Origami cranetuesdaeschild on September 4th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Of course I liked it! Did you ever doubt my wonderful taste?!! :) *hugs you*

Yes, Michael Jr.'s birthday broke the sad cycle despite Uncle Linc's weird obsession with Origami cranes and even though he didn't have a whole bunch of hugely expensive gifts (which are the bane of kids' birthdays everywhere!) what he did get were the most awesomest gifts in the universe!!

You seem to be jinxed with that software. Why on earth couldn't they leave it in your mailbox?!! I know you want to play with the software and you still have time (more in email to follow!). :)
amodalie: went blueamodalie on September 7th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Seven seventh birtdays for the seventh anniversary! ;)

Somehow I found Sara's the saddest one, until I read the out-take, that is. But luckily some of the b-day kids have happy moment, too, like they should! Each of the seven plus one passages is a spot-on characterisation in just a few words. Perfect! And a hugue "awwwwwww" for blueberry pancakes! ♥
Clair de Lune: origami - canardclair_de_lune on September 8th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Maybe because Sara's seems a happy one at first sight, but is not if you scratch the surface the tiniest bit?

T-Bag's is... another can of worms. I wrote his before realizing I only wanted - and could only have - the Burrows-Scofield-Tancredi and their loved ones. I'm afraid T-Bag doesn't match that description ^__^

And yes, it ends on a happy birthday with Michael Jr. - sorry for the not-subtle-at-all symbolism, but hey, I want my not-too-bad ending ;)

hybridxlovehybridxlove on November 16th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
This is supposed to be canon, one where little Mikey actually has a daddy. It was such a cute little story which I enjoyed reading very much.
Clair de Lune: pb - michael3clair_de_lune on November 17th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm slightly in denial about the ending, so I guess I have a bunch of alternate canon fics :-p I'm hapy you enjoyed this one!