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- Prison Break - Kill the Hope by Julia - I really sort of didn't want to read this fic. The idea of Lincoln/Sara intrigued me so long as it was All About Michael, but I didn't honestly expect a fic author to be able to pull it off. So I didn't want to read. But I read the first paragraph or two and kept telling myself that as soon as it started to suck, I was out of there. But I couldn't. stop. reading. There was something so raw and intense about this story, the way it was such a messy, dark, ugly, complicated thing, the way it was so easy to imagine Lincoln and Sara here, because this is so much of what I think they both had to be feeling. Michael and the hope he brings and how much it hurts every time it's dashed all over again and how angry and hurt the people around him are because of it. But the best thing about this fic is how it really is all about Michael and how they both feel about him and how they're both fucking him instead of each other, all written beautifully. Wow. (Lincoln/Sara. A hard R rating for sex and intensity/language.)


- Prison Break - Five times Michael wanted to tell Lincoln he loved him but did not by jewels667 - More Prison Break fic, one that somehow managed to strike all the right notes for me and is why I'm so weak to those "five things" type of fics. I love the way the author used all five of them to show the common theme of how much Michael loves Lincoln, how dysfunctional their relationship with each other is, but also showing a variety of those different moments at different times in their lives, each time a different reason why Michael doesn't say the words. Each one of them is sad, bittersweet even when things are going well, the author doesn't push too hard on Michael's feelings, the real weight of the piece is in the implications of how much it destroys a piece of Michael when he can't say the words back for whatever reason. And I love that Veronica isn't forgotten or demonized, that the Lincoln/Veronica relationship is kept intact even while it's not the focus, the author does a gorgeous job of balancing that pairing and the maybe-it's-there-maybe-it's-not Lincoln/Michael. (Some Lincoln/Veronica, some Michael/Lincoln.)


- Prison Break - Confession by volatile - This fic might only be 149 words, but it was really quite lovely and packed in everything that needed to be said. I have fondness for the idea of Michael/Sara, but I mostly avoid fic for it because it's such a delicate, easily broken thing if focused on too much. But this fic got what I was looking for, that potential of Might Have Been that can't survive in a series like Prison Break, it got the way Lincoln's presence will always be following Michael around and... oh, the hurt of this piece was gorgeous. The ending and the implications and the things barely said were all perfect. (...implications between Lincoln, Michael, and Sara, however you want to see them.)


- Prison Break - Words by volatile - It's strange. The author has written several much longer pieces, but I find myself reading her shorter stuff first, this time a piece that's not much over 300 words long. But it has this gorgeous way to it, an insight into Sara's character that's a little bit breathtaking because it's painful, too. She's just as flawed as the rest of the characters, just as hurt and screwed up, doesn't know what to make of Michael and his words, the way all people use words around her, except Lincoln doesn't. It's not perfect, it's not even happy, but I loved this piece. (Some implications of Lincoln/Sara, some Michael.)


























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