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Sara ([personal profile] scripted_sra) wrote2012-08-27 06:05 pm

Burn Notice | Between Past and Present Tense | G | Sam/Michael/Fiona (Part VII of VII)

Title: Between Past and Present Tense (VII/VII)
Fandom: Burn Notice
Rating: G (for this part)
Pairing: Sam/Michael/Fiona (in this part)
Warnings: For this part: None.
Summary: "But in this career path, relationships and self-identity are not prioritized. While spies are trained to be able to ingratiate themselves with others, fooling strangers is a long way from the honesty and communication that people in relationships tend to expect. Combined with an emotionally stunted bedrock, navigating these waters can be ill-advised at best and downright dangerous at worst, often with little hope of success." And yet, despite everything, Michael Westen finds himself trying anyway.
Word Count: 230 (for this part)
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A/N: See the masterpost for the full information.



VII.


Spies must have an unusual and varied skill set. They’ll need to know how to pick locks, hotwire cars, break into secure buildings—and more. It’s not a coincidence that these skills are also ones that criminals often acquire; there are plenty of spies who could have easily wound up on that road if not for the right set of circumstances. It’s a fact of life: many did not grow up in ideal homes.

This sort of childhood takes an emotional toll on a person. Spycraft provides a useful outlet, a way for someone to turn the negatives surrounding their upbringing into a positive—serving one’s country.

But in this career path, relationships and self-identity are not prioritized. While spies are trained to be able to ingratiate themselves with others, fooling strangers is a long way from the honesty and communication that people in relationships tend to expect. Combined with an emotionally stunted bedrock, navigating these waters can be ill-advised at best and downright dangerous at worst, often with little hope of success.

It’s therefore not a surprise that many relationships end badly for spies.

Be it the constant travel, the manipulation, the lifestyle, the way things are kept close to the vest, or the inability to be completely honest, most of time, it won’t work out.

Of course, that only makes it all the more remarkable when it does.



Part VI | Masterpost
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[personal profile] dariaw 2012-08-29 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
This was just a stupendously good read. The pacing, the descriptions, the emotional resonance - it all just worked, like watching a really well-done episode that happens to have lots of backstory and hot sex :)

The characterization and dialogue were just so spot on. And I loved the way you show Michael's internal conflicts (trust and mistrust, wanting something life-affirming and wanting to be consumed) inform his relationships.

I love the contrasts between Larry's control and Sam's willingness to live with the awareness that human error will always be part of it. And I love Maddy in this :) And Fiona. She just has the best ideas ;) The sexings were incredibly hot, and made more so by all the character psychology that informs it.
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[personal profile] merryghoul 2012-08-30 05:42 am (UTC)(link)
I'm at a loss for words. I quite liked reading this.
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[personal profile] bring_me_sugar 2012-09-02 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
All of my love is coming on AO3, but this is astounding.