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Ficlet: And the truth will set him free (Peter) 
25th-Apr-2010 03:31 pm
Title: And the truth will set him free
Fandom: Fringe
Author: chichuri 
Characters: Peter
Word Count: 477
Rating: PG
Summary: Filler for the last few scenes of "The Man from the Other Side".
Spoilers: Through episode 2.18, "The Man from the Other Side".
Disclaimer: I don't own Fringe or its characters.
Author's Note: This is completely muselives' fault. 

And the truth will set him free

The Fed disintegrates.
Peter doesn't disintegrate, which he's quite happy about, even if it doesn't make any sense. His mind whirls, the pieces of the puzzle rotating through his head while he types frantically and jury-rigs the program into functioning. Peter didn't disintegrate. Neither does the man on the bridge. He looks up, once or twice, to that wavering almost-bridge with its single passenger, and his stomach lurches as the universes shift into one.
It's a familiar feeling. Why is it familiar?
And all the disparate events of today, of the past weeks, fall into place. Everything Peter saw but misinterpreted because he was wrapped up in a giddy fog called family takes on new meaning. Everything they kept from him suddenly becomes horribly clear.
They. Walter and Olivia. The other two points to the triangle that has kept him tethered here. It's his last thought before he's thrown against the car and everything goes black, and his first when his eyes blur open and he sees Olivia's relief at his waking up.
Of course Walter knew; that's a given. But Olivia had to have known, had to have seen the glimmer on their trip out for drinks weeks ago. That trip where Olivia was skittish, then disappeared for days afterwards. Days where Walter was depressed, desperate to get in contact with her but just as desperate to hide it from Peter. Days when Peter, fool that he was, jumped to the conclusions he wanted to believe.
Her smile dims, and he calls on every bit of his skill at deception to force a smile to his lips and humor to his eyes. To force himself to play casual, to keep her off guard. To pretend his trust until he can see Walter and confirm what Peter already knows.
It's not chance that she was here when he woke; she had to have waited nearly as long as Walter. But no matter how many hours she paced outside his door, she had still made herself part of the lie.
Peter lives a lie better than she could ever dream of doing.
He can see the truth spilling from Walter's face within seconds. The man doesn't even bother to deny it, just offers stumbling excuses as justification.
His fury burning him cold, Peter waits for the doctor to clear him. Waits and gives free rein to the part of himself he suppressed for too long, the part that longs to be gone from this place. When he signs his name to the discharge papers, his fingers curling white-knuckled around the pen, he's freeing himself from more than the hospital. There's no blonde shadow for this signature, and with these jagged strokes he strikes off the chains that she choked him with so many months before.
He escapes into the night, once again leaving the wreckage of his life behind. 

25th-Apr-2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
I was waiting for someone to write this - not this exactly, but "what about Peter?" sort of filler. And you've written it well, I love the imagery of Peter burning cold and the blonde shadow.
27th-Apr-2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad I was able to fill your need for this sort of filler.
25th-Apr-2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, I love this. You capture Peter's logical thought process and slow, burning anger so well.

I like what you put about the "giddy fog called family" because Peter really has been kind of giddy/happy recently. You could tell he felt at home, like he belonged which now is set in such stark contrast to the "I'm not your son" line.

Love how his thoughts immediately go to them and their deception, the "two points to the triangle" as you put (love that wording).

"Peter lives a lie better than she could ever dream of doing." <-- one of my favorite lines

His coldness, the blonde shadow, the jagged strokes of the pen, the chains, the wreckage --> all of these are images that resonate so powerfully at the end there and explain his dying need to just be GONE.
25th-Apr-2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Also, good catch on her smile dimming and him mustering up a forced smile. I totally didn't catch that the first time around, but I was re-watching that scene and he definitely looks like he knows right when he wakes up and she's a little caught off guard before he plays casual (although you could see her suspect it again when he asked to speak to Walter alone).
27th-Apr-2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it, and it's always fascinating to see the bits that you like.

I've been watching all those happy Peter moments the last few episodes, waiting for it to fall apart, and knowing that they wouldn't have written them so very happy if they weren't about to have him react in the worst possible way, at least for a bit, in contrast. It'll be fascinating, now, to see what happens next.
26th-Apr-2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Man, I should be guilty more often ^^
27th-Apr-2010 05:59 am (UTC)
... you're going to start abusing your newfound powers, aren't you? *grins*
26th-Apr-2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, I just read muselives' story and now yours. This was soooo good! You two make a good team! Peter's thoughts are so clear here and heartbreaking. After watching the episode, I felt we should have gotten a Peter/Olivia scene before he left, but I guess they are making us suffer a bit longer.
27th-Apr-2010 06:05 am (UTC)
muselives' story is awesome, isn't it?

Thanks! Glad you liked my take on Peter's reaction. And yeah, I have to admit I'm really looking forward to finding out how much this affects Peter and Olivia's dynamic.
27th-Apr-2010 03:41 am (UTC)
This was great!
27th-Apr-2010 06:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!
30th-Apr-2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. yes yes yes.

We KNOW Peter's a runner. And you wrote on that perfectly.

Did you seen the "next time on fringe" this week? Oh I wonder!
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