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01 April 2008 @ 03:27 pm
It's April Fool's Day!  
So fool us into thinking what’s not canon is canon.

Recently, I’ve been given some lovely “what if” plot bunnies and it made me consider more. This challenge is to write a “what if” story where canon is canon except for the small twist of “what if.” Call it AU, AR, or what have you, it's all about "what if." The “what if” you consider may alter canon only a little, or it may make sweeping changes. It’s up to you what you do with your “what if.”

There are a few examples of “what ifs” to choose from behind the cut. Feel free to claim any. If you come up with more “what ifs” you can leave them in a comment for others to take. And if you can’t come up with an entire fic, feel free to just comment with some wild speculation!



What if Westmoreland hadn’t died and went on the run with the rest of the cons?

What if Michael hadn’t saved Sara during the riots?

What if Tweener had led Mahone to Michael and Linc?

What if Veronica hadn’t gone to Steadman’s house alone, but called the authorities instead?

What if Jane had gone with Linc, and Aldo had stayed with LJ?

What if T-Bag hadn’t killed that C.O. (Bob?) during the riot and he talked?

What if Kellerman hadn’t shot Mahone before Mahone shot either Michael or Lincoln?

What if Sara hadn’t left the door unlocked and all the cons were captured in the infirmary?

One I’d love to see:
What if Aldo had returned after Christina died, but he was only able to take Lincoln with him because he was older, and he left Michael to foster care alone.

What if Bellick made Avocado Michael’s cellie?

What if Veronica hadn’t left for law school in Texas?

What if Kellerman had captured LJ and used him as a hostage to force Aldo out of hiding?

What if Aldo had been caught for killing Michael’s foster father and the boys learned he was their father?

What if Sara began using again after the riot?

What if Sucre refused to go along with Michael’s plan of escape?

What if Christina hadn’t died?

What if Lincoln had married Lisa?

I’d like to see this, too:
What if Aldo hadn’t killed Michael’s step-father and Lincoln returned from juvie to find Michael still there and being abused?

What if Lincoln overdosed and almost died while Michael and Veronica were still in college?

What if Lincoln abandoned Lisa and LJ for years and Michael left school to take care of them?

What if Sara had managed to kill Kellerman on the train?

And one near and dear to my heart:
What if Michael figured out that Sucre was in distress during their last phone call and went to save him from Sona?

Got more?

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sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: LincSaraCarbadboy_fangirl on April 1st, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
What if Sara fell in love with Lincoln and not Michael?

Or at least had sex with him?
chanchito_z on April 7th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Well, Linc did get first shot at her, being an inmate first. What if Linc got in a fight or got an infection or athlete’s foot or something that required he go to the infirmary regularly and he was able to form a bond with Sara? When Michael came to Fox River and wanted to use the infirmary and Sara as part of his plan of escape, was there tension? Did Lincoln balk at Michael taking advantage of Sara bc he loved her? What if Linc had been the one to ask Sara to leave the door unlocked.... yessss.....

sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: LincSaraCarbadboy_fangirl on April 7th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I don't have time for these plot bunny OUTLINES. That screams of multi-chapter fic, and I'm already sadly behind in that category!

You seem to have a lot of ideas, but you're pawning them off on us because you don't have the time to write them either!?

I seriously need to not even read this stuff. No. Time.
happy is as happy does: brotherly love - Prison Breakhappywriter06 on April 2nd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
What if Christina knew why Aldo left and told the boys the truth before she died?

What if Michael and Linc went to LJ and then where 'captured' by Jane?

What if Whistler wasn't a bad guy?

What if Jane had gone with Linc, and Aldo had stayed with LJ?
If this van's a rocking, don't come knocking. I have no idea.

These are all good. Now I have to decide on one. *ponders*
chanchito_z on April 7th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
What if Michael and Linc went to LJ and then where 'captured' by Jane?

Can Jane keep Linc in a cage? Rawr!

Now I have to decide on one.

Why only one? Take several! :D
happy is as happy does: Jane 'bang bang' - Prison Breakhappywriter06 on April 7th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Can Jane keep Linc in a cage? Rawr!
Now that, I'd like to see.

Take several!
Plot bunny overload. lol
cejuto on April 26th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
What If?
Hi Guys!
New to the community and wondering when the deadline is? I am halfway through a resaponse but I am not sure I will finish it in time!
chanchito_z on April 27th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: What If?
We usually runt he challenges for each month, but we aren’t strict about deadlines! I’m just thrilled that you were inspired by the challenge. We’re going to have some changes in the com soon, but I hope you’ll continue working on your “what if” story - I’m very interested to see what you come up with!
cejuto on April 29th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: What If?
okay I am still working out how to do these damn links but in the meantime it is posted over at prison_break fic
chanchito_z on April 29th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: What If?
I've got ya!

"What if Aldo had returned after Christina died, but he was only able to take Lincoln with him because he was older, and he left Michael to foster care alone..."

Not So Simple by cejuto
The depressed optimistlizparker6 on May 5th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Hehe, there is definitely a lot of what ifs... and I love almost all of them.

Oh and girl, I see youve updated so I cant wait to read chapter 20, though I wont be able to comment, Ive got only a couple of minutes to download it, but definitely will commnet later on it, yay!!

Oh..and here is my crasher: What if someone else was casted to play Michael Scofield?
chanchito_z on May 6th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
You should grab a couple what ifs and see what you can do! Have a go!

And that’s a fun what if! What if Michael Scofield was played by an unattractive man - would T-Bag still call him pretty? hee hee. But seriously, a lot of Michael’s flack from other cons in S1 came from his looks. What if he didn’t look so preppy, would he be College Boy to C-Note, or would he get more respect?

And maybe the role shouldn’t be played by a man at all...What if Lincoln Burrows didn’t have a brother, but had a sister instead? What if she became the new prison doctor in order to break him out? What if her name was Sara and she met Lincoln’s friend Michael who came for a visit one day and got roped into providing Sara the plans to the prison? hmmm......
The depressed optimist: SWC Uhm...lizparker6 on May 6th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
Sooo...what if this Sara used this friends feelings for her to ask him to break into his company a steal those plans for her? :)
What if this friend called Micaael had a drug problem, relusting in overdose?
I loooooove what ifs...:D

But you know, the plot bunny that keep returning and haunting me and on which I probably WILL act in the end is: What if Frank Tancredi did not die?

You know, I think I am correct when saying you like the special realtionship between mICHAEL and Lincoln and you like to explore various possibilities and aspects of their relationship, well, to me, such case is Sara and her father...

Althuogh I have a muuuch bigger problem ive been trying to solve and solved olny partially as to this day, how to make somebody who is gone alive credibily (though lets face it, in the eve of the past month, ANYTHING is possible)..hehe, still, the aspects I would like to explore are too much attached to things that happened in cannon and therefore its so tough, to find a way to keep him alive as well as go with the cannon on all other detials...and man is that HARD to think through...Everytime I solve a problem and say to myself - Hey, and what if..it went like this and this....?
Well, always another major problem occurs.
I am in the meantime thinking to just surrender and say - ppl, forget all of it, its just my universe and you will have to go with it..however, I wont leave me, since you HAVE TO explain a few things of sorts...so yeah, I am currently trying to solve these issues....hmm...its like with the rubic cube you know, when you manage one side, another one is already gone...damn.:)
Anyway, sorry to bother you with my bunnies...they are pretty unsettled these days...

Oh, my hamster lady says hi.

Oh, and I havent had the time to finish your story just yet, damn, I was SOOO close yesterday, had it already openend on my computer screen adn read first 2 sentences and bang, my mom needed som slave work done so who was home of all of her 3 kids? only poor lizzie...lol,so i spent creating some paper head-pieces and paper necklaces and paper-frog-shaped mask for her class (see she is a teacher) theater exhibit...
But I sure as hell will try to finish it later today and will let you know what I thing the next time I get online..which will be saturday probably....HELL NOOO!!*cries her eyes out in despair*
The depressed optimist: SWC Uhm...lizparker6 on May 5th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, a *hate* you! You always seem to awaken my plot bunnies AND my poor hamster lady that you alwys drive into overdrive...I have so many What IFs I could write a piece of my own! lol, damn you girl!!:D:D