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14 August 2010 @ 02:24 am
SPN Gen Drabble: "Sights Of Wickedness And Wonder" (Missouri, PG)  
Title: Sights Of Wickedness And Wonder
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Missouri (Gen, Drabble)
Rating: PG
Summary: Knowledge without context or power can be much more brutal than ignorance.
Author's Notes (Season 5): For fhionnuiscetine, who wanted more Missouri awhile ago.
Also for Day 9 of the Bleeding Cuticles Roadkill Challenge, and supernatural100 ("Revelation")

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It wasn't just the surprise of what she saw that bothered her. Usually there was also no telling who it was about or what it meant.

Missouri would've called them "visions" if it helped (it most certainly did not), and what was she supposed to do about crazy folks in some far-off mystery town shooting each other anyway? It was ridiculous.

There'd been demons over the years (more lately), red skies, and winged warriors of God. Those signs she understood, like every preacher/prophet/penitent, but by then she could only pray.

Foresight was useless. There was no stopping what lay ahead.


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realpestilencerealpestilence on August 14th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
I never liked Missouri. She was mean to Dean! D:


Not a useful comment, lol. Very true that visions and prophecy aren't necessary helpful, because, like Agnes Nutter, you can only see bits and pieces and you don't know where they fit. It would be so frustrating, I'd think, knowing there's something bad happening but you don't know how to stop it because you don't know ~enough.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 17th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I never liked Missouri. She was mean to Dean! D:
I've had some issues with her on that front-- she was mean to him at a time when he was really scared and hurting, and she had to know it. Plus, his father was being an ass, and she knew that too.

Nevertheless, I kind of got a kick out of her aside from that. ;)

It would be so frustrating, I'd think, knowing there's something bad happening but you don't know how to stop it because you don't know ~enough.
Or worse yet, if you can NEVER stop it. You might be fated to simply see the future, cursed with the knowledge of something you can't change. How awful that would be-- and how frustrated and helpless it would make you feel. :(
Maerhysmaerhys on August 14th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Missouri! \o/ This is lovely - your language does grow more evocative every day.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 17th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Yay! She's found her way into a couple of my stories, in a minor way, and another drabble. I wish they'd done more with her-- yes, I know the actress had another job, but still. That's what cameos and phone calls are for!
cindy: spn - dean looks away (by oxoniensis)tsuki_no_bara on August 14th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
i always liked missouri. and it would kind of suck to be able to see the future in non-chuck-like fashion, without context or clue. you'd see it, but you wouldn't be able to do anything about it, because you just wouldn't have enough pertinent details.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 17th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
you'd see it, but you wouldn't be able to do anything about it, because you just wouldn't have enough pertinent details.
Or maybe you'd simply be seeing something that would happen regardless of anything you or anyone else did. Ugh-- who would want to have that visited upon them? That's not a gift, it's a curse!
Celtic_Forestceltic_forest on August 14th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
I love Missouri so very much! I think your summary as well as the piece itself really brings home the message that she has a lot to bear, and we know from show that she does so without complaint.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 17th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
she has a lot to bear
The ugliness of the things she must see, and the inability to do anything about them, must weigh on her so heavily.

I wrote another drabble about her ages ago along those same lines, though this one filled a specific request for "What if she HADN'T fallen off the face of the Earth after Season One?" So we see her POV on the events of S5, and how incredibly puzzling and frustrating it must be to be in her shoes.
The Huntress: CastielFangirlshuntress69 on August 14th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this, because we don't really get anything from Missouri's POV and it is all so true. Thank you as always for sharing your fine work.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
There's a fabulous story by elanurel that's Missouri's POV that I love, but otherwise it's true-- the show neglected her after her one appearance (even in passing, for crying out loud), and we don't see a lot of fic about her.

She offers such an interesting POV, though, especially contrasted with the Winchesters who spend their time trying to change "what is" with no presumption of fate or "already happened" that Missouri may live with every day.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I hope it helped fulfill your request for "later Missouri" at least a little bit! There's a reason I saved off that request of yours.

And I'm glad you liked it. *hugs*
layne: dean apocalypselayne67 on August 17th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
I adore Missouri so thanks for this! In a way, it's probably a good thing that we didn't see more of her after 'Home' because otherwise she'd probably have been killed off by now lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
In a way, it's probably a good thing that we didn't see more of her after 'Home' because otherwise she'd probably have been killed off by now lol.

It's so true! If you run over who isn't dead, it's kind of like this: "Bobby. Um... Rufus. Probably not, anyway. How about... no. Nope. Nope. Hrm..."
Alex: Words ZVoicesdragonlit on August 17th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Love Missouri's voice that you've captured so well here.

...by then she could only pray.

The curse of foresight without foreknowledge. Great drabble.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It really is more of a curse under those circumstances, and regardless of which version you have I think you'd still feel both assaulted by and somehow responsible for the things you've seen-- even when there's nothing you can do. :(
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: John - strongembroiderama on August 18th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Oooh. *chills* I like this a lot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 18th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I sure wish we'd seen more of Missouri in the later seasons. She was too interesting to just let drop.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 24th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
What was she doing? I've seen her in so many character parts that I have no feeling for whether she's primarily a comedian or not!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on August 24th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Darn my lack of cable!

I've always had a fondness for Loretta. I watched Ely Stone for her, which was kind of a cute show on its own, but mainly... I was waiting for her to show up. ;)