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22 February 2007 @ 01:49 pm
Supernatural Gen Drabbles: Locked Down  
Title: Locked Down
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Dean, John, Sam (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: Four different drabble takes on "Cabin Fever" for supernatural100.


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Indoor Games
It's raining again. Again.

They've been stuck in this motel for days now, where Daddy won't even let them play on the carpet.

"Stay on the bed," he said. "Pretend the floor is a lake with a monster in it."

Dean had fun racing to the bathroom, but then Daddy stopped the game because Sammy started screaming out The monster'll get Dean!

There are things under the bed. Maybe not fun things, but dust and lumps and paper.

Dean's itching to look again, but Daddy says No.

Two hours later it's still raining, and now even Dean's toys are bored…


Buttoned-Down
Three weeks, and John's going crazy.

He has to keep regular hours. Has to talk to people— be pleasant and keep a civil tongue.

He doesn't wear a tie, but that's as good as it gets.

Now, cars don't yammer at you all day long, don't need you to be polite and professional with them. But people try his patience, and if it weren't for the damn money he'd have quit this job after Day One.

"How can I help you?" he says.

But inside he thinks, Your puny-ass problems aren't squat compared to the things I've seen and killed.


Responsibilities
Sam's holed up in the bedroom studying again, and Dean can hardly stand it. What's so goddamn interesting about books?

Sam'll spend hours in there— hours— when they could be hunting stuff, or checking out girls by the downtown fountain. Then Sam'll go to the library until it's dark, and why the hell didn't Dad take them along instead of leaving them here to rot?

"You want anything special for dinner?" Going to the store beats hanging around.

"Nah." Sam doesn't even look at him.

Dean's Hemmingway novel mocks him from the bed. His essay's due on Monday.

Double crap.


Waiting It Out
At least Sam's not in the hospital anymore—not in traction either, figuratively or literally.

Dean got him out before their credit-card shell-game blew up in their faces, and now they're at a motel in Topeka. Where even the dust can't be bothered to move— Sam knows, because he's watched it for hours.

There's a line of chairs leading to the bathroom if he needs them, and the remote's nearby. Dean's out getting groceries or hustling pool or picking up women.

Goddamn if this whole thing isn't boring. Seriously— damn.

Sam's never missed hunting so bad in his entire life.


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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Lots of different flavors, huh?

The first one-- I so feel for those kids, and yet as a parent I've been on the other side too. ;)

The second-- John in any kind of job like that (OMG, John and office politics even) just cracks me up. "Yes sir. I understand. Yes sir, I-- oh, for the love of god, suck it up already!"

I've been that Sam too, and Dean is so very much NOT that. I can see how it would drive him nuts.

And I'm glad people noticed the irony in #4. That's true desperation for you, when Sam's finally the one who wants back in the game. :D
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, Rinne! It's funny, I didn't actually do the explicit "cabin-fever" on any of these, but that mood can cover so many parts of life-- just that feeling of being trapped and frustrated or bored. Gah! :D
not a morning person...: spn - family businesstattoo_kink on February 22nd, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
But inside he thinks, Your puny-ass problems aren't squat compared to the things I've seen and killed. *giggles*

Sam's never missed hunting so bad in his entire life.

That was awesome - and the irony speaks for itself!

Love all of them!

*hugs*


The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
But inside he thinks, Your puny-ass problems aren't squat compared to the things I've seen and killed.
:D I honestly can't see John lasting very long in a job like that. Pretending to be that kind of person to snoop out information is one thing. Actually living it? OMG, I think he'd go postal on someone.

Glad you liked all of these-- and I'm so please that people are noticing #4's irony. :D
angels3angels3 on February 22nd, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Well who wouldn't be
Can't get off the bed that would suck when you only had a small space to play in.

Dealing with the public can kick your ass.

Dean and his homework I feel for him I hated mine too, but like Sammy I love to read.

Poor Sam the dust bunnies were even boring.

These were cute.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Re: Well who wouldn't be
Can't get off the bed that would suck when you only had a small space to play in.
I have been in motels where I would agree with John. Yowch. Encrusted mystery stains. Ick!

Poor Sam the dust bunnies were even boring.
Oh, man-- when your cabin fever is imposed by the limitations of your own stupid body, everything gets boring and frustrating really fast! Especially if you're used to an "active" lifestyle like theirs (somehow, Demon-chasing and such is not what I think most doctors have in mind when they talk about keeping active). ;)

So glad you enjoyed these. Thank you!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Lovely - there's a real feeling of frustration running through all of these .
Hee! Weechesters for the win!

It's always seemed to me that boredom and/or frustration are what really gets to a person with cabin fever. Now, why exactly that's happening, well-- lots of fertile ground to explore there! :D

Thanks for reading, Claire!
aeroport_artaeroport_art on February 23rd, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I liked Buttoned-Down :) So easy to imagine John going crazy from having to keep a regular job.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
So easy to imagine John going crazy from having to keep a regular job.
:D Oh, not only that, but I can see John managing to play the game of social niceties long enough to gain someone's quick trust or to find out information. But on an ongoing basis, where he has to pretend to be sincere day after day? I think he'd blow a gasket! :0
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on February 23rd, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
the second one, man, poor john. i can just see that. and the last one, you know sam's bored if he thinks hunting would be better. i love the line about him watching the dust not move. hee.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
the second one, man, poor john. i can just see that.
Oh, me too-- and how it would nearly be killing him to put that pleasant smile on his face and deal with the dreaded public. :0

and the last one, you know sam's bored if he thinks hunting would be better.
:D I figured that after a few weeks of being a motel-room invalid, practically anything would start to seem appealing. He'd probably jump at the chance to work on a Salmon Boat for the summer compared to that. :0
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you, Dawnie! Especially great to hear because not all of them are about being physically penned in, but they're all about being trapped one way or another. :0

"Would you like to speak to one of our agents?"
Down underneath, that feels like Would you like me to kick your ass from here to Kansas and back?


;)
Vanzettivaznetti on February 23rd, 2007 09:37 am (UTC)
I love them all, but especially the last -- Sam so desperate to get out that he wants to hunt. Well, and the thought of John having to deal with other people is eternally amusing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
:D I thought that Sam wanting to hunt would really say it all, about how he feels. And John vs. People... it just cracks me up as an idea. Not the "Yes, I'll have the hamburger" aspect of John, but the possibility of "Certainly. Yes sir. We do try our best to please customers, sir..." If I were John, I'd swallow my own tongue in no time, having to deal with that. :0

So glad you liked these! Thank you. :)
braveinnewworld: brothersbraveinnewworld on February 23rd, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Okay - my absolute favorite? The first one. Just ... EWWWWWW. I don't even want to imagine that carpet. And poor John, must have been hell on his nerves. Probably not as much as number two, though, that was pretty hilarious as well.

Loved it! Thanks!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Just ... EWWWWWW. I don't even want to imagine that carpet.
I've seen such carpets, and ew. Ew, ew, ew! I wrote an earlier fanfic about the boys staying in a place like that, where they put their shoes on to go to the bathroom. Because even socks are not enough of a barrier..... bleh.

Glad you enjoyed these! I sure had fun writing them-- in all their various flavors. :)
getting the chocolate in the peanut butter: sam and dean cornereddotfic on February 26th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I like everything about this set of drabbles. Especially how they're such regular little kids in the first, John is trying to have a regular job in the second, Dean's restlessness in the third, and Sam misses hunting oh so badly in the fourth.

Great job with the prompt, different types of restlessness. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on February 26th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
:D I love trying out the different aspects of a prompt, and the different reasons for "Cabin Fever" really gave me a lot to work with.

The most evil one here is John in a regular job, which cracks me up for all kinds of reasons. ;)