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20 March 2007 @ 08:43 am
Supernatural Gen Drabbles: Ways To Get It Wrong  
Title: Ways To Get It Wrong
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Dean, John (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: Sometimes the answers are not so obvious.
Author's Notes: For the "Tests" challenge on supernatural100.

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Different Rules
For Dean, there was no Kindergarten.

Too much moving around and looking for answers-- no time for school just then. John taught the basics after work. Dean practiced the capital letters and numbers from the telephone display.

First grade started in Baton Rouge, and Dean was ready. "Curious George" was easy to read by then, and Dean had checked the supplies long enough quantify and add.

"Story concepts" was what threw him, after everything had gone so well.

"Are ghosts and witches real or pretend?"

Dean spoke up: "Real!"

How could he know that nobody else had ever seen them?


Conflicts
"This is a family, not a democracy."

John swore he'd never say that-- kids were entitled to their questions. Just not every decision every single time. Where had that come from? Sammy'd been such a happy boy, and now he never knew when to quit.

"Because I've got a new lead, that's why we're going."

Same discussion every time, same result with Sam storming out of the house or off to his room.

"You leave, you don't come back." And Sam hadn't.

Was walking out failing the test, or did Sam living on his own now mean he'd passed it?



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tabaqui: s&doutside2byliteratitabaqui on March 20th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
You know, i'll bet John did a good amount of home schooling when they were little, until he realized they were moving beyond his basics in math and such...

And i love that last line on drabble two. Good stuff!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
You know, i'll bet John did a good amount of home schooling when they were little, until he realized they were moving beyond his basics in math and such...
I would sure think so-- moving around all the time, and the early grades are easy enough to teach from an academic standpoint 1-on-1, if you don't care about socialization issues (I can hear John laughing long and hard at the foolishness of that idea). It would certainly simplify things for a single-parent trying to split his focus between real-world survival and revenge.

And i love that last line on drabble two. Good stuff!
Thank you, Tabaqui! It's the whole focus of that drabble, for obvious reasons. :)
tabaqui: backinblackbyno_other_choicetabaqui on March 20th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I did a little home schooling and it's not hard, just takes time and patience. So i can see John quitting doing that about the time that Sam's old enough for first grade.