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07 April 2007 @ 11:30 pm
Supernatural Gen Drabble: Around The Corner  
Title: Around The Corner
Author: HalfshellVenus
Character: John (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: For "Can't See the Forest For The Trees," at 100_ghosts.

x-x-x-x-x

This was not the life he'd counted on.

Not many expectations during the war, but after surviving it he'd dared to hope. He had a beautiful wife, then a cute little boy and then a baby.

The future didn't play out right.

His wife was murdered—stolen—and everything changed.

Years of seeking vengeance, all for her memory, while time kept passing. The boys grew older, braver… more wary.

Then it was over, long before he'd even thought possible, and far too late. He'd never noticed the unplanned life he and the boys had actually been living all that time…


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cindy: spn - dad and boys (by kiraboshi)tsuki_no_bara on April 8th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
i skimmed the header so the prompt didn't register, and i got to the end of the drabble and thought "wow, he really can't see the forest for the trees...." *facepalm* poor john, too busy getting revenge for the life he lost to pay attention to the life he actually has.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on April 9th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
and i got to the end of the drabble and thought "wow, he really can't see the forest for the trees...." *facepalm*
:D Actually, that makes me very happy-- because it means that the prompt came out in the story, just as it should have! The 100_ghosts prompts are more conceptual, and it's easier to miss the mark, I think.

poor john, too busy getting revenge for the life he lost to pay attention to the life he actually has.
And that's not only this drabble in a nutshell, but John's life as shown on this show, for me. *Sigh* Right there in front of him, the entire time, always happening unnoticed. :(
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on April 9th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!

Funny, but the first thing that came to mind with this prompt was John-- and all the things he never noticed that were happening while he planned his revenge for what was lost.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on April 16th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Now, I'm not saying John would win dad of the year every year, but I think he sometimes lost sight that he was supposed to be their dad, and not only their drill sergeant, but always did the best he could. *rambles on*

This kind of rambling is always good. :)

It seems very much like how I see John. I don't think he was a very good father to his sons-- he forgot to be their father and not their protector and leader of his personal Crusade for revenge. And the things he exposed them to, put them through, making them grow up too fast with a shortage of the (explicit) love that helps balance that.

But yet, I don't think he meant to do that ever. That's where the tragedy lies. I think he loved his boys desperately, and forgot to stand back and see the larger picture of what all this need for revenge was costing them.

And in those final moments in the basement, I think he saw that-- that he'd made the wrong choices for them without understanding that they were wrong. And because he truly loved them, the pain of knowing that must have been unbearable. *angsts*
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on April 9th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh, John.

When lots of stuff starts going wrong, it can be hard to remember the good things, and John would certainly have plenty of cause to get focused on the pain and overlook the little moments of rightness.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on April 9th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
and John would certainly have plenty of cause to get focused on the pain and overlook the little moments of rightness.
It's sad, too-- for better or for worse, this singleminded fixation on his goal kept him from seeing what he still had, and what his mission was costing those around him. *angsts*
tyricaltyrical on April 10th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Life its that thing that happens when you're not paying attention.

The worst part: This is all Dean knows.
The frightening part: Sam knows different and still chooses the same path as his father.

The ultimate legacy of a father. A life half lived...

How about another cliche: The sins of the father...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
Life its that thing that happens when you're not paying attention.
Yes-- this is entirely the theme of this story. And John being so focused on what he's avenging that he entirely misses the larger idea of family that's just ticking along in front of him, neglected.

The worst part: This is all Dean knows.
Things in early childhood are so quickly forgotten-- they're nothing but moods after awhile. So what Dean probably remembers is that true happiness died with his mother, and everything after that is some different feeling that doesn't match that description.

The frightening part: Sam knows different and still chooses the same path as his father.
One of the most surprising and intriguing things about this Season, actually. That Sam knows it, rejected it, and yet falls prey to it at the end.
belleimani on April 10th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
:sniffle:
Poor John.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
The worst thing is, I imagine that it all came to him so clearly in those last few hours, as he traded his life for Dean's. In a vivid flash, he saw the life he'd been neglecting that went on all around him those twenty-plus years he'd been focused on the details of revenge. *angsts*
belleimani on April 10th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
It probably did and made what he had to do even harder.