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19 May 2007 @ 12:13 pm
Supernatural Gen Drabbles: Finding Peace  
Title: Finding Peace
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: John, Sam, Dean (Gen, some Weechesterfic)
Rating: PG
Summary: Three "Serenity" drabbles for supernatural100.
Author's Notes: This is for bluesister's super-secret birthday round-about now. John and Weechesterfic, just for you. I hope your birthday was wonderful. :)


x-x-x-x-x

Rest (John)
In the one-bedroom rental over the garage where John's been working since June, the dishes will wait until tomorrow. It's already ten o'clock.

He put the boys to bed two hours ago, their hair still damp from the bath. He's been looking through newspaper clippings ever since, grouping articles in search of patterns or clues.

The sound of crickets steals through the windows in the cooling night air. Time to pull out the sofa.

He checks on the boys, their soft, sweet faces drawing him closer. Lying down alongside them, he holds them gently and just listens to them breathe…


Roanoke (Sam)
The summer when Sam is six, they're living in Virginia.

He and Dean climb trees and go to the creek to check for frogs. They make lunches in the morning and take them along, whole days spent in the sun.

Sam learns to ride a friend's bike in July, and Dean works through a book on knot-tying until he's memorized them all.

By late afternoon, they head back home to wait for Dad. Sitting on the porch, eating popsicles and scratching at bug bites, Sam watches the roses across the street sway in the breeze.

He could stay here forever.


Reflection (Dean, Season 1)
Sam's been back for five months— two seasons and twenty-four states.

They've hunted ghosts and ghouls, stayed in lots of ugly motels. The coffee goes from ashtray to acid, but sometimes there are Starbucks or local java spots. Dean's not picky.

A family of four still has a mother, thanks to their last job. They're heading to Cheyenne now on a tip from Dad, and they haven't seen Dad but at least he calls more often.

The mood in the car is quiet— peaceful and settled. Sam watches the highway and Dean watches Sam.

In this moment, life is good.


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Leigh: heads upleighm on May 19th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see flashes of normalcy in their life as they were growing up.

Sort of like they grew into all of this and they were raised well. As well as could be expected:)

Wonderful drabbles as always:)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
As well as could be expected:)
That's always the bittersweet part of it, of course.

Wonderful drabbles as always:)
Thank you! I'm so glad you like them-- it's wonderful to find other people who get and enjoy drabbles as a whole. :)
ErinRua: Carry onerinrua on May 19th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
*purrs* Lovely, and a perfect levening for all the angst going around. Thank you for this! :-)
Cheers ~

Erin
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
and a perfect levening for all the angst going around.
Even after the finale, the angst is slow to leave, isn't it?

It's probably why the "Serenity" prompt was finally ready to become something-- because I was in the mood for it too!

*Sigh* Happier times...
1aquaesulis761aquaesulis76 on May 19th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh John. Oh Sam. Oh Dean.

3 snapshots in time, 3 wonderful moments for the Winchesters. You slayed me - especially Sam's - at six he knew what he wanted, and what he would never have. You captured perfectly those long, hot, endless summer days you love as a kid, which are never quite the same after you 'grow up'. Thanks - these are memories!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
at six he knew what he wanted, and what he would never have. You captured perfectly those long, hot, endless summer days you love as a kid, which are never quite the same after you 'grow up'.
Oh, that innocence makes all the difference. Even for most of us, those days where there are no jobs, where school is relatively simple and the summers are all about just being a kid... it's an Eden of its own, so hard to give up. You don't realize it except in looking back.

So glad you liked these. Hope they provided a little mood lift, as well. :)
cindy: spn - dad and boys (by kiraboshi)tsuki_no_bara on May 19th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
aww. i love the random happy moments, and i love that they each get a happy pov. well, the first one might not be totally happy - circumstances - but it's very sweet and calm, and i like the image of john lying down with his boys and just resting with them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
but it's very sweet and calm, and i like the image of john lying down with his boys and just resting with them.
I love that one in part because I don't think he took enough time to enjoy what he still had instead of what he'd lost. Moments like that one really catch you by surprise, forcing you to slow down and just become part of them.

And honestly, probably all of us need that in our lives, even lives far less complicated than John's. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
:) I love that you say "in character," because two of them are way pre-series, and there's a challenge in making the characters feel consistent so far from the canon we know. I always hope to succeed at it!

Peaceful and sweet was just the perfect mood for right now, and for bluesister combining that with John and WeeChesters seemed like exactly the right birthday gift!
bluesister on May 19th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
happy birthday to me!
Oh! I knew John wound up co-sleeping with the boys. ♥

The many hours kids have and the ways they fill them up when they live outside of town. I'd almost forgotten.

At first, I thought the last one was post-S2 finale and the counting was grim. But then I reread it. Quiet gratitude never gets old, does it?

THANK YOU!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Johnhalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Re: happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday indeed! I really thought a John drabble on this particular topic would be fitting for you-- so many things he should be paying attention to but often overlooks, and in this one quiet moment he remembers and appreciates what he has. *happy sigh*

The many hours kids have and the ways they fill them up when they live outside of town. I'd almost forgotten.
I wish I remembered more of this part of my own childhood, because life is just never the same after that! Digging around in the dirt with sticks and making mudpies can last for hours when you're little-- and it's like perfection when you contrast it with going to work every day as an adult.

But then I reread it. Quiet gratitude never gets old, does it?
It really doesn't. I don't think there are many times that Dean's truly at ease (so much of his anguish comes from within). A simple moment like that is worth so much, when it finally comes. I edited to make the Season 1 timeline clear for others too.

I hope your birthday was fabulous-- sometime this week, though you didn't say when, but as long as I'm in the ballpark it's probably okay. Many happy returns, and I hope you enjoyed these. They seemed a perfect match, and they wouldn't have come out the same if I were writing them only for me. ♥
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...: Dean Wakey Wakeydodger_winslow on May 19th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...: Dean FacePalmdodger_winslow on May 19th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Okay, that was too short for what worked about these. You REALLY captured the quietness of all three of these moments. The sense of passing peace. I loved the feel of them, and particularly loved seeing that sense of peace applied to the Winchesters in their day-to-day living. And the matched set of 3 of them stretched over time was the perfect structure, matched by the most awesome subtlety of making each a moment of individual peace, where the other two are "present" and an inextricable part of the sense of peace, but not participants to the sense in any active way.

Internal moments of solitude that perfectly convey your concept of "serenity."

THAT'S why they are awesome.

Okay, I feel better. :D
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on May 19th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Great job on all of these! I so love your drabbles. :)

Rest

Love the mood you set here, and all the little details, like this:

He put the boys to bed two hours ago, their hair still damp from the bath.

And this is too, too sweet:

He checks on the boys, their soft, sweet faces drawing him closer. Lying down alongside them, he holds them gently and just listens to them breathe…

Aww. :)

Roanoke

So good to see the boys having some normal, carefree moments here.

Favorite lines:

Sitting on the porch, eating popsicles and scratching at bug bites, Sam watches the roses across the street sway in the breeze.

He could stay here forever.


Nicely bittersweet. *hugs Sam*

Reflection

There’s a nice sense of peace here, and I love this:

Sam watches the highway and Dean watches Sam.

In this moment, life is good.


Yeah, Dean doesn’t need too much to be happy. His family, and saving people. *pets him*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 21st, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
:) In the John one, those little details you noticed are some of the simplest joys of parenthood. You can't write paeons to them, but I think every parent understands them and immediately feels the mood. :)

Yeah, Dean doesn’t need too much to be happy. His family, and saving people. *pets him*
Most of the time, I think it's his family and simple pleasures like food, sex and Teh Car. And the hunt. ;)

He's really more often content at best rather than happy. It would be so nice to see him lastingly happy, for a change.
(no subject) - iamstealthyone on May 21st, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
boyfaster: jawboyfaster on May 19th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
These were really lovely, I especially liked the first 2.

There should be more normal childhood fics, even if they don't fit in at all with canon :D Just cuz I like em.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
There should be more normal childhood fics, even if they don't fit in at all with canon :D Just cuz I like em.
I like them too, and we won't entirely know what canon was until the comic books come out (which I'm not necessarily going to read).

A lot of me suspects that John was a more distant father than I've written him here. But I like to think that he didn't start out that way, and how I wish he'd simply given his boys more of what they needed. *sigh*
getting the chocolate in the peanut butter: weewinchesterpicdotfic on May 19th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
He checks on the boys, their soft, sweet faces drawing him closer. Lying down alongside them, he holds them gently and just listens to them breathe…

That made me tear up.

These are all lovely, there's such a feeling of peace in these, but always with the nature of their lives a shadow in the background.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
The thought of John appreciating what he had-- instead of always focusing on what was missing-- really gets me. It's something I want to be true, even if it wasn't.

but always with the nature of their lives a shadow in the background.
That's the thing about Wee!Winchesters that is so compelling to me. There's this mixture of lightness and the waiting angst-- or inside-out reality-- that's just really compelling. Even the simplest things, like holidays, often get a little twist simple because of who the Winchesters are...
plutogirl10 on May 19th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Touching and settled . . . but.

By late afternoon, they head back home to wait for Dad. Sitting on the porch, eating popsicles and scratching at bug bites, Sam watches the roses across the street sway in the breeze.

He could stay here forever.


I don't know why, but that just about undid me. It's . . . vivid. Change the details, but the generic-moment is something every person can associate with their own childhood memories. Wistful and innocence you can never get back.

I know that's probably wasn't your aim to invoke that kind of response when you wrote it, but now I'm kind of teary :)
plutogirl10 on May 19th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Okay, that was meant to be 'blur' the details, 'and' the generic-moment . . . i didn't mean that you should actually change the details.

I'm sick in bed. lemmealone :P
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on May 26th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN wee boysdeirdre_c on May 20th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Aww. So sweet and peaceful. I wish they could have more of these moments. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
I wish they could have more of these moments. ♥
I know-- even as grownups, I'd like to see more moments when it's just good, even for awhile. Or memories of something from childhood that was a flash of pure happiness. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Rinne! I was definitely going for peaceful, and a feeling of acceptance of the "now"-- whatever Now happens to be. :)
feral_faerieferal_faerie on May 20th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
Love the last one especially. I really doesn't take much to please Dean does it?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
I really doesn't take much to please Dean does it?
It really doesn't. I think he had to learn to find his own contentment a long time ago, and even though he rarely makes it to full-out happiness, I think he's content more often than Sam.

Growing up, like so many parents, I'd be willing to bet he drew a lot of his own happiness from watching Sam be happy...
layne: dean samlayne67 on May 20th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
I really love your writing style. It's evocative and the moods in each drabble come across perfectly. I found myself wishing that they're longer!

I've friended you, btw. Hope you dont mind :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Layne! What a lovely thing to say. :)

I found myself wishing that they're longer!
I hope that's because the mood is so appealing, rather than that the story finishes too soon. Drabbles are such a wonderful challenge. I do write longer stories too, of course.

Please, friend-away! New friends are always welcome. :)