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31 December 2005 @ 11:48 pm
Supernatural FanFiction: Back Road Adventure, Chapter 4  
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sam, Dean (Gen)
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Tiny “Asylum” spoiler
Summary: Sam and Dean versus an unknown grave-robber. (Includes bickering, bad food, and the obligatory Latin).


x-x-x-x-x Chapter 4: Doing Battle x-x-x-x-x

It is two hours later, and still no demon. Dean’s leg has fallen asleep, and Sam is desperate for a bathroom.

Dean is yanking and poking soundlessly at his leg while Sam sneaks off several bushes down, keeping an eye out for anything that might be moving.

He’s just finishing when he hears a loud rustling off to his left, and he moves quickly back to where Dean is holding the shotgun. Sam picks up the metal and the Holy water, and they wait for their visitor to make itself known.

Sam can smell it before he sees it, and fights the urge to hurl back up every part of his dinner. Dean’s elbow to the ribs snaps him out of it, and he pulls himself back together, limbs tight and ready for battle.

The demon, as it lurches into sight, is even uglier than the drawing in the journal, or perhaps this particular sample is just in really bad shape. Its flesh is hanging off its face, and it moves stiffly across the grass.

Sam and Dean trade a look, and then Dean blasts it in the chest with the rock-salt bullets while Sam throws the Holy water on it.

The demon looks—confused?—and staggers a little before moving toward them more quickly.

“Sam!” Dean cries, and Sam raises the iron cross and begins intoning in Latin.

“Vade! Vade! In nomine Patris, et Filli, et Spiritus Sancti.” The demon slows, but has not stopped moving. Dean shoots again, and Sam continues. “Dominus illuminatio mea!”

Dean calls out desperately, “Bozhe moy! Nizhny Novgorod!”

“Dean, come on!” Sam shouts in disbelief. He grabs the blowtorch and fires it up quickly, rushing toward the demon while Dean stands there horrified. “Cristo! Cristo! Soli Deo Gloria!” Sam yells, and the demon is suddenly ablaze. Sam holds his position until the demon crumbles into ash, and then waits until the fire is out. He pours more Holy water on the ashes, and they watch them sizzle and disappear into the grass. Dean pats Sam’s shoulder in victory, and suddenly a siren breaks the stillness.

“Crap!” Dean yells, and they rush back to collect their belongings and hightail it down to the car. Dean’s barely got the car started back toward town when the local fire engine passes them on the way to the cemetery.

“Man, that was close,” Dean says.

“You know, if I ever get arrested for arson in the middle of risking my life to kill some disgusting, scabrous demon, I will be done with this business for good,” Sam says. “’Cause on top of everything else, that is just damn annoying.”

“All for the greater good, bro’,” Dean says, eyes twinkling at him in the light from the dashboard.

When they get back to the motel, Sam is suddenly tired, barely able to brush his teeth and undress for bed. He falls asleep before Dean is even out of the bathroom, for once safely under without even trying.

But later, once again, Sam finds himself awake during the night, not from a nightmare this time but from being prodded out of sleep by increasingly troubled and thought-laden dreams. Dean is wrapped around him, dead to the world, and Sam is a little envious of how easy it is for Dean to get to sleep and stay there. It doesn’t matter what they’ve been hunting or killing, or what’s nearly killed them, or how recent it was. Dean is relatively unaffected by everything.

Sometimes on nights like this Sam’s irritation gets the better of him. He finds himself skipping off into the familiar playground of What Would Wake Dean And What Would Not.

He likes this game, and yes, he does occasionally test out his experiments. His favorite area of deliberation involves how Dean will react to different answers to the question “What’re you doing?”, which Dean mumbles with regularity every time Sam moves or makes a noise in his sleep.

This game works better when they are in the same bed, when Dean feels safe and unguarded with Sam so close by. Under those circumstances, Dean’s triggers for waking up are much more predictable. Sam has classified Dean’s potential reactions to Sam’s answers into different levels. This is what he has come up with so far.

“Nothing. Go back to sleep” has never gotten any response, and Sam expects this. This answer is completely off Dean’s radar. Sam thinks of this non-response as Level 0.

Something like “Hogging your pillow” is Level 1, which Dean almost never wakes up for either. This sort of answer covers responses that are a little weird but probably true, and Dean’s subconscious ignores them easily.

Level 2 covers answers that are weird but harmless. “Painting turtles” or “Shredding carrots” fall into this category. There is about a 50-50 chance Dean will wake up for a Level 2 answer.

“Building a rocket” is Level 3. This answer speaks of something that is both weird and dangerous, and it usually gets a “What?” out of Dean and an instant high-alert. Sam only goes to Level 3 when he is feeling kind of evil and resentful, and he never does it when Dean is really tired.

Level 4 would be the real thing—monsters at the door— and Sam has never pulled that one even as a joke. He likes his ribs without the knife, thank you very much.

Still awake, Sam thinks about getting up for a bit. He pulls forward a little, which wakes Dean slightly, and here it comes: “What’reyoudoing?”

Sam thinks quickly. “Admiring your butt,” he replies, aiming for somewhere between Level 1 and Level 2. But Dean must be awfully tired tonight because all Sam gets is a vague humming noise from him and then Dean is asleep again already.

Not much fun this time. Sam sighs quietly, and decides to stay put after all. It’s going to be a long night, and he’s still got the smell of burning garbage on his mind.

*********

By morning, light is coming in through the windows again and Sam awakens to the uncomfortable pressure of Dean’s head under his armpit. Dean is pushing up hard and has gotten a really good purchase on the bed.

Sam taps his shoulder a few times, and then leans back and away just in time. “Huh?” Dean says, his head coming up suddenly. He looks dazed, and his eyes wander around the room as he remembers where they are.

“What’s going on?” Sam asks.

“Oh,” Dean says vaguely. “I dreamed I was stuck in a cave trying to tunnel out through the rock.”

All Sam can do is laugh, because really— how else can he respond to that?

He watches Dean come awake for a few more minutes, a mistake really because Dean calls dibs on the shower as soon as he’s coherent.

Sam is left sprawled on the bed, flipping through the three channels on the room’s TV. He watches The Price Is Right through a broken vertical hold for a few minutes, and then switches it off.

His father’s journal is on the table, and Sam goes over to it, flipping through it idly. It’s funny, but he never really looked at it much as a child. It was fully of ugly pictures and the nightmares that haunted their lives, and Sam had altogether too much of that on a regular basis. But now, he finds the images and footnotes and newspaper clippings intriguing. The journal is a window into his father’s mind, into his mission, and it says something that for all of the details and variety of subjects, his father doesn’t seem to be building toward any particular conclusion. Actually, that thought isn’t reassuring at all, and Sam’s wishes he could unthink it almost as soon as it happens.

He adds a few more notes on the Krazhnekhoi, its method of beginning a new feeding area (just for reference, in case others of its kind use other schemes), and lastly, the description of how they killed it.

Dean is out of the shower now. “Ready to hit the road?” he asks, pulling on something that doesn’t smell of sweat and smoke and propane.

“Yeah.” Sam closes the journal. He’ll clean up and get dressed, and then they’ll pack everything out to the car for the next Otherwordly encounter.

The days are long and full, and they must have covered half the country by now, just the two of them.

But sometimes, Sam has to wonder. There is so much that they do, protecting and searching and battling random evil, and they are on the move all the time. But is there an overall direction or destination?

Ultimately, do they have any real idea where they’re going?


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M: Supernatural: brothersmeko00 on January 1st, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, I liked this. Lovely banter, with a hint of darkness, and quite them. Thanks for sharing. :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
So glad you like this! I had a lot of fun, and torture, writing this. Chapter-fics do not come naturally for me, but this just kept getting bigger and bigger...
Indecisively Focusedeaslydstracted on January 1st, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
First chapter fic I've read in regards to Supernatural. I think you pulled it off quite well. Great brotherly interaction.

Thanks!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
First chapter fic I've read in regards to Supernatural. I think you pulled it off quite well.

Thank you so much.

We actually have a number of great entries in Supernatural Slash (Wincest stuff) that are really outstanding.

But not so much in the Gen world, so I'm glad I could add to it (I write both Gen and Slash, but this one wanted to be Gen).
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kaly: brotherskalyw on January 1st, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Very nice, especially the banter between them. I laughed out loud more than once. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
I laughed out loud more than once.

Whoo-hoo! It amused the hell out of me to write it, especially since I tend to write the dark stuff.

But they can be so funny together too, and I love the banter in other people's SN fics.
vengeance_angelvengeanceangel on January 1st, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh and it was just a very very good story!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh and it was just a very very good story!

Music to my ears! Thank you!.
Trystan: Jensen_as_Deantrystan830 on January 1st, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
love the dialogue... fun, kept it moving nicely. :)
another present-tense fic, but done well.
(i write in the past tense.)

happy new year
~Trys
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Trys.

another present-tense fic, but done well.
(i write in the past tense.)


I write almost entirely in the past tense. This one worked better in the present tense, and I can't say exactly why.

I might have 2-3 fics out of my total (well over 30 by now) that are present tense-- but they are all recent ones.

Am I mutating? Or just sleep-deprived?
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Sorrel, the artist formerly known as goddessleilasorrelchestnut on January 1st, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
This was a perfect look into the Brothers Winchester. I loved the mini-squabbles, the monster-fighting, all of it. But Sam's careful rating system for saying things to his brother when he's half-awake? I almost died laughing. And then Sam's last, wondering thought about the real purpose to their lives just hit me, so suddenly serious after the light-hearted demon hunting they'd just done. Such a very, very good story.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
But Sam's careful rating system for saying things to his brother when he's half-awake?

This idea was actually the germ of the story, because it came out from something he said in my earlier story, The Atonement, which was a little off, but Dean was too tired to really think about what Sam was saying. A new story was born from that.

Surprised no-one's mentioned the first diner scene, where Sam busts Dean for doing something childish and annoying, and Dean reacts like it's his Dad talking. Because although he's the big brother, Dean sometimes really just acts like he's five.

So very glad you enjoyed this! Boy, this was hard for me to write. Plot! Dialogue! Not my strengths.
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Stacey: dirt badstaceey on January 2nd, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Amazing, I really enjoyed this from the beginning to the end. Cracked me up in quite a few places. :) The pat on the shoulder from Dean to Sam is always touching for me, it says so much. But thats Dean for ya. Hah! Dreamed he was climbing out of a cave cracked me up. Great job. Hated to see this end.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
God, why are your mini-movie icons so damned funny? They kill me!

Great job. Hated to see this end.

Ooh, just what I love to hear! I was kind of sorry it was over too. I saved off some more banterFic snippets to see if they can make it into another fic. I think one might become its own Genfic pretty soon... Damn, what keeps happening to my plans to write the SN slash? Why are there so many Gen plotbunnies? Stupid muse.
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Unsupervised children will be used as bait.: Brothers icon by lexalotdhvana on January 11th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
If it wouldn't take up so much space, I'd quote the entire chapter--it was filled with too many great moments for me to narrow them down. This whole series was just a wonderful look into a slice out of the brothers' lives, and I think you just captured them beautifully, from their most humorous moments to the serious threat of their work. Even if your muses did swindle you out of the slash, I think think this story defintely makes you even. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
If it wouldn't take up so much space, I'd quote the entire chapter--it was filled with too many great moments for me to narrow them down.

Whee! You have no idea how happy that kind of comment makes me. :-D

Even if your muses did swindle you out of the slash, I think think this story defintely makes you even. :D

Let's hope so! My first SN chapterFic (first _intentional_ chapterFic ever), and it was so much work! How do you do it? Is it because you write them one at a time? My PrisonBreak brothercest series, The Arrangement was written one chapter at a time, and that was a little easier. But doing this one required _plotting_ and stuff. I find that really hard!

So glad you liked. Thank you for the truly wonderful comments, especially as I enjoy your works so very much. :-)
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Rat Creature: heh.ratcreature on January 12th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
That was fun. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 12th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it :-) I know you've lamented the shortage of longer SN Genfics.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 18th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
That was so cute, both the game Sam plays with Dean and his thoughts about his father's jorunal. I especially loved It’s funny, but he never really looked at it much as a child. It was fully of ugly pictures and the nightmares that haunted their lives :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on January 18th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! You're catching up :)

It was fully of ugly pictures and the nightmares that haunted their lives.

And I can so see that bothering Sam, because even growing up immersed in it he still had some remaining perspective. Dean had always bought into all of it much deeper than Sam.

babySam needs babyBrainBleach for all that he's seen over the years. :-(
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tyrical: SPN_Taillypo_SD_togethertyrical on February 10th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ultimately, do they have any real idea where they’re going?

You know when they figure it out they'll be no more show.

For all the hectic pace of a kill. The gentle pacing of this story really shows the relationship between the two brothers. How they care about one another, how they annoy one another, the way they work together. Rising when the other falls. The innate understanding of someone who sees and understands the same things you do and at the same time vaguely wonder are we even related?

Great story.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
How they care about one another, how they annoy one another, the way they work together.

This sums up families at their best and worst. We know each other, and sometimes drive each other nuts-- but ultimately, we balance eath other AND we stick together.

Glad you enjoyed this so much! It was a real challenge for me to write, even though I'm certain that a lot of other authors could toss this off in a day. It's good to stretch myself once in awhile. :)
Lisa: Doctor  Who - Jack shaglachli on February 27th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
I'm playing catch up here and hunting up all the SPN gen fic I can find. That was adorable, totally adorable. Loved all the little insights into who they are and the way they think and you just nailed the relationship beautifully.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
I'm playing catch up here and hunting up all the SPN gen fic I can find.
It's nice to have people reading some of the fics I posted awhile back-- it's such a great surprise to get comments after the fact. :)

Loved all the little insights into who they are and the way they think and you just nailed the relationship beautifully.
My first chapter fic, and it was definitely hard to write the longer form. But I had such a great time with the dialogue and the interaction, and the teasing/squabbling/working-as-one part of their relationship.

Thanks for letting me know how much you liked this one! Makes me think about writing another :D
tabaqui: s&dcarbyliteratitabaqui on February 27th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Now that was a lovely bit of brotherly life, banter and exasperation and the daily mundanities of life on the road.
Just really fun, and a bit sobering.
No real idea, yeah...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Now that was a lovely bit of brotherly life, banter and exasperation and the daily mundanities of life on the road.
Just really fun, and a bit sobering.

I write so much angsty stuff that this is a real change for me. But part of what I like about this show so much, aside from the deeper, darker aspects, is the bantering.

Glad you enjoyed this one :D
(no subject) - tabaqui on February 27th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
mysfan4lifemysfan4life on April 29th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
very nice
I really liked this story I look forward to checking out some of your prison break stuff too. When you get a chance check out the fic on my page...thanks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
Re: very nice
Thank you! Hope you like the Prison Break stuff as well-- these are my two main fandoms.
rainey_creekrainey_creek on February 3rd, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Terrific story! I don't remember how I found my way here, but I enjoyed this very much. And Dean's dream made me laugh out loud.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 3rd, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
:D I'm just glad you stopped by, and since I think this was written a good year ago, I'm always pleased when someone finds it.

And Dean's dream made me laugh out loud.
:D Me too-- those situations where your dreams morph reality can be throwaways, or potentially embarassing when you wake up.

My husband laughs and giggles in his sleep a lot, and I always wonder what's going on there. Random happiness? Or Marx Brothers' movie? And of course, he never remembers.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun writing it-- my first SPN chapter fic, way back when.