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05 September 2007 @ 08:27 am
Supernatural Gen Drabble: Back In The Saddle  
Title: Back In The Saddle
Author: HalfshellVenus
Character: Sam (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: Hating it— running away from it— doesn't mean you forget.
Author's Notes: Spoilers for the Pilot. Drabble on "Like riding a bike" for 100_ghosts.

x-x-x-x-x

In four years, Sam hasn't been in a car longer than six hours, tops—no more traveling state-to-state. Now he's driving a dark highway, chasing Dad's last case. It's the only lead they've got.

When a woman in white suddenly appears in the back, he doesn't scream or drive off the road. He was expecting her, though he hasn't met her kind before.

Her persuasion turns to bitter accusations, becoming threats as he plows the car into the side of her one-time home.

Dean's pissed, but this is how it's done. Back to the beginning is where it always ends.


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Catherine Winnersunrunnersioned on September 5th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
damn, short but so powerful. For me it really seemed to capture a part of Sam's mind. Stunning!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Samhalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
There's a certain weariness to it, isn't there? He knows how to do all of this, but damn if he didn't hope to never get sucked back in again-- even for a little while.

Thanks for reading!
cindy: spn - ouija handstsuki_no_bara on September 5th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
some things never change.... (i especially like the detail about sam not having been on any long road trips since he left home. no doubt he was relieved to get away from that.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Samhalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
no doubt he was relieved to get away from that.
I can't help projecting my own feelings on him there, too-- I max out at about 3 hours in the car, and then my patience is gone and I want to be done. And imagine a lifestyle built around that. Argh. :0
ErinRua: Bad asserinrua on September 5th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I can't help projecting my own feelings on him there, too-- I max out at about 3 hours in the car, and then my patience is gone and I want to be done. And imagine a lifestyle built around that. Argh. :0

That actually reminds me that I'm toying with the idea of a meta on the traveling lifestyle. For umpteen years, hubby and I were regular nomads, lived nowhere more than 6 months at a time, chasing jobs on cattle ranches and for guide/outfitter services. We used to drive all across the western US, and just pull over at rest stops to bag a few z's when we got dopy. LOL, nowadays anything over 3 hours, and I want a nap with a cushy soft pillow!

But anyhow, it is an odd way to live, and I've pondered pondering the parallels between how we lived and the Winchesters' peripatetic lifestyle. Lord knows I wouldn't want to do it, now! ;-)
Cheers ~

Erin
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
I really think you should write this up, because it would be fascinating even just for a look at what that kind of life really is like! In all its dusty, boring sameness and all the parts (the people you meet along the way, perhaps) that are not. :D
ErinRua: Motor runnin'erinrua on September 6th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
I think I shall give the notion some serious pondering. :-) I ran the idea in some detail past another friend of mine, and she thought it might be interesting, too. I'll have to start taking notes and see what percolates out of my head. LOL, even if it just ends up making me look weird. *G*
Cheers ~

Erin
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
LOL, even if it just ends up making me look weird. *G*
:D Please-- maverick and intriguing! See how much better that sounds? :)
mercurybard on September 5th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Back to the beginning is where it always ends.
Amazing line.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oddly enough, that really sums up how most of their cases are solved.

Find the ghost's bones, the site of the supernatural creature's "crime," or whatever the situation may be-- the source is also the conclusion.
never trust a big butt and a smile: dean and sam 100% innocentobeetaybee on September 5th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh this was wonderful! Beautiful last line, sweets!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Even two years later, there's still so much you can get out of those earliest episodes. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 5th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Eeee, how much do I love your phrasing of that. :D

Thank you, Claire!
willa_writes on September 5th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, that packs a nice punch :-D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! Drabbles are such a great challenge, and Supernatural is just rich with material. :)
ErinRuaerinrua on September 5th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Nice use of just a few words! I love Sam's tone, sort of resigned and a bit pissed off, but mainly it's that clench-jawed sense of, "Fine, you want it done, here's how we do it." It's always interested me that while Sam is the dreamer, he's never an idealist about their job. Dean's always been the man with a cause, while Sam just puts his head down and slugs his way out to the other side. Which in S3 may make him a bit scary, so it's even more fun to have this look back to Sam at the beginning! :-)

See, ya made me thunk thinky thoughts. *G*
Cheers ~

Erin
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Samhalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
It's always interested me that while Sam is the dreamer, he's never an idealist about their job.
Oh, exactly-- he knows all too well what their job entails, all of the darker aspects of it, how it eats your soul away, and how it will never ever really be over. It's exactly why he ran.

Dean, interestingly enough, has a very romanticized view of what they do and what it means. Despite loving the challenge/thrill/down-and-dirty parts of it, he's like a soldier reminiscing about only the good parts and forgetting all the people lost in battle or his own severed limbs.

Which in S3 may make him a bit scary, so it's even more fun to have this look back to Sam at the beginning! :-)
I would really, really like to see Sam come into his own in S3-- by choice, by vengeance, and by reason of wanting to save his brother. *pulls up a chair and waits*

:)
ErinRuaerinrua on September 6th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Dean, interestingly enough, has a very romanticized view of what they do and what it means. Yes, he does, or at least did for a whole lot of years. It wasn't until after Dad died that things started crumbling for him, which is sort of amazing when you consider he was 26 years old and had been doing this job, or at least privvy to it, since he was four. How he held onto that innocent enthusiasm is tribute to the risiliance of his character. I'll be curious to see what turns that character takes in S3, especially having seen a couple glimpses of spoilers - which really didn't tell me anything, but piqued my curiosity bigtime! :-)

I would really, really like to see Sam come into his own in S3-- by choice, by vengeance, and by reason of wanting to save his brother. Oh, absolutely! He is after all John Winchester's son ... ;-)

*pulls up a chair and waits*
*pulls up another chair and waits with you*

The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on September 6th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Pretty!

....You know, one of these days I'm going to leave you deep, pondery feedback, and stuff.

And then the world will end.

Pretty!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 6th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I always like the form your feedback takes-- because I always know what you mean. :)

There was J2 fic over the weekend... did you see it? ;)
questioning in order to create: howling wolftigriswolf on September 8th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Lovely last line!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Samhalfshellvenus on September 13th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's funny how the halves of that last line are opposites, and yet in this case the idea is absolutely true. :)
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on February 10th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Damn!! So shivery on so many levels!!

*hugs you*