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31 January 2008 @ 11:40 am
Supernatural Gen Drabble: The Deadliest Jewel  
Title: The Deadliest Jewel
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Bobby, Ruby (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: The enemy of my enemy is my ally.
Author's Notes: Happy belated birthday to mercurybard, who wanted a drabble with Bobby and Ruby fixing the Colt! Hope you like this. Also for the "Red" prompt at 100_ghosts.

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"Don't need some demon gal helping me," Bobby growls. "Already got it covered."

"Like the war'll wait until your arsenal's ready. It's already started, spreading like wildfire while you fiddle with this gun. And the name's Ruby."

Bobby checks the sights again, test-fires and misses. "What kind of a demon name is Ruby?"

"It's the fire and blood and destruction coming if I don't help you win."

"Why're you fighting on our side anyway?"

"There are more sides to this war than you can imagine, old man. Pray you never know what you're really up against."

"Lady, I already do…"


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cindy: spn - bobby (by vornieicons)tsuki_no_bara on January 31st, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
i admit i don't like ruby - she's so smirky and coy and "i know something yooouuu don't" i just want to smack her - i really like the idea of her, tho, a demon on the boys' side - but i imagine if there's anyone who could deal with her without getting pissed off at her, it's bobby. and i did wonder how the two of them managed to work together to fix the colt, because you know bobby wouldn't have just handed it off to her to fix herself, and she probably knows more than he does about getting it to work again. he doesn't want her help, he needs her help.... it's an interesting dance. and i love that he gets the last word, and "what kind of demon name is ruby?" made me giggle. hee.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
she's so smirky and coy and "i know something yooouuu don't" i just want to smack her
Virtually all the female demons have been like that-- too much smirking and trying to be sexy, with campy results (but not the good kind of camp). I have to wonder if Kripke likes that. It doesn't work for me. The YED (and YED 2.0, "Pride") were more like deranged gameshow hosts, i.e. sinister and cracktastic all at once. Totally different vibe. This last week's demoness, though-- very much like the balance she struck!

i really like the idea of her, tho, a demon on the boys' side
Yes-- that part's intriguing. So long as she doesn't become just another excuse for Dean to randomly bond with some blond female, I'll continue to find that interesting. Since the Winchesters don't play by the usual human rules, the idea of a demon not playing by demon rules seems kind of fitting. ;)

it's an interesting dance.
Cooperation while utterly pissing each other off! It's hard to resist, isn't it? :)
cindy: the dean show - spn love overwhelmstsuki_no_bara on February 1st, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
oddly enough after last night's episode i like ruby better. she wasn't as smirky and she actually handed out some info without beating around the bush first. but yeah, all the female demons have been the same type of personality with the same kind of delivery. either kripke likes that kind of thing or he and the other writers have no imagination when it comes to characterizing demons, or they just haven't gotten good actresses. and i loved the yed's ott-ness, so i'm kind of disappointed they couldn't find the equivalent in a female demon. the "female demon = heavy-handed sexy" gets really old really fast.

i don't see ruby and dean bonding that much, tho, because of the demon angle, and she came on to sam so hard in the beginning. i hope she doesn't bond with either of them, actually. would be more interesting.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 2nd, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
the "female demon = heavy-handed sexy" gets really old really fast.
It just starts to seem like bad camp-- especially when so many of your viewers are women and won't be intrigued by that approach.

i hope she doesn't bond with either of them, actually. would be more interesting.
I agree-- and hope the show doesn't go there (I always fear the network's influence on things like that). I don't think either of the boys should ever stop being wary enough of her to let that happen. It would be like making their characters suddenly become stupid, and no-one wants that!
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on January 31st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
I like Bobby's mistrust of Ruby and confidence in himself. Nicely done.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I like Bobby's mistrust of Ruby and confidence in himself.
I can't blame him for mistrusting her, though his confidence in the ability to solve this particular problem might be misplaced.

But how I love a character who's doggedly persistent. So much can be accomplished simply by not giving up!
mercurybard on January 31st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I like Ruby's explanation of her name. And I like Bobby picking on her for it. He's so used to smartass hunters.

Thank you so much!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! I hope it was the kind of thing you were looking for. It was surprisingly fun to write. :)
mercurybard on February 2nd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed writing it (I certainly enjoyed reading it)...I was worried that you wouldn't find anything that made you go ! when you saw the list.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 2nd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
I was worried that you wouldn't find anything that made you go ! when you saw the list.

No, there was a massive delay because of betaing an ESL story for the exchange, which just *groan* is a ton of work. I was up until 1am with that one. :(

It wasn't until the day afterward that I had enough brain cells to form an idea for your drabble!
ErinRua: Redneckerinrua on January 31st, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah. This is perfect. This reads like a wee little outtake from the episode, their voices are just that good.

Heh, and while I think Ruby as a person is a supercilous bitch, I like her character because she's unpredictable and useful to the overall story. Your bit of fancy here plays wonderfully on that, and rings so very true. *loves* And of course Bobby gets the last word, lol! :-) Thanks for sharing this!
Cheers ~

Erin
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I like her character because she's unpredictable and useful to the overall story.
Yes-- I dislike the portrayal (the resultant Sam/Ruby and Dean/Ruby fic makes me panic over canon), but I like the catalystic possibilities of the character. "Unpredictable" can turn out to be very interesting, especially in a show like this!

And of course Bobby gets the last word, lol! :-)
He's not going to let some demon cow him with threatening implications. Bobby eats implications for breakfast! ;)
Pheebs1pheebs1 on February 1st, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
Ooooh this was great!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you, pheebs! I'm glad mercurybard requested it-- I wouldn't have thought of this scenario on my own, since I rarely write Bobby and never Ruby. :)
hurricanes & heartachesrejeneration on February 2nd, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh man! This is awesome. (= I love the voices. It feels so dead on.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 3rd, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oh, it was such fun to write Bobby. And even better to write him and Ruby bothering each other. I so love snark, even when it's not primarily for humor. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 12th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Funny how Ruby herself didn't occur to me as a "red" option until after the fact. But Bobby vs. Ruby (which is the only way it can be) turned out to be a lot of fun to write. :)
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on July 4th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
*hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 5th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
:D Thank you! This turned out to be much more fun than I expected. Something about writing dialogue for cantankerous people has a certain appeal. ;)