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22 February 2008 @ 12:35 am
Supernatural Gen Fiction: In The Hotseat (Crossover with L&O: Criminal Intent)  
Title: In The Hotseat
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Dean, Det. Bobby Goren (Gen, Crossover)
Rating: PG-13 (language)
Summary: (Early Season One) This is not one of those times Dean wanted to get caught.
Author's Notes: Happy birthday heliokleia! I know how badly you wanted a Dean vs. Goren story after this crossover drabble, and I think I finally got Goren's voice back in my head long enough to do it. Hope you like it. :)

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"Sit down—please. Sit down."

The man is hovering, solicitous but pushy with it, like the easygoing behavior is a cover for something else. Like he's playing with you cat-and-mouse before the gash in your belly surprises you and bleeds your life away.

Dean knows about pretending to be someone else, something else. He's lived it for as long as he can remember. What started with disguising himself as a normal child for the school-of-the-week became cycling through suits and uniforms and fake IDs on the way to information that would help him solve the next case.

But this— this man— is something different. This is some kind of psychology at work, the kind of manipulation Dean doesn't have the will or skill to maintain at length. Most of Dean's deceptions involving other people are relatively short-lived.

"Now Mr. Winchester— it's Dean, isn't it, may I call you ‘Dean?'— what were you doing at Mr. Tannenby's house?"

"I was checking out a gas leak, like I said."

"Now come on, Dean— you know there wasn't any leak. Don't you. Because we checked with the Manhattan Gas Company, and they have no record of your employment."

"I'm a private contractor— that's why I go out after business hours," Dean covers smoothly.

"Oh, a contractor, right, right…" The man stirs the air with his finger, circling in on Dean. "That's why you've got your little pretend uniform on, with the fake nametag and everything."

Dean struggles to keep his cool, even though the man is leaning over him now. Smelling him, Dean thinks, Jesus Christ the man is smelling him— that was definitely a noise. What the fuck?

"Mr. Winchester…" and the man looks at him so sincerely, like he's disappointed that Dean's lying, like they've moved beyond that now, "why didn't you call the police when you found the body?"

Dean squints at the detective— Goren— in disbelief. "I didn't have a chance— the cops broke the door down right after I got there!"

"Yes, the door, that's right, the door… You didn't come through the door yourself, though, did you? The officers said you used the window. Not exactly a professional entrance now, is it?"

The light behind Goren's eyes sharpens, focusing on Dean with the kind of steel he'd suspected was hiding there all along. Just as suddenly, it softens. "Come on, Dean…" The man eases himself into a chair, half-reclines on the table, and Dean knows the sound in his voice— hates that sound, because ten-to-one it'll be followed by the kind of proposition that still makes him blush after all these years.

"We know you didn't kill Jack Tannenby," the man continues. "So we just need to know why you were at his apartment and anything you might have seen. The truth," Goren adds.

Dean wants to roll his eyes just like Sam (Jesus, Sammy— thank god he didn't come), because that kind of truth has gotten him nowhere. It even cost him a girlfriend a couple of years back.

"I—"

"No really, Dean, the truth. Whatever it is— and I've heard it all, believe me— the investigation depends on you telling us what you know."

God...

Fuck it. "I hunt and destroy paranormal problems. Tannenby was the friend of a guy who'd been killed by a demon and I wanted to find out what he knew. But the demon got there first."

"We know."

"What?" Dean sits up in his chair, totally thrown by this approach. "What?" he says again.

"I'm kidding, Dean. Come on— nobody really believes in the supernatural. You know that, right? Of course you do, a smart guy like you. Of course." Goren stands up and leans right down in Dean's space, poking the air with his finger as he talks. "So you were there, slipping through the window for a little B&E or maybe some kind of role-playing escort service gig, and what about the dogs? Did you hear any dogs when you came in?"

"Dogs?" Dean's confused, the guy's way beyond weird now— he actually seems nuts. "Dogs. No."

"No, no, of course you wouldn't," Goren muses, walking around the table, "they'd have gone right for your throat, just like poor old Tannenby."

Oh. The guy thinks the damage left by the B'noltik demon came from dogs…

"So the dogs were gone by then, but did you see anyone else around the apartment? Hear any doors close, anything like that?"

Dean relaxes a little. "No. Sorry. I thought the place was empty until I went into the living room," he adds, and curses himself for offering extra information, because that always leads to trouble. His nose twitches involuntarily at the memory of the thick, coppery odor that had greeted him in the hallway.

Goren catches it. "But you knew something was wrong because you smelled it, didn't you?"

"Yes." Dean figures the man must be obsessed with smelling in general, because Goren's giving him a look now— a half-lidded lazy kind of interest that makes Dean a little nervous, to be honest— and smiling like they've got something in common.

"But you didn't see anything in the apartment? Except Mr. Tannenby?" Goren coaxes.

"No," Dean answers truthfully, looking him in the eyes to stress his sincerity.

Goren runs his tongue thoughtfully over his lower lip, and there's something about it Dean doesn't like— something insinuating. Dean's ears go red at the tips so fast he can feel it, like a distress beacon sending out a signal.

"That's too bad, Dean..." The slow, husky sound of Goren's voice makes Dean dig his fingers into his thighs to keep from bolting out the door. He forces himself to wait, knowing that it's almost over and that Sam's still safe.

"All right, Mr. Winchester, all right. I think we're done for now."

Really? The relief floods through Dean's stomach, but he doesn't move. Goren's the kind to test you— might be doing it right now— so he doesn't want to blow it.

"We'll be in touch if we have any more… questions for you, all right Dean?" Goren's watching him like he's waiting for Dean to make a mistake, waiting for an excuse to just pounce.

"Sure," Dean answers more steadily than he feels, rising to his feet unhurriedly. He walks toward the door, being as casual as he can, although he half-expects Goren to call him back at any moment

The weight of Goren's gaze on him is unsettling. The level of interest— whether it's the X-rated kind or something colored by gas-chamber fantasies— turns Dean's blood to ice within his veins.

He can feel that stare prickling along his back, all through the long trip down the hallway leading to the elevator.

It's still there even after Dean finally steps outside the police station. It follows him stubbornly as he walks down the sunlit sidewalk to the rendezvous point, where he hopes to god his brother's already waiting…



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Twig: SPN - hee!angstbunny on February 22nd, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
Found your fic skimming friendsfriend and OMG, LOCI/SPN x-over. Would never have dreamt of it in a million years, but you made it work, most especially because your Goren is SO dead-on. The way he speaks, the impression he gives off as seen through Dean's eyes. This line: and the man looks at him so sincerely, like he's disappointed that Dean's lying, like they've moved beyond that now. OMG perfect perfect perfect.

Edited at 2008-02-22 09:00 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
We see Goren week after week on the show, and although he strikes us as a little weird (even after many viewings), imagine how he'd come off to someone who has never seen him before! :0

This version of Dean has more sense than Dean usually does when it comes to the cops, and I've frankly never understood why Dean acts the way he does in that situation. Antagonizing the police never makes anything better. Lying low, behavior-wise, is much smarter. And Dean is not a stupid man.

Glad you liked this, because talk about a niche audience! :D
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on February 22nd, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I don’t watch this particular L&O show, but I like your take on what it’d be like if Dean went up against someone as apparently weird/unsettling as this Goren guy. Nicely done!

Favorite lines:

Like he's playing with you cat-and-mouse before the gash in your belly surprises you and bleeds your life away.

Good analogy.

or maybe some kind of role-playing escort service gig

*g* I think Dean should definitely use that as a cover onscreen sometime.

The level of interest— whether it's the X-rated kind or something colored by gas-chamber fantasies

*g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
but I like your take on what it’d be like if Dean went up against someone as apparently weird/unsettling as this Goren guy. Nicely done!
:D Goren's strangeness actually makes the show kind of hard for ME to watch (that and the "Boy genius" thing, which really gets old for me on TV shows). But this is SO much his approach, which can be very unpredictable at times. An overly-familiar demeanor that quickly becomes insulting and/or angry/lethal, joking with the suspect where they don't really get the joke, the seemingly rambling vocal delivery where behind the smokescreen he is UP to something...

And given that Dean doesn't always understand the weirdness of humans, it's almost a curse that Goren is doubly weird. :0

or maybe some kind of role-playing escort service gig
This one cracks me up, partly because it's so Goren. Here's this pretty man in a fake uniform, and Goren knows he's up to no good (though maybe it's the kind that doesn't concern HIM right now), and he picks one insulting motive for the guy's behavior and quickly follows it up with one that's even more insulting, both just passed over like he's talking about the weather the whole time.

Thanks for reading, and braving the strangeness of it all. :D
(no subject) - iamstealthyone on February 23rd, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Trystan: Immortal!Deantrystan830 on February 22nd, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
i think this was linked on a comm on my list - and i'm a sucker for crossovers...

i loved this... i could just *see* Goren doing his little head thing, trying to figure out Dean. heh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
i could just *see* Goren doing his little head thing, trying to figure out Dean. heh.

:D Don't you sometimes just want to grab Goren by the lapels and say, "Enough already! Enough with the weird! Just act like a normal person, for crying out loud."

Just when I think the man can't get any stranger, I tune into the show randomly and he's off into a new territory of weird. :0

Thanks for reading!
(no subject) - trystan830 on February 23rd, 2008 12:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2008 01:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - trystan830 on February 23rd, 2008 01:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean lip curldeadbeat_nymph on February 22nd, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh man. You captured Goren's creepiness perfectly. Even though Goren didn't actually do anything, you still managed to evoke an intense discomfort; I felt really uncomfortable for Dean here. Really. Even more so than in a lot of non-con fics, which is odd. I can't really explain it, but I could feel the predation oozing around Dean...

*snuggles Dean and hopes that Sammy is waiting for him to protect him from scary gaze-laying cops*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
I can't really explain it, but I could feel the predation oozing around Dean...
Yay! I mean, um...

Goren is so utterly bizarre (and so regularly changes his approach during interrogations) that he leaves suspects feeling off-balance. Whether or not he's actually being sexually threatening (likely not), it doesn't matter-- that's how Dean decodes his behavior, and with the air of instability the man gives off that is a really unsettling combination.

The guy is huge, he's in Dean's space, he's overly interested in Dean, and there's no way to know what he might impulsively do (including something homicidal, to be honest).

Given that Dean has never seen him before, and that this is not how the police typically act... he's right to be nervous. :0

Thanks for the lovely feedback!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: that was intense
:D And I thought heliokleia was the only one. ;)

I have to admit, Goren was fun to write.

Did you read the drabble I linked above? That one is actually just Sam and Dean talking about Goren, but you can still tell what Goren's up to and you know why it's weirding Dean out. :D
Secondary Author2ndary_author on February 22nd, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is excellent! There's not much fanfiction out that that really shows how *creepy* Goren can be, and this totally captures it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! Thank you!

He's still kind of creepy when you (the viewer) feel like you "know" him, but good lord, if you didn't and he had control of the situation... I think you'd spend your time holding your breath wondering if the "strange" was about to veer off into "Ted Bundy." :0
(no subject) - 2ndary_author on February 22nd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
heliokleia: GOREN IC - HEY DEANheliokleia on February 22nd, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
"...AND I THINK I FINALLY GOT GOREN'S VOICE BACK in my head long enough to do it. HOPE YOU LIKE IT. :)" -

My dearest Madame *VENUS*, you finally got GOREN'S VOICE back exactly, no doubt about it!!!
*nods firmly*

Ah, what a pleasant surprise!! It made me speechless, first.. I couldn't believe that you remembered about this, my long-time-ago asking...
And now, you did it! Thank you so much for your effort, my dear friend, and for the dedication...

"THE MAN MUST BE OBSESSED WITH SMELLING in general, because Goren's giving him a look now— A HALF-LIDDED LAZY KIND OF INTEREST that makes Dean a little nervous, to be honest— AND SMILING LIKE THEY'VE GOT SOMETHING IN COMMON." -

That's my favourite line. You hit the point exactly, dearest Madame *VENUS* it coudn't be described any better.
That's so-o Bobby... YUM!
And poor Dean...
*giggles*

Thank you for this, my dear friend, I'm still beaming... :O) :O)

*hugs you tightly*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I couldn't believe that you remembered about this, my long-time-ago asking...
Oh, I did! And when your birthday popped up on my February list, I knew what to do about it. IF it became possible. ;)

That's so-o Bobby... YUM!
:D He's so randomly scary. I wonder if HE even knows what he's going to do next, half the time. ;)

Well, I'm so glad you liked this! Many happy returns, and I hope the rest of your birthday is wonderful (assuming it isn't already over in your timezone!) *hugs*
brigid_tanner: Dean-oh shitbrigid_tanner on February 23rd, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Goren's kinda creepy, even when you've watched the show a lot. Nice to see Dean take the adult approach to being interogated, and not trying to piss off the cop. Perfect Goren, and Dean's reactions felt right.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Goren's kinda creepy, even when you've watched the show a lot.
He definitely is to me-- he gives geniuses a bad name! And yet, I kind of like him. ;)

Nice to see Dean take the adult approach to being interogated, and not trying to piss off the cop.
I don't understand why he does that-- it's just stupid, and it digs the hole deeper. And I've said before, I can't imagine he learned that from John-- not the mouthy disrespect for authority OR the lousy strategy of raising your profile when you're in trouble. *eye roll* I get that it's funny on the show, but it makes no sense to me.

Goren was surprisingly fun to write, getting his dialogue in my head and all the things he does with his body that other people are going to find alarming. ;)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on February 26th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'm just glad there are more than a few of us who have seen both shows and know how very badly Dean would handle the excessive random that is Goren. :D
Ah yes, quite a bunch of us, isn't it?unhobbityhobbit on February 23rd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
L&O (any and all of them) is the kind of show I tend to watch out of the corner of my eye, so I wasn't entirely sure who Goren was at first, but I'd realised who it was by about the third paragraph.

That Goren guy is weird, yo. And poor Dean having to face him, because you never know which way he's going to go, or what's going on in his head. Dean never likes not being in control, or being slightly unsure what's going on (well, who does?). I like you that you have him just sort of sitting there and riding it through, hoping nothing unexpected is going to happen.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on February 26th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
but I'd realised who it was by about the third paragraph.
Whoo-hoo! I was hoping the description would identify him even for those less familiar with him. Some of that weird is obvious even in just the commercial trailers for the show!

Dean never likes not being in control, or being slightly unsure what's going on (well, who does?).
I sometimes wonder if Goren knows where he's going next. I'm convinced that a large part of his goal is to rattle the suspect with the weird, so that they'll burst out with something they weren't planning to tell him. :0

hoping nothing unexpected is going to happen.
There's always the question with Goren: does he think you're Jeffrey Dahmer? Or is HE Jeffrey Dahmer? :0

The viewer and Goren know which it is, but the suspect can't always tell. :0

The Huntress: Dean'sBiceps-Route666huntress69 on February 25th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Nicely done. Oh yeah, you got Goren downpat all right...and I was happy to see this, cause 2 years ago I read When Fandoms Collide at the S/D archive and enjoyed it (and it looks like I was the only one who commented LOL)...Goren vs Winchester - a meeting of the minds (BG)...Dean was smooth, but I wonder what would happen if Goren had questioned Sam? (Hint, hint....)

Edited at 2008-02-25 05:35 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on February 26th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
...and I was happy to see this, cause 2 years ago I read When Fandoms Collide at the S/D archive and enjoyed it (and it looks like I was the only one who commented LOL)...Goren vs Winchester - a meeting of the minds (BG)...
People commented on LJ when I posted the drabble set originally, but I think only a couple of people really noticed the Goren one. It's much funnier if you know that it's actually true, in terms of who Goren is. :0

but I wonder what would happen if Goren had questioned Sam? (Hint, hint....)
I could see a huge ball of "golly-shucks" weirdness from Sam as his form of defense against Goren.

But I think I've already exceeded my own interest-level in the idea!
aylaiaylai on February 26th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
Smelling him, Dean thinks, Jesus Christ the man is smelling him— that was definitely a noise. What the fuck?

ROFL. Best line ever.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on February 26th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Hee! I can so easily see Goren doing that, just knowing that it's going to rattle virtually anyone he pulls that on.

Plus... could be interesting evidence in that smell. ;)

Edited at 2008-02-26 08:14 pm (UTC)
Charlottedharkapparition on February 29th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Nicely done! Bobby is my fav character on the L&O shows. You made him so very creepy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on February 29th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's all part of his plan, to some degree, and it clearly works. He makes people want to blurt out practically anything to get him to stop. :0

Of course, even when Dean tells the truth nobody believes him-- not that you can blame them!
boogirl: smileboogirl13 on March 6th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
This was so fun!! I never imagined a SPN/Criminal Intent cross-over, but wheee!! You did a great job - I can vividly see this scene in my head as I'm reading. I think this was may favorite part:

Dean struggles to keep his cool, even though the man is leaning over him now. Smelling him, Dean thinks, Jesus Christ the man is smelling him— that was definitely a noise. What the fuck?

Hee. So very Goren. And thanks for toning Dean down at the police station. I always worry that he's going to smart off one too many times.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on March 9th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
This was so fun!! I never imagined a SPN/Criminal Intent cross-over, but wheee!!

:D There's that little drabble linked to in the header, which was Sam and Dean arguing about Goren's behavior-- Goren never appears, but his weirdness drives Dean nuts. And heliokleia so badly wanted another Dean vs. Goren (starting from last Fall, I think) that she even made an icon for it. That's where this one comes from. :)

Hee. So very Goren.

It's funny and perhaps a little disturbing that several readers thought that was not a stretch at all for Goren! He might be doing it to find out information based on how Dean smells, or just to freak Dean out, but either way we all think he's got that in him. :0

And thanks for toning Dean down at the police station. I always worry that he's going to smart off one too many times.

It's funny, but Dean's canon behavior in that setting has always seemed OOC to me. I realize that it's a vehicle for humor, but 1)It's really stupid on Dean's part, and 2)How does a military man like John Winchester wind up with his Daddy's Boy behaving like that?!? It's never made sense to me, it just seems wrong in so many ways.

Glad you liked this story-- I never thought there'd be so many people who would understand the special level of intimidating weirdness Goren brings to a scene like this. :)
Cyphercyphermage on March 15th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
Man, this was awesome =D Someone else mentioned it, but it's rare for fanfic writers to get Goren and his sheer oddness just right, and you totally nailed it. Dean's off-balance reactions ring true, as well. I'd so love to see you write more of these guys =D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on April 22nd, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
and his sheer oddness just right,
Whoo-hoo! I'm so glad you think so. :D

I watched all of L&O:CI Season One, and fell off around the time when Eames was on maternity leave (it changed the show's dynamic quite a bit for me). So in watching it again this season, I finally felt like I'd gotten the feel of Bobby Goren back-- for better or for worse. :)

I'd so love to see you write more of these guys =D
This has GOT to be one of the most unusual pairing requests ever, I swear. It's hard enough to fit them into the same universe, mainly because The Winchesters are so often on the move. Not that there isn't plenty to investigate in what they're up to. ;)