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25 June 2008 @ 11:32 am
Supernatural Gen Drabble: Handed Down (PG)  
Title: Handed Down
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: John, Dean, Sam (Gen, Drabble)
Rating: PG
Summary: It's a legacy, not just the What but the How.
Author's Notes: For the supernatural100 challenge on "Obsession" and the 100_ghosts "Honor Thy Father" prompt.

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"Watch the upholstery," Dad said automatically.

Dean had hardly moved, but he swore Dad could knee-jerk that phrase out in his sleep.

"Got to wax her up for winter, keep the salt off her finish." "Quarter tank—better stop." "Check the oil, it's been a week." Sometimes Dean thought Dad treated the car better than he did his kids.

Now it's just Dean and Sam in the car, searching for Dad and putting distance between Stanford and Sam's heartache.

"Stay off the finish," Dean says at a gas station.

Sam scowls and Dean flinches.

When did Dad's issues become his?



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 Nayeli Honizrewillow_fae_20 on June 25th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
This was adorable. And gives new meaning to 'Oh God, I sound like my mother/father... I'm so sorry...'
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Especially here, where you can understand the love of the car... but when your brother's emotionally devastated, is that really the thing to focus on? :0
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on June 25th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
"Stay off the finish," Dean says at a gas station.

Sam scowls and Dean flinches.

When did Dad's issues become his?


Oh, Dean. Both boys have picked up some of John's obsessions and obsessive nature.

Nicely done.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Both boys have picked up some of John's obsessions and obsessive nature.

And the certain lack of perspective about "Does this ALWAYS have to be the thing that comes to mind first?" *sigh*
ErinRua: brotherserinrua on June 25th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
*SNORK*

Out of your element much, Dean? Way to go, focusing on the most rediculous thing you can grasp for. *G*

(Though honestly? In less emo moments, I've wanted to tell them *both* to STOP LEANING ON THE PAINT!)

Nicely done, and I feel bad for both boys. *hugs dysfunctional brothers*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Way to go, focusing on the most rediculous thing you can grasp for. *G*
It was automatic! He should be kinder to Sam, at a time like that, but Holy crap, Sam's leaning on the finish!

I've wanted to tell them *both* to STOP LEANING ON THE PAINT!

With their jeans that have those little scrapy metal fasteners in them! Seriously! :0

Nicely done, and I feel bad for both boys. *hugs dysfunctional brothers*
Not all legacies are good, are they? Parents pass down more than they realize.

brigid_tanner: Impala--envy of other carsbrigid_tanner on June 25th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Don't ya hate it when you say something and realize you sound just like your mother or father? Great drabble.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Don't ya hate it when you say something and realize you sound just like your mother or father?

I totally do! Though I now understand why they said some of the things they did, and those I mind less. My mother's "Just talk-- I'm right here" really makes sense with a child whose default volume is Yell.

And I have to admit, I like my father's "Gobster" much better than "Lobster." Not that I have occasion to use that very often. *pouts*

Actually, come to think of it, I'm not repeating them as much as I'd expect. Different parenting styles, and definitely different children. :0 Except Christopher is totally my younger sister in a lot of pesky ways.
Beckyewanspotter on June 26th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh, Dean. *pinches his cheeks*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Nothing like having that focus on the wrong thing-- at the cost of all else-- rear its head when you least expect it, is there?
layne: Johnlayne67 on June 26th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
Oh Dean ... he was emulating John every which way, wasn't he?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
he was emulating John every which way, wasn't he?
Including the overlooking the important in favor of the trivial. :( *sigh*
cindy: spn - metallicar (by mara_sho)tsuki_no_bara on June 28th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
on the one hand, hee, dean, you really are your father's son, and that car really is the love of your life. but on the other, you totally forgot how it felt, didn't you, being harped on for the silly shit at the expense of the big problem.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on June 28th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
but on the other, you totally forgot how it felt, didn't you, being harped on for the silly shit at the expense of the big problem.

Yes! *flails all over* You caught the point of this exactly! ♥
tyrical: RPS_Jaredtyrical on June 28th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Seems like it's much easier to care for the car.
It's a legacy.
Not a great one but it is one.
Sucks for the more emotionally expressive of the two.
Especially since each other is all they have.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Seems like it's much easier to care for the car.
You can devote as much as you want to it, and it'll never demand anything back. It's uncomplicated, compared to people. And not the better priority.

Especially since each other is all they have.
And Season One Dean truly cares about that, but at the same time his reflexes get the better of him sometimes when they shouldn't.

Now he'll have to wonder if his father ever went through the same thing, or if the car truly mattered more.
sadelyrate: without you i'm nothingsadelyrate on June 29th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Dean's his father's son. Damned if I can tell which features he's trying to consciously emulate and which he's picked up on subconsciously, though...

This is a hurty look at the boys: a true-sounding flash of what the life during the interregnum of S1 might have been like.
Honestly, this hurts more than the handful of words has any right to.

Thank you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Damned if I can tell which features he's trying to consciously emulate and which he's picked up on subconsciously, though...
Isn't that just the most painful thing- or maybe all of them are subconscious, and he's absorbed the same mistakes his father made that used to bother him so much in the past.

Honestly, this hurts more than the handful of words has any right to.
*dances* I love this kind of feedback-- I'm always hoping for something vivid and true from a drabble. ♥
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked this drabble-- so much of what we "inherit" consists of things we might not choose or even notice, and Dean begins to repeat some of the same things he's resented out of automatic behavior.That's one of the worst situations-- you blame yourself for not keeping your guard up!

hasn't the air and the heat just been horribly stifling lately? It's been so brown and icky which is definitley not conducive to any form of outdoor excerise.
The air quality being so bad that you can't exercise outdoors is maddening, but when it's full of smoke and junk you also can't open up the house late at night or early in the morning to cool it down. That's practically a form of electric-bill self-defense in this area!

Saturday, I was prepared to post another entry on stir craziness, but I kept checking www.wunderground.com to see what the stats said. Suddenly I hit "Moderate" on the particulates, and I checked a different site and Spare The Air to confirm. As soon as I'd verified it, whoo-hoo! The whole family practically fell over each other in a mad rush to get outside and move around. I went for a 30-mile ride to make up for the rest of the week. And a ride on Sunday too, just in case today was terrible.

The heat is bad enough, but at least you can go earlier in the day. Filthy air just shuts everything down. *hopes we've seen the last of it*