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07 February 2006 @ 10:57 pm
Supernatural Drabbles: "Holidays"  
Title: Four Holiday Drabbles
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: Sam and Dean (Genfic)
Rating: PG

Author’s Notes: Written for the supernatural100 “Holidays” Drabble challenge.

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Messages (Valentine’s Day)

While Dean is in the shower, Sam slips out to the store. Minutes later he is back, tidying the room and leaving his offering in a water glass on Dean’s nightstand.

It is a single, perfect rose.

He is buried in a book when Dean finally emerges. Dean dresses and reaches for his watch… and just stops.

“It’s for you.”

“Why?”

“Because no-one deserves it more.”

Dean’s face goes quiet, and he spends the next few minutes gently smelling the soft flower.

And Sam realizes that all those things Dean never lets him say... he should be showing him instead.


Chocolate-Flavored Memories (Easter)

Easter was always a quiet day for the Winchesters. Evil tended to sleep in the surrounding hours, and the family used the opportunity to relax.

When they were kids, they’d find a park or some grass and Dean and Sam would throw baseballs and catch Frisbees for hours. The following day featured a stop at a grocery store for sale-priced candy, which Dean would dive into with relish.

Sam sometimes wonders whether Dean remembers his earliest Easters, because his brother always bites the ears off the chocolate rabbits right away. This glimpse of childhood Dean is more bittersweet than anything.



Due Caution (Halloween)

It is the biggest night for evil, and Dean is itching to get started. Supplies and snacks and cemeteries are waiting for them both.

Sam is worried. The dark is crowded with malice and costumed children, and in the blackness and confusion they can sometimes look the same. “Protect the innocent” is the credo that they live by. He doesn’t want a Danny or Tracy on his conscience or his knife.

Dean is adamant, until he threatens a first-grader and Sam’s jumped by a vampire child.

They call it quits by nine. Tonight, the war can resolve itself without them.


Good Will Toward Men (Christmas)

Christmas was always “what might have been.”

In rented housing, with a stolen forest tree, it was enough—but Sam wondered why that couldn’t happen every year. In bad years at motels, it was dime-store presents and sadness in the dark.

With Jess, there were lights and ornaments for three perfect years.

Today, Dean has hot chocolate and Fritos for the motel room. They burrow upside-down under the covers of the only bed until their heads poke out the bottom. They watch movies like that until Dean’s asleep and Sam’s elbows are numb.

This Christmas is one of the best.

 
 
 
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on February 8th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh, so touching and perfect.

Valentine's - oh, so sweet. And so dynamic. That's what I think I want to say.

Easter - heartbreaking. Beautifully so.

Halloween - Hilarious. A nine-year-old vampire. *snickers*

Christmas - The imagery is so cute, and so them, yet still sad in that lovely poignant way, you know?

I love these. Brilliant. Splendid. All sorts of other compliments. :D
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on February 8th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
Whoops, not a nine-year-old vampire. Vampire child*. Sorry.
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - acostilow on February 8th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - acostilow on February 9th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on February 8th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
I love them all, but Valentines and Christmas are my favorites. Beautiful endings on all four of these!

And Sam realizes that all those things Dean never lets him say... he should be showing him instead.

Great line!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, lissa_bear!

The Valentine's and Christmas ones have happy endings, which is nice although rare for Sam & Dean.

And Sam realizes that all those things Dean never lets him say... he should be showing him instead.

Glad you liked that line :-D It doesn't appear yet that Sam sees that Dean's love is expressed in what he does, rather than what he says. And that sometimes the way to reach someone like that it to communicate with them using the style they are comfortable with. Sam's words often embarass Dean... yet he's looking for assurances and closeness. I'd say that non-verbal is the way to go.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: happy excited sucre abruzzithelana on February 8th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
Love 'em. Christmas one is my favorite :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Christmas one is my favorite :)

So much missing, and then having only to lose it again.

But a holiday spent bonding and doing nothing is really what Christmas is all about.
devilsarchangeldevilsarchangel on February 8th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
Dude, just...the Valentine's one just tore me to shreds.

Look what you've done, dear, I'm in pieces.

Can I friend you?

~~Dev
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Dude, just...the Valentine's one just tore me to shreds.

Oh, I'm so glad you like it that much. It has such a quiet tone, but there's so much feeling underneath it.

Can I friend you?

I would be honored :-)
(no subject) - devilsarchangel on February 9th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
mooyoomooyoo on February 8th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
Great, all of them. Love Easter, especially Dean through Sam's eyes. Very nice.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

It's fun for me seeing which ones grab which people, because the favorites aren't the same from person to person.

The Easter one has a glimpse of Dean's unrestrained enjoyment of something (which we so rarely see). And yet, it carries a tinge of sadness for Sam. Quite the contrast.

mistress_shinyla_vie_chanson on February 8th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
valentines = awwwwwww...
easter i love too...
I love them all who am I kidding
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
Ha-ha! Thank you, la_vie_chanson!
littlespike87 on February 8th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Those are really good and my fave is the Easter one...then the first one was really good
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The Easter one is both happy and angsty all at once, which has its own nice flavor.
(no subject) - littlespike87 on February 8th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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mneiaimneiai on February 8th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
I think I'm all about Easter, probably because I'm having a total chocolate craving, though, and you just reminded me of those awesome Betsy Anne chocolate bunnies....Nostalgia, and especially bittersweet nostalgia, is always the best to read, I think, because everyone has a moment or two that causes it in their lives.

The others were great, of course, also. I definitely agree with everyone about the Valentine's one....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.

Yes, I have the Easter memories too... No matter how cheap the chocolate is, I still have a weakness for the chocolate bunnies. And biting their ears off is totally satisfying. It makes me feel like a sicko to say that, but it's entirely true.

I'm glad you like the nostalgic flavor of that one, and that the Valentine's one is coming off as more sweet than sappy.

Still love the little puppy in this icon, BTW.
(no subject) - mneiai on February 8th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
kira!kiraboshi on February 9th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
I'm not usually a huge fan of drabbles -- I enjoy long!fic. But for some reason, I can't help but read yours (and I have, every single non-incesty one).

There are a few lines here I loved:

Sam sometimes wonders whether Dean remembers his earliest Easters, because his brother always bites the ears off the chocolate rabbits right away. This glimpse of childhood Dean is more bittersweet than anything.

They burrow upside-down under the covers of the only bed until their heads poke out the bottom.

What great mental pictures those conjure up. Bittersweet and true.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 9th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
But for some reason, I can't help but read yours (and I have, every single non-incesty one).
Thank you-- that is a wonderful compliment. I write slightly more Gen than slash (except the drabbles come way out ahead), and it's nice to serve both audiences.

I can't believe I'm writing drabbles anymore than you're reading them. But these weekly challenges seem to inspire me!

Glad you liked these. Both of the ones you mention have glimpses of the kinds of moments younger brothers share. Sometimes it's nice to have the bonding without the presence of demons or blood that the show tends to emphasize. It can't be doom and darkness all the time.
tyrical: SPN_Lenschn_D_smiletyrical on February 10th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Messages

And Sam realizes that all those things Dean never lets him say... he should be showing him instead.


You know for such a smart guy Sam can be dense.

Chocolate-Flavored Memories

This glimpse of childhood Dean is more bittersweet than anything.


This kinda broke my heart.

Due Caution

Tonight, the war can resolve itself without them.


Everybody needs a night off and this would be the one night to do it.

Good Will Toward Men

Christmas was always “what might have been.”


Simple gifts are usually the best ones.

There is so much layered in these small drabbles that I realize how powerful words can be. You pick moments that trigger other moments or memories and the reader does all the work for you.

The scenes are all lovely and evoke powerful responses, of memory, of goodness, of pain, and of lost innocence. Each holiday touches on some part of childhoods wants, wishes, and memories. Then you have managed to also weave in the aspect of loss, regret, and renewal.

I walk away with the feeling that there are silver linings you just have to know where to look for them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 11th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
There is so much layered in these small drabbles that I realize how powerful words can be. You pick moments that trigger other moments or memories and the reader does all the work for you.
I'm relatively new to writing them, too, but I think you've hit on what works. The writing lays a scene and describes a moment or event, and the reader completes the context.

Each holiday touches on some part of childhoods wants, wishes, and memories. Then you have managed to also weave in the aspect of loss, regret, and renewal.
You describe this so well, I just enjoy reading this passage. All of these drabbles evoke some sense of conflict or regret, but carry a sense of possibility for happiness as well.

I think both the Gen and the slash sets came off rather well for this challenge. You've read all my SN drabbles today, so you have some feel now for how they've progressed over time. This last pair, and the two "Missing Scenes" sets, seem worlds apart to me from where I started.
belleimani on February 11th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Awesome.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Gen: icon by Tinamishihalfshellvenus on February 12th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you:)
(no subject) - belleimani on February 12th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC) (Expand)