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12 November 2008 @ 09:17 am
Supernatural Gen Drabbles: "Other Voices, Other Rooms" (PG)  
Title: Other Voices, Other Rooms
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Andrea, Emily, Andy, Father Gregory, Molly, Clint, Corbett, Hope (Gen, Drabbles)
Rating: PG
Summary:(Spoilers up to 4x08) A series of outside POVs across all four seasons.
Author's Notes: Written for the 100_ghosts "Minor Characters" challenge. There were so many obvious secondary characters that I decided to bypass those and go even farther out and do passing one-shot characters instead.
The title comes from a song by Janis Ian.

x-x-x-x-x

Andrea (Dead In The Water)
Lucas spoke yesterday. He called her "Mommy," and the sound of that word—finally for her—brought tears to her eyes. She'd forgotten how it felt.

All of this is harder with her father gone. He always looked out for them, smoothing their way through life as best he could. He loved them both, and she knows that's why he—

She can't bear to think of it. It was the right thing and it was to protect them, but he's gone now and both the fact and the why of it hurt.

She can't even tell him she forgives him.


Emily (Scarecrow)
They don't sacrifice their own, they've never done that. But it's harvest time, and she's locked in the cellar with that guy who poked around asking all those questions. He helped the other couple get free, the people they'd chosen as this year's offering.

Someone has to take their place.

She thought her aunt and uncle loved her—how could they choose her for this? Those couples before, they never knew what was waiting, but she knows. She's heard the stories (the screams in the night), and God—

What if she deserves this, all because she let it happen before?


Andy (Simon Said)
He should probably want more from life (should put more into it), but he's easygoing. He likes people and his van, and he avoids hassles whenever possible.

The whole thing got simpler about six months back, when the mind-control powers started up. Now he's skating on the surface, lightly freeloading but not enough to hurt anyone. He persuades people to forget that he owes them, whether it's a restaurant meal or an electric bill.

He's never tried getting Tracey to love him again.

She used to. But if it's going to be real, it has to happen on its own.


Father Gregory (Houses Of The Holy)
This place where he lingers might be heaven. He cannot tell.

All those prophets and poets described it as something ethereal, a place of beauty and rest. Yet he is still bound to the earth, and there is so much evil, so much sadness. Having lived in God's service and followed the path of righteousness, he does not question God's purpose.

He furthers it instead.

The unrepentant murderer, the pedophile, the rapist—they must all be stopped. Burning brightly before the sinners who can exact God's vengeance, he guides them toward His Will.

Justice reigns. But peace does not follow.


Molly (Roadkill)
The car goes off the road when she swerves to avoid the man on the highway, and the crash is deafening. Suddenly her husband's gone, which is impossible. How could he walk away? What if something happened to him?

She starts searching, and finds that scary old man instead. Murderous and bloody, he attacks her and it takes so long to find someone to help her.

When she learns the truth—that she's responsible for that man, for her own death—she doesn't want to believe it.

But David's alive, and he's safe. There's nothing to keep her here anymore.


Clint (Bedtime Stories)
He's had blackouts before, but he wasn't drunk last night. Or even recently—he can't tell how long it's been.

He finds himself in a strange house, trapped under a man who has scissors aimed right for him. After scrambling to safety and walking home, he's still without answers by the time he arrives.

Now he steps up to the mirror to look for clues. Wait—is that blood?

There are chunks of gore in his beard and hair, and smears on his shirt.

He lurches for the toilet.

Whatever he's been up to… he prays he never finds out.


Corbett (Ghostfacers)
He'd do almost anything for Ed, though he likes being part of the team (even if he's just the intern).

Keeping things organized for the missions, listening to meetings, it's all more interesting than he first expected. It's more than just the chance to be close to Ed.

At the Morton house, Corbett's finally part of the mission. He follows the clues and sounds, his curiosity leading him far beyond where the others are willing to go.

It's the most exciting thing he's ever done, the scariest. But even finding the ghost's lair, he's not afraid.

Not until the end.


Luther (Yellow Fever)
Kittens are his favorite, after Miss Jessie. Kittens don't care that he's big and slow, and they're not scared. Neither is Miss Jessie—she talks to him like he's normal, the way his brother does.

He likes to draw her. It makes him feel peaceful inside, like he's in the company of angels. That's how he thinks of her—an angel on earth, just as pretty and kind.

Then Mr. Frank comes to the mill—he says she's missing.

Luther wonders if she's lost in the dark, but Mr. Frank is so scary-angry that all of Luther's words are gone.


Hope (Wishful Thinking)
The last thing she remembers is shopping. She was at the grocery store, picking up chicken and salad and pears, and now she's standing in front of the fountain at Lucky Chin's and she has no idea how she got here.

What happened to the food? Did she buy it? Did someone put it back?

There's a man here with her, and he's creepy-looking—watching her so intently that it makes her skin crawl. Who is this ugly man? What does he want? She goes on the offensive.

"Do I know you?"

She hopes to God the answer is No.



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eponin10 on November 12th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
These are just perfect.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 12th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It took days to get them all out, but I really wanted all four seasons and a variety of characters. Mostly 'victims,' even the ones who were also the 'villain' but through no fault of their own.
cindy: the dean show - dean with flowertsuki_no_bara on November 12th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
>>She used to. But if it's going to be real, it has to happen on its own.<<

that was one of the things i loved about andy - aside from the fact that he was actually happy with his little slacker life - he knew he couldn't force someone to love him, and he didn't try.

and awww, corbett. he just wanted to be part of the team. i really like the one with father gregory, too, that he believes he's acting angelically but it still doesn't give him peace. (i bet he'd have been realllly surprised to meet castiel....)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on November 12th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
he knew he couldn't force someone to love him, and he didn't try.
I think he knew that he shouldn't-- it would probably have worked, but it would have been wrong. Andy was very big on not causing lasting harm, which was one of the things I really liked about him.

awww, corbett. he just wanted to be part of the team.
I was sorry that the MotW got him, but he was also the bravest of the team-- the one who finally did what they all came there to do!

i really like the one with father gregory, too, that he believes he's acting angelically but it still doesn't give him peace.
One of the things that was so interesting about that episode to me was that he had no idea that he wasn't an Angel of the Lord, that instead he was just another vengeful spirit. And the thing is, how would he know? The afterlife is the great unknown, and while he must have been surprised that it was different from what he expected, how can he know it isn't actually supposed to be that way?
oxoniensis: fandom: spn estin lithonoxoniensis on November 13th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed these. The Luther one made me tear up a little, and the Andrea one was particularly moving too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
The Luther one made me tear up a little
I was really hoping to give a sense of his innocence, and how his death was all the more frightening and wrong because of it. :(

And the Andrea one... how torn she must have been, knowing that her father's past endangered them all and yet missing him all the same.
brigid_tanner: Dean-happinessbrigid_tanner on November 13th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
My favorites were Andrea, Andy Luther and Corbett. Maybe cause I liked them best in the show. Damn, Hope's kinda of a bitch. Yeah, she's missing some time, but she's really mean about Wes.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
I liked the characters too-- it was harder to show the humanity inside the 'villains,' even if (in the case of The Wolf) they had no choice in the wrong they did.

Hope's kinda of a bitch. Yeah, she's missing some time, but she's really mean about Wes.
At the same time... he used her against her will, and she'd been having sex with him for god knows how long ever since he made that wish. I really think he deserves the uneasiness she might have about him (and I added the possibility that she was so aggressive in part because she was uncomfortable). I mean really-- if she ever found out the truth, she'd want to have him arrested.

Edited at 2008-11-13 12:51 am (UTC)
brigid_tanner: is Supernatural on yet?brigid_tanner on November 13th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
You're totally right. I'd completely forgotten that he'd been having sex with her and was just seeing the pretty girl being repulsed by the geek. I take back my bitch comment. I identified with Wes as a geek and forgot what he'd done to her.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
I identified with Wes as a geek and forgot what he'd done to her.
I had a moment of that myself in the show, given how she reacted to him (like he was beneath notice, because you have to figure that's probably a pretty small town).

But remembering how he used her, AND that her response indicates that it's possible she didn't even 'know' him while he was obsessing seven ways from Sunday over her... Yick! Utterly disgusting to think of her having sex with him all that time with no will of her own to stop it. :(

Randomly... do you watch "Reaper"? The long dock in "Wishful Thinking" will forever be the place where The Devil discovers Ryan the failed musician and offers him a contract.
Cass E. Pants: SPN - dean reflectingcass404 on November 13th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Oh these were gorgeous.

He's never tried getting Tracey to love him again.

She used to. But if it's going to be real, it has to happen on its own.


I love Andy for this. (And the writers because I don't want them to try and make me like the character after they've gone so non-con against another.) Sadly, I can't use my Andy icon because it's a funny one and this wasn't funny, it was touching. And I don't want to mock it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
And the writers because I don't want them to try and make me like the character after they've gone so non-con against another.
Exactly-- I love that Andy didn't force her feelings, that even as much as he wanted it he left her to decide on her own. It contrasts so much with the last drabble, where Wes wished Hope's adoration into being from nowhere, and took grotesque advantage of her.

I loved Andy, and I'm sorry about how his S2 story arc ended. :(
Cass E. Pantscass404 on November 13th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
and I'm sorry about how his S2 story arc ended.

With his brutal death? Yeah, me too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
I wanted him to just keep living his happy little slacker life, and be one of the many Special Kids the YED ignored in that final showdown. *sigh*
(no subject) - dairwendan on November 13th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, me too-- that nobody understood him, that he died such a horrible and unjust death (which even Sam/Bobby and Dean didn't seem to feel much about), and that even his own brother just let it slip by without retribution. :(

Out of all the characters in this set, I think he was the one that most needed to be heard.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful to hear, especially with so many different characters (some of whom we didn't get to know as well as they perhaps deserved).

Thank you so much!
arliss: clutch x2arliss on November 13th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Each of these is perfect, you've caught the character. Just perfect and poignant.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on November 14th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you-- I'm so glad you think so!

There were so many interesting characters to choose from, though there were some (like Granny Rose from "Playthings") I originally planned for and decided I couldn't "feel" well enough to form a full drabble about them. I was really tempted to do Todd for the last one, but I thought Hope needed avenging after what Wes did to her.
(Anonymous) on November 16th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
"He lurches for the toilet.

Whatever he's been up to… he prays he never finds out."


Poor guy. After seeing the episode I wondered, is he going to be arrested and put in the prison, maybe even going to have death sentence because of this sad coma girl. I mean, his fingerprints, body hair, blood was everywhere.

What would he feel, what would he think if cops came to his place, angry and full of evidences? Jeez, I think his life would be over and there would be no Winchesters anymore to help him out of this.

/sorry for mistakes, not native english-speaker here.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 17th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
After seeing the episode I wondered, is he going to be arrested and put in the prison, maybe even going to have death sentence because of this sad coma girl. I mean, his fingerprints, body hair, blood was everywhere.
That's true-- he left evidence all over the van, and I can't imagine that the doctor would be able to just clear everything up with "My daughter was making people act out fairytales from her coma." :0

Jeez, I think his life would be over and there would be no Winchesters anymore to help him out of this.
I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right-- the "morning after" is only the beginning for him. Plus, the surviving "piggy" brother could probably identify him, because he said they were attacked by a man and not an actual wolf.

Your English was plenty clear enough! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)
phorenicephorenice on April 29th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hi, after "To all Excess" I decided to check out your other fics for a little good night story, chose this one, remembered having read it before, and as I probably didn't comment the first time around I thought I should let you know that I still think it's brilliant.
It's amazing how few words you need to give so much depth to these minor characters. It's impossible to chose a favourite, but I especially enjoyed Emily who turned out to be a "bad guy" after all, and Clint's story. I'm often wondering about the characters that have been "possessed" in some way and how confusing it must be for them afterwards. So thank you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
This was such an interesting challenge, because it prompted me to want to do more instead of less. There were so many interesting characters and moments to choose from that I couldn't pick just one or two-- only doing a full set of them would satisfy me!

I'm glad you mentioned Emily and Cliff, because as you say-- she turned out to be a kind of villain and poor Cliff turned out to be a victim in the end. What a terrible aftermath to wake up to, and there's always the question of whether they remember everything or nothing when it's done. Either way, there's a mess left behind that they won't be prepared to deal with.

Thanks so much for leaving comments on this story! It isn't read as often as those with more familiar characters, so that was a nice surprise. :)