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25 June 2009 @ 11:46 am
Supernatural Slash Drabble: "Illumination" (Sam/Dean, PG-13)  
Title: Illumination
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sam/Dean (Slash, Drabble)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Time alters the eye of the beholder…
Author's Notes: For spn_drabble, this is "Skin."

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Cassie liked candlelight, a girl-thing, probably. Dean never minded. His life spilled out by motel lamps and back alley streetlights, the encounters just as practical and cheap. That's how it was.

Earlier, with Sam, it usually happened in the dark—under the covers where no-one could see, where it was easier to deny. It was harder to find the way back there after Stanford, but after a few shaky starts, they did.

During a Mississippi storm, a hurricane lamp glows near the bed. Sam's skin is warm and captivating, perfect and smooth.

Candlelight, Dean thinks, utterly riveted.

He finally understands.


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devon99 on June 25th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
That is just lovely, quite lovely.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's funny how the final image drove the rest of the story through such an unexpected arc. Sometimes the writing is a process of discovery for the writer!
Lauren: SPN: so closebreathe_me27 on June 25th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, lovely image, there. Gorgeous...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
So glad you liked it! Sam's skin under any kind of candle or firelight would be just beautiful, almost hypnotic. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
:) Thank you!
Celtic_Forest: Metallicar Nightsceltic_forest on June 25th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just - just wow.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

What a gorgeous icon-- that one's new to me. :)
the key of the day and the lock of the night: Calientelocknkey on June 25th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
So pretty, I can see all that candlelit skin!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
And you can understand how everything might just suddenly fall into place for Dean, can't you? It's not something to sneak through or hide, it's something to settle down in and worship. :)
veritasveritas_st on June 25th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
STUNNING

How the hell do you do it? Get so much emotion into 100 words?

*is in awe*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! That's always the challenge-- refracting an entire story and mood through such a tight lens, and hoping it's as vivid as ever. So glad you enjoyed this!
brigid_tanner: boys-not time for makeup sexbrigid_tanner on June 26th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
I LOVE that he didn't understand candlelight with Cassie, but understood it with Sam. Delightful.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Finally slowing down and really seeing what he had that was so beautiful and important, instead of rushing through it and running... what a difference that makes.
IsaacSapphire: Real Fakeisaacsapphire on June 26th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
I adore how this is vaguely pro-Cassie wincest.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
It's not your usual flavor is it-- especially for me! It's interesting how a final image and idea can drive a story along such an unexpected path. The fact that Dean loved her, wrong as it all finally became, becomes a lens for him to recognize the depth of his feelings for Sam.
Deadbeat Nymph: dean bites lipdeadbeat_nymph on June 26th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
This is lovely, darlin'! I love that it takes Sam - as well as the acceptance of their relationship, no longer relegated to the dark - for Dean to understand. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Yes-- there's a hint of the idea that it's Dean's commitment to the relationship that brings out the more romantic viewpoint, AND his ability to understand what was going on before.

YOUR fic is finally ready! Took forever to make it fit 100 words, and find summary/title. I gave up on the summary, figuring the author's notes said enough. But the title still took another day!
toldthestarstoldthestars on June 27th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
That's perfect.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! :)
orehime: scissorsorehime on June 27th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
This is lovely.

You know, often I don't have time to read any fic, so your gorgeous little drabbles keep me going on those frantic days... never stop!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed this-- and that you enjoy the shortness of the drabbles as well!

I have so little time to read stories myself that if I spot something short-- especially a drabble-- that looks good, I'll gravitate right toward it!
Virtual Personal: sam dean possession - by edannavirtualpersonal on June 27th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Oooh lovely. Nice way to circle back around to the candlelight start.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was all part of wanting to focus on Sam's skin in a way that the reader would find as captivating as Dean, both in the physical and the emotional sense. How could Dean not finally see what he really had, and appreciate it as fully as Sam deserved?

Love your icon-- whoo! That's quite a manip!
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Trini: awesometrinipedia on June 28th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
oh God.
Insanely beautiful.
Perfect.

*dreamy sigh*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on July 14th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! *beams*
tifachingtifaching on June 30th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Ohhh, very nice. I can just see Sam. And Dean getting it. I just found your fic and I'm enjoying it very much. Keep up the good work.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on July 14th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
I'm always happy when the reader sees what one of the characters sees (who wouldn't want to look at Sam's skin by candelight?), and even happier that you're enjoying the stories over all.

Thanks for reading and commenting! :)
fiery_fox2fiery_fox2 on December 31st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Just found this, and OH. *dies*
I love candlelight too.
:>
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Imagining Sam under candlelight, and how that image and the feelings around it might finally sink into Dean, seemed both romantic and alluring at once, which I couldn't resist! :)