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30 June 2009 @ 06:16 pm
Supernatural Gen Drabble: "Hard Lines" (PG)  
Title: Hard Lines
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Gordon (Gen, Drabble)
Rating: PG
Summary: His job is to act, not to understand.
Author's Notes: For supernatural100, this is "Monsters."

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How the path winds around doesn't matter—it always gets there. Gordon doesn't care about details, he doesn't second-guess. Prophecies hold.

His world runs more black and white than most. He deals in vampires, where reversals don't exist: once turned, always evil—damn any conflicting evidence, he doesn't buy it. Vampires took everything he ever loved.

Sam Winchester seems like a good person, even downright kind. How a boy like that becomes the Antichrist, Gordon can't imagine.

Doesn't matter. His job is to act, not understand. Sam's a monster, or he will be.

Gordon has to make sure he's stopped.


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cindy: spn - serious!intense!sam (by ilelibertetsuki_no_bara on July 1st, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
gordon! i liked gordon. this captures his inflexible hunter's mindset really well, and offers an insight into him that isn't just "guy's fucking crazy".
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
I really hadn't expected to write this one, but I saw this prompt that I'd never tried out, and thinking about where S4 ended... I realized that Gordon was actually right. :0

He didn't know the exact how or what it would turn into, but the foundation of what he was given was true. How's that for irony?

And I never did think he was crazy. He was single-minded, and very much a black-and-white thinker, but he also exposed himself to less "variety" in Supernatural things, which means that he didn't have the opportunity to run into, say, werewolves that didn't know what they were.

All those things that Dean discovered in S2, Gordon saw little of and resisted what implications he saw. Gordon really was where Dean might have wound up, but didn't. I can't help but think that more Hunters were probably like Gordon than like, say, Sam.
cindy: spn - dean gunporn (by lostmemento)tsuki_no_bara on July 1st, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
gordon sometimes came across as kind of batshit, whether he really was or not. and yeah, he was actually right about sam. pity he didn't live to see it. and you're totally right that he exposed himself to less variety in his hunting than the boys did and was less inclined to even get the chance to deviate from his tunnel-vision b&w worldview. whereas sam had the advantage (and i think it really was an advantage) of having gotten out of the life for a few years, and dean had the advantage of, uh, sam.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 2nd, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
whereas sam had the advantage (and i think it really was an advantage) of having gotten out of the life for a few years, and dean had the advantage of, uh, sam.

I think Sam was always that way-- which was one of the reasons he left, and also one of the reasons he and John didn't get a long. Someone who asks probing questions and bucks "because I said so" authority is always going to conflict badly with a militaristic mentality like John's.

I totally agree that Dean's advantage was Sam, though. Sam kept asking those uncomfortable questions, and finally Dean began to see that things were NOT always so cut and dried. Without Sam pushing, he probably would have glossed over the parts that didn't add up.
brigid_tanner: boys-huhbrigid_tanner on July 1st, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Doesn't matter. His job is to act, not understand. Sam's a monster, or he will be.
Sounds like a fundamentalist of any religion to me.

Good job capturing Gordon in so few words.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Gordon was very clear about the fact that he was acting on a prophesy, and what made it so horrifying to the viewer was the direct contradiction of who Sam clearly was at the time. How could he, we thought, because it was Sam and preemptively killing him was such a sick idea. But you take away that gray-area thinking about "now" vs. "inevitable," and you realize what Sam actually did at the end of S4... and you can see that the prophecy Gordon was following effectively came true. Not in the way he or anyone else would have expected, and with Sam still very much human, but... come true it did. :0
Deadbeat Nymph: sam dean bleeding angstdeadbeat_nymph on July 7th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I like Gordon! (Sorry, I just saw your post, and I haven't had time to catch up with eljay.)

Anyway, yes, I always liked Gordon. To me, he was never a bad guy, only a flawed hero of sorts. Ultimately, he and the boys were on the same side; they just had a diversity of tactics. Gordon was unrelenting, driven, and because of his humanity he was influenced by anger and loss. But that's true of the boys as well; like Gordon, Sam always wanted to do the right thing, they simply differed in their opinions of what the right thing was. And Dean, unrelenting, driven, influenced by love and devotion, could never have killed Sammy, no matter what.

I think this drabble gets that across very well; was that your intent? And honestly, we are led to disagree with Gordon because we love Sam and he's the hero, but Gordon wasn't entirely wrong in his judgement. Not that I want Sam to die, but he and the others like him really did/do have the power to bring about the Apocalypse.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Hee-- I'm glad you read this one. I always found Gordon fascinating, and wondered why fandom was so quick to classify him as batshit. He wasn't crazy-- he was single-minded (Hello John Winchester!) and hard-hearted, and too far over the line of "the ends justify the means." But not crazy.

He was like Dean run to extremes, and it was wonderful to see those moments when Dean could NOT pull off the expedient and wrong choice (the virgin at the Sherrif's station comes to mind), or when Dean hesitated because of all of Sam's focus on the problem of the "unwilling monster," or the "not-yet monster." You shouldn't punish people for what they might become, and you have to be certain that they're lost. Lenore was not lost - but Gordon didn't believe her, because he didn't think that was possible. Sam was not evil, and STILL isn't (other than his victim in the S4 finale).

I think this drabble gets that across very well; was that your intent? And honestly, we are led to disagree with Gordon because we love Sam and he's the hero, but Gordon wasn't entirely wrong in his judgement. Not that I want Sam to die, but he and the others like him really did/do have the power to bring about the Apocalypse.

Yes! The point of this drabble was to show how similar Gordon was to other Hunters (like Sam and Dean), and where that dangerous flaw came from that made him different. I.e., to have Gordon make sense in his own context, even when we disagree with his judgment.

And oh, how ironic is it that Sam DID bring about an Anti-Christlike result in freeing Lucifer? In a sense, the prophecy Gordon was following was correct. But the "how" wasn't as he thought. Sam never became evil, and never became the Anti-Christ. He had the same EFFECT, but he never became it. :0

realpestilencerealpestilence on February 4th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Seems very true to character. He's not without some pity, but pity doesn't matter. Good's good, evil (or evil-to-be) is evil, and there's only one way to stop it.

Very much of a "lone crusader" mentality. I can't help but wonder what meeting Dean was like for him-someone who was ~almost a kindred spirit, almost a friend...~but. You know?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 4th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
Exactly-- he has morals, and he cares, but the ends justify the means all the way through. He's convinced that those ends will not change, and so he continues along the same obsessive path.

I wonder about that meeting with Dean, too. Gordon must have felt that he'd found someone very much like himself, never realizing that he lost Dean immediately when he revealed that he'd killed his own family once they'd become vampires. Dean would know in his head that he shouldn't hesitate, but his heart would make the decision anyway and family would ALWAYS come first.

And as I noted above... Sam DID cause the thing Gordon was afraid he would. It just wasn't intentional, and there's a point where you can't and shouldn't be killing people for the wrong things they might accidentally do. Once you do, you've become as evil as the thing you fear.
realpestilencerealpestilence on February 4th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
If we went around killing everyone who ~might do something bad, the world would be littered with corpses, and Mother Theresa would be very lonely, lol.