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19 April 2006 @ 04:55 pm
Supernatural FanFiction: "Questions and Answers" Gen Drabbles  
Title: Elusive Philosophies
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: Sam/Dean (Genfic, Drabbles)
Rating: PG
Summary: Four Gen Drabbles on “Questions and Answers,” written for the supernatural100 challenge during S1. Slash drabbles for this same challenge are here.

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A Path Divided
Dean strips his gun. “If you could change one thing that's happened, what would it be?”

“That’s easy,” Sam says. “Mom getting killed by that demon. We’d have had a normal childhood with her and done what kids do. We wouldn’t be living in sorry-ass motels, chasing monsters while other people have lives.

“What about you?” he asks.

“The same,” Dean says, but he means something different.

If their mother were alive, she’d be right there beside them—fierce as a warrior princess. They’d hunt and scheme, battle and conquer. A family united.

Her clear heart would guide them all.


Cakehole Carping
“Why do you like this crap?"

Dean glares across the car. “You can’t be serious. ‘Boston’? It’s classic.”

“That boiling guitar sound hurts my ears! Not to mention the double-wide backup vocals.”

“You’ve gotten soft. You’ve forgotten how to listen to man-music.”

Man music?”

“You’re stuck on Jack Johnson—acoustic guitars, for cryin’ out loud! And the girly-pop. God. I’d nail Gwen Stefani in a second, but don’t make me listen to her sing.”

“You seem to know who she is,” Sam says wryly.

“My choices are based on quality, not ignorance.”

Smug… fat-headed… “I’m driving next hour.”

“Like hell.”


Parallels
“Why do you spend so much time in the shower?”

“Dude—kind of personal!”

“I mean besides that.” Sam loves making Dean blush. He’s a surprisingly easy target. “What do you do in there all that time?”

“Why do you read books?”

“Huh?” Nice non-sequitur, Dean.

“Why?”

“I like to think about different things. Stretch my brain. Escape.”

Dean sees that look, the one that says, Stupid question. Why does anyone read books? “Well I like to clear my brain and think less. And whatever that next thought is, you’d better keep it to yourself.”

Sam’s mouth snaps shut. Jerkwad.


Nemesis
“Do you think we’ll ever find it?”

More than twenty years lie behind that question. They have traded themselves for the Hunt, given up comfort, continuity… their future.

Childhoods lost for themselves, they granted to others. They’ve restored safety to entire towns while having only the illusion of it themselves.

This thing has marked them, sometimes broken them-- changed the fabric of their lives.

Will they win when they find it? Or does it win by making them search for it?

“Maybe someday,” Dean answers. What he does is reason enough alone.

Never, Sam thinks. But we’ll kill ourselves trying.


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The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on April 20th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
Mmm. Funny and angsty and so very them. Very nice. So very nice.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
My god, you are once again the first! Your record is... strong, Padewan.

There will a Slash set of these coming in a day or two...;)
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on April 20th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm really talented.

Or addicted to the Internet.

Whichever sounds better. :D

Yay slash! *stalks you for it*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean slashhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Whichever sounds better. :D
I fear it's the latter one for me. BUT I'm sporadic, so no-one knows :0

Yay slash! *stalks you for it*
Then you will likely be first again! Two are written, but I'd like there to be more than two...
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on April 20th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm addicted. I freely admit it. Oh, well. *clings to her online friends*

Then you will likely be first again! Two are written, but I'd like there to be more than two...
Well, see, there's the one where Sam blows Dean. Then there's the one where Sam fucks Dean. Then Dean blows Sam. And Dean fucks Sam. Four! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

*is incredibly not helpful*
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on April 20th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
The first one? I think NAILS the fundamental differences between Sam and Dean! Absolutely perfect!

All of these are wonderful, as usual!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
The first one? I think NAILS the fundamental differences between Sam and Dean! Absolutely perfect!
Yeah-- it's funny to be writing these underndeath the fanwanking discussion we've been having (Jewels chimed in already).

It really DOES speak to their differences-- that they are both so absolutely convinced of how it would be, and that their views don't match up in the slightest.

I think Sam's view, personally, is much more realistic (hey, who doesn't?). But Dean is thinking that they would have defeated the demon, their mother would have seen what the world was made of... and then she'd have stepped right into battle with them. That says so many brave and painful and proud things about Dean.
BEWARE OF JENMAR.: SPN - Gen - The Boys (Dean)clex_monkie89 on April 20th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
I love these so much. I'm not supposed to be reading yet but I slipped a little. And I'm totally happy I slipped for this. You are complete love.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
And I'm totally happy I slipped for this.
Yay! (and I'll be so glad when you get a chance to catch up. I've missed your comments. Plus-- Lincoln 1-sentences, and so much p0rn. J-squared even :0)

Hope your SPN fic finishes soon. I have a slash set of drabbles for this challenge, and endlessly-revised SPN fic that has killed me for 6+ weeks now, and a theme thing I'm 2/5 of the way through...

I am so looking forward to the SPN looniness you're working on now. ;)
BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on April 20th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
I'm currently on the first beta of it right now.

...And I maybe be participating in a round robin mary sue in Fcuk chat now at the same time. Stupid fic.

I hope to have this fic done within the next day or two so I can catch up on reading before starting my next fic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Your chat stuff will kill us all! Although I'm glad the fic is moving toward post-ability.

I still read fic even while I'm writing, although I get behind on the longer stuff. There are chapter fics I've been dying to read, but... Gah. Not enough hours in the day yet.

Now I've got the slash set of these up! And my evil pbficexchange is germinating (wanted to get that one out of the way ASAP. It's... my way).
BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on April 20th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Your chat stuff will kill us all! Although I'm glad the fic is moving toward post-ability.

Just wait until I post our fic we're making in it, you shall see the crack. And you shall FEAR.

I still read fic even while I'm writing, although I get behind on the longer stuff.

Ever since I accidently yoinked your whole "no watches in bed" thing I realized that me reading and ficcing is a bad combination. I accidently steal when I do both and that's not fun for anyone.

And my evil pbficexchange is germinating (wanted to get that one out of the way ASAP. It's... my way).

I've gotta work up the courage for mine. Oyage.
Never store shuriken in your underwearporntestpilot on April 20th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm kind of picturing their mum dressed like Xena now. Which is a nice image. I wonder if Dean would be less trashy? Or less devoted to Sam?

BOSTON? No.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
I wonder if Dean would be less trashy? Or less devoted to Sam?
SUCH intriguing questions. Hmmm... less of a manSlut could mean more receptive to considering Sam. ;)

I'll bet Sam would have been less devoted to Dean, growing up, since Dean took the place of their Mom. And Dean would have missed out on some of the ferver of that adoration :( Although it wouldn't have killed him so much when Sam left in that case, either.

I like the Xena-mom idea ;)

Boston? Hey-- they had 3 great songs. Which I'm highly familiar with, as you might have guessed from the description of their music. :D Pretty much describes allllllll their songs.
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN brothers beauty both by marishnadeirdre_c on April 20th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
You are always so great with the short form, sentences, drabbles, you nail them. The first one og these just knocked it out of the park.

Also, Dean
“My choices are based on quality, not ignorance.”
heh!

Very nice.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
You are always so great with the short form, sentences, drabbles, you nail them.
:D Thank you! It's funny that these really only work for me in the Supernatural fandom (and the longer works kick my butt). In Prison Break, I have yet (other than last week's bi-fandom poem) to write a 100-word drabble. I need more words there.

The first one og these just knocked it out of the park.
*Big smile* You are too sweet!

“My choices are based on quality, not ignorance.”
I'm with Dean there. ;) Now, if Sam were pushing for Soundgarden or Stone Temple Pilots or Nirvana-- then we could talk. :D
tyrical: AP_aJolietyrical on April 20th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
I like A Path Divided it kinda asks the question if destiny is made or already written?

Cakeholing ... Sam and Dean bitching about music... the brothers' at their second best!

Parallels ... Sam reads and Dean jerks off.... Hmmm I think that's why we like Dean just a little bit more. :)

Nemesis ... Just constantly underlining and highlighting the major differences between Sam and Dean. Why it seems Dean finds happiness in the journey and Sam is looking for his happiness at the end of it. Poor Dean he's gonna be driven crazy by his too clueless brother. :shakes head in sympathy:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Jensenhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Hmmm I think that's why we like Dean just a little bit more. :)
The fact that we definitely know he's interested? Plus, the SuperPretty ;)

Why it seems Dean finds happiness in the journey and Sam is looking for his happiness at the end of it.
Neither of them necessarily wrong, but such different viewpoints.

All of the drabbles contrast the difference in the brothers. The music one is less important, but the other differences show fundamentally different approaches to life and to how each of them 'works.' There's so much to explore in that. :D
poisontaster on April 20th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
Never, Sam thinks. But we’ll kill ourselves trying.
This just gave me chills. Perfect chills.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
This just gave me chills. Perfect chills.
Given John's track record (and Max's history)... doesn't it seem possible that the Demon visits, destroys, and moves on-- not leaving enough information to track it? John's been after it for 22 years. It seems that the time to find it would be right after it strikes, but of course he (and then Sam) were too devastated to jump into it right away. :(
alazysod on May 7th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
I love your SPN drabbles. They're so full, if that makes any sense.

Cakehole Carping was my favorite, followed closely by Nemesis.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
They're so full, if that makes any sense.
Maybe in that they're complete scenes? Or sometimes mini-stories, or moodscapes?

Cakehole Carping was my favorite,
I just... cannot resist that one. God, the snark just kills me.

And Nemesis... it was written before these last few episodes (when they in fact DO encounter the demon again), and in the overall sense, I see both their sides of it. Dean's conviction that the process is important apart from the goal, and Sam's surety that they will spend the coin of their lives pursuing vengeance only to be killed by something secondary.