Characters: Dean (Gen, Angst, Drabble)
Summary: Some things, you can never really come back from.
Author's Notes: A late birthday present for rosie_spleen, who wanted something based on Dean's confession from 4x10.
Also for supernatural100, this is "Condemnation."
Torture broke most men, given time. The pain—unbearable, unceasing—wore them down until they'd do anything to stop it. They'd confess to crimes they hadn't committed, or worse.
Dean knew worse. He became an instrument of agony, ignoring right and wrong so long as it wasn't his flesh being pulled and torn for all eternity.
He held on thirty years before weakening. Not enough, why couldn't he—
His father lasted to the end, but Dean had never been that strong.
That knowledge was worse than the Hell-memories Dean tried to forget, and just as knifepoint-cut-and-branded on his soul.
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