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12 May 2010 @ 12:24 pm
SPN Gen Fiction: "Whiskey Tango... Foxtrot?" (Sam, Den, PG)  
Title: Whiskey Tango… Foxtrot?
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sam, Dean (Gen, Humor)
Rating: PG
Summary (Episode 3x06): Sam has mad skillz that Dean has never even dreamed of.
Author's Notes: A ficlet free-for-all offering for roguebitch. Hope you like it!

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This had to be Dean's first time in a tux, not that it excused his obsession with admiring himself in the mirror. He looked good, though—they both did. Sam still wasn't sold on this idea of Bela's, but whatever. They'd give it a shot.

"So, you'll make small talk while Bela and I slip off and find the Hand of Glory?" Dean asked.

"More or less."

"And if you get old Gertrude drunk enough, she probably won't ask you to dance."

"Doesn't matter," Sam shrugged. "I know how to dance."

"You?" Dean turned away from the mirror and stared at him. "When?"

"I took a class." Sam combed his hair back from his forehead. "Back in college."

"No you didn't. Why the hell."

"It was Jess' idea."

Dean frowned. "Seriously? Huh..."

"What's that supposed to mean? You're just assuming I'd be bad at it?"

"Dude, I've seen your feet. A woman would be risking more than her reputation, stepping out on the floor with you."

"I'll have you know I'm an excellent dancer!"

Dean snorted. "I tried to teach you to dance in junior high, and that was just swaying to the beat. You nearly broke my foot."

"I was still getting used to my body then!" Sam protested. "I got better…"

"Yeah? Prove it." Dean gestured toward the middle of the floor. "Cut the rug."

"It's cut a rug, not cut the rug," Sam said, moving far enough away to give himself room.

"Probably wind up being the same thing," Dean muttered.

"I heard that!"

Dean shrugged, like What do you expect? As if he'd never tripped or stumbled or fallen off a bridge into river-slime that stunk up the car for two whole days.

Fine. Dean was due for an education.

Sam didn't bother demonstrating the waltz—that never looked good with just one person anyway. Instead, he concentrated on remembering the music for the cha-cha lesson, and it came back immediately. He quickstepped through it, loose with the arms and light on the toes, like it was as easy as dribbling down a basketball court.

The openmouthed shock on Dean's face was worth every out-in-public clumsy adolescent spill Sam had ever taken. Hah.

"Where'd you, uh—wow. You weren't kidding."

"Got an A in the class, and Jess thought I was the most awesome boyfriend ever." Sam finished with couple of tango flourishes.

"Do you think you, could, uh—"

"Not in the next five minutes."

"Well I know that," Dean scowled. "I meant like, eventually."

"Sure," Sam grinned, moving through the opening of the basic swing like it was pure, easy money.

"I like a challenge."


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borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on May 12th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hee!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Sometimes Dean does not know everything in the universe, even everything that has to do with Sam. ;)
ficwriter1966ficwriter1966 on May 12th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, fun! I actually enjoyed that episode (well, most of it, anyway) and this is a nice look back. It brought a smile, so...thanks!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
The ballroom-dancing prompt led me straight to that episode, because it seemed like such a perfect setup. And what a great chance for Sam to show that he has, in fact, grown up and done it well. :)
gunznammo2gunznammo2 on May 12th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
So cute! I think Dean was a little impressed with his baby brother. It's hard to do that shit without music. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I think he was too-- and he so deserves those turnaround moments, where Sam suddenly proves himself to be awesome at something Dean didn't even know Sam could do!

I spent some time watching dance videos last night as research, and all of those look kind of hard to me period! Though the Lindy and the Charleston still look like tons of fun, and many of the Latin dances are really sexy.
gypsy_atavarigypsy_atavari on May 13th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Hahahaha - so cute them boys! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
They still have the power to surprise each other, after all this time.

And Dean had that coming, I think, holding Sam's awkward adolescence against him like that was going to be a lifelong thing. ;)
The Rogue Bitch.: grim!sammyroguebitch on May 13th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)

Oh, that was delightful! That was even better than I was hoping! Thank you so much for this, and even doing research for it. It actually provides a little retcon for a story I'm working on about those dance classes they took.

(My ex-husband and I did a tango for our wedding dance, and my dear friend Sean used to run with a bunch of Swing Kids in Ybor City in the '90's, and taught me some basic swing. I miss swing dancing.)

Thanks again! ;-D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm so glad you liked it! Your second version of the prompt kicked this off immediately, and the S3 episode created a perfect behind-the-scenes opportunity.

The research honestly was to see what fell into the "ballroom dance" category that Dean would find impressive instead of froofy, silly or spastic. I think the Charleston and Lindy would be a blast to dance, but they're kind of frenetic for a solo demonstration, and the rhumba gets a little campy in places (let's not even get into some of the parts of the pasa doble).

Those video samples I dug up around midnight last night really helped- and convinced me that things like the tango are probably beyond me!
strgazr04strgazr04 on May 13th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
i call sequel! *ducks back out*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Hee- I'm fleeing in the other direction! :D
Celtic_Forestceltic_forest on May 13th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
This is so cute. I love it! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! Nice to see you around again, too. :D
saberivojosaberivojo on May 13th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
Dancing Sammy. Love it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
And no longer that clumsy, gangly kid Dean seems to still think of him as. :)
layne: spn boys impalalayne67 on May 13th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
"Do you think you, could, uh—"

Oooh I hope that means what I think it means in which case you have to write it!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
Ack! Well I wasn't planning to, but I did like the idea that Sam might be good enough to impress Dean that much.

Sixty seconds ago, the idea was laughable and beyond Sam's reach, and now suddenly it's worth Dean learning for himself. Super, secret Fred Astaire cool!
labseraphlabseraph on May 13th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
OMG so cute!!!! *dies*

We need more of this with the upcoming finale. I have a feeling that we are gonna get bombed so keep feeding us these lovely stuff!

Thank you for sharing!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
Glad it gave you a little bit of happiness, and you're right-- we need as much denial-enabling material as we can get!
Monna Sakuramonnasakura on May 14th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
The title alone made me laugh my ass off... I take it that was intentional? XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
:D Yes, it was. And it fit SO well with the story. :)
brigid_tanner: Sam-dancingbrigid_tanner on May 15th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
*Grin* I'm behind on my reading. This makes me happy. Sam probably dances much better than Jared :) Would love to see him teaching Dean to dance.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I knew someone would haul out that Jared Dork!Dance icon for this story. Because that is pretty much the antithesis of everything Sam brings to the dance floor here. :D