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29 June 2010 @ 01:01 pm
SPN Fiction: "That Old Familiar Magic" (Sam, Dean, or Sam/Dean, PG, Schmoop)  
Title: That Old Familiar Magic
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sam, Dean (Gen or Light Wincest, Schmoop)
Rating: PG
Summary: When Sam's not feeling good, Dean actually takes pretty good care of him.
Author's Notes: For schmoop_bingo, this is "reading aloud."

x-x-x-x-x

Some hunts went badly, and others reached levels of catastrophic that deserved their own names. Today's ordeal had finished somewhere in between, but Sam hurt like hell and they were out of good painkillers, and even if he was overreacting the whole thing still totally sucked.

Dean stitched him up at the motel, which saved time and money and awkward questions, but sometimes Sam wished he could just wallow in a hospital bed and have people feel sorry for him based on his x-rays and bruises alone. Was that too much to ask?

"You want to stay on the couch, or try moving to the bed?" Dean said.

When Dean wasn't half-beaten-up himself, he took pretty good care of Sam. After so many years, it was hard to remember not to take that for granted.

"Bathroom first, then bed," Sam said. Because once that was over, he planned on never moving again.

With the help of Dean and every wall along the way, Sam took care of business and then got situated for what was probably going to be a very long night. "I'm down to one pair of jeans now," he muttered, as Dean settled him against the pillows.

"Those veratatek claws really take a toll," Dean agreed. "Those jeans would've been dead even if I hadn't cut them loose to stitch you up. Probably kept the gashes from being deeper, though."

"Mmmm," Sam answered, his head suddenly throbbing more heavily.

"TV?" Dean asked.

Sam groaned. "Too loud," he said.

"I could read to you," Dean said. "Like when you were little."

Sam smiled faintly, remembering. "Okay."

Dean got up and poked around the motel room, probably checking to see what someone else might have left behind. He came back shortly after, turning off the lights as he went. He sat down on the other side of the bed and shifted back gently to rest against the headboard, turning on the lamp on his side of the bed. The pages rustled as he opened the book.

"In the streets of New York, night came early," Dean began dramatically. "Hope faded with the sun and the rats came out to feed, ravaging the very heart and soul of the Five Boroughs.

"Detective Ron Baxter answered the phone on the second ring, ready for business. "Baxter," he growled.

"He could hardly hear his partner over the sirens at the scene. "It's a bad one," Theresa Saunders said. "The Lieutenant's bringing in half the squad."

"It was the kind of case Baxter lived for…"


"Wait," Sam said weakly, reeling from the sound of Dean shifting between baritone and falsetto. "No characters. Just your voice."

"You like my voice?" Dean teased.

"Always have," Sam said. "It's nice and deep. Comfortable," he added.

"Oh." Dean blinked, and then seemed to flush slightly. He turned his head away, almost shy, but Sam thought he caught a hint of a smile. "Well in that case," Dean finally said, "want me to read something a little quieter?"

Sam sighed happily. "That'd be nice," he said.

Dean got up and hunted around through their stuff until he found what he wanted. He sat back down again, easing in next to Sam.

"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow…" Dean started, his voice almost a faraway rumble.

Sam closed his eyes and listened, suddenly content. The ache in his head lessened, soothed by the sound of Dean's words and by the slow, gentle way Dean smoothed back the sides of his hair as the world softly faded away.


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dipenatesdipenates on June 29th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely! Just lovely.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!
devon99 on June 29th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Your work is always lovely sweetie, but this one actually made me aww out loud at the screen

*smiles and clutches this fic in a squishy hug*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
This was another one of the prompts I'd expected to avoid, but because you mentioned it in the comments it kicked off this whole idea of adult Sam & Dean, and how Dean reading to Sam might be sweet instead of cloying (you can tell I have a big fear of "cloying.")

So in many ways, this story was especially for you! \o/
(no subject) - devon99 on June 29th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on June 29th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
cindy: spn - shoulder nudge (by carmendove)tsuki_no_bara on June 29th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
awww, boys. this is really sweet and not saccharine at all. partly because sam is kind of petulant in the very beginning, with his internal whine about wanting to convalesce in a hospital where people can feel sorry for him on account of his wounds. poor thing. and also, dean's a good big brother.

i wondered what the books were.... i gather to kill a mockingbird is the second, but what's the first?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it didn't come off as saccharine, because that's the challenge with all the schmoop prompts for me. I love schmoop done well, but given the prompts some of these could so easily get drippy instead.

poor thing. and also, dean's a good big brother.
He is, and one of the things I remember most from S1 was how much I wanted Sam to see that (it really frustrated me), and how much a "youngest sibling" dynamic it can be to take what others give to you for granted. We struggle with this at home, all the time. ;)

i gather to kill a mockingbird is the second, but what's the first?
You're right on the second one. The first is a piece of potboiler dreadfulness that I created just for this occasion. \o/
spellbooked - auroramama on June 30th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: spellbooked - halfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on June 29th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Awww.....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 29th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you, borgmama!
multivariation: Happy Sammultivariation on June 29th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Work had really ticked me off today and that was just what I needed to get back to center. It made me smile when I overwise felt like frowning. Thank you so much for sharing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Glad to put you back in a good mood, especially after a lousy day at work. :)
gunznammo2gunznammo2 on June 29th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
"I could read to you," "Okay."

Our wonderful boys. You write them so well. Kinda bittersweet and lovely. Thank you, hon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Their lives are just bittersweet all by themselves, aren't they, when they're not outright killing-us-angst?

But sometimes there are good moments, even in the midst of the struggles. Hope this brought one of them home for you. :)
Celtic_Forestceltic_forest on June 30th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Loved it, and To Kill a Mockingbird was perfect. <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Yay! Haven't seen you around in awhile-- hope you're doing well!
mdlawmdlaw on June 30th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Contented sigh.......m :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Yay! That's exactly where schmoop is supposed to leave you. :D
brigid_tanner: Dean-reading is sexybrigid_tanner on June 30th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Lovely! I could listen to Dean read the freaking phone book...love his voice. And really like that they're carrying _To Kill A Mockingbird_ in their stuff. Mmm...may have to re-read that and imagine Dean's voice as I do :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Deanhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
Especially when his voice is low and soft-- it's mesmerizing and cozy. And To Kill A Mockingbird is always worth re-reading! :)
the key of the day and the lock of the night: DeanLaserTextlocknkey on June 30th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Oh - this! Yes the sound of Dean's voice - I'm with Sammy - best thing ever!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
And I'm sure he fell asleep to it many times over when he was little. Poor Dean was probably reading the bedtime stories while John was out hunting. Not with "the voice," back then, but still... ;)
labseraphlabseraph on June 30th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
I use my non-Wincest filter and enjoyed this immensely. Love the whole feel ... sweet and comfortable.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Yay! I was aiming for Wincest when I started it, but it didn't want to go far enough to be decisively one or the other, so I think it works as both and I hope readers think so too. Dean can be pretty affectionate with Sam, when he think's Sam needs that and so long as he is giving and not taking. I can think of few people who need affection as much as Dean, and yet refuse it so strongly. I think that stems from his issues of being the "strong" big brother, and also because the biggest gaping hole of reassurance is one that only John can fill, not Sam.

But I digress into excessive thinkiness! I'm glad this worked for you as a Gen story, and that the cozy feeling came off as intended. Even with fresh wounds and the memories of a rotten hunt, some things are still good. Realizing that is one of the best kinds of happiness there is!
(no subject) - labseraph on July 1st, 2010 02:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Dean research PCoLdeirdre_c on June 30th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. *cuddles both of them*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
One of those nice moments when the good almost outweighs the bad, at least enough that Sam wouldn't mind so much. :)
you've never looked more beautiful, darlingmistyzeo on June 30th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
*happy sigh*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yay! All schmoop should lead to exactly that place. :)
harriganharrigan on July 1st, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
I love the final book selection! And the boys! And that it can be gen.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
It's hard to go wrong with To Kill A Mockingbird, and that book is SO Sam.

And I'm hugely pleased that people find this works as Gen too. Sometimes, instead of influencing a story more toward what I "intended" to write, it's just better to let it be what it is. Fence-straddling isn't always bad!
I do not think it means what you think it means.tcs1121 on July 1st, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
I love how you set the mood and kept it flowing steady and soft. Wonderful
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! Now that you mention it, the writing kind of tiptoes around Sam's aching head the same way Dean does, at the end. :)