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22 February 2011 @ 11:36 am
SPN Gen Fiction: "When The Walls Themselves Might Devour You" (Dean, Sam, PG)  
Title: When The Walls Themselves Might Devour You
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Dean, Sam (Gen, Humor)
Rating: PG
Summary (2x11, "Playthings"): It wasn't The Shining, not yet, but who knew where it would lead?
Author's Notes: Happy Birthday, dotfic! It's a little late, but I hope you like it all the same. :)

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"Why do these people assume we're gay?"

It was a reasonable question, considering, Dean thought. But then Sam turned it all back on him, which was ridiculous, except that now Dean was picking the idea apart.

How could it be bad to be butch? Or whatever? It was what it was, and so was Dean. Right? Exactly. No problems there…

He thought the whole gay vibe was probably something Sam was doing instead, like making cow eyes at him: Dean, my shoe's untied, or My stomach hurts, Dean, or Dad's not home yet. When's dinner?

Sure, that had been years ago, but old habits died hard. Somewhere deep in the back of his mind, Sam probably thought Dean should have fixed the dead girlfriend problem, too.

Dean gave up trying to figure the gay thing out, mainly because he was having trouble concentrating. It felt like the hotel was crowding in on him, like he'd better pay attention or else.

There was the room full of creepy-ass dolls, with all their dead, unblinking eyes watching every move he made. There was the half-fossilized butler-concierge guy—something was definitely not normal with him.

That old lady in the attic had nearly given Dean a heart-attack, earlier. Maybe she was stuck in a senile fog, or maybe she'd chew your face off while you slept. No way to know, was there?

Thoughts like that were a little hard to ignore.

The day crept on, and whether it was because he and Sam were distracted by the relentless weirdness of the place or were just too damn slow, someone else got murdered. Sam went on to demonstrate his uncanny knack for making a bad situation worse by deciding that the whole thing was his fault, and that the solution was to get massively drunk.

Because that was fun.

Then he brought up the whole Kill me if I go darkside thing again, and he made Dean promise he'd do it. Being reminded of that was the last thing Dean needed at a time like this.

He put Sam to bed—a process that somehow detoured through a momentary slapfight—and Sam fell asleep immediately, as if he didn't have a care in the world. Lucky Sam.

It was too early for Dean to turn in for the evening, but he doubted he'd get much sleep when he did. Sam would be snoring all night, and tossing around on that squeaky bed frame. Dean thought about spending the night in the car, but he couldn't leave Sam alone. What if that old wedding dress on the wall came to life and attacked him? Dean couldn't let something like that happen to his brother.

So he went downstairs to do his own drinking, where the butler guy was probably waiting to ply him with spirits and then make off with his head or something.

This place was wall-to-wall wrong, and when they finally uncovered whatever the hell was behind it, it was sure to be something as freaky as it seemed.

The sooner the better, Dean thought. After that, he and Sam would hightail it out of here and never even think of looking back.


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borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on February 22nd, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Nice little insert into the episode!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Doomed Winchestershalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
There's just nothing like amplifying the creepy until it's wall-to-wall, is there? I don't blame Dean for a second.

Thanks for reading!
cindy: spn - ouija handstsuki_no_bara on February 22nd, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
one of my favorite things about this episode was that it was so deeply, deeply creepy because it reminded me so much of the shining. (which is still the scariest movie i've ever seen.) so all the creepy in this is right on the money! even if the detour thru a momentary slapfight made me giggle.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Doomed Winchestershalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
I found The Shining to be ludicrous instead of scary, but I know that wasn't the typical reaction. And Playthings was damn creepy. The dolls (Dean's reaction to that was right on the money), the wedding dress that seemed less like antique decor and more like dead-person's-dress-waiting-to-be-animated, and of course the old woman, who looked as if she might turn into some kind of squawking attack-crow at any moment. Yeesh!

But there was also a lot of humor in that episode, too, so I hoped this little interlude would bring a mixture of both.

Poor short, bossy Dean... ;)
batgurl10: hawt boysbatgurl10 on February 22nd, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oh I so loved this little ficlet! Perfect deano voice.

He thought the whole gay vibe was probably something Sam was doing instead, like making cow eyes at him: Dean, my shoe's untied, or My stomach hurts, Dean, or Dad's not home yet. When's dinner?

YEs, yes and YES!!! bwahahahahahah.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
It's ALWAYS Sam! Everything is Sam's fault, unless it's something big (and then Dean will protect him to death).

But all the little things are always Sam. Dean's not a jerk-- Sam's a bitch. Dean isn't bossy-- Sam's just needy. Ah, denial. ;)

Thanks for reading!
Jenny Lynnejennylynneh on February 22nd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I love love love the thought process in this. It really is very Dean. You literally hear his voice in some places.

And I love this line: "What if that old wedding dress on the wall came to life and attacked him? Dean couldn't let something like that happen to his brother." Such a small detail but it did seem to bother him at the time. *smirk*

J
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed this!

You know, even _I_ thought the wedding dress decor was kind of weird, and I've stayed in B&Bs where something like that might have come up. But it's still pretty strange, and throw it into a haunted hotel and... o_O That cannot be good.

You know a place is creepy when it's even starting to freak Dean out. ;)
Jenny Lynnejennylynneh on February 23rd, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Well, I've always been slightly "sensitive", which is why I usually don't sleep in old buildings. ;) I do admit I thought that was one of the creepiest hotels I ever saw. Not one of the B&Bs where I stayed during my trip in the UK had that creepy feel. I still shudder when I think about those dolls -- one of my best friends' mother when I was growing up had porcelain doll collection with the real hair and the realistic, non-blinking eyes and I could not be in the same room with them.

Excellent job recreating the feel. And I'm still giggling about Dean's concerns about the old man. teehee

J.
gunznammo2gunznammo2 on February 22nd, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I loved this little excursion through Dean's thoughts. He's right on the money - even that old butler kinda weirded me out. Thanks, hon, for posting. : )
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Honestly, the woman running the hotel was the only normal thing there... other than the fact that she'd stayed. Everything else about it was bad, and there was always the lingering sense that at any moment, it might get worse. Yipes!

Thanks for reading! :D
mdlawmdlaw on February 23rd, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Attack of the killer wedding dress. I love it. m :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
You just know it's waiting to happen. In your sleep...

Thanks for reading! :D
getting the chocolate in the peanut butter: spn:impala homedotfic on February 23rd, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Well, that wedding dress scared *me*. Heeee, I love this, your Dean voice is so very Dean-shaped and this was wonderful snapshot, a look at this ep from another angle.

Thank you so much for writing it for me. <3<3<3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 23rd, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
The dress was strange enough, but in that setting? No good can come of that!

This episode was such a great mix of comedy and creepiness that the tone of the story is much the same:

This place is f-ing weird, but Sam is weirder.

Because it's all about how it affects Dean.;)

So glad you you liked it, and many happy returns of you!
CeCe Away: icon by  ramoniciucece_away on February 25th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this tag. This is one of my favorite episodes. Sam's so cute drunk and woozy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Doomed Winchestershalfshellvenus on February 25th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Yay-- so glad you liked it!

Really, both the episode and this story could be summarized as

"The hotel was weird, but Sam was weirder."

Funny, too, that Sam wasn't anywhere as unnerved by the place as Dean. He's all "Whatever, business as usual" and Dean's reaction is "Creepy wall of watching dolls!"

I totally understand Dean's point, too. A few dolls is one thing, but an entire wall of them watching you? Yeesh!
Kazcandycanerica on February 26th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Funny and good, loved it!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 26th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That episode was a lot of fun-- lots of unexepected twists, and so much creepiness. Even the guests added to it by eventually becoming dead.
Icarus was a test pilot: Deangalwithglasses on March 17th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
I love your Dean voice in this and how he goes from thought to thought with the underlying creepiness of the whole place while keeping with his usual snarky tone.

This place was wall-to-wall wrong...

That sums it up really well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I got a real kick out of how creeped-out he was by that hotel (it was creepy), and how new weirdness seemed to keep on arriving just when it seemed like things were strange enough.

And then there are all the usual distractions that seem to plague him from time-to-time.

That episode was a really fun mix of humor and spookiness. :)