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30 April 2011 @ 11:39 am
Supernatural Gen Drabble: "All The Long Journey" (Tamara, PG)  
Title: All The Long Journey
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Tamara (Gen, Drabble)
Rating: PG
Summary: Tamara was like other people, once…
Author's Notes: An Australian Flood-Auction fic for tsuki_no_bara.
Also for supernatural100 ("Remember To Forget") and writers_choice ("Sorrow").

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Tamara was like other people, once. This is how she knows:

There were baby pictures in her purse, a toddler's handprints on her heart. Silver was for jewelry and knives for cooking, and the only language she spoke was English.

The truth is harder now.

Her car passes for home, these days. The trunk is stocked with weapons, she buys salt in bulk, and the exorcism ritual is second nature.

All she has from the past are her wedding ring and a lock of her daughter's hair.

At night, their names bleed out of her, too broken to be silenced.


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digitalwavedigitalwave on April 30th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, sweetie. Just, wow! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Supernaturalhalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I haven't written this character before, but I've sure been wanting to. :)
cindy: spn - dean looks away (by oxoniensis)tsuki_no_bara on April 30th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
oh, tamara. :( this packs such a punch. i love it, but ow.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Supernaturalhalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
I know-- this one is very angsty, but it seems perfect for what Tamara has been through. Her aftermath was never going to be easy, and she's been through it twice.

I promise there will be at least one more fluffy one, since you've still got 400 words of various things left!

tifachingtifaching on April 30th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Wow.

Tamara wasn't a character I liked very much, but this makes me feel for her in a very visceral way. A child and a husband lost to pure, unadulterated evil. Everyone gets into hunting somehow and their stories are all so terribly sad.

Excellent drabble!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Supernaturalhalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Tamara has become more interesting to me through fanfiction. Her setup on the show was interesting enough (though the character was prickly), but when you think of going through most Hunters' impossible loss twice, it hurts all the more. *sigh*
getting the chocolate in the peanut butterdotfic on April 30th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
I really like how you spotlighted the everyday things that take one a different role now that she's a hunter. This was vivid.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Supernaturalhalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
The path to becoming a hunter involves so much loss of innocence. Eventually, even the things that surround you can no longer be seen apart from their other 'purpose'.

From what we've seen, it appears that after the kind of horrific supernatural event hits you as it did the Winchesters (and Tamara), you can either embrace it or deny it. But there's no hope of ever really reconciling it. :(
ZanyRainey: Ellenzanyrainey on May 1st, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
TAMARA!
I still expect (hope) to see her pop up.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Supernaturalhalfshellvenus on May 1st, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
Me too! I love that she's made appearances in fanfiction. She was such an unusual hunter to begin with (partly for being a transplant to this country), and now she's left to weather her battles alone. I'd like to see a glimpse of her life these days, and have her cross paths with the Winchesters again. :)
JagfanLJjagfanlj on May 1st, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
I don't recall where she was from, but it would be interesting if she went back there -- either to escape Hunting, or to go after the local monsters.
cantarinacantarina1 on May 4th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Entirely gorgeous. I love Tamara fic and this one has a lovely emotional punch.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Supernaturalhalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it, especially as you have such love for the character.

I've only found a few Tamara fics, but I've really enjoyed them. So much there to explore!