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15 June 2006 @ 12:31 pm
Supernatural Gen Drabbles on "Fathers and Sons": Lessons Carried Forward  
Title: Lessons Carried Forward
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: John, Dean, Sam (Gen, Drabbles)
Rating: PG
Summary: 3x100 drabbles on “Fathers And Sons” for supernatural100.

x-x-x-x-x

Legacy
He came of age in a divided country, his name a number in a system that ran of its own accord.

He was powerless to change it. He could face the inevitable, or run. But there was no running in his blood—he came from survivors, from people who stood their ground.

“You can wait for it, or step up to meet it,” his father said. Right or wrong was not the question—it was duty, and his country was calling.

John stood up, every ghost of his history marching behind him. Second thoughts were a luxury he didn’t have.


Infinite Regress
The air conditioner was broken again, and a pinging sound echoed through the dashboard.

Please let us make it to Salt Lake, John thought, as the bickering bounced around the car.

“Am not!” “Are too!” “I know you are, but what am I?” “I know you are but what am I, nyahnyahnyahnyah-nyah-nyah?”

“Boys!” John’s voice surprised himself.

“He started it!”

John breathed deeply, invoking the wisdom of Solomon: “The winner of this argument gets to ride in the back seat. For a month.”

Sam sputtered. Dean fell silent.

And in the blissful, burgeoning quiet, the engine ping rose up again…


Peripheral Vision
“See, Daddy? See?” Dean pointed to the can he’d shot off the fence.

“Nice work.” John patted Dean’s arm and looked for Sam, who was poking the grass with a stick.

“Sammy? It’s your turn now.”

His son barely acknowledged his words. Sam had bugs and rocks, and ideas in his head.

“Sam,” John said firmly.

“Don’t wanna.” Sam got down and peered into a hole.

“Now.”

Sam shook his head stubbornly, unmoving.

John strode over. Sam would do his target practice.

Dean’s shoulders sagged as the drama played on. Already forgotten, as usual. He was the perfect, invisible son.


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Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on June 15th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
I adore your SPN gen, possibly more than anything else that you write. Love the ending line in Peripheral Vision. And so much love for bickering Dean and Sam and for smart daddy John! And this line: John stood up, every ghost of his history marching behind him. gives me chills. I love it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I adore your SPN gen, possibly more than anything else that you write.
Seriously? Even more than Prison Break? Which is okay-- just a surprise. Hope your PBFE work didn't kill your PB love for a little. I know writing MY story for that sure put me in a funk for awhile. :(

And so much love for bickering Dean and Sam and for smart daddy John!
God, life as a parent... There's frequently this impending issue (like a bad day at work, or a car that might go at any moment), and then this bickering about nothing just rises up and nearly sends you around the bend! Oh for the days when "He's touching me"/"You're on myside of the seat" were all we had to worry about!

Glad you liked the Vietnam one. I wanted to show how much of who he is, and how he thinks, was already programmed into him by his own history (as it is for all of us).
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Don't shoot the pianistnorthface11 on June 15th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Like these snippets of their lives--particularly how John's father's influence trickles down (or doesn't) to Sam and Dean.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
particularly how John's father's influence trickles down (or doesn't) to Sam and Dean.
That's what was interesting for this challenge-- showing this generation by writing about the previous one. That legacy definitely settled into Dean. For Sam, he was always the one who questioned everything. That makes him an even greater challenge for a father who comes from a family line of "that is just not done."

Glad you liked these. :)
the only blowup doll bobblehead on the internetimpertinence on June 15th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
I love the boys and John so much, and the way you write them is perfect. That last one was a suckerpunch straight in the gut. <3<3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That first one shows so much about how John wound up the man he is. And that last... says everything about Dean now, and why he acts and reacts the way he does. Ouch.
And I Am Telling You: Sam and Dean Laughingant3ka on June 15th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Drabble #3 was perfect. Poor Dean.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Drabble #3 was perfect. Poor Dean.
Thank you.

One of the worst things about those demons is the horrible way they sometimes tell the truth-- the one that a person really doesn't want to hear. In that scene in "Devil's Trap," we know the demon spoke the truth. It's in every complaint Sam has made about Dean, and in every moment Dean jumped to fulfill John's orders. *Sigh*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
The last image - I'm CERTAIN that's exactly how it always played out - just killed me. So sad.
We've seen glimpses of it all season, and then in "Devil's Trap" we get confirmation of it. Though I'm sure John never meant it to be that way, I truly believe that was they dynamic the three of them evolved into. And ouch. A "Daddy's Boy" can never truly love himself until he's sure his father does, and we can clearly see how true this is with Dean...

Thank you, Debbie. I've missed you lately! Can't believe you haven't read the ship_manifesto entry yet! :0 L/M forever!
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iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on June 15th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Nice job on these. The backseat bickering was cute in the second one. I can totally picture the boys doing that.

Favorite line was from the last one:

Dean’s shoulders sagged as the drama played on. Already forgotten, as usual. He was the perfect, invisible son.

Poor Dean!

*hugs Dean*

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked these! I think we can all feel for Dean there. And in the larger sense, it could be anyone who's ever had a sibling. Sometimes it just feels like it's always NotYou. And for Dean, I think that often it was.

I love your icon, and its concept. My company used to joke about having "Stealth Marketing" (where even the customer isn't sure you're selling anything)! Thank goodness we've overcome that... :)
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Rhiannerhianne on June 15th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, that last line is a killer! *shivers*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you, rhianne! They really mean it when they say "The truth hurts." Does it ever.
Same crap, different daysnow_white on June 15th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
I would never have thought so much could be said with so few words...especially the third piece - you can just picture the dejected look on little Dean's face. Absolutely wonderful, but then all your stuff is!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
you can just picture the dejected look on little Dean's face.
Poor guy. And it won't be the last time.

Thank you for your lovely words, Dahlia! They made my day. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
Loved that line!
Thank you! It's awful how simple and how true that will be for him, even in years to come.

I love your username, BTW. :)
Ice-T: an actor, also a refreshing beveragefiddleyoumust on June 15th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh these are wonderful!

I love the way John resolves the arguement in the 2nd one. He's awesome.

The third one ownes me. Poor Dean. I know exactly how it feels to sometimes be overshadowed by your more troublesome siblings.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you, Julia. :)

The third one ownes me. Poor Dean. I know exactly how it feels to sometimes be overshadowed by your more troublesome siblings.
And despite who this causes Dean to become, it is likely purely accidental on John's part. The "squeaky wheel" theory applies to children as well. :(
iamzulma on June 15th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
ah, i love those bits of young sam and dean that we still see in them as adults. dean feeling invisible with john, and sam being stubborn. ::sigh::
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
ah, i love those bits of young sam and dean that we still see in them as adults.
It's funny how these carry forward, and in writing the past something that seems so innocuous-- and common-- then becomes very key when you see the results years later. Little did John know how far Sam's stubbornness would go. And poor Dean, who could never have foreseen that obedience would make him fade into the background because he was never a problem to be solved...
Sar: fathers & sonssargraf on June 16th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
These are beautiful. I loved the first, Legacy. You've managed to make John feel so vital and alive; that's something I rarely see on screen or in fic. Bravo!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
You've managed to make John feel so vital and alive; that's something I rarely see on screen or in fic. Bravo!
Thank you very much! We have seen surprisingly little of him on this show-- we see his influence more than the man himself. Which then brings up the question of who and what shaped John to become who he is?
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BEWARE OF JENMAR.: SPN - Papa Winchesterclex_monkie89 on June 16th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
I love these and you never fail to amaze me. You're voices for them are just so clear and I can hear them like I'm watching an episode.

“The winner of this argument gets to ride in the back seat. For a month.”

Never let it be said that John isn't one hell of a smart bastard.

“Don’t wanna.” Sam got down and peered into a hole.

So perfect. I can totally see him all crouched down and hunched over too, peering into the small hole in the ground.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
You're voices for them are just so clear and I can hear them like I'm watching an episode.
I swear, this is really one of the best compliments ever. I'm always striving to put the reader into "reality" of the fandom.

Never let it be said that John isn't one hell of a smart bastard.
And tricky. ;)

So perfect. I can totally see him all crouched down and hunched over too, peering into the small hole in the ground.
And so totally into his own thing, not to be even remotely distracted by the bothersome responsible-type-thing his father is carrying on about. (Like I don't see that every day. Because putting on shoes is WAY unimportant compared to getting out the Buzz Lightyear spaceship...)
Queen of Sassgard: Dom!Johnstarhawk2005 on June 16th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
All really good, but this:

Dean’s shoulders sagged as the drama played on. Already forgotten, as usual. He was the perfect, invisible son.

The best part. Poor Dean. *offers him comfort!sex*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you, starhawk. :) It's so sad to see that legacy continuing forward for Dean even now.

And gosh, who doesn't want to comfort Dean? Extensively...
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firelakiefirelakie on June 16th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
That last one broke my heart. Dean needs a hug.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Diner Deanhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
That last one broke my heart. Dean needs a hug.
And someone to truly see him and hear what he's saying-- even if his truth is underneath his words and not in them.