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22 June 2006 @ 10:53 pm
Supernatural Gen Drabbles on "Failure"-- Consequences And Silver Linings  
Title: Consequences And Silver Linings
Author: HalfshellVenus
Category: John, Sam Dean (Gen, Drabbles)
Rating: PG
Summary: 3x100 drabbles on “Failures” for supernatural100.

x-x-x-x-x

Silver Linings
Mary waited outside the door when John came home Thursday night. She looked unhappy, and that always made him quiet.

“Everything okay?” he asked.

“I burned dinner,” she sighed. From the smell clinging to her hair and clothes as he held her, she’d done a pretty good job of it too.

“It’s all right, sweetheart. Let me just go inside a minute.” He returned with a blanket and some beer.

“We’ll get hamburgers and have a picnic instead.”

She smiled at him like he was some kind of hero. But he was the lucky one, and he'd never forget it.


Credo
Failure is not an option.

You keep on going until you die, keep on fighting until the end. Never turn your back on the enemy. Stand strong. Hold the line.

These lessons helped John survive. But they have changed now that he’s the commander, not the infantry.

Know when to cut your losses if the battle cannot be won. Show no mercy for inhuman enemies—there’s no Geneva Convention among demons and the dead.

Never leave a man behind still stands. It is the foundation of every soldier.

But failure is not an option. It never was. It never is.


Consequences (post-“Devil’s Trap”)
John felt it leave, draining heavily from his body. He could think again-- he was running the show. The encore looked like a hospital trip for Dean, for the damage done by John’s hands and borrowed will.

So much guilt—yet Dean always forgave him, always. This time, forgiveness came too soon to keep them safe.

The sounds of crushing metal and splintering glass swept by quickly and were buried in pain. Crushed, broken, bleary, John’s thoughts drifted down to darkness.

Should’ve killed me. He’d told them, and he meant it. His sons’ loyalty might be their downfall after all.


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The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on June 23rd, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
All very good, love the first one in particular.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 23rd, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
love the first one in particular.
It's a loving, rather fluffy view of two people who had no time on the show where we got to see that. We see it by implication, but not by retelling.

Fluffy is so rare for me, but all the SN100 drabble challenges have been on the dark side for weeks now. Every now and then I like to turn them the other direction... I'm perverse that way, I guess. :0
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on June 23rd, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
I must love you a lot.

*considers*

Yeah, okay, I do.

These were great. I liked the last one best.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 23rd, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
I must love you a lot.
Clearly you must. We both know why you wouldn't usually read this sort of thing....

I liked the last one best.
That one's my favorite, although it's nice to have a fluffy one for a change too.

Hope you're hanging in there. You've been on my mind a lot, and I wish all of us could help. We're sure thinking about you.
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on June 23rd, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Clearly you must. We both know why you wouldn't usually read this sort of thing....
*quietly plots John's murder* I mean, um...

That one's my favorite, although it's nice to have a fluffy one for a change too.
And that's what I like about you. It's fluffy, but it's not, OMG I MUST GO GET MY TEETH REPLACED FROM THE SWEETNESS. It's still them.

I'm fine, thank you. The funeral was yesterday and it was very nice. I'm just mainly very tired and very tired of people. But I'm okay. :) *hugs* Thank you so much.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 23rd, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
It's still them.
I fear the achy-sweet. Sweet but not syrupy, that's my motto. Though I'm sure you would have a toothbrush army ready if we needed it.

The funeral was yesterday and it was very nice. I'm just mainly very tired and very tired of people.
I'm glad it was nice. So important for the family. And other people... yeah. Just the stress of what you might think their expectations are would more than anyone needs at a time like this.

*Hugs you back* One day at a time...
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on June 23rd, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Though I'm sure you would have a toothbrush army ready if we needed it.
Nah. They're too busy having sex. :D

Yeah. Yeah. Thank you for everything. ♥
tabaqui: winchestersbycarmendovetabaqui on June 23rd, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, nice. Interesting little trip through John going from someone who could be at ease to someone who...couldn't. I like.
:)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 23rd, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Interesting little trip through John going from someone who could be at ease to someone who...couldn't.
I do sometimes wonder if he was only really at ease with Mary-- just thinking about his cut-to-the-chase manner, and what Bobby said in "Devil's Trap" about even John's friends wanting to kill him half of the time.

There were the "Fathers and Sons" drabbles I wrote last week that hit on that... I think much of John may be what his father/family expected of him, long before he was ever a soldier, a distraught husband, or someone who hunts what other people don't believe in. Such an interesting and complex character.
tabaqui: winchestersbycarmendovetabaqui on June 23rd, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, he really is. He was a decorated Marine presumabely *before* he met Mary, although who knows? So you know there's some history there...

I think he liked being a soldier - found it easy - and once he fell into it after Mary's death, he really just doesn't know how to get *out* of that mold...
Pixpixel_0 on June 24th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
I like them all, but the first was my favorite. Part of me is thinking that it's complete fluff, but the other part is seeing something a bit darker there. Sort of a dark foreshadowing in the burning of dinner. *bows head* Yes, I know it's morbid, but I couldn't help but think of burning dinner and well, we all know what comes next.

Lovely drabbles as always. I actually thinking the other day about how I have different authors for different sorts of writing around here, depending on what I'm looking for. You trump the drabbles, hands down. After reading yours for so long, it's hard to trust anyone else with 100 words. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
Sort of a dark foreshadowing in the burning of dinner. *bows head*
No, no-- that occurred to me as well. :0 But... I thought the contrast with the innocence of the scene was also interesting because of that. There's an inherent irony there that only the reader can see.

After reading yours for so long, it's hard to trust anyone else with 100 words. :)
:D *big silly grin* Thank you! That is an absolutely wonderful compliment. I'm going to float on it for awhile now.... :)
Pixpixel_0 on June 25th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! You just spoil me with your drabbles. lol. ;)
bluesister on June 24th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
I like how different they are, like you were looking from 3 different angles. Thank you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
They kind of are-- three totally different view of John, all really John POVs.

I like to stretch myself with these drabbles when I can-- try to work the prompt in several different ways (fluffy, angsty, humorous, different POVs, different moments). More bang for your drabble buck, I guess. ;)
Queen of Sassgard: Dom!Johnstarhawk2005 on June 24th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
Really nice. Love the second one especially. Military meets demon-hunting. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Military meets demon-hunting.
When your army is your family, and you're sometimes seriously "outgunned," you can get a lot more careful about picking your battles-- especially if where and when can make a huge difference in the outcome.
lady_octavia on June 25th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
amazing, loved the second one it summarizes John's philosophy so beautifully.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, lady_octavia! I'm surprised that all three of these wound up being John, but I seem to be in a John mood these last couple of weeks.

I love your James-Bond-like action!John icon there. ;)
lady_octavia on June 25th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
:) a John mood is always a good thing.

Thanks, it was one of those things I just had to do as soon as I saw the ep.