Characters: Dean, John (Gen)
Summary: 2x100 drabbles written belatedly for supernatural100’s “Gain” challenge #36.
When did the boy become the man who stands before him?
Dean lost a brother, and gained an equal partner instead.
They no longer mold to each other the way they once did. They used to accommodate each other’s differences, working team-like to find balance for Dad and themselves.
It isn’t that anymore. It’s conflict and confusion, and trying to remember and adjust through the discomfort.
Sammy’s gone, or he wants to be. Same thing.
Will this be better someday, if they ever get past it?
Dean can’t tell. It feels like starting over when he just wants yesterday back.
This is the worst kind of hunting, the things that go to ground for years at a time. He winds up looking for a trigger—an event, a moon cycle or something unknown—trying to scan the pattern of what it is and what it does. Sometimes the Why doesn’t matter-- he’s here to destroy these things, not understand them.
It took Mary, took Sammy’s girlfriend, and so many others along the way. Probably Pastor Jim, though he can’t be sure.
But they’re still ahead, John insists like he always has.
And they’re gaining on it. On that he’s firm.
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