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Title: From Yesterday
Fandom: Supernatural
Author: gaelicspirit
Characters: Dean, Sam, and OCs
Disclaimer/Summary: See Prologue

Part 1: Chapter 8-A

The spirit moved away rapidly, drawing the darkness with her. With a moan, she skittered into the corner of the landing, then to Dean's horror, crab-walked backwards up the wall to the corner of the ceiling and stared at him, her dead eyes turning the room to ice.

"Fuck me…," Dean whispered.

He'd not seen a spirit manifest itself quite so corporeally before. She was darkness, dripping shadows from her tar-like skin, her eyes two black holes in a face that defied convention.

"Is-is someone still there?" He heard Tommy's plea from one of the rooms above him, the kid's voice sounding scared and weaker than it had before. Whatever she'd done to him, Dean needed to get him out of there.

"Tommy, you just hang tight, okay?"

"Dean?!"

Maggie Flynn's spirit moved across the ceiling, trailing the dark after her like a gown, her shadow-hair spreading out from her face to bleed to the corners of the room. Dean continued up the stairs, keeping his eyes on her. He wasn't sure why she continued to shrink from him, but he refused to look away. The moment she moved into his blind side, he was toast.

He made it to the landing and brought the barrel of the sawed-off shotgun up. Maggie turned her head in an unnatural, jerky motion, the bottomless pits of her eyes making Dean shiver. Forcing himself to calm down, Dean used the tips of the fingers on his right hand to chamber a round, then fired both barrels at the ceiling, the rock salt peppering Maggie's spirit and sending her away with a bone-chilling scream.

"What the hell was that?!" Tommy called, his voice panicky. "Dean?!"

"Where are you?" Dean shouted back.

He was rattled. That had taken too long; it had felt like an execution. Something wasn't right about this whole situation.

"Last room on the right!"

Dean moved down the hallway, past the family photos on the wall, past the decorative tables with more trinkets and doilies, toward a large mirror at the end of the hall, positioned over yet another spindly-legged table. Catching his reflection in the mirror, he stumbled to a standstill.

The first thing he noticed was his eyes. He could see them in the mirror as if they'd been caught by a flash from a camera. They didn't glow so much as reflect light...and yet the entire house was covered in shadow.

"What the hell?" he whispered.

The second thing he noticed was the image of a woman with her back to the mirror, standing behind him. He turned quickly, wary of being caught by surprise when he had no peripheral vision in his left eye, but there was no one there. Turning back toward the mirror, he saw the image of the woman approaching the mirror…backwards.

As the image became even with Dean's reflection, he turned his head slowly to his left, convinced he would see that shadowed personification of Maggie Flynn standing next to him. When he saw nothing beside him, he drew in a shaky breath and the house suddenly screamed around him.

The doors along the hall rattled violently, the mirror shattered, the trinkets flew off the delicate tables, the pictures slid from the wall to crash either on the stairs or on the wood floor of the hallway.

Before he realized it, Dean was on his knees, shoulders curled forward in instinctive protection from the noise and flying glass. Fumbling with his useless right hand, he managed to shove two more rounds into the shotgun; with a cry of distress, he fired the weapon once more toward the ceiling, the air peppered with rock salt.

Everything stopped. The house was silent.

Dean looked up, rock salt clinging to his eyebrows, his lips, causing him to cough it out of his lungs. The mirror was broken; he was kneeling in a sea of shattered glass and ceramics. Using the staircase railing next to him as leverage, he pulled himself to his feet and continued down the hall to the room Tommy had been calling him from.

Opening the door, he realized it was the room with the opened window. It was clear the room had been Tommy's by the complete lack of doilies. The kid's Spartan-like decorating habits could give Sam a run for his money, but what was bothering Dean was the Tommy himself was nowhere to be seen.

"Tom-MAY!" he yelled, very quickly moving past Fed-Up and straight into Pissed-Off.

"In here, man!"

Dean looked to his right as he heard a door rattle. On the other side of the room was an old wardrobe, big enough that Tommy could have wandered into Narnia. The doors rattled again and Dean closed the distance between himself and the furniture, wondering why the kid didn't just open them from the inside. He grabbed the latch and threw it open, then gaped into the barely-visible interior.

"What. The actual. Hell."

"Just get me outta here, man!"

Tommy was suspended from the clothing bar, his clothes woven around him like a cocoon constructed of denim and cotton. Only his head was visible.

"How did this even happen?" Dean asked, cursing himself silently for not grabbing his Bowie. He always had that damn knife – or one in his boot. Except, of course, for now.

"She-she came at me like…I mean she was like BAM! Just there, y'know?" Tommy babbled. "Scared the shit outta me, but when I turned my flashlight on her she…she like screeched, y'know? Like some kinda, I don't know, bat or something."

"The flashlight?" Dean was looking for a starting point to unwind Tommy from the web of clothes.

"Yeah, but then I dropped it and she kinda tossed me in here – I mean I guess she tossed me…," Tommy sniffed, his wide eyes not leaving Dean's face. "It wasn't like she touched me or anything."

"Ghost chakra," Dean muttered, sarcasm lacing his words together.

"What? Ghost?"

Dean looked around Tommy's room. "You got a knife in here, man? Scissors? Something sharp?"

"I don't know," Tommy muttered, wrenching himself from side to side. "I just…how the hell did she wrap me up so fast, man?"

Dean snorted. "You're joking, right?"

Tommy stilled and looked over at him. "What are you saying…you're saying actual ghost?"

"Yes," Dean rolled his eyes, then remembered the mess in the hallway. "Actual ghost." He hurried to the hallway and grabbed a piece of broken glass. Returning to Tommy he found the kid's face stark-white in the darkness of the wardrobe. "Dude…you okay? Don't pass out on me now."

"So it was real? What I saw was real?" Tommy's voice shook. "You're not going to…like, I don't know…pull off her mask or something?"

Dean lifted an eyebrow and began cutting at the clothes pinning Tommy in place. "This ain't Scooby-Doo, man."

Tommy laughed with a kind of manic nervousness. "Yeah…she woulda gotten away with it, too. If it weren't for us meddling kids."

"Hold still," Dean ordered and Tommy obeyed.

It was getting harder to see; if he had to guess, Dean would bet the moonlight was hindered by cloud-cover. He furrowed his brow, trying to see into the shadows where he could cut the clothes without cutting Tommy.

"Dude, what the hell is up with your eyes?" Tommy asked suddenly.

Dean looked up. "What?"

Tommy just shook his head, and Dean remembered the strangeness of his own reflection. Just then, Tommy flinched back, looking at something over Dean's shoulder with utter terror. Dean turned and nearly cried out when he realized that Maggie's spirit was standing right next to him, hidden from him by his shadowed vision.

Before he could bring up his shotgun, she lifted him and he felt himself sailing through the air, crashing against Tommy inside the wardrobe with enough force that they toppled the furniture to its side, ripping the moorings that held Tommy in place. He was still cocooned, but no longer tied to the clothing bar. Dean groaned with the impact, his tender muscles protesting the abuse.

Looking up at the spirit, Dean watched as she once more crab-crawled across the ceiling, inspecting them with empty eyes and a jerky head-tilt motion.

"What the fuck is that?!" Tommy yelled.

"Move," Dean managed, rolling off of Tommy and grabbing for his shotgun. He'd not reloaded it since firing it in the hallway. His right hand wasn't cooperating; he couldn't even force his fingers to move the amount he'd accomplished earlier in their house. "Get yourself loose."

"I'm tryin'!" Tommy all-but sobbed. "Don't let her get us, man. Don't let her get down."

"I'm tryin'," Dean echoed, softer, anger at his own limitations turning his words to granite.

He could feel Tommy flopping like spawning salmon next to him, trying to get free of the protective – for that was what it really seemed to be – cocoon Maggie had wrapped him in. If she'd died in the house, after outliving her own sons, she could easily have been attacking Tommy's grandma to get her away from Tommy, and not the house, Dean reasoned.

Which meant Dean was in serious trouble.

Growling once more in frustration, Dean managed to get two rounds into his shotgun, but didn't fire quite yet. The spirit of Maggie Flynn was perched in the corner of the room – on the ceiling – shadows flowing from her to touch them like the tentacles of a jellyfish. She watched them with dead eyes, but made no move. The smell of darkness – the wet, mildew-like stench – began to stretch across the room along with the shadows, the sound of groaning wood bearing too much weight, following it.

"I've got an arm – I'm free," Tommy panted, and Dean felt the kid's hand on his arm. "I'm free."

"Grab the gun from my waistband," Dean ordered. "Can you shoot?"

"Shoot? Hell yeah, I can shoot! I go out to Mason's shooting range—"

"All right, all right," Dean broke in, not taking his eyes from the spirit. For whatever reason, it seemed as long as he was looking at her, she wasn't going to move. But he couldn't look at her forever. "I don't need a fucking resume. That gun – you got it? Okay, good. That gun is filled with consecrated iron."

"Concentrated what?"

"Forget it." Dean shook his head once. "All you need to know is that it should dispel her. You need to fire directly at her, got it?"

"Oh God, is there going to be like…black blood and shit?" Tommy groaned, pointing the gun shakily at the spirit.

Without thinking Dean looked askance at Tommy. "What?! No, it's a spi—"

He never finished his sentence. With a screech like a night owl, Maggie's spirit dove from the corner of the ceiling and right at Dean. He felt the breath rush from his lungs as she lifted him and threw him back and away from Tommy. Dean crashed against the wall with his right shoulder, slumping to the floor, coughing desperately for air.

He lost his grip on the shotgun, but thanks to the sling, the gun stayed attached to him. Blinking to clear his blurred vision, he looked over at Tommy and saw the kid trying to track the spirit's impossibly fast movements with the barrel of the gun. Dimly through the ringing in his ears, Dean could hear Tommy crying.

"Shoot her," he gasped, coughing again to get more air. "Dammit, shoot the bitch!"

He heard the retort of his pistol once, twice, three times. He heard the spirit scream – this time in rage – and he brought up the shotgun. As Maggie's face rushed at him, Dean fired both barrels directly at her eyes and the room was silent once more.

Dean lay where he was, trying to catch his breath. He could tell that nothing was broken – yet – but he was definitely going to be feeling this in the morning. And he had no idea how he was going to explain the bruises to Sam.

"Is…is she gone? Did we do it?"

"No," Dean groaned, pushing himself up. "She'll be back. And she'll be pissed."

"How do you know this, man?"

Dean walked over to Tommy and held out his hand for his gun. Tommy slapped it into his hand, then used the wall to stand, extricating himself from the web of clothes.

"Don't worry about that. Listen, I need you to go out back, about 100 yards north of the porch." Dean knew he was going to have to keep Maggie busy while her bones were burned. "You'll find a shovel and some other stuff – hey, you listening to me?"

"Yeah, yeah," Tommy said distractedly, but he was looking around at the ruin of his room, making his way to the destroyed hallway. "Shovel, 100 yards."

"I need you to dig up the bones and burn them," Dean told him.

Tommy turned to face him in the doorway. "Wait, what? Dig up a fucking grave?"

"Yes," Dean told him. "We don't have a lot of time. We need to do this now or someone else is going to get hurt like your grandma. Maybe worse."

Tommy rubbed the back of his head. "Why is this happening?"

Dean crossed the room and grabbed Tommy's arm, forcing the kid to look at him. "You need to focus, okay? I'll hold her off, but you need to get out there and get those graves dug up."

"Graves? As in more than one?"

"There are three," Dean said, reluctantly. "I don't know which one is Maggie's."

"Maggie…Maggie who? I don't even know a Maggie. Why is she doing this? Why did she hurt my gramma? Why is—"

"Hey!" Dean barked, grabbing Tommy's chin. "You want answers or you want to live?"

Tommy blinked. "Live."

"Good choice. You do what I say when I say it, and you'll live. You got it?"

Tommy nodded.

"All right. Now…grab whatever you came in here for and let's get the hell out."

Tommy looked over at the ruined wardrobe. "You pretty much shredded it."

Dean gave Tommy a sympathetic look. "Yeah, uh…sorry about that."

He pushed Tommy out into the hallway, glass cracking and crunching under their feet. His hip twinged as he started down the stairs, but he ignored it.

He could do this. He wasn't broken yet. He could finish this job.

They got to the doorway of the kitchen before Dean felt the cold surge once more.

Damn, she's strong.

"Listen," Dean grabbed Tommy's shoulder and turned him around. "You gotta work fast. I'll hold her off, but you need to dig them up, put rock salt on them, and burn them all. There's kerosene by the shovel. Got matches?"

"Uh…no," Tommy patted his pockets. "Quit smoking for Lent last year. Never picked it back up."

"Swell," Dean grumbled, digging into his pocket and handing Tommy a box of waterproof matches. "Here. Go fast, okay?"

"You're staying here?" Tommy squeaked as he hurried toward the door, a quick glance over his shoulder.

"Unless you wanna fight her out at the gravesite, yes," Dean said, awkwardly shoving two shells into his shot gun. He felt the weight of his pistol in his pocket and shook his scarred right hand, cursing his inability to force his fingers to work. If he could even just pull the trigger with his right hand, it would be something! "Here," he handed the pistol to Tommy. "In case she gets past me."

Tommy took the weapon with a shaking hand.

"What are you still standing here for? Go!"

Tommy was looking at Dean, but as he reached out to put a hand on the door knob, his eyes shifted over Dean's shoulder and grew impossibly wide. Dean felt the air around him pull close, as if he was trapped in a vacuum, and his body started to slide backwards.

"Go!" he shouted at Tommy and just before he felt icy fingers wrap around his neck from behind, he saw Tommy dart outside, the door slamming shut behind him.


"What kind of trouble?" Sam asked, his mind racing from taken to jail scenarios to suicidal depression scenarios as he pulled his T-shirt over his head.

"The kind I think you're the only one equipped to deal with," Mason said, cryptically.

Sam stopped cold, his heart slamming at the base of his throat. No way…it can't be.

"Where is he?" Sam demanded.

"Just come to the garage, dammit!" Mason yelled before hanging up on Sam.

Sam sank back down on the bed, staring at the phone in his head, the glow from the LED the only light in the room.

"Sam?" Stella said hesitantly, moving toward him from the shadows. She was wearing his shirt, having apparently given up the hunt for her own clothes. "You okay?"

Without answering her, Sam dialed Dean's number. After two rings, he got his brother's voicemail. He hung up before Dean's message completed.

Sam swallowed, the block of ice that had been his heart making him shake from the inside out. Dammit, Dean. He'd promised to try, Sam argued with himself. He'd promised and now he was in trouble. Supernatural trouble. And now, after everything Sam had done to pull himself out of that life, he was going to have to go back in.

Stella stepped closer to him, positioning herself between his legs and running her fingers through his tangled hair. He leaned forward so that his forehead rested on her belly, wrapping his arms around her slim waist and pulling her close. He just wanted to breathe in her scent, this moment, this life one last time before he had to let it all go once more.

"Sam?" Stella's voice trembled a bit. "You're kinda starting to scare me."

"'m sorry," Sam said against her, not letting go.

"Want to talk about it?"

No. Yes. Never. Finally.

He released her and leaned back, looking up at her face in the glow of the LED. "You hungry?"

Stella blinked and tilted her head, studying his face for a moment. "I could eat," she said.

"I'm starving," Sam declared. "And, uh…I don't have a car."

Stella nodded slowly, clearly weighing his words against his expression. "Want to see what IHOP is like at four in the morning?"

"Dying to."

"Help me find my clothes."

Sam stood, feeling around the floor with his feet, toying with the idea of just…not leaving. Just letting whatever happened play out. He flirted with the idea for all of a minute before he thought he would be sick at the ramifications such a choice would bring.

He couldn't not go to Dean. Not after Hell. Not after Stull.

Dean could have walked away. Could have kept that promise and gone on to live a normal life. Instead, he chose not to let Sam die alone. And in the process, saved his life. Again.

Promise or no promise, he had to go see what sort of trouble his brother had gotten himself into.

"I should've had the power turned on in this place," Stella was saying. "I'm probably putting my dress on backwards."

"You want help with the bed?" Sam asked.

Stella turned to him and the headlights from a car on Massachusetts Street slipped across her face. Sam caught his breath at her grin. It was innocent and daring and just a little dirty. But not evil.

"Nah," she replied. "Leave it. For next time."

"What happened to all your brother's stuff?" Sam asked as they made their way down the now-quiet stairs.

"Sold some, stored some, gave some away," she replied. "Our dad was never in the picture – well, I mean, he was at some point of course, but not from the time I was a baby. I never knew him." They walked across the eerily quiet bar and dance floor and grabbed their coats from the check. "Anyway, my brother joined the Army right after 9/11 – like a whole bunch of other 18-year-olds – and was killed in Iraq about four years later."

Sam frowned. "I'm really sorry," he repeated, helping her with her coat.

"Me too," Stella smiled up at him sadly, the security lights making it easier for him to see her. She pulled her long hair out from beneath her collar. "I really loved my brother. He was only two years older than me, but he was kinda my only dad, y'know?"

Sam nodded. He did know.

"Anyway, when he died, Mom left all the decisions up to me, and I knew what Joe would've wanted, so…I got rid of everything."

"Except the loft," Sam said.

"Except the loft," Stella agreed, opening the door.

"Shouldn't this be locked?" Sam asked as they stepped outside into the cold, their breath instantly crystallizing into tiny clouds visible even in the dark of the alley.

"Well," Stella shrugged deeper into her coat. "If it was, we'd be in trouble."

"You know the owner of the bar, don't you?" Sam guessed.

Smiling at him, Stella lifted a set of keys from her pocket. "Yeah," she said. "I do." She turned and locked the door behind them. "And I hear she's pretty great in bed."

Sam chuckled, slinging an arm around her shoulders and pulling her close to him. "Why do you work at Freestate if you own this place?"

Stella shrugged. "Something to do. My cousin runs the place for me. I'm just a landlord, really."

"You're amazing."

He kissed the top of her head, wishing with everything in him that he didn't have to drop the façade, that he could just be this guy who'd been on a roadtrip with his brother, ran into some trouble, decided to stick around to heal up.

They got into Stella's Subaru and she cranked up the heat, beating her cold feet against the floor in a rapid tattoo to get the blood flowing. Sam wasn't as cold, but then again, he wasn't wearing a knee-length skirt and strappy heels.

"So, IHOP?" Stella asked, pulling out of her parking space.

"Uh, there's…one place I need to stop first, if that's okay," Sam hedged.

Stella reached for the radio, hitting a button. When the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army belted out of her speakers, she turned it up, raising her voice so he could hear her over the music. "Lemme guess…Mason's garage?"

Sam nodded. Stella pursed her lips and turned left on 6th, preparing to cross the bridge.

"What is it?" Sam asked, trying to read her expression.

"Nothing," she shrugged. "Just…I'm actually kinda hungry now."

"Yeah," Sam sighed. "Me, too."

He dialed Dean's phone one more time before Stella pulled up to the bay doors of the garage. Nothing.

"You can drop me here," Sam told her.

Stella frowned, shaking her head. "I'm not just going to leave you here, Sam."

"I'll be okay," he told her. "Trust me on this."

She looked out through the windshield. They could both see a large man with dark hair and a scruff-covered chin standing in the doorway, watching them. Looking back at Sam, Stella shook her head again.

"You didn't even know who Mason was," she pointed out. "I can't just…drop you off."

"Stella, if I wanted to, I could walk home from here," he reminded her. "Besides, my brother works for this guy."

"And your brother's in trouble," she reminded herself.

Sam nodded. "I gotta help him."

"Something tells me he gets in trouble a lot."

Sam looked down. "We both do."

"Who gets you out of trouble, Sam?" She asked softly.

Sam met her eyes. "Dean."

On a sigh, Stella leaned forward, cupping his chin and smoothing her thumb over his lips. "I wanna see you again, Sam Winchester."

"You will," he promised, watching her mouth.

She lifted herself up to kiss him, letting it linger, then pulled away and put both hands on the steering wheel as if to keep from touching him. Sam smiled at her profile, then got out of her car and headed up to Mason's door, not letting himself look back. He heard the gravel crunch under her wheels as she pulled away, and shifted his attention to the man in the doorway.

"You're Sam?" Mason asked, blue eyes bouncing over his face.

Sam nodded.

"Huh."

Sam lifted an eyebrow, slightly amused to find himself looking the man directly in the eye. That happened so rarely.

"Way your brother talks about you," Mason said, turning away and letting Sam into the warmth of the garage, "I thought you'd be wearing a cape."


Continued in Part 1: Chapter 9.

a/n
: Thanks for reading!

Comments

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mdlaw
Dec. 7th, 2013 06:58 am (UTC)
Really scary ghost hunt....I can't believe Sam took so long to act. m. :/
ferrous_wheeler
Dec. 7th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
So excellent! Gotta say, I'm not really liking Sam much right now. His brother's in trouble and all he can think of is himself. He seems to want Dean around but only on his terms, and for a moment there he almost picks Stella over his brother.
Great update and looking forward to whatever comes next!
supernutjapan
Dec. 7th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
"Way your brother talks about you," Mason said, turning away and letting Sam into the warmth of the garage, "I thought you'd be wearing a cape."

25r30wi

I'm glad you had those two out at one go. I don't think I could have stood the wait.

I am interested in seeing if Sam tells Stella the truth. I have a feeling she could deal with it.

I loved how you described the love scene.

The monster is also great. Kind of reminded me of the house spirit in a Steven King novel (Gunslinger) I read - the way you described the house screaming. But its a spider??

Looking forward to the next bit!

Edited at 2013-12-07 12:17 pm (UTC)
jj1564
Dec. 7th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
Noooo, you can't lave it there! What sort of trouble is Dean in? Why are his eyes glowing? Is he hurt, possessed, what?? As you can tell I'm really gripped by this story! I like how you've weaved a really scary ghost story into it now, with Dean (the eejit) trying to tackle it alone with one eye and one hand, desperate to get back to hunting despite his promise to Sam. And although I'm pleased Sam has found Stella, he was frustratingly slow at responding to Mason's call for help. Looking forward to the next part.
iontas
Dec. 8th, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
So much is going on here. I don't know who I feel worse for. Sam wants normal and Dean wants to be Dean. When Sam thought about not wanting Dean to come with him, it was just so sad. When Dean was trying to load the shotgun, my heart broke for him. Then Sam realizing he had to go back, that his normal was lost. But then having the passing thought of not going and then moving so slowly to go to Dean's aid. (Selfish Sam came back to mind a bit!)

But the worst part of all was the cliffhanger! Argh! How can you leave us there?

Oh, and the best part - this story is so freaking awesome!
pandi19
Dec. 9th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Meep! You left it there?!

Awesome chapter! I liked how you switched between the boys - Sam ringing in the new & continuing to embrace his new life with Stella & Dean struggling to clutch his exist the only way his knows & saving Tommy. It was perfect.

So, now I'm just going to sit here & wait the next chapter.... *grin*
jennygeee
Dec. 9th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
Great visual descriptions Gaelic, I could almost feel that spirit - I was there, with Dean, thanks to your writing!

Poor Sam (It's not very often I say that!) - he never gets a break does he, he'll never be able to live the 'normal' life he craves so badly.

Another great chapter - but how could you leave it there!!!!! I need to know what's happened to Dean and I need to know NOW!!

Seriously though, thanks again for an enthralling chapter.
freya922
Dec. 13th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
OMG, gaelic, you had me chewing my fingernails to the quick. "Dean, STOP, what the hell are you doing???!!!" He's in totally rough shape, and I know how driven he is, but he's giving me an ulcer.

The tension between Dean's sensibilities and desperation and Sam's stalwart belief that they can leave it all behind reverberates through the whole story - it is just fantastic.

Poor Sam - with a few minutes of warmth, affection, intimacy... and there you go. And what happened to Dean...? I'm dying to know what the light in his eyes means for their future, and what state he is in now that he's taken on a very vengeful spirit while barely put back together.
jesters_tear82
Dec. 21st, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
LOVE LOVE LOVE this chapter! :) so much goodies!

- LOL at your naming Sam's girl after your dog ;) & she has the coolest tattoo! I find her interesting, she has this mysterious Brenna quality to her & she seems to get Sam the way Brenna gets Dean. Brenna & Stella - even the names sound alike :) & I think because she lost a brother, she can relate to Sam's protective streak when it comes to Dean & vice versa. I also liked how Dean got it into Sam's head he should sleep with her.. & then Sam did ;) their intimate scene was hot & gentle (you have a way with those :)

- "For a moment they simply looked at each other, each caught in the net of memory. So much had transpired, their journeys so different and yet they'd walked the exact same path. Unexpectedly, Sam felt emotion coil at the base of his throat, pressing upward. He wouldn't have survived if it hadn't been for Dean. Not just Stull…but all of it." THIS! & the hug! *so sweet*
But it sure does feel weird, Sam going out & Dean staying home alone.. well, not for long :P

- Tommy, Tommy.. why didn't you listen? This ghost is creeping me out! What did she do to Dean!? *must read more* Your action/horror scenes are so riveting, & I've decided not to read this story at night when it's spooking the hell out of me ;)

- Poor Sam, I do get his wanting some peace & quiet, to just stay in Stella's arms for a bit longer, but thank God he went for Dean after all. Wondering what Dean told Mason about Sam exactly..? Or is it just his tone, his voice literally lights up when talking about his brother, so I imagine.

So no chapter next week? (Yes, I read your notes before the actual story :) Meaning I've got 2 weeks to catch up & finally get to part 2 of this amazing fic! See you soon!

jazzyirish
Jan. 14th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
Another luxurious and meaty chapter. I'm feeling so many emotions about what's going on. First of all, did I not say that I thought Dean was going to do something reckless? Yeah.

I had mixed feelings about the opening thoughts and conversation between Dean and Sam. Sam wants to be with his new friends and girlfriend more than Dean. The fact that he asks Dean to come along while secretly happy that he didn't, made me feel sad. And a little bit angry with Sam for his duplicity. Add in that he didn't seem all that concerned and have a sense of urgency when Mason tells him that Dean is in trouble toward the end of the chapter, and I feel more than a little angry with Sam. I guess I'll never get over the odious comparison of Sam's self-focus to his brother's care and concern for others rather than himself - especially for Sam.

And look where that concern got him in this chapter. Dean, what were you thinking??? Trying to go after a ghost when you can barely reload a shotgun? Rusty enough to forget your knife? Alone? And how are you going to dig up graves with one good hand? Oh Dean...

This ghost is a really scary bitch. Loved your descriptions of the darkness and shadows, creepy back-crawling up the walls and general scariness. She made my skin crawl.

OK, the description of Dean's eyes in the mirror has me wondering what's going on there: "They didn't glow so much as reflect light...and yet the entire house was covered in shadow." I'm guessing this has something to do with the amulet and also the almost "electrical" connection to Sam and subsequent visions. Hope our hero gets back to normal. But first, he has to get out of this mess intact.

Now that his brother has finally made his way to Mason at the garage, maybe he can force himself to help Dean. Well, on to the next chapter to find out...

Irish
metallidean_grl
Feb. 9th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
"Way your brother talks about you," Mason said, turning away and letting Sam into the warmth of the garage, "I thought you'd be wearing a cape." That's too funny. We have heard that a couple times on the show, references to how the legend is much bigger than the actual man. They have had people say that about John and Dean. Oh, but only the legends are probably true.

Very cool with the eye thing on Dean. Very mysterious. That amulet imbued him with something and I really can't wait to find out the whole story behind it all. I love Dean in the house, dealing with the ghost. Very vivid details about her crab walking not he ceiling and what she looks like. I love the fact that Dean is really non-plussed about the whole thing. Just another day at the office for Dean. That just makes me smile. Love our Dean.
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