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SPN fic: Essence of Kinnikinnick

Title: Essence of Kinnikinnick
Summary: Gen. A possible future drabble. Sequel to “Sounds in Silence”. Dean makes a deal to save Sam. Again.
Rating: PG
Warning: Language, Angst
Word Count: 1164
Disclaimer: I own absolutely nothing. Not for profit.
Author’s Notes: Vague spoilers for S2 finale and core plot for S3. Belial is a mythological demon. Andrea is an OC. Previous stories in this verse in order:
1. Line of Sight
2. Touched by Darkness
3. Sounds in Silence

***

“I’m going to kill her.”

Dean scratches his new beard, glancing at his watch for a third time in two minutes and pacing the length of the Chesapeake Bay fishing pier. He’s been away two weeks this time. Two weeks.

“This time I will, for damn fucking sure.”

“Oh keep your Alans on.” Dean whips around towards Bela as she steps out onto the pier. “I’m here.”

Dean doesn’t bother to yell at her for being fifty minutes late; his voice is cold enough. “Where is it?”

Bela checks him out from head to toe, then pulls out a small package from her tote bag and throws it toward Dean. He catches it, peeling the brown paper open as carefully as he can and studies the contents.

“You know, I met your dad once.”

He ignores her. “These for real?”

She ignores him back. “Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately?”

This time Dean glares at her. She laughs shortly, her gaze nervously flitting away as she gestures toward a redwood box sitting on the ground beside Dean. “As real as the contents of that box, I suppose.”

Dean narrows his eyes. “Bela, if you’re playing me again…”

“You’ve spent months tracking down a werewolf and his mate to get me their bonded hearts… an artifact that will make my very eccentric buyer very happy indeed, and me very rich in return. I won’t bother to ask you if it was hard to kill a human because I know you’ve gone way beyond the point of caring for crap like that anymore…”

“Psycho killer bitch’s worse than a werewolf if you ask me.”

Bela carries on egging him like he never spoke. “But I know how hard it’s been being separated from Sam, hasn’t it?”

Dean’s face hardens as he looks away from Bela’s boring eyes. Picks up the box and shoves it at her. “If this turns out to be anything but what I paid for, I promise I’ll track you down and happily rip your heart out.”

Bela smirks but she can’t hide the tremor coursing down her body and Dean smirks back. He turns and leaves without another word… if he started now, he could be in Boston by midnight.

**

Andrea smiles and rises from her place beside Sam’s bed. Dean nods back, collapsing heavily in the seat vacated by the orderly. She quickly explains that Bobby just stepped out but Dean waves it away. He’s fine so long as someone he trusts stays by Sam’s side, and in the last ten months he’d come to trust Andrea. A little. Enough.

He squeezes Sam’s hand and pushes the wild strands of hair from his face. Sam’s eyes are open and he’s staring out the window, either unaware or unconcerned that his big brother was finally back.

“Hey, kiddo. You’re awake! Hey… it’s Dean. How’re you doing Sammy?”

Andrea is used to Dean having one-sided conversations with his catatonic brother. At first it seemed just that - a desperate man talking to himself. Then a few months ago it became something else… like he’s on a cellphone and Andrea can hear one side of a full-duplex conversation going on inside his head. She ignores it usually, but what really worries her is when it stops. Because sometimes it does.

Dean caresses Sam’s face trying to get his attention. “Sammy… I’m sorry I left. Are you mad at me? Talk to me, please?”

Nothing. Sam has his off-days, days when he’s so far gone Dean can’t reach him at all. Drives him damn near crazy.

Bobby walks in then, gives Andrea the look she knows well. Quietly she makes herself scarce and Bobby closes the door behind her. “How long since you shaved?”

Dean’s responding face is a classic ‘wtf’ that makes Bobby quit his staring and shrug out of his jacket. “Show me.”

Dean hands over the package without leaving Sam’s side, tucking his blankets and fixing his pillows and generally fussing over the boy who couldn’t care less.

Bobby whistles. “She actually found ‘em.”

“What are those? Candles?”

“Essence of Kinnikinnick three hundred years old, with a combination of Hounds-Tongue, Toadflax and Valerian.”

“Yummy. What does it do?”

“According to my source, the incense should be strong enough to provide the one ‘external stimuli’ Sammy won’t be able to ignore.”

Yeah, both men are pretty adept at catatonia-speak by now. Dean swallows, ashamed to admit that he’s slowly losing hope. After all, what hadn’t they tried in the last ten months?

“Maybe, he doesn’t wanna come back. Maybe… this is his way of doing what he’s always wanted – get away from it all…”

Before Dean can finish Bobby is grabbing his left shoulder and shaking him with all his might. “Sixty six demons, Dean… not one, not two, not four! Sixty fucking six!”

Dean sighs closing his eyes and Bobby lets go with a cruel jerk. “It’s true he let them possess him on purpose. But Sam was the one in control,” Bobby’s voice drops to a whisper then, “until that last fucking minute. And he did it for you.”

Memories of the final battle rush back into Dean’s head with a burst of fiery agony. “I told him not to do it, I begged him…”

“It was the only way to get Belial and you know that. For your soul and who knows how many others…”

“It’s not worth it, Bobby! I need my brother back. Please… tell me this will work.”

The lack of response surprises no one, and silently they get to work. Arrange the candles in a pentagram around Sam’s bed before lighting them. Dean disconnects the smoke alarm, again, and they sit down to wait. Again.

**

Birds chirping. Dean stretches in his chair but keeps his eyes closed, he really really hates that sound ‘cause it means it’s time to wake up, and considering how exhausted he’s been these days…

“You look like Dad.”

Dean opens his eyes.

Sam’s voice is weak and raspy from months of being unused. His eyes appear to have aged overnight, like that of a war veteran who’s seen too many horrors to last three lifetimes, maybe more. At least they aren’t dead anymore.

“Yeah well,” Dean clears his throat that’s already threatening to close up. “You look like mom, always have. So there.”

Dean hasn’t seen those dimples in ten months. Maybe more considering Sam pretty much stopped smiling in the last days of what was supposed to be Dean’s last year. And now Dean can’t stop the tears anymore. “God, Sammy…”

He takes his fragile little brother into his arms, also discretely pressing the bell to call in the doctors. Sam’s back. Everything’s going to be alright.

“Dean?”

Dean pulls back slightly so he can look into Sam’s face. “Yeah kiddo.”

It’s hard to speak but nobody can shut him up now. “I was lost. I wanted to find my way out, I really did…”

“I know Sammy, it’s okay…”

“It was… like a maze, so dark and…”

“Shhh. It’s okay now. You did find your way out, that’s my boy.” Dean holds Sam close for a long while, burying his face in his brother’s soft smelling hair.

“The candles. You followed the scent, didn’t you?”

“Actually,” Sam sighs. “I was running away from it.”

Dean frowns in confusion and Sam makes a sheepish face. “It kinda stinks in here, Dean. And um, you’re… kinda ripe too.”

Beat.

“Bitch.”

Sam chuckles burrowing back into Dean's chest tiredly, his response understood though it remains unsaid.

***Sequel***

Whoa!! I love this verse!! Awesome!!Sammy is awake. Thanks for the update.

Yep Sam's back *sighs* :) Thank YOU for reading and reviewing hon.

Thank you for reading! :)

Great story! I'm really enjoying this verse.

Thanks Tori :) Glad you liked it.

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Hey sweetheart! I'm sorry work's been crazy. I've been traveling for the past two weeks and didn't get any time to log on. How've you been? Thank YOU so much for reading hon :) See I brought Sammy back yayy lol :D Thank you sweetie, and God how I love you too!! *hugs and kisses* :)

Hey you! *waves*

WooHoo! He's awake!

“Psycho killer bitch’s worse than a werewolf if you ask me.”
Hee! I agree, I agree!

“Sixty six demons, Dean… not one, not two, not four! Sixty fucking six!”
OMG! So this is why he ended up in this state! Demon overdose.

“You look like dad.”
These words must have sounded like music to Deans ears.

You have done such a wonderful job with them. Bobby's supportive of Dean while keeping him from totally freaking out. Dean's patient and gentle toward Sam through out. But mostly it's the love. You made it shiny and indestructible.

I love this 'verse!

Thank you,
Alley

Edited at 2008-01-14 11:30 am (UTC)

Heyyyy :) I'm so happy you liked it hon. Told ya Dean would bring Sammy back :D

OMG! So this is why he ended up in this state! Demon overdose.
Yeah kinda.. I left it sorta vague on purpose, but maybe will fill in a few more details in the last chapter. Bottomline - it's what Sammy had to do to save Dean.

But mostly it's the love. You made it shiny and indestructible.
Ohh... Thank you so SO much for saying that hon! :) It's what I was hoping for.

cheers sweetie :) Your feedback's made my day!! *hugs*

Yippieh, Sam's back^^ Juchuh!

:D Yep, at last. Thank you for reading sweetie! :)

Just found this verse today- loved it!

Thank you! Glad you liked it hon :)

I'm all sniffly and happy and thankful for this wonderful chapter.


I'm thankful for your kind words hon :) Thank you!

Awwwwwwww! Aww awww! You fixed it!!!!!

...so, that leaves taste, right? :D

Yep, that leaves taste :) Thank you for reading hon!

I was not tearing up when Sam came back, nope, not a bit, not a - well, okay, maybe I was. Some. A lot. Because damn, I loved this. Great stuff, honey. *hugs you* :)

*hugs you back* :) Thank you so much sweetheart. Your feedback's put a smile on my face and boy do I need one right now! :) Am really glad you like! cheers hon :)

Very nicely done. It’s great to see Bobby and Dean be successful, and Sam come back to himself. :)

Favorite lines:

“It kinda stinks in here, Dean. And um, you’re… kinda ripe too.”

Beat.

“Bitch.”


*g*

Sam chuckles burrowing back into Dean's chest tiredly, his response understood though it remains unsaid.

Aww. :) Great ending.

Thank you!! I'm really glad you liked it. The ending was my favorite part to write too. The end of angst haha :) cheers hon.

Aaah..you woke him up! Loved it. Theres a real sense of Deans desperation and encompassing love for his brother in your writing. Lovely stuff...and they hugged!!


Thank you so much hon :) I started to write the end and it kept getting all mushy on me until I just went "the hell with it" and wrote in the hug lol! I'm really happy you liked it :)

Sammy's awake! And Dean scares Bela, I love it! Your fic always makes me gleeful, this especially because Sam's just woken up and already cracking jokes. Interesting snippet about the demons possessing him, can't wait for more :)

:) Thank you so much sweetie! I'm glad you liked it. Bela just gets on my nerves heh *shrugs* :D

Great addition to the 'verse! It answered some questions about what exactly happened.

Are you continuing this? I hope so!

Thank you for reading hon :) Yes there is one more part left in this verse. Glad you like!

Oh.

Sam wakes up ...

I'm torn in two actually. I want Sam to come back of course, but at the same time I want this verse to continue. Dean at wits ends, Sam hanging on, LOVE the angst.

Please, please, could we have an epilogue, please?


:D I'm glad somebody's an angst whore like me lol! Thanks for reading sweetie and yes there is one more part left in this verse.

Yay! Sammy's awake! Great chapter!

Thank you for reading hon :) Glad you liked!

To be quite honest I'm a bit tired of deal-making fics but this one, that concentrates on the aftermath, is a refreshing change and a lovely read. Dean's desperation was almost tactile. I like the way you had Sam awake/aware before Dean woke up - I like to think Sam had plenty of time to gaze lovingly at his older brother. Okay, gotta stop, getting all mushy now. *hugs you*

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing sweetheart! :) I tend to avoid all fics about the deal myself! Not sure where this came from but I just had to write it out, glad you guys like it too :D

I like to think Sam had plenty of time to gaze lovingly at his older brother.
Haha.. yep that's one way to look at it :) I couldn't stand to make him completely not there you know.. that would've been hell on Dean.

cheers again hon! *hugs back* :)

Well, aside from the fact that Dean totally looks like their mom--her eyes, jaw, cheekbones--even with that old headshot of JDM, and Sam looks like a very young JDM--tall, skinny, same brow, same glower from under the brow look, same grin. Not that I've done obsessive research, or anything.

Um, YAY! They got him back! ::bounce::

I will be pleased to read anything else you care to write in this 'verse. The first installment of this just ripped out my heart--you've had it hostage ever since.

Haha I knew someone was going to pull me up on that :D Sometimes you only see the things you want to see, at least that's how I rationalize it hon :) I guess I see Dean as a perfect splitting image of his father because that's what he always aspired to be. And recently I saw images of Jensen sporting more a beard and was immediately struck by the resemblance with JDM in a beard in "Home". Now Sam.. he's got a mellower, gentler nature much like, I assume, Mary might have had. And they both have that long nose and strong jawline and the big-teethed smile so.. that's where my analogy comes from ;) Sorry I'm rambling away about this. I can totally understand your logic, guess i just prefer the idea of Sam looking like Mary and Dean like John more :D

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing and giving me a chance to rant haha ;) Your words are too kind, and I hope you like the last part of this verse too that'll be posted soon. I think :D cheers hon!

OMG YES!!!! I juts DEVOURED the last two chapters and...

Ohmyyesss!!!!

Beautiful!! Freaking fantastic lovie!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

*hugs you*

:D Thank you so much sweetie. I'm really glad you liked. Your lovely feedback's making me grin like crazy :) *hugs you back*

Caught up with this series today. Have to say its truly amazing. Thank God Dean's not dying anymore and even though Sam had to pay for it with 10 months of his life.. maybe now things will be okay again? Beautiful verse.. pls update soon!
Thank you.

Thank YOU so much for reading and reviewing hon :) Am really glad you liked it. Will try to update soon!

Sammy! *hugs boys* I love that Dean tells Sam that he looks like their mother - someone he's obviously held on this pedestal and done so much for, and that's Sammy x 10. Wonderful update; sorry it took me a while to get to it! I look forward to the next one <3

Thank you sweetie :) Yes Dean genuinely sees a lot of his mom in Sammy. I'm glad you got around to reading this hon, you know your feedback always makes my day a whole lot brighter :D *hugs*

Wonderful! I missed this the first time around and I'm glad I found it on the second. Good to see Sam up and I wonder just what those candles smelled like.

Nice Bela snark and the fact that Dean can still scare her says a lot.

Sam's first words are just precious.

Yay!

Thank you for reading and reviewing hon :) You're right.. I didn't actually describe what the candles smell like at all. *thinks* You know if you look up the herbs I listed.. they have some very interesting healing qualities. Maybe I'll include a meta about that in the Notes :)

Sam's first words are just precious.
Thanks! I kinda thought so too heh ;-D

cheers hon.

OH! OH! He woke up! Sam woke up!

Damned if you didn't get me to tear up when he talked and it wasn't in Dean's head!

GAH! I love that ending! For once Bela does something good...even if she got paid to do it!

:) Yes he woke up. Couldn't leave him like that any longer, poor baby. I got you to tear up? :D Awww, thank you so much sweetie. (Someone pull me down, I'm floating in the air :P) Glad you enjoyed it hon. *hugs*

Oh god.. this is the first time in a long while that I'm almost crying over a fic.
*hugs Sammy and Dean to chest*

Thanks so much for writing this! And I'm sorry for not leaving a review earlier... I couldn't help just reading on. So good :)

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing hon! :) I'm so very glad you enjoyed it. Sorry it made you cry *hugs* :) But you know there is one more part in this series which does provide some moderately happy closure. I hope you like that too! cheers hon :)

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:D Thank you darling!!! *clings*

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