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    “Sam?” Dean reaches out toward him without thinking.

    Sam reacts to his touch like it burns, eyes wide and unfocused as his hands lash out; under his breath, barely audible, Dean hears Sam whispering no; no, please. Something cold twists in his gut as he retreats, pressing himself against the other side of the stairwell and raising his hands in surrender. “Sam, it's me,” he says. “It's Dean.”

    But Sam doesn't hear him. He's muttering and still holding his hands up, and Dean sees a trickle of blood slide down from his hairline before following the contours of his face into the dip under his eye and then down his nose. Sam knocks himself off the step and fumbles down two more before Dean finally hears him breathe.

    “Dean?” he whispers.

    In other words... After the events of 11x14, Sam's feeling the effects of what Lucifer did to him but figures Dean has enough on his plate. Things don't work out as he planned, and Dean figures out anyway. Needless to say, spoilers abound. Proceed with caution.

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    22 Sep 2020

  2. Public Bookmark 35

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    A collection of stories in which the brothers are emotionally repressed and don't really realize how much the other loves them. There are so many heart-wrenching near-misses in the show where they're just inches away from actually talking about the things that are really important and don't. Maybe they can't. There are some things you can only say when no one is listening, others you can't say at all, and some that just don't come out quite like you mean them. Maybe one day the Winchesters will say something precisely how they mean it with no posturing or lies or cruel insinuations to preserve their own frail self-image.

    Maybe they will. But that day is not today.


    tl;dr: Independent oneshots strung together by the theme of emotionally-constipated Winchesters. Basically, awkward attempts, abject failures, and near-misses at communicating their feelings about their deep, abiding fraternal life-partnership.

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    22 Sep 2020

  3. Public Bookmark 47

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    After the fever breaks, Sam lies pliant and trusting as Dean presses a kiss to one cheek and then helps his brother out of sweat-damp superhero pajamas and into clean clothes with all the focus and patience of a saint.

    John watches, and wonders, from the outside, if either of the boys realizes how deep that bond goes. He wonders if anyone else will see it, will try to break it.
     

    In other words: John watches young Dean care for a sick, fevered Sam, and regrets the choices that have led them here.

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    21 Sep 2020

  4. Public Bookmark 93

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    Sam doesn't bother explaining, just tips his chin to let Dean see the livid bruising where the witch's doll strangled him.

    Dean hisses. "Jesus, Sam." Callused fingertips run down his neck, lingering over the mottled marks and exerting just the tiniest, fluttering bit of pressure before returning to the wheel. When Sam glances over, his brother is staring at the road again, too intent to be casual. "I guess I know why you didn't mention it, but... man, you gotta let me know if you're really hurting. There's a line when it comes to this kind of thing. A little sore throat is on the sure, okay side of the line, and my-throat-is-swelling-closed-'cause-I-got-freakin'-strangled-nearly-to-death is on the tell me right the hell away side."

    In other words... Placed after the end of 12.20, when Sam doesn't wake up to Dean frantically calling his name. Sam isn't okay, Dean isn't okay, and there's a laundry list a mile long of reasons why. Sam talks. Dean listens. Actual meaningful conversation happens. Sam might sleep in Dean's bed. There was too much pain and too little casual affection and care this episode, honestly. Needless to say, spoilers abound. Proceed with caution.

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    19 Sep 2020

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    Everyone is born with a heart line, a pigmented mark running from the heart down the left arm to the palm, which turns color when the person comes of age, telling them when it is time to seek their soulmate. Red indicates a romantic love, while blue is for platonic "heart-friends", as the minstrels called it.

    Uther had always told Arthur to ignore his heart line, that it wouldn't matter who his soulmate was; princes did not marry for love, after all. If was lucky, he'd be able to keep her as a mistress, so long as he did not get any children with her. Uther hated magic and would have urged Arthur to ignore the heart line anyway, if he could.

    Arthur wasn't sure his soulmate was really a woman despite Uther's assumptions. But Arthur's heart line hadn't even come into its full color yet, which meant he hadn't come of age in the eyes of the gods, despite being named crown prince by Uther. So it really didn't matter: whoever his soulmate was, he wasn't yet ready to meet them.

    Then one day his heart line comes in, and it's neither red nor blue.

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    13 Sep 2020