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Title: On the House
Characters: Victor Henricksen, Ellen and Jo Harvelle
Rating: PG-13, gen
Length: 400 words
Author's Notes: 1st place winner in the spnland 'I Fought the Law' short write challenge. Thanks to my beta, Steven.
Warnings/Spoilers: Very general season 2 spoilers. No warnings.
Disclaimer: The concepts and characters of Supernatural belong to the CW.
Summary: Special Agent Victor Henricksen follows a lead to the Harvelle's Roadhouse.

The Winchesters had used a credit card under the name James Hetfield and spent two nights in a dingy motel in some flyspeck town in the Rockies. There was no cell reception, and they’d made a single phone call from the office phone. Henricksen and his partner followed the lead to a run-down bar in the middle of nowhere, Nebraska.

The place was called Harvelle’s Roadhouse. Henricksen and Reidy walked in on a Thursday evening, and every person in the bar turned to stare like extras in some old Western. The air was heavy with the tang of old beer and older rock music. Two white males in their late 40’s wearing camo took off through the back door. There was a sound of squealing tires from the parking lot. No problem. Reidy had recorded all the license plates before they walked in. Henricksen found himself wishing they’d worn their Kevlar, because he hadn’t been surrounded by this many obviously well-armed and hostile men since he investigated that kidnapping case in the militia compound.

“Can I get you officers something?” the older woman behind the bar asked politely. “On the house, of course.”

They declined. The customers turned back to their drinks and pool games. Henricksen interviewed owner-operator Ellen Harvelle while Reidy spoke to her daughter, Jo Harvelle.

“Sorry, don’t think I’ve seen ‘em before,” Ellen said when Henricksen showed her sketches and blurred photos of the Winchesters. “But I’ll be sure to keep an eye out. You got a card with your number, in case they show up?” She was friendly, practically oozing sincerity. Henricksen didn’t believe a word she said.

“Winchester like the rifle?” the daughter asked Reidy, leaning forward over the bar and actually curling a ringlet of her hair around her finger. Reidy looked down her shirt. Ellen glanced over at them, shook her head, and sighed.

By the time they finished interviewing the two women, every single one of the bar’s patrons had left the building. Henricksen contacted the local field office and the ATF in Omaha, suggesting they might want to keep an eye on Harvelle’s. The following day his email was hit by such a perfect storm of Viagra, penis enhancement, and Gay Roughnecks spam that the IT guys waved the white flag, closed his account and issued him a new user name.

This case was really starting to piss him off.

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labseraph
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
BWAHAHAHA ... poor Henricksen getting pwned with spam for chasing Winchesters.

*pats him*
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
*snickers* He's just trying to do his job! Thanks, labseraph!
tifaching
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Hahahaaaa! You go Ash! Loved it!
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Ash is AWESOME! Glad you had fun with it, tifaching!
borgmama1of5
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
One for the Roadhouse!
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Counting coup on The Man. Thanks for reading!
kalliel
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
As a big fan of both Henricksen and the Harvelles, this was fantastic. I love Henricksen's cool, methodical investigation into the surreptitious Harvelle's, as well as Ellen and Jo's handling of their guests.

This was my favorite line: “But I’ll be sure to keep an eye out. You got a card with your number, in case they show up?” She was friendly, practically oozing sincerity. Henricksen didn’t believe a word she said.

That last comment just screamed Henricksen to me. XD Lovely ficlet!
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
What can I say, the man's a cynic. Thanks for the comment, kalliel!
dragonlit
Sep. 1st, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Bwaaaa! Go Ash, Ellen and Jo!! Great snippet with Henricksen. I love his character and how frustrated he gets.
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
*grins* Thanks, Alex, glad you enjoyed.
I MISS YOU GUYS!
orehime
Sep. 1st, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Hahahah! Everything about this is AWESOME!
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
:-) Thanks orehime!
msninacat
Sep. 1st, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
LOL Don't mess with the geeks! Even the rednecky ones. XD
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Better believe it! Thanks msninacat!
liliaeth
Sep. 1st, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
I love how professional you made Henrickson, even though I doubt that any of those car's license plates would have lasted a day after they left the Roadhouse*g*
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks lilaeth! Hunters are very slippery customers. But I bet Ellen was PISSED at the boys for drawing that kind of attention to them.
phorenice
Sep. 1st, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
This case was really starting to piss him off.
And it's going to get so much worse ;P

Love it. Thank for sharing.
keerawa
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
SO MUCH WORSE! Thanks phorenice!
greeneyes_fan
Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
What an elaborate tale you tell, in just a few short paragraphs.

"Two white males in their late 40’s wearing camo took off through the back door. "

Tells us not only about the Roadhouse and the people who frequent it, but about Henrickson, how keen an observer he is, and how he sees these people.

Well done!
keerawa
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! Henricksen is a consummate officer of the law, and I think that's the lens through which he views the world.
tabaqui
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Oh, man. Hilarious, perfect, and ever so slightly pathetic. Poor Henricksen - doesn't know what hit him!
keerawa
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
The man just has no idea... Thanks, tabaqui!
high_flyer87
Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Baha! Oh darling Henrickson. Bless his heart, he tries so hard XD This was a great little ficlet. I've been on a kick of reading fic with rare characters in it lately, so this was delightful.
keerawa
Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
He really does! Glad to have hit the spot for you, high_flyer87!
lalablue
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Ha ha! I love that that's last bit. I can picture Ash in front of the computer trying to think of what other spam he could send.. Brilliant.
keerawa
Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
Thanks lalablue! I was gleeful about being able to invoke Ash without ever naming or describing him. The gay porn spam speaks for itself ...
taniapretender
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA awesome. Gotta love Ash !
keerawa
Sep. 7th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tania, I'm glad you had fun with it!
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keerawa
Sep. 10th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
*hugs*
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