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SPN snippet: "Connecting the Dots"

Fandom: SPN
Character: John Winchester
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Season 2
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Kripke.
Author's Notes: Thanks to Steven, my beta. This is a moment near the end of 'Devil's Trap.'
Summary: John knows what happened. He's just not sure about the why.

The Demon was gone, leaving behind the adrenaline of that frantic struggle for control and a hint of sulfur at the back of John’s throat. He turned his head. Sam was propping his brother up against the wall. Dean‘s every breath was a shallow, wet pant, sure sign of internal damage. It had almost killed him. John had almost let it kill his son.

Sam hadn’t taken the shot.

It had been a year since John discovered the link between the Demon and its chosen children. Since he decided this hunt wasn’t something Dean should have to live with. He should’ve known the boy would go running straight to his brother.

Those phone messages – God, it’d been hard to stay away. But he’d had to. John wasn’t sure if the children willingly told the Demon what they heard and saw, but it kept tabs on every one of them. John had risked their lives to test his theory in Chicago, and been attacked within minutes of Sammy laying eyes on him.

So John had kept his distance, until he realized his boys were moving on the Colt. Could be coincidence. Or it could be the Demon was influencing Sam somehow. He found out Sam was getting visions of the Demon, night and day. Not good. But … John could use that connection to lure the demon in. It would’ve worked. This would have all been over now.

If only Sam had taken the shot.

His youngest never did take orders worth a damn, but John had seen how much he wanted revenge for that girl of his. So when Sam hesitated, was it out of love for his old man? Or because the Demon already had its claws in him?

John lay bleeding on the splintery wooden floor and wondered.

Comments

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catnthecradle
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
What a fascinating idea, I'm gonna have to re-think seasons 1 and 2 now.

Thank you for sharing.
keerawa
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I don't believe it, based on what we've seen of Sam. But it's entirely plausible that John might believe it. Thanks for the feedback!
niobecries
Sep. 10th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Talk about putting a different spin on things, hmmmm, now I'm wondering too.

Great snippet :)
keerawa
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
It fits all the facts John has in hand. Thanks niobecries!
tifaching
Sep. 11th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Awesome take on John's thoughts at the end of Devil's trap. An explanation that doesn't make me hate him as to why he left Dean. Great job, thanks for sharing.
keerawa
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks tifaching! John's a complicated guy.
may7fic
Sep. 16th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Hmmmmmm.

Very intriguing, that!
keerawa
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
It's astonishing how little canon there really is on John, his character, his motivations. And almost everything we know is indirectly, through Sam and Dean. Children are not necessarily the most reliable of witnesses when it comes to their parents. It leaves much room for interpretation.
may7fic
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
And almost everything we know is indirectly, through Sam and Dean.

This was always so clear as crystal to me when watching s1 that I had a hard time judging John based on Dean's and Sam's POVs. They were so opposing for one thing and, for another:

Children are not necessarily the most reliable of witnesses when it comes to their parents. It leaves much room for interpretation.

So true ;)
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