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Fandom: Supernatural
Characters: John and Dean Winchester
Rating: G and gen
Author's Notes: Written for the Sam and Dean Drabble-a-thon, prompt: Dean, Sammy, John, learning to swim. Thanks to aerye for the insightful beta. All remaining confusions and inconsistencies are my fault, not hers.
Warnings/Spoilers: None. Set pre-series.
Length: 300 words
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Kripke.

“Training break, boys,” John announced. He pulled off the highway and drove over the top of a dam to a deserted little beach. They changed in the car. Sammy was still recovering from a stomach bug, so John got him situated under a tree with a comic book and then splashed into the water with Dean.

“I know how to swim,” Dean complained.

“You know how to paddle around,” John corrected him. “Today I’m going to teach you how to survive in the water. It’s all about endurance. In ‘til your feet can’t touch the bottom, and start treading water.”

An hour later, Sammy was napping. Dean had gone under twice. He was trembling and gasping for breath, skin cool to the touch, as John eased him onto his back and supported him there. “When you get tired, float on your back like this to rest,” he instructed. “Your situational awareness’ll be crap in this position, so don’t do it for too long.”

Dean’s breathing slowed down.

“Good. Dean …” John glanced over to make sure Sammy was safe on the beach. “Back in Colonial times, a woman suspected of being a witch would be thrown into deep water. If she sank and drowned, she was normal. If she floated, she was a witch. Now, obviously the test doesn’t work. But the principle holds true. Witches will learn things, do things to survive that normal people wouldn’t. Lesson being?”

“Pu-play normal, so you don’t get tested?”

“Yeah,” John eased his hands out from under Dean and left him floating unsupported in the water. “But don’t die trying for normal, boy. You do whatever you have to, to protect yourself and your brother.”

Dean looked John in the eye and nodded, spitting out a mouthful of water. “Yes sir.”

Comments

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twasadark
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Vivid little fic. I can see John doing something like this.
keerawa
Nov. 9th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Thank you for the feedback, twasadark!
podfic_lover
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Nothing's ever fun and games with John Winchester, isn't it?

This is a very insightful, though sad glimpse into Dean's past. Thank you!
keerawa
Nov. 10th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
No, not since That November 2nd night... Thank you for reading and commenting, podfic_lover!
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Nov. 9th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
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keerawa
Nov. 10th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
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Nov. 10th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
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keerawa
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: You've Been Nominated At Words On The Wind!
Pre-Series Fic, thanks!
labseraph
Nov. 10th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Awesome! I love this ever so much; John teaching his sons survival skills is a lovely outtake.Why so many people seem to think John is abusive for wanting to teach his sons to keep themselves safe I have no idea.

Lovely.
keerawa
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
*nods* He's a complicated fellow in a very difficult situation, John is. Thanks, labseraph!
sandymg
Nov. 14th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Very vivid. Must go find more fic to read :)
keerawa
Nov. 14th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sandymg!
amonitrate
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
“Pu-play normal, so you don’t get tested?”

ohhhhhh. ow.
keerawa
Mar. 9th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
Thanks amonitrate. Poor wee!Dean.
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