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Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG, gen
Length: 100 words
Series: devon99 suggested a series of AU drabbles. I'm calling them Neverweres.
Spoilers: Jus in Bello, gone AU.
Summary: Signs of the apocalypse are always obvious in hindsight.
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Kripke.

Nancy looked away from the knife at the last moment, tear-streaked and brave. Ruby greeted her own death with the fierce ecstasy of a black-eyed martyr.

Hours later they cross the state line. Sam’s still flush with the power that roared through him to destroy every demon in town. Dean hasn’t said a word since Sam picked up that knife.

“Dean?” His brother keeps driving, squinting into the rising sun. “She died to save us. They both did. You were wrong about Ruby.”

Dean’s hands tighten on the steering wheel. “Yeah. Guess I was wrong about a lot of things.”

Comments

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tifaching
Mar. 9th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Ouch. That last line? Oh, boys.
keerawa
Mar. 9th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
This is why I don't write RPF. I can't resist the urge to do terrible, terrible things to my characters, and it feels like bad juju to write that about real people.

Thanks for the comment, tifaching!
podfic_lover
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
*swallows* Oh,you really know how to turn everything upside down with just a few subtle words.

This gave me the heebie-jeebies and I had to reread this several times to confirm to myself, that yes, you really went with Ruby's suggestion. And Sam's thoughts are with her afterwards. *shudders*
keerawa
Mar. 9th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
In canon, Sam was prepared to go with Ruby's suggestion. Dean just talked him out of it. This Dean didn't manage to come up with an alternative in time. The heebie-jeebies are a pretty good reaction to this AU, thank you podfic_lover!
devon99
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice job with this one and a fab last line too:)
keerawa
Mar. 10th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Thank you, devon99!
mikes_grrl
Mar. 11th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Wow. Ouch. And brilliant conclusion to a wrenching episode, and far more the way I wish it had gone (yes, I'm cruel like that). Everything seems so clinical until that last line of Dean's, which just unravels everything. Beautifully done! Thank you!

keerawa
Mar. 11th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
What, SPN canon isn't dark enought for you? My my - a woman after my own heart. This is from Sam's POV, and Sam's ... feeling the effects here. So I'm glad that lack of emotional involvement came across. Thank you for commenting, mikes_grrl!
starmage2
Mar. 11th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
That last line broke my heart at the implication of what Dean meant.
keerawa
Mar. 12th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
Thank you, starmage2. I appreciate hearing how it affected you.
inheritedjeans
Feb. 14th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
I've just been reading through your series of AU drabbles, and this one stands out to me. Just that last line... Oof! This Sam, I don't think Ruby would need to stick around to lead him down the wrong path.
keerawa
Feb. 16th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Thanks, inheiritedjeans! Yeah, Ruby's accomplished her mission here, between getting Sam to take this step and managing to completely alienate Dean with it. (And it was close, in canon. If Dean hadn't managed to come up with a crazy alternative at the last moment, it would have gone this wa.!)

You should check out Ellie Muraski's remix!
inheritedjeans
Feb. 18th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
Woah, thanks for that direction! That was pure fantastic, that remix.
rei_c
Apr. 2nd, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
Ooooo, I loved this. Like, loved this. And I agree with everyone who said wow, you are so good at packing a giant emotional punch into so very few words.
keerawa
Apr. 2nd, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks you! They came so, so close to this in canon. Brevity- it's my superpower.
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