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The Monster in the Hat [PG-13] gen

Title: The Monster in the Hat
Characters: Dean, Sammy and something that may or may not be a Cat
Rating: PG-13, gen
Length: 600 words
Spoilers: Very general for season 1 of Supernatural and for 'The Cat in the Hat'
Author's Notes: 1st place and most creative winner in the spnland X-over writing challenge. Thanks to my beta, Stevie. I'm really happy with how this turned out!
Disclaimer: Sam, Dean, and Supernatural belong to the CW. Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote 'The Cat in the Hat' under the pen name Dr. Seuss.
Warnings: Dark and twisted version of a childhood classic.
Summary: Two children were left all alone, and something came by to play...

The sun did not shine
Because it was night.
We sat in our motel.
I hid my fright.

I kept it together.
I tried to stay calm.
Out there, Dad was hunting
The thing that killed Mom.

I sat there with Sammy.
We sat there, we two.
Sammy whined, “Dean, I’m bored.
What can we do?”

Too awake to sleep.
The TV was bust.
The pizza Dad ordered
Was eaten to crust.

So all we could do was
Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit!
We did not like it.
Not one little bit.

And then … the locked door
Blew open with a THUMP!
How that thump made us jump!
The salt-line scattered across the mat.

There stood the guy from Sammy’s book,
The Cat in the Hat!
He prowled in and said,
“Why do you sit there like that?”

“I know that it’s night
And Daddy’s gone out.
The TV is broken,
Sammy’s starting to pout.”

“But if you put
your trust in me,
There’s plenty that’s fun
To do and to see!”

We’d raised Sammy on tales
Of magic beans and sheep.
But I knew what happened
To Little Bo Peep,
From the stories Dad told
When the kid was asleep.

So I did not trust that monster
With cat-eyes gone yellow.
And I ran for the knife
Dad kept under his pillow.

Then that big stupid Cat -
He knocked me flat!
And whispered, “I could do
Much worse than that.”

“Don’t worry, Dean,” he said out loud.
“I don’t bite!”
That’s when his sharp, sharp teeth
Caught the light.

“Crazy Cat,” I whispered back.
“You better get gone.
Our Dad’s a hunter,
You freaking moron!”

“But I like it here.
I do NOT want to go!”
“And so,” said the Cat,
“So, So, So …
I’ll show you both
a fun game that I know!”

“How ‘bout that, Sammy?
Let’s do it your way!
You decide –
Do you want to play?”

“Don’t do it, Sammy,” I warned.
And then – can you guess?
With a big grin,
My brother said, “Yes!”

The Cat winked.
Said, “That’s my boy!”
And he picked Sammy up
like he was a toy.

“Put him down!” I yelled.
“You don’t get to stay!
I don’t care what stupid games
you would play!”

“But Dean, I’m hurt.
You don’t want to play?
Maybe Sammy and I
Should just go away?”

“No, no,” I said,
Grabbing Sammy’s leg tight.
“You can stay, Cat!
You can stay here all night!”

He giggled then,
And picked me up too.
“This’ll be so much fun!
There’s so much to do!”

As he held me I shivered
And tried not to fight.
The Cat’s fur was cold.
Something just wasn’t right.

Sammy’s eyes had gone scared.
I guess he felt it too.
So I had to be brave.
“What game? Is it new?”

The Cat’s yellow eyes glittered.
“Oh no, my game is old.
The story that goes with it
Is the first ever told.”

“Sounds boring,” I said
And faked a yawn.
Hoping to keep the thing
Busy ‘til dawn.

The Cat shook me, hard.
Snarled, “Dean, you are-”
That's when I heard
The sound of our car.

John came in and found
His boys tucked in bed, snug as a bug.
Then he saw the salt scattered
Across the rug.

When he checked on his sons,
Dean woke ready to fight.
The boys couldn’t tell him
What caused such a fright.

John bundled them into the car
And moved on that same night.

Comments

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tifaching
Apr. 11th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Out there, Dad was hunting
The thing that killed Mom.

Whoah. Also this:

“Still, it’s for the best.
Within a week
I’d skin you for a vest.”

Dean, Dean, Dean, always with the big mouth annoying the bad, evil things.

I never liked the Cat in the Hat, and now, oddly, I like it a whole lot more!

This was brilliant, a well deserved win, keerawa!
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's such a central reality of Dean's childhood, and that is so, SO fucked up, you know? And he has a gift for pissing off the big bad.

*snickers* So I'm gaining Dr. Seuss some fans? Awesome! Thanks, Tif!
whitereflection
Apr. 11th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Absofreaking brilliant!
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
*grins* Thanks, m'dear, glad you enjoyed!
shichiloaf
Apr. 11th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
This is AMAZING. <333

Hearts in my eeeeeyes.
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, shichiloaf!
catsintheattic
Apr. 11th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
The Monster in the Hat
I don't know the Cat in the Hat, but your poem was utterly creepy!
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: The Monster in the Hat
'The Cat in the Hat' is a very famous read-aloud story for young children, by Dr. Seuss. I tried hard to capture the feel and rhythms of it, even though I couldn't restrict myself to the beasic vocabulary he used.

I'm glad it creeped you out! It sure did me!
spiderine
Apr. 11th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
That was AWESOME! I always was creeped out a bit by the Seuss characters.
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
The Cat IS creepy! He comes in when mother isn't home, refuses to leave ... it's icky. Thanks, spiderine!
lizzie_marie_23
Apr. 12th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
You are some kind of genius. This was wonderful and really keeps the rhythm of Cat in the Hat, while adding in that darker aspect of SPN.
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
*blushes* Thank you! I worked really hard to maintain that feeling, the particular type of rhyming and rhythm that 'The Cat in The Hat' uses. So I'm pleased as punch that aspect worked for you!
weesam
Apr. 12th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Awesome! This would make a brilliant episode.
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
*laughs* Animated, perhaps? Thanks, weesam!
monicawoe
Apr. 12th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Genius!!
keerawa
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
*beams a smile* Thank you, monicawoe!
randomstasis
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:49 am (UTC)
Hee! The scene-setting is spot on, and your cold-furred whispering cat with yellow eyes is genius!

"But I knew what happened
To Little Bo Peep,
From the stories Dad told
When the kid was asleep."

oooh. Can we have that one too?
keerawa
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
*grins* I'll have to go re-read 'Little Bo Peep', see if I get inspired. I'm glad the whole fur made an impression on you! I was looking for a sensory detail that would freak Dean (and the reader) out. Thanks for the comment, randomstasis!
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galwithglasses
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Awesomely creepy. So many of Seuss's critters are so oddly disturbing. This is a great use of this one. Wonder about Thing 1 and Thing 2.....
keerawa
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh, they really are! If you just read the original Dr. Seuss with the perspective that this is a HORROR story, it's truly disturbing. The Fish tries to save them! But it cannot! And Thing 1 and 2 just hafta be demonic ...

Thanks for the comment, galwithglasses!
mymuseandi
Apr. 13th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
I love Cat in the Hat, and the way this is written is so funny and creepy at the same time. :)
keerawa
Apr. 14th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, that's pretty much what I was hoping for!
greeneyes_fan
Apr. 13th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Come on, a giant talking cat that only shows up when Mom's not there? That's totally creepy!
keerawa
Apr. 14th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
SO DAMNED CREEPY. Thanks greeneyes_fan!
darkly_ironic
Apr. 13th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! I don't think I'll ever be able to look at Cat in the Hat the same way again...
keerawa
Apr. 14th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
I'll take that as a high compliment! Anytime I can alter a reader's prerception of canon, I feel like I've really accomplished something!
applegeuse
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
*blinks* I don't think I ever really realized how creepy Dr. Seuss's characters could be, but it's totally true. I don't think The Cat in The Hat will ever be the same again!

What I really like about this piece is that, not only did you mesh the SPN world with The Cat in The Hat and make the Cat so creepy, but you did such a great job with Seuss's rhyming style! That was just awesome icing on the already awesome cake. I can't even. <3 It reads so nicely, with such nice flow to the entire thing. And it still felt really true to SPN! The characters shine through the poetry. ♥ Thanks for writing this, it was really enjoyable.
keerawa
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I worked hard on capturing the rythms and rhymes of The Cat in the Hat, so I'm glad that came through! I walked around for a week, saying it over and over under my breath, evening it all out, since it's really a read-aloud piece. I really need to buy a new mike so I can podfic it!

And that Cat is SO creepy! Thanks, applegeuse!
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