brosedshield: (Default)
[personal profile] brosedshield
Title: Surcease From Pain
Disclaimer: If anyone owns anything in this relationship, Supernatural owns my heart. And won't give it back. And won't pay me for it.
Sam, Dean, Lucifer, Death
torture and sensory deprivation
Word count:
AU starting from S6.11: there is no Wall and this is not your canon Cage.
Sam is, in the end, just a little soul, and for him it's just blackness.
Beta Thanks: Yay [info]lavinialavender ! (and [info]whereupon for reading). But I refuse to give them credit for remaining grammar mistakes. Those are MINE.
Author notes:
I wrote this for no greater reason than, when browsing the tags at [ profile] ohsam , I got really sad that "touch starvation" had never been used (i wanted to read that fic!) so I wrote it  myself. If I keep not wanting to edit Freak Camp I may tackle "strangulation/hanging" next...
Random note: every time I think, say or write "this is not your canon Cage" I want there to be a canon cage match, SPN meets professional wrestling or something. And in THIS corner, your champion! Sammy-boy Winchester...

Sam felt it when his body went. At first he was just grateful. The nature of the Cage divides, weakens, but something about the flesh—a shred of reality—kept him and Lucifer bound together, kept them wrapped in each other’s minds. Michael and Adam were probably out there somewhere, bound by their meat suit, but Lucifer and Sam could no more find their brothers than a man could find a single photon of light in the vastness of space. They had literally nothing but each other.

If the mockery and torment the fallen angel had inflicted on Sam earth-side had enraged and broken him, sent Sam whimpering into the safest corners of his head until Dean was threatened, what Lucifer did in the Cage ripped him apart, shredded him on a level that normal, mortal minds cannot conceive.

It’s not that Sam wasn’t strong, and not that he couldn’t control his own body, force Lucifer to go with him wherever he went. It is that the flesh is immaterial, or rather, too material to make an impact in this subreality, this half-existing place. They had nothing but each other’s minds, and there was no line that Lucifer couldn’t cross, and there was nothing he knew that Sam could not also see into.

If they had been just two human beings it would have been intolerable, a level of torture and intimacy that would have been hard to survive.

But Lucifer is an angel. Lucifer is rage, vindictiveness, love, passion, guile, and those things seep into Sam where they are the same and eat him, burn him from the inside while Lucifer laughs and fashions imaginary knives that cut like silver.

The literal torture was all in his head, but Sam sometimes welcomed those little playtimes because they were so much less destructive than when he and the Fallen One stared down into each other and saw those things about each other that were exactly, horribly, the same.

When the body was ripped away, and Lucifer, all the little clinging bits of him, was torn out of Sam, it was good. It was a relief when Sam had almost forgotten what relief was.

Very few people go bodily to Heaven. Depending on the mythology it may not make much of a difference whether a body goes, or it’s just the soul. Either way, heaven is memory and past, and you don’t need flesh to remember.

Probably more people get dragged bodily to Hell, but Sam knows that doesn’t make much of a difference. Dean’s body stayed right where it was, and he could still be ripped into, could still suffer pain like the body’s pain even when it was just—ha, just—his soul.

The Cage is different. The Cage is about absence, about loss. Distant, outcast, locked out, abandoned, destroyed. Maybe Lucifer and Michael—pure spirit, pure strength, angelic if fallen—can see something in that darkness, maybe for them it’s like standing at shuttered windows while the storm howls about them, glimpsing light through the cracks, knowing that they can’t break through, aren’t wanted, won’t be helped.

But Sam is, in the end, just a little soul, and for him it’s just blackness. And he can’t break through that, isn’t wanted, won’t be helped, can’t feel, touch, taste, cry or even fucking scream.

It’s good for about a year—a subjective, Hell/Cage year—not to be in pain, not to stare down into his own soul and loathe what he sees.

And then it’s not good. After about a hundred years, a thousand years—what is time when there is no sound, no heartbeat, no screaming, no anything?—Sam would crawl to Lucifer over broken glass, would beg, would offer anything he still has—except Dean, no demon-angel-supernatural bastard can ever have Dean—if Lucifer would hurt him again, would wrap him in his black, soft wings, and give Sam a place where he can scream and hear himself, can feel, can see, can smell, if only for a minute.

If Lucifer is even there, Sam cannot see him. Maybe the angel is screaming too, and Michael is the only sane one left, with Adam for company.

And then, in the middle of the darkness, in the middle of the nothing, Sam sees something that is almost light and almost pain and he can feel a motion that twists a stomach he doesn’t have any more and he is falling so hard into his body that he expects there to be broken bones at the end, and his only thought is Thank you, Lucifer. Thank God you found me. Because only Lucifer would care enough, in the Cage, to bring Sam out of that dark.

But when he comes to in his body, screaming—oh God, screaming, thank God, thank you so much—it’s not one of Lucifer’s faces standing over him but it’s Death with his hand embedded in Sam’s chest and Dean is there.

Dean is there.

And then Dean has his arms wrapped around Sam’s shoulders—fuck, shoulders and a butt and back wedged into an uncomfortable chair and sound and light and Sam can’t process it all, it’s so desperately good, is so desperately real and a big part of him knows, is sure, that it will all be gone in a second, it will all be blackness again, so he has to hold on now, he has to savor and absorb and take what he can with him now because the Cage will call him back.

He shivers in Dean’s arms, and holds on, tight, trying not to make it too fucking tight—Lucifer likes to hurt people, and Sam knows that there is a flicker of that inside him too—because Sam doesn’t deserve this, to have his brother, right here, to feel him right here, but it feels so fucking good.

“Sam,” Dean says. “Sammy.”

Sam buries his face into Dean’s shoulder, breathing as deep as he can, and slides a hand under his brother’s shirt and jacket. Leather and cotton are fine, but Sam doesn’t know how long he might have and he wants to feel skin, he wants as many memories that aren’t pain as he can get, right now before it all gets torn away.

And even if this is real, if Dean did it, if somehow he managed to do it—Sam couldn’t bring Dean back from Hell, but Dean came back to him anyway—he’ll push Sam away any second because this is, after all, a chick-flick moment bordering on creepy stalker and even resurrection-hugs can’t last forever. Sam should let go of his brother. His brother should push him away. Sam doesn’t deserve to be here—maybe darkness is all he does deserve—and any second now he will lose this one most important thing, and probably everything.

But Dean doesn’t push him away. Dean moves closer, pulls him into a more comfortable position for both of them—Sam doesn’t mind Dean resting most of his weight on Sam’s right knee, because, fuck, he can feel it, but admits it’s better when Dean rests mostly on the arm of the chair—and stays there, like it’s the most natural thing in the world for two grown brothers to be piled on a chair, wrapped around each other, breathing into each other, resting with each other.

It’s the best thing in the world. For Sam, any sensation would be fine right now: pain, noise, light, hunger, filth, anything that is not the never-ending darkness and emptiness of the Cage. But this is the best thing.

They’ve been to Heaven and this is not that. This is better. It’s home.

* * *
Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
Account name:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
HTML doesn't work in the subject.


Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.


brosedshield: (Default)

September 2016

181920212223 24

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 25th, 2017 10:24 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios