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 Here, have MORE fic, courtesy of the Barcelona bus ride. 

Title: You Remember Being Dead
Disclaimer: If anyone owns anything in this relationship, Supernatural owns my heart.
Samuel Campbell, mentions of everyone else
Samuel is a jerk, but he has his reasons. But it does mean he doesn't have very much family solidarity.
Word count:
through about the middle of S6
Samuel Campbell doesn't much like his grandsons, but then again, he's never met them.
Author notes:
[ profile] lavinialavender also read this one, but I think I'm posting it before any actual beta-ing took place.  Be warned! The idea that Samuel Campbell really never met the Winchesters when they weren't completely messed up has been in my head since we found out what Sam's problem was. Granddad Campbell is not a nice man, but, much like John Winchester, he does have justification for the jerkface things he does...

You remember being dead.

Well, not death precisely—not heaven—but when you open your eyes to see that limey, black-eyed bastard grinning down at you, you know you died in Mary's arms.

You hate Crowley instantly—and on multiple levels—but he tells you your little girl is dead and gives you a choice.

Really, it’s not much different than hunting used to be, and pretty soon you even have family around you. They're not Mary or Deanna, but they're Campbells and that's good enough.

You find out, quietly, everything you can about Mary's death. You don’t know what’s harder to believe, that she married that pretty, clean-cut Winchester whelp or that he became a serious hunter after her death.

And then you meet Sam. He’s the best hunter you’ve ever met and also a heartless, emotionless, amoral manipulative bastard, and all you can think is “Mary died for this?”

You know now why hunting contacts warned you about Sam Winchester, not knowing he was your grandson. You can see this bastard drinking demon blood, loosing the gates of hell and starting the Apocalypse without a twinge of regret.

The only thing you can’t understand is why anyone would care about this soulless sonofabitch. Sure, Sam’s good on a hunt, but you’ve been warned about the Winchesters—from Crowley, from other hunters, even from a couple Campbells—how the Winchesters are almost scarily codependent. Dean sold his soul for Sam, while sometimes you think about putting a bullet in the bastard's head before he starts killing things without bother to check to see if it’s a monster.

Then you meet Dean. Sure, he's a better person than his brother—though that's like saying he smells better than shifter-slough, not a very high bar—but like there’s something missing in Sam, there's something that’s been worn out of Dean. Also, you frankly don’t understand how someone could give up the life.

Even discounting saving people, the good that hunting does, there’s the adrenaline, the honor, the respect.

Dammit these things killed your mother, and you can just walk away?

At least Sam's useful. Dean’s become a civilian and there’s something about that that disgusts you. And he still cares about the pleasant sociopath he claims as brother.

In the end it’s easy to throw both of them to the monsters, abandon them to Crowley’s plan—which you don’t want to know, so you don’t ask and care. Dean abandoned the family, gave up the life, betrayed his mother’s memory. Sam’s the closest thing you can get to a monster without leaving human behind.

And as far as you’re concerned, neither one is a grandson of yours.

Date: 2011-04-23 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is excellent. Kinda creepy, but in a good way.

Also I liked the description of John Winchester as a "pretty, clean-cut whelp" because I remember seeing the first time travel episode and thinking "That doesn't look anything like John! Where's his perma-stubble?"

Date: 2011-04-24 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay thank you!

Samuel and most of the first have of S6 creep me out, honestly. And he has the whole "I'm right and you are evil" vibe going on that John also had and I keep thinking about how Mary actually married a man very much like her father. Which is WEIRD, because they so very rarely interact with each other.

Yeah, as far as young vs old John Winchester goes, they are so very different, it's hard to see them becoming each other. I believe both characters individually, but when I try to line them up...alas.

Date: 2011-04-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
ext_14783: girl underwater (SPN - grief)
From: [identity profile]
Yay fic posting!

This one really punches me in the gut in the right way - it's the best kind of character analysis, because it shows you exactly what Samuel's mindset is in S6 and makes you understand his POV in doing what he does. Also shows you what kind of bad place the boys were in, sigh, neither one really the best versions of themselves.

Now for belated betaing:

Your find out
Should, of course, be "You".

Date: 2011-04-24 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay beta! (yeah, sorry I posted before you actually got to check it out). Thank you! *goes to change*

Date: 2011-04-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
ext_14783: girl underwater (R - beta)
From: [identity profile]
No problem! Brandee actually caught that one. :)

Date: 2011-04-24 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yaay! *hugs her through the various levels of computer*


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