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26 June 2006 @ 05:11 am
"Swings and Roundabouts", 6/7, Sam/Dean
Author: darkhavens
Title: Swings and Roundabouts, 6/7
Pairing: Dean/Sam
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: NC17 overall
Words: 590
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Dean gets his weekend in Vegas.
Notes: Written for stagesoflove 2006, Round 3, 'Seven Deadly Sins' and 'Seven Heavenly Virtues', #6 - Greed // Charity
#1 Pride // Faith, #2 Gluttony // Temperance, #3 Envy // Justice, #4 Anger // Prudence #5 Lust // Hope.


Greed // Charity

"Aw, c'mon, Sam, you know it makes sense!"

Sam pointedly ignores his brother and focuses on shovelling the snow off the driveway. He seems to revel in the routine domesticity that Missouri has allowed him to adopt as his own, no matter how temporary it might be.

Dean has let Sam indulge his need for normalcy for months now, sitting on hands that twitch to wield guns and bows and flourish crucifixes. His ass has been itching to settle down behind the wheel and feel the Impala rock and roll and roar at his command. He wants to watch the miles roll by, but he's been patient and understanding - until now.

"You know we have to move on eventually. There are jobs out there which need that special Winchester touch."

His own personal project, a pale manila folder stuffed with newspaper clippings and smeared, crumpled photocopies, lies hidden beneath their mattress, but Dean still sees its gruesome contents everywhere he looks. He needs to act.

"I'm only asking for the one weekend in Vegas, just enough to cover us for the basics for the next few months. Hell, think of it as Freaky Finals if it makes you feel better - a chance to use all your new tricks in a working environment without the usual danger of beheading, possession or evisceration. Make the little white ball land in the sweet spot on the wheel sixteen times in a row and watch the croupier freak; make the dice dance jigs the length of the table."

He doesn't let up for a week.

~~~~~~~


"Dude…"

For what seems like the hundredth time in the last five minutes, Dean lifts a neat bundle of notes and riffles through it with his thumb, breathing in the scent of more cash than he's ever held before.

"Fifteen thousand dollars, Sammy. This is great! I don’t even care that they barred us from every casino on the strip for the rest of our lives. That was so much fun! The looks on those guys' faces when it just kept landing on red? Priceless."

The smile Sam's wearing looks plastic, but Dean's too buzzed to notice. He doesn't realise anything's wrong until his brother grabs the small leather holdall stuffed with cash and then swipes his favourite bundle too.

He's still standing, open-mouthed and flat-footed, when his brain finally registers what his eyes are actually seeing. It's like some hideous nightmare.

By the time he moves, it's too late.

Almost fifteen thousand dollars of his - theirs - the casino's - money is nestled at the bottom of a Goodwill charity bucket, and Sam is clutching a measly handful of notes.

"This will see us through to New Year. It should even get us back up to Iowa for that 'Children of the Corn' pagan sacrifice thing you figured out last week."

Dean is still staring at the bucket.

"Sammy… Are you insane?"

Sam lets himself be manhandled over to and up against the closest wall and gazes solemnly at Dean as he rants for a while. When Dean pauses for breath, he finally speaks.

"It felt wrong, okay? Dirty, somehow. Like… Like turning tricks, whoring. The money felt wrong, Dean. Greasy and unclean and… Even this-" Sam shoves his handful of notes into Dean's jeans pocket. "I don't even want to touch it. Just… Look after it. Tell me when it's gone so I can feel clean again."

"Sammy…"

"They need it way more than we do, Dean. We always get by together somehow."


Sloth // Fortitude



 
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on June 26th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Okay, I love you, Sam. I adore you.

BUT FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?

*coughs*

Right, sorry. Awesome job. I love the way you write, the way you draw us in so flawlessly. Yes. :D
darkhavens: sn bed guh [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you. :D

I was going to go with a lesser sum - I had five in mind - but Dean said 'fifteen' and it felt right. It makes the 'sacrifice' all the more boggling. *g*
who said what now? - acostilow on June 26th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on June 26th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - acostilow on June 26th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on June 26th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - acostilow on June 26th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
katbcollkatbcoll on June 26th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Oooo perfect! You got their voices down pat. *snickers* That last line is my favorite! So very true as well.
darkhavens: sn blues bros [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
You got their voices down pat.

Thank you! I can hear them in my head. It's getting crowded in there now with the six of them all nattering away all hours of the night. It's such a burden. *snerk*
tabaqui: deangmantabaqui on June 26th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Heeeee!
Oh, fun. At least Dean got his laugh.
Sammy, so honorable!!
*bounce*
darkhavens: sn feral [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Yeah, Dean got to have his fun, but Sammy is just too good for his own good. But I'm sure he'll find some way of making it up to Dean. ;)
MF Luder: SPN Skinmf_luder_xf on June 26th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
DUDE. I mean my good side tells me rock on Sam!! My more easy lifestyle centered side tells me WTF SAM?

LOL I think it's somthing he'd do though, indeed. That last line. ♥
darkhavens: sn strip [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Thanks!

I'm glad I'm not the only one who believes that Sam would do such a thing. Dean's still going to want compensation though. ;)
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darkhavens: sn blues bros [literati]darkhavens on June 26th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Only one of these left. I'll have to start thinking about what comes next. ;)

Sam has a very definite concept of honour and some very strict morals. Happily, he makes exceptions for the hot brothercest. :D
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Dean meanydeirdre_c on June 26th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Oh Sam! I love him so. But Dean is definitely going to make him pay! And that would make for some good reading. Mmmm.

These pieces are so terrific. I look forward to each new one! Thanks for sharing.
darkhavens: sn brotherlove [literati]darkhavens on July 3rd, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Dean is going to have so much fun making Sam pay. And so is Sam. *g*
bravetoaster42 on June 26th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Sammy, you dope. You're supposed to try to cheat in casinos. It's what Jesus wants. Or something.
darkhavens: sn no hugging [literati]darkhavens on July 3rd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
LOL! I think it's the law. *g*

Thanks!
Pimpmaster Zeroveronamay on June 28th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
I was going to wait until you were finished before I read this, so I could take it all in at once. And then today I fell off the 'no WIPs' wagon, and here we are. I love the whole thing, but this chapter in particular struck a strong Sam-chord for me. Lovely work.
darkhavens: sn feral [literati]darkhavens on July 3rd, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
LOL! I know that wagon well. *g*

Thank you! Sam is a sweetie, with his morals and his sense of right and wrong. It was fun to make him do the right thing in such a big way. :D

The last part will be up later today.
who said what now? - veronamay on July 3rd, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
phoenixhymn on June 28th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
These are great! I can't wait for the seventh! Such a creative prompt... It's also funny to me that, the way our culture has gone, I can barely recognize the seven virtues, but the seven sins are practically seared into my mind.

ALSO, I love that Sam donates that money. There's a southern folk tale of a girl who has premonitions and she uses it to pull people from fires, etc. She lives alone with her mom and only uses her foresight for good deeds. Her deadbeat father shows up and takes her to a casino and forces her to use it to win him money, which she does, but because of it, she loses the sight. She's then unable to use the sight to save someone close to her. I forget some of the details, but it's a really scary tale, and it made me feel good to see Sam donate that money, rather than use it for his own ends... It's funny that I'm being superstitious about a fictional character, but there you have it. The story is from a book called The Dark Thirty by Patricia McKissack ... you should try and check it out from your local library. It was both a Newberry and Caldecott winner (I think), so I'll bet they have it.
phoenixhymn on June 28th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not quite like I remembered, but it's close, and still very good. (It also turns out to be a little boy, rather than a little girl... Can you feel the Samness yet?) I could scan it for you, if you want. Just give me an email address to send it to!
who said what now? - darkhavens on July 3rd, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on June 29th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
*Sigh...*

Lovely honey - too perfect!! It rang so true!!

*Hugs...*

PS..I practically wet myself in anticipation when you wrote back saying the goodies weren't gonna stop comin for awhile~~ and you didn't disappoint!
darkhavens: sn bed guh [literati]darkhavens on July 3rd, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I can't imagine the goodies disappearing any time soon. There are so many possibilities! ;)
batgurl10batgurl10 on July 6th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
FIFTEEN GRAND???? But I LIKE sammy as a whore...now whos with me on this? p.s. still love your story--but seriously doubt sam would give it away ;-D
darkhavens: sn KAZ2Y5 [literati]darkhavens on July 6th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks!

I think Sammy has some very rigid morals and mores and using his 'gift' to make money would probably feel wrong.

There are several folktales about people losing their 'gift' after using it for profit, so, consciously or not, I think that's the way he'd react. Plus, he really does like watching Dean bend over those pool tables, no matter how much he moans about it being wrong to trick people out of their money. ;)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: tw; tto [me]literati on July 15th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
mwee hee hee!

Sammy's a smart boy. :D
darkhavens: harry family [literati]darkhavens on July 15th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Sammy's smart where it counts and dumb when it's cute. ;)

Thankee!

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