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29 January 2006 @ 03:12 am
'Choices', for slashthedrabble challenge #61 - Cards
Author: darkhavens
Title: Choices 1/1
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Words: 500
Spoilers: Character name spoiler for Ep 1x09 'Home'
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made
Warnings/Squicks: Budding Wincest
Summary: Sam has a choice to make
Notes: Written for slashthedrabble challenge #61 - Cards


The motorcycle courier arriving at the door of their motel room, less than an hour after they'd chosen the place at random, was unexpected, but discovering the man had been entrusted with a parcel by Missouri somehow explained the inexplicable.

"How did she…?"

Dean rolled his eyes at his brother.

"Dude, think about what you're saying. Now, open it already and see what she sent us."


Sam dropped onto Dean's bed and slid a hand under the pillow, fingers carefully searching out the razor-sharp hunting knife.

"It's addressed to me, Dean."

Supremely aware of his brother leaning over his shoulder, hot breath gusting across the nape of his neck, Sam sliced away the tape, lifted the lid and blinked.

"Tarot cards?"

Dean's phone rang, and Sam's eyes fluttered shut as Dean leaned across him, chest plastered along Sam's back, to snatch the offending article off the bedside table.


Dean stayed pressed against Sam, so that Sam could hear Missouri's voice.

"Hey, Sweetcheeks, put your brother on the line, and don't be messing with anything in that box unless I tell you to."

Pouting, Dean slapped the tiny phone into Sam's open hand and settled in close to 'overhear'.

"Strictly speaking, Sugar, you're not supposed to read for yourself, so you're gonna pick a card and I'll read it for you, okay?"

Sam stared at the battered deck of cards in the bottom of the box and said nothing.

"Sammy? Sweetheart, do what Missouri tells you, hon. Open the pack, shuffle, and pick one. I'll do the rest."

Hardly noticing that Dean had taken the phone from his suddenly unsteady fingers, Sam slid the cards from their frayed cardboard box and shuffled them, the laminated squares feeling slick and somehow alive in his hands.

"Cut them, Sugar, and tell me what you see."

Sam twitched at the sound of Missouri's voice, only then realising that Dean was holding the phone to his ear with one hand while the other was resting on his shoulder. Too close!

He watched, nerveless, as his hands cut the deck, turning up the chosen card.

Missouri sighed in his ear before he had a chance to say a word.

"I thought that might be it." The words were muffled, a thought mistakenly voiced aloud. "You have a choice to make, Sam, a big one. You have to choose between the sacred and the profane. Life or death, him or her, forward or back. It's down to you, Sam. It's time to choose."

Sam stared at the card in his hand, eyes tracing the entwined limbs of the very naked, very male Lovers. The rest of the deck slid from numb fingers as Sam finally saw. And chose.

A turn of his head brought his lips into contact with Dean's. A shared, shuddering breath hung for a second between them before they both groaned and pressed in closer.

Missouri hung up before Dean's cell phone hit the floor. Her part in this was done now.
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on January 29th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
That was hot without being explicit, which is damn hard to do, so congrats on that.

This was quite interesting. I would have preferred a little more background, to be honest, but this was still enjoyable.
darkhavens: sn damaged [literati]darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
That was hot without being explicit, which is damn hard to do, so congrats on that.

Thanks! I have been known to be explicit too, but this called for a more subtle approach.

As for the background, the comm it was written for only allows drabbles and ficlets of 100, 200, 300, 400 or 500 words exactly, so I couldn't expand on it the way it wanted to be expanded.

I guess it's my own fault, really - slashthedrabble is one of my comms - but I like the challenge of working in short forms.

I might come back to this and expand it. Once I started writing, there was suddenly so much detail there I had to cut 250 words and could easily have taken the piece to 1000 without even reaching the explicit bits. *g*
who said what now? - acostilow on January 29th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - acostilow on January 29th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
MF Ludermf_luder_xf on January 29th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Ooo that was cool. I like all the lines about Dean being close, it put me in the moment.
darkhavens: sn kink [literati]darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D

I think Dean being that close would put anyone in the moment. ;)
who said what now? - mf_luder_xf on January 29th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
Sylph: SN_trystsylph_ironlight on January 29th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Very nice. I love the idea of Missouri helping Sam come to terms with hie feelings.
darkhavens: sn blues bros [literati]darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D

I'm not sure Missouri approves, but she understood that Sam had to make the choice. The deck of tarot cards she sent seem to be developing their own little backstory in my head, which is a tiny bit unnerving. I'll have to see what comes of that. *g*
who said what now? - sylph_ironlight on January 31st, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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darkhavens: sn kink [literati]darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
Hee! I've worn an ankh every day for the last 24 or so years so it's a favourite symbol of mine and when it came time to redo my layout it was the first thing to come to mind for the tiled background.

If you miss your ankh you should get another one! They rock. :D

Missouri appeared in ep 1x09 'Home' and intrigued me. She obviously knew the boys when they were kids and still feels a lot of affection for them. With her specific skill set she is probably someone I'm going to use and reuse in fic.

I'm not sure about a sequel, but this piece is crying out to be expanded. I have words and ideas and backstory bubbling in my head. ;)

Icon snap! (almost *g*)
who said what now? - nikki74 on January 29th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
dru: <3 Wholedrvsilla on January 29th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Excellent. : )

This is so full & Sam's emotions so clear. I really like his panic/want of Dean that close to him, and Dean's comfort with being that close. Sometimes the best heat comes from the subtle. :)

I <3 Missouri. It's always a pleasure to see her show up, and you made good work of her. How great that is what she thought, that she gave Sam the choice (the push!) and what came next. Way to go, Missouri (heh, you ;} ).

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darkhavens: sn eyefuck [literati]darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)

Sam felt like a bit of an emotional powderkeg in this piece and I was tempted to light the blue touchpaper and retire to a safe distance but the plan called for subtle - leaning and pressing and brushing and... Yeah, all of that. ;)

I <3 Missouri too. I hope they bring her back on the show occasionally. I love the way she winds Dean up and it makes Sam grin. And with her specific skill set she's a wonderful character to fic with. :D
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darkhavens: sn wincest [literati]darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D

Now, I'm off to post at your archive before I forget. *g*
who said what now? - darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
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who said what now? - darkhavens on January 29th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Staceystaceey on January 29th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
This was damn hot in a different sort of way. The nearness and the brushing up against Sams back etc etc...other words, I love it!
darkhavens: sn blues bros [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! Those boys just can't stop touching in my head. Now if only they'd do the same onscreen. *g*

tabaquitabaqui on January 29th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
Ooh, yes.
I like.

There's someone in the Supernatural 'verse called 'Missouri'? I like!
darkhavens: sn damaged [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
They are definitely ordained by fate. :D

*tries hard not to picture Dean in vestments and dog collar when using the word 'ordained'*

Missouri rocks!
who said what now? - tabaqui on February 8th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on February 8th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on February 8th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
vengeance_angelvengeanceangel on January 29th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
That was so hot. I loved how a fic so brief just carried so much weight as far as emotion.
darkhavens: sn eyefuck [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D

There's so much emotion packed into each scene and word in the show, it was easy to take my cue from that and get really intense.
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on January 29th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
Damn!!! DAMN!! That was nice! I loved the way you did this ficlet, hon!! Whoo-hoo!! Swope and snatch, huh? Perfect! Just perfect!! *Huggles you!!*
darkhavens: sn kink [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)

It spent several days growing in my head until I had to let it out or go insane. *g*
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: sn; wb [me]literati on January 29th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)

I want to tacklesmooch that woman (and you) ;)

Very nicely done, babe.
darkhavens: sn pyro [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, Pookie!

I hope they bring Missouri back for more eps. I love the way she interacts with Dean. :D
a fiction worthy wind: Hunger - SNquietdiscerning on January 29th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
Ooooh that was so good it gave me shivers.

Hot and perfect and mmmmmm I wish that'd happen on the show.
darkhavens: sn eyefuck [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
wish that'd happen on the show.

Oh yeah, me too! Thanks! :D
Hope: supernaturalhopeowl on January 29th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very well done.
darkhavens: sn phone [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
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darkhavens: sn no hugging [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D

*waves sceptre*

Sandy: Supernaturalsp23 on January 30th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
As a short piece, this really worked well. I adored Missouri when she appeared on the show (mostly because I adore the actress - Loretta Devine), and I could really hear her voice perfectly here. I hope you do write an expanded version of this story because I'd love to read the background that finally brought Sam to the point where he needed to make his decision and the story of the tarot cards that you say is bubbling in your mind. To quote the dear Oliver Twist, more please. :)
darkhavens: sn KAZ2Y5 [literati]darkhavens on February 8th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've never seen Loretta Devine before (that I can remember) but I loved Missouri from the moment she opened her mouth. I'm very happy that you think I got her right - writing a character for the first time is always anxiety-inducing. *g*

The story is still bubbling so there will definitely be more, though hopefully it will be more appealing than porridge. *g*