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10 May 2006 @ 06:27 am
Tinderbox, 1/1, Sam/Dean.
Author: darkhavens
Title: Tinderbox, 1/1
Pairing: Sam/Dean UST
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: R
Words: 575
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: Wincest UST
Summary: A look at Dean's relationship with fire, from the inferno that took his mother to the one that brought Sam back to him.
Notes: Written for challenge #9 Starting Fires at kaz2y5. (Challenge #10 has just opened.)

After the fire took his mother, his childhood home and his father's happiness, Dean became convinced that it would come back for the rest of his treasures. He knew he couldn't protect his dad, he wasn't strong enough, but Sammy - he was bigger and stronger and meaner than Sammy would ever be, and he was determined to beat whatever tried to come between them.

Every night he wrapped himself around his brother and waited to hear the whoosh, the pop and crackle of hungry flame. He waited, and fell asleep waiting, and woke each dawn relieved to know they'd have another day.


When Dean was six, his father's buddy Jason left his Zippo on the counter in their trailer's tiny kitchen. Dean stared at it for eons - mapped the nicks and scratches, wear and tear, the grease and grime of years. He was fascinated.

Such a tiny cage for such a massive beast.

It was lighter than he thought it ought to be, but, when it slid into his pocket, it felt perfect.


Dean had just turned nine when he torched his first disinterred corpse. Dad wasn't happy about the fact, but he'd broken his arm in two places falling off the rectory roof and he couldn't feel his fingers.

Dean had poured out too much salt and used a whole can of lighter fluid, and then snapped the heads off thirteen matches in a row before he got one lit.

Watching the flames do his bidding was the most amazing rush.


He smoked his first cigarette at age thirteen, huddled with Marcy Stubbins behind the dumpster at the local burger joint. It tasted foul, like lost dreams and charred nightmares. She tasted better.


When he was nineteen, he sparked a conflagration that has never since shown a hint of burning out.

To this day, he has no clue how long his brother had been standing in the doorway of their bedroom, eyes and mouth wide open. It was only when Dean shifted on the bed to slide his free hand - slick and shining - down between his widespread thighs, that he had noticed. His eyes had locked on Sam's, his hand had tightened on his cock, stripping faster, harder, wilder.

Sam had come when he had.


It smouldered like a peat fire, deep beneath the surface of their every waking moment. They never spoke of it, acknowledged it - it was as though it wasn't there.

Its presence kept them both on edge, and slightly overheated.

They made a game of it - to see who could last the longest - but they never crossed the line, they never touched. The skin they stroked and teased was all their own - Dean scratching lines across his belly as he arched and came, Sam pinching tightly beaded nipples as he bit his bottom lip and dug his heels into his mattress.

When Sammy left for college, Dean was furious and frustrated and a tiny bit relieved. The urge to touch, to grab, to taste, to own, to fuck, had lived just beneath his skin for far too long.


Dean's not surprised that it's a fire that brings Sam back to him, twisted, broken, full of grief and fury, ire and hunger.

He knows the fire's in their blood; it's their destiny. It's what keeps them separate from the world, yet bound together, and he's waiting on that one, perfect spark.

Together they will burn so bright they'll overpower the sun.


I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: b; nhj [me]literati on May 10th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
scorching, baby!

LOVEth it. :D
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie!

And yay! I'm done spamming you for the day with thank you comments. :D
lomelinde on May 10th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Dude. This is AMAZING. I'd never thought of it like that, but now that I see it, you're absolutely right.

It tasted foul, like lost dreams and charred nightmares. She tasted better.

Like I said, amazing. =)
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Fire shaped Dean's life, and I think the fascination, the need to have some kind of control, would have started early. The wanting to be a fireman was only the start of it - now he controls it every day, uses it as a weapon to hit back at the evilness. :D
janissa11: brothers3janissa11 on May 10th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
Oh, that is a beautiful metaphor for Dean and Sam. YUM. Excellent!
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They really are so very hot. :D
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on May 10th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)

*Is speechless... AGAIN!*

Ah...What you do to me!! Wonderful, as always!! Can't wait to see what you do with the next prompt!
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D (And I'm done spamming you now. *g*)

The new challenge is a tempting one. We'll see... ;)
Someday you'll need to stand tall again: Supernatural - Dean Gryffindoremella on May 10th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Hot damn.

I *love* the central theme. This is brilliant and awesome and hot. It burns wonderfully.

Great job. :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They set the screen on fire when they're together, so it seemed fitting. ;)
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on May 10th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
*is scorched*

*willingly walks into the fire*


This could use a follow-up, oh yes it could. *nods*
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Follow-up? We'll see. You want to see the conflagration when they finally connect, huh? *g*
who said what now? - acostilow on May 17th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
MF Luder: SPN black eyesmf_luder_xf on May 10th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Together they will burn so bright they'll overpower the sun.

This one sentence does things to me, I couldn't even begin to explain. All good though, I assure you.

Wonderful, how do you do it? The flow and the imagery and the prose. *Mu-ah*!
Krisquiet000001 on May 10th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
Agreed. What a gorgeous visual in that line.

And I can totally see Dean being fascinated by fire. It works.
who said what now? - darkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Blonde on the inside: sn subtextstormcloude on May 10th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
I love how you turned the fire from something bad into something almost good. ;)
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)

Fire took Mary away but brought Sammy back, and also helps them in their daily fight against the darkness, so long as they keep it under control. I think Dean revels in being able to use the demon's weapon against their enemies.
outside, I cursed the birds and the sugar skyflipmontigirl on May 10th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)


darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :D
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darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :D
phantomasphantomas on May 10th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
quite beautiful, great weaving of the fire metaphore and reality all throughout it. Thanks :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D

Fire is such a huge part of their life, one of their primary weapons as well as a primal fear.
the only blowup doll bobblehead on the internetimpertinence on May 10th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
...I think this fic just killed me. Beautiful, hot, and yay fire! \io/
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yes, yay fire! *plays with matches*
Shainalady_shain on May 10th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
Mmm..you've done it again. Loved this; and what a way to start my day. Thank you!
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
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darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)

And yes! Or no... Actually, I recall one non-graphic het BJ, but Sam was watching and got off on seeing Dean being blown so does that even count? *g*
katbcollkatbcoll on May 10th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
Ooooo fanfuckingtastic!! You've done it again. Gods this is just wonderful.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! :D