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"A Side of Fries" (birthday ficlet for apreludetoanend!) (Gen, PG, pre-series)
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Happy birthday to the lovely apreludetoanend! You'd asked for DEAN, and mentioned a school cafeteria, and I was all set to write Dean as the eye of the storm in a raging food fight in a high school cafeteria, not participating, just calmly eating his fries, and holding his tray up like a shield whenever a projectile got too close, but then . . . that didn't happen. (Dean, even when you thwart me, I still love you.) Dean apparently wanted some time to himself to think. So that's what you get here, and I hope it still suits! Gen, PG, the boys are maybe 13 and 17?


A Side of Fries

Sam only thinks he's worried about Dean - that Dean'll get into a fight or mouth off to the principal or something like that. Kid should know better; Dean's not about to make things tougher for himself, not when he's so close to getting Dad to agree that a diploma is just one more useless piece of paper for a hunter. Besides, what Sam's really worried about is that he'll be all on his own at the middle school, just over a mile from the high school, and he's got to be the new kid again.

Dean pulls a five from his wallet and stuffs it into Sam's front pocket. "Get yourself something nice, on me," he says, grinning as Sam rolls his eyes. Still, Sam's answering punch is softer than it needed to be, turns into one hand on his arm in thanks, and they're both smiling as they peel apart. It's nice to know someone's looking out for you, even if that someone's a snot-nosed kid with hair falling in his eyes.

*

It's midterms week here at this new school, so all the teachers are kind of letting him slide without coming out and saying he could fuck around all he wanted as long as he stayed quiet. He pokes around the library until some wannabe Giles starts reshelving books right around him. This place is so lame that there's just a couple of halls of square little classrooms, no special spaces set aside for home ec, auto shop, or chemistry labs. He wanders until he finds the cafeteria. He's had worse places to hole up for a while.

Of course, it would have been good to remember that he gave away the bulk of the Winchester piggy bank this morning. All he's got in his pocket is a crumpled single and a couple of coins. Doesn't matter, really, not while he's got the moneymaking grin.

*

The plate of fries is just perfect, crisp and hot, covered in stripes of ketchup and sprinkled with salt and pepper. He's lost in the potato zone, totally blissed out, scooping up more and licking his fingers clean after every bite, and sort of vaguely thinking about what it would be like to be in the driver's seat of the car, one hand loosely curled around the warm steering wheel, the other spinning the volume up high while Zep poured from the speakers and out the open window, his hair pushed every which way by the speeding wind, and the thrum of the engine tipping his whole body into a state of controlled vibration.

It's going to happen, one of these days. He takes the last fry on the plate for a test drive, scooping up as much salt and pepper as he can before plunging it into a red puddle and then lifting it to his mouth.

*

Sam walks up to him, heavy backpack already weighing down his shoulders, and Dean stays parked on the bench. He squints up at Sam until Sam moves to block the sunlight, and Dean can look clearly at his baby brother, just starting to lose his baby fat, to outgrow the way he says everything with his face before his mouth can get to it.

Sam smiles at him and reaches out a finger to swipe at Dean's face. "Nice one," he says, and smears the ketchup he found on Dean's cheek onto the sleeve of Dean's faded T-shirt. "You never change, Dean."

His voice breaks a little on the last word and they stare at each other, wondering if they really heard that crack. Dean laughs and stands, and then grabs the kid for a hug by way of a world-class noogie. Sammy laughs and keeps moving forward.


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As always, I'd love to hear what you think.

Aw, boys. This is adorable.

(Though I would LOVE to see Dean on his little island of zen while a food fight rages around him.)

Thank you! And I tried to write it, but it just wouldn't happen!

I loved this. Especially... this: "the way he says everything with his face before his mouth can get to it." That's so evocative, I can't even tell you.


<3

Aww, I love it!! Dean!!! ♥

And, it was already quoted but this line: to outgrow the way he says everything with his face before his mouth can get to it. FANTASTIC!!

DEAAAAAAAAANNNNNN. AND FRIIIIIIIIEEEEEEES.

::happy sigh::

Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awwwwwww. I loved this!

"to outgrow the way he says everything with his face before his mouth can get to it" Hee. Great line. That's true--I'm sure he did tone it down, but the beloeved Sammy bitch face will never truly leave us. :)

Loved the bittersweet quality to "you never change, Dean"

Edited at 2010-02-26 02:39 am (UTC)

Sammy's bitchface is one of the great legacies of this show! It belongs in the Smithsonian!

Aww, and thanks!

BOYS! This is fantastic.

I love how into his fries Dean is and his dreams about driving the Impala with the radio up and the window down.
It's nice to know someone's looking out for you, even if that someone's a snot-nosed kid with hair falling in his eyes. Wish Dean would remember this now.

The boys have had some rough years - I really want them to be happy again and loving each other!

Lovely evocation of Sam at this age and the dynamic between them.

This is truly lovely. to outgrow the way he says everything with his face before his mouth can get to it Very nice insight into a young Sam. And Dean=♥

I love this! It's so perfectly them, the undercover hug, and this: to outgrow the way he says everything with his face before his mouth can get to it. Exactly what I needed to read. Thank you so much! <333

This is lovely! There's a musical quality to your prose that I adore.

You are ridiculously kind - thank you!

So sweet and a lovely look into Dean's inner workings. :)

I love reading a fic where Dean is so in touch with his zen and his id all at the same time. <3

Also you're going to write the food fight one. Yes, you are.

What an awesome way to put it! Thank you so much!

Nooooooooooooo! You can't make me!

Congrats! ☆ Your fic is recced here at sawedoff_recs.

Oh wow, this was really beautiful! Dean Dean Dean. <3

I'm so pleased you liked this! Deeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaan!

Makes me want a plate of crispy, hot fries. Loved Dean, lazily spending his school day waiting for Sam to get done. Perfect.

I love daydreaming Dean! Thanks!

Adorable. The end made me smile and smile!

That's nice to hear! Thank you so much!

Sweet!

Wonderfully vivid imagery. I could just about taste the fries. And I love the boys' interaction :)

These boys are all wrapped up in each other, aren't they?

Dean/French fries is the ultimate OTP!

Love how well you intertwine the tiniest bit of angst into what can be generally perceived as a fluffy fic.

I kind of can't believe I don't have a Dean/Food icon!

Thanks!

Very cute! And now I want fries, you vile temptress.

Also, please forgive the total nitpick, but I think the time line of your story predates Buffy, thus preempting the Giles comment. If Sam's still in middle school wouldn't this fic take place prior to '97, the year Buffy premiered?

It's really quite sad that I know that. Please feel free to throw things at me ;)

I am a vile temptress, aren't I?

You're totally right - here's what happened. Work was crazy, I saw apreludetoanend make a post, I commented to that post that she should leave me a prompt if she wanted a birthday drabble, she responded, and I mismanaged my time until I had about an hour to write this. So I got it all down, posted it, and then when I was in bed, I was like, oh, crap, Buffy came later. But I didn't want to take the story down and make her birthday gift disappear, so I left it up and your eagle eye caught me.

No throwing. Just a rueful grin because I thought maybe I got away with something!

He pokes around the library until some wannabe Giles starts reshelving books right around him.

I like the way Dean thinks. This was a very lovely slice of life--not every moment they lived was full of monsters and angst.

Very, very nice. This feels like a little island of peace before trouble comes a'knockin' again.

I hope it was a nice long respite!

Dean's inner workings are at least as awesome as the fries ♥

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