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SPN Ficlet: "Mountain Man" (Gen, PG)
dean has bottomless eyes
innie_darling
Hi, everybody!

About a week ago, I was lying in bed and suddenly started thinking about Joshua, the man who leads Sam to the LeGranges in "Faith." I wondered why we haven't heard about him since, how he might differ from the other hunters.

So, a teeny little ficlet.




"Mountain Man"

He was conceived, born, and raised on the mountain. He knows everything it can tell him, the air rushing around his head, the grass soft under his feet, the stones steady against his hands. There are other things he knows too.

Sam Winchester calls him. Sammy is a boy with soft hair who tolerates a fond hand on his head only for a second, shrugging it off and going back to his book or ducking out from under it to stand by his brother.

Hunters call him all the time, say Joshua, help me. He can't help them, not from so far away. The ones who show up, though; they're not always welcome.

Sam says something different. Sam does not waste words with cries for help, looking for an easy answer. Sam says, Help me save him. Joshua. It's Dean.

Dean is all eyes, looking and concentrating, looking and memorizing, looking and learning. Dean never once realizes how much he's giving away with that open gaze.

Joshua thinks back to the way the boys clung to each other, reaching across their father's lap for one another. He finds the feeling of that bond and walks to the top of the mountain, where he'd never dare to build a house. He sinks into the mud and grass and opens himself up. He finds a feeling of desperation, of love, and he knows he has his answer.

He walks back down to his house and calls Sam. Tells him there are solutions of a sort in Nebraska. He goes back up the mountain and waits, thinking of two brothers, little fingers tangled together, hair ruffling in the breeze as one of them laughed and the other followed.

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

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I love this. I love this kind of a lot. :D I mean -- MOUNTAIN GURU. WHY AREN'T THERE ANY ON THE SHOW?

Thank you so much! I don't know why there aren't any mountain gurus on the show. Except maybe that the Impala might not be happy on a mountain?

Ah, neat.
So calm, but very coiled. Waiting.

Yeah, Joshua, another canon hunter we know nothing about.
Nice.
:)

Glad you liked this! Was just supposed to be quiet, chronology sort of buckling.

i love that it's a look at joshua but also a look at the winchesters as boys. i really like this joshua, too - not a hunter himself but a resource, a contact.

Yeah, I wanted there to be someone who knows and loves the boys who doesn't always have a weapon in his hand. Thanks!

Oh, that last line... well done.

Thanks! The boys are irresistible as little bits, aren't they?

Joshua thinks back to the way the boys clung to each other, reaching across their father's lap for one another. He finds the feeling of that bond and walks to the top of the mountain, where he'd never dare to build a house. He sinks into the mud and grass and opens himself up. He finds a feeling of desperation, of love, and he knows he has his answer.

I really like this paragraph... it's crisp and telling, perfect.

I'm wondering if there will ever come a time when the hunters choose a side: with Sam and Dean, or against them. The boys have Bobby on their side... I just wonder who else would be there. Joshua, maybe :) (and, tangentally, hm, Jo?)

Oh, thank you so much! If the hunters do draw a line, I know Bobby and Joshua will be with our boys. Jo I'm not sure about - she knows them, knows that they are good at heart, but she also learned that Sam can be taken over and that Dean puts everyone and everything second to his brother.

Very true!

Great, now I want more Joshua stories...

...

*shifty eyes*

;)

I want more EVERYBODY! (But Joshua and Bobby especially.)

Flipping awesome, dude. This rocked!

oh god, i LOVE that. both joshua himself, how different he is from the others. and how he sees the boys, so touching.

HART.

Thank you so much! This is how he remembers the boys.

Oh, that is gorgeous - I'd forgotten about Joshua, I must admit, so this little portrait of him, and his memories of the boys is a lovely reminder.

I'd forgotten about Joshua too, until I suddenly had this opening line in my head. Weird. I love how he sees the boys, too young to have hardened and developed their shells.

This is lovely. I'm always curious about the hunters mentioned or seen in passing. This is now Joshua. :)

Thank you so much! I like the idea of non-hunters who know too much not to help.

Oh, I love this. I love the way he sees the boys, it makes my heart ache for them. Lovely, really really lovely.

Hi! I'm glad you liked this. It kind of came out of nowhere, but I was too fond of it to let it go.

He walks back down to his house and calls Sam. Tells him there are solutions of a sort in Nebraska. He goes back up the mountain and waits, thinking of two brothers, little fingers tangled together, hair ruffling in the breeze as one of them laughed and the other followed.

Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this fic. I would so love to meet your Joshua. Hell, Kripke's Joshua would be a treat. But I'd especially love it if yours and his were similar ;)

Lovely little piece. So descriptive and atmospheric, even in its small frame.

Thank-you.

Thank you so much! Really, bringing hunters we've heard of into the current season can only raise the stakes, as they'd have to be either for or against the boys, right? If the Sam is the Antichrist rumor keeps making the rounds?

bringing hunters we've heard of into the current season can only raise the stakes, as they'd have to be either for or against the boys, right?

Absolutely. It would make their situation even more dire to have someone from their past side against them? Or give everyone a momentary sigh of relief to see that someone other than Bobby is on their side. Another appearance by Missouri or hearing from Jefferson or Joshua (are their others still alive?) would be rewarding for most of the hardcore fans who pay attention to such things ;).

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